19 min ago

Updated 0 min ago

WGN News on scene

If anyone cares to share info, WGN has two trucks and news reporter's on Morse.

  • neleh Accountant

    refer them to this page. good job on this Craig

16 hours ago

Updated 2 min ago

I am the "Gang Bangers" described in the neighborhood "Rap-off."

Hi,

My name is Abraham Velazquez, Jr. Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, LLC., and Love Living™ Entertainment. While touring The Peace Poets' newest album, State of The Art, through the Northeast and Midwest, we were graciously received by the Koinonia House this weekend.

To give some background on The Peace Poets, we are a collective of artists from New York that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. We have had the privilege of participating in social...

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Hi,

My name is Abraham Velazquez, Jr. Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, LLC., and Love Living™ Entertainment. While touring The Peace Poets' newest album, State of The Art, through the Northeast and Midwest, we were graciously received by the Koinonia House this weekend.

To give some background on The Peace Poets, we are a collective of artists from New York that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. We have had the privilege of participating in social justice actions, sharing in poetry and music in over 30 countries.

At Koinonia House, we were to blessed to break bread together given freely, we shared stories, and built new relationships with neighbors in the community. We performed Hip Hop music and opened up the stage for folks from the neighborhood to share their stories.

Several of the narratives shared by the community were about their pain, police brutality, deescalating violence in our neighborhoods, creating long-term mentorship for our young people, examining the roots of violence, the need for jobs and community centers for youth, and etc.

I'm not judging the person who labeled us as "Gang Bangers" in a "rap-off," I assure you that in no way do I have an intent to judge you. What you said and labeled us as, however, is extremely hurtful, racist, and ignorant. I am not sure why the playing of Hip Hop music, singing to a guitar, and the performance of spoken word poetry would warrant such hatred.

I hope you can consider the negative impact this has on our young people. 3 and 4 year olds that gather in community to be in safety and watch a neighborhood performance. Lets be observant of our language and even more attentive to the love our youth needs. Peace.

Abraham Velazquez, Jr.

  • Abraham Velazquez Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, CEO of Love Living™

    Thank you Jake, I agree with you wholeheartedly. It's very easy to hide racism in loaded language, especially from the comfort and safety of the internet in contrast to actually meeting and building relationships with the people living in the neighborhood - people that folks may be scared to meet...

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    Thank you Jake, I agree with you wholeheartedly. It's very easy to hide racism in loaded language, especially from the comfort and safety of the internet in contrast to actually meeting and building relationships with the people living in the neighborhood - people that folks may be scared to meet considering preconceived notions, misinformation, and prejudice beliefs.

    To Bruce's point of:

    "The timing could have been better... after the carnage and loss of life this weekend,"

    I would have to say I disagree. I believe the "timing" for our presence must be now. When our young people are in the midst of carnage and there are shoot outs, this is when we are publicly called to action. This is where our responsibility lays. If our only concern is not getting shot or only protecting "our" family, then we are putting ourselves in a dangerous quandary.

    The internet is open for critique and attack, but I salute and encourage those in the community who are doing the work. Thank you to those who lovingly do the work of unifying people, feeding the hungry, establishing creative outlets, and especially those who are connecting with the youth and listening to their stories, their needs, their frustrations, their aspirations, and their proposals to solutions in our neighborhoods. Thank you for your work in humanizing each other. We still have much work to do.

    The youth know what is going on and have a deeper understanding of the suffering that we critique-- but they endure and live. Connect with them. Speak with them. Be there for them. It might take a smile, a conversation, it might be sharing a meal. Break bread with them. I know it takes courage to drop our fears and defenses. But this is a necessary contribution and connection we need to bring healing into our neighborhoods.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Was your presence what triggered the shooting?

    Gathering waring gang factions in one place has proven fatal in recent past.

Nov 25 2011

Updated 3 min ago

Dog Leash Laws and the people who dont care

Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What...

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Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What do you do about the people who dont leash their dogs (and there are plenty in the am)? My dogs are well trained but we do NOT let them off leash ever because of the great variables that can happen. However - other dog owners do not follow the same decorum.
We have called the police (who show up - but typically after they have time to leash up), we have asked (typically with a response of "find a different part of the park" or we just get ingnored or a snide comment.
So I ask all of you -- What would you do?
How would you handle this?
Is there anything more I can do? (and no - i wont try to find a different park)
Thank you for you replies and help!

Jim

  • Lucy 35 year Chicago Resident

    Mike, you can preach about training until you are out of breath. It doesn't negate the fact that there are leash laws that require dogs to be leashed in public areas with the exception of specific parks and beaches. Therefore the liability of having your dog off leash belongs to...

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    Mike, you can preach about training until you are out of breath. It doesn't negate the fact that there are leash laws that require dogs to be leashed in public areas with the exception of specific parks and beaches. Therefore the liability of having your dog off leash belongs to you regardless of how well trained your dog is. If a yappy untrained dog on a leash gets it's head bit off by your unleashed dog, it will be your dog that risks being quarantined and possibily euthanized regardless of training. Doesn't seem worth the risk to me.

  • I was off that issue, my dog leashed or not would not attack another dog. There should be laws against untrained owners I assume you're one of them. So stick it!

16 hours ago

Updated 40 min ago

Update on shootings

Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shootings this evening. The first occurred on Morse Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Morse. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one hundred yards from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, are both OK. The man suffered a graze wound to the head and has been released from the hospital and the woman...

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Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shootings this evening. The first occurred on Morse Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Morse. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one hundred yards from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, are both OK. The man suffered a graze wound to the head and has been released from the hospital and the woman was shot in the chest. Fortunately, her condition has stabilized and they expect she will survive.. I spoke with 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera this evening and he says the police have not identified any suspects or motive for the shooting and are not certain if the victims were the intended targets.

The second shooting occurred on the 7400 block of North Ridge. Two men, both 29, were shot. One man died from shotgun wounds to the abdomen and leg and the other man was shot in the right leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition has stabilized. Commander Waldera tells me police do not believe the Ridge shooting is related to the Morse shooting. Instead, they believe the Ridge Avenue shooting is the result of a dispute between Evanston gangs, which spilled over into Chicago.

I will provide you with further updates as they become available.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    The easier it is for the good guys to get the guns, the easier it is for the bad guys to get the guns

  • Robin, the "good guys" don't engage in this sort of behavior, and the bad guys get, keep, and use their weapons illegally as it is.

5 hours ago

Updated 48 min ago

Where to donate books?

I'm getting rid of a lot of books and I'd like to see them go to a good home. It's a wide mix of hardcovers, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, texts from college (literary criticism stuff), plus science fiction and true crime stuff.

I could just leave them at Salvation Army but I thought maybe there was a better place that might be more specific to books. If they get re-sold that's fine. Just hate to see them wind up in the trash.

I can bring them anywhere in Chicago but if there's a local RP spot that would be best. It's about four big boxes of books total. Thanks in advance for any tips.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    When I downsized my book collection, I gave them to Armadillo's Pillow, the used book store on Sheridan, owned and operated by a RP family:

    http://www.armadillospillow.com/

  • I sold mine to Myopic books in Wicker Park on Milwaukee. Got a pretty decent price for them.

22 hours ago

Updated 54 min ago

Shooting on Morse

Female hit.

  • Gay Angel Queer Academic in RP since '03

    I love this neighborhood and its diversity. I have seen the violence go up and down over the years, along with police response. They're always around, and many came to the scene immediately. The shooting is horrible, frightening and tragic, but also part of a bigger city and national problem around gang and gun violence.

  • Another method the CAPS group has used historically is to 'inspect' these problem buildings. Having city inspectors crawling around your building looking for safety violations sends a really sharp message. I know because I bought one of those problem buildings back in the day and I got inspected to death...

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    Another method the CAPS group has used historically is to 'inspect' these problem buildings. Having city inspectors crawling around your building looking for safety violations sends a really sharp message. I know because I bought one of those problem buildings back in the day and I got inspected to death and I had no idea why, as I had just moved here. God as my witness, I had a swat team show up to inspect my water heater. At the time I was thinking, "man these people take these safety violations seriously". Actually it was like living in the twilight zone because the locals,
    who had been using the property didn't want to give up access. When it comes to a Section Eight building, if there is a complaint(even an anonymous one) the landlord is compelled by city statue to investigate. Often times the landlord info is posted on the outside of the building.

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Alderman Moore petitioner at work

I thought I've seen it all. Guess I was wrong. Right after the shooting of two innocent people this afternoon in front of JB's Pizza, Alderman Moore had one of his signature collector's at the crime scene trying to get his petition signed.

  • Gay Angel Queer Academic in RP since '03

    I saw her previously at the Farmers Market. She even wanted to sign the petition of an independent candidate but couldn't. Clearly she was just trying to earn some income with the petition collection. I hope she doesn't lose it because of this post. Looks like she could use it.

  • Marcus Rogers Park Resident

    The shooting took place just as I was walking down the street with my food. Afterwards I just stood around and watched everything. I saw the woman in question... She was just standing there. I didn't see her asking for signatures or anything like that. I'm guessing that like everyone else she was just curious to see what happened.

1 hour ago

Spanish Conversation Group

Hope everyone is having a good holiday!
Our group will be meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. at the Heartland Cafe.
See you then. As always...newcomers welcome.
Barbara

30 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Good News!

The Gale students and staff worked very hard to improve teaching and learning. We saw a 13.2% increase in growth on NWEA Reading and 13.3% increase in growth on NWEA Math. We still have much work to do on attainment, however let's congratulate our staff and students. APPLAUSE! Thank you to the community, alderman and network for your support.

8 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

How many will avoid Morse Avenue altogether?

As I heard 20 or more explain how they have recently applied for CCW at the GAAF. The vast majority of those applying were single moms.
Biggest reason, recent shootings.

How long will this thread stay active?

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    With all due respect Dee, what exactly are attending the CAPS meetings doing the curb the shootings? I attended my first week as a resident, and things seem to be getting worse....other than arguing, complaining and ambiguous plans presented, what has been the benefit, thus far (this summer) ?

    The gangbagers are still functioning in full effect....

  • CAPS meetings are good for sharing information about troubled spots, but the problem is they are very much like Everyblock.

    Discussions start out productive, then every whack job in the ward starts to jump up and down while yelling about unicorns and flying saucers. Total melt down.

    And I'm sorry to say it, but CAPS meetings and positive loitering don't stop the kind of daylight murders we're experiencing in Rogers Park.

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours 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.

2 days ago

Updated 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

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    There is nothing stopping the gangs from moving anywhere they want to move...so, better get used to that.

  • Josh H. 15yrs Rogers Park

    Hey robin, which message board are you referring to? I would like to keep up to date with any news from west rogers park. Thanks

2 days ago

Updated 4 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!!

  • I just moved here to Rogers Park and so far I like it! I live near the EL, near Loyola University, and the beach is very near my apartment. I don't have a lake view or a skyline view but it is still nice. I agree that you definitely want...

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    I just moved here to Rogers Park and so far I like it! I live near the EL, near Loyola University, and the beach is very near my apartment. I don't have a lake view or a skyline view but it is still nice. I agree that you definitely want to look at where the public transportation is when you are deciding. I also came from a small town where I was renting a very spacious apartment for very little. I had kind of a wake up call when moving here! I am in a studio for $800 and it isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just being in the city is wonderful, so the cut on living space doesn't bother me and maybe you will find yourself in the same situation. You can also see about using Chicago Apartment Finders since you are coming from out of Chicago and aren't familiar. They drive you to different units and can talk about the different neighborhoods with you, which was something that confused me at first! However, after getting here and living here you will be able to explore and find where you want to be!

  • Sarahdonis 20 year neighbor

    Welcome Lizz! Hey, where are you coming from? $500 for. 2 bedroom/2 bath with washer/dryer and parking!?!?! Cool! I'm in a highrise on the lake, in Edgewater. The least expensive one bedrooms in this building are closer to $1500 than to $500.

40 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

best place to get cabinet door handles?

what is the best/most affordable place or website to get cabinet door handles for kitchen/bath remodel?

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours 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.

  • Pot hole, warm weather Florida, Arizona and Texas have low taxes and "roads, education, clean water, etc" as does cold weather Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. They also have more jobs than Illinois because many Illinois companies have migrated there such as Klein Tools, formerly of Touhy and McCormick now happily in Texas.

  • Sarahdonis 20 year neighbor

    I hope you find your bliss. Certainly, there are advantages and disadvantages wherever you will go. For me, I'll keep my high taxes, and my Lake Michigan, access to the most beautiful city in the world, every cultural event known, and even snow. I just don't think I could live in a Red state, scary. But I may feel different as these old bones and joints age more and more.

Jun 12

Updated 6 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.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Let's look out for one another--especIally our little ones.

    http://youtu.be/q4T37EaW4eU

    Good morning.

  • This is a long one but worth it!!

    Happy They Are Going Back To School Tomorrow Day!!
    Congratulations to all you parents and caretakers of small people. You have managed to stay off the news, not be included with the Kardashian stories on TMZ, not have the gavel thrown at...

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    This is a long one but worth it!!

    Happy They Are Going Back To School Tomorrow Day!!
    Congratulations to all you parents and caretakers of small people. You have managed to stay off the news, not be included with the Kardashian stories on TMZ, not have the gavel thrown at you by Judge Mathis, Judge Judy,or have Iyala Vinzant " Fix Your Life", as a result of the thoughts and possible actions you may have wanted to engage in because of one more" mom I'm bored", one more episode of " I spent $$$ on that darn phone and he won't answer it- but when I see him the thing is attached to his a--!!, one more HOW MUCH are the tickets to the amusement park , to the final indignity suffered this week- these school supplies cost the value of my retirement fund!!
    They are all a little browner, a little taller, and today a little sadder.
    Parents crank up "Happy" and do your freedom dance. You got 9 months and 11 days before the inmates are released into your custody again!!!!
    Good morning to all!!

5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Voter information alert

Seen around the neighborhood.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Balloons are worser than guns and knives. Just say NO to balloons.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi Folks,

    Since this thread has gotten so far off-topic, we're closing comments.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours 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?

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    Ah yes, the wanted poster created by my stalker, a right wing gun nut psychopath who is now homeless and living in somewhere in Texas last I heard. Not surprised you two are fans. I hope you checked out some of his "artwork" featuring your hero Ald Moore!

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi Folks,

    We're closing comments due to the continual back and forth personal attacks.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours 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.

  • @rogerpark...read...He hasn't been convicted of anything!! You already have him tried and convicted and now you want his job taken...wait till the facts are completely in,not what the 10 o'clock news tells you that not the facts,that's sensationalism at its best. If you claim not to believe everything you hear then stop acting like it.

  • All I'll say is that if he's guilty I hope he's convicted, loses his pension, and gets to see the inside of a maximum security prison.

    Without protective custody.

7 hours ago

You have 19 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

11 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Shots fired

Awakened to 5 shots fired on Touhy/Wolcott several minutes ago. Any word on that?

18 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

FOUND DOG: 8/31 9pm - Friendly Beagle Mix

This friendly guy was wandering around Ashland and Lunt for more than 30 minutes, then crossed the street... I was able to get a leash on him and walked around the block looking for anyone who was looking for him- to no avail. I got him some water, and offered food... but he's crying for his family. As I have a dog of my own and can't give him comfortable shelter overnight, I've called 311 and am waiting for Animal Control to pick him up. Anyone know his owner??!??

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Thank you for your good work!!! No need to delete; we like hearing good endings!

  • Thank you for your extra effort and success in bringing dog and owner together. It's is reassuring to know there are people like you!

2 days ago

Updated 8 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...

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Oooopss neleh, aka helen backwards, of course suzanne isn't running for anything. She is loser.

  • neleh Accountant

    helen in neleh spelled backwards, yes.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Hey, Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman!

You won't gain supporters ringing doorbells on a Saturday in a mostly Orthodox area!

No, I won't name names.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Mr. Stein - Mr. Gordon is a candidate for the 49th ward, not the 50th

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Roger Stein, you are addressing the wrong ward.

17 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

A lot of police, crime scene tape & news crew

Does anyone know what happened on Ridge between Fargo & Birchwood on East side of the street? Just came home and saw a lot of police activity.

  • Nancy Poptart I support rainbows and unicorns.

    Possibly a murder or an aggravated sexual assault or a robbery and battery but only Craig or Need for a Change would really know. They are into minute by minute crime stuff.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    One of the two shot on Ridge has died.

    Now we've got another homicide.

3 days ago

Updated 26 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.

Aug 25

Updated 26 hours ago

Alderman Moore's "Satellite Service Office" to Conduct Autumn Tour

With today's late summer heat wave, it may be hard to believe that autumn soon will be upon us. But it's true and it's time again for the 49th Ward Service Office to take to the streets with my "Satellite Service Office." My staff and I will be out in the neighborhood throughout the autumn to meet you, take city service requests and assist you with any other matters of concern.

Please stop by and say hello on any of...

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With today's late summer heat wave, it may be hard to believe that autumn soon will be upon us. But it's true and it's time again for the 49th Ward Service Office to take to the streets with my "Satellite Service Office." My staff and I will be out in the neighborhood throughout the autumn to meet you, take city service requests and assist you with any other matters of concern.

Please stop by and say hello on any of the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Howard "L" station (Howard entrance)
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Morse "L" station (Morse entrance)
Thursday, August 28, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Morse "L" station (Lunt entrance)
Friday, August 29, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Loyola "L" station (Sheridan entrance)

Saturday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Morse Fresh Market, 1430 W. Morse
Sunday, August 31, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Jerome's Church (Lunt and Paulina)

Tuesday, September 2, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Loyola "L" station (Loyola entrance)
Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Jarvis "L" station

Monday, September 8, 6:30 to 9 a.m., CTA parking garage (Rogers and Paulina)
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metra station (Lunt entrance)
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metra station (Greenleaf entrance)
Friday, September 12, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Gateway Centre Atrium (L.A. Fitness)

Saturday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Devon Market, 1440 W. Devon
Sunday, September 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glenwood Sunday Market

Monday, September 15, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Starbuck's (Columbia and Sheridan)
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Dunkin Donuts, 6970 N. Clark

Saturday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Jewel/Osco (Gateway Centre)
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood

Please note that this schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

I look forward to seeing you!

  • Thanks, Joe, your special request was honored. The potholes in the alley were patched right away.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I'm glad to hear it, Dr. Ma'at. Thank you for letting me know.

3 days ago

Updated 29 hours 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.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Too often have i walked yards to a trash bin to find a small barely discernable "Recycle Only" tag with no other trash bin close by. Its no wonder they're filled with trash of all sorts- food, liquor containers, dog sht, clothing, etc. May need some sort of fixed containers for both trash and recycle clearly marked, with removable bags or liners placed at logical points around the park.

  • I would think if you're going to have a picnic or some other event in the local park, you would naturally bring your own trash bags for clean up.

    Vic, I also remember events as you described. And yes, we were expected to leave the park area exactly like we found it; clean and trash removed. Unfortunately, the folks nowadays were never taught to pick up and dispose of their own garbage. Either they are just too lazy or expect the park employees to do their dirty work. Unbelievable!!!

31 hours ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Good News

The students and staff of Gale worked hard to improve teaching and learning. Congratulations to them for improving the Spring NWEA Test results. We saw a 13.2% increase in growth for Reading and a 13.3% increase in growth for Math. We still have much work to do on attainment, however, we are moving forward. Let's give our students a hand clap! Thanks for your support of our school and students.

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

CPS outpaces charter schools

Chicago’s public neighborhood elementary schools improved greatly in reading and slightly in math, outpacing average charter school growth last year, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of recently released testing data....

http://www.suntimes.com/29536936-761/cps-outpaces-charter-schools-in-improvements-especially-in-reading.html#.VAICl2PciSp

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    rogersparker - Studies in other cities have shown that charters, on average, do not outperform public schools

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Now - Charter schools in Illinois can have up to 25% non-certified teachers. Yes, Uno teachers voted last spring to join the Charter Teachers Union. A(pregnant) teacher was fired from Chicago Math and Science for attempting to organize teachers.

31 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 32 hours 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.

5 days ago

Updated 36 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...

  • dj long time RP home owner

    @ Suzanne- 2011? and the record since? This is pretty old. @ Carl - And Joe's response on another thread that he has no connection to the Concept schools except that they have one in Rogers Park? The alderman doesn't fill potholes personally. And "postal incident" by volunteer merely addressing envelopes with no city money involved? Now, Carl, who is the troll?

  • Nancy Poptart I support rainbows and unicorns.

    The pot holes in our alley got filled this week smack dab good. Just wait your turn and hold your breath.

38 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 43 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?

  • Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the...

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    Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the city Council's time approving awnings and signs in the public way; yes, maybe this could be better done by a bureaucrat rather than the full council. I think several of the issues raised in that thread could make for interesting discussions among our four announced candidates. Ald. Silverstein's council record can be reviewed here:
    https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=64196&GUID=0254E721-8ED0-4EAD-9BFF-2B927E07B0B9&Search=

  • Avy

    Paco, who is the fourth candidate? Though there are rumors, there are only 3 that I know of.

44 hours ago

Jargowood Meeting

Jargowood. (Jarvis, Birchwood, Fargo)
BLOCK CLUB MEETING
TUESDAY – September 2, 2014
CHALET LIVING CENTER
SHERIDAN & JARVIS
7350 N Sheridan Road
Conference Room
7:30 P M

2 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

2 days ago

You have 10 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Sirens Galore

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

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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

May 02

Updated 2 days 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.

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