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Added Sep 15 2017

Hello. And no this isn't a viral letter about us leaving Chicago.....yet.

So we are now in appeals court in our litigation against North Park Elementary School in the 47th Ward. This was all simply due to our refusal to sell our property (in Coonley boundary area) to the private school so our kids could attend Coonley.

I am still dumbfounded by the justice system in light of the evidence as it continues to side with the influential/well connected in our liberal enclave.

Apparently emails/texts received in discovery such as those outlined below are not enough to show corruption/threats/RICO in our city's courts:

Board Member/Developer to NPES: "I’m going to push his (Chadha) buttons today. My statement to him will be that my customers feel his property is worth less now and may want to wait for city foreclosure and buy it as a side yard."

Principal to NPES Board Members: "Negotiations on 2035 w Montrose have completely halted….We could re-contact the Alderman’s Office and see if he can speed up the court date or put additional pressure on the owner. "

NPES Board Member meeting notes: "Chris feels we need to put this to rest before the owner has a better understanding of our role throughout the last 3-4 months…..I know the Alderman’s office will do anything possible to help us get that property…"

Board Member/Developer to me: "Good luck hope the city doesn't take it away. This was a sure thing"

Thanks for listening/caring,
Raminder S. Chadha

P.S. On a side note, all these and more observations of an immigrant will be in this book:

  • It's great those school officials were stupid enough to put their intentions in email! I'm disgusted by that Principal.

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  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Well, apparently thisnthread got the attention of the EB censors. They removed a lot of comments. Some a week or so after they were posted!

  • Yup my comment that the principal was unprofessional was removed. Hmmmm.

  • Tom

    At this point it seems that we have enough critical mass of information so that we can disseminate same to every print & electronic form of media covering Chicago news. Thus, the question now is how to identify each specific reporter & email addresses so that they can be contacted... anyone have any thoughts or solutions on this?

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Mark - maybe NPES has an insider at EB!

    Tom - my concern is that this will get a big "so what" from the media because it's all old news. (Of course, in this day and age anything over 48 hours old is old news.)

  • The best way to get a reporter's attention is to give them a bunch of evidence, and not just "this school is beating up on this neighbor," because that is vague and requires a lot of work to look into and it could end up being nothing. It's also hard for the person affected to narrow the evidence down, because they are so close to it and so emotionally invested. Turban8r needs someone not involved to help narrow down the emails and other evidence and put together a cover letter summarizing the dispute and events and attach the most compelling supporting evidence (not all, it's too much) and send it to a few outlets.

  • Wait, why is Turban8r no longer here?

  • Jill H 38 years in Chicago, 19 in North Center

    It looks like he was 'inactivated', probably by EB staff. His name was grayed out and shows up as Inactive User. Hmm, doubt that was intentional on his part.

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Wow - maybe NPES does have a connection at EB!

  • Based on the general lack of moderation by EB, I'm pretty confident they wouldn't just censor this thread without being requested to do so. Appears to be yet another instance of Goliath trying to silence David. I have to hope karma will come around on this story.

  • @Margaret: Thanks for feedback. The folks at the new Heart of Lincoln Square Neighbors Association are against NPES' actions as are a few folks in the investigative media. Open to more insight.

  • future alderman future alderman

    it's not that hard or expensive to make a facebook or web-page

  • EB is concerned about privacy issues but when an immigrant was outed to all of NPES community/neighborhood that he (the only one wearing a turban in the 47th Ward) allegedly poisoned children by adding lead to a playlot, that seems defensible. The Chicago Way spreads.

  • Mute Mute Me

    I sympathize entirely turban. Its all wrong but I seem to think the immigrant part makes no difference to the school etc. Do you just happen to be immigrants or is there a similar situation with non immigrants where things were handled differently?

  • Thanks @Mute. When the Alderman screams at you in court "you are not a member of the community" and the folks from NPES stand silently in his corner, there is an "otherness" to it. You are correct that that is not characteristic of the neighborhood.

  • Mute Mute Me

    Do you not live in the community? Or when they say community what community do you think they actually mean? The school community? Just trying to make sense of it all. Not that it should make sense. If anyone is not a member of the community its North park! Why is that school not in north park?! I'm not as familiar with the area anymore as I was pushed out myself. I spent a good part of my life in the corner house my great grandfather from Sweden built on Sunnyside and damen. I attended the Baptist grade school across the street. Then after sale of that house moved a block over after the sale of that house I've been forced to move so far west I'm almost out of the city! Million dollar townhouses and single family homes have replaced the once affordable two flats. I really have seen the neighborhood change from 39 years ago when I first lived there. I was under the impression it was more welcoming of immigrants but I have noticed the entitlement in the area. Or never used to be that way. Was always a nice neighborhood but I prefer the people from the old days. It seemed more closely knit then it is now.
    Ps I have had my own issues with that alderman. He's very arrogant and seems to think his vote is in the bad and doesn't need to earn it.

  • Jill H 38 years in Chicago, 19 in North Center

    The school was in North Park, on Christiana, I think, off of Foster until about 19-20 years ago when they needed more space and moved to their current facility. Like a Rogers Park Montessori, they preferred to keep the name/identity.

  • Mute Mute Me

    I had no idea that school was there that long! I moved out of that neighborhood about 12 years ago.

  • @Mute Yes we do live in the community. Our kids attend Coonley and now Lane too. In fact, we also own a small business ServYoSelf in the neighborhood (which the school has targeted on Yelp and Google with bad reviews).

  • Mute Mute Me

    Isn't the community schools for that area mc pherson and amundsen? I lived a block away from that school and was not allowed to attend lane because I was outside the district. At the time I was denied based on. Where I lived first then because they had already accepted the allotted number of white students!
    Imagine that sort of discrimination! (My sister went to amundsen )There's another post about someone being told they don't belong here going around on eb. They live in ravenswood.

  • Censorship here too? Where are all the emails identifying the people involved?

  • @Mute, Lane is selective enrollment now, so any student in the city is eligible and admittance is based on grades and test scores. CPS no longer uses race as a criterion in building classes at any school (it formerly did).

  • Mute Mute Me

    Isn't there still only a selected amount of grade based students accepted if you don't live in the district?

    And Coonley? Isn't mc pherson or ravenswood the neighborhood school?

    Maybe all this " your not a member of the community" stuff is in regards to not sending the kids to npes?

  • Not for selective high schools. It's probably been revamped several times since you attended -- they are constantly tinkering with the system.

    Coonley is the neighborhood elementary school for the south side of Montrose at that block. McPherson is the school for right across the street (OP's yogurt shop across the street from his house is in McPherson).

    I agree that the comment about "community" was probably referring to the NPES community and not to the neighborhood.

  • Mute Mute Me

    I knew they stopped the affirmative action thing. And figured they must have been on the border. I just don't see coonley as such a great school . op kept mentioning the reason they wanted the house so bad was so their kid could go to coonley.

  • Coonley is a lot different than it was even 10 years ago.

  • Yes Coonley is different. Coonley was the only reason to go through this whole ordeal. And North Park Elementary School was well aware of our intentions but those were in direct conflict with their goals. Hence, they decided to do whatever they could and now to cover it up, they are even threatening Everyblock.

  • Mute Mute Me

    I think its all awful but I tend to think its all money driven. Not necessarily about your ethnicity.

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  • Mute Mute Me

    I don't know but I'm under the impression op thinks it's because of being an immigrant? I'm not sure it is. Pawar is probably referring to the community of voters he relies on!

  • Wasn't it Schulter who was the alderman involved in this?

  • Mute Mute Me

    It seems they both have been .

  • future alderman future alderman

    most alderpeople consider any property owner a member of the community

  • @All: I am still trying to get a response from Everyblock on why they deleted emails that are public record. It seems like EB listens to the well connected/influencers in our community as was evidenced in this thread.

  • The email that was deleted by Everyblock is now available at:

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  • Turbo. Change your name to Ishmael. NPES is giving you the big MOBY.
    Also other Ravens how were you able to kidnap my name? I have been Ravens for 4+ years. Any answers EB?

  • Tom

    It’s wonderful to read the many supportive comments made here, but it seems clear that the NPES brain trusts’ current strategy is to hunker down & hope this matter just fades’s up to us to prove that strategy is a loser! Anyone up for some picketing or some other hi-visibility, legal, local action?

  • @Tom: Discussions have occurred with people offline who have expressed support to picket in front of the school to bring light to this. They felt that bullying, whether for sake of bullying or for financial gain/corruption should not be tolerated in our neighborhood. This was the message from the last Hate Has No Home Here rally at Waters Elementary.

  • L

    I have all the emails and exhibits in the NPES court case, so if anyone wants them please message me and I'll get them to you.

  • @Raven: Thanks for your support. Sometimes Moby needs to be dealt with and you have to draw a line with injustice/white collar crime. Unfortunately it is quite expensive to catch Moby using the courts and that's where Moby (NPES) is better equipped.

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  • After a meeting requested by the school with Principal Needlman and Board Member Eric Hoberman. Throughout meeting, they asked repeatedly "how can we bury the hatchet?"

    Principal to me afterwards: "We reached out in an effort to resolve the litigation and develop a more cordial relationship as neighbors. Unfortunately, it seems that you do not share that desire. We did not and do not disassociate ourselves from the prior administration – to the contrary, we are proud of what they have helped North Park accomplish in educating children in Chicago for over 35 years and we look forward to continuing their legacy."

    Legacy?? In other circles, it's called bullying and corruption.

  • Saw the turban guy being interviewed by someone in front of school as I walked by. Looks like attention happening.

  • L

    I have all the NPES documents at issue in this case.

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