20 hours ago

Updated 19 min ago

I understand why with the helicopters, but . . .

Am I the only one who finds them to be a little scary?

And please don't start attacking others or the alderman or your person of choice. Joe isn't even my Alderman (I'm on a tiny patch near Clark and Devon that is technically O'Connor's ward - don't get me started on him LOL).

  • It would be better to use drones. They are quiet and less expensive than a helicopter. I think we can assume that we will have them soon. Anything that facilitates the capture and long-term imprisonment of terrorists in our midst is a good thing.

  • In addition to searching with lights, helicopters can be equipped with infra-red heat detection cameras which will identify perps hiding under and behind objects in total darkness. However, the place where they totally shine is when they are equipped with electric Gatling guns that fire 5,000 rounds of .30 caliber...

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    In addition to searching with lights, helicopters can be equipped with infra-red heat detection cameras which will identify perps hiding under and behind objects in total darkness. However, the place where they totally shine is when they are equipped with electric Gatling guns that fire 5,000 rounds of .30 caliber tracers a minute and have a dozen Hellfire high explosive missiles on their hard point attachment points. That is where the US forces and the Israel Defense Forces have used Apache Attack Helicopter Gunships to obliterate hundreds of insurgents. You can watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg8A3DQp9e4 . If the local gangbangers need shock and awe...hell...Homeland Security has given a couple of these to both LAPD and NYPD fully armed....no reason CPD couldn't get one....and then the sound of helicopters augment with automatic cannon and rocket fire would provide something to listen to.

    Keep in mind that if terrorists can't be easily captured and incarcerated, there really ought not be a hesitation to kill them in place. The US military has been doing it for years.

4 hours ago

Updated 29 min ago

Is No Pie Better Than Some Pie?

Some members of the City Council are proposing an ordinance that would increase the level of oversight for itself and raise it to the same level as for every other city employee. Alderman Moore sponsors that change for reform. It would place the City Council under the oversight of the professional Executive Inspector General Joe Ferguson and remove it from under the toothless Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan. Though not perfect, the change would swing the reform needle closer to...

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Some members of the City Council are proposing an ordinance that would increase the level of oversight for itself and raise it to the same level as for every other city employee. Alderman Moore sponsors that change for reform. It would place the City Council under the oversight of the professional Executive Inspector General Joe Ferguson and remove it from under the toothless Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan. Though not perfect, the change would swing the reform needle closer to better government. Curiously, a repeat challenger for the office of 49th Ward Alderman, as well as others, seemingly oppose this reform because the proposal is not "perfect". Question - should Aldermen reject some of the reform pie because they can't have the whole pie? Or should they be willing to compromise and move in the direction of reform as Alderman Moore is?

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    What is a real shame about this ordinance is the need for the complainant to sign an affidavit in order to file a report. No anonymous reports will be accepted. Amazing, the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, NSA and just about every investigative office on the planet encourages anonymous tips and reports. But, in the City of Chicago, after more than a century of mass corruption by local elected officials, no anonymous tips or reports allowed? How can that be?

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    All this pie talk is making me hungry. I'll have a cherry pie, please.

45 hours ago

Updated 38 min ago

Hard Water Bar & Grill: What could possibly go wrong?

The place that was Rolland's/Hop Haus/My Place For? has new ownership. They have an. . . interesting, shall we say, business plan:

"(Co-owner Devon) Kelly said the bar would be open until 4 a.m. Sundays-Fridays and until 5 a.m. on Saturdays in hopes of attracting Loyola and Northwestern students."

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140918/rogers-park/hard-water-bar-grill-replace-rollands-on-clark-street

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    I wonder if powerful meds weren't mandated after his psycho evaluation. Sometimes those meds have weird side effects like that kaleidoscopic rant up ^^^^^ But guns and violence still seems to be a powerful fixation. Almost like a psycho fingerprint.

  • Ahh..captain when you aren't bright enough to understand the message and respond with facts and logic there is always attempts to attack the messenger.....at which you fail miserably.......thankfully Rauner should will the governor's race...and hopefully the first things that happen are a reduction in the state income tax rate and...

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    Ahh..captain when you aren't bright enough to understand the message and respond with facts and logic there is always attempts to attack the messenger.....at which you fail miserably.......thankfully Rauner should will the governor's race...and hopefully the first things that happen are a reduction in the state income tax rate and a breaking of the backs of every public union that is extorting us for pension contributions...then elimination of pensions for state legislators.......one day is will come through. Ahh...ignorance and arrogance is a difficult combination to pull off well. And I see that dementia is well represented as well.

4 hours ago

Updated 42 min ago

Raise Chicago Ordinance for a $15 Minimum Wage

Here is some top-level information on the Raise Chicago Ordinance for a $15 minimum wage in Chicago (source:Jane Addams Senior Caucus):
In the 2014 March primary, 86% of voters in Chicago voted in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 (note: low voter turnout). As of last Thursday (18 Sept.), 21 Aldermen & Alderwomen have signed in support of this ordinance. Currently, the ordinance is in the Workforce Development Committee, chaired by Alderman Patrick O'Connor (40th ward); he has...

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Here is some top-level information on the Raise Chicago Ordinance for a $15 minimum wage in Chicago (source:Jane Addams Senior Caucus):
In the 2014 March primary, 86% of voters in Chicago voted in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 (note: low voter turnout). As of last Thursday (18 Sept.), 21 Aldermen & Alderwomen have signed in support of this ordinance. Currently, the ordinance is in the Workforce Development Committee, chaired by Alderman Patrick O'Connor (40th ward); he has not held a hearing on the ordinance and not signed it. The ordinance would require large corporations to implement upon passage, with a phase-in for small businesses. Mayor Emanuel proposed a $13 minimum raise, but excludes domestic workers, provides a lower raise for tipped workers, and lacks a phase-in for large and small businesses.
The goal of the $15 min. wage is to provide workers with enough income to raise them out of poverty. Some pros that I have heard: increases self-sufficiency; adds more money to the local economy. Cons most likely include its political unpopularity/fear of business reaction. Perhaps UofC or UIC professors have published an economic analysis of the impact of a $15 raise. My intuition supports the raise, but I always like to back that with crunched numbers - an antidote to fear of change.
For those interested and have availability, there will be a rally of organizations supporting Raise Chicago on Oct. 7 (Tuesday) from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Daley Plaza (Clark & Washington) - same date/time as Keeping the Promise rally. Thanks, Jeanne

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Just an FYI: There will be a non-binding state referendum about minimum wage on the November state ballot.

  • I can't speak for anyone else however, if the minimum wage is raised I will raise rents by a matching percentage....no reason not to treat one's self as well. Then you might take the pejorative language and see if you can find a place to shove it where the sun won't reach.

7 hours ago

Updated 49 min ago

Update: Glenford S Johnson

So if you haven't seen my latest post. I voiced my concerns about the false statements made by Joe Moore but I've also reached out to Benjamin Woodard, the writer who published the article (DNAinfo.com). For one, the picture was inappropriate. He has Glenford's picture next to his blood getting cleaned off the floor. When I reached out to him via twitter I asked why would he publish an article with false information and with a picture so harsh? He...

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So if you haven't seen my latest post. I voiced my concerns about the false statements made by Joe Moore but I've also reached out to Benjamin Woodard, the writer who published the article (DNAinfo.com). For one, the picture was inappropriate. He has Glenford's picture next to his blood getting cleaned off the floor. When I reached out to him via twitter I asked why would he publish an article with false information and with a picture so harsh? He claim his information came from the police and Moore. It's sad because people just go off of what they hear. I mean don't get me wrong the police sometimes state accurate info and that's who most people look up to but in today's world I believe the police do not care. I never heard the police speak good about a deceased person in Chicago,IL. They too commit murders due to gun violence and walk free. For example: Oscar Grant the African American male who was killed in Oakland, California and Michael Brown the African American make who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. As I was on the scene when Glen died I watched the same police who made Glen sound like the monster he wasn't, laugh and crack jokes like a unresponsive teen was not even laying on the floor. I tell Ben that Glen was not a leader in a gang (which he stated in the article) and that he was in school, had a job, and attended bible study on Sundays. He tells me he can't change anything until I come meet him personally and reveal my identity. I did not want to meet with him because what's the purpose of meeting him when he already published a false description about who Glen was, that thousands of people have already seen. Hopefully, next time when the Alderman or Benjamin decides to speak/write about someone, they will know who that person was and before they speak bad about a deceased person at least let the community know the good. Rest In Peace Glenford S Johnson. Praying for a better community and more LEADERS!

  • https://twitter.com/Glenriches/media

    Again.

    Scroll and watch the vines especially the one where the young man is under the Police Camera with a pistol.

    Before you meet any reporter you want to close down all Social Accounts...the story they tell is very different from yours.

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Folks, Inkashi is grieving a sudden loss. Stages of grieving include: 1. Denial and Loss. 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance. She is figuring things out and processing what happened. Let's hold off on comments other than those of expressions of support for her loss.

5 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

outside cat

She clearly has an owner and is not lost, but whoever you are, PLEASE don't let your cat outside... so many dangers! This cat was so friendly, I was able to hug her. I fear what can happen when cats are let outside to roam in the city :(

22 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

More Blocks Added to Resurfacing List; Clark Street Resurfacing to Begin Next Week

Below are additional updates on street and water main work being performed in the 49th Ward:

Six More Blocks of Streets to Be Resurfaced

Thanks to continued negotiations with Peoples Gas, the 49th Ward is receiving another six blocks of newly resurfaced streets this year. This brings to 72 the total number of blocks of streets that will be resurfaced in Rogers Park by either the City or Peoples Gas before the end of the construction season. This is the...

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Below are additional updates on street and water main work being performed in the 49th Ward:

Six More Blocks of Streets to Be Resurfaced

Thanks to continued negotiations with Peoples Gas, the 49th Ward is receiving another six blocks of newly resurfaced streets this year. This brings to 72 the total number of blocks of streets that will be resurfaced in Rogers Park by either the City or Peoples Gas before the end of the construction season. This is the equivalent of nine miles of streets. Most of the work on these additional streets has already begun.

The new streets are as follows:

7600 N. Ashland--Willye White Park to Jonquil
7700 N. Ashland--Jonquil to Juneway
1600 W. Juneway--Ashland to Paulina
1700 W. Juneway--Paulina to Hermitage
7600 N. Marshfield--Howard to Jonquil (approx. 1/2 block)
7700 N. Marshfield--Jonquil to Juneway (approx. 1/2 block)
7600 N Paulina--Howard to Jonquil (approx. 1/2 block)
7700 N. Paulina--Jonquil to Juneway (approx. 1/2 block)

All of these streets should be fully resurfaced by the end of the month.

For a list of the other streets in Rogers Park that have been or will be resurfaced and a summary of the street resurfacing process, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154920_322.htm

Clark Street Resurfacing to Start Next Week

As I reported this past week, Clark Street will be resurfaced by Peoples Gas from Devon to Howard. To minimize disruption, the company will work in stages, beginning next week with the Estes to Howard stretch (7100 to 7600 N. Clark). Once that portion of Clark is resurfaced, the Company will move south to Pratt and eventually Devon.

If you have any concerns or questions about any of these projects, please contact my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org, 773-338-5796.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    OMG. Pizza boy and the West Ridge denizen thanked "Sandra". Do you three guys belong to the same knitting club or something or are you just informal members of the same ideological group?

  • Aye Captain Loopy!!

1 hour ago

Glenwood Dance Studio

This great nonprofit studio has an adult choreography class working on Janet Jackson combos. So. Excellent.

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

City crew rat baiting

We have been discussing the rat situation in our area in this blog. My request regarding baiting for rats was closed due to "no signs of rats." Can you believe it? I guess they have to see them to believe it. I know there are rats. I see them during the day and at night. So, what type of service do we get as property owners who pay taxes?
It is outrageous. The city claims it sent a crew and they found nothing at all. I have been able to bait in the yard and I have seen dead rats as a consequence of the baiting.
I am appalled at the response.

  • Thanks for the link. I hate to keep harping on the same issue but, I am afraid that if nothing is done, the population of rats will continue to grow. I am aware of the sensitive nature of having poison put out and harming innocent animals. As for the rats, well, that is the only remedy that I know. I am very careful when I set out bait.

21 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Any One want to create a Social Club in Rogers Park

Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a...

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Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. We all might not agree with each other but i really do enjoy the great responses and arguments we make about changing Rogers Park. Would anyone be willing to want to start a Rogers Park Block Club. Rogers park is filled with great smart individuals who have the potential of being great leaders and Activist in their neighborhood. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the opportunity to meet someone and other families in Rogers Park, who holds great values? I think so
What do you all think?

  • Thank you for correcting me Leigh I appreciate this information. If and when there's a meeting sure liked to be infomed . Thanks again.

  • Sorry I type-o'd your name feliz

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Abandoned Cat

Hi All, I just found out some disturbing news. I own a small condo in east Rogers Park. It is only 9 units; I rent mine out so I am really never there. There have been a number of e-mails among the owners within the last week about a plumbing issue. For some reason it came out that there is an abandoned cat living in the basement. His owner’s moved out 10 months ago and left him (or her). Someone...

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Hi All, I just found out some disturbing news. I own a small condo in east Rogers Park. It is only 9 units; I rent mine out so I am really never there. There have been a number of e-mails among the owners within the last week about a plumbing issue. For some reason it came out that there is an abandoned cat living in the basement. His owner’s moved out 10 months ago and left him (or her). Someone has fed it but I guess the condo owners are mad because I assume there is no litter box. What a sad situation. The unit owner tossed out his roommates 10 months ago. He put the cat in a cage and gave them 4 hours to go get it. Then he called animal control but somehow the cat was never picked up. I feel like I need to move forward to help out but I can't take another cat in my home. Any ideas?

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Alderman Moore Provides Update on Police Response to Lunt Avenue Car Fire

Below is my update on the police response to the car fire on Lunt Avenue

Car Fire on Lunt

A car was intentionally set on fire last Saturday afternoon on the 1200 block of West Lunt. A local electronic news outlet incorrectly reported that the car had been firebombed. A forensic analysis of the car revealed no evidence of an incendiary device. Nonetheless, an intentionally set car fire is a serious offense and cause for great concern.

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Below is my update on the police response to the car fire on Lunt Avenue

Car Fire on Lunt

A car was intentionally set on fire last Saturday afternoon on the 1200 block of West Lunt. A local electronic news outlet incorrectly reported that the car had been firebombed. A forensic analysis of the car revealed no evidence of an incendiary device. Nonetheless, an intentionally set car fire is a serious offense and cause for great concern.

The car was owned by an alleged street gang member, who police believe was the intended target in at least two shootings this past year at which innocent bystanders were killed--the shooting at the Pratt and Clark McDonald's last February and the Devon Avenue shooting last July.

Police detectives believe the intended victim was staying with a girlfriend at an apartment building near the car fire. Police Commander Thomas Waldera and I met with the owner of the building, who confirmed that the intended target was not on any lease and was not authorized to be in the building.

He agreed to post fliers prominently throughout the building advising residents that the man was not permitted in the building and to call police if he was spotted. The landlord also agreed to sign a complaint for trespassing if the man returned to the building.

  • Becky, the numbers on their own seem impressive until you consider that you're talking about a country with more than three hundred million people and more than three hundred million guns. More people drown every year, and I don't see many folks wanting to fence off beaches and saying they don't trust pool owners.

    And thats before we get into the issue of "accidental discharge" numbers being obscured by suicides.

  • Okay, I'll work with you here.

    Are "some" deaths better than "no" deaths due to accidental discharge? I happen to believe not. Maybe the statistics don't knock anyone's socks off, but they surely are sad enough as they stand.

    As for your drowning analogy... Guns have one, and only one,...

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    Okay, I'll work with you here.

    Are "some" deaths better than "no" deaths due to accidental discharge? I happen to believe not. Maybe the statistics don't knock anyone's socks off, but they surely are sad enough as they stand.

    As for your drowning analogy... Guns have one, and only one, purpose: to kill. That is the sole reason to design, manufacture, and purchase a gun. Pools, on the other hand, serve several purposes including beautification, recreation, and a place to exercise. The same goes for any smart-aleck NRA-derived attempts at analogy, whether it be knives or cars.

    Now, just as an example: Say you were the kind of doctor who cares for a mentally ill population. Can a disgruntled client or patient throw a pool at you? No. Can they throw you in a pool and hold you under until you drown? Yes, that is possible, but not very likely. Can they wrest away your firearm and hurt or kill you/themselves with it? Yes. That is a possibility that I would not wish on any practitioner.

2 hours ago

No Parking Sunday

Hey all... Due to the Oktoberfest in
Jarvis Square tomorrow... there is no parking on the 1500 block of Jarvis from 8am - 8pm tomorrow Sunday September 21st... please help spread the word... don't want anyone to be towed... and make sure to come down to the Square and join the festivities...
Prost!!!

11 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Quit Bi##hing

Okay, I am sure I am going to get a lot of negative feed back but I DON'T CARE! Quit complaining about the sirens at what ever hour it is, they are doing the job that you pay them to do, if not you'd complain that they aren't doing their jobs.here's a little background on me before you judge, I was born and raised in 9th ward New Orleans, for those of you who don't know use google, I lived...

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Okay, I am sure I am going to get a lot of negative feed back but I DON'T CARE! Quit complaining about the sirens at what ever hour it is, they are doing the job that you pay them to do, if not you'd complain that they aren't doing their jobs.here's a little background on me before you judge, I was born and raised in 9th ward New Orleans, for those of you who don't know use google, I lived there before, during, and after Katrina,you wan't to talk about a hell hole lets talk. I love Rogers Park, my partner and I have been here a year now and find this to be the most comfortable place in all of our travels that we can call home. Granted the violence is a nuisance but it is what you deal with when you live in a big city,let me remind you folks of what is was like to live in NOLA just after the storm, looting, gun shots, people killing people for no good reason. Everyone wants(ed) tp blame the public officials, well your wrong! There is only so much the alderman, senate, governor, or any other elected official can do. We learned it takes the community to rebuild and keep the bullies away....for one the alderman's plans of positive loitering helps, i don't know alderman Moore and quite frankly it doesn't matter until election day, what I am saying is, if you want to make a change quit complaining and do something about it. I suggest the community gets together and talks about the legal processes that can be taken to ensure a safe neighborhood. YES THE PEOPLE HAVE A SAY IN CHA AND THE PROGRAM. If enough people complain and protest the issue then the CHA has to make a change. It worked in the St. Bernard Housing Projects as well as New Orleans Housing Projects, we complained and protested enough that NOLA changed the statute that any family member of a convicted felon was under STRICT SCRUTINY to receive housing assistance. As I understand it any felon or their relative CANNOT move into the new housing projects, which is the same as CHA.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    Many people ask for and want change. They also explain why they want change and make positive suggestions of how to change. That usually results in changes for the better. It is part of the democratic process. Other people simply complain but don't engage in the process of change. All...

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    Many people ask for and want change. They also explain why they want change and make positive suggestions of how to change. That usually results in changes for the better. It is part of the democratic process. Other people simply complain but don't engage in the process of change. All they do is howl and moan and shriek and name-call. Harpies are worthless background noise who march with bullhorns wearing silly costumes, carrying signs with pointless slogans and chant or sing protest songs. That's street carnival; not public engagement in the democratic process. It might be that they are too unsophisticated to know how to act like adults and participate in democracy in a productive and serious way.

  • And then there's The Captain. He actually calls himself "Captain!" Ha!

3 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

A break for a change

I travel for work fairly often as I did this last week. I parked my car and checked for those cursed signs saran wrapped to the trees and none were found. When I returned to town yesterday my car was gone and there was a sign attached to the tree indicating that parking there would result in a tow. Needless to say I was pissed. I called 311 and was told it was simply moved and they gave me the...

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I travel for work fairly often as I did this last week. I parked my car and checked for those cursed signs saran wrapped to the trees and none were found. When I returned to town yesterday my car was gone and there was a sign attached to the tree indicating that parking there would result in a tow. Needless to say I was pissed. I called 311 and was told it was simply moved and they gave me the exact address where I could find it nearby. I figured it was going to cost me hundreds to get my car back. I read many negative posts here, and I wanted to post something positive about the city we all live in.

10 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

NO COMPLAINTS here

That's right, I'm going to come out and say it for those of us not letting hysteria take control: We are happy to hear the sirens, helicopters, and street pavers.

Would it be nice to live in a Utopia? Certainly. But the reality is that people don't police themselves and streets are not self-repairing.

We wont complain that city workers are actually doing their job. But we will complain when streets are in decay or innocents are harmed. Let's not get it twisted.

7 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Questions to Ald. Moore/local police officials about the helicopters over RP

I'm another resident who has become acutely aware of the helicopters flying over our neighborhood at all hours in the last month. Ald. Moore (or any police official), can you post a description of exactly what they do during the flyovers, and how it is hoped they will combat the recent increase in street violence? I think it would be easier for us to accept the intrusion if we know how they may help the neighborhood. Thanks!

  • Surveillance and quick response. What more do you need to know? There many neighborhoods that would gladly take the "bird" from Rogers Park.

23 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Looking for a winter car..

Hello
Just here wondering if anyone knows of someone selling a used 97-2000 honda crv.
My boyfriend is currently looking for a winter car for his job. Thanks for looking!

  • A friend of mine searched high and low for a used CRV it seemed forever. She finally went to Car X : (. They are hard to come by and go quick. Good luck in your search, my eyes are peeled.

  • Have you checked the used car dealership on Clark across from the Gateway Center? They seem to have a lot of inventory and it's a wide variety. The ones i saw were makes and models anywhere from 1999-2005. I'd just take a mechanic with you when you check out the cars, and have him do a once over to make sure it's in good shape.

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Talk to Tim at Runge's Auto & Tire on Rogers Avenue under the CTA parking deck.
    773-764-9360

7 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Attendance at Devon Community Market

"This Wednesday was the last Devon Community Market of the season. This year’s market was a tremendous success, with more than 4,000 residents streaming in from all over the city and beyond to sample everything the 50th Ward has to offer! I was also very pleased to be able to bring in farmers from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana to provide our neighborhood with fresh local berries, vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese." [Quote from Ald. Silverstein's current newsletter]

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"This Wednesday was the last Devon Community Market of the season. This year’s market was a tremendous success, with more than 4,000 residents streaming in from all over the city and beyond to sample everything the 50th Ward has to offer! I was also very pleased to be able to bring in farmers from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana to provide our neighborhood with fresh local berries, vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese." [Quote from Ald. Silverstein's current newsletter]

The claim that more than 4,000 people attended the market is simply unbelievable--it must be a typo. I missed only 3 markets and never saw more than 30-40 people in attendance at any of the ones I attended. I also volunteered at one market, and attendance was on the low end of that. I wonder how the number was calculated. Perhaps it is a typo and the actual number meant was 400, which would be much closer to reality.

I think Mary Arents did a wonderful job organizing and managing the market, but I still think it's in the wrong place. There's very little foot traffic on that stretch of Devon, and the event I worked showed that one problem with shoppers arriving after 6 pm is that there's no place for them to park. The suggested parking on side streets didn't work because people arriving home from work took all the spots, and nobody wants to pay the parking fees in order to shop the Market. Maybe next year it can be part of the Touhy Avenue revitalization, or located on Western Avenue. If organizers stopped calling it the Devon Market, and began calling it the West Rogers Park Market, there'd be more flexibility in choosing a location where it can draw more traffic. I'd like to see it succeed, but I think the first step is to tell the truth about well it really did, what didn't work out, and how it can be improved.

34 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Printable PDF - "We Call Police" window sign

Neighbors,

Download the PDF and print on good quality paper.

Place the side that says "We Call Police" facing outwards in your windows.

This is a double sided PDF.

Note that the back side gives you a handy checklist of what to look for when you see something suspicious.

We suggest you place one copy in a back window of your property and one copy in the front.

Make sure they are easily visible.

If you need to report an...

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Neighbors,

Download the PDF and print on good quality paper.

Place the side that says "We Call Police" facing outwards in your windows.

This is a double sided PDF.

Note that the back side gives you a handy checklist of what to look for when you see something suspicious.

We suggest you place one copy in a back window of your property and one copy in the front.

Make sure they are easily visible.

If you need to report an emergency, a crime or simply to report suspicious activity CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

You can be anonymous if you want.

Remember, if an arrest is made then a victim has already suffered.

Help prevent crime. Hang this in your window.

Richard Concaildi
President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
richconcaildi@aol.com

Stand Proud America!

The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    I encourage everyone to contact Rich for the PDF of this sign and share them with your neighbors.

  • rich concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    Thanks Suzanne. They are welcome to contact me via email at richconcaildi@aol.com.

    As a reminder to all you can also search for the EveryBlock thread titled 'Trying again - Printable "We Call the Police" window sign' where I placed a full size JPEG image which also will print ok.

    Crime...

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    Thanks Suzanne. They are welcome to contact me via email at richconcaildi@aol.com.

    As a reminder to all you can also search for the EveryBlock thread titled 'Trying again - Printable "We Call the Police" window sign' where I placed a full size JPEG image which also will print ok.

    Crime prevention, Community safety & Quality of life are priorities for CAPS2411
    If an arrest is made, a victim has already suffered

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
    773.294.1777
    richconcaildi@aol.com

    Stand Proud America!

    The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Pritzker Parking Garage -- Adding Another Floor + Sold Out?

Remember all of the controversy surrounding this? My husband just spoke to one of the foreman on this project at the corner of Sheridan & Sherwin. The gentleman from the construction company informed my husband that the parking spaces are all sold out, they are pushing construction to finish in November and if they have time they will be adding another level to the entire structure. Anyone else hear of this??

  • Roger, you obviously know nothing yet claim to know everything. That has to get confusing after a while.

    But d&amn if this isn't the best loony bin in town. Do other EB neighborhoods have this many cray crays getting all worked up about so little every day?

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    So tell us "Sandra"; where do you get all your confidential inside business information? Are you dating someone from the Tawani Enterprises inner circle or is it coming from a bong-induced dream? What other insider scoops can you share with us today?

5 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Homelessness in Chicago

This is a follow-up regarding last week's eviction of a very ill man and the acts of kindness by RP folks, which most likely saved his life. As an activist with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), I am sharing some statistics on homelessness (from 2013) in Chicago from the JASC recent newsletter:
1. 116,000 people experienced homelessness in Chicago.
2. 55,000 people were on the waiting list for CHA public housing or housing voucher assistance
3. Of the money...

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This is a follow-up regarding last week's eviction of a very ill man and the acts of kindness by RP folks, which most likely saved his life. As an activist with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), I am sharing some statistics on homelessness (from 2013) in Chicago from the JASC recent newsletter:
1. 116,000 people experienced homelessness in Chicago.
2. 55,000 people were on the waiting list for CHA public housing or housing voucher assistance
3. Of the money received from the Federal government to cover over 50,00 housing vouchers, CHA did not distribute 13,534 vouchers. Reserves for housing vouchers are up to $90 million (2013).
A city-wide coalition of grassroots community organizations is proposing a city ordinance called "keeping the Promise" Ordinance. To date, 6 alderpersons are co-sponsoring the ordinance. If anyone would like to hear more about reducing homelessness in Chicago, a representative from JASC is available to meet with a group of neighbors. Let me know, and I will connect interested parties.

  • The proposed ordinance creates another avenue for transparency and gives city council increased oversight over CHA as compared to today. As CHA is run by mayoral appointees, with little council oversight, the ordinance also shifts power toward the council, albeit only slightly. This is a good thing.

    I hope Joe Moore signs on and that his challenger(s) commit themselves to its passage.

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Thank you, Brian White.

    I found out on Friday, that Alderman Joe Moore has signed on as a sponsor of Keeping the Promise ordinance. Thank you, Alderman Moore!
    To date, Alderman Osterman has not.
    For those of you who are available and interested in supporting this ordinance, there will be a rally of several supporting organizations on Oct. 7 (Tuesday) from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the Daley Plaza (Clark & Washington). I plan to attend. Thanks, Jeanne.

7 hours ago

Alerman's Survey

See Ald. Silverstein's report on her recent survey for some interesting information. According to the report, 93% of the ward's residents do not attend CAPS meetings. The alderman recently began sending out the 24th District's crime report with her newsletter, and I wonder if one of the reasons for low attendance is the fact that the CAPS meetings in the report are for the 49th Ward.

http://50thwardchicago.com/2014/survey-results/
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7tWxCq0oKt8RE9iMVVnVFFOWjg/edit?pli=1

7 hours ago

Roof Top Farm Event and Jarvis Square Oktoberfest Highlight Weekend

As you plan your weekend, I want to draw your attention to two fun events you may want to check out:

ROGERS PARK FOOD CO-OP BENEFIT RAISES THE ROOF TOP FARM

Join the Rogers Park Food Co-op as they "RAISE THE ROOF TOP FARM," an autumn afternoon for the whole family to benefit the food co-op. The event takes place TODAY (Saturday, September 20th), 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon (at Glenwood).

Celebrate the fall...

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As you plan your weekend, I want to draw your attention to two fun events you may want to check out:

ROGERS PARK FOOD CO-OP BENEFIT RAISES THE ROOF TOP FARM

Join the Rogers Park Food Co-op as they "RAISE THE ROOF TOP FARM," an autumn afternoon for the whole family to benefit the food co-op. The event takes place TODAY (Saturday, September 20th), 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon (at Glenwood).

Celebrate the fall harvest and hear about the progress towards opening a community-owned grocery store. Learn more about the benefits of food co-op ownership and see how Uncommon Ground's Rooftop Farm grows one ton of one ton of organic vegetables annually on their rooftop, all of which ends up on their menu!

The event is only $20 per person (kids 12 and under are FREE). All of the proceeds from the event will go towards funding the food co-op's ownership campaign, including printing brochures and applications. Join your neighbors at a beautiful venue for delicious food, great live music, free face-painting and Taffy apples for the kids and, of course, Rogers Park camaraderie!

If it's raining, look for them under the tent!

Rogers Park Food Co-op is a group of neighbors, who are organizing to open a community-owned grocery store in Rogers Park that will feature fresh, local and sustainable foods and build up the community and local economy.

CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST ON JARVIS SQUARE THIS SUNDAY

I know it's not quite October yet, but it's close enough. Enjoy Oktoberfest in Rogers Park this Sunday, September 21st, 12 Noon to 6:00 p.m. at Jarvis Square (Jarvis and Greenview).

Participate in a bag tournament ($40 a team) while enjoying music and some cold libations. Sponsored by R Public House, Taste Food and Wine, Towbar and Poitin Stil, Jarvis Square continues to host awesome special events. Support this terrific group of businesses who bring frolic and fun to the community!

16 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Every siren and its brother - 12:38 a.m.

Any idea what's going on? I live near Uncommon Ground, sounds like they're all headed up Clark Street.

  • At 12:44am, police responded to one call of shots fired at 1618 W Juneway. The anonymous caller reported hearing four shots.

    Responding officers reported that several individuals on the street state that they heard nothing, and the call was coded as unfounded.

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

    If you live by an intersection you will always hear them as they must hit them rigjt before the cross street.

31 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Last night

What was with all the sirens last night?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Right around 2 am someone was assaulted on Western Ave just north of Devon.

8 hours ago

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42 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

WRPCO: Touhy Vacant Storefront Hearing 9/19 and Green Committee News

Please find in the below link information on the Touhy Vacant Storefront Hearing 9/19 and Green Committee News from the West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO).

Click here for the newsletter: http://goo.gl/QCqdUY

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    ....don't care....so boring....much sighing...

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Don't nod off, Al,....it's almost lunch time!

11 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Alderman Moore Provides Update on Police Response to Juneway Homicide

I plan to post the 24th District's weekly report on activities in the district later today. But I thought it was important first to bring you up to date on some recent high profile incidents in our neighborhood that you may have heard or read about and the police response to those incidents. Below is the first of three updates:

Homicide on Juneway

A 19-year-old man was shot to death on the 1600 block of West Juneway last Thursday afternoon....

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I plan to post the 24th District's weekly report on activities in the district later today. But I thought it was important first to bring you up to date on some recent high profile incidents in our neighborhood that you may have heard or read about and the police response to those incidents. Below is the first of three updates:

Homicide on Juneway

A 19-year-old man was shot to death on the 1600 block of West Juneway last Thursday afternoon. The victim allegedly was one of the top leaders of a local street gang and police believe he was responsible for several shootings in the area. This was the second incident this summer of a person shot in the North of Howard community. The other incident police believe was an accidental self-inflicted wound.

In response, police have further stepped up patrols in the area and engaged in other creative policing strategies. Fortunately, no additional shootings have taken place since then.

The shooting occurred outside one of the buildings owned by Northpoint, a company that owns and manages approximately 400 units of housing north of Howard. The victim did not reside in a Northpoint building, but someone gave him unauthorized access to the building at which he was shot.

Northpoint hired a new security company last month and immediately increased their coverage to 24 hours a day following the shooting. The operations manager of the new security company has been in regular contact with the police. Additionally, Northpoint has just began installing additional security cameras at all their buildings, a result of an agreement they entered into with me several months ago.

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Helicopters!!!!

Does anyone know what's going on? Just seen and heard helicopters by Morse and greenview.

  • If helicopters can help the police fight crime, I'm OK with it. I'd rather hear helicopter noise than gunshots. It's a compromise that works for me.

  • realize roger I lived in Rogers Park for over 20 years. I love m

    okay, so the police is flying in the sky? So what are they doing up there? Are they recording the neighborhood? How are they going to protect us while they are in the sky? I really would like to know this.
    like that just seems really pointless.
    Man they are...

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    okay, so the police is flying in the sky? So what are they doing up there? Are they recording the neighborhood? How are they going to protect us while they are in the sky? I really would like to know this.
    like that just seems really pointless.
    Man they are really busy updating on vehicles and transportation, but appear slow on crime scenes.
    Look Joe Moore
    We need better answers then that. I understand that you are not over the Police station, but as you can see our Sargent to me is not giving us what we looking for people reporting all the time to the 24th district about our community being in fear or gun violence, and nothing has been done about it, but one crime. People are talking giving leading information about these crimes in our neighborhood and the police still did not take action to anything.

20 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Helicopter and Sirens

Any idea what's going on right now? Hearing lots of activity.

  • Watching them from the peir. Bird just doing a patrol. Spot light was on earlier.

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

No more helicopters ?

Were any helicopters flying yesterday ( Tuesday ) ?

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Were there any reported criminal activities ?
.....Quiet day in the hood ?

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Belated Happy Mexican Independence Day wishes.
.....Have a Margarita.

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Enjoy a string of predicted beautiful weather days.

.....Tidy up your block.
.....Plant some flowers.
.....Talk to a neighbor.

22 hours ago

Greenleaf and Paulina to Get New Water Mains

The Department of Water Management will begin work next week on the installation of new water mains on Greenleaf from Ashland to Clark (1600 to 1700 W. Greenleaf) and Paulina from Lunt to Greenleaf (7000 to 7050 N. Paulina).

The existing six-inch water mains are over 100 years old. The Department will be installing brand new eight-inch water mains. This will increase capacity and prevent water main leaks and breaks from occurring.

I will work with the Department to make...

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The Department of Water Management will begin work next week on the installation of new water mains on Greenleaf from Ashland to Clark (1600 to 1700 W. Greenleaf) and Paulina from Lunt to Greenleaf (7000 to 7050 N. Paulina).

The existing six-inch water mains are over 100 years old. The Department will be installing brand new eight-inch water mains. This will increase capacity and prevent water main leaks and breaks from occurring.

I will work with the Department to make sure that parking restrictions are put in place only when necessary and that parking is allowed when construction activity is not taking place.

The water main installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of November and the streets will be resurfaced next spring.

Attached below is a packet of materials that the Department of Water Management distributed to the residents of the affected blocks:

http://admin.epagecity.com/site/files/322/154987/509228/713588/Greenleaf_Paulina_Water_Main_Information.pdf

If you have any concerns or questions about any of this project, please contact my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org, 773-338-5796.

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

handicapped bike plates? so, i can ride three whl. adult bike, on sidewalk?

Is there such a thing as I queried above?, thanks, mommameow!

Sep 12

Updated 25 hours ago

Is CHA the problem in Rogers Park ?

I am in need of factual information.

Please do not interject your psychological opinions to my questions.

..........Just verified facts.

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01.) When Cabrini-Green & Robert Taylor were vacated, did each resident
......get a " Section 8 " voucher ?

02.) Are these vouchers permitted at any CHA approved private rental property ?

03.) Are there limits to the rental cost that may be billed to CHA ?

04.) What are the responsibilities of the landlord accepting CHA vouchers ?...

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I am in need of factual information.

Please do not interject your psychological opinions to my questions.

..........Just verified facts.

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01.) When Cabrini-Green & Robert Taylor were vacated, did each resident
......get a " Section 8 " voucher ?

02.) Are these vouchers permitted at any CHA approved private rental property ?

03.) Are there limits to the rental cost that may be billed to CHA ?

04.) What are the responsibilities of the landlord accepting CHA vouchers ?

05.) Who monitors the rental property / landlord ?

06.) Who enforces the terms of the rental lease ?

07.) How does a landlord lose CHA approval ?

08.) What does the " Section 8 " program cost the taxpayer ?

09.) Is the " Section 8 " program a " CASH COW " for bad landlords ?

10.) Is there a list of addresses where " Section 8 " vouchers are being used ?

11) Is there a limit to how many vouchers can be valid in a geographic area ?

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On paper, the Section 8 program is a positive attempt to improve
housing conditions for residents.

However, in my OPINION , the program needs a major overhaul.

.....* Bad landlords need to lose their CHA approved status.

.....* Bad tenants need to lose their CHA Section 8 voucher.

.....* CHA need to do a better job of enforcing " community standards ".

....* The CHA should help improve a block, not destroy it.

  • It would be more interesting t see how they would respond to a lease with a 4th Amendment waiver, mandatory drug testing, etc.......but first you have to find a property and one thing is clear, that through the use of pass thru entities and Land Trusts you won't be able...

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    It would be more interesting t see how they would respond to a lease with a 4th Amendment waiver, mandatory drug testing, etc.......but first you have to find a property and one thing is clear, that through the use of pass thru entities and Land Trusts you won't be able to ascertain who the landlord is...and besides seeking out an opportunity to sue would result in the prosecution of a very nasty counter suit....not that one would have any trouble with an amateur socialist tenant.....but they need to find the right owner anyway.

  • Its attitudes like that which make the acquisition of defaulted mortgages for cash, EVICTION of sketchy tenants, holding units vacant to renovate and flipping the to purchaser is much more attractive if prices stay reasonable.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Apartment Trick or Treating

In my last neighborhood (buena park)they had a block party type trick or treating. Since there were so many apartment complexes and multi units the whole building would get together with each unit buying some candy. Between 6 & about 7:30 ish volunteers would stand outside with candy so they kids could go trick or treating without ringing each doorbell in the whole building all night.Some of the buildings went all out decorating.I wish I had some pictures. I'm just curious if anyone would be interested in doing something like that?

  • Kristi Nommensen Dorson Girl Scout Daisy / Brownie Co-Leader

    I'm a little south so I probably won't be getting in on that (I live in Andersonville) but I have been wondering how people handle trick or treating around here. I'm not sure if we will be home or at my parents house in the suburbs this year, and if...

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    I'm a little south so I probably won't be getting in on that (I live in Andersonville) but I have been wondering how people handle trick or treating around here. I'm not sure if we will be home or at my parents house in the suburbs this year, and if we are home I would like my kids to get out AND would like to hand out candy for other kids. I'm in a six flat. I know there's a neat building on Glenwood and Catalpa near me that always does like a haunted house walkthrough thing. What else is in the area? Where's a good place to take kids for Halloween fun?

  • Usually for trick or treating we go to Lincoln square Wilson from Western to kedzie and buena park. Montrose and Kenmore. Lincoln square proper usually has a kids fest a few days before. You could check the website. I'm not sure what day it is. We try to go to...

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    Usually for trick or treating we go to Lincoln square Wilson from Western to kedzie and buena park. Montrose and Kenmore. Lincoln square proper usually has a kids fest a few days before. You could check the website. I'm not sure what day it is. We try to go to that as well. The police station on Lincoln the last couple years has had a decent haunted house. St pascal out west also has a good haunted house for older kids and teens. I've heard good things about trick or treating in Evanston also. Our family loves Halloween so we try to get around.

45 hours ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Social Life

New to the area and looking meet new people in their late 20's/early 30's! Any suggestions for this weekend??
Thanks in advance!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I've probably made a dozen new friends from going to the Oasis on occasion, Sheridan at Pratt. It's a dive bar but people are friendly.

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    It's one of, if not the, oldest bars in Rogers Park. It was originally, "Frank's Oasis". When Frank died, they dropped the Frank's. His brother, Pat took over at that time. I have a "Frank's Oasis" t-shirt, given to me by Frank.

3 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Beware

I'd just like to remind everyone to be careful about giving personal info. over the phone.
I received a phone call yesterday from a man saying he represented my bank and that our call may be monitored. He then asked me for the last 4 numbers of my social security #.
Needless to say, I didn't give him anything and said goodbye.

  • Love the humor, Mr. Rogers!

  • ABianca CeaseFire Illinois

    Mr. Rogers the IRS does not put out warrants for people. The police would not leave a message for you they would simply come and take you into custody so this also may be a scam. Call the 24th police district and ask them. I would not go anywhere that the message told you to go to turn yourself in. That is not how it works. Trust me I know. I use to be a criminal before turning my life around to a law abiding citizen. AB

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

need undercabinet strip lighting installed in a kitchen: recommendations?

Any recommendations for someone who can install simple, economical undercabinet lighting, the strip type? There is a conduit to an old undercabinet light fixture in the corner of this kitchen. Do I need an electrician or can a handyman do this?

  • Angie's List.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    You can get under-cabinet lighting kits that just plug into electricity. I have one from Ikea. It works fine and installation just takes a couple of screws or even double-sided tape.

Jun 12

Updated 31 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

32 hours ago

Trying again - Printable "We Call the Police" window sign

Neighbors,

Sorry for the technical glitch to electronically distribute a full sized image of the sign.

Let's try again...

EveryBlock would not allow me to upload a PDF so we converted the PDF to (2) JPEG images / pictures.

They should be attached and full size.

Download the images and print on good quality paper.

Place the side that says "We Call the Police" facing outwards in your windows.

Note that the back side gives you a handy checklist of...

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Neighbors,

Sorry for the technical glitch to electronically distribute a full sized image of the sign.

Let's try again...

EveryBlock would not allow me to upload a PDF so we converted the PDF to (2) JPEG images / pictures.

They should be attached and full size.

Download the images and print on good quality paper.

Place the side that says "We Call the Police" facing outwards in your windows.

Note that the back side gives you a handy checklist of what to look for when you see something suspicious.

We suggest you place one copy in a back window of your property and one copy in the front.

Make sure they are easily visible.

If you need to report an emergency, a crime or simply to report suspicious activity CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

You can be anonymous if you want.

Remember, if an arrest is made then a victim has already suffered.

Help prevent crime. Hang this in your window.

Richard Concaildi
President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
richconcaildi@aol.com

Stand Proud America!

The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

32 hours ago

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33 hours ago

The crazy siren activity on Thursday 9/18 night.

Does anyone know what the hell was going on around 1am this morning/last night in Rogers Park? So many sirens for so long. It sounded quite serious.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Man Killed on Juneway Believed to be Top Leader of Street Gang: Alderman

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140917/rogers-park/man-killed-on-juneway-believed-be-top-leader-of-street-gang-alderman
The 19-year-old man who was gunned down last week in the courtyard of an apartment building on Juneway Terrace was "allegedly one of the top leaders of a local street gang," according to Ald. Joe Moore.

The 49th Ward alderman wrote in an email to constituents Wednesday that police believed Glenford S. Johnson, who was killed Sept. 11 in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace, was responsible for other shootings in the neighborhood.

Moore didn't identify the gang...

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140917/rogers-park/man-killed-on-juneway-believed-be-top-leader-of-street-gang-alderman
The 19-year-old man who was gunned down last week in the courtyard of an apartment building on Juneway Terrace was "allegedly one of the top leaders of a local street gang," according to Ald. Joe Moore.

The 49th Ward alderman wrote in an email to constituents Wednesday that police believed Glenford S. Johnson, who was killed Sept. 11 in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace, was responsible for other shootings in the neighborhood.

Moore didn't identify the gang Johnson was believed to have led, but the prominent street gang in the area north of Howard is called the LOCs, or Loyalty Over Cash. Police have said the LOCs are in a longstanding conflict with a Morse Avenue-area gang called the ICGs, or Insane Cutthroat Gangsters.

Rapper Bang Da Hitta, whose given name is Keith Hayer, claims to be a member of the ICGs.

Hayer's car was intentionally set ablaze Saturday on Lunt Avenue.

Moore wrote Wednesday that a "forensic analysis" of the car didn't reveal evidence that an incendiary device was used in the attack, contrary to witness reports. Police over the weekend also denied an incendiary device was used.

"Nonetheless, an intentionally set car fire is a serious offense and cause for great concern," the alderman said.

  • neleh Accountant

    the alderman made the gang connection and referred to the victim as a gang leader. The media first announced the shooters name 4 days before the DNA article on September 13, 2014. DNA put the two pieces of info together. nothing wrong with that. some of us know how to put two and two together. the real problem is announcing "affiliations" about the victim - and that is what the alderman did, not DNA.

  • neleh Accountant

    not the shooter, the victim

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Message to Joe Moore

That fact that you judged a teen who's life was taken away by gun violence was very unprofessional and ignorant on your behalf. Glenford S. Johnson was not a leader in a gang and was trying to better himself just for people like you who talk down on others and criticizes them before even getting to know who they really are. He was going to school and started a new job but of course you people will not mention that...

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That fact that you judged a teen who's life was taken away by gun violence was very unprofessional and ignorant on your behalf. Glenford S. Johnson was not a leader in a gang and was trying to better himself just for people like you who talk down on others and criticizes them before even getting to know who they really are. He was going to school and started a new job but of course you people will not mention that because the only thing you do to the African American race is degrade them and make assumptions to make a persons death sound like it was for the better for the neighborhood and what they deserved. I don't know if you believe in God but if you haven't heard this "Black saying" YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW. What have you really offered the Rogers Park neighborhood besides free donuts and coffee? Where have you been when family's hold candlelights for the people who lost their lives to gun violence? If you want to act concerned and act like you're really doing something for the community at least get to know your people who live in it first! -Inkashi Wells (A family member of Glenford Johnson who actually KNOWS him)

  • neleh Accountant

    i know you are mad at the alderman at this moment inkashi, but i do agree with what he said about contacting him, and having the witness contact him. you want justice for Glenford and closure for your family. people on this forum can not help you, and have their own selfish motives for commenting.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Very articulate responses Inkashi. By any chance are looking to change jobs or are looking for a job.
    You handled a very personal tragedy with effective communication and valued others perspectives.
    Those are very valuable leadership skills.

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