5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Waveland Avenue at Milwaukee WILL be permanently removed if John Arena wins another term.

Why should I care about Waveland Ave, I live up here on Sunnyside? I care because the next move by Arena may be at my back door. Why should you or I care about a 48 unit apartment building being built next to single family homes and 2-flats at Long and Argyle? Why should you or I care that a 98 unit low income housing complex for 55 year olds and up, has been built across the street from brand...

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Why should I care about Waveland Ave, I live up here on Sunnyside? I care because the next move by Arena may be at my back door. Why should you or I care about a 48 unit apartment building being built next to single family homes and 2-flats at Long and Argyle? Why should you or I care that a 98 unit low income housing complex for 55 year olds and up, has been built across the street from brand new $400,000 homes ( thanks for investing in the city, here's your Arena thank you) at Kilpatrick and Berteau? WHY?BECAUSE YOU MAY BE NEXT! All our neighborhoods need to stick together and get Arena out of office, before he destroys the whole ward, precinct by precinct! Where it really matters is in zoning, where your one alderman is king over all zoning matters in his or her own ward. No matter how much other aldermen may despise each other, they never vote against an alderman on a zoning matter in his own ward, it's called "Aldermanic Prerogative" . Your quality of life can change in a matter of months, if your alderman decides to change zoning near you. John Arena, not even sworn into office, but merely "Alderman Elect", told an entire neighborhood that was dead set against the low income housing project at Kilpatrick and Berteau, "IN THE END I'M THE ALDERMAN, AND IT'S MY DECISION" and no matter that the entire surrounding homeowners were against it, Arena approved the up-zoning. It's time for all of us to stick together, Arena's supporters like to call other neighborhood's resident's such as in Jefferson Park, "mouth-breathers", "unenlightened" make comments such as "it's already trashy up there" etc. I have never though of myself as being in a war with Portage Park, Old Irving, Independence Park or any other area; all these neighborhoods have played a role in my family's and my life. I will not succumb to the divisiveness that Arena's style of leadership has created.
Robert Bank,
Editor of the Jefferson Park Free Press
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

  • Um the second kid is already in high school. You are failing at stalking.

  • AnnabelleBlue Proud teacher & active mom who loves our hood :)

    My bad is she at Schurz? Let me guess.....negative!

Mar 09

Updated Mar 11

Ald. Arena expected to ramrod Brewery Nightclub zoning change thru on March 12, 2015

Ald. Arena expected to ramrod Brewery Nightclub zoning change thru on March 12, 2015, at the Committee on Zoning hearing 10:00am at City Hall, 2nd flr Council Chambers.
MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO WAVELAND AVENUE IF HE WINS A 2ND TERM.

  • PFitz in OIP OIP home owner

    Count me in as a supporter. I live 1 block away. I know who the owners are, by reputation, and welcome them.

  • Build the Brewery!

    If you google bars in Chicago, there are schools & churches by all of them.

    Revolution Brewing Co. has no parking lot

Mar 01

Updated Mar 09

CW Price gone!

I knew it would happen. CW Price is finally closing. Actually glad to see them go. What a junk store. Any idea what might be moving in?
Limited parking spaces put the damper on anything very good.
They should tear down the entire complex and build a multiple-level building with parking.

  • Six Corners Sam proud father and husband

    @Pamela
    I thought you were kidding! Wow. That's pretty bold.

    Destined for failure.

    Do we really need these stores in our neighborhood? We can do better! Don't shop there. Please!

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    We need a marijuana dispensary there...

Mar 06

Updated Mar 06

Waveland will remain open; any improvements to Schurz athletic field will not include street closing

Principal tells alderman's steering committee that proposed street closing had become contentious. He remains hopeful that community and school can work together on a revised improvement project in the future.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/03/06/waveland-avenue-will-not-be-closed-for-schurz-hs-athletic-field-project/

  • It'll probably be well after the election when people know this was taken off the table.

Feb 23

Updated Mar 01

Irving and Pulaski

In the past few weeks the intersection at Irving and Pulaski has gotten really backed up in the mornings - particularly Pulaski headed south. Maybe it's my imagination...wondering if anyone else has noticed or knows if they changed the timing on lights or anything else that may be impacting. It's crazy how one light can kill your commute!

  • Aimzer North Center mama bear for 10 years and counting.

    I opened a 311 request and it was closed this evening with the following status:
    Work Assigned to Traffic Signal Repairman
    Final Outcome:
    Service Retime Controller

    Will be interesting to see if anything has changed when I'm driving through there tomorrow. I'm not holding my breath but if so, someone deserves a reward for record time customer service. :)

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    The rat race is in high gear.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 27

Catalytic Converters

This past Friday evening a friend of mine had her catalytic converter stolen. When she filed the report she was told hers was the 4th in a week. We are around the Irving & Kostner area.

  • Careyann, why the Attorney General?! Reporting a catalytic converter stolen doesn't make the news, what YOU do about it does. You form a block club, you set up a community task force, you get proactive and you'll make it newsworthy. You'll also stop the thieves. It's not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

  • Careyann Old Irving resident

    Hi Happiness: I like your ideas, they're very good ones! :)
    I bring up the Attorney General angle because this problem appears to be both growing and ongoing. If the bad guy's source of revenue (ie bad body shops or salvage yards) can be scrutinized, get leaned on, flow of business slowed down or stopped, perhaps that type of crime will become less appealing.

Feb 27

Found: house key

Found a house key on a key chain on 4800 block of W Montrose. Describe key chain to claim.

Sep 09

Updated Feb 24

Schurz Field Renovations to Close Waveland Ave

Schurz proposal quote: " This street is viewed by local residents as an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets. The 45th Ward Alderman has committed to champion the removal of this street for this project. A full size soccer arena is viewed by the school administration as the most valuable resource of the proposed athletic field."

Ok local residents [who were never asked in the first place,] do you think Waveland is an unnecessary road that allows...

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Schurz proposal quote: " This street is viewed by local residents as an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets. The 45th Ward Alderman has committed to champion the removal of this street for this project. A full size soccer arena is viewed by the school administration as the most valuable resource of the proposed athletic field."

Ok local residents [who were never asked in the first place,] do you think Waveland is an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets? Seems to me to be one of OUR main access points since all roads lead north from here!

"$1.2 million capital campaign to construct an Athletic Field / arena" - an ARENA, no less, with no resident input?

So let's get this straight: close a street, take down approx 10 trees, build a bus turn-around on a residential corner, extend the field into a soccer/football field with a baseball diamond at the other end, a sports "arena" with no parking, rent it out for nights and weekend with no toilet facilities, no bleachers or seating?

And the Champion Alderman Arena thought it best NOT to mention this to the residents?

  • Jill, you are violating Everyblock community guidelines. And those of human decency. On Election Day. Hopefully, EB will be pulling your posts that violate their guidelines.

  • "you sure are negative behind that alias!" - written so eloquently from someone posting behind an alias. My place of employment has little care for me posting constructive comments and opinions regarding the neighborhood/ward I reside in. Attack me all you want, you will not change my convictions or dedication to being part of the conversation. I thank my neighbors who welcome this discourse, even if we don't always agree :-)

Oct 09

Updated Feb 23

Meeting at Schurz last night

There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
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There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
2. We were assured over and over that if we agreed to this proposal, the park district would run the new park according to neighbors's wishes, would NOT be rented out to adult leagues EVER, and would only rent out to youth leagues during times that the neighborhood agreed too.
3. It would be a park. I doubt that it would run according to neighbors's wishes. Do any parks run according to neighbors wishes?
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  • Parking lots bring up property values?

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Schurz is and looks like a dump and dangerous..Parents send your kids to st Ignatius college prep get with it..No public high schools !!!!

Feb 12

Updated Feb 22

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

Coyote on Kenneth

I am pretty sure I saw a small coyote prancing up the sidewalk on the 4000 block of Kenneth. Has anyone else seen one around here? Obviously it is widely reported that they are everywhere now. I just had not seen one here yet. There certainly are plenty of rabbits for them!

  • It was running on the east sidewalk going north towards the town homes.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Okey my aunt lives on kilbourn by the park you familiar with kolmar park.

Mar 10 2014

Updated Feb 13

CW Price Closing

I moved to the area 5 years ago. The current (not for long) CW Price was an Office Depot. Then it closed and became AJ Wright. Less than a year later it became CW Price. Three businesses in the same location--all closed down. What's next? Seems like an OK location.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    I would like to see a head shop or a upscale tanning salon not that trashy lan outfit!!!!!

  • Sweet

    Mickey buys all her clothes at discount shops. Looks great in highly flammable synthetics.

Mar 31 2014

Updated Feb 09

O'Hare airport noise getting worse?

anyone hearing louder airplane noise around Irving Park and Portage Park? At 2:25-2:30 am a low flying jet woke me up, then 3:30 am another one. where do you complain about this?

Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

ComEd supplier changes?

Is anyone else receiving calls from a supplier saying the ComEd bill will be reduced but the caller wants account number, etc.

  • Since they have been by my house maybe 12 times in the past few months, I now go off on them like a crazy person hoping that my address will finally be moved to a list where they no longer bother me at my home. They lie and say they...

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    Since they have been by my house maybe 12 times in the past few months, I now go off on them like a crazy person hoping that my address will finally be moved to a list where they no longer bother me at my home. They lie and say they work for the electric company, and when I ask them, oh you work for ComEd, let's see some ID.... they then show an ID for Spark Energy which they and try and tell me is part of ComEd.... why won't Lisa Madigan do something about these punks?

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    More BS linda its a sham these jive turkeys from spark energy have been trying to shake us down for months!!!!!

Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

Auction Site

Come and join this new group on facebook. This a neighborhood group where you can auction off your items. You might even win a purse/shoes/etc. for a $1. Feel free to join and invite you family and friends.

Love To Bid (Portage Park, Norridge, Avondale)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/549038008560767/

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