1 hour ago

Waveland will remain open; any improvements to Schurz athletic field will not include street closing

Principal tells alderman's steering committee that proposed street closing had become contentious. He remains hopeful that community and school can work together on a revised improvement project in the future.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/03/06/waveland-avenue-will-not-be-closed-for-schurz-hs-athletic-field-project/

4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

CW Price gone!

I knew it would happen. CW Price is finally closing. Actually glad to see them go. What a junk store. Any idea what might be moving in?
Limited parking spaces put the damper on anything very good.
They should tear down the entire complex and build a multiple-level building with parking.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    It appears that they are not concerned with worker safety. They were working on the banner today and had their ladder sticking out into Cicero Ave traffic!
    http://imgur.com/JwcMbkg

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Nothing but another six corner eyesore..now we got some dothead from dunkin running the place..

4 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about attracting business?

Copernicus re Attracting Business
Question: What can an alderman do to attract more business to the ward?

Garrido: For decades in this ward,businesses come and businesses go. And you've seen mailer after mailer, 80 new businesses that the alderman single-handedly brought into the ward, brought into the community. But you can drive up and down Milwaukee Avenue and you see empty storefront after empty storefront. Now, we've asked repeatedly, we'd liike to seethe list of these 80 businesses and maybe...

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Copernicus re Attracting Business
Question: What can an alderman do to attract more business to the ward?

Garrido: For decades in this ward,businesses come and businesses go. And you've seen mailer after mailer, 80 new businesses that the alderman single-handedly brought into the ward, brought into the community. But you can drive up and down Milwaukee Avenue and you see empty storefront after empty storefront. Now, we've asked repeatedly, we'd liike to seethe list of these 80 businesses and maybe he has one, maybe he doesn't. But, I've got a list of over 200 businesses that have left the ward since he's taken office. Again, you can drive around yourself and see. So, maybe he has a list of 80 businesses that he's going to try to rattle off, but where are
they? Because we've got a lot of empty storefronts. We need to do is do a better job at marketing our community. We need to work together with our Chambers of Commerce and our neighborhood organizations, have a monthly roundtable meeting, to to implement that plan of marketing. And, also, we need to have an experienced Business Development Liaison in our office that will work with these businesses that come in the ward and help retain them. Having businesses just come and go as a natural ebb and flow, well, then nothing's changed. We need to figure out how to keep these businesses here and help them to stay.

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question:
What can an alderman do to attract more business to the ward?

What does John Garrido say?
We need...to meet, with chambers, with associations,
Hire an experienced Business Development Liaison
We need to figure out...

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No, what can an *alderman* do
Mission accomplished.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

45th Ward Election Results by Precinct

I've made a map of the 45th Ward election results from the 2/24/15 municipal election by precinct. I've categorized the map in terms of first past the post voting, or the precincts "won" by the candidate that took the majority of the votes.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z9EVMxrqh5mI.kCUow3JpilW8

Overlaid on top of this are precincts highlighted in a red boundary.These precincts were won by Alderman Arena but in which the difference between Alderman Arena and John Garrido's vote totals was smaller than the number of votes given to Michelle Baert. This suggests that these precincts might be in play should all of Ms. Baert's votes be assigned to Mr. Garrido.

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    I meant "won" that precinct.

  • @Ryan - I understand and Diaz got not one vote, but am still surprised. Thanks again for the map.

23 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

House Inspection Recommendations

Hi, I'm looking for recommendations for a house inspection. Preferably an inspector who has experience with older city homes (bungalows, georgians and frame homes). I'm planning ahead for a single family home purchase. Thanks!

  • Preeti Superstar, animal lover, just me

    Thanks Kari, great name for home inspections, Speaker of the House. Makes me think of Holmes on DIY. :)

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    I highly recommend James Clark with TrueBlue Home inspections. He has been in business for many years and specializes in older homes. I've been referring him to clients for the past 6 or more years and everyone is amazed by his attention to detail and thoroughness. Makes realtors nervous, but...

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    I highly recommend James Clark with TrueBlue Home inspections. He has been in business for many years and specializes in older homes. I've been referring him to clients for the past 6 or more years and everyone is amazed by his attention to detail and thoroughness. Makes realtors nervous, but thats a good thing for the buyer ;) He also has an infrared gun that helps you go beyond walls if you will, to find water penetration or faulty electric, etc. He is also very affordable and he also has many years experience in construction and home repair, so he can provide a lot of insight that most inspectors cannot.
    Call his cell at 312-925-0166 website is www.trueblueinspections.com
    I do NOT recommend Speaker of the House!

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32 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Loose German Shepard Dog

Hi neighbors,

A stray German Shephard dog was just sighted by a neighbor on the Villa (south/west) side of the Kennedy Expressway on the embankment by Pulaski.

Is anyone nearby and willing to help? Please spread the word.

Thanks!

  • Lorrie, thank you, there was a missing German Shepherd post here yesterday. Do you have an update on this dog?

Jan 16

Updated 31 hours ago

VIDEO: 31st ward aldermanic candidate forum

Meet the candidates for alderman in the 31st ward: http://ow.ly/HsadM

  • Kapel Local Resident

    It's down to 2 candidates now for the run off. It seems people want change in the 31st Ward. We have less than 6 weeks to decide.

35 hours ago

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47 hours ago

josi's is open! now!

Josi's is open... closes today at 9pm still time to rush in for a josi's fix

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Feb 24

Updated 3 days ago

Considering a move to Old Irving Park

Hello, I'm considering a move to the Old Irving Park area. Maybe Portage Park too depending on where I find a house. I'm wondering how diverse the area is, the commute downtown via train, etc. I've been in Ravenswood for over ten years and love the diversity (ethnic, mix of singles, families, straight and gay, etc.) and ease of commuting downtown (brown line or metra). I've driven around the area and visited some houses for sale but that does not give me the scoop on the neighborhood. I'm looking forward to feedback from people living in the area. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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Jan 21

Updated 4 days ago

Illinois Christian Home Educators Convention, June 4-6, 2015, Naperville

Save the dates: The ICHE Annual State Convention will be held at Calvary Church in Naperville on June 4-6, 2015!

The ICHE Annual State Convention is a wonderful experience. Come listen to great speakers offering sound instruction, participate in corporate worship, fellowship with other home school families, and visit the exhibit hall, giving you the opportunity to physically review curricula and other schooling resources. If you've attended a past convention, we look forward to seeing you again. If you are new to homeschooling, we encourage you to take advantage of what the state convention can offer - all in helping you train up your children in the way they should go.

http://www.iche.org/events/4617/06-04-2015/2015-iche-annual-state-convention

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Animals are trained, humans are educated.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Registration is open for this incredibly informative and supportive convention, the largest of its kind in IL. It inspires its attendees to learn and to teach. It is a wholesome experience!

    Per ICHE e-mail I received:

    "New to homeschooling?

    At the ICHE Convention, you'll attend workshops geared toward the needs...

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    Registration is open for this incredibly informative and supportive convention, the largest of its kind in IL. It inspires its attendees to learn and to teach. It is a wholesome experience!

    Per ICHE e-mail I received:

    "New to homeschooling?

    At the ICHE Convention, you'll attend workshops geared toward the needs of beginning homeschoolers and be welcomed into a community of experienced homeschool veterans who would love to answer questions, give you a helping hand or just be a cheerleader as you begin your journey. Check out the Beginner's Pathway for information, inspiration and encouragement.

    What's new for veterans?

    Maybe you've been homeschooling for years and think you've heard everything. Think again! There's something for everyone at the 2015 ICHE Annual State Convention. For inspiration and encouragement to stay strong to the end, check out the Veteran's Pathway. Looking forward to seeing you there!"

Jan 12

Updated 4 days ago

Brickton Art Center for All of Family's Art Needs

This week is the first week of art classes at Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge. Great place to learn art, drawing, painting, sewing, ceramics and anything creative for all ages. Check it out and you will become a loyal and regular patron, just like us, for several years and going strong. Hope to see you there!

http://www.bricktonartcenter.org/classes/

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Organic Gardening

If you currently have an organic garden, or you would like to have an organic garden, I would like to offer my assistance. I can help you in creating an organic vegetable and/or herb garden or I can help you tend to a garden you already have. My name is Jose Bautista and my plan is to work in many gardens over the summer. No matter the type of urban farming you have/want: container plants, raised beds, or in-ground, I want to work in it all. If you might be interested please contact me and we can discuss this further. Have a good one.

  • How about at Misericordia? They are putting an organic vegetable garden in from scratch this spring.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Polonia - Miseracordia likely won't be interested in paying Jose's fees

Feb 23

Updated 5 days ago

Irving and Pulaski

In the past few weeks the intersection at Irving and Pulaski has gotten really backed up in the mornings - particularly Pulaski headed south. Maybe it's my imagination...wondering if anyone else has noticed or knows if they changed the timing on lights or anything else that may be impacting. It's crazy how one light can kill your commute!

  • Aimzer North Center mama bear for 10 years and counting.

    I opened a 311 request and it was closed this evening with the following status:
    Work Assigned to Traffic Signal Repairman
    Final Outcome:
    Service Retime Controller

    Will be interesting to see if anything has changed when I'm driving through there tomorrow. I'm not holding my breath but if so, someone deserves a reward for record time customer service. :)

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    The rat race is in high gear.

5 days ago

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Feb 23

Updated 6 days ago

Landlords For 19 Buildings Summoned To Court Over Lack Of Heat

3493 N. Karlov / 4040 W. Roscoe

• 3493 N. Karlov / 4040 W. Roscoe

This article has 22 other Chicago locations (Show)

7249 S. Richmond

5658 S. Wells

7625-33 S. East End

3301-05 W. Bryn Mawr/ 5548-54 N. Spaulding

• 3301-05 W. Bryn Mawr/ 5548-54 N. Spaulding

5049-57 W. Ferdinand

6840 S. Throop

1902 N. Kildare

6701-15 S. Merrill / 2135-41 E. 67th St

• 6701-15 S. Merrill / 2135-41 E. 67th St

2607-09 N. Lavergne / 4956-58 W. Wrightwood

• 2607-09 N. Lavergne / 4956-58 W. Wrightwood

4631-35 S. Lake Park Ave

4422 S. Saint Lawrence

9449-53 S. Loomis / 1354-58 W. 95th St

• 9449-53 S. Loomis / 1354-58 W. 95th St

5706 S. Christiana

10745 S. Eggleston

3535-39 W 63rd Pl

1632 W. 100th Pl

6514-16 S. Talman

4434 W. Monroe

Feb 27

Updated 6 days ago

Big thanks!

I still haven't figured out who is shoveling the sidewalk along Pulaski from Avondale to the blue line. if it is you or you know who it is THANKS a million!! I know it's not CTA. It's the little things that make our neighborhood great.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    A very nice neighbor is helping you out its the chicago way we care and respect our neighbor's. .

6 days ago

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Feb 27

St. Viator Dream Machine Recycling Rally

You can help St. Viator by bringing your non-alcoholic aluminum cans and clear plastic bottles (marked with “#1 PETE” on the bottom – no milk gallons) to St. Viator School, 4140 W. Addison, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 27

mail delivery at 10:30pm ... what?

sitting in the living room, heard someone on the front porch. poked my head out the front window to see 3 postmen (i guess) delivering mail to other houses down our block (kenneth & irving). my husband didn't believe me, but lo and behold...we had new mail in our box. what?

  • haha...could very well not be charles! i haven't seen who's doing the 9pm deliveries...

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    You got it dan charles is great I was a kid when he started back in early 90's..he is a mailman..

Feb 23

Updated Feb 27

Catalytic Converters

This past Friday evening a friend of mine had her catalytic converter stolen. When she filed the report she was told hers was the 4th in a week. We are around the Irving & Kostner area.

  • Careyann, why the Attorney General?! Reporting a catalytic converter stolen doesn't make the news, what YOU do about it does. You form a block club, you set up a community task force, you get proactive and you'll make it newsworthy. You'll also stop the thieves. It's not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

  • Careyann Old Irving resident

    Hi Happiness: I like your ideas, they're very good ones! :)
    I bring up the Attorney General angle because this problem appears to be both growing and ongoing. If the bad guy's source of revenue (ie bad body shops or salvage yards) can be scrutinized, get leaned on, flow of business slowed down or stopped, perhaps that type of crime will become less appealing.

Feb 27

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Feb 21

Updated Feb 25

If you live in the (new) 45th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 38th ward?

Just wondering who you would vote for out of the 38th ward candidates. They are:

Belinda Cadiz
Tom Caravette
Michael Duda
Carmen Hernandez
Jerry Paszek
Heather Sattler
Nicholas Sposato

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heather sattler and sposato its going to be a close race we will see!!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its over soar losers sposato won get with it..the pencil neck geek has won....

Feb 25

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Sep 09

Updated Feb 24

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?

  • Jill, you are violating Everyblock community guidelines. And those of human decency. On Election Day. Hopefully, EB will be pulling your posts that violate their guidelines.

  • "you sure are negative behind that alias!" - written so eloquently from someone posting behind an alias. My place of employment has little care for me posting constructive comments and opinions regarding the neighborhood/ward I reside in. Attack me all you want, you will not change my convictions or dedication to being part of the conversation. I thank my neighbors who welcome this discourse, even if we don't always agree :-)

Feb 24

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