24 hours ago

Updated 6 min ago

How should our city be organized, governmentally speaking?

Been thinking about this lately. What do people think of the idea of electing borough presidents like in NY? I am thinking maybe we would have 7 boroughs:

Downtown
West side
North side
Northwest side
South side
Far South side
Southwest side

Not saying there wouldn't also be representatives in a city council but I think this type of setup could serve us better in terms of someone taking into account the big picture of each borough.

For example, I...

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Been thinking about this lately. What do people think of the idea of electing borough presidents like in NY? I am thinking maybe we would have 7 boroughs:

Downtown
West side
North side
Northwest side
South side
Far South side
Southwest side

Not saying there wouldn't also be representatives in a city council but I think this type of setup could serve us better in terms of someone taking into account the big picture of each borough.

For example, I am thinking about the issue of the change in O'Hare flight paths and the impact it has had on the Northwest side wards. The aldermen in the affected wards represent smaller constituencies, a borough president who represented more people could have advocated more forcefully for the decisionmakers to consider that this change would make a large swath of the Northwest side housing stock less desirable and would affect housing values and quality of life. Just an example, I don't want this to be a discussion of that issue.

From Wikipedia:

"A borough president (informally BP, or beep in slang) is an elective office in each of the five boroughs of New York City. Borough Presidents currently have little real power within the New York City government. Instead they generally serve as ceremonial leaders who advocate for their boroughs on key issues.

Borough Presidents advise the Mayor, comment on all land-use items in their borough, advocate borough needs in the annual municipal budget process, appoint Community Boards, chair the Borough Boards, and serve as ex officio members of various boards and committees. They generally act as advocates of their boroughs at the mayoral agencies, the city council, the New York State government, public corporations and private businesses."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borough_president

Whatdya all think?

  • @debgleason

    IMO...It might be useful if reformers look at the ballot initiative as one starting point. Even though ballot initiatives are advisory. And obviously by looking at the three city wide mom-flag-apple pie initiatives on the most recent ballot (blocking the elected school board idea), a massive and organized effort...

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    @debgleason

    IMO...It might be useful if reformers look at the ballot initiative as one starting point. Even though ballot initiatives are advisory. And obviously by looking at the three city wide mom-flag-apple pie initiatives on the most recent ballot (blocking the elected school board idea), a massive and organized effort like the Teachers' Union effort would have to get up and do it. But it would still be merely advisory.

    More effective might be a multi action campaign to revise Chicago's political machinery. That is, many actions, even with most having limited potential for success, but all aimed at breaking open political responsiveness at the hyper local level.

    A first step is to find activities around which local activists might gather public awareness and support. The elected school board is one.

    Another could be at the State level to prohibit gerrymandering. Given the current legislature's composition even if every Hate Chicago vote came in, it would still fail. But could be another way to organize local awareness.

    Once the awareness is built and reform organizations have some structure, the next step is to look for something more realisticly likely to actually happen. Because the reform energy otherwise fizzles out. So next could be backing individual reform candidates in hyper local elections.

    Or change the sequence around.

  • deb, that is the old ward map in the link you listed. Go to the city's website to see the current ward map.

44 hours ago

Updated 9 min ago

Potential Fitness, Grocery, Starbuck's at 4901 W. Irving Park

Please join your neighbors for a community discussion of a proposed redevelopment of 4901 W. Irving Park. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm, in the Las Tablas banquet space at 4920 W. Irving Park.

The owners of the site are offering a plan to renovate the existing 50,000-square-foot building to accommodate several new businesses, and the theater on the second floor would be renovated for community and non-profit use.

So far, owners have a signed...

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Please join your neighbors for a community discussion of a proposed redevelopment of 4901 W. Irving Park. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm, in the Las Tablas banquet space at 4920 W. Irving Park.

The owners of the site are offering a plan to renovate the existing 50,000-square-foot building to accommodate several new businesses, and the theater on the second floor would be renovated for community and non-profit use.

So far, owners have a signed lease for a Retro Fitness at the site. Additionally, owners have letters of intent from and are working on finalized leases with Starbucks and Aldi's. There are also discussions with a Culvers franchisee.

The renovated building will also have 14,000 square feet of additional retail space and 12,000 square feet of office space which is being marketed for medical and non-profit uses.

In order to preserve the theater for community and non-profit use, the owners are requesting $2.5 million in TIF assistance. Additionally, the owners need a zoning change from RS-3 to B1-1 for the parking lot behind the building.

This proposed project falls into the mission of the Six Corners Master Plan. The plan is driven by input from residents, businesses, and land owners, and was adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in August 2013.

To learn more, ask questions, and join the discussion, please come to the community meeting. If you have any other questions, give my office a call at (773) 286-4545.

http://images.myngp.com/LinkTracker.aspx?crypt=IVi0ax2%2b6UBSinc%2fCPYaKTTyIyTyubgNLnMfJ%2fYg2htSJk96lV7Y8GafFKpVoU2O3VIRIRiyvLwOk8%2fwQLQ6XmPlyWdVpY6VVGlj2FJbwoct2SOCZzIhlS%2bZhC0FG1JATQZpLsPp1iJylHsE6r4BIUHQN0XQEuaL%2bz%2fE9guuNVXf%2b7yOddYj54YCpSdOLuN7KIBJAY0%2fvCfv1QFn0MgTYead7ja0pLoO

28 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

Deep dish pizza northwest side

Is there anywhere in the area to get good deep dish pizza. We have friends flying in with a long lay over at O'Hare who want to try some but not enough time in the schedule to risk heading downtown. Thanks for your suggestions.

2 days ago

Updated 12 min ago

6 Weeks To Go!

Ok Portage Park, Chuy or Rahm? You will you be voting for in April? Does Chicago elect its first Hispanic mayor, or does Rahm stay on track in his quest to be Hillary's running mate in 2016? Does Chicago elect one of it's own, or does Ravenswood Rahm get a second term? This is an important election, I hope we can get a better turnout. Think and decide people.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Chuy chuy chuy chuy better start knocking on some doors up here...

  • Thomas R Resident of Schorsch Village

    Hillary probably won't admit that her vote for war in Iraq was a mistake, because she does not regret it. For a Democrat, she is extremely hawkish. If she had been elected in 2008, we'd probably still be in Iraq with 8-10 Brigade Combat Teams conducting combat operations.

Feb 22

Updated 38 min ago

A good toilet

We are updating our bathroom and need suggestions of a good toilet to buy. Landloard won't do it but giving us a $200 budget to do it ourselves. So basically looking for one that works well and also not too expensive. I don't want to buy one that clogs all the time or needs to be flushed twice. Got one like that now!! Have any of you bought a new one that works well. Please let me know what it is. Thanks!

  • Stephanie, Mayfair Bike path rider, Northsider 44 years

    I used Home Depot last summer when I did a DIY bathroom improvement. I have a Delta, high tank. Narrow profile. Way under your budget. Did a lot of research. The HD on McCormick has a couple of plumbers working the aisle. They were very helpful. The right HD is worth it's weight in gold.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Go to lowes home desperate is a shifty store no good get with it people. Also by a kohler toilet they flush strong you will need it for food that you consume like mexican food when you have a heavy hot load..

4 days ago

Updated 44 min ago

Nicholas Sposato

It looks to me that you made it...I wish you all the best, Your team team worked hard for you! Now please take our ward where it needs to be....You really earned this one!!!

  • Spiro better check for bedbugs after his motel hijinx.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Haha you people should know better the spiro would never touch a dirty bottom feeding trashbag hoooooooooooo!!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 53 min ago

Now What

45th Ward

Rahm Emanuel: 47.9%

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia: 35.1%

Willie Wilson: 3.1%

Bob Fioretti: 5%

William "Dock" Walls: 0.9%

Turnout: 41.8%

According to DNAinfo but that means the vocal ABR folks here were certainly better represented here than at the polls.

And who knew but cops and their families apparently vote as well. So we have a battle that may actually be boiling down to cops and their sphere of influence wanting some political and economic clout in the neighborhood.

2 days ago

Updated 58 min ago

Organic Gardening

If you currently have an organic garden, or you would like to have an organic garden, I would like to offer my assistance. I can help you in creating an organic vegetable and/or herb garden or I can help you tend to a garden you already have. My name is Jose Bautista and my plan is to work in many gardens over the summer. No matter the type of urban farming you have/want: container plants, raised beds, or in-ground, I want to work in it all. If you might be interested please contact me and we can discuss this further. Have a good one.

16 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Stolen Packages from Front Porch

FYI, I'm over at Montrose and Austin and in the last 3 weeks I've had 2 packages stolen off of my porch from FEDEX.

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Six more weeks...

The illusive Chicago voter has poked out through its burrow and made it mark, calling for 6 more weeks of stuffed mailboxes and call bank calls.

47 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Election update: Michelle Baert endorses Garrido in 45th Ward aldermanic runoff

Baert finished third in the Feb. 24 aldermanic race in the 45th Ward. The runoff is a rematch of 2011: incumbent Alderman John Arena vs. police lieutenant John Garrido. Both candidates will be trying to identify Baert supporters in order to ask for their vote. Baert received about 1,700 votes.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/27/election-update-michelle-baert-endorses-garrido-in-45th-ward-aldermanic-runoff-race/

  • I was not impressed with yellow Rose the day I went. I really liked elly's make your own frittata. I think their prices are reaSonable. Especially Considering what you sPend at c hipotle or noodles with no service. I'll have to try shillah's

  • Every breakfast place is ten bucks a person. Has anyone been to Lucky Grill lately? Ingredients are more expensive these days, as is overhead.

4 hours ago

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7 hours ago

45 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

What does John Garrido say?

Copernicus Forum: JP parking structure

Question: Four years ago, there was a proposed 299 space parking garage with store fronts at Ainslie and Lipps next to the CTA Terminal. Currently, the 25,000 s.f parcel is a gravel parking lot. Does Jefferson Park business district need a multilevel parking structure either at this site or elsewhere?

Garrido: "Well, I think parking is important. I know that we like the idea that we want to make everything pedestrian friendly, and we want...

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Copernicus Forum: JP parking structure

Question: Four years ago, there was a proposed 299 space parking garage with store fronts at Ainslie and Lipps next to the CTA Terminal. Currently, the 25,000 s.f parcel is a gravel parking lot. Does Jefferson Park business district need a multilevel parking structure either at this site or elsewhere?

Garrido: "Well, I think parking is important. I know that we like the idea that we want to make everything pedestrian friendly, and we want to have everybody walk and ride their bikes. While that's important, that's good, the fact remains, people drive. But I think that with any project, if the developer wants to put up a parking garage like what he was taking about there. Then, the first thing that needs to happen when any job comes into my office is I need the plans and all the information on the project. It
will immediately, right from the very beginning, be put up on a website so that way everybody can see it and everybody can be involved in a discussion and understand and know what is going on. Then we would have a community meeting about it. For me it's gonna be all about community first. We need to have the community right in the process from the very beginning so we get that input,so we get that feedback,so a developer doesn't necessarily waste their time doing something that the community isn't going to accept. And then the community can have a voice in that process. Unfortunately, a lot of the process that we have now it doesn't seem to go that way."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: Does J
P need a parking structure?

What does John Garrido say?
Parking is important.
Discount people walking and people biking.
Pivot to canned answer about zoning process.
"For me it's gonna be all about community first."
Diminish the existing process.

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No.
Mission accomplished.

  • Jill♡,
    Where did you learn to fish? In the Clinton subway?
    Any comment on What does John Garrido say? Can you tease any meaning out of what he had to say above?
    I can't recall if you've yet received a please stay on topic admonition in your 6 days on EB.

  • Copernicus re Participatory Budgeting

    Question: Ald Arena has implemented a PB process in which a community vote helps decide how to spend the ward's $1.32M in discretionary funds. These funds are for infrastructure improvements such as side street resurfacing. Please give us your thoughts on this practice including whether the...

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    Copernicus re Participatory Budgeting

    Question: Ald Arena has implemented a PB process in which a community vote helps decide how to spend the ward's $1.32M in discretionary funds. These funds are for infrastructure improvements such as side street resurfacing. Please give us your thoughts on this practice including whether the PB process should continue in the ward.

    Garrido: "For PB, I've always been supporting it. I actually promoted it the last election. But, unfortunately, the way it's being implemented now has been an absolute failure. 500 people out of 50,000 residents is absolutely a failure. What I would do is, the way we have it now is, to determine the amount of money that's going to be spent on our streets, we put that to a vote. Well, unfortunately, people in GP don't know how streets are in IP and they don't know how the streets are in JP. So, what I would do is I would determine the amount that we're going to spend, maybe it's 50%, 60%, 70% maybe it's 100% that year depending on what we need to do. The money that is left over then, that amount would be put, forth, for the budget and that process then would be implemented. Because right now, if you don't get the Nadig newspaper or if you're not on the internet, you don't know about it. So I would get together with all of the community groups that includes the chambers, that includes the schools. You want to involve 14 and 15 yer olds to get in the process? I wouldn't let them vote but they could go door to door and hand out ballots so people know what's on the budget. So everybody can participate. I would have an inclusive PB."

    Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question?

    What does John Garrido say?
    I proposed PB first.
    I would communicate with more people.
    "I would determine the amount that we're going to spend..."

    Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
    Anybody have a clarity on this question? No.
    Mission accomplished.

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Congratulations to 38th Ward Alderman-Elect Nick Sposato

I would like to congratulate Alderman Nick Sposato on his Election Day victory yesterday. I would also like to congratulate all of the candidates for refraining from personal attacks in their campaign literature and in their comments during the two aldermanic forums.

Our city and our community are facing some unprecedented financial challenges over the next four years that will call for some very tough choices.

It has been my honor and privilege to represent my neighbors over the past four years and I look forward to working with our new Alderman to make his transition as smooth, seamless and successful as possible.

6 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Picked her up in a bar

Harry met Sandy at a nightclub one evening, and she finally invited him back to her apartment to spend the night. Her roommate was out of town, so this was the perfect opportunity.

The couple went back to her house, and after a few minutes the pair proceeded into Sandy's bedroom. When Harry walked through the door he immediately noticed all of these stuffed animals.

There were hundreds of them - stuffed toys on top of the wardrobe, stuffed toys...

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Harry met Sandy at a nightclub one evening, and she finally invited him back to her apartment to spend the night. Her roommate was out of town, so this was the perfect opportunity.

The couple went back to her house, and after a few minutes the pair proceeded into Sandy's bedroom. When Harry walked through the door he immediately noticed all of these stuffed animals.

There were hundreds of them - stuffed toys on top of the wardrobe, stuffed toys on the bookshelf and stuffed toys on the window sill. There were more on the floor, and of course, stuffed toys all over the bed.

They cleared off the bed, jumped in, and went at it. Later, after the sex, Harry turned to Sandy and asked, "Well ... How was I?"

Sandy replied, "Well, you can pick anything from the bottom shelf."

21 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

One way to get more police and fire into the district

The Village People are coming to the Portage Theater on Saturday June 20th:

http://www.theportagetheater.com/event/780585-village-people-chicago/

Fantasy Costume right across the street for all wardrobe malfunction needs.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Is St. Ferds open to the public ?

I'd like to try it, but don't want don't want more than dinner and a beer

  • I ordered drive thru fish and chips dinners last night. The fish was hot and good and the chocolate cake was wonderful. The fried dough needs powdered sugar but I think it might have been left off by mistake. Fries were ok. Take out was a little disorganized but the delivery people were very nice and doing their best. No marketing for the church other than the overall sense of community. Which is the best kind of marketing for a church, in my opinion.

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 9-year resident

    Wow, I'm going to have to get some of this cod and cake from St. Ferd's very soon!

Feb 13

Updated 20 hours ago

Two thumbs up for Amigo Chino

My husband and I just popped over to Amigo Chino on Lawrence for dinner and all I have to say is WOW! I was very impressed!

I ordered the Tampiquena dinner and it was ENORMOUS! I thought it would be filling for the $23 price tag, but I had no idea that it would be enough to feef 4 people. The platter came with a gigantic grilled skirt steak, beans, rice, guac, and a quesadilla. The steak was probably one...

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My husband and I just popped over to Amigo Chino on Lawrence for dinner and all I have to say is WOW! I was very impressed!

I ordered the Tampiquena dinner and it was ENORMOUS! I thought it would be filling for the $23 price tag, but I had no idea that it would be enough to feef 4 people. The platter came with a gigantic grilled skirt steak, beans, rice, guac, and a quesadilla. The steak was probably one of the best steaks I've had in Chicago. It was popping with flavor and so tender it practically fell apart. The rice and beans were delicious as well. I probably only finished about 1/8 of the dinner. The portions are that huge.

My husband got the taco dinner, and for $12, he thought it was a pretty good deal. He got 1 chicken, 1 steak, and 1 chorizo taco. He said they were all pretty good, and the flavor of the beans and rice was excellent.

I will 100% be going back and ordering that steak, but next time I'll being 2-3 friends to help me finish it!

Way to go, Amigo Chino! You ROCK!

Taqueria Amigo Chino
5959 W Lawrence Ave
773-853-0170

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    Bella V, try El Gordo on Belmont. In particular the Botana Mix for an appetizer. I think they have they best Mexican food on this side of the city :)

  • Pueblo Nuevo is good. Amigo Chino by the park was a decent late-night joint. They still have signs up claiming a return. I haven't tried the one Bella went to yet since it's just farther out for me and the aforementioned Pueblo Nuevo always calls my name.

47 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Tagging on my Garage

Got tagging all over my garage door and some on the siding today - Patterson Ave

Already called 311, emailed alderman, sent photos to 16th District CAPS

Anyone else get tagged with a similar color paint? Really hope they get caught one day...

Now to try to clean it off somehow in this cold weather.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Carlos that stinks!! It looks like insane deuces gang bangers they are a mixed gang whites and hispanics. They are probally claiming territory very wimpy thing to do get your neighbors involved!!!!!

  • Sorry this happened to you. That's a hell of a lot of graffiti. This truly infuriates me on commercial buildings but especially personal property. I wish for those idiots to get caught doing this to the wrong garage one day.

Feb 20

Updated 21 hours ago

Sposato Tactics Equate To Harassment

I have received so much mail from Sposato it's ridiculous. Mail pieces every day this week, 2 polls this week, a poll this morning and a robo call tonight. He should be the poster child for campaign finance reforms laws. If this man wins, it is a classic example of buying an office. I knew nothing about him when this election started and now I can't stand to hear his name. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way and I hope everyone will go to the polls and vote for someone else. PLEASE join me in an "anyone but Sposato" vote on Tuesday.

46 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

need endodentist recommendation on northwest side, or suburbs

need a specialist in root canal as one my regular dentist just completed doens't seem to have taken.......thanks......

42 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

$2.5 million in TIF assistance sought for Irving Park Road development

Retro Fitness, Aldi's and a drive-through Starbucks are being considered. Project would preserve two-story bank building, 4901 W. irving Park Road.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/28/fitness-center-grocery-store-coffeehouse-targeted-for-4900-block-of-irving-park-ald-arena-to-hold-march-11-meeting/

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    Culver's wouldn't compete with Leadbelly. Totally different level of burger joints. A Meatheads or Five Guys might compete but not Culver's. Truthfully, Culver's would be more of a "threat" to Dairy Queen than Leadbelly.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    The development on irving will look alot like village crossing in skokie on touhy avenue just without the theatre and dicks...

3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Redistricting 38th and 45th Wards

I live on the 5200 W. Dakin block and have always been part of the 38th Ward (Laramie is the boundary). When I went to vote yesterday, I was directed to the 45th ward polling place. Was the ward map recently redrawn? I was not prepared to vote for a 45th alderman.

  • Retired,

    "informed" is so subjective,
    it means one thing to a Fox viewer, and
    something entirely different to a sentient human being.

    Be a RESPONSIBLE Voter:

    Report problems or violations of election laws.
    Ensure your address is current on the voter registration list.
    Smile! Treat precinct workers with courtesy.
    Protect...

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    Retired,

    "informed" is so subjective,
    it means one thing to a Fox viewer, and
    something entirely different to a sentient human being.

    Be a RESPONSIBLE Voter:

    Report problems or violations of election laws.
    Ensure your address is current on the voter registration list.
    Smile! Treat precinct workers with courtesy.
    Protect the privacy of others.
    Obtain proper ID to verify your identity.
    Not sure? Ask!
    Study and know candidates and issues.
    Inspect your ballot for accuracy.
    Be on time, know your precinct's hours of operation.
    Learn how to use the voting equipment properly.
    Enjoy your voting experience!

    http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/voterrights.htm/view

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Tim cullerton you do make alot of sense thanks for explaining all of the issues and why certain decisions were made have fun in retirement!

3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

What's with the speed camera on Cicero just North of Lawrence?

Just after the bend, passed the overpass, is a speed camera. There is no park there, no school, and I believe there isn't even a crossing or sidewalk on the east side of the street. Not sure I understand why there's a camera there.

  • AnnabelleBlue Proud teacher & active mom who loves our hood :)

    39th: Spiro is a troll who's trying to get a laugh or response from us. Don't play along. I believe last time this was discussed it this camera was intended to protect people heading to or from the park that's around the corner (not visible from Lawrence). As far as speed limits, I noticed that Milwaukee south of Montrose is actually 25MPH. Maybe it's always been like that but I don't travel that route often.

  • Higgins at Jeff Pk has a 25mph limit

4 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Rham's Kid's Robbery now on Portal and you can draw shape in crash report

https://www.youtube.com/user/smartchicago/videos
I guess we will have to wait a day for the upload. When it is up just drag over until you see the guy in a suit. That will be our CDO. Tutns out the police internally flag things as confidential but the data that gets put on the portal is not confidential and there were about 178 crimes not posted because of that.

http://chicagocrashes.org/#zoom=16&lat=41.95342&lon=-87.74491

Feb 19

Updated 25 hours ago

Flying Low

This morning, and just now I noticed some commercial jets flying VERY low compared to what I saw over the past summer. Has there been a change in the flight patterns, or is there another reason for flying so low right now? This one shook my entire house.

5 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Stolen Dog ALERT

Please keep an eye out for this dog that was stolen at a gas station this morning: "Cloud aka Neven is a 16.5 lb golden retriever mix that was stolen from his owners car and loaded into a black minivan this morning as she was getting gas at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Cicero/Montrose in Chicago. 4401 North Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630"

Police have been notified.

http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=390490

This is not my dog, but sharing information.

  • Wow what a tale this is turning into. She does sound like a nut job. Those locations are very far apart. Hope someone fines that poor puppy.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its saturday going back to bed!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

How Close is Close?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150225/portage-park/far-northwest-side-voters-picked-rahm-but-helped-garcia-trigger-run-off

Seems to me anything greater than 45 percent is pretty close when your runoff oponent is far enough behind that if the other candidates backer lose interest then a win is in the offing.

Not sure if Rham heard that thunder clap or not or if he will just laugh at it thinking the four groups should have settled on one contender if they wanted the belt.

  • Garrido will be someone's prison wife soon.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Garrido got this race locked up if you know what I mean no pun intended thanks bimbo baert.....

28 hours ago

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29 hours ago

Now that you have dried off from the Polar Plunge

Warm up with coffee at the Portage Park Garden Club's first meeting of the year All gardeners welcome. Today at 9:30am at the Austin Irving Library, 6100 Irving Park Road. The speakers are from the Friends of Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse.

Jan 20

Updated 30 hours ago

Looking to Adopt a pup

Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2...

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Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2 cats and 4 chickens. The dog MUST get along with the other animals and be able to be in their presence unsupervised without threat.
-We are looking for a large breed with protective instincts.
-We are looking to spend no more than $300 for adoption fees.

If you've adopted, I'd love to hear what your experience was. Did you have a good experience? A negative experience? Why? Any HELPFUL comments are appreciated. All off topic comments will be ignored.

Thank you!

  • Ruta & Polonia Chlonia,

    Ruta - Forgot to mention the old water spray botle trick. Thanks for following through with that.

    PC - I realize that BA is only 20% isopropanol. In fact I indicate that the alcohol content was diluted with water, but you specifically said that you "might...

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    Ruta & Polonia Chlonia,

    Ruta - Forgot to mention the old water spray botle trick. Thanks for following through with that.

    PC - I realize that BA is only 20% isopropanol. In fact I indicate that the alcohol content was diluted with water, but you specifically said that you "might try some cinnamon thrown in some rubbing alcohol", and rubbing alcohol is commonly 70% or 91% and that is the reason for my cautionary response. A dog might just smell whatever biting deterrent concoction is employed and turn away, but there is no guarantee that it won't mouth it as well and that is where bitterness comes into play but not with a high alcohol percentage. I realize know that you can get ALUM in the herbs and spices section of a grocery store, although it is a mineral and there are herbs that are bitter principles from what I understand.

  • If you are just joining the discussion, the BA we were talking about is Grannick's Bitter Apple and how to use it correctly, described up above in my earlier posts.
    Yeah, I should have made that a separate paragraph, about the alum, JimmyMac. I did realize you would know where to get alum. Bella, too. Others might not. I haven't see a puppy taste it, I've seen them turn their head away.

Jan 27

Updated 31 hours ago

Downtown Jefferson Park

I cross posted this on the JPNA facebook site, but wanted input here. What would you like to see in downtown Jefferson Park? It could be anything - stores, restaurants, residential, parks, bike lanes, anything. Downtown is ill defined but for this purpose let's assume it centers around Milwaukee and Lawrence and extends east to the Kennedy Expressway, west to Central Avenue, north to the Metra bridge on Milwaukee and south to Wilson Park. Any ideas?

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  • It's different than NextDoor where you get to bully people, eh?

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Ken and spiro stand behind Garrido get with it people a Garrido takeover is coming your either with us or against us!!!!!!

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Power Home Remodeling Sales Rep

Sales rep came to the door and decided to bang on the front window to get my attention when the door bell didn't work. He had no sales collateral with him and was very rude when I said that I wasn't interested in a free estimate for window replacement. He was wearing a logo'd jacket for Power Home Remodeling.I just called the company to complain. Here's the number: 888.REMODEL (888.736.6335)

  • Loulu Me

    I find most people coming to the door to sell something are very aggressive (including the window banging). They are generally rude when you say you're not interested. I suspect most of them are scams and/or not of quality. In this day and age, this is not the way to do business.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heads up on those doorbell ringers and people banging on your door really rude..some people are storm chasers others are fake companies who take half of your money and never return for a job!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Midwestern Christian Academy Open House Today!

If you are interested in your student receiving a balanced traditional academic program with a Christian emphasis, come and check out Midwestern Christian Academy. There is an open house today from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We are located at 3465 N. Cicero Ave. Check out the classrooms, the teachers, current students and parents. Check us out on the web ahead of time at midwesternchristianacademy.org

44 hours ago

DunRite Services, Inc.

The agency I work for needed a plumber on am immediate basis. I checked the a Portage Park Chamber of Commerce directory and found DunRite Services. Within a one hour time frame a supervisor and 2 workers came out to assess the problem. As suspected the problem was greater than expected. DunRite Services had to come back the next day to complete the job. They are reliable and dependable and very clean. Unlike other plumbing services they didn't find other things that were wrong and try to cheat the agency. If you need plumbing services. .I highly recommend DunRite Services located at 4356 N. Mil Waukee Ave!

Jan 24

Updated 47 hours ago

Ald. Nicholas Sposato's Service Office From the 38th Ward to your kitchen table

What's wrong with the above account which commented twice today in a Portage Park thread. The above account was open in 2012 and up to May 2014 events held in Ald. Sposato's 36th Ward were occasionally posted. When did Ald Sposato take over the 38th Ward? Guess Sposato doesn't need to earn the support of the 38th Ward voters he just moves in. Hay Nick how bout showing 38th Ward voters and 38th Ald Cullerton a little respect?

  • Chow? Don't try to use foreign terms if you can't spell four-letter words.

  • Ken,

    Perhaps Suzi's is using the Asian spelling of the Italian word?

5 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Asbestos?

ok I've searched for asbestos on this site but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Last year we had the water department come out to see if they'd put in a water meter. They looked at the pipe and said - that looks like it might be asbestos, we're not doing anything until you get an asbestos abatement company out to tell you whether or not it is asbestos and if it is, have them remove. So while...

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ok I've searched for asbestos on this site but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Last year we had the water department come out to see if they'd put in a water meter. They looked at the pipe and said - that looks like it might be asbestos, we're not doing anything until you get an asbestos abatement company out to tell you whether or not it is asbestos and if it is, have them remove. So while I know this can be expensive, I'm wondering A. How expensive and B. How much would really have to be done? I mean, could we just do the one pipe and leave the rest or would we need to have them do it all? Not disturbing it is only an option if we never get a water meter installed and the water bill keeps getting higher and higher...any advice?

  • I just emailed you my contact info if you want to chat about it. Call anytime.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Asbestos lol its 2015 wow you peope must live in some real dumps!!!! Get with it

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • A 6% margin of victory, whether over one opponent or six opponents, is a large margin of victory. Sposato won. Get over yourself and move on.

  • Loulu Me

    Out of seven wards with six or more candidates, one of which was an incumbent, Sposato was one of only two incumbents who avoided a runoff. (Although he ran in a different ward, all the media considered him an incumbent.)

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Post election!

Well it's finally over, it's been both an honor and a privilege to run for public office, we have what I believe is a great neighborhood, I'm look forward helping our community in what ever way I can, once again,from the Hernandez family Thank you and God bless!

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