10 hours ago

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Park fees increasing

This will be very impactful in the RP. Increasing park program fees will inevitably drive away at risk young people for whom parks are the only alternative to hanging on streets. They are claiming the increase is 'just a dollar per hour of programming', but that adds up very fast, esp if you have multiple children.

Another question is how this will affect the Lunt avenue lakefront parking arrangement. Currently, we pay 89k per year in ward menu money for those spaces. If the overnight rates triple as planned, that could be a game changer there as well.

Budget hearing is Dec 3rd.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-park-district-budget-met-1121-20141120-story.html

  • daveP been around awhile

    I'm not quite sure why we are still using menu money for a very small percentage of people to have off street parking. Could the taxpayers pay for my monthly parking as well?

    As for the park district raising fees...just more of the "hidden" tax raises happening all around us, to the tune of an extra $500 a year per family.

    But hey, at least the alderman and mayor can run on the platform of not raising taxes.

  • "We" aren't using menu money for parking. The alderman cut that "deal" and allocated that money to provide free parking for the lakefront voters. It's a pretty good chunk of change that only benefits a small percentage of the ward.

  • A whole lot of area residents went downtown to the park district board meeting to raise hell about the CPD overnight meter plan. The alderman, having voted for the LAZ parking meter deal understood the political risk of again siding with parking companies against his constituents, and wound up accompanying...

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    A whole lot of area residents went downtown to the park district board meeting to raise hell about the CPD overnight meter plan. The alderman, having voted for the LAZ parking meter deal understood the political risk of again siding with parking companies against his constituents, and wound up accompanying the protesters. Gary Chico and Co. offered to rent the spaces for the evenings at the 89k rate, and the alderman asked the community member protesters what we thought he should do.

    We thought it made sense, for several reasons. My personal opinion is that it still does, because we need the parking and the rate was favorable. ($89,000/year, which is about $243 a night and about two bucks per space.) It is definitely tax money subsidy of parking, but we do that all the time in many ways, from plowing snow to tif-supported garages. The real problem imo isn't this lot, but the political games Rahm and Co. are playing to bleed every last cent out of working people using every trick they can.

    We knew then that a more predatory administration might one day raise the rates and make it no longer worthwhile. It appears that day may be here. There is no way we can afford $750 a night for that lot. Saddest thing is that if it goes to over night pay per hour, many of the working people who use it now will compete for spaces out in the neighborhood and the lot will be dotted with many empty spaces.

2 days ago

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Idea for Gale School (and other RP schools for that matter!)

Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist...

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Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools.

“The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. For the two-year study, researchers divided 79 kindergarten classrooms with a total of 759 children into two groups. Forty-two classrooms were directed to incorporate the Tools for the Mind program, and 37 continued with their standard teaching practices.

Researchers assessed students’ attention, speed of processing and other measures of academic ability twice a year. The program is meant to improve kids’ control over their ability to avoid distractions, focus their attention, remember important details and regulate impulsive behavior.

Teachers organize “shared cooperative activities” designed to promote social-emotional development and improve thinking skills. They combine reading, mathematics and science activities with child-directed activities and structured sociodramatic play.

“The thing that is most important for our results is we found the biggest effects in the highest poverty schools,” Blair said. “It’s well within the budgets and the capabilities of every kindergarten classroom in the U.S.,” he said. “Closing the achievement gap is right there, we know how to do it, and there’s no excuse not to do it.”

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Suzanne, please delete me from your "we" because, no, we CAN'T "all agree that Joe reads EB religiously." That is a false statement.

  • ^^^ Thank you Helen, I meant to add that to my last comment as well.

21 hours ago

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Barking about parking

I read that by moving to RP, I have no right to complain about parking because I already should have known it was bad.

That wasn't what the agent said.

Ok but... Why does the street cleaning day include all the surrounding streets so that there is nowhere to park within 6 blocks?

And why am I receiving so many City of Chicago tickets? About one a week for something dumb.

I guess these are theoretical questions. You may ask...

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I read that by moving to RP, I have no right to complain about parking because I already should have known it was bad.

That wasn't what the agent said.

Ok but... Why does the street cleaning day include all the surrounding streets so that there is nowhere to park within 6 blocks?

And why am I receiving so many City of Chicago tickets? About one a week for something dumb.

I guess these are theoretical questions. You may ask why I even HAVE a car. Got a serious and nasty illness that makes getting around difficult.

Our street is particularly overflowing with cars. I have found that if I am home by 3:00, I can find a parking space. Any other tips?

  • Rebo Positive pet and service dog trainer

    OOO! Alex, I like that!

    I forgot to mention that I live in front of two schools, two blocks long. No parking in front or on the sides of them from 7AM - 4PM. So, we can't move to the other side. Thus, the problem with parking.

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    OOO! Alex, I like that!

    I forgot to mention that I live in front of two schools, two blocks long. No parking in front or on the sides of them from 7AM - 4PM. So, we can't move to the other side. Thus, the problem with parking.

    If I return home after 3:00 PM, maybe 4:00PM, there are no spaces on my block because it is all apartments.

    Sometimes, I will park in front of the school after 4:00 PM overnight, get up at 6:30 AM and drive around until somebody leaves for work. Interestingly, many cars do not move. Cannot blame them LOL!

    Helen, I am happy to know it is over until spring. Not sure what I will do then. Park far away the night before?

    Enough complaining from me. I was just wondering how others park. I love my new apartment and people are very friendly in my neighborhood. Can't put a price on that.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I can think of two locations where there are two school buildings. You probably mean Sullivan and the grammar school (the name of which I've forgotten). But if you mean Gale and Gale Annex in North of Howard, when you're desperate you can almost always find parking way west on Juneway just east of Chicago Ave.

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21 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

New to RP. Seeking dentist &/or GP

Looking for a General Practitioner who is on the ball. Leaning towards a woman doc (just 'cause) unless the guy you know is stupendous. Need someone REALLY thorough, who is current on journals, feels comfortable prescribing if need be.

Tried one RP guy who didn't "believe" in Fibromyalgia and sent me out to 3 specialists just for meds.

Also need a dentist. I have good teeth. ;-)

  • jenna! Be the change you want to see happen

    I can't recommend Dr. Kerstin Horbal, DDS. enough.

    She's a total pro!

    http://horbaldds.com/

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Let me throw in another factor. Decide where you would want to be hospitalized if/when that should become necessary. Then make sure that the doctor you chose is affiliated with that hospital.

32 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

10,000 students and 2 libraries!?

Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students...

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Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students to get the help they need. If adding another school to the system is not an option this needs to be addressed immediately. Our children are suffering as a lack of resources is not available. How do we achieve this goal?

  • BTW Alli, Rogers Park, West Ridge, West Rogers Park or whatever you want to call them you haven't acknowledged the numerous private schools, many of them for the students of the different religions in this section of town. They too use the libraries. The libraries do a great job as do the schools. Other private institutions utilized by many in this area, such as the YMCA and the JCC, also provide the types of educational opportunities you desire. Now let the parents step up and do their job; most do.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Note Smith's attempt above to demean Bonnie's mom. Pretty much reminds me of another poster, Spot, who also attempts to demean women by using phony words of endearment.

29 hours ago

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Fee increases under Emanuel replicate property tax hike (which will also likely happen)

Hal Dardick writes a thoughtful piece that says, while Emanuel is quick to remind us that he has not raised property taxes, he has increased other fees enough to impact Chicago residents in much the same way. (There is also, of course, widespread speculation that he will go ahead and raise property taxes anyway...just as soon as the elections are over.)

Dardick explains how this move also benefited aldermen:

"Taken separately, the tax and fee hikes are less noticeable than...

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Hal Dardick writes a thoughtful piece that says, while Emanuel is quick to remind us that he has not raised property taxes, he has increased other fees enough to impact Chicago residents in much the same way. (There is also, of course, widespread speculation that he will go ahead and raise property taxes anyway...just as soon as the elections are over.)

Dardick explains how this move also benefited aldermen:

"Taken separately, the tax and fee hikes are less noticeable than a property tax increase that would have jumped out at homeowners when the tax bill arrived. That's made it easier for the mayor to sell his spending plans to aldermen, who like Emanuel have to face voters Feb. 24."

Full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-emanuel-budget-2015-met-20141118-story.html#page=1

  • I know it goes on all the time, but its still disturbing that our politicians are putting their own job security before what's best for the city and all of us.

  • I say time to vote him out & all this rubber stamps-- including our very own...

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4 hours ago

Senior Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop

The 24th CPD District and The Peterson Garden Project are hosting a Senior Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop on December 18th. It's going to be at the Broadway Armory Second Floor at 5917 N. Broadway from 10 am to 12 pm. Come out and meet other Seniors and have some fun!!! This will be a great Holiday event!

28 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Are birdbaths & birdfeeders illegal?

My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside...

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My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside watching the wildlife with my pets? I completely understand that just tossing out scraps attracts pests, but the food & water is only set out for as long as I am out there & then I promptly clean up any leftovers. This is also done on my very own property & there are no rules against it in my association by-laws, nor have any neighbors complained.

If this is truly against the law, I guess I'll stop, but I just don't know the extent to which this is an issue. I've been doing this for months & didn't think anything of it. There's a tree right outside our kitchen window that the sparrows & squirrels always hang out in & my pets really enjoy watching them, so I figured offering them a little treat while we're outside would be OK as long as I wasn't making a mess.

  • Also, as an aside, you don't know that this agent has a right to be on the property. I would think that you'd be well within your rights to ask the agent for a copy of their agency agreement with the unit owner or something else to prove they have...

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    Also, as an aside, you don't know that this agent has a right to be on the property. I would think that you'd be well within your rights to ask the agent for a copy of their agency agreement with the unit owner or something else to prove they have a right to be on the property. If they couldn't produce something in writing from the owner you'd be well within your rights to ask them (and their client) to leave the property. If they refused that could be seen as trespassing, and in that case its best to let the police sort the whole thing out.

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    Definitely report her to the owner of the unit and her boss at the rental agency. You are an owner and shouldn't have to take that BS from anyone. If she was just a local loony on the street I'd blow it off,but this is business and people in real estate need to be business people. Earning your commission is a process that involves courtesy.

7 hours ago

Minimum Wage Raise Hearing in City Council on Nov. 10

For those following the proposals to city council, here is a link for a summary of the hearing:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141110/downtown/minimum-wage-draws-backers-dectractors-council-debate. Don't know when the next hearing is scheduled. As of week of 17 Nov. the Restaurant Association is discussing a strategy with Illinois House Speaker Madigan to preempt Chicago's home rule authority to set its own minimum wage. Interesting precedent, if implemented, since Chicago is very different from other cities, villages, and counties in Illinois. Below are numbers to call if you wish your voice to be heard: Cullerton: 217-782-2728; Madigan: 217-782-5350. Your Illinois House Rep and Senator could also use a phone call.

8 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Legal/Illegal in Chicago? Look it up...

I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but,...

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I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but, I've found the "find"/search tool here is pretty decent and I can typically find what I want in a few minutes. If it's something I'm personally involved in, I'd call a lawyer - but at least when I talk to the lawyer I have a little knowledge going into the conversation.

Cheers!

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Thanks for posting, Mary. I refer to it often.

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Nov 11

Updated 9 hours ago

Community Health Survey for Rogers Park

The Loyola Community Nursing Center is conducting a community health survey of the Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown communities. Would you please take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete the survey?

Here is a link to the electronic version of the survey for community members: http://goo.gl/forms/ChBUx5hqkq

Thank you very much for your time.

If you have questions about the survey, please call the Loyola Community Nursing Center at 773.508.3339

  • Bumping this again because these services are so valuable. The center is involved in so many positive things: weekly home checkups for the elderly; helping seniors make connections to transit and hot meals; advice and support for new moms who may be far from home; advising local Head Start programs, and so much more.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Another bump. The survey took me about three minutes.

9 hours ago

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10 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Alderman Joe Moore's Speech Announcing his Candidacy for Re-election

It's official! I'm a candidate for re-election as Alderman of the 49th Ward.

I filed nominating petitions Monday morning containing the signatures of 7,180 residents and Monday night I made it official by announcing my candidacy in front of 120 friends, supporters and neighbors at the Heartland Cafe.

Below is a written text of my speech remarks. Please feel free to share your comments with me. I look forward to a spirited and thoughtful campaign.

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156005_322.htm

  • Thanks for supplying the text of your comments.

    ..........Good summary.

    I'm glad that my curiosity made me attend the event.

    ..........It was a fun evening.

    Good luck in February.

3 days ago

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The Alderman's Senior Citizen Services Links on the 49th ward Web Page are Very Very Old

So, my next door neighbor is 81 years old and is need of some services. He has finally admitted he could use some help. So I went over to his house today with my laptop to sign him up for some help. I thought I should start locally, so I went to Alderman Moore's 49th Ward Web Page under the "Senior Citizens" tab. Guess what. This page hasn't been updated in four years.

Here is what I found:

1. The...

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So, my next door neighbor is 81 years old and is need of some services. He has finally admitted he could use some help. So I went over to his house today with my laptop to sign him up for some help. I thought I should start locally, so I went to Alderman Moore's 49th Ward Web Page under the "Senior Citizens" tab. Guess what. This page hasn't been updated in four years.

Here is what I found:

1. The Senior Citizen 'Medical ID Program" page is "not found" when you click on the link. No luck there.
2. The "HRail Program" is supposedly something run by the Rogers Park Community Council - the name listed on the Alderman's website - changed over to "Northside Community Resources" in 2012, and is listed as run by someone named Cathie Bazzon, who left the organization three years ago. No luck there.
3. The Senior Citizen Exemption Program - I have a PHD and can't make heads or tails out of this link.
4. A "Benefits Check up" which after 45 minutes of clicking buttons told us absolutely nothing.

Summary: If you are a senior citizen in the 49th Ward you are screwed. I called a social worker friend of mine and told her what I was trying to do. When I told her about my experience with Alderman Joe Moore's website, she wasn't surprised at my lack of knowledge. She gave me some real resources for accessing services for Rogers Park Seniors and none of them are on Alderman Joe Moore's website because he is so disconnected from real people. I learned some aldermen have a full time staffer working on senior issues and concerns AND have up to date website information for them.

Alderman Moore: Update your senior services links. They are useless

  • The 24th District CAPS office has revived its SENIORS group.

    Informational meetings ( and fun activities ) are offered for local SENIORS.

    Information :

    ..........................Sgt. Shawn Sisk.......1 ( 312 ) 7 4 4 - 6 3 2 1

    ..........................s h a w n . s i s k @ c h i c a g o p o l i c e . o r g

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    Next Event :

    .......................HOLIDAY COOKIE BAKING FOR SENIORS

    ............................THURSDAY , DECEMBER 18 , 10:00 AM

    ............................BROADWAY ARMORY ( 5917 N. BROADWAY )

  • Please protect our Seniors during this winter.

    Do you have the phone number of a Senior neighbor ?

    .....Will you " check " on their well - being over the winter ?

    .....Will you offer to do their grocery shopping ?

    .....Will you transport them to their doctor ?

    .....Will you pick up their prescriptions ?

    .....Will you shovel their sidewalk ?

    .....Will you visit / socialize with them ?

    We want them to be with us in the Spring.

Oct 19

Updated 11 hours ago

Lost cat

Someone posted about finding a black & white cat... here's one that's missing. Hope this helps everyone.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Marxist Attacks 49th Ward Alderman

Repeat political challenger, Don Gordon, apparently supports a Marxist attack against our Ward Alderman. Chicago Teachers Union VP Jesse Sharkey was questioned over his recent participation in the Midwest Marxism Conference at Northwestern University and refused to answer why he was there and what relationship the Chicago Teachers Union has with the International Socialists Organization or why he opposes our Alderman. Do we wan to elect a Marxist sympathizer? You can read about it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/ and here http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/12/04/chicago-teachers-union-vp-busted-participating-in-midwest-marxism-conference/ Let's not vote a Marxist into the 49th Ward. Say NO to Marxism.

  • Haha. All have policies that make sense. I feel that we as a people are strongest when united. This nation built in liberty equality pursuit of happiness. It needs to be kept in balance I avoid the rich getting richer off poor people who are naturally generally for the most...

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    Haha. All have policies that make sense. I feel that we as a people are strongest when united. This nation built in liberty equality pursuit of happiness. It needs to be kept in balance I avoid the rich getting richer off poor people who are naturally generally for the most part stupid for lack of a better word. Because of access to education In sure they are no more or less intelligent with same potential. Is be richer under republican ways but many would be screwed over. If more happiness is around me the happier I am and that is priceless. Don't get me wrong I have needs and wants and can be greedy, but I wouldn't want to screw over a small or large group of people to create prosperity for me myself and my family. Were all on this rock together We are one whether people accept it or not. When they do - change can come quicker unlike the stalling tactics used today. Sometimes I ask myself, how are we allowing this to happen. What is is a cover-up for, is there even a bigger picture? We've come so far, but sometimes it seems like we still have a way to go. Need to understand that there will always be opposing views. Once that is accepted in the hearts of the people the nation can be united in our differences.

    I think Socrates just possessed me. Thank you Socrates for your insight.

    Your welcome.

  • get a life

23 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

lost key

hello.

i lost a single key today. possibly on w. albion (between lakewood and sheridan) or near/in the loyola el station. i've checked with the businesses and attendant located at the el. i've also scanned the street/area. no luck finding it. : /

it is attached to a colorful braided/twisted keychain . i am hoping someone picked it up and is keeping it safe. maybe you? please let me know!

17 hours ago

Sunday Open House for Elegant RP Condo

Rogers Park Classic Vintage Elegance! Open Sun 11.23.14 1:00 – 3:00 6638 N. Newgard #3, Chicago IL 60626 Best of Rogers Pk elegance on treelined St. Expansive sun filled PH in intimate well-run Center entrance seven-flat, modern updates w/vintage richness intact: 9' ceilings, orig. crown mlding, decorative FPLC & charming built-ins. Enormous floorplan w formal entry foyer, large LR, spacious sunroom, formal dining room, with barrel ceilings, built ins, French Doors & hardwood floors throughout. Large E-I-K w/Heartland & Bosch appls, Corian counters, exposed brick. Large private back deck. Parking Space & Storage Included For more information, or private showing, call Deborah Hess, Conlon: A Real Estate Company – 773.865.3327 or email deborahhess@conlonrealestate.com. View more photos and floor plan http://bit.ly/6638Newgard3 . Click More for more photos[where: ]

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Done Deal - The Leone Park Beach Advisory Council is official

Posted on Facebook: "As witnessed by our community and Chicago Park District Community Relations Manager Maria Stone and District Supervisor Sandy Olson at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office on November 18th, 2014, the Leone Park Beach Advisory Council is official."

President - Eve Brownstone

Vice President - Bobby Diamond

Secretary - Christine Wellman

Treasurer - Terry Dee

23 hours ago

Axis Capital Group Business Funding: Much grateful with Business Company Funding

I must admit that I’m lazy, and I’m cheap. This means that I don’t have paid money management software to track my finances. Instead, I learned how to make a budget on spreadsheets and in notebooks, and used them for years. But regardless of this, Axis Capital Group Business Funding, were I loan for years now, never cheated on us.

4 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Incumbent Aldermen

These all sound very familiar.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/urbanvoice101/top-7-ways-chicago-incumbent-aldermen-will-try-to-uru9

I'll add: stepping up services before an election. Do you have anything to add?

  • Since Spot's comments almost never have anything to do with what the person he's responding to actually wrote, he doesn't need to read other comments in order to respond to them. I wouldn't be surprised if he's muted every single other user and just replies to the appearance of their names on threads.
    He's an odd creature, living on Everyblock 24 hours a day and barking when other names show up. Reminds me of a pet left alone at home.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Oops, and another comment of Spot's bit the dust in the past couple of hours.

3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Looking for Local Rogers Park News

I am looking for as many web sights as possible to find local Roger Park News. Do you have any ideas? Example: Digital Tribune, Curbed.... Lets' hear it. Give it to me.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    "Blogs are blogs, not newspapers" isn't inherently a bad thing to say. But keep in mind that in this modern age, newspapers and other media are barely what they once were. Fact checking is mostly a thing of the past. Bias abounds. If you're going to be skeptical, be skeptical of old media, too. It's not exempt from flaws.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    True, Al, but at least with most old media, you get a variety of opinions and biases instead of just those of one blogger.

45 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Ted Cox blasts Alderman Moore on Twitter

"Many @ProgressiveChi aldermen treat Ald. @JoeMoore49 statement as a comedy routine, as he attacks opponents on police hiring and TIF reform."

https://twitter.com/tedcoxchicago/status/535138209152659456

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

The CTU Head Speaks Out on Joe Moore

Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

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Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with Joe Moore. He’s shown himself to suck up to power like nobody’s business. [In Illinois,] up to three measures can get on the ballot. Joe Moore made sure there were three trivial measures so he could do the mayor’s bidding and not allow an elected school board on the ballot—a measure that’s really important to people.

The full article is here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Meet-Jesse-Sharkey-the-New-Karen-Lewis/

Does anyone know how many teachers reside in the 49th ward?

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Anne Sullivan commented: " I love Mo's idea of putting more parents, teachers and students on the board. But our elected officials will never move off the dime unless they can be shown quantitatively what people want"

    That is what Local School Councils are for-The CPS Board needs qualified unbiased individuals capable of professional management

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Electing CPS board members will dilute the integrity of the board- candidates should be nominated by qualified individuals such as the mayor and approved by the entire city council. Reducing the CPS board to a popularity contest of potentially unqualified candidates would be a BIG MISTAKE!!!

42 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Birds vs. Business Development? What Are The Priorities?

While we eagerly await even a single word about Education, Business Development or Ward Services, three of the primary pillars supporting the Gordon Campaign, it seems that birds crashing into Loyola's buildings are a much higher priority at the moment. High enough a priority for the candidate to testify before the Chicago Planning Commission. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/) We all like our feathered friends but couldn't some attention please be given to Education, Business Development and Ward Services? Is there confusion about what should be the highest priorities in the 49th Ward? Birds before Business Development?

  • Why do you keep bothering? Are you a paid shill?

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    ...."I'm on my game...." 22 year incumbent 49th Ward Alderman on announcing his run for reelection.

    ...." We're on it. Thanks for letting me know." 22 year incumbent 49th Ward Alderman, in response to being informed by a constituent that his Senior's Services tab on his web site contains info and links that are 4 years out of date:

    nov17-the-aldermans-senior-citizen-services-links-49th-ward-6515548

    As Helen would say, "Indeed!"

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    You're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here to look for stuff to smear Gordon with. Why shouldn't we just mute you, exactly? Do you have anything legitimate to add to the conversation at all?

6 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

psa-

expanding urban agriculture is the OFFICIAL POLICY of the city of chicago.
so, why is joe moore not leading on this? why is the city crawling all over me? why cant i even find out how many complaints/complainers to the alderman's office, and to 311, there even are?
and how will i ever have a clue whether people are happy if i have no idea who they are?

if you are one of the complainers, do you have the decency...

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expanding urban agriculture is the OFFICIAL POLICY of the city of chicago.
so, why is joe moore not leading on this? why is the city crawling all over me? why cant i even find out how many complaints/complainers to the alderman's office, and to 311, there even are?
and how will i ever have a clue whether people are happy if i have no idea who they are?

if you are one of the complainers, do you have the decency to discuss this (sanely) here? if there were to be a public meeting, would you attend?

i am at a real loss how to make peace when i have no right to face my accusers, or even know how many of them there are. the only solution the alderman wants to see is to build a big fence. how do i share and educate from behind a big fence? how does this bit of green space benefit the neighborhood from behind a big fence?
why should the people who love it be punished?

  • Olgasdottir Long time Rogers Park gardener

    Because of the "junk" on Mo's farm (wood chips, leaf mold piles, extra plants) I have the healthiest soil I've had in years due to her generosity, trundling back and forth with my little wheelbarrow. There is nothing more dangerous there than in any garden or farm anywhere. Joe want...

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    Because of the "junk" on Mo's farm (wood chips, leaf mold piles, extra plants) I have the healthiest soil I've had in years due to her generosity, trundling back and forth with my little wheelbarrow. There is nothing more dangerous there than in any garden or farm anywhere. Joe want to do something about dangerous home businesses? All up and down Mo's alley, from the train tracks to Ridge, there are junk dealers, home car repair, and people selling alley space as off-street parking, not to mention the drug dealing and prostitution. I like "pretty" gardens too. But I love Moah's Ark-- I walk through it nearly every day just to breathe in the green. Mo is in trouble because she talked back.

  • kicking dan murphy off the place was prolly where it went over the edge.
    i was told he was getting pressure from "downtown" because of the 311 calls.
    like joe moore couldnt have called "downtown", explained the situation, and chilled all this out.

33 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Aldermanic Debates?

Good heavens there is a lot of banter on this forum about our local ward politics. In the weeks or months leading up to the city elections, are there any scheduled formal debates between the candidates? If not, there should be! A lot of people speak for the candidates but it would be wonderful to hear from them in person.

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    Good grief! I said aldermanic debates, not ultra-maniac debates! Thank you to all who responded seriously.

  • Michelle R. 60666 Ask me anything about Which Kraft

    Sidney, honey, I've told you already - after you said all those horrible things about catholics, especially the pope and nuns, in those other threads - you'd never get elected President.

40 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Found - Ventra Card

Ventra Card found in Rogers Park. Please respond if you are missing yours and I'd be happy to return it to you.

Nov 07

Updated 45 hours ago

Chinese Food Recommendations

Any good delivery options in RP for Chinese food? Thanks!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Verena, I think that advice works for most restaurants, which is why we rarely order out and then only pizza.

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Engs on Western is yummy. We order from there quite often.

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Upgrading Electricity to Vintage Building

I live in a vintage condo building and we need to upgrade the electricity coming into our building. Our research shows ComEd will do it's part to help, but first we need to update the electrical boxes in our building. When the building turned condo, their was not a gut rehab or electrical update done.

Has anyone had any experience with a good contractor that could help us with this ?

Any information will be appreciated. Thanks !

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Jim A - Comed does not require a permit. We have done several of these projects.

  • jenna! Be the change you want to see happen

    You DO need a permit for a service upgrade. It sounds like your entire building needs an upgrade, so everyone in the condo committee needs to be onboard with this project. Lets say each unit only has a 60 amp breaker now and you'd like to each have 100 amp...

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    You DO need a permit for a service upgrade. It sounds like your entire building needs an upgrade, so everyone in the condo committee needs to be onboard with this project. Lets say each unit only has a 60 amp breaker now and you'd like to each have 100 amp service. An electrician will need to calculate the entire service load for the whole building & the public areas. What ComEd provides is a "new drop" to the service head outside your building, which means it supplies the correct size wires from the high tension wires in the alley to your building. So new meter banks with distribution to service panels located in each condo unit. You should also insist on hardwired smoke detectors and emergency lights with battery back up in your stairwells. We used Enrique Roman, he's professional and licensed. 773-677-1125
    Good luck Michael! It's a bit of a mess until its all done but you'll survive.

2 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

does anyone feel safe here?

So my girlfriend and I moved into our first apartment together about six months or so ago. On Sherwin. The apartment is great, the price is great and it's near public transit and everything seemed perfect. Until our first night.
After unloading our last load we took a little walk around dusk. We notice a bag dropped in some bushes (we didn't touch or even go near it) and are then confronted by someone insisting we were the people supposed...

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So my girlfriend and I moved into our first apartment together about six months or so ago. On Sherwin. The apartment is great, the price is great and it's near public transit and everything seemed perfect. Until our first night.
After unloading our last load we took a little walk around dusk. We notice a bag dropped in some bushes (we didn't touch or even go near it) and are then confronted by someone insisting we were the people supposed to pick it up, and we better do what we gotta do. Needless to say this exchange terrified my girl and shook me a little too. And that was day one. Subsequent days have seen gun shots and other terrible things. And then last month a woman was robbed and assaulted in my building. My lady has since moved out and refuses to come over without me, or even after dark. They changed the lights and locks but what good does that do when we share an alley area with another building with a door that is always propped open? Not too sure what the purpose of this post is, other than to see if anyone feels the same. Most days this place is great and wonderful and feels perfect. Then the nightmares come. And too often.

  • d3 NOH

    'Loyola is vastly different than the jarvis and Howard red line areas.'

    In terms of crime, Morse is vastly different than Loyola, too.

  • Normally I do not respond to anything said on a blog network. For each has his/her own opinion and entitled to such. However, to make a statement such as " Those individuals who have been incarcerated in this country have done something VERY VERY wrong to merit their respective "time...

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    Normally I do not respond to anything said on a blog network. For each has his/her own opinion and entitled to such. However, to make a statement such as " Those individuals who have been incarcerated in this country have done something VERY VERY wrong to merit their respective "time outs" from society" is just not true by any stretch of the imagination. There are many people that have been the victims of these so-called time-outs from society that have done little else but be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also, more than a few have been victimized by unscrupulous law enforcement practices such as planting evidence. If you think this doesn't happen, then you just don't want to know. Don't take this as an indictment on all law enforcement. A few bad apples is not representative of the whole barrel. I also fully understand that many of the time-outs are well deserved. Including each and every one of mine. However, it's funny (not really) how the invisible becomes very visible as you change the ethnic walk of life. Unfortunately few are able to sit back and take a deeper look from every lens possible. It' very difficult to see the reality of the life you never have to live.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Deeded Parking Space

Hi all, is there anyone looking to sell their deeded parking space?

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Glenlake continues excellent service/reasonable price

Last year the founder of Glenlake International Auto Care died and the son took over this business at 7111 North Clark St.
I had been going to Glenlake for 31 years, starting when it was located where the Walgreens on Broadway is now and was desperately hoping the excellent service would continue. I am so happy to report that the son, Mike Jr. is excellent and very reasonable. My car is now over 17 years old and it runs almost as new.
thank you Glenlake!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Make sure to give them a good Yelp review or similar!

Jun 12

Updated 2 days 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.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

found iphone

i found an iphone on the ground west if the Rogers Park Metra station tonight. it appears to be in good shape. if you think you lost yours, contact me.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Unexpensive Mechanic anted

Does anyone know of a inexpensive car repair shop that also does wheel alignment in Rogers Park??

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    I just went to ABM at 3044 W. Montrose for a brake job and they were fair and courteous. I did not want to go to the dealer either and I would use this shop again.

  • Thanks everyone! I will check a couple of these shops and let you all know which I chose!
    And excuse my misspelled headline....it should have read: Inexpensive Mechanic Wanted!

2 days ago

You can't tell the players without a score card

If you don't want to spend the $10 (I think it's worth it), their daily election newsletter has great information!

http://www.aldertrack.com/

Nov 10

Updated 2 days ago

Senior Safety Seminar

The 24th District of the Chicago Police are hosting a Senior Safety Seminar on Thursday, Novermber 20th at 10 am. It is being held at Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers. This is part of the Senior Activity Group in the 24th District.

ComEd and the RTA as well as other vendors will be there to provide information that will assist Seniors with savings and travel training. Come out and see what they have to offer!

  • Seniors, all the seniors
    help me out, all you seniors
    let's talk about safety!

    (Props to Salt-N-Pepa)

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Bumpity, bumpity bump

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Neighborhood Kid Activities

I was wondering if anyone knew of some fun, kid friendly places in the area, that are hopefully free, to keep kids entertained for the day! Any suggestions are welcomed!

  • Best free activity nearby that would keep kids entertained for a longer stretch of time would be the Evanston Public Library on Church Ave. The RP librarian is on maternity leave til January I believe, and the facilities aren't nearly as fun. Skokie Exploritorium is very fun and pretty close by car or Yellow line El, but definitely not free. Have you joined Baby Wranglers of East Rogers Park on Facebook? They are a neighborhood parent group that has playdates and activities from time to time.....

  • DJM 25 yr. RP & Edgewater resident.

    Lincoln Park Zoo is free (you do have to pay for parking though). The Children's Zoo has a fantastic climber they can play in. And...the animals.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Helicopters Again in RoPa

Going on for about 30 minutes now. Anyone have a report? Can't find anything online?
:)

  • sheila clerkin 4th Generation Rogers Park

    Jane was a fellow Scholastican, some years ahead of me.

  • hazelg Longtime Edgewater resident

    I think it is great that they show her that honor after what she did for the city ;;;;;Mayor Richard M and Richard J Daleys tried for years to wipe her off the history of Chicago, but she got the last laugh over both of them. She deserves all of the honors that will be bestowed on her, even in death, more than a big park for Maggie Daley.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Donate Bikes!

I have a couple of bikes I would like to donate. I remember there is a place on Ravenswood that helps kids to refurbish and maintain them, but can't remember the name. Help please?

  • The Recyclery
    http://www.therecyclery.org/
    7628 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60626

    Not place you are looking for but still good.

  • Rory Tyer Singer/songwriter, marketer, writer

    Yes, I second The Recyclery--a friend of mine volunteered there for a while and they do great things with bikes.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Recyclery may be the one I was thinking of. Thanks!!!

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