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    LINEAR CHANNEL LETTERS WITH GLOWPLATE, HALO LIT, AND FRONT LIT LED ILLUMINATION ON EAST ELEVATION FACING EAST ONTO NARRAGANSETT.

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    LINEAR CHANNEL LETTERS WITH GLOWPLATE, HALO LIT, AND FRONT LIT LED ILLUMINATION ON THE WEST ELEVATION FACING WEST ONTO PARKING LOT.

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Apr 14

Updated 6 days ago

Shootings on Belmont Ave

I am posting this because of my grave concern for the area on the S. end of Portage Park and the N. Side of Belmont Cragin. Between March 5 and April 5, 3 shootings occurred between Long and Central on Belmont Ave where several pedestrians and vehicles were present and most businesses were still open. Gun shell casings were recovered at one of the shootings and the last shooting on April 5, a shot fired through the Laundry Mat window...

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I am posting this because of my grave concern for the area on the S. end of Portage Park and the N. Side of Belmont Cragin. Between March 5 and April 5, 3 shootings occurred between Long and Central on Belmont Ave where several pedestrians and vehicles were present and most businesses were still open. Gun shell casings were recovered at one of the shootings and the last shooting on April 5, a shot fired through the Laundry Mat window at 2pm in the afternoon. It has been pure luck that no one has not been shot and killed. Business owners attended a Business CAPS meeting for the area and the police were notified that at least 2 businesses had captured the incidents on video surveillance. Not one officer responded to check the recordings. We were told that if there was no victim then there is no crime. I don't know about any of you but I think this is absurd. All 3 shootings happened in Alderman Reyboras's ward who is in charge of public safety for the entire city. These incidents bordered Alderman Santiago and Alderman Villegas' wards. The ward boundaries run through the middle of Belmont Ave. Gerrymandering at its finest. The two police districts also run down the middle of Belmont Ave, the 16th district being on the N. side of Belmont and the 25th police district being on the S. side of Belmont. I am reaching out to the bordering wards to insist on more beat/bike patrols for the area and insist that the police review tapes to try to identify the criminals even when there has been no direct victim. I am also asking for residents to please call Ald. Reyboras's office as well as Ald., Santiago and Villegas. If any adjacent neighborhoods/wards think that this isn't going to crawl through the ward boundaries they are sorely mistaken. Our area, the Belmont Central corridor has been hit hard with robberies, vandalism and shootings. We need our neighbors to step in and help. Ward 30 Reyboras, 773-794-3095, Ward 31 Santiago 773-278-0031, Ward 36 Villegas 773-745-4636.

  • Kelly~ a few years back there were shots fired at Lockwood/Drummond by the park at 5pm. Witnesses too, but no "victim" When I went to the CAPS meeting this incident wasn't even in the report! When I asked why,I was told the same thing......no victim, no report taken. WTF! I will contact Millys this week & altho I'm not in the other wards, will call them as well. Keep up the good work

  • I have a friend who lives near Belmont and Laramie. I feel considerably less safe going to visit him and his family today than I did several years ago, His garage has been burglarized 2X in the last 2 years for starters. When I do visit them I don't drive...

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    I have a friend who lives near Belmont and Laramie. I feel considerably less safe going to visit him and his family today than I did several years ago, His garage has been burglarized 2X in the last 2 years for starters. When I do visit them I don't drive there for fear of my car being vandalized...or worse.

    To the law abiding citizens of nearby Portage Park and Belmont Cragin: Be vigilant but be careful. Be ware of your surroundings. And most importantly, if you see something, say something. Don't allow the criminals/gangbangers to rule your neighborhood.

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Jan 03

Updated 6 days ago

Adoptive Home Wanted

I am looking for an adoptive forever home for my back gate cat. Why not keep her, you ask. Because I have my cats and if they do not accept her than I have no place for her. I also have dogs and a bird (all on different levels of the house). This cat will NOT be free. The money needed will be used for her vet bills. What I am proposing is that she goes from my alley, to...

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I am looking for an adoptive forever home for my back gate cat. Why not keep her, you ask. Because I have my cats and if they do not accept her than I have no place for her. I also have dogs and a bird (all on different levels of the house). This cat will NOT be free. The money needed will be used for her vet bills. What I am proposing is that she goes from my alley, to the vet, to your home. She, I say she but that is my impression, has recently become friendly with the extreme cold. I am now able to pet her but she has never been at a vet or in a home that I know of. She will need to be spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia/fiv, and worm tested. Portage Park animal hospital accepts the Friends of Animals certificates for reduced spay/neuter, unless you have a relationship with another vet of your choice, or my vet. I am not working and will do a Go Fund Me page to save her if needed.

Anyone who wants to help me save a life can respond to this post. I will supply an email address once I see any responses. I don't currently have a picture but if I can get one I will add it.

  • This is so wonderful. Thank you for getting him off the streets. Hopefully he does well and is able to adjust. Will you be able to visit him/her?

  • I said I would call and check in. He is the second cat I have taken to this shelter. I don't know if my heart can take visiting him. I don't believe that cats are truly "feral". The "feral" cats that I feed come out when they see/hear me and...

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    I said I would call and check in. He is the second cat I have taken to this shelter. I don't know if my heart can take visiting him. I don't believe that cats are truly "feral". The "feral" cats that I feed come out when they see/hear me and they are starting to meow too. They don't run when I put food out in front of them. That isn't feral. I said in one of my other posts that we don't call homeless people feral. Homeless animals, even animals born homeless, can come around to the right person. They can sense who is kind and are afraid because of how they are treated by some cruel people.

    I appreciate all the nice comments but I don't put these comments up for that. I just want people to know that it can be done.

Apr 15

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