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Westside Girl kipnapped on Kedzie

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  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    In East side and North side neighborhoods kids are safe enough that they can walk to/from school safely. It is only in neighborhoods where policing is poor that parent's have to walk their kids to school because of the crime/gang/drug problems.

    This is a policing issue not a good parenting...

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    In East side and North side neighborhoods kids are safe enough that they can walk to/from school safely. It is only in neighborhoods where policing is poor that parent's have to walk their kids to school because of the crime/gang/drug problems.

    This is a policing issue not a good parenting issue. Why should parents in our neighborhood have to walk the kids when parents in other neighborhoods don't even have to worry that something might happen to their kids.

    I am not going to let my neighbors take the brunt of blame for bad things happening here. There is plenty to go around for everyone. If everyone just did a little more to care and learn the right moves...we could have better progress.

    Currently there are very few that go to the records, look, study, make a plan...and get positive things to happen.

    So who is the problem? The liquor seller or the liquor user? The drug seller or the drug user? Racism is a bad thing all the way around.

    There would be NO STORES at all here if some one didn't come and open a business. Blacks don't open business, whites don't open business...who is left? Some immigrant that had a harder time in the country they left that we bombed...than they have dealing with gang/drug people in our neighborhood.

    Remember...the cost of government spending by city hall is in the billions...maybe 6 billion. Where is our fair share? Where are the jobs? Where is the Safety? Where is the GOOD education for our kids...Where is the economic development?

    We didn't get our share. Who didn't give it to us...what color were they? What color were the politicians?

    A small nobody store owner in our neighborhood didn't deprive us of anything. It was our government that failed us; that is who to blame.

  • MCBratcher Resident

    Most importantly, the girl was able to escape! That's an answer to prayer!

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Crime in East Garfield Park

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  • Marcus de la fleur Proud Lawndale resident

    I heard a really interesting interview on the radio with historian Peniel Joseph talking about the civil rights movement then and now, all in the context of the Ferguson events. Here is a link. It is worth-it-while to listen to the interview:

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/08/20/peniel-joseph-ferguson

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Crowd sourcing can probably do a better job than most leadership can provide in the worst of Chicago neighborhoods. Failures in leadership has been a critical component of Chicagos' past 50 years. One party rule has failed to uplift those in poverty out of poverty. Leadership has only fostered and...

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    Crowd sourcing can probably do a better job than most leadership can provide in the worst of Chicago neighborhoods. Failures in leadership has been a critical component of Chicagos' past 50 years. One party rule has failed to uplift those in poverty out of poverty. Leadership has only fostered and institutionalized ghettos on the south and west sides of Chicago while developing opulence for tourists who don't live here.

    OMG take a walk on MIchigan Ave...hear the foreign voices as they shop till they drop. Personally I love cosmopolitan and international. What I don't love is that access to simple things in life..safety, jobs, decent housing...does not exist in the majority of the Chicago map for residents who live here and suffer from the grinding poverty.

    Insiders have failed to address our serious issues for 5 decades. Outsiders will probably do a better job because they have fresh eyes and are not biased and prejudiced as Chicagoans are.

    Again, this is not to denegrate politicians who have done a great job to service their constituents. Drive their wards and you can see the fruits of their efforts. Drive the wards of the vast ghetto wastelands and judge the politicans in those districts on the merit of their work. It is an easy test, yet many wards still maintain their blight despite union labor being paid to do this poor job.

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I will be on a panel with Carlos Azcoitia, Member of the Chicago Board of Education, Carol R. Caref, Area A Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union and Andrea Zopp, Member of the Chicago Board of Education at the City Club of Chicago on my birthday, October 23, 2014. The event will go from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The City Club of Chicago's website has not yet been updated to reflect the event, but typically, there is a...

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I will be on a panel with Carlos Azcoitia, Member of the Chicago Board of Education, Carol R. Caref, Area A Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union and Andrea Zopp, Member of the Chicago Board of Education at the City Club of Chicago on my birthday, October 23, 2014. The event will go from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The City Club of Chicago's website has not yet been updated to reflect the event, but typically, there is a reception and luncheon, and the cost is $45.00. We will discuss school closings in Chicago. My focus will be the impact on North Lawndale and similar communities. Andrea Zopp and Carlos Azcoitia will share their perspectives as members of the Chicago Board of Education, and Carol R. Caref will share some of the findings of CTU's research on the impacts of school closings. I will share more information as I get it. This will be a very lively discussion, and I encourage you to attend if you can.

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I am looking for architectural information on my property

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Karaoke guide to the Chicago suburbs

Stone City Saloon, 721 Independence Blvd. – Fridays

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Karaoke Restaurant, 6248 N. California Ave. – Everyday

Lincoln Karaoke, 5526 N. Lincoln Ave. – Everyday

Timothy O’Tooles Pub, 5572 Grand Ave. – Wednesdays

Louie’s Pub, 1659 W. North Ave. - Tuesday-Sunday

Chelios’ Pub and Grill, 2150 Ogden Ave. - Thursdays

Shanahan’s Food and Spirits, 2009 Ogden Ave. – Saturdays

Sal’s Pizza Pub, 410 W. 22nd St. – Thursdays and Saturdays

Shanahan’s Food and Spirits, 1999 75th St. - Saturdays

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East Garfield Park?

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  • Hello can you all tell me anything about Gladys and independence

  • MCBratcher Resident

    The intersection of Gladys and Independence is right across from the park and just off the interstate. One good thing would be how quick you could get on/off the highway. One bad thing would be that you would get a lot of traffic right there.

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