3 days ago

Updated 2 min ago

Who do you want to see as Alderman of the 49th Ward - Rogers Park?

Signatures for the aldermanic election are being collected all around the ward for next February's race. Who do you want to see as alderman of the 49th Ward. All comments welcome.

  • RP Exercise Physiology Exercise Physiology

    Ughh...I'm sticking with my "we are doomed" theory.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    RPEP, if that is what you believe (we are doomed) then why even bother posting or commenting? Seems rather futile to waste your time on a forgone conclusion.

11 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

Voters Beware! Incompetence or Deception is Alive and Well These Days

A certain candidate posted on his members-only Facebook campaign page the following. "Though our alderman seems to consider our election code as arbitrary, the State of Illinois does not. "Sec. 29-12. Disregard of Election Code" is a Class 4 Felony." Is disregard a Class 4 Felony? No. (10 ILCS 5/29-12/Ch. 46, par. 29-12) Did anyone consider anything arbitrary? No. Did the certain candidate intend to deceive? Possibly. Was the candidate incompetent and didn't even understand election law? Possibly. Should we elect candidates like this or should we we expect better and demand the best? I think that neither incompetence nor deceptiveness is acceptable. It's a tough call. What do you think?

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Bill no one is talking about anyone preventing anyone else from either registering or voting. They are talking about signing candidate's ballot petitions. Wonder of wonders. I was approached by one of Gordon's own Circulators with Gordon himself in full sight and was asked to sign Gordon's petition without being...

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    Bill no one is talking about anyone preventing anyone else from either registering or voting. They are talking about signing candidate's ballot petitions. Wonder of wonders. I was approached by one of Gordon's own Circulators with Gordon himself in full sight and was asked to sign Gordon's petition without being asked if I previously had signed any other candidate's petition. The guy didn't have a name tag or introduce himself before he quickly ran off chasing another person for a signature. Gordon's own Circulator, in full sight of Gordon, committed "fraud" as the Gordon groupie's have been howling about non-stop. Gordon knows the election laws. It's been posted all over his personal Facebook campaign page for all to read. Judging from Gordon's political barometer it's High Hypocrisy season. And for those with allergies, the Poop Index is red or extreme.

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    Barry, there is a very BIG difference between asking for a signature without first asking if the person had signed another, and telling people who have informed them that they had just signed another nominating petition that it is okay to sign as many as they want. Here's how the...

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    Barry, there is a very BIG difference between asking for a signature without first asking if the person had signed another, and telling people who have informed them that they had just signed another nominating petition that it is okay to sign as many as they want. Here's how the game is played: Joe's circulators get signatures from people they know have signed an opponent's petition--and actively seek them. His campaign has notaries (at least one I know of is a long time staffer in his ward office) that notarize those petitions at the end of each day. If his opponent doesn't have a notary on hand each day and waits a few days to do so, upon a challenge to those petitions the signature that is notarized first is the valid one, according to the board of elections. So this would invalidate the signatures of people who signed Don's petition if it's not notarized that day. It sounds to me that that would constitute preventing the nomination of Don for public office. So has Bob Fuller committed a Class 4 felony? Or is the person who trained Joe's circulators responsible for the illegal behavior?

2 days ago

Updated 8 min ago

Voter information alert

Seen around the neighborhood.

  • RP Exercise Physiology Exercise Physiology

    Ha, Rob engages in the complete denial defense

  • Rob

    And you are going to not answer the question. Sparky said there are now 6 people who have witnessed and reported these campaign law violations. Other than the "campaign field supervisor" (who isn't a credible witness to anything,) I'd like him to back up his statement.

2 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

Joe Moore and Carl Good -- This one's for you!

In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly...

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In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly would be more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than what my "opposition" thus far has thrown my way. Let's see if anyone rises to the challenge.”

I’m rising to the challenge, Joe and Carl!

Anyone can look at the alderman’s voting record on the website for the Office of the City Clerk, but it is a depressing exercise in seeing how little of any substance our City Council works on. It’s all about approving awnings and sidewalk cafes, granting of “privilege in the public way,” or congratulating people and groups for existing or retiring. https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60995&GUID=FE2F5131-67D8-4FF3-8AD6-38962CDCA1EF (Question for the City Council – Couldn’t ANY of that actually just be part of a regular business application process handled by a non-political bureaucrat based on outlined standards? Oops -- not really. Not when votes on the mundane can generate campaign contributions for incumbent alderpeople.)

After searching through the first 17 pages of Joe’s votes on such fascinating topics, I decided just to review what legislation he’s sponsored, figuring that would be an indicator of what he’s really interested in being a leader on during this current term in office. (Please note that I don’t believe resolutions stating a belief or telling another policymaking body what they should do constitute a meaningful and substantive act by any member of the Chicago City Council.)

To Be Continued...

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Suzanne, even though I sometimes disagree with you, I must recognize that you are facing the upcoming elections in a reasoned and intelligent way completely unlike some, actually just a vocal few, screaming meemies who are having hysterical episodes and giving their equally hysterical candidate a distinct image. Personally I would be terrified if an hysterical academic were elected to City Council representing our Ward.

  • RPEyes Live on possibly the shortest street in RP

    Never said you couldn't, did I? Guess you have a bit of a reading comprehension problem, Suzie.

    I just pointed out how you are not going to get your desired response, or maybe you will. It depends what your true objective was.

    You said you wanted a dialogue. Well, the...

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    Never said you couldn't, did I? Guess you have a bit of a reading comprehension problem, Suzie.

    I just pointed out how you are not going to get your desired response, or maybe you will. It depends what your true objective was.

    You said you wanted a dialogue. Well, the dialogue you want is with Joe Moore not with Everyblock members. You certainly don't expect Moore to respond here, do you?So why don't you run for Alderman?

    You just want to criticize, fine. If your criticism goes unnoticed, then what is your point.

    Oh, that's right. You will now have future whining rights. Well done, Suzie.

    And frankly, my reponse to Carl was not a dissertation. I was well within the character limits, unlike you.

20 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Free moving boxes and tubs

I have about 30-40 moving boxes and two over sized long tubs that would be useful for moving long items. Please leave a comment below and we can arrange a time for you to come pick them up.

  • Birdsandkings Graphic Designer, Entrepreneur, 3 yr Rogers Park

    I might be interested in the tubs. Are they the plastic kind with lids?

2 days ago

Updated 47 min ago

Local Charities

Hi neighbors! I'm trying to find information on local (north side Chicago--Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Andersonville, etc.) charities in need of donations. Preferably nothing "political" in any way, just community-based. I came across A Just Harvest and H.O.M.E. and would like to find more along those lines.

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Also our local Animal Shelters (Tree House on Carmen/Broadway, Felines and Canines on Paulina/Clark, Red Door and Fidos as well..not as familiar with them) can use used/new towels, bedding, throw rugs along with newspaper, bleach, paper towels, etc. Ann on Glenwood--Care for real is no longer on Broadway..they are on Berwyn/Sheridan

  • Don't forget Groceryland on Broadway, just south of Bryn Mawr, 5543 N. Broadway. Lori Cannon and crew have been helping the HIV impacted community with food for 20 years.

25 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Trash left from visitors to the Rogers Park beaches

Good Morning Everyone!!
Just recently discovered this blog about our neighborhood. I have resided in Rogers Park since 2000 and really like my neighborhood. One of my pet peeves is people coming to visit the Rogers Park Beaches and leaving trash behind. If you live east of Sheridan Road, lets share pictures of what people leave behind after a day of fun at the beach. Of course, share pictures items / trash on the street or your yard.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

  • urudi musician

    I feel quite honestly that parties, cookouts, etc. shouldn't be allowed at the park because of the litter problem. Loyola Park is such a beautiful park and should be kept that way for everybody!

  • Vic neighbor

    Urudi- I respectfully disagree.

    I clearly remember family and Cub Scout outings at public parks, forest preserves, etc. in my childhood. When it was nearing time to leave the adults would pack up the gear and all of the kids were on grounds patrol, picking up litter. It's a matter of personal responsibility to the community.

    Perhaps we could use a new "Woodsy the Owl"-type campaign for the modern age?

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Leaving hi tax Illinois for low tax states

http://ilnews.org/2780/irs-dragging-feet-in-release-of-inter-state-migration-data/
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.

In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information but now it will take three years, said J. Scott Moody, who heads State Budget Solutions, a national group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility in the state governments.

“The data indicates that year after year, people are moving from high-tax ‘blue’ states like Illinois to low-tax ‘red’ states,” Moody, said.

34 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Local opinions on indictment of Commander Glen Evans

I am sure that there is a wide diversity in opinion to the actions, if true, of Commander Gen Evans.

  • It's a stressful job. He clearly made a mistake in judgement that day.

    However, if that's the worst thing he did in 20 years on the street, he shouldn't be raked over the coals. He was trying to do his job getting a bad guy to give up a gun. That day, his training failed him and for a brief few seconds he crossed the line.

  • The idea that liberal politicians see criminals only as "victims of an imbalanced economic system" is a myth perpetrated by the right. You simply won't find any politicians with such an extreme and simplistic view of criminal behavior. They always acknowledge personal and familial responsibility even when they point to...

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    The idea that liberal politicians see criminals only as "victims of an imbalanced economic system" is a myth perpetrated by the right. You simply won't find any politicians with such an extreme and simplistic view of criminal behavior. They always acknowledge personal and familial responsibility even when they point to other societal factors as part of the problem.
    On the other hand, it's unfortunate when criminals are completely dehumanized as "filth." That's the kind of extreme and simplistic language that can lead to actions like social or ethnic "cleansing." This language also reflects an intellectual and moral bankruptcy on the part of those who refuse to acknowledge that crime has any relation to situations of socioeconomic disadvantage in a society that basically writes off an entire class of its own citizens as worthless and expendable.

15 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Moving to Chicago

Hi, I'm new on here! I don't currently live in Chicago but I would really love to relocate there once my lease is up, which is about 7 months from now. I am from a small town and have only visited a few times. That being said, I'm used to low rent (500 plus electric for a 2 bed 2 bath with washer dryer and parking). I definitely know I'm not getting that in Chicago! I like to stay around...

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Hi, I'm new on here! I don't currently live in Chicago but I would really love to relocate there once my lease is up, which is about 7 months from now. I am from a small town and have only visited a few times. That being said, I'm used to low rent (500 plus electric for a 2 bed 2 bath with washer dryer and parking). I definitely know I'm not getting that in Chicago! I like to stay around 6 - 850 but I'm starting to think that even that may be hard. I'm fine with a one bedroom or even a studio. I would love a view of the skyline or even the lake. I want to be located in a friendly neighborhood with either other college students or even families are fine. I'm going to college online so that won't be an issue until I need to apply to graduate school, years from now. I'd prefer to be near the action but I'm fine with a train ride or a cab to get there as I don't go out all the time.

So, with that being said, I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for which area to look in for apartments? Like I said, as a college student keeping the price low is a priority but then again I don't want to live in a place that makes me hate moving every day of my life. Thank you!!

  • There is also Padmapper.com which lists from other sites and maps properties. $600 is possible, but not nice. Good luck!

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    As a student, you might have a difficult time renting an apartment, based on your credit history

2 hours ago

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3 hours ago

Shooting Near Howard and Western?

This is from a neighborhood message board:

"There were a series of gunshots in the alley in the 7400 block of Maplewood and then many police officers. . . shortly before 11."

I hope this was something domestic, and the gang war isn't moving west

22 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Gray Cat Wandering

In case someone is looking for her, there is a young female gray cat hanging around the 1800 block of Pratt. I have seen the same cat on Wolcott around Morse by the apartment buildings on west side of Wolcott. A woman was calling her Ashley and said she owned her last time I saw her. Seemed like she was chasing the cat. Not sure why she has no collar and is left to roam. She is friendly and this time was very hungry.

  • Have seen sweet solid grey cat on 1800 block of green leaf,hoping she's neutered.also saw sad young black cat by the green leaf art center with back leg injury,it ran away,left food and water but it never came back.

9 hours ago

11 hours ago

Sirens Galore

If it wasn't 11:30 at night, I would think theres a parade going on near Estes and Sheridan. Geez!

28 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Glenwood Sunday Market Increases Matching Grant for LINK Shoppers

Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.

The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food...

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Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.

The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food stamps) purchase at the market dollar for dollar up to a certain limit. The new grant will enable the Market to increase the limit from $10 per weekly visit to $25. This means a family can spend up to $25 and receive $50 worth of healthy produce which they can prepare every week.

According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Rogers Park has the highest food insecurity rate on the north side of Chicago, with nearly 17% of our neighbors experiencing times when they do not know how they will obtain their next meal. Approximately 10,000 Rogers Park residents rely on LINK benefits. The Glenwood Sunday Market has accepted LINK benefits since it opened in 2010 and serves hundreds of LINK shoppers every year.

The Market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use sustainable farming practices. The principle of "know your farmer, know your food," is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market.

The Market runs every Sunday, rain or shine, from early June to late October. Locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods are featured, as well as weekly entertainment, educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. The Market is conveniently located just steps from the Morse Avenue stop on the CTA's Red Line.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    If someone has LINK, where would they go to get the tokens? Is there a stall at the Glenwood Market or would the person with a LINK card have to go somewhere else first?

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    You may obtain the tokens at the Market organizers' table located on Glenwood, halfway between Lunt and Morse

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    Thanks!

19 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Free Entertainment

Really cool neighborhood blog needs some viewership. Lots of fun perspectives and obsessive posts about the area mostly around Jarvis and Howard. There's even some fun stalker photos of private property for the voyeuristic types. Check it out:

chevanstonrogerspark.blogspot.com

16 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

massive traffic jam on Sheridan Road going southbound

there is a massive traffic jam on Sheridan Road mostly affected is the southbound lanes.At devon Avenue it funnels into two lanes 1 turning lane. and one lane going southbound. This is the problem that is blocking. Sheridan Road.Avoid Sheridan Road if possible and the other streets east or west are clogged also.

May 02

Updated 18 hours ago

Who needs fabric?

I don't really like to throw away textiles, so I am wondering what sort of groups would want ripped denim, bedsheets, pajama pants, etc. These items are no longer wearable or usable but the material can be used in many other ways.

  • Tommy Turkey eat more chicken

    Her bicycle is as distinctive as her Monk Parrot's wardrobe. It is the most whimsical and delightful bicycle in all of the Western World and looks like the love-child offspring from a marriage between a real bicycle and a painted Romanian gypsy wagon. In a way her bicycle has its own wardrobe. Lunch Monkey, the bird, has a costume for just about every and any action figure you've heard of.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Kristi, they often come to the alderman's Follow Me on Friday events. I'd be surprised if they don't show up at Pottawattomie Park tonight:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/aug29-alderman-joe-moores-follow-me-friday-pottawattomie-park-6349181/

    They go to the park and just generally all around RP. I last saw her at the Glenwood Arts Fest with Lunch. If something is happening in the neighborhood, expect them to come.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Joe Moore and Carl Good -- This one's for you!

In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly...

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In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly would be more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than what my "opposition" thus far has thrown my way. Let's see if anyone rises to the challenge.”

I’m rising to the challenge, Joe and Carl!

Anyone can look at the alderman’s voting record on the website for the Office of the City Clerk, but it is a depressing exercise in seeing how little of any substance our City Council works on. It’s all about approving awnings and sidewalk cafes, granting of “privilege in the public way,” or congratulating people and groups for existing or retiring. https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60995&GUID=FE2F5131-67D8-4FF3-8AD6-38962CDCA1EF (Question for the City Council – Couldn’t ANY of that actually just be part of a regular business application process handled by a non-political bureaucrat based on outlined standards? Oops -- not really. Not when votes on the mundane can generate campaign contributions for incumbent alderpeople.)

After searching through the first 17 pages of Joe’s votes on such fascinating topics, I decided just to review what legislation he’s sponsored, figuring that would be an indicator of what he’s really interested in being a leader on during this current term in office. (Please note that I don’t believe resolutions stating a belief or telling another policymaking body what they should do constitute a meaningful and substantive act by any member of the Chicago City Council.)

To Be Continued...

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    In 2011, we see that Joe is perfectly capable of getting down to City Hall on a regular basis. He only missed 11 of 61 meetings in the first year of this term. All of the missed meetings occurred after September 27 in 2011, and included 5 of the 13...

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    In 2011, we see that Joe is perfectly capable of getting down to City Hall on a regular basis. He only missed 11 of 61 meetings in the first year of this term. All of the missed meetings occurred after September 27 in 2011, and included 5 of the 13 Finance Committee meetings for the year and 3 of the 13 Budget and Government Operations Committee meetings.

    What’s interesting is that he actually showed up for 2 meetings in February of a Committee that was “inactive.” Did no one let him know that the Committee no longer existed, and how long did he sit by himself in an empty room?

    What happened in 2011 that may have prodded such a level of involvement in City Council activities? Perhaps Joe wanted to impress our new king – Mayor Rahm? Perhaps he was angling for a State job and wanted his dear wife appointed by the King as the alderman here in Rogers Park? Who knows!

  • Never saw this post. Bump.
    Gordonites: take a lesson from Suzanne. Notice that she's not calling Joe a "crook" without backing that up with some kind of evidence; she's not making baseless claims that Joe is earning 10x his aldermanic salary; she's not obsessing over a minor postal incident at...

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    Never saw this post. Bump.
    Gordonites: take a lesson from Suzanne. Notice that she's not calling Joe a "crook" without backing that up with some kind of evidence; she's not making baseless claims that Joe is earning 10x his aldermanic salary; she's not obsessing over a minor postal incident at the alderman's headquarters by touting that as a major corruption scandal; she's not alleging that Concept schools sent Joe and his wife on an all-expense-paid trip to Turkey; she's not screaming about a one-sided story about petitions; she's not claiming the alderman should go because there are still potholes one some of our streets; and she's not poised to attack everyone who disagrees with her as "Joe's trolls." She's just looking at Joe's record and formulating a critique.

21 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Missing Meyers Parrot , Rockwell And Peterson

Restaurant by my house, Rockwell And Peterson is missing their parrot..
They always had him outside and he was very tame.. His cage was never closed.
On few occasions I asked the parrot owner to either give me the bird or sell him to me, because I was very attached to him.
I loved that bird, and almost daily I was going over there just to pet him and spend some quality time with him, hoping that the owner might...

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Restaurant by my house, Rockwell And Peterson is missing their parrot..
They always had him outside and he was very tame.. His cage was never closed.
On few occasions I asked the parrot owner to either give me the bird or sell him to me, because I was very attached to him.
I loved that bird, and almost daily I was going over there just to pet him and spend some quality time with him, hoping that the owner might give in, and give me the parrot.
He was loved my many, because a lot of people were approaching him daily.
I don't think owner cared much about the bird, because most days he was outside, on top of his cage, and then locked in the restaurant at night with the loud music.
If you know anybody that acquired a medium size dark green bird week ago, please let me know..
Because I still care about this bird and I am willing to buy him off of u..
If you found him, stole him, whatever happened .. please send me a message, I am emotionally attached to this little guy.
They can get pretty loud.. so if u mind all that and you stole him not knowing how they can get.. please, please let me know.. I would be more than happy to take care of him

41 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

4th Greenest University

The Sierra Club made a top ten list of the greenest colleges in the country, and guess who is number four on the list! Our very own Loyola! So SO proud.
Here's a link: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/slideshow/top-ten-coolest-schools-2014#9

  • tom 2422 Rogers Parker since 1972

    awesome news. way to go Loyola!

  • Dr. Joe Chiropractor in the Rogers Park Neighborhood

    I ride my bike through the campus every day on the way to my office. LOVE IT! It's one of the gems along the lakefront.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Alderman Moore is up to his dirty campaign tricks already...

Spreading false information to gain more campaign petition signatures and hopefully negate the opponents' signatures.

This is classic Old School Chicago Politics brought to you by Joe Moore.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140827/BLOGS02/140829836/49th-ward-aldermanic-fight-off-to-a-screaming-start

  • First, "Tom" you have been banned from all candidate forums for using multiple fake identities. How many have you used just this morning?

    Unless you have something useful to say about the subject of this thread...well...it's clear you don't.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi folks,

    Because of the number of personal attacks and off-topic comments, we are closing this thread.

    In the future, please consider our guidelines when posting: http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

25 hours ago

Happy Friday

Time to get out your FRYING PANS, it's FRI-DAY!

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Are there any 50th Ward candidates for Aldercreature?

I suspect Ahmed Kahn will run again. Greg Brewer left the ward for hipper pastures. Will I be writing in Bozo the Clown?

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Thank you, Alderman; I knew Cooky wasn't right!

  • Let me add a new library to my list. Northtown is too small, extremely busy, and not in the best of shape (it had to close early one day last week because of flooding). The library staff do a great job, and I'd like to see their working conditions improve.

26 hours ago

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44 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

On the bright side...wedding!

Just witnessed a nice little wedding being held on Jarvis Beach.
The weather was perfect, and the beach and lake looked fantastic.

Congratulations to the happy couple! I did not quite catch their names, as the PA was kind of low.

Jun 12

Updated 27 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.

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    Yep, I agree...the two really can't be compared. Just those few years really left an impression on me. (smiling)

  • Big Shout Out to Dee this morning, who swung by my place yesterday to actually meet in person. It was great to meet ya. We were having floors sanded and visiting with my daughter in law. It's Friday and the weather is perfect for a stroll, picnic or neighborly hellos. Get out share a smile and a good day!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend all!!

4 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Positive Loitering - THIS THURSDAY 8/28 @ 7:00PM - Corner of Morse & Glenwood

Hello Neighbors!

One last reminder: Please join us for Positive Loitering on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. We are meeting at the corner of Morse and Glenwood. After we've gathered, we will move on and loiter in a few spots nearby before returning to the original location at Morse and Glenwood.

For those who haven't heard about Rogers Park Positive Loitering:

The Rogers Park Positive Loitering group is a volunteer association of all residents who believe that our...

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Hello Neighbors!

One last reminder: Please join us for Positive Loitering on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. We are meeting at the corner of Morse and Glenwood. After we've gathered, we will move on and loiter in a few spots nearby before returning to the original location at Morse and Glenwood.

For those who haven't heard about Rogers Park Positive Loitering:

The Rogers Park Positive Loitering group is a volunteer association of all residents who believe that our collective appearance as a group of non-confrontational "loiterers" will give a visible and powerful message that the community belongs to all of us. Part of our message is that we are a diverse, organized, and alert body of neighbors who act as the eyes and ears for one another and for our police enforcement services.

We meet at predetermined locations and times that are arranged on a monthly basis based on the needs of the community. We then walk through the neighborhood accompanied by a police escort. In order to protect everyone's safety, the complete route is announced to members the night of the event.

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If you plan to join us this Thursday, or have any questions, respond here, or email us at:

rogersparkpl@gmail.com

or visit our Facebook group and ask to join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rppositiveloitering/

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

    Just a reminder, neighbors! Join us tonight at 7:00PM at the corner of Morse and Glenwood! We will move from there around 7:30 to other locations and return to Morse and Glenwood by 9:00.

  • Neighbors:

    THANK YOU for coming out for Positive Loitering tonight! We had about 20 two legged neighbors and a handful of four legged ones for another successful loitering event.

    Bonus #1: It was a relatively quite night.
    Bonus #2: We dodged the rain!

    Once again, thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you out in September! Dates for September Positive Loitering will be posted very soon.

    See you again soon!

3 days ago

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  • Rob, you should hear what the Loyola kids call you!

  • So, exactly how does a motto of serving people fit in with purposefully causing a fight with a homeless person? How about changing it to help a homeless person because they are people too and deserve respect?

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Jackie Robinson West Parade Details

Jackie Robinson West celebration parade details, including route and times. An exciting day for young people and Chicago!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140825/morgan-park/jackie-robinson-west-parade-route-set-for-wednesday

  • It was things like JRW, Mayor Daley's Youth Foundation Baseball and sports@ Morgan Park and competing (having fun doing it all) and knowing that if I wanted to have all that fun; I had to achieve( keep my grades up ) and stay out of trouble and make GOOD decisions....

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    It was things like JRW, Mayor Daley's Youth Foundation Baseball and sports@ Morgan Park and competing (having fun doing it all) and knowing that if I wanted to have all that fun; I had to achieve( keep my grades up ) and stay out of trouble and make GOOD decisions.
    I cried watching the kids going bat crazy and having fun .Imagine being told you can't go out to play because of gun fire and stupid gangs .Then imagine seeing your peers achieving and being held up before the world and everyone is happy.Hopefully It made an impression on our little kids here in Chicago.

    Have a splendid holiday weekend neighbors (;

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Robin, I did see Mone. Amazing! Something tells me she has great adults in her life that support her, encourage her, and tell her she can be anything she wants to be. IMHO, while every child needs this, our girls need strong role models of any age away from "reality"...

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    Robin, I did see Mone. Amazing! Something tells me she has great adults in her life that support her, encourage her, and tell her she can be anything she wants to be. IMHO, while every child needs this, our girls need strong role models of any age away from "reality" TV, bad videos and junk magazines. I believe and hope this young woman will go on to do great things. No fear!

    All of these kids have inspired a neighborhood somewhere, the largest of cities, and a nation. They've also inspired individual hearts like mine. We can all celebrate and bask in their glow. What I think most important is that they shed a different light on their communities and our city, and have brought everyone together. The local and national headlines weren't wrought with gang violence and shootings, but rather the hope and perseverance of some noble young men (and a girl, woo hoo!) who brought back a semblance of who our youth are, and who we can be. We shouldn't fail them, and we can certainly learn from their example.

    Pay it forward.

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Bikes on Peterson sidewalk?

Hi, I moved here from someplace terrible a few months back, I love it. I'm near Rockwell in a nice condominium.
But: when I go to Target, people, especially young'ns, are riding all wobbly wibbly on the sidewalk.
I have a trick knee from a car crash and I'm always worried about getting knocked down, aren't there regulations about not riding bikes on the sidewalk?

  • If you're more than 12 years of age you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Joe Moore sends out frequent reports from the 24th District commander about quality of life arrests (driving while on cell phones, public drinking and/or urination, etc.) but I notice there's nothing about cyclists on...

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    If you're more than 12 years of age you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Joe Moore sends out frequent reports from the 24th District commander about quality of life arrests (driving while on cell phones, public drinking and/or urination, etc.) but I notice there's nothing about cyclists on the sidewalk. Ald. Silverstein added a link to the report on her last newsletter. The report does provide some insight into what activities the police focus on, and it may be that there just haven't been enough complaints about cyclists to warrant any attention. It can be dangerous for pedestrians, though, especially at night. I've yet to find a cyclist who calls out when he's trying to pass, but I have found quite a few who zoom down sidestreets at night because they aren't expecting to encounter dog walkers or those who enjoy a late-night stroll.

  • Melody Stanley Crafty/Techy Geek

    I am in front of that Target all of the time (I catch the bus there often). I use a walker for balance issues related to a neurological issue so I can not move that quickly even if I wanted to. I refuse to jump out of the way for...

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    I am in front of that Target all of the time (I catch the bus there often). I use a walker for balance issues related to a neurological issue so I can not move that quickly even if I wanted to. I refuse to jump out of the way for people illegally riding their bikes on the sidewalk and so far nobody has hit me. They may yell and say to get out of the way but when I do not, they either stop, move to the street, or go around me. One guy swerved at the last second and fell. They seem to expect pedestrians to yield to them. :-/

42 hours ago

What's ahead for Indiarn Boundary?

More than six out of 10 users of Indian Boundary Park would like to see an increased number of MUSICAL concerts, plays and similar cultural events, a newly released survey finds. 

The same number would like to see the park host programs based around animals, such as bird walks and visits from farm animals and more exotic species such as raptors and reptiles brought in by ORGANIZATIONS such as the Audubon Society. 

If you'd like to know more about the results of a survey of 223 park users or receive a digital copy, visit the IBP Advisory Council web site here:

http://www.indianboundaryparkadvisorycouncil.org/advisory-council-announces-survey-results.html

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

The "Spiral of Silence"

The Pew Research Center reported an interesting study about social media, specifically, a the "tendency of people not to speak up" about public issues on social media sites if they think their opinions aren't shared by most of their network. Thoughts?
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Crinedel -- As I said, I don't blame people for not wanting to be attacked!

    Robin -- All my FB friends are friends, but I certainly don't poll them for their opinions on all political issues. Maybe you'd not be as tired and cranky if you followed suit?

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Some people behave very differently in public than online. I know who a few of the Brash Big-Mouths in this EB forum are and who consistently talk tough, crude and rude to the point of bullying but at an actual public meeting they meekly remain quiet, often near the back...

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    Some people behave very differently in public than online. I know who a few of the Brash Big-Mouths in this EB forum are and who consistently talk tough, crude and rude to the point of bullying but at an actual public meeting they meekly remain quiet, often near the back of the room and never utter a single peep much less a solid opinion on anything. They crave attention online but fear attention or recognition in public. It is interesting to read their rants online and then see them later in the same day at a public meeting trying to melt into the background without being noticed.

43 hours ago

Earn $120 as an Election Judge in this November's Election

A limited number of election judge positions are available for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.

If you are interested in earning some extra money ($120) or simply want to perform your civic duty and help the election process run smoothly, please come to the 49th Ward Democratic Party office at 1774 W. Greenleaf (at Ravenswood) and complete an application. The office will be accepting applications this Saturday, August 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, August...

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A limited number of election judge positions are available for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.

If you are interested in earning some extra money ($120) or simply want to perform your civic duty and help the election process run smoothly, please come to the 49th Ward Democratic Party office at 1774 W. Greenleaf (at Ravenswood) and complete an application. The office will be accepting applications this Saturday, August 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 31st 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

An election judge must be willing to work long hours. Your day as an election judge starts at 5:00 a.m. and lasts until the results are tabulated and the election equipment disassembled (usually no earlier than 8:00 p.m. and no later than 10:00 p.m.).

If you have any questions, please email democrats@49thward.com or call 773-973-4949.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Direct Energy at my door

Is this a scam? Why are they knocking on doors?

  • Shawn m. You get it. Sorry to plotter.

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    It's a scam in that it is unwise to buy anything sold door-to-door. Don't ever do that! It's a bottom-scraper marketing tactic. People selling the best of something that you'll truly want, aren't going to be doing it. It's high pressure and it prevents you from doing competitive research before you sign or buy.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Police Commander Waldera Provides another Update on Recent Activities

Below is 24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera's most recent report on the activities and accomplishments of his 24th District police officers:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154640_322.htm

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    I greatly appreciate these updates, but they are grossly incomplete as they omit follow up updates in regards to our criminal courts disposition of these matters. Are these individuals being sentenced to incarceration, given probation/supervision, community service, charges drappoed and the criminals spoon fed if they promise not to commit...

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    I greatly appreciate these updates, but they are grossly incomplete as they omit follow up updates in regards to our criminal courts disposition of these matters. Are these individuals being sentenced to incarceration, given probation/supervision, community service, charges drappoed and the criminals spoon fed if they promise not to commit illegal acts again as they cross their hearts and hope top die if they do?

    With all do respect to our honest, hard working 24th District CPD; all of their efforts are futile if the courts do not reinforce their arrests with convictions and punishment equitable to the crime.

  • Need - it has to start somewhere; nothing can get done if CPD doesn't do theirs which they are the other things are out of their control. Thanks for the updates and the hard work Commander & Alderman they are appreciated

2 days ago

Jul 23

Updated 2 days ago

What do you think of a Proposal to Rename Jarvis Beach and Park?

I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor...

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I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor of Ms. Mahony Griffin.

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

Mary Mahony Griffin (see photo below taken in 1930 with husband, Walter Burley Griffin) was of the first female licensed architects in the United States, an ambassador of the Chicago-style architecture to the world, and a pioneer for professional women in the first decades of the 20th Century. She was the first employee hired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and became his right hand person. Her design work and watercolors became synonymous with the Prairie Style of architecture.

Her beautiful watercolor renderings of buildings and landscapes became known as a staple of Wright's style, though he never gave her credit for her work. Despite her talents, her work went largely unrecognized during her tenure with Wright.

Mahony Griffin's talents finally emerged from Wright's shadow when she and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, won the international design competition for designing the capitol city of Australia, Canberra (this is why the Consul-General of Australia is advocating for her to be honored). She is celebrated in Australia and Asia, but remains overlooked in the United States, her hometown of Chicago and the neighborhood of Rogers Park where she spent her final years.

Below is a Wikipedia biography of Mahony Griffin's amazing life:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Mahony_Griffin

  • PTM DJ/MC

    And have you heard the park at Water Tower is being named after Jane Byrne. That's a former Chicago MAYOR. And it's a PARK not the entire Water Tower.

  • shawn m Moving from apt to apt in RP

    http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/08/27/ask-geoffrey-827

    Chicago Tonight just did a little bit about the proposal to rename Jarvis beach. Like everyone else, they couldn't find much about Mr. Jarvis. But still kinda cool that the story made the local news.

2 days ago

Bamboo Plants for Sale

Beautiful Bamboo plants for sale - Phyllostachys Auroesulcata - 3 bamboo plants 3' tall in large terracotta containers. They can live in these containers for years. Stay outside in the summer, brought in for the winter. Local pick up only, Rogers Park Howard/Sheridan Road. Buy one $55 buy all three $120. Spread the word! Buy all three! Call Sophie 773-262-1468.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Thank you to the wonderful person on the 155 Devon bus who found my cell-phone and then found me to return it.

  • Oh wow! That is nice to hear! There ARE good people in the world after all.

  • Yes. There are nice people. A Loyola student found my phone on Sheridan rd and when I called it, he told me where to meet him and returned it. I offered a reward and he refused any money. He made me nicer to others.

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