5 min ago

Local Goods Chicago on morning show today!

A Local Goods Chicago segment was filmed live this morning here in Edgebrook. Here's a link to the video clip:

http://www.wciu.com/videos/youandme/local-goods-chicago

2 days ago

Updated 7 min ago

John Garrido is Following His Own Tea Party Election Strategy

John Garrido (candidate for 45th Ward Alderman) says Tea Party candidates like himself need to hide as "Independents" in order to get elected in Chicago:

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2011/01/an-examination-of-the-tea-party-movement/

Branded as extremists, crazies and “tea baggers,” many individuals affiliated with the party believe the movement would stand a better chance if deemed something else. The heavily rooted negative connotations that accompany the Tea Party has undeniably affected its progress.

“In order to go in and actually win races, we’re going to have to run candidates who appeal to all voters. It has to be more of an independent thing,” said Garrido.

  • RE new businesses to the ward...
    my fist response was that's good we have the space. Not any negative

    RE imagine standing in your...
    This is not a post about politics at first, it is initially about a persons perspective. after the initial is it political yes. I share the...

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    RE new businesses to the ward...
    my fist response was that's good we have the space. Not any negative

    RE imagine standing in your...
    This is not a post about politics at first, it is initially about a persons perspective. after the initial is it political yes. I share the perspective that a single family/2flat block should not be altered. So I guess that makes me a fear monger a hater of the poor and a racist, and I say that because that is the moniker some contributors have placed on some of the posters.

  • Chuck,
    It's easy, in an attempt to create a 'strawman', to embellish another's position to make the position of the other easier to refute. I'll cite your language "So I guess that makes me a fear monger a hater of the poor and a racist," as a step in the...

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    Chuck,
    It's easy, in an attempt to create a 'strawman', to embellish another's position to make the position of the other easier to refute. I'll cite your language "So I guess that makes me a fear monger a hater of the poor and a racist," as a step in the strawman direction.

    "Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent’s argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues."

    The OP of Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you post, Bob Bank
    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/mar26-imagine-standing-your-back-yard-and-you-look-6763893/
    -can read the Alderman's mind
    -knows what will happen in the future unless you vote for Garrido, who's taken the pledge
    -has drawn political cartoons of the Alderman
    -and has asserted that zoning decisions made under Levar are attributable to Arena
    So, in context, it is political, dog-whistling racial and ethnic animus.

    It's not that a person's opinion, like yours, may be to keep RS-3 zoning; what makes Bob's OP political is the disinformation and dog-whistling.

    Do you assert that people living near a proposed zoning change have extra rights to other than notification?

14 hours ago

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Think about walkability when voting in the 45th

People in Gladstone Park aren't making a conscious choice to drive.

Have you ever considered walking to do your errands? Unlikely. Why? JP is built cars first, everyone else second.

If you live a block north of Milwaukee/Central: would you walk to Walgreen’s one block away?

If you’re like most people, no way. On Milwaukee, there’s 8 lanes of moving traffic, and on Central, there’s 5 lanes of moving traffic. The walk _feels_ unsafe because the traffic moves so quickly,...

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People in Gladstone Park aren't making a conscious choice to drive.

Have you ever considered walking to do your errands? Unlikely. Why? JP is built cars first, everyone else second.

If you live a block north of Milwaukee/Central: would you walk to Walgreen’s one block away?

If you’re like most people, no way. On Milwaukee, there’s 8 lanes of moving traffic, and on Central, there’s 5 lanes of moving traffic. The walk _feels_ unsafe because the traffic moves so quickly, even more unsafe for kids and elderly.

Consider another intersection in Jefferson Park: Milwaukee/Lawrence. Would you walk to CVS if you lived one block west near the Jefferson Park library?

At least you'd consider it. Milwaukee near Lawrence has 4 lanes of moving traffic and Lawrence has only 5 lanes of moving traffic. Yes, it’s a not pleasant walk, but it doesn’t _feel_ unsafe.

The secret that candidates opposing the traffic safety measures did not tell you is that there are _more cars per day_ on other sections of Milwaukee with _fewer lanes_.

Near Lawrence on Milwaukee, there are 27,600 average daily vehicles according to CDOT. In the heart of the road diet area near Milwaukee and Bryn Mawr, there are only 13,500 average daily vehicles, according to IDOT.

An area with half the vehicles does not need more lanes - it encourages speeding and recklessness.

A different study from CDOT showed that 75% of vehicles were speeding on Milwaukee, north of Central. Cars feel safe going too fast because they can swerve. This reinforces your default choice to drive because it _feels_ unsafe to cross or walk near Milwaukee.

We need more intersections like the imperfect Milwaukee/Lawrence and fewer like Milwaukee/Central. We should have the _choice_ to walk.

We have a choice to support someone who will allow the neighborhood to be more walkable.

If you agree, vote accordingly.

Recommended: http://www.amazon.com/Walkable-City-Downtown-Save-America-ebook/dp/B008423170

  • Gord,
    Agree, not even good design stops stupid.

  • Its not just about drivers, cyclists are supposed to follow the rules of the road and pedestrians can do their part by taking out the ear buds and looking up from their hand held devices. How about a bit of common sense and situational awareness...

13 hours ago

Updated 22 min ago

Dog Sitter needed Friday April 3rd - Saturday the 11th

I'm looking for someone to look after my two dogs for 8 days starting this Friday. It could be someone to stay here overnight, or to come by at least 3 times a day & spend some time with them.

4 year old 70 pound German Shepherd (cautious at first, but very sweet)
7 month old 35 pound Farm Mutt (super friendly cuddly)

We have cable tv & internet.... fenced in yard... easy street parking... food... wifi....

4500 block of North Kostner
** references required

2 days ago

Updated 34 min ago

Frustrated

Does anyone know what is going on with the eyesore at central and Irving(the Mexican restaurant)?Ever since the fire over a year ago they started construction and there it sits still abanded,not only the restaurant but the whole corner. It looks horrible. I wasn't really that concerned until yesterday when I was driving west on Irving and noticed the old bowling alley was going to be a dollar store and then 3 blocks west a tobacco shop, are you kidding me? Enough is enough.

  • What is your deal? This site wasn't created for people like you.

  • Mike, I just spoke with the building owner and he indicates that most interior work is nearly complete except for the restaurant. He will be calling for a final inspection shortly and hopes to begin reoccupying the building apartments and smaller retail spaces by May 1st, after which Amigo Chino...

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    Mike, I just spoke with the building owner and he indicates that most interior work is nearly complete except for the restaurant. He will be calling for a final inspection shortly and hopes to begin reoccupying the building apartments and smaller retail spaces by May 1st, after which Amigo Chino will be applying for their permits to begin restoration work for their return.
    I share your disappointment over the dollar and tobacco stores but the building owners and these businesses have the right to open even though some would prefer for them not to.

2 days ago

Updated 45 min ago

Talk about pandering

Well that's enough of me talking about me, I will stop and let you talk about me.

And silly me I thought the two mailers a day that have been stuffed into my mail box everyday. Funny thing is not one of the mailers touts any single positive thing that has been brought into the ward, only finger pointing and name calling.

“Relationships with negative people are simply tedious encounters with porcupines. You don’t have the remote knowledge how to be close to them without quills being shot in your direction.”
― Shannon L. Alder

  • Chuck,
    There are coincidences that combine to make me wonder:

    1)Rahm-Rangel-Profitizing Public Ed - Garrido

    2) Garrido-16th retirement district transfer-why?

    3) Baert, Rahm's candidate, supports Garrido (Rahm's Candidate?)

    4) Rahm thinks that Garrido and Baert won't be enough to stop Arena, inserts Diaz

    5) Milwaukee Av Complete Streets project announced before the election. It could easily have been announced post election and post watermain construction.

  • PAC,
    To oversimplify it's politics.

    1) Rahm needed a place to turn to for the Hispanic/Latino vote after the Dems shied away from the HDO, in walks the golden goose UNO. Being advised by a political heavy weight (pre fallout) would seem a prudent move for any side.

    2) I...

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    PAC,
    To oversimplify it's politics.

    1) Rahm needed a place to turn to for the Hispanic/Latino vote after the Dems shied away from the HDO, in walks the golden goose UNO. Being advised by a political heavy weight (pre fallout) would seem a prudent move for any side.

    2) I do not care why he is in 16, but I am glad it isn't a 62yo getting pushed out the door. Happy to have any bodies in 16, and by the numbers, 16 is no longer a retirement district but the place that most times, because of manpower, you cannot get or use any time due. That alone adds to the angst of any PO's transferring in.

    3)4) Arena loyalists should have had an easier win with, as you say Rahm putting in more players. The disenchanted vote being split 3 to 1.

    5) So it is better to hide all projects until post election that way the people are just stuck with it?? Is this your point about bullet #5

Jan 27

Updated 49 min ago

Downtown Jefferson Park

I cross posted this on the JPNA facebook site, but wanted input here. What would you like to see in downtown Jefferson Park? It could be anything - stores, restaurants, residential, parks, bike lanes, anything. Downtown is ill defined but for this purpose let's assume it centers around Milwaukee and Lawrence and extends east to the Kennedy Expressway, west to Central Avenue, north to the Metra bridge on Milwaukee and south to Wilson Park. Any ideas?

2 days ago

Updated 54 min ago

Some times you are searching for one thing and find another: Chicago Tribune, May 29, 1981

From Sec. 2 , page 8 Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 29, 1981
Action Line, Sound Off
"We have been hearing a lot about the awful conditions inside city schools. However, I would like to call attention to a most favorable aspect of one of these schools. That is the cabinet-making department of Schurz High School. I happened to see a display in the Brickyard Mall of the students' work, and it was a revelation, these beautiful pieces of furniture, desks,...

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From Sec. 2 , page 8 Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 29, 1981
Action Line, Sound Off
"We have been hearing a lot about the awful conditions inside city schools. However, I would like to call attention to a most favorable aspect of one of these schools. That is the cabinet-making department of Schurz High School. I happened to see a display in the Brickyard Mall of the students' work, and it was a revelation, these beautiful pieces of furniture, desks, breakfronts, tables and cabinets were turned out by youngsters from that school and I wish everyone would take a closer look at the display. The teacher or teachers of these young people involved should be commended and given more publicity."
Mrs. S. Kerzak, Oak Park
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1981/05/29/page/26/article/action-line

  • Now there's a real hand me down!

  • Myself and my husband both attended Lane Tech, we both had to take shop classes. I have to say these were some of my favorite classes. I was able to take wood, electric, auto, machine and advanced welding as well as drafting and cad. I still have the projects I...

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    Myself and my husband both attended Lane Tech, we both had to take shop classes. I have to say these were some of my favorite classes. I was able to take wood, electric, auto, machine and advanced welding as well as drafting and cad. I still have the projects I made from these classes.
    To this day I have a sign I made from curling, bending and welding together for my then boyfriend that says I love you! 18 years later it's still hanging in our bedroom!
    I strongly believe they should bring these classes back and have the students learn to do things with their own 2 hands. Now a days everything is done on a computer, but it doesn't hurt to learn and use your brain and hands and feel the satisfaction of completing a project by yourself.

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Apr 09

Updated 1 hour ago

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • Bob,

    I find myself using snark when I deal with the disingenuous.

    "Free" parking isn't free. If it's on private land as part of the parking minimums requied by zoning then the land cost, the maintenance cost, and the lost opportunity cost gets rolled into the cost of the store...

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    Bob,

    I find myself using snark when I deal with the disingenuous.

    "Free" parking isn't free. If it's on private land as part of the parking minimums requied by zoning then the land cost, the maintenance cost, and the lost opportunity cost gets rolled into the cost of the store which gets to be part of the overhead which gets rolled into the retail price. People who use other modes then are subsidizing drivers convenience.

    "Free" On Street parking similarly has costs that people who use other modes pay for.

    Neither paragraph above even deals with the societal costs of choosing the convenience of driving over other modes: pollution and collision costs,for example.

    As you continue insulting women and making ad hominem attacks on the JPNA FB page and continue to blow the dog-whistle of racial and ethnic animus here in your quest for Garrido votes, I don't want to be friends with you. Friendship requires trust.

  • Section 8 is less about racist concerns and more about bad lot following.
    Saw the increase of gang-banger wannabees tagging a few years ago following a few section 8 rentals near Beaubien.

14 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Wood floor refinisher

Need a good floor refinisher. Please advise. Thanks

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Is it really a New Business if it's in place of one that Closed?

I'm getting so frustrated with John Arena bragging about all the new businesses he's brought to our ward. If those businesses don't have staying power or community support- they will fail. and that is not success. Two businesses CLOSED here, and two new ones moved in. To me, it is ridiculous to call that a triumph. Brandy's would not be here, if STEERS hadn't closed down. LeadBelly's would not be here if CASPIAN CAFE hadn't closed down. And, is he...

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I'm getting so frustrated with John Arena bragging about all the new businesses he's brought to our ward. If those businesses don't have staying power or community support- they will fail. and that is not success. Two businesses CLOSED here, and two new ones moved in. To me, it is ridiculous to call that a triumph. Brandy's would not be here, if STEERS hadn't closed down. LeadBelly's would not be here if CASPIAN CAFE hadn't closed down. And, is he counting Caspian Cafe as one of his 80 new businesses? They opened under his term- (or just before he started office) and they Closed during his term. Steers as well. Open your eyes folks. If businesses keep shutting down, and other businesses replace them- that isn't progress, it's stagnation, and redundant.

  • Jill is a pill. What will she do after her candidate loses for the third time on April 7?

  • The people best qualified to speak to their Alderman are the people themselves. I know I sound like a socialist but that's the way it should be dammit!

15 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

ATT or Comcast

Can anyone please share their experience with AT&T in terms of reliability, and of their satisfaction with AT&T internet service? Thank you.

  • Near our place, the only service ATT has is basically a DSL line, which is about 5 times slower than Comcast. Download speeds are comically slow. Again, that is in my service area (near Foster and Austin).
    We have had only one interruption of service with Comcast since first getting their internet in April of 2010.

  • Dish Network has worked well for our family. It's been cheaper and pretty reliable. The customer service has been good as well.

Mar 05

Updated 2 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about Milwaukee Avenue

Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw...

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Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw Av, we knew immediately that that's something we didn't want to do in our community & we didn't want to wait and sit on the sidelines because we know we learned from the past that once city gov't comes & says "Here's the project", it's very, very difficult to undo. So I initiated, I drafted, a petition, myself together with members of the community & the GPCC, we passed that petition & we gathered 4,000 signatures from people from the GP community and beyond that said "we don't want to remove a lane of traffic". We support the CSP, Milw Av needs it, it's a mess, absolutely, we want everything that comes with it, bumpouts, medians in the center, we want all of that but we do not want to remove a lane of traffic. And,he fought us all the way, every single time we tried to talk to him about it, he didn't want to sit down, he didn't want to meet. So thankfully, because of our petition, we were successful and they took out the possibility of the protected bike lanes, but on the table is still unless he's saying now, here today, that they are not going to remove a lane of traffic, that would be great."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: How
can this project best achieve its goal (safety for all)?

What does John Garrido say?
so I initated, I drafted, a petition
We want bumpouts, we want medians, We support Complete Streets

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No
Mission accomplished.

  • AnnabelleB,
    You can only apologize for your behavior not someone else's reaction to your behavior or someone else's choice, that's a non-apology. Perhaps they could use an "Emotional Intellignce" module where you work. And again, you only assert that you are a teacher and "am very good at doing it". Unsupported, as are most of your assertions.

  • Nagle between I-90 and Devon has more traffic than Milwaukee from the Metra to Elston per www.gettingaroundillinois.com and a 25mph speed limit to boot.

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  • gwp concerned citizen

    Well PAC, we don't have 4 years to let him prove himself. Chuy needs to hit the ground running with a solid plan in place in order to be effective, but he's already laying excuses on us that Rahm won't share the information. Rahm is not the gatekeeper of the...

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    Well PAC, we don't have 4 years to let him prove himself. Chuy needs to hit the ground running with a solid plan in place in order to be effective, but he's already laying excuses on us that Rahm won't share the information. Rahm is not the gatekeeper of the books. They're public records, and with a little effort, any citizen should be able to access them. Any one of the aldermen/women who were presented with the budget and voted on it should have that document, as well as reports for the actual spending against that budget. Look at Finance Committee meeting minutes! Any voter who would buy this lame excuse is just a fool. Chuy sells himself as a consensus builder, so why doesn't "Mr Consensus" have access to this info?
    Let's give the guy who's already improving the city's financial position the opportunity to continue to root out waste and bring business investment to Chicago. He's a "hard a**" who is the perfect personality type needed to turn this 20+ year old financial mess around. I don't want another whiner who's already hiding behind lame excuses before he's even elected!

  • gwp,
    If we put up with 8 years of Bush, we have time to see what Chuy does. Information, while available, is only valuable if it is useable and quickly accessed and analyzed. No time for that now.

    Chuy is the recipient and focus of the peoples' rage with Mayor...

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    gwp,
    If we put up with 8 years of Bush, we have time to see what Chuy does. Information, while available, is only valuable if it is useable and quickly accessed and analyzed. No time for that now.

    Chuy is the recipient and focus of the peoples' rage with Mayor 1%'s attitude and policies. He has no integrity, he in one person in public and a different person in private and seems to be proud of it. Should Mr Garcia win, it will move the national political discussion to the left.

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3 days ago

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robo call for rahm

Got a robo-call from Congressman Michael Quigley supporting rahm.. He better hope the payout or promise he got from the rahmfather offset the votes he's losing by kissing the ring....

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gardening Yet? All Gardeners Welcome!

Portage Park Garden Club meets Saturday March 28 at 9:30 am, in Austin/Irving Library at 6100 W Irving Park. There will be an auction to benefit the club, including and not limited to: yard tools, gnomes, trellises, plants, vases, windchimes, seeds, planters, gloves, trugs, fairies, pots, containers, planters, chairs and blue bottle trees. Coffee and light refreshments, too.

  • I seeds this as a great opportunity to cultivate and grow with neighbors, I am sure there are a lot that will really dig it and plant to bee there even if some have to leaf early. who knows you might even meet some new buds. you might have to potting me if I don't make it, but i have a prior engagement.

  • GOLDUST COMMANDER

    Hire a landscaper to do the dirty work!!!

  • Need a strawberry planter?

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Grout Cleaner recommendations?

Does anyone have a good kitchen tile and grout cleaner they can recommend?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Make a paste with vinegar and baking soda, add a couple of drops of tea tree oil

2 days ago

2 days ago

Sirens and someone screaming at sunnyside and merrimac/mobile

Tonight we heard a firetruck and ambulance fly down our street. When we went out to see what was going on, we heard a blood curdling scream. We didnt hear any information on the police radio. Does anyone else know anything about this?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you from the 48 unit apartment building at the end of you block. How will you feel laying out to get some sun, or your kids playing in the splash pool? Never going to happen on your block, maybe not, but would you wish that on anybody? John Arena loves density, and if there is an empty lot or tired old commercial building, a closed church nearby, you are extremely vulnerable. Our old alderman's "spot zoning" was bad enough, but Arena is bad up-zoning on steroids. Before you vote, ask yourself, COULD YOU BE NEXT?

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  • A&K

    Fred I have been non-union and am now union. Sometimes I get stuck going to a non-union jobs. The difference is night and day. The last big non-union job I had to work on was junk. Two weeks prior someone died due to improper safety requirements. The workmanship was the...

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    Fred I have been non-union and am now union. Sometimes I get stuck going to a non-union jobs. The difference is night and day. The last big non-union job I had to work on was junk. Two weeks prior someone died due to improper safety requirements. The workmanship was the worst I have ever seen, and the jobsite was a disaster. It was very similar when I worked non-union. Build it cheap, pocket what they could at the expense of labor and quality. Everyone seems to want to blame unions without truly understanding the good that is created by having them around. A few misguided people ruin it for the rest of us.

    The last big union job was downtown. Northwestern memorial hospital. Zero injuries, zero deaths. Organized jobsite, large safety team and a building that will last longer than I will be alive. We build what we are required to build. You want cheap? We can do that. Although, we suggest you don't.

    Btw unions built many buildings downtown you enjoy to this day.

  • Loulu Me

    Bob-

    In the future if you have an issue that will be decided at the ward level, than please only post it to the ward thread. Posting in multiple places weakens your argument and invites confusion.

    Thanks

Mar 20

Updated 2 days ago

What does John Garrido say about Long & Argyle?

Copernicus2 re Long & Argyle

Question: "One of the most hotly debated issues in the ward over the past year has been the proposed 48 unit apartment building at Long & Argyle near the Jefferson Park Metra station. In letters distributed in the neighborhood, Ald Arena charged that his opponent, John Garrido, has made the issue political. Meanwhile, John Garrido has criticized Ald Arena's zoning review process. Will each candidate please elaborate and discuss his vision for the site?

Garrido:...

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Copernicus2 re Long & Argyle

Question: "One of the most hotly debated issues in the ward over the past year has been the proposed 48 unit apartment building at Long & Argyle near the Jefferson Park Metra station. In letters distributed in the neighborhood, Ald Arena charged that his opponent, John Garrido, has made the issue political. Meanwhile, John Garrido has criticized Ald Arena's zoning review process. Will each candidate please elaborate and discuss his vision for the site?

Garrido: "So the letter says I made it political. The residents of thatcommunity found out about the project when it was leaked out in the Nadig newspaper, they didn't find out about it from the Alderman. The Alderman himself admitted that he was aware that there were proposals coming in as much as a year before it finally came out in the Nadig newspaper. 1,500 people signed a petition against this project, that's why it got tabled not because of any other reason. He states in his letter that he had a zoning meeting, one of his secret zoning meetings, that nobody's really quite sure who's on the board and when they happen. So, these are the reasons why people get aggravated. I'm not making this political, I had nothing to do with passing that petition around to get those signatures. It's just another example of how he doesn't really, ..
he says that he includes the community but he really doesn't include the community. The community finds out about these projects either being leaked out or they start to, where people start getting signatures on petitions and then finally, maybe he'll have a community meeting, maybe. There still hasn't been a community meeting about this. So the difference is that when I'm in office I will put any proposal, immediately make it available to the community within the first 24 hours. And that's so everybody knows about it. ....

2 days ago

Join St. Constance School's Mom's & Tot's Group

St. Constance School invites all moms and their kids to our new mom and tot group. Enjoy a variety of projects, toys, and snacks in a friendly and safe environment. Please call 773-283-2311 x.17 to save a spot!

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Dying LOL

Barry returns from the doctor's surgery one day and informs his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24hrs to live. As she wipes away her tears Barry asks if they can make love. "Of course my darling", and they are at it for 6 hours. A few hours later Barry asks if he can give her another one as he only has 15 hours to live. Once again she agrees and of they go again for...

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Barry returns from the doctor's surgery one day and informs his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24hrs to live. As she wipes away her tears Barry asks if they can make love. "Of course my darling", and they are at it for 6 hours. A few hours later Barry asks if he can give her another one as he only has 15 hours to live. Once again she agrees and of they go again for another hour. A little later they are getting into bed when Barry realised he only had 8 hours to live. He touched his wife's shoulder and said "Honey? Please? Just one more time before i die". She agreed then afterwards rolled over exhausted and fell asleep. Barry however, heard the old clock ticking in his head, and he tossed and he turned until he was down to only 4 more hours. He tapped his wife on the shoulder to wake her up. "Honey i only have 4 hours left! Could we...?"
His wife sat up angrily, turned to him and said, "Listen Barry, i have to get up in the dam morning! you don't."

  • ha ha ha ha,,,,,good one Frederick....Thanks!

  • A mother was teaching her child about the side-effects of alcohol.
    She gets two short glasses, filling one with water and the other with whiskey.
    She says "I want you to see this." She puts a worm in the water, and it swims around.
    She puts a worm in the whiskey, and the worm dies immediately.
    She then says, feeling that she has made her point clear, "what do you have to say about this experiment?"
    The child responds by saying: "If I drink whiskey, I won't get worms!"

5 days ago

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  • They live here now thanks to Mayor Daily and Section 8 😜 and Momma cops responded within seconds ! Chicago has its own terrorist andd we are worried for issis ?

  • Caps Concerned Resident

    Agree!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

  • This collection of Garrido clips illustrates the candidate's integrity problem.
    Consider:

    ---Heis a different person depending on the group/person being addressed
    he's Mexican if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's Irish if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's a Republican if that's convenient to run for...

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    This collection of Garrido clips illustrates the candidate's integrity problem.
    Consider:

    ---Heis a different person depending on the group/person being addressed
    he's Mexican if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's Irish if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's a Republican if that's convenient to run for office,
    he's an Independent if that's convenientto run for office,
    he's against the expansion of charter schools if that's convenient,
    but his "closest advisors" benefit from the profitization of public education,
    but he's hidden that conveniently,
    he's like a windsock, blowing with the wind and to continue the analogy,
    provides no stable direction to take us where we need to go as a ward.

    ---He's secretive. In his chosen profession as a lawyer specializing in wills, estates, trusts, he has experience in hiding ownership. Hidden interest in the Prohibition Club is an issue that has dogged him for quite some time now.
    -Who were the ownership partners in the Gladstone Park Senior development project that Candidate Garrido says the whole GP community supported?
    -What are the other businesses and financial interests that Mr Garrido has hidden?

  • Avast

    He claims to be running as an independent in this race, but because it's nonpartisan everyone is lol.

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    So if he is conveniently Mexican is this how he addresses CPD brass?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7txPU6efos

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

What does John Garrido say about a plan for goind forward in the 45th?

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  • Jeffpark JoAnna New resident to Jefferson park

    Thank you for clarifying. Well, they are now and not just because he is the incumbent.

  • They did support Arena in the runoff election.

Jan 20

Updated 4 days ago

Looking to Adopt a pup

Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2...

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Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2 cats and 4 chickens. The dog MUST get along with the other animals and be able to be in their presence unsupervised without threat.
-We are looking for a large breed with protective instincts.
-We are looking to spend no more than $300 for adoption fees.

If you've adopted, I'd love to hear what your experience was. Did you have a good experience? A negative experience? Why? Any HELPFUL comments are appreciated. All off topic comments will be ignored.

Thank you!

  • Avast,

    An assumption? Why ask a leading question that presumes an answer that is as irrelevant as the question? My turn to pose a question. Is there a compelling reason for not calling the dog by the non-biblical name that BellaV gave her pup? Religion and mythology aside, I think Odin is quite the cool name.

  • Avast

    Some people call Sinatra Ole Blue Eyes. Deal.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Medicine cabinet makeover

Two months ago I ordered some essential oils from Young Living and since then there is no single day I wouldn't be completely WOWed by how they work. I started reading a lot about them, thinking I must be in a placebo mode, because they work instantly for many issues.. The more I read, the more amazed I was..
This morning my son woke up with terrible stomach issues, I was ready to leave him home, but decided to try...

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Two months ago I ordered some essential oils from Young Living and since then there is no single day I wouldn't be completely WOWed by how they work. I started reading a lot about them, thinking I must be in a placebo mode, because they work instantly for many issues.. The more I read, the more amazed I was..
This morning my son woke up with terrible stomach issues, I was ready to leave him home, but decided to try the oils.. Guess what - 2 minutes later he was as good as new.
I used to have daily headaches (4-6 pain killers/day). I haven't used any since beginning of February (when I started the oils).
I just lost 15 lbs (!!!) of stubborn post-baby weight..
I have so many examples to share because I am just amazed how easily it was to remove the medicine from my household since I started using those therapeutic grade essential oils.
Let me know if you want more information - I will be more than happy to give you what I have, because I feel like it would be completely unfair to keep it for myself.

  • Sorry, Avast, I don't sell the oils. I am using them because I really hated what the over the counter medications were doing to me and thought I should share what I know. Looks like all I got here was bunch of accusations and lost my interest in helping out, since people apparently are more determined to criticized someone rather than saying 'thank you'.

  • I do find anecdotal evidence and testimonials as the best way to treat any medical problem. (Sarcasm) This post is completely unsolicited as well as pointless. I think a visit to Quackwatch.com is in order.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

We made Fox News!

Fox 32 and the folks of Good Day Chicago interviewed us at our gym on Monday in Portage Park!

Check it out!

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/Clip/11267212/exploring-chicago-chicago-muay-thai-studio-in-portage-park#

  • Avast

    Didn't you post this already?

5 days ago

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Mar 22

Updated 5 days ago

Jefferson Park Special Service Area

I got an email today from JPNA, which was a forward from the JP Chamber of Commerce, about a survey being conducted to explore a Special Service Area. There's not a lot of information available, but this comes directly from the original email:

"SSAs are local tax districts that fund enhanced services and programs, which are paid for by an additional property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through...

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I got an email today from JPNA, which was a forward from the JP Chamber of Commerce, about a survey being conducted to explore a Special Service Area. There's not a lot of information available, but this comes directly from the original email:

"SSAs are local tax districts that fund enhanced services and programs, which are paid for by an additional property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through or by the City of Chicago."

I have no general issue with the concept. IMO we'd be better off generally with more SSAs and fewer TIFs.

I just find it very odd that this is being talked about in the midst of such a heated runoff election where so many people who are speaking up seem to be loudly opposed to any kind of positive development in the area.

If I had a vote, I wouldn't today approve an SSA, because I believe a lot of people would actively try to block a lot of their work. It's ironic that I found out about this survey from JPNA, because JPNA seems especially dead set on not listening to new ideas. One of the side effects of this ugly election is that it's made me feel like talking about improving Lawrence/Milwaukee is a waste of time because there's such hostility. I'm certainly not alone in that respect.

I'd like to see some positive things happen at Lawrence/Austin and I think an SSA could definitely contribute to that and that there's a lot of potential for bringing in the community to talk through what other couple of businesses we'd like to see and working to bring them in. But I'd really want to see signs that any positive work wouldn't just be sabotaged by people who *want* their property values to stay *down* because they hate the prospect of higher taxes more than they like the prospect of the neighborhood improving.

  • Dennis 28 year Jefferson Park resident

    "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."--George Bernard Shaw

  • Nice quote. Dennis.

Mar 13

Updated 5 days ago

DRUNK LOL

A drunk gets up from the bar and heads for the bathroom. A few minutes later, a loud, blood curdling scream is heard from the bathroom. A few minutes after that, another loud scream reverberates through the bar.

The bartender goes into the bathroom to investigate why the drunk is screaming. "What's all the screaming about in there? You're scaring the customers!"

"I'm just sitting here on the toilet and every time I try to flush, something comes up and squeezes the hell out of my testicles."

With that, the bartender opens the door, looks in and says..."You idiot! You're sitting on the mop bucket…..

  • After three years of marriage, Kim was still questioning her husband about his lurid past.

    "C'mon, tell me," she asked for the thousandth time, "how many women have you slept with?"

    "Baby," he protested, "if I told you, you'd throw a fit".

    Kim promised she wouldn't get angry, and convinced her hubby to tell her.

    "Okay," he said, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven - then there's you - nine, ten, 11, 12, 13..."

  • Holy cow Frederick... Tears ( of laughter) are streaming down my face!! I really needed a good laugh!! Thanks for always readily supplying us with the awesome jokes!

  • Frederick Jakubowski live near Gunnison and Nagle

    Your welcome, glad it made you smile.

5 days ago

zsgchinyc posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Sep 05

Updated 5 days ago

A Trojan Horse Comes to Jefferson Park

While 45th Ward Alderman promises his "Pedestrian Street" designation will limit curb cuts and prevent strip malls, he doesn't clearly define what the trade-off is with such a legal designation as "Pedestrian Street". The trade-off could include efficiency apartments of less than 200 square feet, and with greatly reduced parking requirements that come with the "Pedestrian Street" designation.
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

Mar 13

Updated 5 days ago

45th Ward aldermanic debate is set for Tuesday

45th Ward aldermanic debate is at 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 17, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence, free parking, one block from Jefferson Park Blue Line stop. Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader will moderate. The candidates are John Arena and John Garrido, a rematch of 2011.

  • Loulu Me

    Anna I am sorry for you to have been dragged into this mess. You tell her to leave you out of it, and she still won't believe you. She once claimed I was someone I am not, although she never contacted me directly or spoke to me. Just that "someone"...

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    Anna I am sorry for you to have been dragged into this mess. You tell her to leave you out of it, and she still won't believe you. She once claimed I was someone I am not, although she never contacted me directly or spoke to me. Just that "someone" messaged her and told her it was so. I guess I was 'lucky' in that when I told her I was not she decided to believe me. (I myself prefer not to assume who is behind a name, and often wonder why others are so sure of who is behind a name.)

  • GOLDUST COMMANDER

    This line is getting boring!!!!

Mar 19

Updated 5 days ago

Exciting projects and developments are taking place in the 45th Ward!

We have many of them on display at the ward office, or you can head over to ward45.org/business/economic-development/current-projects/ and learn more about each project!

4901 W Irving Park Rd | Eris Brewery & Cider House | Gladstone Plaza | Condor Development | Irving - Avondale - Keeler Development | Jefferson Park Transit Center | Nick Cave Studios

Onward and Upward!

Jul 25

Updated 5 days ago

New boutique in Jefferson Park opens Saturday

I AM TRENDII Boutique opens this Saturday, July 26, from 10 am to 6 pm at 4760 N. Milwaukee Ave. (located just south of Lawrence). The store's ad from Nadig Newspapers is in included in this post. Please mention that you saw the ad. After you visit the store, please stop by JEFF FEST at the park, 4822 N. Long Ave.

  • This is such a lovely store! I have bought so many cute things to add to my wardrobe! I will be back!

5 days ago

Get ready to vote!

Check out this video and see where 45th ward aldermanic candidates Ald. John Arena and John Garrido stand on local issues: http://ow.ly/KKyYm.

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