Oct 21

Updated 1 min ago

Relocating to Chicago- job around UChicago

I'm relocating to Chicago for a job right near the UChicago campus. I've heard varied opinions about safety living around UChicago. I have the option of leaving my car at home with my parents, but a few friends have said that public transport to and from UChicago is dicey, and that I should drive.

If I do drive, I'm just worried about the commute. How do the commutes compare: between Rogers Park and UChicago; Logan Square and UChicago; West Town...

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I'm relocating to Chicago for a job right near the UChicago campus. I've heard varied opinions about safety living around UChicago. I have the option of leaving my car at home with my parents, but a few friends have said that public transport to and from UChicago is dicey, and that I should drive.

If I do drive, I'm just worried about the commute. How do the commutes compare: between Rogers Park and UChicago; Logan Square and UChicago; West Town and UChicago? Are there other neighborhoods that might be affordable that also have off street parking (in the $1000 range).

I looked up the commutes and google says 30 minutes for all of them. I am skeptical about this as google always says 30 minutes for commutes around Boston, where I currently live, and those end up being more like 40-45 minutes.

Thank you! I appreciate all of your feedback.

  • ks1227 RP resident

    The drive is also beautiful, by the way. Especially early in the morning.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Lived near the lake for over 30 years and have driven Lake Shore Drive whether to UC or the western suburbs for most of my working days in Chicago. Would sorely miss it if I have to move - it is one of my small pleasures.

24 hours ago

Updated 6 min ago

Electioneering inside the Prohibited Zone

When I went over to vote early this afternoon, I found a campaign sign posted inside the zone where signs and other electioneering is prohibited. I reported it to an election judge inside, and he went out and removed it. Lo and behold, the sign belonged to the Republican Committee(wo)man's candidate for state representative. So, if you vote early on Friday or Saturday, watch for such shenanigans. The zone extends from the door to the fieldhouse out to the blue cone, 100 ft. away.

  • Helen, they pull that shiz every election with the Unions Voter Guides as well. *smh*

  • IC1(SW) Iraq Veteran academic and social servant

    I'm so glad I live in a solidly blue state.

2 days ago

Updated 23 min ago

Help Prevent Death by Bike

Between the years of 2010 and 2012, Illinois ranks fifth in the nation among bike fatalities. In urban areas, where cycling has long been a transit option, the percentage of fatalities rose from 50 percent in 1975 to 69 percent in 2012.

These numbers should prompt cyclists in Chicago to re-familiarize themselves with the rules of the road. Blowing through stop signs, very common, and riding the wrong way on one way streets, very common, causes death and injury.

Rogers Park has violators on a daily basis. Ride safely and within the law. If you order carry-out food, request delivery by car and not by bicycle. Help save lives and keep our community safe.

  • Vic neighbor

    I am hoping I will not be hit by a car racing through the crosswalk past me with no warning. Some don't know the law or just don't care.

  • Megan L 6 yr RoPa resident

    Yes, as Vic says, all the cars running stop signs are much more dangerous to you than the bikes on the sidewalks, although I admit the latter is aggravating as well, even on a good day. Just this morning, my dog was nearly struck by a car that couldn't wait for us to cross the street. She only got a foot or two in front of me but it really scared me.

11 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Last Chance to Vote Early; Recommendations on the Election, Including Judicial Retention

Saturday, November 1st, is your last chance to vote early for the November election. Early voting polling stations are open today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Below is information on Early Voting followed by a link to my recommendations on the election, including the referenda and the judicial retention ballot:

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

Early voting takes place Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at any of the 51 early voting locations across...

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Saturday, November 1st, is your last chance to vote early for the November election. Early voting polling stations are open today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Below is information on Early Voting followed by a link to my recommendations on the election, including the referenda and the judicial retention ballot:

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

Early voting takes place Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at any of the 51 early voting locations across the city, including the following locations convenient to 49th Ward residents:

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

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)

Warren Park
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)

Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington
Lower level (across from Daley Plaza)

For a complete list of early voting locations, visit:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

If you need a ride to an early voting site, please reply to this e-mail or call 773-973-4900.

IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO VOTE AT ANY EARLY VOTING SITE. After you complete your voter registration, you must vote at that time. If you need to register to vote, please bring two forms of ID, one of which must have your current address. For a list of acceptable forms of identification, visit:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/grace-period-registration-and-voting.html

JOE MOORE'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE ELECTION, INCLUDING THE REFERENDA AND JUDICIAL RETENTION BALLOT

For my recommendations, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155684_322.htm#Joe

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    In my younger days, I would always split my ballot and cast my vote for a few Republicans. That was back in the day when the Republican party had its share of moderate candidates and office holders--people such as John Anderson, Susan Catania, Chuck Percy, Jacob Javits, Edward Brooke, Elroy...

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    In my younger days, I would always split my ballot and cast my vote for a few Republicans. That was back in the day when the Republican party had its share of moderate candidates and office holders--people such as John Anderson, Susan Catania, Chuck Percy, Jacob Javits, Edward Brooke, Elroy Sandquist and the like. Back then, they were sometimes even called "liberal Republicans."

    Those days are long gone. Beginning with the Reagan era of the 1980s and continuing to the present day, the Republican party has lurched ever more decidedly to the far right. A moderate, such as the people I referenced above, could never win a Republican primary today except in certain state legislative districts and suburban municipalities. To win a Republican primary today, a candidate must adhere to a right wing, corportatist, knee-jerk, anti-government ideology that has proven so harmful to our nation.

    The Democratic Party is not perfect, but at least it offers a home for those who believe in civil and human rights and in government serving the many and not the few. I fight like hell to get progressives nominated in the Democratic Party primaries. Sometimes the Democratic primary voters choose the candidate I support, sometimes they vote for someone else. But regardless of whom the Democratic voters select as their standard bearer, that candidate in this day and age is almost always preferable to whomever wins the Republican primary.

    This is why I challenged Meli to name a Republican candidate for office in this current election who is preferable to their Democratic opponent, as imperfect as that Democrat may be. It's all well and good to talk in theory about supporting the "better candidate," but who would that candidate be, Meli?

  • Alderman Moore. Were those the days when you were still a progressive politician, didn't base all of your decisions on personal profit, weren't investigated for ethics violations, didn't have White House awards taken away, didn't focus on making money for banning goose liver, and actually supported your ward?

    Are these the younger days you're talking about?

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Leone Park-Beach Meeting

Last night Danny Diamond and Chris Serb spoke with much heart and changed the conversation from a nature center to a tribute to Sam Leone and the lifeguard program.

Oct 21 2012

Updated 1 hour ago

Avoid the Lines; Vote Early or Vote by Mail Starting Monday

Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning Monday, October 22nd, until Saturday, November 3rd. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

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

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at...

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Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning Monday, October 22nd, until Saturday, November 3rd. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

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

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)

Warren Park
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)

Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington
Lower level (across from Daley Plaza)

If you need a ride to an early voting site, please email my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org or call 773-973-4900.

Early Voting is also available Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington, and at two city neighborhood locations, including Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.

At all Early Voting sites, you will need to bring a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or state I.D.

VOTE BY MAIL

You can also vote by mail! Illinois law now permits you to vote by mail for any reason whatsoever. To obtain an application to vote by mail, visit:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_399.pdf

Complete the application and either mail it or deliver it personally to the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington. Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602.

You will then receive your ballot in the mail. Follow all the enclosed instructions and make sure to vote in secret. The ballot may be returned to the Board of Elections by U.S. mail or a state licensed motor carrier or it may be delivered personally by you or an immediate relative.

41 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia - Is he Your Choice for Mayor? If not, who is?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given up on Chicago's public safety and its public schools, new mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Wednesday in his first public appearance since announcing his fledgling campaign..

While Garcia criticized Emanuel for closing nearly 50 schools and for not hiring enough police officers, he declined to say how he'd raise enough revenue for the financially challenged city to open more schools and pay for more cops.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-mayor-race-garcia-met-20141029-story.html

  • And his puppet aldermen,

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Jesse, I was pleased to see that Garcia is in the race. I have good memories of him but need to recall why. We'll see who makes it onto the ballot. I'm leaving my options open.

32 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Voter fraud prevention mechanism

Hello neighbors,

I have a question about this year's election.

A couple hours ago I went to vote early at Warren Park. I wasn't asked to identify myself other than provide my name and address on a paper form (which I assume was then cross-checked against a pre-existing list by one of the volunteers).

My question is this: what would prevent me from going to another early voting locale tomorrow and cast a vote again? Would the volunteer at that...

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Hello neighbors,

I have a question about this year's election.

A couple hours ago I went to vote early at Warren Park. I wasn't asked to identify myself other than provide my name and address on a paper form (which I assume was then cross-checked against a pre-existing list by one of the volunteers).

My question is this: what would prevent me from going to another early voting locale tomorrow and cast a vote again? Would the volunteer at that location check first if my name appears on their own pre-existing list, and if it didn't, I would be sent away?

I don't remember not having to identify myself at previous elections (in fact, when another person I know went to vote early, he said he was explicitly instructed to "put away your ID"). I know that voter ID is a hot button issue, but I genuinely want to know what steps are being taken this time around to prevent potential voter fraud.

Thank you in advance for any insightful comments/responses.

  • Suzanne, just a few observations:

    1. If God registers to vote and then tries to vote again in another precinct, he will be charged with a felony. And then religion will flourish!

    2. If a voter has to refer to a piece of paper to remember his or her address,...

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    Suzanne, just a few observations:

    1. If God registers to vote and then tries to vote again in another precinct, he will be charged with a felony. And then religion will flourish!

    2. If a voter has to refer to a piece of paper to remember his or her address, let us all rejoice that literacy abounds, at least until such time as the Republican party convinces its minions on the Supreme Court to ban the illiterate from the polls.

    3. Every election time you come out with a new batch of horror stories, and they grow worse with each telling. You are truly the Committeewoman who cries wolf. Or else you are the wolf who cries committeewoman; sometimes I can't tell which.

    4. The people you were observing are valid residents and citizens of this city, this state and this country. That seems to be of little importance to you. You are so determined to see evil and corruption around you that it literally springs into apparition before your eyes.

    5. These people you were so suspicious of: did they have heavy accents? Brown skin? Were they tattooed with ISIS symbols? Did they smell foreign? Were they being held up by drug lords? Did their hands bear signs of having recently picked fruit? Did you hear that they were just back from Liberia and had a fever? What other reason did you have to think they might be illegal people ilegally voting in flagrantly illegal violation of your legal sense of legality?

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    I needed a "cheat sheet" to remember a few numbers in my full address for maybe the first couple weeks after I moved. It's not something I was writing down daily and therefore, second-guessed myself. I hope no one thought I was doing something shady.

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

REMINDER: Join Me Tonight for a Discussion on the Future of Leone Beach Park

Don't forget to join me tonight to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Monday, October 27th), 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, 2nd Floor Sky Room.

I am hosting this meeting so you can hear from community members and the Chicago Park District on possible ways we to make this underused park and fieldhouse a new asset for Rogers Park residents....

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Don't forget to join me tonight to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Monday, October 27th), 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, 2nd Floor Sky Room.

I am hosting this meeting so you can hear from community members and the Chicago Park District on possible ways we to make this underused park and fieldhouse a new asset for Rogers Park residents.

Leone Beach Park is located at Touhy Avenue and the lakefront. It includes a beach, a playground close to Sheridan Road, and a 114-year-old building that has been used as a park fieldhouse for most of its existence. It is also the northernmost point in Chicago for Lake Michigan Water Trail.

A number of ideas for redeveloping the Leone facility have been offered over the years. This current conversation began last year as part of a proposal brought up during my Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. While the proposal didn't fit into PB at the time, interested community members kept the conversation going.

Park District Superintendent Mike Kelly is very supportive of exploring a redevelopment plan for the fieldhouse and surrounding area and has committed members of his planning staff to developing a plan with my community.

This is where you come in. Some of the community members who have been working with my office and me want to share with you their ideas for Leone Beach and Park and get your feedback and ideas.

Ideas for the park include improving the facilities for lifeguards and the Junior Lifeguard Program to preserve and enhance the program, landscaping that better reflects the natural landscape of the lakefront, a kayak launch and storage facilities, event space and room for educational programming about Lake Michigan's ecosystem. You'll hear more on Monday. The working group and I want to hear your ideas, and to get you involved in bringing new life to this wonderful community resource.

  • Oh Reid. Such an angry little man.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Larry, in what way is RP under-served by the Park District? Seems to me we have a lot of parks. I used to think that NoH was being cheated, but that's no longer true.

11 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

A&T Restaurant

This place is the best. Hubby& I went to dinner there last night. I had the Turkey dinner he had the meatloaf. The sides of mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed veggies cauliflower, brocilli peas & corn. Bread basket & lettuce salad definitely a great meal. I had to take my turkey home, they just overload the plate. Did I mention the stuffing? It was so moist & tasty, just unbelievable. We don't understand why there isn't a line going around the...

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This place is the best. Hubby& I went to dinner there last night. I had the Turkey dinner he had the meatloaf. The sides of mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed veggies cauliflower, brocilli peas & corn. Bread basket & lettuce salad definitely a great meal. I had to take my turkey home, they just overload the plate. Did I mention the stuffing? It was so moist & tasty, just unbelievable. We don't understand why there isn't a line going around the block to get into this place. We have never had a bad meal or bad service here. The staff are just very helpful & considerate. This restaurant is a real treasure & I just can't say enough about the staff who are all so very nice. We usually have breakfast there every Sunday morning my husband likes to try something different every week. He has not been disappointed.

  • The last time I was there the place was filthy and waitresses surly, sounds likes it's much better now.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Our last experience there was similar to Paul's

4 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

A Nature Center - Right Idea. Wrong Place.

In recognition of the long legacy that Sam Leone left in Rogers Park, and the history of Chicago’s Junior Life Guard program founded in 1925 at what is now Leone Beach, we recommend that the proposed nature center be located somewhere other than inside the field house that is currently used by the life guards at Leone Beach.

We recommend that a living museum, dedicated to Sam Leone and the Junior Guard program, be installed in the existing field house...

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In recognition of the long legacy that Sam Leone left in Rogers Park, and the history of Chicago’s Junior Life Guard program founded in 1925 at what is now Leone Beach, we recommend that the proposed nature center be located somewhere other than inside the field house that is currently used by the life guards at Leone Beach.

We recommend that a living museum, dedicated to Sam Leone and the Junior Guard program, be installed in the existing field house instead of a nature center. Further we recommend that the Park District consider restoring the Junior Guard program to its previous stature at Leone and add a natatorium to the site, as proposed to the Park District in 1979.

This would facilitate year-round life guard aquatic training and provide a lap pool for use by area residents. It would also complement the Lake Michigan Water Trail kayak launch and proposal for its expansion.

As for the Nature Center, other opportune locations could serve to highlight the impact of a successful dune restoration along Loyola Park’s shoreline. One location we feel would be more appropriate is an addition to the east end of the Loyola Park field house—now a hand-ball court that’s no longer used and parking for employees who could park in designated spaces on Greenleaf. The site would provide easy access to the Nature Center for hundreds of children who regularly use the field house and be incorporated into programs offered at Loyola Park.

Signed by Rogers Park residents, Junior Guard Program alumni, Parents of children in the program,
Tim Colleran
Chris Serb
Don Gordon
Pat Dooley
Jerry Gavin
Ann Serb
Brian Murphy
Kent Frayn
Renee Leone O'Bryan
Rob Fleigel
Pat Colleran
Mike Dooley
Keith Heger
Jonathan Hudik
Dan Burns
Bret Renaud
Bonnie Gordon
Bobby Diamond
Joanna Klimczak
Shanna Gordon
Jeannine Silis
Greg Wuerfel
Bob Lock
Rachel Barr
Donald L Leone Jr
Craig Kemnitz
John Kavanagh
Meghan Gordon

  • Yes. The alderman worked a back room deal to use tax payer money to provide free parking for those privileged folks who live on the lakefront. It was excluded from the almighty participatory budgeting campaign tool.

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    Good heavens!

Oct 16

Updated 10 hours ago

Cermak Market?

Anyone got the scoop on the old Dominicks on Ridge? Looks like they're doing a bunch of work there and I heard it was gonna be a grocery called Cermak produce or something like that. Thanks.

  • I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened...

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    I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened in Milwaukee has me hopeful. Cermak seems to have identified the "ethnic" market as its niche, which makes sense for the Ridge location, given the mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Latino consumers in the area, among others. But they seem to define "ethnic" quite broadly, including Polish, German, Italian and Greek.

    "If you were to walk into the (West Milwaukee) store, whether you're Hispanic, whether you're German, whether you're Polish, whether you're Italian, you'd think that store was for you."
    http://www.jsonline.com/business/cermak-is-a-fresh-face-on-the-area-food-scene-0360khu-161668825.html

  • Looking forward to their opening and I am hoping for a great store nearby to me. From the outside it looks like it will be soon.

35 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Missing Cat

Hi everyone,

My favorite cat seems to have gotten out last night. I wouldn't worry but she's not an outdoor cat and she's only two years old so, needless to say, I'm pretty upset and worried about her.

She's a longer, skinny tortoise shell cat with a very loud and screechy meow. She responds to Danni and is very people friendly though she may be a bit skittish given the circumstances. I'll post a picture when I'm not at work.

We live on Glenwood and Northshore, right on the corner so hopefully she'd be nearby. The area seems to have a lot of cats roaming pretty regularly. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really miss her.

  • Thanks, I'll try this tomorrow morning and hope for the best. I'm worried that she's gotten farther away from home than we expected. We live pretty close to the train tracks and I'm not sure if they might be scaring her into hiding. It's also very cold out so I'm worried she may have dug her way into hiding. So many yards and garages around, it's all overwhelming.

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    She may go where other cats are being fed. If you know of any neighbors in your area who feed the feral cats or have colonies, you should check there. I have heard of owners finding their pets in these areas too. I bet she is close by and just hiding. Keep walking and calling her and post flyers if you can. Good luck!

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Courage Campaign: CTA!

My name is Kara and I live in Uptown. For the past two months I've been working on a campaign to raise money for CTA ads that discourage harassment.

Street harassment is a major issue for me on my block and commute to work, and I wanted to do something to promote awareness. I've been working with the CTA's advertising company on this project, and they seem very willing to help.

I just launched the fundraising page a few weeks...

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My name is Kara and I live in Uptown. For the past two months I've been working on a campaign to raise money for CTA ads that discourage harassment.

Street harassment is a major issue for me on my block and commute to work, and I wanted to do something to promote awareness. I've been working with the CTA's advertising company on this project, and they seem very willing to help.

I just launched the fundraising page a few weeks ago, and I've been having meetings with a group of interested people on fundraising ideas and ad content.

If you have fundraising ideas, are interested in contributing ad content, or helping in any way, email me at ctacouragecampaign@gmail.com.

Also, you can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CourageCTA
And follow us on Twitter @CourageCTA

Peace,

Kara

  • Howie and Teri 100 Years in Rogers Park

    If only the practitioners of "low level harassment" such as catcalls and whistles were asked how they'd feel if their daughters / mothers / sisters were the objects of this attention...

  • I'd like a campaign against oversized strollers and wheelie carts during rush hour.

34 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Stolen Bike- Specialized Langster Seattle Edition

Hi All,

Please let me know if you see a Green Specialized mountain bike around the neighborhood, or for sale anywhere. We had one stolen from our garage sometime within the last few days.

I am going to report it too, but I thought this might be a good resource.

Thanks!

  • holly homeowner rogers park

    really sorry to hear this. mine got stolen a few months ago from the yard ; (

15 hours ago

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Jun 12

Updated 16 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.

22 hours ago

46 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Fabulous Protest March

Join the free, fabulous protest march somewhere in Ravenswood near Lincoln Square on October 30th. It has been endorsed by a leading Rogers Park challenger for alderman in 2015. The event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance by calling 773-916-7484. Join the march and continue the fight even though we're not quite sure what it's all about. Just protest and support your right of free speech.

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Anyone afraid of being ambushed by psychos or going out and speaking in public isn't ready to represent the 49th Ward in the City Council. It's a rough and tumble world out there and we don't want timid or cowardly people pretending to represent us in front of the Mayor. They will end up being eaten for lunch at the first City Council meeting.

  • daveP been around awhile

    yeah, pretty dangerous to go vote with the mayor 97% of the time. . while not attending the majority of your meetings.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Mental Health Dominates City Budget Discussion

The Chicago Department of Public Health Budget Hearing - Dominated by Mental Healthcare concerns.

Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, was the city’s budget and plans for mental health care.

Aldermen grilled department commissioner Bechara Choucair about the proposed budget numbers as relates to the...

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The Chicago Department of Public Health Budget Hearing - Dominated by Mental Healthcare concerns.

Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, was the city’s budget and plans for mental health care.

Aldermen grilled department commissioner Bechara Choucair about the proposed budget numbers as relates to the city’s public mental health clinics, and asked often-repeated questions about the impacts of closing six of 12 clinics in 2012.

Choucair reported that the public clinics are serving about the same number of people they served before the closings – between 2,100 and 2,400.

Activists with the Mental Health Movement and the AFSCME labor union have said the city numbers are misleading because the public clinic caseload was much higher in the year before the closings; by the time of the closing the city had “closed” cases that they maintain represent people still needing services. There were 2,798 clients who had an appointment at the clinics in the year before the closures, according to the city.

Aldermen also asked Choucair why the city has not enrolled in managed care networks that would enable the public clinics to receive Medicaid reimbursement. An ordinance that would pave the way for such enrollment has been drafted but not introduced in City Council. Choucair said city officials are in “active discussions” about enrolling in managed care networks.

Choucair and Aldermen discussed the shortage of psychiatrists within the city mental health system. There are currently four psychiatrists serving about 2,400 patients across the six clinics, and one of them is retiring.

Aldermen asked the department for more numbers to consider before they vote November 5 on the proposed 2015 budget

  • This just in: another big success sign for Obamacare. U.S. insurers planning to sell Obamacare health plans for the coming year are expecting at least a 20 percent growth in customers and in some states are anticipate more than doubling sign-ups.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-insurers-have-big-plans-for-2015-obamacare-enrollment-2014-10

  • Lucas G “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

    Back to topic: Aldermen should not vote for the 2015 budget until mental health clinic items have been addressed, including restoring the Rogers Park Northtown Clinic formerly located on Howard near Ashland. Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. I told my friend about your concern and he looked emotional. I told him his community does care.

Sep 19

Updated 31 hours ago

Any One want to create a Social Club in Rogers Park

Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a...

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Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. We all might not agree with each other but i really do enjoy the great responses and arguments we make about changing Rogers Park. Would anyone be willing to want to start a Rogers Park Block Club. Rogers park is filled with great smart individuals who have the potential of being great leaders and Activist in their neighborhood. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the opportunity to meet someone and other families in Rogers Park, who holds great values? I think so
What do you all think?

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    I think this sounds like a lovely idea! Perhaps we could arrange monthly dinner meetings?

  • Terry Midnight Owner of Third Coast Comics in Edgewater

    I'm in! It sounds like a swell idea!

Oct 14

Updated 33 hours ago

Why We Have Rats

I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always...

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I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always cleaning up the alley, but he wasn't there today. And, as of half an hour ago, there's even more garbage on the ground, more bags tossed into the alley. Recently someone has begun to leave newspaper with torn bread and what appears to be cheese on top the dumpster several times a week. This may be poison (note the dead rat between the bags) and would explain the two dead squirrels and dead pigeon I've found in the last week. Squirrels are always on these dumpsters because there's always food here. The city has repeatedly cited this building but the tenants continue to dump their garbage like this. (I picked up the rat and the bread and cheese after I took the pictures.) I heard on tonight's news that Orkin has named Chicago the city with the nation's worse rat problem (based on the number of citizen complaints). The tenants here are one reason that's probably true.

2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Gale School to Receive Intensive Support from Chicago Public Schools

Gale School just received some great news: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed Principal Cassandra Washington and me yesterday that the school will receive direct support from the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4), which provides early-intervention programs for high-need schools.

Unlike a "school turnaround,' in which the entire school staff is replaced, the OS4 program keeps the principal and staff in place. The program provides hands-on support for principals and teachers, offering intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to...

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Gale School just received some great news: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed Principal Cassandra Washington and me yesterday that the school will receive direct support from the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4), which provides early-intervention programs for high-need schools.

Unlike a "school turnaround,' in which the entire school staff is replaced, the OS4 program keeps the principal and staff in place. The program provides hands-on support for principals and teachers, offering intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to the specific needs of the school. In short, OS4 is a reasonable and balanced approach that addresses a school's serious academic challenges, but falls short of firing the entire staff.

OS4 schools receive leadership and instructional coaches that will help the staff sustain the new practices and improve performance. OS4 schools also often receive capital improvements to their buildings.

Gale's OS4 designation arose out of conversations I had last summer with Principal Washington, Gale LSC member Kyle Hillman and high-level CPS administrators. All of us recognized that Gale was not performing at an acceptable academic level and that the additional guidance and support of OS4 was needed.

After receiving assurances from Principal Washington that she and her staff were ready and able to do the intensive work needed to put themselves on a path toward success, I submitted a formal request to CPS for OS4 designation. Principal Washington and I received word yesterday from CPS that they had granted our request.

OS4 will partner with Gale for up to three years, and its support and services are designed to build the capacity of Gale to sustain improvements beyond the program. In addition, Gale will be responsible for meeting or exceeding annual school-specific benchmarks established by CPS.

  • JMG

    Glad to hear of this positive development! Let's welcome the progress and remember the history.

  • When I taught on the south side, there was a similar lead paint and asbestos removal project that took most of the school year, so it can't happen overnight at Gale!

39 hours ago

Updated 38 hours ago

24th District Provides Update on Recent Police Activities

Below is the most recent summary of 24th District Police activity:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155641_322.htm

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Trick or Treat?

Just wondering what time and date the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods trick or treat? We're new to the neighborhood. Do all the neighborhoods do it at the same time?

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6 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

"Dress That Pet" Post

I don't want to sound argumentative, nor do I wish to take business away from anyone, but I feel I must speak out about putting clothes on our pets. I find it demeaning and abusive to a dog or cat to dress it up. The attire could very well cause physical discomfort to the animal. Dogs and cats are sentient beings. They are not dolls. The chimp in the organdy pinafore at a circus is a case in the extreme, but I believe the principle to be the same.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Helen, you hate me only because I don't like Joe Moore. Too bad.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Oh, now I see what happened. My comment "How many accounts do you have?" wasn't for you, Helen. It was a reply for some comment that is now deleted.

46 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

13 LUCKY Safety Tips for your kids this Halloween!

Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on...

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Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on the left hand side and a full listing will pop up!

2.Do not allow your kids to have candy or treats that appear to have been tampered with.

3.Know the route your kids will be take and do not deviate. Have them check in every hour, by phone or stop back at home.

4.Trick or treat in groups with an adult! If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can.

5.Pick a safe costume, fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If wearing a mask of any kind, make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision. Take into consideration the weather and layer up if needed.

6.Know exactly other activities they are attending (parties, school or mall functions). If at a home, meet the parents in advance and get a phone number.

7.Set a time they must be home by! No excuses!

8.Kids will be kids so use your best judgment to explain the dangers of vandalism like throwing eggs. If this happens to you then here are some clean up tips; a) Cool water with detergent OR cool salty water should help. Hot water might bake it on b) A scrub brush might be needed for screens c) Water and ammonia on windows works well

9.Stay visible in lighted areas and carry a flashlight that is ON!

10.Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won't be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check.

  • Richard Concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or...

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    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Tell them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.

    13.Cross streets safely, look both ways, cross at corners or crosswalks. Hold a younger child’s hand when crossing.

    Enjoy and be safe!

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
    richconcaildi@aol.com

    Stand Proud America!

    The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

In One Ear Open Mic needs your help!!!

The In One Ear open mic which is hosted weekly at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park is looking for your help. We recently had some equipment stolen and are running a campaign to help raise money to replace the equipment and upgrade some to ensure this 28 year old open mic can keep running and keep up with the times. With just 16 hours left to go, we still have a bit of ways to go and though perhaps...

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The In One Ear open mic which is hosted weekly at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park is looking for your help. We recently had some equipment stolen and are running a campaign to help raise money to replace the equipment and upgrade some to ensure this 28 year old open mic can keep running and keep up with the times. With just 16 hours left to go, we still have a bit of ways to go and though perhaps some you amazing folks on everyblock would like to get involved and help spread the word for us. I've attached the link to our indiegogo campaign and you can find us every Wednesday night after 9pm at the Heartland Café as well as on facebook. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!! :)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-one-ear-robbed-help-us-replace-and-upgrade/x/8558862#home

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/rogers-park/microphones-poetry-books-stolen-from-in-one-ear-open-mic-organizers-van

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Trick or treating

Hi all, I'm new to Rogers Park. Do the kids go trick or treating on Halloween night in the neighborhood? Thanks!

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

    Yup we get trick or treaters anywhere starting at around 3 to stragglers at 8:30. And in Chicago it is on the 31st that the kids come. Some suburbs do it on Sunday before but not in the city.

  • steven beckerman Lifelong resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood.

    I always work late and live in an apartment building, so don't know if there's a lot in RP. When we were kids here, we went to houses, or apartments we knew, as well as neighborhood stores. We also did "beggars night" which was the night before (worked best when...

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    I always work late and live in an apartment building, so don't know if there's a lot in RP. When we were kids here, we went to houses, or apartments we knew, as well as neighborhood stores. We also did "beggars night" which was the night before (worked best when Halloween was on a Sat., Sun., or Mon.) As an adult, I have seen that some of the best trick or treating is in Lakewood Balmoral, or similar areas in central Lakeview where there are lots of houses with lots of families. Friends in Lakewood Balmoral (area from Foster to Bryn Mawr, B'way to Clark gave away over 100 jumbo bags of candy, we're talking thousands of trick or treaters!

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Sunday Morning Chuckle: Read Susanne Atanus' Sun-Times Survey

No disrespect, but how could the Republicans slate this candidate? If you need a Sunday morning chuckle take a look at this:

http://questionnaires.suntimes.com/?cq_response=14a825c45da3a0bec558062f36f2d0558af202bb765997aa504cdc95fdc40cc5

  • daveP been around awhile

    Suzanne... all of them

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Dave, I thought you claimed to be a Democrat:
    "I am a registered lifelong democrat,..."
    "I'm a registered democrat, thanks though."
    Your comments on two different threads, Dave.
    BTW, just where are you a "Registered Democrat?" Illinois doesn't have voters' registration by party affiliation.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found Ventra Card

Found active Ventra Card in Kids Park at Leone Beach.If yours contact marcy0245@gmail.com and tell me your balance.

  • Spam - although that is the logical approach, as someone who has attempted to reconnect a Ventra card with its owner using your suggested approach ... exercise in futility.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Throw the thing in the mailbox, call it a day.
    The usps will help find its way.

Oct 21

Updated 3 days ago

Party Room Rental

Hi neighbors... was wondering if anyone knows of a nice party room i could rent. (40 ppl)

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Register Now for the CHA Wait List Lottery

The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Wait List Lottery registration is OPEN now through Monday, November 24th. Those who are selected in the lottery will be added to the CHA's wait list, which is used to fill affordable CHA-owned and assisted units in the City of Chicago as they become available.

To register for the Wait List Lottery, visit:

http://www.thechawaitlist.org/

You may register for all three of the CHA wait lists--Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8), and Property...

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The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Wait List Lottery registration is OPEN now through Monday, November 24th. Those who are selected in the lottery will be added to the CHA's wait list, which is used to fill affordable CHA-owned and assisted units in the City of Chicago as they become available.

To register for the Wait List Lottery, visit:

http://www.thechawaitlist.org/

You may register for all three of the CHA wait lists--Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8), and Property Rental Assistance--at the same time.

** The Family Public Housing program provides affordable housing assistance to low income individuals and families in properties owned and operated by the CHA.

** The Housing Choice Voucher program provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families using a voucher in the private rental market (voucher is provided to the applicant).

** The Property Rental Assistance program provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families using a property based voucher in eligible properties (voucher is provided to landlord for specific unit).

All registration forms received during the registration period will be placed in the lottery. The demand for CHA housing is far greater than the supply. The lottery ensures that everyone who completes a registration form will have an equal chance to be added to the wait list.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    You do not need a personal computer to register; you can register by smartphone or tablet, or by visiting any Chicago Public Library branch which provides free access to the internet.

    If you'd like assistance registering for the CHA Waitlist Lottery, two Rogers Park agencies are available to help you....

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    You do not need a personal computer to register; you can register by smartphone or tablet, or by visiting any Chicago Public Library branch which provides free access to the internet.

    If you'd like assistance registering for the CHA Waitlist Lottery, two Rogers Park agencies are available to help you.

    ** Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, 1400 W. Greenleaf, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call 773-564-4709 for an appointment.

    ** Northside Community Development Corporation, 1530 W. Morse, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 773-262.-290 extension 14 for an appointment​.

Oct 23

Updated 3 days ago

Leone Park - Beach Advisory Council formation

Neighbors, along with the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce are already firing up to address Alderman Moore's attempt to hijack Leone Park for political purposes.

Public Notice: The Leone Park - Beach PAC was formed today, on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. The first council meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office, located at 7231 N. Sheridan Road. Community Notices were posted publicly in the Leone Park - Beach community stating the...

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Neighbors, along with the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce are already firing up to address Alderman Moore's attempt to hijack Leone Park for political purposes.

Public Notice: The Leone Park - Beach PAC was formed today, on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. The first council meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office, located at 7231 N. Sheridan Road. Community Notices were posted publicly in the Leone Park - Beach community stating the upcoming election of officers and community meeting to introduce the new park advisory council. The community meeting will be held at 7231 N. Sheridan Road on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. This meeting is public and the entire community is invited to attend.

The primary goals of the Leone Park - Beach PAC include programs, fundraising for programs and facility/grounds improvements, increasing public safety/security and promoting Leone Park - Beach PAC.

The Leone Park - Beach PAC will be in attendance at Alderman Joe Moore's upcoming meeting with the Chicago Park District on redeveloping Leone Park - Beach at Loyola Park Fieldhouse, located at 1230 W. Greenleaf Avenue on Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    This thread is beginning to remind me of Senator Al Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them!"

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    Heheheheh. All the paranoids and conspiracy theorists are having a picnic today.

Oct 24

Updated 3 days ago

Joe -- You need to train your paid signature collectors better

Just stopped by the early voting location to see how things are going and I bumped into a candidate collecting petition signatures to run for aldercreature. Right after I signed, one of Joe's paid signature collectors asked me to sign his sheet even though he saw me sign another petition sheet for the same office. I explained that this would invalidate one of the two signatures, but he denied that. Joe -- you, David, and Wayne really need to up...

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Just stopped by the early voting location to see how things are going and I bumped into a candidate collecting petition signatures to run for aldercreature. Right after I signed, one of Joe's paid signature collectors asked me to sign his sheet even though he saw me sign another petition sheet for the same office. I explained that this would invalidate one of the two signatures, but he denied that. Joe -- you, David, and Wayne really need to up your training game. With two decades in office, one would think your team would be a little more professional...

Luckily, this encounter provided the opportunity for me to let the gentleman who was collecting signatures for Joe know that he was helping out the very alderman who has done nothing about African-American children being exposed to harmful lead paid and dust at Gale School over the last five years. He wasn't happy to hear that.

Oct 24

Updated 3 days ago

Joe Moore's Sample Ballot, Including Judicial and Referenda Recommendations

Early voting for the November, 2014, General Election has begun. From now until Saturday, November 1st, you can vote early at one of over 50 locations across the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers. Polls are open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on early voting and voting by mail, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155485_322.htm

For a list of my recommended candidates in the election, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155565_322.htm

I encourage you to vote the entire ballot, including the state constitutional amendments, the advisory referenda, and the judicial retention ballot.

Thanks for considering my recommendations. Perhaps I'll run into you at the polls!

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Is that one of those silly questions placed on the ballot so to avoid the ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD question?

  • daveP been around awhile

    They always like to pack those questions with feel good fluff questions, not questions that would actually mean anything.

    1. Should everyone make 1 million a year?
    2. Should the world be violence free?
    3. Should we stop guns from killing people?

    Instead of the questions voters want, such as elected school board, or term limits.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

CAPS Beat 2431 Beat Meeting

Our first individual CAPS Beat meeting will be this Tuesday, October 28th at 7 pm. It's being held at St. Jerome Church Parish Hall - 1709 W. Lunt Ave. The entrance to the Parish Hall is just West of the Church main entrance. It sits back from the street.

Come out and meet your neighbors, and officers of the 24th District.

Bring your ideas, concerns and ways of making the Beat better. We're looking for your ideas to help us. This is a time to build bridges and make the links we need to build a strong community!!!

Hope to see you all there!!!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Voting

First of all, I urge everyone to get out and vote.

I went Saturday to Pottawattomie park to vote. The folks running it were professional, and helpful. It wasn't crowded, but it seem to be taking people a long time to vote. When my turn came I found out why.

The touch screen voting machines were way out of alignment. To select anything you had to touch just the right spot, On my machine it was not on the name, or in the check box, but just to the left of box. Same with the "next" and "back" button, for all 17 pages!. I hope they fix this before election day.

  • I voted today and so did a friend I went with. We had no problem at all. I wonder if some of the whiners are computerphobic. Maybe it's my age but I am used to using a computer and feel comfortable with the electronic machines. I will say that the ballot seemed fairly long. 17 pages. Still it went pretty quickly.

  • Rob - that strategy seems familiar - suing for voting irregularities, but only in the districts you lost. Hmmm, hanging, hanging....chads. Yeah, that's it. Florida, wasn't it?

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Join Me for Pizza and Democracy: Participatory Budgeting Begins Tonight

Join me tonight for a slice or two of complimentary pizza and a generous helping of democracy as I launch the 2014-15 Participatory Budgeting process with the first of seven "Neighborhood Assemblies."

Tonight's assembly (Tuesday, October 28th) will take place at Sullivan High School, 16631 N. Bosworth. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto's will be provided at 6:30 p.m. and the assembly will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

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Join me tonight for a slice or two of complimentary pizza and a generous helping of democracy as I launch the 2014-15 Participatory Budgeting process with the first of seven "Neighborhood Assemblies."

Tonight's assembly (Tuesday, October 28th) will take place at Sullivan High School, 16631 N. Bosworth. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto's will be provided at 6:30 p.m. and the assembly will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

As you know, I'm giving the 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the ward's "menu money"--discretionary funds I receive annually for infrastructure improvements in the 49th Ward. The Neighborhood Assemblies will provide a review of this year's process and an explanation of the type of projects that are eligible for funding. You'll also get to see some new short videos on participatory budgeting, including an updated video of the 49th Ward's experience with PB.

You will then have an opportunity to weigh in with your thoughts on specific infrastructure projects you would like to see completed in the ward.

The next assemblies will take tomorrow (Wednesday, October 29th) at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers, and Thursday, October 30th, at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (at Ashland) 3rd floor. Once again, pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Each assembly will be identical in content, so you need attend only one of the assemblies. If neither assembly date this week is convenient for you, six other assemblies will be held this month, including a Spanish-language assembly.

For a schedule of all seven assembly meetings,visit:

http://admin.epagecity.com/site/epage/155592_322.htm#49th.

Pick the day and location that is most convenient for you and bring your appetite. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto's will be provided at every Neighborhood Assembly beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    For the second year in a row, I'll be operating the 49th Ward's participatory budgeting initiative under the new 49th Ward map. Tonight's neighborhood assembly location at Sullivan High School was selected to make it easy for my new constituents to attend the meeting and become involved in the process.

    To view a copy of the new ward map, click on the map in my post above.

3 days ago

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