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Confused

Anyone else curious as to why the news fails to show all the shootings in uptown and Rogers park? I see lots of coverage on the south side shootings.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Verena: Thanks for the link.

    I generally don't put a lot of stock into statistics since they are usually compiled and presented to support one argument- as the saying goes "Figures Lie and Liars figure"

    The one thing I do know is that there has been a huge uptick in...

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    Verena: Thanks for the link.

    I generally don't put a lot of stock into statistics since they are usually compiled and presented to support one argument- as the saying goes "Figures Lie and Liars figure"

    The one thing I do know is that there has been a huge uptick in the chronic cycle of firearm violence by gangs in the 49th Ward since the weather broke last spring, and liberal coddling is not going to provide remedy to the situation.

    Isn't it ironic that the same liberals coddling the violent gang bangers were the staunchest supporters of Daley's illegal gun ban in Chicago and now that that has been found unconstitutional and repealed they suddenly don't want to prosecute those possessing and utilizing firearms illegally? Such a beautiful world.

  • Need for change:

    There is a difference between statistics and figures. Just thought you should know.

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Did anyone else see Welcome 2 East Rodgers (officail DVD) vol. 1 on you tube?

I saw this on you tube while checking out some of the references made on other threads in Everyblock. I thought it was disturbing to say the least...

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If you live in the 50th...

... and you care about the empty storefronts on Touhy, and you have some free time Friday, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=944634175554042&id=160422620641872&ref=notif&notif_t=notify_me

Note: this does not mean that I support the current Alderman

  • But it does reflect your concern for the community, and that's more important. Thanks for posting.

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Roofs, ice dams, and heating coils

Winter will be upon us before we know it. Has anyone had experience with installing heating coils to combat ice dams on roofs and in gutters? Our association is researching and thought we’d ask this informed forum for recommendations, advice or other information.

  • JCV

    They're pretty useful. We've installed the heating wire in our gutter and part of the flat roof leading up to the gutter (as well as partially down the downspout). They're very effective, but the key is remembering to turn it on prior to ice-damming as they're not very effective at melting existing ice build up.

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alderman moore posts illegal signs

when is ald. moore going to take down the illegal signs he personally posted for his bike ride. it is illegal to post anything on a city of chicago sign. as an alderman he should know the law.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Shouldn't he be ticketed for this? This event was organized to promote his campaign, not as an act of the Ward.

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    Oh puhleaze. Are you people also going to launch crusades against people who post announcements of yard sales, lost dogs, lost cats, music events on Glenwood, yard plants free for the taking, church carnivals and block club events? This thread walks like, looks like and quacks like a lame attempt...

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    Oh puhleaze. Are you people also going to launch crusades against people who post announcements of yard sales, lost dogs, lost cats, music events on Glenwood, yard plants free for the taking, church carnivals and block club events? This thread walks like, looks like and quacks like a lame attempt at slinging mud toward an Alderman who donates lots of personal time to events that build community, bring neighbors together and increase the overall social cohesiveness. If you don't like an elected official, or anyone else for that matter, make an attempt at coming up with something better than this silly adolescent stuff.

2 days ago

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Choppers again?

Helicopters flying around rp again, anyone know what happened?

Sep 10

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Rat Infestation around Western and Devon

Noticing a lot of big rats in our neighborhood and alleys, and requests have been put in by neighbors to Alderman Silverstein's office for some kind of response by city services. Is anyone else noticing these rodents in greater numbers infesting their yards, gangways or alleys? If so have you put in a call the the alderman's office and gotten any commitment to addressing the problem?

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Moving to West Rogers Park

How is the 7400 N Block of Artesian

  • Far less shooty than the area just a few blocks away, at Howard & Ridge. Good luck! You'll love Supermarket Morelia on Western, BTW. Great resource.

  • There are apartment buildings on the south side of that street on Fargo with some unsavory residents and friends. So, there have been break ins on Artesian and Campbell because they can watch the comings and goings. I live a few blocks west and it is decent although we did have shots in the alley a few weeks ago and the cops found casings.

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50th Ward Survey

For those who don't subscribe to the alderman's newsletter: http://50thwardchicago.com/2014/survey/

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Police and Fire Dept. Activity on Western Avenue, South of Peterson

Does anyone know why Western was blocked off by the police this morning?

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Updated Sep 10

Anyone hear gunshots?

Thought I heard them at Hoyne and Birchwood.

  • There is a post about it titled "tons of police and emergency equipment going west on" by Bigchirbo from Rogers Park.

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Are there any 50th Ward candidates for Aldercreature?

I suspect Ahmed Kahn will run again. Greg Brewer left the ward for hipper pastures. Will I be writing in Bozo the Clown?

  • SSA and TIF are completely unrelated. We have TIF on Devon, Western and Touhy. Lincoln Avenue and Ridge also have TIFs. The short answer is that the City freezes the tax value and the increment of differece in that frozen number versus the actual number is set aside in an...

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    SSA and TIF are completely unrelated. We have TIF on Devon, Western and Touhy. Lincoln Avenue and Ridge also have TIFs. The short answer is that the City freezes the tax value and the increment of differece in that frozen number versus the actual number is set aside in an account as TIF funds. The City of Chicago controls these. The best and most popular TIF programs in our area are SBIF (small business improvement fund) and TIF Works. SBIF is a grant matching program for small businesses in the TIF districts to make improvements inside and out to their businesses. Over two million dollars have been used by small businesses in our area. Best part is that they are required to have a long time lease, so these businesses are investing in our area. TIF Works is for businesses to enroll in education/training program that the TIF pays for. We have had more than 30 businesses participate in our community since funds are available.
    SSA is the Special Service Area program. This is a SELF IMPOSED tax by commercial property owners. All decisions on how funds are spent are decided by property and business owners in the district. These are the Commissioners. The best part of this program is that the funds are locally controlled. We clean Devon 7 days per week and 2x on weekends, snow plow the sidewalks, purchased and now maintain 22 Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors, we pay for property owners and businesses to take down old external signage and we do some landscaping. In 2015, we will be expanding the program to include marketing and advertising for the district, safety programs and we will maintain the new streetscape. We also assist with the Devon Community Market. these programs are created locally by those who pay for it. We hold meetings for property owners and businesses in the district and survey them to prioritize. The Chamber is the admin of the SSA. TIF in general we have nothing to do with, but I do help businesses who are aeeking funds.

  • amiez, thanks for the info. Peter, I agree with your take on revitalizing the various business districts within the ward. Both Touhy and Western need reinvestment and rethinking to become vital commercial areas again. When I look at Rogers Park and Edgewater, I see new businesses with staying power. What's...

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    amiez, thanks for the info. Peter, I agree with your take on revitalizing the various business districts within the ward. Both Touhy and Western need reinvestment and rethinking to become vital commercial areas again. When I look at Rogers Park and Edgewater, I see new businesses with staying power. What's your take on how we can do the same thing here? That may be a debate question for the campaign. I haven't found a Web site for your campaign yet. Will you have one soon? Does anyone know about sites for the other announced candidates?

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6500 N Western Ave

Does anyone know what is going on in the old North Ridge Ford dealership at 6500 N Western Ave? I drove by over the weekend and noticed a sign that said Cab Town. Do they sell cabs there? Just wondering.....

Sep 03

Updated Sep 04

Rockwell and Jerome

There is police activity right now. Does anyone know what is going on?

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May 26

Updated Sep 03

Air conditioning advice

I live in a bungalow and want to use the upstairs for a bedroom. Without central air or a roof vent fan what is the best way to cool the upstairs? The windows are too small for anything but the smallest of ac units. I have not read anything that gives me confidence in the portable air conditioners. What works?

  • Both of the portable units I have are LG no problems with either, no dripping etc. yes they are louder than box units but that is not an option for me. I bought them both at Abt last year.

  • I think portable AC is the way to go. I got one that just needs water and it works great. I've have other friends use the kind in the window and they love it. I think it's just how you set it up. http://westairconditioning.com.au/split-system-ac

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Updated Sep 03

Hey, Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman!

You won't gain supporters ringing doorbells on a Saturday in a mostly Orthodox area!

No, I won't name names.

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Updated Sep 02

Leaving hi tax Illinois for low tax states

http://ilnews.org/2780/irs-dragging-feet-in-release-of-inter-state-migration-data/
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.

In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information but now it will take three years, said J. Scott Moody, who heads State Budget Solutions, a national group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility in the state governments.

“The data indicates that year after year, people are moving from high-tax ‘blue’ states like Illinois to low-tax ‘red’ states,” Moody, said.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    "IRS slow to release data" provides little insight. Want to read more? Let's compare Illinois and Indiana for a moment. Here's a good place to start: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/two-neighboring-states-one-big-financial-gap-110718

    But, what I choose to keep in mind that others perhaps do not is that "being open for business" doesn't mean that the...

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    "IRS slow to release data" provides little insight. Want to read more? Let's compare Illinois and Indiana for a moment. Here's a good place to start: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/two-neighboring-states-one-big-financial-gap-110718

    But, what I choose to keep in mind that others perhaps do not is that "being open for business" doesn't mean that the individual is better off. I work for an Indiana company and I live here, by choice. I go to Indiana quite often and the poor are poorer, the roads are poorer, the wages are lower, the services provided to the needy are poorer, and at the same time, we saw "My Man Mitch" raise taxes to both address a budget deficit and fund Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. (The Colts only paid for about 1/7th of it.) And they care too much about who can and can't get married; taking a pointless stand against the tides turning in favor of allowing gay marriage.

    I don't hate Indiana by any means. And I might still live there some day. But practically speaking, there's a lot more to it than just your Republican party line of "taxes bad, Illinois sucks."

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    BTW note how Indiana is sitting on a $2 billion surplus. If I ran the universe, that would be going into a NWI Improvement fund. The area is very economically depressed and needs a jump start. Indiana tends to forget about the part up here by Chicago, I guess they just assume it's all our fault or something. Yes, you do save money when you don't spend it on things that actually need a cash injection to improve.

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