44 hours ago

Updated 23 min ago

More Blocks Added to this Year's Street Resurfacing List

I am pleased to report that Clark Street from Devon to Howard will be resurfaced before the end of this year. An additional 12 blocks of residential streets in the 49th Ward will be resurfaced, as well.

Clark and the additional blocks of residential streets will be resurfaced by Peoples Gas, as a result of a negotiated agreement the City and I entered into with the gas utility. In short, we'll get more streets resurfaced this year at no additional...

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I am pleased to report that Clark Street from Devon to Howard will be resurfaced before the end of this year. An additional 12 blocks of residential streets in the 49th Ward will be resurfaced, as well.

Clark and the additional blocks of residential streets will be resurfaced by Peoples Gas, as a result of a negotiated agreement the City and I entered into with the gas utility. In short, we'll get more streets resurfaced this year at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

I released last week a list of 42 residential streets that will be resurfaced this year. The agreement with Peoples Gas increases that number to 54 blocks of residential streets and 12 blocks of commercial streets.

We are continuing discussions with Peoples Gas and may be able to add more streets to the list before the end of the year. So if your favorite block is not on the list, stay tuned.

For the most recent list of blocks on tap for resurfacing by the end of this year, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154883_322.htm

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Wow, Suzanne is way over the line. Yuck.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Indeed, Becky, her use of that title seems very strange to me. Carol Ronen, who until a few years ago was the state senator for most in Rogers Park, is the Democratic Committeewoman for the 48th Ward. Our representative in Congress, Jan Schakowsky, refers to herself as Congresswoman. Are Republicans not proud of being women do you suppose?

30 hours ago

Updated 46 min ago

Helicopters Hovering Above Rogers Park 4 Days In a Row

Anybody have ANY idea what's going on? Joe Moore thinks it's just "CPD doing routine sweeps," but four days in a row around the same time at night circling over the same 10-12 block radius? Something weird is afoot.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    There's a BIG difference between being found "not guilty" and being innocent. Juries are not infallible as anyone in Illinois who pays any attention should know. 20 death row inmates were exonerated and set free and scores of other inmates who were wrongly convicted have been released. Yet we're supposed...

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    There's a BIG difference between being found "not guilty" and being innocent. Juries are not infallible as anyone in Illinois who pays any attention should know. 20 death row inmates were exonerated and set free and scores of other inmates who were wrongly convicted have been released. Yet we're supposed to believe that the mistakes made by juries are only in the direction of bad guilty findings? There's a famous case in which a football player was accused of killing his ex-wife and her male friend. He was found not guilty. I don't think I need to name names in that case, but I'll bet that Zoot thought THAT was a wrong decision by the jury just as many of us believe that Zimmerman belongs in jail..

50 min ago

29 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Gunfire at Rogers & Clark

At 8:45pm, a call from a Walgreens emloyee reported shots fired at Rogers & Clark.

Responding officers report three male offenders ran to 2nd floor of 7411 N Clark, and officers are calling for the helicopter to light up the building.

  • He's most certainly not lying. The numbers are all over the place (publications, city hall reports, FOP reports, blogs such as secondcitycop and crimeinboystown, not to mention basic obsevation over the years of les squads and even those squads being staffed by two officers down to one frequently.

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    He's most certainly not lying. The numbers are all over the place (publications, city hall reports, FOP reports, blogs such as secondcitycop and crimeinboystown, not to mention basic obsevation over the years of les squads and even those squads being staffed by two officers down to one frequently.

    What's also out there is the predictability of this disaster. From Rahm targeting unions and spinning them as greedy and symbolic of the imminent need for fiscal reform (still seems odd to me that he professes democratic principles while being hell bent on destroying collective bargaining and unions), to the inability to realize that compstat is a fraud and objectively a failure wherever it had been previously implemented before Chicago's implementing, and finally our very own joe moore who is dense enough to get on here, make a suggestion re: accessing social services during hours that no longer exsist due to a budget item he himself voted for. It is a complete lack of able minded leadership from top to bottom on both the micro and macro level.

9 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Helicopters!!!!

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

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Holy run on sentence batman! It's not like this helicopter thread is like the ones from the weekend.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    realiz roger, et al.,

    Before I answer your question, did anyone call my office? I know I spend more time on EveryBlock than the average elected official, but it is not an extension of my Ward Service Office, and my staff and I are not able to monitor it 24/7....

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    realiz roger, et al.,

    Before I answer your question, did anyone call my office? I know I spend more time on EveryBlock than the average elected official, but it is not an extension of my Ward Service Office, and my staff and I are not able to monitor it 24/7. If you have any questions that you believe my staff and I can answer, posting them on EveryBlock is not the best way to go. Instead, contact my Ward Service Office at ward49@cityofchicago.org or 773-338-5796.

    And if it is a police-related matter, you might want to try contacting the police at CAPS.024District@chicagopolice.org or 312-744-6321.

    The police helicopter is including Rogers Park as part of its routine patrols, much like a squad car, except it is up in the air and can cover more territory more quickly. This is all part of a strategy to boost police presence and tamp down the violence. Other police reinforcements have been brought to our area, as well.

12 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

High chair

I have a cool wooden high chair that i dont need anymore. Its stained green with red detail. Like old fashioined building blocks. I love it, but dont have a use for it any more. If anyone needs one or knows someone who does, u can have it. I want it to get a good home.

  • I havent yet. Please let me know in the morning. Im excited to give it to a loving home.

  • Maggie I sent u an email through every block earlier today when you originally posted this. I'm not sure if you got it or not but I'm definitely interested in the high chair.

16 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Crime Stalkers

A local challenger for Ward Alderman spent a morning (according to his Facebook page) stalking and putting together a folder on a local criminal including street address, his real name and detailed information through a link to a DNAinfo newspaper article. Don't we need more of this kind of information to know who is living where?

  • James B. Best neighbor evah

    Well you posted this, so I guess you are worrying about Don Gordon and if he will be sued for his posts today. Just still trying to figure out where everyone is coming from in RP.

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

    What's the big deal here folks, these suckers need to be exposed they are criminals, posting these criminals up does not sound in constitutional this is in fact the smartest idea, posting a criminal is not an act of cruel and unusual punishment.

42 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Homelessness in Chicago

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

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

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Yes, coming together to help one man is a good thing. Coming together to ensure systems are in place to help thousands of Chicagoans is a great thing. It is important to note Jay is still homeless. Maybe if low income housing vouchers were distributed properly, he would have housing. The big picture is also good to look at and discuss.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Di, I think that it (EB) does in general. You just have to sort through the "c&)&p" in the meantime to find the good. ;)

31 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Helping Jay

We decided to start a new thread called "Helping Jay" so that we can continue the next chapter of this heartbreaking yet inspirational story of community and humanity a midst all the violence that is trying to break us down. Jay is currently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has been there all day receiving the care that he so desperately needs. While at the hospital, I was on the phone all day with shelters and social workers trying to find...

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We decided to start a new thread called "Helping Jay" so that we can continue the next chapter of this heartbreaking yet inspirational story of community and humanity a midst all the violence that is trying to break us down. Jay is currently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has been there all day receiving the care that he so desperately needs. While at the hospital, I was on the phone all day with shelters and social workers trying to find subsidized housing for Jay and hit a wall every time. I personally got in contact with our Alderman Joe Moore and explained in full detail Jays situation and what needs to be done to get this man the proper housing he needs. Alderman Joe Moore asked what was needed of him to help this process and is currently working with us to help Jay.
Despite how some people may feel about our local politicians and current policies that may or may not help those in need, lets keep this about Jay and helping Jay along in this process that at times seemed bleak but now the light shines bright. All of your charitable donations are going toward subsidized housing, clothing, food and whatever else Jay needs. Once again Rogers Park and everyone outside of our community that have contributed on any level THANK YOU so much for being beacons for change. Please continue to raise awareness on Jays situation.

  • If anyone says that the common man does not have a voice, Rogers Park just proved them wrong. Look at what we did together, one voice, one common goal, amazing. Thank you so much for all the support, outcry and awareness Rogers Park and everyone outside of our community. As...

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    If anyone says that the common man does not have a voice, Rogers Park just proved them wrong. Look at what we did together, one voice, one common goal, amazing. Thank you so much for all the support, outcry and awareness Rogers Park and everyone outside of our community. As you could imagine the past couple of days have been crazy to say the least and easing our selves back to our everyday routine is what my family is really looking forward to doing especially seeing that our daughter's first birthday is coming up on Monday. Hopefully with all the awareness we have raised we can get Jay a place that he can call home. Rogers Park!!!!!!!! Thank You so much

  • Di

    I just made a donation. This is truly a wonderful thing that you started for this man...very inspiring!

35 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

outside cat

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

  • Wow...so many snide and "catty" (OK, I couldn't resist) remarks in this thread. "Locked up." Hmm, I don't know anyone with an indoor-only cat who has it locked up. Does that mean in a closet? Stuffed in a drawer? With a chain on its little ankles attached to a 20...

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    Wow...so many snide and "catty" (OK, I couldn't resist) remarks in this thread. "Locked up." Hmm, I don't know anyone with an indoor-only cat who has it locked up. Does that mean in a closet? Stuffed in a drawer? With a chain on its little ankles attached to a 20 pound rock? People, you're getting totally out of control. So, as the Girl Scout leader that I was eons ago, I'll say it. STOP...NOW. You all care, so sound like it.

    Now, from my personal experience. Years ago, my dog whimpered at the door (inside). I opened it. My INDOOR-OUTDOOR cat was there...bleeding, shaking, with an eye missing. He'd tangled with a raccoon (and guys, they do live in the city too). I rushed him to the Vet. His body was a road-map of torn skins, blood, torn ears...and worse. The Vet said that Clarence's legs were "machine gunned." That means that the raccoon bit through the legs entirely - you could pass a wire through the wounds. Did I learn? Well, NOT enough. Four years later my other indoor-outdoor boy disappeared and never returned. I searched for weeks, called all Vets, called the police, put up posters. And that folks, is how I learned to be responsible with my animals. Those kitty-boys paid the price for my stupidity.

    Now, my diva-girl (15.5 years inside) and two 3-year old kitty boys have: individual kitty beds, great people furniture, the human's bed to sleep on during the day, snuggling rights, great food, tons of toys, a cat in the apt. next door and they have play dates (yes). The kitty boys run up and down the hallway and like to slide on the hardwood floors. (go figure) Diva-girl could care less. They have large windows and they watch people and the birds. They look askance at dogs.

    So, stop carping, understand why you think as you do and determine what the basis really is for your view and if it's tenable.. OK...Exit...the Girl Scout leader (25 eleven to thirteen year olds. Insanity...like here.

  • James B. Best neighbor evah

    I agree with your post, although I was trying to close with Gandhi!

5 hours ago

Beware: IRS telephone scam

Thankfully I have not been called but know many in the DC area who have.
Here's the story:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

8 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

City Updates Street Resurfacing Schedule

I am writing to provide you with an updated street resurfacing schedule and some additional information about street resurfacing.

As I indicated in yesterday's post, 66 blocks (8 1/4 miles) of commercial and residential streets will be resurfaced in Rogers Park by the end of this construction season. A significant number of this year's projects are completed, but many more blocks remain to be done.

A number of residents have asked me why construction crews start the work, but then...

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I am writing to provide you with an updated street resurfacing schedule and some additional information about street resurfacing.

As I indicated in yesterday's post, 66 blocks (8 1/4 miles) of commercial and residential streets will be resurfaced in Rogers Park by the end of this construction season. A significant number of this year's projects are completed, but many more blocks remain to be done.

A number of residents have asked me why construction crews start the work, but then leave it for days or even weeks at a time. This is because street resurfacing is performed in several stages and different work crews perform each stage. First, construction crews mill the street surface removing the old asphalt layer and adjusting the sewer covers and other utility structures. Second, a topcoat binder adhesive is applied. Finally, the street is repaved.

The entire process can take as long as four to six weeks to complete, though the 49th Ward crews have been completing the resurfacing in a much shorter period of time.

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for notifying vehicle owners of impending City work by posting orange CDOT "No Parking" signs on trees and light poles. Similarly, Peoples Gas is responsible for notifying vehicle owners work performed by its workers by posting white "No Parking signs."

For a list of blocks on tap for resurfacing by the end of this year and their current status, click on the link below:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154920_322.htm#49

Please keep in mind that weather and/or equipment failures could alter the schedule significantly. I will let you know about any major changes if they arise.

  • The signs are posted because the work is unfinished. However they have started the surrounding streets as well before finishing ours. Which as I said has made parking impossible. My issue is with the time this is taking and how unorganized it is to do multiple roads in one area taking away residential parking.

  • Mr. Alderman, thank you for your response.

7 hours ago

If you live in the 50th...

... and you care about the empty storefronts on Touhy, and you have some free time Friday, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=944634175554042&id=160422620641872&ref=notif&notif_t=notify_me

Note: this does not mean that I support the current Alderman

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Bang da Hitta car was bombed

1200 west Lunt.

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

violence

I'm so sick of these shootings. Can't even let my kid out and ride her bike. What can we do to stop this nonsense

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    And how many of them were involved in gangs, crime, drugs and guns? Have you been keeping count this year Bruce?

  • Kimberli H. 10-year Rogers Park Resident/Fan

    I love Rogers Park. A LOT. I think it's a wonderful neighborhood despite everything. The thing is, what are you going to do? Never go outside again? Move somewhere else? Maybe. I personally choose to stay because I think RP has a ton to offer.

    And as for the Positive...

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    I love Rogers Park. A LOT. I think it's a wonderful neighborhood despite everything. The thing is, what are you going to do? Never go outside again? Move somewhere else? Maybe. I personally choose to stay because I think RP has a ton to offer.

    And as for the Positive Loitering, I don't see the point in disparaging it. I've just started attending and at least people are doing something. At the very least, I'm meeting some really nice and fascinating people whom I may not have otherwise. I've been having a great time so far and I think others should come.

12 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Roofs, ice dams, and heating coils

Winter will be upon us before we know it. Has anyone had experience with installing heating coils to combat ice dams on roofs and in gutters? Our association is researching and thought we’d ask this informed forum for recommendations, advice or other information.

  • JCV

    They're pretty useful. We've installed the heating wire in our gutter and part of the flat roof leading up to the gutter (as well as partially down the downspout). They're very effective, but the key is remembering to turn it on prior to ice-damming as they're not very effective at melting existing ice build up.

33 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

alderman moore posts illegal signs

when is ald. moore going to take down the illegal signs he personally posted for his bike ride. it is illegal to post anything on a city of chicago sign. as an alderman he should know the law.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Shouldn't he be ticketed for this? This event was organized to promote his campaign, not as an act of the Ward.

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    Oh puhleaze. Are you people also going to launch crusades against people who post announcements of yard sales, lost dogs, lost cats, music events on Glenwood, yard plants free for the taking, church carnivals and block club events? This thread walks like, looks like and quacks like a lame attempt...

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    Oh puhleaze. Are you people also going to launch crusades against people who post announcements of yard sales, lost dogs, lost cats, music events on Glenwood, yard plants free for the taking, church carnivals and block club events? This thread walks like, looks like and quacks like a lame attempt at slinging mud toward an Alderman who donates lots of personal time to events that build community, bring neighbors together and increase the overall social cohesiveness. If you don't like an elected official, or anyone else for that matter, make an attempt at coming up with something better than this silly adolescent stuff.

37 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Rules engines, Artificial intelligence or human.

Would you ever vote for automated government algorithm over humans?
These could be subject to term limits or as we call them supported applications.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Neil excellent summary. Can automation determine the best time to pave street?
    Could Google maps design better infrastructure.

37 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Snow Removal

Does anyone know of a reliable snow removal service for a small 6 unit condo building?

  • I recommend Mario's Landscaping very, very highly. Their email is
    mario@m-rlandscaping.com
    I have used them for 7 or 8 years. They remove the snow from sidewalk, walk to front door, back yard sidewalk, walk to garage, and entrance to garage at my Andersonville home. The guys have never missed or...

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    I recommend Mario's Landscaping very, very highly. Their email is
    mario@m-rlandscaping.com
    I have used them for 7 or 8 years. They remove the snow from sidewalk, walk to front door, back yard sidewalk, walk to garage, and entrance to garage at my Andersonville home. The guys have never missed or been unduly late a single time. Completely reliable and they do a thorough job. All this great service for a great price: for me and my lot size, it's a flat $500, payable in March, for the whole winter. If they have to come zero times or many, many, many times, it doesn't matter. A flat fee. I love it and haven't worried about snow removal in years.
    Jerry

  • My building is next to a very long alley, What is the situation for alleys so that my tenants get through without getting stuck. Do you know if we can we hire someone for alleys? I also notice, especially last year that the garbage truck had some problems. The sign in the front of my building was knocked over so that they could get through.

13 hours ago

Street Named In Honor Of Women and Children First Bookstore

The city of Chicago is designating a block of the street located at Farragut and Clark as “Women and Children First” as an honor to the contributions and commitment the local and independent bookstore has had on the community.  On Oct. 11, 10 a.m. there will be a short ceremony just outside the store to recognize […]

16 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

  • Jake Berglin New Resident of East Rogers Park

    It's nice when someone goes out if their way to let me know why I SHOULDN'T vote for them. I wish more candidates would follow suit.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    John Beacham: You are echoing Alderman Moore's passive attitude towards violence. Alderman Moore has been supporting the same views that you wrote of for the past 20 years which he has been the 49th Ward Alderman. It has been ineffective.

    Neither you nor Alderman Moore have a feasible solution to provide community safety, and neither of you will be receiving my vote. Those of us who have achieved success by our own merits need immediate intervention to provide community safety.

  • This political correctness in the face of obvious violence is so frustrating. I am thrilled by the increased police presence as the mother of a newborn. I am also a person of color and have not experienced this racism although I'm sure it exists. However the increased gang violence is...

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    This political correctness in the face of obvious violence is so frustrating. I am thrilled by the increased police presence as the mother of a newborn. I am also a person of color and have not experienced this racism although I'm sure it exists. However the increased gang violence is very real and will not be ended by disarming our police in any way. I feel as though Beacham has entirely skirted the very real issue in an effort to cater to what he perceives are the wants and desires of the Black/Latino population which does this community a disservice.

13 hours ago

Chicago Market Andersonville Info Sessions Thursday and Saturday

Chicago Market, a new community-owned food co-op forming on the North Side, will be holding Information Sessions on Thursday, September 18 from 7 pm to 8.30 pm, and Saturday, September 20 from 10.30 am to noon at the Swedish American Museum Center at 5211 North Clark Street.

Come learn about the co-op, meet Chicago Market Steering Committee members and current Owners, and become a Founding Owner.

** RSVP for Thursday evening at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-september-18.
** RSVP for Saturday morning at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-september-20....

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Chicago Market, a new community-owned food co-op forming on the North Side, will be holding Information Sessions on Thursday, September 18 from 7 pm to 8.30 pm, and Saturday, September 20 from 10.30 am to noon at the Swedish American Museum Center at 5211 North Clark Street.

Come learn about the co-op, meet Chicago Market Steering Committee members and current Owners, and become a Founding Owner.

** RSVP for Thursday evening at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-september-18.
** RSVP for Saturday morning at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-september-20.

***

Chicago Market's #1000in100 Campaign for 1,000 Owners in 100 days is booming. We now have an incredible 467 Owners!

There are ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS left in our campaign. If you've been planning to become an Owner, thinking about it, or on the fence, time is running out!

** For more information, check out Momma Cuisine's wonderful blog post about Chicago Market at http://mommacuisine.com/2014/08/06/chicago-market-wants-to-change-the-way-you-shop-for-groceries/

** Read 10 Things Everybody Wants to Know About Chicago Market at: http://www.chicagomarket.coop/10_things_everybody_wants_to_know_about_chicago_market

** Hear our recent WBEZ interview on the Afternoon Shift with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu at https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/chewing-the-fat-icy-treats-desserts-and-food-co-ops

** Or listen to us talk with Patti Vasquez on the Pretty Late show on WGN recently: http://wgnradio.com/2014/08/28/8-26-14-full-show-podcast-chicago-market-co-op-state-senator-dan-kotowski-daphne-scott/

And last but NOT least: Please become a Founding Owner at www.chicagomarket.coop/join

We are deeply appreciative of the Chicago community for its ongoing support in our #1000in100 campaign to recruit 1,000 Owners in 100 days.

Best,
Greg Berlowitz
Project Lead, Steering Committee, Founder
Chicago Market - A Community Co-op
www.chicagomarket.coop
info@chicagomarket.coop

29 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Confused

Anyone else curious as to why the news fails to show all the shootings in uptown and Rogers park? I see lots of coverage on the south side shootings.

  • Lots of statistics on Chicago shootings on this website: http://heyjackass.com/

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Verena: Thanks for the link.

    I generally don't put a lot of stock into statistics since they are usually compiled and presented to support one argument- as the saying goes "Figures Lie and Liars figure"

    The one thing I do know is that there has been a huge uptick in...

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    Verena: Thanks for the link.

    I generally don't put a lot of stock into statistics since they are usually compiled and presented to support one argument- as the saying goes "Figures Lie and Liars figure"

    The one thing I do know is that there has been a huge uptick in the chronic cycle of firearm violence by gangs in the 49th Ward since the weather broke last spring, and liberal coddling is not going to provide remedy to the situation.

    Isn't it ironic that the same liberals coddling the violent gang bangers were the staunchest supporters of Daley's illegal gun ban in Chicago and now that that has been found unconstitutional and repealed they suddenly don't want to prosecute those possessing and utilizing firearms illegally? Such a beautiful world.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Clothes Dryer Vented to Basement, What could be Done?

Should a clothes dryer always be vented to the outside? Even if it is electric? See, I have this friend who has in his apt building, two clothes dryers located in the basement that are vented inside - the end of each hose goes into a bucket that is filled with water (when maintained) and is supposed to catch the lint.

- Potential bed bug and other insect larva get recirculated
- Humidity builds up so water is running down...

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Should a clothes dryer always be vented to the outside? Even if it is electric? See, I have this friend who has in his apt building, two clothes dryers located in the basement that are vented inside - the end of each hose goes into a bucket that is filled with water (when maintained) and is supposed to catch the lint.

- Potential bed bug and other insect larva get recirculated
- Humidity builds up so water is running down walls, especially in winter when windows are sealed.
- Paint peeling so old-building peeling paint now gets recirculated into clothes and living space.
- Dryer lint builds up on basement walls, piping, etc (fire hazard)
- Extreme build up of fragrance. Hair and clothes instantly smell like Febreze
- Mildew smell from clothes now in living space
- Potential mold growth on everything.

What could be done?

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Nor is it my city … just following the rules.

    Chgo City Building Code Ref: 18-28-504.1.

    In addition to the cost of a 4” core, I’ve done several my self and hired a professional core co at other times, there is the cost of running electric to near the core,...

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    Nor is it my city … just following the rules.

    Chgo City Building Code Ref: 18-28-504.1.

    In addition to the cost of a 4” core, I’ve done several my self and hired a professional core co at other times, there is the cost of running electric to near the core, which I’ve also done in my single family home. But in an apt bldg, such work needs to be done by licensed professionals. Possibly roommate would be willing to offset some of the associated costs? He's the only one that cleans the laundry room anyway.

    The other option is to continue to snort lint, mold, coat one's sinuses with dangerous teflon and other dryer sheet chemicals, .... and this is just for the women and children living in the building. I won't mention leaded paint. The guys get to tough it out, stay silent and just feel like heck for three days after each unfortunate decision as walking into the laundry room or checking their mail. After all, it's an electrical dryer. If the pantyhose wrapped washing machine discharge hoses (those that have them) haven't been changed in over six months and remain split, leaking their contents into the blocked sinks overflowing onto the floor and crusting up real nice, I hate to see mgmt with a used pair of panythose in one hand and a dryer exhaust hose in the other.

    Relax Chet606, that forgotten piece of tissue will shred into so many tiny pieces that they will fly out of the holes of the panty hose. If not, someone I'm sure will fish them out in about ten years.

    Those looking for a place in RP, pay particular attention to small things like this. Chances are mgmt has cut corners elsewhere. Especially if mgmt is a collective effort between tenants or if mgmt doesn't live in the particular bldg.

    There is a reason for building codes. Inconvenient yes, as much as changing a battery in a constantly beeping smoke alarm. If there is one. Darn rules!

  • Chicago Municipal Code 18-28-504.1 Installation.
    Clothes dryers shall be exhausted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Dryer exhaust systems shall be independent of all other systems and shall convey the moisture and any products of combustion to the outside of the building.
    Exception: Where the make and model of an...

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    Chicago Municipal Code 18-28-504.1 Installation.
    Clothes dryers shall be exhausted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Dryer exhaust systems shall be independent of all other systems and shall convey the moisture and any products of combustion to the outside of the building.
    Exception: Where the make and model of an electric dryer is known and the manufacturer's installation instructions do not require exhaust, see Article 4, Ventilation for room exhaust requirements.

    I lived in a place that had an electric dryer that ran off of 120v outlet and IT SUCKED. Never again.

28 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

WTF Rogers Park?

This is umpteenth day in a row that sirens are wailing and helicopters are hovering overheard. I was on the phone, and my sister thought I was in Beirut! Having drinks on Saturday, and passers by were commenting that all the sirens were the result of a car bomb!! A CAR BOMB!?!?! I hate to do it, but I am under water on this palace, and I am willing to ruin my credit to escape this crime ridden cesspool. And to think when I moved here 10 years ago, I had such high hopes. The crime and urban decay of this neighbourhood have really taken a financial toll! So sad! Thanks, Joe Moore! Your leadership is amazing.

29 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Choppers again?

Helicopters flying around rp again, anyone know what happened?

42 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Protect your dog

Please dont tie your dog outside a store, even if u think youll only be a minute. They get stolen all the time! I saw a guy tie a little white dog outside cvs yesterday. I was so late that i didnt say anything to him. They allow u to take your dog in with u if u can keep him in a shopping cart. Ive done it. They are very nice about it.

  • David Rogers Park resident

    I think the original post was valid in that dog fighters steal other dogs to train their fighting dogs. Basically they get killed. It does happen. I'm always really careful when I leave my 100 pound dog outside.

  • They use the dogs as bait dogs. @Al I. Just remember-You never have an issue, until you have an issue.

4 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Is CHA the problem in Rogers Park ?

I am in need of factual information.

Please do not interject your psychological opinions to my questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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I am in need of factual information.

Please do not interject your psychological opinions to my questions.

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

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

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

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

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

05.) Who monitors the rental property / landlord ?

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

07.) How does a landlord lose CHA approval ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The mere attribute of being a racist troll, however, warrants abundant hostility. You dislike people of color yet you want to profit from their misfortunes...disgraceful.

  • Actually....a financial investment is a financial investment...people are free to invest as they see fit and proper. If a person doesn't like a prospective landlord they are free to choose to live elsewhere. Where a person isn't involved with an investment they are welcome to their views and just as...

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    Actually....a financial investment is a financial investment...people are free to invest as they see fit and proper. If a person doesn't like a prospective landlord they are free to choose to live elsewhere. Where a person isn't involved with an investment they are welcome to their views and just as welcome to keep it to themselves. I am also taking the liberty of restating a post that was removes with the biting invective removed.

    We already have a number of these situations and will continue to seek additional opportunities as the pricing for purchases is favorable. At least there is one element that is willing to invest in a neighborhood when the majority seem reluctant.

5 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Lost Your Keys?

I was on the north sidewalk of the 1400 block of Farwell and noticed some keys hanging from a nail in a tree. It looks like someone lost the keys, and maybe someone else tried to put them at eye level so that the first person could find them. It was four or five silver house keys and a silver key chain that says "mom." The are hanging from a nail (about 5.5' from the ground) in front of Farwell House (1420 W. Farwell).

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    i wouldnt be surprised! Less cops, more animal control I say!

  • They were still there yesterday. I haven't looked today yet. Eventually they will just be an accepted Rogers Park quirk. People will assume that they are public art.

40 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Where Are The Buddha Heads?

Does anyone know what happened to the wonderful buddha heads that were
placed throughout Rogers Park last year? They were great, as was the artist
who made them. They brought not only art, but a soul to the community.

29 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Employment for high school students

I'm a high school teacher working closely with Juniors and Seniors this year (16-18 year olds) and am hoping to help them find after school jobs. Though we've only known each other for a little over two weeks, I've been incredibly impressed by the maturity of my students and the potential they have. Many of their families are in need of financial support, and these students are hoping to help (and hopefully develop skills and an employment history that will help them in the long run).

Could anyone advise of places that might be hiring this season or in the near future? I'd be happy to write detailed and honest recommendations on their behalf.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Try the fast food places in the area maybe? Or any food service.Hostessing would be good. Chicago parks might need help?

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    I know of a wonderful little maid service ran by two girls that could use some help!

  • The Chicago public library is now hiring library pages – the folks who put the books back up on the shelves among the many other things. This is a great 20 hour a week job for high school students and it may picque their interest in a career in libraries. They must go to the city of Chicago's website and apply.

Aug 04

Updated 17 hours ago

Paying it forward, $50 off Tuft and Needle Mattress

Hi everyone,

Just moved back to the neighborhood and bought a new foam mattress online from Tuft and Needle. They make them in California and don't use any flame retardant chemicals. It shipped for free, has a 30 day easy return policy (they actually donate the mattress) and I haven't slept so comfortably in years! I'm totally thrilled with the quality. And it wasn't very expensive!

Anyway, they have me a coupon for $50 off to share with friends so I just thought I'd share it unless anyone else was interested. :)

https://www.tuftandneedle.com/r/Ry7ZrJY7

6 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Rat Infestation around Western and Devon

Noticing a lot of big rats in our neighborhood and alleys, and requests have been put in by neighbors to Alderman Silverstein's office for some kind of response by city services. Is anyone else noticing these rodents in greater numbers infesting their yards, gangways or alleys? If so have you put in a call the the alderman's office and gotten any commitment to addressing the problem?

18 hours ago

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19 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Helicopters flying around last night

Does anyone know why there was one or maybe two helicopters flying around last night between 8-9? This also happened last Thursday at the same time.

  • Apparently shots were fired at Rogers and Clark, and apparently there are suspects in custody. Not too sure about specifics, but there are like 4 other threads posted last night on the subject that might be able to offer you more info.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Choppers?

Anyone know why we're under siege from helicopters? Last night for a while, too. Usually there's a clue if I check all the local news channels' and papers' websites. Really loud right now.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Yea that helicopter did linger for awhile didn't it?

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    last night was definitely the longest I had heard them up there.

4 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Where do I live??

So - I'm moving to Rosemont & Glenwood - I know I'm in Edgewater, but what micro-neighborhood am I in? I thought it was Edgewater Glen...but the Edgewater Glen Association appears to cut off the border at Granville.

So where am I???

  • I agree with Larry about how Andersonville extends south of Foster. The sidewalks are stamped Andersonville all the way down to Argyle and the streets have the Andersonville signs on them. This area IS part of Andersonville...whether Andersonville has grown over the years or the Chamber just wants to have...

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    I agree with Larry about how Andersonville extends south of Foster. The sidewalks are stamped Andersonville all the way down to Argyle and the streets have the Andersonville signs on them. This area IS part of Andersonville...whether Andersonville has grown over the years or the Chamber just wants to have a larger area to manage. The area of Uptown south of Foster all the way down to Ainslie (the cemetery) is sometimes referred to as Andersonville Terrace. I kind of like that label a little more. It stands out and sounds a little fancy :) Boy Chicago is confusing!

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I think of it as how Wrigleyville is to Lakeview, a sub neighborhood.

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Scotland - Will They Stay or Will They Go? (Referendum Viewing)

Scotland is voting this coming Thursday on whether they should remain part of the United Kingdom or break away and become an independent nation. It is history making and very exciting! I am looking for a bar, pub, restaurant, or other establishment (living room?) that would be open early Thursday morning to watch the results roll in from Scotland's Referendum (I am perhaps foolishly presuming the BBC will be broadcasting this live). Obviously many establishments have community events when we...

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Scotland is voting this coming Thursday on whether they should remain part of the United Kingdom or break away and become an independent nation. It is history making and very exciting! I am looking for a bar, pub, restaurant, or other establishment (living room?) that would be open early Thursday morning to watch the results roll in from Scotland's Referendum (I am perhaps foolishly presuming the BBC will be broadcasting this live). Obviously many establishments have community events when we have this country's elections and many open early for soccer/football games, so is there possibly any place that is interested enough in Scotland's future to open early and sell me breakfast or alcohol where I can enjoy the camaraderie of others (who might also help make sense of the outcome)?

  • Caroline from Silvertown Silvertown Studio

    @Bellaisteps - I thought of them, but last time I was there I didn't remember them having a TV. Thank you for reminding me that making a phone call is better than making an assumption! I will have to call and see what the details are.

  • Caroline from Silvertown Silvertown Studio

    Indeed Duke of Perth will be following the results as they come in. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Duke-of-Perth/203000686404572
    Polls in Scotland close at 10 pm (4 pm our time) and counting is expected to last all night until 7 am (1 am for us). Looks like a long night of whisky and haggis on Thursday!

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

A message from 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Don Gordon

"We've really lowered the bar in this community when we take comfort in the fact that it was only a car bomb that went off this afternoon on Lunt and not a shooting."

(Read more on Don Gordon's Facebook page)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/permalink/689065967836480/

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Date - what suburb are you from? Chicago natives don't attend junior high schools.

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    Forest Glen is in Chicago and it's a hundred times better than Rogers Park but I am interested in local politics.

24 hours ago

28 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

prolonged cars honking lots of sirens

I am hearing multiple cars honking for at least the last half an hour and police cars racing by my house with no sirens. What is going on tonight?

  • That's life in the city...

  • dj long time RP home owner

    No, it does NOT have to be life in the city. If it is a car alarm and goes on for too long (I don't remember the time line between first and second call and subsequent police response), it can be ticketed and towed immediately as a public nuisance. 911 should know.

5 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Helicopters in Rogers Park

I've been hearing helicopters hovering over the Rogers Park area now for over 40 mins. (around 8ish pm hour) Anyone knows why??

  • Rob

    OMG- GANG WARFARE. WHY WON'T THEY DO SOMETHING?!?

    /increased police patrols including increased helicopter flyovers

    OMG MUST BE POLITCAL CONSPIRACY BY JO MORE.

  • Very true, Cairo. I definitely agree that some new tactics need to be tried.

    I was basing my statements on the earlier posts that suggested the reason helicopters were being used, was for intimidation.

Sep 10

Updated 29 hours ago

Chicago Police

I want to start by making it clear I'm extremely grateful to the brave men and women on the Chicago Police who risk their safety every day on the streets of our city, day and night, in all types of weather, daily encountering the lowest elements of our society, working too many hours for too little money and not hearing the thanks they deserve often enough.

Unfortunately, there are too many on the force that do the Chicago Police Dept....

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I want to start by making it clear I'm extremely grateful to the brave men and women on the Chicago Police who risk their safety every day on the streets of our city, day and night, in all types of weather, daily encountering the lowest elements of our society, working too many hours for too little money and not hearing the thanks they deserve often enough.

Unfortunately, there are too many on the force that do the Chicago Police Dept. a grave disservice by discrediting the organization with very unprofessional behavior. Too many who abuse their authority by being bullies, by disrespecting law-abiding citizens, by demonstrating racist and sexist biases. In short, they are not nice people and they take no pride in doing their job with professionalism, integrity or honor. These are the members of the CPD who drag the entire organization down, making a reputation for the department that sullies it in the eyes of a lot of us Chicagoans.

I've had a number of encounters with officers of the CPD in the last 10 years, and I'm afraid it's been that long since I had one that was positive. Too many of these encounters have left me with outrage, disappointment, disgust and resentment. As a result, I have very little respect now for the CPD.

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5 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

How are Edgewater Schools?

Just wondering from the parents whose children attend the schools around here-are they good schools? What has been your experience?

30 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Helicopters

Does anyone know why a helicopter keeps circling? 8:15 pm Monday night

Aug 20

Updated 30 hours ago

Need AC and antique frame repaired

I have two household in need of repair. One is a built-in air conditioner that suddenly zonked out. The other is an antique, wood frame that has a crack in it. I'd like to find a skilled craftsperson to glue the crack, and someone to look at the air conditioner. If the AC needs to be replaced, I can accept that. It would be great if it could be got working again. The frame can't be replaced. If it's not a neighborhood business or entrepreneur, that's OK.

  • Chef Roux Business Owner, = Rights Activist, RP Lover

    (Bump)

    I too need recomendations for an AC repair-person as I just discovered water coming out the bottom of my furnace... lovely humid weather.

  • FebGirl Once a bride, but never a bridesmaid

    I found out no one repairs ACs built into the wall. They have to be replaced. It seems we're out of AC season now, so I don't really have to do anything until spring. OTOH, there are a lot of great sales right now, so I might get a new...

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    I found out no one repairs ACs built into the wall. They have to be replaced. It seems we're out of AC season now, so I don't really have to do anything until spring. OTOH, there are a lot of great sales right now, so I might get a new one now. I did find someone to repair my antique wood frame, though, and he did a fantastic job; the crack is now almost invisible and he re-finished the wood, too, so the frame looks new. He's not near RP though. He's in Portage Park. A little west of 6000 W. Irving Park. It's Michael Walton, The Woodshop. (773) 259 5493. His real work is major carpentry, but he will take in small wood repair projects if he thinks he can do them. The price he charged me was more than reasonable, I thought.

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