3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

THANKS 2 Rat Patrol!

We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we...

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We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we have very few rats!

it is an effort involving: 1. Baiting, 2. Getting Garbage cans. #. Replacing damaged cans. 4. having Safer clean alleys, streets, parkways, vacant lots. 5. Getting weed spray.6. getting forestry to pick up branches. 7. getting flydup0ed tires, construction debris, trees, etc removed.

We now are at the point where we need CPd to issue citations for can theft, can rummaging, littering, using COMMUNITY CONCERNS and CITY SERVICES directive to continually have Beat and Patrol cars order the city service we need as well as gang/drug issues.

Everyone said this clean up could never be done. WELL...it is done!

  • gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on...

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    gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on Ashland and a new industrial tear-down at Adams and Laflin. Lots of reasons for the rat population to grow.

    I will study your details over the weekend, put together a plan and enlist the help of our wonderful neighbors and the new developers of the vacant buildings who are probably dying to figure out ways to be a good neighbor..

    Thank you so much.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times...

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    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times instead of 8 times. IF we can keep the stuff off the ground and alleys clean.

    We were a REAL MESS with 550 active holes on half a block, once upon a time.

    Post the steps you did. What happened. It is always good to SHARE steps that work.

3 days ago

If you see overtime abuse REPORT IT!

THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral...

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THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral homepage has a place to report and make positive suggestions.

Our Superintendent is doing more than any other in this effort. We need to support him in ways that are meaningful. He gets reports. Reports may not be true. It is up to us to tell him the truth. It is our new civic duty in a place like chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-overtime-ig-report-20171004-story.html

    Chicago police overtime monitored loosely and ripe for abuse, report finds
    The Chicago Police Department has failed to closely monitor its massive spending on officer overtime - a combined $575 million over the last six years - or take measures to prevent officers from abusing the system, an investigation by the city's watchdog concluded.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

4 days ago

who is interested in signing up with States Attorney Prosecutor?

The States Attorney Office is interested in making a MAP of public and private Camera addresses. Would u be willing to sign up for this list?

the purpose is to get evidence for crimes in HIGH CRIME areas like ours.

It could help with Prosecutions

Apr 15

  • Young Man, Let's Have a Real Talk About Personal Grooming

    Mrs. Rizzo is asking for $547.00:
    My students need Old Spice High Endurance Pure Sport Antiperspirant Deodorant so we can mentor our students in caring for, managing and presenting their bodies with pride and confidence.
    Nancy B Jefferson Alternative High School Comment

Apr 13

Updated Apr 13

    Amazon delivers a $1B check to video doorbell maker Ring
    Amazon is expanding its presence in the smart home market. The e-commerce giant announced Thursday it has officially closed the deal to buy the home security device company Ring. It's a reported $1 billion acquisition, making it one of Amazon's biggest purchases. Ring, founded in 2013, has more than three million users.
    https://www.cbsnews.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I have spoken to several on our block who are INTERESTED! I spoke to some technology people in the city. They are interested.

    Hot diggity dog.

Apr 13

    City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2018 PRESS CONTACT: Natalie A. Kuriata, (773) 478-8417 City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List The Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (Public Safety) is announcing its first list of initiated projects related to police and police accountability functions and operations in the City of Chicago.
    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org

Feb 10 2017

Updated Apr 11

Shot spotter strategy! Will it help?

The sound of gunshot will dispatch police who have the special celphomes. Technology is good. Lets see if if this strategy works. POD cameras were/are not widly used as a tool.

Source is from link below

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/news/12302593/chicago-police-deploy-gunshot-detection-technology-to-curb-shootings

    Chicago police deploy gunshot detection technology to curb shootings
    Jan. 28--Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department commanders on Friday touted advances in technology that could help officers pinpoint gunfire instantly, part of their newest efforts to combat gun violence plaguing the city.
    http://www.securityinfowatch.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We had semi automatic fire last week end. We did NOT get police response in seconds.

    Sometimes shots are not counted at all.

Mar 19 2017

Updated Apr 11

What???? No city services ordered or completed in ward 28 ?????

Can this be true???? If it is!!!! Who is to blame????? The ward is a trainwreck

http://chicagoworksforyou.com/ward/28/#/

Checkout chicagoworksforyou.com for your,ward.

    Ward 28
    The citywide dashboard with ward-by-ward views of service delivery in Chicago.
    http://chicagoworksforyou.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The commissioner did not die. Robert Meyers in charge of lights died. He was a remarkable civil servant and the job pressure may have killed him. Many who work extremely hard can work themselves to death. People with his kind of dedication are the real heroes on Chicago government. He...

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    The commissioner did not die. Robert Meyers in charge of lights died. He was a remarkable civil servant and the job pressure may have killed him. Many who work extremely hard can work themselves to death. People with his kind of dedication are the real heroes on Chicago government. He was humble and even tempered. He would bristtle if I told,him stories like yours,and deny defects in the system. He was loyal to the union and his people.

    Foia service requests for alley lights using the range of addresses on your block. See what the real status of where your service requests went. If u see that requests were marked"completed" and they were not; send to the commissiomer Rebekah Scheinfeld and IG Josepj Ferguson.

    The object is to hold workers responsible when they falsify work orders. Falsifying work orders means turning on a time sheet saying you did work when in fact you did not. People who have been playing this game for decades have gotten away with their cheating and fraud because WE do not report them to the proper authorities.

    You know the best way to get city service is to ask the mayor and commissiomer. Why didn't u do this?

    Letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org
    Rebekah.scheinfeld@cityofchicago.org

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We are trying to get the 11th District to follow (3) Directives given to me by Gen Csl of CPD. Riding for 6 months with an Area North CAPS co coordinator the (3) Directives were not followedto the letter.

    We requested Organized Crime fill in forms and got better results....

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    We are trying to get the 11th District to follow (3) Directives given to me by Gen Csl of CPD. Riding for 6 months with an Area North CAPS co coordinator the (3) Directives were not followedto the letter.

    We requested Organized Crime fill in forms and got better results. They are now too busy to do it.

    We will now have clusters of people fill in 21-235 forms and submit them directly to the Superintendent, the responding department, and Dept of Information Technology.

    We expect having heads of Departments track orders that can be foia'd will help improve city service requests.

    There is some kind of conventional wisdom that needs to change. We PAY civil servants who are on our streets, sidewalks, etc hour by hour. YET instead of them ordering service we need or supervisors or Aldermen ordering what we need THE RESPONSIBILITY IS SHIFTED TO US.

    MANAGEMENT needs to hold their staff ACCOUNTABLE. CAPs is Directed to turn in service requests and does not in any meaningful way in ghettos. Instead city employees push their responsibility on to citizens. Citizens give up when they call time and time again and do not get service. The IG needs to follow the order trails and punish slackers.

    It is great you are able to get city service! We are getting pretty good service in a 6-8 block test area but it is a daily email paper trail.

Mar 28 2017

Updated Apr 11

New CPD Strategic Decision Strategies to fight crime

Lets see if things get better. Jonathan seems to be sincere. Can he get better results? Technology used effectively can bring wusmtum leaps,in,oroductivity. GOOD LUCK we need a guy like u desperately.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=54-z8_s9Nbc

    Chicago Police Department Highlights New Technology
    This video is a brief introduction of the new Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC) and the shot-spotter technology helping Chicago Police Officers combat crime.
    https://www.youtube.com/
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Today CPD got 10Mil for more sdsc rooms. THANKS to the billionaire who donated.
    The problem is, in the camera room people at 11 do not get police service even when they call 911. What is that about?

    News does not match reality on the street. Keeping people honest is difficult indeed!

Jun 17

Updated Apr 11

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Oh, forgot to say Do not use the app. It has a 30-40% error rate in Google addressing. It is HORRIBLE and will result in union people coming out to a wrong address.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    CAPs has a form 21-235. they are supposed to use it to Register and Monitor
    1. Community Concerns 2. City services.

    If it doesn't work at your Beat meeting; fill out the form, send it to the Superintendent and ask he get it done.

Jun 22

Updated Apr 11

Link to Police Directives

Follow this link. you can find a treasure trove of police services you never dreamed of let alone knew exist. No more whining about not getting service. Quote the directive

http://directives.chicagopolice.org/directives/

    Chicago Police Department Directives System
    http://directives.chicagopolice.org
  • Can't say, at this point, that I have favorite topics. This is a learning experience for me, and so I will have to delve further into it. I think maybe I would like to work on keeping crime low in my area.

    Will keep plowing through the material.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did u achieve anything Gabe? What was it?

Apr 09

ATTORNEY GENERAL holds neighborhood meetings on Police

Here is a list of evenings where the ATTORNEY GENERAL will hold evening meetings.

If you have an interest in what we are ENTITLED TO please attend

http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/upcoming-dates/

    Upcoming Dates
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office is partnering with community organizations to hold a number of Consent Decree Community Roundtables. These roundtables will include a brief overview of the consent decree process followed by small group discussions to ensure all interested Chicago residents have a meaningful opportunity to provide input.
    http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org

Apr 07

  • Are You There God? It's Us Your Girls!

    Mrs. Rizzo is asking for $543.51:
    My students need feminine hygiene products and especially the U by Kotex CleanWear Ultra Thin Pads with Wings, to come of age with dignity and confidence.
    Nancy B Jefferson Alternative High School Comment

Apr 05

Apr 04

Mar 27

Sampler Series to tell story of FDR friend Lillian Keating Donovan

FDR and "Donny" soon became fast friends and frequent pen pals. As president, in 1933 Roosevelt appointed her deputy collector of the Internal Revenue Service in Chicago.

    Sampler Series to tell story of FDR friend Lillian Keating Donovan
    McHenry County was home to an extraordinary number of women who made a difference in American history. They include Elizabeth Shurtleff, an outspoken advocate for women's rights and Dr. Myrtle Shaw, who assisted Jonas Salk in the development of the life-changing polio vaccine.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

Mar 26

Updated Mar 26

Here is the Justice Department report on Chicago Police

There are 164 pages. Pg 14&15 and 134-39 talk about CAPS failures. The Fderal Civil Rights Department wrote this report about Chicago Police problems. It has a nice index. Pick what you like tor ead by topic.

https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/file/925771/download

    https://www.justice.gov
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Superintendent Johnson is attempting to revamp CAPS and make it a viable department..

    If you have suggestions email: Eddie.Johnson@chicagopolice.org

    His new Caps Chief is Dwayne.Betts@chicagopolice.org. Talk to him too.

    If you get good results please post here.

Mar 25

Mar 22

Drug dealers in full swing and destroying your block?

Use this Anonymous tip line to submit info. Am getting calls to help get cameras operable. Turns out they are operable but Police do not dispatch from SDSC camera surveillance. All complaints are coming from residents in District 11 Controlled camera room. 6 so far.

The latest said that CPD revealed their identity to the dealers We don't need more dead or shot people on our blocks.,

The City has this special tip line for those who are afraid of...

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Use this Anonymous tip line to submit info. Am getting calls to help get cameras operable. Turns out they are operable but Police do not dispatch from SDSC camera surveillance. All complaints are coming from residents in District 11 Controlled camera room. 6 so far.

The latest said that CPD revealed their identity to the dealers We don't need more dead or shot people on our blocks.,

The City has this special tip line for those who are afraid of drug dealers. it also features a reward.

Go to town. Report crime tips. Post if you got good results. We need to see if this is a real tool or a tinkertoy.

Print and give to everyone you know who needs it.,

https://home.chicagopolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/TXT2TIP-Brochure-2017.pdf

    https://home.chicagopolice.org

Mar 15

Mar 08

Updated Mar 11

Amazon reduces Prime fee to Medicade people!

Take a look at the article below. Amazon will reduce fees to medicad and EBT people. This would be really good for those who cannot get out much and need to get quality goods at a low price.

Am old enough to remember the innovations WalMart made in the 60s and 70s. We American consumers benefited from big discounts on quality name brands.

Amazon and Walmart are going head to toe. Theory is that competition is good. I hope it...

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Take a look at the article below. Amazon will reduce fees to medicad and EBT people. This would be really good for those who cannot get out much and need to get quality goods at a low price.

Am old enough to remember the innovations WalMart made in the 60s and 70s. We American consumers benefited from big discounts on quality name brands.

Amazon and Walmart are going head to toe. Theory is that competition is good. I hope it does not lead to cannibalism where competition is so steep someone gets hurt.

If you know some seniors who can't get out much...on medicaid...let them know about this on your block. I will tell the ones I know on Fulton and Walnut.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/amazon-launches-low-cost-version-140054429.html

    Amazon launches a low-cost version of Prime for Medicaid recipients
    Amazon announced this morning it will offer a low-cost version of its Prime membership program to qualifying recipients of Medicaid.
    https://finance.yahoo.com
  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Also, you can shop on Amazon without a Prime membership. There will be a minimum order for free delivery, and you won't get all the perks (like free video content).

    That said, with the Amazon rewards Visa card, we get 5% back on all Amazon purchases (and 1-2% back on other purchases), which more than covers the membership fee. The 5% now also applies to purchases at Whole Foods

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I hope East Garfield Park low income seniors will hook up to this good deal that would help them have access to better goods. The digital divide will slow them down. Maybe one of the grand kids will help them.

Mar 09

Updated Mar 10

Lost dog - Black lab mix - Last seen at wood and cullerton

He is all black, white fur on chest and tips of paws. Has a heart collar with red fake gems the says “Khal”. If seen please call six three zero 843 one one 78

Mar 09

Beat 1123 Meetings get more intesting

Heard that Beat 1123 was energized this week. 6 Officers attended and promised to help residents on the 3200 w, Walnut block full of gang/drug/shooting/murders. If efforts are real this is long overdue AND Welcome. A new CAPS Chief might be able to get CAPS in the right position. LETS hope so.

If u live in Beat 1123 plz attend. An active dedicated group of residents can make a world of difference.

Mar 08

Weight Watchers

Hello. Is anyone interested in joining WW? I just joined and I go downtown to the meetings. If we can get 15 people interested in attending meetings they would provide a group leader. Then I would ask Harrison Park if we could use a meeting room. If you are interested please contact me with your phone # and your preference for AM, Lunch or PM times. Thank You! Be Well. :-)

Mar 04

Mar 03

  • Swing Batter Batter!

    Mr. Fearing is asking for $494.02:
    My students need new baseball training equipment to improve their skills and compete at the next level.
    Noble St Charter School-Uic Comment

Feb 27

Spreading gypsum on your parkway, lawn, garden will help them grow!

Have been using gypsum on our parkway and garden for the past couple years. It works wonders. Makes sense. Tired old dirt can use some help in feeding roots. Menards has 40 lb bags for just $5 bucks last year., You can do every parkway on a block!

Feb 27

Filing date endssoon for Senior exemption on Real Estate Taxes

Going downtown to file for a Real Estate Tax exemption,. If you qualify and did not do it yet...hurry up and do it. Not sure if the extended deadline is 3/1....find out and DO IT NOW. or loose some $$

Feb 27

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Hustle and Heart Set Us Apart

    Mr. Fearing is asking for $704.14:
    My students need new training soccer equipment to further develop their skills on the field.
    Noble St Charter School-Uic Comment
  • Live - Love - Pitch

    Mr. Fearing is asking for $508.52:
    My students need new a bat and game balls for the upcoming softball season.
    Noble St Charter School-Uic Comment

Feb 23

Updated Feb 25

Found a small black dog

We found a smallish black dog with brown legs. She's got gray eyes and I can tell a bit older. Prettt clean and well groomed, not sure if lost or abandoned. 773-317-2574

Feb 25

  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    2017 Fire Service Upgrade Mandate On Fourteen (14) Elevators; #1,#2,#4,#5,#7,#8,#9,& #10 3200lb.cap, 5-Floors. #3 10,000lb.cap, 3-Floors. #6 & #11 3200lb.cap, 3-Floors. And Garage #1, #2, & #3 3500lb.cap, 6-Floors. Pursuant To The Scope Of Work Submitted. EV004961

    1100 S. Hamilton Ave. Issued February 21, 2018 Comment

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