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Added May 15 2018

Southeast corner of park, near Lytle and Cabrini

Right field of north senior diamond, 54th and Artesian

At Damen and Nelson

At Sheridan and Eastlake

West of Lake Shore Drive, Montrose and Clarendon dog park

Corner of Dickens and Burling

Corner of Huron and Campbell

Gompers monument, at Foster and Pulaski

East of Lake Shore Drive at Jackson, middle path

In playground near Division and Kedzie

Near Hirsch and Lawler, on path

West of Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton and Cannon, west of lift station

On 87th at Chappel

East side of park, near Maplewood and Adams

Maplewood and 101st Place

Off path on 86th and Calumet

81st and Damen entrance

Southeast corner of park, near 9th and Plymouth

69th Place and Damen, entrance

South of playground, near Hudson and Chestnut

Corner of Noble and Chestnut

Corner of Marquette and Woodlawn

Southwest corner of park, at 56th and Maplewood

South Shore and 67th on beach wall

At Wrightwood and Kilbourn, on path

At Kilbourn and Cornelia

West of Lake Shore Drive, northeast corner of Wilson and Marine

West of Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton and Stockton, between Stockton and Lakeview

On Damen at 60th

On path from 64th and Racine entrance, northwest side of track

On central path, near 66th and Loomis entrance

On path from 89th at Chappel

North east area of park, at about 3015 W. Palmer

Northwest corner, at 57th and Kostner

Corner of Central and Berteau

At Central and Irving

South side of park, at Irving and Linder

Southeast corner of park, Irving and Long

At Fargo and Wolcott entrance

At entrance on 79th and Throop

Southwest corner of park, at Argyle and Lockwood

Corner of Lyndale and Oakley

At park entrance near 59th and Nordica

Between junior and senior diamonds, at about 50th and Lawler

Northeast corner of 56th and King fieldhouse

South of south diamond, on path from 98th and Bensley entrance

At northeast park entrance, near 133rd and Ellis

At Clark and Leland

Between south baseball diamonds, in field, at 78th and Ellis

On path near 65th and Loomis entrance

At 58th and Mulligan

Near park entrance at 85th and King

At Wrightwood and Kostner, on path

West of Lake Shore Drive, Foster and Marine at intersection

West of Lake Shore Drive, southeast corner of Lawrence and Marine

At Fullerton and Merrimac

East of Narragansett and Mulligan

Original article
Date published
May 15, 2018
    Is your park drinking fountain safe from lead? Search the data
    In an effort to keep its drinking water safe, the Chicago Park District has removed, shut off and scheduled to remove fountains throughout the system. Of the 1,238 fountains, more than half have been removed, are scheduled to be removed or are turned off.
  • About 6 months ago I created a map of Chicago’s water test results in response to another EB thread. I was trying to see if there was a pattern to the higher readings, which I didn’t find. But the map does make it easy to find the readings near your house! You can view the map (which has not been updated since my original post) here:

    Each marker is a test result. Clicking on a marker will bring up the results from each water draw. Please note that the color-coding is mine, not the city's. Icons are red if the lead level from any draw was in excess of 15ppb, which is the federal standard, and yellow above 8ppb. If the test failed quality control, the icon is gray. Otherwise it is green.

  • Let’s face it, the infrastructure is crumbling, and there’s no money to replace them so the city runs from broken pipe to broken pipe patching and crossing their fingers. Sewer pipes and water pipes dating from when neighborhoods were born are still in use and back then lead was used to solder the pipes. Many older homes need repiping as well. Homeowners budgets are stretched to the limits, what with flat wages and rising real estate taxes. There’s no grand plan for this city, a plan like Boston’s “Big
    Dig” some years ago where they tore up large sections of the city and fixed infrastructure. This city spends money on the wrong things and now it’s crumbling around our ears.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Who in the city cares about lead anymore.

  • Only those with old service lines....

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    The lead in the water could be eradicated by using our tax dollars in a massive infrastructure project. Where will the money come from? Stop making bikelanes, riverwalks, planters in the middle of streets, cut some of the top heavy upper management in City Hall, etc.
    Get the private companies that are donating funds to politicians, instead donate their services. That in itself would be millions 😁

  • Lead typically only leaches into the water supply when the pipe has been disturbed. The problem in Chicago is when the city installs a new water main, they cut the lead lines and re-connect it in the trench they are laying the pipe in. All other surrounding towns run new copper to the buffalo box in the parkway when replacing the water main which saves the homeowner thousands because now they only have to pay a plumber to replace the line from the house to the parkway, instead of all the way to the street. The cost to replace the water service in this city is ridiculous because of all the fees, permits, street bonds, etc. Much of the cost could be lowered if the city would allow directional boring which would remove much of the cost of street restoration. If this city really cares about its tax payers it will start looking into programs that will both help comply with the EPA lead/copper rules and not put such a cost burden on the homeowners if they want to eliminate their lead service line.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Great comment Randy!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Bike lanes, riverwalks, planters in the middle of streets all contribute to the quality of life in the city.

    Bike lanes cost very little, a few gallons of paint.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Bob - respectfully you can spin it anyway you want... it's money that could be used to take the lead out of our water because.
    My whole point is those are not necessities. Another idea, look at the wasted money on the new streetlights that could have been used for our water infrastructure.

  • ET in RP By the power of Grayskull... I HAVE THE POWER!!!

    I agree, Tom. Most of this city beatification is a smokescreen... a pacifier for the masses.

  • The bike lanes cost upwards of 150,000 for a 1/4 mile, not exactly inexpensive. Besides look what it has done to the flow of traffic.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Bike lanes help the flow of traffic. Get more bikes on the road to reduce the number of cars. Reduce the number of car lanes and eliminate cars weaving back and forth. This also slows down traffic, making the roads safer for pedestrians, seniors, handicapped.

    Where did you get that 150,000 for a 1/4 mile figure?

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Bob - What would you honestly pick bikelanes or lead-free water as a way to spend our tax dollars.
    Lead in water affects more people than bikelanes. We can live without bikelanes, but can't live without water.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Bob - Here's a Tribune article that says 103 miles of bikelanes cost over $12 million... that's close to $116,000 per mile.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    We can have both bike lanes and lead-free water.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Bob - But we don't. Rahm Emanuel is the guy that has dragged his feet on this. Rahm Emanuel is the guy that said "we are broke".

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    "The price tag includes other improvements such as pedestrian crosswalks, new turn lanes for motorists, new traffic signals, signs, and pavement restriping,"

    You left that information out in your attempted expose of the cost of bike lanes. A lot more money is spent on car lanes than bike lanes.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Bob - You're missing the whole point. The Mayor said we're broke. We have lead in our water... What's more important water or carlanes, bikelanes, turn lanes, paint, etc.?

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Bob - 65% of the total cost equals close to $85 million.
    Our water safety is worth it.

  • d3 NoHo

    That's a setup for privitzing it.. which has been in discussion already started city hall according to recent media reports. BTW we have a lot of money in our TIF budgets...don't buy the we are broke line without asking more questions.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    D3 - I was being sarcastic because Rahm took healthcare benefits from City of Chicago retirees and even the widows of former city workers because he said "we're broke".
    TIF money is being spent on silly pet projects.

  • headsup not available

    TIF money program was designed to support economic development in the community - ringing in more businesses that support community lifestyle. Legally that money can not be used for any other purpose. Businesses contributed to the fund to support business growth (their growth too).

  • "in theory"... investing funds to improve Chicago's drinking water quality does support economic development in the community. Not so much of a stretch, considering all the shenanigans going on with funds.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    Parks are a community amenity and along with schools the most legitimate way to spend TIF funds.

  • headsup not available

    TIF funds can not legally be used on parks and schools - they do not improve the economic vitality of the community. Schools get enough funds - switch some of the over pension funds to school operation funds to improve school amenities.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    A giant TIF fund was just created to finance a shopping center on Foster. This is in an affluent neighborhood that already has plenty of shopping.

    Why should we, the taxpayers, need to pony up tax money that private developers could pay for themselves?

    Everybody wants somebody else to pay for something that benefits them, under the disguise of "benefiting the community."

  • For what it is worth, lead is not the only metal contaminant in our water supply to be concerned about. You never here much about Chromium-6. We all need Chromium-3, an essential nutrient, but NOT Chromium-6 which is a known carcinogen and many filters do not remove it from your drinking water.

    How did the discussion of lead in our water supply morph into off topic commentary about bike lanes? I know, the very same way other threads morph into a gun control discussion. Unfortunately, that is the modus operandi of one of the posters here. Don’t be distracted from the much more pressing health issue … the quality of our drinking water.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    Good points JimmyMac.

  • headsup not available

    @Bob - the business owners in the TIF district pay for the fund - not taxpayers

  • d3 NoHo

    Not correct

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    All property taxes collected above the baseline amount collected at the time of the TIF creation go into the TIF fund.

    It's not complicated.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    It's not complicated, but it does disguise where the money comes from, and where it's going.

  • d3 NoHo

    Like how many millions have gone towards building Mariano's, etc.

  • headsup not available

    not complicated - the money comes from the business owner in the form of taxes. it is segregated for a specific economic development purposes. Usually used to attractive retailers and to help existing business with facade renovations. TIF funds have made Edgewater a more attractive retail destination. Edgewater the place to live, shop, and play.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    We pay a TIF tax in a designated TIF district, which is then paid by businesses to the city.

  • d3 NoHo

    It's by tax pin has nothing to do with businesses

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    This details how TIF money can be used for infrastructure improvements, lead in water I would think falls into that category.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    "not complicated - the money comes from the business owner in the form of taxes"

    Not complicated but misleading. The money comes from EVERYBODY that pays taxes, not just the businesses benefiting from the money.

    That's how this TIF thing got started. Normally tax money is spent by being allocated by laws passed by the city council.

    TIF steps around this by allocating the money BEFORE it becomes part of the public budget money, and doesn't appear in the budget and isn't accounted for when it actually gets spent.

    Once passed, TIF money freezes taxes, so taxes have to go up to make up the difference of this money "lost" to prior allocation.

    The politicians in the city council love this system: they get money to spend without having to actually vote on spending it.

    It's not complicated.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    Residents and businesses pay into TIF via property taxes.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    TIF is just property taxes diverted from the general fund to as it happens some have called a slush fund...which we all call TIF as an acronym not acrimoniously for no good reason but for the beauty in civil discourse.

    It's not complicated, just like the rain.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Lead in our tap water would partially explain why people in crook county vote the way they have been for generations.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Okay, so TIF money can indeed be used to get rid of lead in our water.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    d3, rahm gave a PRIVATE university [DePaul] 500 million tax payer dollars to build their new stadium, even though they can't fill most of the seats in their current arena.

    Kickbacks for clouted construction companies and other favored businesses supersede the well being of the citizen's health in this corrupt city, county, and state.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Weebis- mic drop!

  • headsup not available

    residents do not pay into TIF - only retailers pay into TIF

  • d3 NoHo

    Headsup That's not correct still.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    heads up - respectfully, where are you getting your information from? Because every article I've read says plain and simple, that property taxes pay for TIF Districts. So we do pay.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    headsup - you've got false information. Where are you getting the bad information from?

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor
  • d3 NoHo

    Residential properties in an ssa also pay those taxes

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