Jun 03

Updated Jun 06

City service

Is there a service that the city has to cut a seniors lawn I would but I could hardly cut my own.

May 20

Updated May 20

Local shredding events?

Any upcoming 45th or 38th ward shredding events scheduled?

  • joanie 25 year resident of JP

    The 39th Ward is the only one that I know of that is scheduled in the near future. June 16th, 9:00 to noon, at Colleti's, 5707 N. Central.

    The 45th Ward just had an event about a week ago. I haven't read anything about any upcoming shredding events in the 38th Ward.

Mar 26 2017

Updated May 14

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • @scott concertman, I have my parkway Ash treated every few years by a local tree company. It's in great shape. How do I get it on the "list" to not be cut down? The company that treats the tree puts on a new / current tag every time they treat it. I'm assuming they're pulling a permit because they are well known in the city.

  • First, thank you for patriotically protecting our urban ecosystems keystone species presently facing functional extinction in the wild. If most beneficial thing a conservationist can do for local ecology...is plant a new tree. Then protecting an already maturing tree, which literally represents physical definition of ones local ecosystem. Is exponentially...

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    First, thank you for patriotically protecting our urban ecosystems keystone species presently facing functional extinction in the wild. If most beneficial thing a conservationist can do for local ecology...is plant a new tree. Then protecting an already maturing tree, which literally represents physical definition of ones local ecosystem. Is exponentially more beneficial, so great job Chi-girl! If you did not check it out yet, here is link to my historical EAB info blog with photos of two oldest cook county ash trees I am voluntarally protecting....https://scottieashseed.wordpress.com/

    Yes permit on record is first line of defence, and revised tag affixed to trunk showing date last treated is only thing defending it from city removal. Know that even with all that, if treatment had been applied poorly. And tree showed decline, city could remove based on diagnosis.

    You are right to be worried since city has already begun removing numbers of recently retreated ash trees when still fully healthy, for reasons such as just because they are ash, and will require inevitable removal anyways in upcoming years.

    So I have already begun working with one senior forestry rep to help organize an official protection program. In fact first time I had discussed this issue with him, he was confident that required permit entered into city wide system with trees exact location was intended to prevent mistaken removal.

    In closing, forestry no longer marks trunks of trees to be removed with big Green painted spot. But now few days before...applies orange parking restriction posters on multiple trees, to allow crews more room for felling. And no poster differentiates which tree or trees are selected for removal, or will not be touched. So six trees with six signs for one removal. Hey Chi girl, here is link to front page story written about my work http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/%27Scottie-AshTree-Seed%27:-Trees-don%27t-have-to-die/

May 11

Updated May 13

Missing Recycling Bins

There used to be 3 recycling binds for our apartment building. Now two of them are gone. The same thing happened to the building next to ours. One bin will not hold all of our recycling.

Is the city deemphasizing recycling [again]. Or is there a ring of recycling bin thieves hitting our neighborhood.

  • Usually if the scavenger is going to replace damaged or chewed up cans they are replaced within a week. Still suspect the best thing is to check your Scavenger contract to find out if anything has changed. Most landlords/Associations do not advise unit owners/tenants when this is done.

  • If they were the blue bins from the city just call 311 they will bring out more. Mine were stolen as soon as they replaced the previous ones that were stolen. People apparently don't realize they can get their own for free by calling 311

May 06

Updated May 08

Traffic study on Long?

Is it possible to order a traffic study on Long between irving and addison? I am now numb to every single car & motorcycle driving thru, accelerating, and/or passing cars AT the stop signs. At this point the city might as well just take them down. They are absolutey, completely, and utterly useless. Can the Sposato "do" anything?

  • Agreed Tom - there is ZERO police presence, especially btwn Addison & Irving Pk Rd, where the elementary school brings many dozens more cars/buses twice a day.
    They have more police presence sitting in wait to nab drivers turning L onto Sunnyside from Central from 4-6pm!! That's nowhere NEAR the same level of public safety issue.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    It's not just Long. Crossing just about any side street is like playing Russian Roulette.

Apr 27

Updated May 01

City Utility Bills

New to the area and city living. I know the water, sewer, trash is billed every other month. Understanding that every household is different, anyone care to share their "average" bill for the water, sewer, trash?

  • Ugh. Man...was having a great, sunny day and then I'm reminded about the IL pension system. Thnx chi *wink*
    The legislators that created the overloaded mess more than 20 years ago have systematically dug us deeper in the hole (through 'creative finance' that bankrupted the coffers), and they made certain...

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    Ugh. Man...was having a great, sunny day and then I'm reminded about the IL pension system. Thnx chi *wink*
    The legislators that created the overloaded mess more than 20 years ago have systematically dug us deeper in the hole (through 'creative finance' that bankrupted the coffers), and they made certain to "protect their own" by writing safeguards into the IL State constitution; subsequent lawmakers have been unable to enact reforms so far.

    Hard to imagine how a $10 bi-monthly tax per household is going to help that mess -- like a Band Aid on a gashed femoral artery.

  • bellyer Information Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

    My monthly bill for a family of three, plus two dogs, over the past six months has ended up between $98.00 - $100.86.

    For those who don't yet have meters, I really have to ask - why not? I have not met anyone who has not saved a good chunk of money once they switched from non-metered to metered.

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