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39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

2 days ago

January 27, 1973: 42nd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords and Cease Fire in the Vietnam War

Received this today from a fellow member of the American Legion. An important reminder for each of us not to forget the service and sacrifice of so many...

On January 27, 1973 (42 years ago today) the Paris Peace Accords were signed declaring a cease-fire in Vietnam. The U.S. government, South Vietnam and North Vietnam governments pledged to "respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam."

The U.S. further agreed to continue withdrawing troops, which resulted in a complete removal of soldiers by March 29, 1973.

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39th Ward Alderman Forum

Many thanks to the IWCA for hosting last week's 39th ward Aldermanic candidate forum. Joe L., Ald. Laurino and I were all present and answered preselected questions in addition to taking questions from the audience.

If you missed the forum, my office live tweeted it: https://twitter.com/RobertFor39

There's another forum coming up on Feb. 4 at the 17th Police District Station: https://www.facebook.com/events/991949754151865 Questions for that forum can be submitted by Jan. 31 to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for review.

If you were able to attend last week, I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are able to attend on Feb. 4, I look forward to meeting you!

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Jan 20

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EveryBlock Blacklisted? Emails not coming in

Recently I've stopped getting my EveryBlock emails. This happened to me before so I thought it was AOL with their terrible spam filters so I changed it to my Gmail account, which now is doing the same thing. What gives? Anyone else missing their EB emails? I check/searched everything, spam, junk, etc...

  • I've experienced issues in the past with EveryBlock version 1. I never figured out why. No issues recently.

  • Tina D. Lincoln Square to North Park

    Well everyblock responded once but Google still hasn't responded to my numerous emails...

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  • Basketballs Needed for Fundamental Development

    Mr. Scheid is asking for $396.89:
    My students need updated equipment to practice with and use for games. The majority of our basketballs are several years old and have lost their ability to hold air.
    Cics-Northtown Comment

Jan 22

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Jan 21

Again, candidates excluded from a debate

The West Ridge Chamber is holding an aldermanic candidate event, and not inviting the certified write-in candidates. It's also pricey: $30 for members, $40 for others.

We should be able to hear from ALL of the candidates, not just the "chosen ones"

Jan 19

Updated Jan 19

Dr. Martin Luther King - "I Have A Dream" Speech

Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power...

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Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power of the oratory.

If interested, I would suggest you read "Letters from Birmingham Jail" too.

So, read, reflect, discuss and then actively work towards our nation's continued need to achieve racial justice.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane...

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    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane highway. There are signs posted where the two camping spots were located. The land is still empty, but they're just vacant land, not campgrounds.

    There isn't anything noteworthy in Selma. It's like any other small town. Local restaurants, but McDonalds and Burger Kings too. I didn't see anything noteworthy about the march.

    Someplace near Montgomery I got chased off the highway by a state trooper. He told me since it was a federal highway bicycles weren't allowed. I tried to point out to him that this wasn't a restricted highway, there were no sign postings and that bicycles were allowed. He offered to take me into jail and let a judge decide the next day. I declined, even though I knew if MLK has been with me, he wouldn't have given up so easily. I got off the highway (he followed me until I did), camped and the next day returned to the highway several miles down the road. Several other state police passed me but didn't stop.

    I got done what I wanted to get done, but Rt. 80 isn't really the most pleasant place to ride a bicycle.

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Dec 27

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Oct 21 2011

Updated Dec 20

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

  • Albany Parker Jane Addams Community Health and Urban Development

    Ok so we all know about the graft for the well connected and the claims that this all has been "For the children" and the ridiculous light timings that could not be explained Well the facts are in and the cameras do not improve safety. They are all about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-red-light-camera-safety-met-20141219-story.html#page=1 FIVE HUNDRED MILLION in fines! How many lives has that affected?

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    The Tribune and Redlight stories are misleading.

    They note that the number of T-Bone accidents have been reduced (which is good) but then go on to complain that the number of rear-end accidents have increased.

    Rear-end accidents occur because of drivers driving to fast and following to closely, not because of the Red-Light cameras.

    Slow down, keep your distance, and drive safely. Quit looking for someone else to blame.

Dec 19

Looking for an energy outlet for your family this winter break?

Have them volunteer at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore Chicago! We are currently seeking volunteers aged 16+ for the warehouse as well as to go out on the truck with our driver for donation pickups. Volunteers 14+ are welcomed if accompanied by an adult. Contact Nina, Volunteer Coordinator, at 773-539-6040 for more information.

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ReStore Chicago- Volunteers Needed

Windy City Habitat for Humanity ReStore helps raise money for Habitat AND keeps good, reusable materials in use! The ReStore has discounted prices on donated and new building supplies, appliances, and furniture. We currently need individuals for the warehouse as well as to go out on the truck with our driver for pickups.

Dec 07

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