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5 arrested for prostitution-related crimes in February

The second man arrested that day, a 45-year-old Hispanic, was apprehended at 1551 South Kenneth Avenue... an area that is less than a block away from a church.

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On February 12, 2014, a 57-year-old white male of Italian descent, was arrested on the 4500 block of West Cortland Street.

A 19-year-old black male was arrested at 4534 West Monroe Street and a 30-year-old black drag queen, who looks like a young Aretha Franklin, was arrested at 2233 South Martin Luther King Drive... the King Drive address belongs to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

A 19-year-old black male was arrested at 4534 West Monroe Street and a 30-year-old black drag queen, who looks like a young Aretha Franklin, was arrested at 2233 South Martin Luther King Drive... the King Drive address belongs to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

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Register to Attend April 23rd Chicago Board of Education Meeting

Register to attend the April 23rd Board meeting. The proposed turnaround of Dvorak, Gresham and McNair will be on the agenda. The meeting starts at 10:30 am at CPS headquarters, 125 South Clark. http://www.cpsboe.org/meetings/register

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Updated Apr 12

Housing Needed

As you may know, Chicago Urban Art Retreat Cente has a Women's Residence on our 2nd floor. We offer safe comfortable furnished housing for individual women. We are full and now need to find alternatives for women who inquire.
Does anyone know of a rental opportunity for a single woman who needs to leave her husband's house? just got laid off from the bakery. Works for a Temp agency with lots of experience in bakery work. She is hopeful she can get another situation soon.
If you have a small inexpensive rental or know of one for this mature woman, please contact Urban Art Retreat and we will let this woman know about the possibility. Thanks a lot. Dianna@urbanartretreat.com

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    thanks Robin! I can use this info! Dianna

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    This woman landed in the hospital since I wrote this request for hosting info. Does anyone have an inexpensive rental? Please contact me. thanks, Dianna

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Douglas Park Advisory council

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Updated Apr 03

Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy in the News

The Dvorak public meeting regarding the proposed AUSL turnaround was covered in the Sun-Times, Progress Illinois and WBEZ. Please find the links below. I have also included links to the March 26, 2014 board meeting at which parents provided testimony against an AUSL turnaround.

Dvorak Elementary Pushes Back Against CPS Turnaround Plan

http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/03/31/lsc-dvorak-elementary-school-pushes-back-cps-turnaround-plan

Dvorak Elementary Supporters Furious With CPS Over Turnaround Plan

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2014/04/02/dvorak-elementary-supporters-furious-over-cps-turnaround-plan

North Lawndale residents resist further school privatization
http://www.wbez.org/news/north-lawndale-residents-resist-further-school-privatization-109964

Parents, staff urge CPS to avoid ‘turnaround’ at Dvorak Tech Academy
http://www.suntimes.com/26594215-761/parents-staff-urge-cps-to-avoid-turnaround-at-dvorak-technology-academy.html

Chicago Board of Education Meeting March 26, 2014
http://www.cpsboe.org/meetings/meeting-videos/159

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Updated Apr 03

'A' for Obama, 'F' for Emanuel: North Lawndale residents

By JERAMIE BIZZLE and TERRY DEAN
Contributing Reporter

NORTH LAWNDALE - A small sample of residents in North Lawndale give high grades to President Barack Obama for his job performance, while giving Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel an "F" for his time in office, according to a survey conducted by Lawndale Alliance, a community organization.

Lawndale residents were asked to grade their elected officials at the national, state, city, ward and county levels. The Alliance sent out emails to 2,700 residents but only 26 replied to the online survey, which launched in April of 2013 and remains open. The results were compiled in February.

Continue reading the article at http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/4-1-2014/'A'-for-Obama,-'F'-for-Emanuel:-North-Lawndale-residents/

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Why not? We learned a lot in the process, and engaged in some pretty interesting conversations. We even engaged you to the point where you calculated a somewhat precise response rate and asked why we would bother. You never know what kind of response rate you're going to get when you start.We promised people who participated that we would respond within a certain timeframe, and we did. When we do this again, we know what adjustments to make.

  • JL

    In 2008 I voted for O.B Couldn't get enough. Listen to everything he said I tough he was going to be
    the best president ever.(Another JFK) And now I don't be leave any thing he says. Look all politicians lie to get reelected and try not to get caught. But...

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    In 2008 I voted for O.B Couldn't get enough. Listen to everything he said I tough he was going to be
    the best president ever.(Another JFK) And now I don't be leave any thing he says. Look all politicians lie to get reelected and try not to get caught. But in his case he goes on TV and says one thing then says another thing to cover up for the first thing he said. Like the time he said you can keep your doctor and the health insurance plan that you have PERIOD that turned out to be lie. And this leading from behind could get us in another war. He never should have stop the missile defiance system that the US was going to put in Poland that may have stop the Russians from what there doing now. Remember what he said when he tough the micro phone was turn off and it wasn't to the Russian diplomat.And now he wants to cut are military with everything that's going on in the world.

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Updated Apr 02

Elected Official Roll Call for Dvorak Community Meeting

Don't forget to come out to the Dvorak community meeting on April 2, 2014, at the school, located on the corner of 16th and Central Park. We will start lining up to wrap our hands around the school at 4:15 pm. The LSC will conduct a press conference at 5:00 pm. The community meeting will start at 6:00 pm. Each elected official representing North Lawndale, from Alderman Chandler to Congressman Davis, was invited to stand with the school. The following...

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Don't forget to come out to the Dvorak community meeting on April 2, 2014, at the school, located on the corner of 16th and Central Park. We will start lining up to wrap our hands around the school at 4:15 pm. The LSC will conduct a press conference at 5:00 pm. The community meeting will start at 6:00 pm. Each elected official representing North Lawndale, from Alderman Chandler to Congressman Davis, was invited to stand with the school. The following is an elected official roll call for Dvorak's community meeting:

Congressman Davis: Will be in Washington. Cherita Logan will represent him.

State Senator Patricia Van Pelt: Will be in Springfield. She will send a letter of support for Dvorak in time for the public hearing.

State Representative Arthur Turner: Will fly in from Springfield to attend the meeting.

Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele: Will attend.

Alderman Michael D. Chandler: Awaiting confirmation.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    We thank Alderman Chandler and Representative Arthur Turner for coming out to tonight's meeting at Dvorak. We also thank Congressman Danny Davis for sending staff, including District Director Cherita Logan and Director of Constituent Services, Raymond Guy. All officials spoke very passionately about the need for Dvorak to be allowed to be turned around without firing staff.

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Westside Presidential Library

Yesterday, we met with the president of Mt Sinai Hospital, Alan Channing, who expressed marvel at the fact that his friend back east (New York we believe) recently expressed hope that North Lawndale would bid for the Library; then, two days later, getting an invitation to join us in that very quest.
Just thinking about the Library has caused new thinking about North Lawndale’s potentials; in areas far from our borders. Imagine what we could accomplish if we actually tried! Join us.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westside-Presidential-Library/366984393416815

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Updated Apr 01

Raise the Roof!

The garage we use to store tools and donations for our non profit organization has a huge hole in center and wood is rotten. We have been searching for an inexpensive way to fix this problem. Well, we just found a builder who is willing to volunteer his time to fix the roof! This is so exciting! Now, we need to find helpers to make it happen! Could that be you!

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The garage we use to store tools and donations for our non profit organization has a huge hole in center and wood is rotten. We have been searching for an inexpensive way to fix this problem. Well, we just found a builder who is willing to volunteer his time to fix the roof! This is so exciting! Now, we need to find helpers to make it happen! Could that be you!

This process will be accomplished in steps over a 4 day period. Right now, we are trying to line up helpers and see what days the most people can make it! We are hoping for April 6-9 or 10!

We need people, the first day, to take everything out of the garage, place stuff on one of the patios in the garden, cover with tarp/s that won't blow away.

Then, under guidance of professional, we need people to remove rotten wood from roof, and remove to a safe place to have wood picked up.

Then, under guidance of builder, we need people to help build a new roof! Not the whole roof is being built but most of it! The builder needs people who can climb a ladder, put in nails, hold lumber, etc. You don't have to be experienced, but do need to be able to follow directions.

Can you help make a difference?! Indicate interest now. thanks!!!!

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Dvorak LSC Votes Unanimously to Adopt Resolution Rejecting AUSL Hostile Takeover

The Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy Local School Council (LSC) voted unanimously on Friday to adopt a resolution rejecting Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett's recommendation to have the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) turn the school around. Through its resolution, the LSC instead requested that CPS assign a work group consisting of various education and community stakeholders to develop an alternative plan for school improvement that will increase accountability and attract additional resources without replacing the entire...

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The Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy Local School Council (LSC) voted unanimously on Friday to adopt a resolution rejecting Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett's recommendation to have the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) turn the school around. Through its resolution, the LSC instead requested that CPS assign a work group consisting of various education and community stakeholders to develop an alternative plan for school improvement that will increase accountability and attract additional resources without replacing the entire school staff. The LSC also requested that the additional per pupil and capital funding that would normally go to an AUSL turnaround school be provided to Dvorak; and
that there be opportunities for joint professional development and sharing of best practices between Dvorak, Chicago Public Schools, AUSL and other key actors in the education arena.

Read the entire press release at http://www.scribd.com/doc/215345695/Press-Release-Dvorak-Rejects-Recommendation-for-AUSL-Turnaround

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CPS website will collect ideas, gauge interest in closed buildings

By Lauren FitzPatrick,
Education Reporter

Last Modified: Mar 28, 2014 04:58PM
Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday.

Members of the public and community groups can submit proposals for the old school sites at www.cps.edu/repurposingourbuildings, which has a full list of available school sites; the website also includes financial and physical information about each property, according...

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By Lauren FitzPatrick,
Education Reporter

Last Modified: Mar 28, 2014 04:58PM
Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday.

Members of the public and community groups can submit proposals for the old school sites at www.cps.edu/repurposingourbuildings, which has a full list of available school sites; the website also includes financial and physical information about each property, according to CPS.

“Each neighborhood has their own vision for these buildings, and we look forward to hearing their proposals of how we can find a new use that boosts economic activity and cultural vibrancy for the community,” schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a press release.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked Advisory Committee for School Repurposing and Community Development recommended last month that the buildings first be considered for use by CPS, community groups and other government agencies before being put up for public bidding.

CPS intends for the web site initially to establish community preference for each site; later on, formal redevelopment proposals will be accepted through the site and posted there for public review.

Community meetings in affected wards have yet to be scheduled.

Email: lfitzpatrick@suntimes.com

Twitter: @bylaurenfitz
http://www.suntimes.com/26497640-761/cps-website-will-collect-ideas-gauge-interest-in-closed-buildings.html

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Sign Action Now's Petition to Stop AUSL Turnarounds

CPS is at it once again! They are coming after our neighborhood schools... our kids' place of learning and handing it over to a private charter school operation. CPS calls the process "turnaround." It is anything but that. It is simply another word for closing our schools. A University of Chicago study showed turnarounds and other dramatic school transformations result in a younger, whiter teaching force.

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CPS is at it once again! They are coming after our neighborhood schools... our kids' place of learning and handing it over to a private charter school operation. CPS calls the process "turnaround." It is anything but that. It is simply another word for closing our schools. A University of Chicago study showed turnarounds and other dramatic school transformations result in a younger, whiter teaching force.

This happens just a few days after parents, teachers, and students stood up to CPS by opting out of the meaningless ISAT.

Gresham Elementary in the Auburn-Gresham community, Dvorak Technology Academy in North Lawndale and McNair Elementary in Austin will be turned over to the privately run Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which CPS Board President David Vitale once headed.

Tell CPS that we have had enough of closures, turnarounds, charters, military academies, and underfunded and overcrowded schools.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/cps-cease-desist?source=s.icn.tw&r_by=1428988

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There's Still Time to Support Dvorak!

Please find attached a flyer with upcoming public meetings concerning the proposed AUSL turnaround of Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy

Mar 27

Thanks for Coming Out in Support of Dvorak School!

We just want to take the time to thank you for coming out to support Dvorak parents in their fight to keep the school from being turned around by AUSL. Here are links to some of the articles covering the march.

Parents Slam CPS Plans To Spend Nearly $10M On Office Furniture
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/26/parents-slam-cps-plans-to-spend-nearly-10m-on-office-furniture/

Byrd-Bennett declares school closing process a success
http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/26454608-417/byrd-bennett-declares-school-closing-process-a-success.html

Protests greet CPS vote to spend $10 million on office furniture
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-protests-greet-cps-vote-to-spend-10-million-on-office-furniture-20140326,0,4913299.story?fb_action_ids=10152323300663024&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

CPS In Hot Water Over ISAT, AUSL...

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We just want to take the time to thank you for coming out to support Dvorak parents in their fight to keep the school from being turned around by AUSL. Here are links to some of the articles covering the march.

Parents Slam CPS Plans To Spend Nearly $10M On Office Furniture
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/26/parents-slam-cps-plans-to-spend-nearly-10m-on-office-furniture/

Byrd-Bennett declares school closing process a success
http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/26454608-417/byrd-bennett-declares-school-closing-process-a-success.html

Protests greet CPS vote to spend $10 million on office furniture
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-protests-greet-cps-vote-to-spend-10-million-on-office-furniture-20140326,0,4913299.story?fb_action_ids=10152323300663024&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

CPS In Hot Water Over ISAT, AUSL & Plan To Spend $10M On Furniture
http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/03/26/cps-hot-water-over-isat-ausl-plan-spend-10m-furniture

CPS touts minute improvements for students from closed schools
https://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2014/03/26/65825/cps-touts-minute-improvements-students-from-closed-schools

Here is a link to my testimony at the March 26th CPS Board meeting.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/214802831/Comments-on-Proposed-Turnaround-of-Dvorak

Here is a link to the data I provided on reading test scores.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/185474059/ISAT-Scores-for-West-Side-Schools-2001-2013

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Updated Mar 26

Come Out and Support Dvorak Tomorrow (March 26, 2014)

Chicago Public Schools has recommended that the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) take over three schools--McNair, Dvorak and Gresham. AUSL was founded by venture capitalists and real estate developers who take a corporate takeover model and apply it to education. AUSL is privately run, and has a monopoly on school turnarounds. David Vitale, the President of the Chicago Board of Education, is the former Chairman of the Board at AUSL. Tim Cawley, the Chief Administrative Officer at CPS used...

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Chicago Public Schools has recommended that the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) take over three schools--McNair, Dvorak and Gresham. AUSL was founded by venture capitalists and real estate developers who take a corporate takeover model and apply it to education. AUSL is privately run, and has a monopoly on school turnarounds. David Vitale, the President of the Chicago Board of Education, is the former Chairman of the Board at AUSL. Tim Cawley, the Chief Administrative Officer at CPS used to be a managing director at AUSL. They are in a position where they sign off on contracts for CPS, and to have them signing off on AUSL contracts is an apparent conflict of interest.

AUSL goes into struggling schools, and fires the entire staff, including the principal, teachers,security guards, janitors and clerks. They replace them with their own people, who are less experienced and have no relationships with the community. While they brag of making significant progress, the data show they are not having success on the West Side. There are 6 AUSL schools on the West Side, and NONE of them is performing at the same level as city averages. Only one school (17%), Morton, is doing as well as the average West Side school in reading. The remaining schools (83%) perform at lower levels than West Side and city averages in reading. AUSL schools as a whole are just catching up to North Lawndale schools in reading. AUSL schools in North Lawndale perform below the North Lawndale average in reading and math. Is this really the organization we can trust to turn around our schools?

Please, come out tomorrow and support Dvorak, Gresham and McNair schools in their fight against privatization. We will have a press conference and march in front of CPS headquarters, 125 South Clark Street, at 9:30 am, and attend the CPS board meeting at 10:30 am. Buses leave from Dvorak at 8:30 am. The school is located on the corner of 16th and Central Park.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Valerie, i can't make this time due to work obligations but, i would be willing to be part of any discussion or meeting to hammer out some of the options off the 9 to 5 hours.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Ok, great. I appreciate your open-minded approach, Daniel. Let me learn more from the parents and get back to you.

Mar 26

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