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Updated Feb 08

Bahooey for sympathy. There is NO DISPLACEMENT in EGP. We are 70% a vacant lot or neighborhood

Pander, Pander, Pander....push hot buttons to gain sympathy and support.

Seems only the anti gentrification people get airtime and no one talks about economics, the tax base, crime and violence in contest of what goes on in a destroyed neighborhood. 2/3rds of Chicago map is a destroyed neighborhood with vacancy rates so high criminals rule the streets. Turn on the news daily and hear about murder, shooting, carjacking with the highest number in the neighborhoods anti gentrifiers want to stay...

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Pander, Pander, Pander....push hot buttons to gain sympathy and support.

Seems only the anti gentrification people get airtime and no one talks about economics, the tax base, crime and violence in contest of what goes on in a destroyed neighborhood. 2/3rds of Chicago map is a destroyed neighborhood with vacancy rates so high criminals rule the streets. Turn on the news daily and hear about murder, shooting, carjacking with the highest number in the neighborhoods anti gentrifiers want to stay the same.

Change aka progress occurs every moment in the day in every country in the world. Preparing to change is crucial to ones' survival as progress wipes out jobs. It is progress not China killing US jobs. Already the $15 per hour folk have wiped out some percentage of kiosk fast food jobs. McDonalds already has them as do some other fast food restaurants. Cars wipped out the horse and buggy. Electricity wiped out Gas lights. The list goes on forever of how progress displaces.

The solution is to KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES. Get an education or training in a job that will pay a decent wage. Buy in a disinvested/destroyed neighborhood and ride the profit train for 20-30 years. If you are lucky u can make a million bucks. What a happy event that is for some I know who rode that train and could cash out at retirement.

There should be MORE on how to survive a 70% vacant neighborhood changing to a fully occupied neighborhood. There should be instructions on how to get in on this opportunity. Pitfalls should be explained. Benefits should be explained.

source: npr

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/28/581280992/there-isn-t-a-just-housing-choice-how-we-ve-enabled-the-pains-of-gentrification

    'There Isn't A Just Housing Choice': How We've Enabled The Pains Of Gentrification
    Gentrification is no longer something that just happens in low-income neighborhoods. As the phenomenon displaces communities of color, from Inglewood to Washington, D.C., "gentrification" has been co-opted to include food and culture as well. So, what does the loaded term really mean? According to urban sociologist John Schlichtman, gentrification cannot happen without disinvestment.
    https://www.npr.org
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    When someone wants to push a hot button they say gentrification.

    The truth is that URBAN RENEWAL is important!

    Chicago does not develop the city in any kind of fair and just way. Resources are not allocated in a fair way. The rich get richer.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did u see the Catholic Charities Deacon Tom Roberts and MGM CBS special on the news? Search john Blackstone,CBS and u can see it.

    Looks like MGM is joining Starbucks in systematizing food waste! It is uplifting.

    I deliver Whole Foods Church donations and Breakthrough donations to Seniors in EGP. They Love it! Trying foods they never would have even known existed is part of the "surprise" box.

Apr 28

Updated Feb 05

Welcomeaboard Laura Kumard!

An extremely qualified woman has been selected by the mayor and Inspector General to help write the wrongs in the Chicago police department.

Source Chicago Tribune Linkee qualified woman has been selected by the mayor and Inspector General to help write the wrongs in the Chicago police department.

Source Chicago Tribune Link below below. If you see something you believe is inappropriate, illegal, needs a spotlight. Send her an email.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-cop-ig-appointment-met-0607-20170406-story.html

    Chicago inspector general names new police oversight chief
    A criminologist who once headed up a Chicago nonprofit group focused on public safety and social justice has been appointed to a post from which she would audit the city's efforts to reform the Police Department.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Feb 09 2016

Updated Feb 05

What happens when good cops snitch on bad cops?

There is so much talk of residents refusing to,co,operate with police. Some are not aware/refuse ro believe howfar,rhe Blue Code of Silence goes.

Read how Police treat good.cops. It is an eye opener for most. It os denied by many who,want the system to stay the same.

We need to protect the good cops and out the bad ones.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2426328

  • ihuntbeavers Ombudsmen

    Furgeson is long time Inspector General at City Hall ! He is the main problem with corruption in the City of Chicago ! He should step down or be removed today !
    Tell me why he not pursuing Minister Leon Finney anymore?
    Did T.W.O clean up their act ? Why...

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    Furgeson is long time Inspector General at City Hall ! He is the main problem with corruption in the City of Chicago ! He should step down or be removed today !
    Tell me why he not pursuing Minister Leon Finney anymore?
    Did T.W.O clean up their act ? Why do you not read up on that affair Furguson Vs Reverend Leon Finney and TWO and tell Us why other Chicago Residents and Vendors do not get the same Gentle treatment from the Inspector General office at City hall and Other city Inspector General offices? !

    Rubber Stamp would be better ! These people are brown nosing yes Men and Women! That document you speak of (190pg document Task Force on Police Accountability) is just more smoke from Mayor Rahm !
    How much did it cost the City of Chicago for Mr Furguson to compile that Report ?
    1st stop to better City of Chicago government accountability is to Dismiss the Inspector General at Chicago public schools , Chicago housing authority And replace them with some honest Professionals that can go to the State and federal Attorney without asking permission from the Mayors office!
    Most Major Housing authority agency's in America have realized that a (in house) Housing agency Inspector general is worthless and not very independent.
    I can Confidently Say the Chicago housing Authority Inspector general office has a very low grade under the current Inspector general and her assistant just a waste of millions of Dollars every year !
    Expect Chicago housing to return to Crime and living conditions of 1990s due to the current corruption and incompetence at CHA.
    I only make these statements because i believe and know them to be true from Research and investigation of Facts.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Eddie Johnson is making attempts to restructure and help residents in violent neighborhoods!

Apr 05 2016

Updated Feb 05

What can u do to whistleblow?

Many on my block are wise to the fact nothing sustainable comes from many NFPs. We go to countless/endless meetings for DECADES yet things get worse rather than better. Qualified people are passed by while jobs are sustained for those who produce nothing.

Our ANTI VIOLENCE initiatives are nothing but a sham. We pay tax dollars.
They are used for the political gains of our elected officials. We get nothing.

Only government can get away with these misappropriations in tax...

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Many on my block are wise to the fact nothing sustainable comes from many NFPs. We go to countless/endless meetings for DECADES yet things get worse rather than better. Qualified people are passed by while jobs are sustained for those who produce nothing.

Our ANTI VIOLENCE initiatives are nothing but a sham. We pay tax dollars.
They are used for the political gains of our elected officials. We get nothing.

Only government can get away with these misappropriations in tax dollars.

The best civic duty we can do,to,sace our block, neighborhood, city, county, state is to WHISTLEBLOW. Who is the real villan? Gamgbangers, organized crime, or organized shams?

More of the corrupt politicians need to go to jail!!,

PLEASE do,what you can to Whistleblow To the IG, Illinois IG, Federal IG the mismanagement you see on your block.

These are Civil Rights issues of Bias.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-anti-violence-grant-audit-met-20160405-story.html

    Audit draft shows more mismanagement in Quinn's anti-violence program
    In his unsuccessful 2014 bid for re-election, then-Gov. Pat Quinn vowed that sweeping changes had cleaned up an unwieldy anti-violence program, but new findings show that widespread problems persisted for two years longer than previously known.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Is the 28th ward alderman caught up in this? Does anyone know?

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The new civic duty. Please participate.

Apr 13 2016

Updated Feb 05

Police Task Force Report/ Blue Code of Silence

The Task Force issues scathing report on CPD and union contract.

Is the Mayor strong enough to implement changes? Poor policing, falsified reports, non use of cpd cameras to arrest criminals, refusing to,report crimes that occur when witnessed by police, the list is long of police inefficiencies.

My block, the surrounding area...are fullof,crime,that necer hits,the records.Why? Police drive by illegal activities and turn a blimd eye. Police refuse to arrest offenders of violent crime,when the community gives them information.

There...

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The Task Force issues scathing report on CPD and union contract.

Is the Mayor strong enough to implement changes? Poor policing, falsified reports, non use of cpd cameras to arrest criminals, refusing to,report crimes that occur when witnessed by police, the list is long of police inefficiencies.

My block, the surrounding area...are fullof,crime,that necer hits,the records.Why? Police drive by illegal activities and turn a blimd eye. Police refuse to arrest offenders of violent crime,when the community gives them information.

There is a total reform that needs to happen and,the core is,the union contract,that protects police,who are,guilty,of wrongdoing. Sounds like,the union needs reform also.

The JD needs to imvestigate the Police Union also. Protecting members guilty of criminal offenses should be illegal.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-police-accountability-report-20160412-story.html

    Chicago police must face 'hard truths' about racist past, task force says
    The Chicago Police Department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul its handling of excessive force allegations before true reforms can take place, according to a scathing draft report from the task force established by Mayor Rahm Emanuel following public unrest over the Laquan McDonald video.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Eddie Johnson is making strides towards improvements by restructuring CAPS. Lets see what happens. I am skeptical because the Blue Flu runs deep. He is making hard choices...lets see if he can make miracles.

Jul 14 2016

Updated Feb 05

Why did the police leave this dead body on,the sidewalk?????

Who is supposed to remove it? People are freaking out on their way to work. ,this is NOT how to build trust and community,support that is for sure. ,it seemed they covered the body,while,they were here. When they left they turned the body over and sprawled it on,the sidewalk.

This is NUTZ!!! Who is in charge at 11th District?????

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did police prepare a false report? Rumor has it,the cause of death was reported as BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA when in actuality a was a BULLET in the head meaning MURDER.

    There were dozens of police and law enforcement people here that night. Does this mean the crime scene was not processed properly? Did a corner come? If so, what is their function?

    HOW CAN A BULLET IN THE HEAD BE CONFUSED WITH TRAUMA?

    Anybody got info? Please post.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did CPD Detectives solve this murder???

Jun 17

Updated Feb 05

  • 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.

Feb 03

Jan 30

Updated Jan 30

When Cops Committ Crime

Found this on the internet. Did not check it out to figure out how accurate.

With Chicago's history we need data like this!

Source Vice
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/595kv3/police-crime-database

    This is the first database that tracks America's criminal cops
    Twelve years ago, a criminal justice master's student named Philip Stinson got into an argument with his grad school classmates about how often police officers committed crimes. His peers, many of whom were cops themselves, thought police crime was rare, but Stinson, himself a former cop and attorney, thought the problem was bigger than anyone knew.
    https://news.vice.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

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

    click this police department link. Find 3 Directives

    Community Relations Strategy
    Community Concerns and City services
    SDSC Camera

    You will be SHOCKED at what service we are supposed to get compared to what we actually get.

    There are reformers and anti reforms in the system. the reformers are doing...

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

    click this police department link. Find 3 Directives

    Community Relations Strategy
    Community Concerns and City services
    SDSC Camera

    You will be SHOCKED at what service we are supposed to get compared to what we actually get.

    There are reformers and anti reforms in the system. the reformers are doing a great job. The anti reformers (slackers) are actively engaged in the Blue Flu. We need to inoculate the city and rid the force of those who don't wan't to do their job.

    If ME TOO is coined we need a slogan Go after slackers.

    For those who "don't blame them" because the job is dangerous...think again. Don't take a dangerous job if your dna is not wired to handle danger.

    Drs are not afraid of blood. Soldiers go to war despite intense fear. Police should have the disposition, ethic, commitment to serve and protect. Who in their right mind would pay employees for 20% productivity and 80% failure. The Chicago way is way off mark.

    The Justice Department Civil Rights Division, States Attorney, Attorney General, Chicago Task Force, Chicago Inspector General ALL agree Chicago Police need reform.

    How we get what we are entitled to is to read the Directives; When you don't get the service call and report the refusal to serve to a regulatory agency.

    This is the NEW civic duty.

Jan 30

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Jan 29

Police solve murders less than 20% of the time!

Despite having shots fired technology, cameras, a large workforce Police are unable to solve murders (and aother crimes) at a reasonable rate3. 80% of the time no one is caught.

What do residents have to do to curb the Blue Flu a chronic form of police misconduct?
There is lots of false bravado about "what a great job" police do...but numbers say otherwise.

The Community Relations Strategy,Community Concerns and City Services, and SDSC Directives are NOT followed. This is a...

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Despite having shots fired technology, cameras, a large workforce Police are unable to solve murders (and aother crimes) at a reasonable rate3. 80% of the time no one is caught.

What do residents have to do to curb the Blue Flu a chronic form of police misconduct?
There is lots of false bravado about "what a great job" police do...but numbers say otherwise.

The Community Relations Strategy,Community Concerns and City Services, and SDSC Directives are NOT followed. This is a major problem as those Directives are geared to protect help neighborhoods plagued by violence, murder, high crime. Nobody holds CPD Commanders accountable for failure to follow a Police Directive.

Get copy of the Directives and see what you are entitled to officially!

Source is WGN see video, read, see revealing charts below.

https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/chicagos-murderclearance-rate-falls-to-historic-low/fecb9e20-595d-405b-8dd8-331a83f09e1d

    Chicago's Murder-Clearance Rate Falls to Historic Low
    The Chicago Police Department last year solved fewer than one in five murders committed during the year, the lowest rate for that crime in at least a half century, according to new police figures.
    https://www.wbez.org

Jan 28

Capitol Hill Historical Society | Pantages House, a home built for the Hill’s Alexander the Great

...Murphy in the “Capitol Hill district”. Murphy’s home address continued to be listed as 1822 17th near Denny Way, so the home must not have ever been built. But within months...

    Capitol Hill Historical Society | Pantages House, a home built for the Hill's Alexander the Great
    In 2004 the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted to make the Pantages House a Seattle landmark. They had three reasons: its association with Alexander Pantages, its architectural style, and its prominent siting at the corner of Denny and Harvard.
    http://www.capitolhillseattle.com

Jan 23

Updated Jan 24

In search of a small house or apt in Bridgeport , Ch. Il. 60608

The max rent is 900.00

  • Lily Maggie Lily Maggie Bridgeport resident

    Im looking for an apt, or small house to rent in Bridgeport, zip code 60608

    Move In date Jan/2018

  • Hi, we have an available apt at 26th and Princeton, if you are interested. It's a smaller 2 bed for $850.

  • Peter Drossos Douglas Park

    I have a 2 bedroom by Roosevelt and Western. Newly rehabbed. Great unit. Message me if you are interested.

Jan 22

Congrats to Anthony Riccio

Organized Crime Chief was tapped on the shoulder to be 2nd top cop.

He is a wonderful man who cares about residents living in the toughest parts of town. He helps several senior ladies I know on 3200/3300 W Walnut by deploying resources to clean up the shooting, drug dealing, murders on their block.

Congrats AnthonyR and for those who need help; send him an email.

Jan 22

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Jan 11

Updated Jan 12

Cleaning person

Im looking for a cleaning person. I pay $15 per hour. I live on 18th st. Near harrison park. I have a small 1 bedroom.

  • Hi Marla - You can call my room mate Kris. She is interested and we live in the area -- CERMAK & PAULINA. 773-562-9365. I am a slob and she keeps up with my mess so she is pretty good.

Jan 11

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    REMOVE AND REPLACE LIGHT FIXTURES, SWITCHES, AND OUTLETS SAME AS EXISTING IN ALL BEDROOMS, HALLWAYS AND LIVING ROOMS ONLY.

    2024 W. 18th Pl. Issued January 9, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REMOVE & REPLACE 5/8" DRYWALL ON THE EXT. WALLS & 1/2" ON THE INT. WALLS OF A (4) DWELLING APT. BUIDLDING. ELECTRICAL PERMIT FOR THIS JOB IS 100742822

    2024 W. 18th Pl. Issued January 9, 2018 Comment

Jan 11

Jan 10

Winter museum preview: Mummies, Snoopy and the science behind Pixar

...translation of the show’s title. March 23–Aug. 19, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.; www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org or 312-738-1503...

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...with the museum’s annual King Day event and admission is free. Jan. 15-December, 1601 N. Clark St.; www.chicagohistory.org or 312-642-4600...

...Tim Laman and Cornell scientist Edwin Scholes in documenting the birds. Jan. 18-June 17, 2430 N. Cannon Drive; 773-755-5100 or www.naturemuseum.org...

...by such names as Stickley, Wright, Eames and Gehry; Feb. 10-Aug. 11, Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St.; 312-482-8933 or DriehausMuseum.org. More focused in will be “Max Lamb: Exercises in...

...rest, we’ll see how these chairs measure up. March 22-Aug. 26; Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; www.artic.edu or 312-443-3600...

...ago had curly hair, an overbite and died before reaching 50. March 16-April 21, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive; requires Discovery or All-Access pass; 312-922-9410 or www.fieldmuseum.org...

...showcase STEM concepts used by Pixar’s artists and computer scientists. May 24-early 2019, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, www.msichicago.org...

    Winter museum preview: Mummies, Snoopy and the science behind Pixar
    Your resolution for 2018, perhaps, might be to become more cultured. Or just to make the effort to get out of the house a little bit more. The city's museums and nature parks will be, as always, happy to oblige, with a bevy of new exhibitions coming in winter and early spring and lots of free days, especially in February.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Aug 11 2016

Updated Jan 05

Obnoxious Loudness in Pilsen

How can people in certain parts of Pilsen tolerate Banda music and drunkeness in the middle of the night? How? The is a total lack of regard for people who have wake up early. Moreover, if you call the police, you become a target for their animosity. Does anyone know how to silence these folks without becoming a target?

  • Ringo712 Block Captain

    I live in La Villita so it's the same if not more so. It comes with the territory for living around Mexican Immigrants. It's a different way of life you need to get used to if you want to live Amongst different cultures

  • I've been here 6 years..a transplanted South Chicagoan.. Its a shame gentrification has softened peoples ears.. There are bigger fish to fry..but keep complaining about Banda music.. The assault rifles down Cermak Road during school hours bring perspective..

Jan 05

Year of Creative Youth will empower artistic Chicago students

The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA), 1852 W. 19th St., is one of six IncentOvate grant recipients for 2018. IncentOvate is a DCASE grant program that invests in local nonprofit organizations with creative youth-focused projects that have an annual adjusted income of more than $2 million.

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...local organization working to finalize the IncentOvate grant process is the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Amanda Hicks, executive director of communications, said, “A strengthened network can help open up multiple...

Although not every local youth arts program will receive direct funding, organizations such as the Chicago Children’s Theater (CCT) at 100 S. Racine Ave. support DCASE’s implementation of the new initiative.

Marwen, an arts teaching organization at 833 N. Orleans St., and After School Matters, 66 E. Randolph St., which develops cultural activities for teens, are two other local entities that will participate in the Year of Creative Youth.

Marwen, an arts teaching organization at 833 N. Orleans St., and After School Matters, 66 E. Randolph St., which develops cultural activities for teens, are two other local entities that will participate in the Year of Creative Youth.

    Gazette Chicago " Year of Creative Youth will empower artistic Chicago students
    January 4, 2018 The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have dubbed 2018 the Year of Creative Youth. The City will invest more than $2 million to support artistic work of creative youth, provide performance stipends for City of Chicago festivals and partner events, and fund grants for youth arts organizations.
    http://www.gazettechicago.com

Dec 27

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