27 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

  • I wasn't expecting a "you got us, you're right" press release. How many officers are safely ensconced in the Homan Square facility and not out on street duty?

  • Does not exactly look like a "secret facility" with all of those police cars out in front.

  • This is an interesting story because the fact of the Homan facility is not secret at all. Read a certain cop blog and it's referenced there. No doubt rank-and-file knew it existed, since its where SWAT etc. are based. That is directly contrary to what was posited in one of...

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    This is an interesting story because the fact of the Homan facility is not secret at all. Read a certain cop blog and it's referenced there. No doubt rank-and-file knew it existed, since its where SWAT etc. are based. That is directly contrary to what was posited in one of the articles I read. So, the "secret conspiracy" and "black ops" aspects seem to be poorly supported. Also, having one of the main proponents of the story state that police and crime reporters are both mostly racists to explain why the story didn't break sooner is a huge red flag for me.

    On the other hand, it is certainly possible that there were people doing things they weren't supposed to. We know from experience that a very few rogue police can have a large impact on the city, so we can't discount there being something there. Even with a flawed messenger and a flawed theory, the specific allegations have to be tracked down and investigated, with the results made public.

2 days ago

Updated 6 min ago

Congratulations to 38th Ward Alderman-Elect Nick Sposato

I would like to congratulate Alderman Nick Sposato on his Election Day victory yesterday. I would also like to congratulate all of the candidates for refraining from personal attacks in their campaign literature and in their comments during the two aldermanic forums.

Our city and our community are facing some unprecedented financial challenges over the next four years that will call for some very tough choices.

It has been my honor and privilege to represent my neighbors over the past four years and I look forward to working with our new Alderman to make his transition as smooth, seamless and successful as possible.

  • Jazzmandel....thanks for the nice words. In reply to your question, yes, Alderman do qualify for a pension. However, in my case I waived my Aldermanic pension as I earned a pension over the thirty-three that I worked for the Building Department. I'm fortunate and appreciative to have that pension and didn't think it was the fair thing to do to accept a second pension. I just hope that my one city pension does not go bankrupt, as city employees don't qualify for Social Security.....fingers crossed!

  • AnnabelleBlue Proud teacher & active mom who loves our hood :)

    Alderman Tim - Had you not waived the Aldermanic pension, would you really have qualified for it after just one term? If that's the case we have some laws to change. I think of pensions for people who have serve 20, 30 or 40 years someplace (like you did in Buildings). Not 4 years. Not a swipe at you, Tim, just questioning the logic.

59 min ago

Updated 22 min ago

Is St. Ferds open to the public ?

I'd like to try it, but don't want don't want more than dinner and a beer

34 hours ago

Updated 26 min ago

Redistricting 38th and 45th Wards

I live on the 5200 W. Dakin block and have always been part of the 38th Ward (Laramie is the boundary). When I went to vote yesterday, I was directed to the 45th ward polling place. Was the ward map recently redrawn? I was not prepared to vote for a 45th alderman.

  • PAC52us,
    I'm tired of people who don't have a clue about what's happening in their neighborhood/city/state/country showing up at the polls and mindlessly choosing candidates that will affect my life for years to come. That's why.

  • Actually, Schurz was in the 38th Ward under the "old" map.
    As far as the irregular shapes of the ward boundaries, much of it is due to the process of creating minority-majority wards as required by the Federal Voters Rights Act enacted during the Lyndon Johnson Administration. After the U.S....

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    Actually, Schurz was in the 38th Ward under the "old" map.
    As far as the irregular shapes of the ward boundaries, much of it is due to the process of creating minority-majority wards as required by the Federal Voters Rights Act enacted during the Lyndon Johnson Administration. After the U.S. Census is completed (every 10 years), the Voters Rights Act requires redrawing of all political boundaries to provide for equitable representation for minorities. Census data is downloaded into a computer and a map is generated.
    Some question whether or not the Voters Rights Act should be amended or eliminated, and when the Act was set to expire during the George W. Bush Administration, President Bush extended it.
    There's no question that there is some political "tweaking" of the map, but if you look at the maps for other political boundaries, such as U.S. Congress or the State House or State Senate, similar irregular boundaries exist.

13 hours ago

Updated 30 min ago

6 Weeks To Go!

Ok Portage Park, Chuy or Rahm? You will you be voting for in April? Does Chicago elect its first Hispanic mayor, or does Rahm stay on track in his quest to be Hillary's running mate in 2016? Does Chicago elect one of it's own, or does Ravenswood Rahm get a second term? This is an important election, I hope we can get a better turnout. Think and decide people.

  • I fantasize getting a couple friends, renting an old Buick and fastening a loudspeaker to the top of it like Jake and Elwood's bluesmobile and cruising around town, getting the word out, "you there with the groceries . . . vote next Tuesday! You there on the park bench. . . Chuy needs your vote!"

  • There's no bias at all in these posts...Better get out and vote, but let's make sure it's for our guy. Way to encourage the democratic process!

27 hours ago

Updated 44 min ago

Now What

45th Ward

Rahm Emanuel: 47.9%

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia: 35.1%

Willie Wilson: 3.1%

Bob Fioretti: 5%

William "Dock" Walls: 0.9%

Turnout: 41.8%

According to DNAinfo but that means the vocal ABR folks here were certainly better represented here than at the polls.

And who knew but cops and their families apparently vote as well. So we have a battle that may actually be boiling down to cops and their sphere of influence wanting some political and economic clout in the neighborhood.

46 min ago

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2 days ago

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Nicholas Sposato

It looks to me that you made it...I wish you all the best, Your team team worked hard for you! Now please take our ward where it needs to be....You really earned this one!!!

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    @pattymelt... Wait I get it, Looks like we made it was another song, I didn't know who sang it but it may have been Barry...Anyway I see how it reminds you of the song, totally unintentional on my part I assure you!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Lets go out for a beer ehhhhhh you little toothless runt!!!!

4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

A good toilet

We are updating our bathroom and need suggestions of a good toilet to buy. Landloard won't do it but giving us a $200 budget to do it ourselves. So basically looking for one that works well and also not too expensive. I don't want to buy one that clogs all the time or needs to be flushed twice. Got one like that now!! Have any of you bought a new one that works well. Please let me know what it is. Thanks!

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Sue: If you're going to respond to SPIRO 1983, you really need to use more exclamation points!!! Just one won't do!!! Three seems to be the magic number!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hey ya its sloppy sue again trying to kill everyones buzz go to bed hunny bunny!!@@

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Asbestos?

ok I've searched for asbestos on this site but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Last year we had the water department come out to see if they'd put in a water meter. They looked at the pipe and said - that looks like it might be asbestos, we're not doing anything until you get an asbestos abatement company out to tell you whether or not it is asbestos and if it is, have them remove. So while...

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ok I've searched for asbestos on this site but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Last year we had the water department come out to see if they'd put in a water meter. They looked at the pipe and said - that looks like it might be asbestos, we're not doing anything until you get an asbestos abatement company out to tell you whether or not it is asbestos and if it is, have them remove. So while I know this can be expensive, I'm wondering A. How expensive and B. How much would really have to be done? I mean, could we just do the one pipe and leave the rest or would we need to have them do it all? Not disturbing it is only an option if we never get a water meter installed and the water bill keeps getting higher and higher...any advice?

  • Just replace the pipe with copper. Find a guy to do it as a side job and don't mention anything about asbestos

  • Am going to disagree with Lunker on the grounds of honesty and on the skills/knowledge of a plumbing worker who does not know about asbestos, or what it looks like, and his own legal obligations --- or if he does know all that, his demonstrated willingness to skimp.

11 hours ago

Organic Gardening

If you currently have an organic garden, or you would like to have an organic garden, I would like to offer my assistance. I can help you in creating an organic vegetable and/or herb garden or I can help you tend to a garden you already have. My name is Jose Bautista and my plan is to work in many gardens over the summer. No matter the type of urban farming you have/want: container plants, raised beds, or in-ground, I want to work in it all. If you might be interested please contact me and we can discuss this further. Have a good one.

6 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Sposato Tactics Equate To Harassment

I have received so much mail from Sposato it's ridiculous. Mail pieces every day this week, 2 polls this week, a poll this morning and a robo call tonight. He should be the poster child for campaign finance reforms laws. If this man wins, it is a classic example of buying an office. I knew nothing about him when this election started and now I can't stand to hear his name. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way and I hope everyone will go to the polls and vote for someone else. PLEASE join me in an "anyone but Sposato" vote on Tuesday.

  • What are you talking about? He has helped many people who are not in special interest groups. For me it was illegal conversions on my block, for my neighbor help getting her senior exemptions, he helped our community when the school didn't have a crossing guard . Keep fighting the good fight.

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    Sour grapes is what I think most of this is about, I never felt harassed and it seems to me that many people went out in very cold weather... door to door because they believe in him. And i for one can't wait to see what he can do...Hell, I was even asked if I needed a ride to vote!!! GREAT CAMPAIGNING !!!!!, THAT'S WHAT WINS ELECTIONS!!!

15 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Power Home Remodeling Sales Rep

Sales rep came to the door and decided to bang on the front window to get my attention when the door bell didn't work. He had no sales collateral with him and was very rude when I said that I wasn't interested in a free estimate for window replacement. He was wearing a logo'd jacket for Power Home Remodeling.I just called the company to complain. Here's the number: 888.REMODEL (888.736.6335)

  • A&K

    Hmm, this seems like an advertisement. If you need new windows use a reputable supplier.

15 hours ago

Post election!

Well it's finally over, it's been both an honor and a privilege to run for public office, we have what I believe is a great neighborhood, I'm look forward helping our community in what ever way I can, once again,from the Hernandez family Thank you and God bless!

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Stolen Dog ALERT

Please keep an eye out for this dog that was stolen at a gas station this morning: "Cloud aka Neven is a 16.5 lb golden retriever mix that was stolen from his owners car and loaded into a black minivan this morning as she was getting gas at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Cicero/Montrose in Chicago. 4401 North Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630"

Police have been notified.

http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=390490

This is not my dog, but sharing information.

  • My friend got his hands on the police report. Apparently the guy who stole the dogs planned to give them a shellacin' to the crackin'

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    My guy malakanis you are funny!!! The dudes probally jumped in a cadi and got on Kennedy and headed to the south side!!!!!

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Hellraiser, I did already work with the state and local leadership on the matter. We have petition on-line, signed by over 230 ppl. CDOT and IDOT and traffic consultants were involved. Anyway, tentative commitments were made for this year and now I am not sure what will happen.

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/jun19-irving-park-rd-bet-harlem-cumberland-6204307/

    Loulu, obviously you don't want anyone to take initiative to make any improvements. That is your choice. Have a good day.

  • Loulu Me

    Not only did I NOT say such a thing, I suggested with whom you could go to about a couple of your issues. Do not make things up.

21 hours ago

Register to Vote/Change Voter Registration Address

Voter registration is open again:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/register-to-vote-change-of-address.html

You can vote in the April 7th runoff even if you did not vote this past Tuesday.

Dec 04

Updated 22 hours ago

Portage Park Knitters/Crocheters

I'm trying to find out if anyone out there would be interested in joining a group that would meet on a regular basis at a local coffee shop for an hour or two with like-minded individuals. We can work on a current project or get some advice/tips/help from each other if we are stuck on a project. Just message me on EB if you are interested and let me know what day and time might work best for

  • DeMurph PP Neighbor since 2010

    Thanks Helen. Was worth a shot 😊 Will definitely consider starting a second group and will look forward to a Tue availability to meet you when schedule permits. Best, DeMurph

  • @randy, I assume pamela means it in the Wendy Russell ingenious way.

Jan 24

Updated 22 hours ago

Ald. Nicholas Sposato's Service Office From the 38th Ward to your kitchen table

What's wrong with the above account which commented twice today in a Portage Park thread. The above account was open in 2012 and up to May 2014 events held in Ald. Sposato's 36th Ward were occasionally posted. When did Ald Sposato take over the 38th Ward? Guess Sposato doesn't need to earn the support of the 38th Ward voters he just moves in. Hay Nick how bout showing 38th Ward voters and 38th Ald Cullerton a little respect?

  • Suzi,

    A concern troll - A person who posts on a blog thread, in the guise of "concern," to disrupt dialogue or undermine morale by pointing out that posters and/or the site may be getting themselves in trouble, usually with an authority or power. They point out problems that don't...

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    Suzi,

    A concern troll - A person who posts on a blog thread, in the guise of "concern," to disrupt dialogue or undermine morale by pointing out that posters and/or the site may be getting themselves in trouble, usually with an authority or power. They point out problems that don't really exist. The intent is to derail, stifle, control, the dialogue. It is viewed as insincere and condescending.

    Or it is also possible to believe that you are one of Mayor 1%'s outside agitators who post under the guise of community support.

  • Suzi Lee Suzi Lee

    That is HILARIOUS!!!!
    As to a troll, you need to look at yourself. There is nothing insincere nor condescending about my remarks, they are SIMPLY STATED OPINIONS, as we all had the freedom to do in this country.
    The "game playing" clearly belongs to others on this site that continue to "raise ire" over and over again.
    Chow baby!!

23 hours ago

Midwestern Christian Academy Open House Today!

If you are interested in your student receiving a balanced traditional academic program with a Christian emphasis, come and check out Midwestern Christian Academy. There is an open house today from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We are located at 3465 N. Cicero Ave. Check out the classrooms, the teachers, current students and parents. Check us out on the web ahead of time at midwesternchristianacademy.org

24 hours ago

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27 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

How Close is Close?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150225/portage-park/far-northwest-side-voters-picked-rahm-but-helped-garcia-trigger-run-off

Seems to me anything greater than 45 percent is pretty close when your runoff oponent is far enough behind that if the other candidates backer lose interest then a win is in the offing.

Not sure if Rham heard that thunder clap or not or if he will just laugh at it thinking the four groups should have settled on one contender if they wanted the belt.

31 hours ago

34 hours ago

AAUW Tech Savvy Conference at Triton College, River Grove, IL, March 21, 2015.

The AAUW Jane Addams Branch along with members from local Chicagoland AAUW branches are offering an all-day AAUW Tech Savvy STEM career conference for 6-9th grade girls and their parents/mentors at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Avenue, Building R, River Grove, IL 60171 on Saturday March 21, 2015, from 8.30 – 3.30 pm.

Registration is open at http://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x2003931738a

For more information see http://janeaddams-il.aauw.net/tech-savvy/

42 hours ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Estate Sale

Has anyone worked with an estate sale agent/company that covers our area?
Thank you.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Naomi is a straight shooter; she will be completely honest with you, and be there every step of the way.

    Naomi Ross
    Sassie's Estate Sales,Inc
    www.sassiesantiques.com
    847-322-5913

    If you contact me offlist, I can give you the name of a company to avoid like the plague

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    I recently received a flyer from my office for a company called Estate Angels. Not sure if they are any good but give them a try. Here's the info:

    www.yourestateangels.com

    Contact Lori Kumskis at:

    708-374-2458

4 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Chicago children's Club

We just had a guy ring our doorbell asking for a $10 or $20 donation for the children at Portage Park. We asked him why are they asking for donations this late in the winter and he said they ask for it after Valentines and it is used for next year. He was a very quick talker. Beware, beware.... so I asked him for information and he said he would drop off the leaflet. I just checked online and there is no such organization for this.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    That one guy with the boot he has on chicago fire department shirts on to I heard which any civilian can buy at a store....

  • retired sgt retired sgt

    Call 311 or 911 and report it as a suspicious man ringing doorbells.... Come on guy's then the next tread will be I got robbed last night or can you believe I just got approached by a strange man in front of my house.

5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

What issues will be guiding your voting?

I will be voting based on the candidates' stances on certain issues that are important to me. These can cross ward boundaries, and some are city wide issues. What issues are you basing your voting on, both for mayor and alderman?

  • Your comments caused me to legitimately want to look into the development. I did, I found it odd that there weren't any 200 sq ft units. I wished you and your mom the best on your search. What more do you want from me.

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    Your comments caused me to legitimately want to look into the development. I did, I found it odd that there weren't any 200 sq ft units. I wished you and your mom the best on your search. What more do you want from me.

    You said it: "Concerns because some of the units were 200 sq feet efficiency apartments." I corrected you on it, with proof. And yes, 400 sq ft is twice the size, pretty big difference. Now lets drop it.

    And why don't you keep my family out of this, its low class and makes you look foolish.

  • Happiness,

    Do you believe everything you read on EB?
    Why do find Jill♡ believable?

44 hours ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Six Corners

Any idea what the final plan is?

  • Resident Live in the 45th

    Where is this notice for? I can't make it out from the picture. Is that just an empty lot in the picture?

  • It's for the old Bank of America building at 6 Corners. I checked the Clark Street Development site today, and while they have the project listed, no designs or renderings yet. Very interested to see what the plans look like.

Feb 02

Updated 36 hours ago

Remodeled home quality

I've been looking at houses for sale in the area and have noticed a handful that have been recently rehabbed, all in the same style. They look really nice, but use some cheap materials and appear to be quickly worked on.

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with a home like this. In particular, it'd be great to hear if any issues with a house like this was mainly cosmetic or required a significant amount of time/money to repair.

  • Tonton Tonton

    About a year ago I bought a beautiful gut rehab from a contractor working in this area. I saw some really bad rehabs before we stumbled upon this property. It had been on the market for less than one day and we grabbed it right away. They did a great...

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    About a year ago I bought a beautiful gut rehab from a contractor working in this area. I saw some really bad rehabs before we stumbled upon this property. It had been on the market for less than one day and we grabbed it right away. They did a great job - new finishes, electrical, plumbing, hvac, roof. The inside and finishes were planned by professional designers and the workmanship appears to be of high quality. The whole second floor was removed and rebuilt, too, all keeping the original bungalow look. I had an inspector review the property of course. They did identify some things that needed to be taken care of… Additional air vents on the second floor to provide better heat and air control was a biggie. Otherwise, the house is extremely solid. Where did they skimp? From what I can tell, in areas areas I am well equipped to handle myself - landscaping, cheap locks, cheap back porch. There are other minor things that I'm working to address. We couldn't be happier with our home in PP!!

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    You could get a well rehabbed home, and you can get a lemon. It all depends on the contractor. Always ask for references from the contractor, get a real good home inspector, preferably someone with remodeling knowledge, and ask for a warranty.

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Ward Budgets?

I heard somewhere 80% of Sposato's 36th ward budget last year went to the parks. E.g, Shabbona had 100 new trees planted as well as the playground redone.

If someone can post a more accurate picture of 36th an 38th ward budget expenditures for last year or more it would be appreciated.

  • Pamela,
    The Portage Park playground was funded before my term, under Alderman Allen, but I believe it was a combination of TIF funds (West Irving Park TIF), Park District capital funds and funds raised by the Friends of Portage Park, with the greater share coming from the TIF. TIF funds...

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    Pamela,
    The Portage Park playground was funded before my term, under Alderman Allen, but I believe it was a combination of TIF funds (West Irving Park TIF), Park District capital funds and funds raised by the Friends of Portage Park, with the greater share coming from the TIF. TIF funds were also used at the park for the nature area, the new DFA, resurfacing of the parking lot, new pathways (sidewalks), new lockers for the indoor pool and reconstruction of the outdoor decorative water fountains which will be transformed into planters this Spring.

  • New cargo swim trunks with the new micro fiber material for faster wicking for Tim this June. See you there sir with Coppertone in hand!

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Dunning Conservation area gazebo collapsed

So sad to have seen the new gazebo built last summer, has collapsed, and I hope they will rebuild!!

  • cc...was that the tool shed in the community garden near the Streets & San yard? Or was it some other building elsewhere?

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    it was a "gazebo" or picnic shelter. it was open air, so I doubt anyone would use it for a tool shed.......you can see it from oak park avenue, in the parking lot.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mailers

Just got a bunch of mailers from various 45th ward candidates and they are all positive except for Garrido. Talk about Debbie Downer….

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Feb, 24th Election Day!

Well tomorrow is the big day, no matter what happens I'm thankful for the help of Bruce and Rich, for sticking with me and pushing me, my wife and kids for putting up with me, my fellow Soldiers in the IL,National Guard for their support, I believe in our system of Government more then ever, every time I put on the uniform of our county's Military I'm reminded of what it stands for it,so with that said Thank you and God bless!

2 days ago

Rham's Kid's Robbery now on Portal and you can draw shape in crash report

https://www.youtube.com/user/smartchicago/videos
I guess we will have to wait a day for the upload. When it is up just drag over until you see the guy in a suit. That will be our CDO. Tutns out the police internally flag things as confidential but the data that gets put on the portal is not confidential and there were about 178 crimes not posted because of that.

http://chicagocrashes.org/#zoom=16&lat=41.95342&lon=-87.74491

2 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

If you live in the (new) 38th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 45th ward?

Just wondering how it would shake out if we were choosing between Arena, Baert, Diaz and Garrido.

2 days ago

Chicago Tonight on Mayoral Election

"A new report being released this morning shows that the supposedly budget-strapped Windy City – which for years has not made its full pension payments – actually has mountains of cash sitting in a slush fund controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Indeed, as the report documents, the slush fund now receives more money each year than it would cost to adequately finance Chicago’s pension funds. Yet, Emanuel is refusing to use the cash from that slush fund to shore up...

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"A new report being released this morning shows that the supposedly budget-strapped Windy City – which for years has not made its full pension payments – actually has mountains of cash sitting in a slush fund controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Indeed, as the report documents, the slush fund now receives more money each year than it would cost to adequately finance Chicago’s pension funds. Yet, Emanuel is refusing to use the cash from that slush fund to shore up the pensions. Instead, his new pension “reform” proposal cuts pension benefits, requires higher contributions from public employees and raises property taxes in the name of fiscal responsibility. Yet, the same “reform” proposal will actually quietly increase his already bloated slush fund.

But it gets worse: an investigation by Pando has discovered that Emanuel has been using that same slush fund to enrich some of his biggest campaign contributors."

See the entirety of David Sirota's piece just below Chicago Tonight article.

<http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/12/18/mayoral-candidate-garc-unveils-plan-fight-crime>;

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lawn Sign Stolen

I know it is nothing new, but someone stole an aldermanic lawn sign in front of my house (38th ward). It may seem like politics as usual, but it doesn't sit well for me. The candidate I support did not just plop a sign on my lawn. This candidate introduced herself to me, spent 30 min. listening to me and my concerns and spoke about her platform (in July), called weeks later and asked if I would be willing to...

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I know it is nothing new, but someone stole an aldermanic lawn sign in front of my house (38th ward). It may seem like politics as usual, but it doesn't sit well for me. The candidate I support did not just plop a sign on my lawn. This candidate introduced herself to me, spent 30 min. listening to me and my concerns and spoke about her platform (in July), called weeks later and asked if I would be willing to display a sign, hung the sign, and later thanked me with a hand written note as well. I am impressed at the grass root efforts of her campaign and her sincerity. And I would like to optimistically think that there are several candidates that are giving it their best efforts and have good intention for the neighborhood. Candidates get a lot of criticism, but I applaud residents who run for local office with good intention. When people (ill intentioned candidates and their goons) steal lawn signs, vandalize billboards and smear candidates names - it cost us all a chance of having true residents step up and run for office (as opposed to professional politicians who move into neighbors for job security).. The majority of the candidates do not have major financial backing from and private interest groups. They are residents who reach deep into their pockets to run a campaign and get their message out. Please allow them to do so. When we don't - we only have ourselves to blame when we have sellout politician who don't truly represent us and our interest.. (I must be a glass half full type of person because I believe there are good candidates out there and I truly believe in the candidate I am supporting.)

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    No signs for me unless they the politicians pay me to put there name in front of my house..you are asking for it by putting up political signs up!!!!

  • I don't want a politician's money nor do I want politicians to resort to buying votes. I want a resident that knows and loves this neighborhood as much as I do and will represent us all fairly. So when I find this rare find, I want to give them the...

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    I don't want a politician's money nor do I want politicians to resort to buying votes. I want a resident that knows and loves this neighborhood as much as I do and will represent us all fairly. So when I find this rare find, I want to give them the opportunity to put themselves out there and give it their best. I want a candidate spending time talking with residents rather than mingling with goons to pad their campaign fund. In this case Heather Sattler found me and proved herself to this household.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago Ward Boundaries on Everyblock

Just got an e-mail from EveryBlock that the Chicago ward boundaries got updated.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Thank you for sharing, Minerva! The ward boundaries were updated a few weeks ago. Please let us know if you have any questions.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Curbed Comparisons: Retro or Rehab: 8 Homes in Chicago's Historic Bungalow Belt

5839 W Cornelia Avenue

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2616 N Mason Avenue

3455 N Nottingham Avenue

6153 South Mason Avenue

2624 West Coyle Avenue

4107 North Lawler Avenue

Feb 18

Updated 3 days ago

Eye Doctor

Can anyone recommend a good place to get an eye exam and purchase glasses?

  • Dr. M. Spencer & Dr. L. Blount-Odum
    (773) 237-4774
    4949 W Irving Park Rd # E, Chicago, IL 60641-2641

  • Jason M. Kluckzyk - very, very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it.

3 days ago

Thank You Mayoral Candidates

The Portage Park Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the Mayoral Candidates who attended our Mayoral Meet Greet, Willie Wilson, William “Doc” Walls, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and Bob Fioretti.

We also like to thank Ken Davis of the Chicago Newsroom for doing such an outstanding job as our moderator. He can be found at http://chicagonewsroom.org/ Also his program appears on CANTV you can find there schedule here http://cantv.org/?s=chicago+newsroom or subscribe to his podcast on iTunes.

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The Portage Park Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the Mayoral Candidates who attended our Mayoral Meet Greet, Willie Wilson, William “Doc” Walls, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and Bob Fioretti.

We also like to thank Ken Davis of the Chicago Newsroom for doing such an outstanding job as our moderator. He can be found at http://chicagonewsroom.org/ Also his program appears on CANTV you can find there schedule here http://cantv.org/?s=chicago+newsroom or subscribe to his podcast on iTunes.

A special thanks to John Gorski and the Irish American Heritage Center located in Mayfair Park at 4626 N Knox. Thanks for providing a great venue on a cold winter night for the people of the northwest side to meet their candidates. Also thank you for opening the pub for all us to hoist a pint afterwards. TO find out more about their events, performances, art gallery, museum and more go to http://irish-american.org/.

Tomorrow is Election Day, stay warm but don't forget to vote!

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Unusual mailing from Michelle Baert

In the mail today I received a mailing in a standard letter envelope with the name "Danny Boyle" in bold green letters in the return address area. I opened the envelope to see a letter from Mr. Boyle which stated "I'm reaching out to my fellow Irish men and women to rally support" ...for Michelle Baert.

I am amazed at this degree of "narrowcasting" in an aldermanic race and am intrigued by how they determined which ward residents appear to be of Irish descent.

Has anyone with an Italian or Polish or Latino surname gotten a similar ethnically targeted letter?

I am not sure why but I am slightly put off by this clannish approach to campaigning.

  • How is this any different than candidates campaigning in African-American churches? Everyone's something-American at election time.

  • marsh3617 10 year resident of Six Corners area

    I got a mailing from her Asian-American husband going for the Asian vote.

4 days ago

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Updated 4 days ago

PCP/general practice doctor

I've searched the site but haven't seen much in terms of helpful info, so: does anyone have a primary care physician/general practice/family doctor in the area they would recommend?

  • Mine is Agnieszka Kania who is Polish and she is great at Lutheran General Hospital. She does get a lot of children there, but then how often do we go there except for our annual and of course when sick

  • If you are a senior on Medicare, there is a great new practice in our community, Oak Street Health. Great teams and they focus on - wellness!!

4 days ago

Bridge elementary school

Just wondering if anyone knew anything about Bridge. My daughter starts kindergarten this year and I just wanted to know if anyone had any personal experience with the school. Thanks!

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