4 days ago

Updated 17 min ago

You can't have it both ways, Alderman Moore

Alderman Moore was spotted campaigning with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Yet, he's gone on record backing Mayor Rahm Emanual's campaign.

"Joining Garcia in earning the IVI-IPO’s endorsement were several incumbent aldermen who are among Emanuel’s reliable City Council supporters. They include aldermen Pat Dowell (3rd); Will Burns (4th); Anthony Beale (9th); Willie Cochran (20th); Walter Burnett (27th) and Joe Moore (49th)."

SOURCE: http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/321441/ivi-ipo-endorses-garcia

I believe we've got a flip-flopper. Is the Alderman of the 49th Ward running so scared that he's gotta play both sides of the fence? Is that what we want in an Alderman? A disingenuous politician that will say anything to get elected?

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @Craig_Gernhardt - What would have been a better strategy for you Craig was to claim that your three posts from earlier in the week were intended as political satire. That way, we all could have had a laugh. But now you are trying to defend your posts by equivocating but you contradict yourself in the process.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I HAVE A PICTURE!!! PICTURES ARE TRUTH!!! ... screamed Captain Photoshop to no one in particular.

32 hours ago

Updated 19 min ago

Why Joe Moore Will Not be Getting My Vote This Year

Why Joe Moore will not be getting my vote for Alderman this election

I’ve never had anything against Joe Moore. During my time in Rogers Park, he’s always gotten my vote, and I think he’s generally done a more than adequate job. Furthermore, there have been no challengers I believed would do a better job. That is true again this year. I am not a supporter of Don Gordon or John Beacham, and will not be voting for either of...

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Why Joe Moore will not be getting my vote for Alderman this election

I’ve never had anything against Joe Moore. During my time in Rogers Park, he’s always gotten my vote, and I think he’s generally done a more than adequate job. Furthermore, there have been no challengers I believed would do a better job. That is true again this year. I am not a supporter of Don Gordon or John Beacham, and will not be voting for either of them, at the same time, this election I will also not be voting for Joe Moore.

I’m certain my abstaining from the Alderman’s election will have little effect on the outcome; however, I believe I’m not alone in my disappointment, and perhaps from our collective ennui we can give rise to a viable candidate in a future election.

The Problem with Moore

No politician is perfect, and politics is a game of compromise. There are a couple of issues that Moore has disappointed me on, such as supporting the proliferation of speed and red light cameras in our city. I’ve never been ensnared by one (my wife has), but my opposition stems from a quality of life stance. We have enough taxes as is, and these cameras are a backhanded way to grab revenue, without making things safer. I want to live in a city where it’s possible to make mistakes without having to pay a $100 fine for the privilege.

If the city wanted to make intersections safer, they would lengthen the yellow. It’s a proven method for reducing accidents in busy intersections, and yet in Chicago, we’ve installed cameras and held tightly onto the shortest allowable yellow lights.

Additionally, Joe Moore used to be a voice against the status quo and the overreaching hand of the mayor. Moore has now aligned himself with Mayor Emanuel in ways that discredit his earlier steadfastness. But I get it. To bring resources to the 49th Ward, it’s helpful to be on good terms with the mayor. But these are not the reasons Joe is not getting my vote.

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  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Uh Joe - he did vote for you and still lost his right to complain. There's the irony!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    This is a whole bunch of nothing. MAYBE, if you wanted to fault Joe for something here, is maybe he moved too quickly to give this guy the brushoff, or that perhaps he could have done so more politely.

    But overall? This is some rando with a magic street plan that has 0% of ever being implemented. If I were the alderman I'd be rolling my eyes every time I ran into this guy, too.

33 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

Selling condo and need local realtor

I am moving for a new job on the west coast and have decided to sell my condo. It's big with 2 beds and 2 baths. East of Sheridan.

I am looking for a realtor who knows the Rogers Park market

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I'd recommend Dirk Gould; you can see his comment above. My wife and I have worked with him previously. I think he knows the neighborhood well. Found him to be easy to work with and a nice guy. He would definitely be our go-to guy if we were needed a real estate agent today. (And like others have suggested; check each potential agent's comment history; you'll see Dirk has been around here a long time, helping other folks solve problems.)

  • Please stop. Again, my coming on here for realtor recommendations does not mean I have any interest in your childish spats. It's weird.

    In fact, I think I have all the recommendations I need. Thank you to those who helped. I do appreciate it.

2 days ago

Updated 22 min ago

"Liberated" house on Ridge

A few years ago the house at 7245 Ridge went through foreclosure and the owner moved out. The house sat empty for a year, and then about 2 1/2 years ago some people somehow got in, and took over the house. They have lived there as squatters, paid no rent, and demanded that Citibank give them the house. Citibank has gone through a long process to get them evicted, but their demand now is that the house be sold to...

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A few years ago the house at 7245 Ridge went through foreclosure and the owner moved out. The house sat empty for a year, and then about 2 1/2 years ago some people somehow got in, and took over the house. They have lived there as squatters, paid no rent, and demanded that Citibank give them the house. Citibank has gone through a long process to get them evicted, but their demand now is that the house be sold to them for $200,000. The house is large and worth considerably more. Why do I care? Because they are terrible neighbors. There are condo buildings on either side, and they have parties from April through November that go on until 2 a.m. They are unresponsive to neighbors who ask them to quiet down. The property is a mess. This house was on the news tonight on Channel 5, and there will be more to come. Thoughts?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I guess I've been living my life all wrong, paying my mortgage and property taxes

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Now dealing with the last steps of my parents' home foreclosure and repossession in Minnesota, I'd love it if squatters moved in and made the bank's life hell, after what they put the rest of us through. But yeah, I don't envy what neighbors are going through here; sounds painful.

29 hours ago

Updated 27 min ago

Decatur Classical School Forum

After careful consideration, Decatur Classical School should remain open in our 50th Ward.

If CPS can build a $114 or $127 million (by some estimates) school (Jones College Prep) with a 500-seat auditorium, underground parking and a swimming pool on the top floor (7th Floor), then Decatur Classical School can and should remain open at the present location.

A couple of years ago Edgebrook Elementary School at 6525 North Hiawatha Ave. took about 12 months with minimal impact on the...

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After careful consideration, Decatur Classical School should remain open in our 50th Ward.

If CPS can build a $114 or $127 million (by some estimates) school (Jones College Prep) with a 500-seat auditorium, underground parking and a swimming pool on the top floor (7th Floor), then Decatur Classical School can and should remain open at the present location.

A couple of years ago Edgebrook Elementary School at 6525 North Hiawatha Ave. took about 12 months with minimal impact on the students, during a new building addition. The new STEM ready and modern addition practically doubled their student capacity.

As your next 50th Ward Alderman, concern parent and educator I will fight to make our Decatur Classical School stay open and ready for business for our kids!

I encourage all 50th Wards candidates – Peter, Debra, Sharjan & Zehra to accept my invitation for a public community forum dedicated on our neighborhood Decatur Classical School. Let’s make it happen for our 50th Ward families!

I’m running for a new start, I’m running for us, and I’m very grateful for your support!

Parent, Educator & Technologist

Independent 50th Ward Alderman Write-In Candidate FUJI

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Mr Shioura - With the important issues in the ward, like empty storefronts and increased gang activity, why are you so focused on technology?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    What's next, QR Codes for Better Trash Collection? You're too micro-focused, dude. God forbid you won, you'd be so inwardly pointed at your individual blades of grass that you wouldn't be able to get any of the regular expected work done.

16 hours ago

Updated 48 min ago

The Keeley Consulting Group Gjennomgang og Hvordan Forvandler Enkelt Inn I En Effektiv Leder

Gjennom menneskets historie, har ledelse spilt en avgjørende rolle i instilling orden, stabilitet og harmoni, fra den minste enheten som er familien til den største sivilisasjonen som noensinne har eksistert ved på jorden. Vurdere familien og den må ha en leder figur i far og mor, en slags tohodet institusjon som har overlevd i så lenge mennesker har. Hver har en bestemt rolle å oppfylle og, faktisk, utfyller hverandre for å gjøre sosiale enheten en effektiv treningssted for fremtidige ledere...

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Gjennom menneskets historie, har ledelse spilt en avgjørende rolle i instilling orden, stabilitet og harmoni, fra den minste enheten som er familien til den største sivilisasjonen som noensinne har eksistert ved på jorden. Vurdere familien og den må ha en leder figur i far og mor, en slags tohodet institusjon som har overlevd i så lenge mennesker har. Hver har en bestemt rolle å oppfylle og, faktisk, utfyller hverandre for å gjøre sosiale enheten en effektiv treningssted for fremtidige ledere også. Uten familien, vil hele samfunnet falle. Og selv virksomheten og industri vil ikke ha grunnlag for modellering funksjonene som en ressurs for gode ledere.

The Keeley Consulting Group ( http://www.thekeeleygroup.com/ ) anerkjenner verdien av utmerket lederegenskaper og arbeider hardt for å gi de nødvendige prinsippene som vil hjelpe utvikle enkeltpersoner og bedrifter i effektive resultater komponenter av samfunnet. For virksomheten å gå utover bare pengene-gjør venture blottet for praktisk, kulturelle og åndelige fordeler for mennesker, en sterk ledelse program etablert på testet og varige prinsipper alene gir et solid grunnlag for den moderne verden...

Les den her: https://www.rebelmouse.com/camfraser/the-keeley-consulting-group-gj-963256217.html

6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

40th Ward Candidate

Does anyone know if Alderman Patrick O'Connor has an opponent this election? Glossy campaign literature (8X10) singing the praises of Alderman O'Connor arrives in my mail weekly, there are copious O'Connor yard signs, and an O'Connor billboard in Andersonville where Clark and Ashland fork in the road - paid for by his citizens. Smiling faces of white folk citizens appear in the literature - no people of color. Interesting. Wonder if we will have a choice at the poll.

  • Yes, 40th Ward voters will have a choice this election … Dianne Daleiden. She’s lived here for 30 years and has a different approach -- she actually listens to you. She wants an honest government that remembers who they represent, average Chicagoans. Check her out at www.dianne4ward40.com, fb Dianne Daleiden and Twitter @DianneDaleiden.

5 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Help Loyola Park win an Imagination Playground

Help us great some great equipment for the kids at Loyola Park! Vote daily for "Loyola Park of Chicago Park District"
http://www.imaginationplayground.com/vote-for-an-imagination-playground.html

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Garage Break In / West Ridge

We have a newer style garage that our neighbors found open yesterday afternoon, and kindly closed it for us. One very expensive road bike is missing, similar to photo attached (Klein Quantum Race, with red Rolf wheels and a carbon fork). The door has never bounced so its possible they hacked the code. Looking into it some more and filing a police report but wanted to give a heads up to the neighborhood! Not a fun feeling.

30 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Rapper Targeted in 2 Shootings That Killed Others Is Now In Jail

DNA.info (Rogers Park), Jan. 30, 2015
http://bit.ly/1DngzrT

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @ptgrp - There are gangs in Rogers Park and because there will be disputes between gangs, there will be gang-related violence. Because of the high availability of firearms, there will be shootings, people will get hurt and, undoubtedly, people will die as a result. I do not write this to...

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    @ptgrp - There are gangs in Rogers Park and because there will be disputes between gangs, there will be gang-related violence. Because of the high availability of firearms, there will be shootings, people will get hurt and, undoubtedly, people will die as a result. I do not write this to be insensitive to the issue, I am just stating a fact. We can only hope that Chicago gangs will start waking up to the same reality that L.A. gangs have discovered which is, gang violence does not solve their problems and does not advance their cause. Time will tell.

  • Those are weasel words.

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Is the Don Gordon Campaign Being Honest?

I have been at my current RP residence for nearly 17 years. I am a registered voter and interested in the future of the neighborhood. After all, I am a property owner and have made an investment. After visiting http://www.gordon2015.org and reading some of the material on that site, I noticed an invitation at the bottom of the page which reads: "To ASK ME ANYTHING or simply participate in a lively discussion of the issues, please visit our FB group...

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I have been at my current RP residence for nearly 17 years. I am a registered voter and interested in the future of the neighborhood. After all, I am a property owner and have made an investment. After visiting http://www.gordon2015.org and reading some of the material on that site, I noticed an invitation at the bottom of the page which reads: "To ASK ME ANYTHING or simply participate in a lively discussion of the issues, please visit our FB group and request to join...". So, I did just that and requested to be added to the group.

However, it seems that my request was denied and I am unable to access the page. This leads me to question the sincerity of the Gordon campaign. Does this mean I am not allowed to ask Mr. Gordon questions via FB? Does this mean that, as a resident, I am not welcome to engage in a "lively discussion"?

  • Absolutely dude.

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    Okay so Studs won't get my vote this year thanks to barriers to having write-in candidates. As I said before, he would still make a better alderperson from the grave than most of those deadbeats that populate the city sewage chambers. It looks like I will have to take a...

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    Okay so Studs won't get my vote this year thanks to barriers to having write-in candidates. As I said before, he would still make a better alderperson from the grave than most of those deadbeats that populate the city sewage chambers. It looks like I will have to take a pass and get to the polls to vote for Chuy Garcia for mayor.

    By the way, all political candidates should be pressured regardless of where they sit in the various chambers of the city and state pecking order of bossdom to come out and oppose the adding of a state tax on retirement income including pensions and Social Security at least for those households making less than 200,000 dollars. As Rauner has intimated his goal is to make Illinois a "business friendly" state and get us more in trouble by cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy. Guess who will be expected to make up the difference.

    The politicians gave nice benefits for years to businesses and banks at the expense of underfunding or not paying their fair share of pension costs. Now they scream foul after convincing public workers to take less pay and not renegade to the private sector where they would be paid more in exchange for a secure pension that would not be taxed. It is easy to turn bitter taxpayers against their own, who also pay taxes, given their feelings of being caught in an economic vice. "Does it look like you might have a slightly better future than I then screw you!"

    Will the Republicrats Rauner/Emanuel push to tax the corporations and the wealthy. No. They will squeeze you with more parking fees, tickets and fines, direct and indirect taxes and higher costs on purchases. They peddle the same trickle down BS (implied) "Make the billionaires richer and you too will get to the promised land." Wake up.

3 hours ago

Snow Removal services offered

Hello neighbors i offer reasonable prices for snow removal/plowing of driveways, alleys, parking lots ect. Im in Rogers Park but can go as far as Lakeview. You can call or text me at (224)246-6762

3 hours ago

Home needed for sweet Brutus

Profile of Brutus: Black, Weight: 60-65 lbs.
Breed: Medium size American Pitbull Terrier, Age: 9 yrs. Old
Temperament: Very friendly, extremely gentle with people, adults and kids. Loving, affectionate, sweet gentle giant type of pooch, loves to go on walks, enjoys being next to you and very loyal to the family. Smart. He's overall very healthy and extremely playful. I literally rescued him off the street from his previous neglectful owner who threatened to take him to the shelter that...

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Profile of Brutus: Black, Weight: 60-65 lbs.
Breed: Medium size American Pitbull Terrier, Age: 9 yrs. Old
Temperament: Very friendly, extremely gentle with people, adults and kids. Loving, affectionate, sweet gentle giant type of pooch, loves to go on walks, enjoys being next to you and very loyal to the family. Smart. He's overall very healthy and extremely playful. I literally rescued him off the street from his previous neglectful owner who threatened to take him to the shelter that night and put him to sleep if I didn't take him. So I decided keep him with me until I found him a good, caring and loving home. I also got him neutered and I received a clearance from the vet stating he's in excellent condition and healthy. Overall, he's just a great dog that needs a lot of love and attention. The sweetest dog ever!
He's great on the leash and easy to walk. He does not pull at all or show any signs of aggression towards other dogs. But it is recommended he be supervised around other dogs off the leash or at home. Basically he's harmless but supervision around other pets would be wise. Additionally, he does not bark much for the most part. He just loves to be around people. And of course, play with his ball.

ANY INQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FRANKIE
773.253.1389 Frankie
frankiebn@gmail.com

20 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Planned Touhy Rogers Ridge Intersection

Here was the plan I saw. Alderman Moore has stated that nothing is set in stone and that a meeting is being planned to allow for more community input, perhaps in March.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I wonder what the alderman for the west side of Ridge has to say about this. My guess would be " "

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Thanks for posting the plan Brad. I had no idea something was in the works as far back as five years ago when this was drawn up. While this may be some sort of an improvement, as you indicate, it doesn't address the confused and aggressive WB drivers drifting into...

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    Thanks for posting the plan Brad. I had no idea something was in the works as far back as five years ago when this was drawn up. While this may be some sort of an improvement, as you indicate, it doesn't address the confused and aggressive WB drivers drifting into or speeding across Rogers. Since this was conceived, traffic has gotten worse, the amount of cars heading west on Touhy during rush hours is worse than it was 5 years ago. Im anxious for the opportunity to hear from the city and the engineers and to see if there is any consideration for increase in traffic volume since this was conceived. Thanks for stirring this up Brad.

45 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

ups package stolen?

Either it was stolen within an hour or UPS faked delivery on Estes near the lake. Will sign in the future.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Tintin, depending on where you live, there's also a UPS store on the Plaza level at the Gateway Mall.

  • There is also a store on Morse that just recently started to accept packages from UPS too. It's across the street from Bullshead Cantina.

28 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

The controversial plan for fixing Rogers, Ridge and Touhy

I'm not saying this plan is the best...but it would at a minimum, I believe, fix the problems of the Rogers, Touhy and Ridge intersection. I'm sure folks out there can point out a myriad of problems it would create that I'm not seeing...so I welcome any improvements or edits.

  • Jon Davis Rogers Park resident

    I fail to see any controversy with either CDOT's proposed plan, which was a direct result of Participatory Budgeting -- and oft-delayed because of Peoples Gas and other utility work there -- or yours.

    Your plan is interesting, but I think it fails on the Damen leg. Damen between Rogers...

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    I fail to see any controversy with either CDOT's proposed plan, which was a direct result of Participatory Budgeting -- and oft-delayed because of Peoples Gas and other utility work there -- or yours.

    Your plan is interesting, but I think it fails on the Damen leg. Damen between Rogers and Touhy can't be a two-way street unless you remove all curbside parking there, and good luck with that. Even if you could do that, I'm dubious that it could carry the traffic load. And even if it could, I doubt CDOT would allow one block of Damen, which is one-way southbound from Howard to Pratt, to be a two-way. The net effect of doing so, I think, would be to trade one conflict point for two.

  • Hi Jon, Thanks for the feedback. My plan called for Damon to remain a one way, but to reverse it, so that it's a one-way northbound. Regarding parking, my plan would have called for angled parking on the one-way stretches of Touhy and Rogers - which should actually increase the amount of parking dramatically for the affected blocks.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Why is a Joe Moore staffer being paid by Chicago to work at a non-profit of Joe's choice?

This issue was raised in another thread and labeled "off-topic" so I thought it made sense to give it a stand alone thread.

Ann Hinterman has a full-time $40k job in Moore's office, but she's also been assigned per Joe's announcement to the Farmer's Market: "I agreed to assign my young new staff assistant, Ann Hinterman, to serve as its part-time market director. As a result, the market is financially solvent and has become a Sunday morning institution."

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This issue was raised in another thread and labeled "off-topic" so I thought it made sense to give it a stand alone thread.

Ann Hinterman has a full-time $40k job in Moore's office, but she's also been assigned per Joe's announcement to the Farmer's Market: "I agreed to assign my young new staff assistant, Ann Hinterman, to serve as its part-time market director. As a result, the market is financially solvent and has become a Sunday morning institution."

Statement of Facts:
1) We now have the young and inexperienced staff assistant working on Sundays as part of her employment obligation to Moore.
2) The farmers market is not a stand alone 501c3. It files its non-profit tax returns as DevCorp North aka the Rogers Park Business Alliance.
3) Per Guidestar, the budget for the market is $76,000. We don't know whether any of that goes to Ann, but it seems unlikely because all salaries listed under DevCorp North equaled (in 2013) $82,486 and the head of RPBA made $79,167.
4) The total expenses for DevCorp North in 2013 were $234,167 so the market uses about one-third of the RPBA budget while the executive director received another third.
5) The major sponsors of the Market are: Joe's office, the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the Clark, Morse, Glenwood Special Service Area, and Alderman Joe Moore's Green Corps.

Questions:
1) Why does the Farmer's Market receive aldermanic staff to manage it?
2) How is Hinterman being compensated and what is that compensation?
3) Did other worthy Ward 49 non-profits get to seek aldermanic staffing in some kind of open competition for resources?
4) Why is so little of the RPBA budget going to anything other than the market and its executive director?
5) Doesn't the RPBA have an obligation to help out the Clark (Latino) and Howard (African-American) commercial areas as well? Or like the minority students at Gale School, are they second class citizens to Joe and the RPBA?

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Rob -- Is Joe really THAT frightened of me that he needs his shweet little Robbie to speak for him?! Seems like he is "afraid to engage," dear boy!

  • Rob

    Just about the response I'd expect from you.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

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

    Chicago's 49th Ward Connection Facebook Group has 419 members not counting those "who have left the building."

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    I love walking in Rogers Park. Last night neighbors and I walked to Twisted Tapas for dinner. Nice crowd and good food. Met a number of neighbors enroute to Rogers Park Social. Great neighborhood.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Are You On The Short Bus?

Don Gordon is the bus driver. Do you want to get on board?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Once Scotty got bounced there sure arose a bunch of new characters, including ^.

  • Thread has been reported to EveryBlock.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Problem buildings in our neighborhoods

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/building-code-scofflaw-list.html
There are several buildings in our neighborhood listed on the Chicago Building Code Scofflaw List " identifying residential building owners with three or more properties that are the subject of active Circuit Court cases where the violations remain uncorrected after the second court hearing."
Hopefully the respective aldercreatures will pursue the owners of the problem buildings in their wards to take the proper measures to bring the buildings up to code.
Hopefully the usual snipers for or against their local aldercreature will refrain from sullying the EB site with criticisms and just make sure the problems are corrected.

8 hours ago

Superbowl Event with Zehra Quadri

Zehra Quadri, candidate for 50th Ward alderman, is holding a Super Bowl Party at Juliana Restaurant on Sunday night, February 1, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Juliana is located at 3001 West Peterson.

Zehra is also hosting a meet-and-greet event at the Northtown Branch of the Chicago Public Library on Tuesday, February 3, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Please stop by, meet the candidate, and discuss your concerns and suggestions for neighborhood improvement. The library is located at 6435 North California.

17 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Political Etiquette

Don Gordon was honked off that Loyola University allowed our Alderman to promote their campus and sports team on Friday night claiming it was "political" and a violation of federal regulations. Chicago public property isn't supposed to be used for political purposes but Gordon let the Republican Party buy him a room at a Chicago Park District building to hold a political event for him. Does he practice double talk? He really believes the title of his book "Pi$$ 'Em All Off". That's exactly what he does to us voters. He is Mr. Double Talk and pi$$es us all off. He lets the Republicans buy public city space for him to talk campaign politics. No. That's cheating Don.

45 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Question

Does my husband have an Everyblock problem?

  • My husband makes a "does _______ have a _______ problem?" joke to me almost daily lately. I was just giving him a hard time for being on Everyblock most of yesterday evening. No trolling here. :)

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    That is funny, Liz. I like your husband's sense of humour!

Jan 24

Updated 9 hours ago

Question for Republican Party Guest Don Gordon

Why are you opposing (per your Facebook posting) the President Obama National Library in Chicago? He is the nation's first African-American and Chicagoan President. You don't want his library on park land? Chicago park land already has a golf course (Waveland), two green houses (Lincoln and Garfield Parks), a zoo (Lincoln Park), a children's museum (Peggy Notebart), two music stages (Petrillo and Pritzker), an aquarium, planetarium, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and snack shops (Osterman and Montrose) on park land. Why are you opposing a Presidential Library for Barack Obama? I want to hear your answer at the Republican Party event for you at Loyola Park on Sunday.

10 hours ago

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11 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Woman admits false rescue call, then denies guilt after court

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-hoax-guilty-plea-met-20150129-story.html
A Chicago woman wiped tears from her eyes after pleading guilty Thursday to making a false 911 call reporting that a man had fallen into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan near Rogers Beach two years ago.

The Coast Guard dispatched rescue vehicles, including a helicopter, and a Chicago police department diver went into the water near where Leona Chewning said she saw a man go into the water in February 2013, federal prosecutors said. The rescue effort cost at least $13,613, prosecutors said. (more at link)

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Wow, paying back $13,613 on a Subway Sandwich salary is going to take her a while.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Man, this lady sounds like she's kind of a mess.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    I wonder if she had a lawyer. Her explanation to the Trib sounds SEMI-plausible. But then, of course, there's this: "She was on probation at the time of the hoax for a 2012 conviction for forgery and theft in Cook County, according to her plea agreement."

29 hours ago

Volunteers needed!

Hi neighbors! Laura here from the Indo-American Center. We are looking for volunteer tutors to help English language learners in our community. Recently, we have seen an increase of students and we need to meet the demand. Volunteering with us could be as simple as one hour a week tutoring one to one or teaching a class. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact me for more information. lsmith@indoamerican.org

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Help with Mac Issues

Are there any local Mac and IT ppl who could help me resolve my ongoing slow email issues?
Thanks!

  • Tom Anderson Loyola Grad Back In The Neighborhood

    Macs are PCs, they just run a different operating system than most PCs. Adding RAM won't hurt, but without knowing exactly what Holly means by slow email it's kind of hard to troubleshoot the issue.

  • holly homeowner rogers park

    Thanks everyone! I think we are good now.

41 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Open Letter To All Chicago Aldermanic Candidates

In Two Parts:

Part One:

On the morning of January 29th, I met with a local business owner in our 50th Ward. I introduced myself and explained my 50 Ward Aldermanic candidacy platform. He was extremely excited about my campaign ideas and enthusiastically allowed me to place my VOTE FUJI poster in their storefront window. I thanked him and left the store after placing my campaign poster in the storefront window.

A short time afterwards, by coincidence a volunteer of...

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In Two Parts:

Part One:

On the morning of January 29th, I met with a local business owner in our 50th Ward. I introduced myself and explained my 50 Ward Aldermanic candidacy platform. He was extremely excited about my campaign ideas and enthusiastically allowed me to place my VOTE FUJI poster in their storefront window. I thanked him and left the store after placing my campaign poster in the storefront window.

A short time afterwards, by coincidence a volunteer of mine went to shop at the very same store. Low and behold, she witnessed a man in a dark hat and jacket attempting to remove my VOTE FUJI campaign poster. Immediately witnessing this act of electioneering, my volunteer and the store owner shouted in a forceful and upset voice, for all to hear in the store, telling the man in the dark hat and jacket “do not touch it or remove it”.

He promptly exited the store premises after this verbal confrontation. My volunteer contacted me immediately after witnessing this act of electioneering. Unfortunately this is not the first time my VOTE FUJI posters “disappeared”.

I am very, very disappointed this is happening in our 50th Ward and city. The citizens of this great city deserve better behavior from us as candidates. And most importantly, our children deserve better from us as parents. Too many of our bravest women and men have paid the ultimate sacrifice in faraway foreign lands for your freedom and mine, that affords us to run as candidates.

I am not angry about this electioneering debacle. Having personally lost high school and middle school students, to our pandemic inner-city violence of Chicago city streets, has been the most painful and angry moments in my adult life. That is why I am running for elected office. To make our schools safer, modern and successful. I am fighting for this job to make a difference. This is my perspective for not being that angry or upset. Our kids just need us to get the job done.

  • Fuji Shioura Independent Alderman Write-In Candidate Fuji

    Part Two:

    So please, stop removing my VOTE FUJI posters. And yes, now and then I discover my mail, like endorsement questionnaires in the garbage or rumors about me like I haven’t resided in our 50th Ward for the required amount of time for an alderman and so on and...

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    Part Two:

    So please, stop removing my VOTE FUJI posters. And yes, now and then I discover my mail, like endorsement questionnaires in the garbage or rumors about me like I haven’t resided in our 50th Ward for the required amount of time for an alderman and so on and on. Too many rumors to keep track of. In any case, one thing at a time.

    In conclusion, I would like to welcome all Chicago Aldermanic candidates to come visit our 50th Ward and my technology meetings.

    I will be at various locations like my local library and businesses meeting people to explain when, where, why and how technology can prepare and improve our 50th Ward, our city and state for a data driven society. I especially would like to invite all of my fellow 50th Ward candidates and their volunteers to join me at this endeavor. Let’s work together to make a better tomorrow for our families, friends and community.

    The whole world is one town. (Di gantse velt iz eyn shtot.) Yiddish Proverb

    FUJI
    Parent, Educator & Technologist
    www.50thWard.com

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Sadly, this is business as usual in Chicago; it always has been. If you've never read Boss by Mike Royko, and Mayer, Madams and Madmen by Norman Mark, you should

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    I'm sorry this happened to you Fuji. Robin's right, it is business as usual in Chicago. The campaign is about to hit its most intense phase so there will be more of this.

6 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Thank You, city council woman Silversteinn#

Just a thank you for keeping our neighborhoods great.
Harbor Girl

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I tried reaching out to Ms. Bartlow offlist, and she did not respond. What did I say that was bullying?

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Robin, you didn't say anything bullying. She over-reacted.

34 hours ago

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34 hours ago

need drywaller and taper

Could anyone recommend an excellent drywaller/taper

Jan 21

Updated 34 hours ago

Community Meeting to Review Plans for New Development at 1240-44 W. Devon

I invite you to attend a community meeting I'm hosting to review plans for the construction of a new three-story, mixed use residential apartment building at 1240-44 W. Devon. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m., at the Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon, in the conference room.

The planned development complies with the existng B3-2 zoning on the site and requires no zoning relief from the City. The development team, Three Corners Development, agreed to...

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I invite you to attend a community meeting I'm hosting to review plans for the construction of a new three-story, mixed use residential apartment building at 1240-44 W. Devon. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m., at the Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon, in the conference room.

The planned development complies with the existng B3-2 zoning on the site and requires no zoning relief from the City. The development team, Three Corners Development, agreed to meet with the community to share their plans and to consider any reasonable suggestions put forth by the community residents.

The site is located between Magnolia and Lakewood Avenues and was formerly a parking lot for the old Weinstein Funeral Home. Three Corners acquired the property in 2013 as part of their development of the new $1.4 million Heartland Health Center, which recently opened a block west of this location.

The new building will consist of 7,000 square feet of storefront commercial retail space on the ground floor, which can be subdivided if necessary into two or more commercial spaces. Ten multi-family residential apartment rental units will be constructed on the second and third floor, consisting of six three-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units.

Additionally, a ground floor residential patio and 11 parking spaces will be located at the rear of the property. The total project will be approximately 20,000 square feet in size.

The developers tell me they will pursue LEED certification for the new construction, a prestigious distinction awarded to projects built in a way that improves energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and CO2 emissions reduction.

The developers plan to start construction in the spring with an anticipated completion date by the end of this year.

The renderings for the development can be found in the photos below.

  • That building looks absolutely nothing like the proposed design for Devon. Even that eyesore makes more attempt to break down the scale and materiality of the building. Metal panel, even corrugated metal panel CAN work fine in context, just not the way the proposal suggests.

  • 49 pelicanman 49th For Life

    Orange accent would compliment Hooters sign.

35 hours ago

Jun 12

Updated 36 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Good Morning!

    ptgrp, have you visited WFMT in the past few years? It's in No Man's Land. Doubt that you'd find anyplace for a glass of wine. Last time we were out there was New Year's Eve 2013-14 for the Midnight Special party.

  • Speaking of that part of town, I once tried to find WZRD--on air and on foot. Now that was a task

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Does Don Gordon have a PR problem?

I seen a lot of political campaigns in my life big and small. I even seen three of them here in Rogers Park since I moved here 10 years back. It really seems like the messaging coming from Gordon's camp is pretty vague. Anyone else get that vibe? The messengers he does have seem disorganized and really irritable when asked anything about Don.

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    We've all heard of the Atkins diet, the low carb diet, the Pritikin diet, the Mediterranean diet and many others but there is a new diet. It's the Gordon diet - a fifty-fifty mix of BS and Pablum. BS is an abbreviation for Boring Stuff. The Gordon YouTube advertisement for ABC-Chicago is lethally Boring and he is sitting next to a boring campaign poster the color of nasty body fluid. Mellow Yellow and it didn't remind me of Bananas. Ugh.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    I'll grant you that it's late but I just nodded off while watching that video, Nico, and, no, I haven't been drinking.

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Another lesson in political communications

On the thread about Sunday's one-candidate forum it was discussed that Joe Moore chose to not participate because he could not control the questioning and would be negatively exposed if he had to answer tough questions about performance, legal investigations, and other "sensitive" subjects. It is part of a communication strategy.

Over the weekend, one of Joe's door-to-door canvassers visited my home, despite the Don Gordon sign in the window and banner above. He mistakenly had me and my wife,...

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On the thread about Sunday's one-candidate forum it was discussed that Joe Moore chose to not participate because he could not control the questioning and would be negatively exposed if he had to answer tough questions about performance, legal investigations, and other "sensitive" subjects. It is part of a communication strategy.

Over the weekend, one of Joe's door-to-door canvassers visited my home, despite the Don Gordon sign in the window and banner above. He mistakenly had me and my wife, or at least our address, on the list he carried. He was confused.

We had a little laugh and politely shooed him away, but not before accepting Joe's four-color (read pricey) flyer. It is another example of how some politicians rely on one-way communication to delivery messaging in ways that avoid two-way discussion or rebuttal.

There is a common practice within political public relations called "stretching." In private sector PR it is considered unprofessional.

In the flyer, Joe appropriately takes credit for the PB project, paper shredding day, the picnic he sponsors, dealing with service requests and other legitimate activities.

From there, however, some of the claims arguably get a little dicey. According to this flyer, for example, Joe is responsible for:

Renovation of all the Rogers Park CTA stations

Resurfacing 70 RP streets

Improving the RP business climate, including new restaurants and cafes on Morse, Jarvis, Howard and Clark

Strengthening community ties

Adding bicycle police patrols

Improving our neighborhood school ratings and test scores

Here is the key: Joe never explicitly states "I did all of these things;" however, by listing these items in his campaign flyer, the implication - the stretch - is that they are Joe's political achievements.

I won't refute these statements here; this post is about political communication strategy, but you get the point about how one-way communication is employed as campaign strategy.

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment / Century 21 Universal

    Agreed. Also, as all of us know: Scott Phillips, ScottPhillips & RogersParkingSpot are one and the same... looks like they're taking the loss together, as it should be.

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    Buzz. Shazam. Boom. Crash. Zonk. Did Scotty-Spotty just crash and burn? Oh my. The Gordon campaign Czar just went down in flames. Is the bicycle messenger the only one left on the Short Bus? Or is the squawker from the Crow's Nest still around? Caw, caw, caw.

41 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Rogers Park man charged in Evanston shooting

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rogers-park-man-charged-in-evanston-shooting-20150127-story.html

26-year-old man has been charged with shooting two men in Evanston on Monday afternoon, police said.

Andre Williams, of Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery with a firearm and one felony count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Evanston police said in a statement.

The shooting happened about 2 p.m. Monday near Custer Avenue and Brummel Street in the north suburb. Williams was riding in a vehicle when he allegedly fired...

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rogers-park-man-charged-in-evanston-shooting-20150127-story.html

26-year-old man has been charged with shooting two men in Evanston on Monday afternoon, police said.

Andre Williams, of Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery with a firearm and one felony count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Evanston police said in a statement.

The shooting happened about 2 p.m. Monday near Custer Avenue and Brummel Street in the north suburb. Williams was riding in a vehicle when he allegedly fired shots at another vehicle, hitting an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man.

The 18-year-old was shot in the knee and was treated at Presence St. Francis Hospital, police said. The 20-year-old was also taken to St. Francis after being grazed by a bullet, but the man left the hospital before being treated, police said.

Williams, of the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace in Chicago, is scheduled to appear at the Skokie Courthouse but a date and time had not been set as of Tuesday night, police said.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Follow Me on Friday to Ireland's Pub and Loyola Ramblers Volleyball

I invite you to Follow Me on Friday to Loyola's University's lakefront campus where we will hang out at the school's first student-run pub, Ireland's. The fun takes place this Friday, January 30th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the lower level of the Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan. For a map showing the location of the Damen Student Center, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156818_322.htm#Loyola

Join me for a free sampling of some of Ireland's signature pub grub and a soft...

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I invite you to Follow Me on Friday to Loyola's University's lakefront campus where we will hang out at the school's first student-run pub, Ireland's. The fun takes place this Friday, January 30th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the lower level of the Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan. For a map showing the location of the Damen Student Center, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156818_322.htm#Loyola

Join me for a free sampling of some of Ireland's signature pub grub and a soft drink. For those of age with valid identification, Ireland's will offer a complementary glass of beer or wine.

At the conclusion of my Follow Me on Friday event, join me for some thrilling NCAA volleyball action as the NCAA champion Loyola Ramblers take on the Sacred Heart University Pioneers in Gentile Arena.

Ireland's is part of Loyola Limited, a student-run business enterprise that operates several other Loyola businesses, including a bike shop, pizzeria and a boutique hotel. These businesses provide Loyola's undergraduate students and budding entrepreneurs real hands-on experience owning, operating and managing a business.

Named after George Ireland, coach of the 1963 Loyola men's basketball team that famously won the NCAA national championship, Ireland's offers pub-style food, including signature hot dogs, specialty sandwiches, and nachos. The pub also features an assortment of fountain drinks, wine, and local and national beers. Check out some of the great Loyola sports memorabilia on the walls while enjoying some delicious food and refreshing beverages.

Loyola has kindly offered every Follow Me on Friday attendee a free ticket to the Loyola Ramblers volleyball game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m., immediately after the Follow Me.

Join me this Friday for some great pub grub and exciting volleyball action.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Between the couch and their bench, it was a helluva team. Really tied the room together.

  • And the assistant couch, Mr. Davenport!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

6324-48 N Western Ave for sale $2,499,000

Here's a good site for another monolith structure like the one on Rockwell and Devon or maybe a huge parking garage that will stand empty for years.

https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/6324-6348-N-Western-Ave-60659/home/62659578?utm_campaign=instant_listings_update&utm_content=address&utm_medium=email&utm_source=myredfin

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    The streetscape by itself will do nothing to attract business, as Peter rightly notes. The storefronts are still shabby and dirty, the merchandise is the same from store to store, and the merchants don't care about making their stores attractive. They don't even wash their windows or sweep the streets out front--or hire someone else to do it. Why would anyone invest in what is basically a 24-block strip mall? Silverstein is just clueless when it comes to economic development.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    Development requires significant effort and dedication. It requires a vision and community involvement. None of these conditions exist at the ward office today and I don't expect that to change. It isn't easy and it doesn't just happen with a few phone calls. It takes commitment to the community and...

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    Development requires significant effort and dedication. It requires a vision and community involvement. None of these conditions exist at the ward office today and I don't expect that to change. It isn't easy and it doesn't just happen with a few phone calls. It takes commitment to the community and a strong belief in its potential. There are problems with gentrification that I find very troubling; however, I know that responsible and sustainable development is a possibility. Our demographics support growth but without a desire to reverse the decline it will not happen on its own.

    Streetscaping is not a harbinger of growth or development. Having begun studying urban planning, I've read a lot about the impacts of projects and the dreams that inspire them. While the project does provide a much-needed face-lift, it does nothing to solve the underlying problem. It's like replacing the front fenders of a vehicle when the head gasket is blown. These projects are more effective in neighborhoods where the residents overwhelmingly walk everywhere. Unfortunately, being mostly starved of good public transportation, most residents must drive everywhere. The project has reduced available parking, which has long been a complaint of the business owners, and has narrowed the streets, making traffic even more congested than it already was.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Moore campaigns with "Chuy"

In a stunning mid-campaign decision, Alderman Moore was seen standing behind the Garcia for Mayor campaign.

Mayor 1% must be steaming today.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Blue ribbons on Sheridan near Jarvis

Does anyone know the reason for the blue ribbons tied to light poles on Sheridan from about Sherwin to Fargo? They appeared about a week ago and I'm sure whoever tied them had a purpose in mind.

  • Rob : That quotation says it all.

  • Dan

    Police officer lives matter! Support the police not the thugs protected by this politically correctness craziness that leads to disaster!

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Joint Garcia/Moore sign appears

To add to the confusion of who's supporting who, the "have it both ways" campaign of Joe Moore is now sporting a Chey/Moore campaign sign in the yard at Lunt and Greenview.

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