20 hours ago

Updated 25 min ago

Man Killed on Juneway Believed to be Top Leader of Street Gang: Alderman

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140917/rogers-park/man-killed-on-juneway-believed-be-top-leader-of-street-gang-alderman
The 19-year-old man who was gunned down last week in the courtyard of an apartment building on Juneway Terrace was "allegedly one of the top leaders of a local street gang," according to Ald. Joe Moore.

The 49th Ward alderman wrote in an email to constituents Wednesday that police believed Glenford S. Johnson, who was killed Sept. 11 in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace, was responsible for other shootings in the neighborhood.

Moore didn't identify the gang...

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The 19-year-old man who was gunned down last week in the courtyard of an apartment building on Juneway Terrace was "allegedly one of the top leaders of a local street gang," according to Ald. Joe Moore.

The 49th Ward alderman wrote in an email to constituents Wednesday that police believed Glenford S. Johnson, who was killed Sept. 11 in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace, was responsible for other shootings in the neighborhood.

Moore didn't identify the gang Johnson was believed to have led, but the prominent street gang in the area north of Howard is called the LOCs, or Loyalty Over Cash. Police have said the LOCs are in a longstanding conflict with a Morse Avenue-area gang called the ICGs, or Insane Cutthroat Gangsters.

Rapper Bang Da Hitta, whose given name is Keith Hayer, claims to be a member of the ICGs.

Hayer's car was intentionally set ablaze Saturday on Lunt Avenue.

Moore wrote Wednesday that a "forensic analysis" of the car didn't reveal evidence that an incendiary device was used in the attack, contrary to witness reports. Police over the weekend also denied an incendiary device was used.

"Nonetheless, an intentionally set car fire is a serious offense and cause for great concern," the alderman said.

  • Rob

    Looks like Woodard figured out the gang name isn't Loyola over cash and made the appropriate correction. Good job Benjamin!

  • Jenny Loo 8675309

    Insane Cutthroat Gangsters? That does not make me think that group is very friendly.

    Thanks for the update.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Rob, no, one of the people who commented at the end of the article had to tell Woodard he had the gang name wrong. It was also incorrect to state that the alderman named the young man who was killed because the email blast did not name him.

8 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Social Life

New to the area and looking meet new people in their late 20's/early 30's! Any suggestions for this weekend??
Thanks in advance!

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    My gf and I loved the Rogers Park Social bar. We are both in our late 20's.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Ahmaad is referring to Oktoberfest, Sunday, 9/21, noon - 6 PM, on Jarvis at Greenview.

Sep 11

Updated 2 hours ago

Walking Dogs Off Leash in NW Edgewater Glen

There seems to be a little upsurge in this along/around Glenwood, Rosemont, and Wayne.
A neighbor mentioned that she's having difficulty walking her dog who is leash aggressive because they are often surprised by dogs trotting down the street half a block or so ahead of their owners. I haven't had this experience recently, but I usually try to walk my dog when other people aren't out with theirs because mine is a rescue who is terrified by strangers.

Thoughts? Observations?

  • Snappette Special Agent

    People that leash their dogs even piss me off. For example, I'll see dogs left tied up outside a coffee shop while the owner is inside having coffee. Yep! I will pass by the coffee shop on my way to wherever & return back home (15-20 minutes later) & I'll...

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    People that leash their dogs even piss me off. For example, I'll see dogs left tied up outside a coffee shop while the owner is inside having coffee. Yep! I will pass by the coffee shop on my way to wherever & return back home (15-20 minutes later) & I'll see the same d*** dog still tied up at the same d*** coffee shop! While the owner is STILL inside the coffee shop drinking coffee or sipping a lattè or whatever ! Can't these humans leave their dog at home for a hour(or how ever long) to go to a coffee shop? I even noticed hooks outside coffee shops to accomodate these people so they can tie their dog up while they "go for coffee"!  In a way, it's animal cruelty (IMHO) to tie up a dog and leave it.Meanwhile, you got passer bys just minding their own business, walking on the sidewalk (adults and small children alike) who stand the chance of being licked, nipped, jumped or humped cuz the owner just HAD to bring the dog along! Wtf?!

  • Phil L. property owner/lincoln square

    One of my thoughts is that people shouldn't use retractable leashes and let their dogs wander beyond their control. It's as bad as being off leash.

9 hours 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

  • Megan L 6 yr RoPa resident

    I don't really mind the idea but I agree it's laughable that LUC and NW kids will go there unless they card like Hamilton's used to.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    If this flies, I'm glad I don't live in the former Pivot Point building.

41 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

handicapped bike plates? so, i can ride three whl. adult bike, on sidewalk?

Is there such a thing as I queried above?, thanks, mommameow!

  • Your not handicapped so the answer is no.

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Block Captain Obvious, Rocket Surgeon

    Ride the bike in the street as required by law. No one will stop you. It gets easier all the time with new bike lanes added every year. You can map the roads with bike lanes and plan your trip accordingly. Bicycles can be registered with police in case they're...

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    Ride the bike in the street as required by law. No one will stop you. It gets easier all the time with new bike lanes added every year. You can map the roads with bike lanes and plan your trip accordingly. Bicycles can be registered with police in case they're stolen. There are no license plates issued for bicycles. How do you live in Chicago for so long and not know these things?

    Google is your friend. Here's a whole page of information and links to even more information (including maps) from the City of Chicago: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/bike.html

3 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 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.

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    In answer to your questions,

    01.) No.
    In addition, many section 8 tenants were never project residents. Note also, the CHAC has withheld almost 500 million in federal funding intended to house thousands of families. The city council is considering a bill to force them to spend these funds...

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    Continued...

    In answer to your questions,

    01.) No.
    In addition, many section 8 tenants were never project residents. Note also, the CHAC has withheld almost 500 million in federal funding intended to house thousands of families. The city council is considering a bill to force them to spend these funds for housing.

    02.) No such thing as "CHA approved private rental property" Just a supplement to any market landlord that will rent to the tenant.

    03.) Yes. "Fair Market rate" (FMR) schedule as determined by CHAC for unit size according to family size. For example, a 1 bedroom might be capped at $875. The tenant pays 1/3 of income, up to 99% of income.

    04.) Keep unit and property to code, and repair as indicated by annual inspection, don't be a known sex offender.

    05.) See above. That's it. You are confusing Housing Choice Voucher, which is private market, with project-based building operated by CHA.

    06.) Lease terms are subject to same laws as you are, disputes resolved by landlord-tenant court.

    07.) Failure to maintain property, charging extra rent off the books (common)

    08.) A lot less than homelessness. About 52 billion annually, its been flat for 15 years while housing costs have skyrocketed. Maybe average $600 per

    09.) Section 8 is concentrated in certain neighborhoods and in certain buildings. Landlords vary, but all are subject to annual property inspections.

    10.) There is no master list. It is illegal to refuse section 8 solely because of the "source of income" meaning the voucher. But it happens all the time. So most landlords would not go on record saying "we don't take section 8."

    11) No. Unless exclusion by landlords in decent neighborhoods counts.

  • The last post was an excellent summary of direct answers to the Section 8 questions. It is worth nothing that the mortgage interest deduction is only available with respect to interest on the first $1M of mortgage debt plus $100K in home equity lines. Elimination of the deduction for mortgage...

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    The last post was an excellent summary of direct answers to the Section 8 questions. It is worth nothing that the mortgage interest deduction is only available with respect to interest on the first $1M of mortgage debt plus $100K in home equity lines. Elimination of the deduction for mortgage interest will hammer the middle class to upper middle class and not do a thing to the truly wealthy that have the ability to leverage assets other than a principal residence...e.g. if a person has enough investment income, they can shift their borrowing to being against investment interest expense and circumvent the limitations. So elimination of the deduction for mortgage interest is very unlikely to ever happen.

16 hours ago

Updated 6 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?

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    sorry about typos..walking and typing

  • Treehouse cat shelter at Carmen and Broadway.
    Red Door cat shelter at Lunt and Western.
    No animal should be left in those conditions, alone, ill fed and cared for.
    What's wrong with people?

29 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Message to Joe Moore

That fact that you judged a teen who's life was taken away by gun violence was very unprofessional and ignorant on your behalf. Glenford S. Johnson was not a leader in a gang and was trying to better himself just for people like you who talk down on others and criticizes them before even getting to know who they really are. He was going to school and started a new job but of course you people will not mention that...

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That fact that you judged a teen who's life was taken away by gun violence was very unprofessional and ignorant on your behalf. Glenford S. Johnson was not a leader in a gang and was trying to better himself just for people like you who talk down on others and criticizes them before even getting to know who they really are. He was going to school and started a new job but of course you people will not mention that because the only thing you do to the African American race is degrade them and make assumptions to make a persons death sound like it was for the better for the neighborhood and what they deserved. I don't know if you believe in God but if you haven't heard this "Black saying" YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW. What have you really offered the Rogers Park neighborhood besides free donuts and coffee? Where have you been when family's hold candlelights for the people who lost their lives to gun violence? If you want to act concerned and act like you're really doing something for the community at least get to know your people who live in it first! -Inkashi Wells (A family member of Glenford Johnson who actually KNOWS him)

  • neleh Accountant

    i know you are mad at the alderman at this moment inkashi, but i do agree with what he said about contacting him, and having the witness contact him. you want justice for Glenford and closure for your family. people on this forum can not help you, and have their own selfish motives for commenting.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Very articulate responses Inkashi. By any chance are looking to change jobs or are looking for a job.
    You handled a very personal tragedy with effective communication and valued others perspectives.
    Those are very valuable leadership skills.

6 hours ago

Heard single gunshot at 10:10 p.m.

Did anyone else hear a single shot a few minutes ago near Hollywood and Ridge? Definitely not fireworks.

42 hours ago

Updated 6 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.

The car was...

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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.

  • To Need for Change. Be careful. It is your type of thinking and choice of words that lead to explosive situations. However, I think the building owner might best be able to ban this man since he is not a tenant. However, to ban someone from eating at a restaurant...

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    To Need for Change. Be careful. It is your type of thinking and choice of words that lead to explosive situations. However, I think the building owner might best be able to ban this man since he is not a tenant. However, to ban someone from eating at a restaurant or shopping at a store that is a public place is a violation of his civil rights unless he is a danger and threat to the business. Fear is not the answer. NEITHER is using extreme elitist ideals and insulting language that do not reduce crime nor turn around those who are committing it. It is obvious that the alderman is working with the police commander to introduce lawful safety measures. Why not let the experts handle it and the community give input that excludes disrespectful references such as those directed toward me, but with intelligent people involved, might actually lead to a truce and real solutions. I still feel safe in God's hands and always will. I am still concerned about scared people who carry concealed guns and cannot distinguish friends from foes when approached and unnecessary attacks on my character by strangers who conceal their identity on this news source with cute names. But to bring order to chaos is a call to serve my purpose despite the attack, so I am okay.

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Dr Maat there's part of your comment above that baffles me....

    You say:

    " I am still concerned about scared people who carry concealed guns and cannot distinguish friends from foes when approached and unnecessary attacks on my character by strangers ..."

    Why are you concerned about an irrelevant issue?...

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    Dr Maat there's part of your comment above that baffles me....

    You say:

    " I am still concerned about scared people who carry concealed guns and cannot distinguish friends from foes when approached and unnecessary attacks on my character by strangers ..."

    Why are you concerned about an irrelevant issue? How many of these incidents have occurred in RP? None.

    The issue at hand is gang violence which is tangible, real life occurrences.

    Did a scared citizen, legally possessing a gun, shoot at you-- mistakenly taking you for an alleged gangbager?

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

outside cat

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

7 hours ago

Support Music at Swift School

Help the Swift music department purchase mallets, xylophones, and rolling racks for our bass xylophones to make our music class more mobile.

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/composers-on-the-move/1288655/?challengeid=126734&rf=link-siteshare-2014-09-teacher_profile-teacher_137883

16 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

need undercabinet strip lighting installed in a kitchen: recommendations?

Any recommendations for someone who can install simple, economical undercabinet lighting, the strip type? There is a conduit to an old undercabinet light fixture in the corner of this kitchen. Do I need an electrician or can a handyman do this?

43 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Beware

I'd just like to remind everyone to be careful about giving personal info. over the phone.
I received a phone call yesterday from a man saying he represented my bank and that our call may be monitored. He then asked me for the last 4 numbers of my social security #.
Needless to say, I didn't give him anything and said goodbye.

10 hours ago

  • 1 stars out of 5: Bar 63 on Yelp

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

More Blocks Added to this Year's Street Resurfacing List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 hours ago

Uptown’s Proposed Shared Street at Argyle: How ADDING Uncertainty Can Make Our Side Streets Safer

...to be permanently blurred in Uptown soon, as plans go forward to turn Argyle (between Broadway and Sheridan) into a Shared Street.  Implementing the design will begin next spring.  Curbs will be removed...

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5 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Evicted man, now homeless

To all who are concerned about this poor man: Thank you, from the bottom of my
heart, for taking proactive steps to help this poor man. Thank you, Joe Moore, for your kind response also. I was out of town when this happened so could not do anything for him, but all of you were, indeed, his angels of mercy. I hear that in New York City, people have actually lain in the streets, injured or dying, and people just walked on by.
Our Rogers Park neighborhood ROCKS!

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Block Captain Obvious, Rocket Surgeon

    No worries, Emily, there are just a lot of people here who like to dis our Alderman at every chance they get, along with the rest of Chicago's politicians. It's not too hard to stay out of the threads that are politics-based, but a little harder to keep non-political ones...

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    No worries, Emily, there are just a lot of people here who like to dis our Alderman at every chance they get, along with the rest of Chicago's politicians. It's not too hard to stay out of the threads that are politics-based, but a little harder to keep non-political ones from turning south, whether they're about gardening or giving furniture away! I won't be surprised if this comment makes this thread go sideways.

    Your idea sounds solid. I'm not a dog walker, but I hope others who are will chime in to hear you expand on this idea. Of course, it wouldn't really be much of a chore for any of us to grab a plastic grocery/produce/bread bag and pick up a few pieces on our next walk or short errand.

  • Emily B. Smith Medical Editor

    I appreciate your thoughts, Kat. Yes, indeed: It takes no imagination to find negatives
    everywhere, but brainstorming solutions really fires up the imagination and positive life energy.
    Keep reading for responses to the trash pick-up idea. Further to that: how about
    find a volunteer on every block who can take care of just their block alone?
    What a difference that would make.
    E.

14 hours ago

Apartment Trick or Treating

In my last neighborhood (buena park)they had a block party type trick or treating. Since there were so many apartment complexes and multi units the whole building would get together with each unit buying some candy. Between 6 & about 7:30 ish volunteers would stand outside with candy so they kids could go trick or treating without ringing each doorbell in the whole building all night.Some of the buildings went all out decorating.I wish I had some pictures. I'm just curious if anyone would be interested in doing something like that?

14 hours ago

Getting Information From Chicago Police Dept. - Freedom of Information Act

Given all of the speculation regarding what the Chicago Police Dept. is or isn't doing to deal with the uptick in gang violence I thought I would share the links that relate to the filing of a Freedom of Information Request with CPD specifically and the City of Chicago in general...be aware that once filed the text of the FOIA and who requested it becomes public information as well.

City of Chicago Police Freedom of Information Act Request: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd/supp_info/cpd_foia.html

List of CPD FOIA Requests Made: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd/dataset/foialog.html

City of Chicago FOIA Page http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/foia.html

City of Chicago FOIA Form: http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/progs/FOIA/GeneralFOIAFormforDepts.pdf

42 hours ago

Updated 14 hours 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.

  • Since you are posting this misinformation on other threads, Zoot/Ghost, I'll repeat what I said to you earlier: the legal decision you are referring to (Pratt vs. CHA) does NOT state that search clauses can be required or mandated as a condition of rental, and no subsequent case has ever established such a possibility. The 1994 Pratt decision only states that search is allowed if residents give prior consent. It does not say a lease can require that. Here's the text of the decision:

    http://www.leagle.com/decision/19941640848FSupp792_11523.xml/PRATT%20v.%20CHICAGO%20HOUSING%20AUTHORITY

  • I thought Jordan lived and died (well, not yet at any rate) by the 2nd Amendment. How is it then that he feels fine and dandy with abridging the 4th Amendment rights of others? Curious.

15 hours ago

Edgewater Fall Art Fair Grows Into Second Year!

The lighthouse is the icon of the Edgewater Neighborhood, and fittingly so. It was Rae Ann Cecrle who imagined the symbol of the beacon of light for the steadfast commitment that Edgewater Artists in Motion offers the residents and artists of Edgewater. This fall, Edgewater once again celebrates the cultural diversity that the neighborhood embraces […]

44 hours ago

Updated 15 hours 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.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Gunfire at Rogers & Clark

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

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

  • The officers that were placed in beat cars were only taken away from specialized units that were already out there fighting crime. That was one of the reasons that contributed to the spike in murders back in 2012. These unit has been reestablished to fight crime again. So what Rahm did was useless. The Department is still short at least 1000 officers. It is budgeted for over 13000.

  • Anyone that believes Rahm is a fool. Cry broke but still has millions to spend on all kinds of projects. IE: DePaul Stadium, bike paths, Divvy bikes, holels, maggie daley park, etc... If you ever pay attention to anything that comes out of Rahm, over time you will see the guy is a liar.. If you go on secondcitycop you can read all about it.

16 hours ago

Rogers Park Food Co-op event Saturday Raises the Roof Top Farm

Rogers Park Food Co-op presents... RAISE THE ROOF TOP FARM An autumn afternoon for the whole family to benefit the Rogers Park Food Co-op. Celebrate fall harvest. Have fun, hear about our 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 1 ton of organic vegetables annually on their rooftop all of it ends up on their menu! $20 per person (Kids 12 & under are FREE) 100% of ticket price will go towards funding our ownership campaign including printing brochures and applications. Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon | Chicago, IL Saturday, September 20 | 3pm-5pm If rain -- look for us under the tent! Join us at a beautiful venue for delicious food, great live music, free face-painting and Taffy apples for children and Rogers Park camaraderie! Support Rogers Park Food Co-op so we can move forward with our ownership campaign! [where: ]

16 hours ago

Celebrate Oktoberfest on Jarvis Square on Sunday includes Bag Tournament

Enjoy Oktoberfest in Rogers Park, Jarvis Square, Sunday, September 21st, noon to 6PM. Participate in Bag Tournament - $40/team. Jarvis Square continues to host awesome special events. Support this terrific group of businesses who bring frolic and fun to the community.[where: ]

21 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

What's Replacing Rolland's?

Was looking to grab a quick bite yesterday evening, and noticed the space where Rolland's (and Hop Haus...and previously a Greek restaurant?) used to be was under interior renovation. Does anyone know which establishment is moving to that location?

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Beware: IRS telephone scam

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

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

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    I got one of these calls. When I got my laughter under control I told him to( insert word meaning for making water)off! The idiot could barely speak english and had to repeat the word IRS repeatedly before I could figure out what he was saying. The IRS,as well as any other civic,state or federal entity will never call looking for info.

  • I got the same call but in a voicemail message, where they threatened me with legal action if I did not get back to them. I knew it was a scam and looked up the number and followed up some suggested links to report it to the FTC. I reported...

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    I got the same call but in a voicemail message, where they threatened me with legal action if I did not get back to them. I knew it was a scam and looked up the number and followed up some suggested links to report it to the FTC. I reported the call to the FTC. Someone else on the FTC comments section they have for this particular IRS scam said the number was provided by a certain communications company. I wrote to the company on their website detailing the exact report language I had given to the FTC and they said I would no longer get calls from that number. It was a 202 DC area code.

18 hours ago

Chicago Market in Andersonville TONIGHT -- Swedish American Museum

Chicago Market, a brand new community-owned food co-op forming on the North Side of Chicago, will be holding an Information Session TONIGHT, September 18 at the Swedish American Museum Center at 5211 North Clark Street from 7.00 to 8.30 pm.

Come learn about the co-op, meet Chicago Market Steering Committee members and current Owners, and become a Founding Owner. RSVP at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-september-18.

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

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Chicago Market, a brand new community-owned food co-op forming on the North Side of Chicago, will be holding an Information Session TONIGHT, September 18 at the Swedish American Museum Center at 5211 North Clark Street from 7.00 to 8.30 pm.

Come learn about the co-op, meet Chicago Market Steering Committee members and current Owners, and become a Founding Owner. RSVP at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-september-18.

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Chicago Market's #1000in100 Campaign for 1,000 Owners in 100 days is booming. We now have an incredible 476 Owners!

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

** For more information, read 7 Reasons Why Families Need Chicago Market
at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/7_reasons_why_families_need_chicago_market

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

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

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

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

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

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

36 hours ago

Updated 18 hours 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??

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    No one builds a project of this magnitude and just adds another floor.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    It is dubious that one of the construction company's foremen would have any knowledge of business transactions in an unfinished structure for another business that will rent and not sell parking spaces. According to the owner, Tawani Enterprises, Farcroft residents will be given priority status to reserve a spot to...

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    It is dubious that one of the construction company's foremen would have any knowledge of business transactions in an unfinished structure for another business that will rent and not sell parking spaces. According to the owner, Tawani Enterprises, Farcroft residents will be given priority status to reserve a spot to rent but only from a limited segment of the total number of spaces. And it is laughable that Sandra would know anything about anything unless "she" (and that is dubious) is an agent of the building's owner (and that is more than laughable and less than dubious).

42 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Alderman Moore Provides Update on the Police Helicopter on Chicago's North Side

Many Rogers Park residents have noticed the frequent presence of a helicopter in our neighborhood over the past week. This is a police helicopter. The Police Department is including Rogers Park and other North Side neighborhoods as part of its routine patrols, much like a squad car, except it is up in the air and can cover more territory more quickly.

This, together with additional police resources on the ground, is part of an overall strategy to boost police presence...

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Many Rogers Park residents have noticed the frequent presence of a helicopter in our neighborhood over the past week. This is a police helicopter. The Police Department is including Rogers Park and other North Side neighborhoods as part of its routine patrols, much like a squad car, except it is up in the air and can cover more territory more quickly.

This, together with additional police resources on the ground, is part of an overall strategy to boost police presence and tamp down on the violence. Police in a helicopter can see things that officers on the ground may not be able to see. Plus it sends a message to those contemplating violence.

The Police Department does not intend for the helicopter to become a permanent fixture in our neighborhood, but during this time of heightened tension, they believe it could be a useful tool.

We have come to associate helicopters in the air with bad events, such as a train derailment, hostage crisis, capsized boat in Lake Michigan and the like. But please rest assured, for the vast majority of time, the police helicopter is on routine patrol only. Occasionally, however, it may be called into service to assist the police in certain incidents.

One such incident occurred Monday night, when police responded to a call of "shots fired" at the intersection of Clark and Rogers. Upon arriving, they witnessed several men fleeing into a building. The police helicopter was nearby and heard the call on the police radio. It flew to the scene and shined a spotlight on the building to assist the officers on the ground in apprehending the men. It turned out that the men had fireworks in their possession and were shooting the fireworks in observance of Mexican Independence Day.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Whatever happened at Clark and Rogers Monday night brought out more police than I've ever seen anywhere in our neighborhood. I guess my bus got there after the helicopter had flown on.

  • Frances E. just another resident

    Good to know what's going on. The helicopters aren't my favorite, but if the other choice is unchecked violent crime, I'll take them.

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Employment for high school students

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

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

  • Thank you all for your suggestions. I'll look into the public library and Chicago parks. Also, thank you JeffHinkson, I'll ask for more information if any of my students are interested/qualified.

    If anything else comes up, please let me know.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Have them contact the Red Cross, and take the babysitting class. The going rate is $10-12/hour

40 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Halfstack Magazine piece on Rogers Parks

http://issuu.com/halfstackmag/docs/hsm-master-fall-9-16-final

Starting on page 162. What do you guys think of this article?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Back to the article. Kind of disjointed IMO. Rambling from the BBQ on National Night Out to the Clark St. Festival. While the writer apparently lives in NoH he doesn't write much about our little area. As d3 notes, we've had a community garden on Juneway for 20 years. And,...

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    Back to the article. Kind of disjointed IMO. Rambling from the BBQ on National Night Out to the Clark St. Festival. While the writer apparently lives in NoH he doesn't write much about our little area. As d3 notes, we've had a community garden on Juneway for 20 years. And, of course, he had to include "...an area pejoratively known for decades as The Jungle" without knowing this area was actually called Juneway Jungle and that the name was not originally pejorative--certainly not when it was a lily-white Juneway Jungle when I moved here.

  • The history of the concept and intent behind the big, tall housing project is interesting. I think the untested idea was advanced by Le Corbusier, a giant of Modernist architecture and design.

    Le Corbusier and his contemporaries had optimistic beliefs that residential buildings like these, new, and with modern conveniences...

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    The history of the concept and intent behind the big, tall housing project is interesting. I think the untested idea was advanced by Le Corbusier, a giant of Modernist architecture and design.

    Le Corbusier and his contemporaries had optimistic beliefs that residential buildings like these, new, and with modern conveniences and comfort (relative to the slums), would symbolically and emotionally lift up disadvantaged poor people from their decaying surroundings. The hypothesis was that by combining new theories of and sociology, the architecture could serve poor people by helping them see themselves anew; as the equals of the mainstream society, full of potential and hope.

    Clearly it didn't work out that way. Then the first Mayor Daley chose to physically segregate the city by building the Dan Ryan Expressway, which cut off the housing projects from the city and it resources.

    (steps away from lectern)

20 hours ago

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Updated 21 hours ago

Homelessness in Chicago

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

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

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Out of respect for the OP who seems sincere in her advocacy work, let's stay on topic.

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Keeping the Promise Ordinance is about transparency and oversight of federal dollars (HUD program) in Chicago: Sections 1.1 and 1.2. Briefly, these sections state the purpose and intent of the ordinance regarding the use of federal tax dollars - to protect public health, safety, and welfare of the public; applies...

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    Keeping the Promise Ordinance is about transparency and oversight of federal dollars (HUD program) in Chicago: Sections 1.1 and 1.2. Briefly, these sections state the purpose and intent of the ordinance regarding the use of federal tax dollars - to protect public health, safety, and welfare of the public; applies to owners of a public housing project in the redevelopment, rehab, demolition, disposition, conversion or new construction of public housing developments. Section 1.4 delineates the oversight responsibility of the Council over CHA. Would be great to attend a city council meeting to hear the dialogue on the reasons pro or con of this ordinance. Perhaps one of us can find out when and post. I may know later today. Always important for each citizen to know the facts and think for oneself (a non-partisan comment). Below are 2 links to learn more.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cha-transparency-plan-20140909-story.html
    Thank you all for your interest. Jeanne

31 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

You are Beautiful Mural Restored.

One of RP most photographed murals has been restored.

  • I like the one at Pratt & Ravenswood by what's his name? - like it 'cause it's not quite done/finished so you can imagine stuff when you look at it - the one across the street (which took forever to complete) too perfect and one day there was a chicken drawn on in the middle, but it was quickly painted over - I liked that crude little chicken scribble. Also like the one on Farwell with the sleeping person.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    There are many to choose from and glad they get refurbished from time to time.

Jun 12

Updated 22 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.

25 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Have you seen this cat?

It seems like a ton of people here and on Facebook are seeing this cat around. She is lost! Please help get her reunited with her owner. Call Carolina at 305-987-3049 if you see/have the cat.

  • Dee in E Rogers Park East Rogers Park over 10 Years

    How long has she been missing? See the thread called "outside cat". She was seen two days ago. Good luck getting the lady back where she belongs.

22 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Snow Removal

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

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

  • id recommend SGS. they are local rogers park guys and provide excellent service. they have several trucks and drivers so they are reliable and fair with their pricing.
    you can contact Frank (773) 807-1528 or Mike (773) 406-4267.

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