28 hours ago

    NYPD's assistant inspector general chosen as Chicago's police watchdog
    An assistant inspector general riding herd over the New York Police Department has been chosen to serve as Chicago's deputy inspector general for public safety. Joseph Lipari replaces Laura Kunard, who resigned from the $137,052-a-year job in January after just six months on the job.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

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Apr 19

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 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.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Gini, did u do the plan? Did u get good results?

2 days ago

Poor HD reception?

Found a 150 mile HD TV antenna. It works really well. Most of pixles reduced and channels are more clear.

On my block lots tell me they have problems with this. Here is the solution!

4 days ago

Does anybody remember ECON101 in High School?

There was a guns/butter price chart. Economic said that the more guns produced the less butter would result. Guns means military. Butter means consumer items.

Since no one is using classic economics jargon; does this mean that Trump asking for other countries to spend MORE on military is an attempt to start an ARMS RACE?

This is all crouched in other countries NOT paying their fair share. But there is no pie between nations that mandates they pay into the...

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There was a guns/butter price chart. Economic said that the more guns produced the less butter would result. Guns means military. Butter means consumer items.

Since no one is using classic economics jargon; does this mean that Trump asking for other countries to spend MORE on military is an attempt to start an ARMS RACE?

This is all crouched in other countries NOT paying their fair share. But there is no pie between nations that mandates they pay into the pie..I presume the 2% percentage based on gdp means everyone should build a military for their own country. No where is it written one country should fund all.

This one country invading other countries is not part of the equation for NATO. the US is not picking up somebody elses' share of payment. We CHARGE countries when we invade them so the $$ come back to us in many ways.

There is no transparency in $$ in and $$ out for the cost of war, invasions, etc.

This is all very unclear when one THINKS closely about what we consume in the news.

If the ultimate goal is to reduce war, reduce military spending, create PEACE....ramping up all countries in an ARMS RACE will continue to drain $$ off of what Residents in countries need. Example: Infrastructure like roads. Schools. Our own law enforcement, a healthy consumer society.

Any economists out there who can chime in? THANKS

If we take it even further and say military in Chicago is Police; Military for State is State Police; Military for County is Cook County Sheriff...,does that mean Chicago spends too much on military.

Evidence would say that 2/3rds of the city is a blighted slum and that is possible.
My block is not so bad but has 2 vacant lots and 3 abandoned buildings. However, neighboring streets have as many as HALF vacant lots. Some are 705 vacant lots and vacant housing.

Jul 07

Updated 6 days ago

What is your opinion of the Expressway shut down?

It was nice to see the Mayor, Superintendent, Marchers in solidarity.

  • @gpblight

    Yes, totally agree! That's why it's an absolute joke that Rahm marched. But most people are too ignorant to understand why this was ludicrous. There are things that Rahm can do and it starts with CPS and after-school programming.

    @leanord3000, I am not suggesting in any sense whatsoever that...

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    @gpblight

    Yes, totally agree! That's why it's an absolute joke that Rahm marched. But most people are too ignorant to understand why this was ludicrous. There are things that Rahm can do and it starts with CPS and after-school programming.

    @leanord3000, I am not suggesting in any sense whatsoever that the government is an answer to all of our issues. I am for much smaller government. But what our local government can most certainly do is improve school quality in these areas.

    Regarding jobs, that's great that you had the ability to move whenever you got a job but I think you are failing to understand that black youth needs jobs in their community to learn skills first, such as working in a local ice cream shop, fast food restaurant, grocery store, bussing tables, whatever. These jobs are non-existent because these communities are devoid of businesses.

    And about guns, why is it that I know many people with guns who have them legally, yet they haven't committed any crime using a gun? Don't blame the gun. It's an inanimate object. A kid in NJ was recently hacked to death with a machete. It's not the weapon because anything can be a weapon, even a baseball bat or a golf club so let's get real here.

    There is something profoundly wrong in these black neighborhoods and what they have in common is poverty, dependence on the government dole, no jobs, no city services, horrible schools, gangs and drugs. They are living in a horrific reality and stuck where they are. You think they wouldn't move if they could? It's not so simple.

  • Leonard2003 kyria

    With public transportation any 16 year old can get to entry level restaurant jobs which are plentiful downtown. Don't say they can't! Why do the jobs have to be on their block? Take a job any job. It's what I did. People around the world and here in America travel...

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    With public transportation any 16 year old can get to entry level restaurant jobs which are plentiful downtown. Don't say they can't! Why do the jobs have to be on their block? Take a job any job. It's what I did. People around the world and here in America travel miles to find work and to go to work. Why should it be different for the teenagers of Chicagos South and west sides. Poverty isn't exclusive to Chicago. I hear excuse after excuse. Complaining about this and waiting for hand outs. Not right. Get up and do it and you will see change.

Jul 06

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Jul 03

Updated Jul 05

Lost Cat, Pilsen (18th and Ashland)

I lost my cat, Squirrel Saturday afternoon. The door was left open during a move and she got out.

She was last seen by my apartment at 18th Street and Ashland in the Pilsen neighborhood.

She is a 6 year old female domestic long hair. She is grey with some cream, tan and white markings. She has green eyes and a tipped left ear.

She was timid and is still slow to warm to strangers but has really started to...

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I lost my cat, Squirrel Saturday afternoon. The door was left open during a move and she got out.

She was last seen by my apartment at 18th Street and Ashland in the Pilsen neighborhood.

She is a 6 year old female domestic long hair. She is grey with some cream, tan and white markings. She has green eyes and a tipped left ear.

She was timid and is still slow to warm to strangers but has really started to come into her own. I have had her as an indoor house cat for the past 5 years in Chicago. I assume with her behavior and personality that she is likely scared and hiding somewhere right now.

I am distraught over the whole situation.

  • I used to bang canned food around my home to find my guys if they got out. Try that, and call her, maybe you'll find her. Good luck!!

  • She is probably hiding somewhere nearby. Put out her litter box. When it is quiet, go out and call to her. She could also have gotten into an open garage so check with your neighbors. I am confident she will find her way home. My friend lost her cat the same way and she came home 28 days later.

  • So sorry that you lost your cat. I think that there are several facebook and other sites where you can post your pictures and see if someone has found her. If you need help with that, I am happy to search other threads for the links.

    Hope this helps.

Jun 28

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    replace drywall, doors, windows, and casing/trim replacements. Plumbing fixture replacement only in same locations.Bathroom and Kitchen. cabinets replacement. Exterior masonry repairs throughout the building. Replace/Repair rear 1 story open wood deck.

    2125 W. 18th St. Issued June 26, 2018 Comment

Jun 27

Jun 22

For those who got a LARGE LOT

Found a really nice schematic decision making tree for buyers to use! It is really nice.

https://largelots.org/static/documents/LISC%20Large%20Lots%20Activation%20Guide.pdf

    https://largelots.org

Jun 22

Jun 22

Jun 08

Updated Jun 21

Problems getting 911 response?

This past week a 911 Supervisor filed a SPECIAL ATTENTION for the address that is problematic.

With a SPECIAL ATTENTION CPD will have to do more.

Never talk to the front line operator. Always speak to a Supervisor. Ask what additional things they can do when 911 OEMC calls are not responded to by CPD.

You can foia the special attentions. Then throw them to the IG. Perhaps the Ig will get better results than we residents who do not get 911 responses that are meaningful.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Just got good news! 11th District will carry 21-208 forms. This means residents can request cars fill out a service request for US.

    Go ahead, gert a wish list and order away!

    Need pot hole fixed? Need tree trimmed? Flag down a Beat car and ask them to fill out...

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    Just got good news! 11th District will carry 21-208 forms. This means residents can request cars fill out a service request for US.

    Go ahead, gert a wish list and order away!

    Need pot hole fixed? Need tree trimmed? Flag down a Beat car and ask them to fill out this form.

    In the event they DO NOT have the form on them post here. They will be disobeying the CAPS Chief Directive and we need to let him know so he can do something about it!

    Post here date, time, patrol car no who SUCCESSFULLY ordered and those WHO REFUSED.

    Both need to get the right kind of credit.

    This is GOOD FOR US. The COMMUNITY CONCERNS AND CITY SERVICE DIRECTIVE is finally getting implemented. It is a decade old and never used for our benefit.

    Your new civic duty is to ORDER AWAY and let the Superintendent and Caps Chief know when the Patrol cars disobeyed their order. To be on the safe side, have the form on hand and tell them to fill out.

    You now have a little power. USE it!!

Jun 08

Updated Jun 21

Does anyone have a RING doorbell?

Can you tell your experience? THANKS Several on our block are considering getting one.

  • Tomorrow is another day Happy resident of North Park Village

    Hey, gpblight, if you haven't bought the Ring doorbell, and you want to, go to QVC.com. Today, Saturday, they have a special: $84.95 with 5 easy payments of $16.99 (and free shipping too!). There you can watch a video presentation and see reviews.

    I hope you get this in time.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We had our 2nd meeting on our block. It looks like we may have 5-6 neighbors getting a RING device. We are all encouraged by the product. Thanks Tomorrow, we missed the sale. That was thoughtful of you.

Jun 21

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    THE REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING REAR PORCH IN DISREPAIR IN SAME LOCATION. ALSO INCLUDED IN THE SCOPE OF WORK IS A DECK AT GRADE IN THE REAR YARD BETWEEN THE PRINCIPAL STRUCTURE AND THE GARAGE AND THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW DEDICATED 60-AMP PUBLIC ELECTRIC PANEL TO SERVICE THE PUBLIC SPACES OF THE EXISTING THREE-FLAT. THE CURRENT USE IS CLASS A-2, MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING, AND WILL NOT CHANGE. THE EXISTING CONSTRUCTION OF THE PRINCIPAL BUILDING AND GARAGE IS III-B.

    2137 W. 18th Pl. Issued June 19, 2018 Comment

Jun 19

Jun 16

Free Summer Solstice Party : food, drink, live music, raffle with prizes, baby goats!

Join us for our Summer Solstice Grand Opening Party! The party is FREE and open to all. Bring your family and friends!

When: Saturday, June 23rd from 4-7 PM. Rain or shine.
Where: Blue Island Traditional Medicine. 1843 S. Racine Ave. (on the corner of 19th and Racine)
Who: We are a holistic health clinic offering acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese herbs, yoga, nutritional counseling, and animal therapy
What: Our grand opening party! Celebrate the summer & our open doors. We will have snacks, beverages, a band, a raffle with prizes from local businesses, and a visit from our therapy animals (five baby goats and a pony (!)).
How much: Free
More information: www.blueislandtraditionalmedicine.com. Instagram: @blueislandmedicine

Jun 13

Holistic health clinic opens in Pilsen

Dear friends and neighbors,
Blue Island Traditional Medicine is officially open! We're excited to invite you to 1843 S. Racine Ave. to see our beautiful space and to let us treat you.

We are a community holistic health clinic offering acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese herbs, nutritional counseling, yoga, and animal therapy in a historic 1870’s building in the heart of Pilsen. You can book an appointment with us by calling 312.291.8298 or read more about our services and book online at...

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Dear friends and neighbors,
Blue Island Traditional Medicine is officially open! We're excited to invite you to 1843 S. Racine Ave. to see our beautiful space and to let us treat you.

We are a community holistic health clinic offering acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese herbs, nutritional counseling, yoga, and animal therapy in a historic 1870’s building in the heart of Pilsen. You can book an appointment with us by calling 312.291.8298 or read more about our services and book online at www.blueislandtraditionalmedicine.com

If you are a Pilsen resident, you receive your first treatment (acupuncture or bodywork) 25% off, and if you are a Pilsen small business owner, your first acupuncture treatment is free.

Mark your calendars: our Grand Opening Summer Solstice party will be Saturday, June 23rd from 4-7 PM... We hope to see you there!

    Welcome
    Holistic, person-centered healthcare in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Effective and long-lasting solutions.
    https://www.blueislandtraditionalmedicine.com

Jun 10

Jun 02

May 31

We have a Deputy for Public Safety!

Many have problms they+post on EB. Maybe this person/department can HELP U!

Take a risk! Seek them out!

http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/about-the-office/employment-opportunities/now-hiring/deputy-inspector-general-for-public-safety/

    DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
    Copyright © 2008 - 2018 City of Chicago Office of Inspector General, All Rights Reserved.
    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org

May 31

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATION, INCLUDING MEP TO EXISTING 6 RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNITS FOR EXISTING 6 RESIDENTIAL UNITS 3 STORY BRICK BUILDING W/ BASEMENT AS PER PLANS (CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.)

    2117 W. 18th St. Issued May 29, 2018 Comment

May 28

Updated May 30

Are things better for those living in the 11th District?

Do u live in the 11th District? The Commander regularly goes on TV and says how things are getting better here. Do you agree or disagree? Please post your opinion here and give as many details as you can.

  • Police Commanders are just like Politicians, Don't believe any words coming out of their Mouths!!!

May 25

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