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"Bad Landlords"

Some of you may have heard by now that the City is planning on posting a list of "Bad Landlords". Granted there may a few here and there. However, I feel that if the city post a list of "Bad Landlords then there should be a list for "Terrible Tenants" as well!

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

    Nothing kills a lie better than truthful info.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round...

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    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round the world with the click of a mouse in a second. THINK on how fast that is! Things that were a twinkle in someones' eye can be a 3 dimensional item within hours thanks to 3d printing.

    Things are just different, faster, maybe better and maybe worse. It is hard to sort out but one must do the best they can.

    In 50 years China built itself up into a superpower. In the same 50 years the south and west sides of Chicago cratered to unlivable conditions where 1/3 of the population has fled to the suburbs. 1.2 million have left; most in minority neighborhoods because living conditions are the worst.

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Jason Ervin continues to get caught up in questionable activities

A Multimillion Dollar gets a $2000 per month rent agreement for a $2k donation . No wonder these neighborhoods do not improve
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/301614/watchdogs-movie-studio-boss-pays-20k-debt-city-hall-sun-times-inquiries

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

    Ervin does not campaign, would be interesting to see if he gets investigated for campaign funds that he
    doesnt spend. He simply challenges everyone who wants to run

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Maybe next election!

I have read a look of post in regards to replacing Alderman Ervin in this up coming election. From what I've read It seems like we'll be stuck with Erivn for another four years.
Going forward I think the plan now should be selecting a qualified candidate and we all rally behind that one person. Get that person out there so that he/she can gain some notoriety.
Also, After reading a lot of the posts it seems like there maybe serval candidate among the group?

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I absolutely agree. I'd like to see Amara Enyia run for Alderwoman. The only other alternative is to prepare to get the public media involved to put a spotlight on our living conditions. Such as the time when the 2 ladies contacted the local news to expose the heroine smoke...

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    I absolutely agree. I'd like to see Amara Enyia run for Alderwoman. The only other alternative is to prepare to get the public media involved to put a spotlight on our living conditions. Such as the time when the 2 ladies contacted the local news to expose the heroine smoke den located in the middle of Garfield Park.

    We need to prepare to reach out to local media outlets, journalist and the national media outlets as well. We need to put Ward 28 under the spotlight for the next 4 years.

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Updated Jan 16

Fioretti as 28th Ward Write In Candidate

Why can't Fioretti be written in as 28th ward alderman? He has no ward, knows the west side and is experienced.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    If there are enough illegal actions and convictions...I think one can loose their seat. Then the mayor appoints a candidate.

    Not sure how all of that plays out in the legal system.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I don' think you have to foia. I think there are websites that publish donors to candidates. Is moveon.org one of them? Does anyone know what site that would be? If so, please post here.

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Any FOOD entrepreneurs out there?

https://www.chobanifoodincubator.com/

Chobani the yoghert place is doing some kind of innovative food thing. Take a look if you are a FOOD entrepreneur!

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Updated Jan 14

4 more years of ervin

well it looks like Ervin knocked everyone off the ballot.so I wouldn't expect to much change over the next four years. Its sad that a person who claims to be a democrat try's and succeeds in stopping the democratic process.its also a sign of how bad a job he has done.that he is so fearful of any one else getting on the ballot.he knows he has done nothing for the residents of the 28th ward.

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

    It looks like you all have 1 write-in candidate. Has anyone reached out to help out? Does anyone care?

  • I would support McGill , Jackson and anyone against Ervin.
    If it takes a write in, so be it.
    circulate McGill's name heavily to all of the 28th ward.

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How Taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

I went to this last time, and it was very surprising how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent. They are having another free/public meeting. This time the meeting is in the Near North with plenty of free parking. I highly recommend attending.

Saturday, January 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Marcello’s ~ Father and Son Restaurant
645 West North Avenue

Here is the URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27th-Ward-TIF-meeting

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

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Updated Jan 12

All-Star Cheer Program

I'm in the process of starting an ALL STAR CO-ED COMPETITION DANCE/CHEER TEAM for ages 5-18 in the Spring of 2015 in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Are there any businesses that can donate practice space for 3 evenings during the week from 6:30-8:30 for us to hold practice and store mats (which is also something we need). We will also need the facility at least 1 Saturday per month just to meet up before going out to do group...

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I'm in the process of starting an ALL STAR CO-ED COMPETITION DANCE/CHEER TEAM for ages 5-18 in the Spring of 2015 in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Are there any businesses that can donate practice space for 3 evenings during the week from 6:30-8:30 for us to hold practice and store mats (which is also something we need). We will also need the facility at least 1 Saturday per month just to meet up before going out to do group community service work at shelters, senior homes, etc. (teaching to give back) or to have self-development classes for the kids in the program. MY GOAL IS TO BUILD MORE POSITIVE YOUTH PROGRAMS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD because OUR YOUTH,TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS ARE WORTH IT! Also please let me know if you are interested in being a participant (fee based program) or volunteer. Thanks!

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Updated Jan 07

If Detroit can bounce back....WHY NOT ....us????

http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-bounces-back-from-bankruptcy-211308136.html

Bankruptcy is bringing Detroit back. Why haven't politicians brought back the south and west sides?

Something is really wrong.

Anybody with thoughts please contribute.

  • OK it's me who is foolish if that's what you read but your wise self should be able to show me the error of my ways with more than

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    OK it's me who is foolish if that's what you read but your wise self should be able to show me the error of my ways with more than

    Sean, you sound foolish. I'm sorry that you cared enough about me to go back and study up. I didn't mean to hit a nerve.

    However, thank you for explaining to us your life threatening sacrifices on the big bad west side. Be careful out here Rambo.

    I wish you luck in finding a place to put down roots that you feel is deserving of your commitment to the community. To end this discourse with you and to follow the advice of gp I leave you with this observation, I see you won't be satisfied with less than $100,000,000 at your funeral. Me? I sleep well knowing I'll have a 100,000,000 roses at mine(shout out to ASAP Ferg). I don't have hundreds of complaining comments to my "name" because I have already been paid back by the Chi for my actions. I need to get back to doing something so let's stop bothering the other EBers. Most the time I'm at 145 S. Cambell, I'm the only Sean there. I'd ask my friend Amel to leave you a ticket next time she is in town but I don't know who to leave it for or whether you've moved on to "greener pastures".
    Salam

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It appears our job creation has fell 200% since last year. YIKES!

    We were 41 and are now 118 is it in job creation amongst states.

    Maybe the unemployed here could go to Alibaba...figure out how to buy on Alibaba vendor and sell on line at home!

    Anybody know how...

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    It appears our job creation has fell 200% since last year. YIKES!

    We were 41 and are now 118 is it in job creation amongst states.

    Maybe the unemployed here could go to Alibaba...figure out how to buy on Alibaba vendor and sell on line at home!

    Anybody know how to do that or have experience in it? For a while people became Ebay sellers and could earn a small living. Could we be Alibaba wholesalers and supply consumers direct or stores?

    We need to do something to INNOVATE and create a sustainable economy in EGP. The government has failed for 30-40 years. We need to make solutions ourselves.

    Geez...no wonder roommates can't find jobs!

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Realtor recommendations for East Garfield Park and Humboldt Park?

Hello neighbors! We're looking for recommendations for realtors who know the East Garfield park and/or Humboldt Park area really well. If you've worked with someone who specializes in those areas and can recommend, we'd be most grateful!

  • Geraldine Blair Real Estate Broker

    Geraldine BLAIR
    COLDWELL BANKER
    Have owned home in area since 1987. Still lives here.
    Has sold quite a few properties in area.

    EVE BENTON
    EXIT REALTY
    BEEN IN NEIGHBORHOOD FOR OVER 8 YEARS
    Has sold a number of properties in area

    JUANITA MORROW
    HAS LIVED IN AREA AND SOLD REAL ESTATE IN AREA FOR 30+ YEARS

    huum?mmmm

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    I know of a great place in East Garfield Park! If its the right fit we can easily go see it tomorrow. It's beautiful. Great investment!

Jan 02

Updated Jan 02

Bridge Closed; Voting Reform; Round ups

...certification. A ceremony honoring them will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, at Westinghouse High School, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd., at 5 p.m. The teachers have spent 600 to 800 hours in professional development...

...to read and perform math at a seventh grade level. The school is located at 534 N. Sacramento Blvd. Call (31) 563-9044 or log on to http://westtownacademy.org...

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Armour Square Park at 3309 S. Shields Ave. offers winter 2015 programs including basketball, bitty basketball, circuit training, weight training, yoga and pilates...

...of Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, and April 17. The Art Institute is at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to www.artic.edu...

At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Call (773) 927-6420 or email info@bentonhouse.org.

...offers those ages 12 through 18 a safe and relaxing atmosphere at its Youth Center, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens can get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The center...

Drawings by 15 artists are on display at Russell Bowman Art Advisory, 311 W. Superior St., Suite 115, through Saturday, Jan. 31. Call (312) 751-9500 or log on to www.bowmanart.com.

The Bridgeport Bombers 9/10U team is looking for players ages eight, nine, and ten. It also needs a few 11- and 12-year-old players. Practice begins in February indoors at 4425 S. Western Ave. Contact Janet Galvin at (773) 573-4250 or jgalvin593@aol.com.

West Loop resident Ali Carney will make her Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival debut this year in the group Taco Tuesdays. The festival runs Thursday, Jan. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 18, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Call (773) 327-5252.

Centers for New Horizons at 4150 S. King Dr. helps children, young people, and families become self-reliant through offerings at seven locations in...

The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., offers tours, exhibits, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education to enhance awareness and...

...art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 1800 S. Halsted St. For more information call (312) 738-8000, ext. 108...

Chicago Hope Academy will hold an entrance exam Saturday, Jan. 21. The school is located at 2189 W. Bowler St. Call (312) 491-1600.

...is on display until Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Center, 400 S. State St. Call (312) 747-4050 or log on to chipublib.org...

The Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. will feature the orchestra joined by young musicians, composers, singers, and poets on Monday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

...marshmallow roasting, and stargazing also will be provided. Fee is $5. The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821...

De La Salle runs two campuses, the Institute Campus for Young Men at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355, ext. 114, or email broganj@dls.org.

De La Salle runs two campuses, the Institute Campus for Young Men at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355, ext. 114, or email broganj@dls.org.

Holy Trinity Croatian, 1850 S. Throop St., holds bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 7 p.m. Call (312) 534-8200.

...open house on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2245 W. Pershing Rd. The school is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year through Friday, Jan. 30...

The center is located at 31 W. Ohio St. Call (312) 335-1996 or email info.chicago@cervantes.org.

...a second title with a 29.35, breaking another State record. Jones is located at 700 S. State St. Call (773) 534-8600...

Lil’ Buds Theater Co., 1206 W. Rosedale Ave., offers studio classes for youngsters. Adventures in Imagination is for ages three through six, Create...

...To learn more, visit http://www.mercy-chicago.org. The medical center is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 567-2000...

...a Ronald McDonald Family Room at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital at 5721 S. Maryland Ave. The room provides a home-like atmosphere for rest, sleep, dining, watching television, and washing...

Mother McAuley High School will hold an entrance exam Saturday, Jan. 10, at 8 a.m. The school is located at 3737 W. 99th St. Call (773) 881-6566.

...information, call (312) 655-1234, ext. 20 or ext. 29. The museum is located at 333 S. Halsted St.

...will be held Dec. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The venue is at 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall, Room 418. Call (773) 702-8670...

...architectural firm VOA Associates in Chicago, Roosevelt’s mixed-use 32-story Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave. holds student housing, student services, classrooms, and administrative offices...

St. Barbara Parish at 2859 S. Throop St. hosts bingo every Thursday night in the church hall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and games start at 6:35 p.m. For more information call (312) 842-7979 or visit http://www.stbarbarachicago.org.

The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to http://www.ignatius.org.

St. Pius V Parish runs a thrift store at 1701 W. 18th Pl. from Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings. Call (312) 226-6234.

The Casa Juan Diego Youth Center at 2020 S. Blue Island Ave. is open Monday through Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturdays through 4 p.m. Call (312) 421-7647.

Second Presbyterian Church hosts Studio, a free arts and design program for middle school and high school students on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. For more information, see www.2ndprebyterian.org or call (312) 225-4951.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii offers the Padre Pio Prayer Cenacle at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

Alderman Danny Solis (25th) holds ward night every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in his office at 1800 S. Blue Island Ave. Call (773) 523-4100 or email ward25chicago@gmail.com.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art features children’s drawings based on the reminiscences of their grandparents in the show From Past to Present: Ethnic Heritage through the Eyes of My Elders. The museum is located at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St, will offer free dental screenings by dental students who need patients for licensing exams. No appointment is necessary. Dates are the Saturdays of Jan. 10, Jan. 24, and Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email pr@gazettechicago.com.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    The Gazzette needs to stop writing fiction stories about the community based struggle to save Walter
    Dyett High School.

Dec 28

Updated Jan 02

Thinking about East Garfield Park (Jackson and California)

Hello,

I was wondering what people's opinion is about moving to East Garfield Park. I want to own property one day but all the areas that I've lived and currently live are high price. East Garfield Park strikes me that it might eventually fall into that category but their housing stock seems nice. I plan on doing research now. Any transplants from other places of Chicago have any opinions?

  • Francisco and Augusta is Humboldt Park, a completely different area.

    As others have stated, owning property in the hood is quite a challenge and not for the faint of heart. Be prepared for a lot of BS. I also recommend that you have plenty of case reserves and get a...

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    Francisco and Augusta is Humboldt Park, a completely different area.

    As others have stated, owning property in the hood is quite a challenge and not for the faint of heart. Be prepared for a lot of BS. I also recommend that you have plenty of case reserves and get a property that gives you enough of cash flow

    You do not, I repeat you do not want to be totally dependent on your tenants to pay your mortgage. They will have a psychologically advantage over you and it's all downhill from that point. You have to be financially prepared to have empty units for at least 6 months. I've had units empty for up to 10 months

  • That's great information "tired tired tired". Yes, Augusta and Francisco is a totally different area than Garfield Park. This is why I would expect the rent to be much lower there than over here. I've had to deal with my share of BS in Humboldt Park.

    I inherited a tenant...

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    That's great information "tired tired tired". Yes, Augusta and Francisco is a totally different area than Garfield Park. This is why I would expect the rent to be much lower there than over here. I've had to deal with my share of BS in Humboldt Park.

    I inherited a tenant from a previous owner who apparently didn't perform any due deligence. I got lucky and only lost three months worth of rent plus lawyers fees. They weren't professional deadbeats.

    I have an effective screening process but that doesn't guarantee that someone's boyfriend/girlfriend/cousin/acquaintance/friend/roommate whose intent to make my property headquarters for a criminal enterprise won't move in without my knowledge. And once they're in, it's pretty hard to get them out. Has anyone had or heard of experiences such as the one I described in the previous paragraph? Maybe cameras in the hallways and outside would help?

Nov 15

Updated Jan 02

Still No "Serious" Contenders for 28th Ward Alderman?

It's getting close and I'm still waiting to see if anyone is seriously going to throw their hat in the ring to run against Alderman Jason Ervin? It looks as though he's an easy shoe-in at this time.

I don't think I can take another 4 years looking at the filth, trash and living in the city's most under served ward. So many of the residents work so hard to keep their properties looking nice, when the city/ward sits back and does absolutely nothing to support the "do-gooders."

Please give me some good news someone!

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Jan 2: Fridays with Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti in 27th Ward

Come join us for the first Fridays with Fioretti of the New Year and work with us towards a New Chicago!

Chicago Mayoral Candidate and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti will gather along with residents of West Garfield Park, the Near Westside, and the 27th Ward to discuss safe streets and strong neighborhoods. Join the discussion and contribute your vision for improving our city.

January 2, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm at Wallace's Catfish Corner- 2800 West Madison Street

More info here: http://tinyurl.com/FWF27thWard

www.bobfioretti.com

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