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Updated 15 hours ago

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.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    And I forgot to add...the politicians truly do care about the city and state. Unlike Chicago where it's all about lining pockets of themselves and their corrupt cronies. All at the expense of tax payers and the working-class poor.

    Michigan Government is transparent: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/18/michigan-lawmakers-roads/20580711/

    Michigan Government is innovative:
    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/18/snyder-plans-create-state-talent-department/20580471/

  • "We Need Change", Kwame was NOT booted out, he resigned. There were 2 attempts to recall him as mayor but they both failed, unfortunately. On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor. Detroiters didn't wake up for YEARS after Kwame committed his crimes. To throw a blanket statement...

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    "We Need Change", Kwame was NOT booted out, he resigned. There were 2 attempts to recall him as mayor but they both failed, unfortunately. On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor. Detroiters didn't wake up for YEARS after Kwame committed his crimes. To throw a blanket statement out there that Detroiters have more pride than Chicagoans is ill-informed and obviously wrong. It's like comparing apples and oranges. We have 2 totally different economies and histories. Why even compare Detroit to Chicago at ALL? Serves no purpose. There's a reason you're here in Chicago and not Detroit, obviously. I truly hope Detroit bounces back, but they have a long road ahead. Read this article from last year: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/19/news/economy/detroit-streetlights-police/

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Does some entity need to investigate the BOARD OF ELECTIONS?

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois is known for corruption. How can it be that only 1 party rules Chicago for almost 50 years? Where is the Democratic process where voters swing between political parties so the citizens voice determines policy?

We get very low markes in many important categories. We have high marks in some distinct categories. Cook County is known as a geographic region "least likely to get justice."

Should the criteria for scrutinizing Candidates be investigated? Many are saying...

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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois is known for corruption. How can it be that only 1 party rules Chicago for almost 50 years? Where is the Democratic process where voters swing between political parties so the citizens voice determines policy?

We get very low markes in many important categories. We have high marks in some distinct categories. Cook County is known as a geographic region "least likely to get justice."

Should the criteria for scrutinizing Candidates be investigated? Many are saying that the blanket practice of listing 25 standard objections just to bounce opponents off the ballot is COMMON practice.

If that is a political tool that deprives Chicagoans of a true Democratic process then somebody needs to come and INVESTIGATE the practices. Then the citizens need to make a legislative amendment to protect citizens from this sort of candidate bias.

What do you think? Say something.

  • Troy Hernandez Candidate for 25th Ward Alderman

    Actually William it's 500 in LA (plus $300) and Detroit. I'm going through this process right now. I collected 1027 signatures, mostly at the busy intersections of the ward. Due to gerrymandered wards and a high number of renters, many of these signatures were from people not in the ward...

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    Actually William it's 500 in LA (plus $300) and Detroit. I'm going through this process right now. I collected 1027 signatures, mostly at the busy intersections of the ward. Due to gerrymandered wards and a high number of renters, many of these signatures were from people not in the ward or not registered at their current address.

    Still, I have 438 signatures from registered voters in the ward and now need to collect affidavits from at least 35 citizens (out of approximately 100) whose signatures were too illegible to match to their voter card. In Chicago, this is what democracy looks like.

    You can read the full story here:
    http://troyhernandez.com/2014/12/17/ballot-access-in-the-25th-ward/

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It would be good if the Inspector General, the Top Lawyer, the Inspector of Aldermen, and the Internet Department would filter and search for corruption....

    It is easy to do. We need the establishment to clean house. Forrest Claypool cleaned house at the CTA. He is now testing Rat Birthcontrol...

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    It would be good if the Inspector General, the Top Lawyer, the Inspector of Aldermen, and the Internet Department would filter and search for corruption....

    It is easy to do. We need the establishment to clean house. Forrest Claypool cleaned house at the CTA. He is now testing Rat Birthcontrol just like Mayor Bloomberg did in NYC to control rats after hurricane Sandy.

    We need ALL Commissioners to clean house. We need the Aldermen to sweep out corrupt politicians.

    I know...pipe dream; but when the stars are aligned just right...quantum leaps of progress ocur.

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Warning! B careful in the Hood

Last week Sunday night someone ruffled in my car and stole a change purse. Last Sunday a couple guys beat up my roommate till he was unconscious and stole his iphone. It was about midnight gong into Monday.

This is near Kedzie/Washington Blvd

  • That's terrible. I hope your roommate is going to be ok. How did this happen?

  • I'm not some crazy gun nut, but in these neighbors I strongly urge mature and responsible people to consider obtaining a conceal and carry firearm and receive the proper training.

    Some factors to take into consideration is to have an honest reflection on whether you can be a responsible gun...

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    I'm not some crazy gun nut, but in these neighbors I strongly urge mature and responsible people to consider obtaining a conceal and carry firearm and receive the proper training.

    Some factors to take into consideration is to have an honest reflection on whether you can be a responsible gun owner. By responsible I mean someone who is very careful with firearms and doesn't treat them like toys. Someone who has extensive training and is comfortable handling a firearm and very importantly someone who has the disposition to use it if confronted with great bodily.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The idiot went out for a walk and to get some fresh air. He put on his iphone for music; walked outside...and they got him. He said he was unconscious for say 4-5 hours on the street.

    That is scary. He didn't deserve to be beat up and have an...

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    The idiot went out for a walk and to get some fresh air. He put on his iphone for music; walked outside...and they got him. He said he was unconscious for say 4-5 hours on the street.

    That is scary. He didn't deserve to be beat up and have an expensive uninsured item stolen. But he shouldn't have been walking around outside late at night w/ iphone and earbuds. U warned him many times about protocols for the neighborhood and where not to go.

    Iphones must be the #1 stolen item these days.

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Does anyone know what happened to Ms. Ernestine King of The Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce

Hi neighbors: I attended a meeting today at the Conservatory regarding the improving the community and business development for our area. It was mentioned that Ms. King was no longer in the community. Does anyone know how to contact Ms. King? As we work towards an Alderman worthy of enough to represent our area, we also want to assist each other too. During the course of the meeting, we proposed reopening the Chamber of Commerce and hopefully partnering with Ms....

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Hi neighbors: I attended a meeting today at the Conservatory regarding the improving the community and business development for our area. It was mentioned that Ms. King was no longer in the community. Does anyone know how to contact Ms. King? As we work towards an Alderman worthy of enough to represent our area, we also want to assist each other too. During the course of the meeting, we proposed reopening the Chamber of Commerce and hopefully partnering with Ms. King with some ideas on how we can move forward.

Again, if anyone has or knows Ms. King whose office was located at 3439 West Madison, please have her respond to the website. Otherwise the business owners in the area will have to start over from scratch.

  • You're welcome. I hope that you can get a hold of her. If you want to contact me, send me an email to austin.smithuic@gmail.com as I don't really follow messages I post on this website.

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Thank you so much Austin. I will be emailing you soon. My email address contains my name, so you will know it will be from me and not someone pretending to be me. Yes, that happens and I will tell you about that in an email. Apparently, some people don't care the residents are tired and fed up...

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Updated 2 days ago

27th ward alderman

Has anybody heard of Gabe Beukinga?
http://www.gabefor27.com

I was told he will give attention and service to the west side; and that he is for public schools and helping small businesses; and against the neglect of the past 20 years. I just heard about this guy last night and don't have enough info yet to form my opinion. Does anyone here know more?

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  • Vamos a Panama!

    Ms. Prendergast is asking for $6653.09:
    My students need generous outside funding to make this Spanish service learning immersion trip to Panama a reality.
    George Westinghouse Prep Comment

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Police: 2 killed, 6 wounded in Monday shootings on South, West sides

A 23-year-old man and another person were approached by three people as they got out of a parked vehicle in the 700 block of North Kedzie, police said. The Richard M. Daley-West Humboldt Chicago Public Library branch is at 733 N. Kedzie.

A 23-year-old man and another person were approached by three people as they got out of a parked vehicle in the 700 block of North Kedzie, police said. The Richard M. Daley-West Humboldt Chicago Public Library branch is at 733 N. Kedzie.

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About 11:40 a.m., Shamar Thompson was walking in the 5800 block of South Morgan when someone fired shots at him from a passing dark red van, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Thompson, of the 5500 block of South Morgan, was shot in the back and leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m., authorities said. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

The four were approached by gunmen in the vestibule of a building in the 5700 block of South Michigan, police said. The gunmen opened fire and ran away.

The shooting happened at 4:30 p.m. in the 900 block of North Lawler, police said. The man was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai with a gunshot wound to the leg.

A 20-year-old man was in the 700 block of West 93rd Street when a gray vehicle pulled up and someone inside shot him three times in the leg, once in the abdomen and once in the arm, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

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Updated 3 days ago

Police: Man killed in shooting near Humboldt Park library

About 2:40 p.m., the 23-year-old and another person got out of a vehicle parked in the 700 block of North Kedzie when they were approached by three other people, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. The Richard M. Daley-West Humboldt Chicago Public Library branch is at 733 N. Kedzie.

About 2:40 p.m., the 23-year-old and another person got out of a vehicle parked in the 700 block of North Kedzie when they were approached by three other people, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. The Richard M. Daley-West Humboldt Chicago Public Library branch is at 733 N. Kedzie.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Alderman Walter Burnett please have another meeting and call in ALL of the Police Department heads to address this issue. You had one years ago at ORR HS and got the ball rolling. It is time for a repeat. Jody Weiss did not show up. Perhaps McCarthy will seeings how Policing has become a national issue.

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2 dead, at least 6 wounded in shootings on South and West sides

Another shooting happened about 2:40 p.m. on the 700 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood, in the parking lot of the Richard M. Daley Library.

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The latest shooting happened about 4:43 p.m. on the 5700 block of South Michigan Avenue in the city's Washington Park neighborhood, said police. At least four people were wounded in that shooting.

Shortly before noon, a teen was fatally wounded on the 5800 block of South Morgan Street in the city's Englewood neighborhood, said police.

He was identified as Shamar Thompson of the 5500 block of South Morgan Street, according

About 4:30 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of North Lawler Avenue in the city's Austin neighborhood.

Earlier Monday, a 20-year-old was shot multiple times in the Brainerd neighborhood. That shooting happened on the 700 block of West 93rd Street, said police.

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Man Fatally Shot Near Library In Humboldt Park

About 2:40 p.m., the 23-year-old and another person got out of a vehicle parked in the 700 block of North Kedzie when they were approached by three other people, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. The Richard M. Daley-West Humboldt Chicago Public Library branch is at 733 N. Kedzie.

About 2:40 p.m., the 23-year-old and another person got out of a vehicle parked in the 700 block of North Kedzie when they were approached by three other people, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. The Richard M. Daley-West Humboldt Chicago Public Library branch is at 733 N. Kedzie.

Nov 15

Updated 4 days ago

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!

  • Has there been any update on the challenges? I saw where a couple of hearings were moved.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Someone told me we should know by Friday.

4 days ago

Man shot and killed outside West Side library

The 23-year-old man was shot outside the The Richard M. Daley – West Humboldt Park branch at 733 N Kedzie Ave and was taken to the hospital around 2:30 this afternoon. The man died at the hospital.

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2 dead, 1 wounded in shootings on South and West sides

The latest shooting happened about 2:40 p.m. on the 700 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood, in the parking lot of the Richard M. Daley Library.

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Shortly before noon, a teen was fatally wounded on the 5800 block of South Morgan Street in the city's Englewood neighborhood, said police.

Earlier Monday, a 20-year-old was shot multiple times in the Brainerd neighborhood. That shooting happened on the 700 block of West 93rd Street, said police.

4 days ago

Man shot and killed outside West Side library

The 23-year-old man was shot outside the The Richard M. Daley – West Humboldt Park branch at 733 N Kedzie Ave and was taken to the hospital around 2:30 this afternoon. The man died at the hospital.

4 days ago

2 dead, 1 wounded in shootings on South and West sides

The latest shooting happened about 2:40 p.m. on the 700 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood, in the parking lot of the Richard M. Daley Library.

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Paramedics tend to a man who later died following a shooting near 58th and Morgan streets Monday morning.

Shortly before noon, a teen was fatally wounded on the 5800 block of South Morgan Street in the city's Englewood neighborhood, said police.

Earlier Monday, a 20-year-old was shot multiple times in the Brainerd neighborhood. That shooting happened on the 700 block of West 93rd Street, said police.

Dec 10

Updated 4 days ago

Tri Taylor and East/West Garfield Park : Remove Jason Ervin !

There has been too much high minded theorizing, self promotion, debate and chest thumping. Too much whining and grievances. All of the while Jason Ervin the worst alderman in the city council is making plans for a easy re election
This is how Ervin will win
-Entering shill candidates
-Smearing viable candidates
-Playing on the emotions and lack of political savvy of senior citizens which is how he won re election by deceiving seniors
-Taking advantage of the apathy and...

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There has been too much high minded theorizing, self promotion, debate and chest thumping. Too much whining and grievances. All of the while Jason Ervin the worst alderman in the city council is making plans for a easy re election
This is how Ervin will win
-Entering shill candidates
-Smearing viable candidates
-Playing on the emotions and lack of political savvy of senior citizens which is how he won re election by deceiving seniors
-Taking advantage of the apathy and ignorance of the 28th Ward Constituents
-Drawing on the financial and political support of criminal street gangs
If the 28th ward candidates do not work together to eject Ervin, your crime will increase, property values decrease, the garbage ,ruin and blight will increase, and your population will decrease. The 28th ward will retain the city's highest crime and poverty rates.
I am moving back into the 28th ward in the Tri Taylor area. There is no way I could support Jason Ervin. There needs to be a inspector general and criminal investigation into his administration.
Let's stop talking and hit the streets the media the public and get rid of Jason Ervin.
I am going to be supplying evidence and proof as to why Ervin needs to go.
Stay tuned.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Spread the word mediabites. Talk to every 28th ward resident that you know. And once we have a candidate who is NOT propped up by Ervin, then we get behind them and push!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Still waiting...?

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Updated 4 days ago

Hip Hip Hurray! Rat Birthcontrol for CTA!

The CTA made an announcement today that they will use RAT BIRTH CONTROL. Thanks Forrest Claypool for being an innovator and improving conditions on Chicago Public Transportation.

Thanks Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University for the years of study that led to this protocol.

Thanks Senes Tech for getting the product out there to solve world hunger and rodent issues!

http://senestech.com/

Thanks to alderman Fioretti fo putting it on the city agenda. Thanks Alderman Cullerton, Alderman Burnett, and Colon...

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The CTA made an announcement today that they will use RAT BIRTH CONTROL. Thanks Forrest Claypool for being an innovator and improving conditions on Chicago Public Transportation.

Thanks Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University for the years of study that led to this protocol.

Thanks Senes Tech for getting the product out there to solve world hunger and rodent issues!

http://senestech.com/

Thanks to alderman Fioretti fo putting it on the city agenda. Thanks Alderman Cullerton, Alderman Burnett, and Colon for supporting this. Thanks to Deputy Josie Cruz, George Esquivel Rat Supervisor, Jamie Rhee in Procurement CharlesL Williams staffers....and countless others who saw this as a good idea.

When will Streets and Sanitation adopt this as a city wide program?

It only took 2 years. That is pretty FAST for Chicago politics.

Bloomberg used it in NYC train stations after Sandy. It works. Search on the internet and you can find out the whole story. It is a great example of PROBLEM SOLVING in a new, more efficient, and cost expedient way.

This is too exciting for words. It is hard to sit still and keep the fingers on the keyboard!!!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Actually it took 1 yr 5 months to get this in the system! That is pretty darn fast. That is what happens when feedback travels up a channel...and PROBLEM SOLVERS pick it up.

    We should keep a tally of how much the rodent population is reduced. They probably also need this for feral cats.

    Perhaps we should send it over to animal control also.

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George Badonsky died today

For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in...

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For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in their jobs, and could live very very well because of the jobs he provided for them.

He had peers and rivals Gordon Sinclair, Rich Melnan, the Levis...it was alot of fun in those days the early 70s as Chicago restauranteurs changed what dining out meant to the public.

This is a tribute to a man who helped Chicagoans become acquainted with all kinds of dishes. He loved food and wine his whole life.

Mar 13

Updated 4 days ago

Rat Birth Control!!!

Did City Counsel do something about getting Rat Birthcontrol today?

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    CTA just made an announcement they will start using RATH BIRTHCONTROL invented by Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University and sold by Senes Tech. It is a small start that mimics what was done in NYC by Bloomberg after Sandy.

    Lets hope Streets and Sanitation adopts this CITY WIDE so that we can get rid of the enormous rat problem in our ghettos.

    Fioretti took it before City Counsel months ago. I believe that aldermen Cullerton, Colon, Burnett, also supported this!

    Thank you FORREST CLAYPOOL head of CTA

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R ur hands cold/ or a starngers?

Dollar Tree has a wonderful $1 glove. The name is Snugadoo. They come in pink, blue, black.

You will be lucky if you can find a pair, some are out.

These gloves are very very very warm...and cheap.

If you know any really needy person...whose hands are cold these will solve the problem?

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Dollar Tree is my kind of store. Quality items that won't burn a hole in my "trying 2 b fiscally responsible"
    pockets and purse

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Dec 06

Updated Dec 10

Our Individual kindnes to others

Hey, how bout if the EB people post what they do to be kind to others and strangers on a regular basis? We can share ideas and talk about them. This could be really interesting.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    I am kinda fast, I crochet on the bus to and from work and after work while the TV watches me; it's very relaxing.

    I have been on the westside my entire life and have only been in Jimmy's Gs once (last summer). I am never out past 8p.m. unless I am stuck at work and I am on public transportation. I will keep this in mind though.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Jimmy Gs' has great wings and fries cheap. You can go in the daytime, ask for Jimmy or his wife. If they are not there ask for the manager. Just tell them what you are trying to do and they can help you. Just say you know another lady who does it.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 10

Ask your alderman to SUPPORT THIS on Wednesday

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-loitering-ordinance-met-20141208-story.html

Apparently it is on the table to go after PROBLEM BUSINESSES in a community and hold them accountable for the bad behavior of patrons.

This would be good for us! In the situation that a business caters to gang and drug people and other undesirables that are a magnet for crime and loiter, throw debris, throw drug needles and parapernelia, rob, deficate...and the list goes on.

Email your alderman and the Mayor and ask them to support this ordinance.

letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org

check for your aldermans' email address!

  • No argument here, gpblight.

    Its so sad how complacent our neighbors have become. They complain to each other but won't take any action, not even to admonish kids and passers by on the blocks not to throw trash on the street where they live.

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    No argument here, gpblight.

    Its so sad how complacent our neighbors have become. They complain to each other but won't take any action, not even to admonish kids and passers by on the blocks not to throw trash on the street where they live.

    That's why bs has been allowed to go on for so long, because no-one ever says anything, and are not willing to hold those who are supposed be in charge responsible for doing their job.

    I got plenty of things to do all day, but I always got time to report an issue to CPD and the alderman. I just wish my neighbors felt the same way. I pay taxes where I live, and refuse to let those who don't dictate where I'm able to comfortably go.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I learned a long time ago to go to the Mayor, the Commissioner responsible, the Inspector General, the Civilian Review Board, the Police Board to get things done. There is also Procurement, The Finance Department, Chief of Staff.

    The biggest mistake a ward person can make is going back to...

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    I learned a long time ago to go to the Mayor, the Commissioner responsible, the Inspector General, the Civilian Review Board, the Police Board to get things done. There is also Procurement, The Finance Department, Chief of Staff.

    The biggest mistake a ward person can make is going back to the same people who do NOT provide the service month after month, year after year, decade after decade, ...until 4 decades pass.

    There is so much waste in City government and City Hall lets employees and vendors get away with it!!! That is why we are as bankrupt as Detroit and Gary, Indiana...

    What most likely will happen is Pensions will get cut like in Detroit. Many city vendors will not be paid. Once the slate is clear then if the same party is in control; they will do it all over again.

    When will Chicagoans learn the DEMOCRATIC PROCESS requires changing partie when things are bad. We are supposed to swing from party to party until one gets it right.

    Oh boy...what will Rauner do?

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Dec 09

Paper towels in toilets-

http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20130923/wipes-paper-towels-among-items-clogging-sewers

For those who don't know...putting certain items in the toilet can cause sewer problems in your house, your building sewer and the city sewers.

It is a disgusting problem if it happens. ALL water will not drain from your building and it backs up in toilets, sinks, tubs...all that RAW sewerage backing up is a HUGE problem.

The fix is thousands if the sewer is broken and the pipe has to be dug up.

Had it happen to me...

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http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20130923/wipes-paper-towels-among-items-clogging-sewers

For those who don't know...putting certain items in the toilet can cause sewer problems in your house, your building sewer and the city sewers.

It is a disgusting problem if it happens. ALL water will not drain from your building and it backs up in toilets, sinks, tubs...all that RAW sewerage backing up is a HUGE problem.

The fix is thousands if the sewer is broken and the pipe has to be dug up.

Had it happen to me once...all because a tenant refused to stop flushing paper towels down the toilet. We had to dig 15 feet into the ground. We had to remove 8 ft of gravel to dig the 15 feet down! It costs thousands to have the pipe repaired and that was 30 years ago.

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Dec 09

Gas under $2.50???

Just looked at Gasbuddy.com. Seems Costco in Melrose park has gas at $2.49. Check before you head that way in case there is some kind of glitch. AMAZING.

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Dec 07

Several shot in Chicago including boy, 9

That shooting happened on the 700 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood, said Greer.

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She was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 100 block of North Leclaire Avenue when two male attackers walked up, one with a gun in hand, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer.

The man was at a party in the 5900 block of South Elizabeth Street when he heard gunshots, Greer said.

The man was inside a residence near 72nd Street and Lowe Avenue when his girlfriend reportedly discharged a gun by accident, hitting him in the shoulder, Greer said.

About 8:20 p.m. Saturday, a 28-year-old man was shot while he was standing on a corner on the 6900 block of South Prairie Avenue in the city's Park Manor neighborhood.

Preliminary reports said someone emerged from an alley and fired shots at the man, striking him in his lower back. After being hit, the man ran to the 6500 block of South King Drive where the police were called to the scene, said Greer.

About 6:15 p.m. Saturday, a 52-year-old man was shot in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood, said Greer. That shooting happened on the 1500 block of East 66th Place.

The shooting happened about 11:35 a.m. in the 2200 block of West Adams Street, said Chicago police spokesman Jose Estrada said.

At 2:10 p.m. Saturday, a 19-year old man was shot in the left thigh in the 2500 block of West 63rd Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, police said.

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Updated Dec 06

Saving property from city demo

I am seeking to save two properties from the City of Chicago's Demo list. My problem is the city says that I would have to take ownership of the properties for them to work with me. So, I need help in locating several people that own these two properties:

Charles Rickette & Joseph Lasorella

Melissa L. Patton and Tamika Frazier

These owners have beautiful greystone properties that I would like to save. So, if they don't want the properties, I would very much appreciate if they would contact me. It is a shame that the city would destroy such beauty...

  • Mona1935 Born and Raised in Chicago

    Try contacting Preservation Chicago for Guidance, the Director of Advocacy is Erica, here is her email ericaruggiero@gmail.com. Also Landmarks Illinois also has a Advocacy Person who might be able to offer guidance. Good Luck!

  • Make sure you have the financial resources to rescue these properties. Some of these buildings are in really bad shape and require extensive work and money. If you don't bring them up to code you can get fined thousands of dollars. I would suggest going to the city of chicago...

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    Make sure you have the financial resources to rescue these properties. Some of these buildings are in really bad shape and require extensive work and money. If you don't bring them up to code you can get fined thousands of dollars. I would suggest going to the city of chicago building code violation website. It tells you the percentage a building is considered damaged. Anything more than 40% deterioration is a huge project and you will probably need at least 30K per floor to bring it up to code. A two flat will easily cost you 60 K to bring it up to code.

    If you have the time and resources, go for it, if not, walk away and save yourself a huge headache and court dates.

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Thanks for the info. I have not seen the inside of the properties, so I have no idea on how extensive the damages are. Your assessment is on the money about building code violations....This is why I was attempting to get that information from the city in advance, prior to...

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    Thanks for the info. I have not seen the inside of the properties, so I have no idea on how extensive the damages are. Your assessment is on the money about building code violations....This is why I was attempting to get that information from the city in advance, prior to going full force after the properties. Yet, with one property being built in 1800 and the other in 1910 , I can not just sit on the sidelines and let the city destroy these wonderful places. My max I could spend would be the $60k. However, my contractor would have to get inside and see the damages...we just can't get over that hump at this time.

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