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Anybody want to track articles on Nepotism and Cronyism?

There are lots of news articles on the topic of how Political people in Chicago use their positions to promote family, friends, etc. Anybody want to discuss the impact on communities, and particular you block?

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S&S removed some Fly dumped wood chips today/some still remain

S&S removed 10 tuckloads of FLY DUMPED wood chips today at Homan/Lake. They removed ??? FLY DUMPED wood chips at Maypole/Kedzie. There is still a large mound still there.

The FLY DUMPED truckoads of wood chips were there for at least 9 months. Lets hope they can keep them picked up so that other FLY DUMPERS don't get the idea they can come here and dump in a ghetto.

THANKS for taking away these wood chips that were unauthorized and...

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S&S removed 10 tuckloads of FLY DUMPED wood chips today at Homan/Lake. They removed ??? FLY DUMPED wood chips at Maypole/Kedzie. There is still a large mound still there.

The FLY DUMPED truckoads of wood chips were there for at least 9 months. Lets hope they can keep them picked up so that other FLY DUMPERS don't get the idea they can come here and dump in a ghetto.

THANKS for taking away these wood chips that were unauthorized and from an unknown source meaning they also could have been diseased or have pests.The last thing we need is a tree removal service dumping trees they cut down that had ash borer or asian long horn beetle, birch, maple disease!

The only wood chips that should be used are FORRESTRY wood chips. The city has wood chips they need to dispose of. Those are the chips that should be used.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    S&S came for the rest of the FLY DUMPED (illegally dumped) wood chips.

    THANKS to S&S for removing this blight from the neigborhood. Thanks for removing the harbingers of RATS. Thanks for removing the TEMPTATION for other fly dumpers to just come and dump a load. (which also makes us...

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    S&S came for the rest of the FLY DUMPED (illegally dumped) wood chips.

    THANKS to S&S for removing this blight from the neigborhood. Thanks for removing the harbingers of RATS. Thanks for removing the TEMPTATION for other fly dumpers to just come and dump a load. (which also makes us vulerable to infestations of pests and disease because the source is unknown). We don't want/need any asian long horn beetles, birch, elm disease or other problems like that.

    This problem was part of approx 150 truckloads of wood chips illegally dumped all because 1 garden group gave permission for a truckload. The locations of the FLY DUMPING were mostly 40 city owned vacant lots.

    THANKS to the Dept of Public health who is starting to issue tickets to offenders who FLY DUMP.

    If you see someone FLY DUMPING call 911 and get CPD to come and issue a ticket. If caught in the act the FLY DUMPER can have his vehicle impounded IMMEDIATELY. Call The Department of Public health and they have inspectors that come more or less after the fact. If you take photographs depicting the illegal dump including license plates go for getting someone CONVICTED.

    If there is a conviction the city will pay a $100 reward for your time. Fines can be $2500 so it is worthwhile. A ding like that and ILLEGAL FLY DUMPERS will move on to a different area where residents are not as astute as us!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We need to chase those bad guys who add to blight in EGP out of the HOOD and let them know...BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU...if you BREAK THE LAW and leave us stuck with the mess.

    Perhaps there also needs to be an ordinance that the "garden group" needs...

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    We need to chase those bad guys who add to blight in EGP out of the HOOD and let them know...BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU...if you BREAK THE LAW and leave us stuck with the mess.

    Perhaps there also needs to be an ordinance that the "garden group" needs to get permission from the city department that controls the inventory of city owned vacant lots to have truckloads of wood chips dumped. Perhaps there also needs to be an ordinance that approved wood chips would come from FORESTRY...a city department that also needs to dispose of WOOD CHIPS. Why should the taxpayer pay to dump loads of wood chips at waste sites when gardeners using city city owned land could use them? Should there be an ordinance saying that wood chips need to be used within XX days of delivery?

    There doesn''t seem to be any monitoring at all going on in some areas of what NFPs and Delegate agencies are doing. Maybe that also needs to be tidied up.

    MOUNTAINS of wood chips sitting around on vacant lands are a tempting invitation for the ILLEGAL FLY DUMPERS.....we don't need that signal to go out. Seems these tree removal people SPREAD THE WORD...between themselves and we then become VICTIMIZED by random dumping!

    This of course is done at TAXPAYER EXPENSE....our only recourse is to try and recoup by getting tickets issued and vehicles impounded.

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Register to Attend April 23rd Chicago Board of Education Meeting

Register to attend the April 23rd Board meeting. The proposed turnaround of Dvorak, Gresham and McNair will be on the agenda. The meeting starts at 10:30 am at CPS headquarters, 125 South Clark. http://www.cpsboe.org/meetings/register

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Updated Apr 12

Housing Needed

As you may know, Chicago Urban Art Retreat Cente has a Women's Residence on our 2nd floor. We offer safe comfortable furnished housing for individual women. We are full and now need to find alternatives for women who inquire.
Does anyone know of a rental opportunity for a single woman who needs to leave her husband's house? just got laid off from the bakery. Works for a Temp agency with lots of experience in bakery work. She is hopeful she can get another situation soon.
If you have a small inexpensive rental or know of one for this mature woman, please contact Urban Art Retreat and we will let this woman know about the possibility. Thanks a lot. Dianna@urbanartretreat.com

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    thanks Robin! I can use this info! Dianna

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    This woman landed in the hospital since I wrote this request for hosting info. Does anyone have an inexpensive rental? Please contact me. thanks, Dianna

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Updated Apr 11

Streets and San drove around today

Saw a truck driving by and stopped it. The District Manager was here surveying what work needed to be done.

Lets hope he deals with the disgusting mountains of wood chips at Lake/Homan and Kedzie/Maypole that attract rats. Shame on the NFP who was the catalyst for that dumping and now won't work to clean it up. Cei la vie. Mountains of rotting wood chips are disgusting and have been sitting there for more than 9 months.

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Saw a truck driving by and stopped it. The District Manager was here surveying what work needed to be done.

Lets hope he deals with the disgusting mountains of wood chips at Lake/Homan and Kedzie/Maypole that attract rats. Shame on the NFP who was the catalyst for that dumping and now won't work to clean it up. Cei la vie. Mountains of rotting wood chips are disgusting and have been sitting there for more than 9 months.

There are also alleys that FLY DUMPERS drive through and dump. It is astounding that with all the Police around...they don't arrest these dumpers. maybe we have 100 dumps a day!

Help convict a fly dumper....this is GOOD. Take pics that will convict...get some chump change :-) It will at least pay for your plastic bags.

There seems to be a difference of opinion who is responsible to sweep the streets and alleys.

Some S&S workers think it is the residents' job. As alleys and streets are paid for by taxpayer $$ and workers are paid by taxpayer $$...my call says that THE CITY OF CHICAGO is responsible to keep streets and alleys clean. They spend millions to install these streets. They are also paid for the upkeep. Sometimes they can use FREE prison labor (which is also managed poorly SWAP) In some neighborhoods contractors are paid and they don't clean. More outrageously...Offenders go scott free.

Tickets will help STOP littering, fly dumping, throwing booze bottles, drug needles, poop and pee. If they issued 100 a day in EGP...it would get alot cleaner over here. For those who can't pay their ticket fine; let THEM get the broom, rake, and sweeep sweeeep sweeep...ALL SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER!!!

The jerk who made the mess should clean it up or pay to clean it up. It is NOT the job of neighbors. Many do not agree with this position. They want to volunteer and do the job for free that city workers and nfps are already paid to do.

Things won't get better unless those who are paid WORK.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Request that the responder who marked COMPLETE be punished in some way. Ask that your complaint be put in the employment file of the worker who did not do the work. The primary civic duty of slumdwellers is to make a paper trail so that those who are slacking get...

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    Request that the responder who marked COMPLETE be punished in some way. Ask that your complaint be put in the employment file of the worker who did not do the work. The primary civic duty of slumdwellers is to make a paper trail so that those who are slacking get removed. There is no reason to pay for a lifetime of not working and then a pension till they die. Loyalties that keep politicians in power who dole out jobs to those who don't work has been going on for maybe 5 decades. That is a long long time and it is time to kill their golden goose.

    Do a foia from 311 and ask for their records on your service calls when they in fact are not done. Keep a folder of all service calls you don't get. It will come in handy.

    REMEMBER WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE....red, blue, red, blue, red, blue. Forget everything else...The only exemptions are politicians who have been fair and served you well.

    Again...please post your results!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    A District Supervisor drove around today. He will clear out 3200/3300 W. Walnut and the alleys north and south of that street. He will deal with the woodchips at Lake/Homan and Maypole/Kedzie. He will clear out the alleys on the north side of Washington from 3100-3300.

    Not sure what else...

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    A District Supervisor drove around today. He will clear out 3200/3300 W. Walnut and the alleys north and south of that street. He will deal with the woodchips at Lake/Homan and Maypole/Kedzie. He will clear out the alleys on the north side of Washington from 3100-3300.

    Not sure what else was on his plate. I think there was more.

    He is an energetic guy who doesn't want to see the kind of mess that he saw when he drove around.

    Remember...our civic duty is to report when work is not done in the neighborhood. We need to tell supervisors when people are paid to do a job and don't do the job. People have not been doing this in the past and that is why things are out of countrol in the ghettos.

    It is not our job to do the job that a civil servant or nfp were paid to do. That is what we are asked to do...volunteer for green days.

    The Maypole/Kedzie city owned vacant lot is disgusting and if you get out of the car and walk you will want to throw up. Now someone is fly dumping grass clippings. They need to get a ticket too.

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Counting-Chicago Style

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

At last someone is writing about "the count". It gives a false impression when numbers are fudged. Changing the basis. Making new definitions. That and a host of other stuff amount to "cookin the books" and "cherry picking". In order for a real true accurate picture to be made comparisons of "apples to apples" is in order.

DavidB and NoahI have been writing about "The Chicago Way" for many years in the Chicago Magazine. THANK YOU GUYS! Chicagoans need...

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http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

At last someone is writing about "the count". It gives a false impression when numbers are fudged. Changing the basis. Making new definitions. That and a host of other stuff amount to "cookin the books" and "cherry picking". In order for a real true accurate picture to be made comparisons of "apples to apples" is in order.

DavidB and NoahI have been writing about "The Chicago Way" for many years in the Chicago Magazine. THANK YOU GUYS! Chicagoans need to read these articles and take action to make the city a better place to live.

A comparison of CPD murder counts and Cook County Morgue should reveal some HUGE disparity. I hope that some day someone, some institution, some governmental agency has the hutzpa...to dig and shine the light of day on this.

How empty does the city have to be before someone smart catches on????
Where are the young, ambitious political wanabees? Where are the smart techies who could gather up these data and re evaluate?

Again THANKS to Chicago Magazine. Thanks to DavidB and NoahI.

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