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29th Ward Aldermanic & Mayoral Candidate Forums Prior To 4/7 Run-Off Election

29th WARD: Thursday 3/26, 6pm, Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center,5820 W. Chicago Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV
Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

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29th WARD: Thursday 3/26, 6pm, Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center,5820 W. Chicago Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV
Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    WEST SIDE ALDERMANIC FORUM:
    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.
    The event, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5730 W. Division St., will feature these candidates, organizers...

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    WEST SIDE ALDERMANIC FORUM:
    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.
    The event, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5730 W. Division St., will feature these candidates, organizers say:
    ◾24th Ward: Vetress Boyce and Michael Scott Jr.
    ◾29th Ward: Ald. Deborah Graham and Chris Taliaferro
    ◾37th Ward: Ald. Emma Mitts and Tara Stamps
    VIDEO of this Forum (29th & 37th Ward Candidates) is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJcFV7Vbam8
    Story on the forum at::http://austintalks.org/2015/03/some-west-side-aldermanic-candidates-debate-the-issues/

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    On Sat 3/21 a 29th Ward and 37th Ward Forum was held at the Third Unitarian Church at 301 N. Mayfield. The Forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Here is a story about the forum:http://austintalks.org/2015/03/west-side-candidates-meet-again/

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Rent a house or three bed apartment

Help! I was wondering I anyone know of a place in oakpark,forest park,Elmwood that is for rent. Home is underwater and I have to prepare that bank is taken it back. Two adults, one child and three pets. Thanks and God bless.

  • So true Nan1951. In addition, some landlords have had a bad experience
    in the past with dogs that bark at anything or anyone, and a cat that
    smelled up the apartment (good friend of mine now will not take a chance any longer. I do feel that pets and their owners are happier when they are not renting but own a home, but that is not always possible. Birds and exotic
    fish probably fare better than a lively pet in an apartment.

  • Yes, Lisa. However, responsible pet owners can improve the image for everyone. I am eternally grateful to a senior landlord who gave me a chance in 1980 in the Brickyard neighborhood. I had a beautiful obedience trained and crated German Shepherd. I was the only person in the building with a dog. I lived there happily for ten years and the security that my older neighbors felt was immeasurable. We with dogs, have to prove ourselves each and every day!

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Updated 2 days ago

2 more upcoming 29th Ward Aldermanic candidate forums

If you missed the 3/18 forum at Redeemer Church, you have two more chances to hear what Alderman Graham and challenger Sgt. Taliaferro have to say:

Saturday, 3/21, 2-4 PM, 3rd Unitarian Church, Fulton and Mayfield, Chicago. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Thursday, 3/26, 6 PM, Sankofa Cultural Center, 5820 W Chicago Ave, Chicago.

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March to the Polls to Vote Early

...Monday, March 30, to encourage early voting. The walk starts at Sayre Sayre Language Academy (1850 N Newland) after at 3:30pm and will regroup at Lovett Elementary (6333 E Bloomingdale) at 4...

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...will regroup at Lovett Elementary (6333 E Bloomingdale) at 4:00, continuing to Amundsen Park (6200 W Bloomingdale) for early voting. (flyer...

Early voting is underway now. at Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale (29th Ward) and at West Belmont Library, 3104 N. Narragansett (36th Ward). Voting will be open Mondays-Saturdays 9am-5pm from March 23 through April 4, and on Sunday, March 29 from 9am-3pm.

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Sayre School

I been receiving notifications of the Sayre school about how bad the principal is and how bad are the teachers since they allow bullying in the classroom setting. Is there any parents out there who agree to this? If it is I feel that Sayre kids parents should get together and speak out.

  • Can you please email my mom as well? There are a lot of issues specifically with eighth grade that my mom is trying to address. She's reached out to the principal multiple times and has gotten nothing.

  • MontBen Nordica est. 2009

    One more thing. If you want a rallying point to start organizing parents, start going to LSC meetings and bring as many likeminded parents as you possibly can. Invite people to dinner before hand or drinks after. When I was on an LSC, trying to put pressure on our principal, there was nothing more discouraging than an empty meeting room, especially when I knew that there were people suffering.

Mar 11

Updated 4 days ago

Andolino, Walls endorse Graham

Though it's not mentioned in this article, it's also worth noting that Alderman Nick Sposato has endorsed Chris Taliaferro for 29th Ward Alderman.

Hopefully, the North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC) will be able to continue carrying out its mission of North Avenue revitalization, whoever wins the runoff election and whatever changes may occur in the 29th Ward.

What are your thoughts on these developments?

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-11-2015/Andolino,-Walls-endorse-Graham/

  • I agree that voters should make up their own minds. If you haven't attended a candidate forum yet, there will be one this Thursday, 3/26, 6 PM at the Sankofa Center, and another one on Tuesday, 3/31, 6:30 PM at Austin Town Hall.

  • MontBen Nordica est. 2009

    Barb, I feel the same way about the remap. I was not here for Banks, but I moved into the ward just in time to support Alderman Sposato in his runoff in 2011. His sign for committeeman was the first one I ever put up in my yard.

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    Barb, I feel the same way about the remap. I was not here for Banks, but I moved into the ward just in time to support Alderman Sposato in his runoff in 2011. His sign for committeeman was the first one I ever put up in my yard.

    Think of the big picture though, the spirit the old 36th is alive in the new 38th and now we have a chance to spread our style of community engagement to the new 29th. This is happening because of our sheer voter turnout numbers and unwillingness to have our minds made up for us. That's a dangerous combination for any powerbroker.

    Just remember that it took two cycles to get Alderman Sposato elected. You don't have to believe in any one candidate as much as you need to believe in your neighbors.

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  • Sayre Elementary Language Academy reviewed by a parent

    Horrible Principal. No discipline. I'm putting my children into private school next year. This school has gone down to the dumps over the last past five since since Ms. U has taken it over.

    Sayre Elementary Language Academy (1850 North Newland Avenue) Published on GreatSchools March 24, 2015 Comment

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  • Sayre Elementary Language Academy reviewed

    The principal works to undermine the efforts of teachers who genuinely care. She is an outrageous bully who goes out of her way to demolish the self confidence of each and every teacher in the building. Her tactics include trying to divide the staff and pit them against one another, and undermining classroom management by indulging the students with the worst behavior by providing treats instead of discipline. The environment is so toxic that teachers leave at an alarming rate - often in the middle of the year. This once wonderful learning environment has steadily eroded, and has become completely out of control in the last two years. It is beyond me how CPS can allow such an incompetent individual to remain employed as a principal!

    Sayre Elementary Language Academy (1850 North Newland Avenue) Published on GreatSchools March 22, 2015 Comment

Mar 22

Real Estate Beat: Gearing up for the Spring Real Estate Market

1632 N Newland Avenue

1921 N Newcastle Avenue

1704 N Natoma Avenue

2125 N Neva Avenue

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Updated Mar 20

handyman recommendation

Does anyone know of a trustworthy, reliable person to handle minor repairs and maintenance who works in our area?

  • Art & Martha K. Galewood residents

    We have used Hometown Handyman (in Oak Park, on Harlem just north of Chicago) for a few jobs and have been happy with the work. His wife owns Yuppie Puppy and Doggie Day Play, which are also well-run local businesses.

  • I have used hometown handyman as well. Very affordable and great work. Yuppie puppy has been my dog's groomer for seven years- she is absolutely the best!

  • Theresa J from Oak Park Commercial Real Estate Broker

    Thanks, I was looking for a handyman for small jobs too.

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Mar 15

North and Harlem TIF established to draw development to Elmwood Park

River Forest is moving ahead with its North Ave. TIF. They just hired a consultant to figure out what kinds of development to pursue.

Now Elmwood Park has established a TIF at North & Harlem. A Chicago TIF is planned for the North/Harlem project to include Mariano's. Will Oak Park be left behind again, as has occurred on Roosevelt Rd.?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/news/ct-elm-tif-district-tl-0312-20150309-story.html

Mar 15

Galewood Facebook Page

If you are interested in following news about Galewood please follow the Galewood Neighborhood of Chicago. If you are not on Facebook please check out Galewood.net.

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Mar 15

Politicians pick sides in 29th ward alderman race

Here's another article on 29th Ward endorsements, from Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune. This story doesn't mention any of Alderman Deborah L. Graham's endorsements, nor Ald. Nick Sposato's endorsement of Chris Taliaferro. In the article, poli sci prof (& former alderman) Dick Simpson opines that Mayor Emanuel's unpopularity with West Side African-Americans is working against Graham.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/news/ct-elm-runoff-tl-0305-20150305-story.html

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Missig Dog!

Thank you everyone for your help locating my dog. He was found and pickup on 3/11/2015. Good bless you all!!

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  • Sayre Elementary Language Academy reviewed by a parent

    I am a parent, I have had 2 kids graduate and one still there. My 2 oldest kids at least got a good education but my last one comes home every day upset because of bullying and teachers that don't care. The teacher have to deal with fighting than teaching!

    Sayre Elementary Language Academy (1850 North Newland Avenue) Published on GreatSchools March 9, 2015 Comment

Mar 09

Updated Mar 09

Missing boston terrier

My dog got out the yard or someone took him. He has a black/white with a bruise on his left white leg. Please call me at 708-638-3618. The block is 1600 N. Nagle. Please, it happen between 3 - 4pm today.

  • Ev

    Make sure to check and post on the facebook page: Lost Dogs Illinois. Over 85k people following that page, both lost and found dogs are posted there. Do you have a picture you can share and I will keep an eye out for him. Here is the link to Lost Dogs Illinois: https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois

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Mar 07

Forestry crew's "Chainsaw on a stick" pruning work causing mortal wounding of public's trees.

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if your on the list waiting some three years now for Forestry to come and prune your parkway trees. Immediately call them back at 311 and cancel, since it would obviously be more prudent to hire a private tree care company in order to get the work done correctly, following proven ANSI 300 pruning guideline standards. Rather than drastically shorten your favorite tree's possible lifespan while it's compromised...

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if your on the list waiting some three years now for Forestry to come and prune your parkway trees. Immediately call them back at 311 and cancel, since it would obviously be more prudent to hire a private tree care company in order to get the work done correctly, following proven ANSI 300 pruning guideline standards. Rather than drastically shorten your favorite tree's possible lifespan while it's compromised structure ends up inevitably causing public safety issues.

Even the most experienced certified Arborist can not utilize this unyielding Chainsaw & pole combo when hoping to make a correct cut, which can only be accomplished with correct equipment, such as a manual hand or pole saw.

Off the record, one forestry associate explained how well those roving crews first completed jobs in morning turn out. But as their arms get tired after more pruning work completed towards Noon hour, the quality of these multiple limb cuts suffers greatly. Producing torn tree tissue, remaining limb's "Pegs" too long 4 tree to close over, flush cuts damaging fragile "branch collar" tissue, along with "out of control "chainsaw damage ripping open bark and skidding down trunk, parallel to operators limb cuts.

He also shared his discontentment on how its not worth spending time to properly train workers today, who could be gone next week since employees regularly switch over to other departments after attracting them with higher offered wages.

Several property owners thinking it was cheaper to "Tip" city crews for pruning their private examples, learned the hard way after finding out there is no legal recourse now toward recovering any financial loss for their families mortally wounded tree's.

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