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Our team has been busy, working for you; working for the community. The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Off the top of my head, home ownership for North Lawndale is in the 21%-25% range. You can look at the old structures in the heart of the community, with all the multi-unit buildings to know that this community was never designed to have a majority of the homes to be owner-occupied. I do agree with your observation that many residents are transient.

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

    So, my input on our proposal to the Obama library would be to position the communal partnership to structure the area based on a college campus type development with the library being the focal point. What if we could change the multi unit buildings into more of a dorm dwelling...

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    So, my input on our proposal to the Obama library would be to position the communal partnership to structure the area based on a college campus type development with the library being the focal point. What if we could change the multi unit buildings into more of a dorm dwelling for say UIC (at least in part) with shuttles and a Pink Line that runs right to the campus? I envision much the same structure they currently have for U of C where the draw of better schools and and economic structure does exist - at least in part.

3 days ago

Charter Schools and Politics

I got this from my friend Alonso Zaragoza:

"One of my friends is a parent of a child in a Noble Charter school and on the parent committee for the school. She said that Stand For Children has been going to the school recruiting parents to work on the Mayor's campaign telling people that If the Mayor loses, their charter school will be closed. They are also recruiting parents for pro-charter aldermanic campaigns in Noble schools and other Charter networks....

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I got this from my friend Alonso Zaragoza:

"One of my friends is a parent of a child in a Noble Charter school and on the parent committee for the school. She said that Stand For Children has been going to the school recruiting parents to work on the Mayor's campaign telling people that If the Mayor loses, their charter school will be closed. They are also recruiting parents for pro-charter aldermanic campaigns in Noble schools and other Charter networks. FYI"

Adding my two cents: Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is the Chairman of the Board for the Nobel Charter Schools. He was instrumental in providing the funds for Stand for Children to come to Chicago to provide advocacy for school reform, which for the most part has been pro-charter. Stand for Children is a tax exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization. They should NOT be engaged in partisan politics. Unless they have a political action arm, they could be jeopardizing their tax exempt status by supporting the Mayor and specific pro-charter candidates.

Regardless, this sets a terrible precedent--having publicly-funded schools being used as part of a political apparatus.

4 days ago

Chicago Mayoral, 24th Ward Candidates Court West Side Voters At Local Forum

Chicago aldermanic hopefuls running in the West Side's crowded 24th Ward race made their pitch to voters at a Tuesday night candidate forum, with many vowing to, if elected, boost employment and economic opportunities in the North Lawndale community.

Eight of the 12 candidates vying to replace retiring Ald. Michael Chandler (24th), who announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election, attended the forum, held at One Way Baptist Church, 4152 W. 16th St.

Mayoral candidates Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and community activist William 'Dock' Walls also made brief remarks at the event, attended by about 50 people. Finish reading the article at http://www.progressillinois.com/posts/content/2014/12/17/chicago-mayoral-24th-ward-candidates-make-their-pitch-west-side-forum

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Unofficial Candidates List and Challenges

To date, 14 people filed to run for 24th Ward Alderman. Two people have withdrawn from the race, including Alderman Chandler. Three people are on the ballot, including Frank Bass, Roger L. Washington and Sherita Ann Harris.

Here is a link to the unofficial list of candidates http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-CandidateFiling-2014-11-17-1415.pdf

Here is a link to the list of challenges
http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-HearingSchedule.pdf

  • Thanks Valerie. I've been paying attention to those challenge hearings, some of the hearing dates seem to get pushed back over and over again.

    I actually live in 28/24 (that set of blocks north of 290 around Kostner). Our voter cards say 28, but our city of Chicago still has...

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    Thanks Valerie. I've been paying attention to those challenge hearings, some of the hearing dates seem to get pushed back over and over again.

    I actually live in 28/24 (that set of blocks north of 290 around Kostner). Our voter cards say 28, but our city of Chicago still has us listed in 24 I guess until the new ward map kicks in? Its a shame because our block and the surrounding area is still terrible even though its technically represented by 2 alderman. I'm interest in both these races because my son goes to elementary school in 24.

    The sheer number of candidates in both 24 and 28 is indicative that something needs to change. I'm not in love with any of the candidates or know much about them, and the race is 8 weeks away? Does anyone knock on doors anymore?

Dec 15

Updated 4 days ago

Our Bid is In!!

The following message from Paul Norrington is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

On June 16th, we submitted our qualifications in partnership with UIC to get the Obama Foundation to consider building the Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side. On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the UIC-North Lawndale team submitted our proposal as one of the four finalists . Thank you North Lawndale for stepping up.

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The following message from Paul Norrington is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

On June 16th, we submitted our qualifications in partnership with UIC to get the Obama Foundation to consider building the Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side. On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the UIC-North Lawndale team submitted our proposal as one of the four finalists . Thank you North Lawndale for stepping up.

As we submitted our bid, I reflected on our first Facebook post, made on our newly created group, Westside Presidential Library. (We have since moved to the North Lawndale Presidential Library page). As we focus our efforts on community outreach and engagement, I would like to share it again. I am truly amazed at how a “pipe dream” is on the precipice of becoming a reality. God is smiling on us, indeed.

Finish reading here. http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=53e448710cf8b92021af46e45&id=2db0dff366

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Oh, yea. Well, cry me a tear. No, better yet, cry me river. None of that boo-hoo stuff. Cry with feeling and pain. Yell and scream and kick. Let your nose run some, unattended. Holler out, "Oh, Lord, help me."

    Good forum last night.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    None of the candidates said anything about cleaning up the community. I took a picture of a beer bottle right in front of the church in the parkway. That's the pain in my you know what, as well as the obstacle that is going undermine any effort of the winner, unless he or she has that issue at the forefront of any propose promises.

5 days ago

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Dec 15

Updated Dec 15

Everyblock

I don't see how to contact Everyblock. Can anyone help me with that?

I wanted to suggest that there be a way to share posts. Or is there already way

Dec 15

Businesses in EGP N Lawndale

Are there any good businesses to support in the area? It seems like everywhere I go in my neighborhood, I see crappy corner stores, bad unsanitary looking restaurants, and run down buildings. I tried to eat at some local restaurants about 10 years ago when I first moved in, but would more often than not get sick. A neighborhood can't really thrive without businesses, and when all the middle income people from Logan Square get pushed out by high rises...

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Are there any good businesses to support in the area? It seems like everywhere I go in my neighborhood, I see crappy corner stores, bad unsanitary looking restaurants, and run down buildings. I tried to eat at some local restaurants about 10 years ago when I first moved in, but would more often than not get sick. A neighborhood can't really thrive without businesses, and when all the middle income people from Logan Square get pushed out by high rises and start coming down here if there's nothing in place then local residents will have nothing to hang on to, and frankly little reason to complain.

So I don't know if others feel the same, but whether you do or not, it would be good to have a list of businesses that are worth supporting. So if you know of a good place to spend money locally, let us all know.

Dec 15

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Dec 14

Come Out to the 24th Ward Candidates Forum

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2014
Contact: William Kyle, 773-762-4419

***MEDIA ALERT***

24th WARD RESIDENTS MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MAYORAL AND ALDERMANIC ELECTION!

Who: Concerned Citizens of the 24th Ward have invited all candidates who have filed to run for Mayor of the City of Chicago and Alderman of the 24th Ward to address registered voters on the issues that are the most relevant to the North Lawndale community.

What: Candidates Forum

Where: One Way Baptist Church
4152 W. 16th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

When: December 16, 2014
5:00 PM

Why: The candidates forum will provide the voters of the 24th Ward the opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions about their public service, experience and platforms.

Dec 11

Updated Dec 12

Survey Results for the North Lawndale Presidential Library Are In!

I am posting this message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

The University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with the North Lawndale community to submit a bid to build the Obama Presidential Library on the West Side of Chicago. Two sites are being considered—one on the UIC campus and the other in North Lawndale, on the corner of Roosevelt and Kostner. We have conducted an informal survey of Westside stakeholders to get...

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I am posting this message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee.

The University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with the North Lawndale community to submit a bid to build the Obama Presidential Library on the West Side of Chicago. Two sites are being considered—one on the UIC campus and the other in North Lawndale, on the corner of Roosevelt and Kostner. We have conducted an informal survey of Westside stakeholders to get a sense for the level of support for the Proposed Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale. Surveys were sent by email, and posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, through a town hall meeting and on our website. Some of the same people who received the messages through social media were also in attendance at the town hall meeting. We collected responses from Thursday, December 4, 2014 until Wednesday, December 10, 2014. A total of 37 people responded as of 10:48 a.m. on December 10, 2014. Respondents include Westside residents, business owners, school administrators and representatives of organizations. We thank everyone who has taken the time to respond. Results are found at http://northlawndalepresidentiallibrary.org/2014/12/11/survey-results-are-in/

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    i am particularly moved by the comment from one of the Sumner Elementary students who said that he wanted to see the Presidential Library across the street from his school so he would not have to see all of that trash and debris. He's got my attention and I am going by the school to introduce myself to him with the purpose of helping to fulfill that wish of cleaning up the garbage.

Dec 11

Tweet for the Obama Presidential Library to Come to North Lawndale

I'm posting the following message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee. If you are on Twitter, please tweet the following message.

Bring the #OPL2UIC and #NorthLawndale! @NLOPL @BarackObama @WhiteHouse @44Foundation

Dec 11

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Feb 23

Updated Dec 09

Smart Meters

Recently I have had an installation of a Smart meter and while I was waiting to do a cost comparison I figured I would reach out to my neighbors to see if they had done some of this analysis on their electric bills already? I also wanted to see if there were any concerns related or incidents as early installation of these meters were known to cause fires, fines were threatened if refused, and billing issues had been shown to appear in other states.

  • Marcus de la fleur Proud Lawndale resident

    Gpblight and Daniel, thank to for keeping the post alive and information flowing. Please keep it up!

    I cannot make it to the Dec 11 event - have other commitments. But if either of you are going, would you mind reporting back? Would love to hear how the event went.

    Thx

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Marcus, have been to 2 prior xmas parties. They are always nice. They have 5 star food and drinks. The group is interesting.

    A friend has solar panels and wind turbine. She is trying to figure out if she is getting what she is entitled to.

    They tell her that...

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    Marcus, have been to 2 prior xmas parties. They are always nice. They have 5 star food and drinks. The group is interesting.

    A friend has solar panels and wind turbine. She is trying to figure out if she is getting what she is entitled to.

    They tell her that her meters reverse the counter so her usage is lessened every month. She is trying to verify that.

    She has separate software that says by month how much electric and wind she generates. She cannot figure out though the gross usage minus the reverse...that comes out to her bill.

    I don't think the count is accurate because her bill is close to mine without a smart meter turbine, solar.

Dec 09

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Dec 03

Updated Dec 09

People Running for Alderman, Can any of them name the 3 Branches of Government? Embarrassing :(

I just saw some of the strangest people putting their name on the ballot of Alderman. One happens to be an old neighbor who lived across the street from me. Just holding a conversation with her has been mind-numbing because her view as well as her childrens views have been "Leave our neighborhood alone, we are not going to change anything" And they have pretty much Adored all of the Drugs being sold, their TRASH surrounding their homes and the...

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I just saw some of the strangest people putting their name on the ballot of Alderman. One happens to be an old neighbor who lived across the street from me. Just holding a conversation with her has been mind-numbing because her view as well as her childrens views have been "Leave our neighborhood alone, we are not going to change anything" And they have pretty much Adored all of the Drugs being sold, their TRASH surrounding their homes and the blocks and being a LARGE CONTRIBUTOR TO The Negative Ways of the neighborhood. Does anyone have a platform? What do you plan on doing? Have you ever managed anything other than papers in front of you at work? I am embarassed that these running lack education, don't know how government is ran, made no effort to get an education.. This is disgusting. It's just as worse than having 1000 churches in the 24th Ward. When does it end? It's pure ignorance. SO Is Life Time Runners who have put their names on the ballot 5 times already.. As if they didn't get the hint that NO ONE LIKES YOU so let your family and friends vote for someone a bit more promising.. THANKS FOR SPLITTING THE VOTE!! This ward will forever be the Dumping ground for Misfits!

http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-CandidateFiling-2014-11-17-1415.pdf

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    I noticed a couple of new names that were added since the last time I checked this list out. I just pray that whoever wins will do what they are promising the 24th Ward in their campaign brochures and Facebook posts. Some of them have not put out any literature, or at least I haven't seen any. Maybe they are waiting until after the holidays.

    I have waited 4 decades for the change, I hope one of them can be the force that makes it happen.

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    if you haven't heard of any of these folks, you can be assured that they probably will not plan on doing anything. I am embarassed that some of them can't even comprehend laws and government yet they threw their names on a ballot. Their conversations show that they lack education,...

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    if you haven't heard of any of these folks, you can be assured that they probably will not plan on doing anything. I am embarassed that some of them can't even comprehend laws and government yet they threw their names on a ballot. Their conversations show that they lack education, have never seen many of them in the community doing anything yet they are running for Aldermen? Lawndale will forever be the laughing stock of ignorance. this is why you all never receive anything the majority of your neighbors don't care, the city doesn't either.. it's a dumping ground for misfits.. it looks like Frank BAss has a chance, he at least works for the city as a lobbyist. If you look at when these folks filed, it was somewhat a last minute ordeal like they just Thought about running, nothing else to do so why not continue to screw this ward over for a salary? I feel for you and hoping good measures come from all of this bizarre behavior

  • Nancy C Historic preservation advocate

    We had 15 candidates run last time, and the vote was so badly split that the former Alderman won it, mostly likely on name recognition. That won't happen again, since Mr. Chandler has withdrawn. Project North Lawndale makes an excellent point about credentials: what is this person's education? What has...

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    We had 15 candidates run last time, and the vote was so badly split that the former Alderman won it, mostly likely on name recognition. That won't happen again, since Mr. Chandler has withdrawn. Project North Lawndale makes an excellent point about credentials: what is this person's education? What has he/she done in the community since the last aldermanic election? What are this person's plans to involve community residents in his/her decisions? Mr. Chandler formed advisory committees, a worthy effort, but meetings were constantly cancelled, so they fizzled out. What is this candidate's plan to make sure the community is heard when we get the Obama Presidential Library? We can sit by and get steamrollered by UIC or demand that the community has a voting role in the plans and their effect on taxes and gentrification. What about the "menu" of $1 million which every alderman receives to spend in the community? Three aldermen in other wards have set up a process so the community decides how that money is spent. GET INVOLVED! Find out about the role of the alderman and evaluate candidates based on what they are likely to do for North Lawndale. What you do or don't do in this aldermanic campaign will have an effect on what gets done WITH OR TO North Lawndale in the next four years.

Dec 08

Dec 08

The North Lawndale Presidential Library Website is Live!

I'm posting this on behalf of Paul Norrington and the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee. The North Lawndale Presidential Library website is live! Go to the Blog page, and hit the "Follow" button to sign up to receive updates from the website. http://northlawndalepresidentiallibrary.org/

Dec 08

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Dec 03

The Poem

Thank you for the poem, it is very nice and I agree with it. If you only knew all the events that happen to me in my quest to do the right thing, you might understand my frustration. Nevertheless, your poem is great!

Dec 03

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Dec 03

A Poem For Losers

Where Is It?

Dec 03

You Were Asked A Question, You Have Had Time To Answer

If you had an opportunity to redevelop your community and surrounding communities, you were the vessel being used to make this happen, what would you do and how? Steps 1, 2, 3 to make it easier to answer.

Its okay to step out of your comfort zone.

Dec 03

Are You Receiving Your Mail In A Timely Manner?

Has your mail been delivered to you in a timely manner? My mail was redirected to the sender from October 8 until November 29, 2014, stating Undeliverable.

More than a year ago, I obtained a POB because my mail was being tampered with, what an inconvenienced this caused me; on top of it, I had to pay $14.00 to have packages redelivered to me. Hopefully, I will receive a notice letting me know I have packages this time around.

The good thing about this problem was, the Supervisor of the Pulaski Station had to spend a day outside in the frigid weather with the Carrier.

With Christmas being near, I hope you will receive your mail on time.

Dec 02

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Dec 02

Jan 24

Updated Dec 01

Westside Presidential Library

Is North Lawndale less worthy than Bronzeville, Pullman, Chicago State, University of Illinois or University of Chicago? If so, how? Dr. King didn't think so when he chose where to bring the might of the Civil Rights Movement to Chicago.
Join Cook County Board Past-President Bobbie Steele, Stone Tempe Missionary Baptist Church, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC) and the K-Town Historic District Association as we push to bring this community builder to our neighborhood.
Join the conversation of Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westside-Presidential-Library/366984393416815

If you have the skills and determination to help, contact us: ktowndistrict@yahoo.com

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

    I believe we have an earlier post on EB for this campaign. I would like to be part of a campaign to have the children of the area write letters to the president and the committee governing this decision. I think we can even take on the project to tutor writing skills by placing it in a real context and initative that can have an affect on their community.

  • I don't know how I missed this posting Daniel. I hope your enthusiasm has grown, or at least is still there. A children's letter writing or art project is still a great idea. Their community has accomplished a great thing that they should be proud of. Imagine, a whole generation of North Lawndale children growing up with a healthy pride in their community.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

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

    Hi NL -

    Sorry i have been away so long but, I am interested in being part of this project if there is a movement in the community, please let me know how I and my family can assist in the effort. I know there was some posts by Dianne...

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    Hi NL -

    Sorry i have been away so long but, I am interested in being part of this project if there is a movement in the community, please let me know how I and my family can assist in the effort. I know there was some posts by Dianne and her organization and i have read a bit of the Facebook post; is the nexus on Facebook or through Everyblock on this project. i am sure valerie is somewhere with her sleeves up as well as some of my other good neighbors. Paul, I can be counted on to help some students with their writing efforts just let me know.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 30

Presidential Library

I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has...

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I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has been earned with hard work. That won’t change going forward.
What about jobs? Another question is, “what jobs are we preparing ourselves for?” One group is starting a student enrollment drive for technical training so that our youth will have the skills for the coming economic boom. Even if we don’t get the Library (we will), won’t our community be better off with a skilled work force?
With the increased attention on us because of this national story, what opportunities do you see? How do we use that opportunity?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

  • Sir Sel,
    Appreciate what you do have and build on that, even if you start with nothing. The result of that noble effort can be, "my cup runneth over."
    That's what I get

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I saw an expanded definition of the word 'platonic' as meaning speaking or referring to theory or vision, but never any action. My prayer is to literally have substance in my words (script or verbally), which are eclipsed and manifested by my actions.

    So, let's thank God for the words and words and words, but let's praise God through our efforts to effectuate our words.

Nov 30

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Nov 28

24th Ward Aldermanic Campaign

I'm reposting from 2011 campaign. I hope it still holds true.

In the last presidential campaign, we saw personal attacks thrown around that had nothing to do with the issues that threatened our country. In this mayoral race, we have seen ugly examples of incivility played out on national TV. Our 24th Ward Aldermanic campaign has received ridicule because of the number of candidates that we have.
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I'm reposting from 2011 campaign. I hope it still holds true.

In the last presidential campaign, we saw personal attacks thrown around that had nothing to do with the issues that threatened our country. In this mayoral race, we have seen ugly examples of incivility played out on national TV. Our 24th Ward Aldermanic campaign has received ridicule because of the number of candidates that we have.
But, I would like to thank and commend our 24th Ward candidates for the respect that they have shown both to the voters and each other. This respect can be seen by driving through the ward and seeing campaign posters, side by side. It can also be seen in the Candidates’ Forums, including the forum sponsored by the K-Town Historic District Association (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J2zeNgyyZw). Despite the lack of respect and/or attention that has been paid to our ward, our candidates have conducted themselves in a manner which can serve as an example to the city and the nation on how political candidates should conduct themselves.

Nov 28

Updated Nov 28

North Lawndale in the News

This is what the Library can do! Because of our efforts, as a community, North Lawndale has gained positive, front page media coverage. How are you going to use this fresh interest in us?
The Library is not a gift. When we get it, it'll be because we earned it.
What is a gift, is this unprecedented opportunity to change our community.
Go on. It's yours. Use it.

"The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale"

http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/11-26-2014/North-Lawndale-eyes-Obama-Library-/?utm_campaign=RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_source=RSS

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Nov 26

Updated Nov 27

Who is Rahm E'S Daddy?

Did you see Rahm's arm cross around his belly, finger over lip, whispering in the House Speaker's ear while in Washington?

Did you look at his eyes as he was in action? Did he appear to be sneaky to you? \

He has eyes of a warrior; perhaps he need to prove something to Daddy, General of Israeli Amy???

Could it be An All Out War on The People of Chicago because he was asked to leave Washington?

Nov 27

Please Except My Humble Apology

Dearest Lawndale Community:

Please except my most humble apology for lashing out on great men and who have serve our country and community for many years.

I thank God for freedom of speech; I am truly grateful, I can relent my emotional outburst in regards to my failure of submitting my petitions for aldermanic position for the 24th Ward Candidacy.

It is obvious to me that I need more training for the game of politics' for Lawndale. I love living...

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Dearest Lawndale Community:

Please except my most humble apology for lashing out on great men and who have serve our country and community for many years.

I thank God for freedom of speech; I am truly grateful, I can relent my emotional outburst in regards to my failure of submitting my petitions for aldermanic position for the 24th Ward Candidacy.

It is obvious to me that I need more training for the game of politics' for Lawndale. I love living in Lawndale and the people who live here. Lawndale is one of the most beautiful community I've lived in throughout my years of living in Chicago. I have not seen as many black seniors or black men in one concentrated area of Chicago ever.

Yes, there are a lots of ills in Lawndale, such as: drugs and alcohol abuse, lack of education, homelessness; families, individual and veterans with PTSD, young and old with bad manners and behavior disorders, transitions from prisons and more; to many churches and community organizations not addressing the community needs.

Lawndale is a melting pot, no matter the situation, we can live together. The goal should be to live in peace, cleanliness, prosperous and healthy as any other community.

Most of all, we all have the right to be informed to the political agendas of our elected officials whom we voted in office to represent the community not their own self interest, disregarding the community at large.

Once again, please except my humble apology for showing a lack of respect for Danny K. Davis, Richard Barnett and Michael D. Chandler.

Sincerely,

Nov 27

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Nov 26

Updated Nov 26

Toys for Tots

Don't Forget To Show An Act of Kindness This Season, Toy for Tots, "TOYS DRIVE", Thursday, November 4, 2014, Lamington Foods, 3240 W. Roosevelt Road, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Nov 26

Get A REWARD, Catch the Fly Dumpers

The city of Chicago will pay $100 for fly dumpers caught! Give a description to 311 who is dumping, kind of vehicle being driven any other info to catch the thieves. See 49th Ward Dumpers caught. Let's get Christmas Money for Dinner and a Movie, there are plenty of Fly Dumpers in Lawndale.

Nov 26

Proverty is no option or excurse

My Dearest Community,

Please don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having more money as the 5%.

We are all suppose to have what we need. Some learned how to line up with ____, and some of us are still trying and, some of us will never get there.

Maybe, this is why poor people are made to pay for being poor. Higher taxes, speed 30 miles tickets, close our schools, just for being a male; black on top of it, play in public park; you will pay, etc.

Nov 26

To All Preachers, Pastors and alike, you're not exempt!

When the people are pushed out of the New Bel Air, don't think you are staying, only a few selected, is it You? Do you see 100 or more churches in Bel Air?

You better pay attention to the WORD.

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1300-1499 S. Kilbourn Ave.