30 hours ago

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Why is Joe Moore's Zoning and Land Use Committee so secretive?

When our alderman is faces ethics violations and has been so often accused of pay to play, even a minimal degree of transparency could do him a world of good.

Why is Joe Moore's 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee (quite the mouthful) is so very secretive?

For starters, the committee is made up exclusively of Joe's political supporters, which seems less than an objective community representation. However, despite Joe's claims of transparency, the committee that supposedly offers...

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When our alderman is faces ethics violations and has been so often accused of pay to play, even a minimal degree of transparency could do him a world of good.

Why is Joe Moore's 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee (quite the mouthful) is so very secretive?

For starters, the committee is made up exclusively of Joe's political supporters, which seems less than an objective community representation. However, despite Joe's claims of transparency, the committee that supposedly offers opinion on whether his campaign donors should receive lucrative zoning variances HASN'T POSTED A SINGLE AGENDA OR ANY MINUTES SINCE APRIL 2009.

http://www.ward49.com/zoning-economic-development-land-use/#z49ma

Alderman Moore, it seems like your process for granting zoning variances to developers is anything but transparent.

Alderman Moore, will you comment on this for the community? Better yet, will you post all meeting agendas and minutes from your "committee" for the past 5+ years?

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    The truth is an absolute defense against libel, however, so the Chicago Reader didn't have any problems writing up Craig's story.

  • Steve Blaustein Rolph integrationist and dream therapist

    Grodon should keep his part time job of lecturing students because he won't have an audience other than them in the near future. Gorndoodle is lucky to have the Reader since he ran his family's publication into the ground and has no other place to be printed. And Diddle-Philly will go into hiding for at least another four years after February. JoeJoe from DesPlaines will continue to be our stand up comedian along with the 49th Ward Republican Committeeperson. They are like our own Phyllis Schlafly and Mr Magoo combination.

Dec 06

Updated 2 hours ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    MooreGate.

  • Steve Blaustein Rolph integrationist and dream therapist

    Gordongate is so funny. He's still on an Easter egg hunt looking for ideas about Education, Business Development and Ward Services. Hopefully his students can come up with some ideas in time for the election in February. Maybe that will be the topic of their term paper. WWGD. What would...

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    Gordongate is so funny. He's still on an Easter egg hunt looking for ideas about Education, Business Development and Ward Services. Hopefully his students can come up with some ideas in time for the election in February. Maybe that will be the topic of their term paper. WWGD. What would Gordy do? Maybe the answer will be a seven floor bicycle parking garage across the street from Mayne Stage. Or maybe it will be an extension of the jogging path from Hollywood up to Evanston in front of all the homes. Or maybe it will be weekly folk singing events with love beads, freedom songs and socialist workers of the world tie-dye T-shirt sit ins on Howard Street. Power to the People organized by the renamed Occupy Rogers Park tribe. Will the Rogers Park Chamber of Comics sponsor it?

25 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Rogers Park holiday rebate program

Saw (belatedly) the SSA rebate program for shopping in ROgers Park is on again this year. One question--the website (www.rogerspark.com) states the stores must be "independently owned." Can anyone clarify what this means? Does this exclude all the many chain stores which are practically all the stores in the Special Service Area? Don't they pay that tax, too?

  • d3 NOH

    (To clarify if RPBA is reading: there is a link to http://rogerspark.com/rp/news_articles/view/live_love_shop_rogers_park_rebate_program/ on the actual blog page for the program : http://rogerspark.com/rp/news_articles/view/live_love_shop_rogers_park_rebate_program/ which does not load, that link has .pdf_.pdf at the end ... It doesn't seem to be at a 404 but it's a corrupt file it seems. The Tinyurl.com on main page loads fine, but is a different URL than the blog page references)

  • Bonnie's mom In R.P. Since 1981

    I had trouble loading the form, too but did get it on another site which I forgot, probably what you said. I still don't think this is clear enough-if they want us to participate, let us know what businesses are included or excluded! OK Walgreens, excluded. What about Marshalls, Dollar...

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    I had trouble loading the form, too but did get it on another site which I forgot, probably what you said. I still don't think this is clear enough-if they want us to participate, let us know what businesses are included or excluded! OK Walgreens, excluded. What about Marshalls, Dollar stores, CVS, Radio Shack. I don't have any way of knowing whether Morse Market is independent--how do I find this out? This is really annoying. I went to Marshalls and Walgreens last year and they accepted my receipts. Like I said, all the businesses in the SSA (or at least the owners of the properties) have to pay the extra taxes! Doesn't seem right for them to be excluded but that is irrelevant as long as someone clarifies this!

36 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Polar Palooza Survey

We Need Your Feedback: Polar Palooza

The Inaugural Polar Palooza Winter Festival is in the books.
The planned activities for the two-day event were reduced to Saturday-only in response to the devasting loss of Mutahir Rauf on Friday, December 5th.
On Saturday, the live music, activities and food drew families, neighbors, students and friends together in fellowship and fun at the Loyola Station Plaza. Several hundred pounds of non-perishable food items were collected and given to Care for Real Food...

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We Need Your Feedback: Polar Palooza

The Inaugural Polar Palooza Winter Festival is in the books.
The planned activities for the two-day event were reduced to Saturday-only in response to the devasting loss of Mutahir Rauf on Friday, December 5th.
On Saturday, the live music, activities and food drew families, neighbors, students and friends together in fellowship and fun at the Loyola Station Plaza. Several hundred pounds of non-perishable food items were collected and given to Care for Real Food Pantry.
Please take a moment and complete our survey as we begin to think about how to make this an even better event in 2015!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PolarPalooza

Thank you again to our Top Sponsors:
Alderman Joe Moore, Atira Hotels, BMO Harris Bank, Lakeshore Beverge Company, Lakeside Management, The New 400, S and C Electric, Sheridan Road Special Serice Area, and Rogers Park Business Alliance.

And our food vendors:
Caponies, Genoa Concessions, Hardwater Bar and Grill, JB Alberto's, Mayne Stage/Act One, and Rogers Park Social.

For more information visit our website!

LUC.edu/communityrelations

  • Hi Kimberly,
    Thanks to Loyola for all their (and your!) efforts to make Rogers Park more of a community. This was to be a wonderful community event. I am so sorry about the terrible murder of a young life and think about his mother every day (and about all the...

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    Hi Kimberly,
    Thanks to Loyola for all their (and your!) efforts to make Rogers Park more of a community. This was to be a wonderful community event. I am so sorry about the terrible murder of a young life and think about his mother every day (and about all the mothers in Chicago who are suffering the loss of their sons this season).
    I hope Loyola will repeat the event next year. I saw lots of families with young children enjoying the events. Unfortunately Sat. is a busy day for me and I only saw the festivities as I walked through the Plaza.

  • Steve Blaustein Rolph integrationist and dream therapist

    Summer thank you to you and Loyola for being a good member of the community and bringing us nice things. Unfortunately a very sad event cast a dark shadow and painful moment over all of us but your attempt to bring a weekend of cheer and happiness will be remembered.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Phillys best sports bar gonna make it or not ?

I have tried their sandwich and it was not what I remember getting in Evanston(and on Belmont) some time ago.
Although It was a tasty sandwich it was way smaller than I remember and very expensive
expensive and the chips were very stale .
Each time I drive by their establishment it is empty .I was wondering how long before its lack of patrons weighs upon them and then what happens after that, what are your thoughts?

  • Rob

    He has had a few parties in there already just from passing by and seeing them. Seems a great space for it, with that whole one side with the nice furniture and fireplace area. I'm for sure gonna be camped out by that fireplace area for a hawks game or two with some friends a few times this winter once it gets a little colder out .

  • D Lee Rogers Park resident, artist, therapist

    I totally thought it would attract a college crowd with all the tv's and couches. And, with the big space I figured there'd be lots of collegiate weekend partying? Really surprised by the low numbers of people that go there. Like I said before that space is great-big windows and large outdoor area possible. Meli- your idea sounds good- brewery installed in there would be amazing.

Dec 09

Updated 5 hours ago

Cermak Fresh Market

In the former Dominicks. Does anyone know when it's opening?

  • We had nothing that we needed to buy today but we spent an hour just walking up and down the aisles. This place is perfect for the neighborhood. Lots of Mexican, South American, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Asian, and Indian food stuff. Just amazing, and the parking lot was packed. We parked down the street, and had to carry a bag of groceries because there was too much we could not resist.

  • I did a quick run-thru around the perimeter and was impressed. The produce looks fabulous! JVC - I know what you mean - I'm at the sad point as well!

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Grilled cheese?

Any recs for a place that serves fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches and delivers?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Steve, interesting typo for "grilled" in two of your comments above. A Freudian slip?

  • Steve Blaustein Rolph integrationist and dream therapist

    Sometimez cheez is spelt with a "Z" and sometimes with a (an?) "S". That weren't no typo. It was poetic license like breezy cheezy sleazy wheezy.

2 days ago

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19 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Good morning northsiders!

Today, let's take our happy pills and go enjoy some fresh air, do some shopping and not grind our teeth thinking about politicians.
That handsome man in the nice suit can't hurt you, no no no.
Have a nectarine. Enjoy yourself. Pick up the crayons and glitter and do something happy today.

5 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Rogers Park Talks Race!

All black white hispanic oriental indian jewish and persian are welcome to expess what they feel about race in America. By posting individual opinions we as a 1 people can heal.

  • David Douglass Musician, educator

    It's something I've dealt with most of my life, and I have a support team available to me. You're kind to be concerned, but please don't trouble yourself. In retrospect I shouldn't have said that. My apologies.

  • I'm glad to hear you can rely on a good support team. Heck, I'm not troubling myself at all to be concerned. I believe we should all be here for each other. So, please don't apologize. I want to tell you that you express my own beliefs in a very articulate manner, and I am so appreciative to have read your intelligent and thoughtful posts.

12 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Parking at Pratt & Ashland

I just lost my long time parking and am looking for a new parking spot in the vicinity of Ashland & Pratt.

  • Sorry to hear that, especially given the season. You may want to try posting your request on Craigslist, or searching for a spot in their "Parking/Storage" section.

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/search/prk

    Good luck...I've been looking for a spot around Touhy/Sheridan for longer than I'd care to admit (and would pay even higher than I know is the "market rate" for the area), and I'm still pecking about the CL listings every day.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Good-bye, MorWay

All but one business in the strip mall at Morse and Wayne has closed shop for good. Word on the street is Jennifer Pritzker bought it. The lone holdout is Vic's Pharmacy, who has allegedly gone to court - and was granted to stay until May 2015.

One can only speculate as to how big of a parking garage will be built in it's place?

One can also speculate as to how long it will be before Ms. Pritzker buy's out JB's Pizza?

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    I'll make it easy... malfeasance: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malfeasance

  • John Landeroz Life-Long West Rogers Park Resident

    Thanks AI. but you joined the party toolate. I not the one that was of topic and shared what I got off of an online dictionary. I'm sure there are others but was also being sarcastic because the other commenter did not answer my question. I only wanted to clarify. There were plenty of other personal attacks and off topic comments prior to this. None of which I ever did. Cheers

24 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

white privelige

What do you think it is?

  • Jeremy Watson critical thinker and logic advocate

    I apologize for the misspelling but am not surprised at the response. It takes stones to admit you may be racist. Stones which most of the white people who follow this blog site don't have. I'm not a troll. In light of current events, this is a discussion everyone should be having.

  • Hard drinkin' Lincoln I'm a sensitive artist!

    I'm under a bridge right now

29 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Convictions in Cook [Including Rogers Park Community Area-49th Ward]

"This project is an analysis of five years of Cook County conviction data."
http://convictions.smartchicagoapps.org/#your-city

  • So almost a quarter of the convictions, mostly from plea bargaining, are for pot.
    This is not a good use of tax money.

  • d3 NOH

    The other way to read that though is the lack of convictions from more important crimes, such as shootings, murders, and shots fired, allows the conviction of pot offenders to grow.

Dec 09

Updated 14 hours ago

Shootings

Given the recent two shootings have involved a robbery and a gun, does anyone else think they're the same guys? I hope we can figure out who they are soon.

  • You know what? If Mutahir's family read that, they would be upset. But I guess you don't care.

  • JJ in rogers park Rogers parker

    It is pretty clear that I disagree with your opinion. Armed robberies happen. Just look on the south Side over the weekend, poor high scool kid murdered in an armed robbery. I don't believe that it was a drug deal gone bad. There wer several armed robberies under the same...

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    It is pretty clear that I disagree with your opinion. Armed robberies happen. Just look on the south Side over the weekend, poor high scool kid murdered in an armed robbery. I don't believe that it was a drug deal gone bad. There wer several armed robberies under the same viaduct by the same people. So I guess armed robberies do happen. I am sure the police are investigating, that is what they do. But in the absence of any other evidence it is irresponsible to proclaim it a drug deal gone bad. Especially, since the facts we don know, would seem to discredit that theory. Now if you have specific information share with the investigators. It unfair to the victem to just proclaim a drug deal without facts. Now if your theory pans out and the investigation validates your theory, I will be the first to admit I was wrong. It just is not fair to the victem to make such unsubstantiated assertions. And even if it was a drug deal that does not justify murder.

Dec 07

Updated 14 hours ago

"Hand's up, Don't shoot"

At the Mutahir Rauf's memorial this afternoon, demonstrator's used the moment to also stand up against the police, using the Michael Brown slogan, "Hand's up, don't shoot."

Mutahir Rauf's murder had nothing to do with police using excessive force and it was a shame the two incident's had to be meshed together.

Commander Waldera and his Dept. showed respect to the crowd gathered and didn't deserve this defiant act of protest.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Storm/Frank/whoever -- You know, you're not walking point. EB is just a blog, not an actual war zone.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Some day this war is gonna end....

Jun 12

Updated 16 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

32 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

12/20: Breakfast with Bob Fioretti at the Heartland Cafe

Join Chicago Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti from 9am-10am this Saturday, December 20th at the famous Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park, 7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL, 60626, as he tours the city discussing safe streets and strong neighborhoods.

Bob will also be on "Live from the Heartland" hosted by Michael and Katy at that time. Come show your support!

Thereafter, Team Fioretti will be canvassing the 48th, 49th, and 50th Ward neighborhoods. Shifts will be from 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:00-3:00pm. If you would like to join us for canvassing, please contact Stuart White at 312-733-9985 to RSVP.

Click here for more info: http://goo.gl/RUj5gh

  • Tremaine No Rahm. No Moore.

    Right, because Fioretti is a friend of teachers and Moore hates teachers and public education. Very different guys.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Really, I mentioned Mr. Moore.

16 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Too Easy

Anyone else notice that new poster and would-be doxer "Frank Arizona" is Craig's racist pal from Morse Hellhole, "Dangerously unstable individual?"

Profile:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/191949/

Frank Arizona

Bipedal carbon based lifeform

http://morsehellhole.blogspot.com/2013/01/youve-been-muted.html?showComment=1357579738847#c8743152427189217170

Dangerously unstable individual said...

I toe the line and even cross it now and then, but if you don't identify any mugger, rapist or other alleged criminal as anything other than a *bipedal carbon based lifeform*, people will jump all over your post and derail it with political correctness, screaming...

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Anyone else notice that new poster and would-be doxer "Frank Arizona" is Craig's racist pal from Morse Hellhole, "Dangerously unstable individual?"

Profile:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/191949/

Frank Arizona

Bipedal carbon based lifeform

http://morsehellhole.blogspot.com/2013/01/youve-been-muted.html?showComment=1357579738847#c8743152427189217170

Dangerously unstable individual said...

I toe the line and even cross it now and then, but if you don't identify any mugger, rapist or other alleged criminal as anything other than a *bipedal carbon based lifeform*, people will jump all over your post and derail it with political correctness, screaming "Raaaacism Raaacism!!"

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Emphasis added.

And in response to a previous post in that thread:

http://morsehellhole.blogspot.com/2013/01/youve-been-muted.html?showComment=1357499045769#c1589282081315403409

Craig Gernhardt said...

DUI, you crack me up.

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So, Don Gordon is trying to attack Joe Moore from the left, but he allows a guy who pals around with racists to act as his hype man. Go figure.

  • Hard drinkin' Lincoln I'm a sensitive artist!

    Is this thread about hyper local news or anything useful? Do you live in Rogers Park, Brian?
    Uptown, do you really live there? Day and night, day and night, from the minute you leave your fabulous high finance job, you work tirelessly to troll anything to do with Cappleman, Hitchens...

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    Is this thread about hyper local news or anything useful? Do you live in Rogers Park, Brian?
    Uptown, do you really live there? Day and night, day and night, from the minute you leave your fabulous high finance job, you work tirelessly to troll anything to do with Cappleman, Hitchens and any of your other obsessions. I'm surprised you don't have DVT from being sedentary so much.
    Tell you what, meet me at 4840 Marine drive, up the street from the Lawrence El and we can discuss it in person. Make sure you say ""What the Cappleman" in that humorless, borderline emotionless voice of yours when you're in the lobby.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1n9pkFpbaAQ

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Just for the record, I'm not Brian Gilbert.

40 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Sun God Proclaims Bill Cosby Plays Race Card By Saying Black News Media Neutral!

Rich Blacks Who Diss Poor Blacks Have A Habit Of Playing The Race Card When It Is Convenient For Them And Falling Back To The Black Community As If They Never Left When They Get In Trouble.

  • Mildred Wellinever studied basic competence at dialtone tech univ tx

    Well, now let's just be civil and let the thread die. Ain't no reason to let it all go on like sheets flappin' in the wind!

  • Steve Blaustein Rolph integrationist and dream therapist

    Don't be mean to Carla. She wouldn't call anything in pants a PIG. She calls all of them Hot Boy. She loves the male species.

23 hours ago

23 hours ago

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    CORRECT ITEMS PERTAINING TO DOB NOV#: 514FO41478873. CN197019-REPAIR SMOKE DETECTOR HANGING FR 3RD FLOOR CEILING OF PORCH 1668 C&D7. EL0025- PROVIDE SYSTEM 3 EMERG LGHTS IN ALL STAIRWAY, CORRIDOR, COMMON AREA, BSMNT AND PORCH AREAS8. EL0033- SUPPORT 2" CONDUIT FEEDER RUN AT REAR EXT PORCH AREA, PROPER SUPPORTS10. EL0085- PROVIDE WEATHERPROOF BOXES, LIGHTS FITTINGS, AND APPROVED RACEWAY FOR LIGHT AT GROUND LEVEL OF REAR PORCH AREAS 18-27-110.11

    1666 W. Farwell Ave. Issued December 15, 2014 Comment

35 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Lost ring - long shot

I lost a ring last night at the xsport on Touhy in Skokie. I'm pretty sure someone found it and took it for themselves. I am offering a reward if it is returned. It has a ton of sentimental value to me. I know this is a long shot but I'd do just about anything to get it back.

Dec 09

Updated 32 hours ago

Any thoughts on the planned Hampton Inn Rogers Park?

Just discovered that last night there was approval for a 6 story Hampton Inn to be built on the corner of Albion and Sheridan Road. Completion expected during the Summer of 2016. Any thoughts? I'm a homeowner and drive this area daily. Although my main concern is horrendous traffic, I do think it would be good for the local economy.

  • looks like my description of sing-song speech struck a chord with you, Steve. You perfectly exemplify what I was talking about.

  • Hard drinkin' Lincoln I'm a sensitive artist!

    It builds character and prepares the kiddos for the future by having to commute to school.
    By god I was bussed out of my neighborhood to the yuppie kid middle school instead of getting to walk a few blocks away.

33 hours ago

Rogers Park Social "Cans for Carols" Event Tonight

Hi everyone. Please find it in your cabinet, your wallet, and your heart to swing by Rogers Park Social tonight from 6-8pm to drop off a bag of nonperishable groceries.We will be donating all items to St.Ignatius Food Pantry. In return, you can listen to members of the Chicago Chamber Choir sing Christmas carols from 7-8pm as well as receive a $5.00 gift certificate!

6 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Curious about the proliferation of special parking

Wondering if anyone has any insight into the dramatic increase of special parking spots supposedly for handicapped in residential areas in RoPa? Just this AM counted almost 10 in a one square block area have lived here almost 9 years and hardly ever saw any but in the 18 months - 2 years they're everywhere. I don't begrudge special parking for people that actually need it but am highly skeptical all these are people who actually need it (ps Joey M we need permit parking!!)

  • DJM 25 yr. RP & Edgewater resident.

    Just a question - able-bodied person goes to the store alone, comes home with the groceries. So they have to park in another spot? Taking up more parking? And then, the next time they use the vehicle, it's to take the disabled person somewhere, and now the vehicle isn't in the designated spot? Kind of defeats the purpose.

    IMO, it's just demographics and we'll see more of these spots as the boomers age.

  • MB

    The state Law was referenced above. City Law provides: Residential Disabled Parking Signs Information
    Residential Disabled Parking was established to provide disabled City residents with convenient and accessible parking in front of their residences.

    How Residential Disabled Parking Signs Work:

    The City of Chicago will erect two Disabled Parking Signs...

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    The state Law was referenced above. City Law provides: Residential Disabled Parking Signs Information
    Residential Disabled Parking was established to provide disabled City residents with convenient and accessible parking in front of their residences.

    How Residential Disabled Parking Signs Work:

    The City of Chicago will erect two Disabled Parking Signs to mark off a space of a minimum of 16 feet in the closest proximity to the qualified applicant's residence. These signs mark the space and prohibit the parking of all vehicles, except those displaying a disabled placard or disabled plate. A Residential Disabled Parking Permit must be displayed at the same time, and the permit must have the corresponding permit number that is displayed on the Disabled Parking Signs. Vehicles in violation of this ordinance will be ticketed.

    Requirements and Conditions:

    Disabled individuals who apply for signs must meet the conditions to qualify for a restricted parking space. The conditions include the following:

    The applicant must reside on a residential street that is zoned R-1 through R-5.
    The applicant must have either a current disabled Illinois license plate or a disabled placard issued by the Secretary of State when parking in the designated space.
    Sign installation and maintenance costs must be paid by the applicant. For the first year, the cost for the sign is $70.00. In subsequent years, the annual maintenance fee is $25.00. Please note: the fee may be waived if the applicant meets the disabled veteran or Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief requirement.
    The applicant must observe and obey any other parking restrictions which may apply at the approved location (i.e. Street Cleaning signs, Rush Hour Parking restrictions, etc).

4 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Police warn small retail stores of robberies on North Side

Too busy protesting, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton could not be reached for comments.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-warn-small-retail-stores-of-robberies-on-north-side-20141212-story.html

Police alert small retail stores on the North Side of two armed robberies that happened over the past week.
The two robberies occurred on Dec. 5 and Sunday in the Edgewater Beach and West Rogers Park neighborhoods, according to a statement from Chicago Police Department’s Office of News Affairs.
Both incidents involved an offender entering a store, approaching the counter and talking to the clerk,...

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Too busy protesting, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton could not be reached for comments.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-warn-small-retail-stores-of-robberies-on-north-side-20141212-story.html

Police alert small retail stores on the North Side of two armed robberies that happened over the past week.
The two robberies occurred on Dec. 5 and Sunday in the Edgewater Beach and West Rogers Park neighborhoods, according to a statement from Chicago Police Department’s Office of News Affairs.
Both incidents involved an offender entering a store, approaching the counter and talking to the clerk, the statement said. The offender would then lift his shirt or jacket, display a handgun and demand money. In one of the incidents, the offender took the entire cash register.
The latest incident happened around 6:53 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of West Peterson Avenue, according to the statement.
The offender is described as a black man who is between 30 and 35 years old and is about 6 feet tall. He weighs about 180 pounds, has black hair and a medium brown complexion. He was wearing black gloves, dark-colored jeans and shoes, and a gray-hooded, two-tone jacket with a large horizontal black strip across the front.

The second robbery occurred around 6:55 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the 1000 block of West Granville Avenue, the statement said.
The offender is a black man who is between 30 and 40 years old. He is between 5 feet 11 inches tall and 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs between 200 and 240 pounds, has short black hair and a medium complexion. He was wearing a black Kangol cap, black waist length jacket, black gloves and blue jeans. (more at link)

Apr 24

Updated 39 hours ago

Spark Energy Salespeople Going Door-to-Door

Hi everyone! My first post here, and I just wanted to send a note that there are some pretty aggressive salespeople going door-to-door around by me (East Rogers Park).

They're from Spark Energy, and they start off talking about how you are probably eligible for green energy and they want to see if you're getting the right services or something like that. Then they start asking you to go get your ComEd and PeoplesGas bills so they can look at...

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Hi everyone! My first post here, and I just wanted to send a note that there are some pretty aggressive salespeople going door-to-door around by me (East Rogers Park).

They're from Spark Energy, and they start off talking about how you are probably eligible for green energy and they want to see if you're getting the right services or something like that. Then they start asking you to go get your ComEd and PeoplesGas bills so they can look at it and check.

I have no opinion on the company or their services. Only letting people know so they have time to do their own google searches about the company and their services and aren't caught off guard by them. They walk around in suits and talk to each other with walkie talkies.

  • Hard drinkin' Lincoln I'm a sensitive artist!

    This has been going on in Indiana longer with deregulation of public utilities. These kids have no real authority nor clout and don't let them convince you otherwise.

  • I would simply ask them to wait outside while I locate my bill. I would then call 911. I would then let them know I can't find my bill but try to keep them there by asking questions till the police arrive. I've found that this works well and keeps them from returning.

40 hours ago

You have 11 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Can anyone use a small stack of National Geographic magazines?

Before I recycle a couple years worth of magazines, I thought I'd see if anyone could put them to better use - art projects? a waiting room or lounge that needs reading material? Anything?

  • Hey Neale, providing the school doesn't want them (!) I would totally take a stack of the nat geo's off your hands! My email is Tonia.andreina@loop.colum.edu

  • You can also pist to Freecycle.

Nov 17

Updated 47 hours ago

Parents and Kids Choose Designs for 5 New Playgrounds

I'm happy to report the results of Saturday's vote on the proposed playgrounds at five 49th Ward parks, including Hartigan Beach Park, Howard Beach Park, Langdon Park, Pottawattomie Park and Willye White Park. Parents, kids and other community residents were asked to vote for their favorite playground designs for each park.

To view the winning designs, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155942_322.htm#Winning

Each winning proposal received the overwhelming percentage of the vote.

The vote was held Saturday morning at Field School (see photo below)....

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I'm happy to report the results of Saturday's vote on the proposed playgrounds at five 49th Ward parks, including Hartigan Beach Park, Howard Beach Park, Langdon Park, Pottawattomie Park and Willye White Park. Parents, kids and other community residents were asked to vote for their favorite playground designs for each park.

To view the winning designs, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155942_322.htm#Winning

Each winning proposal received the overwhelming percentage of the vote.

The vote was held Saturday morning at Field School (see photo below). Prior to Saturday's vote, children in the after-school programs at Pottawattomie Park and Willye White Park voted on the proposed playground designs for their respective parks. And the residents of Alden Village North, a home for developmentally disabled children, voted on the proposed playground designs for Howard Beach Park, the park closest to their facility.

The Chicago Park District and I agreed to abide by the results of the plebiscite.

Prior to the vote, the playground design renderings for each park were posted on my official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/joemoore49.

Construction of the new playgrounds is scheduled to begin in the spring and will be completed by mid-summer, weather permitting.

The playgrounds were selected through a community application process administered by Friends of the Parks, a park advocacy organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago's parks. I announced the initiative in March of 2013 and urged neighbors to submit their favorite playground for consideration. In true Rogers Park fashion, the neighbors were enthusiastic and well-organized. As a result, every 49th Ward playground submitted for consideration was selected.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    The parks selected in the first round included Goldberg Park, 7043 N. Glenwood (at Greenleaf), Lazarus Park, 1257 W. Columbia, Matanky Park, 6925 N. Ridge (at Morse) and Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt (at Damen). Construction of those new playgrounds was completed last summer.

    In addition, Touhy Park, 7348 N....

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    The parks selected in the first round included Goldberg Park, 7043 N. Glenwood (at Greenleaf), Lazarus Park, 1257 W. Columbia, Matanky Park, 6925 N. Ridge (at Morse) and Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt (at Damen). Construction of those new playgrounds was completed last summer.

    In addition, Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina (at Jarvis), received a new playground last spring, courtesy of my Participatory Budgeting process (see photo on post above).

    Once construction of this second round of new playgrounds is completed next summer, nearly every old playground in Rogers Park will have been replaced in the last two years. All in all, our kids will have 10 brand new playgrounds to enjoy!

  • I realize that I am late to respond to this. I am very excited for these new parks. However, I was informed that the Hartigan beach park equipment will actually be on the beach and not in the current area designated as Hartigan beach park. Can you confirm this? Also, if this is in fact the case, could you provide me with the correct forum to voice my concerns? Thank you.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    You received incorrect information. The new playground will be on the same footprint as the old playground.

47 hours ago

Dec 10

Updated 2 days ago

Take Out Recommendations

Any suggestions for post-move carryout? Preferably close and easy to park for quick pick-up. Thanks!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Who is Joe Lake?

I haven't been on here long but I keep seeing posts from a guy named Joe Lake who mostly just reposts DNAinfo articles and crime stats to the extent that they seem like spam. I heard he's a friend or supporter of one of the candidates in the alderman's race but I'm not sure if the person posting as him here is really who he says he is because he calls people a dummy and idiot and thanks racist and...

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I haven't been on here long but I keep seeing posts from a guy named Joe Lake who mostly just reposts DNAinfo articles and crime stats to the extent that they seem like spam. I heard he's a friend or supporter of one of the candidates in the alderman's race but I'm not sure if the person posting as him here is really who he says he is because he calls people a dummy and idiot and thanks racist and off color comments on these message boards all the time. It doesn't seem like very good or smart company to keep. Anyone know if this person is imitating someone else? It seems weird and not very helpful to the local candidate he's pretending to support.

  • Sun God King of Death, Sorcery,Necro, Witch,Shadow,Sith

    There is a small number of racist who don't like an educated black man posting or authoring threads on E.B. Rogers Park. These racist try to demean blacks as if they are nothing and don't matter.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Joe Lake and I appreciate you!

2 days ago

This week at the Red Line Tap

This week at the Red Line Tap - https://www.facebook.com/redlinetap

Monday: The Red Line Tap open mic Hosted by Micki and Ian
Sign up at 8 pm / Music at 9 pm

Tuesday: Closed at 8 pm for the Red Line Tap and Heartland Café Employee Christmas Party

Wednesday: The Bulletboys / Sleeze / Stone Cold Outlaw / Teeze

Thursday: Vicarious Venues Presents: The Feral Ghosts / The Rewrites / 521 Briar / Shaun Hoffman

Friday: Flabby Hoffman Presents: Axe Mans Bridge / Vamplifier / The Headspins

Saturday: Joe Buck Yourself / Depravos De La Mour / The Getouts

Sunday: Jimmy Bennington’s Colour and Sound

The Red Line Tap
7006 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
www.redlinetap.com

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Common Cause Honors Alderman Joe Moore "2015 Champions of Democracy!" "

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, sponsor of the "Fair Elections" public financing question on the upcoming February 24 ballot, and past sponsor of Common Cause-backed measures calling to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and (successfully) stop the partisan takeover of the Chicago Tribune. http://act.commoncause.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=7221&em_id=3183.0

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Everyblock isn't that popular, but it's as popular as ever according to Alexa.

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    It would be cruel and unusual to deny a therapeutic alternative for the Peg Wolfes and Anne Sullivans in the world. What would they do without EB? Please be compassionate and gentle to those of us who suffer from psoriasis and the heartbreak of our crush on the Cubs.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Being Dismissed by 911

For a couple of weekends in a row now, a small group of people with a toddler & a baby in a stroller have been hanging out in front of & next to the Loyola Park Fieldhouse causing a disturbance. They are drinking, smoking, screaming & often times are leaving their children unattended well into the AM hours. They've been asked to quiet down/leave 2 weekends in a row & that just resulted in them moving farther into the park....

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For a couple of weekends in a row now, a small group of people with a toddler & a baby in a stroller have been hanging out in front of & next to the Loyola Park Fieldhouse causing a disturbance. They are drinking, smoking, screaming & often times are leaving their children unattended well into the AM hours. They've been asked to quiet down/leave 2 weekends in a row & that just resulted in them moving farther into the park.

This weekend, many of us have our windows open & they can be clearly heard & the baby has been crying for quite some time. They've been at it since ~10p & the park has now been closed for almost 2 hours. I just called 911 & I got the strangest response.

After hearing my complaint, the operator told me that it wasn't illegal for individuals over the age of 21 to be drinking in front of their children. I kept telling her that the children were unattended, these people were openly drinking alcohol, were publicly intoxicated & were loitering in the park after-hours. Her response was continuously that "adults of age" are allowed to drink in the presence of their children. I called almost an hour ago & they are still out there screaming & the baby has been crying loudly off & on for over an hour now.

I understand that, at times, the CPD in Rogers Park have more pressing issues to attend to, but what's the point of having patrol officers if they are ignoring complaints like this? Why are we supposed to tolerate activity like this in our neighborhood? These people are creating a poor atmosphere, plus these children are likely in danger. What can I do to help ward off this type of disturbing activity in our neighborhood?

2 days ago

CAPS Beat Meeting - Beat 2431

Greetings Neighbors!

There will be a CAPS Beat Meeting on Tuesday, December 23rd at St. Jerome's Church. The meeting will be from 7 pm to 8 pm, and is being held in the Church's BASEMENT NOT the PARISH HALL. (Someone will be out in the gangway directing traffic) The Parish Hall is being used by the Church for a function that they are holding that evening and we are being switch to the basement of the church.

This IS a formal CAPS Beat meeting and Officers WILL be present. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas to help make the beat better.

Hope to see you there!

John

2 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Joe Lake, Republican Darling

FOLLOW UP: I looked Joe Lake up on the Internet as he suggested and I found this.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    I'm happy to report that the three Rogers Park (49th Ward) Facebook Groups, of which I am the Administrator, has a total of 2002 members. The Facebook groups are not anonymous and the members use their real names and post their photos. This is my normal practice and that of Facebook.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Oddly enough, Uptown Update and Truman Square Neighbors run their Facebook groups anonymously and the latter attempted to dox me.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Ald. Moore to be honored by Common Cause Illinois

An email from the good government organization, Common Cause, of which I'm a member, landed in my inbox on Friday. Joe Moore will be named one of the 2015 Champions of Democracy at a Gala in February:

"Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, sponsor of the 'Fair Elections' public financing question on the upcoming February 24 ballot, and past sponsor of Common Cause-backed measures calling to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and (successfully) stop the partisan takeover of the Chicago Tribune."

http://act.commoncause.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=7221&em_id=3183.0

  • JohnL Retired old foggey.

    Not to be believed.

  • JMG

    CPS is the only appointed school board in IL. Like too many things in Chicago it has been used to reward cronies rather than excellence. Appointed school boards have promoted a privatization agenda, imposing charter schools in the most vulnerable neighborhoods and neglecting neighborhood schools with the connivance of aldermen like Joe Moore.
    Elected school boards work for Evanston, Willmette, Hinsdale etc. and can work for Chicago.

2 days ago

Justin Haugens posted 1 photo to Flickr:

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Parking Ticket

Got a ticket for parking on Ravenswood between Farwell and Morse. Said I didn't have a city sticker. I moved here in May and haven't had a sticker and have never gotten a ticket. I'm confused. Anyone know what's up? It's a $200 ticket.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    What would be fair and equitable is if a Chicago police officer notices a car with a Chicago plate but no sticker, (s)he would write a warning and make a record of it--and if the car still has no sticker within 30 days of the warning, then write the ticket....

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    What would be fair and equitable is if a Chicago police officer notices a car with a Chicago plate but no sticker, (s)he would write a warning and make a record of it--and if the car still has no sticker within 30 days of the warning, then write the ticket.

    Sure would be great if there were a way for all new arrivals to be contacted (by neighborhood or block clubs, Aldermanic offices, realtors, etc.) and either given or e-mailed a “Welcome to Chicage Handbook” or a link thereto. Probably “Welcome” signs at Amtrak and Metra terminals and both airports, with a link, hashtag &/or QR code could accomplish this.

    When I moved here from Seattle in ’78 (and thought I’d be here only a couple of years), I had no idea I had to register my car here, get a sticker and an IL driver’s license until three months later when I got my first (and last) traffic ticket--fortunately, the cop gave me a verbal warning about those things (though the red-light ticket wasn’t dismissed till after I sat through the instructional movie). I didn’t know about CTA “Owl Service,” “A” vs. “B” L stations, discounted monthly RTA (no such thing as “Metra” back then) passes, that you could get light bulbs from ComEd, and the infamous “dibs.” I found out about the latter when I asked why my otherwise unfurnished apt. came with a decrepit dinette set; but didn't understood what “dibs” were until the Blizzard of ’79 hit.

  • The city sticker is simply a vehicle tax just like the state sticker on your plates. Just because you park in a garage doesn't mean you don't need to have one because it's not about parking on the city streets it's more about taxing each registered vehicle that resides in Chicago.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Postmates

Has anyone tried Postmates for food delivery? They have a good selection of restaurants. I was just curious on experiences and overall feedback.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    We've been using delivery.com; they often have 30% off on weekends

Dec 10

Updated 3 days ago

Avy Meyers interviews Mr. Broken Heart

On North Town News Magazine. We were suppose to talk politics. Maybe next time? I did learn the folks on the west side of Ridge refer to the area as West Rogers Park, not West Ridge. It's even labeled that way on their CAPS posters.

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

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I know of Rabbi Doug; I know his wife and mother-in-law. I think he's a little, ummm, off. If you are speaking of Avy; we've met.

  • Greg626 Take it easy but take it

    True. Rebbe Doug doesn't sing from the Lubavitcher songbook. He's more what is called inclusive or "ecumenical". I think he would have engaged Gernhardt in a dialogue instead of just sitting back and listening as Avy did for the most part.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Gun shots?

I live near Newgard and north shore and just heard a series what what sounded like gun shots nearby. Can anyone confirm or know what it was?

  • Yep, fireworks. Watched them out of my window at Farwell and Greenview. They were to the north and west of me.

  • CPinRP A Rogers Park neighbor since 2006

    Confirming they were fireworks. It was on my block and the best part was that there was a marked police car right there. The cop just pulled over and walked over to talk to the folks setting them off.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Sirens around eastlake

What's Going on? Police scanner app have been disabled for only Rogers park as well. At least on the app I have.

Sirens for like 10-15 mins already.

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