38 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Hey, Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman!

You won't gain supporters ringing doorbells on a Saturday in a mostly Orthodox area!

No, I won't name names.

  • I won't either, but this is a good example of what we've touched on in other EB discussions: the various cultures in this ward live in isolation from one another. . Anyone hoping to be elected has to begin by being inclusive, and that means having campaign staff and volunteers...

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    I won't either, but this is a good example of what we've touched on in other EB discussions: the various cultures in this ward live in isolation from one another. . Anyone hoping to be elected has to begin by being inclusive, and that means having campaign staff and volunteers who are truly representative of the community, doing a little research about the people one hopes to serve, and thinking things through. The danger for any candidate is being surrounded only by people from within one's own circle. It's early in the campaign and it was a rookie mistake.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Paco - That's what I found so shocking. How is it possible that anyone running for alderman wouldn't have at least a cursory understanding of who lives where?

  • I have no clue who the candidate is, but I'm amazed that a person thinking about running for office wouldn't know the neighborhood better.

42 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Shooting Near Howard and Western?

This is from a neighborhood message board:

"There were a series of gunshots in the alley in the 7400 block of Maplewood and then many police officers. . . shortly before 11."

I hope this was something domestic, and the gang war isn't moving west

  • KKH

    No one made comment that Robin's posting was 'wrong.'
    Folks jump to defense, here, so quickly an unnecessarily.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I understand. I think it's sometimes hard to sense the tone of any comment made online. My post was not intended in a harsh tone, and I'm sorry if it came out that way, because it was brief. Sorry for any misunderstanding. I get what rogerparker said.

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2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Leaving hi tax Illinois for low tax states

http://ilnews.org/2780/irs-dragging-feet-in-release-of-inter-state-migration-data/
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.

In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information but now it will take three years, said J. Scott Moody, who heads State Budget Solutions, a national group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility in the state governments.

“The data indicates that year after year, people are moving from high-tax ‘blue’ states like Illinois to low-tax ‘red’ states,” Moody, said.

  • Their Boomer Generation is getting older and migrating to where they can retire and live comfortably. That is a big part of the move.

    People grow older and seek warmer climates most of which are in "blue states".

  • Pot hole, warm weather Florida, Arizona and Texas have low taxes and "roads, education, clean water, etc" as does cold weather Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. They also have more jobs than Illinois because many Illinois companies have migrated there such as Klein Tools, formerly of Touhy and McCormick now happily in Texas.

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Are there any 50th Ward candidates for Aldercreature?

I suspect Ahmed Kahn will run again. Greg Brewer left the ward for hipper pastures. Will I be writing in Bozo the Clown?

  • Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the...

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    Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the city Council's time approving awnings and signs in the public way; yes, maybe this could be better done by a bureaucrat rather than the full council. I think several of the issues raised in that thread could make for interesting discussions among our four announced candidates. Ald. Silverstein's council record can be reviewed here:
    https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=64196&GUID=0254E721-8ED0-4EAD-9BFF-2B927E07B0B9&Search=

  • Avy

    Paco, who is the fourth candidate? Though there are rumors, there are only 3 that I know of.

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Missing Meyers Parrot , Rockwell And Peterson

Restaurant by my house, Rockwell And Peterson is missing their parrot..
They always had him outside and he was very tame.. His cage was never closed.
On few occasions I asked the parrot owner to either give me the bird or sell him to me, because I was very attached to him.
I loved that bird, and almost daily I was going over there just to pet him and spend some quality time with him, hoping that the owner might...

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Restaurant by my house, Rockwell And Peterson is missing their parrot..
They always had him outside and he was very tame.. His cage was never closed.
On few occasions I asked the parrot owner to either give me the bird or sell him to me, because I was very attached to him.
I loved that bird, and almost daily I was going over there just to pet him and spend some quality time with him, hoping that the owner might give in, and give me the parrot.
He was loved my many, because a lot of people were approaching him daily.
I don't think owner cared much about the bird, because most days he was outside, on top of his cage, and then locked in the restaurant at night with the loud music.
If you know anybody that acquired a medium size dark green bird week ago, please let me know..
Because I still care about this bird and I am willing to buy him off of u..
If you found him, stole him, whatever happened .. please send me a message, I am emotionally attached to this little guy.
They can get pretty loud.. so if u mind all that and you stole him not knowing how they can get.. please, please let me know.. I would be more than happy to take care of him

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Bikes on Peterson sidewalk?

Hi, I moved here from someplace terrible a few months back, I love it. I'm near Rockwell in a nice condominium.
But: when I go to Target, people, especially young'ns, are riding all wobbly wibbly on the sidewalk.
I have a trick knee from a car crash and I'm always worried about getting knocked down, aren't there regulations about not riding bikes on the sidewalk?

  • If you're more than 12 years of age you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Joe Moore sends out frequent reports from the 24th District commander about quality of life arrests (driving while on cell phones, public drinking and/or urination, etc.) but I notice there's nothing about cyclists on...

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    If you're more than 12 years of age you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Joe Moore sends out frequent reports from the 24th District commander about quality of life arrests (driving while on cell phones, public drinking and/or urination, etc.) but I notice there's nothing about cyclists on the sidewalk. Ald. Silverstein added a link to the report on her last newsletter. The report does provide some insight into what activities the police focus on, and it may be that there just haven't been enough complaints about cyclists to warrant any attention. It can be dangerous for pedestrians, though, especially at night. I've yet to find a cyclist who calls out when he's trying to pass, but I have found quite a few who zoom down sidestreets at night because they aren't expecting to encounter dog walkers or those who enjoy a late-night stroll.

  • Melody Stanley Crafty/Techy Geek

    I am in front of that Target all of the time (I catch the bus there often). I use a walker for balance issues related to a neurological issue so I can not move that quickly even if I wanted to. I refuse to jump out of the way for...

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    I am in front of that Target all of the time (I catch the bus there often). I use a walker for balance issues related to a neurological issue so I can not move that quickly even if I wanted to. I refuse to jump out of the way for people illegally riding their bikes on the sidewalk and so far nobody has hit me. They may yell and say to get out of the way but when I do not, they either stop, move to the street, or go around me. One guy swerved at the last second and fell. They seem to expect pedestrians to yield to them. :-/

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

The "Spiral of Silence"

The Pew Research Center reported an interesting study about social media, specifically, a the "tendency of people not to speak up" about public issues on social media sites if they think their opinions aren't shared by most of their network. Thoughts?
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Crinedel -- As I said, I don't blame people for not wanting to be attacked!

    Robin -- All my FB friends are friends, but I certainly don't poll them for their opinions on all political issues. Maybe you'd not be as tired and cranky if you followed suit?

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Some people behave very differently in public than online. I know who a few of the Brash Big-Mouths in this EB forum are and who consistently talk tough, crude and rude to the point of bullying but at an actual public meeting they meekly remain quiet, often near the back...

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    Some people behave very differently in public than online. I know who a few of the Brash Big-Mouths in this EB forum are and who consistently talk tough, crude and rude to the point of bullying but at an actual public meeting they meekly remain quiet, often near the back of the room and never utter a single peep much less a solid opinion on anything. They crave attention online but fear attention or recognition in public. It is interesting to read their rants online and then see them later in the same day at a public meeting trying to melt into the background without being noticed.

Aug 12

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Aug 16

Updated 5 days ago

Alderman, Not Queen

This morning at 6:20 vans arrived at the Republic Bank parking lot and began banging together tents and a stage and setting up chairs for a day-long party celebrating Indian Independence Day. The event will include live entertainment and, of course, loudspeakers. The party will begin around 11 and is expected to last until at least 7 pm.The man in charge told me that the alderman had signed off on it and if I had any complaints I could take...

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This morning at 6:20 vans arrived at the Republic Bank parking lot and began banging together tents and a stage and setting up chairs for a day-long party celebrating Indian Independence Day. The event will include live entertainment and, of course, loudspeakers. The party will begin around 11 and is expected to last until at least 7 pm.The man in charge told me that the alderman had signed off on it and if I had any complaints I could take them up with her. When I told him that this is a residential area, he replied "So what?." This is absolutely the last straw for me. Neither the alderman nor the event's organizers had the courtesy to advise the neighbors in advance about this event, which belongs in the park, not in a residential area. Complaints about noisy events in the parking lot are met with indifference by the alderman and the bank. All anybody cares about is money. I think she forgets that commercial and political interests have to be balanced with quality-of-life issues for residents. I am tired of the high-handedness, of the lack of communication, of being expected to accept whatever she and powerful commercial interests decide to do. She was elected alderman, not queen. I think this is what you get when all the political power in the ward is in one family. I've been ambivalent about the alderman for a long time but this is the last straw. My home will be under siege all day. I want a new alderman. I've just learned that there is a credible potential candidate and am trying to meet with this person in the next few days. We need change in this ward. We replaced the alderman last time, but we didn't change the system. If the ward is going to work for everybody, the system has to change, too.

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

    I believe the grid system is in order now.
    I live in the 50th ward and signs were up last Tuesday and Wednesday.I watched as the street sweeper drove up the middle of Estes Ave.ignoring both the gutters and curbs.I saw the alderman at Devon Farmers market and told her about it and she said she will talk to the ward boss about it.The signs are still up a week later

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    On the rare occasion we see a street sweeper they do a pretty good job. I have met the driver and wave when I see him. As for the signs, I had to call the alderman's office and inform them that signs were posted days after the sweep. I drive east from Kedzie on Rosemont everyday and noticed the signs on several blocks. After I called, they removed them.

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Jul 28

Updated 6 days ago

All Night Fireworks

It sounds like a war zone over here at Western and Devon, 4th of July was three weeks ago WTF is with all the explosions and fireworks?

  • The way to contact posters on EB is to click on the poster's screen name to access that person's profile, where you click to send an e-mail via EB. You can respond to an EB e-mail by clicking "reply" in your personal e-mail or responding via EB. If you reply via your personal e-mail, the person you're responding to will then have your private e-mail address. Hope this helps.

  • Karen, Can you e-mail me some dates you'd be available to get together to continue our discussion about bridging the multicultural gap in WRP? It doesn't appear that e-mail is active on your account. If anyone else is interested in joining Karen, Sarahdonnis, JR, and me please send me an e-mail via EB. Thanks.

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Aug 25

Aug 24

Reminder: Women's Baseball in Chicago during World War II

Here's another way in which women's roles expanded during WWII: The National Women's Baseball League (1944-54) included the Thillens Checashers a fast-pitch team that played at Thillens Stadium, Devon and Kedzie. Documentary filmmaker Adam Chu will trace the league's West Ridge connection in his talk at Northtown Library, 6435 N. California Ave., this Tuesday August 26 at 6:30 pm. The league was a rival to the All-American Women's Baseball League (1943-54) which was the subject of the film "A League of Their Own." His talk is co-sponsored by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and the Northtown Library.

Aug 21

Updated Aug 24

Deadly Mosquitoes Invade West Rogers Park

A woman in her 70s who lives in West Rogers Park was diagnosed with the city's first case of West Nile virus, officials said. Of the more than one hundred victims last year, around ten percent died. Technicians will be spraying Zenivex to poison the mosquitoes. You should stay indoors and close your windows while spraying is underway as an extra precaution, city officials said. Be careful because one bite can kill you. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140819/norwood-park/city-spray-far-northwest-side-for-mosquitoes-wednesday

  • Yeah, She Chemist. What's your deal? You're being such a downer, throwing in all these "statistics" and "big words."

    Can't you just let me overreact to this whole thing, and let me stay anxious about dying from west nile virus?!?!?

    Can't you just let me demand FACTS and INFORMATION ... Just without actually having the most accurate and complete ones?

    ...cuz I don't want to learn things that will make me less scared!

    Seriously, though. What are you, some kind of elitist?

  • KKH

    Wow, Coffee. Maybe... switch to decaf?

Aug 24

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Aug 22

Updated Aug 22

Where's the thread?

How and why does a thread get removed from everyblock? I was following one and POOF- it's not there anymore. Curious as to what happened.

  • If you remember the thread title, try searching for it in the search box in the upper/right corner of this page.

    Threads will get removed if there are multiple personal attacks.

Aug 22

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Aug 21

YARD SALE

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Aug 18

Updated Aug 19

Rats

Hello everyone.
Have you had results from filing a request on the city website?
Lately, I have witnessed rats in the alley and "walking", not slithering in front of our houses. It happens in the evening and at dusk. Does anyone know how long it takes the city to address this infestation after filing a request? Have you seen rats in your neighborhood? Or is this a situation in my neighborhood? What can be done to prevent an infestation in...

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Hello everyone.
Have you had results from filing a request on the city website?
Lately, I have witnessed rats in the alley and "walking", not slithering in front of our houses. It happens in the evening and at dusk. Does anyone know how long it takes the city to address this infestation after filing a request? Have you seen rats in your neighborhood? Or is this a situation in my neighborhood? What can be done to prevent an infestation in our alley? Rats bring lots of destruction and disease. What can I do as an individual to handle this matter outside my home if the city does not respond? By the way, I think the rats are coming to eat from garbage carts that are not properly secured or from construction in the neighborhood. I am just guessing, not sure. I have never seen a rat up close and personal until recently. Not a pretty sight.
Thank you and have a great day!

  • Good idea to call for carts for others. As for the Aerex pest control, I had mice a long time ago so, I might just call them to make sure that my basement is vermin proof.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    JR and Judy, I did the same and had my neighbors' cans replaced. I just called Streets and San directly. Those darn squirrels are killing me!

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