32 hours ago

Austin residents invited to take part in quality-of-life plan

Over the next several days, Austin Coming Together and LISC Chicago will be holding the last set of community meetings in a year-long process to develop the improvement plan.

    Austin residents invited to take part in quality-of-life plan
    Over the next several days, Austin Coming Together and LISC Chicago will be holding the last set of community meetings in a year-long process to develop the improvement plan.
    http://austintalks.org

34 hours ago

Part of North Ave. could be named after Harriet Tubman

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    Part of North Ave. could be named after Harriet Tubman
    State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (8th) filed a resolution in the House on April 20 that would designate a section of North Avenue in Austin - as the "Harriet Tubman Memorial Avenue."
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

34 hours ago

My tale of automotive woe

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    My tale of automotive woe
    I finally got my SUV to pass the emissions test. But it cost me almost $2,000 to do so. Why such a tremendous amount?
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

34 hours ago

More than coffee brews at Austin native's caf?

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    More than coffee brews at Austin native's caf?
    After a year in business, Austin native Reesheda Graham-Washington's L!VE Cafe, located in nearby Oak Park, is not only profitable.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

34 hours ago

Austin school poised to open renovated auditorium

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    Austin school poised to open renovated auditorium
    Community members, educators, elected officials and local civic leaders gathered at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Central Avenue on April 19 to break ground on a new 1,000-seat auditorium inside of Catalyst Circle Rock, 5608 W. Washington Blvd. After a $4 million restoration, the Austin school's auditorium, will feature a proscenium, a main floor, mezzanine and balcony.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

34 hours ago

Austin library focuses on engaging teens

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    Austin library focuses on engaging teens
    Two months after Austin Branch Library, 5615 W. Race Ave., reopened after months of renovations, the Chicago Public Library's board of directors held its April meeting inside of the branch's auditorium.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

34 hours ago

Developers reveal plans for North Ave. Sears site

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    Developers reveal plans for North Ave. Sears site
    During 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's regular community meeting During 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's regular community meeting, residents got their first look at some possible plans that developers are considering for the site of the shuttered Sears.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

3 days ago

Be a part of one of the biggest events of 2018

The West Side Historical Society - in partnership with Ald. Jason Ervin, AustinTalks and other partners - will host this year's Juneteenth festival and parade for peace June 22-24 in Garfield Park. Vendors are invited to contact organizers; VIP passes are also available.

    Be a part of one of the biggest events of 2018
    The West Side Historical Society - in partnership with Ald. Jason Ervin, AustinTalks and other partners - will host this year's Juneteenth festival and parade for peace June 22-24 in Garfield Park. Vendors are invited to contact organizers; VIP passes are also available.
    http://austintalks.org

4 days ago

5 days ago

Don’t miss family night on Friday

Doors open at 4 p.m. April 20 at the Austin Community Family Center, 501 N. Central Ave. Other groups sponsoring the free event - open to all in Austin - include BUILD, Communities Partnering 4Peace, Westside Health Authority and the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.

    Don't miss family night on Friday
    Doors open at 4 p.m. April 20 at the Austin Community Family Center, 501 N. Central Ave. Other groups sponsoring the free event - open to all in Austin - include BUILD, Communities Partnering 4Peace, Westside Health Authority and the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 18

Fire on Kedzie

An abandoned building burned to the ground on the 1800 block of Kedzie. The smoke cover the whole neighborhood and the streets are blocked off. Be careful.

Jul 26 2012

Updated Apr 18

Alderman Complaints ?

http://www2.illinois.gov/oeig/Pages/faq.aspx

Here is the information to Make a Complaint or open up an investigation on your Alderman or Anyone else.

the 24th Ward has had Chandler long enough to have some idea of where he's allocating Funds that are supposed to be used to improve the ward. Has Anyone noticed construction or improvements anywhere ? If so please let us know. If not Please use the information below to Bring some HEAT into this WARD

A complaint may be filed...

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http://www2.illinois.gov/oeig/Pages/faq.aspx

Here is the information to Make a Complaint or open up an investigation on your Alderman or Anyone else.

the 24th Ward has had Chandler long enough to have some idea of where he's allocating Funds that are supposed to be used to improve the ward. Has Anyone noticed construction or improvements anywhere ? If so please let us know. If not Please use the information below to Bring some HEAT into this WARD

A complaint may be filed with this Office in writing, preferably on an OEIG complaint form, or orally. You may file a complaint by (i) completing a form online at https://www2.illinois.gov/oeig/Pages/OnlineComplaint.aspx, (ii) calling the Office's toll-free hotline (866) 814-1113; (iii) sending a completed complaint form to the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, Attention Complaint Division, 32 West Randolph, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601; (iv) faxing a completed complaint form to (312) 814-5479; (v) contacting the Office by telecommunications device for the disabled (TTY) at (888) 261-2734 or (vi) visiting the Office at its Springfield or Chicago locations.

Complaint Form

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Daniel, send an email to john.tully@cityofchicago.org, Cole.Stallard@cityofchicago.org
    Ask if they can have Debbie schedule a Safer cleanup with Don's crew. They do an excellent job of clean up.

    Then ask if the Weed sprayer can come and spray at the alley and around paremeters of lots with metal post so...

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    Daniel, send an email to john.tully@cityofchicago.org, Cole.Stallard@cityofchicago.org
    Ask if they can have Debbie schedule a Safer cleanup with Don's crew. They do an excellent job of clean up.

    Then ask if the Weed sprayer can come and spray at the alley and around paremeters of lots with metal post so there is less growth that has to be hand hacked.

    Then ask if Josie can have Rat Patrol come down your alley. They need to Bait and order replacement garbage cans, and replacement for damaged cans. If you have lots of can theft, residents need to put cans in and out of the alley for garbage pickup days to avoid more theft.

    We are STUCK because we cannot get CPD to catch can thieves and arrest them or give them a ticket. Same for those who litter. Fill in a form 21-235 form and turn it in to the Superintendent. CAPs ois supposed to be the mainstay of ordering city services.

    Search COMMUNITY CONCERNS AND CITY SERVICES,, 2018, Directive and you can see it

    Read the Directive. Reroute orders to CPd CAPS and DEMAND from the Superintendent the District people do as he directed.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The problem is ACCOUNTABILITY in every city department. Crews get dispatched. They may or may not do the work you ordered. Nobody sits on their heads until it gets done the right way. Emailing directly their Commissioner and telling the Commissioner the truth of what is happening in the field...

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    The problem is ACCOUNTABILITY in every city department. Crews get dispatched. They may or may not do the work you ordered. Nobody sits on their heads until it gets done the right way. Emailing directly their Commissioner and telling the Commissioner the truth of what is happening in the field is one GREAT way to get the work done.

    It has taken a long time but we cleaned up a disgustingly filthy 6-8 block area. It was a real struggle of wills between union feet on the ground slacking and their supervisors. The Mayor and Commissioner of a department yield a big bat.

    Redirect your strategy for clean up. This method will work. It just takes followup after followup after followup.

    If you have time to walk with Rat Patrol, the Safer Crew, other City crews the job done will be better. Why, you are watching. You will be the only person watching because typically supervisors let false reports get submitted and it looks like things are good in the field.

    If you follow this protocol; post the results and how fast you got results. SHARING success is the best way to get things done faster, better, cheaper.

Apr 18

Local school elections held this week

Parents, teachers and school staff will be able to vote Wednesday at elementary schools and Thursday at high schools. In Austin, there will still be vacancies on 12 of the 17 LCSs, which will be filled before July 1 when all members begin serving.

    Local school elections held this week
    Parents, teachers and school staff will be able to vote Wednesday at elementary schools and Thursday at high schools. In Austin, there will still be vacancies on 12 of the 17 LCSs, which will be filled before July 1 when all members begin serving.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 17

Professor's new film tackles Dixon fraud

Professor's new film tackles Dixon fraud

    Professor's new film tackles Dixon fraud
    Rita Crundwell stole more than $53 million in taxpayer funds during her 20 years as comptroller for the city of Dixon - a town of fewer than 16,000 people.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

Experts, elected officials spotlight opioid crisis

Experts, elected officials spotlight opioid crisis

    Experts, elected officials spotlight opioid crisis
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford expressed what others in the Austin neighborhood, hit hard by the opioid crisis, also wanted to make clear: "We're here on the West Side today because we don't want you to forget us."
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

Artist sculpts ode to Gwendolyn Brooks

Artist sculpts ode to Gwendolyn Brooks

    Artist sculpts ode to Gwendolyn Brooks
    An Oak Park artist is partnering with students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, along with various Chicago literary organizations, to raise funds to have a bronze portrait of the school's namesake.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

Remembering two of our freedom fighters

Remembering two of our freedom fighters

    Remembering two of our freedom fighters
    The world lost a heroine when Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

New Moms breaks ground on affordable housing project

New Moms breaks ground on affordable housing project

    New Moms breaks ground on affordable housing project
    It's a day Laura Zumdahl, president and CEO of the Austin-based New Moms, Inc., thought she would never see, but the nonprofit that provides housing for low-income moms broke ground
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

Nathan Nash, housing attorney

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    Nathan Nash, housing attorney
    Patients at PCC Community Wellness Center can get free legal services thanks to a new partnership the Austin health clinic has with the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing (LCBH).
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

City's gang database under scrutiny

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    City's gang database under scrutiny
    Since Benny Lee got out of jail 33 years ago, the Austin native has dedicated himself to helping young people with criminal records start productive lives.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

State reps call for changes to gun control bill

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    State reps call for changes to gun control bill
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford and Rep. Camille Lilly say changes need to be made to a gun control measure pending in the Illinois General Assembly before they can support it.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

West Siders chime in on police reform

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    West Siders chime in on police reform
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office would hold a series of Consent Decree Community Roundtables throughout the city.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

Biz incubator has residents concerned

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    Biz incubator has residents concerned
    West Side residents and community leaders expressed concerns about the outreach efforts of the three entities that own The Hatchery.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 17

29th Ward Community Meeting

Please come out tomorrow night at Rutherford Sayre Park. Meeting will start promptly at 6 pm. Commander Escamilla from the 25th District will be in attendance. Also, we have representatives from Seritage to update us on the Sear's Development Site.

Apr 17

Is our government for or against us?

State Rep. La Shawn Ford says we all must continue our fight for justice and change the bad public policies that continue to hurt African Americans in Austin and elsewhere.

    Is our government for or against us?
    In April 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told a group of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, "We've got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We've got to see it through."
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 16

Apr 16

Inspector general seeks transparency in Chicago Police Department’s gang database

City official Joe Ferguson is collecting information from the public as he works on a report about the gang database. Some West Side residents shared their concerns at a meeting last week about how inclusion in the database - said to number more than 100,000 people - could be hurting innocent people as well as those who've turned their lives around.

    Inspector general seeks transparency in Chicago Police Department's gang database
    City official Joe Ferguson is collecting information from the public as he works on a report about the gang database. Some West Side residents shared their concerns at a meeting last week about how inclusion in the database - said to number more than 100,000 people - could be hurting innocent people as well as those who've turned their lives around.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 13

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Apr 12

Community Hiring Event

Public Building Commission will be facilitating a hiring intake session at Columbus Park Refectory for the renovation of several Chicago Park District facilities. 10 am - 3 pm, April 25th.

Apr 12

Share your thoughts about ‘Gang Girl’

Austin Coming Together will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary at 5:30 p.m. April 13, followed by a discussion. It will be held in the Austin community hub at 5049 W. Harrison.

    Share your thoughts about 'Gang Girl'
    Austin Coming Together will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary at 5:30 p.m. April 13, followed by a discussion. It will be held in the Austin community hub at 5049 W. Harrison.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 11

Plato Learning Academy facilities to be consolidated

The public is invited to testify April 11 at a public hearing, being held by Chicago Public Schools.

    Plato Learning Academy facilities to be consolidated
    Plato Learning Academy wants to merge its two campuses in Austin, according to a legal notice the Chicago Public Schools placed last week in the Chicago Sun-Times. It is unclear which campus will remain open; the K-4th grade campus is located at 5545 W.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 10

Retired postal worker still in service business

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    Retired postal worker still in service business
    Henry Farmby may have retired from the U.S. Postal Service after nearly five decades, but he won't stop serving the West Side.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

On the West Side, Airbnb is rising

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    On the West Side, Airbnb is rising
    Tanya Petty, a 65-year-old who lives on Warren Blvd. and California in East Garfield Park, usually meets her guests with a warm greeting and a ceremonial house tour.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

Richard Townsell, on King and the South/West divide in Chicago

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    Richard Townsell, on King and the South/West divide in Chicago
    Richard Townsell, the executive director of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, spoke about the political significance of the Dr. Martin Luther King's 1966 Chicago campaign.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

Fifty years later

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    Fifty years later
    An April 4 wreath-laying ceremony in front of a statue of King outside of the Westside Health Authority's Austin headquarters.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

Alliance forms to strengthen W. Side arts scene

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    Alliance forms to strengthen W. Side arts scene
    The founders of a new alliance are looking to improve the landscape for up-and-coming artists on the West Side.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

Of 'Black Panther' and progress

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    Of 'Black Panther' and progress
    I sat in the movie theater transfixed. Here was a cast and a film crew featuring African Americans.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

'It's racist!' is losing its meaning

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    'It's racist!' is losing its meaning
    I am amused at how the term "racist" is now bandied about by everyone as the arbitrary response to any kind of critique or criticism.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

The micro-aggressions of Arlene Jones

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    The micro-aggressions of Arlene Jones
    I am a huge fan of the work you all produce that highlight the great things going on in and around the Austin community. I always look forward to picking up your paper and reading your articles.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

29th Ward alderman gets challenger

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    29th Ward alderman gets challenger
    The race for 29th Ward alderman may be roughly a year away, but the incumbent, Ald. Chris Taliaferro, has already attracted a challenger.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Apr 10

State reps say they won’t support gun control bill unless amended

Lawmakers La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly discussed the proposed Lethal Violence and Order of Protection Act last weekend at a town hall organized by Congressman Danny Davis.

    State reps say they won't support gun control bill unless amended
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford and Rep. Camille Lilly say changes need to be made to a gun control measure pending in the Illinois General Assembly before they can support it. The two lawmakers, who represent Austin in the Illinois House, voiced concerns about the proposed Lethal Violence and Order of Protection Act during a town hall organized last weekend by Congressman Danny K.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 09

Elected officials, health experts put spotlight on opioid crisis

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and state Rep. La Shawn Ford discussed the ongoing epidemic, which has hit Austin and other parts of Chicago's West Side especially hard.

    Elected officials, health experts put spotlight on opioid crisis
    Pointing out the window of the sixth floor of Loretto Hospital, state Rep. La Shawn Ford expressed what others in the Austin neighborhood, hit hard by the opioid crisis, also wanted to make clear: "We're here on the West Side today because we don't want you to forget us."
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 06

Longtime Austin resident wants to lead 29th Ward

Dwayne Truss hopes to raise at least $100,000 for his campaign. The incumbent, Ald. Chris Taliaferro, plans to seek reelection in February 2019.

    Longtime Austin resident wants to lead 29th Ward
    A longtime Austin resident and community advocate is running for the 29th Ward aldermanic seat. Dwayne Truss, a 54-year-old auditor for the state of Illinois, announced his candidacy to several dozen residents as they voted in the March 20th primary. "There is a need for me to run.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 06

Apr 05

Austin clinic helps patients improve housing conditions to live healthier lives

Patients of the PCC Community Wellness Center can get free legal services thanks to a new partnership PCC has formed with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.

    Austin clinic helps patients improve housing conditions to live healthier lives
    Patients at PCC Community Wellness Center can get free legal services thanks to a new partnership the Austin health clinic has with the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing (LCBH). Attorney Nathan Nash has been on site at PCC Austin Family Health Center, 5424 W. Lake St., since August and helped nearly 50 patients.
    http://austintalks.org

Apr 04

1st Wednesday's Monthly Community Meeting

Please join us 6:30 pm tonight at our 1st Wednesday's Community Meeting at Columbus Park Refectory. South Austin Neighborhood Association will be presenting a powerful film about the Honorable Dr. Martin Luther King. 50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Apr 04

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Loretto Hospital, the West Side Heroin Task Force and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti are hosting a breakfast April 4th, 50 years after the civil rights leader was assassinated. Fighting the West Side's heroin epidemic will be the focus of this morning's event.

    Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Loretto Hospital, the West Side Heroin Task Force and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti are hosting a breakfast April 4th, 50 years after the civil rights leader was assassinated. Fighting the West Side's heroin epidemic will be the focus of this morning's event.
    http://austintalks.org

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