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Indoor Winter Farmer's Market at St. Giles

Sunday, March 8, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM at St. Giles (Gleeson Bldg), corner of Columbian and Greenfield in Oak Park. Shop for late season produce and locally produced goods.

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Feb 22

Updated 2 days ago

Oak Park location offers Felony Franks a second chance, owner says

A big welcome to Felony Franks from North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park.
Please stop by there for a sandwich before too long.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/business/7/71/383480/oak-park-gives-felony-franks-second-chance-owner-says

  • HoneyBadger resident

    Stopped at Felony Franks today - had their Misdemeanor Weiner and it was delicious - comes with too few (but great) fries - little pricy at $4.09. Good competition for Johnny's and Gene & Jude's. Place is clean; folks are friendly. I was impressed. Happy to see humanitarian effort in action and wish them success.

  • We stopped by also. Excellent Polish sausage. Glad to see a short line waiting to order on Saturday around noon.

2 days ago

North Ave. 1 of 2 Oak Park busines districts with commercial vacancy increase

It's not surprising that North Avenue is one of only two Oak Park business districts where commercial vacancies were up in 2014. The Oak Park Economic Development Corp. does its best to show vacant North Avenue properties to prospective developers, owners and tenants. But without a plan and appropriate incentives, the vacancy problem can be expected to continue. North Avenue remains the most neglected business district in Oak Park. North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park and the North Ave. Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC) are trying to change that.

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-24-2015/Business-group-could-generate-$8M-in-new-revenue/

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4 days ago

campaign contributions to 29th ward aldermanic candidates

Galhorta, Graham and Taliaferro deserve credit for disclosing their campaign contributions. None of the other candidates did so, which is surprising. Aren't such disclosures required?

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Felony Franks breaks out the hot dogs for Oak Park debut

A more detailed story about Felony Franks and its history. Hope you stop in soon to their place at 6427 W. North Ave. in Oak Park.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-felony-franks-opens-tl-0226-20150223-story.html

  • Finian 38 years in Galewood

    As usual Galewood/Montclare residents are not mentioned by the people quoted in news article. In the next election there will be a bigger turnout as we select a new Mayor. Two of the candidates that live in Galewood area received somewhere in the neighborhood 22% total. As you may know...

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    As usual Galewood/Montclare residents are not mentioned by the people quoted in news article. In the next election there will be a bigger turnout as we select a new Mayor. Two of the candidates that live in Galewood area received somewhere in the neighborhood 22% total. As you may know long time Galewood residents are not happy being bounced out of the 36th ward as punishment for voting for Spasoto. We do blame the regular Democratic Party (whatever is left of the same).

    Candidates tell us how you are going to be an independent alderman, I would like to know how you would vote to get rid of the traffic cameras, what is your opinion on Chicago debt reduction etc. etc.

  • Finian, those are excellent questions and I hope you have a chance to ask them at a candidate forum before the April runoff election.

    I agree that Galewood/Montclare does not get enough media attention. In fact, the West/Northwest Side doesn't receive enough attention (except with regard to crime...).

    Galewood/Montclare was even more important in the February election than you indicate. 3 of the 29th ward aldermanic candidates live in Galewood: Andolino, Galhorta and Taliaferro. Taliaferro alone got 22.5% of the vote.

  • Finian 38 years in Galewood

    Just one more comment - Good Alderman are our voices, city wide issues are important but more so is local resident support breaking through the maze of city government. For instance the wind storm of a couple of years ago. My area was completely ignored when the trees blew down....

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    Just one more comment - Good Alderman are our voices, city wide issues are important but more so is local resident support breaking through the maze of city government. For instance the wind storm of a couple of years ago. My area was completely ignored when the trees blew down. Out walking the dog one day and there was crew driving down the 1700 block of Nordica and they pulled over to help to clear some rubble. The guy running the crew could not believe the area was not cleaned up. Sposato had no power and Graham officially not our Alderman and my neighbors and I were stuck with Chicago politics.

    If we need a new garbage can, the house next store is falling down, we need a pick up in the alley, graffiti on a garage. I certainly don't want to be told call 311, you know where that will get you.

    PS
    Rahm and Chuy visit our area Lincoln Park gets plenty of attention.

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6 days ago

Galewood aldermanic race headed to runoff

North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park and North Ave. Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC) look forward to working with whoever wins the 29th Ward runoff election on efforts to revitalize North Avenue.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/news/ct-elm-alderman-29th-ward-tl-0305-20150224-story.html

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Updated Feb 22

Chicago Defender endorses Graham and Mitts for alderman

The Chicago Defender newspaper endorsed Austin incumbents Graham for 29th ward and Mitts for 37th. Here's the text

Alderman Deborah Graham has had the dubious task of rebuilding community trust from a former alderman who was convicted of corruption. It is important that the alderman understand the overall needs of the ward through ongoing communication with organizations, educators, police commanders and small businesses, as well as parks and recreation. Alderman Graham has proven her abilities and has been instrumental in...

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The Chicago Defender newspaper endorsed Austin incumbents Graham for 29th ward and Mitts for 37th. Here's the text

Alderman Deborah Graham has had the dubious task of rebuilding community trust from a former alderman who was convicted of corruption. It is important that the alderman understand the overall needs of the ward through ongoing communication with organizations, educators, police commanders and small businesses, as well as parks and recreation. Alderman Graham has proven her abilities and has been instrumental in securing park improvements for both Columbus and Amundsen Parks that have included soccer, baseball and volleyball programs. We endorse Alderman Deborah Graham for the 29th ward.

Opponent Tara Stamps is a CPS teacher who is supported by the Chicago Teachers Union and is a dedicated community activist in the tradition of her deceased mother, Marian Stamps, who has never served in public office. Alderman Mitts, however, has the greater name recognition and experience in government. She has earned the trust of the community which is rapidly growing in diversity. Mitts has worked to expand on more economic development, better public education and improvements in public safety. Thus, we believe that she deserves to be reelected and we endorse incumbent Alderman Emma Mitts.

Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/nggr9z9

  • THE DEFENDER MAKE A VERY BAD CHOICE IN ENDORSE GRAHAM FOR ALDERMAN.AMUNDSEN PARK DO NOT HAVE A SOCCER FIELD NOR DO WE HAVE VOLLEY BALL. WE DO HAVE PLENTY OF GANGS AND SHOOTING..LOTS OF DRUGS JUST RECENTLY IT WAS A BIG GANG FIGHT INSIDE PARK GYM.AT WASBANIA AND MCVICKER TWO WEEKS AGO WE HAD BIG GANG FIGHT.15 PEOPLES WAS ARRESTED.THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN AMUNDSEN PARK AREA DO NOT USE THE PARK BECAUSE OF GANGS.WE NEED A CHANGE.ANY BUT HER.

  • We appreciate your tireless efforts to make the community safer, Tom. Everyone in Galewood should thank you for that. Please never stop caring about safety or politics.

Feb 22

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Feb 19

Oak Park Economic Development Corp. names new director

Good news. OPEDC has a development director at long last, and he says he'll focus on Oak Park's "smaller business districts". North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC) and North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park (NANA-OP) look forward to working with Mr. Lynch on the revitalization of North Avenue.

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-19-2015/Oak-Park-Economic-Development-Corp.-names-new-director/

Feb 19

Oak Park board candidates focus on neitghborhood business districts

Here's a story on the Village Board candidate forum last week. It was a good discussion, and it’s good that the 3 candidates are focusing on neighborhood business districts including North Avenue.

The story doesn't mention that the medical marijuana dispensary on North Avenue came up during the meeting. North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park believes that residents' organizations should have been given a chance comment before the Board decided to allow dispensaries anywhere in Oak Park that meets state requirements. Hopefully, lack of opportunity to comment won't be an issue in the future.

http://tinyurl.com/q5d5cxp

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Feb 17

It's never too late to learn - get ready for election day

Learn more about the aldermanic candidates on the ballot with this video from a forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/Je7S7

Feb 17

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Feb 10

Updated Feb 17

Build The Obama Presidential Library on Chicago's West Side

I hope you will consider signing this petition. Of all sites under consideration, the West Side location offers the most economic development potential. And it will not require taking any parkland.

https://www.change.org/p/michelle-obama-build-the-obama-presidential-library-on-chicago-s-west-side?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks soooooo much for sharing this, Judith and Joe!

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Updated Feb 14

36th Ward Meeting at Steinmetz

Planned to attend alas encountered a series of unfortunate events. As yet have seen no feedback here - did anyone attend and/or have any comments? Thanks.

Feb 13

29th Ward hopefuls meet again

This is a very good summary of the 2/5 candidate forum in Galewood. The article doesn't mention that all the candidates said they support the study of North Avenue and efforts to revitalize it, which was quite encouraging.

http://austintalks.org/2015/02/29th-ward-hopefuls-meet-again/

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Updated Feb 13

Trib endorses Andolino for 29TH ward alderman

Galhotra and Taliaferro also called "impressive". What are your thoughts? (See below for text.)

29th Ward: The Tribune has reported in recent years on questionable development decisions by Ald. Deborah Graham. It sure doesn't seem like she has been looking out for her West Side constituents. She approved new liquor licenses along a business corridor that had been voted dry, then reversed course when the community rebelled. Most questionable: She helped a liquor store linked to a drug dealer get...

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Galhotra and Taliaferro also called "impressive". What are your thoughts? (See below for text.)

29th Ward: The Tribune has reported in recent years on questionable development decisions by Ald. Deborah Graham. It sure doesn't seem like she has been looking out for her West Side constituents. She approved new liquor licenses along a business corridor that had been voted dry, then reversed course when the community rebelled. Most questionable: She helped a liquor store linked to a drug dealer get $105,000 in city development funds, though liquor stores aren't supposed to qualify. She got the City Council to lift a moratorium on liquor licenses in the area, six months after the store donated $1,950 to her ward organization. Austin residents had protested the opening of the store because it was a block from two other liquor outlets. A better choice is longtime resident Lawrence Andolino, an attorney who has recruited developers to the ward through his neighborhood organization. It wasn't the alderman who brought Starbucks here — it was Andolino and a group of volunteers who put consumer data together and lobbied the company. Also impressive are attorney Bob Galhotra and police sergeant and attorney Chris Taliaferro. Andolino is endorsed.

  • I agree!!!!!! Andolino has a proven track record with his involvement in our community His platform is very clear. Our neighborhood will not survive with Graham. It will get back on track and thrive with Andolino.

  • In this time of voter apathy, it's good to see people like you involved in local politics. We hope there is a large 29th ward turnout on February 24th, whichever candidate they support. And we look forward to working on North Avenue revitalization with whomever wins the election.

Feb 13

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Feb 13

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALL 100A ELECTRIC SERVICE WITH 1 METER AND SERVICE PANEL AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AND WIRING. REPLACING EXISTING 60A ELECTRIC SERVICE.

    1620 N. New England Ave. Issued February 11, 2015 Comment

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Updated Feb 11

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Feb 10

Show Oak Park trustees that you support North Ave. revitalization

Discuss Oak Park neighborhood business development with Trustees Ott, Salzman and Tucker on Wednesday, 2/11, 7 PM at the 19th Century Club, 178 N. Forest, Oak Park.

All three trustees have been supportive of our efforts to revitalize North Avenue. Please come if you can to express your appreciation and to show the extent of community support for this effort.

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