39 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Lunch at Mother Cluckers

My wife and I had lunch today at Mother Cluckers and it was outstanding! I had the breaded catfish po boy with mac and cheese side, and she had a pulled pork sandwich with collards as the side. I wouldn't call the menu "soul food" as I've seen it referred to, but it is definitely southern, a bit Cajun. Everything is newly renovated both inside and out, including the parking lot (which was formerly like driving through a mine field). Owner and staff were very friendly and eager to please. The menu is filled with other items we want to try so we certainly won't be strangers. This place is a real bonus for the neighborhood!

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Failed Health Inspections

More than 50 licensed Chicago restaurants failed inspections at least three times each this year, a review of city data shows.

Six of the eateries -- Trinity Bar, Taj Mahal, Hana Restaurant, Fischman's Wagyu Wagon, Nueovo Leon Restaurant, and Lawndale Food Market -- each failed four separate health inspections.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/business/chicago-health-inspection-data-2014-286365721.html#ixzz3MP8ohDjI
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  • Mickey, you ain't seen nothing without seeing me in the bad old days drop an open pack of cigaretts into the pancake syrup and then sink the shreds before telling the KPs to take the pan out to the line.

  • Added spice.

5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

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

  • Robert Murphy, thank you for the offer to discuss your vision, it is appreciated.

  • Just a suggestion to anyone who may be involved in the planning of the debate. I think it would be helpful to those residents not able to attend the debate if a webcast, video and/or transcript is made available. Thanks for organizing this! Looking forward to it.

Oct 21 2011

Updated 2 days ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

  • Albany Parker Jane Addams Community Health and Urban Development

    Ok so we all know about the graft for the well connected and the claims that this all has been "For the children" and the ridiculous light timings that could not be explained Well the facts are in and the cameras do not improve safety. They are all about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-red-light-camera-safety-met-20141219-story.html#page=1 FIVE HUNDRED MILLION in fines! How many lives has that affected?

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

    The Tribune and Redlight stories are misleading.

    They note that the number of T-Bone accidents have been reduced (which is good) but then go on to complain that the number of rear-end accidents have increased.

    Rear-end accidents occur because of drivers driving to fast and following to closely, not because of the Red-Light cameras.

    Slow down, keep your distance, and drive safely. Quit looking for someone else to blame.

Dec 08

Updated 2 days ago

Mother Cluckers Kitchen

The restaurant will be opening December 15th at 6:00am for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner come welcome us to the Neighborhood.

  • yeah I'm all about the breakfast if I wanted a burger I would go to Mariano's if they could pull off some good biscuits and gravy I will be there quite often.I guess I miss mamas which was there quite some time ago

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Mother Cluckers Kitchen was pretty good. I had dinner there last night. The restaurant was doing a brisk business with dine in and carryout customers. The broasted chicken was excellent and their side items were good. The mac n' cheese was different, it was made with pieces of diced ham/pork....

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    Mother Cluckers Kitchen was pretty good. I had dinner there last night. The restaurant was doing a brisk business with dine in and carryout customers. The broasted chicken was excellent and their side items were good. The mac n' cheese was different, it was made with pieces of diced ham/pork. The baked beans were very good, not overly sweetened and the sauce was just the right texture.

    They have a good selection of sandwiches, ribs and chicken to choose from.

    Very nice owners, they solicited feedback about the menu items and service. I'll definitely go back. They did a great job renovating the space, in just 6 weeks, including repavment of the parking lot.

Dec 05

Updated 2 days ago

Argyle and Long Update

During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came...

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During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came to my office and expressed concerns about the project. I took those concerns back to the property owner, and, at this point, we are waiting on an updated proposal.

I want to assure you that, as with every other zoning change, any proposed zoning change must be presented to residents during a community meeting. I require that anyone seeking a zoning change send a notice to everyone owning property within 500 feet, and we plan those meetings for evening hours at locations in the community.

Once we have a pending proposal for this site, we will schedule that meeting.

2 days ago

Looking for an energy outlet for your older children during break?

Have them volunteer at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore Chicago! We are currently seeking volunteers aged 16+ for the warehouse as well as to go out on the truck with our driver for donation pickups. Contact Nina, Volunteer Coordinator, at 773-539-6040 for more information.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Mother Cluchers Kitchen Open for lunch and dinner 11:00am

This neighborhood is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have NEVER been so excited to meet the nicest people EVER! We opened on Monday with a couple issues and we are sorry to say we will not be able to offer Breakfast at this time as disappointed as we are we hope to have a successful lunch and dinner as we do not want to disappoint you. Once this is buttoned down we are hoping to offer breakfast on the weekends. THANKS for your support and we are happy to be in such an nice area in the city.

  • Had lunch there yesterday and it was delicious and really nice people!

  • Can't wait to try! Wishing you all the best with your restaurant, and welcome to our neighborhood. We are so happy you are here! Happy holidays!

3 days ago

Great Handyman

I found a great handyman and highly recommend him. On time, shows up and will tell you the cost before he starts. He did all kinds of odds and ends for me which is a huge help.
AND he COMMUNICATES! Geesh, half of them tell you yes but then you never hear from them. This guy is great and in the neighborhood. Call him. Scott Best Priced Handyman Services 312-399-8727

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Dec 10

Updated 3 days ago

City budget approved by wide margin; only one NW Side alderman votes against it

City Council approves city budget. Local aldermen would like more officers hired.
Arena is only NW Side alderman to vote against budget.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/12/05/most-nw-side-alderman-back-2015-budget/

  • Personally, can't wait for cider!! And, seriously, most of the people picking up pot prob already have it!!! Like the large number of non medical users.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    First I want to state that I'm not against medical marijuana or legalizing it for that matter. Not too long ago I saw a report about security for the facilities and transport. The news report depicted armed guards accompanying the transport of the goods. These facilities may very well become...

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    First I want to state that I'm not against medical marijuana or legalizing it for that matter. Not too long ago I saw a report about security for the facilities and transport. The news report depicted armed guards accompanying the transport of the goods. These facilities may very well become high profile targets for gangs and strong arm robberies. This concerns me far more than people coming into the facility to pick up their prescription.

    Security arrangements and safety should be part of any discussion going forward with these dispensaries. Our police resources are already stretched thin in the 16th District.

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4 days ago

Little Green Bag

I would just like to thank all of the people that responded to my question regarding memories about The Little Green Bag Tavern. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Submit Your Questions for the 45th Ward Aldermanic Debate on Jan. 21

The debate will be held at 7 pm Wed., Jan. 21, in the 1,890-seat auditorium at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence (Free parking). The debate is sponsored by the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association and Nadig Newspapers. Please submit your suggested questions for the candidates to: 45thWardDebate@nadignewspapers.com

  • If you found it, others can too.

  • Km74, Nadig Newspaper is in Jefferson Park where this debate will take place and when they publish articles on this site, they use JP. You’re also a new member and there are only a handful of folks participating. If you want to get to know the candidates running in the...

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    Km74, Nadig Newspaper is in Jefferson Park where this debate will take place and when they publish articles on this site, they use JP. You’re also a new member and there are only a handful of folks participating. If you want to get to know the candidates running in the 45th Ward, you need to meet them in person because they won’t join this virtual reality Alderman Arena created for himself. I think the two most popular neighborhoods are Portage and Jefferson Parks. Subscribe to those two and you’re good to go on the NW side :)

    Pamela, I’m not sure why you mentioned me? I need to reach a wider audience than the same five people. We’re old school where I live. We meet in person or by phone.

Dec 15

Updated 4 days ago

The Little Green Bag

OK, this is a long shot, but does anyone remember a bar called The Little Green Bag, on N. Miwaukee ave., near Austin Ave, next to a funeral home, place is still there but different owners/name. back in the early 1970's? I was a bartender there for about three years, and I never took a picture lol.... If anyone has a picture or knows people that went there would love to hear from you/them. Thanks

4 days ago

Blue Christmas & Kid's Christmas

Hello! Friendly reminder that Elston Avenue United Methodist Church (the church at 5850 N Elston, just north of Coletti's by Kolping) has upcoming events for you to get into the holiday spirit and worship this Christmas.

This Sunday at 10:30 our worship service will be the kid's play Isaiah Jones & The Seekers of the Lost Treasure (music, dance, Jesus, video games, you couldn't really ask for anything more). Sunday at 7 p.m. there will be a Blue Christmas service...

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Hello! Friendly reminder that Elston Avenue United Methodist Church (the church at 5850 N Elston, just north of Coletti's by Kolping) has upcoming events for you to get into the holiday spirit and worship this Christmas.

This Sunday at 10:30 our worship service will be the kid's play Isaiah Jones & The Seekers of the Lost Treasure (music, dance, Jesus, video games, you couldn't really ask for anything more). Sunday at 7 p.m. there will be a Blue Christmas service - this service with a lot of quiet and music is for anyone who is feeling some sadness or loss this holiday season, and looking for wher Christ might be in the darkness we all feel sometimes.

All are welcome, you can call the church office at 773-775-3399, and God be with you in this time wherveer you go and whatever you do.

Dec 14

Updated 4 days ago

Christmas lights that mix in politics

Does anyone else think that the lovely Christmas lights some homes have look very tacky when the homeowner puts aldermanic campaign signs i the Christmas display. I really don't like my joyful religious celebration mixed with politicians.

5 days ago

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5 days ago

Sugar Fixe Showering Lincoln Park in Macarons; Chinatown Sibling Opens on Lincoln; More

FOREST GLEN— Mother Cluckers Kitchen officially opened on Tuesday at 5200 N. Elston Ave. They'll eventually be open for breakfast, but for now it's just lunch and dinner. [DNA Info]

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

LINCOLN PARK— Sugar Fixe Macaron opened its second location—but first all-macaron spot—on Friday at 951 W. Armitage. The original location is in suburban Oak Park. [DNAInfo]

...Sweet Station quietly opened last month at the site of the former Jade East at 2511 N. Lincoln Ave. Unlike Jade, which was BYO, Sweet Station is looking to sell booze on premises, as...

DUNNING— BarTucci, a small family-owned Italian spot, opens Thursday on the northwest side at 3426 N. Harlem Ave. in the former Isle of Sicily space. The new joint is taking reservations on its website and UrbanDaddy has photos. [EaterWire/UrbanDaddy]

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Dec 12

Updated 6 days ago

Work will start Monday, Dec. 15, on a third drop shaft at Lavergne and Montrose.

Deep Tunnel Storm Water Management Project Delayed, Eastbound Lawrence Projected Open Christmas Eve

Work crews have closed eastbound Lawrence from the Kennedy Expressway east to Cicero to work on a $20 million sewer project which should help alleviate some of our local basement flooding issues. Local traffic will be able to get through to the Kennedy Expressway, but the eastbound lanes will be closed to all traffic at Lavergne. Additionally, Lawler southbound from Lawrence is closed to prevent cut-through traffic....

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Deep Tunnel Storm Water Management Project Delayed, Eastbound Lawrence Projected Open Christmas Eve

Work crews have closed eastbound Lawrence from the Kennedy Expressway east to Cicero to work on a $20 million sewer project which should help alleviate some of our local basement flooding issues. Local traffic will be able to get through to the Kennedy Expressway, but the eastbound lanes will be closed to all traffic at Lavergne. Additionally, Lawler southbound from Lawrence is closed to prevent cut-through traffic. The westbound lane will remain open.

Crews had initially hoped to end the eastbound Lawrence closure at the end of November, but various issues have delayed that to December 24.

Allow extra time, as traffic will be heavy in the area impacted. Please respect our neighborhoods by following the designated detour, which is south on Milwaukee, east on Montrose, and north on Cicero.

The closure will allow for the construction of a 230-foot drop shaft that will tie local sewers directly into the Deep Tunnel storm water management system. This work should improve sewer drainage for thousands of homes in Jefferson Park.

Also, crews have started work on the second drop shaft for the project at Avondale and Lavergne. As a result, that intersection will be closed for the next several months. Crews there will dig down about 60 feet to drop in and pull out tunneling equipment. No explosives will be used at the second shaft.

Work will also start Monday, Dec. 15, on a third drop shaft at Lavergne and Montrose. Lavergne will be closed from north of Montrose to the alley through the end of the project next year. No explosives will be used at this site either.

Please allow extra time and follow the posted detour.

  • Laugh sorry yes sewer!

  • Joanne asks "When will we get new swears then." The answer is: "Next time it floods."

    BTW...after a series of sewer back ups I bought a GE dehumidifier with $185 of FEMA money. By a fluke two months ago I learned in Consumer Reports some models of GE and others had been recalled as fire hazards. Investigated, complied with process, and just today received a $175 check to replace my little tinderbox.

6 days ago

Our Lady of Victory School Trivia Night

Trivia Night
Saturday, January 10, 2015
6:15 PM - 10:30 PM

50/50 Drawing & Best Themed Table Prizes!
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $175

Gather your friends and family together to form a trivia team of 8 people. We will have 10 rounds of trivia questions about all different subjects including sports, music, movies, food and more. The cost is $150 a table or $20 for individual (if you cannot make a full table).

Decorate your table, decorate your team...

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Trivia Night
Saturday, January 10, 2015
6:15 PM - 10:30 PM

50/50 Drawing & Best Themed Table Prizes!
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $175

Gather your friends and family together to form a trivia team of 8 people. We will have 10 rounds of trivia questions about all different subjects including sports, music, movies, food and more. The cost is $150 a table or $20 for individual (if you cannot make a full table).

Decorate your table, decorate your team members, and bring your own food to fit your theme (water and pop are included in your ticket price). Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
You may not bring in your own alcoholic beverages.

Doors open at 6:15PM to decorate tables - Game begins promptly at 7:00PM. This event is for adults 21 and over.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.olvchicago.org or the school office. Please contact 773-283-2229 for more information.

Dec 13

Updated 6 days ago

I Love Family Fruit Market

Family Fruit Market now carries and Dietz and Watson deli meats and cheeses. For $5 a pound less then Jewel. Another reason this remains one of my favorite shopping destinations.

  • Love FFM too! Keep an eye out - every so often they have a Groupon special. That is how I was first introduced and am now a regular.

  • May as well stay out of Mariano's as well, which is another union shop.

Dec 10

Updated 6 days ago

Best Christmas Lights?

I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old who would love to see some awesome Christmas light displays in our area. Are there any noteworthy, nearby displays?

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    I haven't seen Logan and Washtenaw this year. I need to go. It's worth the trip.

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    YES to the Logan & Washtenaw corner. WOW. INDEED a must see, worthwhile trip. We happened to be passing by on the way home last night, wish we could have stopped but we were in busy Logan Ave traffic. But...WOW.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 15

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Found the answer to my question: Level 1+ is the highest performance; nationally competitive school with opportunity to share best practices with others

Dec 15

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Dec 12

Updated Dec 15

Water crew working on our street last night. Now pipes make violent noises

Hello neighbors,

Last night around 7:30, a crew came out (without any notice, so I believe it was an emergency crew) on the 4800 block of W Winnemac and began tearing up the street and doing work on pipes underground. Our water was shut off for several ours. They have since completed their work and patched up the street but now whenever we turn on our water or flush the toilet, our pipes make violent noises like they are jerking...

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Hello neighbors,

Last night around 7:30, a crew came out (without any notice, so I believe it was an emergency crew) on the 4800 block of W Winnemac and began tearing up the street and doing work on pipes underground. Our water was shut off for several ours. They have since completed their work and patched up the street but now whenever we turn on our water or flush the toilet, our pipes make violent noises like they are jerking around.

I would like to file a complaint with the city but on the 311 site, none of the choices really fit the issue. I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is the proper place to log a complaint for something like this. If so, I'll just pick something that comes the closest.

Thanks for your help!

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    @mkee; Why are you dragging me into this?

  • to add, you should always run your faucets closest to the ground floor first like the one in the yard or basement that way any sediment goes out there first and reduces the chances of clogging valves or screens in kitchen and bathroom faucets.

Oct 31 2011

Updated Dec 14

Plumbers

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good plumber with decent prices? Please let me know and if you have used them.

  • About that $735... Of course a price like that might include a more than average quality heater and some fancy new venting and plumbing work and maybe a realigned gas line. But if it was just a straight swap of like sized average quality heaters, a little high. IMO

  • Hush Little Baby

    What's a forty gallon gas one cost now and what's a company's time worth now in 2014?

    I've installed about a dozen in my lifetime but just direct replacements not brand new installs or moving them to a new location.

    I'm a jack-of-all with emphasis on the jack.

Dec 14

Updated Dec 14

Everyblock has been so much better in about the last week

Everyblock has been so much better in about the last week without all those trolls putting up comments that are nasty, insulting or off topic. There is only one user now that Im suspicious of. I am wondering if Everyblock decided to check out IP addresses and figured out that so many of the accounts were from the same place (Kenji and possibly John A). It is such a pleasure to communicate without that garbage. In the future, if these types of posts come back, we should ALL immediately mute these users and report them to everyblock. Lets not ever tolerate this again in the future. My best to all of you. :)

  • Cynthia Resident Since 1988

    I switched to NextDoor and found that people are nicer there. I'm only on EveryBlock today because I was hoping that I could find some contact info somewhere for Michael Diaz. I want to call him to ask him to please stop with the push poll telephone calls.

  • Hush Little Baby

    Knock on his door. All the candidates home addresses are public information and easily accessible.

Dec 13

Updated Dec 14

  • Congrats to the Alderman

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    I agree with Arena's support of the teachers union and all unions in general. I will give credit where credit is due.

Dec 12

Updated Dec 14

Event Space Needed for Dec 20th!

I'm looking for a venue for a family birthday party next Saturday as our original venue fell through. Space for about 30 people, and where we can bring in our own food. Does anyone have any recommendations? I can't tell much from the city park websites.
I've emailed the Forest Preserve and several suburban community centers

  • Try the Filament Theatre. I think they are open to private rentals.

    http://www.filamenttheatre.org

    The space is still a little raw but would be good for 30 people.

  • Wow. Thanks for all the info in case I have a party here in the city. You always find them in the clubhouses in the suburbs but not in the city. From what I was told, the Copernicus is expensive but find out for yourself just in case I am wrong. Happy party to you and all your friends and family.

Dec 11

Updated Dec 13

Heavy police presence at Jeff Park station

Hi everyone,

I've noticed some heavy police presence at the Jeff Park station. This morning for example, there were K-9 units everywhere as well as several officers.

Anyone know why such an uptick in police presence?

  • Hush Little Baby

    Don't project, I'm a life glass half full kinda guy. When I see a gaggle of quasi military security company employees decked out in all black wearing the company logo with 10 dogs I think about that company's contract with CTA and how much the company makes a year and what backroom deal was struck to get those employees on the rails. To me it should be city employees making a proper wage not a private company.

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    Hush Little babay (probably Kenji) joined everyblock on Dec 9 and has already been muted 6 times. The ONLY thing to do when a critical or obnoxious person comes to our discussion is to COMPLETELY IGNORE them. If everyone did this long enough they would get the hint and go away, but it may take a while.

Dec 13

Dec 13

Dec 12

I want to welcome yet another new business to our community.

Mother Cluckers Kitchen opens in the restaurant space at 5200 N. Elston at 6 am Monday, Dec. 15. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come by and check out the renovated space and tasty menu.

Dec 12

I want to welcome yet another new business to our community.

Mother Cluckers Kitchen opens in the restaurant space at 5200 N. Elston at 6 am Monday, Dec. 15. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come by and check out the renovated space and tasty menu.

http://www.mothercluckerskitchen.com

Dec 11

Updated Dec 12

Looking for good reviews

On a good place to go get remote control starter installed

  • I had received a gift of the remote start from ABC on Harlem, next to Shooter's buffet. That guy is terrible! Would not permit me to make appointment for the install for months, since he " Was not getting any money for it.". He could not comprehend that he was...

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    I had received a gift of the remote start from ABC on Harlem, next to Shooter's buffet. That guy is terrible! Would not permit me to make appointment for the install for months, since he " Was not getting any money for it.". He could not comprehend that he was paid for it already. After MUCH complaining and phoning Hardwood Heights Police, he refunded the money to the original credit card of the person providing me the gift.
    However, my husband took my car to a place near his work, which ended up being ABC Automotive in Elk Grove Village. Spectacular service!!! Lifetime warranty, too! That was 6 years ago, and I have been back twice to repair the remote, once when mice ate the wires and a tow person somehow disengaged the remote start. Both times NO CHARGE! WHA-HOO! Absolute gentlemen, immaculate shop and the best of all, I waited for my car, with coffee provided, inside a warm office area! My husband had a custom rack made/installed by them for much, much less than other quotes and that, too, a lifetime warranty! Jim, is the absolute best! It may be a bit out of the way, but, the fast, convenient, courteous service is well worth it.

  • I am also looking for a low price starter something that works well

Dec 12

45th Ward aldermanic ballot set with 4 candidates; Jan. 21 debate scheduled

45th Ward aldermanic debate will be held at 7 pm Wed., Jan. 21, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/12/11/petitions-challenged-in-area-ward-races/

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