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Lost black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

See more photos of Mila: danielleg.com/mila

REWARD: $1,000

  • G.

    I'm always keeping my eye out for her. I hope she is safe with a family and you find her soon.

  • I was out walking my dog and saw a black and white cat with a collar, but I wasn't able to approach the cat because of my dog. I'm not 100% that it was Mila, but it looked enough alike her for me to write. This happened around 12:00pm today,...

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    I was out walking my dog and saw a black and white cat with a collar, but I wasn't able to approach the cat because of my dog. I'm not 100% that it was Mila, but it looked enough alike her for me to write. This happened around 12:00pm today, Saturday March 28th. This cat was in the alley behind 856 W Wolfram and ran into the yard behind/adjacent to this building. (I did go back outside after putting my dog in but didn't see it. I couldn't enter the person's yard.) I hope this helps!

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City Will Eliminate 50 Red Light Cameras

- Ashland and Diversey

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- Kimball, McCormick and Lincoln

- Narragansett, 55th and Archer

- Osceola and Touhy

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- Western Ave and 51st

- Western, Armitage and Milwaukee

- Western and Pratt

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    @mikie

    No use trying to get anything thru to Bob. Its a waste of time replying to him. Once gain BOB doesn't even know his laws for his daily commutes.

    @bob kastigar

    You're right lets correct you

    Let's get a couple of laws straight:

    Bicyclists are permitted to ride two...

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    @mikie

    No use trying to get anything thru to Bob. Its a waste of time replying to him. Once gain BOB doesn't even know his laws for his daily commutes.

    @bob kastigar

    You're right lets correct you

    Let's get a couple of laws straight:

    Bicyclists are permitted to ride two abreast down the road in one lane.. WRONG

    9-52-050 – Bicyclists must ride single file, exceptions; bicyclists may ride two abreast when riding two abreast does NOT impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.

    Bicyclists are entitled to the full use of a lane. And again WRONG

    9-52-040(c) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e) of this section and bicyclist upon the roadway at less then the normal speed of traffic at the time and place shall ride as near as the practicable and safe to the right hand side of the roadway

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Updated 19 hours ago

Mayoral and Aldermanic Debates/Forums Before 4/7 Run-Off Election

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...

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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

ALDERMANIC:
2nd WARD: Wednesday 3/11 7-8pm WTTW/Chicago Tonight Forum, may be an extended segment rather than the entire program.

2nd WARD: Tuesday 3/24, 7-8:15pm, Columbus Elementary School,1003 N. Leavitt St, Greg Hinz, political editor from Crain's and Hal Dardick, a City Hall reporter from the Tribune will be moderating the 75-minute forum, which is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, the East Village Association and the Wicker Park Committee.

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

24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

37th WARD: Thursday 4/2,6pm Amberg Hall, Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon Ave.,Sponsored by West Side Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

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.

  • Bless your heart. I think u have won the award for posting and then replying to it the most!!! <emmy winner>

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    45th WARD Aldermanic Candidate Forum on Monday 3/30 Chicago Tonight, 7-8pm, Forum to be a segment of the program, FROM::http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/03/30/emanuel-foe-faces-runoff-rematch2015 Chicago Elections

    Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

    45th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum
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    Nick Blumberg | March 30, 2015
    After coming in second in the February 2011 general election, John...

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    45th WARD Aldermanic Candidate Forum on Monday 3/30 Chicago Tonight, 7-8pm, Forum to be a segment of the program, FROM::http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/03/30/emanuel-foe-faces-runoff-rematch2015 Chicago Elections

    Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

    45th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum
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    Nick Blumberg | March 30, 2015
    After coming in second in the February 2011 general election, John Arena beat opponent John Garrido by 30 votes in an April 2011 runoff to become alderman of the northwest side's 45th Ward, which covers parts of Norwood Park, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, and Old Irving Park. In the February 2015 election, Arena, a member of the City Council's Progressive Caucus and a frequent thorn in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's side, faced three challengers, including Garrido, a Chicago Police lieutenant. Arena beat Garrido by 750 votes but failed to get enough votes to avoid a runoff. The two candidates join us for a forum to discuss their vision for the 45th Ward.

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VIDEO of Wed 3/26 Mayoral Candidate Forum at Chicago State University

CAN-TV VIDEO of Wed 3/26 Mayoral Forum at Chicago State University is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5knj9dWsFoA
Chicago Mayoral Election Runoff Forum
Published on Mar 27, 2015

Election forum featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, hosted by Chicago State University. This program was streamed and recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    This Mayoral Forum was held on Wed 3/25. a Fox32/Better Government Association Mayoral Debate was held on Thur 3/26, VIDEO of the Fox 32 Debate is at:VIDEO of the Thursday 3/26 FOX32/Better Government Association Mayoral Debate is at:(Note: I could not see the video due to an upgrade in the Adobe player that I could not make on my shared computer) VIDEO of the Debate is at:http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video?clipId=11281078&autoStart=true

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Updated 31 hours ago

Waguespack supports Chuy

A message from Alderman Scott Waguespack:

I want to thank you for your support in the municipal elections in February as I was able to work with you to gain 79% of the vote in the 32nd Ward vote. The elected school board issue also tallied about 83% of the vote.

Another big date in Chicago's political history was made when the first ever mayoral runoff was set for April 7th. I am urging you to get out and vote...

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A message from Alderman Scott Waguespack:

I want to thank you for your support in the municipal elections in February as I was able to work with you to gain 79% of the vote in the 32nd Ward vote. The elected school board issue also tallied about 83% of the vote.

Another big date in Chicago's political history was made when the first ever mayoral runoff was set for April 7th. I am urging you to get out and vote early or on April 7th. I am supporting Chuy Garcia for Mayor but whoever you vote for, exercise your right to vote.

Voting for the April 7th runoff election is underway at early voting locations throughout the City. This is the first time Chicago has had a Mayoral runoff election since the runoff system was put into place. The Board of Elections ballots will list the two candidates for the office of Mayor: Mayor Emanuel and Chuy Garcia . In the 32nd Ward there will be one ballot cast for the mayoral race and no other questions will be on the ballot.

For questions about registration, absentee ballots, or any other election related issues visit the Q&A page at the Board of Elections for answers. To look up your polling place, check your voter information on the Chicago Board of Elections.


EARLY Voting is offered from Monday March 23rd through Saturday April 4th. Any voter registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voter lives. Voters do need to present government photo ID during early voting.

HOURS of Polling Locations
All sites will be open every day from March 23 through April 4:
Mon-Sat - 9 am-5 pm
Sunday - 9 am - 3 pm

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How much do you tip movers?

What's the going rate for tipping movers?

  • I recently used Schlep (www.schlep.it) to move an armoire; they were fantastic and the cost was $80, so I tipped $10 for each Schlepper.

  • I have always ordered lunch for the crew and tipped based on their individual performance( I have moved 3 times in 15 years) the median tip being $30.00.
    Hope this helps!

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Permit question

We are in the process of buying a new duplex in Lake View (yay!) and once everything is finalized will need/want to do some work on the unit including updating the kitchen and maybe some work on the above garage deck. I know a lot of the work will require city permits. Does anyone have advice on navigating those waters? We've only rented till now so I have no idea what we are getting into. Also any suggestions for designers and/or contractors is greatly appreciated! TIA!!!

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Claire,
    Most if not all architects are familiar with the permit process in Chicago and can give you information about it. We deal with permits all the time. The city also has information on their website here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/a_guide_to_gettingstartedapermitoverview.html

    A brief summary of what requires a permit in Chicago, nearly everything...

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    Claire,
    Most if not all architects are familiar with the permit process in Chicago and can give you information about it. We deal with permits all the time. The city also has information on their website here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/a_guide_to_gettingstartedapermitoverview.html

    A brief summary of what requires a permit in Chicago, nearly everything except interior finish work, i.e. adding tile back splash, replacing drywall, etc... Depending on what you are doing for the kitchen you may or may not need a permit. If it requires plumbing work, electrical work, the moving, demolition or adding new walls, it will need a permit.

    For the garage deck, it also depends on what you are doing. If you are just replacing boards, you might not need a permit, but replacing the entire structure or adding a deck will definitely need a permit.

    The city does have an "easy permit" process for minor work that does not require architectural drawings. Supposedly they issue a permit the same day, compared to a few weeks to months with the standard permit application route.

    I am an architect with my own practice. Feel free to call me at 312.945.6208 and I can discuss this further.

    Cheers,
    Jon Hiatt RA, LEED GA, InterNACHI
    www.hydrantstudio.com

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    When we replaced our roof and roof deck, the contractor handled the permitting process. However, we did have them pay an expediter so we didn't wait forever for the permit.

  • d3 NOH

    The building department in this city is so corrupt it's amazing. Pay an expeditor or it's 3+ months. Total corruption, still continuing under Rahm.

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Who do you love as a hair stylist?

I'm looking for a stylist to cut my hair every 6-8 weeks. My current stylist is great at color but I need a separate person for cuts. The man who used to cut my hair moved back to Ohio. :-( Any suggestions? I'm in Lakeview but am willing to travel a bit for a fantastic cut and style. My hair is several inches below the shoulders, very straight and relatively healthy.

Thank you for any and all suggestions.

  • Sheba at Sparrow on Milwaukee by Logan Boulevard. I always get compliments.

  • I second Josie at sine non qua Lakeview/west town
    I used to drive back home to Detroit for haircuts. Now that I go to Josie I wouldn't go to anyone else. I got another haircut from some other stylists at the salon while Josie was on maternity and I prefer her but I love the salon overall, everyone is great and really knowledgeable and professional

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Video of 36th Ward Aldemanic Candidate Forum, held on Monday 3/23

36th WARD, Monday 3/23,Debate between candidates to be Alderman in Chicago's 36th Ward. The debate was organized by the Bel-Montclare Community Organization. The candidates are Gilbert Villegas and Omar Aquino. The moderator is Alonso Zaragoza.
VIDEO of the forum is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRc0m-XOfm0

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Is Your Alma Mater in the Sweet 16? Here's Where to Watch The Games

Side Street Saloon, 1456 W. George St., has many Michiganders on staff and once catered to a big Spartan crowd, said co-owner Joanne Grubich. She recalled playing many Auburn games for fans recently and oftentimes, like many bars, Side Street's viewing options are dictated by its crowd.

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Sedgwick's, 1935 N. Sedgwick St., used to host watch parties for the Duke Blue Devils but now supports the Michigan State Spartans, said general manager and MSU alum Mario Davila. The process to become a recognized alumni hangout is not too complicated, he said.

Nearly 4,000 Duke alumni call Chicago home, and the Blue Devils' official watch parties are now at LP Stadium, 2423 N. Clark St.

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Updated 3 days ago

Selling Queen Box Spring, Need Full Box Spring

Hi! I just moved to Lincoln Park and have an unopened Ikea Atna box spring I need to sell and need a full size box spring. The Atna retails for $250.00 I will sell it to you for $150.00. If you have a full box spring, we can do an exchange. Thanks in advance!
-Sami

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    Another person is selling all of her stuff from ikea. Full size bed too.

  • Hi Sami, Sighryn, and others: for moving the box springs, I'd recommend http://www.schlep.it/ because they were cheap and good guys ... I hope it works out!

Mar 18

Updated 3 days ago

Undecided voters...what would get you to vote for either Mayoral candidate?

On the fence? Any one thing that would sway your opinion?

I don't know that I'm voting for Chui or Rahm. For me, I'd reconsider Rahm if he immediately implemented a Mayoral 2-term limit; and if he convinced the aldermen to implement a 3-term-limit on Aldermen (grandfathering existing Aldermen, oh, of course), I think he'd run away with the race. So much of the trouble we're in now could've been avoided if we didn't have a life-time Mayor sitting on fixing the major issues whilst hoping for good luck to occasionally sweep them away.

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    For some reason I can't seem to paste the link to a You Tube interview of David Orr talking about Rahm and the city finances. Look for it and see how the books are cooked and more on TIF money. You certainly don't get the whole story from the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

  • Rahm has done something positive and helpful. He closed a bunch of expensive and ineffective schools and caught heck for it. The city has a huge dark financial cloud hanging over it. It doesn't matter who is mayor. Noone wants the real solution.

Mar 10

Updated 3 days ago

Rooftop deck

I just bought a condo and have private rooftop rights. However, there is only one stairwell, so I'm assuming I will be unable to build a rooftop deck according to city ordinance. I've seen other EB posts about this situation and wondered if anyone knew of any legal loopholes or other options for the rooftop besides building a deck. I do not want to build if I can't get the permit. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the helpful info! I've seen some people put artificial lawn and furniture on the rooftop instead of building a deck and wondered if that was because it was easier to do and didn't need to meet the same city requirements as a deck (no permit required, etc). Some actually look pretty good.

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the...

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    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the only determinant for two exits. Also, be advised that the city requires a 100 pounds per square foot loading for the deck. Unless there has been a legal deck on it in the last 10 years or so, the structure capacity will need to be increased to meet code. Thus, the roof and sheathing will have to be ripped up, the joist will have to be replaced or additional ones added before re-roofing and then building the deck and possibly the second exit. This all can only happen if the zoning for you house allows a deck.

    d3,
    For the risk involved in an illegal and non-permitted deck, lets say is that you build one without the structure being upgraded or a second exit (if required) being added. Maybe this will be fine, maybe you and your spouse are the only ones that will ever use it when you own it. However, you get tired of the cold winters and move, thus selling your house, and you keep the deck on for selling features. A young vibrant couple buys the house in spring, they move in on the first 70+ degree day and throw a party. Friends tell friends, and the deck is packed full, the structure that was designed for a 20 pounds per square foot yields, collapses, and kills 13, severely injuries 10, and the rest have minor injuries.

    Who do you think is liable for putting an illegal deck on that roof? If you have ever sold a home, you have more than likely signed something saying that you got all required permits for the work on the house you are selling.

    Please, we all need to be responsible for safe homes.

    Cheers,
    Jon, Architect & Home Inspector

Mar 03

Updated 3 days ago

Rooftop Deck -Permit

Hello,

I'm interested in building a rooftop deck on top of a 3 unit condominium. Can anyone share any tips on the permit/inspection process?

Much appreciated

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana...

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    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana applications; this is not a joke. 2) If you actually need two exits or not. Most likely you will, but a few things effect this, such as: travel distance from the most remote point on the roof deck to a legal exit, the square footage of the deck, and the occupant count of the deck.

    Please note that putting a deck on the roof, will almost certainly require work to the roof structure because unless there was a legal deck on the roof recently it does not meet the 100 pounds per square foot live load requirement in addition to the dead load of the new deck. What does this mean? The roofing and sheathing will have to ripped up, new joist added or the old ones replaced, then new sheathing and new roofing will have to be put back on. Then the deck can be placed on the roof. So as someone stated before, depending on all of these factors plus more like, permit fees, inspection fees, & type of materials the cost can have a wide range.

    My firm is Hydrant Studio and I can be reached at 312.945.6208 or submit your information at www.hydrantstudio.com

    Cheers,
    Jon

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and...

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    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and other extraneous documents in PDF format. A zoning review fee of at least $75 is required during submission of the drawings.

    If the project gets a pass from zoning, then the building department will review it for building code conformance. If the drawings are deemed suitable, the project will be granted a permit which will be available for download after the permit fee is paid in full. The fee varies on project type and size of project.

    The GC or owner, whoever agrees, at the appropriate time schedules the inspections. The time it takes for an inspector to come out to the job site depends on the workload; I can not really predict this. When an inspection is passed, the project can continue.

    Cheers,
    Jon

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Avoid cleaner/handyman team 773-355-9084

Just a warning to neighbors, I had hired a couple team handyman + cleaning person. Proved to be super unprofessional, changed the price multiple times and did not show up to the gig. You would be advised not to hire these people. Noemi is the cleaner and Jesse or Jesus is the handyman. They share a cell phone, the number is 773-355-9084

4 days ago

New BYC location among Howard Brown meeting announcements

A future, permanent home to Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) was just one of the announcements issued by Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) at its 2015 annual meeting, held March 23 at the its flagship Brown Elephant Location, 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue. The event celebrated the agency's 40th anniversary,

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...so that BYC will ultimately move into the second floor of its main facility at 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., according to President and CEO David Munar. No timeline or budget has been established yet...

BYC is currently based in the basement of Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Avenue. In late-2013, the facility had zoning problems, but those were ultimately resolved and BYC...

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Holistic Dentist in Lakeview

My dentist and a close friend has relocated to the space on Ashland where Caribou used to be. Dr, Bernice Teplitsky is really an amazing dentist with latest equipment and brand new office. Check her out http://www.wrigleyvilledental.com/about-us/ Opening at the new location this Wednesday (they were on Southport previously). There will be an open house party on April 23rd 4-8p and I am extending the invitation on her behalf. I hope you will join me for some food and wine.

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Mar 18

Updated 5 days ago

Parking Lot Dent Repair Scam Alert

Earlier this afternoon, a couple guys appeared to be scamming an older Asian gentleman with a Lexus in the Walgreen's parking lot at Fullerton / Greenview.

Apparently, this type of scam is very common. Two individuals approach another individual and offer to repair a car dent for less than what it would cost in a bodyshop. Often times, the individual scammed goes to an ATM to withdraw cash to pay for the body work and the work done is shoddy...

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Earlier this afternoon, a couple guys appeared to be scamming an older Asian gentleman with a Lexus in the Walgreen's parking lot at Fullerton / Greenview.

Apparently, this type of scam is very common. Two individuals approach another individual and offer to repair a car dent for less than what it would cost in a bodyshop. Often times, the individual scammed goes to an ATM to withdraw cash to pay for the body work and the work done is shoddy and, often times, more money is requested to pay for the job.

I called 911 to report the possible incident; however, the Asian man and the scammers seemed to have parted ways before the police arrived.

The scammers appeared to be in a silver Chevy with a license plate that looked like R1460149 (from a distance). One scammer appeared to be of Latino descent with a goatee (I cannot remember that with 100% certainty). The other gentleman was a taller, skinnier fellow who was wearing a snow hat.

  • Saw these guys in the Costco parking lot (Clybourn & Damen) on Wednesday and reported it. This time it was a green minivan.

Mar 17

Updated 5 days ago

Red Light vs. Speed Cameras. Why the Focus on Just One?

The red light cameras have obviously become a focus of our city's political discourse these pre-election days. What I cannot for the life of me figure out is why no one is mentioning the SPEED cameras, which are the same or - in my view - much worse.

The promise was that a few would be put into place for safety reasons around schools and parks. The reality is that quite a few have been put in place - most...

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The red light cameras have obviously become a focus of our city's political discourse these pre-election days. What I cannot for the life of me figure out is why no one is mentioning the SPEED cameras, which are the same or - in my view - much worse.

The promise was that a few would be put into place for safety reasons around schools and parks. The reality is that quite a few have been put in place - most in places that have little to nothing to do with actual school and park safety. Locations have CLEARLY been selected solely to maximize city revenue.

Take for example Ashland north of Fullerton. Cameras are placed at that busy intersection. This can apparently be done legally because there is a small, rarely used pocket park in an isolated residential area just west of Ashland which draws patrons from that neighborhood - folks who don't go near Fullerton or Ashland when using the small park.

I have yet to note a camera placed on a pedestrian-used street by a school or park where slow speeds might actually help safety. Take Wrightwood or Orchard by Alcott Elementary in Lincoln Park. There are regularly lots of kids and others present and poor visibility for drivers due to the streets' narrow width and parking on both sides of the street. Cars often zip along too fast nonetheless.

While this location might not generate a lot of $$ for the city, having a camera there might actually help safety. At least that location would be consistent with both the letter and spirit of the actual regulation.

To me, speed cameras are a public trust 'bait and switch' issue. Politicians propose something that sounds vaguely good, but then intentionally implement it in a 'gotcha' way that just milks people of $$ to augment the public 'feeding trough'. Its one more reason why people don't trust politicians and city government in general.

Your thoughts as to why we hear about red light cameras and not the speed ones?

  • @Kim

    Clearly you don't understand the law. Parking a car illegally in a NON-MOVING violation and thus falls to the owner. Speeding/running a red light is a MOVING violation and thus falls to the operator of the vehicle. AGAIN, if I was the passenger in my own car and the...

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    @Kim

    Clearly you don't understand the law. Parking a car illegally in a NON-MOVING violation and thus falls to the owner. Speeding/running a red light is a MOVING violation and thus falls to the operator of the vehicle. AGAIN, if I was the passenger in my own car and the person driving was speeding and got pulled over, I WOULD NOT GET THE TICKET!!!!!

    I never said that my friend left me "hanging" with the ticket. They paid the ticket. What I was saying is that the city should go after him/her. I should not be the middle man for the city. I am not a party in any way to the violation that occurred.

    If they get into a wreck within my car, the other party can ATTEMPT to go after my insurance company and my insurance may or may not decide to pay any claims (assuming the person driving my car was at fault). This however again is immaterial as it is a matter of civil damages and in no way can cause me to be cited for a violation. If the person driving my car was a fault and was found to be driving recklessly, the city/county WILL NOT go after me. I WILL NOT be liable for any civil/criminal charges brought by any government agency. You all are comparing apples to oranges. Financial responsibility does not equal civil/criminal responsibility.

  • Thsnks, C.L. - I'm actually a non-practicing attorney, but the only time I've set foot in small claims was for a personal matter and it was indeed a zoo. I don't have the money to risk getting stuck with the filing fee, but it's good to know that they might apply it to the ticket.

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Mar 20

Updated 6 days ago

Police Presence

Large police presence at the Belmont Redline stop this morning. Actually had a table set up with machines. Guess they were checking bags. Does anyone know what the machines were for and what the wipes they were using on people's bags were? Did anyone actually get checked?

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Mar 13

Updated Mar 21

Century Theater Building

I'm wondering what's happening on the lower level of the building -- seems like some "mysterious" construction has been going on there, but haven't seen or heard of what's going in there.

  • Personally I don't like this "select your own seat"' option, at least at the ICON. I attend a lot of free movies there and it is not "the seat YOU choose" but "the seat you choose from the ones we give you for the size of your party." I'm a...

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    Personally I don't like this "select your own seat"' option, at least at the ICON. I attend a lot of free movies there and it is not "the seat YOU choose" but "the seat you choose from the ones we give you for the size of your party." I'm a single so technically I have no restrictions in the seats I should be allowed to choose from. Yet people in line behind me get seats that were not offered to me. That said. I haven't gone often enough to the Landmark to figure if they have a similar system.

  • The Landmark just announced in their newsletter this week that the bar area is open for business.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 21

Lost Purse with ID -- Please help!!

I'm ashamed to admit that my St. Patrick's Day celebrations got the best of me last weekend. I moronically left my grey cross body purse on a northbound 22 Clark bus. I know there is practically no chance of this turning up, but I am desperate. I don't care about the purse or the money that was inside. I just want my ID back. If anyone can provide me with even the slightest bit of information I would be forever grateful. (And I'll buy you a drink if I get my ID back :P )

  • Sarah read is fundamental. Nice way to hijack a thread.

  • Proofreading is fundamental, too, rogerparker. At least I had the 4 am posting time as an excuse. And, really: threads die horrible deaths all the time. This one seems to have passed relatively peacefully, plus, I *did* try to get back on track by wishing the OP well. I notice you made no mention of said thread's pressing issue.
    Happy Spring to all, and to all a good night! ;)

Mar 14

Updated Mar 21

Room for rent. Available April 1

We are looking for a third roommate. Wrigleyville area. Right across from Wrigley Field on Clark St. 1/2 block from the redline. We are M and F in our 20's and 30's. Both very easy going, clean and organized. Looking for someone similar.

  • If you don't want to pay for a truck/moving co, I'd recommend these guys: http://www.schlep.it/ - they'll move your 1 or 2 items that don't fit into your car. Hope it works out!

  • Bruno Vergílio

    Hi. I'm a DePaul graduate student, and I'd like to see pictures and maybe schedule an appointment. I'm 27 by the way, and I'm easy going too. Thank you

Mar 17

Updated Mar 21

Fireworks at 1:30am

Did anyone hear or see fireworks go off around 1:30am last night or was I actually having a dream? Was around Ashland and Addison.

  • There is a teen boy in the area who does fireworks all summer and shoots some off around new years too. I always thought those gunshot sounding noises were coming from him and his friends lighting some leftovers for fun. I've heard these noises several times over the last few years. I could be wrong though...

  • Ann in Lakeview 30+ years in Lakeview

    @kris if you know who the teen is, he should be reported. what he and his friends are doing is wrong and against the law.

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