12 hours ago

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    REPLACE OUTLET, SWITCHES AND LIGHT FIXTURES ON EXISTING ELECTRICAL LINE. ALSO, REPLACE ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT BREAKER PANEL 24 POSITION 100 AMPS.

    7007 W. Berwyn Ave. Issued June 17, 2018 Comment

4 days ago

Dog Found

A white/black shih tzu was found early this morning around Carmen & Oak Park. The dog was brought to the 16th police station. Please pass the news to neighbors.

4 days ago

Jun 12

Jun 06

Updated Jun 08

    Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects
    The economic bustle in and around O'Hare International Airport yields a strong job market for working-class Chicagoans, a market that's only going to get stronger when O'Hare's long-awaited expansion starts. Plenty of mass transit, including the Blue Line and an array of CTA bus routes, connects Far Northwest Side neighborhoods with the rest of the city.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    "A look at the latter case first. Near Norwood Park, GlenStar Properties wants to build a 299-unit apartment complex along the Kennedy Expressway, just east of O’Hare. As many as 30 of the units would be deemed affordable housing, which means rent for those units would be within reach for...

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    "A look at the latter case first. Near Norwood Park, GlenStar Properties wants to build a 299-unit apartment complex along the Kennedy Expressway, just east of O’Hare. As many as 30 of the units would be deemed affordable housing, which means rent for those units would be within reach for people making 60 percent or less of the neighborhood’s median income.

    The location would be ideal — within walking distance of CTA bus routes, the Blue Line’s Cumberland station, and a Greyhound bus stop.

    Up until recently, however, GlenStar’s proposal looked like a victim of aldermanic prerogative — an unwritten rule that gives aldermen veto power over projects within their wards.

    The complex is proposed in the predominantly white 41st Ward, where Ald. Anthony Napolitano presides. Last fall at a city Zoning Committee hearing, Napolitano said he opposed the project because of concerns about the impact on traffic and local schools. In a lawsuit seeking to get the project approved, GlenStar says Napolitano failed to back up those assertions with data. GlenStar says the real reason for Napolitano’s opposition was the project’s inclusion of affordable housing.

    The zoning committee deferred action on the project indefinitely, and the deadline for a vote on the project expired in January. However, GlenStar officials were recently told their proposal will be put on the agenda for the Zoning Committee’s meeting June 26."..."What do the GlenStar and Full Circle proposals share in common? They each offer affordable housing in a part of the city where the job market’s arrow is up and the demand for lower-wage earners is sure to grow. That’s something that should be enabled. Neighborhoods are at their healthiest when they strike a balance between growth and affordability. Arena gets that. Napolitano doesn’t."

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    Why do the developers and their supporters insist on wanting to make this and other projects about race or poverty when all many of us are asking is not to put in high density housing? Keep the buildings to 4 stories or less and include the 30 assisted housing units and I believe they would find a lot more support.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    6/7/18 Letter to the Chicago Tribune Editor in response to the 6/6 Tribune Editorial:"Letter: Aldermen have too much control over housing in their wards
    June 7, 2018, 1:40 PM

    The Chicago Tribune editorial “Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects” urges affordable housing to be...

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    6/7/18 Letter to the Chicago Tribune Editor in response to the 6/6 Tribune Editorial:"Letter: Aldermen have too much control over housing in their wards
    June 7, 2018, 1:40 PM

    The Chicago Tribune editorial “Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects” urges affordable housing to be considered in the Far Northwest Side of Chicago. For over a century, Far Northwest Side communities have, by design, been residentially segregated. Even today, aldermanic prerogative, an informal practice with no grounding in law, has been manipulated in an unjust manner to exclude under-represented populations. The Far Northwest Side of Chicago needs local and citywide leadership to step up and ensure healthy, inclusive and affordable communities are designed for the future, especially in light of plans to expand O’Hare International Airport.

    The O’Hare expansion is expected to generate 60,000 construction jobs and tens of thousands of permanent jobs in upcoming years. Airport workers will need affordable housing to eliminate hours of commute time. Lessening daily commute time improves quality of life for individuals and families, allowing more time to be spent with children, attend school, work out and become engaged community volunteers. Because of misuse of aldermanic prerogative, the GlenStar Properties project development, containing 299 units, including 30 units of affordable housing, has been in limbo for almost a year. Unless City Council zoning committee members take the high road for the greater good of the city and choose to ignore aldermanic prerogative, in a rare and almost unprecedented manner, the project will not be approved."

    Aldermanic prerogative needs to be re-examined to ensure it is not used to promote segregation in the future.".."Monica Dillon, Chicago"

    SEE the entire letter at:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-letters-chicago-ohare-jobs-segregated-20180607-story.html

Jun 06

May 31

Updated Jun 01

Operation Help A Hero

Operation Help A Hero
There are hundreds of homeless Veterans in Chicago. The City of Chicago is working hard to create a system where any episode of homelessness is rare and brief through the End Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI). As we house these veterans, the transition from shelter or transitional housing to permanent housing, means many veterans do not have basic items to set up a home. Mayor Emanuel, the City Council, and Jewel-Osco are joining together in the month of June to help homeless Veterans in Chicago by creating move-in kits. Please help by donating new household items.
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss/veterans/veteran-news/operation-help-a-hero.html

    operation-help-a-hero
    There are hundreds of homeless Veterans in Chicago. The City of Chicago is working hard to create a system where any episode of homelessness is rare and brief through the End Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI). As we house these veterans, the transition from shelter or transitional housing to permanent housing, means many veterans do not have basic items to set up a home.
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

May 28

  • Wiggle, Bounce, and Rock!

    Mrs. Neshawait is asking for $730.11:
    My students need flexible seating options to help them focus on academics while allowing them to move, wiggle, and bounce while working independently or during centers.
    John W Garvy Elementary School Comment

May 17

Updated May 23

Newbie

We just moved to the neighborhood last month. Looking forward to being a part of the community.

  • Welcome

  • Welcome. You should enjoy it here. I am one of the "Old Farts" around here. Have lived in the Union Ridge/Big Oaks area for over 40 years with no plans to move.

May 20

May 18

  • Take A Stand Or A Seat For Learning!

    Ms. Culen is asking for $1139.65:
    My students need flexible seating to help empower their learning environment. These items will create greater student and less teacher control. It also gives students choice, comfort, collaboration, movement, and a sense of ownership at school.
    John W Garvy Elementary School Comment

May 15

Little Free Libraries in South Oak Park

...by a teacher candidate at Elmhurst College listing a selection of Little Free Libraries in Oak Park and Berwyn, which gave me the idea of putting our weekly walks to a practical use — I...

    Little Free Libraries in South Oak Park
    I'm in the habit of taking a weekly walk of several miles with my friend Bob. Recently I came across a brief flyer prepared by a teacher candidate at Elmhurst College listing a selection of Little Free Libraries in Oak Park and Berwyn, which gave me the idea of putting our weekly walks to a practical use - I mean other than the exercise.
    http://www.riverforest.com

May 09

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Apr 28

Updated Apr 29

Participatory Budget for 41st Ward

Spread the word to all of your friends in the ward about the opportunity to have a say on how the 41st Ward budget of $1million gets allocated.

First, you will be asked to vote on the % of the budget that gets spent on street resurfacing.

Second, you will be asked to vote on how the remaining money should be allocated by ranking 3 bundled community project packages. One of these packages includes the repair/replacement of the NORWOOD PARK sign near the train station. Each voter can rank the projects (from 1 - 3) in order of importance to them.

Voting through 5/11 @ Alderman Napolitano's office:
7442 N Harlem Ave
Mon. 9am-7pm, Tu-Fri 9am-5pm

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    I voted again this year and as part of the Edgebrook Community Association (ECA), we had Board members staffing the voting. I'm glad the 41st Ward has a form of PB. This is a good thing.

Apr 29

Apr 26

  • Love that Poem

    Mrs. Martin is asking for $307.79:
    My students need the book Love that Dog to go with out poetry unit. Reading Love that Dog will expose the children to a rich text that will help them find their "writing voice".
    John W Garvy Elementary School Comment

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