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Schurz Field Renovations to Close Waveland Ave

Schurz proposal quote: " This street is viewed by local residents as an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets. The 45th Ward Alderman has committed to champion the removal of this street for this project. A full size soccer arena is viewed by the school administration as the most valuable resource of the proposed athletic field."

Ok local residents [who were never asked in the first place,] do you think Waveland is an unnecessary road that allows...

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Schurz proposal quote: " This street is viewed by local residents as an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets. The 45th Ward Alderman has committed to champion the removal of this street for this project. A full size soccer arena is viewed by the school administration as the most valuable resource of the proposed athletic field."

Ok local residents [who were never asked in the first place,] do you think Waveland is an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets? Seems to me to be one of OUR main access points since all roads lead north from here!

"$1.2 million capital campaign to construct an Athletic Field / arena" - an ARENA, no less, with no resident input?

So let's get this straight: close a street, take down approx 10 trees, build a bus turn-around on a residential corner, extend the field into a soccer/football field with a baseball diamond at the other end, a sports "arena" with no parking, rent it out for nights and weekend with no toilet facilities, no bleachers or seating?

And the Champion Alderman Arena thought it best NOT to mention this to the residents?

  • Alonso Born and raised in the Cragin neighborhood.

    Saw this a few months late. Patt and Tami, I worked with Bob Tucker, Sr. back in 2005 to bring the indoor soccer center to my community. I had been working with neighborhood residents to improve Blackhawk and Kelvyn Park and kept butting heads with Alderman Suarez. Tucker came to...

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    Saw this a few months late. Patt and Tami, I worked with Bob Tucker, Sr. back in 2005 to bring the indoor soccer center to my community. I had been working with neighborhood residents to improve Blackhawk and Kelvyn Park and kept butting heads with Alderman Suarez. Tucker came to me with a proposal to bring a non-profit indoor soccer center to our community with no cost from tax payers. The project would have given 5,000 young people a safe place to play, would have cost $5 a game per person, had batting cages and an arcade, and would have allowed community groups free use of the facility. The last part is what scared off Suarez. He was not a big fan of allowing community organizers a place to congregate in the 31st Ward.

    We collected hundreds of signatures from the neighborhood residents living around the proposed site on Wrightwood and had no complaints from the community. We asked the Alderman to introduce us to the community residents that were opposed to the site, but he never complied (because they didn't exist). The site itself had been empty for a year and remained empty for another year after our proposal was killed. Now that site is a pornography dvd distribution center that hires 2 part time security guards. Our site would have hired several full time employees and dozens of part timers. We were willing to make any changes that the community wanted or that Suarez wanted to get the project off the ground, but the Alderman was against it from the start.

    The site also would have allowed Kelvyn Park, Foreman, and Schurz free access to our gym and the soccer fields so that they could better compete with suburban teams that have state of the art indoor practice fields year round. Tucker even took me and other community members to visit similar suburban soccer centers and suburban high schools to see exactly the type of resources that Chicagoans should have access to.

  • Alonso Born and raised in the Cragin neighborhood.

    I have the original business proposals for the site with revenue figures and site layout. Tucker is the real deal. He doesn't need to make money off of the Schurz project because he is already wealthy and is one of the rare few people that doesn't need more to be...

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    I have the original business proposals for the site with revenue figures and site layout. Tucker is the real deal. He doesn't need to make money off of the Schurz project because he is already wealthy and is one of the rare few people that doesn't need more to be happy. He even helped bring a manufacturing business class to Schurz and often hires Schurz students at his manufacturing company on Knox avenue.

    The Schurz proposal might not be a perfect fit for the community but it should be considered with an open mind. My community missed out on an amazing opportunity that could have impacted the lives of thousands of young adults on the NW side and could have prevented a number of youth related crimes If it had been implemented. Hopefully, the Schurz community doesn't miss out on a similar opportunity too.

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Three Loud Teens

Last night/this morning 12/19 there were three teens that were causing a good amount of noise around 2 am. They flipped a dumpster in the alley between Grace and Warrick just East of Kilpatrick. Only providing this information in case others had a similar incident. There were two males and one female, all Caucasian, who looked like teenagers of high school age. One of the males was carrying a full sized dark colored flag with a 6ft or so flag pole. It was wrapped around the pole at the time so I didn't notice any distinguishing marks.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    With that detailed description of the perps, I would hope you would have gotten a photo of them. Not just of the flipped dumpster.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Thank you for sharing this info. Sounds like quality parenting has produced the next generation of fine, productive citizens. I'll keep a look out, my camera ready, and 9-1-1 cued up. Dumpsters today, breaking into your garage and car tomorrow.

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Updated 30 hours ago

Littering - Really?

Just an observation - I'm amazed at the apparent acceptance of throwing trash out one's car window. Maybe it's just timing, but once again yesterday sitting at a stop light along Cicero and the car in front of me opens their window and tosses their trash (papers) out the window.

Is it just me or is that ok here? I moved here from Texas about 3 years ago and although Texas has other issues, it was just not cool to...

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Just an observation - I'm amazed at the apparent acceptance of throwing trash out one's car window. Maybe it's just timing, but once again yesterday sitting at a stop light along Cicero and the car in front of me opens their window and tosses their trash (papers) out the window.

Is it just me or is that ok here? I moved here from Texas about 3 years ago and although Texas has other issues, it was just not cool to litter - seriously, in the 30 years I lived there I don't think I ever saw this sort of behavior, yet in the 3 years here I've seen it a half dozen times. There was a long running campaign in Texas - "Don't Mess with Texas" that seemed to really work, as hokey as that sounds. I hear no such message here.

For almost a year we had a guy that would sit in his car late at night along our street, eat takeout food and toss all his leftovers out of the car - I finally waited up and called the police and even after they chased him away he still came back, like it was perfectly acceptable.

I really don't get it?

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Looking to Change my job

Hi this is the first time using this, and was wondering if anyone knew of any professionl work place that may be hiring. I currently work for a Food Service company but was looking to change and be closer to home as my commute takes away from home. With two little kids to care for I am finding it difficult to balance work and home. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated

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    Give them my name and you will get an instant interview.....yeah.
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Your questions - answered. Join Ald. Ray Suarez live on TV & online.

Join a live, interactive forum with Alderman Ray Suarez (31st ward) this Wednesday, December 17th, at 7 p.m. on CAN TV21 and http://www.cantv.org/hotline.

Whether you have questions about City Council's latest actions or issues facing your community, call in live and speak your mind.

We will also pass along any comments or questions added to this post, but if you're looking for answers, tuning in and calling in is your best option.

For more information and video about Political Forum, visit http://cantv.org/watch-now/category/political-forum/.

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12/19: Fridays with Fioretti comes to the 30th Ward

Come meet Chicago Mayoral Candidate and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti as he brings his listening tour to the Irving Park/Avondale neighborhoods. Join fellow residents to ask questions and learn about our vision of Chicago!

December 19, 2014 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm at Pueblo Latino 3456 N Pulaski Rd

Click here for more info: http://goo.gl/EQvQDO

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The Chicago Park District--Take a Survey, Please!

Just answered the survey call sent via E-mail, can you do the same? See the CPD's request below:

"Arts & Culture Survey: Tell us about your experience in the parks!

Help us to sustain and build vibrant arts opportunities in our neighborhood parks. Tell us about your arts experience in the parks by taking the Arts & Culture Survey! Surveys will be used as a component of a district wide arts and cultural resource assessment resulting in the creation of...

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Just answered the survey call sent via E-mail, can you do the same? See the CPD's request below:

"Arts & Culture Survey: Tell us about your experience in the parks!

Help us to sustain and build vibrant arts opportunities in our neighborhood parks. Tell us about your arts experience in the parks by taking the Arts & Culture Survey! Surveys will be used as a component of a district wide arts and cultural resource assessment resulting in the creation of an online cultural database.

Take the survey now.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chicagoparkcommunity

Complete this survey by December 21, 2014 and receive 500 Park Points. Not a Park Points member yet? Learn more about Park Points and sign up today.

Thank you for your participation and support.

The Chicago Park District

AA - Administration Building
Chicago Park District
541 N Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL, US
60611"

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Love Letter from the Garbage Man

A big sticker was placed on our recycle bin today. It was dark outside but I think it's an orange "hazardous waste" sticker with three boxes. None were checked. In black marker they wrote "NO BLACK BAGS".

You can't put black trash bags in the blue bin anymore? No advance notice either?

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    I thought we weren't supposed to us plastic bags in the blue bins at all, just dump recyclables right into the can.

  • Maureen T. Master Gardener, Landscape Designer

    Last week my garbage collector wrote "no plastic bags" in white grease pencil on the top of my blue can. I still collect recyclables in plastic Jewel
    bags in the house but I just dump the items in the blue can and recycle the Jewel bags. Not a problem at all.

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