38 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

10-story building planned for former site of ornate bank at Six Corners

Alderman Arena will hold a community meeting on former bank site at Six Corners at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at the Filament Theater, 4041 N Milwaukee Ave. The planned 10-story building has been in the works for at least a year and most of the 265 units would be for assisted living, including memory care. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/06/17/photo-gives-a-glimpse-into-the-history-of-the-parcel-targeted-for-senior-living-at-six-corners/

    Photo gives a glimpse into the history of the parcel targeted for senior living at Six Corners - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG A recently released photograph from the Northwest Chicago Historical Society shows the ornate bank which once stood at Six Corners and where a 10-story assisted and independent senior living complex is now planned.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Why no low-income housing for those who aren't seniors? Arena, you're always pushing for low income housing in Jefferson Park, why not in your backyard?

  • because last election after people stated that he had not paid enough attention to jeff park and he focused only on development around six corners.
    he had a plan to revitalize jeff park.... and that is how he intended to do it. unfortunately all the shady shenanigans about making density...

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    because last election after people stated that he had not paid enough attention to jeff park and he focused only on development around six corners.
    he had a plan to revitalize jeff park.... and that is how he intended to do it. unfortunately all the shady shenanigans about making density sound like a good thing and it being for veterans was a veil of disguise that others seen through. the people were to buy what he was selling and he did not expect to be called out on it. well the race card was pulled out and you see where that left us.
    there had been the undertone that most people that oppose the project were racist, and that Jefferson park was rumored to be a community of racist. this has damaged the reputation and defamed the character of jeff park in the eyes of the lost.

16 hours ago

http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/25/committee-honors-man-for-his-bravery-hears-report-on-gunsh

Wow! Gang activity in both Dickinson and Jefferson Parks.

Gang-related drive-by shooting at 2:45 in the afternoon in front of the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.

Reelect John Arena for 45th Ward alderman 😱😩🤕😲

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Monarch Butterflies need "Common Milkweed"

For anyone interested in helping restore Monarchs by planting milkweed; not all milkweed offers full life-cycle Monarch support (not all gardeners/naturalists know the distinction). All types of milkweed will attract pollinators/butterflies.
But only Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) supports the full Monarch lifecycle; as the necessary food source for caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly that feast on its leaves.

Never saw the visitor to our garden, but we found its caterpillars! (pic)

  • Really, I think the firefly population has recovered somewhat from the 1970's when they had kids catching them, putting them in sandwich bags, freezing them, then sending them or taking them to someplace where scientists were studying them. When I was about 9 or 10 EVERY kid in our neighborhood...

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    Really, I think the firefly population has recovered somewhat from the 1970's when they had kids catching them, putting them in sandwich bags, freezing them, then sending them or taking them to someplace where scientists were studying them. When I was about 9 or 10 EVERY kid in our neighborhood wanted to "help scientists" and we decimated the population of fireflies in the area. After those years you'd see maybe 10 or 20 fireflies at dusk. I suspect it was pretty much the same all through the region.

    Anyway, last summer I went outside right at dusk and the yard was blinking with literally thousands of fireflies. So beautiful. Made my heart glad.

    I never saw flocks of monarchs, but as a kid saw many, and the caterpillars too, and many other kinds of butterflies that I don't see anymore. Now I might see one or two monarchs a season, and hardly any other kind of butterfly except those little white ones. Makes me sad.

    Don't know a thing about the junebug... :-)

  • In addition to Common Milkweed for Monarchs, there are other butterfly-species-specific plantings that help support other pollinators. Wild blue lupine is the only food for the 'Karner Blue' butterfly's caterpillar. Wild blue lupine is native and quite attractive. And a number of common full-sun plants serve as host for Eastern...

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    In addition to Common Milkweed for Monarchs, there are other butterfly-species-specific plantings that help support other pollinators. Wild blue lupine is the only food for the 'Karner Blue' butterfly's caterpillar. Wild blue lupine is native and quite attractive. And a number of common full-sun plants serve as host for Eastern Swallowtail butterflies -- the Fennel family (finocchio is cool.
    [*keep fennel segregated; it spreads]), dill, parsley, and rue.

    Karner blue info:
    https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/insects/kbb/lupine.html
    Swallowtail info:
    https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2014/07/01/how-to-raise-eastern-swallowtail-butterflies-at-home/

    Be patient watching for lightning bugs this year. Remember we had a long, cold Spring, even the plants are a few weeks off their regular schedule!

42 hours ago

Happy Father's Day

To all the men that have tucked their kids in, gave them a hug when they needed it, encouraged them when no one else did, taught them and continue to teach them about life, respect and what it means to have unconditional love.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Jun 11

Updated 2 days ago

Found dog near Portage Park

Sharing from fb post, contact finder in original post.

3 days ago

June 15, 2018 Update

The 4100-block of North Lawler between 9:15 pm June 6 and 4:30 am June 7;

The 4900-block of West Belle Plaine between 7:45 pm June 6 and 9:30 am June 7;

The 5400-block of West Windsor between 10 pm June 6 and 7 am June 7;

The 4500-block of North Long at 2 am June 7;

The 5300-block of West Windsor at 12:30 pm June 7;

Celebrate these sultry summer nights with Six Corners Association’s Social After Six Thursday, June 21, at 7 pm at 4929 W. Irving Park.

Summer camp runs on Thursdays from 2-4 pm at Baltic Art Studio, 4346 N. Milwaukee. Purchase one session for your child for $40 or buy four weeks for $150. The price includes all supplies and tools as well as one-on-one time with an instructor.

The camp runs July 23-27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 4939 W. Montrose. More information and registration is available online.

Sun., June 17, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown...

...am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, speciality items, prepared foods, and more...

Mon., June 25, 2-4 pm, Dickinson Playlot, 4101 N. Lavergne. Enjoy storytelling, music, movement, and nature play rooted in neighborhood stories duringArtSeed. Young people and...

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The 5000-block of North Northwest Highway at 10 pm May 27;

The 5300-block of North Ludlam between 9:30 pm May 28 and 6 am May 29;

The 4800-block of North Long between 1-4:20 am May 30; and

The 5000-block of North Milwaukee at 2 pm June 6.

The 4000-block of North Monitor between 8 pm June 6 and 10 am June 7;

The 4500-block of North Mason at 4:20 am June 7;

The 3900-block of North Marmora between 10 pm June 7 and 8 am June 8.

Join LYDIA Home for Hope Fest on Saturday, June 23, from 12-5 pm in the parking lot at LYDIA Home, 4300 W. Irving Park.

Keeler Gardens, located at 3631 N. Keeler Ave. in Old Irving Park, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization educating on the physical, mental, and cognitive benefits of connecting with nature and how to incorporate nature into your life. Learn more at Keeler Gardens’ website.

The 16th District Police Station is hosting a Safe Summer Rally on Saturday, June 16, from 12-3 pm at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.

I am pleased to announce that Ryan Companies US and Clark Street Real Estate now have an updated proposal for the vacant land at the southeast corner of Milwaukee and Irving Park. We’ll host a community meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

I am pleased to announce that Ryan Companies US and Clark Street Real Estate now have an updated proposal for the vacant land at the southeast corner of Milwaukee and Irving Park. We’ll host a community meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.

On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.

On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.

On Friday, June 22, I will host a City Sticker Sale and CityKey ID event from 10 am to 2 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence.

If you would like to purchase your city sticker before June 30, you can purchase one at the City Clerk’s satellite office located at 5430 W. Gale Street, at most currency exchanges (service fees may apply), online, or via mail following instructions on the back of your renewal notice.

A local favorite, Delightful Pastries (5927 W. Lawrence), is in the running to be named the Sweetest Bakery in Ameria. Help them gain local and national recognition by voting for them.

Children can receive free healthy lunches during their summer break in the social center at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster.

Fri., June 15, 6:30-8 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Kids ages 8-18 will perform rock and roll classics from all eras and genres in theirSchool of Rocklive show. Free.

Fri., June 15, dusk,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hostsGuardians of the Galaxy as a part of the Movies...

Tue., June 19, 6:30-8 pm, Divine Connections Church, 5237 W. Diversey. The Northwest Side Housing Center hosts a Housing Justice for Northwest Side Chicago Communitiesmeeting. Discuss...

Wed., June 20, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., June 21, 3-7 pm, 6417 W. Irving Park.School’s out for the summer! Join Youth Outreach Services for theirOwn the Summerevent. There will be food, activities, games, prizes, a DJ, and so much more! More info: 773-777-7112.Free.

Thur., June 21, 5:30-6:30 pm,Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Bring your litte ones to the playground for some fun music that will get them grooving during Movin’ to the Music at Athletic Field Park. Free.

Sat., June 23, 9:30 am-12:30 pm,Gompers Park Lagoon, 4222 W. Foster. The 17th District/CAPS will once again hostHooked on Fishing. Up to 60 kids 6-14 years old may participate. Registration required: email organizers or call 312-742-4588.Free.

Sat., June 23, 10 am-12 pm, Sulzer Library, Community Room, 4455 N. Lincoln. Liz Houtz hosts a Helping Feral Cats Near You workshop. Learn how to trap, neuter, and return (TNR) community cats using humane traps. More info: email organizer or call 773-898-9899.Free.

Sat., June 23, 1-10:30 pm,Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark. The music event of epic proportions returns! Join the Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago...

Tue., June 26, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.

Wed., June 27, 6:30 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Guest speaker Karina Gil from Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center will host aKeeping Your Child...

Wed., June 27, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting...

Thur., June 28, 12-10 pm, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe, 4032 N. Milwaukee. Stop in to enjoy your favorite froyo flavor while supporting a good cause during Josi...

Thur., June 28, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

    June 15, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbors, Are you looking to treat your dad, grandpa, or husband to something sweet this Father's Day? Consider attending GIPNA's 14th annual Gourmet Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, from 9 am to noon at the Independence Park Bungalow at Hamlin and Byron.
    http://ward45.org

Jun 06

Updated 3 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.

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Jun 06

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for a handy man

I need a bunch of small repairs done on my house that no contractor is interested in.

The small back porch needs to be replaced and my garage door opener is messed up.

Anyone in the neighborhood do small jobs for people? I'm close to Irving Park and Laramie.

  • Brad-Sure, please send me your info to pass along. Check my profile for email

  • OD

    Brad,

    I should be able take care of some of those things for you. My name is Oliver and my cell is 312.218.6197

Jun 06

Updated 6 days ago

    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
  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Anytime. Anyplace. Just for drill.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    RR, yeah Clarence page is on the fibune' editorial board, and we all know how conservative and right-leaning his is 😛

    The fibune supports open borders and is no friend of the 2nd Amendment. They don't provide descriptions of perps, unless their hand is called by blogs like second city...

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    RR, yeah Clarence page is on the fibune' editorial board, and we all know how conservative and right-leaning his is 😛

    The fibune supports open borders and is no friend of the 2nd Amendment. They don't provide descriptions of perps, unless their hand is called by blogs like second city cop and/or crime in wrigleyville and boys town.

    Every poll done in the last 3 decades have shown the the msm vote 90%+ for the democrats, and have overwhelmingly liberal attitudes on social issues.

    You'd have to go back to the mid-1990's to have a foot to stand on deeming the fibune "conservative," especially their editorial board.

Jun 09

Updated Jun 11

Suspected gang member shot early Friday in the 16th District

A suspected gang member was shot in his right bicep at 2 a.m. Friday, June 8, while he was walking in the 5000 block of West Newport Avenue, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The man reported that 4 gunshots were fired from a passing vehicle, which was described as an older model, dark-colored Ford Taurus, according to police.
He also told officers that he ran when the shots started and that he was a block away when he noticed his wound, police said.

  • Heard on Ch2 news that nearly 20 shooting injuries over this past wknd involved gang-related 'victims' who are NOT cooperating with police investigations.
    Great people to have around, surely (sarc).
    Kinda have to agree w/CHB in spirit.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Last night in the vicinity of Irving Park and St. Louis another choirboy way shot through the forearm.

    He was obviously a gang banger, because when the dispatcher asked his condition the copper said, " he will live to be shot at again." Gallows humor at its best.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 10

Rooster Crowing

Has anyone else been bothered by the noise of a rooster crowing all day long in the area? I don't know precisely where this rooster is located, but it's pretty much driving me crazy just as would the sound of an incessantly barking dog. I have no problem with people owning roosters or chickens in the city, but there needs to be some consideration for the noise, and I believe there are humane and inexpensive ways to reduce the noise...

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Has anyone else been bothered by the noise of a rooster crowing all day long in the area? I don't know precisely where this rooster is located, but it's pretty much driving me crazy just as would the sound of an incessantly barking dog. I have no problem with people owning roosters or chickens in the city, but there needs to be some consideration for the noise, and I believe there are humane and inexpensive ways to reduce the noise a rooster is able to make.

I don't want to call the police, because they have much more important things to be dealing with than a silly rooster, but has anyone else been bothered by this? I'd be more than happy to help it's owner make a rooster collar for it, if they were willing.

Any advice or guidance for dealing with something like this would be appreciated.

  • So the rooster isnt crowing

    Its screaming for help

  • CL

    I believe the ordinance is that an officer has to witness the noise or you have to collect signatures from three neighbors confirming the nuisance. I can’t imagine getting three signatures would be a problem, I just have no idea what to do with them. I guess take them and file a report with the police?

Jun 10

Lost Dog Portage Park!

Going today June 10th at 4 pm. Brown pit mix. Puppy. Found near central and Byron st. Have dog in my possession. Please message.

Jun 08

Updated Jun 09

Wouldn't this be great for the Point site until something gets developed.

Instead of leaving a vacant parcel of land which they demolished buildings on to make way for the Equinox Hotel, Midwest Related set up a pop up market with shipping containers until they are able to start construction. This is what responsible developers do. HINT HINT Clark Street. Granted Clark Street would have to fill in that hole!

https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/6/7/17427132/west-loop-pop-up-box-shops-equinox-related

    Pop-up container market comes to West Loop's Restaurant Row
    Before Chicago's Equinox Hotel breaks ground in the Fulton Market District, the vacant site of the proposed 680-foot tower will host a temporary retail market housed in repurposed shipping containers. Starting on Friday, June 15, the lot at 725 W. Randolph Street will provide a rotating roster of local entrepreneurs and business with a chance to sell and test-out products.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Jun 05

Updated Jun 08

Lost Kitty

Our cat, Buzz, got out of the house this morning and we have been unable to locate him. On LeClaire between Berteau and Belleplaine. He is VERY friendly and unfortunately was not wearing his collar. He will come to his name (Buzz) when called. If anyone sees him please let us know. He is all gray - and has long fur with green eyes. We already miss him dearly and hope he returns by the end of the day.

Jun 06

Updated Jun 07

Has Anyone Else Seen or Found any Dead Bats?

I came across either a dead of dying small grayish brown bat on the 4300 block of Lavergne I called 311, and was in formed that Animal Control would be immediately dispatched. The operator said they consider bats a priority because they can carry rabies.

A few years back, the area received a post card in the mail from a government agency (CACC?) that a bat in the neighborhood had tested positive for rabies.

  • Sam

    I have never found a dead bat, but I see them flying every day. There’s a bat colony on the rooftop of a building by me. They come come out around 7pm and just fly in circles.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    I here they found several around 35th and Shields in Bridgeport.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 06

Need Advice

Took in a stray who turned out to be pregnant. I have five kittens now that need a good home. They ate two months and a half months old, litter trained and eat solid cat food. I don't want to take them to a shelter.

  • Yes please email me mjjohnsono1201@hotmail.com. I prefer not to post my phone.

    PAWS Lurie clinic does offer low cost spay/neuter and shots. I've used them before when I rescued a pregnant stray. All the kittens went to good homes and the stray mommy did too!

  • Oh shoot - a typo on the email. It's mjjohnson1201@hotmail.com

Jun 03

Updated Jun 06

City service

Is there a service that the city has to cut a seniors lawn I would but I could hardly cut my own.

Jun 01

Updated Jun 04

Any recommendations for a insured and licensed master electrician who has experience

Any recommendations for a insured and licensed master electrical contractor who has experience replacing old cloth covered tube and knob wires? Thank you

Jun 04

Found keys

On Sunday, June 3rd we found a set of keys on Long near the intersection with Byron There are two non-key items on it if you can identify it the keys are yours otherwise we will take it to the police department on Millwaukee. Thanks!

May 28

Updated Jun 01

Found Cat?

This very sweet, very personable cat has recently been hanging around Grace St. between Lamon and Cicero. Does s/he belong to anyone? Has a collar with a bell on it but no ID. Contact me if you know who this is!

  • Thank you Phil. Wow, that was some time ago. You did a good thing. God bless.

  • Possums are good to have around. They eat mice and bugs.

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 10

Updated May 31

My nephews dog is lost

If seen please call 312- 428- 0024. Ran out of yard from 5400 west Bernice ave Thank very much in advance.

  • Normas Cragin area

    ***Listens by his name Brownie***

  • I hate to say it, but he definitely needs a trim. He actually looks abused by his looks. Hope you find him or found him and take him to a groomer, PLEASE!!

May 30

May 27

Updated May 29

Free working air conditioners

Both work fine. Take one or both. Kenmore brand. You must carry away.

  • That was very nice of you, Nature Nut. I went a whole summer without AC when I first moved into my house and it was miserable! You might have save a life.

  • @nature nut, that was a very "cool" thing for you to do

May 29

May 27

May 25

Updated May 26

FREE DIRT

We've been digging in our yard to prepare for concrete work, and we have a lot of free dirt. Shoot me a message if you are interested in stopping by to pick some up. Addison and Pulaski area.

  • I’m interested! My husband is working today, but we can stop by tomarrow

May 17

Updated May 26

    Big developments planned for Sears' Six Corners, Galewood stores
    The last Sears store in Chicago and one the company closed last year are slated to be replaced with developments that combine residential and retail space. Highland Park-based Tucker Development and Seritage Growth Properties are partnering to redevelop stores in the Six Corners shopping district at the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood and on North Harlem Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood, Tucker Development said Wednesday in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 26

May 26

May 23

Updated May 25

Sears and Forensics

Does anyone know what happened behind the Sears today? At about 11am there were forensics cops and my wife was told the store would not be open today.

  • I think they were investigating the slow and painful death of Sears Holdings Corporation.

  • We recently purchased a police scanner. Things are very busy for our police. Recently I read about long wait times due to the lack of beat police. Its absolutely awful knowing you can wait ,20 + minutes for a squad to arrive.
    There are incidents that never make it posted anywhere because of the amount of crime daily. As a person who is now privy to the calls, and the hold times of responses due to lack of sufficient police, you should call the alderman and mayor!

May 23

Updated May 25

    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago - ProPublica
    When news broke last week that a proposed affordable housing development on Chicago's Northwest Side had likely been put on hold, Ammie Kessem, a Republican candidate for state representative, vowed on Facebook that it wasn't the end of the story. Democrats, Kessem wrote, would pay for pushing the plan - including 45th Ward Ald.
    https://www.propublica.org

May 25

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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.

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