20 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

Ridiculous Property Tax Bill Increase This Time Around

Opened my property tax bill last week, and the bill has more than doubled over last year. The house has not moved; the neighborhood has not changed for the better for at least the last 30 years -- in fact, there are more vacant lots and boarded-up homes than there were back then. Our immediate area always stays nice, but nobody is living in a Taj Mahal over here. And hearing the last few days about the Assessor's Office's haphazard...

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Opened my property tax bill last week, and the bill has more than doubled over last year. The house has not moved; the neighborhood has not changed for the better for at least the last 30 years -- in fact, there are more vacant lots and boarded-up homes than there were back then. Our immediate area always stays nice, but nobody is living in a Taj Mahal over here. And hearing the last few days about the Assessor's Office's haphazard method of reviewing properties has me steaming. Whoever set the assessments for our homes must not have set foot past the lobby of the County Building.

I had gone the DIY appeals route when the assessment went up a few years ago, but that process is a joke. You're yelling six feet across to an appeals officer, and the property owners on either side of you are doing the same. It's like a trading pit. Has anybody had success with hiring a lawyer who specializes in property tax appeals?

35 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Dog groomer needed for my Shih Tzu

Can some recommend a dog groomer in Edgewater area only, I called Bark Bark and there was a long wait. I really would appreciate any assistance-thanks

  • Hi Everyone! My name is Pam and I do in-home dog grooming as well as dog walking in the area for about 10 years now. Please feel free to contact me for more info. Have a fabulous day!

  • hazelg Longtime Edgewater resident

    Grooming by Galdy is great, I have taken my poodle Ciarra there for 8 years now.

37 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

VHS to DVD?

I have a family video I would like to get copied onto a DVD. Might make a nice gift if I could figure how to get it done. Any tips on where to go for this service?

  • I don't have the right equipment so Walgreens it is. Minimum charge is about $35 and will take 3 weeks, if they don't lose it. Thanks for all the advice!

  • These are probably out of the way, but many public libraries with digital media labs offer this service like Skokie, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, etc. It's usually free or inexpensive. Just something to keep in mind.

47 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Blue recycling bags?

I know that we are not able to put regular trash bags full of aluminum cans into the blue bins for recycling. However I recently came across Husky blue recycling bags at Costco and I wanted to check whether these are made of a material that is able to be put in the blue bins and recycled?

  • future alderman future alderman

    it was my understanding even filled paper bags are not allowed-i defer to my landlord on this

  • I just put my aluminum cans in a separate bag and hang it on the fence when full. It's never there for more than a couple of hours. The junkers pick it up or the pickers that come thru take them.

14 hours ago

Updated 2 min ago

Comcast has got to go!!!

Hello! We are seriously considering dropping Comcast because of their outrageous pricing...wanted to see if any neighbors have any recommendations for Internet/cable companies that service the area and have a plan that works well for them!

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Did you call comcast, and ask for a lower rate?
    We have internet and local cable, with Play-on and other roku apps. We pay $60 a month from Comcast for 50mbps

  • Suzy Thomas Realtor and founder of Realtors to the Rescue

    I just switched from Uverse to Comcast and my monthly bill is $50 less for same service. I agree with the recommendation to call them and talk to someone higher up to get a better deal.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Helicopters Over Lakefront Travelling North

There have been 5-6 extremely loud helicopters over the the lake shoreline starting @ about 8:30 PM, for the past 15 minutes. anyone know what's going on?

  • @d3 - If you use punctuation and avoid run-on sentences, your posts are less likely to be misunderstood.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Nice try, Jeffrey, but I saw the helicopter; you didn't. It was all red, just like the one on the ground in my link above, with the man and woman standing next to it.

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

    Jeff Park Starbucks To Open At Former Brown's Chicken Site: Alderman
    CHICAGO - Starbucks has applied for permits to open a drive-thru coffee shop at 5601 W. Lawrence Ave., the longtime site of Brown's Chicken before the restaurant abruptly closed in January, Ald. John Arena (45th) announced Monday.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • MJK

    Countspiracy Theory.

  • I went to Starbucks today to burn up some of my gift card balance, but I left after I saw a fruit fly matching across a danish.

2 days ago

Updated 25 min ago

    Starbucks planned for former Brown's site at Lawrence & Central
    by BRIAN NADIG A Starbucks coffee shop is planning to open inside the former Brown's Chicken restaurant at 5601 W. Lawrence Ave. "Brown's Chicken closed their doors (in late December).
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Trader Joe's? With all the recalls they've had over the last year, why would u want to go there? There is one up NW HWY.

  • Two buck Chuck seems pretty safe to me.

2 days ago

Updated 4 min ago

It's hooker season again

They seemed to disappear as winter arrived. Just noticed they are drifting back into my neighborhood again. Two of them were actually sitting on the back steps (leading to the basement) of my building just before noon on July 4. I came back a couple hours later and there was a wet nap and an unused condom in a wrapper lying on the steps. Nice. Saw another one ambling down my street with a couple of male friends the next morning just before 6:00 a.m.

My question is, what's the most effective way of getting these, ahem, ladies out? Police? (311? 911?) Alderman? Any other suggestions?

  • There's already too much emphasis on sports as it is.

  • Why do you want to create homogenous individuals?

    Cheers to raising minimum wage, though. Wouldn't have thought you'd be on board.

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