5 days ago

Updated 14 min ago

Aldermanic Debates?

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

  • Michelle R. 60666 Ask me anything about Which Kraft

    Sidney, honey, I've told you already - after you said all those horrible things about catholics, especially the pope and nuns, in those other threads - you'd never get elected President.

  • smithjohnsonjones Watching in disbelief.

    Good Heavens, Good grief. 27 days with this particular profile, and averaging a mute every two days. How ironic that someone who calls for candidates to come forth and debate cannot come out from a series of veiled identities.

6 hours ago

Updated 20 min ago

Accused Rapist Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 36 Years in Jail

A man accused of the rape of a Rogers Park woman two years ago near the Lunt entrance to the Morse Red Line station pleaded guilty last week to three counts of aggravated sexual assault and was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

The sexual assault occurred in the early morning of December 19, 2012. As I reported at the time, the assailant's image was captured on CTA security cameras, which helped lead to his arrest.

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A man accused of the rape of a Rogers Park woman two years ago near the Lunt entrance to the Morse Red Line station pleaded guilty last week to three counts of aggravated sexual assault and was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

The sexual assault occurred in the early morning of December 19, 2012. As I reported at the time, the assailant's image was captured on CTA security cameras, which helped lead to his arrest.

The assailant, James Minor, age 20, has been incarcerated since his arrest. Under the terms of the guilty plea, he must serve at least 85% of his sentence and the time he has already served will NOT be credited.

I thank the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney for their arrest and prosecution of the person who committed this horrendous crime.

  • Amanda M. Indy to Chicago Transplant!

    Helen, I appreciate your comment, it's possible I misread his intent. Tone on the internet is hard to translate.

    Carl, maybe you can clarify? I heartily apologize if I jumped to the wrong conclusion. I took the wording of "seems like a strong sentence" and describing the the decades he missed as "vibrant" to seem to pose the sentence as too harsh, but in rereading, I can see how that could be interpreted as arguing that it is a strong sentence befitting the crime.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    Carl said it was a strong sentence. He didn't say it was too strong. Mac thinks it wasn't strong enough. Carl simply observed that part of the sentence was to forfeit three vibrant decades of life. Amanda I think you added meaning to Carl's words that wasn't there in the first place. Spot jumped off the deep end speculating what a woman and her family, none of which he knows, feel about anything at this time. It tells us more about Jack than anything else.

2 hours ago

Updated 40 min ago

What ever happened to That White House Award?

Back in July of 2013, Joe Moore said he was going to work to "clear his name" then ask the White House to give him the "Champion of Change" award that was withdrawn when news of his ethics violations became public.

He told Chicago Magazine:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/August-2013/Ald-Joe-Moore-Works-to-Clear-His-Nameand-Get-His-White-House-Award/

"No, I’m devoting my full energy to clearing my name. Once that’s accomplished, I can contact them, 'Hey, I cleared my name; give me the award.'"

I'm sure he would have publicized getting the award.

Anyone know what happened?

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    Nobody with a functioning mind actually cares about this hullabaloo, dear boy. Maybe we need to calm down a little. Libations at the Oasis again tonight?

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

    First of all, let's form a posse and hunt down that White House Award?

6 hours ago

Updated 50 min ago

Occupy? Forget About It.

Research from YouGov published in September shows that 55% of Americans say that the Occupy Wall Street movement has had no impact on the country while 27% say that its impact was negative; 18% say that it had a positive impact. One of its hundreds of splinter groups, Occupy Rogers Park which eventually was rebranded as the Chicago Light Brigade (what does that mean?) has had zero influence on Rogers Park its indignant protestations and silly slogans notwithstanding. Maybe that's...

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Research from YouGov published in September shows that 55% of Americans say that the Occupy Wall Street movement has had no impact on the country while 27% say that its impact was negative; 18% say that it had a positive impact. One of its hundreds of splinter groups, Occupy Rogers Park which eventually was rebranded as the Chicago Light Brigade (what does that mean?) has had zero influence on Rogers Park its indignant protestations and silly slogans notwithstanding. Maybe that's because it never supported anything positive or constructive and focused only on protest and opposition. In a way it reminds me of the directionless campaign for a challenger in next year's election. Presumably the Light Brigade still is accepting new members to fight for "the cause" but my advice is Fuhgeddaboudit.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    As far as I know, Light Brigade has never initiated an adult dialogue with anyone about anything. They are all about street theater and carnival side show that is ego-driven to gain attention but with no desire for actual dialogue. Their events are adult versions of a child's tantrum seeking...

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    As far as I know, Light Brigade has never initiated an adult dialogue with anyone about anything. They are all about street theater and carnival side show that is ego-driven to gain attention but with no desire for actual dialogue. Their events are adult versions of a child's tantrum seeking attention. Though not violent, their protest demonstration with a bullhorn outside the front doors at CPS headquarters was completely immature and influenced nothing and forced nothing on nobody. The WBBM News reporter covered the little protest demonstration as a piece of amusing entertainment and not as a serious story involving serious adults. They behave like a group of pretend anarchists and pretend revolutionaries each of whom no doubt retreats to a very comfortable bourgeois lifestyle after each protest event.

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

    CLB did a great job of getting their point across. School looks great, and better yet, is far safer and healthier than it was a year ago. Sounds like the process created certain emotions for you "Barton" - embarrassment, perhaps?

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Are birdbaths & birdfeeders illegal?

My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside...

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My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside watching the wildlife with my pets? I completely understand that just tossing out scraps attracts pests, but the food & water is only set out for as long as I am out there & then I promptly clean up any leftovers. This is also done on my very own property & there are no rules against it in my association by-laws, nor have any neighbors complained.

If this is truly against the law, I guess I'll stop, but I just don't know the extent to which this is an issue. I've been doing this for months & didn't think anything of it. There's a tree right outside our kitchen window that the sparrows & squirrels always hang out in & my pets really enjoy watching them, so I figured offering them a little treat while we're outside would be OK as long as I wasn't making a mess.

  • Rus

    When a guy like this wants to play hard ball with me (for no reason), I think of my potential response and repercussions.
    1) Do nothing and “hope” he calms down.
    2) Get his name (a good agent will already have given you his card by then). Even if you...

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    When a guy like this wants to play hard ball with me (for no reason), I think of my potential response and repercussions.
    1) Do nothing and “hope” he calms down.
    2) Get his name (a good agent will already have given you his card by then). Even if you don’t have his name, ask to see his wallet card (a copy of his Real Estate license that he is required, by law, to carry while engaging in licensed activity). If he shows it to you, he’ll probably calm down real fast. If he doesn’t have one on his person, not in the office or in some file (that’s why they call it a wallet card), or refuses to show it to you, notify the Department of Professional Regulation (the department that is charged with policing Real Estate and other licensees), let them deal win this guy.
    Regarding complaining to the guy’s manager, don’t waste your time, professional regulation will do that for you, that’s what they do.

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

    I think doing both is appropriate, complaining to his managing broker (you need an immediate cease & desist) and the IDPFR. Yes, ask for his agent pocket card as well.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

24th Police District Provides Update on Recent Arrests and Activities

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

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156019_322.htm

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    I would like to know the charges preferred and court disposition of those charges when this arrewst from this weeks update comes to trial. Is there some way to track this online, or that Commander Waldera can expand his updates to include conviction and sentencing data?

    From this Update:
    Unlawful...

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    I would like to know the charges preferred and court disposition of those charges when this arrewst from this weeks update comes to trial. Is there some way to track this online, or that Commander Waldera can expand his updates to include conviction and sentencing data?

    From this Update:
    Unlawful Use of a Weapon - Felony Possession of a Firearm
    Officers approached a large group of males loitering in a known gang area. While approaching the group, one of the males fled on foot and threw a handgun on the ground. Both the offender, who is a felon, and the handgun were recovered and taken into custody.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    The police under the Commander enforce the law and arrest if necessary. The States Attorney files charges and prosecutes. That's the way government works. You might want to contact the States Attorney because the police only cite violations following an arrest and don't file charges in court or track prosecutions. It's important to know how government actually works.

4 hours ago

From the Chicago Police Department

Text of message:

Bureau of Detectives - Area North

About the Crime:
Business Alert
Robberies
Businesses
20th District (Foster)
Alert #P14·N-194(BA)
November 17, 2014

This alert addresses two recent robberies of businesses in the 20th District. In both robberies, a lone offender enters the business, displays a handgun to the employees of the business, and announces a robbery. The offender proceeds to take money from a cash register and also from a safe. In one robbery, the offender forced all...

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Bureau of Detectives - Area North

About the Crime:
Business Alert
Robberies
Businesses
20th District (Foster)
Alert #P14·N-194(BA)
November 17, 2014

This alert addresses two recent robberies of businesses in the 20th District. In both robberies, a lone offender enters the business, displays a handgun to the employees of the business, and announces a robbery. The offender proceeds to take money from a cash register and also from a safe. In one robbery, the offender forced all the employees into a back room, before taking the money and exiting the store.

Incident times and locations:
• 5000 block of N. Sheridan on November 10, 2014 at 7:00 am.
• 5900 block of N. Ridge on November 14, 2014 at 6:50 am.

What you can do:
• Be aware of this crime and alert other businesses in the area.
• Employees should call 911 to report any suspicious person(s) that may be lingering around their business.
• Business owners should ensure that their business equipped with a working video surveillance system and hold up alarm.
• Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives - Area North (312) 744-8263
HX-501548, HX-506319

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

The CTU Head Speaks Out on Joe Moore

Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with...

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Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with Joe Moore. He’s shown himself to suck up to power like nobody’s business. [In Illinois,] up to three measures can get on the ballot. Joe Moore made sure there were three trivial measures so he could do the mayor’s bidding and not allow an elected school board on the ballot—a measure that’s really important to people.

The full article is here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Meet-Jesse-Sharkey-the-New-Karen-Lewis/

Does anyone know how many teachers reside in the 49th ward?

  • He's just carrying out the mayor's orders. Rubber stamp No Moore.

  • More importantly lets hope the coalition can "undo" the dirty tricks pulled by Joe Moore and the mayor so the public can finally have a voice in this issue.

7 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Amara for Mayor....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/14

Mayoral Candidate Dr. Amara Enyia Officially Files Petitions for the 2015 Municipal Election

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/…

After months of campaigning, mayoral candidate Dr. Amara Enyia will stand with supporters to submit her petitions today for the 2015 municipal election. As the most unconventional of the declared candidates, she has amassed significant support from all sides of the city with her grassroots campaign.

“Today is the culmination of months of hard work on a campaign that will change the...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/14

Mayoral Candidate Dr. Amara Enyia Officially Files Petitions for the 2015 Municipal Election

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/…

After months of campaigning, mayoral candidate Dr. Amara Enyia will stand with supporters to submit her petitions today for the 2015 municipal election. As the most unconventional of the declared candidates, she has amassed significant support from all sides of the city with her grassroots campaign.

“Today is the culmination of months of hard work on a campaign that will change the landscape of politics in Chicago,” Dr. Enyia said. “This campaign reflects a new type of leadership that is diverse, passionate, independent, and driven by innovative ideas."

So far, the campaign has been endorsed by Northside Democracy for America, Southside Democracy for America, the Justice Party and the Veterans Party of Illinois.

“Chicagoans want a strong, independent voice – someone not beholden to special interests or tainted by politics as usual," Enyia said. "Chicagoans are tired of the same players and their stale ideas that have only held the city back. The people want new energy, new voices and new ideas that can move us forward. It’s time Chicago has leadership that actually represents not just our today, but also our tomorrow."

Amara will be joined by supporters at 3:00pm today at the Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington for the official filing.

  • Moises Moy Moreno Moy Moreno- community organizer @ Pilsen

    having served an internship under King Rich II should give her some perspective on what does not work well for Chicago and City Hall. dont discount her before you hear her message.

  • She has a lot of good ideas, but anyone who worked for Daley faces a rebuttable presumption of being dirty. She needs to get out in front of having worked for a monster and explain to voters why she can be trusted.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Tips to The Common Cup

Drink your cup of coffee or eat a breakfast danish from local community masters, The Common Cup at 150 W Morse??? Please tip large to support Indo-American Center, a refuge for many, many West Ridge residents needing English classes, support paying for heating/cooling bills, immigration assistance, seniors socialization, job training, and even computer literacy! The tips for ALL of November will benefit Indo-American Center's free services!!

Thank you!

  • Too bad we don't have a coffee shop like that in West Ridge.

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    CORRECTION: It's 1501 W Morse, just west of Paulina in Rogers Park. 7 days left to leave tips for IAC. Yes, one day there will be a coffeehouse in West Ridge with friendly neighbors of all walks of life greeting each other and exchanging sweet words in many different languages portraying many different cultures. Yay!

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

lost key

hello.

i lost a single key today. possibly on w. albion (between lakewood and sheridan) or near/in the loyola el station. i've checked with the businesses and attendant located at the el. i've also scanned the street/area. no luck finding it. : /

it is attached to a colorful braided/twisted keychain . i am hoping someone picked it up and is keeping it safe. maybe you? please let me know!

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Assault at Chase and Damen

My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO,...

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My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO, where he is a student. She didn't have a cell phone with her, so he said he would find his Principal, who would call the police. She watched him go into the school, and we called the police to report the assault as soon as she got home. The dispatcher said that the would send police to the school. Jerks.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side...

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    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side streets and alleys are commuters trying to get around the mess, not necessarily parents. I now avoid this stretch anywhere near this time of day.

    As for the crime association, drug dealing is not new to that area.. What may be new is a fresh client base from UNO. Which may have nothing to do with the incident in question.

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Sorry to hear this. How traumatic for all concerned. Thanks to your daughter for sticking with him.

18 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Cops at Damen and Chase around 4 today?

Scanner says shots fired, no victim. White car left the scene going south. Anyone know anything? I couldn't hear the whole report.

  • Morgan Chase/Ridge/Rogers dweller for 10+ years.

    Great! Hope it doesn't have anything to do with the assault on Friday. I didn't see/hear anything but that doesn't mean much.

29 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

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

    Joe Moore followers are mean spirited people - it's a top down thing.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    The little fringe group is in super-angry name calling mode this morning. Why aren't you all out looking for those three missing campaign pillars? The clock is ticking and time is running short. Gotta be quick and nimble like Jack jumping over the candle stook.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

MOORE IS SO MUCH LESS... anyway you look at it.

I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my...

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I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my friend and neighbor Don Gordon were in office as long as "way Moore than necessary" has been there. To be even Moore clear, if Joe Moore were at the top of his game, and had a real list of significant accomplishments; I'd still want him out of office.
Change is good... Fresh clear ideas which aren't self-serving are good.

Joe has had his run. So please, no Moore, Moore. Enough already!

Please, no Moore!!

bd

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

    Dee, your insults to another user go against EveryBlock's rules. I hope the moderators take care of this situation.

  • Mute her. She goes away immediately and conversation is immediately elevated.

7 hours ago

You have 4 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

7 hours ago

"Getting Ready to Stop Smoking"

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

17 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

2431 Community Meeting - Tuesday November 25th

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

28 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

St. Baldricks Jarvis square?

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

29 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Need I say MOORE?

I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with...

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I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with his name on it proudly proclaims....FREE! (though I know that helps fuel the whole "democrats care for poor people, republicans only care for the rich" battle cry they've been using forever.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who at any time in the past 20 years would have worked on the pension mess, instead of kicking it down the road. But I guess goose liver and other stupid stuff is more of a priority.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who actually read anything he passed, like that awesome parking meter deal that everyone knew sucked...but he did what the mayor wanted anyway.

I also wouldn't mind if he actually listened to the community when he asks for feedback...instead of just taking it and publishing a 20 page report on why he's going to do what he wants regardless.

There are a million of them, but what it boils down to for me:

parking meter deal
pension mess
parking garage
poor schools

The problem is, so many people believe that that the longer a politician has been around, the better it is for us. The known is better than the unknown. Tenure leads to having "pull" and clout. Well, clout died with Daley, its time to move on.

I think we need to start voting out incumbents at all levels, and if the new guy/gal doesn't perform, vote them out the next election cycle, etc etc.

Politicians on both sides are playing all of us for fools."

The last time Don ran against Joe he only lost by several dozen donuts. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he beats Joe this time. If for no ther reason... change is good. Need I say MOORE?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mother, taking someone else's comment on a thread and making a new post out of it is also quite strange, don't you think? It's already become clear that the O.P. doesn't have any ideas of his own and is sounding very much like a broken record, day after day.

  • Change is good especially now. No Moore is our best option.

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Wheaten Terrier found

Found yesterday at the lakefront near Montrose. No collar. Not chipped. For inquires please contact Kate at (312) 480-0781. Thank you!

Also posted on People's Pooch Park

  • Not mine, but I sure hope someone claims him/her. Thank you for taking the doggie in.

  • DJM 25 yr. RP & Edgewater resident.

    Try posting this info on Lost Dogs Illinois on Facebook. Good luck finding his owner, poor puppy.

  • I would suggest you try calling it Barty, but it looks too smart.

5 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Idea for Gale School (and other RP schools for that matter!)

Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist...

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Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools.

“The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. For the two-year study, researchers divided 79 kindergarten classrooms with a total of 759 children into two groups. Forty-two classrooms were directed to incorporate the Tools for the Mind program, and 37 continued with their standard teaching practices.

Researchers assessed students’ attention, speed of processing and other measures of academic ability twice a year. The program is meant to improve kids’ control over their ability to avoid distractions, focus their attention, remember important details and regulate impulsive behavior.

Teachers organize “shared cooperative activities” designed to promote social-emotional development and improve thinking skills. They combine reading, mathematics and science activities with child-directed activities and structured sociodramatic play.

“The thing that is most important for our results is we found the biggest effects in the highest poverty schools,” Blair said. “It’s well within the budgets and the capabilities of every kindergarten classroom in the U.S.,” he said. “Closing the achievement gap is right there, we know how to do it, and there’s no excuse not to do it.”

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

    OK, that's enough. Suzanne Devane does what an elected committeeman is suppose to do, run for public office. The job does not pay anything. Not like some of the blathering EveryBlock members, who have probably never ever run for public office. Run for public office and do some heavy lifting.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    Joe what is your personal experience with being elected to governmental office? I'm assuming that justifies your participation in the Rogers Park discussions from DesPlaines though you never lived or worked in the 49th Ward. Care to share that information?

23 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

CAPS Beat 2422 November Meeting

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

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

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

Toni
Beat 2422

  • Toni I Volunteer, Do You?

    Boundaries are Juneway to Jarvis and Clark to the Lake

Nov 13

Updated 25 hours ago

Beware of deranged man in WRP

I was walking home yesterday around 4 p.m. on Hoyne ave just past Fargo when somebody started following me. The middle aged black man made light conversation with me about how cold it was then he asked me where I lived he started touching me inappropriately through my ski jacket telling me I had a nice jacket. I immediately ran to the gate of my condo as he walked the opposite direction. I didn't get a good description on him so I did not call the police. I'm posting this to put other females on notice and want the community to keep and eye out and also to be really careful. Scary

  • I guess it depends on whether we are talking about "traditional" ward boundaries or political boundaries. But since the issue here is crime (or perceived crime threat), it makes more sense to refer to actual, political ward boundaries. But in any case, the incident happened east of Ridge, so whether we're talking about traditional or political ward boundaries, the location Peg reported (Hoyne and Fargo) was in Rogers Park and in the 49th Ward.

  • Paco, as always I completely agree with you - you said it beautifully. Providing a factual and relevant description of someone is not racist, and if anyone is offended by the inclusion of a person's race in the description - well, too bad.

    Thank you for posting this, rpbj! Sadly, there is no shortage of questionable characters in the area.

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in defense of weeds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2 days ago

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A Jew for Jesus for Mayor

I was going to sit this election out, but not anymore.

http://www.garciaforchicago.com

  • Dan 21-year Rogers Park resident

    Larry, Thank you for the link to Mr. Garcia's website. I am signing up to make monthly donations. Jesus Garcia will need an outpouring of support and donations from citizens if he is to have any chance against the Mayor and the massive amounts of money he has collected from his constituency of millionaires, billionaires, and the well-heeled.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Dan - have you considered http://my.amaraforchicago.com/?

3 days ago

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New to RP. Seeking dentist &/or GP

Looking for a General Practitioner who is on the ball. Leaning towards a woman doc (just 'cause) unless the guy you know is stupendous. Need someone REALLY thorough, who is current on journals, feels comfortable prescribing if need be.

Tried one RP guy who didn't "believe" in Fibromyalgia and sent me out to 3 specialists just for meds.

Also need a dentist. I have good teeth. ;-)

  • I've been going to Dr. Chipp at Ridge Dental Center for over a year now. He's both knowledgeable and personable. I had my first cavities filled at 28 and was nervous about it and he said that was totally okay and he explained everything before he did it. Most medical doctors I have been to don't have such a good bedside manner.

  • Dr.Tran at north broadway dental is great and is more than accommodating when it comes to scheduling!

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

New Grocery on Ridge

What's taking so long for that store to get up & running? Has anyone heard when they expect to open?

  • I know it's in the 50th Ward, and I think it's great that the store is finally opening--it has a good reputation, and Jewel needs competition--but I'm concerned about the flashing free-standing sign in the parking lot. Is it legal under current signage ordinances? For years, that long block of Ridge has peacefully housed an electrical factory that has never made the block seem overcommercial--but a flashing sign can do that.

  • JCV My head hurts.

    I'm less concerned with a lighted sign than a giant empty storefront but yes, it would be good if they could work to minimize its obnoxiousness.

4 days ago

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10,000 students and 2 libraries!?

Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students...

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Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students to get the help they need. If adding another school to the system is not an option this needs to be addressed immediately. Our children are suffering as a lack of resources is not available. How do we achieve this goal?

  • That said, Kang Chiu led the team that made the new RP library a reality. He has never lost interest in making it a better place for all users, and deserves our thanks. He's a real asset to the community.

  • So grateful to hear your story and so sad that it is such a struggle to give our community a gift like a library. Thank you Kang Chiu and thank you to all who worked with you to get our library as advanced as it is. I'm wondering what advancements we can make to better our library even more or to add another location in our neighborhood.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Legal/Illegal in Chicago? Look it up...

I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but,...

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I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but, I've found the "find"/search tool here is pretty decent and I can typically find what I want in a few minutes. If it's something I'm personally involved in, I'd call a lawyer - but at least when I talk to the lawyer I have a little knowledge going into the conversation.

Cheers!

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3 days ago

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Park fees increasing

This will be very impactful in the RP. Increasing park program fees will inevitably drive away at risk young people for whom parks are the only alternative to hanging on streets. They are claiming the increase is 'just a dollar per hour of programming', but that adds up very fast, esp if you have multiple children.

Another question is how this will affect the Lunt avenue lakefront parking arrangement. Currently, we pay 89k per year in ward menu money for those spaces. If the overnight rates triple as planned, that could be a game changer there as well.

Budget hearing is Dec 3rd.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-park-district-budget-met-1121-20141120-story.html

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    I find it enlightening Mr. Light Brigade is shedding light on the inner workings of our Alderman - and how he does business. Hat tip, Jim.

    Have you signed one of my petition sheets yet? I got a couple more days before we turn them in.

  • I would love to sign a petition sheet. Thank you!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

The Alderman's Senior Citizen Services Links on the 49th ward Web Page are Very Very Old

So, my next door neighbor is 81 years old and is need of some services. He has finally admitted he could use some help. So I went over to his house today with my laptop to sign him up for some help. I thought I should start locally, so I went to Alderman Moore's 49th Ward Web Page under the "Senior Citizens" tab. Guess what. This page hasn't been updated in four years.

Here is what I found:

1. The...

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So, my next door neighbor is 81 years old and is need of some services. He has finally admitted he could use some help. So I went over to his house today with my laptop to sign him up for some help. I thought I should start locally, so I went to Alderman Moore's 49th Ward Web Page under the "Senior Citizens" tab. Guess what. This page hasn't been updated in four years.

Here is what I found:

1. The Senior Citizen 'Medical ID Program" page is "not found" when you click on the link. No luck there.
2. The "HRail Program" is supposedly something run by the Rogers Park Community Council - the name listed on the Alderman's website - changed over to "Northside Community Resources" in 2012, and is listed as run by someone named Cathie Bazzon, who left the organization three years ago. No luck there.
3. The Senior Citizen Exemption Program - I have a PHD and can't make heads or tails out of this link.
4. A "Benefits Check up" which after 45 minutes of clicking buttons told us absolutely nothing.

Summary: If you are a senior citizen in the 49th Ward you are screwed. I called a social worker friend of mine and told her what I was trying to do. When I told her about my experience with Alderman Joe Moore's website, she wasn't surprised at my lack of knowledge. She gave me some real resources for accessing services for Rogers Park Seniors and none of them are on Alderman Joe Moore's website because he is so disconnected from real people. I learned some aldermen have a full time staffer working on senior issues and concerns AND have up to date website information for them.

Alderman Moore: Update your senior services links. They are useless

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mike, pay attention. I was responding to "Spot" whose comment was later removed by the moderators.

  • Yeah Mike! Helen mumbled "Paytenshion!"

4 days ago

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Gun shots in West RIdge

What were the gun shots in the ally off Washtenaw north of Pratt about 30 minutes agao? Does anyone know? Blood, car door open...gangs?

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

    UPDATE as of 11/20/2014 10:00PM (CT)

    The latest information I have now received from CPD indicates the following:

    1) This shooting was not a random act
    2) Involvement of a criminal street gang member is confirmed

    This update is provided to keep you informed and not intended to alarm you....

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    UPDATE as of 11/20/2014 10:00PM (CT)

    The latest information I have now received from CPD indicates the following:

    1) This shooting was not a random act
    2) Involvement of a criminal street gang member is confirmed

    This update is provided to keep you informed and not intended to alarm you.

    If you have any information about this incident please contact:
    Area North Detective Division at (312) 744-8261

    For latest updates please check the CAPS Beat 2411 web site at https://groups.yahoo.com/groups/CAPS2411

    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.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Live by the gun, Die by the gun.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Barking about parking

I read that by moving to RP, I have no right to complain about parking because I already should have known it was bad.

That wasn't what the agent said.

Ok but... Why does the street cleaning day include all the surrounding streets so that there is nowhere to park within 6 blocks?

And why am I receiving so many City of Chicago tickets? About one a week for something dumb.

I guess these are theoretical questions. You may ask...

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I read that by moving to RP, I have no right to complain about parking because I already should have known it was bad.

That wasn't what the agent said.

Ok but... Why does the street cleaning day include all the surrounding streets so that there is nowhere to park within 6 blocks?

And why am I receiving so many City of Chicago tickets? About one a week for something dumb.

I guess these are theoretical questions. You may ask why I even HAVE a car. Got a serious and nasty illness that makes getting around difficult.

Our street is particularly overflowing with cars. I have found that if I am home by 3:00, I can find a parking space. Any other tips?

  • Rebo Positive pet and service dog trainer

    OOO! Alex, I like that!

    I forgot to mention that I live in front of two schools, two blocks long. No parking in front or on the sides of them from 7AM - 4PM. So, we can't move to the other side. Thus, the problem with parking.

    If I return...

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    OOO! Alex, I like that!

    I forgot to mention that I live in front of two schools, two blocks long. No parking in front or on the sides of them from 7AM - 4PM. So, we can't move to the other side. Thus, the problem with parking.

    If I return home after 3:00 PM, maybe 4:00PM, there are no spaces on my block because it is all apartments.

    Sometimes, I will park in front of the school after 4:00 PM overnight, get up at 6:30 AM and drive around until somebody leaves for work. Interestingly, many cars do not move. Cannot blame them LOL!

    Helen, I am happy to know it is over until spring. Not sure what I will do then. Park far away the night before?

    Enough complaining from me. I was just wondering how others park. I love my new apartment and people are very friendly in my neighborhood. Can't put a price on that.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I can think of two locations where there are two school buildings. You probably mean Sullivan and the grammar school (the name of which I've forgotten). But if you mean Gale and Gale Annex in North of Howard, when you're desperate you can almost always find parking way west on Juneway just east of Chicago Ave.

Nov 16

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Fee increases under Emanuel replicate property tax hike (which will also likely happen)

Hal Dardick writes a thoughtful piece that says, while Emanuel is quick to remind us that he has not raised property taxes, he has increased other fees enough to impact Chicago residents in much the same way. (There is also, of course, widespread speculation that he will go ahead and raise property taxes anyway...just as soon as the elections are over.)

Dardick explains how this move also benefited aldermen:

"Taken separately, the tax and fee hikes are less noticeable than...

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Hal Dardick writes a thoughtful piece that says, while Emanuel is quick to remind us that he has not raised property taxes, he has increased other fees enough to impact Chicago residents in much the same way. (There is also, of course, widespread speculation that he will go ahead and raise property taxes anyway...just as soon as the elections are over.)

Dardick explains how this move also benefited aldermen:

"Taken separately, the tax and fee hikes are less noticeable than a property tax increase that would have jumped out at homeowners when the tax bill arrived. That's made it easier for the mayor to sell his spending plans to aldermen, who like Emanuel have to face voters Feb. 24."

Full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-emanuel-budget-2015-met-20141118-story.html#page=1

  • I know it goes on all the time, but its still disturbing that our politicians are putting their own job security before what's best for the city and all of us.

  • I say time to vote him out & all this rubber stamps-- including our very own...

Nov 16

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Senior Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop

The 24th CPD District and The Peterson Garden Project are hosting a Senior Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop on December 18th. It's going to be at the Broadway Armory Second Floor at 5917 N. Broadway from 10 am to 12 pm. Come out and meet other Seniors and have some fun!!! This will be a great Holiday event!

3 days ago

Minimum Wage Raise Hearing in City Council on Nov. 10

For those following the proposals to city council, here is a link for a summary of the hearing:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141110/downtown/minimum-wage-draws-backers-dectractors-council-debate. Don't know when the next hearing is scheduled. As of week of 17 Nov. the Restaurant Association is discussing a strategy with Illinois House Speaker Madigan to preempt Chicago's home rule authority to set its own minimum wage. Interesting precedent, if implemented, since Chicago is very different from other cities, villages, and counties in Illinois. Below are numbers to call if you wish your voice to be heard: Cullerton: 217-782-2728; Madigan: 217-782-5350. Your Illinois House Rep and Senator could also use a phone call.

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Nov 11

Updated 3 days ago

Community Health Survey for Rogers Park

The Loyola Community Nursing Center is conducting a community health survey of the Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown communities. Would you please take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete the survey?

Here is a link to the electronic version of the survey for community members: http://goo.gl/forms/ChBUx5hqkq

Thank you very much for your time.

If you have questions about the survey, please call the Loyola Community Nursing Center at 773.508.3339

  • Bumping this again because these services are so valuable. The center is involved in so many positive things: weekly home checkups for the elderly; helping seniors make connections to transit and hot meals; advice and support for new moms who may be far from home; advising local Head Start programs, and so much more.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Another bump. The survey took me about three minutes.

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