3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

  • It's supply and demand. If there is a large demand by business for space in Chicago, you have leverage to raise corporate taxes without damaging the economy.
    However, if you are in the situation we are in now, we are barely keeping them *in* Chicago.
    As taxpayers go, business are...

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    It's supply and demand. If there is a large demand by business for space in Chicago, you have leverage to raise corporate taxes without damaging the economy.
    However, if you are in the situation we are in now, we are barely keeping them *in* Chicago.
    As taxpayers go, business are a major source of revenue. If you raise taxes, but the business leaves you can be worse off financially.
    We are already in a tough negotiating position with jobs in this city.
    Without hiking taxes Garcia's plans are impossible. Even with hiking taxes they are improbable. When I was younger I bought into all that populist stuff, but it was always always always an empty behind the curtain.
    What happens is you get into office and start looking at the books and talking to the experts and everything changes. Rahm didn't lie about the 1000 cops. He wanted them, but when he looked at the real numbers he realized, yeah, thats not going to work.
    I'm not saying Garcia wouldn't do it either, Im saying he backing himself into a populist hole making promises to the very people the city is in negotiations with.
    I'm sorry, but if Garcia is elected, you will be sorely disappointed. That's how it works. There is a reason these "progressive" young students get so exited. They've not yet experienced being burned by false hopes which were impossible to begin with.
    Chuy has been in politics a looong time. He knows the issues. This "hes only been in it for a few months so give some time for his plan to develop" business is just smoke.
    He base is being energized by ideas that have no realistic plans.

  • Susan S. resident

    Without hiking taxes Rahm's plans are impossible. Even with hiking taxes they are improbable.

10 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Mayoral Runoff

Gov. Rauner says he will not be making an endorsement. W. Wilson says on election day he will be meeting with Garcia and expects to endorse him. Gov. Rauner meets with Wilson and asks him to endorse Rahm. Wilson says he is not sure who he will endorse. Hmmmm....what could be afoot?

  • I endorse Willie to seek a speaking coach prior to his next election run.

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

First Ward: Moreno / Run off or not?

He got over 50% but doesn't he need 51%? Anne Shaw had not conceded as of the last report I saw. Anyone have any more info?

http://elections.chicagotribune.com/results/

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150224/wicker-park/joe-moreno-wins-1st-ward-election

  • There may be political BS (see the Riotfest thread) but even with a job at walmart, working 30-40 hours a week, job-holders still need public assistance (i.e. "welfare" for housing, food, and utilities etc because it's not a living wage. meanwhile, my tax dollars go to give walmart tax breaks....

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    There may be political BS (see the Riotfest thread) but even with a job at walmart, working 30-40 hours a week, job-holders still need public assistance (i.e. "welfare" for housing, food, and utilities etc because it's not a living wage. meanwhile, my tax dollars go to give walmart tax breaks. walmart tends to drive out all small businesses around it in a about a 5 mile radius...dragging neighborhoods down further. if it wasn't owned by the richest guys in the world, paying out billions of (tax exempt) bonuses to their ceos, while paying on the floor workers a non-living wage, it would be easier to get behind them in terms of "any business is better than none" ....

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Loganparkcat, go talk to the residence who live around the Walmart on North Ave on the West side. You will be shocked about how they feel about their store after it was built! Starter jobs are not supposed to feed a family! How do you get people to have children...

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    Loganparkcat, go talk to the residence who live around the Walmart on North Ave on the West side. You will be shocked about how they feel about their store after it was built! Starter jobs are not supposed to feed a family! How do you get people to have children only after they can support them? Government is not the answer! I don't have the answer but raising the minimum wage and making everything cost more in Chicago is not the answer in my view. We must not screw with supply and demand to run our economy or why should we even work?

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Hey! Just moved. Nice to be here.

Just moved out from northern California. Never used this site before but figured I'd say hello.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

The snowy boulevards sure look beautiful...

So please, don't taint it - pick up your dog sh*t.

36 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Artsy Pub Crawl?

I'm looking to put together a pub crawl with an art theme, and I'm specifically looking for restaurants/bars that have local art for sale on the walls. We will be starting in Logan Square but will go anywhere in the city from there. I know Dunlays, Rocking Horse, and the Green Eye typically have art for sale, anyone know of some other good stops?

  • MaB

    Cause who doesn't love shopping when they're drunk! Great idea! Side note, Can't wait for some warmth so I can enjoy California nights shopping again...

  • The gallery cabaret always has art, and at the mutiny they have some ceiling tiles that bands have painted

30 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Car broken into while parked on Palmer Blvd

My car was broken into sometime between today and Wednesday night. No windows were broken so either it was jimmied or the door was unlocked. Everything from all the compartments was turned out onto the floor. Two CD cases of CDs were taken, all my change (about $3.00 in pennies) and car phone charger and ipod adapter. No huge losses. I expect it was someone walking down the street trying door handles. Perhaps the fact that the snow wasn't cleared off my car for a day made it look like I was away? It was parked right in front of my apartment, on Palmer Blvd near Sacramento.

  • Jeff Dog lover

    Karen,

    For what it is worth, I was sitting in my front window on Thurs morning, around 11a or so, and I saw a man walking down (in) the street. He wasn't really acting suspicious nor did he seem to look at every car; I just assumed he didn't want...

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    Karen,

    For what it is worth, I was sitting in my front window on Thurs morning, around 11a or so, and I saw a man walking down (in) the street. He wasn't really acting suspicious nor did he seem to look at every car; I just assumed he didn't want to deal with all the dirtbags that don't shovel snow.

    The weird thing is he disappeared right in front of your car- I assumed he just walked up my driveway and out of my sight; I went back to what I was doing. About 2 minutes later, he appeared again right next to your car, and then casually sulked off.

    He was about 6', bundled up pretty well so no description of face, ethnicity, etc, regretfully. He carried a gigantic walking stick, that almost looked like something out of a cartoon, like a magic staff.

    I guess I assumed he was tying his shoe or something, as I didn't hear breaking glass or even the car door close, nor did he run away... so maybe this wasn't your guy... regrets I didn't take a picture, but I guess he wasn't "off" enough to warrant police or other presence.

    Sorry, I'll be more paranoid next time. I hope to have front cameras up and running once the weather breaks a bit.

    Your neighbor,
    Jeff

  • Thanks Jeff, I don't think it could be avoided, though now I'll look for a person with a staff!

    I think the take away is to not leave things in my car. I remember now I had a plastic bag of trash and recycling on the passenger seat. Even if I know it's not worth anything, I need to make sure my car looks boring to someone who looks in.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Election

What does it say about a mayor who spends millions against a field of candidates who have never run for Mayor and he gets 1000 less votes than his 1st election and almost set a record for lowest turnout ever. Maybe if there was a candidate named Apathetic he/she would have won.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-comparing-emanuels-2011-election-to-2015-20150225-htmlstory.html

  • I believe that a lot of folks might have stayed home thinking a certain outcome was inevitable. That is the reason I would like to think explains the low turn out. I'm hoping people understand how important the Run Off is and get engaged in the process.

    There are also between 19-21 wards that will have an aldermanic run off so the face of the City Council has the potential to drastically shift. Personally, I find that prospect exciting.

  • Loulu Me

    It says a lot about him and a lot about the public. The amount of money he has, and has spent, is both obnoxious and offensive. I find the money from Hollywood particularly troublesome. I think those who don't live here should stay out of it. We are the ones to live with the results.

  • Marcelino Gerena New 31st Ward Resident

    Well, it appears that the B of E found enough votes for 33rd ward alderman to avoid a runoff. 2 to be exact. Keep that in mind you 2 voters who live in the 33rd and did not vote early or often and wanted a different alderman. The addage "each vote counts" holds true in this election.

4 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

The progressive alderman are doing quite well so far!!!

Great to see... Rahm gonna be in a run off? Could Deb Mell be forced in a run off? (lets go tim meegan!) and Colon losing HUGE to a 26 year old teacher.... exciting stuff!

Touche to scott waguespack and lets go Arena... love to see all that Super Pac $ wasted on crud fliers

Mell looks to be a long shot still....

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2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Dog Sitter Needed

Hello Neighbors. I live at Spaulding and Cortland. I have two male Chihuahuas and I am in desperate need of a sitter for March 16-20. My regular sitter, who is fantastic, and has sat my dogs for over 6 years, is unable to do so. Does anyone know of a responsible person whom can walk my dogs 3 times a day and feed them? The individual can stay in my apartment if need be.

Please call my cell phone: 312-852-8669
or email me: cztony@aol.com

I appreciate your neighborly help,

Tony Cz

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Residential Glass repair

Does anyone have a good recommendation of a local company recently used to repair interior window pane glass? Thanks!

  • M-nuff M-nuff

    We have used: All-American Glass Co @ 3309 W Irving Park - 773-262-6777. They replaced a double pane window in which the seal was broken and we had condensation between the glass panes. They offer a 5-yr warranty on the repair.

  • Thanks, was just looking for someone to do this.. :)

  • Me, too. They came out today and called back with an estimate.

28 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Yet ANOTHER shooting at Koncrete, formally known as Krush

One man shot another as they stood in the outdoor smoking area of what is now known as "Club Koncrete" at 1675 N. Elston in the Bucktown neighborhood.

The incident occurred last Sunday morning Feb 22 at approx 2am on the clubs property.

Almost 3 years ago one person was killed and another critically wounded in a shootout outside the club (read more here:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-3-shot-1-dead-on-south-and-northwest-sides-20120218-story.html

The proprietors of the club have been through many City investigations and have continually been given the green light to re-open by the City's Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

for more info see: https://www.facebook.com/KoncreteNights
or http://www.koncretenites.com/

attached image from their Facebook page depicts the club is "under new management"

  • Michael Bucktown Resident

    Yeah, Mr. Joe Lake is about as public and transparent as it gets. Much more so than a first name and last initial, Mr. G.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Sicko?

Jan 16

Updated 29 hours ago

Sterling Goss space?

Does anyone know if something is going in here? I noticed that the "For Lease" sign was down, but not sure if it just fell or was taken down...

  • Brian AB live in west btown

    I've heard rumors of a wrap sandwich place, but isn't that so 1996?

  • The sign was back up for awhile, but is now down again...?

29 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Coffee at Western and Armitage?

I've noticed that one of the storefronts on Western (right across from Margie's) seems to be some sort of coffee shop? I've seen people in there a few times, but there isn't any signage. Does anyone know what's going on there?

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Cell Phone Thieves!

Careful Bucktown / Wicker Park area!

A friend got her cellphone stolen

"i did that thing where women look behind them to make sure they're not being followed--twice. both times, there was no one behind me. as i was about to cross bloomingdale, some dude ran up behind me, yanked my cell phone out of my coat pocket, and hopped into a getaway car that was waiting for him on bloomingdale"

they're driving around in a light blue or silver acura coupe IL plate: E45 1644

  • What time of day did this happen?

  • George West Bucktown Resident

    Given you have the license plate I hope your friend made a police report. If so, I live in the building on that corner and our landlord has security cameras filming down both streets. I'm not sure how long they keep them. Doesn't make me feel too safe that they are hiding out right around the corner of our building!

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Apartments available?

Anyone know of any apartments available that accept dogs?

  • Hi ! I am a licensed Broker plus I live in Logan Square. I have access to avilable units that are dog-friendly. Just send me an e-mail: countrybernie@earthlink.net . . . thanks - Bernie . . . 773.354.1066

  • Hi Bernie.. It won't let me email you, please email me. Lenhart.becky13@gmail.com

4 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Structural analysis of our home

Any ideas for someone to come analyze the structure of our home? Recently we have a few cracks along some kitchen wall seems and a few hardwood floor slats that seem to be slightly separating.

  • Thank you everone. This is super helpful.

  • Another vote for Clark Baurer. Our condo association worked with him, and were very pleased. He also lives in the neighborhood himself, so you would be supporting one of your neighbors.

37 hours ago

Lost Glasses

I think I may have lost my glasses somewhere near the intersection of Sawyer and Wrightwood.They're a pair of dark brown Rayban glasses that have a hint of blue on the inner frame. I'm worried they may have fallen into the snow or dropped while I was walking. If you happen to see them, please let me know!

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Great Deal for Swim Classes

Hi all! I got a great deal at the British Swim School and i wanted to share the savings! $99 for 6 weeks of classes (1 class per week). It is usually $25 per class, cant beat it! Let them know i (Jennifer Serrano) referred you so you can get the great deal. Gotta get ready for summer time dips with the little ones!!

www.britishswimschool.com

Feb 16

Updated 2 days ago

Violent Parking lot scam in Logan square. Elston and Logan blvd.

This afternoon I was approached by two men in their late 20s that seemed a bit sketchy in a black dodge minivan that said they wanted to fix a dent that was in my car. I was in my car and they were in theirs. I said no thank you and they persisted to hound me saying they would and could do it right now, on the spot if I just gave them 20 dollars. At this point they were...

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This afternoon I was approached by two men in their late 20s that seemed a bit sketchy in a black dodge minivan that said they wanted to fix a dent that was in my car. I was in my car and they were in theirs. I said no thank you and they persisted to hound me saying they would and could do it right now, on the spot if I just gave them 20 dollars. At this point they were harassing me and seemed mad that I wouldnt pay 20$ to have a dent fixed. They were both very persistent and aggressive in nature. I decided to take a photo of them after they pulled away to give details on the plate to 311. At this point they reversed and rammed their car into mine hard and got out of their car. I honked and made a scene and they got back into the car and drove off. I feel like they were probably trying to rob me or steal my car. I went to the police station and they couldn't do anything since there was minimal damage to my car and I wasn't hurt, physically. The license plate was an expired temporary plate registered to a woman from the suburbs. I just want people to be aware of these guys. They seemed hard up,irrational and violent. It seemed like they had this scam down and it wasn't their first attempt. I'm glad people were around and it didn't escalate into anything worse. It was definitely a scary situation.

  • I understand not chasing the thief but the security guard could have at least assisted the lady -- see if she was hurt, take her inside, help her call the real police -- they should be trained to not just stand there and look puzzled.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Alley P nailed it.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Breaking the habit

A thank you to the majority of my neighbors on giving up on the parking dibs. For the remaining last few neighbs, we hope to win you over hopefully by next winter. :)

  • Chicago Al Lifelong Chicagoan, documentarian, & time-traveler

    I woke up to my neighbor shoveling the whole side of our street! That's how it should be. Non of this me first selfishness. Thanks for being a great neighbor Dave on richmond!

Feb 11

Updated 2 days ago

  • Dave- Scott is anti-status quo in that he refuses to vote along with Rahm's left-wing lackeys on the city council, so you two should really be kindred spirits!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    In 2007, Scott Waguespack defeated formen Ald. Ted Matlak (appointed as alderman in 1998) by 121 votes. The Ted Matlak-Terry Gabinski-Dan Rostenkowski-Joe Rodtenkowski regime had run the 32nd Ward for nearly one hundred years. That's status quo.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Catalytic Converter stolen last night - 2500 N Lawndale

Just a heads up. I'm planning on buying a new one and finding someone to weld it on. Any suggestions?

  • Happened to me..won't stop until the law 'they' talk about: must have the whole car, etc..or they 'get on' the places that buy them...enough already!!

  • I installed a Catclamp after mine was stolen in the fall and so far so good.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Come say hi

Hi Everyone:
We’ve been longtime residents in the neighborhood, and we have just opened a unique community workshop space called The Laboratory. We will have children’s classes combining science+arts with classes making bath bombs, perfumes, designing their own robots, and learning science with a FROZEN-theme.
We will also have adult DIY workshops taught by local artisans and makers.
This article explains it best: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/wicker-park/make-potions-bake-dog-biscuits-at-laboratory-science-center
We are just teachers and everyday people who decided to try something we’d always dreamed about....

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Hi Everyone:
We’ve been longtime residents in the neighborhood, and we have just opened a unique community workshop space called The Laboratory. We will have children’s classes combining science+arts with classes making bath bombs, perfumes, designing their own robots, and learning science with a FROZEN-theme.
We will also have adult DIY workshops taught by local artisans and makers.
This article explains it best: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/wicker-park/make-potions-bake-dog-biscuits-at-laboratory-science-center
We are just teachers and everyday people who decided to try something we’d always dreamed about. We would love any help sharing our space and getting the word out.
Our website is here: http://www.thelaboratorychi.org and we keep our Facebook updated with class additions and news.
We are currently taking registration for upcoming student classes, and we are having an Open House this Sunday from 11-2.
We are really excited to start this, and we would love to meet you at our Open House!

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

1411/1412 Beat Meeting on Feb. 26

The beat meeting for 1411/1412, which had been postponed due to snow, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7pm. Beat meetings are held at St. Nicolai Church, 3000 N. Kedzie Ave.

In addition to the usual information about crime statistics, police alerts, significant arrests and neighborhood occurrences, this meeting will also feature a information on bicycle theft prevention.
With Spring approaching (allegedly), people will be using their bikes more often. With more bikes out, the number of bicycle thefts increases in spring/summer. Get some tips from CPD members who are also cyclists on protecting your bike from theft.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    Due to time constraints, the bike theft tips will be at April's meeting. Still worth attending!

Dec 30

Updated 3 days ago

How nutty is this Elise Doody-Jones???

So I've been getting 32nd Ward Aldermanic candidate Elise Doody-Jones' newsletters and this current one is a real whopper!

She states: "I am committed to bringing back vital services to the people of the 32nd Ward, and I look forward to working hard in the year ahead. With your help and support I know we can bring back the representation this community deserves."

After reading a previous post that she lives in the 1st ward AND worked for that Alderman...

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So I've been getting 32nd Ward Aldermanic candidate Elise Doody-Jones' newsletters and this current one is a real whopper!

She states: "I am committed to bringing back vital services to the people of the 32nd Ward, and I look forward to working hard in the year ahead. With your help and support I know we can bring back the representation this community deserves."

After reading a previous post that she lives in the 1st ward AND worked for that Alderman recently- I finally determined that she screwed up her paperwork and meant to file to run in the 1st ward !

As everyone knows- vital services & representation are sorely lacking in the 1st ward.
I welcome her efforts to replace Joe Moreno and finally clean up the garbage and filth around her community.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Election Results

For those interested in today's election, here is where you can find the results.
http://www.chicagoelections.com/race_results.php?id=358

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for ESL Teachers!

The Urban Vineyard ESL program is looking for some volunteer teachers! Do you have experience teaching English as a Second Language--or would you like some? We offer a free ESL program and our intention is to not only provide a knowledge of English, but to increase the competence, confidence and capabilities of our students through community and care.

Classes are Tuesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-noon.

If you or anyone you know would like to help, contact esluv@urbanvineyard.org.

And if you know of anyone who would like to learn, or increase their knowledge of English as a second language, let them know!

  • AMG

    It's a great program everyone. I volunteer in the conversation group on Thursday nights, where our students are able to practice and talk to one another in a casual environment. If you have the time to give, please consider it!

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Feb 21

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for a nice, new pad in a hurry!

Looking for an affordable (under $1,000) apartment in Logan or Humboldt for myself, my boyfriend, and baby. Need a new place by March 1st.
Thank you!!

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