5 hours ago

Updated 1 min ago

TIF funds and Rahm spending...

The Reader is one of the more reliable sources of information in the city. Check this out.

http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mayor-rahm-emanuel-tif-funds-downtown-neighborhoods/Content?oid=17009841

  • Oh, Eddie. Maybe you should go tell the people at Forbes what fools they are and offer to write some sense into that failure of a publication. Just tell them you're THE Steady Eddie from EveryBlock Rogers Park! I'm sure they'll offer you a regular column.

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    If ever there really was a Tommy I bet he ran away from home by the age of five to escape Mommy. Mommy you need something(s) in your life to boss around and criticize other than sock puppets on EB. Why don't you buy some inexpensive turtles. They are very...

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    If ever there really was a Tommy I bet he ran away from home by the age of five to escape Mommy. Mommy you need something(s) in your life to boss around and criticize other than sock puppets on EB. Why don't you buy some inexpensive turtles. They are very obedient and won't run away like Tommy did. As long as you give them enough lettuce and worms they won't mind your personality. (Actually I think you're a frustrated man, of sorts, who no longer has a campaign to work on but I still think that turtles would be a good idea for you.)

Mar 17

Updated 11 min ago

Do TIFs Rob Our Schools and Enrich Downtown Developers?

Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks...

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Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks those myths and sets the record straight on TIFs.

It's must reading for anyone who wants a clear understanding of how TIFs operate and a reality check for those who see TIFs as some evil enterprise or view them as a panacea for solving our fiscal crisis.

Below is a link to the article:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150314/ISSUE05/150319867/the-demagogues-are-wrong-about-tifs

  • Aviva Miriam Patt Anti-Machine activism for 42 years

    Sorry to chime in so late on this topic, but here is the explanation of how TIFs work and how that DOES impact the amount of money that flows to the schools. The levy rate and assessment, as Joe correctly points out, determine how much in taxes is paid by...

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    Sorry to chime in so late on this topic, but here is the explanation of how TIFs work and how that DOES impact the amount of money that flows to the schools. The levy rate and assessment, as Joe correctly points out, determine how much in taxes is paid by the taxpayer. But how much of what is paid by the taxpayer actually goes to the schools (and other taxing districts) is adjusted by the TIF. Once a TIF is established the amount of taxes paid BY the taxpayer continues to rise (from the increased value of the property) but the amount of those taxes that are paid TO the schools and other units of government is frozen for the life of the TIF. So the taxing bodies do not receive ANY of the increased tax revenue until the TIF is closed out. With more than a third of property in the city being in a TIF, and much of that in the wealthiest areas of the city that should be generating the most revenue, the schools, city, county and other units of government are deprived of what would be natural revenue growth due to inflation, all of which is diverted (with any new revenue produced by new development) into the TIFs.

    Let's say a homeowner in a TIF paid $3000 in property tax when a TIF was established in 1995. Approximately $1500 of those taxes would go to the schools. In 2015 that same homeowner may be paying $6000. But the amount going to the schools is still only $1500. Another $1500 is going to the other taxing bodies and $3000 is going to the TIF. Some of the increase in the house's value may be due to the TIF, but some of it is simply inflation. The reason is irrelevant, though, regarding the impact on the schools, city, county, etc. whose operational costs increase with inflation, but whose revenue does not keep pace with inflation because that inflationary increase is instead going to the TIF.

  • Aviva Miriam Patt Anti-Machine activism for 42 years

    The bottom line is that TIFs create an unsustainable drain on general revenues and promote horrendously inappropriate budgeting priorities in which special projects are funded (through the TIF) even as basic operating expenses can not be met. Although Joe says that "TIFs are the only game in town for funding...

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    The bottom line is that TIFs create an unsustainable drain on general revenues and promote horrendously inappropriate budgeting priorities in which special projects are funded (through the TIF) even as basic operating expenses can not be met. Although Joe says that "TIFs are the only game in town for funding economic development activity" (and I hear that from aldermen all over the city) it doesn't have to be that way. The Mayor and aldermen could abolish this disastrous program and budget the revenue in a sensible and responsible manner by funding basic services and also allocating funds for economic development.

26 hours ago

Updated 19 min ago

FORBES magazine: Chicago’s elite’s line-their-pockets with taxpayer money

"As the city approaches financial bankruptcy, Chicago’s elite’s line-their-pockets with taxpayer money." -- This is not from an alternative weekly, but from FORBES, a national business magazine, that came out with a scathing article today about the new heights of pay-to-play under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's full of examples and links to source materials, and should give all the cynics and Rahm-supporters out there some pause when they consider who to vote for.

Moral Bankruptcy Of Chicago's Elites: http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2015/03/25/moral-bankruptcy-of-chicagos-elites/

  • Rupert Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

    The Official motto of Forbes is: "The Capitalist Tool"
    HA! How is that for irony.

  • Tom ERP Second time RP resident

    Rupert, an oldie and still a goodie, still brings a laugh.

Mar 19

Updated 35 min ago

Governor Rauner Takes an Axe to Chicago Public Transit Funding

This is one of the consequences of electing a governor who rides in chauffeured limousines and has no sense of how ordinary people get to work. Yes, there's a pension crisis, but do you really address a crisis by decimating transit systems that are already significantly underfunded? By significantly increasing the number of cars on our crowded highways? By forcing low-income commuters to pay much higher transit costs? By potentially preventing some workers from getting to their jobs at all? Do you cure a cancer by reducing blood flow to the limbs?

Rauner plans to cut CTA funding by 45%, Metra funding by 60% and PACE funding by 41%:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-rta-funding-cuts-met-0319-20150319-story.html#page=1

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    If it blathers, ignore it.

24 hours ago

Updated 49 min ago

Shocking Video Shows Road Rage Battle on Chicago Street

This incident occurred on Morse Ave near IMoveChicago.
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/rogers-park/shocking-video-shows-road-rage-battle-on-rogers-park-street
ROGERS PARK — With a nearby surveillance camera recording it all, two feuding drivers launched into a violent and extended battle on a Rogers Park street last week, with one driver repeatedly ramming the other's car while the second man delivered wild jump kicks and punches, according to police and the video.

For more than six minutes, the drivers went at it as bystanders — including a young girl on a scooter — looked on, according to the video obtained by DNAinfo Chicago. (more at link)

  • Who's your mommy, tommy?

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    Crinedel mentioned bystanders. As we're assigning blame, let's not forget the young girl on the scooter. She had the chance to intervene and deescalate the situation, but she just moved along.

    [kidding]

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Rahm or Chuy

I'm a life-long Chicagoan but this election has me torn. I voted for Rahm in the primary but not because I think he's a great mayor. But Chuy remains a man of mystery to me and seems more like a rerun of Eugene (Sleepy) Sawyer than the next Harold Washington. Can I get a straw vote and rationale on the issues?

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

    Carla,

    Cruz always reminds me of the grandfather on the old Munster's TV show, but Al Lewis, of blessed memory, had much more pleasant personality.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Attempts to paint Chuy as a party line follower are simply pitiful. He began his political career as an ally in the Washington administration, and he has such anti-establishment supporters as County Clerk David Orr with him now.

3 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Garden Plot?

Anyone know of available garden plots to rent near Edgewater/Andersonville? I am probably too late for this year but it can't hurt to look!

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Focus Group Moves Forward on Plans for Howard Street Theatre

http://patch.com/illinois/evanston/focus-group-moves-forward-plans-howard-street-theatre-0?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=arts%20&%20entertainment&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol

The Howard Street Theatre Focus Group met on March 17 to discuss the steps needed to create a theater/performing arts space in the City of Evanston-owned properties in the 700 block of Howard Street in Evanston. The group convened at Peckish Pig, a restaurant and brewery located at 623 Howard St. in Evanston.
Focus group participants discussed the many strengths of the location, including excellent access to public transit; the opening in 2008 of a 221-unit apartment building just...

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The Howard Street Theatre Focus Group met on March 17 to discuss the steps needed to create a theater/performing arts space in the City of Evanston-owned properties in the 700 block of Howard Street in Evanston. The group convened at Peckish Pig, a restaurant and brewery located at 623 Howard St. in Evanston.
Focus group participants discussed the many strengths of the location, including excellent access to public transit; the opening in 2008 of a 221-unit apartment building just to the east; an award-winning restaurant and award-winning cocktail lounge just down the block; the increased vibrancy of the street; and its close proximity to Chicago.
Participants evaluated the properties available for theater use (717, 721-723 and 727-729 Howard St.), reviewed previous renderings and concepts for a theater on that block, and discussed the steps required to find a theatre company or companies that would thrive in this location.
Other issues addressed were who would manage and operate the space; the number of seats and their configuration; if an additional location should be considered for a cabaret to allow for comedy club and intimate live musical performances; and the timing to build the space and solicit users.
The group reported that the next steps will be as follows: clearly articulate the vision for Howard Street and the arts; convene a meeting with a group of theatres that might be interested in the space; go forth with a plan for the space to get funding; narrow down the list of people who can participate; and select a theatre group to enter a long-term lease from the City. (more at link)

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    "Hippiepunchers"

  • Suzanne, there's no requirement that TIF moneys go to tax-paying businesses. According to the language of the TIF program, these moneys go to "make build and repair roads and infrastructure, clean polluted land and put vacant properties back to productive use." This tax-generating idea is only in Suzanne Devane's head....

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    Suzanne, there's no requirement that TIF moneys go to tax-paying businesses. According to the language of the TIF program, these moneys go to "make build and repair roads and infrastructure, clean polluted land and put vacant properties back to productive use." This tax-generating idea is only in Suzanne Devane's head.

    It must be because you see community gardens and farmers markets as some kind of socialist initiative that you fail to understand their importance and desireability to a community.

    You also refer to the garden as "land nobody wants." So why not use that land as a garden, thereby greatly enhancing the lives of residents nearby and putting the land to productive use? Most of us like gardens. You do as well: you enjoy gardening in your backyard, at least after you spend hours cleaning up all the condoms people incessantly throw there (as you once reported). Why are you so against condo dwellers having a piece of land to grow some vegetables? Do you believe that only people who buy land should have a right to grow vegetables? What about public sports facilities? Do you think people should only have a right to play tennis if they build the courts in their own backyards or do it in private clubs? Goodness, I now see an entire world disappearing: no more national parks, no public highways, no sidewalks in Devane World....

3 days ago

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Why do blacks make up over 75% of the Chicago Police "stop and frisk"?

Why don't Chicago Police document their reasons for so many stops of black motorist. Chicago passed N.Y.cops for most stops of blacks.

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    Actually I don't believe the incidence is that high. The police have a dangerous and hard job in areas of the city you,who live in portage park, will never live in. In gang infested areas it's impossible to tell 100 percent of the time who is a criminal and who is a law abiding citizen. Would you want to bet your life on who is who?.....crickets?

  • What is big pencil school? Are the entrance requirements stringent?

5 hours ago

New Businesses Continue To Grow On Devon

Devon St. has had an upsurge of new businesses in the last year, and this past Saturday there was a one-year celebration to honor a few of these new shops including, Maddiebird Bakery and Audio Archaeology. With the development of the Heartland Health Center and a few locations up for rent, the neighborhood is hoping […]

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Was Starbucks wrong for posting messages about race on their cups to get people talking about race?

I believe that we should talk about race and if we don't we will suffer.

  • steven beckerman Lifelong resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood.

    Most whites are not racist. Unfortunately for most blacks, when you see the color of those who commit crimes, most of the time they are black. So all the millions of hard working law abiding black citizens get painted with this one broad stroke. I attended Gale as it was...

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    Most whites are not racist. Unfortunately for most blacks, when you see the color of those who commit crimes, most of the time they are black. So all the millions of hard working law abiding black citizens get painted with this one broad stroke. I attended Gale as it was changing from a multi cultural, yet, largely Jewish and white school, to one that was largely black. I saw many instances of racism. Yet virtually all of them were perpetrated by black kids, or their parents. The black families who cared about education came and went as they saw the uneducated trouble makers move in and repeat the patterns of the south side, which had caused these black middle class to flee to Rogers Park. While the poor performing kids stole my supplies and said I "owed them" because my granddaddy made their granddaddy a slave (even though none of my relations had ever lived in the south, and only one of 4 branches of the family was even in the country prior to the 1900's). I watched as friends were attacked because they were Korean, beaten because they were blonde, or surrounded because they did well on an exam. Gale's principle at the time refused to discipline the trouble makers because he didn't want to come across as racist. There are racists in all ethnicities. To always say its the whites are racist, is like saying racism against blacks no longer exists, and is in the past. To refuse to bring up the racism of some blacks is as racist as to ignore the racism of some whites. When a person jumps line or otherwise disrespects others, is it racist to point it out? Yet every time I have pointed it out, only the black person starts calling me a racist, thinking I'll automatically back down. Why is that?

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Steven, let me ask you this. Every time you read about a murderer, rapist, white collar cheat, whatever scuzzball and you see his photo and he has pale skin, do you automatically think, "oh no, this reflects so badly on me as a white person?" Why not? Why don't you feel defensive?

Jun 12

Updated 5 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.

4 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Jewel food store Monopoly

If anyone has pieces #105 & #107 want to split prize?
Let me know-seriously

  • To revise my estimates 105 pieces are going for on ebay 200-257. Of course, there have been 3 105 pieces sold on ebay and there are only 3 107 pieces, therefore 3 people think they only need 105 to claim the million dollars.

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    I think the Monopoly game at Jewel is really annoying. I played last time and it was a waste of time and I'm still finding those little tags stuck to my dogs after a night of couch mining.

Mar 17

Updated 6 hours ago

Flaco's Tacos at Granville Redline Stop?

Hi all,
I remember reading several months ago that Flaco's Tacos was going to open up a new location under the RedLine Tracks at the Granville stop. Haven't heard anything about this since, and there hasn't been much if any construction activity in the space. Does anybody know anything about this?

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Still too many but whatever. Just glad this time something else is opening this time.

  • hazelg Longtime Edgewater resident

    Too many for whom? Their customers don't seem to mind. Perhaps if these businesses had not had the fortifude to remain in their locations for over the past ten years all the new businesses would not have looked to locating on Granville. Established businesses bring new businesses also. Let's not be negative about the convenience stores, after all they are convenient.

5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Looking for a good, reasonably priced veterinarian

New to the Edgewater area and I'm looking for recommendations for a veterinarian. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • just a note that the occasional clinics at Petco (or any other pet store usually) are NOT full service veterinarians. I used to work for them and have absolutely no problem with them; still go there to get the best deal on vaccines and routine tests. but they can't do anything more complicated or give you a real check-up. the vets who work with them are still awesome people and will usually tell you if they suspect any issues that you should go to your full service vet. just FYI.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I don't know who Little Herbie is, but I have to second what he says. We've also dealt with Misener Holley pushing tests to the point where trying to draw blood was hurting our little chi and we still stupidly let them try a second time, when we think something...

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    I don't know who Little Herbie is, but I have to second what he says. We've also dealt with Misener Holley pushing tests to the point where trying to draw blood was hurting our little chi and we still stupidly let them try a second time, when we think something went wrong and she stopped breathing (but recovered). Even after that they wanted to do more testing (necessitating drawing more blood) and we had to put our foot down and say nope, that's enough trauma for one dog. I recognize that stuff happens and maybe even their intent is good, but when something's not working, you don't just keep trying it again and again, especially with what happened. She was utterly terrified to return there and we ultimately ended up switching to Bramer in Evanston, where things have been going much better.

30 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Starbucks; "Pull The Sheet Off Racist".

Black Nationalist don't want white sugar in our coffee but Starbucks is a place for black white hispanic oriental Indian and homeless of every color to come be in their 3rd place. Racist should not be allowed to use Starbuck's WiFi to spread hate. Stay vigilant Starbuckians. Do not accept racist activity from any Starbuck's WiFi.

  • Black Is Beautiful Black Flower

    You throw a rock into a pack of wild dogs and you can tell which one got hit because that dog starts yelping. Black Nationalist Starbucks can help strike a death blow to "public WiFi transfer of racist hate". And set a new corporate standard.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I want to hear McDonalds plan.

7 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Alderman Joe Moore's Follow Me on Friday to Pita Pit and BMO Harris "Smart Branch"

It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out...

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It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out the fun, casual atmosphere at the chain's newest restaurant. Then head next door and enjoy some beer, wine and soft drinks courtesy of BMO Harris while exploring the bank's "smart" new features.

Pita Pit's manager, Manny Valdes (left), will make sure you are well taken care of with made-to-order pitas. It's a fresh, healthy alternative to fast food, which explains Pita Pit's motto: "fresh thinking, healthy eating."

At Pita Pit you will find more combinations of meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces than anywhere else. Manny claims Pita Pit offers "over a trillion possible pita combinations." Though that may be a tiny bit of an exaggeration, there's no question that Pita Pit's selection of ingredients is quite enormous.

After enjoying your pita, head next door for some drinks at the new BMO Harris Smart Branch (see photo below), where branch manager Jose Garcia will show you the bank's Mobile Cash system, a new technology that allows consumers to video chat with bank tellers and withdraw money from an ATM using their smartphone.

The card-less ATMs allow customers to prepare a transition before arriving to the bank. Users enter the amount they want withdrawn in the BMO Harris app, and then hold up the given QR code to the smartphone reader at the ATM to receive their funds. The transaction takes about 15 seconds, roughly a third of the time it takes for a card withdrawal.

Come see for yourself this amazing new technology.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    "Follow Me on Friday" is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward's finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I'll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.

19 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

“Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality”

Following up on the Forbes article thread…

Last night I did a search on the terms "Illinois" and "corruption" and stumbled on a new book that was released in January, 2015. The title, “Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality” by Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson. The book details the roots of political corruption in Illinois. The authors name names and discuss in detail acts of corruption and sleaze by our elected officials. The authors also identify the strategies and...

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Following up on the Forbes article thread…

Last night I did a search on the terms "Illinois" and "corruption" and stumbled on a new book that was released in January, 2015. The title, “Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality” by Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson. The book details the roots of political corruption in Illinois. The authors name names and discuss in detail acts of corruption and sleaze by our elected officials. The authors also identify the strategies and methods employed by our elected officials to rip us off. The authors make a number of recommendations for cleaning up politics in Illinois. However, the only way we will clean up the mess is for us TO INFORM OURSELVES and to begin helping our officials to behave more honestly and ethically by demanding reforms that the authors suggest are needed to clean up Illinois politics. I purchased the book last night and hope to begin it soon. I will be recommending it at my next book club.

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    The 90s were a terrible time for gentrification. When I hear words like "elevated" and "boulevard," I know that's just a dog whistle code for getting the Irish out.

  • Dog Bites Man!!!!!

26 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Traffic light at Sheridan/Hollywood out--traffic backed up Sheridan for an hour

This morning the traffic light at Sheridan/Hollywood was out, flashing red. 311 was aware of many reports of it, yet nobody was on scene to do anything about it or direct traffic. Traffic was backed up on every feeder to it possible, for a full hour. Once you got to the light, traffic cleared right up, LSD was wide open. It was 100% because of this light that traffic backed up, yet nobody at the city can think to notice...

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This morning the traffic light at Sheridan/Hollywood was out, flashing red. 311 was aware of many reports of it, yet nobody was on scene to do anything about it or direct traffic. Traffic was backed up on every feeder to it possible, for a full hour. Once you got to the light, traffic cleared right up, LSD was wide open. It was 100% because of this light that traffic backed up, yet nobody at the city can think to notice this and send someone to direct traffic? Literally 1000s were late to work because of this. (Including CTA users, sorry to the dozens who were stranded waiting for 147). This is the second or third largest urban metro area in the country, will there be a day when we're not being ran like we're a cornfield town of 8000?

It's not just this one example... this stuff happens WAY too often.

  • d3 NOH

    Yes, I shouldn't have said disbanded, they do still exist, but they're a tiny fraction of what they once were (like... 10% of what they were). They used to exist to serve all purposes throughout Chicago, now they primarily and really only serve sporting events.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Well, they are also around downtown and the Gold Coast during rush hours too.

Mar 16

Updated 7 hours ago

Police activity on Morse

There's a lot of police activity on Morse near the old Morseland, and what looked like a couple of arrests. Does anyone know what happened?

  • Cairo always percolatin'

    The WGN reporter called us West Rogers Park......

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    @Cairo, a part of me wishes that Audi kept driving onto E. Morse Ave.

29 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

New Specialized Gym To Open In Edgewater This Summer

Edgewater residents and others who enjoy group exercise sessions will have another option for gym membership when Orange Theory Fitness opens its doors at 1126 W. Granville Ave. this summer. “It’s an awesome, community based gym,” said David Lanz, who co-owns the franchise along with Adam Paris. “It’s a nice, tight-knit, local facility, and we […]

  • Will you have a pool?

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    No they aren't it's a specialized facility.

  • jenna! love is the law

    Daniel J, Edgewater Athletic Club has a pool. You can get a guest pass to go in and try it out.

8 hours ago

You have 13 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

Mar 18

Updated 9 hours ago

Rahm is the Devil

Vote for Jesus!

  • Black Is Beautiful Black Flower

    RogersScottyBro we Black Nationalist think this thread to be racially offensive and antisemitic. You call the Jewish mayor the devil then you say "vote for Jesus". Are you saying since the mayor Jewish that non-jewish or catholic should not vote for him. Are you a racist against blacks and Jews and yes we are reading all your public post for racism. The fact that this thread is still up proves our point that it's o.k. on this site for racist to spread hate.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Tuesday specials

It's my husband's birthday and he wants to stay somewhere in our neighborhood. Are there any food and drink specials in Edgewater today? If you know of any do tell-thanks!

  • Thank you checked out there website sounds awesome. Now if across the street can have SUV shooters curve their shooting - I'm there , I like jazz a lot. And I don't drink but I'm sure the can fix me a virgin something right ? I love that they have...

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    Thank you checked out there website sounds awesome. Now if across the street can have SUV shooters curve their shooting - I'm there , I like jazz a lot. And I don't drink but I'm sure the can fix me a virgin something right ? I love that they have smiles and do what they can ( finicky) eaters and puts smiles on everyone's face. (as read on there comment sections). Thank you for introducing me to this place. Brunch with my fiend will be awesome there. Thanks again. God bless.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Ahhh forgot about that place-but saw this late. But good to know.

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  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    I appreciate your post!

  • Kristin Rönne Lived in Rogers Park for about 39 years.

    Thanks FGFM. I think the article speaks for itself. Not going to hold anyones hand through this one.

25 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Road Rage on Morse Video

To paraphrase Bob Dylan from the song Hurricane: "...to all of the black folks they're just two crazy N*****s,"

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/rogers-park/shocking-video-shows-road-rage-battle-on-rogers-park-street

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Rogers Park accountant?

We are looking for a good accountant in RP. We have two small rental properties so we would like to find someone familiar with taxes for rentals. Yelp says Reed is best recommended. Any rec's from the neighborhood?

  • Thanks, Dave. Do you do single family residential work? We may want some work done this summer or fall.

  • Dave Hirsh President & Design Consultant DWD Renovation

    Yes, we do primarily residential remodeling. You should check out our website:
    www.dwdrenovation.com

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Updated 25 hours ago

Shooting on Sheridan and Lunt

My housemate let me know that a shooting occurred just after 8:30 tonight at the corner of Lunt and Sheridan (east side of Sheridan). My housemate was across the street waiting for a bus. The shooter was inside a car traveling west on Lunt, and it appeared that they shot at a building since she didn't see any people walking on the sidewalk. Then the car turned left and headed south on Sheridan. The police came immediately. No ambulance came, suggesting no one was injured.

  • Cairo always percolatin'

    Where did the bullets go? Did the car just randomly stop to shoot guns in the air? This story doesn't make any sense unless Kisse's second post about there being 2 cars is true.

    My guess? Bullets went into the 2nd car, unreported.

    @Conalea Not east of Sheridan. His car was "firebombed" on Lunt but I think he lives on Farwell? Someone here should know.....

  • Sonnys window is currently busted from an attempted robbery. I talked to people that work there as I live in one of the close buildings. The their was after cigarettes mostly. He also happen to drop most of them because he was so injured from going through the glass.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Wow! a new Catfe'!

Finally some hard news that won't result in one of those silly political discussions.

http://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/chicago-is-getting-its-first-cat-cafe?cid=TOL|DD|EM|||2015-03-24T15:55:57

Maybe it's BYOC. Hanna would love that.

28 hours ago

Rogers Park road rage caught on camera

...hit-and-run crash involving the cars, a 1997 Audi A4 and Toyota Camry, at Devon and Sheridan Road.Police said the driver of the Audi, Martin Vigil, 48, had left the scene after...

2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

I hate to see this election come down to racial, ethnic, religious sectarianism, but this is Chicago

I hear the election will be decided by these questions, seems to me we should be honest about it, so what do you think.

Will African Americans vote for a person of Mexican heritage?

Will White "Ethnic" Catholics not vote for someone of their own religion?

I think yes and no, with absolutely nothing to base my opinion on.

  • sam

    Gabriel- after all the work has been done, all the community input gathered, funds allocated, Chuy said he thought BRT should go on Western instead of Ashland. This was an attempt to pander to the Ashland NIMBYs.

    It's a urgently needed project that will benefit tens of thousands of riders, and I don't understand the value of throwing a wrench in the process over the objections of a couple dozen short-sighted people.

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    Don't know enough about this other than to say that Chuy raised issues about the insider deals involved in this. But why don't you ask him yourself. He is going to have a Rogers Park meet and greet at a Northside Action sponsored social. I can't be there,but if you can make it you can hear it from him. Here is what I have.

    "Thursday March 26 (tomorrow), 2:00pm
    Chuy meet & greet at James Sneider Senior Apartments, 7450 N. Rogers. Be there, show your support!"

29 hours ago

New place to order delivery??

What is your favorite delivery place in RP?
I am looking for lunch . Sadly the only Matzo ball soup delivery has a $25 delivery minimum. :(

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Chicago Stops 4 Times As Many People on the Street as NYC

This topic was just ruined by another poster and his repliers, but it's a legitimate story that is too significant to ignore.

If you can't click on the Tribune story, click on the first item that shows up on the Google search below, which

Tribune Story linke:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-stop-and-frisk-chicago-police-met-20150323-story.html#page=1

Access to the story via Google Search:
https://www.google.com/search?q=Street+stops+by+Chicago+police+far+surpass+New+York%2C+ACLU+finds&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

  • Black Is Beautiful Black Flower

    VPGirl you are lost if you misinterpret our Black Nationalist philosophy. Call our racist for their "Borg like" thinking. Pot calling the kettle black. Stick to the thread issue. Your analogy on race needs help. You lack substance. Tremaine NoH we Black Nationalist have seen you before. If we are correct you are a gay black male. Black Nationalist feel that black gay males such as you Tremaine NoH should only sleep with other gay black males.

  • VPGirl Logan Square

    seems to me my analogy is spot on...your statement:

    Don't be a sell-out dissing other black people "ruined by another person" sounds like a house n!gga doing racist people business you act black on this site when it's convenient for you and then you act like you ain't black when...

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    seems to me my analogy is spot on...your statement:

    Don't be a sell-out dissing other black people "ruined by another person" sounds like a house n!gga doing racist people business you act black on this site when it's convenient for you and then you act like you ain't black when in conversation with the racist who want to control this site. You ain't black and if you got black skin then we Black Nationalist don't claim you or WCC or any other fake black power brothers and sisters.

    I know you will reply because you can't help yourself. Consider this my only response to you.

32 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Sun-Times Praises Sullivan High School's Restorative Justice Program

Sullivan High School and its dynamic new principal, Chad Adams, won high praise today from the Chicago Sun-Times for the school's innovative Restorative Justice Program.

Rather than kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed.

The results: out-of-school suspensions at Sullivan are down 73 percent, incidents of misconduct have dropped 45 percent and average daily attendance increased from 80 percent two years ago to 90...

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Sullivan High School and its dynamic new principal, Chad Adams, won high praise today from the Chicago Sun-Times for the school's innovative Restorative Justice Program.

Rather than kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed.

The results: out-of-school suspensions at Sullivan are down 73 percent, incidents of misconduct have dropped 45 percent and average daily attendance increased from 80 percent two years ago to 90 percent today.

The Sun-Times editorial calls upon the Chicago Public Schools to follow Sullivan's lead in a program that focuses on changing behavior, rather than simply punishing behavior.

Congratulations to Principal Adams and the teachers, staff and students at Sullivan. Job well done!

Here's a link to the Sun-Times editorial:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/466884/editorial-cps-discipline-2

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Congratulations are in order for students, staff and administration.

31 hours ago

Shocking Video Shows Road Rage Battle on Rogers Park Street

Police said there was another traffic incident involving the two drivers shortly before at Devon Avenue and Sheridan Road that was not captured on the video.

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

Vigil, of the 3600 block of North Ashland Avenue, was released on a signature bond after a court hearing Tuesday. His next court appearance was scheduled for 1 p.m. April 22.

Hyde Park & Kenwood

RT @CARARuns: Join us for CARA's Marathon 101 Workshop, Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Mercy Home, 1140 W. Jackson. ow.ly/KyG2O

Full specs on the, at-times, contentious development proposed for 2328 N. Milwaukee Ave.

32 hours ago

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Feb 21 2012

Updated 33 hours ago

Obtaining Blue-Light Camera Footage

Does anyone know if it is possible to get footage from the Blue-Light cameras around the city? If I file a FOIA request, would that grant me access to the footage for a certain date/time?

  • So the POD camera footage (blue light cameras) is open to the public upon request? I didnt think we could access them. If I send out a FOIA request what address should I send it to? Their website says I need to pick an agency to send it too and I dont know which one controls the POD cameras footage.

  • You say you want something from the police department but don't know what to do.
    Have you asked the police department?

35 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Gale Math & Science Academy

Our kindergarteners are studying planets. Today they're on there way to the Adler Planetarium. They have created their interpretation of the solar system.

40 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Chicago Beach Laws?

Hey everybody, I am relatively new to Rogers Park and love the proximity to Loyola Beach (first EveryBlock post here!). Now that the temps are getting warmer I am curious about the laws/quirks of the beach up here. Some of the questions I have are:
1) Do we seriously have a lifeguard after Memorial Day and we can't swim after they leave in the evening?
2) Dogs allowed? Leashes or free?
3) Are there fire rings at this beach? Or can we have small bonfires at all?

Those are the only questions that come to mind but if you have any other tips you want to pass on please feel free to comment.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    d3, walking directions to dog park: south on Clark, west on Birchwood, just past the Metra viaduct, south in the alley between the viaduct and Wolcott. Or park in the Gateway lot and walk from there. Makes more sense living up here to approach the park from the north.

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    What? Jeff Buckley died in 1997 in Memphis, rumored to have been drunk and stoned off his a$$ when he drowned after going for a swim fully clothed in the Wolf Harbor side channel of the Mississippi River. His death was ruled an accidental drowning with no implication of voodoo...

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    What? Jeff Buckley died in 1997 in Memphis, rumored to have been drunk and stoned off his a$$ when he drowned after going for a swim fully clothed in the Wolf Harbor side channel of the Mississippi River. His death was ruled an accidental drowning with no implication of voodoo "rip currents" claiming his life. Besides, "rip currents" or narrow rip channels only occur on exposed beaches under conditions of strong on-shore winds and big incoming surf. Experienced swimmers know what they are and how to spot them, never fight against the current, swim parallel to the shore until they are out of the channel and then safely swim back to the beach.

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