22 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Computer Help

I'm looking for someone in the RP area that can clean up my computer. Any suggestions other than taking it to Best Buy or some other large store?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I've met Mike. He's a nice guy, Kelley.

    Dan Tong
    Tong Computer Consulting
    773-465-8064
    drdancm@computersandfood.com

    Dan does the work out of his home on Chase. Be patient if you contact him, though. Currently I think (hope) that he's working on configuring my new computer so that I can dump the antique I'm on now.

  • http://www.procomputerschicago.com/

    I've used this shop a few times for computer crashes.
    They can get your system sorted out!
    Very good service, reasonable prices.

    5152 N. Clark in Andersonville.

Jul 21

Updated 3 hours ago

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Loyola Park

Come enjoy a free performance of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Loyola Park
Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come as you are! This coming weekend, a 75-minute abridged production of Shakespeare’s bewitching comedy is playing in Loyola Park—FREE FOR ALL. Against the backdrop of our beautiful city, experience the wildly entertaining tale about the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the marvel of waking up from the sweetest of dreams.

Rogers Park’s own rock band The Streams, featuring musicians from Loyola University, will kick off the show.

Loyola Park at the Farwell Avenue Entrance
Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Not me, Delmer. We were about midway between left and right and not that close to the front. If anything, we were a bit closer to the beach side.

  • Were you wearing the hot pink tube top and the orange mini-skirt or was that the community activist from down on Pratt?

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Fireworks or gunshots?

Heard multiple bangs last night around 1AM, then the police. Anyone else know anything?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    How did Linda Rose wander in here do you suppose?

  • She had a little too much fermented yak milk before stumbling into the room with the hiccups.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Block party

I see block parties all over Rogers Park and Edgewater but not near me. I was wondering if anyone knew how I could organize a party for my block?

32 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Pockets

Anyone know what's happening with the supposed Pockets on Ridge and Touhy? There's been a whole lot of nothing going on inside the space over the past several months.

  • Maybe it's the same crew that's responsible for apparently a whole lot of nothing at the former Dominick's on Ridge.

  • soder606 Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Reader, Liberal

    I actually called Cermack Market who is supposed to be opening in the Ridge Dominick's location about a month ago. They told me it would open in six months.

18 hours ago

Positive Loitering - Wednesday July 30th 7:00PM

Join us for a Positive Loitering event on Wednesday, July 30th at 7:00PM. We will be gathering at the southeast corner of Morse and Ashland and loitering until 10:00PM.

Positive Loitering has been in practice throughout several neighborhoods in Chicago and is an excellent way for neighbors to begin working together to establish a positive presence out on the streets. While it's far from the only solution, it's part of the solution: neighbors working together and with the CPD toward a better and safer neighborhood for all.

All are welcome to attend including well behaved pets and humans. For more information, contact rogersparkmadebetter@gmail.com. Otherwise, see you there!

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Emerald Ash Borer Damage - Fargo/Greenview area

Neighbors, I am sad to say that I think the Emerald Ash Bores have found our neighborhood. I was walking my greyhounds down Fargo between Sheridan and Greenview, then Greenview to Jarvis, and saw the characteristic exit holes, wood shavings around the bases of the trees. If you own a home in this area, please contact a tree specialist and start treatment immediately to save our shady street!

  • Edgewater gardener Edgewater gardener

    Two weeks ago I was walking along the lake south of Foster and encountered a van with the logo "Tree Savers" that was pulling down a tree. It's seemed oxymoronic, so I stuck my nose in to ask why. Answer?: Emerald beetle, 250 trees coming down along the lake.

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

    Unfortunately, once the trees start showing signs of infestation (missing leaves, missing patches of bark with visible "canals" where the ash borers chew the material between the wood and the bark) - it's almost always too late for a tree. Treating them early and then annually is the only way to save the Ash trees.

19 hours ago

Just A Reminder

Our Conversational Spanish Group is on for tonight at 7:30 at the Heartland.
Anyone interested is welcome.

5 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

What do you think of a Proposal to Rename Jarvis Beach and Park?

I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor...

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I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor of Ms. Mahony Griffin.

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

Mary Mahony Griffin (see photo below taken in 1930 with husband, Walter Burley Griffin) was of the first female licensed architects in the United States, an ambassador of the Chicago-style architecture to the world, and a pioneer for professional women in the first decades of the 20th Century. She was the first employee hired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and became his right hand person. Her design work and watercolors became synonymous with the Prairie Style of architecture.

Her beautiful watercolor renderings of buildings and landscapes became known as a staple of Wright's style, though he never gave her credit for her work. Despite her talents, her work went largely unrecognized during her tenure with Wright.

Mahony Griffin's talents finally emerged from Wright's shadow when she and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, won the international design competition for designing the capitol city of Australia, Canberra (this is why the Consul-General of Australia is advocating for her to be honored). She is celebrated in Australia and Asia, but remains overlooked in the United States, her hometown of Chicago and the neighborhood of Rogers Park where she spent her final years.

Below is a Wikipedia biography of Mahony Griffin's amazing life:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Mahony_Griffin

  • I personally find many of the arguments of how there are more appropriate ways to honor Griffin than renaming Jarvis Beach to be reasonable and often compelling. The problem is the impossible double standard Griffin sometimes faces, one in which Griffin is a nobody despite the evidence brought forth that...

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    I personally find many of the arguments of how there are more appropriate ways to honor Griffin than renaming Jarvis Beach to be reasonable and often compelling. The problem is the impossible double standard Griffin sometimes faces, one in which Griffin is a nobody despite the evidence brought forth that she was a remarkable architect not given her due in Chicago, while R. J. Jarvis must have been a very important Rogers Park resident because it was decided long ago that these places should be named after him. The incorruptible, thoughtful body that decided to name the street Jarvis was your heroes on the 1914 City Council. Unlike almost all the streets named after individuals on the North Side, no one can say where the namesake of Jarvis Avenue lived, when he was born, when he died, what his first name is, what he did in life other than be somebody's friend. Yet he gets a street, a small commercial district, an El stop, and a beach named after him. Tell me one individual with so very little biographical detail who has been honored with so many place names in the city of Chicago.

  • My preference would be to find a different way to honor Marion Mahony Griffin and keep the beach as Jarvis.

39 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

driveby shooting.

Sat 26 shooting at. farwell& clark. One wounded

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Huh! I didn't realize that crime reporting was an alderman's responsibility.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    It was a joke, Robin! He mentioned the other day on some blog that he didn't have time to be a police blotter!

29 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Community Yard Sale

I need to sell a few furniture items and a ton of clothes since I'm downsizing to a smaller apartment. I don't have a yard, tables and a rolling rack to display items. Anyone have any suggestions to help this Graduate student out.

Jun 18

Updated 2 days ago

Personal Trainer and Fitness instructor.

I live in your neighborhood, teach a Fitness class every Saturday morning at 10 am, at LOYOLA beach, close to the tennis courts. If you want to hire me for some Personal Training sessions, you can meet me before or after my class, or you can find some information about me on my internet site : frenchpersonaltrainer.com.
Thank you.

  • RedPanda Lunt Lake Resident

    Great training. Challenging and progressive.

  • holly homeowner rogers park

    Thanks for the great workout this morning Christophe!

  • Christophe French Personal Trainer / Former French Marine

    Thanks Holly for coming with your home maid fruit juice!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Let's Talk Spanish!

Our conversational Spanish group will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28th. at the Heartland Cafe. Want to learn? Want to brush up? Light conversation with others
is a great way to do so and have some fun at the same time.
Barbara

  • I can't make it this Monday but I'd love to participate in the future. Is there an official schedule or calender ?

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Same, hope there are future lessons.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Awesome cat at large on Farwell

We saw this guy tonight on the 1300 block of Farwell near the corner of Glenwood. Anyone know where he belongs? He's friendly and well built. Appears to be declawed. No known gang affiliations. Wish I could take him, but my dog would literally eat him. If someone can help him and needs a hand wrangling him, let me know! Hope he finds a home somewhere, he's too cool to get killed on the mean streets of RP.

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    Yeah my mother lives with cats in the suburbs and they do try to get out. There are many dangers, Feline HIV, larger predators, being hit by cars, abused by sadistic children. The list goes on. I would never allow a pet, if I had one to roam around. Did...

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    Yeah my mother lives with cats in the suburbs and they do try to get out. There are many dangers, Feline HIV, larger predators, being hit by cars, abused by sadistic children. The list goes on. I would never allow a pet, if I had one to roam around. Did I mention fleas or heartworm? I'm glad I did not take him in if he does have an owner. He is such a sweet cat, I would hate to see anything bad happen to him. The cat actually came up to me, lol. That happens like once in 10 years!!

  • Lamar Jackson dodging bullets

    I saw this cat on Wednesday hanging near the viaduct at Farwell. This isn't a street cat and most likely missing. Hope it finds a home. These street aren't purrfect for cats.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

CAPS Beats 2422, 2423, 2424 Combined Meeting 7/24/14

The CAPS meeting for July 2014 will be Thursday, July 24. This is the monthly CAPS meeting for Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424.

The meeting is at 7:00 PM at Chicago Math and Science Academy, (CMSA) 7212 N Clark.

I hope to see you there.

Toni
Beat 2422

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    bump

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Instead of asking questions on EveryBlock about fireworks vs. gunfire, come tonight and ask the police.

  • Toni Police Beat 2422 Facilitator

    Thanks Helen. I met 3 new neighbors last night - that's how building a community works - meeting and talking and working toward a common goal. Everyone has a vested interest in the neighborhood - best to take care of it!

3 days ago

Let's Talk Spanish!

Our Spanish conversation group will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28th. at the Heartland Cafe. Want to learn? Want to brush up? Conversation is a great way to do so and to have some fun at the same time.
Barbara

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

???

Is everyone ok?? What was that? ?

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Kilmer Elementary Dog Park.

If you use the Kilmer Elementary yard on Northshore for your personal little dog park please please place yourself between your dog and the exit.

Just watched a little girl getting attacked by a black and white Pit. Owner woke up in time but really as the owner you should be stationed at the entrance/exit so your dog does not get out.

Right or wrong a lot of people use this space for an impromptu dog park. Be careful when using it.

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    It is really a darn shame what is happening in this day & age. People are more concerned about "dumb" animals & their "rights" than the safety of women & children. Is it a people park or a dog park? I get so tired & annoyed at seeing animals being carried on walks or in those so called "dog/pet" carriages. They have FOUR count them four legs, they should be walking. No excuses.

  • drc Edgewater/Andersonville Border

    Let's not make this about pit bulls please.... as a RESPONSIBLE pet owner (regardless of breed) the owners are responsible fro their animals and to ensure they are leashed and well behaved and socialized. Moreso, the pet should not have been left unattended. Likewise, the girl should have not been unattended.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Construction at Hartigan Beach?

I've noticed construction taking place at the east end of Albion Ave. right adjacent to Hartigan Beach. Can anyone tell me what's going on there? I found an old thread from 2012 saying it's some kind of restoration garden, but I can't find anything more recent than that. If anyone has a link to sketches or renderings of the project or more details, I'd love to see and know more. Thanks!

  • It will be a gazebo-type park area, not unlike the one at Sheridan and Thorndale.

  • Eric 30-year Rogers Park resident

    That lot is just opposite my garage, so I see the construction progress every day. The article that Helen kindly posted above gives you the information on the park. You could say it will be similar to another small park at Thorndale & Sheridan. Same style pergola and similar landscaping....

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    That lot is just opposite my garage, so I see the construction progress every day. The article that Helen kindly posted above gives you the information on the park. You could say it will be similar to another small park at Thorndale & Sheridan. Same style pergola and similar landscaping. Google this address (street view) and you will see what I mean:1000 W Thorndale Ave Chicago, IL 60660 The article states that some residents are concerned about the added foot traffic and gang loitering the park might bring. The fact is that the current state of the property has been attracting undesirables for years. Just getting good lighting out there will drive away some of that. Of course having a park there will attract more visitors than an empty, fenced in lot, but I don't see that as a bad thing. My dog and I are really looking forward to it.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

any one hearing this? ?

Is anyone hearing this ?? What's going on?

  • Spenser Akanni Omigbemi Harris Father , Vet.Conscious. ...A Local

    Thanks I just jumped out of bed , I hear them up on Sheridan.

  • Just wrote this in the other thread in case you didn't see.

    At Sheridan and Fargo: Police and fire crew arrive on the scene (Approximately 1:20 AM) to put out a small fire in the middle of the street, presumably caused by the fireworks. Police attempt to apprehend suspects- at...

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    Just wrote this in the other thread in case you didn't see.

    At Sheridan and Fargo: Police and fire crew arrive on the scene (Approximately 1:20 AM) to put out a small fire in the middle of the street, presumably caused by the fireworks. Police attempt to apprehend suspects- at which point I lost sight since they had gone east towards the beach. Suspects appeared to have avoided arrest. Officers walked back to their squad car. At around 1:30 AM, fire crew left and a second squad car appeared. The two sets of officers pulled up next to each other and are still here talking (1:40 AM).

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Another shooting in Rogers Park last night?

Was there yet more shooting in RP last night, July 21st? Was there a post about this that was taken down? Does anyone know about this?

  • d3 NOH

    the side effect of "just tickets" and decriminalization is the police don't actually respond to calls of people selling drugs now... I don't know that I have a problem w/ that necessarily assuming the sales aren't connected to gangs, and that doesn't seem as likely. And assuming we're talking weed, not heroine being sold on the front lawn. who knows...

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Tax revenue vs expensive Prohibition.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Young dog needs a home!

A friend of mine found a young dog, about 1yo at Walter Disney School in Uptown. After several days of searching, her owners have not claimed her. She's very friendly towards people, dogs and cats. She loves to play and snuggle. She's about 20 lbs, a terrier mix. She is a cutie, and super sweet. My friend cannot keep her because he already has 3dogs. If we can't find someone to foster or adopt her by Thursday, he will have to send her to a shelter. Can you help?

  • Ev

    Oh no, she's beautiful. Maybe the family is out of town, I know my friend lost her girl when she had a caregiver looking after her, thank goodness she found her when she got back in town, maybe, or at least hoping that is the case with her family. If...

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    Oh no, she's beautiful. Maybe the family is out of town, I know my friend lost her girl when she had a caregiver looking after her, thank goodness she found her when she got back in town, maybe, or at least hoping that is the case with her family. If you know the owners name try looking them up on facebook, this is how I helped a family from Michigan get their boy back, he was found in Chicago and they didn't answer their phone so I posted on their facebook page. If you need help with locating the person on facebook or more info, email me their name at E.Sus@comcast.net and I would be glad to help try to get a hold of them

  • Venus the Cat's Mom kinder gentler cat mommie

    My husband wants a dog..and no more cats !!!!!!!!
    Hopefully the info given is enough to help facilitate a home or no kill shelter for this lovely pet .

Jul 21

Updated 6 days ago

More shots fired in Rogers Parks.

About 5 shots fired at 1500 block of Morse at 10:34 pm.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Zone violators

I have trouble on Glenwood ave. specific area finding parking. Everyday after 7pm there are repeat violators. I made a phone call and complaining to 311. I don't mind paying extra for this, just don't like other who do it.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    You do know you can call 911 to report a junk truck parked on a residential street. If you call 311 they will put you thru to 911.

  • Yeah thanks, that happened but still it leaves and returns between 6 and 7, haven't seen a parking ticket on it in about 5 weeks. I have time stamped pic, this guy has two vehicles. He lives near farwell and greenview.

Jul 21

Spanish Conversation Group

Reminder~
Our Spanish conversation group is meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Heartland Cafe.
Everyone welcome.

Jul 18

Updated Jul 19

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival This Weekend

Travel the world this weekend without ever leaving the 49th Ward. Dance to the beat of music as diverse as our community and sample flavors from every continent on the planet at the 9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival this Saturday, July 19th (1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 20th (1:00 to 10 p.m.) on Clark Street between Morse and Estes. I am proud to join the lead sponsor--the Rogers Park Business Alliance--in bringing this marvelous...

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Travel the world this weekend without ever leaving the 49th Ward. Dance to the beat of music as diverse as our community and sample flavors from every continent on the planet at the 9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival this Saturday, July 19th (1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 20th (1:00 to 10 p.m.) on Clark Street between Morse and Estes. I am proud to join the lead sponsor--the Rogers Park Business Alliance--in bringing this marvelous festival to Rogers Park.

Picked by ChicagoTraveler.com for the "Editor's Choice Award" and critically acclaimed and recognized by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic musical lineup, this world music street party continually breaks the mold of Chicago's predictable street festivals. "Make no mistake--the live music acts rival, if not exceed some of those at the Taste or anything else you could find at a Grant Park fest." - allvoices.com

With two stages of live World Music (curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts), Celebrate Clark Street has grown from a large block party into one of Chicago's most renowned and unique street festivals, attracting over 25,000 people annually. The festival has become a mecca for concert and festival goers and Chicago's hippest "globalistas." It highlights folkloric music and dance from around the world and cutting edge international touring bands, redefining the world music genre.

Celebrate Clark Street welcomes families. Circus acts will be performing throughout the festival area, and family activities will include Zumba, face painting, arts & crafts and much more.

The festival is known for hosting many outstanding and critically acclaimed artists and showcasing the diversity of the neighborhood.

For a schedule of festival music and entertainment, visit:

http://www.celebrateclarkstreet.com/schedule/

Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $10 per family.

I look forward to what promises to be a very fun weekend in Rogers Park!

Jul 18

Updated Jul 18

Wil Lewis Memorial Service Scheduled

A memorial service for William "Will' Lewis, the victim of last Saturday's tragic shooting on Devon, will be held next Wednesday, July 23rd, at the Harder Funeral Home in Brookfield, Wisconsin. near his boyhood home.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service as well as from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. All visitations and services will take place at the Harder Funeral Home, 18700 West Capitol Dr., Brookfield, Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial in Wil's name for future scholarship funds:

http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/wil-lewis-memorial/204035

For more information:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/doorcountyadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=william-lewis-wil&pid=171751655&#sthash.G90AECum.YsetJVOs.dpuf

  • support police 35 yr resident of Edgebrook. Landscaping and photo

    Was the shooting gang related?

Jul 17

Updated Jul 18

Community co-working space

Hello neighbors - I'm interested in opening and sharing a co-working space. There'd be space for private offices and common office space. Any interest from local professionals?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    There was one last year on Morse, it came and went pretty quickly. It's possible to perhaps put some of the blame for failure on the operators, but truly, I think the need just wasn't there. The few times I used it, I tended to be the only person there.

    I probably wouldn't utilize a new coworking space if one appeared.

  • The Bezazian Branch Library in Uptown (1226 W. Ainslie) will be opening a small co-working space called The Shift in the next few weeks. Call 312-744-0019 got more info.

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

Hi Folks,

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

Jul 17

Good News: Rogers Park Beaches Some of the Cleanest in Great Lakes Area

It is safe to go in the water in Rogers Park.

When it comes to water quality at the beaches, the North Side Chicago neighborhood ranks among the best, according to a new study.

Juneway Terrace beach and Rogers Beach rank among the best for water quality, according to a study by the National Resources Defense Council, a grassroots environmental group.
Thanks Loyola Student Dispatch for noticing and writing about such good news!
http://loyolastudentdispatch.com/2014/07/16/rogers-park-beaches-among-cleanest-in-chicago/

Jul 08

Updated Jul 17

Mayor's "Working Group" Recommends a $13 Minimum Wage for Workers in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel recently appointed me to a 16-member "Minimum Wage Working Group," consisting of community, labor and business leaders to develop a proposal for a minimum wage in Chicago. The Working Group today submitted a report recommending that the City Council establish a Chicago minimum wage of $13 an hour.

For a copy of the Working Group's full report, visit:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/mayor/general/MinimumWageReport.pdf

To his credit, Mayor Emanuel quickly endorsed the recommendations and pledged his full support when they are brought before...

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Mayor Emanuel recently appointed me to a 16-member "Minimum Wage Working Group," consisting of community, labor and business leaders to develop a proposal for a minimum wage in Chicago. The Working Group today submitted a report recommending that the City Council establish a Chicago minimum wage of $13 an hour.

For a copy of the Working Group's full report, visit:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/mayor/general/MinimumWageReport.pdf

To his credit, Mayor Emanuel quickly endorsed the recommendations and pledged his full support when they are brought before the City Council.

As one of the members of the working group and the lead sponsor of the Big Box Living Wage Ordinance in 2006, I heartily support the recommendations. The current Congress is unwilling to raise the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 since 2009. And it is far from certain the Illinois General Assembly will enact an increase in the state minimum wage beyond the current $8.25.

With the federal and state legislatures at a standstill, it is incumbent upon the Chicago City Council and our mayor to follow the lead of other U.S. cities and enact our own city minimum wage.

Seattle voters recently enacted a $15 minimum wage for their city and San Francisco voters are likely to approve a similar $15 minimum wage proposal when they vote in November. When taking into account the higher cost of living on the west coast, Chicago's $13 minimum wage is approximately equivalent to Seattle's $15 minimum wage.

Chicago's increase would raise wages for approximately 410,000 workers and add $800 million to Chicago's economy over four years.

To give small businesses time to adjust, the Working Group recommended that the $13 minimum wage be phased in over the next four years and then indexed to inflation.

I am proud to have participated in the Working Group and I'm equally proud of its recommendations. A job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it.

  • The bottom line is that people are suffering. Many people are not making a fair living wage. I don't understand how others don't see how this is a problem. How is anyone supposed to live off 600 dollars a month? People should look out for one another, and care if their neighbors are suffering. I am all for raising the minimum wage to 13 dollars an hour.

  • I agree Michelle, no econ study can control for all variables. My only point was that an ongoing study of only this city before/after the MW increase and focused on those areas of the economy most likely to be impacted, controlling for other variable as best as possible, would provide more meaningful data than the referenced study.

Jul 17

Awesome Yard Sale tomorrow Friday 7223 N. Bell 9am

7223 N. Bell just 2 blocks West of Touhy/Ridge. Great stuff! Rice cooker, ice cream maker, bread maker, housewares, antiques, entertaining goods, coffees spices, kitchenwares new and lightly used. See you there! 9am - 3pm.

Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Too much for one night...

Even for me this is getting a bit much having lived here 28 years. Just now had a loud domestic dispute outside at North Shore and Greenview. Police were very quick to respond, broke it up. Family members came out to try to find the persons involved, came back empty handed. So I took my dog out for his final sojourn for the night when a few minutes later the most upset one came back screaming at the top of...

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Even for me this is getting a bit much having lived here 28 years. Just now had a loud domestic dispute outside at North Shore and Greenview. Police were very quick to respond, broke it up. Family members came out to try to find the persons involved, came back empty handed. So I took my dog out for his final sojourn for the night when a few minutes later the most upset one came back screaming at the top of her lungs about killing the b****h. (Actually when she was half a block away I couldn't tell what she was screaming - scared the daylights out of me.) So called 911 again and coincidentally a police car came by almost before I hung up. Told them the situation. They said they would talk to her. Hope it is quiet the rest of the night. Good night everyone!!!

  • Amy Better your world.

    I heard what was probably the same woman a few nights ago ranting and raving about some 'b****h.' I had my phone ready in case it escalated beyond yelling...

Jul 14

Updated Jul 16

Unable to get a zone permit for Rogers Park at local vendor. Why? Anyone else have this problem?

New to the area and just moved in near Loyola. Went to a local vendor and when they used my address i was informed i needed to go to the Aldemans office to get a zone permit number added to my city sticker. The block we live on and several others show Zone 56. The manager even assisted me and just said i needed to go to the Aldermans office. Anyone know why?

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    d3 That would be Texas. It does not say "permanent" or anything else.

  • The police ticket cars heavily for zone 56 east of Sheridan, at least in the surrounding blocks of my place. The zone addition to your city sticker is something like $25. One ticket for no permit is $50 I believe.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 14

Sink hole on Lunt

Engulfed minivan forcing police to close street.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    If these seven City of Chicago Water Dept. guys keep lounging around on the taxpayer dime much longer - we just may have another car or bicyclist fall in.

    Perhaps the growing sinkhole 100 yards to the east of them will collapse, too, then they can build a campfire, roast marshmallows and pitch a tent.

    All on the taxpayer's of Chicago.

  • Joshua M

    Craig you, or a friend, should call Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn and report this. It sounds like corruption and misuse of city resources. Send him your photos. I heard that you do undercover work for the city. Is that true? The police deny it but you can't trust them to tell the truth.

Jul 13

Updated Jul 14

What to do if people are drinking and swarinig in the alley

What to do if people are drinking and swarinig in the alley? Do I call 911?

  • ooops

  • tom 2422 Rogers Parker since 1972

    definitely a quality of life issue... call 911 immediately. Get neighbors to do the same.

Jul 12

Updated Jul 14

Chicago Math and Science Academy Charter Expansion Faces Hearing Monday

See you at the meeting on Monday. Speak up about the expansion of Concept Charter CMSA School (currently under investigation for white collar crime). The hearing, 5-6:30 p.m. at Chicago Public School's headquarters, 125 S. Clark St.. Note: Alderman Brookins, has pulled his support for a Concept school being built on the south side.

Our public education tax dollars needs to go to support Neighborhood CPS schools. Note: past history of Concept Schools administrators giving gifts to politicians to push their agenda.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140711/rogers-park/chicago-math-science-academy-charter-expansion-faces-hearing-monday
http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/new-south-side-charter-school-hold-due-fbi-probe/thu-07102014-749pm

  • Iris Barr I grew-up in the Albany Park/West Rogers Park

    My sons went to Stone Scholastic Academy. Parents were elegible to be on the LCS Board as long as you went through the proper channels, ended up on the ballot, and voted it on. I also worked the LSC election for years. Is it still a lottery system to get into the school you wish your child be selected for

  • joshua, you are right, tho the comment was hard to follow.
    the answer is to set aside slots for different constituencies.
    parents, teachers, academics. put reps from the charters on there, and let them fight for the funding on the floor like everyone else. even studens could be represented.
    elected...

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    joshua, you are right, tho the comment was hard to follow.
    the answer is to set aside slots for different constituencies.
    parents, teachers, academics. put reps from the charters on there, and let them fight for the funding on the floor like everyone else. even studens could be represented.
    elected board is not going to happen. people shouldnt waste their time. they just abolished a joke, what has it been 20 years ago. lawmakers just dont do that

    if you want real accountability, lets charter principles the way we charter charters. instead of the joke of the lsc, make them let the public and all the families into the schools and take a vote.

Jul 12

Updated Jul 13

What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/12/330784587/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-in-chicago

NPA article some people might find interesting. I sure did. All about how we perceive tragedy in Chicago differently from tragedy elsewhere. Here's some quotes I found insightful:

"I think the national media only pays attention to Chicago when its an issue of sheer numbers." But even then, the terminology is still different. "In Chicago, there were [seven] people shot outside of a laundromat, and no one uses the term 'mass shooting,'"

American tragedies don't occur on the southside...

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/12/330784587/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-in-chicago

NPA article some people might find interesting. I sure did. All about how we perceive tragedy in Chicago differently from tragedy elsewhere. Here's some quotes I found insightful:

"I think the national media only pays attention to Chicago when its an issue of sheer numbers." But even then, the terminology is still different. "In Chicago, there were [seven] people shot outside of a laundromat, and no one uses the term 'mass shooting,'"

American tragedies don't occur on the southside of Chicago or the New Orleans 9th Ward. They don't occur where inner city high school kids shoot into school buses or someone shoots at a 10-year old's birthday party in New Orleans. Or Gary, Indiana. Or Compton. Or Newport News. These are where the forgotten tragedies happen and the cities are left to persevere on their own.

We have templates that we superimpose on Chicago and places like it. These templates distort the ways violence comes to bear on individual lives, obscure the patterns that come with that violence, and shape the ways we think about ameliorating it. These are each human-scale tragedies worthy of human-scale consideration. To really understand what happened in Chicago last weekend, we have to be able both to see those shootings as mass shootings, and to see the lives they shatter.

(I posted to RP because that seems to be where people actually discuss things on EB. Sorry to anyone who is offended by this not being a RP-specific issue.)

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    rogerparker, I agree nothing has really changed, but I think the point being made is that our reactions are very different. Pick any mass shooting that's happened relatively recently. The media does spotlights on the victims, and we as a society mourn these people who were killed for no rational...

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    rogerparker, I agree nothing has really changed, but I think the point being made is that our reactions are very different. Pick any mass shooting that's happened relatively recently. The media does spotlights on the victims, and we as a society mourn these people who were killed for no rational reason. When the people innocently doing laundry were gunned down in Chicago, no one paid attention to the victims. Why? Could it be because they were poor and black? Or is it because we have become cold and unempathetic to anything associated with the term "gang-related"?

  • Barry C Farmer

    "hampered by a history of corruption that makes any move they make suspect"? That's a vague and provocative assertion can you fill in some detail? What corruption? What would be suspect?

Jul 12

Local Writer Releases New Humor Book

101 Ways to Get Lice: A Remedy to Society's Little Parasites is now available at Wolfbait & B-girls in Logan Square, and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu. I also placed a copy in the community book section at Common Cup on Morse Ave - if it is still there, please check it out. If not, I hope the person that took it enjoys it.

Written by a local Rogers Park author, me to be exact, 101 Ways...

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101 Ways to Get Lice: A Remedy to Society's Little Parasites is now available at Wolfbait & B-girls in Logan Square, and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu. I also placed a copy in the community book section at Common Cup on Morse Ave - if it is still there, please check it out. If not, I hope the person that took it enjoys it.

Written by a local Rogers Park author, me to be exact, 101 Ways to Get Lice is a look at particular things people do that are annoying, illogical, or just plain silly, such as wearing socks with sandals, guessing the ending to a movie, and refusing to eat the crust of a piece of pizza.

Please check it out and spread the word to help support a local artist.

Thanks.

Jul 12

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Jul 10

Updated Jul 10

Pothole on Greenview and Northshore

Garbage Filled Pothole on Greenview and Northshore

  • I am so sorry about the wording of that post. New phone!! Excuse the repetitiveness in the beginning! Didn't mean for it to sound goofy.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    I say let's do a "Follow me Friday" at the pothole on Greenview and North Shore.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 10

Huge Growing Pothole

There is a large hole in the center of the road next to the round about on Pratt between Sullivan and the grade school. The growing crevice is now filled with garbage. It has gotten to the size of a garden unit. Pretty soon there will be a "for rent" sign on it.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 08

Lucas Foundation Reveals Plans

A stunning combination of crisp and soft architectural elements is being considered for the new Lucas lakeshore museum. It will unify the crisp and angular elements of McCormick Place with the soft and roundish elements of Soldier Field's aluminum implant. Lucas said it will be a Yin and Yangy reflection of Chicago's bipolar character. An underground nuclear reactor will provide all the building's energy needs and pipes drilled under the lake will support a geothermal heating and cooling system so...

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A stunning combination of crisp and soft architectural elements is being considered for the new Lucas lakeshore museum. It will unify the crisp and angular elements of McCormick Place with the soft and roundish elements of Soldier Field's aluminum implant. Lucas said it will be a Yin and Yangy reflection of Chicago's bipolar character. An underground nuclear reactor will provide all the building's energy needs and pipes drilled under the lake will support a geothermal heating and cooling system so that the museum will be completely self reliant and pull energy from the local grid. A support fleet of turbo-charged hover craft will ferry museum visitors between Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor and the Northerly Island harbor thereby unifying the Chicago museum experience.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 07

Top Box Food Orders

Hey Everyone, if you would like to order from Top Box Foods, Monday is the deadline. The boxes will be delivered to United Church of Rogers Park on Saturday July 12 between 12:30 and 1:30. If you don't know what Top Box Food is, please visit their website. http://www.topboxfoods.com/

  • Just a reminder, today is the last day to order for Saturday's delivery. Anyone can order.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 07

White House Hosts Ald. Moore's Staff at Participatory Budgeting Meeting

The 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process once again is receiving recognition from the White House. My chief-of-staff, Betsy Vandercook, and my participatory budgeting liaison, Cecilia Salinas, were invited recently to attend a day-long meeting at the White House to discuss their experiences with participatory budgeting in Rogers Park.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy organized the meeting and co-sponsored it with the Participatory Budgeting Project, which is the organization that helped me launch "PB" in the 49th...

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The 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process once again is receiving recognition from the White House. My chief-of-staff, Betsy Vandercook, and my participatory budgeting liaison, Cecilia Salinas, were invited recently to attend a day-long meeting at the White House to discuss their experiences with participatory budgeting in Rogers Park.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy organized the meeting and co-sponsored it with the Participatory Budgeting Project, which is the organization that helped me launch "PB" in the 49th Ward. They brought together community organizers, residents, funders, researchers and technologists to share best practices and identify next steps for expanding and deepening PB.

As reported in the White House OSTP blog, Betsy and Stanford University Professor Ashish Goel demonstrated a new online voting tool piloted at last May's 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting election. The tool is already showing great promise as a way to help community members easily access information about their voting options.

Betsy and Cecilia were joined by leading researchers, such as Gianpaolo Baiocchi of New York University, Tiago Peixoto of the World Bank, and Alexa Kasdan of New York's Community Development Project, who also spoke about the positive effects of participatory budgeting, and new evaluation techniques for measuring and communicating these impacts.

As Josh Lerner, the Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project noted, when the 49th Ward launched participatory budgeting five years ago it was "an obscure idea in the U.S. Now, as the White House has recognized, it's a best practice for civic engagement, used by over 40 cities, districts, universities, schools, and other institutions across the country".

Congratulations once again to the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee and all the scores of community volunteers who have made participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward a national model!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Please, you just posted that you hate all politicians everywhere.

  • (How ironic that the post was on the thread "Stop the Spam," Al I.)

Jul 04

Updated Jul 07

Is there a permit for this?

A street party with beer, grills, and music we can hear 1½ blocks away, and with or without the illegal firecrackers that were just shot off somewhere near, is happening on the north end of the block of Wolcott Avenue between Estes and Touhy avenues. The scene is blocked off by cars parked across the street. No sign of any sponsoring organization, nor do I recall any advance no-parking notices that might identify it as permitted. The smells are good and the music not really objectionable, but has a permit for closing the street been issued, or are people who just decide to have fun and close it being allowed to do so?

  • Half right: Arrogant bicyclists are no better than arrogant drivers. But if people didn't have to get block-party permits, they'd be able to shut down public streets at will. Could we really tolerate that? I think not.

  • joyeliya Albany Park Resident

    I agree with Bill!

Jul 06

Here Comes the Sun Walking Club canceled for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Just a friendly reminder that Here Comes the Sun Walking Club will not be meeting this Tuesday, 7/8/14 but will meet-up on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Join us as at our new time, 7 AM - 8 AM (or until you need to leave) as we meet, mix, mingle and mend in front of our Rogers Park Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Vallee's Office at 1154 West Lunt, Suite #1 (across the Street from the Growling Rabbit) prior to walking. Why? Because living is good.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 02

What happened??

What happened to the person who was pulled from the lake yesterday? I read that he died but what were the circumstances? later, the beach was closed.

  • Here's a cool website that will show which beaches are closed.

    http://www.cpdbeaches.com/home.cfm

  • Willy M chocoholic

    Apparently the circumstances were that the kid fell or jumped off the pier and drowned. The beach was closed later on after getting reports of contaminated water from untreated poop flowing out of Wilmette harbor. The incidents were unrelated.

Jun 23

Updated Jul 02

CAPS Meeting - Combined Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424 - June 26, 7 PM

The June CAPS meeting will be Thursday, June 26. This is the monthly CAPS meeting for Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424. The meeting is at 7:00 PM at Chicago Math and Science Academy, (CMSA) 7212 N Clark.

There will be updates on changes to beat meetings, where, when, and how starting later this year. It's important to be involved in your neighborhood and to watch out for your neighbors.

If anyone is interested in joining our walks, picnics, games in the park please send me a private message.

I hope to see you Thursday.

Toni
CAPS Beat 2422 Facilitator

  • Toni Police Beat 2422 Facilitator

    The topic of MY post is not about aliases, aliens, or any of the usual banter. Please start your own xxxxx sessions elsewhere.

  • The whole point is to hijack posts that people would otherwise want to discuss, if not for the idiots and jerks who have no other purpose here than to prevent discussion and replace it with inane pointless drivel.

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