2 hours ago

Updated 2 min ago

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Moore campaigns with "Chuy"

In a stunning mid-campaign decision, Alderman Moore was seen standing behind the Garcia for Mayor campaign.

Mayor 1% must be steaming today.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    trai·tor
    ˈtrādər/
    noun
    a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.
    "they see me as a traitor, a sellout to the enemy"
    synonyms: betrayer, backstabber, double-crosser

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    All hail the dictionarian!

47 hours ago

Updated 5 min ago

Don Gordon Forum Thread

Did he show?

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    A four minute campaign video of Gordon has been submitted to ABC in Chicago. It is the lowest energy monologue that says absolutely nothing. Anyone who sees it will worry that his level of blood glucose was dangerously low. He was on the verge of going into hibernation sitting down next to a boring banana-yellow campaign sign. He looked exhausted, spoke in a drone and appeared on the edge of physical collapse. I think he needs a transfusion or some sugar.

  • Nico, do you kiss your cat with that mouth?

1 hour ago

Updated 9 min ago

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    "Craig alienated a lot of people."

    Ya don't say...

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    Woodard never failed. He never became a journalist to begin with. His squeaky little pieces would barely qualify as footnotes in Readers Digest and his pursuit of yellow journalism have dried up a lot of information sources that no longer trust him. His blurbs read as though Gernhardt ghost wrote many of them. The old Broken Liver of Rogers Park was more interesting.

3 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

You can't have it both ways, Alderman Moore

Alderman Moore was spotted campaigning with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Yet, he's gone on record backing Mayor Rahm Emanual's campaign.

"Joining Garcia in earning the IVI-IPO’s endorsement were several incumbent aldermen who are among Emanuel’s reliable City Council supporters. They include aldermen Pat Dowell (3rd); Will Burns (4th); Anthony Beale (9th); Willie Cochran (20th); Walter Burnett (27th) and Joe Moore (49th)."

SOURCE: http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/321441/ivi-ipo-endorses-garcia

I believe we've got a flip-flopper. Is the Alderman of the 49th Ward running so scared that he's gotta play both sides of the fence? Is that what we want in an Alderman? A disingenuous politician that will say anything to get elected?

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

    Get a job.

  • That's not really very neighborly of you to suggest Craig is unemployed. He has a job as the field captain for Don Gordon and he's doing just the job he's being paid for.

18 hours ago

Updated 31 min ago

Another lesson in political communications

On the thread about Sunday's one-candidate forum it was discussed that Joe Moore chose to not participate because he could not control the questioning and would be negatively exposed if he had to answer tough questions about performance, legal investigations, and other "sensitive" subjects. It is part of a communication strategy.

Over the weekend, one of Joe's door-to-door canvassers visited my home, despite the Don Gordon sign in the window and banner above. He mistakenly had me and my wife,...

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On the thread about Sunday's one-candidate forum it was discussed that Joe Moore chose to not participate because he could not control the questioning and would be negatively exposed if he had to answer tough questions about performance, legal investigations, and other "sensitive" subjects. It is part of a communication strategy.

Over the weekend, one of Joe's door-to-door canvassers visited my home, despite the Don Gordon sign in the window and banner above. He mistakenly had me and my wife, or at least our address, on the list he carried. He was confused.

We had a little laugh and politely shooed him away, but not before accepting Joe's four-color (read pricey) flyer. It is another example of how some politicians rely on one-way communication to delivery messaging in ways that avoid two-way discussion or rebuttal.

There is a common practice within political public relations called "stretching." In private sector PR it is considered unprofessional.

In the flyer, Joe appropriately takes credit for the PB project, paper shredding day, the picnic he sponsors, dealing with service requests and other legitimate activities.

From there, however, some of the claims arguably get a little dicey. According to this flyer, for example, Joe is responsible for:

Renovation of all the Rogers Park CTA stations

Resurfacing 70 RP streets

Improving the RP business climate, including new restaurants and cafes on Morse, Jarvis, Howard and Clark

Strengthening community ties

Adding bicycle police patrols

Improving our neighborhood school ratings and test scores

Here is the key: Joe never explicitly states "I did all of these things;" however, by listing these items in his campaign flyer, the implication - the stretch - is that they are Joe's political achievements.

I won't refute these statements here; this post is about political communication strategy, but you get the point about how one-way communication is employed as campaign strategy.

  • Excellent self diagnosis, bubba!

  • Ahh, the lakefront. Something Don and many others, myself included, have worked hard to protect. However, it is not on Joe Moore's radar. He wasn't at the marina meeting, although Osterman was there. Were you "Nico"?

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Excellent article on 49th ward pay-to-play politics

Ben Woodard has done his homework and provided insight into campaign financing in the 49th ward.

Full article here: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150122/rogers-park/ald-joe-moore-nearly-doubles-campaign-fund-114333-at-end-of-year

A few key points:

"Most of Moore's donors provided addresses outside of the ward he represents, and many included business owners, developers and investors."

"But some contributors recently won the support of the alderman at City Hall for concessions to lift liquor moratoriums and open businesses."

"Pradeep Patel, who know (sic) owns two liquor stores in the ward, won the...

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Ben Woodard has done his homework and provided insight into campaign financing in the 49th ward.

Full article here: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150122/rogers-park/ald-joe-moore-nearly-doubles-campaign-fund-114333-at-end-of-year

A few key points:

"Most of Moore's donors provided addresses outside of the ward he represents, and many included business owners, developers and investors."

"But some contributors recently won the support of the alderman at City Hall for concessions to lift liquor moratoriums and open businesses."

"Pradeep Patel, who know (sic) owns two liquor stores in the ward, won the support of Moore to open Hops and Grapes in the former Isam's Liquor Store on Sheridan Road.
A frequent contributor, Patel donated $1,000 at the end of December."

"Go Grocer, an independent grocery chain that intends to open in Loyola University's Granada Center, also won the support of Moore, who sponsored an ordinance to lift a liquor moratorium on the block so the store could sell packaged goods. The company donated $500 to the alderman in December."

"In addition, James Yoo, owner of the Morse Avenue strip mall that recently evicted all of its tenants, donated $500 in November."

We can all come to our own conclusions; however, I do know it is an ongoing concern of many that important decisions are being made about the future of Rogers Park based on political profitability rather than the good of the community.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Don and his supporters like to try and work the refs after they lose.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=150x14454

    Your lawsuit claims you lost the aldermanic election through fraud. Yet you fail to allege any specific acts of fraud. On that basis alone, your legal challenge appears without merit.

    What is even more troubling,...

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    Don and his supporters like to try and work the refs after they lose.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=150x14454

    Your lawsuit claims you lost the aldermanic election through fraud. Yet you fail to allege any specific acts of fraud. On that basis alone, your legal challenge appears without merit.

    What is even more troubling, however, is that while you say you wish to protect the right to vote, you ask the court to void the results in 22 precincts, which represent most of the precincts in the 49th Ward. In other words, if you were to prevail in your lawsuit, all votes cast in those 22 precincts would no longer be counted, and over half the voters in the last election would be disenfranchised.

    ....If you have evidence of voter fraud, which we seriously doubt, we urge you to turn that evidence over to the U.S. Attorney, the Illinois Attorney General and the Cook County State's Attorney. But do not continue this attempt to deprive the voters in the 49th Ward of their right to vote.

    We also find it extremely curious that the 22 precincts whose voters you seek to disenfranchise happen to be the same 22 precincts that Joe Moore won in the last election, a fact which underscores the blatantly political nature of your lawsuit and belies your claim that the purpose of your lawsuit is to see that "all the votes are counted." In fact, using such serious allegations for such a transparently political maneuver demonstrates a shocking level of contempt for the principles of our democracy and an appalling willingness to disenfranchise your neighbors for your own political purposes.

    ....

    Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the attorney you hired to represent you on your lawsuit, Michael Lavelle, is the same attorney who represents Protect Marriage Illinois, the conservative Christian fundamentalist organization that attempted last year to place an anti-gay marriage referendum on the statewide election ballot.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Tremaine, you're not very original. Use your imagination and come up with something clever. Hope this helps you.

23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Good Morming All

Been a while, but I've been working, cooking for private clients and decluttering hoise.

  • Nice to see you back! You are an upbeat, voice of reason.

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    My hoise could use some decluttering, as well. Any tips?

30 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

No show Alderman sends proxy

At yesterday's forum our current Alderman chose to hide from his constituent's, yet still wanted to offer his version of history to the crowd. So he sent a proxy, Colleen Roberts, to deliver what was nothing more than his re-election speech.

This truly was a cowardly act. Shame on him.

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    Don Gordon already has shown us the sort of person he would be in office. He only knows how to say NO. He is an obstructionist and an oppositionist. That is how he proves that he is DIFFERENT. He hasn't said how he would improve anything. He brings no experience...

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    Don Gordon already has shown us the sort of person he would be in office. He only knows how to say NO. He is an obstructionist and an oppositionist. That is how he proves that he is DIFFERENT. He hasn't said how he would improve anything. He brings no experience to the table. His only claim to fame was in preventing Evanston from building a yacht harbor that no one has ever heard of to begin with. Beyond that he completely lost control of his campaign messaging to a few clowns that have absolutely ruined his reputation and public image by calling people nasty names and insulting them on EB and even on Gordon's own FB page. He would be a disaster as an Alderman.

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    You kids sure know how to have a good time!

Jun 12

Updated 1 hour ago

FBI Raids Chicago Math & Science

The Feds conducted a raid on one of Alderman Moore's friend's, in what is being described as a "white collar" crime. These friends of Joe Moore reportedly gave our Alderman a free trip to Turkey. (the Country)

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140611/mckinley-park/concept-schools-raided-by-feds

  • d3 NOH

    reminds me of when the entire Daley entourage and family were given trips to Europe by JC Deaux to study the public toilets there... which were never installed here, as evidenced by having to watch someone take a dump at the end of the red line platform, and by seeing #2 sitting in a train car at Howard

    same same, but different!

  • Quiche -- "skimming from kids" is why charter schools exist.

9 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Witch God Issue Death Warrant For Satan, Lucifer, The Devil, Beelzebub, Worm-Wood

I Witch God Issue Death Warrant From The Spirit World For The Spirit And Soul Of Satan, Lucifer, The Devil, Beelzebub, Worm-Wood! In Accordance To Goddess Will They Are To Be Crucified Upside Down On An Up-Right Cross! The Nails Are To Go Into Their Head, Tail, Feet Before Their Spirit And Soul Throw Them-Selves In The 1st. Gate Of Hell! So Mote It Be! Blessed Be!

4 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

EveryBlock Haiku

Was gone for a while
Still see the mass bickering
Some things never change

3 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Problem buildings in our neighborhoods

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/building-code-scofflaw-list.html
There are several buildings in our neighborhood listed on the Chicago Building Code Scofflaw List " identifying residential building owners with three or more properties that are the subject of active Circuit Court cases where the violations remain uncorrected after the second court hearing."
Hopefully the respective aldercreatures will pursue the owners of the problem buildings in their wards to take the proper measures to bring the buildings up to code.
Hopefully the usual snipers for or against their local aldercreature will refrain from sullying the EB site with criticisms and just make sure the problems are corrected.

  • RPEyes Live on possibly the shortest street in RP

    I saw no problem buildings or problem landlords (as defined in the link) on the maps on in Rogers Park. There are a couple in West Ridge (aka West Rogers Park) though.

    Guess things are pretty good here. When there are problems, our building owners must take care of them in a timely manner.

  • Cool racism.

Nov 28

Updated 3 hours ago

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Ol' Hugh is pulling down almost 100K working for the City of Chicago nowadays. Beats Lake Effect News!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Haven't heard from Hugh for a while!

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Witch God Declares 9 Billion World People! Blessed Be!

Pisces Ends! Aquarius Begins! Spiritual Truth Revealed! Occult Power! 9 Billion World People! Get Up To Get Down To Get Funky! Turn Your Swag Up! Be Groovy! Honorable Pagan Truth Revealed! Goddess Here! Blessed Be!

  • Witch God King of Death,Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadow,Sith

    60660Gal, Good Morning! I Send My Written Message To The World Now Dureing The Witches Hour! I Don't Know Why It Is Called L.U.C.I.F.E.R But I Can't WaitTo Get Down! I Plan To Dis-Respect Satan And His Church! I Will Talk To Satan Like He A Pimp With No Tricks!...

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    60660Gal, Good Morning! I Send My Written Message To The World Now Dureing The Witches Hour! I Don't Know Why It Is Called L.U.C.I.F.E.R But I Can't WaitTo Get Down! I Plan To Dis-Respect Satan And His Church! I Will Talk To Satan Like He A Pimp With No Tricks! I Witch God Say Satan Is A Punk And So Is His Church! Jenna! Good Morning, I Will Talk To Satan Like He A B:tch! The Dis-Respect Satan Spews All Over The World Stink 3 Day Old Fish In The Garbage! 60660Gal, The Anti-Christ Is A Country Not A Man! He Is America's Friend! Goddess Has Not Given Me Permission To Set Him Out Yet Ordering Me To Concentrate My Message On Satan! The Devil Never Expected Me To Come As A Witch! Satan Expected Me To Come As A Christian! To Kill The Devil Requires The Power Of WitchCraft! Satan You Got To Pay For Burning Witches At The Stake Punk! FGFM, Good Morning And Blessed Be! Thanks For Your Advise About Regret! I Am Humbled Always By Your Intellect!

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Good Morning WG! Be careful out there !

Jun 12

Updated 5 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.

  • Bonjou; Bon maten Haitian Creole

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

    @Becky I actually said "Good morning " to a Russian friend I work out with he was soo tickled . (Dobroe) ur sweet Becky (; (;

    @ John i survived a real winter last yr I am wit u man.
    @ Williametta your warm greeting makes us smile .

    Have a good one every one .

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I've been absent. My apologies.

    While I'm not smiling at the snow shovel, I am certainly smiling at you all. Hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start.

    Sending a slow mornin' groove to everyone--I don't want anyone to pull a hammy:

    http://youtu.be/rqqAnjY2Rmo

5 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Community Meeting to Review Plans for New Development at 1240-44 W. Devon

I invite you to attend a community meeting I'm hosting to review plans for the construction of a new three-story, mixed use residential apartment building at 1240-44 W. Devon. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m., at the Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon, in the conference room.

The planned development complies with the existng B3-2 zoning on the site and requires no zoning relief from the City. The development team, Three Corners Development, agreed to...

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I invite you to attend a community meeting I'm hosting to review plans for the construction of a new three-story, mixed use residential apartment building at 1240-44 W. Devon. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m., at the Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon, in the conference room.

The planned development complies with the existng B3-2 zoning on the site and requires no zoning relief from the City. The development team, Three Corners Development, agreed to meet with the community to share their plans and to consider any reasonable suggestions put forth by the community residents.

The site is located between Magnolia and Lakewood Avenues and was formerly a parking lot for the old Weinstein Funeral Home. Three Corners acquired the property in 2013 as part of their development of the new $1.4 million Heartland Health Center, which recently opened a block west of this location.

The new building will consist of 7,000 square feet of storefront commercial retail space on the ground floor, which can be subdivided if necessary into two or more commercial spaces. Ten multi-family residential apartment rental units will be constructed on the second and third floor, consisting of six three-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units.

Additionally, a ground floor residential patio and 11 parking spaces will be located at the rear of the property. The total project will be approximately 20,000 square feet in size.

The developers tell me they will pursue LEED certification for the new construction, a prestigious distinction awarded to projects built in a way that improves energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and CO2 emissions reduction.

The developers plan to start construction in the spring with an anticipated completion date by the end of this year.

The renderings for the development can be found in the photos below.

  • ALDI also has a gluten free line that's affordable.

  • Yes, Helen, I did notice that the store on the corner of Lunt and Clark is reopening. That will be great. Although now that that extraordinary Cermark grocery opened on Ridge, I find myself wanting to shop only there; it's really the most fantastic store I've seen in Chicago in terms of variety of goods, and it only keeps improving.

6 hours ago

You have 4 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

30 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Experience with cats with hypertrophic cardiomegaly?

I'm interested in the experience of others as to prognosis. My Louis is asymptomatic except for the galloping heart rate. Thanks.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    What a lovely photo of Louis. Hope he has many years to live.

  • mckrauts been here awhile now

    Have you seen a cardiologist yet? They will give you insight on how to proceed. There are medications that potentially could be started to prolong good quality of life.

  • I lost my job two months ago so follow up will be through Animal Welfare League. Spent half the rent on the urethral blockage which brought the heart condition to light. My other cat is his sister, so she'll need evaluation, too. Thanks for the good wishes.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Joe Moore Citizen Action Endorsement!

Congrats on your endorsement by that progressive organization that you are on a board of. . . Oooops, oh wait, they voted 'NO Endorsement' for Ald. Joe Moore of the 49th ward. Hmm, They are on to us Joe.

3 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

CMSA Students' Award Winning Poetries

Per popular request here are the two poems written by CMSA students which won top honors at Roosevelt University's "Too Hot to Handel" student poetry contest.

My Community - 1st Place Winner
By Sidney Hunt– 11th grade
North side Chicago
Bred from the cement grounds I call home
Where my last crawl ended and my first step started
The place with more ethnic groups than sand on the lakeshore
Diversity is what we pride ourselves on
We are the backbone...

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Per popular request here are the two poems written by CMSA students which won top honors at Roosevelt University's "Too Hot to Handel" student poetry contest.

My Community - 1st Place Winner
By Sidney Hunt– 11th grade
North side Chicago
Bred from the cement grounds I call home
Where my last crawl ended and my first step started
The place with more ethnic groups than sand on the lakeshore
Diversity is what we pride ourselves on
We are the backbone of Chicago
The melting pot in the kitchen filled with salt and pepper
The positive and negative all intermingle and although we are stopped by corruption and violence we stand strong
Black, White, Tan we are
My Community

Chicago Point of View - 2nd Place Winner
By: Ololade Taiwo—12th grade

I pay homage to the grimy hustlers that jumped hurtles for this lethal game All the casualties sustained It’s a shame and now
bystanders are getting involved Problem solved if we admonish these fools and polish the tools we use for self examination
Instead of learning gunplay we play with alliteration And it takes patience to deal with an anonymous foe but we are too stodgy to work to our utmost In fact we never trust folks So a salute to those who can woman or man it Takes courage to step up so we hide behind facades and we dress up as something we are not We were taught to love but it’s something we forgot in the rush of life like the husband that no longer trusts his wife Despite the fact that we’ve been together for years humanity is often crippled by fear

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Ah, ah, Carl, "mispelling?" Shame on you.

    There's always the possibility that "hurtles" is a typo on the part of Irene, isn't there?

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    You say hurdles; he says hurtles. You say turtles; I say turdles. Let's call the whole thing off.

25 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Help Loyola Park win an Imagination Playground

Help us great some great equipment for the kids at Loyola Park! Vote daily for "Loyola Park of Chicago Park District"
http://www.imaginationplayground.com/vote-for-an-imagination-playground.html

Jan 13

Updated 11 hours ago

You are Invited to a 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum!

The 49th Ward Republican Organization is sponsoring an aldermanic candidate forum on Sunday, January 25 from 3 to 4:30 pm. This will be the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about their vision for the Ward and how they plan to respond to the many challenges facing the City of Chicago. The public will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. While aldermanic candidate Don Gordon has already agreed to participate, incumbent Joe Moore told me...

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The 49th Ward Republican Organization is sponsoring an aldermanic candidate forum on Sunday, January 25 from 3 to 4:30 pm. This will be the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about their vision for the Ward and how they plan to respond to the many challenges facing the City of Chicago. The public will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. While aldermanic candidate Don Gordon has already agreed to participate, incumbent Joe Moore told me that he’ll “take a pass.” Nonetheless, I’m hoping members of the Ward’s Democratic organization can convince the alderman to change his mind so voters have the opportunity to compare their ideas and ask questions of both!

The Aldermanic Candidate forum will be held at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse at 1230 W. Greenleaf.

In addition to hearing from Don (and hopefully Joe), we will be reaching out to the other candidates who were denied the opportunity to appear on the ballot through the challenge process to see if they’d like to participate as well. I give Don credit for this idea, and agree with him that their ideas for the future of our City and Ward merit public consideration.

I hope to see you there!

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Rob, thanks for that link to the thread on Don's Facebook page. No, George is indeed, NOT a "moorista," but he IS living proof that one doesn't have to be a friend of the alderman to get a zoning change, which he needed a number of years ago to expand his building on my block.

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Property rentals provided by Trulia

13 hours ago

Justin Haugens posted 1 photo to Flickr:

46 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Ridge and touhy storefront

Any word on what is going on with the empty storefront at Touhy and Ridge? I thought Pockets was going in there but there hasn't been any movement for quite sometime.

  • Di

    I hope something goes in there soon, be it Pockets or another business

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    I emailed Pockets back in October, asking about it.... nada in response. :'(

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Question for Republican Party Guest Don Gordon

Why are you opposing (per your Facebook posting) the President Obama National Library in Chicago? He is the nation's first African-American and Chicagoan President. You don't want his library on park land? Chicago park land already has a golf course (Waveland), two green houses (Lincoln and Garfield Parks), a zoo (Lincoln Park), a children's museum (Peggy Notebart), two music stages (Petrillo and Pritzker), an aquarium, planetarium, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and snack shops (Osterman and Montrose) on park land. Why are you opposing a Presidential Library for Barack Obama? I want to hear your answer at the Republican Party event for you at Loyola Park on Sunday.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    There have been multiple forums in a lot of the wards that I follow, so I don't see why it didn't happen in the 49th.

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    Based on the results from a top qualified survey organization, the name Gordon is virtually unknown in the 49th Ward whereas nearly everyone knows who Alderman Joe Moore is and what he does for the community every year. The local DNA/info reporter is mostly spoon fed information from one of...

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    Based on the results from a top qualified survey organization, the name Gordon is virtually unknown in the 49th Ward whereas nearly everyone knows who Alderman Joe Moore is and what he does for the community every year. The local DNA/info reporter is mostly spoon fed information from one of the Gordon monkeys and that is thin gruel at its best. The DNA/info guy has burned too many bridges in Rogers Park to have any meaningful information sources left any more. His reports read more like a gossip column than real news.

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

UWF says "No" to Joe Moore

United Working Families released their endorsements yesterday and took a pass on our self-proclaimed Progressive Alderman in the 49th Ward

This group alignment includes the SEIU Healthcare workers and the Chicago Teacher's Union.

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    Yes robin there was a form of antisemitism before the cult of Rabbi Jesus ever began. Apparently the tribe of Judah was the most difficult and problematic of all the tribal groups that the Romans had to control. The Judeans were inordinately headstrong and obstinate. Judeah was the only Roman...

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    Yes robin there was a form of antisemitism before the cult of Rabbi Jesus ever began. Apparently the tribe of Judah was the most difficult and problematic of all the tribal groups that the Romans had to control. The Judeans were inordinately headstrong and obstinate. Judeah was the only Roman colony that was allowed to have its own King as the gubernatorial head of State. Herodian Judea was such a control problem for the Emperor in Rome that after the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 CE the region was renamed and merged with Roman Syria to form Syria Palaestina by the victorious Roman Emperor Hadrian. The antisemitism of that age was based on political conflict and not religious conflict. The pantheistic Romans didn't give a hoot about mono-theism. The Romans didn't like the Judeans only because they were so difficult to govern as a colony. That form of antisemitism was very different from today's antisemitism which has a completely different basis that emerges from Christian and Islamic resentment. It's a very uncomfortable topic but one that needs to be addressed and explored. For the record I am not antisemitic.

  • Usually people would say the first recorded blood libel happened in Norwich in 1044, but I would say the first blood libel was actually in the writings of Apion.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Fact-checking Alderman Moore's excuses why the Unions are abandoning his campaign

Alderman Moore said: "The City's pension funds have a $12-15 billion unfunded liability. If something is not done to correct this, all of the pension funds will be broke within the next 20 years…"

FACT: The pension fund for retired Chicago teachers stands at risk of collapse. The city’s four funds for other retired city workers are short by $19.5 billion. At least one of the funds is in peril of running out of money in less than a decade....

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Alderman Moore said: "The City's pension funds have a $12-15 billion unfunded liability. If something is not done to correct this, all of the pension funds will be broke within the next 20 years…"

FACT: The pension fund for retired Chicago teachers stands at risk of collapse. The city’s four funds for other retired city workers are short by $19.5 billion. At least one of the funds is in peril of running out of money in less than a decade. And starting in 2015, the city will be required by the state to make far larger contributions to the funds, which could leave it hundreds of millions of dollars in the red — as much as it would cost to pay 4,300 police officers to patrol the streets for a year.

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/us/chicago-sees-pension-crisis-drawing-near.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Which means Alderman Moore has put the tax-payers on the hook for more future billions borrowing in 2015. Much like the few billion he voted "Yes" to borrow in 2014.

The next 20 years my a$$. The hammer drops this year. Alderman Moore picked a bad year to go against the Unions.

  • daveP been around awhile

    there is a reason they have put off a plan till after the election. prepare to bend over.

    we can only really blame the politicians who have been leading us for 20+ years... both for getting us to this spot. and doing nothing about it.

    let's reward them with 4 moore years!

  • Terebill In RP all my life~

    It's just awful how he states "the city has" when he was the one who has voted for this! Somewhere down the line Joe Moore has decided that nothing matters except voting with the mayor - whatever the outcome. Now acting surprised and saying "We need to fix this!"

    Time for change!

  • No offense but this situation did not happen overnight. This has been an issue of debate and discussion for years and years every time the budget hearing are held. Despite the fact that thousands are in jeopardy of loosing some part of their well-earned pension, the Alderman have never taken...

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    No offense but this situation did not happen overnight. This has been an issue of debate and discussion for years and years every time the budget hearing are held. Despite the fact that thousands are in jeopardy of loosing some part of their well-earned pension, the Alderman have never taken a pay cut, have increased their salaries and never once addressed this situation in a meaningful way. I suppose once you attain a position where you no longer have to worry about a paycheck, it becomes an issue less important and can be left to linger. However, one important thing to remember is the outrage the affected (including myself) will feel when our pensions are directly affected and we march to the polls to reflect our feelings and reduced standard of living. While I will not be as political as to bring a tent and go camp out on my Alderman's front lawn asking to be fed and taken care of, I can image that for those who will already be hanging on by a thread wont be negatively affected in a very real way where dislocation and removal from their homes might be a reality.

29 hours ago

63 Bar & Grill

I know there was some discussion last week about the establishment being closed. 63' was closed last Tuesday and Wednesday , Jan. 20th and 21st due to plumbing problems and was reopened late last week. There was no issue about their liquor license. Was there for lunch and drinks on Friday.

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

FOUND CAT!

I live near Lakewood and Albion just east of the el. We found a cat in the gangway. It is all black and long hair.Very friendly. Rubbing my face as I write this. If you have lost a cat or know of someone who has, please Private Message me.

39 hours ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Community Meeting - Tuesday, January 27th

There will be a Community Meeting on Tuesday, January 27th at St. Jerome's Parish Hall, 1709 W. Lunt Ave. (This meeting is for the residence that live in the boundaries of Clark St. to the West, the Lake to the East, Lunt Ave. to the North and Pratt Ave. to the South) It will be from 7 pm to 8 pm. This is an "unofficial Beat Meeting" and Officers will not be present. Please come with your ideas, suggestions, comments, and concerns to help make the area safer and friendlier.

Hope to see you there!

30 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

A modest hotel proposal-

Seems like everyone that was at the Alderman’s meeting on Tuesday night was in agreement on one thing. A hotel would be a welcome addition to Rogers Park. After that, there wasn't much consensus. Some people were concerned about the loss of “their” parking in the neighborhood. Some people were concerned by the massive disruption an additional 1.5% of traffic during peak hours would create. Somebody thought of the children. Some time was spent on the fact that we lost...

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Seems like everyone that was at the Alderman’s meeting on Tuesday night was in agreement on one thing. A hotel would be a welcome addition to Rogers Park. After that, there wasn't much consensus. Some people were concerned about the loss of “their” parking in the neighborhood. Some people were concerned by the massive disruption an additional 1.5% of traffic during peak hours would create. Somebody thought of the children. Some time was spent on the fact that we lost the charming old two story brick commercial buildings that were there, and as that area is the crown jewel gateway to Rogers Park, Loyola has destroyed our heritage and birthright.

I’ll admit, I don’t really remember the Granada. Growing up on the South Side, I didn’t start coming up to Rogers Park until the 90s (Nothing like the Heartland Cafe back then!) So I tried to find some pictures of what the area used to be like back before Loyola and Joe Moore and the towering high rises on Sheridan. Here are a few pictures of the strip North of the Loyola El stop from those halcyon days of the 1930s-

http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/u?/uic_idot,134
http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/u?/uic_idot,197

Found a good picture of what that huge metal structure is on the building where the Montseratt at Loyola Station is now -

http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/u?/uic_idot,268

So, seeing as how some of the folks from further North in RP who own their own houses (so they don’t need a hotel) were really laying into the loss of the beautiful architecture and charm of that commercial strip, I propose an addition to the exterior decor of the proposed hotel. I think it really reflects and represents the history of that area of Sheridan, and really should help settle some of the opposition.

Here is a rendering -

  • Hey, there is the remnants of a sign that was on the north end of the Carmen's building that was only partly readable. I think it said "MAHAN" and possibly REAL ESTATE. Does that ring any bells with the old timers?

  • MPRP RP lifer

    Rogerparker, I suggest you read the text that accompanies the photo you posted of the Grenada. It indicates that the picture was taken during demolition and that the building was not in a state that required demolition. In other words, the opposite of what you purported the photo demonstrated.

3 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Health Care

Hello, I am a student journalist writing a story on healthcare. I'm looking for someone who has experienced difficulty with health records not being sent to a multiple hospitals in a timely manner, or vice versa (through electronic means).

5 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Follow Me on Friday to the Oasis

I invite you to Follow Me on Friday to a Rogers Park institution--the Oasis. Join me this Friday, January 23rd, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the bar located at 6809 N. Sheridan Road (just north of Pratt).

The co-owner of the Oasis, Ben Chikko, is serving up delicious deli sandwiches and desserts and offering one complimentary beer, wine, soda or well drink. When you stop by, you'll find out why so many Rogers Park neighbors call the "O" their second...

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I invite you to Follow Me on Friday to a Rogers Park institution--the Oasis. Join me this Friday, January 23rd, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the bar located at 6809 N. Sheridan Road (just north of Pratt).

The co-owner of the Oasis, Ben Chikko, is serving up delicious deli sandwiches and desserts and offering one complimentary beer, wine, soda or well drink. When you stop by, you'll find out why so many Rogers Park neighbors call the "O" their second home. It's a friendly neighborhood tavern where just about everyone knows your name.

If you're into darts, this is the place for you. The Oasis has three dart boards and sponsors its own dart league. You better come prepared because the competition is fierce!

The Oasis also offers a professionally built pool table with custom balls and cues and Sunday night karaoke. They also offer free Wi-Fi and charging for your smart phones, so you can't go wrong. In short, it's a place you go to hang out with your neighbors.

Come and meet Ben the owner on Friday and join us for food and drink at this favorite Rogers Park hangout.

"Follow Me on Friday" is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward's finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I'll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Thanks, Becky. I guess I've been misinformed, but as you can imagine, I sure wouldn't take Spotty/Scotty's word for it.

  • ^^^^ Misinformed? Sounds more like completely uninformed. Clueless.

45 hours ago

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Updated 2 days ago

Witch God On The Verge Of Going Viral!

Rogers Park Thanks For The Love And Hate! I Can Be Googled Now From Any Continent! My Message Has Power! Nothing Has More Power Than The Written Or Spoken Word! Blessed Be!

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Witch God..what color is your new cape?

  • Witch God King of Death,Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadow,Sith

    60660Gal It Is Black! I Will Also Have A Pentacle Placed On It Along With A Few More Seals! Blessed Be!

Jan 15

Updated 2 days ago

Hotel at Albion and Sheridan?

Alderman Moore sent a notice about a public meeting next Tuesday at 7 PM at Centennial Forum concerning a plan to build a bare-bones (limited conference space; no restaurant inside the hotel itself; some commercial space from the sidewalk) hotel at Albion and Sheridan, including making Albion two-way from the alley east to Sheridan. Supposedly the clientele will be visiting parents of Loyola students. That sounds fine for about five weeks out of the year, but what about the other...

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Alderman Moore sent a notice about a public meeting next Tuesday at 7 PM at Centennial Forum concerning a plan to build a bare-bones (limited conference space; no restaurant inside the hotel itself; some commercial space from the sidewalk) hotel at Albion and Sheridan, including making Albion two-way from the alley east to Sheridan. Supposedly the clientele will be visiting parents of Loyola students. That sounds fine for about five weeks out of the year, but what about the other 47 weeks?? Visions of the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood are dancing in my head: Student parties? Lots of people on and out for various assignations? I'm betting it's yet another Loyola dorm in five years. The two- way traffic designation for Albion concerns a lot of us as well, since a similar reconfiguration on Arthur and Sheridan has been confusing and dangerous to drivers and pedestrians. OH--no new parking spaces will be created for the hotel--supposedly the parking structure at Arthur and Sheridan is "underutilized." Could we see some data on that? If you got Moore's email, take a look at the building specs and come to the meeting on Tuesday.

  • Nico Pericolo Formerly known as Nick Danger

    If Loyola property is used for purposes that are not tax-exempt, such as a hotel or commercial shops, it is taxable the same as any other property in the city.

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment / Century 21 Universal

    Not to mention the hotel tax that the city charges + all the monies the visitors staying right here in Rogers Park will put out for restaurants, bars, venues and all else.

2 days ago

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  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    A resident of the Breakers told me that a bullet landed (harmlessly) in the dining room

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Rate hike on beach parking

i was so disgusted to find that the hourly rate for parking in the beach parking lot next to Loyola Park has now gone up from $1.25 per hour to $1.75 an hour! Thank you, to the past and current mayor, and to all our aldermen, who sat on their hands while this parking thing might have been stopped!

  • Mei

    I saw they have a mobile app for the meters now. Has anyone tried it? Perhaps you could use that in the morning from your home for the last hour, but heaven forbid you forget one day! Even though the deal has long since been made, I too still feel bitter and entitled to gripe about the fees. My cousin used to work for the company that owns the meters, and I still tease him about it. Makes the holidays that much more fun!

  • Thanks for the info, Mei! I will check into the mobile app. I wonder how that would work? I suppose the meter workers would have to check your QR code on your city sticker to see if you actually paid, or some other such thing.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

February 24 ---> Hurry up and get here

I can't wait for the Aldermanic Election to be history.

All of the " mean spirited " mud slinging comments are unnecessary.

Why do election campaigns have to go negative ?

.....CANDIDATES :

.............Tell us the good that you can do if elected.

.............Encourage local residents to get involved in positive change.

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......CANDIDATE SUPPORTERS : ( both sides )

..............Stop posting all your hateful comments.

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Call me an unrealistic dreamer,

but,

wouldn't it be nice if on Feb. 25 , we could all unite to work together
to make Rogers Park the place we want it to be.

Amen.

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