6 hours ago

Our one job is far from over

Governor Rauner chose criminals over children and families when he announced today he would veto a public safety measure that would protect communities from illegal gun trafficking.

We are outraged the Governor sided with the gun manufacturers, their lobby and the criminals who continue to cause death and injury with firearms purchased from unregulated gun dealers. His statement reflects that he has little, if any concern for the children who are murdered each day by gun violence in Chicago and...

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Governor Rauner chose criminals over children and families when he announced today he would veto a public safety measure that would protect communities from illegal gun trafficking.

We are outraged the Governor sided with the gun manufacturers, their lobby and the criminals who continue to cause death and injury with firearms purchased from unregulated gun dealers. His statement reflects that he has little, if any concern for the children who are murdered each day by gun violence in Chicago and the rest of our state.

Corrupt gun dealers in Illinois flood our cities and towns with over 4000 crime guns every year. The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act, a bipartisan measure that passed the General Assembly with a wide margin of support in May will save lives by holding corrupt gun dealers accountable and reducing the number of guns getting into the hands of criminals.

By stating he would veto this bill, Governor Rauner proved once again the gun industry and their lobby are more important than the lives of Illinois children and their families. We urge our lawmakers to be a part of the solution and do whatever is necessary to combat the Governor’s dangerous commitment to veto this bill.

6 hours ago

Rauner Signs 'Red Flag' Gun Law

Gov. Rauner also signed a law that would extend a 72-hour hold on all guns.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a new law to keep firearms away from those who may use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others. Rauner announced the news on social media, saying the "red flag" law, known as the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act, gives law enforcement and family members the chance to prove in court that a person in possession of guns is suffering from mental health issues and is a threat.

The new legislation allows courts to prohibit gun possession or purchase through what Rauner calls emergency civil restraining orders.

https://patch.com/illinois/springfield-il/rauner-signs-red-flag-gun-law

    Rauner Signs 'Red Flag' Gun Law
    SPRINGFIELD, IL - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a new law to keep firearms away from those who may use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others.
    https://patch.com

14 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Farewell Neighnors

Now that EB is transitioning to Next Door where your real name and address is displayed, I tell you, it is not going to happen, I enjoyed the anonymity while reporting crime and giving the heads up on important issues without fear of any retribution from the bad guys. To my neighbors who'll be transitioning to the new site, please be careful what you divulge or report, remember, the bad guys also go through these sites to find out if...

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Now that EB is transitioning to Next Door where your real name and address is displayed, I tell you, it is not going to happen, I enjoyed the anonymity while reporting crime and giving the heads up on important issues without fear of any retribution from the bad guys. To my neighbors who'll be transitioning to the new site, please be careful what you divulge or report, remember, the bad guys also go through these sites to find out if their cover has been blown and to see who is reporting them, of course they probably did it in Every Block I'm sure, but at least here, we remained anonymous. Please remember that anyone can lurke these open sites, not just your good neighbors and the bad guys never post, they just listen, so please be careful, be safe, prosper and be well, I'll miss you all.

  • you can change your privacy to where your address is not shown, only the street. Also, you set where only the people in the same neighborhood as you can see your profile.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Eugene Field(house) River Dumping

Hi Albany Park Neighbors,
On more than one occasion I have seen someone dump plastic bags with animal parts into the bridge passing over the river here. They simply get out of their GMC walk to the river bridge and throw in a bag of animal parts. This also has happened at Central Park. Has anyone else witnessed this and has anyone got a license plate number? I'm hoping to take information to the Alderman. Thanks for your help!

  • What they're doing is gross & wrong on many levels (what type of animal parts and obtained how, etc...?). Hope you can collect enough info to have them caught and stopped.

  • future alderman future alderman

    i would call 311 today and the alderman tomorrow

  • lin ravenswood downsizer

    Call 911. That is a crime to dump, anything, in the river.

21 hours ago

Jul 05

Updated 36 hours ago

Why Are There So Few Bars in Albany Park?

Why are there so few places in Albany Park where one can sit down and have a drink? There are a ton of good restaurants, but so few of them have liquor licenses. What gives?

A neighborhood is defined by neighbors, and having places where one can have a drink with strangers goes a long way to turning those strangers into true neighbors.

  • future alderman future alderman

    technically not albany park but marie's is always there!

  • Mike F. 3rd gen APer, ex Ravenswoodsman

    For what it's worth, the margaritas at Taqueria El Aguila Real (Montrose & Kedzie) are good.

    And Twisted Hippo's taproom is supposed to open in "late summer".

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

My niece found a calico kitten it has a polka dot collar

Did any one lost a calico kitten it has a polka dot collar on

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

    "In heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here..."

  • Sher Jeff Park resident since 72'

    Where are you near? I do have neighbor whom lets her cat out daily to roam. Pic? Also, if tip of 1 ear is clipped it means that it is a feral cat but someone has registered it. I believe 16th district has a microchip scanner.

45 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

nom de plume

Since you have to use your REAL name on Nextdoor, how many will move?

  • The mission statement of anti-gun advocacy movement should read something like this. Feeling safe is your right. It is our mission to ensure that everyone feels safe. To achieve this objective, it is our specific goal to repeal or amend the second amendment, seek passage of firearm confiscation legislation, and seize all firearms from law-abiding citizens.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    JimmyMac, let me know if you need company, if Bob takes you up on a meet and greet. I'll even let him hold my FOID card.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

One last week for hyper-local snark. R.I.P. Everyblock.

I'll miss you Everyblock - and all you blockheads too.

  • djstranger

    It was fun! See ya Everyblock. Thanks for all the local news.

3 days ago

Jun 27

Updated 4 days ago

Where Can I Find This Taco Corner?

This week, the Chicago Reader ran an article about the thriving Chicago taco scene that included this intriguing passage:

"Albany Park, for example, and its neighboring north-side enclaves remain (for now) a safe place where the professional taquero can thrive in America. A case study: on a side street off one of the busier thoroughfares in this part of the city, there's a family who each weekend set up a tent along the sidewalk, sheltering a table and chairs, coolers,...

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This week, the Chicago Reader ran an article about the thriving Chicago taco scene that included this intriguing passage:

"Albany Park, for example, and its neighboring north-side enclaves remain (for now) a safe place where the professional taquero can thrive in America. A case study: on a side street off one of the busier thoroughfares in this part of the city, there's a family who each weekend set up a tent along the sidewalk, sheltering a table and chairs, coolers, cold drinks, a salsa bar, and a gas-powered comal on which the patriarch of the clan griddles piles of hissing carne asada, al pastor, cesina, and chorizo con papas. The smell of warming corn tortillas and caramelizing meat casts a spell that's palpable for blocks. People who don't even live in the neighborhood drive their cars to this corner, line up under the tent, and wait patiently to place their orders with a teenager scribbling in a spiral-bound notebook."

Source: https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/el-santo-taqueria-chicago-taco-authority-tomatillo-taco-ville/Content?oid=51422770

I would like to those tacos, but for obvious reasons, the exact corner wasn't disclosed in the article. Would someone who knows of this spot be kind enough to provide it here? I think that would be safe, as this site gets far less traffic than the Reader, but feel free to message me privately, if you think that would be more appropriate. Thanks in advance!

  • Just had to bring this up again since I just visited the location on Hamlin and Montrose. The tacos were truly delicious. I tried the steak, barbacoa, and cecina tacos and I must admit the chopped steak wasn't all that great in my opinion but their barbacoa and cecina was...

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    Just had to bring this up again since I just visited the location on Hamlin and Montrose. The tacos were truly delicious. I tried the steak, barbacoa, and cecina tacos and I must admit the chopped steak wasn't all that great in my opinion but their barbacoa and cecina was phenomenal. I also spoke to the owner for a bit and it seems hes been at that tent for 2 years now and just recently opened up an interior restaurant up the street. But mentioned that the street set up actually brings in all his clientele as opposed to the actual restaurant.
    Anyhow thanks to whoever brought this up. I'll definitely be continuing to visit this placle.

  • Mike F. 3rd gen APer, ex Ravenswoodsman

    What's the name of their restaurant?

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-comcast-ends-everyblock-20180711-story.html

The "Everybody Own a Gun" crowd will need to go along with some new rules. From the Tribune article:

" The site avoids overlapping neighborhoods, and all members must use their real name and address — a significant distinction from the anonymous environment of EveryBlock."

Will beezil and JimmyMac come out of the closet?

    Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor
    Comcast is pulling the plug on EveryBlock, the Chicago-based hyperlocal news site it revived four years ago. The website, which features blurbs about restaurant closings, building break-ins and community events, will go dark July 19, with a link steering EveryBlock users to sign up with Nextdoor, a rival hyperlocal platform.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • MKW in Lincoln Square 25 years in the Square

    I'll be interested to see if folks migrate. I've found a lot of really good information here on city issues and the like, and been entertained by some of the more boisterous conversations. However, I welcome Nextdoor’s platform for its requirement that people are more easily identified. The platform is a bit different, but still good for recos and such. Hope folks here head to Nextdoor and make the community there great.

  • Come out of the closet? Really Bob? I see that you are again being knowingly and deliberately disingenuous. How dishnoest! Allow me to refresh your memory, In a recent one of your limitless number of gun-grabbing posts (Man with semi-automatic rifle threatened customers), I posted “Tell you what, I've nothing...

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    Come out of the closet? Really Bob? I see that you are again being knowingly and deliberately disingenuous. How dishnoest! Allow me to refresh your memory, In a recent one of your limitless number of gun-grabbing posts (Man with semi-automatic rifle threatened customers), I posted “Tell you what, I've nothing to hide. If you want to know my real name, we can always meet sometime for lunch to continue this discussion face to face if you've got the testicular fortitude. Heck, I will even provide you with proper ID. I've nothing to hide. Maybe we can invite your supporters and your adversaries and make a real party of it. I might even be willing to meet up at a gun-free zone so you know ... you feel safe and all.” Recall that now? What I remember is that you FAILED to accept my offer. In fact, you went mute No surprise there. As concerns the “Everybody own a gun crowd”, I can’t speak for them all. I have privacy and security concerns with most social-media sites and have only ever joined one … EveryBlock. With its demise, I will not be joining Nextdoor since I find its polices questionable and concerning. In other words, you will be free to pursue your obsessive, compulsive gun-grabbing rants uncontested by me. Hopefully others will pick up the slack.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

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6 days ago

Need lawn cut

I’m in need of my front yard cut. Must have own lawn mower. Was wondering if it could be done tomorrow or this week. Please let me know the price also. Thanks.

Jul 02

Updated 6 days ago

3 children caught in gang-related gunfire

When will something like this happen in Albany Park? Be aware and vigilant!

3 children caught in gang-related gunfire: 'They don't care who they shoot'

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-multiple-people-shot-20180701-story.html

Too many guns, too easy to get them.

    6 shot, including 3 children, in West Side attack
    At least five people were shot Sunday in East Garfield Park.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Nate G, most reposted newspaper articles merely report shooting incidents. The purpose of reposting of such articles is sensationalism and intended as an emotional appeal ... NOT a credible argument. The CDC data is dated ... so? I NAMED the sources (National Self Defense Survey, World Wide Gun Defense Clock,...

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    Nate G, most reposted newspaper articles merely report shooting incidents. The purpose of reposting of such articles is sensationalism and intended as an emotional appeal ... NOT a credible argument. The CDC data is dated ... so? I NAMED the sources (National Self Defense Survey, World Wide Gun Defense Clock, FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics & National Crime Victims Survey and the White House commissioned report entitled Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence) form which the text provided was excerpted. I would have complied and provided you with links had you not been so insulting, but that isn't going to happen now, so don't ask me ... ask Google..

  • future alderman future alderman

    i saw that!----why don't u guys go back to 2nd city cop?

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

Jun 05

Updated 6 days ago

Found parakeet

Did anyone lose a parakeet near Drake and Sunnyside in Albany Park?

  • Hello, are you sure it is a parakeet? I see a lot of miss labeled birds on sites.

6 days ago

Jun 26

Updated Jul 09

(Presumed) dog walker abusing dog @ Oakley/Addison

This is a copy/paste from Facebook as many have asked that I post this here.

Hi All -
I am desperately trying to get this info out!

Last Tuesday (the 19th) around 1pm I witnessed what looked to be animal abuse in the area by (what I think) a dog walker. I love dogs, especially Golden Retrievers so this was definitely unsettling. As I look back, I definitely should have called 311 or atleast said something but did not want...

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This is a copy/paste from Facebook as many have asked that I post this here.

Hi All -
I am desperately trying to get this info out!

Last Tuesday (the 19th) around 1pm I witnessed what looked to be animal abuse in the area by (what I think) a dog walker. I love dogs, especially Golden Retrievers so this was definitely unsettling. As I look back, I definitely should have called 311 or atleast said something but did not want to cause any more issues.

This happened at the corner of Oakley & Addison. The (presumed) walker came down Oakley towards Addison, away from Waveland, at this point the dog laid down and the walker kicked it a few times. The dog then got up and they crossed over Oakley where the dog laid down again and the walker continued to kick the dog. They then walked down Oakley towards the school/Waveland.

I tried to follow them in hopes of seeing where the dog went to stop by later and inform the owner but unfortunately ran out of space/time and had to get to work.

If you know this dog or the owner, I strongly suggest showing them this video so this doesn’t happen again.

Link to original Facebook post with video here:
https://www.facebook.com/100026762392265/posts/125980974970648/

    John Paul
    Hi All - I am desperately trying to get this info out! Last Tuesday (the 19th) around 1pm I witnessed what looked to be animal abuse in the area by (what I think) a dog walker. I love dogs,...
    http://www.facebook.com
  • Okay moderator. I'll respectfully create a fake account so that I can go and bother people about real issues. How about this I'll trade you. Kick me off and kick that person off. Take the time take one minute and go back and read and you'll see that this is...

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    Okay moderator. I'll respectfully create a fake account so that I can go and bother people about real issues. How about this I'll trade you. Kick me off and kick that person off. Take the time take one minute and go back and read and you'll see that this is a fake profile. Go look at what else they post they're always bothering somebody. I can exit stage left from a forum. doesn't bother me. I'm too busy for this. I thought this was a very good resource for the community. Take it away Tim it's all yours.

  • Tim

    Again, I'm sorry if my words bother you Christina. I'm trying to offer my opinions and suggestions and your words continue to be confusing and full of anger, and I'm not sure why. I think we have come to some good constructive conclusions on this forum.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 09

Fence rules

I have a neighbor who has put up metal poles ( getting ready for a fence) above 6 feet easily, for the front yard..it already looks ugly...can't imagine how actual fence will look. Is this allowed? Also one pole is in part of our front yard..he did this without asking.

1)What are rules with fencing?
2) A contractor mentioned it was illegal and I should complain, who do I complain to?

  • Tim

    No worries Maryann, I can handle it, I'm used to it for a long time

  • maryann-on-Giddings LS resident for over 35 years

    Tim, people attacking you in an open forum for speaking your mind is nothing you should ever get used to. You were not mean, condescending or off topic at any point. I'm sure you can handle it, but there will always be people like me out there that will not accept it. Have a great day!

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