2 days ago

Updated 14 min ago

Update: Glenford S Johnson

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

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

  • I feel acutely the years since I've been in the humanities. Seriously, I'm all sore and rusty like the first time I rode a bike in 10 years.

    Know my favorite fun name? Casimir Funk. :)

  • Misha, my emoticon wasn't the sign. You couldn't see the sign I gave you unless you were sitting here with me.

2 days ago

Updated 19 min ago

Raise Chicago Ordinance for a $15 Minimum Wage

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

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

  • It's not a "problem" when some people work at minimum wage jobs all their lives, d3; it's just a reality. I worked in a lot of restaurants when I was younger, and there was always a significant contingent of line cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, etc. who had been working the...

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    It's not a "problem" when some people work at minimum wage jobs all their lives, d3; it's just a reality. I worked in a lot of restaurants when I was younger, and there was always a significant contingent of line cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, etc. who had been working the same job for decades and were earning only dimes over the minimum wage. Many people retired, still earning near-minimum wage levels. These were people without the drive or desire to "work their way up the ladder," and it wasn't due to a moral failure on their part.

    I really object to the viewpoint that blames low wage earners for their lack of ability to advance and then uses that as a pretext for not thinking about their work and pay conditions. There is a sector of society that will never be spurred into upward mobility, and economic policy needs to address their situations--where it's a question of whether their economic survival will be funded by public welfare or by pressuring employers to adequately remunerate them. My experience with these folks was decades ago when economic opportunities were greater than they are today. In 2014, the ranks of low wage earners have been joined by many more people simply due to the fact that conditions of professional mobility are worse today then they were before. This second group would respond better to things like job training and education, but we're not addressing that possibility with enough effectiveness.

  • d3 NOH

    'These were people without the drive or desire to "work their way up the ladder'

    You object to the viewpoint of blaming them, but... you say right there they themselves are the ones lacking any desire to move up the ladder. That's the key there. If you don't have a...

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    'These were people without the drive or desire to "work their way up the ladder'

    You object to the viewpoint of blaming them, but... you say right there they themselves are the ones lacking any desire to move up the ladder. That's the key there. If you don't have a desire to advance, that's fine, but don't make that another person's problem. I myself work in a professional environment where that's 8/10 the sentiment. Don't make your career stagnation an issue that needs to be regulated because you're unwilling to switch companies to an employer that will treat you better or put forth some effort to better yourself. Who are these people going to complain to when the job becomes a machine? Will they wish they had sought out advancement when it's too late?

    Everyone starts somewhere. Even in the fast food industry that's true. There's got to be a level of wage that afford people the opportunity to be given a chance with zero skills or experience, and the employer isn't setting themselves up for a huge risk. That wage is often where minimum wage comes into play. I know people who have started in restaurants as bus boys, doing dishes, etc. and moved on to be waitresses or bartenders or restaurant manager making well beyond $15/hr. I also know someone who worked her way up at McDonald's HQ starting out as a fry cook without a GED, and now is a very senior director of marketing traveling the world on a seemingly unlimited expense account.

    Go to work, flip fries and go home. That's a job. Go to work, flip fries, and ask what your next move can be, that's a career. There's a big difference.

2 days ago

Updated 36 min ago

Glenwood Dance Studio

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

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    For future posters, my opinion really isn't up for debate. And it still stands, after thoroughly reviewing the pricing, I, let me rewrite that I...once again I, have determined it is not affordable considering the amount of classes offered.

    Thanks.

  • oh but your opinion certainly IS up for debate! After all, you put it up for debate.
    But I'm sure you have your own rationale for not choosing to pay these rates for dance classes.

22 hours ago

Updated 37 min ago

Weekend in Rogers Park

What did you do to enjoy the weekend in Rogers Park?

  • ks1227 RP resident

    Rogers Park Social!

  • We checked out BopnGrill, their Umami burger (umami - truffled mushroom duxelle, sun-dried tomato confit, togarashi mayo, bacon, smoked gouda) is probably one of the best we've ever had! Then we walked by the lake and checked out Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach house.

32 hours ago

Updated 54 min ago

Rogers Park Library Closed for Two Weeks; Great Improvements on the Way!

I'm pleased to report that the Rogers Park Library will receive new carpeting next week, replacing the worn carpet that has covered the floor since the library opened 15 years ago.

This is wonderful news, but it will also cause a two-week disruption to library customers, as the building will be closed to public use from this Monday, September 22nd, to Monday, October 4th, at 12:00 noon.

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I'm pleased to report that the Rogers Park Library will receive new carpeting next week, replacing the worn carpet that has covered the floor since the library opened 15 years ago.

This is wonderful news, but it will also cause a two-week disruption to library customers, as the building will be closed to public use from this Monday, September 22nd, to Monday, October 4th, at 12:00 noon.

The new carpeting is courtesy of the 49th Ward residents who voted in last spring's Participatory Budgeting Election. It was the second most popular project on the "PB" ballot, receiving over 1,000 votes.

As is often the case with Participatory Budgeting projects, the investment in new carpeting spurred additional investments. Over the summer, my Ward Office staff worked with Kang Chiu of the Friends of the Rogers Park Library and staff from the Chicago Public Library and the City of Chicago to not only ensure that quality carpeting would be installed, but develop other ancillary projects that will further enhance the library environment.

These projects include several roof repairs, fresh paint in some areas of the first floor, repositioning of the electricity cables in the first-floor computer area, cleaning of the second-floor fabric sculpture, and even filling of the potholes in the library parking lot!

During the library's closure, borrowed books and other items cannot be returned to the Rogers Park location. Items can be renewed online at www.chicagopubliclibrary.org or by phone at (312) 747-INFO as long as they are not already overdue. Or they can be returned to any Chicago Public Library location, including the Edgewater Branch, 6000 N. Broadway, and the Northtown Branch, 6435 N. California.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Kyros, have to disagree with you. How much OT do you think the City (we) would have to pay for the work you describe? There are these things called Unions, contracts, health and safety issues, liability...I generally agree with you on most issues, but on this point I cannot.

  • d3 NOH

    I'm betting the bookshelves are probably being moved by library labor that's already on payroll whether or not this happened.. vs hiring a contractor. But... Borders DID go out of business.

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Victim Advocacy Support Program to be shut down.

Learned today that the Board of Directors at Northside Community Resources has decided to shut down it's Victim Advocacy Support Program, or VASP, effective 12/31/14.

The VASP program provides support to victims of domestic violence and other violent crime in Rogers Park and throughout the city. Last year, they assisted over 900 victims of violent crime, and secured 214 Orders of Protection/no contact orders on behalf of people struggling with domestic violence. They've been around for 28 years, and are...

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Learned today that the Board of Directors at Northside Community Resources has decided to shut down it's Victim Advocacy Support Program, or VASP, effective 12/31/14.

The VASP program provides support to victims of domestic violence and other violent crime in Rogers Park and throughout the city. Last year, they assisted over 900 victims of violent crime, and secured 214 Orders of Protection/no contact orders on behalf of people struggling with domestic violence. They've been around for 28 years, and are a mainstay of victim support services in Rogers Park.

Reportedly funding for VASP was actually increased last year. My own opinion is that this is not a program RP can afford to lose, and a local home needs to be found for it before critical services to clients are interrupted.

VASP advocates are running a Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/rogersparkdv, or you can search for it on fb by typing "Show your support for the victim advocacy support program."

Hopefully its not too late to save this vital program.

  • kamiljk Pizzalord.

    If I understand correctly, NCR is a nonprofit neighborhood organization. They have an offshoot, Northside Community Development
    (http://www.northsidecdc.org) that focuses on housing, but I'm not sure if it falls under their jurisdiction. In either case, they are not an official government body.

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    If I understand correctly, NCR is a nonprofit neighborhood organization. They have an offshoot, Northside Community Development
    (http://www.northsidecdc.org) that focuses on housing, but I'm not sure if it falls under their jurisdiction. In either case, they are not an official government body.

    They do, like any other organization, have a budget, and its likely their budget could no longer support this program. It doesn't excuse the sudden cutoff but could help explain it.

    I think a press release would be a good thing for everyone right now. If they can no longer support it, perhaps there's another nonprofit that could take it over?

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    There's more money in the foreclosure industry.

Apr 08

Updated 1 hour ago

Sidewalk & Lawn Repair after Peoples Gas installation

Have you had work done?
How long did it take before your lawn & sidewalk were repaired?
Hear that patience is the keyword.

  • Bobf Fortune Restoration

    Why don’t they simply hire a professional to get the job done?

  • d3 NOH

    They thought they did, Bobf, they outsourced it all to Christy Webber -- whom seems to somehow be amazingly connected to our local politicians. They, or those managing this project, have no concept of customer service skills whatsoever. Sinkholes in the parkways are still not fixed. Hopefully baby Jessica won't...

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    They thought they did, Bobf, they outsourced it all to Christy Webber -- whom seems to somehow be amazingly connected to our local politicians. They, or those managing this project, have no concept of customer service skills whatsoever. Sinkholes in the parkways are still not fixed. Hopefully baby Jessica won't fall in to one. Alderman's office acts surprised like it's a new issue every time I e-mail about it every 2 months. Now they are bringing up Chicago DOT addressing it, like it had anything to do w/ them.

    My neighbors somehow got them to pay for a whole new sprinkler system in front though that was damaged, so that's one plus I guess for them!

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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

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

Six More Blocks of Streets to Be Resurfaced

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

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

Six More Blocks of Streets to Be Resurfaced

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

The new streets are as follows:

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

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

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

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

Clark Street Resurfacing to Start Next Week

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

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

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    You denizens have Siverstein and deserve her. Dance and be happy. Why are you wasting time messing around over here anyway? Are you that unhappy in West Ridge that you have to share the grief? You poor denizens. Come visit us and be happy. It will make you feel good and less grumpy.

  • @Alderman Moore- any idea when the area around Clark and Howard will be finished? I work from home, and my apartment (and office) are on the Clark side. The noise was very loud, and trying to hold conference calls during that time is difficult. I didn't see any set dates on the website listed in the OP.

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

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

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

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

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

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I wish them luck and success as well. Certainly others have hinted that it'll fail on its own merits, and if so, so be it. But they're welcome to have a shot at it, as far as I'm concerned.

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    They might not fully utilize the 5am and 4am provisions of their license, which is part of the business plan, but that does not mean they will fail. It will all come down to whether or not they are adaptable and will provide an attractive and successful blend of product, service and price point.

2 hours ago

Chicago Park District 2015 Budget Survey

Here is a link to the Chicago Park District 2015 Budget Survey. Input from the survey will help with the budgeting process.

Visit www.improvechiparks.com

2 hours ago

JOB POSTING:

I've posted this as news so everyone who may be looking is aware and has the opportunity to apply. The company I work for is about to list Job Postings in various neighborhoods in Chicago, including Rogers Park & West Rogers Park.

The Business operates as a Business to Business service provider with solutions ranging from Business development and Recruiting to software/technology as Digital Signage , Interactive Kiosks, and Point of Sale Systems.

1) Lead Generator - Community Representative: Within...

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I've posted this as news so everyone who may be looking is aware and has the opportunity to apply. The company I work for is about to list Job Postings in various neighborhoods in Chicago, including Rogers Park & West Rogers Park.

The Business operates as a Business to Business service provider with solutions ranging from Business development and Recruiting to software/technology as Digital Signage , Interactive Kiosks, and Point of Sale Systems.

1) Lead Generator - Community Representative: Within your assigned area visit local businesses and collect information that would be passed on to Sales Representatives to follow-through. Get paid by the hour and earn bonuses for any qualified lead that becomes a sale.

2) Sales Representatives / Independent Sellers: Create leads and Sales within the Hospitality and Retail industries. Commission sales or become a Re-Seller and open your own Business.

The official job postings will look different I'm sure, but should anyone have strong communication skills and is looking for something to earn a good income especially while working part time then this might be good for you.

Email ussupport@volantesystems.com With the Subject line: ChicagoRep if you or someone you know may be interested for more details.

Jun 12

Updated 3 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.

13 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Who says calling 311 doesn't do any good?

I called Sunday night to report a leaking fire hydrant at Ashland and Juneway. It is now 3:30 AM (yes, I'm a night owl) and a Water Department truck just pulled up. A guy got out and worked on it. I'm not going out to check at this hour, but I'll bet it's fixed.

I am impressed!

  • kamiljk Pizzalord.

    I don't think I recall seeing anyone saying anything about calling 311 being ineffective.

    Please continue to call 311, go to the city's website, or use the Chicago Works app to report graffiti and other work that needs to be done. I reported gang tags a few weeks back and the graffiti was gone the next morning.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Is No Pie Better Than Some Pie?

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

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

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    Indigo and Hugh apparently have the key to efficient cost cutting by tossing all the neighborhoods into a huge blender, flipping on the switch and then pouring the slush into a small number of buckets to be represented by a council member. Wasn't that the concept of Cabrini Green? Mix "them all" together and pour them all into identical high rise canisters and treat "them all" the same. It didn't work did it?

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Misha, I noticed you favor the use of "fallacy" when you debate topics. A fallacy is an
    error in reasoning. Fallacies should not be persuasive, but are sometimes used in an effort to convince others. Fallacies are sometimes created intentionally in order to deceive other people.

    In this case you...

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    Misha, I noticed you favor the use of "fallacy" when you debate topics. A fallacy is an
    error in reasoning. Fallacies should not be persuasive, but are sometimes used in an effort to convince others. Fallacies are sometimes created intentionally in order to deceive other people.

    In this case you use a fallacy called "Appeal to the People". If you suggest too strongly that someone’s claim or argument is correct simply because it’s what most everyone believes, then your reasoning contains the fallacy of appeal to the people.

    Agreement with popular opinion is not necessarily a reliable sign of truth, and deviation from popular opinion is not necessarily a reliable sign of error, but if you assume it is and use it in an arguement, then you are using this fallacy.

    .

28 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Found Kitty: Tri Color Found in Alley between Jarvis & Sherwin, Ashland & Paulina

Here is is better pic of kitty found late Saturday. Sweet, friendly about 2 mos old, she smells like a mommy's perfume. Hope to connect and get her reunited with her family.

  • Radical Chic If it's broke, fix it...yesterday

    OOps... if you need to get a hold of me, call 312-869-4296

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    Good luck on your good deed!

20 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Bent street signs around RP

For a while now, some of the street signs along Farwell Ave. near my apartment have been bent at an almost 90 degree angle. I'm sure there are many others around RP but the ones on Farwell really annoy me because I see them every day. It's depressing.

Everyone knows this is some kind of dumb gang-marking-territory thing, so my question is: how can we get the city to send someone to repair / replace these signs? Gang graffiti usually...

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For a while now, some of the street signs along Farwell Ave. near my apartment have been bent at an almost 90 degree angle. I'm sure there are many others around RP but the ones on Farwell really annoy me because I see them every day. It's depressing.

Everyone knows this is some kind of dumb gang-marking-territory thing, so my question is: how can we get the city to send someone to repair / replace these signs? Gang graffiti usually gets buffed, so this should be handled the same way.

If the response is, "yeah, well, they will just bend them again," well, screw that. Under that logic, why fix or clean anything, ever? It should be fixed as often as it requires because not doing so is the same as saying "we give up, do what you want, thugs."

Worst case scenario, if the city will not act, maybe some of us local residents should go around with a ladder and some pliers and fix these signs ourselves? I am willing to join in to help if others think this is a good idea. And maybe then we can smear a tub of Vaseline on each one so that the next time some jerk jumps up to grab and bend the sign, he gets a fun surprise.

Any thoughts?

8 hours ago

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34 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Should Pumpkin Pie be Illinois' State Pie?

Let's hear what you think about making pumpkin pie the official State of Illinois pie. Pumpkins are a $33 million industry in Illinois, which is the nation’s top pumpkin producer. About 90 percent of the country’s canned pumpkin comes from 10 downstate Illinois counties.

  • Daddy lama I'm happy

    I didn't know those facts about pumpkins and Illinois. Sure, why not pumpkin pie? Pumpkins need love too, for too long they have been smashed against sidewalks by unfeeling and disrespectful kids as a Halloween prank. The lowly pumpkin no more I say, pumpkin respect starting today.

  • Not my favorite pie but then popcorn isn't my favorite snack and I've never hrsrd of Goldrush Apples.

15 hours ago

28 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Shots fired North of Howard

Sept 20, 2014. Saturday night, around 11:50 p.m. No helicopter patrol.

https://twitter.com/EricTendian/status/513550230021996544

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

NO COMPLAINTS here

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

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

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

  • Radical Chic If it's broke, fix it...yesterday

    FYI I did call them but was informed that under our current mayor, aldermen no longer can call any shots on where and what plowing/salting to do. Hope Joe or staff can respond and confirm? Tell us who to call downtown? Do we need a petition or something?

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    Chicago Streets & Sanitation does not plow or salt alleys anywhere in the city. Residents take care of their own section of the alley themselves or hire a private service to do it for them. Nobody is picking on or ignoring you. We all are treated equally when it comes to alleys. You may not like it; I don't like it but it's just one of those unpleasant facts of life.

Sep 12

Updated 23 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.

  • Actually Carl......none of the purchases are leveraged for the simple reason that there are no lenders in that segment of the market. So I think I will take the last suggestion and there isn't much more to say.

  • Radical Chic If it's broke, fix it...yesterday

    Just an FYI: There is no city funding currently available for emergency housing and/or homeless prevention. Only charities have been helping these days and they are also running out of funds just like the food shortage our city faces as pantries get more and more ppl needing food as well...

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    Just an FYI: There is no city funding currently available for emergency housing and/or homeless prevention. Only charities have been helping these days and they are also running out of funds just like the food shortage our city faces as pantries get more and more ppl needing food as well as housing and healthcare. With R's blocking unemployment extension for those thousands of teachers laid off last Spring, mostly women, there is now a major housing and food crisis facing these families. You can call me a socialist but I prefer Catholic.
    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

    ― Emma Lazarus

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Quit Bi##hing

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

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

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

A break for a change

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

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

  • Artie P. Chicago resident since 2010. Originally from NYC.

    Happened to me once when I lived in Ravenswood too. Having previously lived in NYC, where having your car towed is a day-long nightmare, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to find it moved and unharmed a block away.

  • d3 NOH

    yup they do this standard during street repavings, utility work, emergencies, etc. the catch is sometimes they relo you to a spot that would be legal at the time but could be illegal later... I don't think it's usually their first choice but I've seen them do it into 4-6pm...

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    yup they do this standard during street repavings, utility work, emergencies, etc. the catch is sometimes they relo you to a spot that would be legal at the time but could be illegal later... I don't think it's usually their first choice but I've seen them do it into 4-6pm rush hour parking more than a few times. Actually, they did it to my car, but I happened to catch it before 4pm. Which was good because then I could also photograph the $450 rim they completely damaged by backing car into curb... took about 12 letters over the course of 3 years but they finally paid earlier this year. (this was done at in the beginning of the people's energy project in 2011... = that project has cost me more time and money and aggravation...)

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

I understand why with the helicopters, but . . .

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

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

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

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

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

29 hours ago

Dachsund

I have a mini dachshund. I would like to hook up with dachshund owners in the neighborhood. Close to Warren Park

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42 hours ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Kitten Found: Alley between Sherwin & Jarvis, Ashland & Paulina

Cute female kitten tri-color found just now. She also smells great so must have a mommy out there somewhere? Call 312-869-4296

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    cutie patootie!!!

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    have cutie pie scanned for a microchip--any Vet can do it (free) I also think (but not sure) the police department can thanks for caring about her!

39 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

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

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

Car Fire on Lunt

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

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

Car Fire on Lunt

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

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

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

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

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    Aw come on guys. Y'all sound like you got some burrs in your britches. Play nice and stay in your own little sandboxes now. Take three deep breaths, think of puppies, rainbows, kitties and palm your eyes.

  • As I said we must have hit a nerve Captain......you happen to wear a locket with a photo of Snuffy inside?

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Any One want to create a Social Club in Rogers Park

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

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

  • Sorry I type-o'd your name feliz

  • Thank you for your correction on my name. ;) many make that mistake. I am a woman Felix is usually male name just an FYI ;)

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Looking for a winter car..

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

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    We've bought two different cars from Autobarn over the years, and their finance people hard sell to the point where I came within inches of walking out both times. The only reason I went back a second time is because our car was wrecked and getting around to look at new cars on public transportation isn't all that easy. We did NOT buy our current car from them.

  • larry from crazycar.com Been trying to get away from here for too long now

    There are a dozens on Craigslist right now.

4 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Abandoned Cat

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

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

Sep 15

Updated 2 days 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 :(

2 days ago

No Parking Sunday

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

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Printable PDF - "We Call Police" window sign

Neighbors,

Download the PDF and print on good quality paper.

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

This is a double sided PDF.

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

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

Make sure they are easily visible.

If you need to report an...

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Neighbors,

Download the PDF and print on good quality paper.

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

This is a double sided PDF.

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

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

Make sure they are easily visible.

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

You can be anonymous if you want.

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

Help prevent crime. Hang this in your window.

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

Stand Proud America!

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

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

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

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

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

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

    Crime...

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

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

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

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

    Stand Proud America!

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

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Why waste any time at all chasing down rumors and gossip? Rocks are being thrown at a sketchy, non-credible rumor and not at any person. Whether or not the posting was earnest is completely irrelevant. The issue is how credible is rumor and is there any value in investigating it? Answer: rumors of this nature are neither credible nor worth investigating.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

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

Sep 15

Updated 2 days ago

Homelessness in Chicago

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

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

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

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

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Thank you, Brian White.

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

2 days ago

Roof Top Farm Event and Jarvis Square Oktoberfest Highlight Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST ON JARVIS SQUARE THIS SUNDAY

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

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

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

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

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Helicopters!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Helicopter and Sirens

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

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

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Alderman Moore Provides Update on Police Response to Juneway Homicide

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

Homicide on Juneway

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

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

Homicide on Juneway

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

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

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

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

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

No more helicopters ?

Were any helicopters flying yesterday ( Tuesday ) ?

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

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

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Enjoy a string of predicted beautiful weather days.

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

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    If I am not celebrating Mexican Indy day, can I still have a Margarita?

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    It's *always* margarita time.

  • larry from crazycar.com Been trying to get away from here for too long now

    The CPD chopper has been circling overhead for half an hour this Friday evening.

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