12 hours ago

Senior Citizen Issues:

We have a large number of seniors (including yours truly) in the area around Pasteur Park. But we don't have a decent park field house. Seniors need a place to exercise, especially in the winter months. A decent running track around the park would also be great for the aging limbs.

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Updated 34 hours ago

Re: Small Battery Recycling

Q: Where in the 23rd WARD can one drop off small batteries for recycling (used to do it at Staples, but that store closed; used to do it at the libraries, but they no longer do this service).

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Mercury & other materials of concern have been taken out of std alkaline batteries. Also, there were issues with batteries leaking, getting warm, & occasionally starting on fire - at least making a mess. This is why many programs have been stopped. Chicago's HHHW collection refuses to accept std alkaline...

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    Mercury & other materials of concern have been taken out of std alkaline batteries. Also, there were issues with batteries leaking, getting warm, & occasionally starting on fire - at least making a mess. This is why many programs have been stopped. Chicago's HHHW collection refuses to accept std alkaline batteries, instructing to dispose in regular trash.

    I agree. The acids that may leak out of used or stored batteries can be yucky even dangerous if they come in contact with eyes, skin, animals, .... But it is easily neutralized by other trash.

    A much bigger concern are lawn chemicals. This is where focus should be. Scotts and other stuff is very dangerous. The warnings on the bags should be taken seriously. How many change their clothing before coming into the house after using this garbage - if they use it? Sprays for house plants & Round-Up. IMO, we will be treating this in the future with the concern we now apply to mercury, asbestos & lead.

    Rechargeable batteries are still a concern. (cell phone, computer, watch, toys) These should be collected & taken to a facility. The most convenient is Chgo's HHHW facility on Goose Island (~ Division & Halsted). They are open 1st Sat of each month 8AM-noon; Tue 8-noon; Thur noon-7PM. Something like that 312-744-3060.

    I've been there many times over the years. It's worth going at least once. My suggestion is to plan to be there the saturday's they are open by 10am. It is easily an educational moment for the young and old alike.

    I collected HHHW from neighbors & AHCA members when I lived in AH. I would be willing go with with you Up2uUp2me with enough notice some saturday to Chgo's HHHW for educational purposes. We could meet on the SW-side, you taking your transportation with material for drop off, me taking mine with some room for any material overflow, leading you to the facility, then me parting my way, you on your own to return.

    Thanks for bringing awareness to this topic.

  • When Walgreens and the Public Libraries were collecting batteries, I collected them and stored them in a plastic lunch bag on the kitchen counter top. Within a couple of weeks, I had collected a good handful of batteries. It wasn't long before I walked into the kitchen and the bag exploded, expelling black dust. I had an asthma attack.

    I wonder if the same thing happened at the public collection sites.

    You have to be careful storing and collecting batteries, they can and will explode if not kept cool.

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Last seen August 16, at 1:30pm, near 44th and Keeler. Microchipped for Feline Friends Chicago, where we originally adopted him from. No tags. Responds to "Sarge." Any information, please reply to this post. Sarge has a "brother" and two heartsick humans who miss him very much.

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Back to school supply drive.

Every child deserves an education and the tools to succeed!
Help fill up a backpack today!
August 16th – September 2nd

It is back-to-school season and students need their school supplies. In this terrible economy, getting the children ready for a new school year may be a costly burden to overcome for many financially struggling families. So, with that in mind, we are asking for your help with collecting school supplies over the next few weeks.

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Every child deserves an education and the tools to succeed!
Help fill up a backpack today!
August 16th – September 2nd

It is back-to-school season and students need their school supplies. In this terrible economy, getting the children ready for a new school year may be a costly burden to overcome for many financially struggling families. So, with that in mind, we are asking for your help with collecting school supplies over the next few weeks.

Notebooks (spiral & composition), backpacks, art supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, sketch pads, water colors, paint, chalk, clay and erasers), pens/pencils, loose leaf paper, graph paper, 3-ring binders, folders, compasses, rulers, lunch boxes, calculators, staplers, glue, glue sticks, safety scissors etc...

All supplies will be donated to local schools in the 23rd Ward. If you would like to participate, please drop off your donation between 10am-2pm at Anna Goral’s campaign office at 6500 W. Archer Ave. For more information please call (773) 586 4444 or email us at friends@annagoral.com.

Aug 07

Updated 3 days ago

FBI and police with guns on Karlov and 58th

Does anyone know what happened? I was driving to westlawn grocery store, and saw police speeding through the little streets, then up and down the alley. They were looking in people's yards and then a bunch got off and walked up and down the block carrying machine guns...

  • This is likely what you witnessed on Aug.7th, WestLawn Girl (I saw this newsstory a day or so later, in the Chicago Sun-times: and here is an online link to the program, wherein the Chicago Police, the FBI, and County police are teaming up to patrol the streets in some of the most high-crime areas of our city. Apparently, WestLawn counts as that!

    http://patch.com/illinois/lincoln-square/fbi-joins-chicago-police-going-after-violent-gang-members/#.U--pp03licw

  • 58th and Karlov is not part of West Lawn, it is West Elsdon.

    The area between 55th and 59th from Pulaski to Cicero is still a nice place to live. West Elsdon is from Central Park (east) to Cicero (west), 59th (north) to 52nd/51st Street (south).

    If something was going on at 58th a Karlov, it probably was a violation of a court appearance. If you check out crimes statistics, West Elsdon's highest issues are robbery and Burglary.

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Aug 09

Updated 5 days ago

Zalewski Really Went Bankrupt?

Who on earth would vote for a person that filed for Bakruptcy twice. Now wonder he keeps bankrupting the 23rd Ward. Yeah lets give Alderman ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZawslepps on the wheel 4 more years right?

RE; It is unclear to me how alderman Michael Zalewski who earns over $100,000+ yearly, not even including his spouse which also brings in a whopping $100,000 yearly would have a need to file for bankruptcy protection.

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Who on earth would vote for a person that filed for Bakruptcy twice. Now wonder he keeps bankrupting the 23rd Ward. Yeah lets give Alderman ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZawslepps on the wheel 4 more years right?

RE; It is unclear to me how alderman Michael Zalewski who earns over $100,000+ yearly, not even including his spouse which also brings in a whopping $100,000 yearly would have a need to file for bankruptcy protection.

Are the public servants we elect competent enough for the job? Should our public officials take IQ tests, or equivalency exams? I want someone in office who can balance out their own checking account before putting their hands in my pocket.

Source: Medilll Reports Chicago / Public Record - Recorder of Deeds.

I wasn't sure if you could file for bankruptcy multiply times, so I goggled it.

How Often Can You File For Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal process that is designed to help both consumers and businesses eliminate their debt or repay the debt under the protection of bankruptcy court. Presently there are no limits to the number of times you can file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy law determines the length of time between filing for bankruptcy and multiple filings may result in debt that is not discharged if it appears you are abusing bankruptcy laws.

  • Lynn you seem to have limited your own job opportunities by requiring that those opportunities be located in your immediate area. You don't say what your skills are but I'm guessing that you were in the retail or service industries. If true there are numerous jobs available in the area...

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    Lynn you seem to have limited your own job opportunities by requiring that those opportunities be located in your immediate area. You don't say what your skills are but I'm guessing that you were in the retail or service industries. If true there are numerous jobs available in the area although I am sure that the wages may not be as high as you would like. You might want to try the Department of Employment's website. It lists a large number of blue collar jobs and you can apply on line.

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  • Family Game Night

    Archer Heights Library (5055 S. Archer Avenue) August 18, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
  • Family Storytime

    Archer Heights Library (5055 S. Archer Avenue) August 28, 2014 @ 4 p.m.
  • Art Smart

    Archer Heights Library (5055 S. Archer Avenue) August 19, 2014 @ 4 p.m.

Jul 29

Updated 5 days ago

Martin Arteaga Talks Development for the 23rd Ward!

Let's talk development. Let's talk University Village. Do you remember when Maxwell Street was much rougher and grittier than it is today? I can remember and I am sure you do, too, because it was not very long ago. I spent time at UIC and I was able to play a key role in that community center development. The result was a successful redevelopment and the creation of the popular and much-patronized University Village. Residents and tourists no longer have...

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Let's talk development. Let's talk University Village. Do you remember when Maxwell Street was much rougher and grittier than it is today? I can remember and I am sure you do, too, because it was not very long ago. I spent time at UIC and I was able to play a key role in that community center development. The result was a successful redevelopment and the creation of the popular and much-patronized University Village. Residents and tourists no longer have to tolerate the grit, the abandoned buildings and the feeling of hopelessness that those things bring. Residents, tourists, students, passersby, and all can now enjoy walking, jogging, biking, and patronizing the safe and vibrant streets of University Village. This is a perfect example of how valuable resources can invested intelligently into the community so that EVERYBODY WINS.

To revitalize the 23rd Ward, we need community development and community outreach experience and HANDS ON LEADERSHIP. Throughout the ward we see vacant lots and abandoned buildings that are vandalized and underutilized. Let's take matters into our own hands. Let's revitalize the 23rd Ward. I'm ready and I'm up to the challenge.The time for change is now! We need to revitalize the Archer Avenue Business District and redevelop the area near Midway Airport. We need more business and jobs. This is what I will fight for as your next 23rd Ward Alderman.

WATCH MY VIDEO: http://youtu.be/Zy3DQaaCjwQ

  • Sounds like a great idea! How will funding be obtained? Our ward doesn't need another taco joint. A Panera bread would be awesome!

  • no taco joints or dollars stores.
    Panera, Potbellys, Chick-fil-a

  • Agree - Panera, Cosi, Corner Bakery would be totally awesome.

    But what does "Let's take matters into our own hands" mean?.

Aug 05

Updated 6 days ago

sewer issues

Does anyone know if the city plans on working on the sewers in the area? I have seen so many people get water in basments after the heavy down pours we have gotten. Those once in 100 year storms that happen every year now. Other areas have gotten new "super" sewers etc and it has kept water out of the basments. I would not mind my street ripped up for a few weeks if it meant I would not care if it rained or wonder if I would have to help a neighbor get rid of a foot of water in there basment.

  • Hello everyone..please keep an eye out for Dolly..she has been lost by 46th Leamington since July 28th..urgent she is found..has heart condition....

  • Shorlanda When did they start work in that area??

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Updated Aug 11

Arteaga Campaign Adds More Hair Salons for Back to School $5 Haircuts

Our amazing team of community organizers started with just 10 salons and now we have more than double that. Team A23 is all about working with the community to benefit the entire 23rd Ward both east and west side of Cicero Ave. This is the kind of leadership and community outreach you can expect when we get Martin Arteaga elected to be the next 23rd Ward Alderman.

With many families struggling and living paycheck to paycheck in the 23rd Ward...

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Our amazing team of community organizers started with just 10 salons and now we have more than double that. Team A23 is all about working with the community to benefit the entire 23rd Ward both east and west side of Cicero Ave. This is the kind of leadership and community outreach you can expect when we get Martin Arteaga elected to be the next 23rd Ward Alderman.

With many families struggling and living paycheck to paycheck in the 23rd Ward of Chicago we understand how costly “Going Back To School” time can be for families. That is why A23 Field Organizers went out to Local Hair Salons in the 23rd Ward to help offset the cost of Haircuts for Back to School at just $5.00 MONDAY TO THURSDAY starting August 18th-21st & August 25th-28th . Just present your school ID or print the coupon below and give to one of the following participating Hair Salons below.

Call for an appointment or if you have any questions call the Martin Arteaga for 23rd Ward Alderman’s office at 708-505-9166 or email info@arteaga23.com.

Working together we can bring the CHANGE the 23rd Ward needs! Thank you to all the hair salons and barber shops that have participated.

Please visit our website at www.move23forward.com for a complete list of salons as we continue to reach out to local businesses.

  • Aaron Cheselske From the burbs to SW CHI

    Wow Arteaga team I saw on your website you have over 34 salons. Hope the HATERS (AKA Chuck) is satisfied. Way to represent the West and East side. of Cicero as the Zawleski has told people as he walks door to door.

  • What does "help offset" mean here? "A23 Field Organizers went out to Local Hair Salons in the 23rd Ward to help offset the cost of Haircuts."

    Did the organizers cover the remaining cost of the haircuts...or did they just persuade the salons into donating their services? If the latter, that makes me uncomfortable. How many businesses in this economy can afford to practically give away their services? If, that is, we want these businesses to stay in business? How are the employees impacted by this giveaway?

  • HammerTime Sup with it

    Wow JenFG you are bothered that people are helping other people? What next you ate going to demonize Mother Terrsa!

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Aug 04

Updated Aug 10

One stop job shop

Why not assist the 23rd Ward residents with finding jobs? I believe that one of the aldermen’s most important duties is to help their residents to pursue their career. Currently, there is not one source to go to and review positions available in government. City, County, State and Federal all have different locations to review and learn about their job openings. If elected, I want to make it easier for job seekers by having a JOB CENTER within my local aldermanic office. Residents can come in and browse to see what positions are available. My aldermanic staff will be assigned to working with job applicants in helping them in filling out their applications.

  • Always good to have a professional overlook a resume. Just a thought.

  • improving an resume is fine she states "help fill out job applications"

Dec 14 2011

Updated Aug 10

4900 Kostner Speed Bumps Removed

At long last, the 4900 Kostner Avenue speed bumps were removed today. Thank you Alderman Zalewski - 23rd Ward.

  • Aaron Cheselske From the burbs to SW CHI

    Thank you Alderman Zaleski for fixing the millions of potholes to my drive to work causing me not have to buy new tires 4 times this year already. Oh wait that was a dream I had last night. Guess Dreams don't come true in this case,

  • Archer Heights Guy Long time resident.

    AC - Why are you resurrecting a Dec 2011 post thanking the Alderman for removing unecessary speed bumps to promote your own agenda? He acted on a request from the communty, which is what he is supposed to do. Why give sarcasm to an Alderman for doing his job?

    Assuming one million of your "millions" of potholes are 12" long each that would mean one million potholes equals 189.4 miles. So where the heck is your job that you commute to?

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