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We need City Service

We are starting a new game to compete with each other.

Name your block, list what service you need here.

Email letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org. Tell him the circumstances and your list. Attach photos of the problem if you are able. Attach foias if you are aware service was dispatched many times and the problem still exists. If you ordered many times and apparemtly got nothing do a foia for several years. U may discovered someone lied and said they did the work...

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We are starting a new game to compete with each other.

Name your block, list what service you need here.

Email letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org. Tell him the circumstances and your list. Attach photos of the problem if you are able. Attach foias if you are aware service was dispatched many times and the problem still exists. If you ordered many times and apparemtly got nothing do a foia for several years. U may discovered someone lied and said they did the work but never successfully did the work.

Examples on my block were: (17)times crews came to change a leaky water meter (2) hour job. 85 cuts on vacant lots ( perhaps 18) were really cut. Blue recycle,bins marked delivered (3) times and never delivered at multiple houses. Service for a leaky parkway device (5) service disparches and never fixed. (3000) service,requests" for a black bin and garbage pickup,that never was done. Years of service calls for pot holes. The list goes on for a couple decades.

Let the games begin.lets see if we can transition these discussions into GETTING the city service.

Post the results here.

  • gpblight 18 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Sel, start your own topic/thread. It will b nice to have a separate thread talking about all your stuff amd activities. It will b nice to see several threads under EGP.currently there are not many.

    People who want to go to meetings and chatter csn join u directly.

  • Amen!!

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Near-constant aircraft noise in West Loop

It's 1 am and we just had yet another aircraft of some sort flying overhead for at least a half an hour.

This after several helicopters circled this afternoon around rush hour for over an hour.

I know we're near the Loop and I had no delusions that this would be whisper quiet, but the aircraft noise seems like it's getting excessive - it's every day, starting as early as 5 am on some days.

Is anyone else having issues? Any recommendations on who in the city should be contacted?

  • If these really annoy you, you might want to consider moving because it is about to get A LOT worse... A new heliport is opening at Ashland and 15th this summer: http://www.vertiportchicago.com/ Once this facility starts operating, you'll have a constant chorus of helicopters buzzing the neighborhood as they take business users east and tourists on lakefront sight seeing tours. (I recall reading somewhere that the route will take a lot of this traffic up and down the Eisenhower.

  • There's also a helicopter pad across the street from the old county hospital on Harrison, for medical emergencies. Northwestern Hospital was supposed to get one, but I don't know if it was ever installed.

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Weathering the Storm

Even though the Illinois economy has rebounded since 2009, nonprofits are still having difficulty, given the state's budget cuts. I am in the process of developing memes that will help you weather the storm. I have shared the first four, and will be sharing more periodically. Enjoy and share.

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Illinois Budget Cut Updates, and Why North Lawndale Residents Should Be Especially Concerned

As you know, the Governor is in the process of filling a $1.6 billion budget gap for FY 2015 and a $6 billion budget gap for FY 2016. I have shared links to budget updates that you should find useful. I have also shared an infographic that shows why North Lawndale residents, in particular, should be concerned. Given the similar dynamics in East and West Garfield, and Austin, you might find this information of interest as well.

3/16/15
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d80f30bea30ebd5363eeb80e9&id=bbc9ecddd7

3/28/15
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4/13/15
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d80f30bea30ebd5363eeb80e9&id=c147cb9d5c

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  • gpblight 18 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Here is another great deal. There is a magazine subscription that is FREE.
    Genome magazine has a free1 year subscription. I think their site is genomemag.com. Hit subscriptions. If that is not it, search amd find it?

    For those interested in new cutting edge medical gene mapping and the relationship to disease....it is an amazing magazine!

    This can eliminate the trial and error testimg doctors do that result in so many false positives.

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Feb 23

Updated 4 days ago

Any new Businesses in East & West Garfield Park?

I always heard that the West side was the red-headed step-child of black Chicago. Always ignored and last to get city services. After living hear for a few years, I realize this is definitely the case. Our Rotten Mayor Rahm Emanuel has completely ignored the West side, EVEN during his re-election bid. He doesn't even care to get our votes.

The West side is completely stagnant. I've been following many of the events, upgrades and investments happening throughout the entire...

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I always heard that the West side was the red-headed step-child of black Chicago. Always ignored and last to get city services. After living hear for a few years, I realize this is definitely the case. Our Rotten Mayor Rahm Emanuel has completely ignored the West side, EVEN during his re-election bid. He doesn't even care to get our votes.

The West side is completely stagnant. I've been following many of the events, upgrades and investments happening throughout the entire South side from Pullman, Roseland, Washington Park, Bronzeville & especially Englewood. Englewood is getting a Whole Foods Market, has several new technology incubators, food labs, King-Kennedy College, several new coffee shops, independently owned cafes/restaurants and more. Englewood is actually on the come-up and the ball is rolling! I LOVE IT! Englewood is grass-rooting itself out the hole! I'm extremely happy for them because I love a "comeback against all odds" story,

Why are East Garfield Park & West Garfield Park still ignored? I think I have to look in the mirror on this one. We allow an Alderman to continue getting into office without holding him accountable for doing absolutely nothing. I also don't think people on the West side have the innovation or community pride to make such changes in our community. I see no visual signs of cultural pride such as tech incubators, coffee shops, independently owned boutiques, art galleries, musical events, playhouses etc. happening on the West side. Alderman Ervin would rather host a Superbowl Party with strippers for West side gangsters. I'm beginning to believe what everyone told me about Garfield Park before moving here. The West side is just different (and not in a good way).

  • agreed the 28th ward does nothing.I called a week ago to ask why are streets haven't been swept yet(its supposed to be twice a month April to Nov).they told me they don't have any control and I should call the 28th ward streets and san station.and of course that's run...

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    agreed the 28th ward does nothing.I called a week ago to ask why are streets haven't been swept yet(its supposed to be twice a month April to Nov).they told me they don't have any control and I should call the 28th ward streets and san station.and of course that's run by Ervin and ed smiths old office boss.and they didn't know when the street would be cleaned because of budget cuts???? across the street on Kedzie in the 27 ward Washington blvd has already been cleaned twice in April.I guess the budget cuts don't affect the 27th ward.for the last four to five years Washington blvd between Kedzie and Homan averages a clean three times for the season.thats 13 times less then it should be.the city cant even keep a street cleaned how are they going to solve any of the other problems that plague the west side.

  • also can you send a letter to mayor about the first house on south side of street on maypole past ike simms heading to kedzie.back yard is used as a toilet and drug spot.over 50 letters to mayor over two years and still no action.thanks.

4 days ago

Breen Associates Financial Investigations and Risk Management Consultancy Firm

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Khan Academy has a new facelift!

For those seeking a better education for their kids, click every link and get familiar!

No reason for kids in EGP to fall behind with this FREE world class resource

  • KJean Work in EGP. Live in Logan.

    Thanks for spreading the word! My students in EGP use it in the classroom all the time!

  • gpblight 18 Yr East Garfield Resident

    No, thanks for letting us knnow a chicago teacher is using this incredible tool that will help kids excell in the inner city, what school are you at?

  • gpblight 18 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I keep.posting their site but EB won't display it.

    Go to khanacademy.org

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6 days ago

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Rahm Emanuel has a plan to develop the West side:

"He talked about appointing West Siders to boards overseeing Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges and about developing an “economic development strategy” to rebuild the city’s West Side. Emanuel wants it to be community-driven and maximize five “major assets”: the Illinois Medical District, Malcolm X College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the United Center and the Garfield Park Conservatory."

Does this "so-called" development plan only go as far west as Pulaski Avenue? Are West Garfield Park & North Lawndale left out of this development plan? My guess would be yes.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/514295/emanuel-predicts-mecca-mega-deal-end-spring-legislative-session

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for sharing this, We Need Change.It does seem as if the Mayor heard our complaints about omitting the West Side, and is incorporating this new language in his narrative. I share your concern that he is not committed to North Lawndale Austin or West Garfield Park. Heretofore, the Mayor has allowed our communities to continue to languish on the vine. We need to continue to advocate for change and to make our voices heard.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Most definitely Valerie.

    I plan to see how I can get a position on this board. The best way to ensure that every corner of the West side is included is to be present. We need to know this is not a sound bite but actually a plan that comes...

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    Most definitely Valerie.

    I plan to see how I can get a position on this board. The best way to ensure that every corner of the West side is included is to be present. We need to know this is not a sound bite but actually a plan that comes to fruition. We have to keep the pressure on the Mayor and make him keep his word.

    Personally, I'll be moving out of state soon. But I still have property on the West side that I plan to keep, so I continue to have a vested interest on the West side. I hope others who'll be here on a consistent basis will also join this board. We need this to happen.

Mar 16

Updated 6 days ago

Public Trash Cans

Hi. Does anyone know how we can get some trash cans placed around EGP and North Lawndale, or any West Side neighborhoods really? Other neighborhoods have trash cans on the corners of busy intersections. Some are nice and neighborhood centric some are just the plain old can. Those are perfectly serviceable. The amount of trash that just gets thrown around is truly disgusting. It is too much for the few folks that care to go around cleaning everyone else's messes,...

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Hi. Does anyone know how we can get some trash cans placed around EGP and North Lawndale, or any West Side neighborhoods really? Other neighborhoods have trash cans on the corners of busy intersections. Some are nice and neighborhood centric some are just the plain old can. Those are perfectly serviceable. The amount of trash that just gets thrown around is truly disgusting. It is too much for the few folks that care to go around cleaning everyone else's messes, not that we don't try. I don't understand the mentality of people that litter. Are they not disgusted by how trashy the neighborhood looks? I figure at least if there are places to put trash then something might start to change.

So I'm going to put in a request with my alderman this week, but that's not always the best solution. Does anyone know of any other ways to reach out, and make this happen?

Also, don't turn this thread into a whine fest about the alderman, government, lazy neighbors, etc. Problems and hurdles can be overcome.

  • I will help any way I can...please please let's start working to get this done.. contact me..

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

    Ms. Jenny, I'm not a primary mover and organizer of this bonding opportunity, but a staunch supporter of the prime members, whoever they are. They are fighting dirt the old fashion way...........cleaning up.

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Apr 07

Chuey signs all over 28th ward

I noticed Chuey and Fire Rham signs all,over the 28th ward including by the Ike Simms Polling place.

What does this mean? Is 28 for Chuey? The poll closes soon. Everyone should vote if they are avle.

Apr 07

Go Chuy! Go Westside!

Historically the west side has not had much political muscle. Here's our chance! Don't past this one up westsiders!

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Apr 06

More Thanks

While the original committee members produced the bid that we benefit from now, there are so many others to thank for the position we enjoy now:
• Roberta Cosey of Neighborhood Housing Services who first posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were built on the Westside?”
• Bobbie Steele, the first female President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was one the first to step forward with continuing moral and logistical support
• The K-Town Historic...

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While the original committee members produced the bid that we benefit from now, there are so many others to thank for the position we enjoy now:
• Roberta Cosey of Neighborhood Housing Services who first posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were built on the Westside?”
• Bobbie Steele, the first female President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was one the first to step forward with continuing moral and logistical support
• The K-Town Historic District Association, which gave the endeavor credibility
• Alan Channing, President of Mount Sinai Hospital, who cemented that credibility
• The Illinois Chapter of N.O.M.A. (The National Organization of Minority Architects) for their technical contributions in the creation of our bid
• And last but by no means least, Valerie F. Leonard of The Lawndale Alliance, who’s considerable organizational, community and social media skills kept the dream of an engaged, educated and motivated community alive

Apr 06

Presidential Library Decision

Chicago’s mayoral runoff election is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th. The Obama Foundation announced in March that in order not to influence that election, the announcement of the final decision on the Presidential Library site would be postponed from its original March date until after that election. I expect the announcement within the next few weeks.
So here we are at the end of a struggle that began within days of Barack’s first inauguration. That struggle was to get a community...

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Chicago’s mayoral runoff election is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th. The Obama Foundation announced in March that in order not to influence that election, the announcement of the final decision on the Presidential Library site would be postponed from its original March date until after that election. I expect the announcement within the next few weeks.
So here we are at the end of a struggle that began within days of Barack’s first inauguration. That struggle was to get a community to realize its significance and believe in itself again. The tools were already there. There were already many great people, doing great things in North Lawndale. But to believe in ourselves enough to dare reach for such a nationally coveted prize; to dare step into a national arena and compete with states and institutions holding great power; to present ourselves to the world, warts and all; that took a true leap of Faith.
The 10 North Lawndalians who made that leap will be in my heart for the remainder of my days. The task they faced deterred most that had even the slightest details of what was expected of bidders. That Faith carried us forward and that hard work carried North Lawndale into the Finals.
Regardless of what the decision is North Lawndale now has a new source of pride. With or without the Library that pride can help guide our community into a new age of growth.
And that’s why each of the 10 individual people who put their reputation on the line and their normal lives on hold to join in this endeavor deserves the gratitude of all of us.
As founder of The North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee, I give my personal declaration of thanks and gratitude to the members of that committee:
• Vivian Ojikutu
• Valerie Cavin
• Terry Smith
• Marcus De LaFleur www.delafleur.com/
• Marcus Betts
• John Wolf www.johnwmwolf.com/lr72j1svlixzwab85kr3r1b43cowq9
• Dianna Long www.urbanartretreat.com
• Darren Tills
• Charles Leeks
• Blanche Suggs

Apr 06

Happy Easter!!

Happy Belated Easter to you all!!! There was Peace on Gladys this weekend, thanking God for that. I was able to sit outside with my kids and play without gun shots ringing!! I hope, everyone enjoyed their weekend. Anything new in the hood?

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