9 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

Any Ideas for the vacant new building on the SW corner of Cicero and Byron?

This is a 4500 sq. ft. building that has it's own parking space; What a waste that it is sitting empty for so many years! Does anyone have any ideas about what they would like to see there? I imagine the rent is pretty steep to match the new building and good size parking lot. I was thinking of a doggy day care, Senior center, or a Pizza place...not really sure what would work in the area. My plan is to finds out some good ideas, then contact businesses to see if they would be interested. Any thoughts?

44 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Immediate Action requested on Sham "Friends of Schurz" Facebook site

My name is Dan Kramer and I have proudly served as the Principal of Schurz High School since June of 2010. I am engaging Chicago Office of Elections and community members of the 45th ward to draw attention to an egregious political stunt seeking to influence the race for Alderman for 45th Ward.

On 1/28/2015 a "Friends of Schurz" Facebook page was posted by a Ms. Jacqueline Marie Hathaway.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsofSchurz/

As Principal, I would normally celebrate such a community member-initiated...

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My name is Dan Kramer and I have proudly served as the Principal of Schurz High School since June of 2010. I am engaging Chicago Office of Elections and community members of the 45th ward to draw attention to an egregious political stunt seeking to influence the race for Alderman for 45th Ward.

On 1/28/2015 a "Friends of Schurz" Facebook page was posted by a Ms. Jacqueline Marie Hathaway.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsofSchurz/

As Principal, I would normally celebrate such a community member-initiated connection to our neighborhood.

Despite the seemingly altruistic intentions communicated in Ms. Hathaway's Facebook page, the truth is far from the appearance.

As Principal, I have never received contact from Ms. Hathaway. Supporting our school is not the intention of Ms. Hathaway. Clicking into the photo section leads to numerous photos of candidate John Garrido, and the implication could be made that these have been taken at Schurz High School.

For the official record: Schurz High School has NO candidate we seek to endorse for the 45th ward, nor would we - the endorsement of any candidate by a public school or their Principal is highly unethical and is a violation of numerous Chicago Public Schools Ethics ordinances for the actions of a Principal and/or school.

We request Ms. Hathaway immediately remove the Friends of Schurz website until such time that an official, school-agreed partnership could be explored.
We strongly feel this is an exploitation of a Chicago Public School and its students and staff, and as such is an inexcusable act of political chicanery; one hopefully not typical of any candidate for the City of Chicago.

For any community members that mistakenly connected with this sham site, but are genuinely interested in the support of Schurz High School (whomever you support in upcoming elections!), we welcome you to directly contact me (Principal).

Dan Kramer, Principal
Carl Schurz High School
dmkramer1@cps.edu

  • She's laughing in Spanish in case anyone doesn't get it. You pronounce j like h.

    Annabelle, nobody cares who told who what. And it is a gross exaggeration to say that Mr. Kramer went off the rails and blew a gasket. It was completely inappropriate for anyone to use the name of the school in such a manner without the principal's knowledge. He is protecting his school, as a principal should.

  • I don't believe Principal Kramer wrote this nonsense but played along.

    I think we all know who authored it.

    Pamela, we use jejeje where I come from, so what?

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

The New PetSmart

Hello, Has anyone gone into the new PetSmart next to Jewel? I have been there several times already and each time I go in there, they don't seem very busy. I'm concerned that if they don't get enough business, they will be re considering if this location was a Smart move for them. Does anyone have any comments good or bad to share?

20 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Community Meeting last Weds night. for soccer field

What happened at the Community Meeting Weds. Night. I was told that a meeting occured with the Alderman on last weds regarding the soccer field. What happened? Any decisions made? I live on Lowell and I did not hear about the meeting. Can someone summarize? Anyone attend?

  • let me ask again there was a community meeting on Wednesday from 7 p.m. To 11 p.m. I just confirmed this with the school this occurred and nobody here attended it? They said it went late until 11pm. It must if been pretty heated.

  • I can't find any reference to it. Who is "they"?

  • The school administration office.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Voter Registration for the Feb 24th Election Ends Tuesday Jan 27

Voter registration for the February 24th Municipal Election will be closing on January 27th. If you will turn 18 before the February 24th election, moved from your previous address since the last election, or have not registered to vote, you must do so by January 27th in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. For more information on how to register to vote, please click here:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/register-to-vote-change-of-address.html

You can also register online here:

https://ova.elections.il.gov/

  • An alderman calling himself an alderman????? THE NERVE!!!!!

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 9-year resident

    Minerva is completely obsessed with defaming Ald. Sposato before the election- you'll find many examples of this all over EB. She even hijacks threads, changing the topic so she can continue her vicious campaign against him. Pretty shameful in my book.

3 days ago

VIDEO: 31st Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Didn't make it to the 31st ward aldermanic candidate forum hosted by Belmont-Cragin United? Watch it here: http://ow.ly/I2Wut

More election coverage is available at: http://www.cantv.org/election

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Cleaning Ladies

Looking for any recommendations for 2 cleaning Ladies to clean front and back stairwells once a month for a condo building in Old Irving Pk.

  • Marcia cleaning service, Ask for Marcia 773-387-1915. They clean condo stairwells once a month also for another building.

  • Lisbeth Enriquez House Cleaning Services

    Good morning! You can contact me @847-387-7500
    I am an independent cleaning person.

  • Grace Housekeeper

    I have many years of experience and many long time clients who would gladly provide referrals. I can provide you with a free estimate at your preferred date and time. Please feel free to call me 773-858-0926. Look forward to hearing from you!

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4 days ago

Video Coverage of the Ward 45 Debates Held in Jefferson Park Last Week

All the questions asked at the Copernicus Center last week and answered by Mike Diaz, John Garrido, Michelle Baert and Alderman Arena:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnJe4h3MVM9kR9Uz45xtVjYkq9woOmXXx

Jan 19

Updated 4 days ago

Jeff Berkowitz Interviews Alderman Sposato, 2014

Great information about the state of our local schools and our leadership telling us we cannot have an educational choice.

Great information about push for higher minimum wage, even though the demand and supply does not support it.

Great information about creating opposition for the sake of creating opposition.

Does this point of view match yours?

http://youtu.be/u592ar4hnro?t=1s

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

"HA, I AM A TROLL!!!!! LOL!!!"

You are sick for breaking into my computer just now, forcing my new tab to open with the above message on the address bar. Get a life!

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    Robin, I know you are enjoying this, so go ahead and have a laugh at my expense.

    Obviously this was EB TROLL, trying to scare me off, as it was done before on NextDoor.com, just in a different way. The words were chosen well to make the link, don't you think?

    Well, I don't like it, not even a bit!!!!!!! This has been an important computer for my family!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have caused me a headache!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, you have won this round!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Hera - I am not enjoying this at all! I am not a believer in schadenfreude. Your privacy has been violated. You should use the link I gave you and file a complaint with the FBI. You should find out why your firewall failed, and get it fixed. No one deserves to have her/his privacy violated.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Bulls/Sox Academy and Parks

It would be great to be able to evaluate our parks' programming much like we do it for restaurants and other service providers. This way we could have a better chance to weed out the bad and to bring in the great.

One of outstanding park programs found in the suburbs is the Bulls/Sox Academy. They offer fundamental camps, summer camps and more. The nearest location is in Park Ridge. Hopefully, we can manage to eventually bring the offering closer...

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It would be great to be able to evaluate our parks' programming much like we do it for restaurants and other service providers. This way we could have a better chance to weed out the bad and to bring in the great.

One of outstanding park programs found in the suburbs is the Bulls/Sox Academy. They offer fundamental camps, summer camps and more. The nearest location is in Park Ridge. Hopefully, we can manage to eventually bring the offering closer to home or we will be seeing you there.

http://www.bullssoxacademy.com/

Park Ridge Community Center
Must Register through Park Ridge Park District
1515 Touhy Avenue Park Ridge, IL

Current Offering: Basketball FUNdamentals Camp 6-12yrs
Dates: February 12 - March 5
Days: Thursday
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Cost: $124
Class: 38704 Code: 31220PRK2

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Updated Jan 23

Neighborhood Infrastructure Menu Program

The following is my response to an e-mail request. I am reluctant to send an e-mail back, because my private info would be disclosed. Let me know if you need anything else.

The actual final expenditure detail by ward by year is located at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html
The 2014 file is called 2014 Program, found close to the tab's bottom on the left side.

My past links referred to a pdf file instead of the Capital Improvement Program tab, which became obsolete...

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The following is my response to an e-mail request. I am reluctant to send an e-mail back, because my private info would be disclosed. Let me know if you need anything else.

The actual final expenditure detail by ward by year is located at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html
The 2014 file is called 2014 Program, found close to the tab's bottom on the left side.

My past links referred to a pdf file instead of the Capital Improvement Program tab, which became obsolete with any subsequent same-year data update.

Once the chosen year file is open, hold CTL key as you press F key. Then enter Ward: 36 to get to the first line of the ward detail. You will find that all 2014 Ward 36 dollars were spent on infrastructure, mostly street resurfacing. No park district expenses.

To find Ward 36th's park spending, you have to go to 2013 and 2012 Menu Report. In 2013, both Shabonna and Hiawattha playlots got $310,277 in total. In 2012, Shabonna got $85,301. These park playlots got multiple sources of funding, grants and ward matching.

  • Ald. Nicholas Sposato's Service Office From the 38th Ward to your kitchen table

    Thank you for posting this "Minerva". Copies of yearly menu expenditures are always available through the city or our office.

    After last years severe winter the streets were in very bad shape so after speaking with members of the community we decided to use the bulk of the 2014 menu...

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    Thank you for posting this "Minerva". Copies of yearly menu expenditures are always available through the city or our office.

    After last years severe winter the streets were in very bad shape so after speaking with members of the community we decided to use the bulk of the 2014 menu funds on street resurfacing. In 2012 and 2013 I allocated funds to improve our local parks. For Hiawatha Park we worked with the Chicago Park District and split the cost 50/50. For Shabbona Park we worked with St. Rep Arroyo and the Chicago Park District to split the cost 3 ways. These park improvements are not only great for the children to have new playgrounds but help improve the neighborhood as a whole which will help attract more families and businesses to the area.

    Again "Minerva" thank you starting this conversation and your continued support!

Jan 23

Intro and Observations

I wanted to introduce myself to the community and share some observations with my fellow neighbors. I live by the Addison and Pulaski intersection (I believe that's Avondale/South Old Irving Park area), I live with my partner and his family. I had moved from Albany Park, where I was a witness to a shooting, and coincidentally I also witnessed the shooting by Addison and Pulaski last month (talk about wrong place at the wrong time).
Before I moved in with...

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I wanted to introduce myself to the community and share some observations with my fellow neighbors. I live by the Addison and Pulaski intersection (I believe that's Avondale/South Old Irving Park area), I live with my partner and his family. I had moved from Albany Park, where I was a witness to a shooting, and coincidentally I also witnessed the shooting by Addison and Pulaski last month (talk about wrong place at the wrong time).
Before I moved in with my partner he assured me that his neighborhood, or at least his block was safe. However, I'm starting to notice that, that might not be the case soon. For one I have noticed increased tagging on buildings on Pulaski, more specifically the old Frame building they are currently remodeling, the black door next to Windy Cindy Market, and many more.
More recently, this past Sunday (January 18), while driving back home we scared off two guys on our block. One ran off into the yard of a house and the other tried to casually walk away. When we drive back around they had already met up again and were walking south on Karlov by Eddy.
I have also seen an increase hit on my RSS feed for crimes in my area, around Belmont and Kedzie, and that is really starting to concern me.
I would love to get to know my neighbors a lot better and see if we can come up with a way to ensure our neighborhood doesn't get any worse. I am open to any idea; meeting up, flyers, whatever it takes.
Anyway, that is it for now, hope y'all have a great Friday.

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Jan 21

Updated Jan 21

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

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