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LaBagh Woods (Chicago) Call to Action

LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone...

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LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone this land from POS-1 (Regional or Community Park) to RS-1. This will allow developers to strip this land of its trees and wildlife in order to construct single family homes.

We believe that to divest the people of Chicago of even a single parcel of forested land should be as unthinkable as privatizing a stretch of the lakefront. The parcel in question, though privately owned, provides great value to the community and the region as undeveloped open space. We therefore ask that you sign this petition to express your concern and opposition to development at this location. We further ask that you reach out to your elected City and County officials to voice your opposition to the development, and urge them to work with the community and the owner of the parcel to reach an equitable compromise.

https://www.change.org/p/chicago-labagh-woods-chicago-call-to-action

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    Chicago : LaBagh Woods (Chicago) Call to Action
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  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Following the logic of InTheManor, we should just give it back to the Indians. Who took it away from them?

  • B. Tersch Urban beautification enthusiast

    Does Openlands know about this situation?

15 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

    Photo adds to controversy surrounding Alderman Arena's use of police lot near Wrigley - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG and KEVIN GROSS and A Facebook photograph shows that Alderman John Arena (45th) attended a May 11 Cubs game with other elected officials, contradicting his statement to reporters that he parked at the 19th (Town Hall) Police District Station near Wrigley Field so that his 75-year-old mother would not have to walk too far.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • What would you expect from a scammer??
    Exactly what you see here.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    Which one is his 75 year old mom?

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Free Sod

I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I...

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I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I am just trying to get rid of it without having to bag it for the garbage people, so feel free to come by and take it. I plan to put a sign up tonight, but as described above, if you drive west on Montrose, turn right on Narragansett, turn right on Sunnyside, then turn immediately right into the alley and drive down a bit, you will see the sod stacked up on the right right inside my fence. Take as much as you want, all of it if you can.

25 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

    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

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Mixed-income housing developer for 5150 Northwest Hwy reviews options after state denies tax credits

State board explains its reasoning for not approving tax credits for Northwest Highway proposal, while a local pastor charges that the housing authority is enabling the “forces of white supremacy” to maintain segregation on the Northwest Side. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/21/fate-of-5150-n-northwest-hwy-uncertain-following-tax-credit-decision/

    Fate of 5150 N. Northwest Hwy uncertain following tax-credit decision - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The fate of a controversial mixed-income housing proposal in Jefferson Park remains uncertain after the Illinois Housing Development Authority last week did not approve low-income housing tax credits for the proposal. "We are still reviewing our options at this point," said project developer Joshua Wilmoth of Full Circle Communities.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Bill the Engineer /ChicagoNWside/

    Inactive is correct....

    Subsidies, programs and promises have a cost. As those costs rise taxes are raised. When the net is widened, costs increase So taxes are raised. When the taxes and costs become too much to bear, people and companies cut back, move, or fold. Then meaningful economic development...

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    Inactive is correct....

    Subsidies, programs and promises have a cost. As those costs rise taxes are raised. When the net is widened, costs increase So taxes are raised. When the taxes and costs become too much to bear, people and companies cut back, move, or fold. Then meaningful economic development takes a hit which results in less incoming revenue. As things become "unaffordable" for those remaining, they leave or get in line for subsidies. Which of course reduces revenue and increases costs. So taxes are raised.....

    This is an unsustainable cycle....

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Being unsustainable is built in to the Illinois constitution, so, why stop with this? Unsustainable is a word not in Illinois politicians vocabulary as long as the words "added/increased revenue/taxes exist. Sadly, a 5 yr old can see the math problem here and are honest enough to give an accurate answer.

10 hours ago

May 11 2017

Updated 21 hours ago

    Ald. Arena pledges to bring 50 CHA units to the ward
    by BRIAN NADIG Alderman John Arena (45th) has pledged to bring 50 Chicago Housing Authority-sponsored apartments to the 45th Ward by the end of his term in the spring of 2019. Arena and six other aldermen recently signed the pledge as part of an effort that they say will help end segregation on the North and Northwest Side.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    For those who think that the 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development is not being used as a political wedge issues or that the NIMBY side is made up of only locals and does not have the support of "outsiders", please read the Pro-Public investigation stories released today:

    From Pro-Publica...

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    For those who think that the 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development is not being used as a political wedge issues or that the NIMBY side is made up of only locals and does not have the support of "outsiders", please read the Pro-Public investigation stories released today:

    From Pro-Publica Illinois: story with graphics)
    FROM:https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-policy-institute-northwest-chicago-affordable-housing
    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

    Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side. by Mick Dumke,
    May 23, 4 a.m. CDT

    Or the Chicago Sun-Times version, with photos but not graphics, at:https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/affordable-housing-chicago-northwest-side-gop-conservative-republicans-northwest-side-jefferson-park-illinois-policy-institute/

    05/23/2018, 10:48am

    Amid affordable housing dispute, conservatives seek a home on the Northwest Side,By Mick Dumke | ProPublica Illinois

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    From 5/23/18 posted Letter to the Chicago Sun-Times Editor:

    "Just a few months ago, the mayor gave remarks criticizing efforts to create the first affordable housing for veterans and people with disabilities in Chicago’s 129-year-old Northwest Side neighborhood of Jefferson Park. The mayor to date, has refused to support the...

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    From 5/23/18 posted Letter to the Chicago Sun-Times Editor:

    "Just a few months ago, the mayor gave remarks criticizing efforts to create the first affordable housing for veterans and people with disabilities in Chicago’s 129-year-old Northwest Side neighborhood of Jefferson Park. The mayor to date, has refused to support the 5150 N. Northwest Highway project. The 5150 development represents the first Chicago Housing Authority supported housing on the far Northwest Side, ever, within a community that has historically fought bitterly against the integration of CHA housing since the 1960s, when Dr. King marched in Chicago’s Gage Park and Fred Hampton was spit on in Jefferson Park for marching for open housing. Residential segregation of the far Northwest Side of Chicago has always been purposeful.

    The mayor supports giving taxpayer dollars to persons of means who want to live in safe communities, with good schools and access to one of the best transit hubs in the city, but refuses to support affordable, accessible and integrated housing for lower-wage individuals and families to live in the same communities. We need a mayor willing to construct inclusive housing programs and practices for all of Chicago’s neighborhoods, to end residential segregation once and for all.

    Monica Dillon, Norwood Park",FROM:https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/mayors-home-buying-assistance-program-doesnt-deserve-tax-dollars/
    05/23/2018, 01:07pm
    Mayor’s home-buying assistance program doesn’t deserve tax dollars

Jul 20

Updated 25 hours ago

    297 Apartments Near O'Hare Approved Over Alderman's Objection
    CITY HALL - A key city panel approved the construction of a seven-story, 297-unit luxury apartment complex near the Cumberland CTA Blue Line station in a 7-1 vote on Thursday despite the objection of Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), who said residents of the 41st Ward did not want the project.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From...

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    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From Pro-Publica Illinois:https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-policy-institute-northwest-chicago-affordable-housing
    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

    Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.(Excerpts):"Starting with the 2012 elections, some institute leaders began funding campaigns after a series of transactions involving other organizations and political action committees they formed, records show."

    "The Illinois Opportunity Project, in turn, poured more than $1.7 million into political campaigns and committees across the state, according to election board records. "..."Some of the money from the Illinois Opportunity Project went to a pair of Northwest Side candidates for the Chicago City Council in 2015. John Garrido, a Chicago police officer running for alderman of the city’s 45th Ward, received $2,000, while Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer and firefighter vying to be 41st Ward alderman, got $3,000."..."In 2016, the Illinois Opportunity Project also loaned $325,000 to Liberty Principles, a political action committee founded and run by Proft. Liberty Principles spent more than $10.5 million in races across the state in 2015 and 2016, including about $118,000 backing Garrido. Proft didn’t respond to a request for comment. The 2015 results were mixed. In the 41st Ward, Napolitano upset an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s. But for the second time in four years, Garrido lost to John Arena, a self-described progressive who received significant backing from unions and liberal donors."

Jun 16

Updated 25 hours ago

Jeff Park Affordable Housing Opponent John Garrido Caught Violating City Ethics Law

John Garrido (CPD Lt. John Garrido/Former losing 45th Ward aldermanic candidate John Garrido/Leading outspoken opponent of the Jefferson Park affordable housing project John Garrido/(Likely) fake EveryBlock name-user John Garrido) VIOLATED the city's Ethics ordinance, per a report released June 15,2017: See the list of names, John Garrido is number 28, on the list linked from this 6/15/17 City Press Release:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/statements_of_financialinterests/news/2017/june/FIS-Viol-2017.html
"June 15, 2017
Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests

Employees and Officials who violated the Ethics Ordinance for failure to timely file 2017 Statements of Financial Interests"

    City of Chicago :: Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests
    Businesses & Professionals Artists & Entertainers Builders Caregivers Contractors Cultural Organizations Developers Educators Existing Businesses Food Service Establishments
    https://www.cityofchicago.org
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Chicago Sun-Times story quoting Lt. John Garrido, posted today:Amid affordable housing dispute, conservatives seek a home on the Northwest Side, (Excerpts):"Some of the money from the Illinois Opportunity Project went to a pair of Northwest Side candidates for the Chicago City Council in 2015. John Garrido, a Chicago police officer...

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    Chicago Sun-Times story quoting Lt. John Garrido, posted today:Amid affordable housing dispute, conservatives seek a home on the Northwest Side, (Excerpts):"Some of the money from the Illinois Opportunity Project went to a pair of Northwest Side candidates for the Chicago City Council in 2015. John Garrido, a Chicago police officer running for alderman of the city’s 45th Ward, received $2,000, while Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer and firefighter vying to be 41st Ward alderman, got $3,000."..."In 2016, the Illinois Opportunity Project also lent $325,000 to Liberty Principles, a PAC founded and run by Proft. Liberty Principles spent more than $10.5 million in races across the state in 2015 and 2016, including about $118,000 to back Garrido. Proft didn’t respond to a request for comment.

    "The 2015 results were mixed."..."Garrido lost to John Arena, a self-described progressive with backing from unions and liberal donors."

    "Arena’s critics were unhappy about how he handled the long-dormant site on Northwest Highway"..."It was like, ‘How in the world was this guy allowed to get away with all this stuff?’ ” Garrido said. “That’s where it started for us.”..."The community meeting on Feb. 9, 2017, was tense. Outside the church, protesters railed against public and subsidized housing, chanting “No Section 8!”

    Inside, a long line of people expressed concerns and vented their anger to Arena and representatives of the site’s developers, Full Circle Communities. Garrido, Arena’s two-time election opponent, said the proposed building was too tall for a neighborhood of mostly single-family homes. ",FROM:https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/affordable-housing-chicago-northwest-side-gop-conservative-republicans-northwest-side-jefferson-park-illinois-policy-institute/

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    See also:Pro-Publica Illinois story:https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-policy-institute-northwest-chicago-affordable-housing
    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

    Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.
    by Mick Dumke, May 23, 4 a.m. CDT

40 hours ago

Memorial Day 2018: 3 Ways You Can Join In Locally

Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways...

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways you can be part of Memorial Day 2018, right here in our community. If you have questions about any of these, please ask - jac.charlier@gmail.com. I'll be at all three and look forward to seeing you there.

1) Chicago Veterans Ruck March - Friday, May 25 from 9 AM
This 20 mile march (hike) from Glencoe to North Avenue Beach will raise awareness of the 20 veterans who commit suicide everyday. All can march. Adults. Kids. Strollers. Do some or all of the march. No ruck needed. Volunteers welcome. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may25-chicago-veterans-ruck-march-2018-8596131/

2) North Park Village Flag and Remembrance Ceremony - Sunday, May 27 at 10:45 AM
The names of all servicemembers of families present (any branch, any era) who have passed away will be spoken out loud. They do not need to have died in combat. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-memorial-day-service-north-park-village-8653219/

3) Community Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance - Sunday, May 27 at 1 PM
The Morton Grove American Legion Post #134 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade from the Post (6140 W. Dempster) to the Morton Grove Library and back. Light refreshments and treats will be served. A Memorial Day service will also be held. Scout units - Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts equally - are invited to march in the parade. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-your-community-memorial-day-parade-sunday-may-27-8653232/

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45 hours ago

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

Lost! #Chicago #IL #Sauganash (Elston & Forest Glen) Phinneas - Male Siberian Husky. Red/White. Call 847-208-7473. Friendly. Cook County. 60630. Missing 05/22/2018. To see Phinneas’s location on the Helping Lost Pets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pID=2345525 More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2345525

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2 days ago

Info for families with a kindergartener entering Portage Park School this fall

Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening...

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Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening at Portage Park School. It is NOT a social network - posts only go in one direction: out to users. You will need an email address to sign up. We have over 550 members on the PPSC, please ​join today​ ​and make our circle complete!

You’re invited to a ​Kindergarten Orientation​ for Class of 2027 families on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm.
Enter at Door # 16 on Berteau.
Please RSVP for this event online at: https://tinyurl.com/PPS2027OrientationRSVP
This event is intended for families with students who will be attending kindergarten at PPS in the fall. It is ok to attend if you have not registereed yet, but registration will not be done at this event. Any changes or updates to this event will be posted on the Portage Park School Community circle on SimplyCircle (see above) and on the school website.

If you would like to join a Google group for Class of 2027 parents, you can do so at:
https://tinyurl.com/pps2027class

PPS is a neighborhood school. For more info: https://www.portageparkschool.org/

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    SimplyCircle parent portal makes it easy for classrooms, schools, PTAs and other groups to organize and communicate. It's private, secure, and easy to use.
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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Presidential Proclamation: Flags at Half-Staff for the Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas

Flags are requested to be placed at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, May 22. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag (see pic) is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

The full Presidential Proclamation is below. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May...

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Flags are requested to be placed at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, May 22. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag (see pic) is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

The full Presidential Proclamation is below. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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  • Beezil dear....I don't proclaim my knowledge....it's not necessary for anybody to do so.....over and out.

  • ...and for clarification, my "moniker" is related to my former role as a block club president for 2.5 years. So, "Statute Informed?" Yes, I know city statutes and many I have downloaded. That's a necessity when you're dealing with building owners, complaining residents, businesses, construction crews, 250 club members, etc. If one needs info, then it's good to be able to direct him/her to the source.

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

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

ISO moving boxes

Seeking moving boxes

  • It's probably not your ideal move-in box but Jewel Will give you an apple and orange boxes that have a top to them for free you just have to make a few trips call them up and they'll put them on the side for you

May 15

Updated 4 days ago

5150 N Northwest Hwy proposal left off state housing authority agenda

Preliminary agenda for state board meeting on low-income housing tax credits does not include proposal for 5150 N Northwest Hwy. Barring any late changes to the agenda, it is not clear what impact the lack of tax credits would have on the feasibility of the housing proposal for this year. The developer, Full Circle Communities, could not be reached for comment. Tax credits are often required for affordable housing developments. One local housing group has questioned the neutrality of the state board. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/15/5150-project-not-on-preliminary-agenda-for-low-income-housing-tax-credits/

    5150 project not on preliminary agenda for low-income housing tax credits - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The proposed 75-unit housing development at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. is not among the 26 projects which the Illinois Housing Development Authority plans to approve for low-income housing tax credits, according to a tentative agenda for the authority's May 18 meeting.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Bob

    Daniel D-You are correct about our 'great alderman'. He is truly a politician at work and I think there is something behind this whole 5150 project to get all of these low income section 8 applicants into this building. There has to be some kind of kick back of some...

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    Daniel D-You are correct about our 'great alderman'. He is truly a politician at work and I think there is something behind this whole 5150 project to get all of these low income section 8 applicants into this building. There has to be some kind of kick back of some sort. These guys cannot ever be trusted b/c they could care less about public opinion. It will always be all about the $$$$ with these guys in power. They are really expert at creating smoke screens. I have to sometimes wonder how these guys sleep at night?? Probably better than the rest of us honest folks IMHO. Just my general opinion...

  • Dammit

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Found wallet

Anyone lose a wallet on Mulligan ave Thursday must describe and contents

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Rioting @ IDHA.. no one went to stop funding for 5150?!?!

We need to organize and STOP this project from happening!

  • We need to help this project happen, for affordable housing for disabled vets and the elderly, and to improve the immediate vicinity with that residential population.

May 16

    Preliminary plans for mixed-use development at Six Corners Sears site - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The Six Corners site of Sears at 4730 W. Irving Park Road would be transformed into a "vibrant retail and residential destination" under preliminary plans announced Wednesday afternoon, May 16.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 14

Updated May 16

Incident on Kennedy Early Sunday A.M.

Does anybody know what happened on the eastbound Kennedy I-90 Sunday morning around 6 a.m.?

It happened just east of the Austin Ave exit and it appeared that first responders had the Kennedy completely shut down. Thankfully I was able to exit at Austin Ave to avoid the gridlock but others were not so lucky.

  • I keep getting thumbs up for this post.

    This is somewhat puzzling as I'm asking a question about a presumed incident on the Kennedy last Sunday morning.

    Does anyone know what happened???

May 11

Updated May 15

Anybody need some dirt??

Digging up my backyard to install some patio pavers. I’m gonna have a ton of extra dirt and the city won’t take it away as waste. Does anybody need some?

Jul 17

Updated May 15

    Starbucks planned for former Brown's site at Lawrence & Central
    by BRIAN NADIG A Starbucks coffee shop is planning to open inside the former Brown's Chicken restaurant at 5601 W. Lawrence Ave. "Brown's Chicken closed their doors (in late December).
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 14

Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15 - Flag at Half-Staff

​Greetings My Neighbors,

A solemn day of remembrance is now with us once again on Tuesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The following announcement was released today by the American Legion.

Pursuant to Title 36 U.S.C. § 136, Congress requests the president to proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and that the United States flag be displayed at half-staff in accordance to Title 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) to pay tribute to the local, state,...

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​Greetings My Neighbors,

A solemn day of remembrance is now with us once again on Tuesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The following announcement was released today by the American Legion.

Pursuant to Title 36 U.S.C. § 136, Congress requests the president to proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and that the United States flag be displayed at half-staff in accordance to Title 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) to pay tribute to the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication.

Unable to lower your flag?

Attaching this black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

Questions about our US flag and flag etiquette? Please ask. Jac.Charlier@gmail.com

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May 07

Updated May 13

Roofer needed

I'm looking for a roofer to provide an estimate for, and possibly replace, a roof on a 3 story, 6 unit condo building in the wicker park area. Does anyone have any recommendations?

May 05

Updated May 13

Drumming Panhandlers

Is anyone else tired of listening to the young men who panhandle and play their drums at the corner of Wilson and Cicero. We call police and the Alderman's office every time they show up. If there are others who are fed up please call 911 and report them and Alderman Laurino's office and complain. Thanks for your help.

May 10

Updated May 12

NBTA Announces First Ride of 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" on May 19 #ChiNBT

Greetings Neighbors!

Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area"

Where: North Branch Trail
When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am

We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx. 5400 N Forest Glen in Chicago). Riders will enjoy the beautiful North Branch Trail with stops at Superdawg, The Leaning Tower of Niles, Village...

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Greetings Neighbors!

Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area"

Where: North Branch Trail
When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am

We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx. 5400 N Forest Glen in Chicago). Riders will enjoy the beautiful North Branch Trail with stops at Superdawg, The Leaning Tower of Niles, Village Creamery, North Park Village Nature Center & more! Enjoy pizza, beverages, and more with fellow cyclists at Chicago's favorite Marie's Pizza & Liquor.

This event is not to be missed!

We kindly encourage you to patronize the NBT Alliance business partners, so bring some spending money with you and show some love on Social Media. If you would like to volunteer at this or a future NBTA ride, we would love to hear from you!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ride!

Here's more info on the EveryBlock Event Page for the May 19 ride:
https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may19-nbta-announces-first-ride-2018-icons-northwest-area-8631381/

    NBTA Announces First Ride of 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" on May 19 #ChiNBT
    Greetings Neighbors! Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" Where: North Branch Trail When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

May 07

Updated May 10

Thanks package thieves.......

Hope you enjoy the diaper cream, infant gloves and nasal aspirator you stole from my front door steps on Leland between Linder and Central (Saturday later afternoon). Hope karma bites you in the a&& for stealing items meant for a extremely congested 6 week old baby.

  • Sorry to hear that happened to you. Hope you were able to get the items you needed for the little one.

  • Family Man We call Police!

    That's horrible I hope the baby gets well soon and you were able to get her some supplies.

May 08

North Branch Trail Alliance Awarded “Advocate of the Year” by Active Transport Alliance

North Branch Trail Alliance of Greater Chicago Awarded “Advocate of the Year” by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA)

The North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) of Greater Chicago is excited to announce that it was awarded the “Advocate of the Year Award for 2017” by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA), Chicagoland’s leading voice for biking, walking, and transit. Steve Simmons, ATA Trail Advocacy Manager presented the award and said, “We’re grateful to be working closely with NBTA to advance trail networks...

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North Branch Trail Alliance of Greater Chicago Awarded “Advocate of the Year” by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA)

The North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) of Greater Chicago is excited to announce that it was awarded the “Advocate of the Year Award for 2017” by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA), Chicagoland’s leading voice for biking, walking, and transit. Steve Simmons, ATA Trail Advocacy Manager presented the award and said, “We’re grateful to be working closely with NBTA to advance trail networks along the river. Trails strengthen economic development and provide users with lasting cultural experiences. NBTA has made a valuable contribution to trail development by hosting bike rides, partnering on workshops, and joining the Chicago River Trail Coalition.”

Jac Charlier, NBTA President said “For NBTA to receive this recognition of the local economic development work we are doing that’s helping our neighborhood downtowns from Albany Park to Mayfair, Forest Glen to Edgebrook, to Niles, Morton Grove, Glenview and beyond, speaks to the value of moving from mostly seeing bike trails for ‘health and hobby’ to understanding them as real economic drivers for our small businesses.” Charlier said that NBTA is currently seeking businesses as well as Chambers of Commerce interested in becoming NBTA 2018 Business Partners.

The next NBTA ride will be on Saturday, May 19 at 11:30 AM, with the theme “Icons of our Northwest Area.” More about NBTA at www.northbranchtrailalliance.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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May 08

Updated May 08

Missing Dog

Our brown beagle doxi mix got out of our yard about 5 o'clock this evening and we can't find her. She was last seen by Nagel and Peterson. Her name is Lucy and she is wearing her tags. She is friendly but will be scared. Please call 773 960-6506.

May 04

Updated May 08

dogs sitting

I am looking for a person to sit for our dogs when we leave town, they are old so pretty calm, theylike a walk or two a day, then they need of course, food and water. Anyone? any suggestions? Thank you Cheers

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  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Our neighbors dog sit at their home. They seem to only take so many at a time so you will need to book in advance. The dogs all stay inside at night and are let in and out throughout the day. For all the details, email me through this site and, I will give you Sarah's phone number so you can call her. We are in Old Irving Park near Irving and Pulaski.

May 04

Jewel - Lawrence/Central

Hello,

Does anyone know why there was police activity at the Jewel at Lawrence/Central earlier? I hear that the lot was full of police (am at work and not able to check on neighbors to see if they are ok!).

Thanks!

May 02

Updated May 04

    Residents not happy with plans to start installing Wilson-Lamon digital billboard on Monday - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG A plan to start installing a digital billboard on Monday, May 7, in the eastbound lane of traffic in front of the Mayfair Pumping Station, 4850 W. Wilson Ave., was not well-received at a May 2 community meeting.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Our Alderman voted against this deal when it was up in the city counsel. His hands are tied by the other Aldermen who approved this deal. Though I am not a fan of going down to 1 lane, this is what a compromise looks like. At least there will remain 2 way traffic through the area.

  • PennyPenguin Chillin' out on EB

    absurd

May 04

Summer Camp for 3 year olds and up

Immaculate Conception School 7263 W. Talcott is offering Summer Camp beginning Monday, June 11 - Friday, August 17, 2018. We offer sign up for a full week or any number of days per week. For more information or to request a registration packet please email Dawn LaVeau, Summer Camp Coordinator at frontdesk@icparish.net or call (224) 935-6868.

Apr 30

Updated May 02

Looking to borrow soil tamper. Will trade fresh eggs

Hi neighbors! Does anyone have a soil tamper I can borrow? Willing to trade some farm fresh eggs! I'll need it for a couple days. Figured I'd ask around before I go out and buy one for a one time job. I'd like to try and get ahold of one today. Thanks!

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    I got one! Thanks so much to all of my awesome neighbors who offered their help!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I got one too

May 01

Updated May 02

Found dog

I'm not the finder, just sharing....dog was taken to police station 5151 N Milwaukee. Let's find the owner.

May 02

May 01

Ready to March with Our Veterans? Let's Do Just That in Ruck March 2018 to Honor Their Service

Greetings My Neighbors!

On Friday, May 25th, veterans, family members and friends will come together to honor and remember those we lost at home and on the battlefield...and you/all everybody is invited to join in a 20 mile march (or as much as you can do) as part of the 5th Annual Ruck March 2018.

I'm putting together a Northwest Area Ruck March Team. If you are interested in joining, please contact me at Jac.Charlier@gmail.com. All ages welcome including strollers...the...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

On Friday, May 25th, veterans, family members and friends will come together to honor and remember those we lost at home and on the battlefield...and you/all everybody is invited to join in a 20 mile march (or as much as you can do) as part of the 5th Annual Ruck March 2018.

I'm putting together a Northwest Area Ruck March Team. If you are interested in joining, please contact me at Jac.Charlier@gmail.com. All ages welcome including strollers...the Ruck March is family friendly. You do not need to be a veteran to be in the Ruck March.

More info on the attached flyer and here at the event page: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may25-chicago-veterans-ruck-march-2018-8596131/

About the hosting organization:
Chicago Veterans is a local nonprofit organization founded by a group of local veterans, focused on empowering veterans to take control of their transition
throughout life.

https://chicagovets.org/ruckmarch2018/

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Apr 29

Updated May 01

Postal workers walking across lawns!

Has anyone experienced this? I have seen this on a weekly basis. JP Post Office says you need to put it in writing and submit to post office to have it stopped. The complaint form is pre-populated with this #1 complaint. This is absurd to have to submit this request in writing only good for 1 year. Is this something new? Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

  • First-world problems...

  • TDawg54 Resident of Old Norwood

    I have no issues with our mailman making his route a tad shorter by cutting across our lawn. Our guy is dependable, accommodating and pretty much aces with us.

Apr 27

Updated Apr 30

Consider Pope Francis Global Academy

It is that time of year where school and enrollment is on the minds of many parents. Come see Pope Francis Global Academy and all that it has to offer! This great school boasts two campuses with superb academic curriculum and great community. A north campus tour will be held on Tuesday, May 1st. Make an appointment for a south campus tour.
Any questions, call 773-892-2011 or email info@pfgacademy.org.

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    http://www.pfgacademy.org
  • I would not send my child to Pope Francis. They can’t even keep a principal as he got fired after only being there a year. And the previous principal was only at St Tars for what about two years. Ever since the catholic schools merge it is no longer a nice neighborhood Catholic school and your really not getting a better education. I would consider the public schools. Or any of the other Catholic school. You have to trust me on this.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Why, I don't trust anyone.

Apr 29

Updated Apr 30

45th Ward Budget

I VOTE for a new Library! Past several years majority has gone to street repavement. We did/do need it BUT we have one of the oldest/least desirable libraries in the city. Please put your vote for a new Library.

Thanks!

Apr 30

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Apr 30

Apr 19

Updated Apr 29

Got Carson's Gift Cards? -- Use them FAST!

Read today about Carson's closing. Had a Carson's Gift Card sitting around since Christmas. Called Carson's to verify its worth. A recorded message announced that as of April 18, 2018, the entire Bon-Ton inventory has been purchased by a liquidation company and Carson's Credit Cards are no longer valid for use; but Carson's Gift Cards are still valid.

http://abc7chicago.com/shopping/liquidation-firms-win-bid-for-the-bon-ton-stores-all-carsons-stores-to-close/3363522/

    Liquidation firms win bid for The Bon-Ton Stores, all Carson's stores to close
    Two liquidation firms are the victors of an auction for the bankrupt company's assets, after the retailer failed to find a bidder willing to continue operating the business. A bankruptcy court approved the sale and liquidation details after a hearing Wednesday. The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
    http://abc7chicago.com
  • I love Carson's. Shopped there regularly. I like department stores. I like dealing with human beings. All these department stores closing. I don't even know what could replace the Carson's at the HIP or Sears at Six Corners. What's left? Sad.

  • Yeah, their sale prices are NOT that great; current designer piece on "Clearance" at Carson's is available for 40% less at Bloomingdale's!!

    And Tic-toc ... re Carson's Gift Cards. The following is from Bonton's site:
    "GIFT CARDS
    Can I still use gift cards or gift certificates? ...
    Yes, gift cards...

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    Yeah, their sale prices are NOT that great; current designer piece on "Clearance" at Carson's is available for 40% less at Bloomingdale's!!

    And Tic-toc ... re Carson's Gift Cards. The following is from Bonton's site:
    "GIFT CARDS
    Can I still use gift cards or gift certificates? ...
    Yes, gift cards and gift certificates will continue to be honored for a period of 10 days following the first day of store closing sales, inclusive of the sale commencement date. Following this 10-day period, only cash and nationally recognized bank credit cards will be accepted during store closing sales. Gift Cards cannot be returned for cash
    Can I still purchase a gift card or gift certificate? ...
    No, gift cards are no longer available for purchase."

    *they don't provide definitive dates, but Carson's 'store closing sales' commenced April 20, 2018; so this Monday April 30 & Tuesday May 1 are the last day to use Gift Cards.

Apr 28

Updated Apr 28

Last indoor market for the season tomorrow

Jefferson Park Sunday Market will be holding it's last indoor market for the season at Copernicus Center's annex--5214 W. Lawrence Ave tomorrow April 29th.
10am -2pm
3 produce vendors, fish, sausage, honey, maple, coffee baked goods, pasta, alpaca wool, soaps, crafts and more!
Live music by Piobagusfidil (Irish music)
Cash bar
Story time with Barefoot books' Connie Espinosa during her last time with our market before she moves away.
More info on our event listing or at www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com

  • JeffParkSundayMarket Jefferson Park's own farmers market

    Don't forget to bring knives, etc. to be sharpened at Dave the Knife Sharpener.

Apr 26

Updated Apr 28

Artificial Grass for Backyard with Dogs

Hi! Has anyone installed artificial grass in their backyard? We have one big dog but the neighbors’ dogs come over to play. I’ve read that people have had trouble with the heat of the grass during the summer and a strong urine smell (despite rinsing the area). Can someone please share their experience? What company did you use? Thanks!

  • John Garrido just had some installed in his yard.

  • TDawg54 Resident of Old Norwood

    One Tail at a Time rescue uses artificial grass in its exercise area. It gets a heavy workout, frequent cleanings and a drainage system might be in place. T

Apr 25

Updated Apr 26

guy exposing himself

I heard there was a guy exposing himself around Austin and Eastwood. I believe that was monday morning, April 23rd. I don't know details but a policewoman told my mother-in-law's helper to stay inside.

Apr 24

Updated Apr 26

Rain Barrel Resources

Hi,
Has anyone found a good resource for rain barrels? I brought this up a few months ago, but all the programs had expired. I spoke to our alderman's office and they haven't done this in a while. I see Home Depot, Amazon, etc. have them for about $80. Craigslist has some posts too, but I've heard they can be contaminated even if they are "food grade" material.

If this is a dead end, I've found these sites that look like a decent option.

http://upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=4341

    http://upcycle-products.com
  • Costco has them.

  • A neighbor threw one out in the alley behind 4500 block of Lavergne and Laporte. It was still there this morning - and garbage day is Friday. It look exactly like the orange one pictured above and looks to be in good shape.

May 17 2017

Updated Apr 26

Handyman Recommendations? - Fascia Repair

Noticed a few pieces of fascia are pulling away from below roof/above upstairs window. Looking for recommendations for someone to repair our bungalow in Jefferson Park. Reached out to a few places - either outside of their scope or possibly not a big enough job to meet their minimum price thus far. Still waiting to hear back from one. Thanks for any assistance!

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