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Updated 28 hours ago

24th Ward Aldermanic Election Poll

One of my colleagues shared the results of the Ogden& Fry Poll of 24th Ward voters conducted a week ago. https://www.scribd.com/doc/259769579/Runoff24

Here's a link to the 24th Ward debate hosted by CLTV. http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

The Chicago Westside Branch NAACP will host a candidates forum for the 24th Ward tonight at Mason School, 1830 South Keeler. The forum will start at 6:00 pm.

31 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Post Questions for Chicago Tonight's Mayoral Runoff Forum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesús "Chuy" García go head-to-head in a live forum hosted by Phil Ponce and live streamed at wttw.com on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm. Got any questions for the candidates? Ask in the comments section below and we may use them on the air. Follow @wttw #ChicagoTonight during the forum for live tweets and to ask questions. Check back here later to view interactive graphics on the candidates' positions on hot topics and their endorsements.

Visit http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/03/31/chicago-tonights-mayoral-runoff-forum to post your questions.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    This posting is taken verbatim from the WTTW website.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    For both candidates: Our neighborhood has a serious litter/ filthy yard problem. Yet, our alderman and streets and san supervisor are not interested in helping residents with this issue. Would you be open to forming a streets and san board of review so we can effectively deal with this quality of life issue?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I love this question, Seth!

35 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Ministers singing Rahm's praises blind to closed schools

The Sun-Times ran my letter to the letter in Sunday's paper. I have posted an excerpt and link below.

This letter is a response to Tuesday’s story “Emanuel takes page from Daley’s playbook by rounding up support from black ministers.” Ministers were reportedly operating in a “prophetic mode” to endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while rationalizing massive school closings.

It’s one thing to endorse the mayor. It’s another to sing his praises and excuse policies that have further destabilized the communities...

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The Sun-Times ran my letter to the letter in Sunday's paper. I have posted an excerpt and link below.

This letter is a response to Tuesday’s story “Emanuel takes page from Daley’s playbook by rounding up support from black ministers.” Ministers were reportedly operating in a “prophetic mode” to endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while rationalizing massive school closings.

It’s one thing to endorse the mayor. It’s another to sing his praises and excuse policies that have further destabilized the communities in which these pastors’ congregations are located. The decision to close schools was driven by inaccurate data. The school utilization formula was dictated by class size caps as opposed to being based on the actual capacity of the buildings. Moreover, the implementation of the policies to close schools was done in a way that compounded segregation and targeted black schools. When the discussion about closing schools came about, the mayor said it was about excess capacity in the schools. When the community showed the flaws in the utilization formula and data, the narrative changed to performance. This, after starving schools of resources over the years.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/letters-to-the-editor/7/71/472183/letters-3

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Spending money to build charter schools sometimes blocks from closed public schools.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    That's true, Seth. A lot of the utilization problem may be attributed to building charter schools in communities with declining populations without proper planning. Our population cannot support all the schools we have. We don't have anymore Catholic schools in the community that I'm aware of, either. We have one...

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    That's true, Seth. A lot of the utilization problem may be attributed to building charter schools in communities with declining populations without proper planning. Our population cannot support all the schools we have. We don't have anymore Catholic schools in the community that I'm aware of, either. We have one Lutheran grammar school.

    We really do need an educational facilities planning board that requires school districts to conduct financial and market feasibility studies before opening new schools in communities. They do this for hospitals and rehab centers to make sure they don't build too many institutions in one geographic area to increase the chances of all the health care institutions surviving.

2 days ago

Vacant Schools Still Waiting for a Second Life

Catalyst Chicago Magazine has a story on abandoned school buildings, highlighting Englewood, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

By Alex Nitkin

The building that used to be Bontemps Elementary School is now a crumbling ruin-- granite walls chipped away, interior stripped of pipes and wiring, dusty plywood sheets bolted over most of the windows.

And when Asiaha Butler looks at it, she couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m thinking this back part could be like a little rest stop area, where people...

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Catalyst Chicago Magazine has a story on abandoned school buildings, highlighting Englewood, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

By Alex Nitkin

The building that used to be Bontemps Elementary School is now a crumbling ruin-- granite walls chipped away, interior stripped of pipes and wiring, dusty plywood sheets bolted over most of the windows.

And when Asiaha Butler looks at it, she couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m thinking this back part could be like a little rest stop area, where people riding their bikes up on the trail can come down and learn about the community,” Butler says, describing a dream as she sweeps her hand toward a thicket of woods growing over the property boundary. “We also see a lot of opportunity for this to be a kind of urban agriculture education center, for farmers or for tourists—if you want to start an urban farm, you can come here and learn the basics.”

As president of the Residents Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), Butler has spent almost two years leading conversations to get somebody—anybody—to set up shop in this building. Bontemps is one of six shuttered elementary schools in Englewood that are still empty since the district closed a total of 49 schools across the city. Englewood was hardest hit.

Finish reading the article here. http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/03/vacant-schools-still-waiting-for-a-second-life/

Mar 24

Updated 2 days ago

Clean-up Effort a Success

I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

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I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

We stop working on the vacant lots at 1225 and 1227 S. Troy, where we learned the neighbors at 1223 just throws their garbage right of the porch unto the lots. Making it a landfills of garbage and other stuff right in the community. Its no wonder we had an outbreak of supersize rats.

How do I know about the super size rats? I had three in my apartment, it was a nightmare. It makes me sad to have neighbors who don't respect where they live.

Who is the blame for our communities being overlooked time and time again? What would you do if this was happening next door to you?

Mar 19

Updated 2 days ago

Clean-up Efforts Hours Extended

The hours for clean-up will start at 11:00am until 4:00pm giving late sleeper time to contribute. We will be cleaning a one block radius, Roosevelt to Douglas and Kedzie to Troy. Assembling at 1217 S. Troy. All are welcome

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

    When?

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Hello SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND:

    The next schedule clean-up effort is April 18, 2015, Location of assembling is 1217 S. Troy, from 11:00am until 2:00pm. I, DRW College Prep and the community all should be present for this post earth day event.

    Please save the date and join us.

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Presidential Library Too Rich For Us?

The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to...

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The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to toe with Russia and won, established a point in the history of healthcare, “before and after Obamacare”, and stood up strong for Civil Rights protections.

As great as all of those things are, they represent who Barack became. Focusing on President Obama while ignoring Barack Obama is the limited thinking that skews our concept of what criteria will be utilized in his choice.

The amazing things that Barack has stood for and accomplished stems from his multi-ethnic background; his stand against apartheid; lighting a path for community empowerment on Chicago’s Southeast side, and experiencing the differences and similarities of Black communities, continents apart.

Those experiences helped define the man. Those are the experiences that North Lawndale appeals to. Our multi-ethnic history and location, our unique standing in Civil Rights history, and our one of a kind community based bid, all combine to offer Barack the perfect complement to his life and his continued life’s work.

Yes, of course we can’t compete with the power, prestige and wealth of private universities; we were never trying to. We offer something different, we offer fulfillment.

The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-presidential-library-funding-20150324-story.html#page=1

5 days ago

Catch the Cablecast of Representative Arthur Turner's Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of Budget Cuts

Hello,
Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

https://youtu.be/jS-l-pYqaSA

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Hello,
Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

https://youtu.be/jS-l-pYqaSA

We recommend you watch for your program announcement in the week prior to the first cablecast by signing up here http://eepurl.com/tCB4f for CAN TV's weekly e-newsletter, "This Week on CAN TV." Our newsletter goes out to several thousand people, and we invite you to forward it to your list as well. If you do additional promotion in advance of the cablecast, please refer to the channels as "cable channel CAN TV21 (or CAN TV19) in Chicago." Let us know if you have any questions or if you'd like to purchase a DVD of CAN TV's coverage of your event.

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Link to Presentation 1 https://www.scribd.com/doc/259922083/Final-Presentation-Rep-Turner-Budget-Town-Hall-Meeting

Link to Presentation 2 https://www.scribd.com/doc/259922926/CBTA-Power-Point-Presentation-Rep-Turner-Town-Hall-Meeting

If you are an individual who has been impacted by budget cuts, please complete the following survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ls1RznU2u-PZSpvgM0ZOc-RAyEzP6AtOjRYw_hdI2is/edit

If you work for a nonprofit that has been impacted by budget cuts, please complete the following survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D_7s-LwUiZouheIqYM-PT3w6eaUCLIPrvkoT7pS8haw/edit

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24th Ward Debate VIDEOS form 3/23 CLTV "Politics Tonight" Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate

VIDEOS of 24th Ward Debate on CLTV "Politics Tonight" (Tue 3/24) Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate are at:http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

  • Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular...

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    Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular candidate, I haven't seen it yet, and I would urge you to look deeper as well.

    I've seen the turnaround of many areas: West Loop, South Loop, the convention center, and I can't recall that the charge was led by a massive cleanup, rather a comprehensive plan for the area to bring development in which beautification was included.

    Mr. Scott, Jr has been with the Chicago Park District for many years, and those parks (specifically the smaller ones in the ward) are a real mess, and based on that record his promises to clean the ward can't really be trusted. Parks are the cornerstone of communities, as well as its schools--many of which are attached to parks and controlled by the district.

    I agree with you on one thing though- if WE (the residents) can't do anything else WE should be cleaning up our community. It's refreshing to see community programs that are geared towards this cause and I hope to see many of our neighbors get involved. That work starts with them, but I'd like to see the ward leadership tackle the bigger issues.

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

    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered...

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    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered more of an investment worthy appearance, which I feel is hampering our ability to attract businesses and employment opportunities. There is power and stability in a clean, healthy environment.
    Please understand that position is not limited to the physical appearance. That's why I constantly stress the cleaning process starts from the inside...............OUT.
    Some of the people, who are calling the shots, regarding the trash in our community, live in some of the more pristine areas of Chicago and represent some of best dressed elected officials at city hall. Look at Ed Burke, the filthiest demon inspired creature in local government.
    Keep writing.

Mar 19

Updated 6 days ago

State Rep. Arthur Turner Jr. wants to Speak Effectively for the Community, in Springfield

Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which...

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Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which organization can honestly say their program has benefit the community to its fullest capacity? Not one, moreover, these organization can't say they have maximize every dollars spent without waste. I dare to say these organizations directors exist to pay themselves and, not help the very ones they receive funds to assist, especially if they don't live in the Lawndale community.
There is not one organization that host day centers in Lawndale. If people had day centers where they could come together and congregate, putting their minds together creating opportunities to become self-sufficient and self-reliant and having support systems it would be legitimate reasons to fight for cuts the governor has implemented.

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    If I don't have the date correct to when Valerie Lenard' published the article mention, regarding how many "organizations and churches" exist in Lawndale, I believe she would be more than happy to back up her written article.

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

    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition...

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    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition of our communities and use limited resources to effectively address social ills.
    I have been amazed at the number of groups and the number of brick and mortar churches whose seemingly single purpose is to "be" and nothing else.
    Has anyone got any idea how much money has been literally poured into the housing market in North Lawndale to rehabilitate again and again the structures? Millions, millions and more millions is the answer. Why? Because we, as a people will absolutely tear up a brick.
    Look at all of these vacant lots in North Lawndale and through-out the city.
    Managing multi-family housing shouldn't be seen a social program; it's a business.
    If the business of owning and managing multi-family buildings is a success, social concerns can, in part, be addressed by the owners of the properties.
    I am a part of Kwanzaa Accountability Group whose single purpose is to hold each group the members are affiliated with accountable for their propose mission in the community.
    Representative Turner, you should consider creating a vehicle like this for all of us to see who is who and who is doing what.
    I am a founding board member of the Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program that has an empirical history of seven fruitful years of serving the youth of North Lawndale whose parent(s) is incarcerated. Huge, huge problem.
    That's one of the reasons I am feverishly committed to cleaning up our environment, because many of our mentees' parent(s) are or were influenced by the physical state of their community.
    There is an abundance of evidence claiming we are a product of our environment. Check us out LAMP at WWW.CHICAGOLAMP.ORG

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Mar 25

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for covering this important story, Neighborhood Scribe!!!

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Mar 21

Updated Mar 23

33 years old man Missing

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.

  • Yes, a report was filed by his mom: Ty!

  • ringo712 Lived here all my life

    maybe he found someone new. No reason to involve the authorities for that

Mar 22

Mar 21

33 years old Missing man

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.
His picture is in my profile photo, as i couldn't post it in the text.

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Mar 14

DREAM and Vision for the Future of North Lawndale

March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we...

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March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we will take notes and document our efforts, and keep track off our vision. No need to have attended last month. We will be doing more new, easy, fun exercises. There will be one more small meeting next month, and then we will meet at a large location & accommodate a much larger number of people to accomplish a larger experience to dream for North Lawndale.
We hope to develop a plan for the future of North Lawndale much like other neighborhoods have who have successfully moved their neighborhoods forward. We will be including neighborhood organizations, chamber of commerce, elected officials, and businesses. Please consider attending our DREAM of the future of North Lawndale creative experience! Please RSVP at contact@urbanartretreat.com

Mar 14

Youth Violence/Adult Responses

I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that...

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I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that the Lawndale youth were only responding to the other team's violence by being violent.This is the wrong example to set for your youth! No wonder youth are out of control with adults in our community being on the wrong side of the violence in our community issue.
I often lead workshops and classes in our schools and at area organizations. It is hard to see the amount of violent talk and actions the children present. When I meet parents, I quickly learn where they get it from. When I see movies, videos, online images, video games, publicity ads, etc. I learn where they get it from, and how it is re-enforced.
We must let children know that there are consequences for their actions. If they break rules, they will need to face the music. We must be consistent. They must know what to expect and be prepared to pay for their mistakes now, before they make mistakes they must pay dearly for.

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Mar 13

PBS documentary series seeking North Lawndale residents living in neighborhood since 1965

I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you...

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I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you thought about Dr King's work in Chicago, how North Lawndale changed from the 1970's onwards, and it's like to live in the neighborhood today.

If you or your family lived in North Lawndale in 1965 and continue to live there today, I would love to speak with you. Please contact me at e.chua@ark-media.net or call 718) 935-9745 ext 107. Thank you!

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Mar 10

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Mar 09

Updated Mar 09

24th Ward Aldermanic and Mayoral Candidate Forums Prior To 4/7 Run-Off Election

24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE...

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24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Wed 3/11 6:30-8:30 pm West Side Aldermanic Forum at 5730 W. Division St./Sponsored by the Northwest Austin Council:

    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.

    The event, which will be held from...

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    Wed 3/11 6:30-8:30 pm West Side Aldermanic Forum at 5730 W. Division St./Sponsored by the Northwest Austin Council:

    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.

    The event, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5730 W. Division St., will feature these candidates, organizers say:
    ◾24th Ward: Vetress Boyce and Michael Scott Jr.
    ◾29th Ward: Ald. Deborah Graham and Chris Taliaferro
    ◾37th Ward: Ald. Emma Mitts and Tara Stamps
    For more information about Wednesday’s forum, call (773) 379-7961 or email nac5730@sbcglobal.net
    FROM:http://austintalks.org/2015/03/west-side-aldermantic-candidates-invited-to-forum-wednesday/

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Upcoming Hearings, Presidential Library Updates

Mar 7, 2015 — March 9, Monday, 11 am. Chicago Plan Commission hearing on the Library in parks ordinance. City Hall 2nd floor, 121 N. LaSalle. (Expect to get there very early to get in, esp. if you wish to speak- and if so expect you will also have to say "support" or "oppose.")

March 11, Wednesday, 10:00 am. Joint-hearing of the ordinance by 3 City Council committees- Housing, Budget, and Special Events, at City Hall.

City Council meeting Wednesday,...

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Mar 7, 2015 — March 9, Monday, 11 am. Chicago Plan Commission hearing on the Library in parks ordinance. City Hall 2nd floor, 121 N. LaSalle. (Expect to get there very early to get in, esp. if you wish to speak- and if so expect you will also have to say "support" or "oppose.")

March 11, Wednesday, 10:00 am. Joint-hearing of the ordinance by 3 City Council committees- Housing, Budget, and Special Events, at City Hall.

City Council meeting Wednesday, March 18 , 10:00 am. for the vote. (You may have to wait all day, or it could be rushed through at the start, or be bundled with many other provisions-- but with something this important there is generally a presentation followed by invited testimony/sponsorship-- if speaking is allowed, you have to sign up in advance. Expect the whole 2nd floor hall to be full of people who want to speak, so come early.)

You will find other updates at http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=53e448710cf8b92021af46e45&id=09e1b66a2e&e=9c6a25bba3

Mar 06

Mar 04

Presidential Library

Mayoral candidate Garcia has responded to recent questions by saying that he supports both of Chicago’s Library bids.

The real question should be why the Mayor is not supporting both of our city’s bids? They don’t conflict with each other. In fact, they offer the Obama’s two drastically different opportunities. Neither Hawai’i nor New York can match that. Why is the Mayor not pushing all that Chicago has to offer? Why is he not maximizing our chances?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/chi-garcia-reverses-stance-on-obama-library-parkland-after-emanuel-criticism-20150302-story.html

Mar 04

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Mar 03

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Mar 03

Mar 01

Updated Mar 01

Take the Survey-Life Under Mayor Emanuel

Please read the following NY Times article and respond to the survey about what life is like under Emanuel. The survey comes after the 4th paragraph of the article.

In Challenger, a Chastening for Emanuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/us/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-jesus-garcia.html?_r=0

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

    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have...

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    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have disproportionate living and wealth throughout Chicago. These can simply not be haphazard and without decades of design; and until we find the person whom can make the tough choices to bring about that slow fundamental change we are going to have division in this city. I don't necessarily fault Emanuel on the school closings because many of them have displayed a systemic problem of failing the youth for years. i do fault him for not doing more than just saving the money that was being wasted there and offering better choices for those kids and their families. The problem here is the only way you can merge is by a blending of equals and how do you do that with such obvious class differences and in 4 years. So many people play the system on both sides it just seems as if it will take an equal number of generations to abate the problem as it did in creating it.

Mar 01

Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Statement on the Obama Presidential Library

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Monica Trevino, 773-573-8667 (cell)/ mtrevino2319@gmail.com

Manny Perez, 708-351-1053/(cell)/ manny.prz@gmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia released the following statement on the Obama Presidential Library

"I have never wavered in my full support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. I served with the President in the Illinois Senate. I have always supported President Obama. His legacy -- and his library --belongs right here, in Chicago."

"While it is my view that the library does not...

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For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Monica Trevino, 773-573-8667 (cell)/ mtrevino2319@gmail.com

Manny Perez, 708-351-1053/(cell)/ manny.prz@gmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia released the following statement on the Obama Presidential Library

"I have never wavered in my full support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. I served with the President in the Illinois Senate. I have always supported President Obama. His legacy -- and his library --belongs right here, in Chicago."

"While it is my view that the library does not have to come at the expense of public park land that has enormous historical significance for everyone in Chicago, I will support the South or West side site. As mayor, I will do everything within my power to make certain that the Obama Presidential Library is built in Chicago, and that the jobs and contracts that go with it benefit the community, as well."

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