21 hours ago

Updated 1 min ago

STILL think Alderman Joe Moore is a good guy?

Yesterday an op-ed piece he penned with--of all people--Ald. Pat O'Connor-- touting how "ethical" the city council had become appeared in the Trib. At 9:15 an ordinance slipped into the rules and "ethics" committee late on Tuesday by O'Connor was voted on to remove oversight of campaign contributions for aldermen by removing it from the duties of the Legislative Inspector General then approved by the city council later in the morning...JUST IN TIME FOR ELECTION SEASON!

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Yesterday an op-ed piece he penned with--of all people--Ald. Pat O'Connor-- touting how "ethical" the city council had become appeared in the Trib. At 9:15 an ordinance slipped into the rules and "ethics" committee late on Tuesday by O'Connor was voted on to remove oversight of campaign contributions for aldermen by removing it from the duties of the Legislative Inspector General then approved by the city council later in the morning...JUST IN TIME FOR ELECTION SEASON!

What do both of these guys have in common? Besides the fact that both their wives have enriched themselves; O'Connor's real estate agent wife had reportedly made over $20 million over the years on deals her husband had a hand in zoning for in his ward, and Moore's wife who did "consulting" to promote Turkey tourism for the Concept Charter School's friends (hello FBI...)? They BOTH have been subject to ethics probes by the LIG! Still think they're just trying to save the taxpayer money by trying to eliminate the LIG's office? HA! I have a bridge to sell you...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-ald-oconnor-limits-ethics-probes-week-after-watchdog-starts-investigating-him-20140730,0,162436.story#vf-5040400000447

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/alderman-joe-moore-political-action-ward-office-217465321.html

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I'm beginning to love the word "minions." She seems to have picked it up from the other guy who fired her first.

  • Don

    STOP electing them to office I would rather have a novice in office who has the area's best interest rather then them lining their pockets. Elect someone who isn't a politician

12 hours ago

Updated 5 min ago

Burger King at Gateway Center

The sign out front indicates it will be opening soon for you fast-food junkies. There's another sign on the front door on the Clark St. side that seems to indicate they are holding interviews for employees from 11 AM - 3 PM. I don't think it indicates specific days for that.

24 hours ago

Updated 12 min ago

Politicking

There are constant accusations of Chicago Alderman politicking on Everyblock and Nextdoor. Most accusations are sheer nonsense from right wing nut jobs or Libertarian lunies, but some do appear to ring true. Both websites seem at times to be controlled by the Alderman and their hand picked online thugs who work to control the messaging, especially here on EveryBlock. It would seem an investigation is warranted to see if Alderman are actually violating the terms of service agreements on these websites? And furthermore it's possible some Alderman are breaking election, or in the case of an Alderman directing others to drive the dialogue on EveryBlock or Nextdoor for their political gain, even federal racketeering (RICO) laws?

  • Daddy lama I'm happy

    Seriously? You're making these sites unbearable. The idea is good and was excited when I joined both sites. Hoping to join and help create a closer and more informed community. Then you have people who use it for their own agenda. Talking about you revolution, you're abusing your privilege.

  • The prevailing "bury our head in the sand" attitude because I'm not interested in the truth, I'm only interested in my own self interest, is at least anecdotally the attitude of the majority of feedback I get on my EveryBlock posts. Of course my posts are meant to elicit responses...

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    The prevailing "bury our head in the sand" attitude because I'm not interested in the truth, I'm only interested in my own self interest, is at least anecdotally the attitude of the majority of feedback I get on my EveryBlock posts. Of course my posts are meant to elicit responses that challenge the status quo's
    effectiveness at creating community cohesion.

    I would love to see studies conducted which look at the value to communities, if any of sites like these. And how they would need to be redesigned to actually be utilized by a much larger portion of actual residents. As it stands now almost every user including myself seems to have an agenda as an outlier of some sort or member of the extreme right or left. Of course many are early adopters and somewhat technologically competent.

    EvertBlock or Nextdoor could be awesome tools used to uplift and transform communtiities if such an effort were desired. As it stands now I don't see these sites as having any value to anyone but a self selected few.

26 min ago

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16 hours ago

Updated 30 min ago

Joe Moore and pals remove authority from only office able to investigate campaign funding violations

This might be the biggest con job in the history of Chicago politics. As the elections near and aldermen scurry to scoop in every dollar they can to outspend their opponents, they have the audacity to neuter the only office able to investigate whether they're violating ethics laws in the process. You know, the office that caught our own alderman in a series of ethics violations and subsequent lies.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-ald-oconnor-limits-ethics-probes-week-after-watchdog-starts-investigating-him-20140730,0,162436.story#vf-5040400000447

Gee, why would they do that?

It's time to vote these crooks out of office.

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    Well, at least O'Connor is being transparent. I mean, who can't see thru THAT?!

  • larisa rogers park resident; dog owner

    ridiculous

2 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

Ashland and Sherwin area

Are there any hotspots in the Ashland and Sherwin area? The area seems ok to me. I found a place that I like but I thought I would check here first in case there is something that I missed.

18 hours ago

Updated 55 min ago

B'nai Zion Synagogue on Pratt/Greenview

I'm somewhat new to RP (only 4 years) and a bit newer to EB, but I've been wondering about the place of worship near my home.

There is a history online: http://www.rpwrhs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57:bnai-zion-first-synagogue-in-rogers-park&catid=25:churches-a-public-institutions&Itemid=29

But it's no longer being used for anything but chalk drawing and relaxation (not a horrible fate for a no more-used building, mind you). It appears the daycare nextdoor is part of the "west addition" but what is being done with the actual Synagogue?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Thanks for that clarification, Becky.

  • Thanks for the lesson. I live down the street and attended Loyola in the '70's when services were going on there.
    The private school there now ,Lake Shore ,was attended by my grandson. Life goes full circle

32 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Skunk On The Prowl

Last night when I got home from work I did what I always do and took my beagle for a walk. On the way home he was pulling a little but hard on the leash but I couldn't see anything that he would have been following. As we turned to walk up to the building there it was...a skunk that was staring us down with its tail raised. I walked purposefully to the door and am happy to say that we were not sprayed.

I just wanted to give a heads up to any late night walkers in the neighborhood - specifically on Fargo between Greenview and Sheridan.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Da Bears 2014

I love the Bears they are one of the oldest teams in the NFL .
The Bears have made some moves that will make them better on Defense as well as offense .Just today a receiver was acquired.Should be an exciting season .
I am predicting 10-6 or 11-5 anything could happen in a 16 game season so ....
Go Bears
http://www.chicagobears.com/
http://www.chicagobears.com/gameday/schedule.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqFf-0eROUA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thue2qFFaYI Could you imagine this guy singing it in Soolider Field .
Have you been a game or to Solider field how was your experience.

  • As I said I am thinking between 9-11 wins .Every team we need to leapfrog also improved greatly .1st game should be Hall of fame game Bills V NY Giants Aug 3.

  • The 2014 Chicago Bears Family fest Saturday.
    Nice Cheap event if you have never been to Soldier Field, these events are a great introduction to Soldier field and the whole stadium / NFL Football experience .
    Have a good weekend.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/events/family-fest.html

    Kyle Long looks good to pratice from havbing a viral situation .
    Go Bears

34 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Looking for nanny in September in East Rogers Park

Hi I have a newborn and will be returning to work in late September. I am looking for an experienced nanny to come to my home in East Rogers Park. I am also open to the idea of a nanny share. Please message me if you have any referrals. Thanks in advance!

  • Amy 13 years in the RP

    Hi. My dear friend, east rogers park neighbor and Spanish bilingual nanny extraordinaire Liliana may be available. She has fantastic references. Email me at amylzimmerman@gmail.com and I will connect you! She has extensive infant experience too.

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    What's so wrong with a Russian Grandmother? And college drop out with 11 brothers and sisters? I cant imagine thats too common.. Grandmothers of any ethnic background rock! Go Grandmas!

Jun 12

Updated 1 hour 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.

8 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Trostsky and Lenin????

OK. So...you say what is NOT working. Exactly what do YOU suggest? Anyone
can complain about the state of things. If nothing changes...nothing changes.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    O&T, openness and transparency will transform the world; expect more; demand better. Elect Commissioner Gordon for Alderman. Batman will save us. No poop; no pay.

26 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Skunk Alert 6500 Block of Greenview

Ok stepped outside to the unmistaken odor of Peppi Le' Phew !!
Skunk in the area. I'm used to running into the perfume in Glenview / Skokie. First time in 20+ years the hairs in my nose have been clipped so close to home!!!

  • We smell them occasionally at Eastlake and Rogers as well. Lived here long enough to tell the difference between weed and skunk. :-)

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    d3, if I'd seen this earlier, I would have sent our guy down to your place tonight.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Quick poll: Do you feel safe on the CTA?

The CTA today released crime stats that showed big drops in most categories of transit crime in the first half of this compared to the same period in 2013.

Robberies were down 35 percent, and thefts dropped 18 percent.

But do you feel safe on the CTA? Take the quick poll at my CTA Tattler blog and let us know. Your perception is reality for you.

http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2014/07/quick-poll-do-you-feel-safe-on-the-cta/

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    I'd love to out the little turd myself, but he's just a target for cold-blooded murder.

    There's no crime in that.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I thought you would do so. Actually I hoped you would. It's actually not the first time we agree as funny as that sounds.

Mar 22

Updated 10 hours ago

Chicago Electric Aggregation / Integrys

So, doing the math, I seem to be paying ComEd 4.2 cents/kWh for electricity. The notice from the city regarding Integrys says that if I don't opt-out, I'll be paying a price of 5.299 cents/kWh through May 2015. Assuming everything staying flat, it seems to be cheaper to stay with ComEd. But, rates are going up in June, no? Is anybody else considering opting out, or do you have an opinion on why it'd be wise to not opt-out?

And if I do opt-out, can I opt-in again later? Or am I out of the loop until something else comes along in May 2015?

  • d3 NOH

    BTW... Now this week it was announced ComEd and Integrys are essentially the same company. The parent company of ComEd bought the energy distribution unit at Integrys ... now everyone who didn't opt out is paying twice as much delivery fee than prior to the city of chicago's aggregation program and the company giving and supplying is still the same parent company.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Chris, the price per KwH changes constantly throughout the day (and night) on RRTP, but I suspect you know that.

    Keep in mind that I'm in an apartment and have A.C. in only one room, but here's my monthly bill comparison:
    Current Month
    Billing Period: 6/30/2014 to 7/29/2014
    RRTP Bill:...

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    Chris, the price per KwH changes constantly throughout the day (and night) on RRTP, but I suspect you know that.

    Keep in mind that I'm in an apartment and have A.C. in only one room, but here's my monthly bill comparison:
    Current Month
    Billing Period: 6/30/2014 to 7/29/2014
    RRTP Bill: $84.57
    Standard Fixed-Rate Bill: $91.61
    Total Bill $ Savings: $7.04
    Total Bill % Savings: 7.7 %
    Total Electric Supply Services % Savings: 15.9 %*

    The standard fixed-rate bill is what I would be paying if I wasn't on RRTP. ComEd sends me an email every month with this information.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

We Need Change

Social activism is stagnant. Protesters are boring. We need ideological revolution. Occupy Rogers Park and Chicago Light Brigade are so yesterday. They are dull and musty like Trotsky and Lenin. We need new blood. Marches, tie dye shirts, long hair and angry poetry is last century rubbish. Where are the neo-radicals? Is there life in the street? Is Rogers Park stuck in the post-Beat generation with brown rice, bean sprouts, feminist poetry and tofu? Are we intellectually and ideologically dead? Light the fire.

  • Daddy lama I'm happy

    I like tie dye stuff, from what I see it's popular with all ages. What's wrong with long hair? It was anti establishment and a form of self expression, and I believe it is still a way to express oneself without offending anyone, and if the length of ones hair does offend you...get over it.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Becky, only with a medium rare ribeye and a couple of glasses of old vine Zinfandel. After that you can read me Cat In The Hat and I will most ardently agree ;)

3 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Just A Reminder

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

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Will you continue Conversational Spanish Group in September? I am interested in joining, but most of August will be traveling. Many thanks.

  • Hi Barbara, my phone died and I lost your contact info. I am very sorry but with my sister's illness and my 3 little ones, August vacations, etc. I am sad that I will not be able to continue in the group. Maybe you could send me a text or private email and I could contact you in the fall when things hopefully calm down to see how the group is doing? Thank you for your time.

6 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

New Devon Restaurant Proposed

The July 23-29 issue of the News-Star (sorry, story wasn't available online) carried a front-page story about a new restaurant proposed for 1248-60 West Devon. Described as "upscale," the restaurant would have 124 seats plus a 26-seat bar and would rely on street parking. The owner has two other restaurants and bought the 14-unit building. His lawyer, Dean Margos, says the restaurant, to be called Lakewood bistro, would be "...an engine for Devon Ave. revitalization that would bring 'million dollar...

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The July 23-29 issue of the News-Star (sorry, story wasn't available online) carried a front-page story about a new restaurant proposed for 1248-60 West Devon. Described as "upscale," the restaurant would have 124 seats plus a 26-seat bar and would rely on street parking. The owner has two other restaurants and bought the 14-unit building. His lawyer, Dean Margos, says the restaurant, to be called Lakewood bistro, would be "...an engine for Devon Ave. revitalization that would bring 'million dollar condos' to the area." According to the News-Star, the attorney also said that the restaurant's "prices would dissuade less than wealthy people" [from eating there]. The owner is also seeking an incidental liquor license because the precinct is currently dry. Although this area is part of the 49th ward, I've learned to be leery of talk about "revitalization" and "upscale" whatever. I've seen it in other neighborhoods where I've lived and it always displaces longtime residents who can no longer afford to live in the area. Million dollar condos and destination restaurants where locals can't afford to eat can kill a community. We need to focus on balanced development, ie, the kind that's good for a neighborhood, profitable for a business, and doesn't harm or displace decent people who lack six-figure incomes. The paper also notes that contributions from Joe Moore have been made to Citizens for Dean Margos. I don't know what office he's seeking or sought.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    It will be fine. Look how well Uncommon Ground an Maddiebird is doing. If it's good people will come.

  • We should be grateful for any respectable, attractive business that chooses to locate on Devon.. or anywhere else in East or West Rogers Park, or Edgewater. I'm disturbed by the number of empty storefronts in the 1200- 1600 blocks of W Devon, as well as by the increasing number of vacancies and and growing tattiness of the Devon retail district between Western and Kedzie. I sincerely hope that no one tries to obstruct this business or any other decent enterprise that wants to give this area a try.

24 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

peacful protest yesterday?

My husband was out walking with our daughter yesterday and ran across a group marching together. Signs calling for an end to gangs and sending love. I want to know who these people were! We want to join in. Anyone have any further info?

22 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Primary Care Doc

I am devcestated to have to give up my family's current primary care doc (James Clancy at Rogers Park Family medicine) due to an insurance change. If you need a primary then start with him-he is the best ever and we have been with him for 12 years.

So, I need recommendations for a primary care doctor in the area-Dr. Clancy treated both my husband and our 2 kids-so a family doc would be great..
As I write this I am even more sad over losing Dr. C....help!

  • We dropped my BCBS family insurance for my husband's new United Health PPO. Cost for his is saving us hundreds a month as his company can cover more and it is great insurance. I never thought for a second Clancy would not take it. Called the office today to double check and reception told me he is not contracted with United anymore:(

  • Dr. Clancy is pretty awesome, I hope you find someone just as smiley and nice!

Jul 08

Updated 16 hours ago

People's Gas Tore Up My Patio

Yesterday and also this morning People's Gas was out in my backyard breaking up my private patio and using my hose without any notice at all. I guess we won't enjoy our patio for the rest of the summer. We have also been walking through mud (Sort of like cat litter) every time it rains because they tore out the common sidewalk that feeds 12 townhouses on May, 21st. Everybody seems to be sub-contracted and unable to tell us who or what will happen next.

  • oh my, that wasn't clear to me, Christine. In that case, you have every right to complain, and I would too. I had no idea you were dealing with this for so long.

  • Thanks Carl, and here's the thing...once I noticed it then I seem to notice it more and more elsewhere (human nature?). I fear many people are going to be left with these messes. Some people aren't as vocal as I am or just don't know their rights. You can bet...

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    Thanks Carl, and here's the thing...once I noticed it then I seem to notice it more and more elsewhere (human nature?). I fear many people are going to be left with these messes. Some people aren't as vocal as I am or just don't know their rights. You can bet that when those who busted up the concrete have come and gone, nobody will be knocking on doors to do repair work. Collectively, it doesn't work well for the neighborhood. There needs to be some sort of a point person to address this BIG issue going on all over.

4 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

All Night Fireworks

It sounds like a war zone over here at Western and Devon, 4th of July was three weeks ago WTF is with all the explosions and fireworks?

  • Rob

    JR- Has anyone said anything that makes you feel like a fool?

  • Usually when I feel like a fool it's because of something I've said to myself, like for example, "Carl, you are a fool." It can be quite devastating until I remind myself that it really doesn't matter what I say to myself. However, the mixed messages can be a little confusing.

17 hours ago

Any United Church of Rogers Park members available?

Hello!

My name is Ramsen Shamon and I am Northwestern University graduate journalism student covering religion in Rogers Park.

Would any members of the United Church of Rogers Park be willing to communicate to me their experience as a church member?

This is for an assignment. Your information will not be published.

Thank you!

Ramsen Shamon

26 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Trader Joe's continued

The more folk we get on the website the better. This alderman is content to keep things the same. We don't need more cell phone stores, empty sari shops and lack of variety in food choices. If we live in the most diverse neighborhood in the city, where is the diversity. While trader joes is a chain it would be a great start

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    karen - I agree with you! Most of the new tenants on Touhy are non-profits; that does not help us at all!!

  • Derrick in West Ridge Resident of West Ridge since 1997

    Karen, I think there are many factors surrounding this issue. Trader Joe’s (and any grocer for that matter) has to take into consideration the location, demographics and competition. With a Mariano’s, Meijers, and Walmart all soon to open in that Touhy/McCormick//Oakton vortex, and with a new TJ recently opened in...

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    Karen, I think there are many factors surrounding this issue. Trader Joe’s (and any grocer for that matter) has to take into consideration the location, demographics and competition. With a Mariano’s, Meijers, and Walmart all soon to open in that Touhy/McCormick//Oakton vortex, and with a new TJ recently opened in Evanston, plopping another grocer in or near the 50th Ward is probably not economically viable. Not to mention the long-rumored Cermak Fresh Market that’s supposed to be opening in the old Dominick’s space near Ridge/Damen/Pratt.

    I agree with you and Robin, that the Western and Touhy strips are woefully lacking but what’s missing is some kind of strategy or master plan for attracting businesses to the ward. It has to be a mix of independents, non-profits, and chains if we want to see something that can revitalize those spaces. I recall discussions in the not-so-distant past from the Alderman’s office as well as organizations like the WRPCO about how to attract and attain the right mix of businesses but that was a while ago and I’m not sure where things stand. Perhaps representatives from those groups and any others might weigh-in here. Anybody out there?

    While it certainly wouldn’t hurt to petition Trader Joe’s, I think the effort has to be bigger than that. I’m a huge fan of TJ and would like to see them in more locations, I just don’t know how feasible/realistic it is for them to consider the 50th Ward. That’s where leadership from our elected officials and community organizations is needed.

    But I appreciate your spirit!

Jul 23

Updated 21 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

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

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

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

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

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

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    The Park District Director of Communications, Jessica Maxey-Faulkner@ 312-742-4786, also has been quiet on the topic. The Park District Board of Commissioners meets in about a week and a half and hasn't yet announced the agenda or if the renaming proposal will be addressed by the Alderman on August 13th....

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    The Park District Director of Communications, Jessica Maxey-Faulkner@ 312-742-4786, also has been quiet on the topic. The Park District Board of Commissioners meets in about a week and a half and hasn't yet announced the agenda or if the renaming proposal will be addressed by the Alderman on August 13th. That is when he would make a proposal of how to honor Griffin at a park or a beach in the Ward. Hopefully he will be creative and flexible in finding a way to not to dishonor Jarvis while simultaneously honoring Griffin in a way that will inform people as to who she actually was.

  • PTM DJ/MC

    And have you heard the park at Water Tower is being named after Jane Byrne. That's a former Chicago MAYOR. And it's a PARK not the entire Water Tower.

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Joe Moore -- Why aren't you asking the IG to investigate the red lights money grab?

Eight of your colleagues have asked that the IG conduct an investigation into the "enforcement" spikes in the red lights camera system. Why aren't you joining them in that request?

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    Suzanne, why are you not answering me? You wouldn't ignore me the same way you accuse Joe Moore of ignoring you, would you?

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Business travel, Delmer. So I didn't see your open question. You'll just have to wait!

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Morseland?

Has anybody heard any news or any plans for the old Morseland on morse?

36 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Squad Car At 7400 N Seeley

The entire alley is taped off, and the cops are nowhere to be seen. Squad cars are still here and flashing. No clue what's up yet...

  • Kyros C. New York Native - Loving Rogers Park & Edgewater

    Earlier this evening, there was a report of an electric power transformer fire in the area.

    Not sure of the precise address, but the police might be closing the alley, until ComEd can get there.

  • diana Life is short. Death is long. Act accordingly.

    Yep. The transformer between the 7300 block of N. Seeley and the north/south alley (between Seeley/Damen) blew around 6:30-7:00pm. Half the alley was blocked off until ComEd came some time during the night and fitted a new transformer to the pole.

    Nothing big. But I hope that someone cleans up the red crime scene tape. It's a little off-putting.

  • Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Tree trimming along Metra tracks

Does anyone know who is responsible for trimming the trees that are hanging out into the street from the Metra tracks along Ravenswood? All of the street cleaning signs are completely covered by the brush, but I still see people getting parking tickets there on street cleaning days (and I got one myself). I'm disputing the ticket, but I'm curious who should be maintaining the tress.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Pat, did you call 311 or the relevant alderman's office and ask to have the trees trimmed?

  • Helen ( you sweet thing ) ,

    No

    I think Moore's office contacted Union Pacific.

    They trimmed, but didn't remove the cuttings.

    They are piled up in the " curb to fence " area.

    But, it's a big improvement for southbound Ravenswood travel.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I maintain the " curb to fence " area around Albion & south to Devon.

    Trim the trees / bushes, pick up litter.

    But I did venture up to Pratt to cut the tree limbs near the stop sign.

24 hours ago

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26 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Trader Joe's

Good morning 50 th ward. I spoke to someone at trader joes yesterday about petitioning for a store in the west ridge area. I was told to go to their website and under " contact us" state my case. The more folks petition the more they will consider it. I am tired of waiting for the alderman to do anything for this ward

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Been there, done that, not going to happen. A monster Mariano's will be at Touhy and McCormick; a gigantic Meier will be at Oakton and McCormick.

  • karen returned to my roots

    Neither is in this ward. Neither is even in the city. Why not try

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    I tried many times, as have others. Hey, it's just a contact form on their website, so feel free.

    If Trader Joe's were interested in the 50th ward, they would have made a move before now.

35 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Norfolk Pine free to good home

Well, folks, I'll say right off that the dear thing lists eastward - and is just too big for the space it occupies in my church. The kids think its pot is a sandbox and can't keep their hands out of it. It is currently about 8 ft tall and really needs a nice skylit stairwell or atrium to grow in. A little TLC would go far. Comment on this posting if you're interested; thanks!

  • Is it only an indoor plant? Probably cannot take it anyway, but just in case, it would only be as an outdoor plant. Thanks...

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I wish I had the space for it.

    Julia, I grows fine outdoors--on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. But, no, in Chicago, it can't spend the winter outdoors.

  • My place could not handle such a large tree indoors. I am sure someone will save such a great plant. Good luck...

31 hours ago

33 hours ago

Out on a nice night

Had a great time meeting a few more fine Roger's Park residents this evening. Cannot believe I still have the energy to still be up. Got to see the area from a whole new perspective!

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Scrabble, anyone?

Hello, friends. We are new to the neighborhood. I'm Emily and my fiancée
is Eddie. I founded a Scrabble club in Madison and then Edgerton, WI.
Any interest in starting one in Rogers Park? We can meet at our house, and
anyone can come, regardless of skill. We can teach newcomers! Please
post if interested, and we will contact y. P.S. We LOVE Rogers Park!

  • Attention: Scrabble lovers, word nerds, philologists, wordsmiths:

    Hello, everyone!

    Wow. What a heartening response to starting a Scrabble club! And what fun to have contributions on my little word puzzles. We did lots of these in the past with our Scrabble club members. WHO LOVES WORDS??? WE DO!

    As far...

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    Attention: Scrabble lovers, word nerds, philologists, wordsmiths:

    Hello, everyone!

    Wow. What a heartening response to starting a Scrabble club! And what fun to have contributions on my little word puzzles. We did lots of these in the past with our Scrabble club members. WHO LOVES WORDS??? WE DO!

    As far as a potential meeting place, please scratch my offer of my home, as least
    for now. What was I thinking??? Many thanks to RPGurl and BigChibro for reminding
    me to be cautious about that. Some good suggestions have been Sol Café, Rogers Park Social, Common Cup, the library, and Jewel(s) meeting room. Have I forgotten any? I am off work tomorrow and plan to contact these places.

    Once we have a place, we will have to set a time. We used to meet on Sundays
    from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Will that work for people?

    Finally: Here is another little brain tickler for you. How about your favorite
    oxymorons? (No: That is not a very dumb ox. It is a "seemingly self-contradictory term" like "cruel kindness." Oxymorons are everywhere! We just have to look for them.
    I saw a really good one in the grocery store: "Extra Large MINI-Buns."

    Love to hear some of your favorites!

    Emily Smith
    Rogers Park newbie

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    Negative Positive loiterers.

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Advice Needed

My cat just alerted me to the presence of a bird on my fifth floor balcony. It's very still and I think it may be a fledgling or maybe the victim of a hawk attack? I've decided not to interfere tonight, but wonder if there are some bird savvy neighbors who can give me advice should the bird still be out there tomorrow. Advice? Thanks!

  • Will_iam43 Who dat?

    Let nature take it's course

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Lakewood&Albion since 2010, Chicagoan since 2000

    You're welcome, Shelby, and good to know that about Chimney Swifts. I'm on the 4th floor, so who knows if that will come in handy if one lands on my porch one day.

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Police patrolling late last night

Dear friends:
I somehow found myself walking my two dogs very late last night, about 2:30 a.m.
Well, one of them is a purebred GSD so I don't worry too much. But it was
a wonderful comfort to see a police car patrolling our street very carefully, as well
as tours through all the alleys. This was Newgard Street near Albion. Can anyone
send a big thank you! to our police who patrol for us?
Emily

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    Oooops #3. The commander's email address is dot (.) org, not dot (.) com. You need more coffee.

  • Dear Pension Pat:
    It takes a village! Don't worry about it.
    As a newcomer to Chicago, I am very glad to
    be part of this neighborhood family.
    P.S. I am not afraid to speak my mind!
    Emily

5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Clark and Pratt/Farwell

Lots of gunfire at 1:25.

  • I understand about hating a job. That is still not a reason not to do the job well. you never know where doing a job well will lead.

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

    I feel the same way about republicans BUT we all gotta eat plus u never had a bad day?? Look I don't know what ur experience did for u but that doesn't mean stop calling ...call more and instead of typing ,,talk to the operators bosses ...Movement not fussing it works

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Rolland's

Does anyone know what's up with Rolland's at Clark & Howard? It's been dark the last few days. There isn't a sign on the door or a notice on the website. It would be a shame if they closed. They've been a great neighbor, and their burgers are amazing!

  • Too bad. Burgers were very good. I did patronized this place...

  • You're right, Mac. It was my understanding that the restaurant was purchased by the manager of the Hop Haus. The menu was quite similar - the few changes there were made it better in my opinion.

    It's so strange that I can't find any news about the closing....

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Thanks to Streets and Sanitation for trimming the trees.

Streets and Sanitation did such a great job today trimming the trees on Farwell Ave. and Greenview. They trimmed along the one side of each street, where street cleaning took place and all the cars were moved. It made such a dramatic improvement and has made the entire area so much brighter. Hopefully they'll get to the other side too. I imagine this will make the area safer.
Thank you Thank you

  • Good post, Tim. Neighbors, if you have branches that are touching our house or very nearly touching, you should call 311 to schedule a tree trimming. We don't think about it in nice weather but during a storm, those branches can do massive damage to your home. Summer time is the right time to get it done!

  • I also noticed the tree trimming going on in the neighborhood. Was thinking that the tree trimmers & street cleaning should work together. Considering with street cleaning, there are no cars parked (for the most part) on the side of the street being cleaned. Streets & Sanitation could go in...

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    I also noticed the tree trimming going on in the neighborhood. Was thinking that the tree trimmers & street cleaning should work together. Considering with street cleaning, there are no cars parked (for the most part) on the side of the street being cleaned. Streets & Sanitation could go in prior to the street cleaner, complete the trimming & move on to the next block. This type of schedule would ensure each block not only being swept but having the trees being taken care of as well. On the other hand, this may just be too logical for the city to schedule.

    I was walking my dogs on the 1400 block of W. Farwell around noon today and the street was closed off due to the tree trimming. I watched one of the workers up trimming branches. He would catch the branch and drop it to the ground. The problem I saw was that the branch was hitting the back of a car. If the street was clear due to street cleaning, he wouldn't have been scratching the back of someone's car.

43 hours ago

Wasted Wednesday at the Red Line Tap

Tonight: Wasted Wednesday at the Red Line Tap! $1 Bud Drafts / $3 Well Drinks / $1 Pucker Shots and more...

On Stage at 9 pm: Big Leg Emma / Wesley Harding / Sons of the New Amish

$5.00 or FREE admission w/ your college ID

The Red Line Tap - 7006 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL

https://www.facebook.com/redlinetap

6 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Let's Talk Spanish!

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

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

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Same, hope there are future lessons.

  • Emilie Junge Lawyer, crim justice and health care advocate

    Any schedule yet? I would love to join

44 hours ago

Bridge to Nowhere

bridge to Northerlu Island? No way!

They want to shut down Burnham harbor, despite the press on how great the bridge will be. You can walk to Northerly Island as it is.

http://fotp.org/news/what-can-you-do-to-speak-up-for-open-space

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Condo Association Obligations

I am a renter in a four-flat condo building. Two units in the building are owned by the gentleman who live in Italy, one unit is owned by a local developer (bought recently), and on unit is owned by a condo association chairman (I am not sure about the proper title-I'll call him condo 'guy'). In the four months that I've rented here, I've observed that the condo 'guy' barely does any upkeep to the property. Things look pretty dismal....

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I am a renter in a four-flat condo building. Two units in the building are owned by the gentleman who live in Italy, one unit is owned by a local developer (bought recently), and on unit is owned by a condo association chairman (I am not sure about the proper title-I'll call him condo 'guy'). In the four months that I've rented here, I've observed that the condo 'guy' barely does any upkeep to the property. Things look pretty dismal. When I asked him about that, he said that the budget for the upkeep is very low. I found out later that three owners pay him $185 each in condo fees. It is not a high amount but it still something.

Is there a way to find out the exact responsibilities of the condo 'guy' and how he exactly spends the condo fees? I am afraid that because two of the owners are in Italy and the new owner is not in the loop yet, the condo 'guy' does what he pleases because no one is keeping him accountable.

  • -John Versical, as far as maintenance schedule is concerned, I am pretty sure there is none. The grass was only cut twice this spring/summer season. Both times I had to call him and ask him to cut it because we had a city violation notice on our door. After you...

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    -John Versical, as far as maintenance schedule is concerned, I am pretty sure there is none. The grass was only cut twice this spring/summer season. Both times I had to call him and ask him to cut it because we had a city violation notice on our door. After you mentioned that condo association pays for general electric, I find it suspicious that only one hall light out of four (one on each floor) has a working light bulb. I've asked him about that too couple weeks ago, but he never changed the bulbs.

    -FA Grl, I am mostly talking about the landscaping. The grass is 50% weeds. Also, weeds are growing through the concrete cracks. Trash cans are pretty old and have fist size bites or chips on the top of them. (Rats?)

    -Julia Z-N, we would not go as far as breaking the lease because everything works great in our unit and we love unit's rare convenient lay out. When we came to look at the unit in March before renting it, everything was still covered in snow, and there was no way of seeing how the landscaping was like. Street view form Google Maps looked better than the reality most likely because it was from 2009. Hall lights were working at that time and hallway was clean. Though now that I think of it, lack of snow shoveling in the pathways should have been viewed as a red flag.

    -As a final thought, I am so surprised that the property with condos priced at the higher spectrum of the market for the area have such low HOA fee that brings poor upkeep with it.

  • d3 NOH

    who knows if he's even being paid?

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

People ARE interested in Scrabble! Please let me hear from you!

Hello, Rogers Park friends. I have already had THREE interested
friends respond to my post of yesterday about starting a Scrabble
club for the Rogers Park area. Please let me hear from you! We do
have a friend who has volunteered to also recruit future wordsmiths.
I will be contacting you back to further plan this.
P.S. Would anyone like to contribute their favorite commonly
mispronounced words? One of mine is ek cetera.
:>) Emily

  • Oh, you guys are good! These make me nuts, too!
    How about...IRREGARDLESS.....

  • Mr Rogers and Daddy lama read my mind... Those make me so bonkers that I think I tried to forget them ...

Jul 19

Updated 46 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.

  • RickAiello Chicago resident since 1997

    I'm on Washtenaw between Granville and Glenlake, and at one point we had FOUR such spots on our block alone. And at no time did I ever see anyone using that spot that either had a disabled license plate or a placard on their dashboard. (I won't say that they...

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    I'm on Washtenaw between Granville and Glenlake, and at one point we had FOUR such spots on our block alone. And at no time did I ever see anyone using that spot that either had a disabled license plate or a placard on their dashboard. (I won't say that they didn't appear disabled, because I know better than that)-- I felt then that there is an abuse of this system going on, and I still believe it. I honestly don't see as many of these spots in other neighborhoods, so I have to wonder if the abuse is more prevalent in ours.

  • Good question, Rick. Like you, I have no problem with legitimate use but wonder about why there seem to be more here than in other areas.

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