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Spare Tire Theft

Spare wheel & tire stolen from back of a Jeep Liberty overnight 10/28-10/29.

The past two evenings, we've noticed a man in a red 1996 Firebird with "Ram Air" hood fully reclined in his drivers seat parked outside. We're near the Grayland Metra, so it's not uncommon for people to park on the street and wait there, but this guy would show up around 7 p.m. and still be there when we went to bed (around 9:30—hey, we have a...

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Spare wheel & tire stolen from back of a Jeep Liberty overnight 10/28-10/29.

The past two evenings, we've noticed a man in a red 1996 Firebird with "Ram Air" hood fully reclined in his drivers seat parked outside. We're near the Grayland Metra, so it's not uncommon for people to park on the street and wait there, but this guy would show up around 7 p.m. and still be there when we went to bed (around 9:30—hey, we have a baby). The way he was reclined, it was difficult to tell anyone was in the car. I did not report it to police, but did alert my neighbor, who said he got home around midnight and the red car was gone. We woke up to find the spare wheel had been stolen. Nothing else touched, as far as we can tell.

Not sure if the crime is connected to the guy in the car, but I figure the more info out there, the better. If there are any additional details you'd like to know, feel free to ask. I tried to cover everything here.

Police report re: tire filed online this morning.

  • The guy and car you described sounds like someone I've spotted multiple times (though not for about a month) hanging out on Roscoe. He would park his car early in the day and wait in his car or on a bench in Kilbourn Park near Roscoe and the train viaduct. I never saw him do anything, but his presence--often for 4-5+ hours--made me notice and keep an eye out.

  • They hit North Mayfair about a month ago. Mine was taken from underneath my SUV. They cut the chain and lock that it was secured to. They aren't reselling these on CL, they want the wheels to sell for scrap.

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Updated 15 hours ago

Garage For Rent - Just in time for winter...

Hey! We've got a brand new private garage bay for rent in Old Irving near Kostner/Grace. Right at the end of the alley for easy access. $150/mo. Available now- let me know if you're interested.
Thanks!

  • hi dan - we're looking to store a car for the winter. what kind of space is it?

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Dogs and Neighbors .....

We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has...

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We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has decided to tell us that we need to change our routine in the mornings because our dogs wake them up in the morning. Again we have lived in our home for 35 + years and have been waking up at 5:30am for the same amount of time. When they moved in 5+ years ago - we had all of our dogs. We get up at 5:30am and let the dogs out. All of our pets are vetted and licensed. they are not out for long - and we call them in should they bark. We have noticed a vermin problem in the area ... but is this a good reason that we should have to stop allowing our dogs in our backyard - or is the neighbor being unreasonable? We have tried talking things out, but al they seem to want is for us to change our habits ...

  • Krazykitty6380 Love my area

    Madeline, it sure is nice to know that there are people as diligent as you. I can't tell you how nasty it is to cut my lawn or the parkway and find a pile that someone else left. This is why I love having a private yard for my dogs....

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    Madeline, it sure is nice to know that there are people as diligent as you. I can't tell you how nasty it is to cut my lawn or the parkway and find a pile that someone else left. This is why I love having a private yard for my dogs. with brick and concrete it is simple enough to shovel the mess and hose away and remnants!

    I have been more that patient with these neighbors and I am sure that this is something we are going to continue to agree to disagree on. This has lead to a much larger debate on when we can and can not use our yard. Discussions go nowhere and after speaking to my alderman and the precinct captain, we are in no way doing anything wrong. The dogs are legal, our yard is safe and secure and the neighbors are just going to have to understand that life happens outside of their little bubble and they can not control our lives anymore than we can control theirs. We will try to be peaceful, but one in a while things are going to happen - and all we can do is roll with it.

  • Some of these suggestions are bordering on lunacy. I added my two cents after reading No Chance’s accusation explaining you’re not being responsible and his proposal of taking your pets out the front door. Leashes, collars, and house keys rattling so you could walk the dogs to your parkway and within earshot of these same neighbors?

    Madeline Tucker, I would appreciate it if you would also carry index cards or file folders in the event your dog has the runs. Along with clumping litter. Don’t smear it into the parkway.

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moving to IP?

My husband and I are looking at houses close to Elston/Ridgeway. We currently live in OP but want the benefit of the blue line and metra in IP.
We noticed flight traffic is high. Is that typical or just this weekend? Also, thoughts on safety in the neighborhood? We are very excited to explore a new neighborhood but I'm always a bit nervous too for safety. Am I worrying too much? I'll be walking to the IP blue line very early in the morning for my commute.
Thanks in advance!

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    We just bought a home and moved to the neighborhood. Our daughter goes to the Kidwatch daycare nearby. Great area. Quiet streets. Big park nearby. The planes haven't bothered us, but we came from North Center, so it's pretty much the same noise level as far as that goes. My wife takes the blue line every morning. It's been a smooth transition. We love it here and look forward to staying for a long time.

  • Thank you all so much for your comments. It has been very helpful!
    Hopefully you'll be our neighbors soon.

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Door to door voter canvassing?

Two men rang my doorbell and asked about our voting on Wednesday. Is this legit? they had a clipboard but no IDs or badges.

  • Only Me, you're helping your community by talking to the Census worker and they don't usually stop by unless they have a question regarding your form. They're actually lovely people.

  • I'm sorry they need to bother someone else. they want to know everything about my life, basically down to my shoe size,,,,,,,, pfft get lost!

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Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and...

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    Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and forth between one and two lanes in each direction. This contraction and expansion is part of the problem. It causes speeding and then sudden breaking. It becomes an even bigger issue when the setting sun is in the driver's eyes. During the afternoon rush hour, it is not uncommon to have up to four cars lined up to turn left onto P streets. They do not have a left turn lane. They often get hit from behind by the blinded or distracted driver speeding in the westward direction. Hopefully, somehow, we can figure out a solution that works for most people.

  • Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick....

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    Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick. Alderman is now trying his best to get the sidewalks constructed before the upcoming winter. I told Alderman that such completed construction would make a wonderful Christmas present for us all. Yay! Thank you Alderman Cullerton and thank you our State Rep. Rob Martwick!

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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

  • Your neighbor, Hector northwest side resident for 29 years

    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up...

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    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up a host of issues with very little substance to prove them. Taxing people for services will hurt Illinoisans. Can you Picture paying taxes for a haircut? He can't be bought BUT his company will be bought. He won't take a salary but his company will start to get contracts to run the state pension or 529 plans. The fees he'll make off that will be more then the governor salary. He wants to turn pensions to a 401k where only you contribute to it. He is a union buster. Unions are what gives employees a voice. If it were up to him the minimum wage would be eliminated. You want a shmuck like this running our state?

  • Rauner is a leader. Quinn is a wannabe. No one needs to be paid to recognize the difference. Quinn degraded our state to one of the bottom ones of the 50! Can you get any lower than that?

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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?...

  • Right now I believe getting a water meter is still free to the property owner. Might not always be the case.

  • If you are thinking about a meter, call the city, as you get free rain barrell or other options. You will probably save money and for seven years you are guaranteed not to pay a higher bill then if you didn't have meter.

Oct 22

Voting Machines

With the early voting going on there has been some issues with machines changing your vote. Make sure you double check your selections before finalizing YOUR VOTE!

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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
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