22 hours ago

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Faisal Khan's Chief Investigator and Chief of Staff Investigated for Ethics Violations

The Sun-Times reports another in a long list of examples of the lack of professionalism and ethics in the Office of Legislative Inspector General, led by Faisal Khan. An investigation has been launched against his chief investigator and chief-of-staff, Kelly Tarrant, for alleged breaches of the Governmental Ethics Ordinance.

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/investigator-city-council-ig-faces-ethics-questions/tue-12162014-736pm

Ms. Tarrant took a "leave of absence" from her job at the Legislative Inspector General's Office to do political work for Alderman Bob Fioretti, one of the aldermen her office...

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The Sun-Times reports another in a long list of examples of the lack of professionalism and ethics in the Office of Legislative Inspector General, led by Faisal Khan. An investigation has been launched against his chief investigator and chief-of-staff, Kelly Tarrant, for alleged breaches of the Governmental Ethics Ordinance.

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/investigator-city-council-ig-faces-ethics-questions/tue-12162014-736pm

Ms. Tarrant took a "leave of absence" from her job at the Legislative Inspector General's Office to do political work for Alderman Bob Fioretti, one of the aldermen her office is supposed to be policing. She then returned to Khan's office to resume her investigator and chief-of-staff duties.

The City's Board of Ethics opined that the allegations are "troubling, and without question implicate the integrity of the City's ethics investigation apparatuses and structures and ought to be investigated" for, among other things, possible violations of the City's Ethics code.

Long before the Office of Legislative Inspector General was created and Faisal Khan came on the scene, I called for the City's Inspector General's Office, now led by a true professional, Joe Ferguson, to be given the authority to investigate the City Council. I renew that call today. Faisal Khan's and his office staff are an embarrassment to the City and should be eliminated.

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    Spot, you speak for Don Gordon & Associates, making it not so interesting or even unusual that many of us would criticize you... especially since Gordon refuses to speak for himself on EB. Don Gordone uses trolls and that you are.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Joe -- You say in your defense: "An allegation, especially an allegation brought by a discredited, amateur investigator, is not equivalent to a finding of guilt. In short, you ignore a principle as old as our republic--one is presumed innocent until proven guilty."
    The same can be said of Tarrant,...

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    Joe -- You say in your defense: "An allegation, especially an allegation brought by a discredited, amateur investigator, is not equivalent to a finding of guilt. In short, you ignore a principle as old as our republic--one is presumed innocent until proven guilty."
    The same can be said of Tarrant, as that investigation hasn't been concluded either.

    The City's ethics ordinance and your "reform" proposal aren't worth the paper they're written on. As it is now, all aldermen are charged with making decisions on simple zoning issues ranging from sidewalk cafes, to awnings, to signage. That creates a pay-to-play environment that has been absolutely toxic in this City! Do you propose any reforms on that front?

46 hours ago

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Follow Me on Friday to Celebrate the Holidays at the Mayne Stage and Mezz Gallery

Join me for a special holiday season Follow Me on Friday this Friday, December 19th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. as we enjoy some stunning visual art and musical art at the popular Mayne Stage and Mezz Gallery, 1328 W. Morse.

We'll start the evening in the Mezz Gallery, located at the mezzanine level of the Mayne Stage, where we'll enjoy some delicious appetizers and a complimentary beer, wine or soda courtesy of Act One Pub. The Mezz Gallery exhibits the...

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Join me for a special holiday season Follow Me on Friday this Friday, December 19th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. as we enjoy some stunning visual art and musical art at the popular Mayne Stage and Mezz Gallery, 1328 W. Morse.

We'll start the evening in the Mezz Gallery, located at the mezzanine level of the Mayne Stage, where we'll enjoy some delicious appetizers and a complimentary beer, wine or soda courtesy of Act One Pub. The Mezz Gallery exhibits the work of Rogers Park artists and celebrates the diversity of our neighborhood by capturing the community's point of view on social, ecological, political, and creative matters in a two-dimensional format. All exhibits are open to the public.

Rogers Park artist Kate Tillman's work is currently on display. She uses a combination of photograph negatives and oil paint to create stunning artwork. The photographs juxtapose crumbling man-made structures with the classic beauty of nude figures.

At 7:00 p.m., join me downstairs at the Mayne Stage for two free performances to celebrate the holidays. The Cult Camp Productions Company will start the night, regaling us with delightful holiday carols.

And at 8:00 p.m., we'll rock to the music of Expo'76, who will perform their eclectic list of hits and obscure cover tunes! Expo‘76 is made up of five Chicago musicians, led by Dag Juhlin and backed by a fantastic horn section. You'll hear them gleefully careening from ‘70s AM radio ear candy into walloping road house dance tunes. They chime their way through a new wave nugget with the same exuberance that they slap around a swinging, jazzy blues number or a folk revival sing-along.

3 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Rogers Park holiday rebate program

Saw (belatedly) the SSA rebate program for shopping in ROgers Park is on again this year. One question--the website (www.rogerspark.com) states the stores must be "independently owned." Can anyone clarify what this means? Does this exclude all the many chain stores which are practically all the stores in the Special Service Area? Don't they pay that tax, too?

  • d3 NOH

    Morse Market would be included I believe ... CVS/Family Dollar/Marshalls would not be. Most Radio Shacks are company-owned, a small fraction are independently franchised.

  • Bonnie's mom In R.P. Since 1981

    Doesn't leave a whole lot of places to shop at!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

CAPS Beat Meeting - Beat 2431

Greetings Neighbors!

There will be a CAPS Beat Meeting on Tuesday, December 23rd at St. Jerome's Church. The meeting will be from 7 pm to 8 pm, and is being held in the Church's BASEMENT NOT the PARISH HALL. (Someone will be out in the gangway directing traffic) The Parish Hall is being used by the Church for a function that they are holding that evening and we are being switch to the basement of the church.

This IS a formal CAPS Beat meeting and Officers WILL be present. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas to help make the beat better.

Hope to see you there!

John

4 days ago

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Dec 09

Updated 2 days ago

Shootings

Given the recent two shootings have involved a robbery and a gun, does anyone else think they're the same guys? I hope we can figure out who they are soon.

  • You know what? If Mutahir's family read that, they would be upset. But I guess you don't care.

  • JJ in rogers park Rogers parker

    It is pretty clear that I disagree with your opinion. Armed robberies happen. Just look on the south Side over the weekend, poor high scool kid murdered in an armed robbery. I don't believe that it was a drug deal gone bad. There wer several armed robberies under the same...

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    It is pretty clear that I disagree with your opinion. Armed robberies happen. Just look on the south Side over the weekend, poor high scool kid murdered in an armed robbery. I don't believe that it was a drug deal gone bad. There wer several armed robberies under the same viaduct by the same people. So I guess armed robberies do happen. I am sure the police are investigating, that is what they do. But in the absence of any other evidence it is irresponsible to proclaim it a drug deal gone bad. Especially, since the facts we don know, would seem to discredit that theory. Now if you have specific information share with the investigators. It unfair to the victem to just proclaim a drug deal without facts. Now if your theory pans out and the investigation validates your theory, I will be the first to admit I was wrong. It just is not fair to the victem to make such unsubstantiated assertions. And even if it was a drug deal that does not justify murder.

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3 days ago

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Lost ring - long shot

I lost a ring last night at the xsport on Touhy in Skokie. I'm pretty sure someone found it and took it for themselves. I am offering a reward if it is returned. It has a ton of sentimental value to me. I know this is a long shot but I'd do just about anything to get it back.

Dec 09

Updated 3 days ago

Any thoughts on the planned Hampton Inn Rogers Park?

Just discovered that last night there was approval for a 6 story Hampton Inn to be built on the corner of Albion and Sheridan Road. Completion expected during the Summer of 2016. Any thoughts? I'm a homeowner and drive this area daily. Although my main concern is horrendous traffic, I do think it would be good for the local economy.

  • looks like my description of sing-song speech struck a chord with you, Steve. You perfectly exemplify what I was talking about.

  • Hard drinkin' Lincoln ahh! A torrent of psychological abuse!

    It builds character and prepares the kiddos for the future by having to commute to school.
    By god I was bussed out of my neighborhood to the yuppie kid middle school instead of getting to walk a few blocks away.

4 days ago

This week at the Red Line Tap

This week at the Red Line Tap - https://www.facebook.com/redlinetap

Monday: The Red Line Tap open mic Hosted by Micki and Ian
Sign up at 8 pm / Music at 9 pm

Tuesday: Closed at 8 pm for the Red Line Tap and Heartland Café Employee Christmas Party

Wednesday: The Bulletboys / Sleeze / Stone Cold Outlaw / Teeze

Thursday: Vicarious Venues Presents: The Feral Ghosts / The Rewrites / 521 Briar / Shaun Hoffman

Friday: Flabby Hoffman Presents: Axe Mans Bridge / Vamplifier / The Headspins

Saturday: Joe Buck Yourself / Depravos De La Mour / The Getouts

Sunday: Jimmy Bennington’s Colour and Sound

The Red Line Tap
7006 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
www.redlinetap.com

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Common Cause Honors Alderman Joe Moore "2015 Champions of Democracy!" "

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, sponsor of the "Fair Elections" public financing question on the upcoming February 24 ballot, and past sponsor of Common Cause-backed measures calling to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and (successfully) stop the partisan takeover of the Chicago Tribune. http://act.commoncause.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=7221&em_id=3183.0

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Everyblock isn't that popular, but it's as popular as ever according to Alexa.

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    It would be cruel and unusual to deny a therapeutic alternative for the Peg Wolfes and Anne Sullivans in the world. What would they do without EB? Please be compassionate and gentle to those of us who suffer from psoriasis and the heartbreak of our crush on the Cubs.

Dec 13

Updated 5 days ago

Ald. Moore to be honored by Common Cause Illinois

An email from the good government organization, Common Cause, of which I'm a member, landed in my inbox on Friday. Joe Moore will be named one of the 2015 Champions of Democracy at a Gala in February:

"Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, sponsor of the 'Fair Elections' public financing question on the upcoming February 24 ballot, and past sponsor of Common Cause-backed measures calling to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and (successfully) stop the partisan takeover of the Chicago Tribune."

http://act.commoncause.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=7221&em_id=3183.0

  • JohnL Retired old foggey.

    Not to be believed.

  • JMG

    CPS is the only appointed school board in IL. Like too many things in Chicago it has been used to reward cronies rather than excellence. Appointed school boards have promoted a privatization agenda, imposing charter schools in the most vulnerable neighborhoods and neglecting neighborhood schools with the connivance of aldermen like Joe Moore.
    Elected school boards work for Evanston, Willmette, Hinsdale etc. and can work for Chicago.

Dec 11

Updated 5 days ago

Parking Ticket

Got a ticket for parking on Ravenswood between Farwell and Morse. Said I didn't have a city sticker. I moved here in May and haven't had a sticker and have never gotten a ticket. I'm confused. Anyone know what's up? It's a $200 ticket.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    What would be fair and equitable is if a Chicago police officer notices a car with a Chicago plate but no sticker, (s)he would write a warning and make a record of it--and if the car still has no sticker within 30 days of the warning, then write the ticket....

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    What would be fair and equitable is if a Chicago police officer notices a car with a Chicago plate but no sticker, (s)he would write a warning and make a record of it--and if the car still has no sticker within 30 days of the warning, then write the ticket.

    Sure would be great if there were a way for all new arrivals to be contacted (by neighborhood or block clubs, Aldermanic offices, realtors, etc.) and either given or e-mailed a “Welcome to Chicage Handbook” or a link thereto. Probably “Welcome” signs at Amtrak and Metra terminals and both airports, with a link, hashtag &/or QR code could accomplish this.

    When I moved here from Seattle in ’78 (and thought I’d be here only a couple of years), I had no idea I had to register my car here, get a sticker and an IL driver’s license until three months later when I got my first (and last) traffic ticket--fortunately, the cop gave me a verbal warning about those things (though the red-light ticket wasn’t dismissed till after I sat through the instructional movie). I didn’t know about CTA “Owl Service,” “A” vs. “B” L stations, discounted monthly RTA (no such thing as “Metra” back then) passes, that you could get light bulbs from ComEd, and the infamous “dibs.” I found out about the latter when I asked why my otherwise unfurnished apt. came with a decrepit dinette set; but didn't understood what “dibs” were until the Blizzard of ’79 hit.

  • The city sticker is simply a vehicle tax just like the state sticker on your plates. Just because you park in a garage doesn't mean you don't need to have one because it's not about parking on the city streets it's more about taxing each registered vehicle that resides in Chicago.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Gun shots?

I live near Newgard and north shore and just heard a series what what sounded like gun shots nearby. Can anyone confirm or know what it was?

  • Yep, fireworks. Watched them out of my window at Farwell and Greenview. They were to the north and west of me.

  • CPinRP A Rogers Park neighbor since 2006

    Confirming they were fireworks. It was on my block and the best part was that there was a marked police car right there. The cop just pulled over and walked over to talk to the folks setting them off.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Sirens around eastlake

What's Going on? Police scanner app have been disabled for only Rogers park as well. At least on the app I have.

Sirens for like 10-15 mins already.

May 20

Updated 6 days ago

Cermak grocer on Ridge and Pratt?

Does anyone know when they are scheduled to open?

  • The Grand Opening has been changed to wednesday Dec 17 at 9:00 am.
    We've waited patiently all of this time i guess we can stand waiting another day.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    I can confirm that.

Dec 08

Updated 6 days ago

Holiday Cookie Baking Event ( For SENIORS )

The 24 th Police District CAPS Office and the Peterson Garden Project
are hosting a holiday cookie baking event for local SENIORS.

It will take place at the Broadway Armory. ( 5917 N. Broadway )

RSVP : Sgt. Sisk 1 ( 312 ) 7 4 4 - 6 3 2 1

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    You can't fool me, Dee. You're not eligible.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Can I lick the bowls and spatulas?

Dec 09

Updated Dec 11

Gene just got a Trailblazer Badge

Wow, I feel so much better.

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    Super, freaking fantastic Gene! You have been inducted into the fastest growing network of Trailblazers that includes our favorite DesPlaines Republican Joe Lake. Please be honest Gene. Who did you have to pay off and how much did the corrupt, under the table exchange cost you (wink, wink)? As Joe and his friends always tell us, it's a world of Pay-to-Play out there. Thanks for joining in the fun and hitting the orange button.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Gene, if we get a convention together of true RP Trailblazers, I hope you'll come.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 11

Helen Just Got a Trailblazer Badge Too!

I've joined the club and I'm sooooo proud.

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    Just the facts Joe; just the facts.......

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Welcome to the club, Susan! FebGirl, go to your profile page and click on "Learn more about badges" then follow the instructions. Dee, you need to join too so that you can come to the convention.

Dec 06

Updated Dec 09

Backwards America

Apparently, murder is only bad if a white man shoots a black man...

Where are the riots for black on black crime? No where, because blacks will never ever take the blame. But the SECOND a a white man shoots a black man? All hell breaks loose.

Don't you think this is a little backwards?

  • Tremaine No Rahm. No Moore.

    Why so many people hurt? It's obvious Need For A Change knows what he's talking about. No explanation needed, just read how he overwhelms his opponents. WitchcraftChrist, My dad is Irish and my mom AA. Thank you for being civil to me.

  • WillyBeanz happy happy happy

    YOIKS!! I don't think anybody's hurt here! But if anyone is, what is your price for a full hour massage, Maureen-Tremaine? It might get everyone feeling better.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

A Walk To The Lake

We took our walk to the lake last night. Around eight. The moon cast a swath of light over the lake. What a gift! I pulled my parka hood up and covered my head. We started our walk back along Pratt. The wee men's heads sculpted into an apartment building. "LOVE" spelled out in lights in a window. We were joyous and happy to be alive. Suddenly, a string of police cars sped by us, heading east. We turned around...

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We took our walk to the lake last night. Around eight. The moon cast a swath of light over the lake. What a gift! I pulled my parka hood up and covered my head. We started our walk back along Pratt. The wee men's heads sculpted into an apartment building. "LOVE" spelled out in lights in a window. We were joyous and happy to be alive. Suddenly, a string of police cars sped by us, heading east. We turned around thinking we might see where they were going. It was something big. We saw nothing. We resumed our walk home. We stopped at the corner of Glenwood and Pratt to cross Pratt, north to south. A police SUV stopped in front of us. The driver, alone in the car, stared at me (not my partner) for a minute or 2. Feeling awkward, I said "Hi". Silence. He then turned right onto Glenwood. And that was it. "What was that all about?", I said to my male companion. I have never had a policeman do this to me. He never uttered a syllable. He never offered an explanation. He just drove off.
Okay, so here's my point. I still had the hood of my parka on. Had I been the victim of "profiling"? I am a female who was standing on a corner to cross the street. Since the officer didn't do me the courtesy of telling me what this was all about, I was dumbfounded. As we resumed our walk home, I thought and thought. The only reason I could come up with why the officer did this to me was...my parka hood. Had I become a victim of stereotyping? Had I become a possible "perp" because I had a hood on my head? Yes, I concluded. Be careful, blacks and whites, when you pull up your hood. You might have the experience I had last night. BUT, never let it spoil a beautiful walk to the lake.

  • I can't really vouch for the "parka with hoodies" contingent--but as a member of the "trench with pumps" group? I've had countless once/twice/thrice silent lookovers by police while they're in pursuit of a perpetrator, and I'm walking in the specific area where a situation is occurring. I've never thought twice...

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    I can't really vouch for the "parka with hoodies" contingent--but as a member of the "trench with pumps" group? I've had countless once/twice/thrice silent lookovers by police while they're in pursuit of a perpetrator, and I'm walking in the specific area where a situation is occurring. I've never thought twice about it (as I'm sure if I had to...they'd make it quite known), and just "smile with my eyes" and ensure my hands aren't making gun shapes.

    One time, though, an officer kept staring at my hair. To the point where I finally mentioned that there wasn't anything in there. I guess some women with big hair use it to hide shivs or shanks? He apologized, and said that he just thought my hair was pretty.

    Never really know what's going through someone's head. :)

  • I find it very annoying and rude when the police won't say what's going on in my neighborhood. The cops should get to know the dog walkers. We know what's up in the neighborhood better than most people, we're out on the sidewalk 3-5 times a day.

Dec 04

Updated Dec 09

Things are looking up at Gale

I am happy to relay to everyone that Gale Math and Science Academy (despite the budget cuts and everything else going on in and around the school) has raised their academic score to a Level 2 school.

No small feat, that is largely due to the efforts of the Students, Teachers, Staff and community/political allies. Thank You - I could not be prouder of the work that has gone into the school!

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I am happy to relay to everyone that Gale Math and Science Academy (despite the budget cuts and everything else going on in and around the school) has raised their academic score to a Level 2 school.

No small feat, that is largely due to the efforts of the Students, Teachers, Staff and community/political allies. Thank You - I could not be prouder of the work that has gone into the school!

In other great news - OS4 is being implemented, with some meaningful investments both in the students, faculty and staff. (One of our neighbors is Deputy Director of the program -- nice to see a Rogers Parker at downtown CPS office who understands the neighborhood and our needs).

We still have outstanding facility issues and budget concerns - but things are starting to look up for the northern most school. Please continue to support and advocate for the school and our neighborhood kids as we continue transform and strengthen Gale.

  • EmilyPD A grand adventure is about to begin.

    Suzanne, thanks for sharing, but I see that other than donating money, you're not currently involved in any efforts. I know I'm being critical, but so are you in this case.

    I've got a solid 10 years of volunteering with minimal gaps in a variety of efforts. My husband &...

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    Suzanne, thanks for sharing, but I see that other than donating money, you're not currently involved in any efforts. I know I'm being critical, but so are you in this case.

    I've got a solid 10 years of volunteering with minimal gaps in a variety of efforts. My husband & I are actively involved in 7 organizations that assist at-risk individuals in Chicago, one of which includes opening our home for extended periods to young mothers &/or their children with no compensation. I've experienced the struggle firsthand myself & now continuously through those who I seek to assist & I still have managed to stay positive about the improvements made at Gale. Making inquiries is justified, but as others have pointed out, you do have a tendency towards negativity, which I find unpleasant.

    I also noticed that you expressed that you "hope" I "will be able to" send my child to a CPS, as if I have a choice in the matter. Yes, my child(ren) will likely be better off than many CPS students, but the fact remains that public schooling is our only option. Many parents send their children to these schools because they do not have any other choice. While I thoroughly agree that more parental involvement from a lot of these parents would be ideal, I don't know how to make that happen, especially when they are constantly hearing about how terrible their CPS is, which gives them little motivation to take an active role. The whole situation troubles me & I can't help but be annoyed by people like you heavily criticizing circumstances you do not & probably cannot understand.

    Whenever I encounter this sort of situation, a certain quote always comes forth:

    “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Just try to keep that in mind. I realize my "advantage" in this situation is being a product of the "system" myself, but I think it applies well to all those commenting.

  • ABianca CeaseFire Illinois

    Great news! Thanks Kyle for your dedication to our children's education!

Dec 03

Updated Dec 08

Unneighborly Fest 2014

EveryBlock moderators must be having a hard time keeping up with the naughty posters here in Rogers Park. Let's do our part to bring this site back to civility by using that unneighborly button, folks! It's political season so there are lots of reasonable and sometimes heated discussions to be had but there is absolutely no reason for the nastiness and personal attacks to be tolerated. Thank you.

  • WillyBeanz happy happy happy

    Be kind to others!

  • Mother Olson is watching you

    Oh dear Sarah I do apologize if I have written anything about anyone you know and especially if it was offensive. I honestly don't know that I've mentioned anyone specific by full name in a serious manner that would be of concern to anyone unless they perceived they were the person I was supposedly mentioning but if I have caused anyone hurt I am sorry.

Dec 07

Updated Dec 08

Sun God Greets Jewish Brothers And Sisters : Happy 2014 Hanukkah

I Hope All Jewish Brothers And Sisters Have A Blessed Hanukkah, Chanukah, Chanukkah. I Hope All Jewish Children Have Fun With A Dreidel. Nas Gadol Haya Sham! Good Luck Winning The Chanukkah Gelt!

  • Sun God King of Death, Sorcery,Necro, Witch,Shadow,Sith

    Biz hundert un tsvantsik!

  • Sun God King of Death, Sorcery,Necro, Witch,Shadow,Sith

    Ad bi' at hago' el Jewish Brothers and Sisters!

Dec 03

Updated Dec 06

Parking Space

Hi...looking to rent a parking space within a few blocks of the 1300 block of West Estes?

  • Thank you... called Trilogy... on a waiting list!

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Yes, thx Helen!

Dec 05

Parking space

Looking to rent a parking space or garage near Lunt/Paulina! Let me know if you have any information to help me with this search!
Thanks!

Dec 04

Updated Dec 05

GMSA is a recipient of the Creative Arts Grant!

Gale Math & Science Academy received news that it is one of the recipients of the Creative Arts Grant. Over 90 schools will receive funding from this grant to implement additional art programming for the 2014-15 school year. Congrats to our staff.

Dec 03

Updated Dec 04

City Council Votes to Increase Minimum Wage in Chicago to $13

In a historic vote, the City Council yesterday voted to increase the minimum wage for workers in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019. I was proud to be one of the lead sponsors of the measure.

The ordinance will increase the wages of approximately 410,000 Chicago workers, inject $860 million into the local economy, and lift 70,000 workers out of poverty.

A job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it. Workers should be paid enough...

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In a historic vote, the City Council yesterday voted to increase the minimum wage for workers in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019. I was proud to be one of the lead sponsors of the measure.

The ordinance will increase the wages of approximately 410,000 Chicago workers, inject $860 million into the local economy, and lift 70,000 workers out of poverty.

A job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it. Workers should be paid enough to support their family and give them a fighting chance to reach the middle class.

The ordinance will increase the minimum wage in stages to help small businesses adjust to the increase. The minimum wage will rise to $10 next July, $11 in 2017, and a final minimum wage of $13 by 2019. After 2019, the minimum wage will increase automatically at the same rate as the cost of living.

The ordinance also increases the tipped minimum wage in Chicago by $1 over two years from the current state minimum of $4.95 to $5.45 as of July 1, 2015 and $5.95 as of July 1, 2016, and will be indexed to inflation every July 1 going forward.

I was part of a 16-member "Minimum Wage Working Group," consisting of community, labor and business leaders that last summer proposed a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. The City Council members of the Working Group are pictured below (photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune). They include (left to right) Alderman Patrick O'Connor, 40th; myself; Aldermen Will Burns, 4th; Walter Burnett, 27th; Ameya Pawar, 47th; and Emma Mitts, 37th.

To his credit, Mayor Emanuel quickly endorsed the recommendations of the Working Group and pledged his full support.

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    And,BTW, does anyone really believe that $13.00 an hour in 2019 will be a 'living wage'?

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    "And,BTW, does anyone really believe that $13.00 an hour in 2019 will be a 'living wage'?" With the DJIA rapidly approaching $18,000 as we slowly climb out of "The Great Recession" there is no telling what will happen to our cost of living, rates of inflation, etc. The only good thing is that in basic economic theory, as inflation grows, unemployment should continue to decline.

Aug 02 2012

Updated Dec 04

Something You Should Know About Clothing Donation Boxes

I just learned today that some of the clothing drop-off boxes sprinkled in parking lots throughout the city are for-profit entities. I assumed the Gaia boxes, for instance, was a non-profit. This Tribune article reports that recycling used textiles in developing countries is a billion dollar industry! http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-14/news/ct-met-clothing-donation-boxes-20110514_1_collection-boxes-clothing-donation-big-charities/2

Lesson learned: From now on I will take my clothing donations directly to Goodwill or Salvation Army drop-off centers (which also saves THEM money) so I know the non-profits that serve people in need actually benefit from my donation.

Props to A-mazing Events for spreading the message. I had no idea: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151003318028719&set=a.338775168718.148528.178200143718&type=1&theater

  • Oops . . . sending my hard earned cash . . . .

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    There is a lot of mixed info out there about the Salvation Army depending where you look. I am one of those people who takes a lot of postings with a grain of salt. The Trans housing is a complex issue. Should the trans person be housed with the current...

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    There is a lot of mixed info out there about the Salvation Army depending where you look. I am one of those people who takes a lot of postings with a grain of salt. The Trans housing is a complex issue. Should the trans person be housed with the current sex they "legally" are now? or the sex they identfiy with? I personally support Salvation Army AND Howard Brown and other charities. Someone pointed out to me once that Howard Brown "favors" LGBT people--interesting point. I think they all do good work and to learn more about their policies call their head offices.

Dec 04

Sun God Request To Know why Some White People Hate Black People?

The 44 Million American Blacks And The 1 Million Chicago Blacks Want To Know Why Some White People Don't Like All Black People?

Nov 19

Updated Dec 04

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Candidates filing in the 49th Ward for the Feb. 24, 2015 election: Six.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Candidate Status in the above link is noted as either Candidate or Challenged.

Dec 02

Updated Dec 02

Join Me Today to Support Participatory Budgeting in Chicago and Nationwide

On this "Giving Tuesday," please support the work of the Participatory Budgeting Project, the non-profit organization that helped me bring participatory budgeting to the 49th Ward and is now working to expand the 49th Ward's "PB" model to cities across the nation.

As a small non-profit organization, PBP depends on the support of individuals like you to expand and deepen its work and bring democracy to Chicago and cities across the nation.

To donate, visit:

https://participatorybudgeting.nationbuilder.com/donate?submit.x=19&submit.y=27&utm_campaign=2014gt1&utm_campaign=2014gt1&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=participatorybudgeting&utm_source=participatorybudgeting

For more information, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156113_322.htm

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    Participatory Budgeting is as open, democratic and American as are apple pie, townhall meetings and square dancing. PB, as some call it, opens up the democratic process, builds community through personal interaction and allows a sense of ownership of positive changes in the community. PB is about as fundamentally American a governing process can be and it was invented here in Rogers Park by Joe Moore. Let's celebrate and not denigrate.

  • Greg626: It was not invented by the Alderman. Alderman Moore was and is the first Politician to implement Participatory Budgeting in the United States.

Dec 01

Updated Dec 02

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Rogers Park's First Winter Festival--Polar Palooza!

In the summer, Rogers Park comes alive with numerous street festivals and events, including the enormously popular Celebrate Clark Street and the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. But in the winter, our neighborhood tends to hibernate.

Well, hibernate no more.

Join me this weekend as we kick off the holiday season with the first annual Polar Palooza Festival. The festival takes place this Saturday, December 6th, from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 7th, from 12:00 noon to 9:00...

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In the summer, Rogers Park comes alive with numerous street festivals and events, including the enormously popular Celebrate Clark Street and the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. But in the winter, our neighborhood tends to hibernate.

Well, hibernate no more.

Join me this weekend as we kick off the holiday season with the first annual Polar Palooza Festival. The festival takes place this Saturday, December 6th, from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 7th, from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m., at the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza (6550 N. Sheridan).

I am pleased to be one of the sponsors of Polar Palooza, together with Loyola University's Community Holiday Party Committee, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Sheridan Road Special Service Area.

For the first time ever, the trees along Sheridan Road will be illuminated in holiday lights, as some of the city's "coolest" bands take to the stage.

For a schedule of the bands, visit:

http://starevents.com/events/winter-festivals/polar-palooza/

The event will also feature a synthetic ice skating rink, a Christmas tree lot, holiday shopping at unique and socially conscious vendor booths. Enjoy pizza, sliders, brats, funnel cakes, and mulled wine and beer from some of the city's best restaurants, including Act One Pub, Bullhead Cantina, Hard Water Bar and Grill, Heartland Cafe, R Public House and Rogers Park Social.

Arts and crafts, face painting, holiday cookie decorating, peep-thru photos, stilt walkers and costumed characters will delight kids of all ages. Take a ride through Loyola's campus on one of Santa's "sleighs," and round out your weekend with a visit to the New 400 Theater for unlimited holiday movies all day Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free, but you must purchase a $5 wristband to enjoy the movies, the synthetic ice skating, Santa's sleigh ride, and the kids' arts and crafts and cookie decorating.

Parking is available for $5 at 1225 W. Loyola (just west of Sheridan Road).

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Block Captain Obvious, Rocket Surgeon

    So you figure repeating yourself in a totally unrelated post will get results? How about just more roll-eyes from everyone else. Since I live around the corner from this event, it's useful information for me, whereas your comment does nothing useful. Seriously, you know what it's called when someone keeps...

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    So you figure repeating yourself in a totally unrelated post will get results? How about just more roll-eyes from everyone else. Since I live around the corner from this event, it's useful information for me, whereas your comment does nothing useful. Seriously, you know what it's called when someone keeps doing the same thing over and over , somehow thinking there will be a different result? HE'S NOT GOING TO ANSWER YOU HERE. You're just wasting everybody's time and making people not want to bother with EB at all.

    Maybe you and that nutter Christ can put a post together with all your obnoxious comments in one place. Oh right, he's already done that. You could simply join him.

  • JCV My head hurts.

    ^^ For serious.

Nov 06

Updated Dec 02

How is Joe Lake, resident of Desplaines Illinois able to post in this neighborhood?

It it dishonest to post in neighborhoods that one doesn't live in and pose as a resident? Does Rogers Park have a suburban troll problem?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Carla, I'm beginning to think you really don't know much about RP at all.

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    Who ever Carla is she or he is total bonkers and doesn't know anything about Rogers Park.

Nov 28

Updated Nov 29

Overnight Parking Ban on Clark Street Begins Monday at 3 a.m.

I am writing to remind you that Chicago's annual "Winter Overnight Parking Ban" on Clark Street, from Howard to Devon, begins this Monday, December 1st at 3:00 a.m. The parking ban is clearly posted and will be enforced December 1st through April 1st from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., regardless of snow.

The one-and-a-quarter-mile portion of Clark is part of a 107-mile network of critical arterial streets where the parking ban is put into effect each year. The parking ban...

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I am writing to remind you that Chicago's annual "Winter Overnight Parking Ban" on Clark Street, from Howard to Devon, begins this Monday, December 1st at 3:00 a.m. The parking ban is clearly posted and will be enforced December 1st through April 1st from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., regardless of snow.

The one-and-a-quarter-mile portion of Clark is part of a 107-mile network of critical arterial streets where the parking ban is put into effect each year. The parking ban enables the City to keep vital arterial streets free of snow from curb to curb in the event of a major storm.

Cars parked in violation of the overnight ban prevent critical routes, such as Clark, from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. During a snowfall, a build-up of snow next to parked vehicles on these routes further reduces traffic flow.

Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee (minimum), a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day. Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to 701 N. Sacramento.

For a map of the Overnight Parking Ban routes, visit:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Snow20112012/Snow%202013%20-%202014/2014_15_Winter_Overnight_Parking_Ban_Map.pdf

Nov 26

Updated Nov 29

God declares Mother Olson supreme sorceress and ruler of Rogers Park, world.

I, Mother Olson, hereby declare that I am the supreme leader of all beliefs, organizations, and inanimate objects including witches, demons, Angels, chambers of commerce, delivery services, potholes, and fire hydrants. None shall be more powerful than me. If you wish to have an audience with your new ruler, I will be at the Oasis bar on Tuesdays between 7-9pm. Thank you.

  • Tj O'Pootertoot I can count to potato

    If you are the gatekeeper I am the keymaster

  • JCV My head hurts.

    Just this morning I opened my fridge and there was a snarling demon inside it. I knew something was up...

Nov 26

Updated Nov 28

Owner of Clark and Estes Property Cited Again for Illegal Dumping

City of Chicago Department of Public Health inspectors yesterday issued citations to the owner of the vacant lot at 7070 N. Clark Street (southwest corner of Clark and Estes) for illegally dumping non-permitted fill at the property.

This was the second time the owner, Jason Vondrachek of Quest Realty Group, was cited for illegal dumping. Vondrachek was fined nearly $10,000 last May for dumping illegal fill at the same property. He was also cited for engaging in demolition work without...

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City of Chicago Department of Public Health inspectors yesterday issued citations to the owner of the vacant lot at 7070 N. Clark Street (southwest corner of Clark and Estes) for illegally dumping non-permitted fill at the property.

This was the second time the owner, Jason Vondrachek of Quest Realty Group, was cited for illegal dumping. Vondrachek was fined nearly $10,000 last May for dumping illegal fill at the same property. He was also cited for engaging in demolition work without a permit and a “stop work” order was issued against him.

He failed to appear at a hearing last July and a default judgment order was entered against him.

In a surreptitious attempt to avoid the stop work order, Vondrachek applied for a demolition permit in August, listing the address as 1767 W. Estes rather than 7070 N. Clark. My office has brought this to the attention of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings and have asked that the demolition permit be rescinded in light of the subterfuge.

Vondarchek’s company purchased the property last year after it had been foreclosed. A mixed-use condominium and retail development had been planned for the site, but it fell victim in 2008 to the Great Recession.

My Ward Superintendent, Dan Murphy, brought the latest incident of illegal dumping to my attention earlier this week and my office immediately asked City’s inspectors to investigate.

If you witness any dumping or demolition work at the site, please contact my office immediately, ward49@cityofchicago.org, 773-338-5796.

  • Sometimes i throw chocolate chips in with the mix. Sometimes hand smooshed blueberries. Regardless the grade b maple syrup at trader joes is amazing. It's like straight bee penile extract right in your mouth.

  • Also not trying to be witty sire. I am witty. Not trying to screw up anyone breakfast either. So I appreciate your clarification. I'm sure anyone who was with you for thanksgiving was a lucky person.

    Give me a holler if you ever need to refinance or have any questions.

    Kind regards,

Nov 26

Updated Nov 27

A friend of mine was approached at knife point

A friend of mine was just approached at knife point by a man at the shell on Sheridan and Touhy. He was able to tell the owner and run away. Be careful out there.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Please tell him also to report this to the police if he didn't do so.

  • Description of the would be attacker?

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    That corner is turning into a hotspot.

Nov 26

Updated Nov 27

Shooting at Devon & Ridge (9:20pm)

At 9:20pm, police were in persuit of of a vehicle, from which several shots were fired. The vehicle was described as a newer model, black Jeep Liberty.
The actual shooting occured at a strip-mall, at Devon and Ravenswood.

The victim of the shooting was dropped off at the Shell gas station, at Devon & Ridge. The victim is described as a male Black, 26-years-old. He was shot in the arm, and appeared coherent and his injuries appeared stable.

Nov 23

Updated Nov 26

St. Baldricks Jarvis square?

Hi guys,
Last year after seeing St. Baldrick event in Jarvis square I decided to commit myself to doing this for March 2015? I'm wondering if the event has been made final dates yet? I'm going stir crazy with my hair long as it is and I want it gone so sooner the better I know the date for 2015 more I am deal with the final yard.

  • Amy Better your world.

    Yes, we'll be doing it again this year. Well make sure to get dates prayed to EB when they're final.

  • Meli Manak OFFICIAL ACCOUNT

    Thanks Amy! Looking forward to it!

Nov 26

Updated Nov 26

Alderman Moore to appear on CAN-TV's "Political Forum" Tonight at 7 p.m.

Hear the latest neighborhood and City Hall news without leaving the comfort of your home. I will be appearing on Cable Access Network's (CAN-TV) live call-in, "Political Forum" program. The show will air TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 26th), 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., on cable channel 21 and streamed live online at http://www.cantv.org/live.

This will be your chance to get the latest updates on news in the 49th Ward, including the 49th Ward's upcoming Participatory Budgeting process; the significant progress we've made...

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Hear the latest neighborhood and City Hall news without leaving the comfort of your home. I will be appearing on Cable Access Network's (CAN-TV) live call-in, "Political Forum" program. The show will air TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 26th), 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., on cable channel 21 and streamed live online at http://www.cantv.org/live.

This will be your chance to get the latest updates on news in the 49th Ward, including the 49th Ward's upcoming Participatory Budgeting process; the significant progress we've made at our local schools, including additional resources we've been able to obtain for Gale School; the new businesses that have opened in our community; and the significant progress we've made at reducing the uptick of violence, which occurred last summer.

With the holidays coming up, and in my role as Chairman of the City Council Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, I'll also talk about all the family friendly holiday events the City will be sponsoring in the coming weeks.

It's a live call-in show, so please phone in with your questions and comments on these or any other topics.

  • It might be nice if you took a pause from crediting yourself for things you had nothing to do with.

    Maybe you can talk about your dirty tricks to kill public input on the elected schools board issue. Or your campaign ethics violations. Maybe outline your pay to play strategies! Or how to shut down a small business as retaliation? And don't forget to call the moderator a filthy word.

  • Maybe we should all make sure to call the show with our questions?

  • jenna! love is the law

    I wish it were a debate between Mr. Moore and WitchCraft Christ.

Nov 18

Updated Nov 25

Aldermanic Debates?

Good heavens there is a lot of banter on this forum about our local ward politics. In the weeks or months leading up to the city elections, are there any scheduled formal debates between the candidates? If not, there should be! A lot of people speak for the candidates but it would be wonderful to hear from them in person.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Joe -- Interesting history!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Suzanne, I'll bet you wish you had challenged Susanne Atanus' petitions.

Nov 23

Updated Nov 25

2431 Community Meeting - Tuesday November 25th

Tuesday November 25th - 2431 Community Meeting for residence in the boundaries of Lunt Ave to Pratt Ave and Clark St. to Lake Michigan. It will be at St. Jerome's Parish Hall from 7 pm to 8 pm. Officers will NOT be present. Come out and meet your neighbors, and bring your questions and ideas on how to improve the beat! We need to work together to keep our beat safe and friendly!! Hope to see you all there!!

Nov 23

Updated Nov 25

CAPS Beat 2422 November Meeting

The CAPS meeting for Beat 2422 will be Tuesday, November 25, 7 PM at Willye White Park facility at 1610 W Howard. The police will be attending this meeting to hear your concerns, give stats, and provide any updates they have on previous issues.

If you have any new issue that needs to be listed - please bring it to the meeting or email me with concerns if you can't attend. On the flip side, if you have noticed any positive change, please mention it. We all live here and we're all trying to make it a safe neighborhood.

I hope to see you Tuesday and have a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Toni
Beat 2422

Nov 24

"Getting Ready to Stop Smoking"

Loyola University, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students are presenting a six part interdisciplinary health education series at the new Heartland Health Center-Devon, 1300 West Devon. The sixth session, "Getting Ready to Stop Smoking" will be presented on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 1pm -2pm.. The event is free. Light snacks will be served. All are welcome.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 23

in defense of weeds.

so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know...

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so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know anything about wildflowers or native food plants.
i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.
yes, many native plants have sprung up on my farm. yes, i let a lot of them grow, thrive and even seed.
BUT, nothing is allowed to stay unless it serves a purpose.
i do weed my weeds.
i eat my weeds.
i feed my weeds to my critters.

so, if i can eat it, i let it grow. if it makes an edible seed, i let it grow.
if pollinators frequent it, i let it grow.
if birds eat the seeds, i let it grow.

we harvested 2 kinds of mustard for human use.
we harvested a couple bushels of amaranth.
green corp kids harvested 4 big burlap bags of poor mans pepper, and a large pile of lambs quarters. (which grow beyond the arbitrary height of 4')

my chickens have feasted on an armload of fresh weeds 3-4 times a week since spring. their favorites gets sorted out where they are out of place.
when something threatens a crop, i pull it out.

read more-https://www.facebook.com/MoahsArk/posts/774485855906429

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