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tri-Taylor

I was looking into moving into the neighborhood (Harrison and western, one block west of western) and noticed that across the I-290 going north (Jackson and western) there's a housing complex. I wanted to know if the people living at that complex venture south and cause problems. I don't want to buy and later have to move because it is not safe. Please share your experiences on the matter.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    It's best to rent in a neighborhood before you buy. You should also check out a CAPS meeting, to get facts about crime in the beat

  • That's really not a practical way for me to purchase a residence. I'm just looking for input from the current residents already living in the area.If you have any, please share.

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Presidential Library

Mayoral candidate Garcia has responded to recent questions by saying that he supports both of Chicago’s Library bids.

The real question should be why the Mayor is not supporting both of our city’s bids? They don’t conflict with each other. In fact, they offer the Obama’s two drastically different opportunities. Neither Hawai’i nor New York can match that. Why is the Mayor not pushing all that Chicago has to offer? Why is he not maximizing our chances?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/chi-garcia-reverses-stance-on-obama-library-parkland-after-emanuel-criticism-20150302-story.html

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Feb 09

Updated 46 hours ago

Jasmine Jackson for 28th ward Write-in

Unfortunately cook county election board has not updated their site but Jasmine Jackson is registered as a Write In Candidate!

You will need to use the Drop Down Menu and literally Type Her Name in

You need to confirm that you now reside in the 28th ward at your voting place

The election staff will help you

remember JASMINE JACKSON

  • I have resolved that the 28th ward, with few exceptions, are happy and content residing in a filthy drug ridden environment, governed by corrupt and inept public officials.

    I find it disheartening that the 28th ward could not produce a viable, legitimate candidate for alderman.

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    I have resolved that the 28th ward, with few exceptions, are happy and content residing in a filthy drug ridden environment, governed by corrupt and inept public officials.

    I find it disheartening that the 28th ward could not produce a viable, legitimate candidate for alderman.

    Fortunately for me, i was able to carry out my plan to move from the west side, from the 28th ward, into a healthier community and environment. I was able to sell one property, and retain the other in the event I decide to move back into the ward.

    project north lawndale, gpblight, and others have my full and continued support in effecting positive change in the 28th ward.

    I cannot express the disappointment I feel towards Jasmine Jackson, and others for their inability to mount and engage an active campaign.

    Keep the fight going, I will support with words, thoughts, deeds and $$ when the 28th ward takes itself seriously.

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

    I understand Mediabites! sometimes happiness is more important. We put in over 7 years in your current area. We have never felt more peace where we are now than ever before. Fortunately I do not live in your ward but was passionate enough to see change in that area. I...

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    I understand Mediabites! sometimes happiness is more important. We put in over 7 years in your current area. We have never felt more peace where we are now than ever before. Fortunately I do not live in your ward but was passionate enough to see change in that area. I wish you luck. I have some idea of this need to have many of the negative people in one area so that the rest of the City appears "better" ..perhaps wards 28,24 are those area. Englewood is growing faster than your area. This says a lot about the leadership and lack of those who care there

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Take the Survey-Life Under Mayor Emanuel

Please read the following NY Times article and respond to the survey about what life is like under Emanuel. The survey comes after the 4th paragraph of the article.

In Challenger, a Chastening for Emanuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/us/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-jesus-garcia.html?_r=0

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have...

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    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have disproportionate living and wealth throughout Chicago. These can simply not be haphazard and without decades of design; and until we find the person whom can make the tough choices to bring about that slow fundamental change we are going to have division in this city. I don't necessarily fault Emanuel on the school closings because many of them have displayed a systemic problem of failing the youth for years. i do fault him for not doing more than just saving the money that was being wasted there and offering better choices for those kids and their families. The problem here is the only way you can merge is by a blending of equals and how do you do that with such obvious class differences and in 4 years. So many people play the system on both sides it just seems as if it will take an equal number of generations to abate the problem as it did in creating it.

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Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Statement on the Obama Presidential Library

For Immediate Release

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Monica Trevino, 773-573-8667 (cell)/ mtrevino2319@gmail.com

Manny Perez, 708-351-1053/(cell)/ manny.prz@gmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia released the following statement on the Obama Presidential Library

"I have never wavered in my full support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. I served with the President in the Illinois Senate. I have always supported President Obama. His legacy -- and his library --belongs right here, in Chicago."

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For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Monica Trevino, 773-573-8667 (cell)/ mtrevino2319@gmail.com

Manny Perez, 708-351-1053/(cell)/ manny.prz@gmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia released the following statement on the Obama Presidential Library

"I have never wavered in my full support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. I served with the President in the Illinois Senate. I have always supported President Obama. His legacy -- and his library --belongs right here, in Chicago."

"While it is my view that the library does not have to come at the expense of public park land that has enormous historical significance for everyone in Chicago, I will support the South or West side site. As mayor, I will do everything within my power to make certain that the Obama Presidential Library is built in Chicago, and that the jobs and contracts that go with it benefit the community, as well."

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Opening Report: Harry's Velvet Room Returns; Another Food Truck Finds a Home; More

2) TRI-TAYLOR—La Adelita is latest food truck to go brick-and-mortar, reportedly opening Jarabe, a counter-service taco and torta spot, on Sunday. Look for breakfast and lunch in the small 20-seat space. Status: Opening Sunday. 2255 W. Taylor St.

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...former Webster's Wine Bar space. Check out the food menu below. Status: Opening tonight. 1480 W. Webster Ave.

3) RIVER NORTH—The folks behind John Barleycorn and Moe's Cantina are getting into the nightclub game, opening a bottle-service spot, Tunnel, above the River North location that's accessible via a "hidden staircase." Status: Opening tonight. 151 W. Kinzie St.

4) LINCOLN SQUARE—Another sushi place, Sushi Tokoro, is open in Lincoln Square. Standard rolls, sashimi, and hibachi are on the menu. Status: Certified open. 4750 N. Western Ave.

5) OLD TOWN—There's a new late-night hot dog stand, Dog House Grill, serving up classic Chicago dogs, Polishes, pizza puffs, and more on Wells until 4:30 a.m. Status: Certified open. 1534 N. Wells St.

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  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    Installation of (1) 5000# cap, gearless, Ecospace passenger elevator pursuant to plans submitted. Installation to be made in compliance with 2010 City of Chicago Elevator Code. (Sprinklers Prohibited in Elevator Machine Room)

    2223 W. 13th St. Issued February 25, 2015 Comment

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Feb 20 2012

Updated Feb 25

North Lawndale's Future

At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
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At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
We were told that the liquor commission would poll the residents within 250 feet of the proposed site for their approval. 250 feet!. A new liquor store affects an area much larger than 250 feet, not only physically but also in terms of how our neighborhood is perceived. We are all a part of North Lawndale and these things affect us all.
Recently, we were informed that a new, unsecured residential center for at risk youth would be built in our community. Again we were told that the surrounding neighborhood was polled and approval was given. As was the case with the liquor store, we were told that this facility would bring jobs. But at what cost? It seems that we are perceived as being so desperate that we will accept anything, just as long as we get to eat whatever scraps society decides to throw at us. What kind of North Lawndale do we want?
We send our children to school with the hope that they will prosper in life. Once that prosperity comes, where will they live? Where will they want to live? Are we preparing North Lawndale for the prosperity of our children or for more decay?
At every opportunity, we need to let our elected officials know that we will not accept any more scraps that are thrown our way. We must let them and everyone else know that we have standards and that those standards call for the betterment of North Lawndale, not just more of the same.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    Thanks Seth, it showed up as a new post on my end. Go figure!

    The store on 19th & Pulaski is still in question though, because it always looks like it's about to open.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Me too! Thought someone,resurrected the issue.

Feb 25

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Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

This is a very interesting article.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I read about this on my way home tonight. While not surprising, it is scary and sad

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I just learned another profound, new word while reading "SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME": phantasmagoric, which means illusion and is aptly applied to this building that has had a tremendous tectonic impact on us. Did any of our elected officials have knowledge of the internal workings of the building?

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Feb 23

This Week In Chicago Food Porn: Furious Spoon Is Now Open

For the rest of our food porn we have a new dish from El Ideas (2419 W. 14th St.) - Duck with To'ak Chocolate, Limequat and Five Spice. To'ak chocolate is an ultra...

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For this week's food porn we wanted to highlight the delicious looking ramen from Furious Spoon (1571 N. Milwaukee Ave.), which is now open. They are offering four types of ramen: vegetable, shoyu, miso and the "Furious" spicy miso ramen from $6.75 - $11.75 a bowl. Check out the full menu here.

We thought the beautiful Winter Squash Raviolo. Mascarpone, Egg, Pecan, Brown Butter from A10 (1462 E. 53rd St.) looked mighty delicious, as did the toasted boudin with garlic rice, kimchi, pulled pork and a variation of sauce gribiche at Smalls Smoke Shack (4009 N. Albany Ave.).

We thought the beautiful Winter Squash Raviolo. Mascarpone, Egg, Pecan, Brown Butter from A10 (1462 E. 53rd St.) looked mighty delicious, as did the toasted boudin with garlic rice, kimchi, pulled pork and a variation of sauce gribiche at Smalls Smoke Shack (4009 N. Albany Ave.).

Hidden gem Big Delicious Planet Canteen (412 N. Wolcott Ave.) in West Town always has great dessert selections and it looks like their banana almond...

...it looks like their banana almond bread pudding is no exception. Hurry into Siena Tavern (51 W. Kinzie St.) before this month ends to try their ice cream of the month, which is a...

Feb 23

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Feb 23

La Adelita Food Truck Owners to Open Taco and Torta Shop

Teddy and Alexis Vejar are getting ready to open Jarabe at 2255 W. Taylor St., a counter-service restaurant where they will cook Mexican street foods, some of which they weren't able to make on the truck.

Feb 23

Re: the 24th Ward aldermanic election

North Lawndale has so much untapped potential, but we need someone with experience and contacts to jump start the process. I am voting for Frank Bass because he is the only candidate with significant policy and legislative experience. We need someone to hit the ground running, not learn on the job.

Also, we need to tap the considerable talents, skills and commitment of our residents. Two ways to do this are through the formation of block clubs and increased participation...

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North Lawndale has so much untapped potential, but we need someone with experience and contacts to jump start the process. I am voting for Frank Bass because he is the only candidate with significant policy and legislative experience. We need someone to hit the ground running, not learn on the job.

Also, we need to tap the considerable talents, skills and commitment of our residents. Two ways to do this are through the formation of block clubs and increased participation in CAPS. Mr. Bass specifically mentions these strategies on his website.

Another candidate, Darren Tillis, has shown that he considers resident involvement to be an interference. In the spring of last year he was one of eleven members of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee founded by Paul Norrington. Mr. Norrington asked Mr. Tillis to facilitate the committee meetings. All of the members of the committee worked together to approach UIC to be a partner and all of the members worked together to submit material for the first proposal. When it was announced in September that UIC/North Lawndale made the finals, Mr. Tillis and Marcus Betts began to have secret meetings with UIC and, in a power play, shut out the rest of the committee, including founder Paul Norrington. Despite many requests, Mr. Tillis and Mr. Betts refused to share information with the rest of the North Lawndale committee about their meetings with UIC and even used the committee name in publicity about meetings, when none of the other members of the committee were involved in the planning and presentations. Given these actions, it is not likely that Mr. Tillis will value resident involvement in future planning for North Lawndale.

Feb 22

Updated Feb 22

Vote Wisely on Tuesday

Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations. Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our ward and city run by eagles...

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Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations. Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our ward and city run by eagles and not turkeys or chickens.

As for me, I will not be voting for any candidates who want to run the ward like a business. Candidates who say that often don't know how government works and can't necessarily translate lessons learned from the business world to politics if they tried. We need look no further than Rahm, Rauner and charter school operators to see where running government like businesses gets us for our state and city governments and many of our local charter schools. Government, by definition, can never be a business.

There are also rumors of illegal electioneering. I will not be voting for any candidates that are rumored to be engaging in illicit electioneering tactics or divisive politics or intimidation of voters and other candidates. People don't change because they are elected. They just become amplified versions of who they are, for better or for worse, and the electorate has to deal with the consequences. Please, use your vote wisely.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Voted early on Saturday and hoping for better days in the 24th ward.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for sharing, Daniel. We will have a clean slate this May. I hope whoever wins uses the opportunity in a positive way.

Feb 22

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