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Candidates for 39th Ward Alderman

I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter...

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I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter too. I tried to find a FB page or twitter for Alderman Laurino but I don't think she has either.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the candidates, I would like to hear any views. You can also private message me if you like.

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    Both as community president and as a leader in FAiR I have had many meetings with elected officials (alderman, mayors, state reps, state senators, Cook Co commissioners, and US sitting Congressmen and women). In FAiR we worked to bring on board with our policy statement over 20 elected officials -...

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    Both as community president and as a leader in FAiR I have had many meetings with elected officials (alderman, mayors, state reps, state senators, Cook Co commissioners, and US sitting Congressmen and women). In FAiR we worked to bring on board with our policy statement over 20 elected officials - this is no small feat. In particular Mike Quigley turned 180 degrees from where he started and this is because of pressure brought to bear. In FAiR we grew a citizen-led group from 7 to almost 1600 people focused on a single set of goals that continues going strong today. Organizing such an effort is a huge undertaking and that is what I was involved with from the begining. Working with communities, citizens, and elected officials we have changed the conversation. I have a proven track record. Being an effective alderman is not about having all the answers, it is about knowing where to look for them.

  • Susan 3800 block N Ridgeway educator

    Patrick, I wasn't talking about the sins of the father so much as I was talking about a pattern of nepotism and cronyism that has been passed down from one generation to the next. It's a Chicago thing that must end if we are to get our city out of...

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    Patrick, I wasn't talking about the sins of the father so much as I was talking about a pattern of nepotism and cronyism that has been passed down from one generation to the next. It's a Chicago thing that must end if we are to get our city out of its current mess.
    Robert you sound like a fine candidate. I wish you the best; I hope you have an army of volunteers, political street smarts and some $. That's what it will probably take to move the electorate to the poles and away from Marge Laurino.

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39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

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St. Edward School Open House

Come check out St. Ed's, Thursday, January 29, 9-11 AM, 4343 W. Sunnyside. See our students and teachers in action! Visit our new state-of-the-art science room! Talk to parents and our principal about what makes St. Ed's such a special learning community. Visit our website at www.stedwardschool.com for more information! Registrations for pre-k 3 - 8th grade for the 2015-16 school year are now being accepted!

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St. Edward School Open House

Come check out St. Ed's, Thursday, January 29, 9-11 AM. See our students and teachers in action! Visit our new state-of-the-art science room! Talk to parents and our principal about what makes St. Ed's such a special learning community. Visit our website at www.stedwardschool.com for more information! Registrations for pre-k 3 - 8th grade for the 2015-16 school year are now being accepted!

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  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    This is so sad. Can't we at the very least provide an appropriate environment for our children? Good grief!

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January 27, 1973: 42nd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords and Cease Fire in the Vietnam War

Received this today from a fellow member of the American Legion. An important reminder for each of us not to forget the service and sacrifice of so many...

On January 27, 1973 (42 years ago today) the Paris Peace Accords were signed declaring a cease-fire in Vietnam. The U.S. government, South Vietnam and North Vietnam governments pledged to "respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam."

The U.S. further agreed to continue withdrawing troops, which resulted in a complete removal of soldiers by March 29, 1973.

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Handyman recommendation

I am hoping to get a solid recommendation on a handyman. Would prefer to give my money to someone local, small and dependable. Any suggestions?

  • Miles Baltrusaitis Downtown Commuter

    I really like Gary's Handyman Service at http://800gary.com. Also in the 'hood around Kilbourn. 847.800.4279 (that's 800-GARY). Pretty neat, right?

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Reasonable, many years experience. Have tools. Also repair appliances. Please call 312-890-7558

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39th Ward Alderman Forum

Many thanks to the IWCA for hosting last week's 39th ward Aldermanic candidate forum. Joe L., Ald. Laurino and I were all present and answered preselected questions in addition to taking questions from the audience.

If you missed the forum, my office live tweeted it: https://twitter.com/RobertFor39

There's another forum coming up on Feb. 4 at the 17th Police District Station: https://www.facebook.com/events/991949754151865 Questions for that forum can be submitted by Jan. 31 to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for review.

If you were able to attend last week, I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are able to attend on Feb. 4, I look forward to meeting you!

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Vicky is awesome. Great service!!

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Health news Micron & Associates Hong Kong Blog - Top 3 health tips: easy ways to lose weight

Would you like to cut about 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? All you have to do is turn the following tips into habits, and you'll drop one pound per week, 26 pounds in six months, or 52 pounds by next year!

Stick to the strategy from Prevention magazine, published by Rodale of Emmaus, and watch the scale drop to a new low.

SNACK IN AFTERNOON, NOT MORNING

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Would you like to cut about 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? All you have to do is turn the following tips into habits, and you'll drop one pound per week, 26 pounds in six months, or 52 pounds by next year!

Stick to the strategy from Prevention magazine, published by Rodale of Emmaus, and watch the scale drop to a new low.

SNACK IN AFTERNOON, NOT MORNING

1 If you're divvying up your total daily calories among five or six smaller meals to control hunger and lose weight, you may be able to get by with one less snack and slim down even more. According to one study, a mid-morning snack is less effective for weight loss than a mid-afternoon one.

IGNORE THE WORDS 'LOW FAT'

2 It may sound counterintuitive but a Cornell study found people eat up to 50 percent more when a product is labeled low-fat. This is known as the "halo effect," because it makes the product appear healthful, prompts us to feel virtuous and — you guessed it — we end up eating more. Here's the rule: Eat the same amount of the "skinny" version as you normally would the "fat" version and you'll cut calories.

EXERCISE IN THE MORNING

3 Women who work out in the morning reduce their appetite and boost their total physical activity throughout the day, according to researchers. But here's the fine-print: The appetite-reducing effect only lasts for a short time, until body temperature returns to normal after exercise. However, since moving in the morning apparently encourages more movement all day, try four or five short bursts of activity (take the stairs, park in the outer reaches of the parking lot, do some crunches …) for best results.

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Palmer Elementary School

Palmer is a level 1 Chicago public school and now has a great new banner to celebrate this achievement.

  • That banner is a wonderful public statement of all the hard work going on inside that school. Congratulations to the Administration, Faculty, and Students and their Families. And thank for for helping make North Mayfair the great neighborhood it is!

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Gas Meter/Pipe Installation This Year?

Will this be the year that they finally make it over to Keystone? Does anyone know the site with the map that People's Gas has with their planned locations?

Thanks!

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Dr. Martin Luther King - "I Have A Dream" Speech

Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power...

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Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power of the oratory.

If interested, I would suggest you read "Letters from Birmingham Jail" too.

So, read, reflect, discuss and then actively work towards our nation's continued need to achieve racial justice.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane...

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    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane highway. There are signs posted where the two camping spots were located. The land is still empty, but they're just vacant land, not campgrounds.

    There isn't anything noteworthy in Selma. It's like any other small town. Local restaurants, but McDonalds and Burger Kings too. I didn't see anything noteworthy about the march.

    Someplace near Montgomery I got chased off the highway by a state trooper. He told me since it was a federal highway bicycles weren't allowed. I tried to point out to him that this wasn't a restricted highway, there were no sign postings and that bicycles were allowed. He offered to take me into jail and let a judge decide the next day. I declined, even though I knew if MLK has been with me, he wouldn't have given up so easily. I got off the highway (he followed me until I did), camped and the next day returned to the highway several miles down the road. Several other state police passed me but didn't stop.

    I got done what I wanted to get done, but Rt. 80 isn't really the most pleasant place to ride a bicycle.

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  • 1 stars out of 5: HiPOINT on Yelp

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING 2 STORY, 2 UNITS MASONRY BUILDING, WITH EXISTING ENCLOSED WOOD PORCH IN THE REAR OF THE HOUSE. THE SCOPE OF WORK INCLUDES OPEN STORAGE AREA AND INSTALLING COMMON AREA LAUNDRY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT AS WELL AS NEW FURNITURE FOR 1ST AND 2ND FLOOR KITCHENS. THE ELECTRICAL SERVICE, WATER AND HVAC ARE TO REMAIN EXISTING.

    4831 N. Kenneth Ave. Issued January 13, 2015 Comment

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  • s that true? You can't redeem scratch offs after two am?

  • i have a pet peeve before consuming something before you buy it at a retail store , to me it is just wrong. i can see if it were a life or death situation, but these people that just start opening stuff they have not paid for and start eating...

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    i have a pet peeve before consuming something before you buy it at a retail store , to me it is just wrong. i can see if it were a life or death situation, but these people that just start opening stuff they have not paid for and start eating it or the people that just open up a water and just start drinking it in line. really? maybe it's just how i was brought up.

    or those people that open up a package to check it out and just leave it to the side all opened, then either proceed to not buy it or buy another one.

    if i were the clerk i would have held onto the ticket until the guy came back to pay for his purchase and if the guy wanted to call the cops for holding onto the ticket, fine, i would tell the cop that he intended to pay for the item with the ticket and since i can't cash out or verify the ticket at this time, i will hold it until payment is made, if he intends not for the ticket to be held in lieu of payment, i would charge the guy with shoplifting the item not paid for.

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