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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

3 hours ago

Family of Man Killed by Chicago Police Sues The City

McIntosh’s lawyers say the teen fled the scene in the 2800 block of West Polk, but surrendered shortly after, unarmed. Police, however, claim McIntosh pointed a gun at officers, prompting them to open fire.

6 hours ago

Family files lawsuit over fatal shooting by Chicago police

According to the lawsuit, which names as defendants the city and two "John Doe" police officers, McIntosh was "enjoying a summer evening" in the 2800 block of West Polk Street when police officers jumped out of their cars with weapons drawn and chased him into a nearby backyard.

8 hours ago

Family files lawsuit over teen's fatal shooting by Chicago police

According to the lawsuit, which names as defendants the city and two "John Doe" police officers, McIntosh was "enjoying a summer evening" in the 2800 block of West Polk Street when a group of police officers jumped out of their cars with weapons drawn and chased him into a nearby backyard.

8 hours ago

Family of man shot, killed by CPD files federal civil rights lawsuit

According to officials, police responded to a complaint of armed men in the 2800 block of West Polk back in August. Officers approached the men matching the descriptions in the complaint, and one...

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Feb 23

Updated 34 hours ago

If you don't stand for something! You will fall for anything.

We should talk call me 773-530-9233 my name Senovia

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Hi Sonovia,

    There are forces that are working for improving the community and hopefully, you will join. Please start by contacting or visiting the Westside NAACP meeting- first Saturday of the month @1pm. There are other organizations working too recently AAABNA met with high level city officers regarding improving planning and economic development for the Westside and the NAACP will be meeting with County Commissioners too. Drop me an email, if you would like more information. Best.

  • Sonovia Petty #blacklivesmatter#novia

    Hello JoAnn,
    I definetly want to be apart of building and rebuiling this westside. Here is my contact number 773-530-9233

Feb 23

Updated 36 hours 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).

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    He doesnt know any better unfortunately. Poor little thing. I thought it was interesting to see the newsman state during election results that Jason Ervin ran unopposed with this look on his face. The entire city and he is the only one? I smell an investigation. There is absolutely NO...

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    He doesnt know any better unfortunately. Poor little thing. I thought it was interesting to see the newsman state during election results that Jason Ervin ran unopposed with this look on his face. The entire city and he is the only one? I smell an investigation. There is absolutely NO Way this is normal. Even the Alderman who actually Work, do their job and have improved their wards tremendously had folks run against them. Its odd and people talk. He will never be respected, no one will ever deal with him except liquor stores, stripping bars, Asian stores that carry cheap goods on Madison. This will he what you get. Lets Hope for the best during another 4 years. I would move.

  • West side resident Lifelong Chicagoan

    Slumlords destroy neighborhoods, and the west side is no exception. I have nothing but disdain for slumlords.

    Ervin seems to fit the criteria for a slumlord.

37 hours ago

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38 hours ago

Information

In respect to several comments, you are correct regarding investigating where the TIF funds are being spent. However, there are options for small businesses when the bank loans are out of reach: Accion Chicago ( loans are from $500. to $100,00) up to 72 months and Lisc Chicago ( loans are $500 to 2.5 million dollars) and a small number of grants. The information is not really being given to the masses...

Also on a different note, was the cheerleading/dancing program ever started in EGP? If not, are there any similar activities in the community? I did check with the park district. Thanks.

44 hours ago

Feb 15

Updated 2 days ago

Any leads on a puppy?

I would like to get a male 8 week old Rottweiler puppy. If anyone has any leads on one please contact me.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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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Feb 25

Updated 5 days ago

Despite neglecting the West Side, Rahm wins in most of the West Side. What gives???

I don't get it. City hall consistently neglects the west side over and over again. They pour most of their resources into downtown or the northside and completely neglect the west side. West siders whine and complain yet they vote for the establishment.

For all you West Side Rahm supporters, what makes you think city hall will treat the west side any different in the next 4 years?

  • Valerie, for those of us old enough to know Harold was the same way, he focused on the neighborhoods. Mayor Daley changed that when he took over, focusing on downtown

    To be honest, I think in the late 80's and early 90's when downtown was declining it was not a bad idea to invest in downtown, but today downtown is vibrant and we can now focus on the neighborhoods

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    A balanced approach is always best. North Lawndale is on life support. We need resources quick, fast and in a hurry.

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Feb 25

Updated Feb 25

Preparing four the next four years!

Hello everyone,
I hope everyone voted on yesterday.
As we prepare for the next four years with Ervin what are some of your concerns or wishes?
If there is a contender (Alderman) out there now is the time to state your intend and begin your campaign not a month before the next election.
Let's come up with the best candidate and rally behind that ONE person.
24th ward let's be heard!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I agree.

    And don't forget to go out & vote for Chuy Garcia on April 7th. GO OUT AND VOTE!!
    I voted for Bob Fioretti but we MUST support Chuy Garcia as the alternative to Rahm Emanuel.

    Maybe there's a possibility that Chuy Garcia will hold Alderman Jason Ervin accountable...

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    I agree.

    And don't forget to go out & vote for Chuy Garcia on April 7th. GO OUT AND VOTE!!
    I voted for Bob Fioretti but we MUST support Chuy Garcia as the alternative to Rahm Emanuel.

    Maybe there's a possibility that Chuy Garcia will hold Alderman Jason Ervin accountable for unacceptable leadership over the 28th ward? At least he'll probably hear us out. The machine is dying in Chicago and this is another way to get rid of Ervin.

    Apparently, the horrible living conditions of the West side are acceptable standards for Rahm Emanuel (in a "so-called" world-class city) so Rahm must go! I'm hoping Chuy Garcia will not allow 28 to continue on in the same condition that's been allowed since I've lived here.

    Rahm has visited every Southside EL stop, multiple times over the past 4 months. He's blatantly ignored the West side and given us the middle finger! When was the last time he was on a West side EL stop? He didn't even want our vote before. He "chalked-up" the 28th ward as a loss. But I guarantee you he'll be humming around the 28th ward over the next 6 weeks...asking you for another chance. He and Alderman Jason Ervin gave us 4 years of nothing!

    VOTE FOR CHUY GARCIA!!

Feb 20 2012

Updated Feb 25

North Lawndale's Future

At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
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At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
We were told that the liquor commission would poll the residents within 250 feet of the proposed site for their approval. 250 feet!. A new liquor store affects an area much larger than 250 feet, not only physically but also in terms of how our neighborhood is perceived. We are all a part of North Lawndale and these things affect us all.
Recently, we were informed that a new, unsecured residential center for at risk youth would be built in our community. Again we were told that the surrounding neighborhood was polled and approval was given. As was the case with the liquor store, we were told that this facility would bring jobs. But at what cost? It seems that we are perceived as being so desperate that we will accept anything, just as long as we get to eat whatever scraps society decides to throw at us. What kind of North Lawndale do we want?
We send our children to school with the hope that they will prosper in life. Once that prosperity comes, where will they live? Where will they want to live? Are we preparing North Lawndale for the prosperity of our children or for more decay?
At every opportunity, we need to let our elected officials know that we will not accept any more scraps that are thrown our way. We must let them and everyone else know that we have standards and that those standards call for the betterment of North Lawndale, not just more of the same.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    Thanks Seth, it showed up as a new post on my end. Go figure!

    The store on 19th & Pulaski is still in question though, because it always looks like it's about to open.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Me too! Thought someone,resurrected the issue.

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Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

This is a very interesting article.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I read about this on my way home tonight. While not surprising, it is scary and sad

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

    I just learned another profound, new word while reading "SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME": phantasmagoric, which means illusion and is aptly applied to this building that has had a tremendous tectonic impact on us. Did any of our elected officials have knowledge of the internal workings of the building?

Feb 25

Feb 24

Updated Feb 24

Voting poll at Ike Simms a ahambles

At 8 am the poll was not open because of lack of Judges. Any person who has been a judge before please go and be sworn in!

Not sure if Wil McGill is,the,onlymstandingmwrite in..Jasmine is Off the ballot.

  • D. Tate resident

    Thanks . This is my polling place. Can we use alternatives?

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Feb 13

Updated Feb 23

Trash Pick Up issuse

Anyone else in Garfield Park area (Homan and Washington ) intersection have problems with trash pick up?

At my residence they didn't pick up last week, (week of crazy snow fall) so I waited and happen to catch them picking up the DIBS trash (which i am thankful for) , and notifed them that they didn't pick up yet. They were like " Yes we did this morning" , Im like BullCR*P its still back there 10 mins ago.

Anyone else have this problem?

  • Yes that is very sad with that issue. They just think as it is lower income people and some riff raff in this neighborhood that they dont care and just brush it over.

    The emails :
    Letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org Worked or didnt bounce back
    CharlrsL.williams@cityofchicago.org bounced back as un-deliverable
    Kyle.smith@cityofchicago.org bounced back as un-deliverable
    Samantha Stinson at samantha.stinson@aldermanervin.com she responded back in two hours

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Appears,Charles was,spelled,wrong. If I typed...I,apologize.

    Will seen an email and see if Kyle bounces back for me too. Will,let u know.

    Would presume the letterforthemayor worked

Feb 16

Updated Feb 23

buying a house by GPC

I'm considering buying a house just north of Garfield Park Conservatory, on n central park ave, near Franklin blvd. Is this area safe for a family with a baby? Ive been to the conservatory lots of times, but never fully explored the area, or been around at night.
What are your thoughts on the direction this neighborhood is taking, and does anyone know what's going on with the vacant Laura Ward school? Is this an area now used for squatters or drug deals?
Thanks!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I have professional friends who own/live on the 3500 block of W. Franklin Blvd. They have children ranging from around 3ish to 12ish. All kids were born while living at the location.

    It's still social-economically mixed and it's getting better by far. But they're still building lots of subsidized housing...

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    I have professional friends who own/live on the 3500 block of W. Franklin Blvd. They have children ranging from around 3ish to 12ish. All kids were born while living at the location.

    It's still social-economically mixed and it's getting better by far. But they're still building lots of subsidized housing in the area too. My personal take is that it'll just be an extension of East Humboldt park over the next five years or so. The city of Chicago does a poor job of controlling crime, curfew, loitering and property upkeep on the West side. Until the city begins to enforce these problems I don't see that area of the West side becoming a Logan Square or West Town sort of neighborhood.

    Many home owners do their part to keep things up but the slum lords and vagrants are the ones who make it difficult to live on the West side. For now, I just think the area is mostly a somewhat affordable area to have shelter on the West side of the city.

  • I have been there 45 years. It has it's UPS and downs, good and bad. We have gone through periods when its good and periods when its bad. Right now we're in a bad cycle, hopefully we're on the downside. The school is closed. Part of our illustrious mayor's plan...

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    I have been there 45 years. It has it's UPS and downs, good and bad. We have gone through periods when its good and periods when its bad. Right now we're in a bad cycle, hopefully we're on the downside. The school is closed. Part of our illustrious mayor's plan to do away with public schooling I guess. They are pouring money into the flower house. So there is a plan for the neighborhood. You just have to wait and see. We are not now nor have we ever been part of Humboldt park, although it seems as if someone has a plan and is trying to annex it. 30 minutes from just about any place on the city, 15 minutes from downtown by el. It's not bad, its not great, its just home.

Feb 23

Re: the 24th Ward aldermanic election

North Lawndale has so much untapped potential, but we need someone with experience and contacts to jump start the process. I am voting for Frank Bass because he is the only candidate with significant policy and legislative experience. We need someone to hit the ground running, not learn on the job.

Also, we need to tap the considerable talents, skills and commitment of our residents. Two ways to do this are through the formation of block clubs and increased participation...

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North Lawndale has so much untapped potential, but we need someone with experience and contacts to jump start the process. I am voting for Frank Bass because he is the only candidate with significant policy and legislative experience. We need someone to hit the ground running, not learn on the job.

Also, we need to tap the considerable talents, skills and commitment of our residents. Two ways to do this are through the formation of block clubs and increased participation in CAPS. Mr. Bass specifically mentions these strategies on his website.

Another candidate, Darren Tillis, has shown that he considers resident involvement to be an interference. In the spring of last year he was one of eleven members of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee founded by Paul Norrington. Mr. Norrington asked Mr. Tillis to facilitate the committee meetings. All of the members of the committee worked together to approach UIC to be a partner and all of the members worked together to submit material for the first proposal. When it was announced in September that UIC/North Lawndale made the finals, Mr. Tillis and Marcus Betts began to have secret meetings with UIC and, in a power play, shut out the rest of the committee, including founder Paul Norrington. Despite many requests, Mr. Tillis and Mr. Betts refused to share information with the rest of the North Lawndale committee about their meetings with UIC and even used the committee name in publicity about meetings, when none of the other members of the committee were involved in the planning and presentations. Given these actions, it is not likely that Mr. Tillis will value resident involvement in future planning for North Lawndale.

Feb 22

Updated Feb 22

Vote Wisely on Tuesday

Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations. Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our ward and city run by eagles...

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Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations. Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our ward and city run by eagles and not turkeys or chickens.

As for me, I will not be voting for any candidates who want to run the ward like a business. Candidates who say that often don't know how government works and can't necessarily translate lessons learned from the business world to politics if they tried. We need look no further than Rahm, Rauner and charter school operators to see where running government like businesses gets us for our state and city governments and many of our local charter schools. Government, by definition, can never be a business.

There are also rumors of illegal electioneering. I will not be voting for any candidates that are rumored to be engaging in illicit electioneering tactics or divisive politics or intimidation of voters and other candidates. People don't change because they are elected. They just become amplified versions of who they are, for better or for worse, and the electorate has to deal with the consequences. Please, use your vote wisely.

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

    Voted early on Saturday and hoping for better days in the 24th ward.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for sharing, Daniel. We will have a clean slate this May. I hope whoever wins uses the opportunity in a positive way.

Feb 22

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