Mar 10

Updated 5 hours ago

Chuy as Mayor - What Will the Mean to the 3rd and 4th Wards?

If you could put on your goggles and look into the future, what would Chuy as mayor mean for our neighborhoods and wards? I'm fully support wishful thinking too. But what do you think the difference will be with Chuy in office? How will his leadership impact the leadership of our aldermen? What will it mean for progress and commerce on the south side? Safe streets? Schools? Mental health clinics? Red light cameras? Empty lots? Subsided and low income housing?

What say you?

6 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Chicago Advocate Article on Bronzeville

Good news neighbors!

A very positive March 2nd Chicago Advocate article titled, "In Chicago’s Bronzeville a New Wave of Resurgence Is Picking Up Steam" is worth reading.

http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-advocate/2015/03/in-chicagos-bronzeville-a-new-wave-of-resurgence-is-picking-up-steam/

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Barack Obama has lived in New York before: He graduated from Columbia in 1983, when he was eating breakfast at Tom’s Restaurant on Broadway, drinking at The West End, and running in Central Park, according to a former roommate. He moved to Chicago soon after graduating, and shaped his private...

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    Barack Obama has lived in New York before: He graduated from Columbia in 1983, when he was eating breakfast at Tom’s Restaurant on Broadway, drinking at The West End, and running in Central Park, according to a former roommate. He moved to Chicago soon after graduating, and shaped his private and public identities there — but New York officials said they are eager to have him back.
    “The community would welcome him with open arms and be extremely proud to be part of another historic first,” said a spokesperson for Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, Hannah Kim.
    Another New York Congressman, Long Island Republican Peter King, suggested New York would offer Obama a better environment for staying relevant, should he want to.
    “New York is the media capital of the world. I think that’s what he wants and you don’t get that anywhere else,” said King, who added that he’d “heard second and third hand” that Obama is seriously considering New York. “I can certainly understand why.”

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    The Barack Obama Foundation is expected to reveal the president and first lady’s decision on where to build the Obama presidential library and museum after an April 7 runoff election between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Very few details are available on Columbia’s bid for the library,...

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    The Barack Obama Foundation is expected to reveal the president and first lady’s decision on where to build the Obama presidential library and museum after an April 7 runoff election between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Very few details are available on Columbia’s bid for the library, but city officials have touted what they call a strong bid by the president’s alma mater. Earlier this month, Capital New York reported that Mayor de Blasio sent a letter to the Obama Foundation, calling Columbia “a very natural choice” for the library.
    In some of his first public comments on the library bid, Columbia President Lee Bollinger told the Columbia Spectator that having the Obamas would be in keeping with an effort to engage the university community more fully with domestic and international issues of potential import to the Obama post-presidency.
    “I would be thrilled with any president to have a relationship with Columbia after their presidency, but we’d be definitely thrilled to have the Obamas both on our campus, perhaps in Manhattanville and having an engagement with the institution,” Bollinger said. “I’m trying to think about how to build our capacity to more broadly grapple with global issues and very important national issues, to serve as that kind of home for these larger efforts, and the Obamas would be fantastic participants and possible leaders.”

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Anyone tried Webpass for internet?

I recently got something in the mail about Webpass as as ISP .... has anyone tried it? It gets great reviews on Yelp. I'd certainly like a real alternative to Comcast.

https://webpass.net/residential

  • I think our condo association is going to consider it. We are all currently using Comcast and would love another option.

Jan 20

Updated 12 hours ago

Experienced Contractor or Handyman

Hello Neighbors,

I am searching for a handyman that could assist with a variety of tasks around the house, from floors, to paint, to drywall, and all things in between. Specifically, I'm looking for an experienced, preferably referred, handyman/contractor who is diligent and knowledgeable about condos and have done great work. If the work is great, I could recommend the individual to the association as we are also in search for a new building maintenance person.

Price is obviously a concern for everyone, so someone who's reasonable in rates would be greatly appreciated!!

  • GBresident Interested in fiscal, and social health issues.

    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P...

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    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P nearly 2 years ago to fix a doorbell/intercom system. After over a year and half they managed to get the door buzzer to work, but they were never able to fix the intercom, despite at least seven attempts. The contractor would come out, spend sometime on the job then leave the job incomplete, and say that he was or be back in couple of days because he needed a new part and would never show or call until I would call his boss a couple weeks or a couple months later. The contractor had done that several times 3 or 4 at least. 3P kept all of the money I gave them for parts and labor and never completed the job.

  • Denver Doing my part

    I too would not use 3P again. I used them 3x and decided you cannot keep giving them the benefit of the doubt.

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Open for business!

Hello neighbors, this is our first post to EveryBlock and we are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant is finally open for business after a long remodeling period. Our sign should be up and visible soon but our doors are open weekdays from 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 8pm, and we close on Sundays.
Please drop in anytime to enjoy a healthy delicious made to order gluten free meal, check out some of our products, or just to look around and say hi!

  • Chicago Fire Market Gluten free market & restaurant

    Thank you all for the suggestions. I was actually looking into the Bridgeport news ad a couple of days ago Jan, so will hopefully get that done as well.

  • Welcome! Looking forward to going to Chicago Fire Market. Thanks for posting. My husband and I are both gluten-intolerant (celiac/Crohn's), so we're always on the lookout for this type of restaurant. :-D

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2 Killed, 15 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

About 1:20 a.m., Ricks and another man in the club — located in the 2200 block of South Michigan — were arguing about a woman, authorities said. The other man was escorted out of the club and later returned, pulled out a gun and opened fire.

Ricks, of the 2300 block of South State, was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

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About 1:55 a.m., the 25-year-old was a passenger in the front seat of a parked car with two other males in the 12200 block of South Racine when another male walked up and fired shots, police said.

About 7:20 p.m., the man was shot in the shoulder in the 7500 block of South Dorchester, police said, citing preliminary information.

A 15-year-old boy was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle in the 7000 block of South Laflin when a black SUV pulled up, and someone inside fired shots, police said. The teen was shot in the leg and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

In the other shooting, an 18-year-old man was shot in the hand in the 7600 block of South Hermitage, but additional details were not available, police said. He took himself to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was in good condition.

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28 hours ago

New Local Business in Bridgeport

Hello neighbors,

We are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant {Chicago Fire Market} is finally open for business after a long remodeling period in Bridgeport. We are located at:
623 W 31st street, zip 60616
(between Lowe & Wallace).

Our sign should be up soon, but for the time being we have a Grand Opening banner in the window. We are also currently finalizing our website and Facebook page, and have recently made an Instagram...

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Hello neighbors,

We are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant {Chicago Fire Market} is finally open for business after a long remodeling period in Bridgeport. We are located at:
623 W 31st street, zip 60616
(between Lowe & Wallace).

Our sign should be up soon, but for the time being we have a Grand Opening banner in the window. We are also currently finalizing our website and Facebook page, and have recently made an Instagram account @chicagofiremarket

Our doors are open weekdays from 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 8pm, and we close on Sundays.

We have posted this message in more than one location as I am not aware of an option that would allow me to post to multiple locations at the same time, so please bare with me if you have seen this message before.

Please drop in anytime to enjoy a healthy, fresh, delicious made to order gluten free meal, check out some of our products, or just to look around and say hi!

Thank you and have a great Sunday!

2 days ago

Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge

The fatal shooting happened about 1:20 a.m. inside the Riff Music Lounge, 2239 S. Michigan Ave.

The 36-year-old man was shot in his abdomen, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He was identified as Michael Ricks of the 2300 block of South State Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The shooting caused a chaotic scene outside the South Loop bar. Police cars, ambulances and a fire truck filled the 2200 block of South Michigan Avenue, while those who had been inside the lounge as well as onlookers lingered outside for more than an hour afterward.

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...a.m. on the Near West Side. The 29-year-old man was standing near Randolph and Ada streets when he heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. The man had been shot...

...Northwest Side. The man was sitting in a parked vehicle in an alleyway in the 6300 block of West Belmont Avenue when a gray sedan pulled behind the vehicle, police said. Someone inside the gray sedan...

...while sitting in a minivan, authorities said. The man was in the vehicle in the 5300 block of West Jackson Boulevard when another vehicle approached and someone got out and shot at the man, hitting him...

...Englewood neighborhood Friday afternoon, police said. The man told authorities he was shot in the 6700 block of South Hoyne Avenue about 2 p.m., said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman. The man's attacker...

2 days ago

1 killed, 1 wounded in South Loop nightclub shooting

About 1:20 a.m., 36-year-old Michael Ricks was inside the nightclub in the 2200 block of South Michigan when he got into an argument with another man about a woman, police and the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

Ricks, of the 2300 block of South State, was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Article: Emanuel takes page from Daley's playbook by rounding up support from black ministers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent the past four years undoing virtually everything former Mayor Richard M. Daley did without mentioning his predecessor by name.

But, there’s one thing Emanuel has in common with his mentor: turning to African-American ministers at his time of political need.

Emanuel took a page from Daley’s playbook on Tuesday. He assembled dozens of black ministers to endorse him, sing his praises from the pulpit and, on Palm Sunday, to literally lead their parishioners’ “souls to...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent the past four years undoing virtually everything former Mayor Richard M. Daley did without mentioning his predecessor by name.

But, there’s one thing Emanuel has in common with his mentor: turning to African-American ministers at his time of political need.

Emanuel took a page from Daley’s playbook on Tuesday. He assembled dozens of black ministers to endorse him, sing his praises from the pulpit and, on Palm Sunday, to literally lead their parishioners’ “souls to the polls.”

In attendance at the political show was former Cook County Commissioner Charles Bowen, who served as Daley’s liaison to black ministers.

Standing next to Bowen at the community center across the street from Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 7901 South Chicago Ave., was former gang enforcer-turned-“urban translator” Wallace “Gator” Bradley, who has endorsed Emanuel.

Daley sold vacant city lots to black churches for $1 and used city grants to maintain loyal support from the African-American clergy.

During one infamous, pre-election endorsement session, the ministers prayed, “Give us this day our Daley bread.”

On Tuesday, the Rev. Albert Tyson III, presiding elder north district Chicago conference and pastor of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, used a similar mix between the biblical and political.

“We remember that the Scripture says, `Oh come, oh come, Emanuel,’” Tyson said.

The mayor was obviously pleased.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/466977/rahm-emanuel-black-clergy-endorsement-runoff-election

  • These ministers need to be more in the streets dealing with the youth than to be playing in the political punch bowl.

  • R4A

    Let the church say amen!

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Market info

Good morning everyone,
here is some more information about our gluten free market & restaurant:

we are a small family business located in Bridgeport at 623 W 31st street (60616) next to a daycare between Wallace and Lowe. Our sign is still not installed yet as we were having some issues with it, but we have a Grand opening banner in the window for the time being.

Regarding our website, it will also be up and running by next week...

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Good morning everyone,
here is some more information about our gluten free market & restaurant:

we are a small family business located in Bridgeport at 623 W 31st street (60616) next to a daycare between Wallace and Lowe. Our sign is still not installed yet as we were having some issues with it, but we have a Grand opening banner in the window for the time being.

Regarding our website, it will also be up and running by next week along with a Facebook page. I just recently made an Instagram account @chicagofiremarket so if you have Instagram please follow us there.

Also have some fliers and menus at the printers that will be done within the week (fingers crossed).

We will update you all soon with more info as it comes along.

Have a great weekend all!

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Cafe on the Grove?

Looks like Maracas is being replaced by a cafe. Anyone have any details?

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Article: Garcia as mayor could be Rauner's worst nightmare

When it comes to their views on organized labor and education, you couldn’t find a more stark philosophical divide than there is between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Despite a massive budget mess from both this fiscal year and the next with which he must contend, Rauner has been on a statewide tour talking about . . . unions.

He’s pushing ideas that labor groups say undermine the strength of their organizations — that includes bringing local right-to-work...

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When it comes to their views on organized labor and education, you couldn’t find a more stark philosophical divide than there is between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Despite a massive budget mess from both this fiscal year and the next with which he must contend, Rauner has been on a statewide tour talking about . . . unions.

He’s pushing ideas that labor groups say undermine the strength of their organizations — that includes bringing local right-to-work zones to the state and ridding the so-called “fair-share” fees nonunion members pay to cover collective-bargaining costs.

“I think Rauner has a pathological hatred for organized labor,” says Charles N. Wheeler III, director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Rauner has repeatedly said he doesn’t hate unions but wants to reverse the power that union “bosses” wield in Illinois.

Still, taken in that light, wouldn’t a Mayor Garcia be Rauner’s worst nightmare?

Garcia’s candidacy is backed primarily by labor groups — the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Health Care and SEIU State Council have made up the bulk of campaign contributors for his mayoral bid.

Rauner wants to expand privately run charter schools, while Garcia is dead against it.

  • Kristen L. Hyde Parker since 2nd grade

    Rick, although federal taxes are typically more progressive (higher income, higher taxes) most state taxes are actually regressive (higher income, lower taxes). Check out this article: http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/robin-hood-in-reverse/384900/

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    Depending on how you define progressive and regressive you can make various claims. Progressive federal income taxes usually refers to the higher rate of taxation incurred at higher income levels. You then defined regressive state & local taxes based on the % of income paid rather than the effective rate. I'm pretty sure everyone pays the same rate in Illinois whether you're talking about income or sales tax. There has been some talk recently about making the Illinois income tax progressive. That's not likely to help the employment picture.

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Mayoral term limits??

What policies would have to be implemented to have term limits for the Mayor of Chicago? Does it require changes at the state level or can a referendum of city voters be used. Just asking before I start digging in.

Los Angeles added term limits after Tom Bradley served 20 years as mayor. NYC added term limits of 2 consecutive terms. Then their city council changed it to 3 consecutive terms to allow Bloomberg to run again. Then the people...

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What policies would have to be implemented to have term limits for the Mayor of Chicago? Does it require changes at the state level or can a referendum of city voters be used. Just asking before I start digging in.

Los Angeles added term limits after Tom Bradley served 20 years as mayor. NYC added term limits of 2 consecutive terms. Then their city council changed it to 3 consecutive terms to allow Bloomberg to run again. Then the people voted it back to 2 consecutive terms. NYC is serious about their term limits. Rich jr served 20 years and it may be time for Chicago to move in the direction of term limits. I think Chicago is the last major city without term limits.

There are plus/minus to having term limits on mayors.

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Mar 16

Updated Mar 23

Marx Brothers Home

Interesting article, never knew the Marx brothers lived in Chicago let alone on the southside.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-marx-brothers-house/Content?oid=902338

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Amen!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Chicago the City vs. Chicago’s Neighborhoods
    Bronzeville does not exist in splendid isolation, however: It’s tied to the rest of the city, and its fate continues to be influenced by large agencies located outside it. Harold Lucas, executive director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, shares Gabriel’s focus on encouraging...

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    Chicago the City vs. Chicago’s Neighborhoods
    Bronzeville does not exist in splendid isolation, however: It’s tied to the rest of the city, and its fate continues to be influenced by large agencies located outside it. Harold Lucas, executive director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, shares Gabriel’s focus on encouraging homegrown local entrepreneurship as the means to return Bronzeville to good health; he makes a distinction between “gentrification,” which he describes as a top-down process, and “revitalization,” which he says comes up from below. Yet he is also critical of both the city’s political elites and some of the large institutions located near Bronzeville for steering development away from the neighborhood.

    He offered as an example the building that houses the visitors center, the former Supreme Life Insurance Company headquarters at 35th Street and Martin Luther King Drive. Home of the first and largest black-owned insurance company in the North, the building, a city historic landmark, is one of the linchpins of the city’s Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District.

    “From the beginning, we had a hotel we projected to build for Bronzeville here in the Supreme Life building,” Lucas says. “We were told [by the city] that Bronzeville was not ready for an upscale hotel. But since then, two hotels were built with taxpayer money” close to Bronzeville.

    He was equally critical of the University of Chicago for its role in choosing the site for the future Obama presidential library. “Their decision to put it at Garfield [Boulevard] and King Drive” in Washington Park, he says, “flies in the face of community efforts to put it where it should have gone” — namely, on land near the lakefront in Bronzeville that had been the site of a large hospital. University officials have since been quoted in the press as saying that while it would prefer a site near its campus, the final decision rests with the Barack H. Obama Foundation.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 23

Article: Fioretti, like Wilson, retracts election-eve promise to endorse Garcia

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) on Tuesday became the second vanquished mayoral challenger to retract his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the April 7 runoff and held open the possibility of endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Fioretti said he has been holding “productive” meetings with both Garcia and Emanuel and would base his endorsement on the specific financial plans unveiled by both candidates to solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities...

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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) on Tuesday became the second vanquished mayoral challenger to retract his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the April 7 runoff and held open the possibility of endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Fioretti said he has been holding “productive” meetings with both Garcia and Emanuel and would base his endorsement on the specific financial plans unveiled by both candidates to solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities at the Chicago Public Schools.

Like millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, Fioretti told the Chicago Sun-Times on the eve of the Feb. 24 election that he would support “anybody but Rahm” if the mayor failed to win the 50 percent-plus-one-vote he needed to avoid Chicago’s first every mayoral runoff.

“If there is a run-off, I will support whoever the challenger is. We need a change. Chicago is headed in the wrong direction under this mayor,” Fioretti said on that day.

Like Wilson, Fioretti is now retracting that statement after behind-the-scenes negotiations with both candidates and holding open the possibility of endorsing Emanuel, a candidate he pummeled repeatedly during Round One.

Why the change?

“I’ve had very fruitful discussions with both candidates. There were certain things that were said during these meetings on how we deal with it and where we’re going. And I will see in the next few days,” Fioretti said Tuesday, prior to a City Council meeting to memorialize Ald. Joann Thompson (16th).

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/429036/fioretti-joins-wilson-retracting-election-eve-promise-endorse-garcia-runoff

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Breit,

    Could Chicago prove they didn't know what was happening? Being one of the largest financial and legal centers in the country may make it harder to be perceived a gullible. Are we dealing we a case of people understanding the risk and just making a bad guess and the recession got the best of them? Its probably worth a shot but the recoveries have been about 1%.

  • since the money isn't lost in these kind of deals- it lands on somebody's sticky desk and charges off again- someone says thank you to them who made it possible. As Fioretti said, Chicago is going in the wrong direction. Story on wbez this morning about the low low rate of homicide clearance in Chicago thanks to the twisted priorities of Emmanual's administration

    http://www.wbez.org/news/under-emanuel-more-unsolved-murders-fewer-detectives-111750

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  • Let's Get Active with Communication

    Ms. Fitzgibbons is asking for $542.60:
    My students need a portable trampoline, stretching bands, foam roller, and body sock. My students need sensory and motor activities to help them learn communication skills. Managing their sensory needs allows for more communication with words, pictures, etc.
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