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A disrespected community (?)

Very disappointing that Commander Sanchez has been transferred from Chicago's 25th police district. He was only on the job for a few months. From all reports, he really cared about doing a good job. He was truly concerned that Urban Myth was disturbing the Amundsen Park community, for one thing. The 25th District has had three commanders in less than 12 months. It was also a shame that Commander Navarro and Sgt. Weigland were reassigned.

Why does the CPD keep transferring commanders and sergeants like this? Are the less affluent communities of color disproportionately affected? Check out this essay:
http://austintalks.org/2015/01/a-disrespected-community/

  • Finian 38 years in Galewood

    I would suggest that people stop voting for people that you are complaining about. This city has been in Democratic control since I was a little boy, in other words, the forties, the fifties, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, the nineties etc. I myself considered myself a counted on...

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    I would suggest that people stop voting for people that you are complaining about. This city has been in Democratic control since I was a little boy, in other words, the forties, the fifties, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, the nineties etc. I myself considered myself a counted on Democratic vote but no longer. The crime is I have no choice but vote for the person who is the best Democratic candidate according to my standards. I vote but the person I eventually have to cast my for vote for just barely passes the "smell" test.

    Hold your alderman, your Mayor, your State Senator or Representative responsible by voting for the most independent person you can find. Ask them a question will you always vote along with the Mayor, will always vote for Madigan or Cullerton led houses in Springfield? You know what is a slap in the face is these folks run unopposed so why should they listen to any community.

  • It's great that you are a thoughtful, involved citizen who is committed to voting. I wish everyone was.

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Campaign Signs - no permission.

So I thought to put a campaign sign on someone's property you had to have their permission? Did this change? We came home from a walk the other day and there was an OMAR AQUINO sign on our neighbors lawn. Our neighbors do not live in the house and it is currently boarded up but the house is far from abandoned. I asked them if they gave permission for the sign and they said no. So my question to the...

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So I thought to put a campaign sign on someone's property you had to have their permission? Did this change? We came home from a walk the other day and there was an OMAR AQUINO sign on our neighbors lawn. Our neighbors do not live in the house and it is currently boarded up but the house is far from abandoned. I asked them if they gave permission for the sign and they said no. So my question to the Aquino campaign is why would I vote for you if you cannot even follow simple campaign rules? I you'd like to get your message out to my neighbors contact me directly (I head up our block club) and we can set up a meeting. Another candidate has already reached out in this way. I don't know if I personally will vote for him yet but I do know that I appreciate that he would rather talk with myself and my community than slapping a sign where he thinks no one will care.

  • Good Afternoon neighbors! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I am proud to say that my great volunteers only put up signs when they receive explicit permission from a resident or business owner. If one of our volunteers has placed a yard sign in an inappropriate place, please...

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    Good Afternoon neighbors! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I am proud to say that my great volunteers only put up signs when they receive explicit permission from a resident or business owner. If one of our volunteers has placed a yard sign in an inappropriate place, please reach out to our campaign office at (773) 844-9481. We will remove the sign immediately.

    Alonso, Chris and Omar are all smart guys and I have the utmost respect for all three. I do believe I am the best candidate and I look forward to discussing why at the debate on February 5th. The 36th Ward deserves more than finger pointing and name calling though. Lets make sure that yard signs are placed appropriately, but after that can we please discuss issues that are relevant to our neighbors. Thank You!

  • Laymaneers Constant Vigilance

    Finger pointing? Hmmm...I see this as an issue...a big one in fact, because if you (general term for candidate) can not follow simple rules during a campaign how can I trust you to listen to and take care of my needs once in office? I'm happy to boast that our...

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    Finger pointing? Hmmm...I see this as an issue...a big one in fact, because if you (general term for candidate) can not follow simple rules during a campaign how can I trust you to listen to and take care of my needs once in office? I'm happy to boast that our block is an active community that has worked WITH our current Alderman (Tim Cullerton) to find solutions for problems from cleaning up a vacant house and aiding the city in evicting gangbangers from rentals in the area. These solutions have benefitted not only our block but the community as a whole.

    Speaking for my house, we are looking for an Alderman who takes our concerns, no matter the severity, seriously and is willing to work with us to find solutions instead of trivializing them.

    Gilbert, I appreciate that you took the time to write here today and I look forward to hearing why you feel you are the best candidate. Your campaign manager has been in touch with me and we are trying to set up date and time for you to address our block club as well as Chris and Alonso.

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Wright college students

If anyone is looking for college books I have a few for sale. Business Law, psychology etc

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  • Sayre Elementary Language Academy reviewed by a parent

    The principal is very rude and no people skills. Gave us a complete run around to enroll our children even though it's a our neighborhood school refused to except my child's 504 plan for dyslexia yet it's a federal program. Tried to say she gets to decide whether to accept it. She doesn't have a medical degree so would love to know on what basis she has to deny my child's 504 plan. There was a fight in the cafeteria while we were in enrolling. A child came running into the office out of breath to tell her there was a huge fight in the cafeteria she didn't even seem to care like it was no big deal. The staff we did meet was quite pleasant and much easier to deal with then then the overly rude principal

    Sayre Elementary Language Academy (1850 North Newland Avenue) Published on GreatSchools January 15, 2015 Comment

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29th Ward Aldermanic Elections 2015

I have officially announced my candidacy for 29th Ward Alderman see:http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-1-2014/29th-Ward-race-could-be-packed-/

We are planning a volunteer meeting on August 25, 2014 details to come. The election season officially starts September 1, 2014 We can start petitions on August 26, 2014. This will take a huge effort to win this election! We need 1500 signatures to secure a place on the ballot. We need your help and ideas! Please volunteer to get signature on your block or in any capacity you...

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I have officially announced my candidacy for 29th Ward Alderman see:http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-1-2014/29th-Ward-race-could-be-packed-/

We are planning a volunteer meeting on August 25, 2014 details to come. The election season officially starts September 1, 2014 We can start petitions on August 26, 2014. This will take a huge effort to win this election! We need 1500 signatures to secure a place on the ballot. We need your help and ideas! Please volunteer to get signature on your block or in any capacity you can. We cannot do this alone! Please link with my email at andolino@sbcglobal.net.
If you are in the 38th Ward please remember Alderman Sposato has a kick off meeting on August 5, 2014 6936 W. Diversey 6pm-8pm please support him.

All of us together can make a strong Northwest Side and ensure our communities are safe and a great place to raise our families!

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Do you plan on campaigning outside of your neighborhood so that others know who you are? I am in your ward and as of today, know nothing about you or that you were running

  • Of course we do. We have not sent out mailers yet which is part of the way we spread the message. We have been using social media and emails. I am trying to walk the ward block by block I was in the St. Angela area in October. I plan...

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    Of course we do. We have not sent out mailers yet which is part of the way we spread the message. We have been using social media and emails. I am trying to walk the ward block by block I was in the St. Angela area in October. I plan on trying to walk in every pct. Send me an email andolino@sbcglobal.net I will send you my position and platforms and maybe I can earn your vote and you can introduce me to your neighbors and help me with meeting people. Or if you like call me directly 773-552-6532

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Oak Park Public Library gets biggest share of State of IL digitization grants

Nearly half a million dollars is going to thirteen libraries across the state for digital imaging. The grants announced by Secretary of State Jesse White gives four-hundred-eighty-five-thousand dollars to libraries in more than a dozen communities to digitize documents for preservation and web access. The largest recipient is Oak Park Public Library, which is getting nearly eighty-seven-thousand dollars. Both Highland Park Public Library and the Illinois State Archives in Springfield will receive over seventy-eight-thousand dollars each. The least amount of fifty-six-hundred dollars goes to Mount Prospect Public Library.

http://ilnews.org/3646/thursday-inn-radio-january-8/

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North Ave gets $225,000 state grant for plan

Hurray! This is the necessary first step for revitalization of North Avenue. We're hopeful that Chicago and Oak Park also will fund an add-on parcel-by-parcel development plan, like the one for Roosevelt Rd. (IDOT can't pay for that under federal rules.)

This really would not have happened without the support of Trustee Adam Salzman and the Village staff, Alderman Deborah Graham and the Chicago Dept. of Transportation, State Rep. Lilly, and State Sen. Harmon and his wonderful chief of staff,...

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Hurray! This is the necessary first step for revitalization of North Avenue. We're hopeful that Chicago and Oak Park also will fund an add-on parcel-by-parcel development plan, like the one for Roosevelt Rd. (IDOT can't pay for that under federal rules.)

This really would not have happened without the support of Trustee Adam Salzman and the Village staff, Alderman Deborah Graham and the Chicago Dept. of Transportation, State Rep. Lilly, and State Sen. Harmon and his wonderful chief of staff, Eileen Lynch. Eileen's diligent follow-up helped make sure that IDOT acted while Pat Quinn was still in office.

We'll do our very best to assure that the study is a good one, with actionable, viable recommendations. We'll also work to assure that planners obtain ample input from residents living on either side of North Avenue, as well as great businesses like Barnard's Schwinn, Sergio's Place and Serrelli's. Finally, and with your help, we'll try to assure that the study is actually implemented.

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Oak Park Fire Dept. Names New Deputy Chief

Peter Pilafas was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in the Oak Park Fire Department during a Jan. 5 ceremony at Village Hall.

http://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/fire-department-names-new-deputy-chief

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Felony Franks arrival disproves Oak Park’s narrow minds reputation

Oak Leaves columnist Paul Sassone is right. North Ave. Neighbors Association welcomes Felony Franks.

http://tinyurl.com/madqtv3

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No word yet on medical marijuana locations

State misses deadline on dispensary and cultivation center licenses

The applicant for the North/Harlem dispensary probably will get a license. Brad Zerman is an experienced, successful businessman. Tammie Grossman (Oak Park's Development Customer Services Director) told me that he has a very good business plan for the dispensary.

But that doesn't necessarily mean a dispensary is a good thing for North Avenue's revitalization.

What do you think about this?

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/1-2-2015/No-word-yet-on-medical-marijuana-locations/

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