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Who is running against Balcer in the next election?

Does anyone know who is running against Alderman Balcer in the next election? We need someone with a plan to build and grow Bridgeport, Alderman Balcer has proven he is not the person to move our neighborhood forward. Back room deals for development at 35th and Parnell, lack of new business, the dollar store strip of Halsted St, empty store fronts and vacant lots everywhere...what has he done? We need new blood and leadership. Does anyone know who is running?

  • lifelonger been here; done it all..

    That's great. I'll take a look and give her a chance. I never heard of her before, so here's hopin :)

  • R :-) bridgeport > born & bred

    Hi, I read this on the DNAinfoChicago site, here's the highlights in which to answer your question::

    "Maureen Sullivan, the homegrown activist, author, organizer and neighborhood historian…. Joining Sullivan in the 11th Ward race is John Kozlar, a 25-year-old law student who runs the Canaryville Little League for neighborhood kids."...

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    Hi, I read this on the DNAinfoChicago site, here's the highlights in which to answer your question::

    "Maureen Sullivan, the homegrown activist, author, organizer and neighborhood historian…. Joining Sullivan in the 11th Ward race is John Kozlar, a 25-year-old law student who runs the Canaryville Little League for neighborhood kids."

    This article also states: "Balcer has not announced whether he'll seek another term." Read the full story @
    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140818/bridgeport/maureen-sullivan-run-for-11th-ward-alderman-rips-old-boy-leadership

    I personally know Maureen Sullivan she is smart honest and a loyal Bridgeporter.
    I'm excited to see her get involved in politics for our neighborhood
    -- Good Luck Maureen!!

    #Sullivan11Ward

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Loud Music

What is the policy regarding loud music in our neighborhood? This last Saturday I and the surrounding area had to endure live loud music from 5:00 to 8:30. This was blaring into my house and I had all my windows closed and AC on. I could not concentrate or watch TV. I could barely hear when I called 911. These people are repeat offenders when it comes to playing their music as I have called in the past. Aren't they fined for this?

  • denise b concerned citizen

    When i call the police I was told the only way they would ticket is if I sign a complaint. Then of course if they fight it you would have to take off a day of work for a hearing. If they are their they can hear it.Why cann't they just enforce the law.It is all. A big joke.

  • denise b concerned citizen

    Puting a lien on property means when they sell the building the city would get the money then.If they plan on owning the property a long time the owner will not care. Owners should be issued tickets. If not paid drivers licence should be suspended.

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Fireworks near 31st/Canal Area?

Just wondering why there have been fireworks going on in this area all day. Not complaining, just thought it was a little unusual to have so many loud fireworks during teh day light. Might be in Armour Square park.

  • Thanks so much for explaining the history and significance of this procession. Although I'd seen posters for the event everywhere, I had no idea how involved it was. Looking forward to experiencing it again next year.

  • what makes you think i "am so unhappy" when you assume anything about a person you makea you know what out of u and me...COMMUNITCATION BREAKDOWN here

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Support Nature's Little Recyclers on Kickstarter!

visit tinyurl.com/NLRworms to help our neighborhood worm factory reach their funding goal and close more loops in our waste-stream.

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New Gun Laws in Illinois

I'm interested in hearing other people's opinions about the new concealed carry in Illinois

  • stevio, there is no legal requirement in the law for a million dollar policy, but yes it is a good idea to have some type of insurance. Our constitution gives us the right to keep and bear arms and everyone, regardless of their financial ability, should be able to exercise...

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    stevio, there is no legal requirement in the law for a million dollar policy, but yes it is a good idea to have some type of insurance. Our constitution gives us the right to keep and bear arms and everyone, regardless of their financial ability, should be able to exercise that right if they are lawfully able to do so. It is sad that the training, license and fingerprints (not mandatory) cost as much as it does because many good people who would like to exercise their constitutional rights cannot afford to do so.

    As I said above, my training with firearms began many years ago in the military and suffice it to say, that I know what it is like to be shot at. There are many ways to train, leisurely shooting at paper is one method, but check out ISPC or IDPA for additional training. Also there are force on force workshops available. There are several others types of training available also. Sadly none of them are cheap which again leaves a large segment of our population with less training. There are also methods to train at home that cost nothing and should be done by all of us. It is done with an unloaded firearm and safety is always paramount.

    I cannot stress enough that a firearm is a last resort weapon, but it is one that our constitution allows for. My firearms that are not under my direct control are ALWAYS secured and accessible only by my wife and I. My children grew up around them, were taught how to safely use them and they are now firearm owners in their own homes. There are no bad guns but there are bad people. My firearms have never discharged without a finger pulling the trigger.

  • @lifetime..I never said there's a legal requirement to have a umbrella policy for anything but if you're carrying a weapon,you had better protect yourself in case there's a problem and when you discharge a weapon,,there will be a lawyer seeking you soon afterwards..believe it!!! Practice..practice practice to save your life and your families. Don't be a hero that's not what ccw is about or for...be safe everyone.

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Respect

I think the Chicago firemen and policemen are some of the bravest men in the world

  • very well said Touche

  • humanstructions B & R Bridgeport Armour School 1965 - VN 1971

    Without our 'Men and Women in Blue' we would see some of the mass chaos that Ferguson, MO is experiencing right now ... Some people will take any and EVERY opportunity to steal, loot and raise hell (ALL in protest of a slain strongarm burglar ... BULLHOCKEY) ... There are MANY, MANY more good cops than there are bad ... Like Peterdrake said ... even THEY get nailed to the cross in the end ...Even Cmdr Jon Burge couldn't escape some justice for his misdeeds and lack of supervision!

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Dec 05 2012

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Jobs in Bridgeport

Hello and good afternoon, does anybody know of any places hiring around Bridgeport? Please let me know I would really appreciate the help

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Aug 13

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  • Look what Kozlar has already done with a small neighborhood baseball field.

    What has Balcer done???
    It's time for change.

  • John Kolzar is the most honest, kind hearted and genuine person I have ever met, I've know him since he was a little boy, he has always gone out of his way to help and give 110% for absolutely nothing in return! We need change ppl, john Kolzar is the change that we need, he'll make are neighborhoods beautiful again and he'll make everyone come together like a great big happy family

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Aug 12

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Lost Pekinese(?) Dog found 33rd/Throop

Today at the CAPS meeting, one of the officers came in with a small dog that was dropped off at the station as it was found loose at 33rd and Throop. If anyone recognizes the dog, please contact the 9th District Station, or stop by. I don't know how long they will hold the dog until they turn it over to animal control. The dog is female, and does not have any tags or a microchip. Please share.

  • If you know the family, ask them to have her rechipped. She was scanned with a universal scanner. I know chips migrate, however the officer was diligent in scanning her. We had that discussion during her scan. She also had a collar but no tags.

  • denise b concerned citizen

    Sooo happy owner found

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Aug 04

Updated 6 days ago

Lost Kitten

Please help. White kitten with 2 black spots on his head and a black tail escaped from 32nd and May on Saturday. He's afraid of strangers and will run away if you approach but he's very sweet. Please call 214-395-5584 if you spot him, he's a very good at running and hiding.

  • hodeho Twelve-year Brighton Park resident

    Very sorry for your loss, Krista.

  • if someone lost or wants the kitten i put in the link above, please do not hesitate to contact the person on that link and that thread...it's a black/white kitten that needs a home or is lost please check it out

Aug 10

Updated 6 days ago

Alderman Alert...more boarded up stores!

When are we going to know who is running against Alderman Balcer? The look of this neighborhood is lowering property values and making the neighborhood a joke.

Drive East on 35th from Morgan and count the abandoned and boarded up lots and buildings. Then make a left or right on Halsted. Even more boarded up and empty store fronts.

Who is running against Balcer? What associations in the neighborhood or ward are focused on business development? I am fed up with the lack of action. Its time to get together, put pressure and a plan forward and fix Bridgeport!

  • South Loop truth Poliical activist

    Balcer is not interested in carrying favor with Rahm. He will never go with the people, only follow Rahms anti cop pro pay to play agenda. They both need to the sooner the better.

  • South Loop truth Poliical activist

    Sorry should be only interested in carrying favor with mayor pay to play.

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Is anyone embarrassed by the look of Halsted St?

I cant believe the lack of business and the look of Halsted st. There has to be over five abandoned store fronts from 33rd to 35th street. Am I the only property owner that is wondering what Alderman Balcer is doing for this neighborhood? If you look at what the South Loop, University Village and Pilsen has done in the past ten years Bridgeport should be embarrased.

  • sch

    bridgeport is a dump forever, BUT IT IS OUR DUMP *smells fart*

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Laurie en OIP sent me this message:

    Hi Erik, for some reason it wouldnt let me post this on the main EB page ... in answer to your question, no, not WHite Eagle Banquets and during this time the Zhao brothers weren't doing their thing in the neighborhood yet. (at...

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    Hi Erik, for some reason it wouldnt let me post this on the main EB page ... in answer to your question, no, not WHite Eagle Banquets and during this time the Zhao brothers weren't doing their thing in the neighborhood yet. (at least not real estate wise). This was circa 1982-83, and it looked really promising. These places I'm talking about were crazy cool, hidden spaces all being worked on by the same set of people. The one at 3157 S Archer was one of their biggest developments. Photographers, architects, all sorts of creatives could have their space tailor-made for them (like a photographer might have a built-in darkroom). I recall touring the places with some friends looking for space; they showed us four different buildings on Morgan that were work in progress; a place on the northeast corner of 35th and Damen; that Archer/Ashland building (two or three units were available) and the second story of the old Bridgeport News building on Halsted at 32nd/33rd-ish ... and the rents were all reasonable, too. These were hidden jewels, and not hugely publicized, for fear the general population of the neighborhood would object at the status quo changing. At least the buildings were being saved! This was even before any of those condo loft buildings were even thought of. But I don't know where it all went. If you find out, let me know! thanks.

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Need contact info of anyone who does TNR work in Morgan Park

A family is willing to trap a mother cat and kittens as well as provide transport for spay neuter and pay for spay neuter services. They have never done this before is anyone will to walk them through how to do it? If the kittens are not too feral I may be able to find foster homes for the kittens. Is there anyone near Morgan Park that would be willing to "help" with this situation? I will loan a trap to the family in Morgan Park but am unable to coach them on how to trap them. I am leaving to go out of town.

  • Lauren I will

  • just a note here...you probably already know this but I am pretty sure that PAWS will spay/neuter ferral cats at no charge, and also if anyone from the family qualifies for low income (meaning recieving SNAP/LINK/Soc Sec/SSI, etc) they also spay/neuter at no cost or at least they used to...

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    just a note here...you probably already know this but I am pretty sure that PAWS will spay/neuter ferral cats at no charge, and also if anyone from the family qualifies for low income (meaning recieving SNAP/LINK/Soc Sec/SSI, etc) they also spay/neuter at no cost or at least they used to at the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic & GusMobile http://www.pawschicago.org/spay-neuter-clinic/

    the Lurie Clinic in in Little Village, however the Gus Mobile goes far south...please check out the link

    Visit PAWS Chicago’s GusMobile on select Sunday’s at PETCO – 11720 S. Marshfield Avenue (at 119th Street).

    Spay/Neuter Surgeries are by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 773-521-7729 (spay). Call between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday through Friday.

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Updated Aug 10

Someone is kicking the front door at night

Is anyone else having this happen to them?

Twice this month someone has opened the front gate and violently kicked the front door of my home. I have been here, but by the time I reach the door they have fled.

Anyone have any ideas about what might be happening? When it first happened I thought it might be a teenager - but tonight when it happened it was so loud it made me believe it was an older person...

Any ideas greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • GRD GRD

    denise, sorry I'm not understanding your post, which one do you plan to go to?

  • denise b concerned citizen

    The one on the south side I think.may reconsider befote Oct.

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Water Meter Savings (?)

After practically having to sell blood to pay June's water bill (up 10% from last December, up over ONE THIRD from two years ago), I'm seriously considering the Water Department’s extortion tactic -- I mean, generous offer to install a free water meter in my home. Their claim is that I’ll only be charged for what I use, and that my water bill will go down, especially since I’m single, take short showers, water the lawn sparingly, and generally use...

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After practically having to sell blood to pay June's water bill (up 10% from last December, up over ONE THIRD from two years ago), I'm seriously considering the Water Department’s extortion tactic -- I mean, generous offer to install a free water meter in my home. Their claim is that I’ll only be charged for what I use, and that my water bill will go down, especially since I’m single, take short showers, water the lawn sparingly, and generally use water like a desert tortoise.

I’m curious about the experiences of those of you who have had water meters installed. Have your water bills actually gone down, or do the City of Chicago’s grand claims not -- hold water? (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

Also, are these water meters installed outside, like the gas and electric meters? And have there been any issues with vandalism?

  • Bonnie S. Homeowner

    Called in may of 2013 to have a meter installed in my house. I do not have a basement, so when they arrived in October, the installers said there wasn't enough room, so an inspector would have to come out. An inspector called and left a message. I returned the...

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    Called in may of 2013 to have a meter installed in my house. I do not have a basement, so when they arrived in October, the installers said there wasn't enough room, so an inspector would have to come out. An inspector called and left a message. I returned the call and left my home and cell numbers. He called a few days later and said I had not returned his repeated messages. Left a second message for him and never heard from him again. The winter was extreme and I assumed I would hear from someone in the spring. I finally called in May of 2014. No inspector ever called, but came home one day to find little flags on my lawn. Finally got a phone call that my meter would be installed outside the next day. I had signed an agreement for that in October of 2013. The meter was installed and stone replaced that section of grass for almost a month. Then a horrible mix of mud and very poor quality dirt was put around the meter. After that a spray of" grass seed" was applied. All that came up was a variety of weeds and crab grass. A beautiful lawn is now ruined and I called the meter company. I then sent a picture of the lawn before and after the meter was installed. Haven't heard from anyone and will now have to pay to fix the mess they left behind. On the bright side, my last water bill before the meter was almost $400.00 and my first bill after the meter was about $28.00.

  • I'm sorry to hear about your lawn, Bonnie. I had a 9-foot high shrub killed by People's Gas, who destroyed the root system as they were excavating to move my gas meter outside. It always seems like a roll of the dice whenever city or utility workers do work on private property (except downtown, of course, where they always do a meticulous job). I hope your situation is resolved in your favor.

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Building Upgrades in Bridgeport

Help your community thrive by upgrading your building. Elevate Energy helps with cost-effective upgrades to 2+ unit buildings and non-profit buildings. Hear it from the building owners in the Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-affordable-energy-efficiency-0724-biz-20140805-story.html.

More program details and application found here: http://www.elevateenergy.org/for-building-owners-managers/energy-savers-small-multifamily/.

Aug 04

Updated Aug 06

THIS IS A SCAM - "Security Solutions is pleased to present this certificate for a: FREE* Home Secur

THIS IS A SCAM
The Bridgeport Citizens Group, which runs the local the neighborhood community watch program, has received numerous calls asking for confirmation of Security Solutions flyers taped to private residences in the last week. The flyers claim affiliation with "Neighborhood Watch Program" although the company is unknown to the two groups who operate the local watch: the 9th District Police CAPS Office and the Bridgeport Citizens Group.
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THIS IS A SCAM
The Bridgeport Citizens Group, which runs the local the neighborhood community watch program, has received numerous calls asking for confirmation of Security Solutions flyers taped to private residences in the last week. The flyers claim affiliation with "Neighborhood Watch Program" although the company is unknown to the two groups who operate the local watch: the 9th District Police CAPS Office and the Bridgeport Citizens Group.
The exact wording of the flyer reads "Security Solutions is pleased to present this certificate for a: FREE* Home Security System Compliments of Neighborhood Watch Program"
A complaint has been filed with the Better Business Bureau and local police. The company in question has responded to the BBB complaint stating that they are “unaware of any such flyer, and has not created any such marketing material nor has it distributed any such material.”
The police, local officials and the Better Business Bureau will be following up on these flyers in the coming weeks.

  • Thanks Dan!😄

  • By: Security Solutions

    Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We looked into the circumstances and determined that one of our new brand sales agents misunderstood the intended use for this promotional flyer. We apologize for the misunderstanding and any inconvenience it caused for residents and the Bridgeport Citizens Group.”

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