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Video from City Club of Chicago Panel on School Closings in Chicago

The City Club of Chicago hosted a panel discussion on school closings in Chicago on October 23, 2014. The panel included Tom Tyrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools; Carlos Azcoitia, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Andrea Zopp, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Carol Caref, PhD, Research Director for the Chicago Teachers Union and myself. I spoke from my experiences as the co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. My speaking points are outlined below....

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The City Club of Chicago hosted a panel discussion on school closings in Chicago on October 23, 2014. The panel included Tom Tyrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools; Carlos Azcoitia, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Andrea Zopp, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Carol Caref, PhD, Research Director for the Chicago Teachers Union and myself. I spoke from my experiences as the co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. My speaking points are outlined below.

We have found the CPS bureaucracy to be unwilling to work with the community. A broad base of North Lawndale stakeholders, including the CAC and elected officials put together an alternative plan for school closures that included plans for school improvement and a comprehensive array of community resources to provide support. We sent the plan to CPS and they ignored it. We invited them to a press conference to review the plan and they refused to come out. After schools were closed we sent emails asking for assistance in understanding the budget, and never got an answer. They refused to answer a FOIA request for information regarding the impact of school closures on budgets and programs. We invited them to participate in town hall meetings and they refused.

Finish reading the speaking points and view the video at http://www.valeriefleonard.com/2014/10/29/video-from-city-club-of-chicago-panel-on-school-closures/

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Should Pastors Get Involved in Politics?

Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell wrote a provocative column, "Preachers Belong in the Pulpit, Not in Politics", (http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/preachers-belong-pulpit-not-politics/mon-10272014-801pm) and got me to really thinking. I believe that ministers should be engaged in the civic activities of communities, educating their congregations about issues and providing a forum through which ideas may be shared. Churches should be relevant to their congregations and local communities without compromising their roles in being the "salt of the earth", so to speak.

Finish reading here http://valeriefleonard.com/StayingintheLoop/nfblog/

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Updated 3 days ago

To Flee, or Not to Flee

Consideration for the quality of housing, transportation, recreation, education, affordability, security and more go into selecting a place to live and raise your family.

Security is probably the highest concern of any parent. Fear of one's environment is the demon that has always crippled our spiritual growth and peace of mind. We can always run and flee in search of that fundamental right to be free of the ugly bully who might live next door or down the street, or stands insidiously on the corner. Participating and getting involved with your neighbors and organizations is one method of giving your community what you want to receive from your community.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    Thanks for this information. I had no idea LAMP existed; I just liked it on Facebook and posted the link to all of the pages I am on. Now other people in North Lawndale will know about it as well. It is definitely a program that every neighborhood could use, and yes I will support it and add it to my resource directory.

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

    God will fight our battles, but we must throw the first punch.

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City of Chicago seeks input on centralized taxi ordering app

...Comments" in subject line or mailed to ATTN: Centralized Dispatch Comments, BACP Public Vehicle Operations, 2350 W. Ogden Ave., 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60608.The deadline to provide a response is Friday, Nov. 14...

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28th Ward Property Tax and Valuation Appeal Forum

The Cook County Board of Review is currently open to accept property valuation appeals for West Chicago Township. My office is partnering with 28th Ward Alderman Jason C. Ervin to host a property valuation appeal forum for West Chicago Township for those who believe the value of their property has decreased, while their tax assessment has remained high.

Attending this session will provide you with the opportunity to address any concerns you may have regarding the 2014 property tax cycle....

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The Cook County Board of Review is currently open to accept property valuation appeals for West Chicago Township. My office is partnering with 28th Ward Alderman Jason C. Ervin to host a property valuation appeal forum for West Chicago Township for those who believe the value of their property has decreased, while their tax assessment has remained high.

Attending this session will provide you with the opportunity to address any concerns you may have regarding the 2014 property tax cycle. My office will assist you in properly preparing your appeal, which will be payable in 2015. Please be sure to bring your property tax bill and other evidence you believe provides proof of your property’s true value, such as a current appraisal.

Property owners may also submit property valuation appeals online at www.CookCountyBoardOfReview.com or at the office of Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr. in the Cook County Building located at 118 N. Clark, Room 601, Chicago, IL 60602.

The Board of Review does not assess property, set tax rates, or collect taxes. The Board of Review is charged with handling all property valuation appeals in Cook County. There is no fee to file an appeal, and in most cases an attorney is not necessary.

For further information about appealing property taxes, contact Commissioner Rogers’ office at (312) 603-5540. Office hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    PULL UP TO 15 LOW VOLTAGE CAT5/6 DATA LINES, TERMINATE AND TEST CONNECT TO PATCH-PANEL, ROUTER, OR SWITCHINSTALL WALL JACKS AND LABELNO CONDUIT, NO DEMO, NO CONSTRUCTIONREPLACE AND REPAIR EXISTING CABLING

    1144 S. Western Ave. Issued October 23, 2014 Comment

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE TWO EXISTING ROOFTOP UNITS WITH TWO CARRIER 15 TON ROOFTOP UNITS, SELF CONTAINED, AIR COOLED, R410A. THE ROOFTOP UNITS SERVE THE 3RD FLOOR GENERAL OFFICE SPACE.

    2240 W. Ogden Ave. Issued October 21, 2014 Comment

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Updated Oct 23

15th and Christiana

hello everyone,i am wondering if anyone can give me some insight about the area as me and my three kids are moving that way soon.Any info good or bad will be greatly appriciated.Thank you very much.

  • A friend recently moved from that block because she said there was an increase in gang activity. I don't mean to add any unnecessary fear but just wanted you to know. Yes there is crime everywhere. I would suggest looking on Chicago Tribune's crime map or another site to see the type of activity that happens around there.

  • Thank u,I recently been doing research and found its the highest crime rate,I acted on impulse and do to low income it was affordable but now I'm having second thoughts,I just needed to move out my in laws place.

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Updated Oct 20

Tri Taylor needs more murals

I'm the local artist who was born, raised, and continuing to live in the Tri Taylor neighborhood. The area is rich in history and diversity. This mural I've posted is a labor of love and something I did without any raising of funds. It's my vision to create more in the this small pocket of Chicago. Anyone who may be of help with finding sponsors or resources, feel free to comment. I would also like the community involved in the process, as well.

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    I thought this was a different location. So this replaced the old mural you had there?

  • Victor Lopez Free lance artist

    No, this is mural is still there. I'm looking to do others in the area

Oct 11

Updated Oct 20

  • Victor Lopez Free lance artist

    He closed down. My cousin owned it

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    End of an era. And end of a really unique place. So i guess he wasn't able to sell it?

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Updated Oct 20

My Niece is moving to Texas and must sell things.

Webber gas grill and a Charcoal Grill with smoker on the side $300. Coach with love seat $200. Couch $150. Toro Snow Blower Industrial heavy duty excellent condition was recently maintenance. LG Front load washer and gas dryer 5 years old has pedestal so no bending over $1000. Gas Black and stainless stove $400.

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Updated Oct 17

Progressives, parents react to Karen Lewis decision not to run for mayor

WBEZ interviewed people regarding their thoughts on Karen Lewis' decision not to enter the Mayoral race.

Here's the link.https://soundcloud.com/wbez/progressives-parents-react-to-karen-lewis-decision-not-to-run-for-mayor#c=0&t=0:00

My comments come in at about 3:15.

  • Amara who?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Valerie - that was not my intention! I have a tremendous amount of respect for Karen Lewis; I heard her speak last year in Evanston and was blown away! I am saddened by her illness, and sending lots of positive, healing energy her way. That said, I never took her seriously as a candidate for mayor

    Antonio - Amara Enyia is running for mayor. I believe that she is the best candidate for mayor since Harold Washington

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October 27th-Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities

I thank Emmanuel Jackson for providing the following announcement.

PUBLIC NOTICE
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with
Disabilities
Next Council Mtg. – October 27, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
100 W. Randolph 401 S. Spring St.
Room 2-025 Room 500 1/2
Chicago, IL 60601

. Committee Updates
• Procurement Committee
• Business Development Committee
• Capital Access and Banking Committee
• Certification Committee
• Policy, Rules and Enforcement Committee

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I thank Emmanuel Jackson for providing the following announcement.

PUBLIC NOTICE
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with
Disabilities
Next Council Mtg. – October 27, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
100 W. Randolph 401 S. Spring St.
Room 2-025 Room 500 1/2
Chicago, IL 60601

. Committee Updates
• Procurement Committee
• Business Development Committee
• Capital Access and Banking Committee
• Certification Committee
• Policy, Rules and Enforcement Committee

This council has a great deal of power under Senate Bill 51. The problem is companies almost never show up. They have to have something to advocate for. This is the council that decides rather companies receive waivers for BEP participation. There are many other issues that they deal with. My only suggestion is that when you go to the council have your company in position to do business. Make sure you are in good standing with the state. It is always helpful that you are certified with CMS as a BEP company.

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