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No Response. Not a single word.

I'm having a difficult problem with the leaders of this effort to win the Presidential Library site not responding to my suggestions that we march to City Hall to have a rally. Get real, quit begging for Mayor's attention.

This opportunity is not going to be given to us, willy nilly, as it is being dangled in front of the Southsider; this is an opportunity we must take by engaging more of an aggressive fight to express our position.

This is my third and last time proposing that we take more of a direct action to make this happen.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Sel, what do you need in terms of support? My issue is I'm torn several different ways, and I really need to streamline my activities.

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

    Will the real leaders of this effort show some signs. I'm willing to support you, as I have with periodic submissions and speaking out on behalf of North Lawndale. My presentation at both of the hearings out south clearly stated my preference and support for North Lawndale. I'm one of...

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    Will the real leaders of this effort show some signs. I'm willing to support you, as I have with periodic submissions and speaking out on behalf of North Lawndale. My presentation at both of the hearings out south clearly stated my preference and support for North Lawndale. I'm one of those characters who initially didn't think Lawndale had a chance at all. So much for my vision and faith in the audacity of hope.

    But for those who have boldly stayed the course and didn't faint are to be celebrated however late the rest of us have surfaced It's marching time, people.

    While I don't officially reside in North Lawndale, I claim my self-declared spiritual residency status and clearly appreciate those who have brought (us) this far. It's marching time, good people.

    I'm confindent Congressman Davis will assist us with transportation for those of us (like me) not able to walk the entire distance to City Hall

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List of Bad Landloards in Northlawndale

I was looking at the post of Emmanual's problem landlords and it appears there are only 4 in the Northlawndale area according to a friend. The article mentions:
Properties at 1301 S. Tripp Ave., 1001 S. Mayfield Ave. and 1624 S. Loomis St. are on the Chicago Building Department's list of "problem landlords." Can anyone expand on how this list is comprised and how we can get more of the obviously negligent property owners in NL on it to clean up their act?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Loomis and Mayfield are not in North Lawndale.

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

    Funny, I got that list from the Tribune listing. From what it looks like most are in the Austin area and only 4 problem landlords are in NL; seems low.

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Mayor Emanuel's Commitment to West Side Presidential Library Rings Hollow

I still don't get the sense that the Mayor is putting equal weight on the West Side bid as he is the South Side bid for the OPL. If the Mayor wanted, he could have publicly announced that he would hold public hearings on the matter of the conveyance of the land to the Obama Foundation in the event the West Side site is the successful bidder. He made a big deal out of announcing over several days that he...

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I still don't get the sense that the Mayor is putting equal weight on the West Side bid as he is the South Side bid for the OPL. If the Mayor wanted, he could have publicly announced that he would hold public hearings on the matter of the conveyance of the land to the Obama Foundation in the event the West Side site is the successful bidder. He made a big deal out of announcing over several days that he would have the Park District to host hearings on the conveyance of Park District land to the City to build the OPL in the event the U of C is the successful bidder. There was a City Council resolution crafted for the conveyance of the Park land that included language to the effect that the City Council supported both of the Chicago bids, but it is clear the resolution was more advantageous for U of C than UIC.

The article from UIC News indicated the Mayor came to the West Side and met with elected officials and community leaders in front of the proposed West Side site for a photo op. There were no quotes from our elected officials or community leaders. This event was clearly driven by the Mayor and not our community.

After the photo op, the Mayor and our community leaders went and made a presentation at Sumner School during school hours. To the best of my knowledge, the general public was not allowed into this tightly controlled setting. At what point will the Mayor and UIC hold a public hearing so the public can weigh in on the West Side proposal as we did for the South Side proposal?

As a result of the give and take and public discourse on the South Side, the City did develop a more reasonable proposal to acquire the park land in the event U of C is the successful bidder. On the UIC side, residents still have a number of questions that have not been answered.

http://news.uic.edu/opl-lawndale-mayor-visit

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Tri-taylor neighborhood west of Western Avenue

Hi all! Just looking to see what peoples experiences have been living west of western (one block). Is it safe to walk in the evening hours? Do you guys feel safe? Or is there a real threat of robbery?
Thanks for your help

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

    The boogey man - and woman- is everywhere, even on the fifth floor of City Hall

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    The area is definitely safer than it was a few years ago. I walk my dog all the time and have never had an issue in the 5 years I've been here.

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24th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for alderman in the 24th ward in this video from a forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/I362N.

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MLK Day Updates | Is There a Media Blackout of the West Side Bid?

With the recent press covering the South Side Obama Presidential Library bid, West Side stakeholders are beginning to wonder if there is a deliberate blackout of the West Side bid. Read updates from the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee here.
http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=53e448710cf8b92021af46e45&id=826fb50f61

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

    You want attention? Let's march to City Hall and deliver a message.

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

    Need I repeat myself? Let's have a march to City Hall and have a rally at the front door. This is my third suggestion for us to do that. With a bus or two trailing, those who get tired can ride for a while.

    This Library will not be a...

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    Need I repeat myself? Let's have a march to City Hall and have a rally at the front door. This is my third suggestion for us to do that. With a bus or two trailing, those who get tired can ride for a while.

    This Library will not be a gift, no questions asked.
    That was a cute little press release last week, but we need to be bolder in our statement.

    The University of Chicago is being allowed to change their bid, after the filing dead line. If I'm wrong in my understanding, please somebody explain to me.

    I wouldn't be able to walk all the way, but will participate

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Jun 27 2012

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Presidential Library

Several months ago, I proposed that North Lawndale campaign to get the Barack Obama Presidential Library located here. That idea was quickly dismissed because Hyde Park seemed like THE logical place for it. There is a serious discussion about why it should NOT be at (or maybe even near?) the University of Chicago. Think of what a presidential library could do for our neighborhood. Take a look at this interview from channel 11. http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/06/26/u-c-prof-obamas-library-should-stay-away

If you agree, now is the time to start campaigning for its placement here.

  • Can we get a national campaign going for the west side? There are "North Lawndales" all over the country that are overlooked. This can help change focus. Here is what I'm sending to all of my out of town contacts.

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    Can we get a national campaign going for the west side? There are "North Lawndales" all over the country that are overlooked. This can help change focus. Here is what I'm sending to all of my out of town contacts.

    I am trying to get support for a project which can have national significance. There are campaigns going on to get President Obama's presidential library built near the University of Chicago's campus (south side of the city). The Obama's have many ties to that area so people tend to conclude that that is where it will be.
    However, the west side of Chicago tends to be the poorer area. It is also an old area of the city. It is where Dr King moved to and lived in 1966 to make a difference. However, after his assasination, the area sank deeper into dysfunction.
    President Obama has been inextricably linked with Dr. King. What a public and permanent sign of honor and respect to help fulfill Dr. King's mission here on the westside of Chicago.
    Imagine the impact that could make on depressed areas all over the country. Think of how much history could be preserved. We need suggestions, email and letter writing campaigns from across the country asking the Obama's to consider placing his presidential library on the west side of Chicago.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8953440

  • Daniel, I was looking at some old postings. I like the way you think. If you have not already, please join our Facebook page:
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Join Us for a Presser to Support the UIC-North Lawndale Bid for the Obama Presidential Library

There will be a press conference to support the UIC-North Lawndale Bid for the Obama Presidential Library January 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the northwest corner of Roosevelt and Kildare. See the attached media alert for details.

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Presidential Library Complaint

I’ve recently heard complaints that the University of Chicago (U of C) should not have a do-over with its bid. The argument is that everybody’s bid response was due on December 11, 2014 and that those bids should stand as-is. My understanding of the process is that after receiving the responses, the Foundation would contact the bidders for additional information and to clear up any concerns. I don’t think U of C should be disqualified because they don’t own any...

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I’ve recently heard complaints that the University of Chicago (U of C) should not have a do-over with its bid. The argument is that everybody’s bid response was due on December 11, 2014 and that those bids should stand as-is. My understanding of the process is that after receiving the responses, the Foundation would contact the bidders for additional information and to clear up any concerns. I don’t think U of C should be disqualified because they don’t own any of the land that they are proposing. I think they should have never proposed Chicago’s parkland in the first place. That should help U of C lose, not disqualify them. I’m not looking for anyone’s disqualification. I do expect the process to be based on merits. On that basis, North Lawndale would prevail. I have faith in our site and the Foundation’s process. http://www.obamapresidentialfoundation.org/news/the-barack-obama-foundation-releases-request-for-qualifications

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for sharing that, Sel. Who is the "they" you mentioned in your statement above?

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

    "They" are the North Lawndale Adult Transitional Center. They didn't literally say it; that was me using my literary creativity and stuff, but I have the juice to make it happen.

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OPL Public Meeting

There are 2 public meetings concerning the University of Chicago’s plans to take Chicago Park District land for its Presidential Library bid. It would probably be a good idea if the Westside attended these meetings.
A meeting to discuss Jackson Park will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. Washington Park will be discussed at noon on Jan. 14 at the park’s field house, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive.
I hope that anyone who goes to these meetings keeps in mind that we are trying to respectfully convince the Obama's that North Lawndale is the place to build. With that in mind, I hope that we conduct ourselves accordingly.

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Updated Jan 09

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

    I appreciated your article, Paul, but I need to hear from you regarding the hearings next week. Our presence needs to be felt, as never before. The mayor needs to explain why both hearings are being held on the Southside.

  • The 2 scheduled meetings on the Southside are to address the city's plans to confiscate acres of Southside park district land for the OPL. The Southside seems to be the logical place for these meetings.

    However, the status of Chicago's 2 bids certainly affects us and we should be there....

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    The 2 scheduled meetings on the Southside are to address the city's plans to confiscate acres of Southside park district land for the OPL. The Southside seems to be the logical place for these meetings.

    However, the status of Chicago's 2 bids certainly affects us and we should be there.

    Also, the destruction of our parklands should be a concern of all Chicagoans.

    I hope that anyone who goes to these meetings keeps in mind that we are trying to respectfully convince the Obama's that North Lawndale is the place to build. With that in mind, I hope that we conduct ourselves accordingly.

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Chicago Weather: CPS schools closed for 2nd day due to brutal cold; snow on the way

In Chicago, fire destroyed a portion of a six-flat in the 1500-block of South Kostner Avenue on Wednesday. A fire fighter suffered minor injuries. A dozen people were displaced.

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Extreme cold adds challenges, risks during emergencies

In Chicago, fire destroyed a portion of a 6-flat in the 1500-block of South Kostner. A fire fighter suffered minor injuries as a dozen people were displaced.

Jan 07

Extra ambulances called to West Side blaze; firefighter hurt

The fire was reported about 9:20 a.m. in the basement of a three-story brick apartment building in the 1500 block of South Kostner Avenue. It was extinguished about 9:45 a.m.

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Ambulances sent to fire in basement on West Side

The blaze began in the basement of a three-story apartment building in the 1500 block of South Kostner, Fire Media Affairs tweeted about 9:45 a.m.

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Extra ambulances called to West Side blaze, firefighter hurt

Chicago firefighters battle a blaze in a three-story apartment building in the 1500 block of South Kostner Avenue.

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Attend Upcoming Public Hearings on the Proposed Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

According to Crains, the Mayor will host 2 public hearings on the Obama Presidential Library. The first hearing will be held the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Hyde Park High School, right across the street from a site in Jackson Park that U of C has pitched for the library. The second hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Washington Park Fieldhouse, near another potential location at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Garfield Boulevard." Apparently, since...

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According to Crains, the Mayor will host 2 public hearings on the Obama Presidential Library. The first hearing will be held the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Hyde Park High School, right across the street from a site in Jackson Park that U of C has pitched for the library. The second hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Washington Park Fieldhouse, near another potential location at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Garfield Boulevard." Apparently, since this article was published, the Mayor has decided to let UIC and U of C both make presentations. When I watched the evening news, the meetings were said to include both institutions. Regardless of where you live, please plan to attend at least one of these meetings and share your concerns and support.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150105/BLOGS02/150109969/emanuel-scrambles-to-shore-up-obama-library-bid

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