4 days ago

Updated 39 min 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!

  • Emily B. Smith Medical Editor

    Here is an idea for cleaning up our RP neighborhood:

    What if all the dog-walkers (I am one of them) could pick up just a few pieces of trash
    as they are walking their dogs? We already have an empty plastic bag. I see so many
    wonderful dog walkers and love to stop and chat with them - we could make a difference.

    Comments?

    If people like this, I have a great idea for others to participate.

  • 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.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour 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.

1 hour ago

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3 hours ago

Updated 2 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)

  • I think you may want to go and spend the time and money to get a background check on your departed loved one. We as family see the best...the best is not always the truth.

  • Inkashi, I feel for you. I really really do. I don't really have an opinion about Joe Moore but I do want to say that if you are disturbed by what he said....DO NOT keep reading on EveryBlock. There are some truly horrible people out there. I want to save you that pain at least. Bless you and your family in your time of grief. And, I repeat, just don't read the horrible things people say on here.

11 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Landlord bans Bang da Hitta

SIgns posted inside and outside the building at request of Alderman.

2 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bang da Hitta car was bombed

1200 west Lunt.

5 hours ago

Updated 3 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.

14 hours ago

Updated 4 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?

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

    @Cairo - Actually, "one of the worst decisions in the history of our f'ed up city" was the concept that using Cabrini-Green and Robert Taylor as locations for legalized segregation. It was only a matter of time that the infrastructure of those complexes would begin to fail and the city...

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    @Cairo - Actually, "one of the worst decisions in the history of our f'ed up city" was the concept that using Cabrini-Green and Robert Taylor as locations for legalized segregation. It was only a matter of time that the infrastructure of those complexes would begin to fail and the city had no real plans for scattered site low income housing. The residents who lived for years in incubators of high crime and violence sought housing where it was affordable.

    What did we all think was going to happen when the graduates of those types of gladiator schools entered the community?

  • Cairo 3rd generation Rogers Park

    Yeah it was a bad idea from the start. And they were terrible. But them closing down has had a big impact on the city with regard to violence. Ask a bunch of South Siders what they think about it....

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

ShotSpotter

Someone posted this in another thread (feel free to credit youself here) and I thought it was worth having its own post. Could something like this help the city? Would it be more effective than random people calling in? Worth investigating I think (if they're not already)

http://shotspotter.com/

  • d3 NOH

    CPD / OEMC uses them. the original sensors weren't really reliable. they kind of pulled plug but never really told anyone. now they work by sending the sound data to some central listening center in another state that shotspotter operates, and within a few seconds they determine if it was a true shot or not. Pretty sure it was in news about 2 years ago that they were adopting this again... and I know it is shotspotter specifically.

2 days ago

Updated 4 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

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Reid, my little pretty, your obsession with me is the only thing wasting your time.

  • "Additionally, the fish you think you're shooting in a barrel are shooting back at you - I have no problem locking in my targets and you have certainly become one in my book and that of many others, "Committeecreature" ~"

    Um, did Creepy Stalker Guy just become Crazy Threatening Guy?

    This place is not good.

6 days ago

Updated 4 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

    There are dog owners (not all... but IMHO too many do) that treat their four legged, furry freind, butt sniffing, poo eating, bad breathing, dog... as though they are children! God WTF is wrong with people! Leash the beasts and be considerate of the human race!

  • I posted in May about a particular dog owner I've had many problems with -- he walks one dog on leash but the other off leash. Does anybody know what recourse we have, especially if we don't have any identifying information about the lawbreaking dog owner? I've asked the NCA crossing guard about this, but she just said they've been yelling at him for years, to no avail. Who can we complain to about problem owners? (Original post here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/may04-unleashed-black-lab-near-granville-glenwood-6124312/)

5 hours ago

24th Police District Provides Additional Information on Response to Recent Violence

Below is the weekly update of 24th Police District activity. Included is information on the police response to the recent violent incidents. This supplements the report I provided earlier today.

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154961_322.htm

5 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.

  • Plus, if you successfully do the CTO program, at the end they give you a card that allows you to vote!

  • Jim A Sic Semper Canis

    Does anyone know if CHA performs criminal background checks annually when participants in the program are recertified?

10 hours ago

Updated 6 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??

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Its for the helipad. Now a must-have in RP.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    I remember betting it would not be completed in 9 months.

16 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.

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Robo Cop not a bad idea. .. 😂

  • d3 NOH

    I believe it's been pitched from the perspective of a mythical company that doesn't exist yet...

2 days ago

Updated 7 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

    I would like to ask what my Rogers Park neighbors think about the ordinance, and if they are supportive?

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

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

33 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Helicopters!!!!

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

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't....

    But, I'll be damned, do something! I'm Pro Choppers.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I as well. Until its shown that they're ineffective, a waste of copter fuel and a nuisance, lets see how they fly.

    I wonder how many who called for the National efing Guard on the ground are now complaining about occasional helicopters in the air.

8 hours ago

40 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Crime Stalkers

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

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Ah yes, Roger. Now Republicans are more dangerous than gang bangers! If you need a roomie, contact Bang. But maybe he already is your roomie, and you're his homie?

  • Ahh...the next rumor...Bang had an abortion.

11 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Free dog Competition obedience jumps

If you or someone you know participates in dog competition obedience, you will need these jumps.

I know that most of you have no idea what I am taking about but that's ok. Maybe you have a friend who competes.

This is expensive equipment. I would like to see them go to a good home. These are free! Pass it around!

  • Windy City Agility (www.windycityagility.org) is comprised of all volunteers to promote the sport. You may want to contact them to see if they can come pick up the equipment.

    Very cool of you to offer this!

  • Rebo Positive pet and service dog trainer

    I did just that. In the dog competition world, stuff like this is gold. Ya just have to find out where everybody is!

11 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

How Do I Mute A Conversation?

I enjoy reading and taking part in Everyblock, but I don't care to get an email
notification every time there's a post about something I'm not that interested in.
How do I mute that particular thread? I appreciate your help.

  • The "X" at the top right of the original post or, if you've "thanked" or commented so that you're subscribed to the thread, you can click on the star icon on the bottom right of the original post to unsubscribe. Yellow star = subscribed; grey star = not subscribed.

    Hope that helps.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Helping Jay

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

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

  • Di

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

  • I am pleased to inform everyone that we have succeeded in finding the proper housing and care that Jay needs. If you haven't heard the news yesterday, Jay is extremely appreciative for all the love and support that everyone has shown him. Rogers Park and everyone else that took the...

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    I am pleased to inform everyone that we have succeeded in finding the proper housing and care that Jay needs. If you haven't heard the news yesterday, Jay is extremely appreciative for all the love and support that everyone has shown him. Rogers Park and everyone else that took the time to show compassion and raise awareness on behalf of Jays cause, a HUGE thank you from my family because without all of you none of this would of been possible. We will be keeping the fund open until Friday for those who might potentially still want to donate.Again THANK YOU and lets continue to stick together as one community because through community any kind of change is possible!

13 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Andersonville In “Best 10″ Chicago Shopping Destinations By USA Today

Andersonville’s shopping destinations deserve the respect. The passion for keeping it local is abound on this Clark Street corridor. Few chains exist here and that helps bring the flavor that is all its own. Now USA Today names it in the “Best 10″  Chicago Shopping Areas and showcases some favorites such as Brimfield, Scout and […]

  • "The passion for keeping it local is abound on this Clark Street corridor."

    Keep up the good work!

2 days ago

Updated 12 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 :(

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

    Not sure how philosophical the original OP was -- seemed pretty straightforward to me. And yes, as others, I posted my own point of view. I wasn't arguing anything; it just seemed to me you had "inside only" cat people and "free to roam" cat people responding and not so...

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    Not sure how philosophical the original OP was -- seemed pretty straightforward to me. And yes, as others, I posted my own point of view. I wasn't arguing anything; it just seemed to me you had "inside only" cat people and "free to roam" cat people responding and not so much in between. You must not have read the post entirely as you missed my point. We all love and care for our pets as we see fit. That included you as well, Amanda. Glad your cats are healthy and happy.

  • Now

    Had two cats that went outside all the time. One Lived 19 years, the other 20 years. One was once attacked by an unknown animal, survived. That's life. But now if I had cats I'm not sure I'd let them out, not because of the dangers they'd encounter---that is life---but because of the negative impact on bird populations from their hunting.

16 hours ago

Updated 12 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.

  • nabortwo good neighbor

    Whatever it takes to solve the problem is OK with me. I have lived here 42 years and I want the police to be proactive with the current situation. I remember when the big concern was having Starbucks setting up a store on Sheridan. Life was easy then with few concerns for our safety.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    regarding the Rogers and Clark Walgreens incident on Monday evening.. an officer at the CAPS meeting last night said that there were bottles thrown in the Walgreens parking lot and that was called in as shots fired. Young guys with gang affiliation were caught but not arrested-- no victim or witness. Either way-- bottles or fireworks-- preferable to shooting of guns. None of which warrants hyperbolic calls of war zones and police states even with helicopters. When the tanks roll in, OK.

Jul 02

Updated 14 hours ago

Mexican Crawl Anyone?

Some of our EB neighbors here have expressed an interest in meeting up and exploring the various cuisine and beverages of Mexico on Clark Street. So, in an effort to get this mini, informal expedition off the ground, I am asking for your input. For anyone that is interested please provide your two cents on the following:

When?
I suggest a Saturday or Sunday in August (excluding the weekend of the 16th--that is the Glenwood Arts Fest) from 2:00 p.m....

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Some of our EB neighbors here have expressed an interest in meeting up and exploring the various cuisine and beverages of Mexico on Clark Street. So, in an effort to get this mini, informal expedition off the ground, I am asking for your input. For anyone that is interested please provide your two cents on the following:

When?
I suggest a Saturday or Sunday in August (excluding the weekend of the 16th--that is the Glenwood Arts Fest) from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 or later.

Where and What?
What are your favorite Mexican restaurants on Clark Street and the "go-to" fare we should check out at a particular place? Many of our restaurants have specialty, regional cuisine that they are known for. Recommend away.

How?
This is a crawl. Use your trotters. We just need to plot the designated restaurants between Devon and Touhy, and figure out a starting point heading North or South. If we get lost, start over ;)

Cost?
Everyone pays their own way. It would make sense to bring a friend(s) or significant other to share (compartir) food. If there is enough positive response here, we could ask the designated restaurants if they would provide mini tastes or sample platters for the crawl.

Beverages?
Many of our lovely restaurants are BYOB and/or can accommodate mixed drinks, and also serve non-alcoholic beverages. I know of at least one that has a full bar and makes kick your but margaritas.

Additional thoughts?
A couple of restaurants have great patios such as El Rey Del Taco and La Cazuela. Chime in if you know of other places with similar accommodations.

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This is not a sponsored event of any kind. Just seeing if more RP neighbors would like to get together, explore Clark Street and get their Ole' on. Kvetching while walking, dining and drinking is optional.

44 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Helicopters flying around last night

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

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

  • According to the Alderman, the helicopters are part of a new 'regular' policing effort to supplement the on-the-ground efforts.

Apr 17

Updated 14 hours ago

Update on Police Efforts to Stem Violence in Rogers Park

The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from...

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The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from other Chicago Police Department units and is employing them in a comprehensive manner to prevent another outbreak of violence. The City of Evanston is also helping by redeploying some of its police officers to Howard Street.

Commander Waldera has been out in the field late into the night directing his forces.

These efforts are bearing fruit. The police have recovered six guns, some of them fully loaded, from, from suspected gang members. The individuals possessing those guns were arrested and charged.

Police also have arrested and charged an individual suspected in the March 25th shooting of a man at Ashland and Jarvis. They believe they know the identity of the other assailant and are currently searching for him.

Police also arrested an individual they suspect of being involved in the early Tuesday morning shooting of a 16-year-old boy at Jonquil and Ashland. Unfortunately, they currently only have enough evidence to charge the individual with the unlawful possession of an automobile.

The police and my office cannot do it alone, however. We need the involvement of all community residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.

For information on the time and location of the CAPS meetings and more information on the efforts of the 24th District and my office to stem the gang violence, visit;

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/152105_322.htm

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Leelee - with cell phones what is received is the number and the location of the nearest cell tower that the call is bounced off of. With a land line the exact address is given. All you have to do is tell the call taker that you want the call...

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    Leelee - with cell phones what is received is the number and the location of the nearest cell tower that the call is bounced off of. With a land line the exact address is given. All you have to do is tell the call taker that you want the call to be anonymous. At that point the call taker hits a button on the console and your information is blocked. It is not sent to the dispatcher. One drawback with this is if the officer wants to speak with you after they get on scene they will not be able to.

    Another thing that you can do is to ask for a "silent dispatch". Use this only if you are calling for a situation concerning a drug dealing. Most of the dealers (if not all) have scanners on their phones. They hear the calls being dispatched over the radio. A silent dispatch is sent over the internet to the cars that are in the area not the radio. This way the officers will show up and the dealers will not know they are coming.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Bump for yet more patterns.

32 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

City Updates Street Resurfacing Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • daveP been around awhile

    I guess "joe moore secures peoples energy rate hike for chicagoland" doesn't have quite the same ring as "free roads for all"

  • kamiljk Pizzalord.

    Was this deal a matter of public record?

    Potential hikes in rates are a legitimate concern, and in the interest of transparency, it would be beneficial for everyone to know that there are no long-term ramifications as a result of the road work being completed.

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Helicopters Hovering Above Rogers Park 4 Days In a Row

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

  • It's important that people realize that this utter tripe and insanity is coming from an extremely unbalanced individual who **makes bullets in his house** and is legally barred from owning firearms in the first place. He is NOT a Rogers Park resident. He IS a known racist troll who has harassed people on DNAinfo, Evanston Patch, and this forum. He contributes nothing but violence and hatred. The faster his current account is banned, the better.

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    to be honest, Al Jazeera is more unbiased than CNN, MSNBC or the rest of the lot lol

Jun 12

Updated 14 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

4 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

A message from 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Don Gordon

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

(Read more on Don Gordon's Facebook page)

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

  • If you can't join em, beat em. You totally convinced me based on your choice of an italian beef sandwich as your user picture.

  • JCV

    Slightly entertaining name choice, though. But yeah.

Feb 05

Updated 14 hours ago

SHOOTING AT McDonalds Clark and Pratt: Someone Better Go to Jail

I don't care what the circumstances are: someone without a CCW permit carried a firearm and discharged it killing one and wounding at least 2 others. I don't care who or why unless it was law enforcement or a licensed and bonded security guard with a permit acting in self defense: No ands, ors, ifs or buts; SOMEONE SHOULD GO TO PRISON FOR A LONG TIME FOR THIS VIOLENT ACT http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-shootings-at-least-2-shot-on-far-north-side-20140205,0,3123950.story

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Thanks Helen - it's been a long day. I still apologize for not being able to post what the Commander said here. It was quite interesting. ;)

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Bump. Who were they shooting at again?

Feb 08

Updated 14 hours ago

Another Rogers Park Shooting

From CAPS 2424

Shooting on Howard; street being blocked off between Damen & Clark.

Male hispanic shot on Howard by Buffalo Joes and the Marathon Gas Station. (reportable guy was in middle of street when he was shot)

Early reports identify shooters as 2 African-American males wearing dark jackets (possible red and dark tan jackets). Shooters fled north into Evanston on Clyde.

Howard Street is being blocked off!

No information at this time if it was related to recent McDonald's shooting.

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Hi Sarah - They are usually a good mix of view points and well controlled. Everyone has a chance to say what is on their mind respectfully. Once in a while you do have someone that gets out of hand, I will say that. It is not one sided everyone...

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    Hi Sarah - They are usually a good mix of view points and well controlled. Everyone has a chance to say what is on their mind respectfully. Once in a while you do have someone that gets out of hand, I will say that. It is not one sided everyone gets a chance to speak as long as the time permits. They usually run an hour, but sometimes run longer. The Beat officers are there as well as the Community Policing Officer, and the Commander, and the Beat Facilitators. Best thing to do is to come out, not just to one, but a couple of them because the "feel" of them does change from meeting to meeting.Hope you come out and join your community to make it better!

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Bump noticing any patterns?

16 hours ago

Updated 15 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.

  • Will they be starting Eviction proceedings against this "girlfriend"?

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Joe,
    Northpoint consists of 304 units, to be exact. Also, the fact that the victim 'was given unauthorized access to the building" as you state, confirms and verifies what many of us who live NoH know and have complained about for years: Northpoint management does not properly manage or control...

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    Joe,
    Northpoint consists of 304 units, to be exact. Also, the fact that the victim 'was given unauthorized access to the building" as you state, confirms and verifies what many of us who live NoH know and have complained about for years: Northpoint management does not properly manage or control their buildings and residents. You, of all people, must be aware of the YEARS of complaints to your office about the problems and issues the NoH neighborhood and residents live with as a consequence. Are you also meeting with the owners/management of the 12 Northpoint properties NoH as you did with building owner in the other issue? It's good to know that Northpoint 'security' in now 24/7. Before this, they were on from 4 PM to midnight, which never really made sense in terms of dealing with problems.

15 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!

40 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

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

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

  • The leading cause of death of young black men is young black men.
    You can go on and on about racism, cops, and whatnot, and even if you limit yourself to the truth, the fact still remains. The fingers on the triggers are young, black, and male.

    (Are you a...

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    The leading cause of death of young black men is young black men.
    You can go on and on about racism, cops, and whatnot, and even if you limit yourself to the truth, the fact still remains. The fingers on the triggers are young, black, and male.

    (Are you a Trot or what? "The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a working-class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change." is the sort of pretentious drivel that raises the question Which sort of Marxist splinter is this?)

17 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.

30 hours ago

Updated 17 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.

18 hours ago

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Aug 04

Updated 18 hours ago

Paying it forward, $50 off Tuft and Needle Mattress

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Mathieu..Thank you for your honesty..Its refreshing to hear someone be honest rather then say they are "paying it forward" These codes are all over coupons sites--maybe the are better posted there as EveryBlock prohibits advertising? People trying to rent out there apartments have been flagged--yet theres several of these coupon

18 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.

37 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

High chair

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

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

  • Please send me an email to M.neff0988@gmail.com. Im so happy its going to a good home.

2 days ago

Updated 25 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.

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

    What's also...

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

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

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