3 days ago

Updated 4 min ago

Useful e - mail address

robin.popelka@chicagopolice.org

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She is the 24 th District's officer in charge of monitoring BAD buildings.

She can share your information with your Beat officers to improve their patrol of your block.

She can also meet with owners / managers of buildings to assist them in their supervision of their property.

If necessary , she can have city inspectors visit the site.

She can also take the owner to
Housing Court.

She can be a valuable resource in your efforts to improve your block.

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Don't forget to involve your Alderman.

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Thank you for your efforts to improve
Rogers Park.

Apr 12

Updated 13 min ago

Walking does a body good!

Morning RParkers,

Since moving to Chicago in August I gained about 20 pounds :-( I was on the verge of losing my last 10 pounds to reach my healthy BMI, which sucked!

So I promised myself to kick butt! I went on a health kick, cleaned up my diet and ditched the zip car and CTA replaced it with walking roughly 6-8 miles a day.

My coworkers think I'm nuts lmao. I canceled my gym membership and happy to report...

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Morning RParkers,

Since moving to Chicago in August I gained about 20 pounds :-( I was on the verge of losing my last 10 pounds to reach my healthy BMI, which sucked!

So I promised myself to kick butt! I went on a health kick, cleaned up my diet and ditched the zip car and CTA replaced it with walking roughly 6-8 miles a day.

My coworkers think I'm nuts lmao. I canceled my gym membership and happy to report since March 31, as of this morning, according to my doctor's scale I lost 12 pounds. My home scale says 14, but whatever.

My doctor was amazed. I told her I've been walking the fat away :-)

18 more pesky pounds....to reach my ultimate healthy BMI goal.

I'm starting a walking club....please join us next Saturday. Healthy Living!! :-)

  • Yes, start a FB or Meetup, because I am interested although I don't think I can go this Saturday.

  • Derrick in West Ridge Resident of West Ridge since 1997

    I agree with Becky, a Meetup group would be a good way (I'm not a Facebooker).

3 days ago

Updated 25 min ago

Here's an easy solution to brighten up your yard and add some security.

Last year we put in a staked garden flood light on our corner because we had small groups of people hanging out on our corner. They would meet regularly and were very loud, they would sit on the cars and throw bottles and trash til all hours of the night. So, we placed a staked flood light at the base of a tree and shined it up into the tree, after trimming it up from the bottom, and so far...

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Last year we put in a staked garden flood light on our corner because we had small groups of people hanging out on our corner. They would meet regularly and were very loud, they would sit on the cars and throw bottles and trash til all hours of the night. So, we placed a staked flood light at the base of a tree and shined it up into the tree, after trimming it up from the bottom, and so far so good. They do not like the lights, they prefer dark corners, so we eliminated the darkness. We have it on a timer so it makes it even easier, and it looks very pretty too. We will be putting in another one this weekend.
Prior to doing this we would call police, but more often than not, they would be gone by the time the police arrived.
It was also a very effective way to decorate your space because during the Holidays, we replaced the clear lights with multi-colored lights.
Just an easy way to beautify your garden and keep yourself a bit safer...I recommend you try it.

  • What about all the songbirds that are going to die? Each light makes a difference no matter how small it is.

  • Rob

    What about those poor folks who were hanging out on your corner? Won't somebody think of them?

Mar 28

Updated 35 min ago

Hey Peoples Gas, why is my gas bill so mysteriously huge this month?!

A few of my neighbors and myself were surprised by ridiculously high gas bills today and want to know why. Is it because of all the gas line work that's been going on in the neighborhood?

  • Estes&Ashland Rogers Park & West Ridge Resident since 1960

    Well, Willy: I can't imagine why your monthly payment would increase by a hundred bucks (or was it an increase TO a hundred bucks?)

    Either way, a steady and consistent monthly payment on the budget plan will smooth out the payments. The relatively high payments made during the summer (when...

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    Well, Willy: I can't imagine why your monthly payment would increase by a hundred bucks (or was it an increase TO a hundred bucks?)

    Either way, a steady and consistent monthly payment on the budget plan will smooth out the payments. The relatively high payments made during the summer (when very little gas is being used), may seem seem high at the time, but remember that the cash is being "banked", and will result in lower bills in the winter, when others, (who are not with the program) are stressing-out about their heating bills.

    In my opinion - the Budget Plan is smart - and having it automated to bill a credit card (preferably one that rewards you with points for spending), gives you a big safety cushion - meaning that the actual bill can be paid when ever you feel like dealing with it.

    In fact, my credit cards are also set up to auto-pay from my bank account, which itself is fed through direct-deposit, so I never really have to deal with the pettiness of actually paying bills.

  • lb

    What I don't get is that we are on the budget plan (paying a ridiculously high amount), and then got a bill saying we need to come up with $320 more than our budget plan amount. Is this happening to others? I thought the whole point of the budget plan is to give you one constant amount to budget for and to pay every month. This bill almost doubles what our budget plan amount is. No explanation. WTF?

1 hour ago

Was the Rogers Park rapist caught.

There is a story about a knife wielding rapist in the news. Is this the same rapist from Devon Ave or the one on North Shore? There have been others in Rogers Park but they did not get the press time these did.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/04/16/man-charged-in-lakeview-rape-robbery/

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

  • Andrew Mann Vanquisher

    It's not a lie, it's a scam.

  • @ryan..if you're comparing data from 2014 to the 80-90s I guess you can say crime is down but of course this all some city hall nonsense as every halfway warm day at least 10 people are shot and on the weekends double that.

27 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Question for people who would be hurt by plastic bag ban

I'm a student at Northwestern University and I'm writing an article about the plastic bag ban proposal in Chicago. I would really like to talk to some people who might be against the ban for various reasons, especially retailers or people who own stores that might be hurt by this ban. Please let me know if this applies to any of you; you can email me at nicolekreizel2015@u.northwestern.edu. Thank you so much!

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    I think the vote was unanimous by the City Council. Excellent job ladies and gentlemen. I'll be retiring to my bomb shelter now that the world will come to an end, or the Black UN Helicopters come swooping down to snatch my plastic bags and my Freedoms™

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Mitchell, you didn't say anything about your tinfoil hat!
    (I hope you don't get surgery to remove your tongue from your cheek). ;)

22 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Lost a tortoiseshell cat?

There is a lovely tortoiseshell hanging out by our backdoor (Greenleaf and Glenwood). S/he clearly came from a home, but no collar or any other identifying markings. (We don't have a car, so I can't drive it anywhere.) Anyone lost her or want to take care of her? We can't though I wish...

  • If you can get her, I can help out if need be. Hopefully it's the same cat Jess saw on the flyer and you can get her home!

  • I have a pet carrier if you need to borrow it, There is Felines & Canines (6379 N Paulina St,) Clark and Devon basically. They are a no kill shelter that could possibly check for a tag. In box me if you need the carrier so we can get this little guy to a safe place.

Feb 10

Updated 3 hours ago

eta for edgewater/ uptown mariano's

does anyone have an eta on the edgewater/ uptown mariano's on sheridan and foster... i saw last week paint cans, and tarps over things as well as the signs for each asile gone but no actual work.. also there have been multiple electrician vans in the lot but i do not see any actual work going on... what is holding this up and when will this open finally

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    My husband went and saw the same exact strawberries at Mariano's that they sell at Aldi,which I thought was interesting.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Not interesting at all: Driscoll is a consolidator that has a near-monopoly in the U.S. berry market. And there's more to a shopping list than berries. I'm still not going to shop at Aldi.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Jesus Tagger/Pamphleter Back

I got another pamphlet on my car from this guy. He's back.

Anyone see any recent scribblings or get pamphlets on their car again?

  • Andrew Mann Vanquisher

    Thanks Amber, I didn't notice your first post. If I see him holding his sign this summer, I will stand behind him and say in a deep voice..."Brandon! I command you to stop tagging your city!"

  • @Sara - I don't know if his family thinks he's simply a "Jesus freak" or hope that once he gets a job, this will all go away. He's been living off of student loans and his family ever since he left/was kicked out of Argosy. He spends his days on...

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    @Sara - I don't know if his family thinks he's simply a "Jesus freak" or hope that once he gets a job, this will all go away. He's been living off of student loans and his family ever since he left/was kicked out of Argosy. He spends his days on Reddit, doing things with Agape (they have a group every Tuesday, "worship" on Sunday, and other events with them), reading his Bible, watching RT TV, YouTube, and so forth.

    His mom is very small town mom-ish; she thinks that if she can get him back to Washington, a job, get him to stop smoking pot, and IDK, a hug, he'll be just fine. His parents took care of his dogs when he was in the psych ward of St. Mary's, so they know he was in a psychiatric facility. They are involved in his treatment for the Crohn's, but I don't know if they've given up on the psych issues or just honestly and truly believe he's just a Christian extremist.

    @Andrew - LOL!!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Shout out your Block (Rogers Park)

I've got about a week until I'm out there digging into the neighborhoods to find where I want to live, and I wanted to get a more granular view of Rogers Park. So, here's what I'm asking:

- Give me a general description of where you are (3900 block of _____, or "near intersection of "______ and _______")

- Tell me what's great about your block and the general area around it -- please identify relevant landmarks, parks, ect.

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I've got about a week until I'm out there digging into the neighborhoods to find where I want to live, and I wanted to get a more granular view of Rogers Park. So, here's what I'm asking:

- Give me a general description of where you are (3900 block of _____, or "near intersection of "______ and _______")

- Tell me what's great about your block and the general area around it -- please identify relevant landmarks, parks, ect.

- Lastly, tell me what could be improved. I'm not asking you to trash it--just be honest.

This will help me immensely, as I'm seeing that blogs that discuss Chicago real estate only like to talk about places like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, West Loop...ect..ect.

If you have a lead or own a building, feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks,
Mike

  • Mike - I live on Greenview between Howard and Jonquil. My street is usually fairly quiet. There's only been one "major" incident on my section of the street in the 4 years I've lived there. A lot of buildings on my street have been gut-rehabbed over the last several years....

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    Mike - I live on Greenview between Howard and Jonquil. My street is usually fairly quiet. There's only been one "major" incident on my section of the street in the 4 years I've lived there. A lot of buildings on my street have been gut-rehabbed over the last several years. Others have mentioned Sol Cafe, Caribbean Bakery. Down the street on Jarvis there are several bars/restaurants. The owners of Towbar on Jarvis just opened a brew pub called The Peckish Pig down the street on Howard which is amazing.

    I took a look at your map and noticed you are looking at 821 Brummel in Evanston. My friend actually lives in that building (has for years) and there's a chance that place is right above her as I know her neighbors just moved out! It's a beautiful building!

    You are also looking at 1528 Birchwood - my friend lives at 1524. She's only lived there for a few months, but might be able to help you with some info.

    If you want to PM me your email address I can get you in touch with both of them if you'd like.

  • sheila clerkin long time resident east Rogers Park

    Also multiple live storefront award winning theaters in our area.

5 hours ago

Going Green In Edgewater

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce hosted a community event “Greening your Bottom Line” April 23rd at Uncommon Ground  on Devon Avenue. This was a panel discussion featuring local business leaders who put a priority on green enterprise. Helen Cameron from Uncommon Ground hosted the event and shared her experience in reducing energy usage and paper and water waste at their two restaurants. Through such things as LED bulbs, EnergyStar appliances, low-flow water fixtures and switching to hand dryers over paper towels, they have been able to significantly decrease their carbon footprint and save a lot of money.

33 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Morning!

Good Sunny Morning Roger Parkers,

Just wanting to send some positive cheer! I hope that everyone has a wonderful day....Helen hope to meet you tomorrow, Thursday at CAPS.

22 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

LA fitness

Checked out LA fitness,it was nice kind of expensive though, any thoughts

  • I wasnt impressed. The atmoshpere is kind of boring and they dont seem to have a wipe down the machine after you use it policy. I think it' the best for the price though in comparison to the other local options.

  • Check out Know No Limits on Clark - it is a bit pricey but it has a very welcoming (ie - not meathead-like) atmosphere, it is always super clean, the staff/trainers are super friendly and helpful, and the other members are just normal, everyday, low key people.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Trying to find an apartment

My lease is up June 1 and I am not having any luck finding an apartment that I like. If anyone has any leads please let me know. Ideally, I would like to find a place that has the following:

* a 1 or 2 bedroom apt.
* modern- I don't like vintage stuff
* Allows cats and dogs with no monthly pet rent. Bonus if there is no pet fee at all. :)
* Has in-unit laundry
* Has parking
* Rent range - under $1,250
* Within walking distance to the red line

I like the :Loyola so that would be my first pick.

31 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Anyone have an extra ironing board, toaster, or mandoline?

The "wanted" section of Freecycle doesn't get a lot of views, so I figured I'd post here.

I'm looking for a full size ironing board, cover, and/or pad.

For the toaster, it can have two or more slots for bread/bagels/etc.

The mandoline I'm looking for is the kind that you use to chop veggies, not play music with. :-)

Thanks!

  • Hey! I have a pair of ducky boots, but ull have to come get them.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    Unfortunately, Humboldt is difficult for me to get to, because I don't drive. Thanks for the offer though. :-)

32 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Creative Solutions

Let’s say hypothetically we had the funding, government support, and the ability to immediately enact any solution to some of these problems…
I am interested in creative solutions/ suggestions to start a real discussion on resolving these problems. What ideas do you have??

Chiraqi had a suggested a gun law that would be well publicized which would be a minimum 10 years sentence for illegal possession of a firearm…

John Versical had suggested legalizing certain drugs as the illegality of...

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Let’s say hypothetically we had the funding, government support, and the ability to immediately enact any solution to some of these problems…
I am interested in creative solutions/ suggestions to start a real discussion on resolving these problems. What ideas do you have??

Chiraqi had a suggested a gun law that would be well publicized which would be a minimum 10 years sentence for illegal possession of a firearm…

John Versical had suggested legalizing certain drugs as the illegality of them has not made them less accessible. This would free resources and decimate the majority of the gangster economy.
What else?

For example, Chicago just banned the sale puppy mill dogs. This leaves a niche to fill. Perhaps we could find some government funding to start our own program, where shelter dogs are retrained and rehabilitated so they could be sold in conventional stores. This program has been shown to work very well in prison systems throughout the country. Convicts working with dogs… (Anyone who can’t learn to love the smiling face on Pitbull is too far gone in my book…)

What other real world solutions can we offer??

32 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

New lights on Juneway are in

There was a crowd amazed at the new lighting installed when they were turned up. (thanks in part to PB voting). There were a number of concerned neighbors about placement/light itself/etc., but I think the overall consensus is they're a great improvement. The light color seems to be warm and not that obnoxious cool white LED stuff they were using for awhile.

( A few have suggested painting them black for aesthetics as has been done w/ the same lights in other parts of the city and to match the lights at sheridan, there are pros and cons to this, thoughts? )

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Too late to paint them black. If done on the street, they will eventually flake and look poor. Should have been done in the factory. Plus, postings poorly removed with tape and stickers would look really bad on black. The aluminum will fade a little. I think it will be...

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    Too late to paint them black. If done on the street, they will eventually flake and look poor. Should have been done in the factory. Plus, postings poorly removed with tape and stickers would look really bad on black. The aluminum will fade a little. I think it will be fine.

    The new light on Juneway first alley E of Ashland SB, is in the path of the garbage trucks when they make the turn on/off Juneway. Is there any possibility of getting one of those large stones in the parkway?

    Thanks to whoever is responsible for the lights. They're great!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    There is no reason to paint the new light poles black. If the neighbors on Juneway had voted or even paid any attention to last's year's Participatory Budget vote, they would have known the new lights were going to be installed. The city does not install large stones in the parkway, Chester. They did either bury or remove the one we had there, though, during some previous project. I don't recall where we got it.

  • d3 NOH

    Large boulders, Buy the yard. 10 cents / # I think. but it was likely removed during the people's project, someone should ask them to replace it before they run out of money on the project. I think the placement of that no parking sign on the newly moved pole is questionable too. even aside of the fact that it's just loosely strung now.

Apr 15

Updated 9 hours ago

Vacuum Repair?

I'm looking for a repairman that fixes Bissell and Eureka - got a broken belt. Any recommendations?

  • Clark Devon Hardware Neighborhood hardware, rental & repair since 1924.

    Impressive recommendations from you Kirby owners. We can get belts and bags for you, but it doesn't look like we sell very many... maybe because they don't break down very often!

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Great to know about the bags and belts. Thanks. You guys and gals at CD are the best!

9 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Foster Dog Beach Badly Deteriorating, Unsafe

Chicago is known for being an extremely dog friendly city. Take a walk along the lake and you are bound to pass several pet owners walking their dogs along the path or heading toward one of the dog beaches. Our city has over 20 dog parks, pet dedicated businesses, a few dog-friendly beaches, and many local shops that have water bowls outside (sometimes even treats!) for our loved furry friends. Chicago dog beach visits have steadily grown over the years, and the Foster dog beach as well as the Montrose-Wilson dog beach have had quite a bit of wear and tear. With limited up-keep and continued deterioration, are these beaches becoming too unsafe for dogs and their owners?

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    I know most of the dog parks are mainly supported by local neighborhood groups that kicked in at least half the costs to initially build the parks and then they do the upkeep and maintenance. MonDog - the group that supports Montrose Beach area regularly has clean up days and some small fundraisers. They put out some nice benches and a ramp. Other than emptying trash cans it doesn't seem like the city takes any other responsibility for them.

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    Budlong, a neighborhood "clean and green" event which includes Puptown Dog Park and more is scheduled for this Sat, 9am-1pm. More info on EVB's community calendar: http://edgevillebuzz.com/calendar/

    And Ald. Osterman's email: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=064a4eb35bd70aef6394f83eb&id=d2230b09d8&e=a38f49a117

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Term Limits for Mayor

Next year is the mayoral election. In addition to voting for Mayor, I'd like it if Chicagoans were able to vote on whether or not there should be term limits for Mayor, like there are in other cities. I'm thinking limiting the Mayor to three terms, consecutive or non-consecutive, sounds like a good number. Considering the power that the Mayor's office holds over the City Council, I think that it's important that we be able to change our Mayor if...

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Next year is the mayoral election. In addition to voting for Mayor, I'd like it if Chicagoans were able to vote on whether or not there should be term limits for Mayor, like there are in other cities. I'm thinking limiting the Mayor to three terms, consecutive or non-consecutive, sounds like a good number. Considering the power that the Mayor's office holds over the City Council, I think that it's important that we be able to change our Mayor if we're dissatisfied with him/her. Regular elections aren't enough, because it's extremely difficult to beat an incumbent. Just look at Mayor Daley.

Does anyone else like this idea? If so, what's needed to get this proposition on a city-wide ballot and to make it binding?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    No, to term limits. Also, no to reducing the size of the City Council.

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    Mitchell, there is also a petition circulating to have the redistricting process in the hands of an independent committee: http://independentmaps.org/amendment/ If the petition gets enough signatures, it will be on the Nov. ballot. I believe that like the other petition, tomorrow is the last day folks can mail a signed and notarized petition.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

The Political Closet

When will any of the persons who want to run for the office of Alderman come out of their closets and speak to us in public? Are their any or are they just staying in the closet? Politics should be an open process but it doesn't seem like there are any challengers at this time with better ideas than what we have which seems pretty good to me. All in all Alderman Moore is doing a great job in a tough Ward to manage. If anyone thinks that she or he could do a better job I sure would like to hear about it. If you are out there please come out of your closets.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    One could ask what the platform is of our current Alderman. In his last race, Joe told the Trib he was running on public safety.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    By law, petitions for Alderman can start being circulated on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. No earlier.

    The real fun starts after the November general elections are over.

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Bach House Open House

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Bach House on Sunday, April 27 before it opens to the public for paid tours. See details in the "photo."

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Dory, the flyer doesn't state address restrictions for admission

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mac, the notice is specifically addressed to Rogers Park and Evanston residents right at the top. but someone answered Dory's question on their Facebook page to say that anyone is welcome.

15 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Thorndale Positive Loitering - Thursday April 24th

Hello,

Thorndale positive loitering is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, beginning at the southeast corner of Thorndale and Broadway (Little Corner Restaurant). Please note beginning time change.

Walkers will walk the walk on Thorndale and Winthrop and Kenmore between Hollywood and Granville.

Days of the walk will change weekly and will be scheduled the night of each walk.

Meredith Mays Espino & Rachel Sibio-Sanchez Thorndale Positive Loitering Coordinators
Lynn Pierce, Thorndale Action Task Force Chairman, Emeritus Coordinator

  • ChicagoGirl0042 30+ Years in Logan Square/Edgewater/Andersonville

    At the last walk we had 26 people show up, we would love to have a great turnout again this time around, so please join us! Pets and Children are welcome!!!

  • ChicagoGirl0042 30+ Years in Logan Square/Edgewater/Andersonville

    Just a reminder that we are waling tomorrow at 8 pm! Come out and join us!

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3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Understanding the Violence in RP "The Shooters Prospective"

Anyone reading this knows the home I come from, poor, single, uneducated mother content with living the hood life, the non-existent father and that I ain't the smartest apple in school. No pity-party needed and even if I wanted it, none of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou, silverspoon-fed m-----f----s would throw it for me.

Yeah, I'm angry.....and I should be, cause in a weird way you m-----f-----s are part of the reason why I'm out here on the hunt at 2 a.m.(I'ma...

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Anyone reading this knows the home I come from, poor, single, uneducated mother content with living the hood life, the non-existent father and that I ain't the smartest apple in school. No pity-party needed and even if I wanted it, none of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou, silverspoon-fed m-----f----s would throw it for me.

Yeah, I'm angry.....and I should be, cause in a weird way you m-----f-----s are part of the reason why I'm out here on the hunt at 2 a.m.(I'ma get back to that in a sec). Anyway, I just popped a pill, washed it down with 80 proof and my two homies in the car with me just lit a blunt and passed it to me. The tactical plain-clothes officers are headed in for shift-change and we ain't too worried about the fat-a-- blue and whites working the graveyard shift. The 40 cal. on my lap got 16 hollow-tipped slugs and on my dead big brother, somebody from the hood that did it is gonna die tonight.

Haha, ya'll think I'ma drug-crazed thug right? Wrong!... Truth is, is that I'm hurting about what happen to my brother and my other friends in the hood, and scared it could happen to me. But the hood teaches you that you gotta use that hurt and fear to strike back, if not, then you ain't gone live long where I come from.

Funny though, how it seems like I was groomed for this moment all my life, the abuse at home, weed-smoking mama telling me I would never be sh-t, getting jumped on after school, teachers who saw only a dumb, bad kid and not understanding how to help, and you people reading this who cross the street when you see someone like me as though I'm garbage to be avoided, thereby confirming my thug identity... smh.

No blame game here though, cause when I pull this trigger tonight, I'm probably gonna be caught, and if I end up spending the rest of my life in prison, it's cool cause everything I've experienced in life told me I never had a chance anyway.

Sleep well tonight, tell yourself it was "him" who pulled the trigger not you.

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    John,if it quacks like a duck.....

  • John Versical condo president / retail marketing educator

    Julia, that is a very intelligent response. Thank you for the conversation. I will abstain from further comment on that as to not detract from the original poster's topic.

20 hours ago

CAPS Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424 Meeting 4/24/14 7PM

The April combined CAPS meeting for Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424 will be Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 PM at CMSA (Chicago Math and Science Academy) 7212 N Clark Street.

41 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Carl Good, I hope you don't mind...(Concerning "the empty rhetorical solution to complex problems")

I had to separate two of the comments from Carl Good from a thread of more muck than actual thought. To save you the trouble of reading through the muck--- I'm reposting. (Sorry, Carl but this needs to be heard). Disclaimer: None of this is mine--- I wish it were.

So just how are you going to achieve this "Personal Responsibility," other than putting it inside dashes and arrows?
There's no end to this kind of solution:
War? --> International...

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I had to separate two of the comments from Carl Good from a thread of more muck than actual thought. To save you the trouble of reading through the muck--- I'm reposting. (Sorry, Carl but this needs to be heard). Disclaimer: None of this is mine--- I wish it were.

So just how are you going to achieve this "Personal Responsibility," other than putting it inside dashes and arrows?
There's no end to this kind of solution:
War? --> International responsibility <--
Low wages? --> Corporate responsibility <--
Sexism? --> Gender Responsibility <--
Corruption? --> Voter Responsibility<--
Lack of education? --> Educational responsibility <--
If you shout the phrase long enough, does everyone magically become responsible?
Of course we want Personal Responsibility. Of course it would be great if everyone were Responsible. The question is what you're going to do to get people to be Personally Responsible, and specifically what you're going to do with all those problems for which we are all so Unpersonally Responsible and that make it so difficult for some young people to break free of a culture of violence: billions in drug money and high demand for drugs; the increasingly daunting cost of higher education; legacies of negativity handed down from one family to another; lack of access to jobs that lead to better jobs; public perceptions that certain races are more worthy than others; embattled schools forced to test rather than educate; money and power increasingly in the hands of rich people who only pretend to care about poverty and whose "solutions" so often make things worse; the greed of an increasingly consumerist society; citizens who increasingly vote on their own self-interests and systematically defund initiatives that might make a difference; easy access to guns and a national culture that glorifies guns;

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  • oh dear, this is a little embarassing. I of course appreciate the gesture, Taylor, and I'm glad that my comments resonated with you. It looks like you've been drawing out comments from other people, too, so I'm not the only one to be privileged like this. But I think it's...

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    oh dear, this is a little embarassing. I of course appreciate the gesture, Taylor, and I'm glad that my comments resonated with you. It looks like you've been drawing out comments from other people, too, so I'm not the only one to be privileged like this. But I think it's probably usually best if comments remain in their threads. If they don't attract as much attention as they could, that's the writer's own problem. In general I don't think some comments should be given more play than others. It's a little disquieting to get on Everyblock and see my name on a posting title! :) But again, I know you meant well, and take care.

  • I would like to second Taylor's statement that your statements are awesome, Carl. The End.

3 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Please don't Misunderstand my Posts.....

First of all, to Mr. Rogers and Chris_G and all the others who understood, thank you guys for recognizing the fact that I wrote both of my posts "in character" with the intention of allowing everyone to "view", if you will, the perspective of "at-risk" black youth in our community.

I was not trying to "blame-shift" or in any way "lessen" the accountability for these young people's actions, I merely and simply tried to show their way of thinking, however...

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First of all, to Mr. Rogers and Chris_G and all the others who understood, thank you guys for recognizing the fact that I wrote both of my posts "in character" with the intention of allowing everyone to "view", if you will, the perspective of "at-risk" black youth in our community.

I was not trying to "blame-shift" or in any way "lessen" the accountability for these young people's actions, I merely and simply tried to show their way of thinking, however misguided it may be.

I am a very good chess player, and I've learned that the best way to defeat an opponent is first to understand the his thinking, values, and tendencies. Once you understand the player, then you can exploit his game.

Come people, the chessboard in this instance, is the streets of Rogers Park.

"Hint, hint".... Make the connection.

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    Regarding gang-bangers being victims of circumstance...so what? The men who made up the Brown Shirts of the Nazi Storm Troopers were drawn from Berlin's, Bremen's, Leipzig's, etc, gutter. These men had drunks for fathers - if they were present at all. Hitler's father was abusive to the extreme. What does this level of understanding achieve? Stalin's father was an abusive alcoholic who beat his wife and Ioseb (Joseph). What does this information do? My guess is Sheriff Stuckey didn't come from a good home.

  • NewToRp Native New York...new to RP.

    Trying to legitimize a killer's sentiment seems arbitrary to the victims...

23 hours ago

45 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Pet Owners: Be Aware of Coyotes in the Park

Dear Pet Owners:
There are coyotes in the park. I've seen them from my window. Be very vigilant with your dogs, especially if they're smaller creatures. Every year, I hear about someone who loses a beloved pet that was allowed to run around unleashed. There are coyotes all over the city (I encountered one on Ashland last week and I first thought it was a large dog. Just a warning.

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    If you are in Rogers Park, you can occasionally see them near the Metra line tracks at Pottawatomie Park. I also had two coyotes run directly in front of my car while I was traveling southbound on Kedzie between Pratt and Devon. They emerged from the new development taking place near the old Commonwealth Edison site and they trotted right into the wooded area along the river.

  • Les M. 30 plus year resident

    @Catharine:
    If I have a view of the dog park at Foster, I probably don't see it. I'm closer to Bryn Mawr.

3 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Mariano’s Foster/Sheridan First Look

It was a beautiful morning for a first look at the new Marianp’s Foster and Sheridan store. Edgeville Buzz was invited along with other community leaders to be the first to see what the store has planned for the neighborhood. It started with a few words from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Harry Osterman and the man of the moment, Roundy’s CEO, Bob Mariano. The highlight of the speeches came when Lyle Allen of Care For Real received a $2500 check to help support his growing food pantry. Then after a quick ribbon cutting, people were anxious to set off on a tour of the new grocery store.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Great article! That is terrible that they aren't gonna have a wine bar or hold classes-a community like this would benefit for having classes. Did they say why? Either way I am super excited and may check it out if I have time tomarrow.

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    DK, head a few blocks north to Independent Spirits and the owner will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about wine: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/5-questions-scott-crestodina-independent-spirits-inc

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I was more concerned they won't be holding community events. We could always use more places that holds events, we are definitely community oriented.

    My brother helps lead one of the other locations, I will see if I can get him to tell Bob this.

3 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

People's Gas Parking Restrictions

It’s appalling how People’s Gas is allowed to set open ended two week parking restrictions on nearly every part of a 3 block radius around Estes and Greenview. If this was downtown or even Lakeview they’d be forced to have much more defined timelines, better communication to the community, and a more restricted closure schedule. Are the project managers at People’s so bad that they can’t plan for one street for two days, the next street for two days, and so on?

  • If the signs are outdated, by all means, tear them down. I was called out by one of my neighbors that they were going to tow my car, an outdated sign was on the street. The tow truck driver told me that he didn't bother to check the dates on...

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    If the signs are outdated, by all means, tear them down. I was called out by one of my neighbors that they were going to tow my car, an outdated sign was on the street. The tow truck driver told me that he didn't bother to check the dates on the sign, just saw the sign and went in to move my car.

    I understand that weather does play a part in the work that is being done, however, many of the streets are with no parking signs so that the workers on the job will have a place to park. I personally have a problem with that; residents often have a difficult time finding a place to park and yet have to give up their spots for the workers whom are not even working in that area.

    It's too bad that we have to pay for the work with our People's Gas bills and on top of that we have to put up with People's Gas having absolutely no consideration for their customers. And, People's Gas has a monopoly in Chicago. They can do what ever they want and charge us more money. Too bad, we don't have a choice.

  • I wish the workers were parking on my block... at least that would feel like the signs were justified in some way. It's been empty street with no work, now and in the fall.

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

TheChiraqi's Perspective

Thank you to all who've taken interest in my posts over the past few days. I've been delighted by the enthusiasm and passion in your commentary. I find myself enlightened by, and empathetic of all points of view presented.

Thing is, is that I don't believe the idea some of you may have formed of me "thechiraqi" and my writings would coincide if you guys ran into me on the street. So I thought I'd give you guys a fast...

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Thank you to all who've taken interest in my posts over the past few days. I've been delighted by the enthusiasm and passion in your commentary. I find myself enlightened by, and empathetic of all points of view presented.

Thing is, is that I don't believe the idea some of you may have formed of me "thechiraqi" and my writings would coincide if you guys ran into me on the street. So I thought I'd give you guys a fast rundown of me.

My mama tried to kill me, my sister and take her own life when I was 3 y.o.... various foster-homes thereafter for 4 years until the state deemed mama "worthy" of custody again. The physically abusive step-father came next. I was a "runaway" by 12 y.o.... 26 tours in the Juvenile Detention Center up until age 16 for various crimes. After a small hiatus traveling, my adult criminal career scored me numerous arrests until 3 felony convictions awarded me 9 years in the "best" Maximum Security prisons the state has to offer, (phony cheerfulness intended).

I was paroled five years ago and haven't been back since. Most days I dress and look like the "common hoodlum", it's a roll over habit that's hard to get rid of. I don't actually speak as well as I write. I have only a G.E.D. and no college credentials.

Now at age 31, because of my background or lack thereof, I can't bring about the needed changes in the community but I've been writing in hopes of inspiring you guys to do so.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    As I said in the last topic you of all people would be a great person to start a blog about these topics. That is what I also suggested Vanessa. You can start your own violence consulting gig even,etc. Agree what everyone has said so far. Everyone and their mother start blogs about topics they are passionate about and they turn into something big whether it is on the local level or national.

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

    You need not have any special skills educationally to reach people. You have a wonderful voice -- you need to use it. I can totally relate to being able to speak better with a pen and paper versus actually standing in front of people as in a public forum. Hopefully, these discussions will make you realize what a gift you have; you need to be blogging somewhere everyone can see. I'm sure everyone here would sign up!

31 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Latest Community Violence In Edgewater, Mayor Speaks Out

Last weekend many families celebrated Easter, the final days of Passover, or enjoyed the last few days of their spring break. But others in the city of Chicago experienced great loss because of violent episodes in several neighborhoods, including our very own Edgewater. This last weekend was a violent one, with 9 people killed and 36 wounded between Friday evening and Sunday evening. Victims ranged from an 11-year-old-girl to a 46-year-old man. Shootings varied from a social media dispute, a homicide/suicide between husband and wife police officers, and multiple gang related shootings. In Edgewater, a 46 year-old man was shot on Saturday on the 1700 Block of West Rosehill Drive around 11:30 a.m. and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Other neighborhoods that experienced violence and shootings were Park Manor, Little Village, Pilsen, Longwood Manor, Avalon Park, Hermosa, Englewood, and Gresham. Regardless of what neighborhood you live in, we should all be alarmed about this level of violence.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I thought I read someone came up to him and shot him. Then again I am getting confused there is so many.

  • JW resident since 2006

    Does anyone know if the shooting on Rosehill last Saturday was a random act of violence or a dispute between the victim and assailant?

6 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Understanding the Violence in Rogers Park

For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the...

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For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the occupants realities and you guys reality will never cross. But my reality is that they could have saw me before they saw Keno.

I am one of many who live in the economically starved portions of Rogers Park where everyone wants to get out, but just trying to survive the next day, week, month consumes all your energy. Education is the way out, everyone knows this, but finding support and having opportunity to persue it is something rarely given.

So we find ways to pacify ourselves alcohol, drugs, the newest Jordans loud music, the new dance, promiscuity. All to not think about our circumstances or lack thereof.

Yeah we look rough, tough and thugged out, but theres a lot more than what meets the eye.

There are complete retards in our neighborhoods though that have given up all hope of ever be anything other than what our society has labled them. These are the shooters and killers.

Everyday, because of these people I have watch every passing car as I walk through my neighborhood because when the killers from the rival neighborhoods come "hunting" they don't care that I'm not in a gang or that I've never held a gun in my life, they don't care about my dreams and aspirations, but because I look like everyone else I become a target? I may not be a perfect, law-abiding, mainstream society citizen, I smoke weed, I listen to loud music, and I wear Jordans, but this does NOT MEAN I SHOULD DIE!

This is my reality in Rogers Park and I need you guys to understand it.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Wasn't comfortable I mean sorry for typo.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Chiraqi, I encourage you to start a blog with your great writing. When you get a lot of pageviews(which you will easily) You can then sell ads on your site. There are many bloggers doing this and generating income.

    You can hold events in the community too.

    I lived on...

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    Chiraqi, I encourage you to start a blog with your great writing. When you get a lot of pageviews(which you will easily) You can then sell ads on your site. There are many bloggers doing this and generating income.

    You can hold events in the community too.

    I lived on Howard St for a year in a studio and although I didn't look like a target still was to go out alone unless my 6'4 230 lb fiance was with me. It didn't phase him at all though. I got used to the neighborhood. I love the movie theater and the Starbucks plaza for people watching. They did a nice job with the Howard Station and we were taking it downtown everyday. We still use the tennis courts.

    I would not been able to get out of that studio if I didn't have my education. We saved enough to buy a condo in Edgewater that we were admiring for awhile because it was next door to the park for my kid and it had everything we wanted.

    We still hang out in RP of course.

32 hours ago

Sidewalk Cafes in Rogers Park, Edgewater Popping up for Season (MAP)

"The corner that we’re on has some great afternoon sunlight," said Chris Zimmerman, owner of Ellipsis Coffeehouse at 1259 W. Devon Ave., who so far is the only establishment on the street to get a permit. "For us, it’s an expansion of seating for the season."

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

The only permit issued in West Rogers Park went to Starbuck's at Western Avenue and Howard Street.

Mar 10

Updated 32 hours ago

Home Inspection recommendation?

Has anyone found a home inspector they love, who is reasonably priced? If you had a co op inspected, that would be a bonus!

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