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If Detroit can bounce back....WHY NOT ....us????

http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-bounces-back-from-bankruptcy-211308136.html

Bankruptcy is bringing Detroit back. Why haven't politicians brought back the south and west sides?

Something is really wrong.

Anybody with thoughts please contribute.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    You can't compare Detroiter's to Chicagoan's in any way. Michiganders have a totally different mindset than Illinoisans and Detroiter's have a completely different mindset than Chicagoan's. DETROIT HAS PRIDE!

    Detroit also has the right to recall politicians AND THEY USE IT. They allowed Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to get away with...

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    You can't compare Detroiter's to Chicagoan's in any way. Michiganders have a totally different mindset than Illinoisans and Detroiter's have a completely different mindset than Chicagoan's. DETROIT HAS PRIDE!

    Detroit also has the right to recall politicians AND THEY USE IT. They allowed Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to get away with stealing the city blind for about a term and half before they booted him out and now he's serving a 28 year federal prison sentence. And so is EVERYONE else who participated in corruption from his administration.

    Meantime in Chicago, the Mayors have been stealing for decades and none of them have even got a slap on the wrist. If fact, they've been praised and voted back into office to do it over and over again.

    Detroiter's are friendlier, they work together and help each other get businesses off the ground. They're also more innovative than Chicago/Illinois. The black middle class in the city and surrounding suburbs are at least 3 generations ahead of Chicago due to rare opportunity through the automotive industry. This had lead to blacks taking advantage of factory jobs for excellent wages, that allowed them to put children through colleges, open other businesses and have a hand in the S.E. Michigan economic engine. Southeast Michigan has more black engineers, manufacturing suppliers, auto executives, auto dealership owners than anywhere on this Earth. Black Chicagoan's have never been given those opportunities. The Detroit region as a whole is leaps and bounds ahead of the Chicago region. The city itself has suffered from disinvestment and black/white flight but now that people are beginning to invest back into the city, it'll become successful again.

    But when it's all said and done, the mindset is different. Detroiter's have a helluva lot more pride than Chicagoan's and they WILL NOT let government get away with what Chicagoan's let their Gov. get away with. No comparison.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    And I forgot to add...the politicians truly do care about the city and state. Unlike Chicago where it's all about lining pockets of themselves and their corrupt cronies. All at the expense of tax payers and the working-class poor.

    Michigan Government is transparent: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/18/michigan-lawmakers-roads/20580711/

    Michigan Government is innovative:
    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/18/snyder-plans-create-state-talent-department/20580471/

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Chicago Mayoral, 24th Ward Candidates Court West Side Voters At Local Forum

Chicago aldermanic hopefuls running in the West Side's crowded 24th Ward race made their pitch to voters at a Tuesday night candidate forum, with many vowing to, if elected, boost employment and economic opportunities in the North Lawndale community.

Eight of the 12 candidates vying to replace retiring Ald. Michael Chandler (24th), who announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election, attended the forum, held at One Way Baptist Church, 4152 W. 16th St.

Mayoral candidates Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and community activist William 'Dock' Walls also made brief remarks at the event, attended by about 50 people. Finish reading the article at http://www.progressillinois.com/posts/content/2014/12/17/chicago-mayoral-24th-ward-candidates-make-their-pitch-west-side-forum

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Unofficial Candidates List and Challenges

To date, 14 people filed to run for 24th Ward Alderman. Two people have withdrawn from the race, including Alderman Chandler. Three people are on the ballot, including Frank Bass, Roger L. Washington and Sherita Ann Harris.

Here is a link to the unofficial list of candidates http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-CandidateFiling-2014-11-17-1415.pdf

Here is a link to the list of challenges
http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-HearingSchedule.pdf

  • Thanks Valerie. I've been paying attention to those challenge hearings, some of the hearing dates seem to get pushed back over and over again.

    I actually live in 28/24 (that set of blocks north of 290 around Kostner). Our voter cards say 28, but our city of Chicago still has...

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    Thanks Valerie. I've been paying attention to those challenge hearings, some of the hearing dates seem to get pushed back over and over again.

    I actually live in 28/24 (that set of blocks north of 290 around Kostner). Our voter cards say 28, but our city of Chicago still has us listed in 24 I guess until the new ward map kicks in? Its a shame because our block and the surrounding area is still terrible even though its technically represented by 2 alderman. I'm interest in both these races because my son goes to elementary school in 24.

    The sheer number of candidates in both 24 and 28 is indicative that something needs to change. I'm not in love with any of the candidates or know much about them, and the race is 8 weeks away? Does anyone knock on doors anymore?

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Our Bid is In!!

The following message from Paul Norrington is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

On June 16th, we submitted our qualifications in partnership with UIC to get the Obama Foundation to consider building the Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side. On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the UIC-North Lawndale team submitted our proposal as one of the four finalists . Thank you North Lawndale for stepping up.

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The following message from Paul Norrington is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

On June 16th, we submitted our qualifications in partnership with UIC to get the Obama Foundation to consider building the Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side. On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the UIC-North Lawndale team submitted our proposal as one of the four finalists . Thank you North Lawndale for stepping up.

As we submitted our bid, I reflected on our first Facebook post, made on our newly created group, Westside Presidential Library. (We have since moved to the North Lawndale Presidential Library page). As we focus our efforts on community outreach and engagement, I would like to share it again. I am truly amazed at how a “pipe dream” is on the precipice of becoming a reality. God is smiling on us, indeed.

Finish reading here. http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=53e448710cf8b92021af46e45&id=2db0dff366

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Oh, yea. Well, cry me a tear. No, better yet, cry me river. None of that boo-hoo stuff. Cry with feeling and pain. Yell and scream and kick. Let your nose run some, unattended. Holler out, "Oh, Lord, help me."

    Good forum last night.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    None of the candidates said anything about cleaning up the community. I took a picture of a beer bottle right in front of the church in the parkway. That's the pain in my you know what, as well as the obstacle that is going undermine any effort of the winner, unless he or she has that issue at the forefront of any propose promises.

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Does some entity need to investigate the BOARD OF ELECTIONS?

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois is known for corruption. How can it be that only 1 party rules Chicago for almost 50 years? Where is the Democratic process where voters swing between political parties so the citizens voice determines policy?

We get very low markes in many important categories. We have high marks in some distinct categories. Cook County is known as a geographic region "least likely to get justice."

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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois is known for corruption. How can it be that only 1 party rules Chicago for almost 50 years? Where is the Democratic process where voters swing between political parties so the citizens voice determines policy?

We get very low markes in many important categories. We have high marks in some distinct categories. Cook County is known as a geographic region "least likely to get justice."

Should the criteria for scrutinizing Candidates be investigated? Many are saying that the blanket practice of listing 25 standard objections just to bounce opponents off the ballot is COMMON practice.

If that is a political tool that deprives Chicagoans of a true Democratic process then somebody needs to come and INVESTIGATE the practices. Then the citizens need to make a legislative amendment to protect citizens from this sort of candidate bias.

What do you think? Say something.

  • Troy Hernandez Candidate for 25th Ward Alderman

    Actually William it's 500 in LA (plus $300) and Detroit. I'm going through this process right now. I collected 1027 signatures, mostly at the busy intersections of the ward. Due to gerrymandered wards and a high number of renters, many of these signatures were from people not in the ward...

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    Actually William it's 500 in LA (plus $300) and Detroit. I'm going through this process right now. I collected 1027 signatures, mostly at the busy intersections of the ward. Due to gerrymandered wards and a high number of renters, many of these signatures were from people not in the ward or not registered at their current address.

    Still, I have 438 signatures from registered voters in the ward and now need to collect affidavits from at least 35 citizens (out of approximately 100) whose signatures were too illegible to match to their voter card. In Chicago, this is what democracy looks like.

    You can read the full story here:
    http://troyhernandez.com/2014/12/17/ballot-access-in-the-25th-ward/

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It would be good if the Inspector General, the Top Lawyer, the Inspector of Aldermen, and the Internet Department would filter and search for corruption....

    It is easy to do. We need the establishment to clean house. Forrest Claypool cleaned house at the CTA. He is now testing Rat Birthcontrol...

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    It would be good if the Inspector General, the Top Lawyer, the Inspector of Aldermen, and the Internet Department would filter and search for corruption....

    It is easy to do. We need the establishment to clean house. Forrest Claypool cleaned house at the CTA. He is now testing Rat Birthcontrol just like Mayor Bloomberg did in NYC to control rats after hurricane Sandy.

    We need ALL Commissioners to clean house. We need the Aldermen to sweep out corrupt politicians.

    I know...pipe dream; but when the stars are aligned just right...quantum leaps of progress ocur.

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Warning! B careful in the Hood

Last week Sunday night someone ruffled in my car and stole a change purse. Last Sunday a couple guys beat up my roommate till he was unconscious and stole his iphone. It was about midnight gong into Monday.

This is near Kedzie/Washington Blvd

  • That's terrible. I hope your roommate is going to be ok. How did this happen?

  • I'm not some crazy gun nut, but in these neighbors I strongly urge mature and responsible people to consider obtaining a conceal and carry firearm and receive the proper training.

    Some factors to take into consideration is to have an honest reflection on whether you can be a responsible gun...

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    I'm not some crazy gun nut, but in these neighbors I strongly urge mature and responsible people to consider obtaining a conceal and carry firearm and receive the proper training.

    Some factors to take into consideration is to have an honest reflection on whether you can be a responsible gun owner. By responsible I mean someone who is very careful with firearms and doesn't treat them like toys. Someone who has extensive training and is comfortable handling a firearm and very importantly someone who has the disposition to use it if confronted with great bodily.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The idiot went out for a walk and to get some fresh air. He put on his iphone for music; walked outside...and they got him. He said he was unconscious for say 4-5 hours on the street.

    That is scary. He didn't deserve to be beat up and have an...

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    The idiot went out for a walk and to get some fresh air. He put on his iphone for music; walked outside...and they got him. He said he was unconscious for say 4-5 hours on the street.

    That is scary. He didn't deserve to be beat up and have an expensive uninsured item stolen. But he shouldn't have been walking around outside late at night w/ iphone and earbuds. U warned him many times about protocols for the neighborhood and where not to go.

    Iphones must be the #1 stolen item these days.

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Does anyone know what happened to Ms. Ernestine King of The Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce

Hi neighbors: I attended a meeting today at the Conservatory regarding the improving the community and business development for our area. It was mentioned that Ms. King was no longer in the community. Does anyone know how to contact Ms. King? As we work towards an Alderman worthy of enough to represent our area, we also want to assist each other too. During the course of the meeting, we proposed reopening the Chamber of Commerce and hopefully partnering with Ms....

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Hi neighbors: I attended a meeting today at the Conservatory regarding the improving the community and business development for our area. It was mentioned that Ms. King was no longer in the community. Does anyone know how to contact Ms. King? As we work towards an Alderman worthy of enough to represent our area, we also want to assist each other too. During the course of the meeting, we proposed reopening the Chamber of Commerce and hopefully partnering with Ms. King with some ideas on how we can move forward.

Again, if anyone has or knows Ms. King whose office was located at 3439 West Madison, please have her respond to the website. Otherwise the business owners in the area will have to start over from scratch.

  • You're welcome. I hope that you can get a hold of her. If you want to contact me, send me an email to austin.smithuic@gmail.com as I don't really follow messages I post on this website.

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Thank you so much Austin. I will be emailing you soon. My email address contains my name, so you will know it will be from me and not someone pretending to be me. Yes, that happens and I will tell you about that in an email. Apparently, some people don't care the residents are tired and fed up...

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27th ward alderman

Has anybody heard of Gabe Beukinga?
http://www.gabefor27.com

I was told he will give attention and service to the west side; and that he is for public schools and helping small businesses; and against the neglect of the past 20 years. I just heard about this guy last night and don't have enough info yet to form my opinion. Does anyone here know more?

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Still No "Serious" Contenders for 28th Ward Alderman?

It's getting close and I'm still waiting to see if anyone is seriously going to throw their hat in the ring to run against Alderman Jason Ervin? It looks as though he's an easy shoe-in at this time.

I don't think I can take another 4 years looking at the filth, trash and living in the city's most under served ward. So many of the residents work so hard to keep their properties looking nice, when the city/ward sits back and does absolutely nothing to support the "do-gooders."

Please give me some good news someone!

  • Has there been any update on the challenges? I saw where a couple of hearings were moved.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Someone told me we should know by Friday.

Dec 10

Updated 3 days ago

Tri Taylor and East/West Garfield Park : Remove Jason Ervin !

There has been too much high minded theorizing, self promotion, debate and chest thumping. Too much whining and grievances. All of the while Jason Ervin the worst alderman in the city council is making plans for a easy re election
This is how Ervin will win
-Entering shill candidates
-Smearing viable candidates
-Playing on the emotions and lack of political savvy of senior citizens which is how he won re election by deceiving seniors
-Taking advantage of the apathy and...

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There has been too much high minded theorizing, self promotion, debate and chest thumping. Too much whining and grievances. All of the while Jason Ervin the worst alderman in the city council is making plans for a easy re election
This is how Ervin will win
-Entering shill candidates
-Smearing viable candidates
-Playing on the emotions and lack of political savvy of senior citizens which is how he won re election by deceiving seniors
-Taking advantage of the apathy and ignorance of the 28th Ward Constituents
-Drawing on the financial and political support of criminal street gangs
If the 28th ward candidates do not work together to eject Ervin, your crime will increase, property values decrease, the garbage ,ruin and blight will increase, and your population will decrease. The 28th ward will retain the city's highest crime and poverty rates.
I am moving back into the 28th ward in the Tri Taylor area. There is no way I could support Jason Ervin. There needs to be a inspector general and criminal investigation into his administration.
Let's stop talking and hit the streets the media the public and get rid of Jason Ervin.
I am going to be supplying evidence and proof as to why Ervin needs to go.
Stay tuned.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Spread the word mediabites. Talk to every 28th ward resident that you know. And once we have a candidate who is NOT propped up by Ervin, then we get behind them and push!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Still waiting...?

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Hip Hip Hurray! Rat Birthcontrol for CTA!

The CTA made an announcement today that they will use RAT BIRTH CONTROL. Thanks Forrest Claypool for being an innovator and improving conditions on Chicago Public Transportation.

Thanks Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University for the years of study that led to this protocol.

Thanks Senes Tech for getting the product out there to solve world hunger and rodent issues!

http://senestech.com/

Thanks to alderman Fioretti fo putting it on the city agenda. Thanks Alderman Cullerton, Alderman Burnett, and Colon...

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The CTA made an announcement today that they will use RAT BIRTH CONTROL. Thanks Forrest Claypool for being an innovator and improving conditions on Chicago Public Transportation.

Thanks Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University for the years of study that led to this protocol.

Thanks Senes Tech for getting the product out there to solve world hunger and rodent issues!

http://senestech.com/

Thanks to alderman Fioretti fo putting it on the city agenda. Thanks Alderman Cullerton, Alderman Burnett, and Colon for supporting this. Thanks to Deputy Josie Cruz, George Esquivel Rat Supervisor, Jamie Rhee in Procurement CharlesL Williams staffers....and countless others who saw this as a good idea.

When will Streets and Sanitation adopt this as a city wide program?

It only took 2 years. That is pretty FAST for Chicago politics.

Bloomberg used it in NYC train stations after Sandy. It works. Search on the internet and you can find out the whole story. It is a great example of PROBLEM SOLVING in a new, more efficient, and cost expedient way.

This is too exciting for words. It is hard to sit still and keep the fingers on the keyboard!!!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Actually it took 1 yr 5 months to get this in the system! That is pretty darn fast. That is what happens when feedback travels up a channel...and PROBLEM SOLVERS pick it up.

    We should keep a tally of how much the rodent population is reduced. They probably also need this for feral cats.

    Perhaps we should send it over to animal control also.

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Everyblock

I don't see how to contact Everyblock. Can anyone help me with that?

I wanted to suggest that there be a way to share posts. Or is there already way

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George Badonsky died today

For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in...

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For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in their jobs, and could live very very well because of the jobs he provided for them.

He had peers and rivals Gordon Sinclair, Rich Melnan, the Levis...it was alot of fun in those days the early 70s as Chicago restauranteurs changed what dining out meant to the public.

This is a tribute to a man who helped Chicagoans become acquainted with all kinds of dishes. He loved food and wine his whole life.

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Businesses in EGP N Lawndale

Are there any good businesses to support in the area? It seems like everywhere I go in my neighborhood, I see crappy corner stores, bad unsanitary looking restaurants, and run down buildings. I tried to eat at some local restaurants about 10 years ago when I first moved in, but would more often than not get sick. A neighborhood can't really thrive without businesses, and when all the middle income people from Logan Square get pushed out by high rises...

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Are there any good businesses to support in the area? It seems like everywhere I go in my neighborhood, I see crappy corner stores, bad unsanitary looking restaurants, and run down buildings. I tried to eat at some local restaurants about 10 years ago when I first moved in, but would more often than not get sick. A neighborhood can't really thrive without businesses, and when all the middle income people from Logan Square get pushed out by high rises and start coming down here if there's nothing in place then local residents will have nothing to hang on to, and frankly little reason to complain.

So I don't know if others feel the same, but whether you do or not, it would be good to have a list of businesses that are worth supporting. So if you know of a good place to spend money locally, let us all know.

Mar 13

Updated 3 days ago

Rat Birth Control!!!

Did City Counsel do something about getting Rat Birthcontrol today?

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    CTA just made an announcement they will start using RATH BIRTHCONTROL invented by Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University and sold by Senes Tech. It is a small start that mimics what was done in NYC by Bloomberg after Sandy.

    Lets hope Streets and Sanitation adopts this CITY WIDE so that we can get rid of the enormous rat problem in our ghettos.

    Fioretti took it before City Counsel months ago. I believe that aldermen Cullerton, Colon, Burnett, also supported this!

    Thank you FORREST CLAYPOOL head of CTA

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Come Out to the 24th Ward Candidates Forum

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2014
Contact: William Kyle, 773-762-4419

***MEDIA ALERT***

24th WARD RESIDENTS MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MAYORAL AND ALDERMANIC ELECTION!

Who: Concerned Citizens of the 24th Ward have invited all candidates who have filed to run for Mayor of the City of Chicago and Alderman of the 24th Ward to address registered voters on the issues that are the most relevant to the North Lawndale community.

What: Candidates Forum

Where: One Way Baptist Church
4152 W. 16th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

When: December 16, 2014
5:00 PM

Why: The candidates forum will provide the voters of the 24th Ward the opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions about their public service, experience and platforms.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

R ur hands cold/ or a starngers?

Dollar Tree has a wonderful $1 glove. The name is Snugadoo. They come in pink, blue, black.

You will be lucky if you can find a pair, some are out.

These gloves are very very very warm...and cheap.

If you know any really needy person...whose hands are cold these will solve the problem?

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Dollar Tree is my kind of store. Quality items that won't burn a hole in my "trying 2 b fiscally responsible"
    pockets and purse

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Updated 6 days ago

Survey Results for the North Lawndale Presidential Library Are In!

I am posting this message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

The University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with the North Lawndale community to submit a bid to build the Obama Presidential Library on the West Side of Chicago. Two sites are being considered—one on the UIC campus and the other in North Lawndale, on the corner of Roosevelt and Kostner. We have conducted an informal survey of Westside stakeholders to get...

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I am posting this message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

The University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with the North Lawndale community to submit a bid to build the Obama Presidential Library on the West Side of Chicago. Two sites are being considered—one on the UIC campus and the other in North Lawndale, on the corner of Roosevelt and Kostner. We have conducted an informal survey of Westside stakeholders to get a sense for the level of support for the Proposed Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale. Surveys were sent by email, and posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, through a town hall meeting and on our website. Some of the same people who received the messages through social media were also in attendance at the town hall meeting. We collected responses from Thursday, December 4, 2014 until Wednesday, December 10, 2014. A total of 37 people responded as of 10:48 a.m. on December 10, 2014. Respondents include Westside residents, business owners, school administrators and representatives of organizations. We thank everyone who has taken the time to respond. Results are found at http://northlawndalepresidentiallibrary.org/2014/12/11/survey-results-are-in/

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    i am particularly moved by the comment from one of the Sumner Elementary students who said that he wanted to see the Presidential Library across the street from his school so he would not have to see all of that trash and debris. He's got my attention and I am going by the school to introduce myself to him with the purpose of helping to fulfill that wish of cleaning up the garbage.

Dec 11

Tweet for the Obama Presidential Library to Come to North Lawndale

I'm posting the following message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee. If you are on Twitter, please tweet the following message.

Bring the #OPL2UIC and #NorthLawndale! @NLOPL @BarackObama @WhiteHouse @44Foundation

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Updated Dec 10

Our Individual kindnes to others

Hey, how bout if the EB people post what they do to be kind to others and strangers on a regular basis? We can share ideas and talk about them. This could be really interesting.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    I am kinda fast, I crochet on the bus to and from work and after work while the TV watches me; it's very relaxing.

    I have been on the westside my entire life and have only been in Jimmy's Gs once (last summer). I am never out past 8p.m. unless I am stuck at work and I am on public transportation. I will keep this in mind though.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Jimmy Gs' has great wings and fries cheap. You can go in the daytime, ask for Jimmy or his wife. If they are not there ask for the manager. Just tell them what you are trying to do and they can help you. Just say you know another lady who does it.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 10

Ask your alderman to SUPPORT THIS on Wednesday

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-loitering-ordinance-met-20141208-story.html

Apparently it is on the table to go after PROBLEM BUSINESSES in a community and hold them accountable for the bad behavior of patrons.

This would be good for us! In the situation that a business caters to gang and drug people and other undesirables that are a magnet for crime and loiter, throw debris, throw drug needles and parapernelia, rob, deficate...and the list goes on.

Email your alderman and the Mayor and ask them to support this ordinance.

letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org

check for your aldermans' email address!

  • No argument here, gpblight.

    Its so sad how complacent our neighbors have become. They complain to each other but won't take any action, not even to admonish kids and passers by on the blocks not to throw trash on the street where they live.

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    No argument here, gpblight.

    Its so sad how complacent our neighbors have become. They complain to each other but won't take any action, not even to admonish kids and passers by on the blocks not to throw trash on the street where they live.

    That's why bs has been allowed to go on for so long, because no-one ever says anything, and are not willing to hold those who are supposed be in charge responsible for doing their job.

    I got plenty of things to do all day, but I always got time to report an issue to CPD and the alderman. I just wish my neighbors felt the same way. I pay taxes where I live, and refuse to let those who don't dictate where I'm able to comfortably go.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I learned a long time ago to go to the Mayor, the Commissioner responsible, the Inspector General, the Civilian Review Board, the Police Board to get things done. There is also Procurement, The Finance Department, Chief of Staff.

    The biggest mistake a ward person can make is going back to...

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    I learned a long time ago to go to the Mayor, the Commissioner responsible, the Inspector General, the Civilian Review Board, the Police Board to get things done. There is also Procurement, The Finance Department, Chief of Staff.

    The biggest mistake a ward person can make is going back to the same people who do NOT provide the service month after month, year after year, decade after decade, ...until 4 decades pass.

    There is so much waste in City government and City Hall lets employees and vendors get away with it!!! That is why we are as bankrupt as Detroit and Gary, Indiana...

    What most likely will happen is Pensions will get cut like in Detroit. Many city vendors will not be paid. Once the slate is clear then if the same party is in control; they will do it all over again.

    When will Chicagoans learn the DEMOCRATIC PROCESS requires changing partie when things are bad. We are supposed to swing from party to party until one gets it right.

    Oh boy...what will Rauner do?

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Updated Dec 09

Smart Meters

Recently I have had an installation of a Smart meter and while I was waiting to do a cost comparison I figured I would reach out to my neighbors to see if they had done some of this analysis on their electric bills already? I also wanted to see if there were any concerns related or incidents as early installation of these meters were known to cause fires, fines were threatened if refused, and billing issues had been shown to appear in other states.

  • Marcus de la fleur Proud Lawndale resident

    Gpblight and Daniel, thank to for keeping the post alive and information flowing. Please keep it up!

    I cannot make it to the Dec 11 event - have other commitments. But if either of you are going, would you mind reporting back? Would love to hear how the event went.

    Thx

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Marcus, have been to 2 prior xmas parties. They are always nice. They have 5 star food and drinks. The group is interesting.

    A friend has solar panels and wind turbine. She is trying to figure out if she is getting what she is entitled to.

    They tell her that...

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    Marcus, have been to 2 prior xmas parties. They are always nice. They have 5 star food and drinks. The group is interesting.

    A friend has solar panels and wind turbine. She is trying to figure out if she is getting what she is entitled to.

    They tell her that her meters reverse the counter so her usage is lessened every month. She is trying to verify that.

    She has separate software that says by month how much electric and wind she generates. She cannot figure out though the gross usage minus the reverse...that comes out to her bill.

    I don't think the count is accurate because her bill is close to mine without a smart meter turbine, solar.

Dec 09

Paper towels in toilets-

http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20130923/wipes-paper-towels-among-items-clogging-sewers

For those who don't know...putting certain items in the toilet can cause sewer problems in your house, your building sewer and the city sewers.

It is a disgusting problem if it happens. ALL water will not drain from your building and it backs up in toilets, sinks, tubs...all that RAW sewerage backing up is a HUGE problem.

The fix is thousands if the sewer is broken and the pipe has to be dug up.

Had it happen to me...

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http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20130923/wipes-paper-towels-among-items-clogging-sewers

For those who don't know...putting certain items in the toilet can cause sewer problems in your house, your building sewer and the city sewers.

It is a disgusting problem if it happens. ALL water will not drain from your building and it backs up in toilets, sinks, tubs...all that RAW sewerage backing up is a HUGE problem.

The fix is thousands if the sewer is broken and the pipe has to be dug up.

Had it happen to me once...all because a tenant refused to stop flushing paper towels down the toilet. We had to dig 15 feet into the ground. We had to remove 8 ft of gravel to dig the 15 feet down! It costs thousands to have the pipe repaired and that was 30 years ago.

Dec 09

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