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West Loop HOA's and boards

I'd love to hear from some local people who have worked with your condo/HOA boards - whether you're done so as an owner or board member.

Trying to identify ways (best practices) that other buildings in this area have had, and the ways boards and residents have communicated with other residents.

Our building seems to have recurring issues in this department and I'd like to hear from anyone who has positive results to share from issues that your board/residents worked...

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I'd love to hear from some local people who have worked with your condo/HOA boards - whether you're done so as an owner or board member.

Trying to identify ways (best practices) that other buildings in this area have had, and the ways boards and residents have communicated with other residents.

Our building seems to have recurring issues in this department and I'd like to hear from anyone who has positive results to share from issues that your board/residents worked through.

How do you get updates? Has your board/residents identified frequently asked questions/recurring issues and posted those in an easy to find spot?

I know it's tempting to air grievances but I'd really like to hear positive ideas and resolutions here, if possible (we are beyond capacity for negativity and unpleasantness already in our group).

Thanks for your input!

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Sunshine Gospel Ministries is Looking to Groom 40 Entrepreneurs for its Small Business Academy

I got the following information from Shelby Parchman:

Community Business Academy is accepting applicants for Business Training.

The highlights of this program for participants and graduates include:

1) 12 weeks of Entrepreneurship Training
2) Practical Experience in our Small Business Lab (Simulates running a small business)
3) Exclusive access to our network of business leaders for guidance and mentorship
4) Free to low cost services for legal, accounting, marketing, and finance (payments for these services are subsidized by our funders).

They are looking to fill a total of 40 slots for sessions on the west side and south side. Check out the flyer for more information.

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Niños, entre las víctimas de la violencia

...Samuel Walker estaba el viernes a eso de las 6 pm, en la cuadra del 700 S. California Ave., en el barrio de East Garfield Park, con otras personas cuando alguien abrió fuego. En...

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Horas más tarde, pero en el vecindario de Brighton Park, un sujeto abrió fuego contra una pareja que estaba con el niño, de 3 años, en la cuadra 4400 S. Sacramento Ave., y lo hirió en una cadera y el abdomen. El menor estaba hospitalizado en condicióncríticaa.

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One killed, 26 wounded - including toddler - in weekend shootings

Multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said.

Samuel Walker was shot in his head and pronounced dead at the scene at 6:22 p.m., a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. He died about two blocks from his home in the 3000 block of West Flournoy Street.

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...to the abdomen about 10 p.m. Friday in front of his home in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, according to police and family members.Sandra Steve, the boy's aunt, said her sister...

The 27-year-old man got in a fight with someone about 3:50 a.m. and was shot in the arm in the 700 block of North Clark Street, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stable.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue, according to police and a Fire Media Affairs spokesman.

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One killed, 26 wounded — including toddler — in weekend shootings

Multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said.

Samuel Walker was shot in his head and pronounced dead at the scene at 6:22 p.m., a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. He died about two blocks from his home in the 3000 block of West Flournoy Street.

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Jason Ares suffered a through and through gunshot wound to the abdomen about 10 p.m. Friday in front of his home in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, according to police and family members.

The 27-year-old man got in a fight with someone about 3:50 a.m. and was shot in the arm in the 700 block of North Clark Street, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stable.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue, according to police and a Fire Media Affairs spokesman.

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1 Dead, 22 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

Multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said.

Samuel Walker was shot in his head and pronounced dead at the scene at 6:22 p.m., a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. He died about two blocks from his home in the 3000 block of West Flournoy Street.

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Jason Ares suffered a through and through gunshot wound to the abdomen about 10 p.m. Friday in front of his home in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, according to police and family members.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 3600 block of South Rhodes Avenue, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.

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2 charged with attempted murder in shooting of 3-year-old

The single largest shooting occurred about 6 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of South California in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Samuel Walker, 13, was killed, and six people were injured.

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About 10 p.m. Friday, the boy, Jason Ares, was shot in the hip and abdomen while standing next to his mother in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue.

Sanchez, of the 4100 block of South Francisco Avenue, and Aseves, of the 4000 block of South Francisco Avenue, were scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

Sanchez, of the 4100 block of South Francisco Avenue, and Aseves, of the 4000 block of South Francisco Avenue, were scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

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One killed, 22 wounded -- including toddler -- in weekend shootings

Multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said.

Samuel Walker was shot in his head and pronounced dead at the scene at 6:22 p.m., a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. He died about two blocks from his home in the 3000 block of West Flournoy Street.

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Jason Ares suffered a through and through gunshot wound to the abdomen about 10 p.m. Friday in front of his home in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, according to police and family members.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 3600 block of South Rhodes Avenue, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.

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Teen boy killed, 6 wounded in East Garfield Park shooting

It was a beautiful Friday evening, and members of the Nu Church Movement had arrived to set up its mobile ministry on a vacant lot in East Garfield Park neighborhood, on Lexington Street near California Avenue.

About 6 p.m. Friday, multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said.

Walker, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:22 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. He died about two blocks from his home in 3000 block of West Flournoy Street.

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The victims were among 10 people shot throughout the city Friday night. In one shooting, a 3-year-old boy was wounded while standing outside with his mother and another male about 10:10 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, police said.

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13-Year-Old Boy Killed, 6 More Shot on Chicago's West Side

The shooting took place around 6 p.m. in the 700 block of South California Avenue near the intersection of Lexington Street and California Avenue, according to police spokesperson Veejay Zala.

The shooting took place around 6 p.m. in the 700 block of South California Avenue near the intersection of Lexington Street and California Avenue, according to police spokesperson Veejay Zala.

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22 Wounded, Boy Killed in Chicago Weekend Shootings

Casualties over the weekend include a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed at about 6 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of South California Avenue. Six others were also wounded in a shooting that witnesses say was a drive-by.

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A 3-year-old was also critically wounded Friday night when he was shot at about 10:15 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue. The bullet struck the young boy in his abdomen and exited through his hip, officials said. Police say the child's mother's boyfriend was the intended target.

...man was grazed in the neck by a bullet 8 a.m. Sunday on the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. The victim told police that he was shot by an unknown person in a grey...

...man was shot while sitting in the back of a car outside a party at 58th and Wolcott. Police say two people began arguing outside of the car, and one of them fired...

Police say a woman and her boyfriend were walking out of a nightclub in the 100 block of West Huron when they became involved in an altercation with another man. The boyfriend produced a gun...

...to his right ankle. The victim says he was walking down the street in the 5600 block of South Emerald Street when he was approached by two males who asked if he was from the neighborhood...

A 27-year-old man walking in the 2600 block of West Augusta at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday says he suddenly felt pain and discovered he...

...m. Saturday. The victim was talking to a woman at a gas station in the 600 block of South Independence when he says an individual approached the pair with a gun and announced a robbery...

A 24-year-old man is listed in stable condition after he was shot in the calf at about 1:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of West Farwell Avenue. Police say the victim is a documented gang member with a felony conviction. Nobody is in custody for the shooting.

...The 26-year-old man was sitting the driver's seat of a car at 52nd and Hoyne when he was shot. He's listed in serious condition with a wound to the...

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3-year-old boy among 12 shot since Friday afternoon

Earlier, the 13-year-old was one of seven people, most of them teenagers, shot about 6 p.m. in the 700 block of South California Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said.

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The 3-year-old was shot about 10:15 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood, authorities said. Charges are pending against three people in the attack, Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said Saturday afternoon.

Also this evening, a 24-year-old man was shot in the right leg, left foot and buttocks about 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of East 79th Street in the South Shore neighborhood and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition. Someone opened fire from a dark sedan, police said.

About 12:30 a.m., someone shot a 19-year-old man in the Roseland neighborhood. The man was sitting in a car at 102nd Street and Michigan Avenue when someone shot at him. He walked into Roseland Community Hospital with a graze wound to his arm, police said.

Someone shot a 19-year-old man about 12:55 a.m. near 39th Street and Prairie Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County with a wound to his upper arm. No one is in custody.

A 24-year-old man was shot about 1:35 a.m. in the 5600 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. He walked into West Suburban Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his hip, police said.

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Boy, 3, Among 14 Shot Overnight in Chicago

The shooting came just hours after a 13-year-old boy was killed and six others wounded when someone opened fire around 6 p.m. in the 700 block of South California Avenue on the city’s West Side.

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The 3-year-old was shot around 10:15 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, police said.

Just before 9 p.m., a 17-year-old man was shot when someone opened fire on a group of people from a dark-colored sedan in the 1100 block of West 101st Street. Police said the teen was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in stable condition.

Less than an hour later, a 24-year-old man was shot in the 1800 block of East 79th Street. Police said the man was standing on the sidewalk when someone in a passing dark-colored sedan fired shots at him, striking him in the right leg, left foot and buttocks.

Around 12:30 a.m., police said a 19-year-old man was sitting at a stop sign near 102nd Street and Michigan Avenue when he “heard shots and felt pain.” The teen drove himself to Roseland Community Hospital with a graze wound to the arm, but later refused treatment.

...in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Police said the man was standing on a sidewalk in the 3900 block of South Prairie Avenue when three men approached him and someone opened fire. The teen was taken to Stroger...

At around 1:35 a.m., a 24-year-old man walked into West Suburban Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hip. The man was shot in the 5600 block of West Chicago Avenue in the city’s Austin neighborhood, but police said he was not cooperating with officials.

The man was renovating a residence in the 6000 block of South Aberdeen Street when an armed man walked in and announced a robbery. The man took an unknown amount of money from the victim and shot him in the mouth.

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Teen killed, 6 injured in West Side shooting

About 6 p.m., multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Chicago Fire Dept. spokesman. According to family members, the victim is 13-year-old Samuel Walker.

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Boy, 13, Killed, Six Others Wounded in West Side Shooting

The shooting occurred about 6 p.m. in the 700 block of South California Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said.

The 13-year-old boy who was killed, identified as Samuel Walker of the 3000 block of West Flournoy Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:22 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Big news from the near west side

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building;...

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http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building; and 40,000 square feet of "urban farm greenhouses". The IMDC has been working for years to find a suitable project to fill nearly 9.5 acres of vacant land, hoping to bring more life to the district dominated by hospitals and medical facilities, and after a request for proposals, have approved this plan. The $300 million tab will be picked up by the project's developers. Construction is slated to begin in spring of 2015.

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Register for the Monroe Foundation Small Business Boot Camp

The Monroe Foundation will sponsor an 8-week Small Business Boot Camp, beginning Wednesday, September 10, and ending October 29, 2014. The classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dawson Tech, Industry Computer Lab, 3901 South State Street in Chicago. The instructors will be Stacey Woods, a financial coach with the North Lawndale Employment Network, and Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development.

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The Monroe Foundation will sponsor an 8-week Small Business Boot Camp, beginning Wednesday, September 10, and ending October 29, 2014. The classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dawson Tech, Industry Computer Lab, 3901 South State Street in Chicago. The instructors will be Stacey Woods, a financial coach with the North Lawndale Employment Network, and Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development.

The Monroe Foundation Small Business Boot Camp will arm you with the tools you need to move your business startup to the next level. We will show you how to start a new business and help you avoid some of the common landmines that await new entrepreneurs. You will

- Assess your readiness to obtain personal and business financing and start a new business
- Learn how to improve your credit score
- Learn the pros and cons of various legal structures for your business
- Understand the state and local business licensing and regulatory processes
- Learn how to navigate important federal, state and local websites for filings, registration and certification
- Prepare a business plan in a format that is generally accepted by banks and investment companies
- Understand basic record keeping and maintaining compliance
- Have access to up to 15 hours group technical assistance outside of the normal class schedule

Upon completion of all 8 weeks of the boot camp, you will receive a certificate of completion and be reimbursed for the first month of your subscription to LivePlan business planning software to complete your business plan.

Eligibility

- Start up business
- Individual/Entrepreneur
- A Small Business owner (under $ 50,000 yearly)
- Business Must Be Located in Any of the Target Communities of Englewood/North Lawndale/West Englewood/Woodlawn/Washington Park/Austin/South Shore/Chatham/Maywood/Bellwood

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RCdtKVWtXsbewORzA5B9Z6Y8jTHboiZmp8VdwmBUvl4/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

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    Please note that I will not be facilitating workshops for the Monroe Foundation's Small Business Boot Camp this fall. If you are still interested in the program, contact Otis Monroe directly at 773-315-9720.

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Free Chicago Movies in the Parks This Week – July 21-28

F 25-Jul —  Altgeld Park 515 S. Washtenaw Ave. 312.746.5001 Drumline PG-13 *

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M 21-Jul —  Fulton River Park 343 N. DesPlaines St. 312.742.7895 Sixteen Candles PG-13 Fulton River District Association

M 21-Jul —  Sheridan Park 910 S. Aberdeen St. 312.746.5369 The Little Rascals PG * University Village Association

Tu 22-Jul —  Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave. 312.746.5003 Ride Along PG-13 *

Tu 22-Jul —  Hoyne Playground Park 3417 S. Hamilton Ave. 312.747.6184 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 PG *

Tu 22-Jul —  Smith Park 2526 W. Grand Ave. 312.742.7534 Ghostbusters PG * Smith Park Advisory Council

W 23-Jul —  Kilbourn Park 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. 773.685.3351 Latino Film Festival Selection NR International Latino Cultural Center

W 23-Jul —  Mann Park 3035 E. 130th St. 773.646.0210 The Little Rascals PG *

W 23-Jul–  Sumner Park 4320 W. 5th Ave. 312.746.5394 Ride Along PG-13 *

Th 24-Jul —  Fuller Park 331 W. 45th St. 312.747.6144 Despicable Me 2 PG *

Th 24-Jul —  Mary Bartelme Park 115 S. Sangamon St. 312.746.5494 Star Trek: Into Darkness PG-13 * West Loop Community Organization

Th 24-Jul —  Rainey Park 4350 W. 79th St. 773.284.0696 Turbo PG *

F 25-Jul —  Avalon Park 1215 E. 83rd St. 312.747.6015 42 PG-13 *

F 25-Jul —  Galewood Park 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave. 312.746.5089 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13 *

Sa 26-Jul —  Hoard Playground Park 7201 S. Dobson Ave. 312.256.1903 The Amazing Spider-Man PG-13 *

Sa 26-Jul —  Kennicott Park 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. 312.747.7138 Roll Bounce PG-13 *

Sa 26-Jul —  Paschen Park 1932 W. Lunt Ave. 773.262.5871 Despicable Me 2 PG *

Su 27-Jul —  Austin Town Hall Park 5610 W. Lake St. 773.287.7658 The Help PG-13 * Cultural Center Film Festival

Su 27-Jul —  Marquette Park 6743 S. Kedzie Ave. 312.747.6469 Life of Pi PG * Cultural Center Film Festival

Jul 21

City selling vacant lots in East Garfield Park for $1

The City of Chicago owns about 400 vacant lots in East Garfield Park - and they're selling them all for $1 each until Aug 4th.

If you own land on the same block as one or more of these lots, you can apply to buy up two of them.

Apply online here: http://largelots.org/apply/

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