5 days ago

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DNAinfo Math

Wouldn't Quadri be a little higher than 3.2%?

50th Ward Alderman Race

Shajan Kuriakose 772 17.9%
Zehra Quadri 720 3.2%
Debra Silverstein 2,817 65.4%
23 of 40 precincts reporting.

  • And grey haired lady grabs my ballot out of my hands writes onit and swoosh into the ballot bax it goes. I'm saying, wait, wait, what are you doing? You can't touch my ballot! She said; "Oh, it's ok, I just forgot to put something on there". WHAT??? ???? THIS...

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    And grey haired lady grabs my ballot out of my hands writes onit and swoosh into the ballot bax it goes. I'm saying, wait, wait, what are you doing? You can't touch my ballot! She said; "Oh, it's ok, I just forgot to put something on there". WHAT??? ???? THIS WAS NOT THE START OF THE DAY! IT'S 3:45!! Nobody but my sis and I were voting at the time. Grey haired lady was just sitting in front of those ballots, doing nothing else but handing them out, what could she have "forgotten" to sign on that ballot?

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    She didn't forget to sign anything, she annotated the ballot she would later need to replace. People naively believe we run clean and fair elections in this country, but it's amazingly easy to steal an election. I AM NOT making allegations that this was done, simply pointing out that it can be done and it isn't hard to do.

25 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

police action

This is a couple days late but does anyone know what was going on Friday evening around 6:45 on granville& artesian? Lots of cops & a paddy wagon. Haven't seen one of those in a long time.

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Bravo to Robert Murphy for getting 43% of the 39th ward!

Although he didn't win, this was a great showing and an indictment of "Marge".

Margaret Laurino 5,840 53%
Robert Murphy 4,740 43%

  • Reasonable advice from Bob assuming that there is not too much ill-will (ie. water under the bridge). Following there runoff, I don't feel that Bob's line of reasoning will apply to Arena and Garrido and their opposing factions. Kiss and make up is just not going to happen.

  • J

    Spiro 1983 sounds like a real winner.

19 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

That's a rap for D Rose....

Aaaaannnnndddd another lost season for the bulls. I feel everyone's pain. I am crawling in a corner now. Gonna drink a 40.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost Wallet

I went to go vote at Daniel Boone Elementary That is last place I have seen it. Here a link of what the design on the wallet; http://www.snapnzip.com/content/images/thumbs/0006267_coach-mens-heritage-pass-case-id-wallet.png

Please call me at 773-710-1975.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    I hate when that happens!

  • We made him cancel everything at work... Sorry Chirag!

3 days ago

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3 days ago

4 days ago

Excitement in the 43rd

Congratulations to Caroline Vickrey, a West Ridge native, on her work to bring Michele Smith to a runoff! Throughout the city change is desperately needed and Lincoln Park is no exception. The hard work didn't stop on Tuesday though and I have faith that the 43rd Ward will get the alderman they deserve!

4 days ago

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Feb 20

Updated 4 days ago

Lincoln Towing Scam

A friend parked his car at Winston Towers #3 guest parking lot last night around 8:30. A guest pass was taped to the front window. This morning his car was gone, towed by Lincoln. He had to pay $218 to get it back. His MP3 player and I-Pass and other property were untouched. One wheel was damaged, and part of the pass was left where he'd taped it.

When he filed the police report he was told that the same thing happened two days before to a woman in a private lot at Sheridan and Pratt.

Be careful out there. It appears Lincoln is still up to its old tricks.

What do you think could have damaged that tire?

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    No, he arrived later. The 6 a.m. was on the tow slip.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    So your friend arrives after 6 and finds his car towed?I guess he should have followed the rules and moved it by 6. Pay up.

4 days ago

Feb 17

Updated 5 days ago

Our Very Own Tunnel?

Alderman Laurino "join[ed] Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Mike Quigley, and officials from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MRWD) to announce" that a storm water tunnel will be built in Albany Park. It is to begin in Eugene Park, go under Foster Ave, and 2 years and $45-55M later. empty into North Branch. She "will be engaging the Albany Park community through a series of community meetings and public forums." (per 2/17/15 email)

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

    It's "Eugene Field Park" - Eugene Field was the name of the author of several poems and he lived in Chicago. Calling it "Eugene Park" is wrong.

5 days ago

Mac OS X Mountain Lion 7.0

Does anyone have a disc of Mountain Lion OS X 7.0 I could borrow for a day or less? Thank you.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

Shajan Kuriakose Never Voted in City Elections

Thanks to a FOIA request, it is now absolutely clear that not only does Shajan not live in the 50th Ward, he never voted for alderman in ANY ward and, in fact, never voted in any city election. The images are a bit fuzzy because they're copies, but the info is there.

Feb 23

Updated 6 days ago

Are you ready to vote? Hear what 50th ward candidates have to say.

It's not too late to learn more about the candidates before you vote - see what they said during a candidate forum hosted by the West Rogers Park Community Organization: http://ow.ly/JwUqo

  • Man With a Plan Working for neighborhood change

    Read this blog as well for more information on candidates: 50h ward follies.com.

6 days ago

Car on fire.

Did anyone see that car on fire. It was near California and Albion. The owner was no where in site. I had to act quickly and move my car out the way. Wonder what caused it to catch fire. The flame was on front of the car.

6 days ago

6 days ago

Tuesday is election day! GO VOTE

Not sure where to vote tomorrow on election day? Check your polling place here: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html

Feb 14

Updated 6 days ago

Love this.

So happy to be able to communicate instanteanously with so many neighbors on so many platforms - EveryBlock, Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor.

Please know that I am listening to all of you, including those who disagree. I value all your opinions.

There has been lots of things happening lately in the 39th ward race, including that I received the Tribune's endorsement and a poll administrator at the N. Park Village Admin building who works for Ald. Laurino was removed.

I'm happy to answer any questions you all have about these or other issues. Please feel free to reach out on social media, on my website, or by phone 773.710.8431.

Feb 23

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Feb 18

Updated Feb 22

WRPCO Candidates Forum

Four of the five candidates for alderman attended tonight's forum. Only the alderman didn't show up, instead sending a letter claiming that Ahmed Khan's personal endorsement of Shajan Kuriakose and the presence of write-in candidates Fuji Shioura and Peter Sifnotis precluded her appearance. Too bad for her. She missed a great evening.

All the candidates acquitted themselves well. Each proved to be well-informed, well-prepared, and armed with thoughtful analyses and opinions.

Some wards would be lucky to find one or two candidates of this caliber. We have four.

Thank you, Zehra, Shajan, Peter, and Fuji.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    Whoever you vote for, let it be someone other than Ms Silverstein. It's easy to vote for the devil you know, but take a chance on someone else this election cycle. Who knows if the candidate will fail? At least you won't be voting for someone who has proven to...

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    Whoever you vote for, let it be someone other than Ms Silverstein. It's easy to vote for the devil you know, but take a chance on someone else this election cycle. Who knows if the candidate will fail? At least you won't be voting for someone who has proven to us she's not up to the job. If Ms Silverstein were at a private company doing similar work she would have been fired years ago. Don't support inadequacy. Write-in Peter Sifnotis. Punch 53. Whatever you do, just don't keep voting for failure and expecting a different result. There's a cliché that describes that behavior and we heard it enough last fall, but there's a reason it's a cliché: because it's true. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Bwahahaha!

Feb 17

Updated Feb 22

Get ready for Election Day

You can learn more about the aldermanic candidates in the 39th ward with this forum hosted by Albany Park Neighbors: http://ow.ly/Jeabt

  • CC.

    Pretty good forum. They asked some good questions.

Feb 19

Updated Feb 22

Jobs Announcement from Zehra Quadri

Zehra Quadri announced at last night's WPRCO forum that she has signed a contract with a company in the United Arab Emirates that will bring 500 jobs to West Ridge. She will be opening a factory that will produce hospital linens. A variety of jobs will be available, and she's looking at the vacant buildings on Western Avenue as possible locations for her business. Zehra tells me that the factory will open later this year.

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Zehra Quadri announced at last night's WPRCO forum that she has signed a contract with a company in the United Arab Emirates that will bring 500 jobs to West Ridge. She will be opening a factory that will produce hospital linens. A variety of jobs will be available, and she's looking at the vacant buildings on Western Avenue as possible locations for her business. Zehra tells me that the factory will open later this year.

No, it's not a campaign stunt. She's been negotiating for the contract since 2014, and flew to Dubai to pitch West Ridge as the right location. If the business meets its growth goals, Zehra's factory could employ as many as 1,000 people in the next few years.

Positions will carry full benefits and on-the-job training. It's a good thing for West Ridge.

  • Thanks Paco for the compliment. Name calling is no substitute for factual information and proof.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    You're welcome. What name were you called? You got the facts and won't accept them. Just a lot of crackpot theories and goofy deductions from nonexistent "facts" made up by you. Amuse yourself. It won't hurt anybody.

Feb 22

Economic Development Plan from Zehra Quadri

The computer glitch is fixed. The plan is up. Take a look.

zehraQuadri.com

Feb 22

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Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Lincoln Towing Scam

A friend's car was towed this morning at 5:30 a.m. from a private, guest parking lot at Winston Towers #3 by Lincoln Towing. He'd parked it at 8:30 pm and had a guest pass taped to the window. The next morning he discovered his car had been towed from the lot. It cost him $218 to get it back. One tire was damaged. His MP3 player and I-Pass were still in the vehicle but most of the guest pass had...

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A friend's car was towed this morning at 5:30 a.m. from a private, guest parking lot at Winston Towers #3 by Lincoln Towing. He'd parked it at 8:30 pm and had a guest pass taped to the window. The next morning he discovered his car had been towed from the lot. It cost him $218 to get it back. One tire was damaged. His MP3 player and I-Pass were still in the vehicle but most of the guest pass had been ripped from the window.

When he filed his police report the officer told him that the same thing had happened just two days before to a woman parked in a private lot at Sheridan and Pratt.

It's pretty clear that Lincoln towed the cars illegally. Be careful. It could happen to you. Note the pictures. What would cause damage like that to a tire? Notice how they left part of the guest pass still in the window? What crooks.

  • Biggest crooks in town! I can't figure out how they have managed to avoid being closed down.

  • Where are the pictures?

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Looks like I posted this twice. the pix are on the other thread, just above this one. Sorry about that. Same title on the thread.

Feb 19

Updated Feb 21

Debra Silverstein take undue credit? Indeed.

Debra Silverstein has taken credit for obtaining funds to build the educational garden at Armstrong school at 2110 West Greenleaf. Funding for this garden was obtained (well over $100,000) through a grant proposal to Openlands, a non-profit organization that funds projects which add green space to properties in Chicago. A group of teachers at Armstrong, along with parents, students and non-teacher staff members worked tirelessly, attending required planning meetings and professional development, in order to gain this funding. Silverstein did...

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Debra Silverstein has taken credit for obtaining funds to build the educational garden at Armstrong school at 2110 West Greenleaf. Funding for this garden was obtained (well over $100,000) through a grant proposal to Openlands, a non-profit organization that funds projects which add green space to properties in Chicago. A group of teachers at Armstrong, along with parents, students and non-teacher staff members worked tirelessly, attending required planning meetings and professional development, in order to gain this funding. Silverstein did NOTHING to obtain these funds, help build the garden and does nothing to maintain it. She was required to sign one letter to release the funding and that was all. Her involvement was not required, or sought. Yet she has wrongfully misled the public in a full color. 8 1/2 x 11 mailer sent out 10 days ago.
Shame on you Debra Silverstein. Just because you need to sign a letter in order to release funds, doesn't mean you did much more than that--so you shouldn't represent it as such.

  • Jeff Teacher

    I am watching the WRPCO's candidate forum on Youtube right now. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6ZUG46wXOg&feature=youtu.be) I encourage everyone to be an informed voter. Interestingly,the current alderman was a last-minute cancellation at the forum. I very much appreciate all the other candidates showing up and sharing their views. It will help me decide to whom my vote will go.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    Apparently Ms Silverstein believes that allowing write-in candidates to speak makes a mockery of the democratic process (but knocking formidable challengers off the ballot isn't, apparently).

Feb 21

Today is the LAST day of early voting!

Please remember to vote!

If you are not registered at your current address, you can register and vote today ONLY at any of the 51 polling places in the city. The 39th ward polling place is at North Park Village. To register you need 2 pieces of ID, like your driver's license and utility bill.

For more information: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

Feb 21

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Feb 20

Video: 50th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Video is up. FYI.

50th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum hosted by the West Rogers Park Community Organization. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

Watch here: http://youtu.be/d6ZUG46wXOg

Feb 20

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Feb 19

Updated Feb 19

Another West Rogers Park fire

6400 block N. Seeley, what is happening around here that there are so many fires? Be safe firefighters!

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    This really cold weather brings out those space heaters. Radiant heaters, in particular, can ignite objects placed in close proximity. Certainly understandable that people want to stay warm but extra caution has to be exercised.

  • Such a good reminder, thank you

Feb 19

50th aldermanic ward forum at IAC

Hello everyone,
The forum scheduled at the Indo-American Center is still on for 6:00 PM tonight. If you were at the the WRPCO forum yesterday, please join to the Indo-American Center we have complied slightly different questions than what you heard yesterday. If you have not attended any forum, then I strongly encourage you to do so. We are located at 6328 N. California Ave. The event will be go from 6-8 PM. See you all there.

Thanks,

Feb 19

2/19: IAC presents 50th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Tonight! The Indo-American Center presents a 50th Ward Aldermanic Forum. Come join and discuss the future of our ward with invited candidates.

Thursday, February 19
6:00pm - 8:00pm

At the Indo-American Center
6328 N California Ave

For more info please see: https://www.facebook.com/events/789767061097981/

Feb 11

Updated Feb 19

My personal endorsement for 50th Ward Alderman

My personal endorsement for 50th Ward Alderman:

Dear fellow 50th Ward neighbors,

My name is Ahmed Khan and I am a lifelong 50th Ward resident. I grew up in the ward, went to a local school, played in the local parks, and my family has run a business in the ward for 25 years. You may remember, I ran for 50th Ward Alderman in the previous 2011 municipal election on a platform of increasing community involvement and bringing accountability to...

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My personal endorsement for 50th Ward Alderman:

Dear fellow 50th Ward neighbors,

My name is Ahmed Khan and I am a lifelong 50th Ward resident. I grew up in the ward, went to a local school, played in the local parks, and my family has run a business in the ward for 25 years. You may remember, I ran for 50th Ward Alderman in the previous 2011 municipal election on a platform of increasing community involvement and bringing accountability to this office. I ran on a platform stating that we need a “grassroots” Alderman, one that understands the full diversity of the 50th Ward and properly engages the different aspects of the community.

I strongly believe that Shajan Kuriakose will be the “grassroots” Alderman that we have been looking for. After carefully observing all the candidate’s agendas, I feel that Shajan has been the one that best aligns with the vision I ran with.

Shajan believes in:

· Closing loopholes that allow elected officials to violate rules without facing any accountability
· Strategically reinvesting available city funds back into our neighborhoods and our schools
· Stopping the city's scandal-plagued red light camera ticketing program
· Advocating for an increased police-presence to ensure safety for our families and for our businesses
· Fighting to reopen the city's mental clinics that treat our most vulnerable

We had hoped for change in the 50th Ward back in 2011, but true change is still long overdue. I am voting for Shajan Kuriakose because he will put people before politics.

See attached image for full letter and references.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Ahmed, as it turns out your endorsement may have done us all a favor. Silverstein used it to excuse herself from last night's forum.

    The letter she sent in her place also said she didn't want to appear with write-in candidates. What a crock! She couldn't handle an audience of...

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    Ahmed, as it turns out your endorsement may have done us all a favor. Silverstein used it to excuse herself from last night's forum.

    The letter she sent in her place also said she didn't want to appear with write-in candidates. What a crock! She couldn't handle an audience of residents who would be asking serious, pointed questions. By being inclusive, the WRPCO forum gave residents a real opportunity to hear from ALL the candidates. Debra does best with glossy mailers full of half-truths and outright lies and in controlled interviews that are closed to the public. She's a poor excuse for a candidate as well as an alderman.

  • Ahmed Khan 50th Ward Resident

    Yes, I was made aware of this. Ben Woodard of DNAinfo contacted me late last night and this is what i said:

    "I am entitled by the organization's bylaws to make personal statements so long as I do not use name of organization or my title therefrom in such statements....

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    Yes, I was made aware of this. Ben Woodard of DNAinfo contacted me late last night and this is what i said:

    "I am entitled by the organization's bylaws to make personal statements so long as I do not use name of organization or my title therefrom in such statements. I have abided by that. I was not part of forum planning not was i at the pre forum meeting which all candidates can confirm. Furthermore, i recused myself voluntarily from attending the forum.

    I endorsed Shajan as a 50th ward resident. The write-ins deserved to be there as they are certified by the Board of Elections. It is democracy. I think Alderman Silverstein's reason for lack of attendance is an unacceptable excuse, especially when close to 60 residents came out on a cold night to listen to the candidates.

    All the candidates were given the questionairres pre event equally and were explained rules at the pre forum meeting. There was no unfair advantage any candidate could have possibly gotten due to anything at the venue."

    This article articulates: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150219/west-rogers-park/50th-ward-candidates-minus-incumbent-talk-rubber-stamp-aldermen-pot

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