2 days ago

Updated 57 min ago

Sneaky Campaign Tactics

Election season is nigh here in Chicago and it seems like things are heating up. Everyone knows Chicago has a history of some really questionable politics. What are some of your favorite stories of sneaky campaign tactics from the past and present?

  • Rob

    Gordon mouthpiece Gernhardt- The problem isn't that you ran Don through the ringer. It's that you took his family with, too. What you posted about his daughter was WAY over the line.

    "It's time for this guy to get out of the race and go back to Parenting School 101...

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    Gordon mouthpiece Gernhardt- The problem isn't that you ran Don through the ringer. It's that you took his family with, too. What you posted about his daughter was WAY over the line.

    "It's time for this guy to get out of the race and go back to Parenting School 101 - ASAP."
    -Craig Gernhardt September 7, 2006

    The fact that he lets you be involved in ANY way with his campaign after the attack you made on his family says a lot about him and what he's willing to do in the name of getting elected. I would probably have been very receptive to hearing much more about him or from him, but the fact that its coming from you? Not a chance.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Rob, how does that idiom go--If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas, I think.

14 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Fire near Rogers / Ridge

Anyone know what caused the fire? I don't know where exactly it is but I smelled it from my house. Didn't wanna go investigate it.

  • Patrick Resident of Rogers Park on and off since 2004

    What time did this happen? Glad your okay

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Avoid the Lines; Vote Early or Vote by Mail Starting Today

Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning TODAY (Monday, October 20th), until Saturday, November 1st. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway...

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Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning TODAY (Monday, October 20th), until Saturday, November 1st. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)

Warren Park
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)

Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington
Lower level (across from Daley Plaza)

If you need a ride to an early voting site, please reply to this e-mail or call 773-973-4900.

Early Voting is also available Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level, and at four city neighborhood locations, including Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.

An ID is not required. However, I advise you to bring an ID, such as a driver's license or state ID, in the event there is a question about your registration. All Early Voting sites will serve as "grace period registration" sites where voters may register for the first time or update the name or address on their existing registrations. To learn more about Grace Period registration, read my comment on this thread.

VOTE BY MAIL

You can also vote by mail! Illinois law now permits you to vote by mail for any reason whatsoever. To obtain an application to vote by mail, visit:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_399.pdf

Complete the application and either mail it or deliver it personally to the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington. Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602.

You will then receive your ballot in the mail. Follow all the enclosed instructions and make sure to vote in secret.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    If you missed the standard October 7th voter registration deadline, there's a safety net. From now through Saturday, November 1st, you may register to vote, update your address or file your name change during the "Grace Period."

    To check your voter registration status, visit:

    http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html

    During the Grace Period, you...

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    If you missed the standard October 7th voter registration deadline, there's a safety net. From now through Saturday, November 1st, you may register to vote, update your address or file your name change during the "Grace Period."

    To check your voter registration status, visit:

    http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html

    During the Grace Period, you must register in person--and then vote immediately during that same visit. Please bring two forms of identification, at least one of which shows your current address.

    Grace Period registration and voting takes place from now until Saturday, November 1st, at all early voting sites.

  • jenna! nam myoho renge kyo

    vote early, vote often!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    If a Chicago relative or friend is in the hospital, do him or her a favor-- print out an application for an absentee ballot from the link Ald. Moore provided above and take it to the hospitalized person. Then return it to the Chicago Board of Elections in person or by mail. Even if the person will be home by election day, s/he may not feel up to going out to vote.

39 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Response to Li'l Buds Theatre Post

Encouraging second graders to write is wonderful. Encouraging them to compete against their classmates and then in a public forum is, I believe, not so wonderful.
While I'm sure the organizers have no ill intent, I take issue with having 7 year olds pitted against each other. The "losers" might put down their pens and never write again. The "losers" might experience losing as failure. Creativity and self confidence
could be seriously affected in the process. Please let our children experience the joy of writing without having to feel they have to vie against each other and win a contest.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    No. It was about Joe Moore. They all are.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Even the Lost Cat and Found Cat threads, Mr. Rogers?

Oct 12

Updated 2 hours ago

Hard Water bar and grill

I saw that this place is now open for brunch. My first opinion on this place is, the staff is very friendly and the food is pretty good. The drink selection is great, I had the bacon bloody Mary, and they have many daily specials. I would recommend to give it a try. Especially to watch the game.

  • I'm currently sitting on my couch in the living room on the 5th floor above, and can hear everything going on (I think on the patio?) including the music (The Who, which is nice, but not when I'm trying to relax after a long day) and what sounds like bean bag throwing (?) and shouts at the various games. My windows are completely closed.

    I hope this isn't going to be the norm.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Vanessa, is this worse than what you must have heard from Hop Haus and then Rollands?

11 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Lost kitty

We found this little kitty underneath our back stairs and aren't sure what to do with him. Is he/she yours? Near Sheridan and Pratt. You can text/call me at 312-725-0130 if he/she is yours and/or you want to help me route him somewhere.

If not yours, I'm open to suggestions on what we should do with him. I assume shelters don't intake directly. Does that mean we should call 311, or do we have to bring him down to CACC ourselves?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Update: We've taken the cat in for the night. Will take her to Bramer or VCA Misener-Holley in the morning to look for a chip and do a general wellness check. We have two friends lined up to adopt her. That kind of thing can always fall through, so if you have interest, feel free to reach out. We think she probably was living indoors; she's very happy to be indoors with us, even with one of our dogs trying to annoy her.

  • ks1227 RP resident

    Good luck. If I didn't already have a dog and a cat, I would take her in. But she's a very attractive kitty, and I hope you are able to find a place for her!

9 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Lost black & white cat text

I took a screen shot off of a Facebook post..here's the text I'm retyping. That's all i know: Mila has been missing for nearly 5 weeks. Pls call or text 773-580-4130 if you see her. She was spotted a number of times around Wolfram and Lakewood in Lakeview. Also may be around Paulina and Nelson. Reward $1000. Microchipped & wearing a collar. Black button nose, white paws.

  • Have you ever seen ":Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey" ? You would be surprised at how far they can go.

  • L

    Mila has a perfect little black nose.

17 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Street Cleaning Signs

Why is it that our neighborhood has these plastic street cleaning signs and not the typical permanent signs?

I find the plastic signs infuriating. One more hurdle in the parking war, along with never ending construction, fricking peoples gas, snow and ice. They are wasteful. Having a worker remove and put them up. And they change days constantly and aren't always visible. It's nonsense.

How can we get regular posted street signs?!

  • Faye in RP 38 year Rogers Park resident

    There are permanent signs in the commercial areas. You can access the street sweeping schedule on the 49th Ward site. http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/

  • d3 NOH

    the permanent street cleaning signs encourage those transients who are here w/out a car but don't necessarily actually need it day-to-day to keep their park parked for a month at a time and not move until street cleaning day. However, thanks to technology and Aldermanic web sites, all of this info is usually available online either way

  • On most city streets, sweeping is done approximately every 21 days from April through November, but not on a guaranteed date such as the "third Monday of each month." I infer that to be the reason the city posts cardboard signs.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

wicca seminar

please feel free to join on-line wicca seminar. This digital seminar will take place until holloween the wicca new year @the end of the seminar i will reveal the identity of satan useing the christian bible

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Sidney--I think you look a bit like Will I Am of the Black Eye Peas and also Mike Tyson

  • jenna! nam myoho renge kyo

    Sidney has been an inspiration to me. I've hidden a cryptic message in my profile picture. check it out if you dare!

31 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Lost cat

Someone posted about finding a black & white cat... here's one that's missing. Hope this helps everyone.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Car repair

Anyone got a good mechanic recommendation? Ideally I would like to get my brakes done and new tires at the same place. Maybe even a tune up.

  • Totally agree with FA Girl posting above. DAVES AUTO is the ONLY place I will take my car. Dave is honest and their team does impeccable work.

  • Runge Auto. Tim is fantastic!

44 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Ebola Questions

1. Do you think Chicago is ready if Ebola comes our way?
2. Has anything changed in your life since Ebola came to the US?
3. How can we help the counties in West Africa? Has the world responded appropriately?

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Robert Reich has some words of wisdom for the US on his blog today on containing ebola, which is still endemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone: http://robertreich.org/. From what I am reading in the CDC literature, containment in W. Africa is imperative to prevent a pandemic. As for the 1918...

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    Robert Reich has some words of wisdom for the US on his blog today on containing ebola, which is still endemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone: http://robertreich.org/. From what I am reading in the CDC literature, containment in W. Africa is imperative to prevent a pandemic. As for the 1918 influenza pandemic, it has been confirmed that Hemophilus influenzae was the causative virus. Once weakened by the flu, many persons became infected with pathogenic bacteria that led to fatal pneumonia (Source: Microbiology and Human Disease; Wistreihc & Lechtman). There is some thought that the disturbances to the earth from trench digging and bombardment during WWI resulted in churning up this virus from the soil (Source: The War That Ended Peace; Margaret MacMillan). And most likely, lack of food and starvation during the war weakened the immune system of many.
    It is heart wrenching to watch the clips and read the stories of crying infants and young children and to see the ravaged bodies. Agree, agree - an appropriately funded public health system serves everyone - pathogenic organisms don't discriminate.

  • Lucas G “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

    I think we are all in this together. And we need to think about infectious diseases outside of the free market driven world we have become. Healthcare may be a business, but human beings are in charge of health care including voters and tax payers. We all need to drive health care in more compassionate ways. In the end, all we have is our health.

4 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Rubber stamp Alderman helps close vital health clinics

The controversial 2012 City of Chicago budget that slashed library hours and cut 6 of 12 health clinics around Chicago, including one on Howard St.

"Alderman Joseph Moore said he would vote for this one because unlike previous budgets, "it is an honest budget."

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mayor-Emanuels-Budget-Passed-Unanimously-133978073.html#ixzz3GJjLMDAU

Thumbs down.

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    The mayor announced he was closing half of the clinics in 2011.

    In 2012, under intense pressure, the Chicago Health Department called together other non-governmental mental health programs and told them they want to send city patients who were insured to them with additional grant money from the city to...

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    The mayor announced he was closing half of the clinics in 2011.

    In 2012, under intense pressure, the Chicago Health Department called together other non-governmental mental health programs and told them they want to send city patients who were insured to them with additional grant money from the city to sweeten the pot.

    The mayor nor the city council held public hearings, asked anyone to conduct a professional report or convened a task force prior to announcing the closings.

    That is the way it went down.

    If Alderman Moore has a copy of these alleged "task force recommendations" dated in 2011 to coincide with the Mayor's initial announcement. I would love to see it and so would many other people from what I have read. This whole closing the clinics was one down and dirty shady deal. The aldermen were afraid of Rahm because he was redistricting ward boundries at the time, so they all voted with him to close the clinics..

11 hours ago

New Restaurant Coming to Granville, Revival Social Club

M. Henrietta on Granville in Edgewater closed a few weeks ago, and many brunch fans were sad to see them close their doors. But the sadness will soon be gone, when the replacement restaurant opens up in less than a month! In it’s place, Edgewater will be getting the Revival Social Club, a restaurant bar combo […]

Jan 09 2013

Updated 12 hours ago

Seeking Painter Referrals

I'm looking for referrals for painters (at a reasonable price) for a 1,900sf condo in Edgewater. Ideally, I'd like to start with a high-level estimate on the phone if possible.

  • I used Green Tree Painting last year for a similarly sized condo and was very happy with them -- high work quality, nice folks and didn't leave a mess: http://www.greentreepaintingdesign.com/

  • Tad1232000 Edgewater Transplant

    What ever you do don't use Bill Baker at Happy Home Repair, you won't be happy. He skipped out without finishing the job and broke a radiator in the process. Rather than helping to solve the problem he just skipped out and almost had to get the police involved to resolve when he wouldn't give the keys back. What ever you do realize you get what you pay for. He did have cheap prices, but it showed in his lack of professionalism.

30 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Handyman/woman needed

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good handyman/woman? I just need help installing some ikea curtains and rod and I don't own a drill or have a good working knowledge of how to do this sort of thing. Pretty straightforward job. Any recs would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Taskrabbit is a good place to look for handymen/women, too.

  • Bruce at 773-474-0617. He lives in Edgewater and can do all kinds of home handyman stuff.

Jun 19

Updated 13 hours ago

Homeless

Was a little upset by the act of a obvious homeless man yesterday @Jewel-Osco on Bway near Foster. There are normally a couple or so "homeless" people hanging arund the entrance to this store. No one seems to shoo them off & they are not basically violent or harrassing anyone that I have seen until yesterday. We were putting our groceries into our car when a man came up & started loading our vehicle for us & then demanded/requested some...

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Was a little upset by the act of a obvious homeless man yesterday @Jewel-Osco on Bway near Foster. There are normally a couple or so "homeless" people hanging arund the entrance to this store. No one seems to shoo them off & they are not basically violent or harrassing anyone that I have seen until yesterday. We were putting our groceries into our car when a man came up & started loading our vehicle for us & then demanded/requested some money for the "service" also stating that he would return the basket to the store. Of course, I don't have any cash money on me & declined his request. I hope this does not become a common occurance. I should have called the store to complain I suppose.

  • Ricky Coogin North Andersonville

    I wish people in Andersonville would stop giving money to the homeless. I know people feel sorry for them, but there are plenty of social services; giving them money just invites them to set up permanent camp in our neighborhood. The one I'm thinking of specifically used to hang out...

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    I wish people in Andersonville would stop giving money to the homeless. I know people feel sorry for them, but there are plenty of social services; giving them money just invites them to set up permanent camp in our neighborhood. The one I'm thinking of specifically used to hang out by the eastern wall of Jewel and beg for money; when he got enough, he'd go buy beer and drink it right out on the sidewalk (making sure to leave the empty beer can on the ground even though there's a garbage can 20 feet away). I talked to him once and he told me he had a permanent place to stay, and not a shelter, either.

    He seems to have migrated south a few blocks since the summer...now he sits in front of the market around Balmoral/Clark.

  • A polite No Thank You always works for me.

4 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

What kind of issues are affecting the Rogers Park community?

I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community...

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I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community needs?

5. Do you know who your neighbors are?

Yes No

6. What job opportunities does Rogers Park have available?

7. What is your view of the school system?

8. Do you feel that the law enforcement services in your community are effective?

9. Do you feel that community resources are easily assessable?

Thank you for your help.

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    I'm honored to be muted by you, RogerSparkingsPot.

  • jenna! nam myoho renge kyo

    take a break you guys, jc!

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

TV Repair

Does anyone know of a TV repair shop that works on (and has parts for) older, picture tube model TV's? I have an older Sharp TV that I really like - but the picture tube finally gave out. I'd like have it repaired, even though I know I could easily buy a new TV, probably for what it will cost to repair it. I already have several newer, flat screen TV's, but this one's my favorite. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Prefer someone in the Edgewater/Andersonville, Rogers Park area, but I'm willing to venture out of the neighborhood for someone reputable.

  • Sally Muza-Arevalo Mom of 9 & have lived in Edgewater since 1970

    Minas really is reputable, honest and they are reliable. I have taken numerous electronics to them to have repaired and have ALWAYS been satisfied! Raffi and Aram will let you know if it is worth fixing or not. They will not just take your money. I think that is why I support them.

  • Aram- Minas TV & Video owner- Edgewater neighbor for 44 years

    Feel free to call anytime 773-764-0726 to discuss details, we are open everyday.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Halloween Kids events in the area?

Any upcoming Halloween events for the kids in the Edgewater/Andersonville area? Thanks!

16 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

heads up, neighbors

hey guys
we had a forced entry burglary over on N Eastlake Terrace this weekend. no one was hurt, but it's definitely scary.
As a note of personal failing, I heard loud noises and activity late Saturday night, but I figured it was just people coming back from the bars or something. Unfortunately, it's a hard lesson

  • EmBregz 2nd year in Rogers Park - originally from STL

    Stefanie- it was on the 7600 block. I don't want to be any more specific because that would compromise not only my affected neighbors privacy (such as it is) but mine as well. hope you understand. :)

  • Of course, thank you for the heads up!

17 hours ago

Teacher looking for nanny share or home daycare in Edgewater/Andersonville

I'll be heading back to work in January, and I'm trying to find childcare for my daughter, who will be 4 months old. I'd love to find either a nearby family who would be interested in a nanny share, or a reliable in-home daycare. I work as a teacher, so ideally we are looking for care from January to June with the plan on continuing in the fall when the school year resumes. Please comment if you're interested.

4 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

What kind of issues are affecting the Rogers Park community?

I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community...

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I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community needs?

5. Do you know who your neighbors are?

Yes No

6. What job opportunities does Rogers Park have available?

7. What is your view of the school system?

8. Do you feel that the law enforcement services in your community are effective?

9. Do you feel that community resources are easily assessable?

Thank you for your help. A

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    What am I missing?

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    Thanks because I was going to pass it around to the students I teach!

Jun 12

Updated 19 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.

20 hours ago

You have 7 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

5 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Pilates classes

I want to start taking classes in pilates. I want to see if anyone has had a very positive experience, so I can check them out, or a very negative experience, so I can avoid them.
I am looking for group classes.

  • Ann

    Hi Maibu Pat,
    I loved Pilates Chicago.It's on Morse in Rogers Park just west of Sheridan. The people there are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, down to earth and affordable. They were a tremendous help when I broke my knee several years ago-not only got my body working better than any physical...

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    Hi Maibu Pat,
    I loved Pilates Chicago.It's on Morse in Rogers Park just west of Sheridan. The people there are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, down to earth and affordable. They were a tremendous help when I broke my knee several years ago-not only got my body working better than any physical therapist I had previously but also gave me the confidence to realize that I could do way more with my body to get it working in new ways than I thought possible-beyond just the knee issue. Matt and Jen are terrific! Check them out.

  • Malibu Pat Edgewater Dog person

    Thanks Ann!! I will check them out.

  • Pilates center of Chicago is listed at 4011 n ravenswood (at Irving park) and is fabulous! Alicia, Laura and mary are excellent

20 hours ago

Health Education Event: "Getting a Good Night's Sleep"

Loyola University, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students will be presenting a six part interprofessional health education series starting on, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 with the topic, "Getting a Good Night's Sleep" at the new Heartland Health Center - Devon, Community Room, 1300 W. Devon Avenue. The event is from 1:00pm to 2:30p and is free. Light snacks will be provided. All are welcome.

6 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

The Paper Shredder is back! Shred and Recycle your old Papers and Documents this Sunday

Back by popular demand, the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction's Mobile Shredding Truck will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are...

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Back by popular demand, the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction's Mobile Shredding Truck will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you won't have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information. Just bring your old documents to the truck, where they will be shredded on the spot in front of you and then taken away to be recycled.

Bring any documents you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information. Examples include:

• Bank Statements
• Outdated medical records
• Pay stubs
• Old bills and receipts
• Credit card offers
• Tax returns older than seven years

As an added service, my Ward Service Office will be open Sunday afternoon to take any service requests you may have.

Clean out your home office or attic and join us this Sunday, October 19th for a day of paper recycling!

  • Kateri in Rogers Park artist at heart

    Sorry, but your notice about shredding appeared in my email on MONDAY , October 20, 2014 (6:15 AM) = one day late!. Good idea, though.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Sorry to hear that, Kateri. I sent out three separate emails announcing the shredding over the past week, plus posted it on EveryBlock. Whom do you use for your email?

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Yard Sale, Saturday 10/18, 9-4pm

1909 W. Chase (bwtn Wolcott & Damen)

Croquet set, air conditioner, tools, games, plates, books, lights and lamps, knicks and knacks, and much more! Was ours, could be yours.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    You just haven't figured it out yet, have you JCV? It's okay. You can come and talk with us anytime. Welcome!

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Spam, spam, nuts, and spam

5 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Found: Black and White Cat

Hello, friends! I've come across a black and white cat. No collar, no microchip, not declawed, and he hadn't been neutered.

We took him to a vet to check for the microchip, and the vet thinks he's 1-2 years old and either belongs to someone and is lost or was abandoned since he's not afraid of people, is super affectionate, and is litter-box trained. Vet also thinks he might have been dumped because his fur is a little ratty and...

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Hello, friends! I've come across a black and white cat. No collar, no microchip, not declawed, and he hadn't been neutered.

We took him to a vet to check for the microchip, and the vet thinks he's 1-2 years old and either belongs to someone and is lost or was abandoned since he's not afraid of people, is super affectionate, and is litter-box trained. Vet also thinks he might have been dumped because his fur is a little ratty and he's got some scratches on his nose from getting into fights with other animals while he's been on his own.

We've taken him in for now, but we can't keep him since we can't have pets. We're in touch with all sorts of shelters and rescue groups, but, as everyone knows, it's hard to get an animal into a no-kill shelter because they're always at capacity.

We've hit a wall in terms of trying to find his owners, so we're looking to get this guy a great home. Please get in touch if you're looking to adopt a companion animal.

6 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Why We Have Rats

I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always...

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I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always cleaning up the alley, but he wasn't there today. And, as of half an hour ago, there's even more garbage on the ground, more bags tossed into the alley. Recently someone has begun to leave newspaper with torn bread and what appears to be cheese on top the dumpster several times a week. This may be poison (note the dead rat between the bags) and would explain the two dead squirrels and dead pigeon I've found in the last week. Squirrels are always on these dumpsters because there's always food here. The city has repeatedly cited this building but the tenants continue to dump their garbage like this. (I picked up the rat and the bread and cheese after I took the pictures.) I heard on tonight's news that Orkin has named Chicago the city with the nation's worse rat problem (based on the number of citizen complaints). The tenants here are one reason that's probably true.

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Although most of the buildings in my neighborhood are condos, the economic crisis of 2008 resulted in foreclosures purchased by speculators as rental units in some of these buildings. As renters moved out each season, my condo association was paying quite a bit for extra garbage pick up as unwanted...

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    Although most of the buildings in my neighborhood are condos, the economic crisis of 2008 resulted in foreclosures purchased by speculators as rental units in some of these buildings. As renters moved out each season, my condo association was paying quite a bit for extra garbage pick up as unwanted furniture/mattresses were being left next to our dumpsters by renters from the building across the ally because their dumpsters were overflowing. They were caught in the act at times and we complained to the management of the building. But we could not always prove it. Owners in other condo buildings have complained of the same problem. This has been a sticky problem to solve. So if a condo building is cited and fined for garbage overflow ($500) caused by the actions of neighbors, the association pays twice: the fine and the cost for the extra pick up. Does anyone have any recommendations?

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    jldoolittle, as the president of my condo association I am very familiar with this problem. Mattresses, furniture, and other refuse end up outside dumpsters, leaving condo associations, landlords, and home owners at risk of being cited for overflow. If we do not catch someone in the act, we are shouldered...

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    jldoolittle, as the president of my condo association I am very familiar with this problem. Mattresses, furniture, and other refuse end up outside dumpsters, leaving condo associations, landlords, and home owners at risk of being cited for overflow. If we do not catch someone in the act, we are shouldered with the overage fees in addition to any city citations. It's very difficult to hold anyone accountable. We implemented a system in which the board handles removal and assesses the responsible party the overage fees in addition to administrative fees. This encourages unit owners to handle removal themselves. This is not the driving force behind the rat infestation, though. Trash overflow from restaurants and bags of trash left outside dumpsters is a significant factor and I believe the existing laws, when properly enforced, are sufficient to discourage the problem. Having the same problem as you with a neighboring rental property, I recommend the use of an inexpensive camera system. A good camera focused on the dumpsters, a DVR, and a small LCD screen can be had for $500 and will help deter the crime and will provide the backup if you encounter this problem again.

4 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Cermak Market?

Anyone got the scoop on the old Dominicks on Ridge? Looks like they're doing a bunch of work there and I heard it was gonna be a grocery called Cermak produce or something like that. Thanks.

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

    Moving forward it seems.I pass by everyday and notice more activity

  • One of the construction workers said 2 months!

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Utility Solicitors?

A group of people came to our complex last evening, claiming to be there to "check on the lights" for Commonwealth Edison. They wanted to be buzzed in, but no one did. We don't know whether they were the same group that had been going around on Farwell doing the same thing or not. Similar groups have been around before. Coming later in the evening didn't make them look too trustworthy, either!

  • Mktz New to Rp.

    Same thing happened @ my complex near N. Lakewood/Morse on Friday sometime after 4.... two younger males were trying all the buzzers they had note books.... Thankfully no one let them in here either. They may just be solicitors but you have to keep your guard up... you would not let a stranger in your home so don't buzz them in the building either.

  • So far it looks like the majority of respondents are recommending calling 911. The group at our building complex had clip boards, but so what? I would never buzz a stranger into my building, even if they claim to know someone who lives here.

43 hours ago

Updated 36 hours ago

The 2015 City Budget

What do you think about the 2015 budget released by the mayor last week? It is a non-controversial, feel good budget crafted to vote in before the election in February.

The budget doesn't address money for additional police officers and we still have no plan to deal with city pension debt. There were a few service additions added - rat abatement. pot hole repairs, etc., to superficially please voters who have been grumbling about the lack of city services for the last four years.

How will the alderman vote on the 2015 budget? Will he ask for our feedback? Are there ward budget meetings planned?

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Bunny-proof fencing materials needed

Hi,

I have an edible garden plot that I'd like to protect from bunnies and other critters. Does anyone have extra fencing material that they don't need or something that can be repurposed for a fence, like pet gates/baby gates or wire shelving? The garden plot is 8ft x 4fx, so I don't need a lot of material. I know to check thrift stores and have posted on Freecycle.

Thanks!

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    I don't have any material for you but, back a few years ago we lived in a very small town & had a problem with skunks. Instead of letting a co-worker get rid of them we tried the following. We blew up & filled balloons with water and placed them densely in the area affected. Believe it or not it did send the skunks on their way, I know how this sounds but sometimes simple crazy solutions work.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    I don't think water balloons will work in my case, but that's an interesting story on how to scare away skunks without getting sprayed.

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Lost wallet

I lost my wallet between visiting the library on Farwell and Clark and my apartment at 1523 farwell. If anyone picked it up please let me know!!!

  • Check the 24th District Police Dept. to see if someone turned it in.

  • It's RP sir, your wallet is gone.

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

DON'T FORGET: Paper Shredder Available this Sunday to Shred Your Old Papers

This is a reminder that the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you...

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This is a reminder that the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you won't have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information. Just bring your old documents to the truck, where they will be shredded on the spot in front of you and then taken away to be recycled.

Bring any documents you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information. Examples include:

• Bank Statements
• Outdated medical records
• Pay stubs
• Old bills and receipts
• Credit card offers
• Tax returns older than seven years

As an added service, my Ward Service Office will be open Sunday afternoon to take any service requests you may have.

Clean out your home office or attic and join us this Sunday, October 19th for a day of paper recycling!

6 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Take back Chicago

A report card has come out and our Alderman received a bunch of thumbs down on the report.

This is a great resource for anyone who votes in Feb. 2015.

http://takebackchicago.org/find-your-alderman/alderman-joe-moore

  • Moore lost me when he voted to privatize Chicago street parking. His rationale was ridiculous. Public resistance was furious and the public has been proven right. The resulting fiasco has done enormous damage to Chicago -- and will continue to do so for generations to come. In my personal view,...

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    Moore lost me when he voted to privatize Chicago street parking. His rationale was ridiculous. Public resistance was furious and the public has been proven right. The resulting fiasco has done enormous damage to Chicago -- and will continue to do so for generations to come. In my personal view, that one devastating and lame-brained vote has disqualified him from holding public office, in perpetuity.

    More recently, Moore has twice used parliamentary dirty-tricks to prevent a non-binding public referendum allowing voters to express their view regarding an elected school board vs. one appointed by the mayor. Moore knows full well that a majority of Chicagoans would vote to support some form of elected school board, yet still he's repeatedly used his committee position to back the mayor.

    I don't regard Moore as an independent voice; I regard him as a lackey.

  • Sad to say those are the facts and you could not be more correct. No Moore if we want real, smarter representation for Rogers Park.

44 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Did someone lose a dog (Dalmation)?

There is a Dalmatian dog running loose near Devon and Glenwood. I tried to catch him to look for a tag but he kept running away when i would get close. Appears to be in good health and is wearing a collar. Last seen on Glenwood between Devon and Arthur. I hope he makes it home safely.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Larry, have you checked with the fire station on Clark? (Sorry, I couldn't resist, but this will bump your post up.)

2 days ago

Found Keys 1200 block of Morse

Found a set of house keys taped to a light post with a sign that read "lost and found." Please let me know if these belong to you. Contact me with description of the keys.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Wire street art

Hi folks. Take a look at some recent street art installations I put up. One says: gang membership is a death sentence. It hangs just outside the Howard El station. The other one reads: Don't shoot! There are better ways to make a name for yourself. It hangs on the El wall south of Morse.

  • Helen - just outside of the old entrance that goes out to Howard street, west side of entrance just past little store.

    Also, I don't use spray paint. My public works are nondamaging to what they are hanging. I use pre-existing nails or things to hang from.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Thanks, Kelly. I don't often walk past that wall west of the entrance (though I did last night without noticing it). I'll make a point of looking for it next time. I usually just go in the entrance from the east.

    Robin, there are two: one at Howard; one at Morse.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

2740 W. Arthur - Anyone seeing all the loitering and destruction to the Tamid Managed building.

2740 W. Arthur - Tamid Management needs to step up with the loitering of gangbangers and the destruction to the front hallways doors/windows.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Aldermanic Ratings from Take Back Chicago

Take Back Chicago has rated each alderman on a specific set of issues. You can check the ratings for Ald. Silverstein here: http://takebackchicago.org/find-your-alderman/alderman-debra-silverstein

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Charter schools also take the active parents away from the public schools, and leave behind all of the students with special needs (who are more expensive to educate)

  • Robin, that's exactly right. Activist parents hold schools--and politicians--accountable. Parental involvement is essential--for the kids, for the teachers, for the school. It's so hard to keep the culture wars from intruding on schools. I'm always amazed that so many people have difficulty accepting that kids need the basics--reading, writing, math--before they can begin to be educated in the true sense of the word.

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