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FAiR Coalition on Chicago Tonight, on Wednesday, December 19, at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS)

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made...

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The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made to the O'Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns. Those changes were made without any real community input.

In addition, FAiR now includes Midway airport. Changes were made there in February 2014. Not surprsingly, these changes were made without any real community input.

We seek a real seat at the airport decision making table in order to find solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution over our communities, again done without any real community input.

Questions? Please ask. jac.charlier@gmail.com

See you in TV Land :)

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Saw your segment. Very well done. I wish there would have been more time to discuss, but I know nothing will be solved on Chicago Tonight.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Thanks Denise. FAiR is having a general meeting on 12/3 from 7-9pm. You can attend that do get updates, ask questions and see what we are doing next. Check it out on www.fairchicago.org

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Chicago Tonight Video of the FAiR Coalition Discussion about O'Hare from November 19, 2014

In case you missed the November 19 Chicago Tonight conversation with the FAiR Coalition, here is the link to the segment: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/11/19/complaints-about-ohare-noise.

Thanks for our tens of hundreds of supports in both the city and suburbs. You are doing great. Keep it up!
You can learn more about FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Please ask. Jac.charlier@gmail.com

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Nov 05

Updated 46 hours ago

Love Letter from the Garbage Man

A big sticker was placed on our recycle bin today. It was dark outside but I think it's an orange "hazardous waste" sticker with three boxes. None were checked. In black marker they wrote "NO BLACK BAGS".

You can't put black trash bags in the blue bin anymore? No advance notice either?

  • That's nuts!!!!

  • My recycle driver is ok with with plastic bags. He worked for the city for twenty plus years and employed for some time now with Waste Management, a fortune 500 company. He says if there were really a major problem with the sorters and multi-million dollar sorting equipment over these...

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    My recycle driver is ok with with plastic bags. He worked for the city for twenty plus years and employed for some time now with Waste Management, a fortune 500 company. He says if there were really a major problem with the sorters and multi-million dollar sorting equipment over these bags, that something would most assuredly would be done about really enforcing it.

    What he definitely refuses to collect is a bin with any kind of styrofoam in it. And oh yeah, no dead squirrels or other animals - sometimes floating in water in the bins so they don't smell. In certain areas of the city he says this is very common.

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Garage for rent

Hello I am currently looking for a Garage to rent. I live close to Lawrence & Elston area. I have a Truck so if possible a garage with room.

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FAiR FOIA WORKSHOP for O’Hare and Midway Airport Data

All citizens are invited to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop. You do not need to be a member of FAiR to attend. Hope to see you there!

Jac Charlier

Edgebrook Public Library
2nd Floor Community Room
Saturday - November 22, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
5331 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646
RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

The change in air traffic patterns mandated by the O’Hare Modernization Program in October...

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All citizens are invited to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop. You do not need to be a member of FAiR to attend. Hope to see you there!

Jac Charlier

Edgebrook Public Library
2nd Floor Community Room
Saturday - November 22, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
5331 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646
RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

The change in air traffic patterns mandated by the O’Hare Modernization Program in October 2013 significantly increased jet noise levels, resulting in citizens, civics and organizations (including FAiR) requesting noise and flight data from the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
1) FAiR Coalition members
2) Concerned citizens;
3) Civic and Community Associations; and
4) High School/College students having an interest in completing a class project

COST OF WORKSHOP: FREE

Please bring:
• A laptop;
• Any reports and/or data that you may have already requested/received; and
• A data stick to share data with, and get data from, others in the Workshop related to ORD/MDW noise and aircraft flight operations.

RSVP: To the FAiR Coalition, at jac.charlier@gmail.com

• You do not need to be a FAiR member to attend the workshop

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition is a rapidly growing movement of citizens and civics on Chicago’s Northwest side and the near Northwest suburbs. FAiR is the leading voice for city and suburban residents negatively impacted by the runway takeoff and landing patterns implemented in October 2013.

Citizens and civic organizations are invited to learn more about and join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. FAiR is also on Facebook.

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Need a garage space

I'm looking for a garage space to rent in the Mayfair neighborhood.
Between the Edens and Elston, Lawrence and Montrose would be great.

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Updated Nov 13

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    "The 40-year-old man reported that he had an argument with two men about a woman...."

    This just never ends well, does it?

Nov 13

Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program

I have one more post for this Veteran's Day week. Please share this information far and wide with our veterans as well as local businesses.

Also, I invite any veteran who is interested in joining our local American Legion Post (#134, Morton Grove), to contact me for more information. The Legion is great way to support veterans, their families and our community through continued service right here in our neighborhoods. I can be reached at jac.charlier@gmail.com for those interested in...

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I have one more post for this Veteran's Day week. Please share this information far and wide with our veterans as well as local businesses.

Also, I invite any veteran who is interested in joining our local American Legion Post (#134, Morton Grove), to contact me for more information. The Legion is great way to support veterans, their families and our community through continued service right here in our neighborhoods. I can be reached at jac.charlier@gmail.com for those interested in learning more.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and to pass it along.

Jac Charlier
American Legion Post 134

Dear Cook County Military Families and Merchants:

The Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program is a public- and private-sector partnership to honor those who serve and have served. It is jointly administered by the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Our goal is to create a network of businesses and merchants who offer money-saving discounts and incentives to veterans and active-duty military, as a way of showing our gratitude. Those who wish to take advantage of this program can visit CCRD’s Veterans Service Office at 118 N. Clark, Room 120, and upon proof of service, receive a Discount/ID Card.

We hope this program will be a “win-win” – both a way to help save money for military families and a way to support businesses that support military families.

Below you will find a Registration Form with which to register your business and the discount you would like to offer. Once registered, your company’s name will be added to the Program’s promotional materials. We urge all businesses to sign up and offer military discounts year round, not just around the holidays.

If you would like more information, please call (312) 603-5788 or email Brian.Cross@CookCountyIL.gov.

Thank you to all who serve, and to those who serve them.

Sincerely,

Karen. A. Yarbrough, Recorder of Deeds

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Updated Nov 13

Thank you police!

I saw a guy doing a huge piece of graffiti out my window yesterday, not gang stuff, potentially artistic, but geez it was broad daylight and he was just setup without a care in the world. I debated calling the cops because no one was in danger and I doubted they would come anyway, but the brazenness of it got the better of me and I called. A little later I looked back out there and thought, "great now his...

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I saw a guy doing a huge piece of graffiti out my window yesterday, not gang stuff, potentially artistic, but geez it was broad daylight and he was just setup without a care in the world. I debated calling the cops because no one was in danger and I doubted they would come anyway, but the brazenness of it got the better of me and I called. A little later I looked back out there and thought, "great now his buddies are here to help" only to realize when one turned around that he had a badge around his neck and they took the dude away. Hopefully him and parents pay to paint over it and not me and my tax dollars, probably just wishful thinking, but still thanks police for coming and making me feel like there is a chance.

  • Annabelle, since you asked, I responded with a tweak because of your possible sneer at PC and use of the ending word, "merica." Which I read as code for jingosim = as in "Merica, right or wrong, the greatest number one country in the world'

  • Black Stalin http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Then there's this subreddit:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/MURICA/

    "A parody subreddit (except when it's not) to celebrate freedom. If you don't like that then get the f-ck off out of my country."

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Nov 09

Updated Nov 12

Approved By Illinois Department Of Healthcare And Family Services

PLEASE HELP WHICH IS THE BEST CHOICE

Choose from these plans:
"In Cook County, your choice maybe different depending on your zip code."
Advocate Accountable Care Aetna Health PlanBetter Health NetworkBlueCross Community Family Health PlanCommunity Care PartnersCountyCareFamily Health NetworkHarmony Health PlanHealthCuraIlliniCare HealthLaRabida Care CoordinationLoyola Family Care Lurie Children’s Health PartnersMeridian Health PlanMy Care ChicagoNextLevel HealthSmartPlan ChoiceUI Health Plus

All Plans Include:
Behavioral health servicesDental ServicesDoctor servicesEye care servicesFamily planningHearing servicesHome health careHospice careHospital servicesImmunizationsLab tests and x-raysMedical suppliesNurse helplinePrescriptionsTherapyTransportation

  • robin in WRP, I don’t know whether your facts are correct/incorrect. Unless this gentleman qualifies for dual enrollment, your information was unnecessary which made you sound disingenuous.

  • I don't think she was being disingenuous, I thought TMI. He gave her his phone number then she started talking Medicard. I thought Mike was a Welfare recipient or something similar?

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Nov 11

Help brighten up the holidays for local victims of abuse

With the holidays fast approaching I wanted to reach out to the Everyblock community with an opportunity to brighten up the holidays for the local young victims of abuse. The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (http://www.chicagocac.org/who-we-are/) is holding its annual Kids' Holiday Party on Saturday, December 13th. Donations are needed to help families celebrate in a joyful and safe environment. Below is the list of suggested donations. Gifts can also be donated via the wish list at Target - http://www.target.com/TargetListGiftGiverCmd?isPreview=false&status=completePageLink&listId=fEGX7vhiKtB0ofjAiqkIBw&registryType=OT&cumulativeTime=-1&isAjax=false&noOfPings=. Please...

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With the holidays fast approaching I wanted to reach out to the Everyblock community with an opportunity to brighten up the holidays for the local young victims of abuse. The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (http://www.chicagocac.org/who-we-are/) is holding its annual Kids' Holiday Party on Saturday, December 13th. Donations are needed to help families celebrate in a joyful and safe environment. Below is the list of suggested donations. Gifts can also be donated via the wish list at Target - http://www.target.com/TargetListGiftGiverCmd?isPreview=false&status=completePageLink&listId=fEGX7vhiKtB0ofjAiqkIBw&registryType=OT&cumulativeTime=-1&isAjax=false&noOfPings=. Please PM me if you would like to donate or are interested in volunteering during set-up or during the event.

Presents

• multi-ethnic dolls and action figures

• craft supplies

• books

• educational toys

• electronic learning toys

• musical toys

• puzzles

• board games

• MP3 players and ear buds

• kid-friendly beauty products

• jewelry and accessories

Gift cards ($15 increments preferred)

• Kmart

• Target

• Payless

• Famous Footwear

• Best Buy

• Old Navy

Nov 11

Opening at my kid's daycare

We love them! They are on Facebook and yelp, called Childish Pursuits.
We have been there more than 2 years and couldn't be happier!

Nov 11

My kiddo's daycare has an opening!

I can't speak highly enough of them. We have been there for over 2 years.
They teach them so much and the staff is so kind and diverse and we just love it.

They are on yelp and Facebook, it's called Childish Pursuits.

Not the cheapest but we are definitely happy there :)

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Updated Nov 10

Schurz Field Renovation project

I called alderman's office today to find out if they are ever going to do anything about the horrible state of Waveland between Lowell and Milwaukee before someone breaks their neck or their car axle. It's ridiculous that they have let it go this long. We are nearly to the next winter. I was told they are going to patch it.

It needs more than patching. It is down to the cobble. We will do some patching. "There are a...

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I called alderman's office today to find out if they are ever going to do anything about the horrible state of Waveland between Lowell and Milwaukee before someone breaks their neck or their car axle. It's ridiculous that they have let it go this long. We are nearly to the next winter. I was told they are going to patch it.

It needs more than patching. It is down to the cobble. We will do some patching. "There are a lot of propsals regarding that street." I asked by a lot of propals, are you referring to the proposed closure and he said yes. "Yes, but they still have to to studies with the traffic and Fire Department and Police."

Meanwhile Old Irving Park Association said those studies were already done in March and April. As usual, city politics. Never up front. Lots of secrecy. Lots of double talk. And could someone please tell me how this Mr. Tucker who is championing this whole thing (with his son in the athletic marketing business who would stand to make a lot of money from these sports arenas that dad is proposing to put up all over the city, using some city TIF money -- how is that not a huge conflict of interest? Anyway, this just in - so mark your calendars. Anyone who uses that street or who plans to EVER drive around this neighborhood needs to attend.

Hi folks--

Hot off the presses: Ald. Arena will host and moderate a community discussion about the proposed new playing field at Schurz H.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 PM, Schurz library. Flyers will be distributed this weekend. Schurz H.S. and Urban School Foundation reps will be there to answer questions. Meeting open to everyone interested.

  • Black Stalin http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I live in Dickinson Park.

  • AnnabelleBlue Proud teacher & active mom who loves our hood :)

    Yes, Kenji, we all know you live in Dickinson Park next door to Alderman Arena. Don't try to derail this thread.

Nov 09

Updated Nov 10

Safety Question

We are thinking of moving to a place near Milwaukee and Addison. How safe is it for a family with a newborn? Are gangs still an issue?

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    If you're used to the suburbs you may want to consider going further NW into Norwood Park.

  • Black Stalin http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    But. Then you are in Norwood Park.

Nov 10

An Open Letter to America’s Veterans

Greetings Fellow Veterans,

Below please find an excerpt of an email I received today about VA benefits. As EB has character limitations on postings, I cannot put the entire letter here. However, I have full PDF and text versions of the letters I can email to you if you like. Please send me an email and I will send that along. Jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Please read and share with other veterans.

I am also a member of our local American Legion Post...

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Greetings Fellow Veterans,

Below please find an excerpt of an email I received today about VA benefits. As EB has character limitations on postings, I cannot put the entire letter here. However, I have full PDF and text versions of the letters I can email to you if you like. Please send me an email and I will send that along. Jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Please read and share with other veterans.

I am also a member of our local American Legion Post 134 in Morton Grove. If you would like more information about the American Legion, please let me know.

Thank you for your service wherever and whenver...and thank you to the families that support our veterans.

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com

A MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY

An Open Letter to America’s Veterans

At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in Government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you—our Veterans—and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a Department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric—the outcomes we provide for Veterans.

(Full text of letter continues...email me at jac.charlier@gmail.com for the full text)

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

Robert A. McDonald

Nov 06

Updated Nov 10

Participatory Budgeting in the 39th ward

In the 39th Ward I believe you deserve a say in how your tax dollars are spent. As your alderman I would institute a community input process similar to what is being done in the 45th and 49th Wards and in other cities like New York. Participatory Budgeting (http://www.pbchicago.org/) is a process whereby citizens and communities have a say in how $1 million in infrastructure money is spent in the ward. Neighborhood improvement projects are brainstormed, developed, vetted and then...

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In the 39th Ward I believe you deserve a say in how your tax dollars are spent. As your alderman I would institute a community input process similar to what is being done in the 45th and 49th Wards and in other cities like New York. Participatory Budgeting (http://www.pbchicago.org/) is a process whereby citizens and communities have a say in how $1 million in infrastructure money is spent in the ward. Neighborhood improvement projects are brainstormed, developed, vetted and then voted on democratically by you the voter.

Next time you see Ald Laurino please feel free to ask her why she is not interested in hearing your voice in how she spends your money. I am interested in hearing your voice on this, and other issues, in our community.

For more information on what else I want to do as your Alderman, please visit http://www.murphyfor39.org/issues

  • Thanks! I appreciate your help.

  • I have lived on the same street in the 39th Ward for 29 years, 17 years in one house and 12 years in another, two houses down. We live on an unimproved street a/k/a WPA street. Our block has been on a "list" to get new streets/curbs/new sewers and the...

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    I have lived on the same street in the 39th Ward for 29 years, 17 years in one house and 12 years in another, two houses down. We live on an unimproved street a/k/a WPA street. Our block has been on a "list" to get new streets/curbs/new sewers and the alderman's office has continually "lost" our petition or said there never was one or has come up with other excuses saying it's a federal street and needs federal funds. Ald. Laurino threw us a bone this past summer and paved the middle of the street; however, the sides were not paved since we don't have curbs. Because of this, we don't have street cleaners down our block. We have four vacant houses (due to elderly deaths) on our block and lots of trees. Guess whose house gets water up to her first front step when it rains hard? The street is entirely flooded and impassible. If Ald. Laurino has that amount of money to spend, then why isn't she spending it on our unimproved street?

Nov 10

Veteran's Day!

Well it’s that time of year again Veteran’s day! back in 1976 at the age of 19, I raised my right hand and said "I, Carmen Hernandez do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed...

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Well it’s that time of year again Veteran’s day! back in 1976 at the age of 19, I raised my right hand and said "I, Carmen Hernandez do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
That was 1976 and one of the proudest moments of my life, then in 1984 I left the Illinois National Guard, and started to raise a family, well between 1982 and 2001 we had six children, five boys and a girl, because of the terrorist attacks on our country that took place on September 11th 2001, I raised my right hand once again and took the oath of enlistment, and I felt just as proud at the age of 45 as I was when I was 19, I have had no regrets about enlisting in the Military for the second time. Then in 2003 I was deployed for 19 months that included a 16 month combat tour in Iraq, My son Nathan was deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan for a year, serving in our Country’s Military has been one of the greatest privileges of my life, and it continues to be an honor to work with the Soldiers of the 933rd Military Police Company, God willing I will be able to serve out my time with them until 2016 when I will age out of the Military, I would like to thank my 933rd, Military Police family, and my Wife of 37 years Noreen and my kids, Carmen, Simon, Nathan, Steven, Leon, and Amy! Have a happy and safe Veterans Day and God Bless America!

Nov 10

Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program

Attention Veterans, check out this Cook County veterans discount program. This is a program authorized by Cook County and that works with participating businesses. It is open to all qualifying veterans and has no costs associated with it. NOTE: I am not involved with this program and do not benefit in anyway from it. I share it as a fellow veteran and member of your local American Legion Post 134. The Discount program is intended for all those who have served whenever and wherever. Thank you for your service!

http://cookrecorder.com/militarydiscount/

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Nov 09

St. Viator Elementary School Open House

All are welcome. We would love to see you.

Nov 09

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