1 hour ago

Updated 2 min ago

Another shooting in Rogers Park last night?

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

  • Yes, my neighbors said it was around the Morse area!!

  • My friend said that he thought a posting on Everyblock.com about the shooting had been taken down. Does anyone know about that?

12 min ago

Updated 5 min ago

Garbage Dumper on 6400 Block of Fairfield

This morning I caught a guy dumping garbage from his parked car onto my parkway. He had parked overnight out front and when he retrieved his car he apparently decided that the parkway in front of my home was the right place for a McDonald's bag and a black plastic bag, both full of garbage, and several receipts. I yelled at him to stop and picked up the garbage, tossing it back inside the car through the open passenger window...

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This morning I caught a guy dumping garbage from his parked car onto my parkway. He had parked overnight out front and when he retrieved his car he apparently decided that the parkway in front of my home was the right place for a McDonald's bag and a black plastic bag, both full of garbage, and several receipts. I yelled at him to stop and picked up the garbage, tossing it back inside the car through the open passenger window just as he was about to toss out a water bottle. He was surprised and then furious, tossing the same garbage plus the water bottle onto the street as he drove away. I got his license number. How do I get the police to issue a dumping ticket? Actually, he should get two tickets, one for the parkway and one for the street. I'll go to court if he contests the tickets. Even if this becomes he-said she-said, he'll miss at least a morning's work and it may make him think twice before he dumps garbage again. What really makes me mad is that I had just cleaned the parkway when I walked the dogs, and had picked up other garbage on our street. Be on the lookout for an older model dark green 4-door car, partial license plate R96---8 (I won't post the whole thing but I have it), driven by a young Hispanic with a close buzz cut. I think he lives on Washtenaw. He's the garbage dumper. He's parked out front before and I've found garbage but this is the first time I've actually caught him.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I think you can report it to the police, but without evidence such as a picture of him dumping the trash, I am not sure what the police will do. I doubt he'll be back after what happened though.

11 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

WRP Safety

It seems that there were many more shooting incidents in East Rogers Park and Edgewater than in West Rogers Park over the last five to six months. Is that so or am I not looking at the right sources?

  • Clarissa Tac Reformed pastafarian

    No physical attacks. It was all over the news. Hateful notes left under wiper blades on car windshields including a rabbi's car.

  • Ira, you're right. We don't have gun violence in WRP as a rule. What we do have are a lot of daily incivilities and un-neighborly behavior.

Jul 14

Updated 9 min ago

Why does the city close out pothole requests that weren't completed?

I had a series of pothole requests closed out on Friday afternoon... A dozen or so requests were closed for unique potholes. Many of them were for different/separate potholes on Jonquil. I walked down Friday night and they didn't touch a single pothole on the street. Is Jonquil being repaved, is there some secret knowledge here we're supposed to know by randomly guessing?

This seems to happen a lot--requests get closed out without actually fixing. Are they doing this to...

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I had a series of pothole requests closed out on Friday afternoon... A dozen or so requests were closed for unique potholes. Many of them were for different/separate potholes on Jonquil. I walked down Friday night and they didn't touch a single pothole on the street. Is Jonquil being repaved, is there some secret knowledge here we're supposed to know by randomly guessing?

This seems to happen a lot--requests get closed out without actually fixing. Are they doing this to improve their numbers? Why else would they close out a request for something that's not completed yet? Even if there are duplicate reports for the same pothole made by others, they shouldn't close them out as if to say they were completed. It brings into question all of the statistics they ever release about service requests.

Why does the city have no public disposition code on these service requests?

1424 W Jonquil, for example: http://servicetracker.cityofchicago.org/requests/14-00977161 closed. Three hours later I cruised by and put in this new request, as clearly looking at the photos they had absolutely no business closing the request: http://servicetracker.cityofchicago.org/requests/14-01090794 --

http://servicetracker.cityofchicago.org/requests/14-00916803 request closed-- see photo, clearly not touched:

http://servicetracker.cityofchicago.org/requests/14-01090820

15 min ago

Garage break ins

Two garages in the 1400 block of Jarvis were broken into last night. They didn't take much, so it was probably kids. Be vigilant people.

7 hours ago

Updated 19 min ago

Shots fired; 1400 block of Sherwin.

Just woke (4:35-4:40ish) up to several shots being fired. Good morning Rogers Park.

  • I heard them as well and was scared at first but then realized what they were.

    I am starting to think the morons who are setting off fireworks in the middle of the night are doing so because it's "fun" to scare the hell out of people who are already...

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    I heard them as well and was scared at first but then realized what they were.

    I am starting to think the morons who are setting off fireworks in the middle of the night are doing so because it's "fun" to scare the hell out of people who are already on edge. An added bonus for them would be to have police show up, after they're long gone, and know they've created a big scene. It makes small people feel really big to scare people. Why else would anyone set them off at 4:30 am?

  • Faye in RP 35 year Rogers Park resident

    KS did you see the fireworks shooters? Two garages in the 1400 block of Jarvis were broken into and one of the garages had some fireworks. If you have an idea who was shooting them off I'm sure the police would like to know since they probably got them from the garage they broke into.

58 min ago

Updated 19 min ago

Young dog needs a home!

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

Jun 12

Updated 28 min 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.

Jul 14

Updated 37 min ago

Eyewitness Accounts Lead to Arrest in Devon Avenue Shooting

Thanks to invaluable information provided by community residents, Chicago Police arrested and charged a man in Saturday's shooting death of Rogers Park resident William Lewis.

Eric Vaughn of the 4400 block of North Clarendon in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and reckless driving. He was ordered held without bail.

According to police, Vaughn was driving a car with several passengers when they saw a rival gang member walking down Devon Avenue. Vaughn allegedly handed...

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Thanks to invaluable information provided by community residents, Chicago Police arrested and charged a man in Saturday's shooting death of Rogers Park resident William Lewis.

Eric Vaughn of the 4400 block of North Clarendon in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and reckless driving. He was ordered held without bail.

According to police, Vaughn was driving a car with several passengers when they saw a rival gang member walking down Devon Avenue. Vaughn allegedly handed a gun to the alleged shooter and told him to get out of the car and shoot the rival gang member. The alleged shooter exited the vehicle with another passenger and began firing the weapon, missing the intended target, but hitting Mr. Lewis in the back as he was waiting for a bus.

The two assailants then chased the rival gang member south on Glenwood Avenue with the shooter continuing to fire the gun. A witness was able to photograph the two as they ran down Glenwood. Vaughn meanwhile drove off looking for the two passengers.

Witnesses reported seeing Vaughn drive the wrong way down Highland Avenue, one block south of Devon. Some of the witnesses used their cell phone cameras to photograph the vehicle. Fortunately, the next block of Highland was closed for a block party, forcing Vaughn to return to Devon. Once back on Devon, Vaughn and his vehicle were spotted by other witnesses, who flagged down responding patrol cars.

In the meantime, Vaughn exited the car and began walking east on Devon. Based on a detailed description of Vaughn provided by one of the eyewitnesses, police apprehended Vaughn about a block away and placed him under arrest.

The individual who is suspected of firing the weapon remains at large and police are searching for him.

  • Clarissa Tac Reformed pastafarian

    Dee, the intellectual endeavors must have been removed because I can't find any. All I find are off topic comments that don't speak to the OP or add any constructive content.

  • Drew 60626 Lifetime Democrat

    Now why would you think I'm someone else? I guess you can assume anything you want, that's your business.

Jan 14 2013

Updated 1 hour ago

Rogers Park, what could had been

Wow! I really like the idea of the drawing. http://rogersparknews.com/2012/the-rogers-park-that-could-have-been/

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    Thanks for posting this!! So there was a proposed lagoon and bridge by where I live? I love seeing historical stuff like this, I wish I could copy it to view later.

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    More like a boat load of money, Charlie. The round-a-bouts are very European and I always yell at my friend who goes to the left instead of the right. They are designed so that vehicles can make turns without stopping, but then it does pose a threat to pedestrian acknowledgement. I have almost been mowed down on a bicycle a few times by not paying attention to the vehicles intent.

14 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

More shots fired in Rogers Parks.

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

  • Kelley- I'm sad to hear you're doubting your move. RP is a beautiful neighborhood (and I have lived at Clark and Devon for five years) with many wonderful people, please don't let what you're reading on EB make you second guess your decision. Yesterday, as I was driving between my...

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    Kelley- I'm sad to hear you're doubting your move. RP is a beautiful neighborhood (and I have lived at Clark and Devon for five years) with many wonderful people, please don't let what you're reading on EB make you second guess your decision. Yesterday, as I was driving between my place and my boyfriend's up around Jarvis, I looked around and saw beautiful gardens on the corners, a woman gardening, another walking her dog and a beautiful, sunny day. It made me realize that we're letting a bunch of weeds choke out the beauty of this neighborhood. Do things need to change? Yes, however things need to change all over this city, not just RP. Do you need to be aware and smart about when and where you are? Yes, however that's everywhere.

    Admittedly, it feels like there has been an uptick in the Wild Wild West high noon shootings, and I have felt more wary. That said, having lived here (almost five years) and Uptown (eleven years), overall, I have felt safer here than I ever did elsewhere. The good thing about the Internet is that you can get a lot of information about your new neighborhood very easily. The bad thing about the Internet is also that you can get a lot of information about your new neighborhood very easily and it can be daunting.

    Best of luck with your move and an early welcome to the neighborhood!! :)

  • Thanks Tracey and Bruce! I appreciate hearing this!

18 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Clark Street Festival

Anyone attend the festival and experience a business from outside the community that should be pursued to relocate or open a new location? Please share!

  • Dave, the fest has in the past been made up of lots of local restaurants and vendors. Maybe you recall? It was great! This year's fest seemed to include fewer of them. Not the end of the world, but not as "local" as in the past.

    I don't know why,but it's a fair observation. Lighten up.

  • Chef Roux Business Owner, = Rights Activist, RP Lover

    The Guatamalan establishment that hand-pressed all their tortillas (if not already a local biz)

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

More gunshots!!!!

11:15 ~ More gunshots at Farwell by Glenwood. Called 911

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    d3, someone who lives on Juneway posted that alley shooting on Nextdoor Saturday afternoon:

    " Juneway alley gunshots? 19 Jul

    Two volleys of several shots, sounded like in the alley towards Triangle Park. On a Saturday afternoon with a bunch of kids playing outside! Does anyone know about this?"

    Triangle Park was very quiet late Sunday afternoon except for some little kids setting off fireworks.

  • Peg: But it has gotten better. I wouldn't have bought in RP if it was still the neighborhood I kicked around in back in high school. I don't think anyone can seriously say that RP hasn't changed for the better since the early 90s.

3 hours ago

Greenleaf and Damen @ 4:30am. 7/22

There were about 9 police cars, they drew their guns at a pickup truck. It looked liked they arrested two people and were searching the truck. I was just glad there were no shots fired. Never seen anything up close, pretty scary stuff.

3 hours ago

Status Quo Means More Murders and Shootings

From an Editorial in today's Chicago Tribune: What is the solution?

"Then Chicago moves on. Killings of young innocents come like CTA trains and fits of miserable weather: You needn’t wait too long for the next. What will her name be? Or his?

You’d think Chicagoans would do whatever it takes to end this cycle — and no, we don’t mean more aldermen conveniently complaining about the police. The police can’t intercept bullets that reckless shooters spray into sleepovers.

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From an Editorial in today's Chicago Tribune: What is the solution?

"Then Chicago moves on. Killings of young innocents come like CTA trains and fits of miserable weather: You needn’t wait too long for the next. What will her name be? Or his?

You’d think Chicagoans would do whatever it takes to end this cycle — and no, we don’t mean more aldermen conveniently complaining about the police. The police can’t intercept bullets that reckless shooters spray into sleepovers.

The police didn’t overspend city revenues so egregiously that there isn’t enough money to hire ... more police officers. Aldermen did that.

If only the aldermen would complain even half as much about constituents who saw something, or heard something, but keep silent. About parents who know their children are gangbanging, but keep silent. About neighbors who know who’s trafficking firearms, but keep silent.

Chicagoans instead revert to a familiar debate. It’s comfortable because it requires nothing from most of us. It’s an academic exercise: Which is more important — trying to stop the gunplay with curfews, traffic checkpoints, aggressive stop-and-search and other martial law tactics sure to infuriate many law-abiding residents? Or keeping everyday liberties as they are for fear of grievously undermining the dignity of neighborhoods and citizens?

Put another way, are people who live in Chicago’s war zones better served by a military-style crackdown or by a status quo that leaves so many of our children wearing toe tags?"
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-shamiya-0722-20140721,0,7875767.story

5 hours ago

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

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

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

I hope to see you there.

Toni
Beat 2422

22 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Vote Today for New Playgrounds in Rogers Park

I need your help in securing new playgrounds at the following 49th Ward parks:

Howard Beach Park, 7519 N. Easlake (Howard Street at the Lake)

Langdon Playlot Park, 1745 W. Albion (at Ravenswood); and

Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra Tracks)

The playgrounds are under consideration for renovation through the through the Chicago Park District's Chicago Plays! Playground Replacement Program, which replaces aging playgrounds with safer and more accessible playgrounds.

Renovation of these playgrounds is not...

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I need your help in securing new playgrounds at the following 49th Ward parks:

Howard Beach Park, 7519 N. Easlake (Howard Street at the Lake)

Langdon Playlot Park, 1745 W. Albion (at Ravenswood); and

Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra Tracks)

The playgrounds are under consideration for renovation through the through the Chicago Park District's Chicago Plays! Playground Replacement Program, which replaces aging playgrounds with safer and more accessible playgrounds.

Renovation of these playgrounds is not automatic. The proposed renovations are subject to a nomination and approval process administered by Friends of the Parks, a park advocacy organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago's parks. The Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council and the Baby Wranglers of East Rogers Park, a neighborhood parents group, nominated these three Rogers Park playgrounds for overhauls.

The next step in the approval process requires a demonstration of community support.

Here's where you come in. We need you to go online and "vote" for all three parks up for nomination. The deadline for the voting is this Wednesday, July 23rd, at 11:59 p.m.

The voting process is somewhat cumbersome, but with a little persistence, your vote will help the neighborhood receive three completely new playgrounds.

For a step-bystep guide on how to cast your vote, read my comments below.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Update to "Reserved Parking Misuse?" Posted June 17

Quick recap: My neighbor has reserved (handicapped) parking but parks his vehicle all over the block in order to save parking spaces for other members of his household. I wondered if this is legal (it's certainly not right). I e-mailed photos to the alderman's office and spoke with Marlene, who advised that it is not illegal for those with reserved parking to park elsewhere on the block because the streets are open to the public. It seems to me that...

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Quick recap: My neighbor has reserved (handicapped) parking but parks his vehicle all over the block in order to save parking spaces for other members of his household. I wondered if this is legal (it's certainly not right). I e-mailed photos to the alderman's office and spoke with Marlene, who advised that it is not illegal for those with reserved parking to park elsewhere on the block because the streets are open to the public. It seems to me that this is a loophole that needs to be closed. If the City takes a public parking space and gives it to a resident for his/her exclusive use, then that reserved space should be the only place on that street that this person should park. Other members of his/her household should get the same luck of the draw as everybody else. I'd like to ask the alderman to sponsor an amendment to that ordinance. Opinions, please.

  • this3ndup, the point isn't that other household members are using the reserved space, but that the car with the placard is parked outside the reserved space in order to secure parking for non-handicapped household members. Pipsqueak, you should call the cops if they're damaging your car. And I did learn...

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    this3ndup, the point isn't that other household members are using the reserved space, but that the car with the placard is parked outside the reserved space in order to secure parking for non-handicapped household members. Pipsqueak, you should call the cops if they're damaging your car. And I did learn that if there's a car in a reserved space that doesn't have the placard, it's a 911 matter and they will be ticketed. Is this law screwed up or what: The handicapped parker is not required to park in his reserved space, but anybody else who uses it gets a ticket! And whoever sponsored this ordinance didn't see that this makes it ripe for abuse? Maybe if the cops ticket your neighbors enough they'll stop. If there's only one placard, and they're sharing it, that's also a violation, so you might want to get pictures of different vehicles with the placard in the window. This guy made me so mad I actually took pictures after midnight!

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Yes, there is a lot of abuse of the tags, but please remember, some handicaps are not obvious. Our neighbor is a below-the-knee amputee. Unless he is wearing shorts, you cant tell.

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Hundreds March in Solidarity with Victim of Devon Shooting; Memorial Fund Established

Hundreds of Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors gathered at the intersection of Devon and Glenwood Avenues Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Wil Lewis, the victim of Saturday's shooting, and demonstrate our community's resilience in the face of such a senseless tragedy.

Police estimated over 600 people attended the event and march, which was organized by Rogers Park Positive Loitering, a group of neighborhood residents who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood and by their...

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Hundreds of Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors gathered at the intersection of Devon and Glenwood Avenues Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Wil Lewis, the victim of Saturday's shooting, and demonstrate our community's resilience in the face of such a senseless tragedy.

Police estimated over 600 people attended the event and march, which was organized by Rogers Park Positive Loitering, a group of neighborhood residents who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood and by their presence deter crime. The march stretched for five city blocks.

Alderman Harry Osterman, St. Gertrude's Pastor Rev. Dominic Grassi and St. Ignatius Pastor Rev. Joe Jackson joined Rogers Park Positive Loitering's John Warner and me in leading the march.

As one march attendee stated in an interview, "Violence usually is something that tears down neighborhoods and so we wanted to come out here to show that it is actually strengthening ours and can now help us become a bigger, better neighborhood:"

http://wgntv.com/2014/07/16/residents-gather-for-march-on-north-side-after-man-fatally-shot/

Wil Lewis' family has established a memorial fund. According to the fund's website, "donations will be used for funeral costs and to start scholarships for college-bound kids who have worked hard to make their dreams come true." To donate, click on the link below:

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

Please consider making a generous donation.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Contributions to the memorial fund now total just over $13,000.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Thanks Helen for the update. Glad so many have spoken with their hard earned money.
    Says a great deal about the people who live here and a part of the community.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Way to go Rahm your crime strategies seem to be working.

Continue to cut education budgets, close even more mental health facilities and automate even more revenue generators. Those speed cameras really do save lives.
Can hardly wait for those restrictive guns laws to be voted on and poverty ending legislative wonders from the 5th floor.

4 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Moving Day

I'm preparing for a move and live on a rather busy street. Is there a permit I obtain in order to block off parking spots for the moving truck?

  • Thanks everyone. Just called 311 and there is a permit that can be purchased for $25. It must be purchased 3 days prior to the move date. The aldermans office can issue signage but the difference is that it isn't enforceable. Cars parked there won't be towed if need be. Looks like it be making a trip to city hall!

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    You building doesn't have an alley?

Jul 09

Updated 19 hours ago

EveryBlock #Fail

The fact that EveryBlock does not require users to prove their identity and use their actual first and last name in order to post on the site makes it more of a festering boil for trolls to play in, than a community of people engaging in productive and civil discourse. It is far too easy to hide behind a user name and not be held accountable for your opinions.

It's time that EveryBlock takes a serious look at what it's mission and role in Chicago should be...I for one can't imagine this is anything near ideal.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Indeed, Becky, I've met quite a few people because of EveryBlock, but Nextdoor works for that too. Just met someone at the Triangle Park garden yesterday whom I had interacted with recently on Nextdoor.

    BTW, Revolution is and has been a member of Nextdoor, but he doesn't spout off so much there.

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    Becky, it was so nice to talk with you and meet you face-to-face...thanks for stopping by and calling out to us!! We hope to see you again soon and we definitely must go for a drink at Rogers Park Social.

5 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Increasing Fees for Street Cleaning Parkers

My street was scheduled to be cleaned yesterday and today. Two cars remained parked on the other side of the street yesterday, and the street sweeper had to go around them. This morning, we had three cars parked on my side, including one next to my home. As of Noon the street sweeper hadn't appeared, and neither had the police to issue tickets. I really think that we need to increase fines for people who park on a street they...

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My street was scheduled to be cleaned yesterday and today. Two cars remained parked on the other side of the street yesterday, and the street sweeper had to go around them. This morning, we had three cars parked on my side, including one next to my home. As of Noon the street sweeper hadn't appeared, and neither had the police to issue tickets. I really think that we need to increase fines for people who park on a street they know is schedule for cleaning (in each case the vehicles were parked in front of or just behind the orange street cleaning signs). Sixty dollars isn't enough. This is the second time in a row that the street in front of me won't be cleaned because of some lout who doesn't care about street cleaning and probably doesn't live on my block anyway. I'll have to go out and sweep it myself. I say we start with a $100 ticket, and increase it $50 for every subsequent violation. If you want to thumb your nose at other people and the law, you should pay for it.

  • $100 - my last ticket for failing to move my car for street sweeping several years ago - in West Ridge. No zone, no other additive penalties.

  • That's odd - why isn't there one fee citywide?

Jul 14

Updated 19 hours ago

Z Frank

I was unable to attend the community meeting this evening regarding the sale and potential redevelopment of the old Z Frank space at Western and Peterson. Was anyone there and have any information? Overall feel for how this will pan out?

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    Mort in WRP - I respectfully disagree. We as residents, have every right to have a say in any development or type of business that is going in. It has a huge impact on our quality of life and our property values. For example, most people would not want a...

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    Mort in WRP - I respectfully disagree. We as residents, have every right to have a say in any development or type of business that is going in. It has a huge impact on our quality of life and our property values. For example, most people would not want a strip club opening up in the neighborhood. Look at Lawrence, where the Admiral is. That whole area is a mess.

    This includes the size and the scope and applies to residential buildings as well.
    If someone lives on a block of smaller ranch style houses and a developer buys a lot in that area, he should not given carte blanche to build a gigantic four story condo building that overshadows the smaller homes. It impacts, traffic, parking, trash, and increases stress on city structures such as the sewage and water pipes, etc. He should be made to follow the same or similar style or height of the area. I've observed that happening in our ward time and time again and it doesn't look attractive or nice at all. It looks like really poor planning. One of the few exceptions I would make to that is if an area is blighted and has lots of abandoned buildings or empty lots and some sort of revitalization is needed.

  • Neighbor, I think you have a valid point. Most neighborhoods are eager for commercial development/new businesses, but we gave to consider the impact on residents for all the reasons you note.

5 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

9 shots fire in Rogers Park

Around 9 shots were fire last night around 10pm. 2 male were injured in the drive by shooting at the N.W. corner of Farwell and Greenview. I live in the building in front where it happen! Don't know if it's retaliation from a earlier shooting in the 1500 blk of Morse and Farwell alley. If you have more info, please do tell!

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    I heard the gunshots too, my best friend asked if they were gunshots. I told him they were fireworks...

  • Talked to 311( transfered to FD) the FD person said they would look in to it. Would some one post the accurate address so it can be cleaned up thanks .

    He also said " the police have to request them to do it".

    Like I said he did say he would look into it I believe him

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Community Forum Outcomes from PRP Rogers Park Community Plan 2010

Many thanks to Brian White for providing the link to the Partners for Rogers Park, "Rogers Park Community Plan, October 2010. I have read through the document and was impressed by the quality and quantity of the work in the document. I want to share a small part here today for discussion: Compare & contrast with today, July 18, 2014.

The group conducted community forums (public meetings) to gather community residents ideas. Here is a snippet of what was discussed:...

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Many thanks to Brian White for providing the link to the Partners for Rogers Park, "Rogers Park Community Plan, October 2010. I have read through the document and was impressed by the quality and quantity of the work in the document. I want to share a small part here today for discussion: Compare & contrast with today, July 18, 2014.

The group conducted community forums (public meetings) to gather community residents ideas. Here is a snippet of what was discussed:

Question: "What do you consider to be Rogers Park most significant assets/strengths, those things that make the community a desirable place to live, work and play?

Results: (Recurring Responses)
Diversity
Lakefront Access
Transportation
Good Sense of Community
Engaged Residents Who Care
Many organizations with well-developed social anchors-rich in non-profits
"High culture - arts, theater, etc."

What do you consider to be the most significant issues or problems that threaten the ability of the neighborhood to sustain its assets/strengths?

Results:
Safety
Gang Activity
Perception of Crime
Lack of Balanced Development
Blogs/Forums
Lack of Communication Between Organizations

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    No, Bigchi, many of us don't fit in either of your groups either.

  • I fit in to the group that did not clap for alderman Moore @ the vigil .We all agreed on that.
    That vigil struck me to the core and has given me even more energy to fight even harder for my community and our safety and freedom .

    Let me be perfectly clear My previous post was playing facetiously along with a topic, it is not what I believe of our community .

21 hours ago

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Loyola Park

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

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

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

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

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Any Such Thing As "Honest" Mechanic?

The A/C in my car went out. I took it to my dealer, who had a complex diagnosis and a sky-high quote. Today, I took it to two other places. Each gave a different reason, and different repair price, from each other and from the first place. Does anyone know a mechanic he or she really trusts and is reliable on pinpointing the source of a car's problem?

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    Norman's on Lincoln. People rave about him all the time. I also am a big fan of Goodyear on Lincoln at Kimball. I was referred to them by someone who knows cars and I have always found them to be great.

  • Just one more suggestion for Dave's Automotive in Skokie at Skokie & Main.

Jun 30

Updated 23 hours ago

Love the Spanish Language?

Let's talk! I'm starting a casual conversation group for people who want to brush up on their Spanish and have some fun. I have taught Spanish to people of all ages; I have lived in Madrid; I absolutely adore the language and the culture. How about meeting at the Heartland Cafe or....? I'm flexible as to place and time.

  • Ary Neighborhood Patrol

    OK, I'll try to make it tonight.

  • I won't be able to make it tonight but I look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Jul 14

Updated 24 hours ago

Garage space available for rent immediately :)

Garage space available for rent through 2014, conveniently located near Loyola Red line, Devon and the lake! Owner-occupied garage, very suitable for smaller cars or motorcycles.

Newgard & Albion. $100/month. Price and lease terms negotiable.

  • 07/21: The space has been rented. Thank you!

  • Please post any more spots you know of or if you know any of your neighbors who want to earn some $ renting space .
    Thank you

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

City Mental Health Clinic Hearing Cancelled Without Explaination

Over two years ago, six of the City of Chicago Mental Health clinics were closed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the City Council. One of the clinics closed was Northtown Rogers Park Mental Health Center located at 1607 W. Howard. The reason: "cost savings".

Since then violent crime has escalated. More people incarcerated at Cook County Jail are there because their mental health problems are not addressed in community settings. Hospital Emergency rooms are overwhelmed with people trying to seek...

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Over two years ago, six of the City of Chicago Mental Health clinics were closed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the City Council. One of the clinics closed was Northtown Rogers Park Mental Health Center located at 1607 W. Howard. The reason: "cost savings".

Since then violent crime has escalated. More people incarcerated at Cook County Jail are there because their mental health problems are not addressed in community settings. Hospital Emergency rooms are overwhelmed with people trying to seek treatment for acute mental health issues which should have been prevented in a more appropriate mental health out-patient setting.

In the Rogers Park community, the number one reason for all hospitalizations, is for acute mental health (non-alcohol, non-drug related).

Clearly, we need to expand City of Chicago Mental Health Clinic safety net services (including reopening the Rogers Park clinic on Howard). Private and non-profit mental health community providers do a fine job, but they cannot treat everyone in need of services, especially, the vast number of uninsured and underinsured persons who require safety net services.

The City Council Health Committee scheduled a public hearing to hear testimony related to the City of Chicago Mental Health Clinics, to be held this Monday, July 21, 2014. Then all of a sudden, the hearing was CANCELLED without reason.

If you support the idea of at least holding a public hearing to fairly hear consumers of mental health services, advocates, family members, prison officials, experts and others, call the mayor's office and the alderman to voice your opinion. Let us hold a hearing and discuss the matter.

25 hours ago

Spanish Conversation Group

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

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Red light cameras tag thousands for unfair tickets, including Lincoln/McCormick

http://www.chicagotribune.com/
Red light cameras tag thousands for unfair tickets
Updated 5:47 a.m.
Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets
A red light camera at Lincoln Avenue and McCormick Road in Chicago generated 563 tickets during a 12-day spike. More than 99 percent were for right turns. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)
Red light cameras in Chicago caught thousands of undeserving drivers during sudden spikes in tickets that city officials say they cannot explain, a Tribune investigation found.

  • Also noted in the piece was Peterson/Ridge & Clark St. Very suspicious. If you've gotten a ticket there in the past couple of years, you may want to revisit the circumstances, if possible.

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    So the red light cams work....what about the blue light cams?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Red light = for profit.
    Blue light = not for profit.
    Guess which one works.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Two Hurt in Farwell Shooting

Two men were seriously hurt last night in a shooting on the 1500 block of Farwell Avenue. The men, ages 23 and 35, were walking on the street at approximately 10:00 p.m. when someone in a dark-colored vehicle drove by and fired shots.

I have spoken with 24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera and he tells me both men are expected to survive. He said the investigation is still ongoing and as of midnight, no suspects have been arrested and no motive has been determined.

I urge anyone with information that may help in the case to contact the police immediately. In the meantime, Commander Waldera has requested and received police reinforcements.

I will continue to keep you updated.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a schedule of festival music and entertainment, visit:

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

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

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

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

why not newsworthy?

Everyone has their own opinions about politicians and their actions or lack there of.
I believe it is newsworthy when strangers have the courage to put their names and faces on the line to confront the dangerous and potentially dangerous people in our communities. If we dont, who will. The more that do the less we have to live in fear.
It our right to face our accusers. The more faces that are looking you back in the eye confirming...

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Everyone has their own opinions about politicians and their actions or lack there of.
I believe it is newsworthy when strangers have the courage to put their names and faces on the line to confront the dangerous and potentially dangerous people in our communities. If we dont, who will. The more that do the less we have to live in fear.
It our right to face our accusers. The more faces that are looking you back in the eye confirming what happened the better the odds of conviction.
I've been both the victim of violent crime and a witness. The feeling going into court was the same for both. I was nervous, scared, and at the same time knew I was doing the right thing. It is commendable to overcome the fears that cause blind eyes. Our alderman is not perfect. Not one of us are. Some comments made on that thread I believe lost sight of what was originally intended.

  • When I first reported getting mugged at the end of my alley I was terrified for weeks. My yard is easily identifiable with it having enough toys for six kids in it. They had my phone with pics of kids in yard. I didnt want to leave the house and...

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    When I first reported getting mugged at the end of my alley I was terrified for weeks. My yard is easily identifiable with it having enough toys for six kids in it. They had my phone with pics of kids in yard. I didnt want to leave the house and send my boys to school. I got over it. We play in the backyard and the kids were fine going to school. Guess we got lucky. I just couldnt see letting them hang at the end of our alley after they literally punched me right out of my shoes, broke my big toe, and a few small bones in my hand.. I can definitely understand the fear of retaliation.

  • Sarah, I can understand how truly frightening the whole experience was. You did the right thing, and I thank you. Do you think that reporting what happened scared them off?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dog needs a new home!

A friend needs to rehome her dog through no fault of the dog! She is recently divorced and her ex just took one of their dogs and won't take this adorable boy (for no reason other than he doesn't want 2 dogs). She is currently working very long hours 6 days a week and doesn't feel it's fair to the dog to be home alone all the time. She's heartbroken over this, but wants to do what's best for the...

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A friend needs to rehome her dog through no fault of the dog! She is recently divorced and her ex just took one of their dogs and won't take this adorable boy (for no reason other than he doesn't want 2 dogs). She is currently working very long hours 6 days a week and doesn't feel it's fair to the dog to be home alone all the time. She's heartbroken over this, but wants to do what's best for the dog.

His name is Tank and he's a mutt. He is a 4 1/2 year old sweet boy and has always been in good health. He gets along very well with other dogs and is great with children.

If you're interested contact me and I will pass the info on to her.

  • Andrea Kim Animal Advocate and Animal Care Provider

    Of she can keep at home while searching, many foster-based rescues out there who can help. Pick up a Chicagoland Tails mag at any pet store. Listing of rescues in there

  • While she's looking, consider doggie daycare (some excellent ones in the area---can send some names) or a dog walker to get him out during the day. Costly, I know, but maybe will help I the meantime.

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dear Rogers Park,

I am a newbie. Not new to City living but new to this part of the City. What is going on in this neighborhood? You have one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the City and at the same time based on where I just moved to one of the most dangerous. Day light Murder to the south of me and evening shooting to the North. Two blocks one way and one the other.

I walked down Pratt the other...

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I am a newbie. Not new to City living but new to this part of the City. What is going on in this neighborhood? You have one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the City and at the same time based on where I just moved to one of the most dangerous. Day light Murder to the south of me and evening shooting to the North. Two blocks one way and one the other.

I walked down Pratt the other day past Greenview under the underpass and on the North side of the street watched a drug deal in broad daylight on the corner. I didn't think it was a drug deal but after recent events I am pretty sure that it was what is was.

I don't know what I am trying to say with this post except that you are living scandalously as a community. Diversity is nice. But you have criminals amongst you and it seems that in the name of diversity you letting them be..

Why do you as a community let them exist? I have been here two months and can show you drug houses and young men and women up to no good.

I have a dog, I walk, I watch. If I can see the bad apples I know you all can.

3 days ago

Block Club on North Shore

Interested in starting a Block Club. I live on North Shore between Clark and Ashland. Our club does not have to be limited to one block. Please let me know if you are interested.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Wil Lewis Memorial Service Scheduled

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

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

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

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

For more information:

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

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

    Was the shooting gang related?

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

2 Shots fire

Today 07/16/2014, as I arrive home from work, I was entering the back gate to the building where I stay. As I open the gate, I heard 2 gunshots fire, I look and saw 1 guy holding the back gate that leads to 1515 W Morse building! I ran up the back stairs to over look the alley and saw the gunman run to the gate where his accomplice awaits him. They disappear into the Morse building! I did call...

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Today 07/16/2014, as I arrive home from work, I was entering the back gate to the building where I stay. As I open the gate, I heard 2 gunshots fire, I look and saw 1 guy holding the back gate that leads to 1515 W Morse building! I ran up the back stairs to over look the alley and saw the gunman run to the gate where his accomplice awaits him. They disappear into the Morse building! I did call the cops! I took a walk around the Farwell side and notice a ambulance and plenty of squads cars and cops on bikes! Inside the ambulance was a Caucasian male, seem to be in his early 30's. The police in the alley were talking with another Black male as if he was the target. If anyone else more info on this incident please do tell!! BTW.....it took place in the 1500 blk of Morse and Farwell alley!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Stolen Catalytic converter

I just found out about this site, and I think it's great how we can all talk about what is going on in our neighborhood. About a month ago someone sawed open the bottom of my boyfriends car and stole his catalytic converter. He was parked over along the metra tracks across from Clark. He reported this to the police but they said there was nothing they can do about it. The only reason they even bothered filing the report...

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I just found out about this site, and I think it's great how we can all talk about what is going on in our neighborhood. About a month ago someone sawed open the bottom of my boyfriends car and stole his catalytic converter. He was parked over along the metra tracks across from Clark. He reported this to the police but they said there was nothing they can do about it. The only reason they even bothered filing the report was for his insurance claim. The cop told my boyfriend that a catalytic converter was only going to get the culprit $100.00 in the scrap metal business. After his insurance covered half of the cost he still had to spend $500.00 to have it replaced. Please keep an eye open for any suspicious activity.

  • At a CAPS meeting recently, the police mentioned that stolen catalytic converters are increasing in this neighborhood. It is relatively easy to do and the thieves get quite a bit of money for the metal.

  • Catalytic converters contain palladium and platinum, two extremely expensive metals. When we used platinum wire in the chem lab it was checked out to us by name. (The school could only afford one wire.)

4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Guilty Plea in Domestic Battery Case Highlights Importance of Witnesses Coming Forward

A Rogers Park man today pled guilty to charges of domestic battery and assault, arising out of an incident my staff assistant and I witnessed earlier this month.

Coming on the heels of the arrest of one of the alleged perpetrators of the Devon Avenue shooting thanks to witness information, this guilty plea once again demonstrates the importance of witnesses sharing information with the police.

The incident occurred July 1st on the 1200 block of W. Pratt. My staff assistant,...

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A Rogers Park man today pled guilty to charges of domestic battery and assault, arising out of an incident my staff assistant and I witnessed earlier this month.

Coming on the heels of the arrest of one of the alleged perpetrators of the Devon Avenue shooting thanks to witness information, this guilty plea once again demonstrates the importance of witnesses sharing information with the police.

The incident occurred July 1st on the 1200 block of W. Pratt. My staff assistant, Michael Land, and I were conducting a tour of development opportunities in the ward with employees from the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Our van had stopped in front of a vacant lot when Mike and I noticed a man engaged in a heated argument with a woman. The man struck the woman in her face and head with his closed fist and then proceeded to walk away from her.

We called out to the woman, asking if she was ok. Before she could answer, the man turned around and started yelling at us and making threats. He then grabbed the woman by the arm and the two proceeded to walk westbound at Pratt.

We immediately called 911 and instructed the driver of our van to follow the man and woman from a safe distance so that we could describe their precise location to the 911 operator. On several occasions, the man turned to yell at us and threaten us, but we did not respond.

The police caught up with the offender a few blocks away and placed him under arrest. I provided the arresting officers with a complete description of what transpired and offered to sign a complaint. My staff assistant, Mike, did the same.

Unfortunately, as often happens in cases of domestic battery, the woman declined to press charges and denied he had hit her.

Mike and I promised the police we would show up in court and today was the trial date.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Thanks, Helen. Relieved to hear there's no bail this time.

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    Bill in Rogers Park, you should be scared. Why anyone would want the American people as their "boss" is beyond me. As Winston Churchill once said: "The best argument against democracy is a 5 minute conversation with the average voter." And to this Adal character - HAHA! Pled. Pled. Pled.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Fireworks

This is starting to get out of control, I can't be the only one tired of M-80's. At what point do fireworks start becoming annoying, or am I just another boring old 30 something? Murica?

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    Murica! You just can't handle the sound of freedom!

    I don't mind it on the 4th of July but 2 weeks later and we still have to hear fireworks at all hours... not cool.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    What? You all don't celebrate Bastille Day/Week? Haineux de liberté!!

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