34 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Found dog--pitbull mix puppy 1600 block of Kedzie

Rescued a pit bull mix female puppy (looks to be less than a year old) running down the 1600 block of Kedzie today. Black collar and no tags. She's about 60 pounds and very strong. She knows sit, paw and lie down so she has been someone's dog. Nipples are enlarged so she has been pregnant at some point. She's friendly but shy and scared. We have four small dogs and two kids so we can't take the risk and...

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Rescued a pit bull mix female puppy (looks to be less than a year old) running down the 1600 block of Kedzie today. Black collar and no tags. She's about 60 pounds and very strong. She knows sit, paw and lie down so she has been someone's dog. Nipples are enlarged so she has been pregnant at some point. She's friendly but shy and scared. We have four small dogs and two kids so we can't take the risk and bring her home but I have her at my work in a small room for the night to see if we can find her owner before I have to call the pound. Please share and help us try and find her owners? I volunteer and have fostered for animal rescues but they generally will not take a dog without it going to the pound and then pulling so I am trying this first.

  • Sarah RM dachshundist

    That's a great outcome -- thank you for going the extra mile for this pup!

  • sly-3 donkey wrangler to the stars

    glad things are going in the right direction for her, in the future, http://www.pitsforpatriots.org does fantastic work with pits.

    from their site:
    "Pits for Patriots Program is a non-for-profit organization that trains qualified, rescued pit bulls, to be service dogs and companions for Veterans and First Responders in need."

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Updated 6 hours ago

Proposal for new low-income project at Division and California for 320 low income residents.

Alderman Maldonado wants to increase low income housing in the 26th ward to 25%. The empty lot by Division and California is a good location for a large multi-unit construction. See rendering of a proposal posted with this message.

Alderman Maldonado and low-income housing developers are surveying the 26th ward for locations to build new low income housing projects. Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation have both shown interest in building large low-income constructions throughout the area. Alderman...

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Alderman Maldonado wants to increase low income housing in the 26th ward to 25%. The empty lot by Division and California is a good location for a large multi-unit construction. See rendering of a proposal posted with this message.

Alderman Maldonado and low-income housing developers are surveying the 26th ward for locations to build new low income housing projects. Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation have both shown interest in building large low-income constructions throughout the area. Alderman Maldonado has previously worked closely with both of these companies.

Maldonado has a long working history with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation's executives and know the management very well. You can read about this relationship at:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/roberto-maldonado-the-real-estate-king-of-the-chicago-city-council/Content?oid=1180874

Maldonado is presently working closely on many low-income housing projects with the owner of Hispani Housing Development Corporation. One of these projects is just some few blocks from the intersection Division/California by the Norwegian-American Hospital. The project is called the 65th Infantry Boringueneers Vetarans Low-Income Housing Project. That project will house closely to 100 low-income residents.

  • EastHumboldtNeighbor resident since 07

    Juanita Irizarry is a Member of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation's Humboldt Park Task Force. Looks like Maldonado and her agree on something.

  • Hi 'Growth' .. new to Everyblock, huh? would you be a member of Maldinado's staff or something? Sorry to sound a little critical, but EB is not really a place to post political adds, which is what your post kind of sounds like. BTW, your post would seem less like a political advertisement if you revealed who you were, or perhaps said something interesting like how Maldinado is joined up with Paul Roldan - the low income developer who has made millions off public money for his real estate projects?

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Updated 6 hours ago

Humboldt Park's 17% unemployment is unhealthy and dangerous. For change, vote for Adam Corona.

We know that unemployment creates poverty, stress, crimes and domestic violence. As a psychologist, Alderman Roberto Maldonado knows this is a fact. Thanks to unemployment gangs are still very active in Humboldt Park and a stronger business environment with jobs for all is the only way to get an end to it.

Kids do not dare to go out and play without fear caused by gang members and other criminals in the neighborhood. This is not just a physical problem...

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We know that unemployment creates poverty, stress, crimes and domestic violence. As a psychologist, Alderman Roberto Maldonado knows this is a fact. Thanks to unemployment gangs are still very active in Humboldt Park and a stronger business environment with jobs for all is the only way to get an end to it.

Kids do not dare to go out and play without fear caused by gang members and other criminals in the neighborhood. This is not just a physical problem for our children but also a psychological issue that will affect the young through their life.

New research from the University of Missouri-Kansas and Georgia State University found a substantive “link between physical safety concerns and psychological distress”. Children who live in violent neighborhoods are more prone to developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. (If you do not know what this is, Google PTSD.) In short, daily fear changes children's and young adult's psychological make-up so drastically that nightmares, flashbacks and disassociation are common. We even know that fear has a demonstrable impact not only on the mental health, but on physical health as well.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado knows the mental impacts caused by unemployment as he has studied psychology. Still, he has ignored to develop a robust job creation program for Humboldt Park. There has been no increase in jobs available in Humboldt Park during Roberto Maldonado's period as an Alderman here. Humboldt Park's unemployment is 17%. That is more than 3 times the national average.
To change the economical make up of Humboldt Park, vote for Adam Corona. Adam Corona knows that an effective job creation policy is the solution to Humboldt Park's problems and he has demonstrated that he is willing to work for it. For a better and more productive Humboldt Park, vote for Adam Corona as our Alderman February 24, 2015.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

"Apples. Apples. Apples for sale" screamed Alderman Ronaldo Maldonado.

Every fall the business on 2434 West Division Street is thriving. See posted photo. The apples are ripe. Customers come from near and far. The apple tree owner makes all the money he needs for all year. This is just one of all thriving businesses along Division Street from Western to California. Cafes and restaurants have enough customers day and night to hire extra employers as well as filling their pockets with all the money they need. Business is good....

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Every fall the business on 2434 West Division Street is thriving. See posted photo. The apples are ripe. Customers come from near and far. The apple tree owner makes all the money he needs for all year. This is just one of all thriving businesses along Division Street from Western to California. Cafes and restaurants have enough customers day and night to hire extra employers as well as filling their pockets with all the money they need. Business is good.

This must be how Alderman Roberto Maldonado perceive business on Division Street?

Unfortunately, businesses on Division Street between Western and California does not seem to do very well. I walked by one of the nicer late night restaurant on Division Street last weekend. As I walked by a man who I guess were either the owner or an employee stood by the window looking at me smiling. The restaurant was completely empty. I felt sorry for him and I would have gone in for a bite but I had just had dinner. Sorry! He had Alderman Roberto Maldonado's re-election poster in the window. I was wondering if he understood that the political agenda driving Alderman Roberto Maldonado actually keep customers away from his store? He actually looses thousands of dollars every year because of Roberto Maldonado. Or, maybe, he does not see it that way?

Alderman Roberto Maldonado does not understand businesses that require a constant stream of customers to survive and to hire people. He is simply the wrong Alderman for anyone who need to work for his or her living.

Shame on you Alderman Roberto Maldonado for working against the working people.

6 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

  • Glenn, on top of the six houses, what other houses are being planned?

  • HPPie Born in HP

    Hmmmm - No, I don't think he opposes Augusta and California and yes I do know what's going on, and I think Rootstock has been a great add to the neigborhood (a former Battaglia property), my comment is based on previous conversations we've had about him and justifying that he is narrow minded and not too interested in anyone else, of course, unless it works in his favor.

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Chi-Arts

What was once a quiet and peaceful community, now, thanks to Maldonado, is a loud, congested traffic and parking area for all of the kids and their parents going to Chi-Arts on Augusta. I did not buy a home by an el, or a bus or a train or even on a main traffic thoroughfare or intersection. After 16 years, I now live in a neighborhood with traffic congestion, overrun with outsiders, disturbing our peace and quiet and trashing our...

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What was once a quiet and peaceful community, now, thanks to Maldonado, is a loud, congested traffic and parking area for all of the kids and their parents going to Chi-Arts on Augusta. I did not buy a home by an el, or a bus or a train or even on a main traffic thoroughfare or intersection. After 16 years, I now live in a neighborhood with traffic congestion, overrun with outsiders, disturbing our peace and quiet and trashing our lawns. These kids don't live here. Why not move Chi-arts to their neighborhood? If it was closer to their home, their parents wouldn't have to drive to pick them up. At least, have some consideration and relocate it on a public transportation line! In the meantime, I am applying for a reduced assessment that will more accurately reflect the reduction in our quality of life. Oh.. I am also looking for a new Alderman...

  • Okay, let's be honest. Since the massive round of school closings, only ONE vacant school building has been sold. The chances that Lafayette would have been sold and redeveloped as condos is so super miniscule, that it's ridiculous to think that was a viable solution. I'd say that even if you dislike the students hanging around place, it's probably the best solution we could have hoped for in the neighborhood. But I still love having Chi Arts here, seems like lots of other people do, too.

  • walth HP neighbor

    Washtenaw1 I understand your frustration. Here are a few ideas how to solve to your peoblem:

    1) contact the school http://chiarts.org/contact/ and ask them to A) talk with their students about litter and respecting peoples properties and B) suggest to them to do a campaign on don't litter, Example they...

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    Washtenaw1 I understand your frustration. Here are a few ideas how to solve to your peoblem:

    1) contact the school http://chiarts.org/contact/ and ask them to A) talk with their students about litter and respecting peoples properties and B) suggest to them to do a campaign on don't litter, Example they are an ART school, have them make it a project to update the "Give a hoot — don't pollute!" campaign from the 70's( which I think they should do everywhere in the city, schools, park district etc): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodsy_Owl

    that would be a win win for the neighborhood, school and city. It raises the awareness of the students about pollution/garbage and waste while learning their craft.

    2) get signature pages from the alderman's office, go door to door on your block and ask your neighbors if they want to sign for permit parking. you need 80% of your block, submit it to the alderman's and then follow up once a month to see if it was passed at city council. Once passed you need to check again to see when you will be getting the signs.

    Good luck

4 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

The feeling of paranoia fell upon Alderman Roberto Maldonado as left his office after dark.

Alderman Roberto Maldonado's stepped out of his office on Division Street and felt that someone was keeping an eye on him. As the Alderman walked passed the empty buildings and undeveloped lots he felt both lonely and scared. He knew that if he could just identify the person then he could eliminate this threat, but he could not see who it was.

This is how social media sites functions allowing people to follow politicians online and comment on their work...

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Alderman Roberto Maldonado's stepped out of his office on Division Street and felt that someone was keeping an eye on him. As the Alderman walked passed the empty buildings and undeveloped lots he felt both lonely and scared. He knew that if he could just identify the person then he could eliminate this threat, but he could not see who it was.

This is how social media sites functions allowing people to follow politicians online and comment on their work without the politician being able to threaten or harass the person. The ability to stay anonymous and still share information is changing everything. Let's change the politics in Humboldt Park.

I saw that you, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, started a new account here on EveryBlock with the purpose of trying to undermine critical voices against you. The account is using the name "debloetz" . For example, you are trying to make people think that I work for a competing politician. I think it's scary that you waste time on such work instead of explaining why you work against the working class, unemployed and underemployed people in your ward.

See photo. See how scary 2734 West Division Street store front looks after dark. No wonder Division Street between Western and California does not attract any customers after dark.

Shame on you Alderman Roberto Maldonado for letting business after business fail right outside of your office.

21 hours ago

Ring in The New Year With a COLA

Happy New Year from Social Security! Put down the champagne and ring in the New Year with a COLA! And we don’t mean the soda. In 2015, nearly 64 million Americans who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase to their monthly benefit payments of 1.7 percent. 

21 hours ago

Unflinching in the Fight Against Fraud

If you’re like most people, you protect what’s valuable to you. 

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35 hours ago

Lost Pup????

Hi Everyone,

Just found this lovely girl running loose in the middle of Kedzie between wabansia and north. She has a collar but no tag. She knows sit, lay and paw so i'm assuming she is missing her family.

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Renters insurance recommendations?

Hey neighbors,

I'm considering getting renters insurance for the first time since our landlord has failed to fix leaks and water damage for years now and I'm worried about damaging my belongings.

Can you recommend any good, affordable companies/policies?

Thanks for the help.

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    AIG was very affordable or if you bundle it with car insurance it will lower your rate. Good luck!

  • Usually car insurance will give you a discount if you bundle. I use Progressive for both. I have been burglarized without renters insurance. It's a sad day when you can't get anything back any of your electronics even depreciated value.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

People. Please. Leash your dogs.

No one ever knows their dog 100%, how they'll react in any given situation, listen every single time you yell at them to come back -- it is 100% impossible. And not every human and not every dog is dog friendly.

Save yourself a $300+ ticket. Protect your life, your dog's life, the lives of others and please keep your dog leashed. If your dog needs off-leash time, take them to one of the multitudes of fenced in dog parks...

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No one ever knows their dog 100%, how they'll react in any given situation, listen every single time you yell at them to come back -- it is 100% impossible. And not every human and not every dog is dog friendly.

Save yourself a $300+ ticket. Protect your life, your dog's life, the lives of others and please keep your dog leashed. If your dog needs off-leash time, take them to one of the multitudes of fenced in dog parks around the city. That's why they're there. Please. This is not rocket science but it is the law.

This off-leash problem is rampant and ridiculous and those who do it are ruining the park for the rest of us, a public park paid for by everyone.

I am calling 911 every single time I see off-leash dogs and the police are showing up. I hope the rest of us responsible folk will do the same. Spread the word.

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    Alison- "So you're the reason the police don't have time to chase down real crime in our neighborhood?" does not sound neighborly to many. It is easy on-line to post things that feel hurtful or disrespectful to others. Good for ALL of us to be extra careful. And, I think,...

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    Alison- "So you're the reason the police don't have time to chase down real crime in our neighborhood?" does not sound neighborly to many. It is easy on-line to post things that feel hurtful or disrespectful to others. Good for ALL of us to be extra careful. And, I think, good to get clarifications when it feels like things are going in a direction like that. . . . . 911 calls are a GOOD thing for overall crime prevention. Keeps police cars in the area and alert. An dog-off-leash call is not going to get responded to until after more urgent calls. And, resources are allocated to a police district in part by the number of 911 calls it responds to.

2 days ago

Meet the 27th ward aldermanic candidates

Candidates for alderman in the 27th ward took part in a forum hosted by the Chicago West Side Branch of the NAACP. Watch it online at: http://ow.ly/I37tC

Jan 16

Updated 2 days ago

Missing dog

My friend lost her dog.

"my dog got scared and left my friends yard in the 2500 block of north Lawndale. He is 9 lbs, brown (looks like an ewok), super friendly, answers to George and missed by his family terribly. please reposnd to the post if you see him"

  • Tawny Whovian // Writer // W...

    Just wanted to let everyone know that my friend found her dog!! :D Thanks everyone!

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Woman i Humboldt Park for Adam Corona.

Hi,

Woman has different concerns than men and I want to influence the outcome in the election by bringing attention to woman's concerns. The reason for me to start today is that I heard that NPR is having several programs this coming week specifically discussing what woman want from politicians in Chicago.

Humboldt Park politics has for years been steered by male agendas while woman's concerns has been silenced. One of my greatest concerns is the lack of emphasis for...

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Hi,

Woman has different concerns than men and I want to influence the outcome in the election by bringing attention to woman's concerns. The reason for me to start today is that I heard that NPR is having several programs this coming week specifically discussing what woman want from politicians in Chicago.

Humboldt Park politics has for years been steered by male agendas while woman's concerns has been silenced. One of my greatest concerns is the lack of emphasis for economical development in the 26th Ward. The lack of economical development affects woman at all levels.

My highest priority is job creation and business development in Humboldt Park. I am concerned about the lack of jobs for young people who graduate from school. Without an entry job and without any tutoring there is no future. Teenagers and youth loose their hope and turn to any possibility for making money which can be crimes and gang activity. Only a strong job creation program can solve this problem.

See blow for continuation of this message.

  • Yolanda Garcia Job-creation & politics

    Hi debloetz,
    I don't have any cafe. But, please add any comments or concerns you have related to woman's concerns and job creation in the Humboldt Park area. If you are a woman and if you have children in the area I am sure you can share many thoughts. I...

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    Hi debloetz,
    I don't have any cafe. But, please add any comments or concerns you have related to woman's concerns and job creation in the Humboldt Park area. If you are a woman and if you have children in the area I am sure you can share many thoughts. I am sure you know that Alderman Roberto Maldonado has been strangely weak when it comes to development of new businesses in Humboldt Park.

    EveryBlock and other social media makes it now possible for us woman to be heard without being intimidated. I am sure that both woman and men are happy about this. So, please, add thoughts and concerns that you think is important for the economical development of Humboldt Park.

  • You're not imagining things debloetz, I too recall Yolanda's profile saying she was a Java Jolt cafe owner in Bridgeport.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Tired of those junk newspapers, mailers, and coupons on your doorstep?

Yeah, me too. I am tired of picking up that junk on a daily basis; soggy junk mail in bags. Even more annoying that it eventually becomes litter and blows all around the street.

HOY, ShopLocal, Red Plum.

All of it. Make it stop!

Most of it comes from a partnership between the Tribune, and Valassis, a direct mail company. They are required to discontinue delivery immediately if the resident contacts them to complain.

To do that:

E-mail: triblocalvalues@tribune.com
Call: 1-800-TRIBUNE

  • Thank you!!! I hate them too!

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    I started a thread back on the 'Original EB' about this waaay back when, haha, figures it is still a huge issue in 2015, smh

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Healthcare

Hi, I am a student journalist.

I'm writing a story on healthcare, specifically on how the Affordable Care Act has made the system more efficient or less efficient (for you). Obama has tried to streamline medical documents using technology, such as electronic health records.

So, I'm looking specifically for a patient who HAS had difficulty or has NOT had difficulty with needing medical documents transferred from one hospital (for many reasons) to another hospital.

It this applies to you, I'd love to speak with you and share your story.

If your interview is used, it would be published on a Chicago news website.

Please contact me for more information.

Thank you!

6 days ago

Jan 20

Updated 6 days ago

Integrys offering to remove a charge from ComEd bill

Did anyone else have an Integrys person come by this week offering to remove a charge from their ComEd bill? The guy who came to my house said they had charged customers for a monthly charge that they weren't supposed to have, and the man at my door could remove the charge if he could see my electric bill. I thought it was a scam (and had dinner on the stove), so I sent him away, figuring I could find something about this online. But I haven't been able to yet. Is this legit?

  • No problem becky! thanks for your comments.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I think you can also report at consumer services in city hall. Not sure.

Jan 22

Updated 6 days ago

Dog Found

Hi - we just found a young uneutered male dog in the alley between Grand and Potomac by Cameron elementary school. Looms pretty well taken caret of, no collar. Let me know if you are missing him. Give me breed and description.

  • Ev

    If you end up taking him to the shelter let me know which shelter and if I run into someone missing a pup I will relay info to them. If you want to send me a email with a picture of the pup that would help me keep an eye...

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    If you end up taking him to the shelter let me know which shelter and if I run into someone missing a pup I will relay info to them. If you want to send me a email with a picture of the pup that would help me keep an eye out for any lost ads. I had a stranger help me find my girl almost 20 miles away so I've been paying it forward ever since. My girl is now microchipped-didn't know about those till after she bolted when I slipped on ice. They found her with a different collar then the collar & leash she went missing with. Here's my email and thanks again for posting and keeping this pup safe: E.Sus@comcast.net

  • HPPie Born in HP

    Hey Ev, just sent you an email from yahoo. Thanks for your concern!

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Early voting begins on Monday, February 9

Early voting for the February 24, 2015 Municipal Election will begin Monday, February 9 and run through Saturday, February 21st. There are 51 Early Voting sites that will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan 21

Updated 6 days ago

About the 65th Infantry Borinqueneers Building and the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation.

When my husband joined the army to fight for our freedom we hoped that our lives would turn around and that we would have the opportunity for a decent life and reasonable living conditions. It has now come to my attention that the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norwegian-American Hospital plan to build a large apartment complex specifically for Borinqueneers veterans in the Humboldt Park area.

If I understand correctly, the housing complex is to be built in...

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When my husband joined the army to fight for our freedom we hoped that our lives would turn around and that we would have the opportunity for a decent life and reasonable living conditions. It has now come to my attention that the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norwegian-American Hospital plan to build a large apartment complex specifically for Borinqueneers veterans in the Humboldt Park area.

If I understand correctly, the housing complex is to be built in an area that is zoned for 2 story homes and that the zoning for this specific lot was changed to accommodate for this new apartment complex.

When I look at Google map I can see that the lot would fit 14 buildings if built the same size as the rest of the neighborhood. In the USA, the average household has about 2.5 persons. If built as the rest of the neighborhood, the lot would house about 35 residents.

The proposed building has 50 apartments and are planned to house about hundred veterans. That means that Hispanic Housing Development Corporation is planning to squeeze us into a high density dwelling situation. Aren't they aware that high density population is the number one indicator of slum.

Looking at Google map and reading the blogs here on EveryBlock I can see that the Norwegian-American Hospital has plenty of open spaces around the hospital where REAL HOMES can be built for veterans. If you at Hispanic Housing Development Corporation really want to show us your appreciation for our services build us real homes and not overcrowded dwellings.

  • I think that people are objecting to the density of the project, and questioning whether the occupants will actually be vets and/or low income.

    When Presidential Towers was first proposed, at least 20% of the units were to be reserved for low income residents. The building's owners fought to have that percentage lowered, and eventually, after government loans were paid off, eliminated the low income units entirely.

    This being Chicago, people are naturally skeptical.

  • EastHumboldtNeighbor resident since 07

    Objections include giving a no-bid multi-million dollar tax funded gift to a political donor. The addition of obtaining a zoning change of PD 599 without a commitment to add additional parking despite having less than 70 parking spaces (need 490) required in the original bequest is just the coup de grace. Besides transportation is a little bit important for the ambulances that come to and from the hospital.

Jan 22

Updated 6 days ago

Alderman Roberto Maldonado is now buying and selling gold making a fortune.

The Mario & Cesar's Jewelry at 2629 West Division Street is now working together with Alderman Roberto Maldonado in an attempt to buy up all family jewelry in the 26th Ward. Unfortunately, there is not much family gold left around Division Street between Western and California as the area's unemployment has been really bad for a long time - but - according to Alderman Roberto Maldonado, "every ounce counts". That business strategy is in contrast to more successful politicians who base their policy on "EVERY JOB COUNTS.".

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    Jose J, I admire your passion but these daily postings may serve to alienate those who are undecided. Rather than doing this your time would be better served working on a campaign for one of his opponents. Go talk to people one on one and explain what your candidate would do and why his platform is better than Maldonado's.

  • EastHumboldtNeighbor resident since 07

    Yes the morning vitriol is a tad stale. Let's get positive.

Jan 22

Updated 6 days ago

Chicago Research election survey calls

Is anyone else getting these automated survey calls every single day like I am? Does anyone know where they are coming from? I'd like to be removed from their call list.

I've tried hitting 0, #, *....doesn't work to get a person or opt out.

Jan 21

Updated 6 days ago

Alderman Roberto Maldonado has found a perfect parking spot at 2628 W. Division St.

Division Street between Western and California has parking meters so Alderman Roberto Maldonado was worried that he might get a parking ticket. Fortunately, he found an entire lot where he now can park his car. See posted picture. Some neighbors think that using an entire store front lot just to park a car is a little over the top but Alderman Roberto Maldonado think it's okay as there are barely any customers walking on the street anyway.

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Division Street between Western and California has parking meters so Alderman Roberto Maldonado was worried that he might get a parking ticket. Fortunately, he found an entire lot where he now can park his car. See posted picture. Some neighbors think that using an entire store front lot just to park a car is a little over the top but Alderman Roberto Maldonado think it's okay as there are barely any customers walking on the street anyway.

Here are more of Alderman Ronaldo Maldonado's highlights:

• No effective job-creation program for youth and unemployed residents in the 26 Ward.
• No active business development growth program with job-creation as goal.
• No educational programs that show long term job opportunities and sustainable income growth opportunities.
• Alderman Roberto Maldonado is involved with development of low income housing projects without the possibility for residents to buy the unit. The rental situation creates dependency because the poor cannot create financial equity through ownership. Rental makes poor people stay poor.
• Roberto Maldonado only accepts businesses on Division Street between Western and California which suit his and his friends agenda and not a long-time economical growth of the area. Just Division Street from Western to California could employ hundreds of people with the right business growth plan.

If you want to see empty lots and empty store front develop into successful businesses make sure you get out and vote for someone who actually can attract businesses into the 26th Ward so that young people and unemployed people can get jobs. Roberto Maldonado is the wrong Alderman for the 26 Ward.

  • urbaneden* happy in the city*

    Spenser Buss, Yo no estoy racista..I truly believe that the folks who might benefit from the rants from Jose(if he exists) are people that wouldn't read be reading a dialogue in english about this hot button topic. cuidate mucho..y vaya con Dios*

  • It looks like I'm not the only person who finally got sick enough of "Jose J" spam to comment. Previously I was going to jokingly suggest that "Jose J" is actually working for Maldonado to make the opponents look bad. Most such "conspiracy theories" are just junk, but each poorly...

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    It looks like I'm not the only person who finally got sick enough of "Jose J" spam to comment. Previously I was going to jokingly suggest that "Jose J" is actually working for Maldonado to make the opponents look bad. Most such "conspiracy theories" are just junk, but each poorly thought out post makes it seem more and more probable.

    I guess I don't care enough to do it myself - from the posting history of "Jose J", can anyone tell which campaign appears to be paying "him" to make the candidate look bad? If these blindly "pro-business" posts actually reflect the views of the candidate, then we can conclude that that candidate is essentially a typical, low-grade suburban Republican. That's exactly the attitude that is resistant to long-term planning that seeks to benefit the whole community, in the race-to-the-bottom pursuit of bending over for "job creator" "business interests". In other words - exactly the mindset that would buy into supporting WalMart development in the area, permanently marking the area as slummy.

    Also, if "Jose J" was posting in Spanish, "he" would simply be pissing off Spanish speakers. Hopefully, whatever candidate "he" works for has allocated a more competent staffer to that segment of the electorate. But whatever campaign is so incompetent as to tolerate this garbage probably isn't competent enough to figure that out.

6 days ago

A Stupid Criminal From Roberto Clemente Community Academy

Please read about two teenage morons with a gun that decide to rob food delivery drivers for fun and profit. One attends Roberto Clemente Community Academy but apparently did not learn that robbing people at gun point is wrong. Both are residents of the Logan Square area which is now safer that these criminals have been removed from our streets. It is both funny and sad that one criminal is so stupid that he shot himself while handling his gun...

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Please read about two teenage morons with a gun that decide to rob food delivery drivers for fun and profit. One attends Roberto Clemente Community Academy but apparently did not learn that robbing people at gun point is wrong. Both are residents of the Logan Square area which is now safer that these criminals have been removed from our streets. It is both funny and sad that one criminal is so stupid that he shot himself while handling his gun and eating stolen pizza at the same time! The high point of the story is that the two are now behind bars before they graduated from armed robbery to murder. I was happy to read one victim was only hit with the gun and neither victim was shot.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/27917527/two-charged-with-robbing-delivery-drivers-in-logan-square

6 days ago

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Updated 6 days ago

Unpaid gas bill posted for all to see on medical provider's door at 2641 W. Division St.

Division Medical Center at 2641 West Division Street has not been able to pay their gas bill(See posted picture). Yet another medical provider in Humboldt Park faces economical problems. Patients seem to prefer to avoid Division Street between Western and California and go elsewhere.

Why does customers flee Division Street between Western and California when the street is perfect for business of all kind. Wide sidewalks with beautiful trees and plenty of store fronts should be a perfect situation for...

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Division Medical Center at 2641 West Division Street has not been able to pay their gas bill(See posted picture). Yet another medical provider in Humboldt Park faces economical problems. Patients seem to prefer to avoid Division Street between Western and California and go elsewhere.

Why does customers flee Division Street between Western and California when the street is perfect for business of all kind. Wide sidewalks with beautiful trees and plenty of store fronts should be a perfect situation for a profitable business community with the ability to provide jobs for hundreds of people from the neighborhood. The area is located just in the middle between successful Wicker Park and beautiful Humboldt Park. There should be many times more customers walking the street looking for cafes, restaurants and stores of all kind. How can it be possible that all businesses are struggling or are already out of business? Who is to blame?

Humboldt Park has more than 3 times higher unemployment than the rest of the USA. While politicians in the rest of the USA has been working to develop new businesses and more job opportunities Alderman Roberto Maldonado has done exactly the opposite. He has been busy increasing the number of unemployed or underemployed people in the area further marginalizing the areas businesses and working class.

Only real job opportunities with a growing and sustainable future can help people out of poverty. It is crucial for teenagers and young people in Humboldt Park to get a first-time job that leads somewhere but with almost 18% unemployment in Humboldt Park there are no opportunities. Alderman Roberto Maldonado has no realistic business growth or job-creation programs in his plans for the future. Just more of the same failed politics.

Shame on you Alderman Roberto Maldonado for not caring about the teenagers and the young people's future in the 26 Ward.

Jan 23

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Updated Jan 23

Transcendental Meditation Transforms Roughest San Francisco Schools

Has anyone heard of "Quiet Time", a meditation program implemented in one of the bay area's roughest schools? 15 minutes of quiet time are taken in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. The results have been nothing short of miraculous: test scores have gone up, students are no longer rowdy, suspensions have gone down. I think CPS could learn a lot from what's going on in the bay area. Check it out!

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Meditation-transforms-roughest-San-Francisco-5136942.php

  • Sybil M Humboldt Park parent

    There is a program here in Chicago called Calm Classroom that has a similar focus on mindfulness, also with great results.

  • Is "Calm Classroom" aiming to make mindfulness a city-wide initiative for public schools?

  • Sybil M Humboldt Park parent

    I'm not sure. They work with individual schools through contracts, so right now schools have to pay for the program/training. It would be great if CPS would partner with this city-wide.

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