45 hours ago

Hold On To your Wallets!!

I suspect a lot of folks are gonna be in for a big shock when Jefferson Township starts receiving their new assessments come July. Especially the folks that have been getting away with murder all these years. I looked up a home I pass by regularly and saw it was presently assessed at $223,000. I looked it up on RedFin and saw it last sold for … $400,000!!! Another "mansion" owned by a cop on Overhill, has been paying the freight on a $330,000 assessment when RedFin says it last sold for over $500,000!!!

2 days ago

29th Ward Updates

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Excessive Heat Watch. Residents can use various cooling centers throughout the City including 10 S. Kedzie and CPD locations (24 hours). Also, please note our summer hours. Friday's the office will close at 2:30 pm and open on Saturday's at 9 am.

Jun 06

Updated 2 days ago

Firefighter kneels before football game

Has anyone seen a public statement from Ald. Sposato or Napolitano about this? I know I saw a picture of them at the game.

What do people think of this?

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/black-firefighter-takes-knee-at-charity-football-game-cpd-cfd-garry-mccarthy-anger/

    Black firefighter takes heat after taking knee at police-fire football game
    A political and emotional brush fire is smoldering within a grieving Chicago Fire Department over a national anthem protest that marred a charity football game dedicated to the memory of two fallen Chicago heroes.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • No, the NFL doesn't. They have banned personnel from kneeling if they are on the field for the national anthem. Which itself is a joke since the NFL takes money for those "patriotic" displays. Can't people find something else to get their panties in a bunch over? Who cares if someone kneels or doesn't kneel for the flag?

  • Chris, patriots care, freedom loving citizens care, widowed spouse of military veterans care. The point is that NFL management are hypocrites, and this display of disrespect is irreverent, unnecessary, unacceptable, and intolerable to many.

2 days ago

Register for the Dunning Community Wide Garage Sale!

Be sure to sign up to have your garage sale listed on a community map for the:

Dunning Community Garage Sale - West of Harlem
July 14th and 15th

&

Dunning Community Garage Sale - East of Harlem
July 21st and 22nd

Email subject “Dunning Community Garage Sale” to jaquaglia@yahoo.com w/ your name, address, and phone number to register.

Jun 09

Updated Jun 10

Stupid Question: Why Doesn't The County Assessor Allow You To Hire Independent Assessor?

Why doesn't the county assessor allow you to hire a licensed, independent assessor to determine your property value and thus the taxes? How can Crook County determine the value of a home without setting foot inside? There's "no way" I could get close to what the county says my home is worth! I'm still rockin' a fuse box. No central air. My basement has seen leakage / backups. No remodels since the 1970's. The only water valve that isn't corroded in the open position is the main. I know the answer already but, I would like to hear other opinions.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Every Cook County property owner should file an appeal every time her/his township is open for appeals. It's become a relatively simple, online process.

    Our assessed value went from 357K to 440K in three years, which is ludicrous. Our (1st round) appeal is pending

  • I "suspect" the new formula the assessor is using is similar to what the real-estate industry uses. Jefferson Township gets their assessments in July, 2018. If you wanna see what your new assessment "may" be, check out Zillow, Red Fin, etc. and see what they claim your property is worth.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Crooked system vote these guys out

Jun 08

Jun 01

Updated Jun 02

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #Dunning (Ottawa & Roscoe) Male Mix. White/Brown. Call 773-653-7419. This dog is not for adoption - finder will only accept calls/from the actual owner Friendly. Found 06/01/2018. Cook County. 60634. To see this pet’s location on the Helping Lost Pets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pID=2366897 More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2366897

    Lost Dogs Illinois
    Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #Dunning (Ottawa & Roscoe) Male Mix. White/Brown. Call 773-653-7419. This dog is not for adoption - finder will only accept calls/from the actual owner Friendly....
    https://www.facebook.com

  • Did you have him scanned for a microchip? Most vets can do this and contact the owners! I was a registration assistant today for a vaccine clinic sponsored by Alderman Reboyras and friends of animal care and control. Microchips were free today. Please if your cat or dog never goes...

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    Did you have him scanned for a microchip? Most vets can do this and contact the owners! I was a registration assistant today for a vaccine clinic sponsored by Alderman Reboyras and friends of animal care and control. Microchips were free today. Please if your cat or dog never goes out of the house or yard take a look at this little guy..... He probably escaped...I'm sure he wants to go home!
    Microchip your pet. Update your address and phone number if you move!
    Keep a recent picture with the pets bio and vet, medical history, vaccine history at home and in your safe deposit box. Be proactive and responsible for your pet
    I hope he finds his family!

Jun 02

Jun 02

May 31

Car Dirty? Come get your car washed. Saturday, June 2nd 9AM to 1 PM

Car Dirty? Come get your car washed.
Saturday, June 2nd
9AM to 1 PM

St Pascal Boy Scout Troop 815
Car Wash Fundraiser
St Pascal Church Parking Lot
Moody & Irving Park Rd

May 28

"Wilding Weekend!"

From SSC: Wilding Weekend

"Reports abound.....but not in the media for some reason:
Time for FOP to come out with no go zones for the public. Downtown and Michigan ace were up for grabs last night(Sat). Packs of black youths fighting and damaging property. CTA even shut down northbound red line trains and CPD herded them to the l stops and sent them packing. Target store at Clark and Roosevelt overwhelmed ."

Blatantly absent from the main stream media's Memorial...

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From SSC: Wilding Weekend

"Reports abound.....but not in the media for some reason:
Time for FOP to come out with no go zones for the public. Downtown and Michigan ace were up for grabs last night(Sat). Packs of black youths fighting and damaging property. CTA even shut down northbound red line trains and CPD herded them to the l stops and sent them packing. Target store at Clark and Roosevelt overwhelmed ."

Blatantly absent from the main stream media's Memorial Day morning newscasts! Don't worry Rahm's lap dogs. Nothing will stop those narcissistic suburbanites, hipsters, yuppies, and assorted millennials from venturing downtown. They are untouched by crime. The same types of people that walk home from a bar at 2:00AM with headphones on! "Not gonna happen to ME. I'm a little princess."

May 26

Updated May 27

"Chicago is booming. Not going to bust. Expensive condos, houses and luxury apartments …"

"Chicago is booming. Not going to bust. Expensive condos, houses and luxury apartments being built left and right." Exactly! So why are property taxes and other fees constantly going up? If the tax base is getting bigger, property taxes should actually be going down. Look at Rosemont. They're raking in the dough with their business and convention centers. They then pass the savings on to their residents in the form of property tax reductions.

A post from Second City Cop. I also ask. Then why do taxes and fees keep going up?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Can we drink Starbucks under the bridge

  • U won’t be able to afford Starbucks after the politicians get done with u.

May 23

Updated May 25

Assessments Going Up?!

I've noticed a lot of talk in the media about folks upset with their Crook County property assessments for 2018. Especially in Lakeview. How are they able to view their future assessments? I've looked at the assessors website. The treasurers website. I can't find anywhere with the revised assessments. Any suggestions?

  • I was born and raised in Lakeview, three blocks from Wrigley. My old family home, a two flat, was assessed at (around) $650,000 in 2017. It is now assessed at over $1,100,000! Good luck to the folks that own it now! Although, they knew what they were getting into I suppose.

  • I just figured it out! The assessor is basically using the same formula the real estate industry uses. If you wanna know what your future assessment may be, just go to Redfin or Zillow, etc.

    P.S. I don't feel sorry for the tools that bought my old family home.The last sale price was over $900,000! Seems like $1,000,000 is kind of low now! So they were getting away with murder for awhile.

May 25

May 22

Updated May 24

What is the truth Ald. Sposato

Yesterday, Nick Sposato posted on FB (in all capital letters for emphasis) that the new school being built on Oak Park Ave was going to be a neighborhood high school. Today I see an article saying that it will be a freshman academy for Taft with selective enrollment for 7th & 8th graders and that Sposato attended a meeting on May 8th where he said it was 90% confirmed. Does anyone know the truth? Are our elected officials purposely misleading the public because it is an election year?

http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/21/freshman-academy-for-taft-hs-appears-almost-a-done-deal/

    Freshman academy for Taft HS appears 'almost a done deal' - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The Taft High School Local School Council at its May 8 meeting received good news about the prospects of a new freshman campus to help relieve overcrowding at Taft. "It's almost a done deal that it's going to be a freshman academy," Alderman Nicholas Sposato (38th) told the LSC.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • I know when they opened a new charter school in Avondale it was only Freshman the 1st year. Then freshman and sophomore the next till they build all 4 years. I know charter isn't the same as COPS but this maybe why only Freshman the 1st year.

  • RALPH PAWLIKOWSKI I am Chicagoan

    @Chitownliz Yes, that would be my solution as an alderman too. Freshman first year, Freshman and Sophomore second year, etc. It would be a 4-year transition. The reasoning behind that would be to keep the kids in one school all 4 years. That would prevent current seniors, juniors, and sophomore...

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    @Chitownliz Yes, that would be my solution as an alderman too. Freshman first year, Freshman and Sophomore second year, etc. It would be a 4-year transition. The reasoning behind that would be to keep the kids in one school all 4 years. That would prevent current seniors, juniors, and sophomore kids from transferring from the Taft North campus to the Taft South campus. If this is the plan, then it should be honestly explained to the public this way.

    I remember when Gordon Technical High School went co-ed. The first year plan was to allow freshman girls in, the second year, sophomore girls, third year junior girls, etc. The transition was smooth.

May 23

May 22

Looking for a job?

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May 03

Updated May 22

Water seepage after the rain

Did anybody get some water in their basement after last nights rain? It looks like the water came in to our basement through the wall in 3 spots... did anyone have the same problem? Does anyone have someone they can recommend and give me a ballpark idea of how mich it would cost to fix?

  • Hello everyone, I know that some of you were interested in this topic. I was waiting to see if with more rain everything will be fine and not even one drop after Mark came out to fix the cracks in our basement. Flat fee of $275 per crack (which was...

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    Hello everyone, I know that some of you were interested in this topic. I was waiting to see if with more rain everything will be fine and not even one drop after Mark came out to fix the cracks in our basement. Flat fee of $275 per crack (which was wayyyyyy less than other companies that I called.) He came out quickly and did the work professionally the same day! We are very happy with his work, glad that he's right in the area so he could come out right away. So here's his info as I recommend him 100% Mark 773-517-2390

  • Thank you.

May 19

Apr 30

Updated May 16

Great Rivers Project Needs YOU!

Dear Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a campaign (we had our kickoff meeting in late February) to bring together key stakeholders, from local elected officials to Country, State, and Federal agencies to regional planning bodies, to form a coalition aimed at addressing access and connectivity issues along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail, from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue.

Among the objectives of the coalition are to dive into understanding the...

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Dear Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a campaign (we had our kickoff meeting in late February) to bring together key stakeholders, from local elected officials to Country, State, and Federal agencies to regional planning bodies, to form a coalition aimed at addressing access and connectivity issues along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail, from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue.

Among the objectives of the coalition are to dive into understanding the political, geographic, and funding barriers that exist along this section of the trail. We’ll also be examining how the forming of a coalition, the release of a Phase I engineering study, and the formation of a “Friends Of” group for this section of the trail can serve as instrumental elements in identify solutions and ensuring improvements are made.

You are invited to the next meeting of the Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition, which will take place from noon – 2 pm on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Franklin Park Police Department building (9451 Belmont Avenue, in the Community Room). Lunch will be provided. At this meeting, we’ll have a thorough discussion of the physical constraints (connectivity, flooding, access, etc.) along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail (from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue). We’ll also hear from one of the founders of the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition and the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail on how they formed their organizations and how they identified and achieved their goals.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at the following link: http://go.pardot.com/l/213232/2018-04-24/2whlr

We hope to see you at noon on Wednesday, May 23rd!

Matt Gomez
Trail Advocacy Manager
Active Transportation Alliance
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1782
Chicago, IL 60601
P 312.216.0474 (direct)
F 312.427.4907
matt@activetrans.org

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  • By Neighbors For Neighbors Problems do get solved when neighbors get involved

    Anyone can attend. Please do!

  • By Neighbors For Neighbors Problems do get solved when neighbors get involved

    Good Afternoon Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

    This is just a reminder that the next Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23rd (from Noon – 2 pm at the Franklin Park Police Department building - 9451 Belmont Avenue). Lunch will be provided. If...

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    Good Afternoon Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

    This is just a reminder that the next Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23rd (from Noon – 2 pm at the Franklin Park Police Department building - 9451 Belmont Avenue). Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested in attending and haven’t yet RSVP’d, please do so at: http://go.pardot.com/l/213232/2018-04-24/2whlr

    For this meeting, we’ll be exploring in great detail the existing trail connections and some possible access points along the southern segment of the DPRT with the project managers from Christopher B. Burke Engineering (who are conducting the Phase I engineering study). We’ll also have a presentation from Diane Banta (of the National Park Service), who helped found the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition and Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and was instrumental in getting the Cal-Sag Trail moving forward.

    See you next week!

    Matt Gomez
    Trail Advocacy Manager
    Active Transportation Alliance
    35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1782
    Chicago, IL 60601
    P 312.216.0474 (direct)
    F 312.427.4907
    matt@activetrans.org

May 15

City Sticker Sale Tomorrow

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our City Sticker Sale from 11am - 3pm. The City Clerk Office will also be issuing the new City Key ID cards. We are expecting a high turnout tomorrow. It is a limited supply and it will be on a first come, first serve bases.

May 12

Updated May 13

Seagulls?

Hey all! I'm in my early 50's and this may sound stupid but, I don't remember seagulls being a regular thing in Chicago when I was a kid.

  • They're here at different times of the year and hang around the lake at night. I think they're scavengers because they fly around Wrigley Field after the game to eat scraps.

May 11

MUMS 'N ROSES

Get away with the daily thorns and show HER a special thanks this Mother's Day with a unique rose ice cream [with rose water and edible rose petals] from BISTRO 6050 [6050 W. Irving Park road, just befor the Chicago Public Library]

May 08

Updated May 10

Atrocious Experience at Slice Factory in Elmwood Park

This isn't a particularly hyped type of place, but it does seem to be fairly popular in the new neighborhood I moved to. Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might happen across it.

Absolutely atrocious. Delivery arrived damaged and the driver handed me my food in various boxes outside the bag. I told him I didn’t want to accept the order because it was mostly damaged and leaking and I couldn’t even get it inside in the...

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This isn't a particularly hyped type of place, but it does seem to be fairly popular in the new neighborhood I moved to. Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might happen across it.

Absolutely atrocious. Delivery arrived damaged and the driver handed me my food in various boxes outside the bag. I told him I didn’t want to accept the order because it was mostly damaged and leaking and I couldn’t even get it inside in the state it was in. He more or less shrugged and said take it up with the restaurant. This jerk didn’t even bother to help me carry it upstairs even though it was no longer in deliverable condition.

Called the restaurant to complain and they said they could make me a new order. I declined because I’m not waiting another two hours to deal with the same delivery guy. They said they would refund. When I didn’t get an email saying it was refunded, I called Grubhub. Shocker, the restaurant never called to refund. Grubhub then had to contact the restaurant, who admitted they had received my call but not taken action, and again, offered to remake the order. No dice. I demanded a refund for the portion of my order that was damaged and inedible and for the driver's tip to be refunded.

Even the items that were not damaged were just terrible. A burger and fries are not supposed to be so damp they are falling apart and the Buffalo fries were missing the chicken and bleu cheese that were supposed to come on them (also completely soggy and inedible, I could mush them with a fork they were so soft). I've tried this restaurant once before and they left an item out of the order, but their Cobb salad was great so I decided to give them another shot. Mistake on my end.

Terrible food, terrible service and the delivery guy should be fired. You don't hand someone destroyed, leaking boxes of food, refuse to take it back and not even help them get the order inside. Anyone in the Belmont Cragin and Elmwood Park area steer clear.

  • If it's the one on Grand this this must of happened a while ago because the slice Factory been closed for at least 6 months to a year

  • No. Harlem

May 10

Local Landscaper Wanted

Hello,
We are looking for a local company to do some heavy work on our front and back lawns. We need tilling, some sod, stumps removed and recommendations on what to do with bushes that appear dead to me as well as removal of wood chips and gravel. Looking to get this all done before it gets too far into summer. Thank you!

May 08

COPA will Offer Satellite Hours at Austin Branch Library

COPA begins the launch of its satellite office tomorrow at the Austin Branch Library in partnership with Chicago Public Library. Through this partnership, COPA will host a full day of services where investigators will be available on the appointed dates and times to receive complaints and compliments of Chicago Police Officers. Also, COPA staff will be available to answer any questions community members may have regarding the agency, investigative process and/or receive an update on a pending case.

May 01

29th Ward Community Shredding Event

Please Save The Date. May 19th from 9 am - 1 pm.

Apr 29

Tree Trimming

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced tree trimming service?

Apr 29

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE WINDOW, DOORS, FACIA, SOFFIT,GUTTERS,DOWNSPOUTS,DRYWALL,KITCHEN CABINETS,CERAMIC TILES,TRIMMING,CASING,BASEBOARDS,REFININSH HARDWOOD FLOORING

    3232 N. Oleander Ave. Issued April 27, 2018 Comment

Apr 27

29th Ward Office Closed April 30th

Due to construction, our office will be closed on April 30th. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 1st at 9 am.

Apr 27

29th Ward Alderman Chris Taliaferro City Sticker Sale

29th Ward City Sticker Sale is May 16th here at our Ward Office.
Sales will start at 11 am and end at 3 pm. Please Save the Date.

Apr 26

Plumbing company recommendation?

Can anyone suggest a good reasonable plumbing company to replace my hot & cold water valves for the washer. No need to open wall, just shut down water line in the building. Anyone might be able to give me an estimate? So far I was told $325. I think kinda high. Thx

Apr 21

Updated Apr 25

Concrete stair repair and iron railing repainting contractors

I saw a post on this same topic from 2014, but was looking for more up to date information. I am looking for a contractor to do concrete repair on the front steps of my house. Specifically, I have a crack and separation along the base of the first riser at the walkway (see photo). Other than this there is no major problems with the concrete. Ultimately, what I would like to have done is crack repair, new parge coat, and iron railings prep and paint. Looking for suggestions on contractors used for similar projects in my area. Thanks in advance.

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