17 hours ago

Updated 5 min ago

City tree trimming

Has anyone in the neighborhood actually had success getting the city to come out to trim their trees? Service was requested for the tree in front of our house on May 24, 2013. I called the city for an update, and all they could tell me was call your alderman. I called the 38th Ward, and the office said there was nothing they could do, and that we might be waiting for another year.

I'm about to take a hacksaw...

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Has anyone in the neighborhood actually had success getting the city to come out to trim their trees? Service was requested for the tree in front of our house on May 24, 2013. I called the city for an update, and all they could tell me was call your alderman. I called the 38th Ward, and the office said there was nothing they could do, and that we might be waiting for another year.

I'm about to take a hacksaw to the low branches, it's starting to block the sidewalk and I feel bad for my neighbors getting smacked in the head... I've seen some threads with private tree trimming recommendations, but since this is the city's responsibility, it seems silly (and expensive) to do it myself.

Thanks for any input!

  • @Tim...stick with the Filly. Although that suggests horsing around.

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    I contacted the city by email to trim my 25 year old maple on the parkway. couple weeks later, I came home and the tree had been cut down and removed. a couple days later, the stump was removed.
    I am upset. I had that tree planted when I bought my house, it provided much needed shade, and it was so beautiful in the fall.

22 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

Freedom of information

Mr. Alderman, would you be willing to make a freedom of information act request to the city of Chicago? They insist on having to spray chemicals to combat bugs but won't tell us what the chemical is. We have the right to know what we are inhaling. I could make the request but being an individual they most likely would ignore my request. Coming from an Alderman might make it happen though.

  • Jefferson Park Enthusiast Liberté, égalité... communauté!

    Alderman Cullerton, we are going to miss you. I don't know if your successor will be able to match you in community responsiveness or demeanor. You are a blessing to the community (even if you don't vote progressive ;)).

  • Thanks J.P.E. (and some of my best friends are Progressives)!

17 hours ago

Updated 37 min ago

Parent recommended Daycare: Portage Park, Old Irving Park, Mayfair,

Our fantastic daycare provider, Mercedes Hanks, will have 5 openings starting next month. She is licensed and works out of her home. Our son is leaving for pre school and I can't rave enough about her. Our son has learned so much from her and our daughter is now in her care as well. Mercedes is so patient and gentle with the children, while somehow still getting them to all follow her directions. Our son loves her and Maki (her...

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Our fantastic daycare provider, Mercedes Hanks, will have 5 openings starting next month. She is licensed and works out of her home. Our son is leaving for pre school and I can't rave enough about her. Our son has learned so much from her and our daughter is now in her care as well. Mercedes is so patient and gentle with the children, while somehow still getting them to all follow her directions. Our son loves her and Maki (her sister and helper) so much that he wanted them at his birthday party. Lunch is always homemade, hot and nutritious. We live in Portage Park and the drive is only 10 minutes away. Her number is 773-736-8930. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me here for references

16 hours ago

Updated 48 min ago

thetruthaboutjohnarena.com?

I was told by a neighbor to check out this site because I was talking about the upcoming election (I'm a first time voter) and how things have gotten so much better around here since the Levar-era. She said she would not support Arena but was going to narrow it down to two other candidates (honestly I don't know the name and am pretty clueless politically). She went on a rant about all kinds of stuff and pointed me to...

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I was told by a neighbor to check out this site because I was talking about the upcoming election (I'm a first time voter) and how things have gotten so much better around here since the Levar-era. She said she would not support Arena but was going to narrow it down to two other candidates (honestly I don't know the name and am pretty clueless politically). She went on a rant about all kinds of stuff and pointed me to the website thetruthaboutjohnarena in my post. So I checked it out and just wondering if anyone else has. I took it to be people who don't like Arena making up a bunch of stuff but I also wouldn't know whether or any of it is true or not. I hope not! I did see in the FAQ's they say they stand by everything on the website so they're not worried about being sued. Regardless, my hope is that it's all nonsense but does anyone know if any of the stuff on there is true?

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

O'Hare Must Be A Good Neighbor

I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O'Hare Modernization Plan.

The O'Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. It appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact...

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I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O'Hare Modernization Plan.

The O'Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. It appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact of the plan. Additionally, none of the public meetings were located in areas impacted by the changes.

Despite this, the FAA Administrator has the audacity to call the process "one of the most comprehensive" ever conducted. I could not disagree more. Any process that seems designed to shut out public input is not legitimate.

I will continue to support the efforts of U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth, and Jan Schakowsky to bring about new FAA hearings into the our aircraft noise issues and the modernization plan.

In the mean time, I attend every O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) meeting and support the commission working toward solutions such as an expansion of the 'fly quiet' program by the Chicago Department of Aviation, more noise monitors on the far Northwest Side, and the inclusion of more residential homes in the O'Hare noise abatement program.

I will continue to strongly advocate for those solutions.

The ONCC monitors and tracks complaints made by residents within communities impacted by the airport and air traffic overhead. I encourage you to log your aircraft noise complaints through the city's website.

https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=csrform&restrict_loc=Y&invSRType=AVN

The complaints will be used for future discussions with the ONCC, FAA, and Chicago Department of Aviation. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have further questions regarding this issue.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    @Inactive User - That would be cool if that were indeed the case. At the end of the day, the best way to think about all of these measures, save one, is that they do not provide a solution to the massive increase in planes, sound and pollution. Those items...

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    @Inactive User - That would be cool if that were indeed the case. At the end of the day, the best way to think about all of these measures, save one, is that they do not provide a solution to the massive increase in planes, sound and pollution. Those items being noise monitors, sound proofing and a change in the DNL (lower than 65). All of these are important but only an equitable distribution of flight paths and Fly Quiet (much less so) will actually reduce the planes and hence the noise and pollution levels.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    By the way, folks who want to learn more about the FAiR Coalition can listen to our appearance on CBS radio's "At Issue" show. Go to www.fairchicago.org and click on the link. I invite all citizens to be part of the largest civic movement I've seen in 20+ years of improving our neighborhoods on the NW side. FAiR is the leading voice of both city and suburban residents impacted by the October 2013 changes made at O'Hare. Join us! Www.Fairchicago.org

Sep 05

Updated 2 hours ago

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant - YUM!

The hubby and I decided to check out this new addition to the neighborhood tonight. We were there around 8:00 p.m. and there were 2 other couples eating in. We were greeted at the door and told to sit wherever we liked. There was plenty of seating, so we grabbed one of the 4 tops.

The menu was very simple. It's just a paper menu (not sure if this will change in the future) and had the basics covered -...

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The hubby and I decided to check out this new addition to the neighborhood tonight. We were there around 8:00 p.m. and there were 2 other couples eating in. We were greeted at the door and told to sit wherever we liked. There was plenty of seating, so we grabbed one of the 4 tops.

The menu was very simple. It's just a paper menu (not sure if this will change in the future) and had the basics covered - tacos, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, carne asada, enchiladas, and a few other items.

The waiter, George, introduced himself and brought us some chips with red and green salsas. They were both terrific. In fact, I could have eaten the green salsa with a spoon. Fresh, obviously homemade, not overly spicy, but just perfect.

I had the carne asada dinner and the hubby had the 2 taco dinner. Each came with rice and beans, and each was $4.99 (what a steal!).

It only took about 10 minutes for our order to come out, and everything was piping hot. My carne asada was super tender, and cooked to perfection. Mexican places sometimes have a habit of overcooking, but not tonight!

I tried both of the tacos the hubs had. One was steak, and it was terrific, but I was more surprised by the chorizo taco he had. I don't usually like chorizo because it's so greasy, but this one wasn't at all. It was actually really delicious.

The rice and beans were great, and we both (surprisingly) polished off our plates.

At the end of the meal, our total with a Coke and 2 full dinners plus tax came to just over $12. WHAT?! I've spent more than that at a fast food place!

To sum it up, I'll be back. I'll probably be back a lot. George was very nice, and asked us to please spread the word, so I'll be posting this review on Yelp as well. I was 100% satisfied (which, if you know me, you know isn't easy to accomplish).

I hope that you, as neighbors, will give this place a chance. They obviously worked hard to make this restaurant work, and they deserve a shot.

  • @Jason, my steak was fine, but could have used more seasoning, is that what your referring to?

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    @Dennis, he has other things to worry/think about, so I'm positive that he doesn't lose any sleep about my reference.

4 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Found Dog on 9/3/14

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on EveryBlock. I'm hoping to find the owner of a dog that was found on 9/3/14 by Belmont and Long in the Belmont Cragin area. It is a male German Shepard who is not neutered. If you or anyone else you know may have lost their German Shepard, please contact me. I hope to reunite him with his family! We have housed him for the past week and may not be able to keep him much longer. I'm not sure if we will turn him into Animal Care & Control, I honestly want to avoid doing that. Any leads will be helpful! Thanks in advance!

  • Sue Old Irving Resident

    What I meant was, if you bring a dog you have found to paws (and anti cruelty for that matter), they bring it straight over to animal care and control.

  • Mike M Life long city resident

    A women posted some signs in Chopin Park this afternoon. The flier says they are looking for a German Shepard!! Hope fully this can be #6..

21 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

St. Pascal Church Celebrates 100th Anniversay!

Congratulations to Pastor, Fr. Paul Seaman and the Parishioners of St. Pascal Church on their 100th Anniversay! Thank you for inviting me to participate in the celebration!

Watch Fr. Paul make the saxophone sing at the Gala Dinner!

http://youtu.be/86qBEYB1j4k

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    He can't write worth a lick. But I wish him well.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Guess Janet Baker likes his wordiness. And no, Jan, I do not intend to edit his missive for you. Did enough of that in my former life. I find Russ extremely boring. I happen to have been a poly sci major in college as an undergrad. Topic excites me, but his writing puts me to sleep. Enjoy his commentary.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Cha Ching

Here are some more photos

  • It smells like winning the Kentucky Derby. A friend of mine says those roses don't actually smell. But we can dream.

  • I just googled the image and WOW the color is gorgeous. Makes me miss my rose Koko Loco. She didn't make it last winter. She was a strange and beautiful purplish brown. I want another one :)

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Peoples Gas work (photo)

Does any one have ANY idea when Peoples Gas will be wrapping things up? I've had a HUGE 5 ft deep hole in front of my house for about two months now! It's covered with broken, wet plywood (see photo). I'm just hoping no one gets hurt and that they can move on so our neighborhood can get back to normal. Kids at the nearby childcare center go on daily walks past this eyesore. 4700 block of Berenice

  • Chicago Carol retired

    When the gas company came to our house, it was explained that the new meters were needed because the pressure in the pipes was going to be changed. When does that happen? If the new lines are in, I'm referring to the ones on Major that took forever, then what's going to happen all winter with the higher pressure and no new meter?

  • Mary on Patterson Mary's Beat 1633

    By reading all the comments about the work by Peoples Gas, I DREAD the thought of the work when it begins on my block. Broken pipes, sewage, open holes, etc.etc. I had flood control put in two years ago and am now worried about that being messed with. I didn't spend thousands of dollars on the system to have it ruined by careless workers. Will the work continue through the winter?

45 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Lost a gift card in Mariano's lot- Sunday morning

This is a long shot but I've got my fingers crossed...
My husband went to Mariano's on Elston this morning at 10:00am and in addition to groceries, bought a $25 Toys R Us gift card. He loaded the car and when he got home, realized the little brown Hallmark bag with his receipts and the gift card were not there. We're thinking it slipped out of our bags into the cart or onto the ground.
If anyone found it, can you please contact me? We've already called Mariano's but it hasn't turned up.
Thank you!

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    I wonder if Mariano's keeps a record of gift cards, or if your credit card company could help--cancel it or something. Do you still have your store receipt?

  • Jen

    Unfortunately, the store receipt was in the same bag as the gift card.
    I think this one gets chalked up to being in a hurry and learning a lesson.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Yeah! Good attitude!

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Speed Cameras

I have been thinking about the issue of speed cameras, I think it's fair to say their only true purpose is to make money for the city, it's just another tax, I would prefer a Cop with a radar, A speed camera can't pullover a motorist, a Cop can, a speed camera can't search a car for weapons or drugs, a Cop can, A speed camera won't deter a criminal driving past it at 2AM in the morning a Cop can, a speed camera can't react to a crime in progress a Cop can, unfortunately our the political leadership in this city Knows the "cost of everything and the value of nothing" just a little Carmen sense!

23 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Freedom of information

Me Alderman, could you please file a freedom of information act request for what chemical the city sprayed in our neighborhood? They say it's safe but do not list what chemical and how much was sprayed. Or tell us how and I will do it. The city would be more likely to honor your request over mine.

Thanks

Sep 05

Updated 18 hours ago

Petition for Portage Park School

Please sign this Petition. We need community assistance to get on the list.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/404/430/574/unhealthy-working-conditions-cps-school/?taf_id=12650955&cid=fb_na#

  • Gary it sounds like you have a problem with the project as a whole, not the inclusion or exclusion of a particular school. That's not what this thread is about.

    I'm sorry you disagree with how the city spends "your money." If I were you, I would find the appropriate venue for such concerns.

    Good luck to PP and everyone who has dedicated time and energy into solving this problem. I don't want to waste anymore time on this thread.

  • I disagree with how the city spends "our money". That is what this thread is about, how the city spends "our money", including money that we do not have. You want to spend the money that we do not have on AC. You seem to believe that there is a magic pot of money available. Good luck.

Sep 08

Updated 22 hours ago

Penny Pinchers Closed

Another casualty on the corner of Central and Lawrence. Walked by tonight and saw the joint completely cleaned out. The place wasn't my bag but I'm sad to see another abandoned storefront. Did they lose their lease? Just not make it?

  • A sad event. They met a need. But apparently not profitably. As I understand it a local, multi generational family operation.

  • Keith Gale St. Baseball Guy

    They sold clothing when they first opened, then soon switched to just selling miscellaneous junk. I wish I'd gone back to see whether they changed their business model again, but the last time I went in they had nothing of interest.

Sep 26 2012

Updated 22 hours ago

LGBTQs Assemble! Or, at least, get together and introduce ourselves over drinks.

Apparently we're everywhere and we have no clue we're there. Calling LGBTQs of the Jefferson Park and Portage Park areas to gather for some introductions, drinks, and socialization. There has been lots of chatter about gathering to meet fellow "family" living on the NorthWest Side. We've had a couple smaller gatherings thus far, but maybe we can generate more interest this time around.

Thursday, October 11th
6:30p - whenever
Windsor Tavern
4530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 736-3400...

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Apparently we're everywhere and we have no clue we're there. Calling LGBTQs of the Jefferson Park and Portage Park areas to gather for some introductions, drinks, and socialization. There has been lots of chatter about gathering to meet fellow "family" living on the NorthWest Side. We've had a couple smaller gatherings thus far, but maybe we can generate more interest this time around.

Thursday, October 11th
6:30p - whenever
Windsor Tavern
4530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 736-3400

Join us, meet some new people, and worst case scenario find out what blocks to avoid because you found the stalker amongst us.

We'll let the bartender(s) know where we're gathered so No Gay is Left Behind.

See you all there!

Rolando

23 hours ago

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24 hours ago

Prussing Open House

Tuesday, September 16th
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Parent Meeting followed by the annual
NCLB Title 1 Open Parent Meeting

Meet your child’s teacher and view their classroom
after the parent meeting in the auditorium.

(ALL ROOMS WILL BE CLOSED TO 6:30)

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Looking for hairdresser

Does anyone know of a hairdresser that goes to your home? Someone that's really good with perms on very resistant hair and gives a good cut?

  • Margaret, the owner of XOX! Located at 4458 N. Milwaukee (at Sunnyside).

    http://www.xoxsalon.com

  • Oops, just read the part where you need the hairdresser to come to your home. I don't know if they can do that, but XOX is right in the neighborhood.

  • Carol Corston Jeff Park lifer

    Hi there. I actually go to homes and I do give perms also. You can call me at 773-545-9160. .Wednesday through Saturday.

39 hours ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Meeting!

Hello every one, I will be attending a meeting on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 7:30pm at the People's Gas Building 4839 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL the group that's conducting the meeting is The Portage Park Neighborhood Association, it’s a very good Organization, I will be introducing myself at the end of the meeting I hope you can attend, thank you Carmen Hernandez.

  • Hector Anaya Neighbor

    Hi. I want to go into politics myself and would like to get my feet wet. I would like to be able to help during the campaign. I couldn't find contact information like an email online so I went through EB. Let me know.

38 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Lost Dog In Portage Park

Have you Seen this dog? Please help find Pippa, she was lost on 9/12 around Portage Park. Call the number in the flyer with any information and please share this post! Thank you

Lost Dog - German Shepherd in CHICAGO, IL



Pet Name: Pippa (ID# 68472)
Gender: Female
Breed: German Shepherd
Color: Black
Color 2: Brown
Pet Size: Large (40-75lbs)
Pet Age: 4 years
Date Lost: 09/12/2014
Zip Code: 60630 (CHICAGO, IL)
See All Lost Dogs In CHICAGO, IL
http://www.lostmydoggie.com/details.cfm

  • There's a female German Shepherd who was brought in to Animal Care and Control. It does not appear to be Pippa, but hard to tell from the one photo above. I see others told the owners about it already, but still worth posting here in case it was missed:

    http://tinyurl.com/kjb8ywv

  • Mrs. L Mayfair resident for 20 + years

    Praying she comes home soon!

3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Found dog Menard/Irving Park

Last night (9/13) I saw two loose dogs on the run (not together, but at the same time) around Irving and Menard.

One was a German Shepherd, but she evaded me. I ran after her for quite a bit till I came across another dog, this one small and maybe a chihuahua mix. She seems older. Black and white, long-hair.

Approximate time: 9:45 p.m.

If anyone recognizes this little dog, contact me please. She is safe and sound right now,...

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Last night (9/13) I saw two loose dogs on the run (not together, but at the same time) around Irving and Menard.

One was a German Shepherd, but she evaded me. I ran after her for quite a bit till I came across another dog, this one small and maybe a chihuahua mix. She seems older. Black and white, long-hair.

Approximate time: 9:45 p.m.

If anyone recognizes this little dog, contact me please. She is safe and sound right now, lying in a blanket. We gave her a bath because she was full of mud and shivering from the rain.

As for the German Shepherd, I saw a post about her on Craigslist (link below). As far as I know the owners have not found her. Her name is Pippa. So please be on the look out for her as well.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/laf/4665669758.html

  • Ev

    Pippa is posted on everyblock and here is the families contact info if you see her, as she might come back your way to look for her little friend: http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/sep13-lost-dog-in-portage-park-6383818/ Lost! #Chicago #IL (Sunnyside & Linder) Pippa - Spayed Female German Shepherd. Call 310-403-1552 or 317-508-4227. Email abbesilverman@hotmail.com if seen or found. Shy-Timid Please do not call or chase - may cause Pippa to run in fear. 4 Yo , 70 Lbs. Brown & blacked. Microchipped,Wearing Collar. Cook County. 60630. Missing 09-12-2014.jj

  • The dog in the above photo has been reunited with her owner.

    My girlfriend and I could not keep her for more than Friday night into Saturday morning because we so-happened to be taking in a sick foster dog that morning. When we went to pick up our foster at...

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    The dog in the above photo has been reunited with her owner.

    My girlfriend and I could not keep her for more than Friday night into Saturday morning because we so-happened to be taking in a sick foster dog that morning. When we went to pick up our foster at the vet, we dropped the found dog off. The local rescue Bow Wow Revolution paid for the found dog to get a rabies vaccination and indefinite boarding until a foster situation could be figured out.

    Luckily, the owner of the dog contacted me Saturday afternoon and he was able to be reunited with his little companion. A happy ending to the story.

    I still worry about Pippa the German Shepherd and hope she finds her way back home. I of course am still keeping my eyes out for her when I walk my own dog. My hope is someone was able to find Pippa and just hasn't known where to look to find the owners.

    I also keep checking with Animal Care to make sure she didn't get dropped off over there on stray-hold.

    For example, there was this girl just brought in:

    http://tinyurl.com/kjb8ywv

    I'm not sure it's the same dog though.

Aug 16

Updated 43 hours ago

New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Milwaukee

Hi, everyone - does anyone have additional details about La Margarita, the restaurant set to open on the corner of Montrose and Milwaukee in the old Mrs. O'Leary's space? Really looking forward to it!

  • Bill the Engineer Maker. Fixer. Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    You're fine Candace...I hope your holiday weekend was as enjoyable as mine.
    And Thanks for setting the record straight regarding the new owner of this establishment. Some residents nearby to it will be pleased by that, especially if the new owner is a good neighbor to them.

  • Is it still BYOB? I cant find anything about it on Google

Jul 25

Updated 44 hours ago

Tree removal from backyard

We have a large tree in our backyard that we want to remove. We have talked with our neighbor (since the tree leans into his property) and he agrees it is time for the tree to go.
Can anyone recommend someone to take the tree out. It is about 2 stories tall and a full canopy (would love to remove it before the leaves fall for the autumn).

  • Final bill exactly what I was quoted. No problems at all...I do recommend, just be patient, they may take a day or 2 to get back to you.

  • Portage Parker Posey Proud Portage Park homeowner since 2006

    We've used Care of Trees as well to remove huge, bird-planted alder on the fence line. Recommend them highly.

46 hours ago

The Process!

Good Morning The process of running for Alderman is a lot of work as it should be, the people that I have been meeting have been so kind, it’s been a wonderful opportunity to listen and more importantly to learn want people want from their public officials. They’ve been telling that they feel like they have no voice in the way city government is conducted. Because of my background I have very good connection with working people, because I’m in the Military, I have a certain connection with the Veterans, because of my large family I understand the teachers and their concerns, and as the father two Chicago Police Officers, I understand what they facing on a daily basis.

47 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Speed cameras

I have been thinking about the issue speed cameras, I think it's fair to say their only true purpose is to make money for the city, it's just another tax, I would prefer a Cop a with radar, A speed camera can't pullover a motorist, a Cop can, a speed camera can't search a car for weapons or drugs, a Cop can, A speed camera won't deter a criminal driving past it at 2AM in the morning a Cop can, a speed camera can't react to a crime in progress a Cop can, unfortunately our the political leadership in this city Knows the "cost of everything and the value of nothing" just a little Carmen sense!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I wish you were running in the 50th!

  • Thank you!

  • I am not a fan of the speed camera's. I agree with you that they are all about increasing revenue. I also like the idea of an increased police officers in the neighborhood. My questions to you is if you got rid of the cameras and increased police presence how...

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    I am not a fan of the speed camera's. I agree with you that they are all about increasing revenue. I also like the idea of an increased police officers in the neighborhood. My questions to you is if you got rid of the cameras and increased police presence how would you propose to pay for the additional cost of the officers when you are losing a revenue source? How would you control cost in order to balance the budget? I think Chicago is endanger of driving people, businesses and tourist from our city due to over taxing and too many fees. Don't get me started on the parking meter debacle..

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Zone 1 Police Scanner

What has happened to District 16 and 17 feeds?

  • psmokeyz Smartphones ARE the zombie apocalypse

    "Status: Internet is back. Equipment will be moved and set up tomorrow or Saturday!"

2 days ago

Are You a Tech Savvy Girl, Grade 6th-9th?

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you K-12 Science, Tech, Math and Fun with USFirst.org via a post at http://chicago.everyblock.com/family/aug30-k-12-science-tech-and-math-team-fun-6353855/. We are pursuing this opportunity with much excitement.

Today,we came across an upcoming opportunity for 6th-9th grade girls & their parent(s)/supporter(s) at IIT. For details, click here at http://www.dg58.org/cms/lib02/IL01001925/Centricity/Domain/61/Tech%20Savvy%20Girls.pdf . We hope that some families can take advantage of this inexpensive ($5pp), educational and informative workshop about STEM learning, career and college financing. Registration is at http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/stem-education/tech-savvy/, just scroll down to the state of Illinois and click the corresponding "Register today!"

2 days ago

Aug 26

Updated 2 days ago

Petitions for Chicago elections

Today is the first day that candidates are allowed to circulate petitions for the upcoming municipal elections. Rules concerning petitions are outlined by the Chicago Board of Elections:

SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITION SHEETS
Signing petition sheets
 Each person signing the petition must personally sign the petition. No one may sign another person’s name or signature on the petition, including spouses or members of the family for another person. [10 ILCS 5/10- 4]
 The signer's residence address must be...

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Today is the first day that candidates are allowed to circulate petitions for the upcoming municipal elections. Rules concerning petitions are outlined by the Chicago Board of Elections:

SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITION SHEETS
Signing petition sheets
 Each person signing the petition must personally sign the petition. No one may sign another person’s name or signature on the petition, including spouses or members of the family for another person. [10 ILCS 5/10- 4]
 The signer's residence address must be written or printed opposite his or her name and shall include the street address, city and county, except that the City of Chicago and Cook County may be printed on the petition forms. [10 ILCS 5/10-4]
 Each petition signer must, at the time he or she signs the petition, be registered to vote at the address shown opposite his or her signature on the petition. If the petition is for Mayor, Clerk or Treasurer, such address must be within the city of Chicago. If the petition is for Alderman, such address must be within the ward in which the candidate is seeking election. [10 ILCS 5/3-1.2, 5/10-4]
 Petition signers may not sign more than one nominating petition for the same office. [10 ILCS 5/10-3] Circulating petition sheets
 No petition sheet shall be circulated more than 90 days preceding the last day provided by law for filing the petition; therefore, the first day that petition sheets may be circulated for the February 24, 2015 election is Tuesday, August 26, 2014. [10 ILCS 5/10-4]

Good luck to the declared candidates.

  • I've been a little confused about how the petition is suppose to look. Is there a template I can use or do I draft it up myself.I went downtown for help and they we're able to guide me. Can someone let me know??

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Plymouth Green - Do not do it yourself. Google election attorney and have them do it. Richard (Dick) Means is one of them.
    Note - I have no horses in the race, I am not running nor have I run. As a longtime community guy, I've learned a few things over the years...

Sep 03

Updated 2 days ago

Arlington Park Racetrack

Have any of you been out there this season?

  • LOL, Hot Butter ... it took me awhile.

  • Speaking of a pony in the seventh, I'm watching Keeneland Sales live coverage. A million here, a million there...pretty soon you're talking about money.

Sep 08

Updated 2 days ago

  • Andy x

    Actually, it -is- the law that slower vehicles stay to the right. And in the City of Chicago, stay in the bike lane. No sidewalks. Save some energy. Stop that arrogance of making cars crawl along at idle. Car motors waste more gas and pollute the air more running like...

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    Actually, it -is- the law that slower vehicles stay to the right. And in the City of Chicago, stay in the bike lane. No sidewalks. Save some energy. Stop that arrogance of making cars crawl along at idle. Car motors waste more gas and pollute the air more running like that.
    I won't be the wrong person at the wrong time. I've had enough dents in my car caused by bike riders who were -not- obeying the law. And I've dodged a few more who don't even try to slow down for stop signs. yeah - bike riders need to obey the law too.

  • Andy, I try to exercise vehicular cycling for safety reasons: I'm more visible, less likely to be hit (unless it's intentional), drivers are less likely to sideswipe me, and I stick to slower roads. I won't ride right next to parked cars, in case someone opens a door in my...

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    Andy, I try to exercise vehicular cycling for safety reasons: I'm more visible, less likely to be hit (unless it's intentional), drivers are less likely to sideswipe me, and I stick to slower roads. I won't ride right next to parked cars, in case someone opens a door in my way (this has happened to me before).

    The intersections where I am riding are approximately 300 feet apart. They all have stop signs. I can accelerate adequately to about 20 mph: the default speed limit is 30mph. I'm not a physics major but it seems safely overtaking a cyclist in those conditions means a driver would have to accelerate rapidly, brake the speed limit, and crush their brakes by the next stop sign. In addition, the municipal code of Chicago states that drivers must pass cyclists with at least 3 foot clearance: many side streets have people parked on the shoulder, which means they are only a little larger than a single lane road. There is not enough room on streets like Long for a driver to safely pass. See the following laws:

    9-52-010 a,b,c and d – Bicyclists must obey all of the rules of the road; penalty: $50-$200.
    9-4-025 a,b – Penalty for motorists who violate bicycle safety provisions: $150 to $500
    9-16-020 e – Drivers must yield to bicycles turning left
    9-16-020 f – Drivers must yield to bicycles when turning right
    9-36-010 e – Drivers must pass bicycles with at least 3 feet of clearance when passing
    9-40-160 – Drivers must exercise due care to avoid crashing with any bicyclist or pedestrian on the roadway
    9-80-035 – It is illegal to open a vehicle door into moving traffic, unless it is reasonably safe to do so and only long enough to load and unload passengers.
    9-120-060 – Traffic rules apply to bicyclists

    http://chicagocompletestreets.org/your-safety/enforcement-laws/

    http://cyclingsavvy.org/hows-my-driving/

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Progress on the much awaited Community Tavern - 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave.

New floor going in today and the some of the chandeliers are installed. Spread the word and help them get to 1k likes. Love your local!

They will be looking to fill some positions. Please email your resume to communitytavern@gmail.com for consideration.

2 days ago

You have 4 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

explosions?

What is with the explosions on a rainy cold night? Live near Austin and Wilson.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Someone on our block is lighting off fireworks. They only did a couple and were done with it, but I sure wish they'd knock it off. I'm right down the street from you, Denise.

  • I live right there too. They were fireworks.

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    PROPOSED ADDITION TO EXISTING ONE STORY BUILDING & INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO CONVERT 1 EXISTING TENANT SPACE TO 4 MERCANTILE TENANT SPACES WITH NEW TRASH ENCLOSURE & WROUGHT IRON FENCE PER PLANS **CERTIFIED PLANS CORRECTIONS: CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS **

    5501 W. Montrose Ave. Issued September 9, 2014
  • Resident - 38th Ward 30 year 38th Ward resident

    No more Qwik Mart? What 4 tenants would fit in this space? (And we lose another public telephone space ...)

  • It's not the Qwik Mart, 5501 would be the empty building on the SW corner. Don't know how 4 tenants would fit in that building, even with an addition.

  • Resident - 38th Ward 30 year 38th Ward resident

    Thanks - I misread the address. The fencing mentioned would be in back then to
    "save" the parking space ...

Sep 07

Updated 3 days ago

Garden Tomatoes

Now that they are ripe, which ones did your grown that taste the best?

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Perhaps a butternut squash and sage ravioli in cream sauce, acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, sage, and cheese, or even as part of an unconventional vichyssoise? You can also use it in teas if you enjoy them. I'm forever mixing up my own tea concoctions from whatever is in my garden 😊

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    @LadyLord--I was kidding, but after I read your comment, I googled it and got about a million hits, the first of which I'll put below (but others below looked classier!!):

    http://www.ehow.com/how_8349853_ferment-herbs.html

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone missing a chicken?

A chicken has been hanging around our house for the last 24 hours. If you are missing a chicken, message me with a description of the chicken you are missing. He's sleeping on our front porch right now...and I'm going to be real honest, I have no idea what to do with a sleeping chicken.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    @Polonia, not positive, but we think welsummer.

  • I'm glad the chicken wandered into the right yard. My brother and sister in law keep hens, and I know they'd be devastated to lose one. I hope its owner shows up, but I'm glad it has a safe place in the meantime. I hope you'll update us if you hear anything else.

    I believe chickens do best in groups, anyway, so it's probably for the best that you didn't keep her. She'll be happier with chickenfriends.

3 days ago

Thank you for visiting St. Pascal's Open House

It was great to see so many new families visiting us and taking a tour of our fabulous school. If you were unable to attend, please take a tour any school day to see our wonderful teachers and students in action.

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