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Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

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

  • I'm no fan of Quinn, but Rauner doesn't seem to have much of a plan beyond cutting taxes. Everyone needs to take a hard look a what is going on in Kansas. Brownback cut taxes hard and revenues collapsed. http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2014/07/15/whats-the-matter-with-kansas-and-its-tax-cuts-it-cant-do-math/

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    I am guessing Rauner wants to be compared to Mitch Daniel in Indiana - whatever it is he did it seemed to work at turning around their economy (or the metrics anyway that you can report on). I don't like comparing Illinois to other states. Indiana and Kansas are both bad examples as neigher one has a large power house city like Chicago (including surrounding suburbs). Hard to tell if what they did will have same impact (good or bad).

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Mandatory Water Meter?

So I just got an orange tag on my door from Professional Meters Inc saying I have to allow them to install a water meter or experience POSSIBLE water service termination..?
I can't find anything online about this other than what is online by the company, but it seems weird to me because the notice says they have been trying to reach me but this is the first I have heard of it.

I think I want it to be false and a scam but I can't tell. Anybody?...

  • Ah. If you ALREADY have a water meter, they are forcing upgrades to the AMRs, which allow them to read the meter remotely without entering your home. It's not clear to me if BrightnShiny has a meter already installed or not.

    Thanks Tami, sorry for the misinformation. I was assuming BnS didn't have a meter.

  • I think we'd all be more trusting if we didn't have the professional beggars coming to our doors asking us to change our electric and gas service.

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  • St Viator Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    I'm a resident of Old Irving and absolutely love our historic neighborhood! When my girls approached school age, I started looking into potential schools nearby. Unfortunately CPS provided nothing but headaches- between their crazy lotteries, distance challenged schools and larger class sizes. So I had to think outside the box. That's how I ended up sending my non-Catholic girls to St. Viator and couldn't be happier. :) St. Viator puts an emphasis on academics, community and smaller class sizes. Teachers leverage online programs like Super Kids (reading), Rosetta Stone (language) and Go Math. Peace Builders are also core to their education and I can see a difference in how my girls treat people kindly and with respect. As a working parent, we take full advantage of the after school care and wonderful enrichment programs. So far they've taken chess, hip hop, drama and building robots. But in the end, what really matters is that they are happy, challenged and surrounded by people who love and support them at school. That's why I'm glad we found such a wonderful neighborhood school that my girls are thriving at.

    St Viator Elementary School (4140 West Addison Street) Published on GreatSchools October 20, 2014

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Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
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Logan Square To-Do List: Horror Movie, Haunted House, Pumpkinfest

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Oct. 24, 7 – 10 pm; St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave.

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 9 pm; Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 – 10 pm; Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 am – 2 pm; Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave.

WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, Oct. 26, noon – 6 pm; The LAMAS Clubhouse, 3519 W. Fullerton Ave.

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  • St Viator Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    What an awesome place for my child. She has learned so much and the school acts as one large family. The new principal is proving to be a wonderful addition. The difference is seen I the way she motivates the teachers and treats the parents. This school is the place to go!

    St Viator Elementary School (4140 West Addison Street) Published on GreatSchools October 17, 2014

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ALL KIDS INVITED TO BE A PART OF THE SHOW, "A Broadway Christmas"

NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. FREE. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. Location is Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave., the corner of Keeler and Grace. Enter on Grace and come up the steps. We're singing music from Frozen, The Nightmare before Christmas, ELF: The Musical, and more!

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NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. FREE. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. Location is Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave., the corner of Keeler and Grace. Enter on Grace and come up the steps. We're singing music from Frozen, The Nightmare before Christmas, ELF: The Musical, and more!

We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge for the children to participate.

Directed by Jonathan Braun, music teacher at St. Viator and elsewhere, and Becky Hines, whose degree is in drama and is an active mom at Belding Elementary, with assistance from Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley, who is the pastor and has a background in music and drama..

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UPDATED rehearsal information for "A Broadway Christmas" at Irving Park United Methodist Church

NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge...

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NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge for the children to participate. Directed by Jonathan Braun, music teacher at St. Viator and elsewhere, and Becky Hines, whose degree is in drama and is an active mom at Belding Elementary, with assistance from Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley, who is the pastor and has a background in music and drama..

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Meeting at Schurz last night

There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
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There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
2. We were assured over and over that if we agreed to this proposal, the park district would run the new park according to neighbors's wishes, would NOT be rented out to adult leagues EVER, and would only rent out to youth leagues during times that the neighborhood agreed too.
3. It would be a park. I doubt that it would run according to neighbors's wishes. Do any parks run according to neighbors wishes?
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  • There was no TIF money allocated to that field nor do we lose money. Last night, I read the entire Portage Park proposal in regard to the new housing on Milwaukee, the businesses at 6 Corners and so on. It's to help new businesses, stimulate economic growth as well as,...

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    There was no TIF money allocated to that field nor do we lose money. Last night, I read the entire Portage Park proposal in regard to the new housing on Milwaukee, the businesses at 6 Corners and so on. It's to help new businesses, stimulate economic growth as well as, the housing and aesthetics.

    2.1M was allocated to the Chicago Board of Education to utilize for Schurz. I'd like to hear their plans first. The roof was already finished, it very clearly wasn't for the field. They needed that money for the school and I want to know what they want to do with it?

    I would also like to know what the neighboring alderman are doing to their area? In particular, Kilbourne Park since it’s also their money. We have so many parcels of land with X’s in our community, in disrepair, deteriorated and run down that I now understand why the field has been neglected although, it shouldn’t have been. But I’d like to know what area or business we’d be throwing under the bus if we utilize those funds for the field? Is this additional funding including the 2.1 given to CPS? Or are we just hijacking their money that they probably want to utilize for the auditorium and other things inside the school that are in disrepair?

    We need more information to make an educated decision. We can also educate ourselves instead of repeating things that support our argument.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/artificial-turf-cancer-crumb-rubber_n_5997228.html?&ir=Chicago&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000059

    More information on the field type too please, we don't want to install and then have to reinstall.

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Dunning Neighborhood Organization

Does the above group still exist or have they changed their name?

I'm in Dunning Square/Ward 38 and don't have a clue as to which neighborhood organization I'd be categorized since I'm on Berteau & West of Narragansett.

Thank you

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Lost Puppy! Please help us find her :(

Our puppy was last seen on Monday Sept. 29 by Milwaukee and Addison. She is a 7 month old Siberian Husky. She has one blue eye and one brown eye. She is black, grey and white. She weighs about 30-40 lbs. We miss her! if anyone has seen her please contact me.

  • So sorry. What's her name? Have you posted on Facebook's Lost Dogs Illinois?
    https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois. Its free to post.

    You may have already done this, but if not, you may want to notify Chicago Animal Care and Control, the police dept and vets in the area. Post on craigslist, but make...

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    So sorry. What's her name? Have you posted on Facebook's Lost Dogs Illinois?
    https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois. Its free to post.

    You may have already done this, but if not, you may want to notify Chicago Animal Care and Control, the police dept and vets in the area. Post on craigslist, but make sure you check that post occasionally since the ads expire without notification.

    Posting flyers works well too, since everyone is not on the internet. And sometimes neighborhood kids are a good resource for searching. Also, just a thought, but if I found a dog, I would search everyblock for "lost dog" and since your post reads "lost puppy" it didn't show up. You may want to post both ways.

    I'll keep an eye out and prayers she finds her way home.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

More basement flooding

We didn't have flooding/drainage issues in previous years...and we didn't have a ton of roadwork and underground construction happening on all sides of us in previous years either. Anyone else experiencing an in flux of flooding due to city construction? Anything we can do about it?

  • A&K

    Only if you can prove it.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Take pictures and keep a record of property damage. See if your neighbors have the same problem. Complain to your alderman, even if he says he can't do anything. Keep an eye on your furnace and water heater if they were partially submerged--the valves and ignition systems may be damaged....

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    Take pictures and keep a record of property damage. See if your neighbors have the same problem. Complain to your alderman, even if he says he can't do anything. Keep an eye on your furnace and water heater if they were partially submerged--the valves and ignition systems may be damaged. Keep records of all replacement costs. I live few blocks east of you and had experienced flooding eight out of ten years. Two events were due to exceptionally huge rainfalls and covered by FEMA disaster funds. The rest were just due to heavy rains and the old and inadequate city sewer system. I finally gave up and installed a flood gate and cistern to keep the sewers from backing up into my basement (yuchhh) but it was expensive. I don't know about filing claims against the city, but if you go that route you'll need a lawyer that knows the system and a bunch of neighbors to sign on with you. That is, if this isn't an Act of God but an Act of the City. I'd love to hear how other neighbors have coped with the rotten sewer system in our area.

  • I used to live by Montrose and Hamlin. All our basements flooded and I think the problem is worse the closer you get to the river.

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Updated Oct 12

Columbus Day Parade

State Street ~ Chicago

Please join Bruce Rauner, Evelyn Sanguinetti and the campaign Monday, October 13 as we take part in our FINAL PARADE BEFORE ELECTION DAY! Let’s show everyone that the Rauner campaign is the real deal in this final stretch, and we are ready to SHAKE UP SPRINGFIELD AND BRING BACK ILLINOIS!

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State Street ~ Chicago

Please join Bruce Rauner, Evelyn Sanguinetti and the campaign Monday, October 13 as we take part in our FINAL PARADE BEFORE ELECTION DAY! Let’s show everyone that the Rauner campaign is the real deal in this final stretch, and we are ready to SHAKE UP SPRINGFIELD AND BRING BACK ILLINOIS!

We want to get as many people to show up as possible, so please come out on Monday and join in on the fun!! We could definitely use your help in making this parade a huge success! If you are interested in walking in this year’s celebration with the Rauner campaign, please call to RSVP at (312) 238-0123 or send us an email confirming your attendance at melissa@brucerauner.com. Thanks so much! Hope to see you there!

Date: Monday, October 13

Staging/Meeting: 11:30am On Wacker Drive – Between Dearborn and Clark. Unit #39B

~Look for the Rauner Tour Bus~

Step Off: 12:30 pm

A Rauner shirt will be available for all participants.

Point of Contact: Missy L. 630-915-1680

  • If anyone wants the same status quo, which is to get government controlled handouts, like min. wages, unemployment, food stamps, a substandard, yet expensive public education, offset with higher taxes and an increasing cost of living, then certainly Pat Quinn is your man. Pat Quinn claims to understand the common...

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    If anyone wants the same status quo, which is to get government controlled handouts, like min. wages, unemployment, food stamps, a substandard, yet expensive public education, offset with higher taxes and an increasing cost of living, then certainly Pat Quinn is your man. Pat Quinn claims to understand the common man, because Pat Quinn was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, listed in the top 1% of wealthiest towns in Illinois. He graduated from elite private schools like Fenwick H.S. in Oak Park, IL., Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and from Northwestern University. He is a devoted public servant with mission to protect our #48 worst run state status.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/22/best-worst-run-states/3671359/

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    No Minerva, I want the government to be 100% behind the top 1% with the money (face it, mostly white and mostly male.) After all, it's about a world economy and until we bring more of the US population down to the economic level of the rest of the world,...

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    No Minerva, I want the government to be 100% behind the top 1% with the money (face it, mostly white and mostly male.) After all, it's about a world economy and until we bring more of the US population down to the economic level of the rest of the world, things just won't be right! Any WAY so on that public education thing. Why, 30 years ago before our beloved Ronnie RayGun started turning things around, the state paid an average of 80% of a college education and the student paid 20%. And NO private enterprises were raking in dough either in for-profit colleges or student lending! We have GOT to let business out of its financial commitments to its workers by filing for bankruptcy, but we CANNOT let those jobless college grads off the hook on their student loans when they file for bankruptcy because Rauner and Romney have sent the decent-pay jobs to Asia (where our government is paying to train the workforce.) Yes, this country is just going to get better and better as the rich get richer.

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