13 min ago

1810 N richmond in the alley heavy mechanic work and Heavy traffic of unsavory characters.

Please help and report to 311 and the police the more calls the better. We have a mechanic who has been confronted by inspectors and now just keeps garage door closed . and continues to bring traffic of possible drug dealers disguised as people needing mechanic services. So annoying blocking the alley, honking horn, unsavory gangbanger type cars pulling up and shouting for the guy to open the garage door. Please help if you live by ! Anonomously lets all drive this guy away. Also there is limited parking in fronyt because he keeps cars there waitng for him to work on them.
Thanks everyone !!!!!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 39 min ago

Anyone see a car wreck on Belden last night?

This is a total shot in the dark, but I'm wondering if anyone who lives on the block of Belden between Kimball and Spaulding may have happened to witness a (probably) large car that was (maybe) reddish or burgundy in color smash into the front side of my parked car?

This piece of human garbage did not leave a note, but did leave an enormous dent in my car.

  • Yes - file the report with 311 (or stop at the station) and get the report number. You'll need that to file with your insurance company if you want to get it fixed. Unfortunately, unless you figure out who the culprit is, you'll be stuck with the deductible for your collision coverage (assuming you carry that).

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    I was walking around tonight and found a maroon Honda that defiantly side swiped someone recently. On the corner of Albany and armitage. Appears that the car they hit was light in color - could this be you? I took a photo but can't post here

38 hours ago

Updated 50 min ago

Logan Square is Finally Getting a Dog Park!

The Chicago Park District has received an acceptable bid to construct the Logan Square Dog Park and work is scheduled begin in May, if all goes as planned. The park is located here: http://bit.ly/1NDqO0L You can read more about it in today's edition of Our Urban Times: http://bit.ly/19wSIMS Follow the progress on our Facebook page, too! www.facebook.com/LoganSquareDogPark

Kim Pool
Secretary
Logan Square Dog Park Committee

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Found Keys

I found a set of keys on the sidewalk at the corner of Armitage and Richmond. Shoot me a message if you think they're yours.

  • A Albany ......................

    My mom lost her keys this afternoon and we were parked at arm and Richmond. Keys had house and car keys on them. Call or text me 314-368-3798 if they are a match

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Ticket for expired registration - can I contest?

Thanks to the diligent parking enforcement, I received a ticket for Expired Plates or Temporary Registration (Code 0976160F). While I am guilty of not affixing the sticker, I had purchased and received the sticker a few days before the expiration month. My question is that if showing evidence of renewed registration although not on display is grounds for waiver of the $60.00 ticket. Trying to get some input before I contest via mail. Any advice or past experiences will be appreciated!

  • I have had this exact same experience 2 or 3 times and each time had the ticket dismissed. The key is don't do it by mail but go in person. I believe traffic court is on Chicago avenue and doesn't take long at all--less than 30 minutes in and out....

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    I have had this exact same experience 2 or 3 times and each time had the ticket dismissed. The key is don't do it by mail but go in person. I believe traffic court is on Chicago avenue and doesn't take long at all--less than 30 minutes in and out. Just show the receipt proving you purchased the sticker prior to expiration. I don't think they even asked for a reason why it wasn't displayed on time.
    It's been a few years and could be they've cracked down more due to needing revenue but I'd say the odds are in your favor and at least worth a shot if you can afford an hour out of your day (commute time plus time in court).

4 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

#73 bus schedule

Does anyone know the best way to advocate for an extension of the #73 Armitage bus schedule? Right now it stops before 7:30 on weekends, which no longer matches community need, especially once the trail opens. I'd appreciate any guidance. Thanks!

  • Thanks for doing this. However, I have never heard of the CTA, having eliminated a bus route years ago on Elston and Clybourn, of ever reinstating one. Even though Business conditions have changed for the positive on these streets the last ten years and I think it would be helpful...

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    Thanks for doing this. However, I have never heard of the CTA, having eliminated a bus route years ago on Elston and Clybourn, of ever reinstating one. Even though Business conditions have changed for the positive on these streets the last ten years and I think it would be helpful to businesses on these streets to have bus service. At least the CTA should try it, and if it does not work, they could eliminate it again. As for going through your alderman, many alderman were against cancelling the Lincoln Avenue bus but it happened anyway. I think the CTA makes up it's mind, holds public hearing because it has to, and then does what it wants to anyway. For reasons unknown, why do they keep the #37 Sedgwick bus going? I have lived on the Northside for years and never used it. Those buses could be put to work on Clybourn and Elston Avenues.

  • Maybe you can use the 35/31 as an example. Last year, I believe, it was extended to the beachside for the summer months. Perhaps you can speak to the alderman in that ward for ideas and feedback. I do see the 73 detours to hit major sites nearby such as a high school, the Metra and the History Museum, so it does already try to accommodate usage off the main street.

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Scooter hit and run at Kedzie and Wrightwood

`My husband was pushed off the road at the roundabout by a driver, who fled the scene- did anyone see this? His scooter is cracked up and he is really ripped up.

  • Hkaur new neighbor

    So sorry to hear that. I am sure someone must have witnessed it since that is such a busy street. Hopefully they come out and share the needed info.

  • Canyon Humboldt Park

    I hope he is ok. They need to be brought to justice; hopefully someone saw it and has the plates.

5 hours ago

12 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Blood @ Kimball and Belden?

Walked out of my apartment today and saw a puddle of soapy water on the NW corner of Kimball and Belden. There were also bloody cloths on the sidewalk, so I was assuming the soap was from cleaning up after a crime. Anyone know what happened?

37 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Coyotes in Humboldt Park PARK

As I walked my dog (on leash and picking up after her) in the Park today, a city worker was driving around stopping to tell any dog owner he saw that they had spotted coyotes in Humboldt Park Park. It sounded as if they had been aggressive towards dogs but I don't have any facts...but I thought 'terrific' the city would send someone to do so.

  • According to this article, coyotes have established themselves in all parts of the city, including downtown, and are helping to reduce the Canadian geese population. It is estimated that there are 2000 coyotes living in the city. And they're smart, they have even learned to wait for a green light before crossing the street - something that some humans don't ;) .

    http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/urbcoyot.htm

  • Last year I saw a coyote early in the morning while walking my dog on Logan Blvd. near Rockwell. He darted across the street and stopped in the center grassy area, looked around and darted north.

9 hours ago

Tuxedo Cat Missing

HELP! Lost family cat - super sweet Tuxedo Cat last seen on Wed 3.24 in Mayfair. Believe he may have "gone back home" to our old house on Warner between Kimball and Kedzie. If you see him - please message me right away! THANKS!!

34 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Concrete steps?

Hi all! The concrete stairs leading up to my front door are cracked and pieces have fallen off. I don't want to rip down the whole thing, but I do need someone to fix them. Does anyone know of a good person and/or company that does this kind of work? Thank you in advance!

14 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Schubert Ave. Residents - BOLO

This isn't the first time I've noticed that Schubert, from 2800-3200 is a hotbed of robberies and assaults, armed and otherwise. These 2 recent cases are a small sampling of what's been going on there over the past year.

What's going on? Where's CPD?

Robbery: Armed: handgun
3000 block W. Schubert Ave. • Mar 22 @ 12:25 AM

Robbery: Armed: handgun
2900 block W. Schubert Ave. • Mar 22 @ 12:42 AM

  • Liz

    It seems to me that it's the same person/s. They need to put some undercover cops on foot for a few nights in a row. It's getting ridiculous.

Mar 21

Updated 11 hours ago

Does anyone know if neighbors construction workers are allowed on neighbors property?

Would anyone definitely know if a neighbors construction workers are allowed on a neighbors property without permission? Or how to handle?

  • Well I caught a worker trespassing again today. The owner was here and I told him about the damages that were done and to stop having people trespassing . He acted absolutely horrible. I had to call the police. The developer told the police he knew the alderman and also...

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    Well I caught a worker trespassing again today. The owner was here and I told him about the damages that were done and to stop having people trespassing . He acted absolutely horrible. I had to call the police. The developer told the police he knew the alderman and also gave a name of a policeman. He lied and said the workers had offered to cover my building and by permit he had a right to get on my property. He lied that I gave permission to be on my roof. He even said a foot of my property was his. He lied and he lied. How could someone lie so much. I was so upset. The police office said I was shouting and was going to leave. I said I would call for a supervisor to come.The developer was using his phone to film and record me when I was inside my gate on my porch. Now the developer says he'll fix my fence and my gutter and in the future let me know if they need to do anything else.

  • I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for him to keep his promises, but think about installing security cameras. They don't even have to be operational, just their presence might make him think twice about trespassing. But if you decide that you want a video system, Costco sells them online for $300 (Q-see), I've had mine for a year. You can even monitor the cameras through their website at no monthly charge.

    http://www.costco.com/Q-See-4-Channel-HD-720p-Security-System-with-1TB-HDD-and-4-720p-Cameras.product.100151663.html

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35 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Filming near drake and lyndale

Looks like Chicago fire? I drove by yesterday and the house was burned out..

  • Chandler Logan Square Resident

    Chicago Fire... yes . As far as I know, it was just for today . Intersection of Drake and Belden closed all day .

  • Peter W. 18 yr Logan Sq Resident

    The apartment building was rigged to look like it was burning. It is not actually burned out.

37 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Fioretti Joins The 1%

After much consternation, soul searching and running out of change in his sofa's Fioretti decides what is best for him(city) and endorsed the New and Improved Rahm. Fioretti tells you why in this podcast.
http://wgnradio.com/2015/03/30/alderman-bob-fioretti-tells-dean-richards-why-hes-backing-rahm/
For those who a little foggy on Fioretti's past view on Rahm, The Reader can help refresh our memory.
http://m.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/03/30/corrections-and-clarifications-from-bob-fioretti

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Brewery/restaurant at Kimball/Diversey/Milwaukee

On our way to the Gap outlet, we noticed some permits up next door for a brewery and restaurant but haven't been able to find anything as to what brewery this is going to be... anyone know or have read anything?

  • Kimberly P. 6-year Logan Square resident

    The article says the brewpub won't serve food but the permit on the door says brewery and restaurant. Any news on what the restaurant will be?

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    as a hungry drunk I really hope they do serve food. I like snacks with my beer!

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Advice wanted on tips for movers

I'm having movers handle the heavy stuff for the first time in my life and I was curious as to what is typical in terms of tipping. How much do you guys usually give?

I'm planning on having a plenty of Gatorade and bottled water on hand and also a case of beer (no beer until the job is done, though), but I'm sure that some cash would be in order.

I have a one-bedroom apartment and while I'm not...

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I'm having movers handle the heavy stuff for the first time in my life and I was curious as to what is typical in terms of tipping. How much do you guys usually give?

I'm planning on having a plenty of Gatorade and bottled water on hand and also a case of beer (no beer until the job is done, though), but I'm sure that some cash would be in order.

I have a one-bedroom apartment and while I'm not a pack rat, it has a closet in every room and they were all full, so...lots of boxes. The mattress is probably the heaviest thing, though I have lots of books, so these guys do have their work cut out for them.

  • Twenty-five bucks per mover plus water. Plus a recommendation on Yelp if they do a good job.

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    $25 per person is probably fair. If it were 90 degrees out with 80% humidity, I'd recommend upping it another $10 to $15.

25 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Anyone else hear all the commotion today?

http://abc7chicago.com/news/2-people-found-stabbed-to-death-in-logan-square/596301/

Heard sirens for most of early afternoon, sounded serious for how long they were going by.

Does anyone know what the story is?

  • It was a domestic issue. The neighbors don't need yo be worried for their safety related to this unfortunate incident.

  • That's a relief but still horrible to hear. Thanks for the reply.

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Lost Keys

Hi neighbors,
I dropped my keys this afternoon while I was out walking my dogs. While I re-walked the path several times, I cannot find them! If you notice a set of keys (should include apartment, bike lock, and a really obnoxious pink key charm from Claire's).

Please let me know if you see them!
Best regards,
Helen

  • Thank you. Can you tell me whereabouts, please?

  • It's by the house on the corner of St Louis and Diversey. I last saw them today hanging on the black fence near the garage.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Roof Deck Builder Recommendations?

We moved into our townhouse last fall, and now that winter is over we want to re-build our roof deck. There's currently a small deck (100 sq. ft) in place, but we want to replace it with one that fills the maximum allowable build-able space (approx. 400 sq. ft.). Does anybody have recommendations for a roof deck builder?

  • CGF

    Green Landscape Solutions
    Freddy (Owner)
    773-844-3909

    He does hard scapes, fences, iron, and decks. Has done several large projects for me with great success. I have seen a few amazing roof decks he completed last year.

  • Rick in Kimball's farm LogSq resident for 13.14 x 10^6 minutes

    Adam from Estes builders replaced the 2 story rear porch on my 4 flat last month. He was one of the best contractors I've delt with in the past decade. He specializes in porches but does it all. Straight shooter no nonsense. Not the cheapest and not the most expensive. Estes Builders 773-251-9879. Tell him Rick from Drake sent you.

32 hours ago

Parking Spot for Rent!

Corner of Spaulding and Dickens. Uncovered parking spot in a safe, well-lit lot off of the alley. Available April 1st for month-to-month, or a year-long agreement. $100/month. Message me if you're interested!

3 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Favorite tortilla chips?

This may sound weird, but having just moved here I need to know what are the dankest tortilla chips to be had here in Chicago. Coming from out west, the best we have are called Juanita's, made in Hood River, Oregon. Tell me the best brands.

6 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

If you don't pick up that poop you might get flagged!

This topic has been addressed here ad nauseam, I don't think the offenders are reading Every Block- you know, pick up your dog poop! This afternoon, someone actually flagged a dog poop. I am not sure what to make of it- If you want to see this- take a look, I took a picture. (for some unknown reason, Everyblock pics are not going through)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartshore/16915159066/

  • CV in Logan Square Born and bred Sside, NWside transplant and love it

    Want to stop people from leaving dog poop behind? Take a photo of the offender, put it on fliers and post them all over the neighborhood. While it is an action, a flag doesn't connect the offender to the offending act. I love my neighborhood but I am sick and tired of having to tightrope down the sidewalk (and now, the curb!) to avoid dog feces. It was a nicer place to live before Logan Square got hot and started attracting lazy and inconsiderate dog owners.

  • This is great!

Mar 21

Updated 34 hours ago

Small black and tan dog with red collar seen running around Logan Square

Just saw a small black and tan dog with a red collar running around the alleys between the 2000 block of Kedzie and Humboldt. Dog was running very fast so I was unable to get very close. If this is your dog, he/she was last seen headed north on 2000 block of Humboldt Blvd on 3/21/15 at 9:15pm.

  • Tara, it was a little black dog, but I'm out a lot with my dog and I will keep an eye out with treats in my pocket for your pooch as well. I'm so sorry.

  • Thank you! We appreciate it!

Mar 25

Updated 35 hours ago

Two Towers/Max Gerber Development 2nd Community Meeting

The 2nd Community Meeting for the old Max Gerber Project (The Two Towers), at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave, will be Monday, March 30th, at the Haas Park Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m .

The last meeting was packed and was originally proposed to add 253 rental units in the area near the California L station - that's on top of 52 now permitted at 2340 N. California and 120 planned to open in Spring 2016 at 2211 N. Milwaukee.

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Neighbor's Dog Waste - Concerned about flies this summer...

At the risk of sounding like an annoying neighbor I could use some advice.
Moved into the neighborhood last August, and since then I've noticed that my next door neighbor allows his 3 dogs to defecate in his back yard (which I have no problem with.... it is his yard). The issue is that he never cleans up. About once a month his landscapers come by and rake up some of the feces, but a lot just gets pushed to...

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At the risk of sounding like an annoying neighbor I could use some advice.
Moved into the neighborhood last August, and since then I've noticed that my next door neighbor allows his 3 dogs to defecate in his back yard (which I have no problem with.... it is his yard). The issue is that he never cleans up. About once a month his landscapers come by and rake up some of the feces, but a lot just gets pushed to the fence line.

This ends up breeding TONS of flies in the warmer months. I put out traps when I moved in last summer, but they stink terrible themselves, and only somewhat help.

It's made being in my yard or on my deck absolutely terrible in the summer months. Hundreds and hundreds of flies are buzzing around the yards and the bites are terrible!
I plan on talking to my neighbor as it gets warmer, but wanted to know if there is any ordinance or law regarding waste in a yard.
I thought about pesticides, but with a newborn in my household and his animals on his yard, I'd hate to use it on my property and risk any adverse effects...

I plan on building a bigger, non-chain link fence in a year or two; but its just not in the budget this summer... And it wont really help with the flies anyways.

Thoughts?

  • Fly strips are non chemical. I hang one in my kitchen because I leave my back doors open, weather permitting, for my dogs. Hang a couple on your porch.

  • bananakiki neighbor

    Write a nice note asking them to pick it up and attach it somewhere obvious. Not only flies and rats but the smell of it will intoxicate you when it hits about 85 this summer.

    Also if you call your alderman, they will send the sanitation/health dept. over there and fine them. You can also take a photo and file a complain using the phone app: ChiWorks. You'll need their exact address.

Mar 12

Updated 38 hours ago

Commercial Construction at Elston & Kedzie

Does anyone know what is going in at the former paint store under construction at Elston & Kedzie?

  • AC

    Not sure, but they are making a huge mess with the Styrofoam. They were sanding it down earlier this week and it looked like a blizzard was rolling through. There are pieces of it almost to Grace.

  • I was by there this morning and it's going to be.....wait for it......another mattress store! I guess you can never have too many mattresses.

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2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Routine Traffic Stop Ended In A Police Car Chase.

Police stopped a vehicle in front of the logan square blue line, when they asked the driver to step out (Police already had his on his gun), the driver took off. He sped down Milwaukee ave and dangerously turned into the boulevard where he crashed against a parked car in front of NewWave and ended hitting a pole. They immediately handcuffed him, and gave him the medical attention he needed before they drove away.

I overheard someone say it was a stolen vehicle.

Very scary, Very real.

  • Saw all the police cars, ambulances, and the wreckage tonight and wondered what had happened but could tell from looking that it was some kind of a car chase gone awry. Thanks Stefania

  • Jerry Cargill Photographer, Teacher, Live on Milwaukee Ave.

    Was wondering what all those cops around the Square were up to last night.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    The car thief didn't have run. He could've taken his punishment like a man. Because he ran, he made things worse for himself, and the owners of the vehicle (us), he destroyed Fortunately no officer, pedestrian, or driver was killed, otherwise he would've been charged with murder.

Mar 18

Updated 40 hours ago

LOST DOG - Abby - Maltese Yorkie Mix (Shih tzu, Lhasa)

Abby is still missing since she ran away from our dog sitter last Thursday 3/12.

She is a 10lb. Sandy (Light Blonde/White) Maltese Yorkie mix that we miss dearly.

There has been a recent report of a potential sighting 3/12 at Cortland and Whipple and then a potential sighting 3/15 of her at Sawyer and Wabansia. After spending 3 days walking around calling her name and talking with everyone we have not spotted her and haven't heard of any sightings since.

Please let us know if you have any information!

Jeff & Tara
315-391-8432
815-814-3427

  • No we have not found Abby yet. Where did you see this? Thanks!

  • It was on the Felines & Canines rescue page on Facebook. I took a snapshot of your post and posted it on theirs hoping someone would reach out.

4 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Logan Square - Avondale Newspaper Ad Sales

Hello Neighbors, we are launching the 2nd edition of Logan Square - Avondale Life, which covers cultural, economic and political life in the area. For this edition, we are looking for someone for advertising sales, specifically to help us get some more local businesses to advertise. The part-time position is commission based, with a high commission rate (50% of gross revenues for new advertisers brought on), which can ad up nicely. For more details, you are welcome to e-mail (jraider2@aol.com) us anytime. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    Hi Katie,

    For the time being the paper is only available in print. But, if you send me an e-mail (jraider2@aol.com) I can forward you a digital copy. Thanks.

  • I would love to take a peek at it! Kdoyle715@Gmail.com

46 hours ago

2 days ago

Police Chase, Crash in front of New Wave Cafe

8:45PM 03-30-2015
Just saw unmarked police cruiser wiz by me and crowd reacting. I turned around to see what the commotion was. Older Oldsmobile crashed into car and then post. Did not see driver.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Room for Rent

Greetings all
I am posting this for my friend, who is looking for a roommate. Please contact me and I will pass on your information to her to set up an appointment.

18X22 ROOM FOR RENT
May 1st

I am looking for a non-smoking, peace loving, cat friendly neat individual to rent a beautiful room in an amazing Arts & Crafts building in the Fullerton and Western area; tree lined street, easy parking, tons of public trans, very safe neighborhood....

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Greetings all
I am posting this for my friend, who is looking for a roommate. Please contact me and I will pass on your information to her to set up an appointment.

18X22 ROOM FOR RENT
May 1st

I am looking for a non-smoking, peace loving, cat friendly neat individual to rent a beautiful room in an amazing Arts & Crafts building in the Fullerton and Western area; tree lined street, easy parking, tons of public trans, very safe neighborhood.

The 18X22 room is in the front of the apartment. It is very private, almost like having your own studio apartment. There is a faux fireplace, stained glass windows, ceiling fan, and the front of room is all windows, so lots of light. The apartment is on the second floor so it feels like you are in the trees. The room is large enough for sitting area, office, and bedroom area. Built-in book shelves. Beautiful!

The kitchen is huge and modernized, dish washer, walk in pantry, kitchen is furnished. The bathroom is also huge and very nice, clean, subway tiles, ceiling fan. The coin laundry is in basement. There is some storage available. OK for bike in basement, real safe. 3 units in the building, so the building is quiet. I have 2 cats. No more pets are allowed.

$650.00 per month everything included (rent, utilities, cleaning supplies etc. and housekeeping.) Phone & internet not included. $650.00 security deposit and references required. Apartment available May 1st (preferred) but could be as early as April 15th or as late as June 1st as well.

  • Colby K. Lincoln Square resident, event/media producer

    The room has been rented! Thanks to all who responded!!

Mar 24

Updated 2 days ago

Anywhere nearby take small food donations?

Hi all, does anyone know of a food bank or agency nearby that takes donations of non-perishable food from individuals? I'm moving and have several grocery bags of items I can't take with me that I hate to just throw out.

  • Lisa Sepper Logan Square area

    There is a food pantry Our Lady of Grace 3749 W Altgeld, 773-702-5900

  • I also have a bag of cans to donate somewhere. Is there anywhere I can drop off near Logan Square that has evening or weekend hours? Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Is this your bike?

Someone left a bike on the sidewalk in front of our house that we presume was stolen. If you think it's yours please reply with identifying details. We plan to report it tomorrow and will also check all of the stolen bike websites.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Missing Pitbull Puppy

Lost since Saturday March 15th. Was last seen getting picked up in a blackish /brownish jeep Cherokee with a large amount of youngsters around Richmond and cullom , bertue and Albany. Possibly seen walking with a white male on Warner and Kedzie. My dog is a blue pitbull mixed with American bull dog medium sized , white chest , white line on forehead, cropped ears, missing a back toe, blue eyes and just turned 6months. If you know anything please text or call 773-940-5339 (773-841-7051) He has a family that misses him a lot!

2 days ago

Renting Beautiful, Renovated Room, May 1 - $750

Hi Neighbors,

My housemate and I are seeking another roomie for our incredible, renovated duplex in Humboldt Park, 2 blocks south of North, east of the park.

It's a 3 bedroom, 2-flat apartment in a 3 unit building, newly renovated near Washtenaw and Le Moyne. Conveniently located 2 blocks away from park and a block from Cermak Produce. There are 3 full bathrooms, 3 outdoor patios, new washer and dryer in-unit, a backyard, one enclosed parking space, a whirlpool, gas...

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Hi Neighbors,

My housemate and I are seeking another roomie for our incredible, renovated duplex in Humboldt Park, 2 blocks south of North, east of the park.

It's a 3 bedroom, 2-flat apartment in a 3 unit building, newly renovated near Washtenaw and Le Moyne. Conveniently located 2 blocks away from park and a block from Cermak Produce. There are 3 full bathrooms, 3 outdoor patios, new washer and dryer in-unit, a backyard, one enclosed parking space, a whirlpool, gas fireplace, and beautiful open spaces with tons of sun. Basically, everyone has their own studio and we share the large, open kitchen and living room. Room for rent is $750 + an additional $60 (approx) for utilities. One year lease started on May 1. Email for more deets and pictures. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/roo/4944653173.html

Aug 10

Updated 2 days ago

Updated info on Red Light Camera possible defense

A couple of people have emailed me about a post I made on EB a while ago about getting a red light camera ticket dismissed based on the fact the "MAKE" of the vehicle is listed as "OTHR" on the ticket, even though from the photo of the violation you can readily tell the "MAKE." The municipal code I cited in that old post seems to be different than where the rule is now, so I wanted to update the...

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A couple of people have emailed me about a post I made on EB a while ago about getting a red light camera ticket dismissed based on the fact the "MAKE" of the vehicle is listed as "OTHR" on the ticket, even though from the photo of the violation you can readily tell the "MAKE." The municipal code I cited in that old post seems to be different than where the rule is now, so I wanted to update the information.

Municipal Code 90-100-030 (b) (in part):
"The issuer of the notice shall specify on the notice his identification number, the particular parking or compliance ordinance allegedly violated, THE MAKE (my emphasis) and state registration number of the cited vehicle, and the place, date, time and nature of the alleged violation and shall certify the correctness of the specified information by signing his name as provided in Section 11-208.3 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, as amended."

Illinois Code 625 ILCS5/11208.3 (2) (in part):
"With regard to automated speed enforcement system or automated traffic law violations, VEHICLE MAKE (my emphasis) shall be specified on the automated speed enforcement system or automated traffic law violation notice if the make is available and readily discernible."

If you can discern the MAKE from the photo, you can try this defense. It worked for me, because in law, ALL of the "elements" (requirements) of an ordinance must be true to find the person guilty of the infraction.

When I went to the hearing, I printed out copies of the ordinance and state law, and made sure I had my vehicle registration with me, and that you could tell the MAKE by the photo. It worked and my ticket was dismissed. I have no idea what might happen if you mail this in. Maybe someone is willing to try it and see what happens.

BTW, I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, just a neighbor passing on some info.
Good luck!

  • Carol: I AM still reading here!
    I don' know - I contested in person. When I argued the timing part, and the wet and recently snowed part, it didn't move the administrative "judge" but then I told him, wait, I have another defense, and argued the Municipal Code defense (of...

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    Carol: I AM still reading here!
    I don' know - I contested in person. When I argued the timing part, and the wet and recently snowed part, it didn't move the administrative "judge" but then I told him, wait, I have another defense, and argued the Municipal Code defense (of Make is listed as OTHR and you can clearly see the Make of the car in the photo, plus the Secretary of State has the Make of my car in their records) he left me off.

    stephc27 cites the codes. You can goggle these and should get to the places in the code where that is, and print it out.

    Sorry, stephc27, that it didn't work for you. I read recently in the paper that a lawyer is doing a class action suit to challenge the red light tickets, and one of the arguments seems to be not having the Make on the ticket in violation of the ordinance.

    Here's the report on CLTV with text. http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/new-lawsuit-challenges-chicagos-speed-and-red-light-cameras/

    Carol, one thing, you may as well try the defense, because if it flys, then you get out of it, if not, at least you tried. I shared it here hoping more people could defend themselves against these computerized cops.

  • Beeb, thanks so much. It's always worth contesting, even if you lose! And the "Make" idea was a great tip. The codes are very clear. The ticket should be dismissed, but they are just ignoring that. Would really like to to join that lawsuit!

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