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Dog Found

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

Jun 06

Updated Jun 08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

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

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 02

May 31

Updated Jun 01

Operation Help A Hero

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

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

May 29

Summer Camp

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.

May 15

Alderman Anthony Napolitano was live.

City Sticker Sale Today until 2pm at Oriole Park 5430 N. Olcott. In and out in less than 5 minutes.

    Alderman Anthony Napolitano
    City Sticker Sale Today until 2pm at Oriole Park 5430 N. Olcott. In and out in less than 5 minutes.
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May 05

May 5, 2018 Update

Tue., May 8, 7 pm,Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

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If you’re interested in lending a hand, stop by the corner of Laramie and Gunnison or give Andy Brecklin a call at 773-502-4651.

The location planned for the former Brown’s Chicken site at Lawrence and Central received a building permit last week. Starbucks plans on rehabbing the existing building and using...

The Starbucks planned for Cicero and Berteau began construction this week. This location will have a drive-thru option as well as...

Film Notice: 3800 N. Kildare

Through May 30, you can drop off books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition at the Jefferson Park Branch library, 5363 W. Lawrence. The Friends of the Jefferson Park Library will then host a sale to help raise funds to purchase tables, bulletin boards, and CD holders for the library.

Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee, is hosting their annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am to 4 pm at the school.

The Six Corners Association is partnering with Distinct Bath And Body, 4046 N. Milwaukee, and Fischman Public House & Bottle Shop, 4060 N. Milwaukee, to host a Social After 6: Suds After 6event on Thursday, May 10.

The Six Corners Association is partnering with Distinct Bath And Body, 4046 N. Milwaukee, and Fischman Public House & Bottle Shop, 4060 N. Milwaukee, to host a Social After 6: Suds After 6event on Thursday, May 10.

...Body at 7:30 pm for a second soap making demonstration. Josi’s Frozen Yogurt, 4032 N. Milwaukee, will also be on site during the demonstrations to give away mini cones...

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, is looking for volunteers. Join them on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am-11:30 am to hear more about how you can help.

The Filament hosts their sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is organizing a walk through the Old Irving Park neighborhood to raise funds and generate awareness of hunger in our community.

A benefit to support this resilient family will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 3-8 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

Sat., May 5, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association is hosting the 11th annual Fine Craft Fair just...

Sun., May 6, 8 am-12 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gym, 4057 N. Harding. Enjoy a delicious meal during the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast. Cost of entry applies.

Tue., May 8, 3:30-4:30 pm, Beard School, 6445 W. Strong. Beard Preschool is hosting an Open House. Staff will be giving tours of the preschool...

Tue., May 8, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Wed., May 9, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., May 10, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.

Mon., May 14, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info: online. Free.

Wed., May 16, 11 am-12 pm,Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how...

Wed., May 16, 7 pm, 16th District Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Wed., May 16, 7 pm, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Learn what you can do about crime during the1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Fri., May 18, 8:30 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside.Registration is open the the 4th annual Big Red Run. This event will feature a...

Sat., May 19, 8 am-12 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United hosts its2nd annual Pancake Breakfast. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Tickets: email organizers or call 773-283-5557. $5/ticket by May 17; $7/door; free/kids under 5. 

Sun., May 20, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center, Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence.Come out to theSpring Community Flea Market/Garage Sale. 30+ vendors, water and coffee available...

Sun., May 20, 10 am, Harvest Christian Center Chicago, 4020 N. Tripp. Harvest Christian Center will host Chaplain Valerie Saviano as a guest speaker during their morning service. More info: online.Free.

Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., May 30, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

    May 5, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Many seeds are in the ground and ready for roots at Olive's Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry. This Saturday, volunteers will spend the week-end planting, and on Sunday, volunteers will be watering. If you're interested in lending a hand, stop by the corner of Laramie and Gunnison or give Andy Brecklin a call at 773-502-4651.
    http://ward45.org

May 03

May 02

Woman parked in Harwood Heights ordered out of her vehicle at gunpoint in early-morning carjacking

The women said the men took her out of the car and placed her up against a garage, ordering her not to turn around or move, he said. One of the men then got into her car and drove north on Olcott Avenue toward Foster Avenue, DeVries said.

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He said the department received a phone call approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday from the Chicago Police Department, reporting that the woman’s vehicle had been recovered in the 3000 block of North Kedzie Avenue. The car had three of its tires missing and was sitting up on blocks, DeVries said.

    Woman parked in Harwood Heights ordered out of her vehicle at gunpoint in early-morning carjacking
    Harwood Heights police are seeking the public's help as they investigate a carjacking that took place early Tuesday in the 7400 block of West Strong Street. According to police, a 36-year-old woman had stopped on her way to O'Hare Airport when two men ordered her out of her nearly brand-new silver Nissan Maxima.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 28

Updated Apr 29

Participatory Budget for 41st Ward

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 28

April 27, 2018 Update

Tue., May 8, 7 pm,Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

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The Jefferson Park Sunday Market hosts their final Winter Market of the season in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence, this Sunday, April 29, from 10 am to 2 pm.

The 16th District issued a community alert this week of a man who inappropriately touched himself as two young females were walking by him. The incident occurred on April 23 at approximately 8:40 am on the 4600-block of North Austin.

Visitation is scheduled for May 3 and May 4 at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N Milwaukee. Funeral services will take place on May 5 at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Lawrence.

Visitation is scheduled for May 3 and May 4 at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N Milwaukee. Funeral services will take place on May 5 at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Lawrence.

Hands to Help Ministries is hosting their annual Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm in the gym at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Harding.

Beaubien Elementary is hosting its annual Spring Fling fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Biagio’s, 4242 N. Central.

Join the Gift Theatre at Community Tavern, 4038 N. Milwaukee, at 8 pm on Tuesday, May 1, as they round up a diverse group of writers and performers for a fun night of entertainment.

You may recall that in 2015, the city attempted to permanently close the intersection of Lamon and Wilson to all vehicle traffic without having any conversation with my office or the community. After I halted construction with my vehicle, they agreed to work through this issue with us.

Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee, is hosting their annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am to 4 pm at the school.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

The Filament hosts their sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is organizing a walk through the Old Irving Park neighborhood to raise funds and generate awareness of hunger in our community.

Peoples Gas Testing on Mulligan and Avondale

Starting in May, Suneys will begin to install a fiber optic conduit at the intersection of Byron and Cicero.

During the month of April, the 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, will be collecting diaper wipes, diapers, new socks, new underwear and new pajamas.

Sat., Apr 28, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. A guest speaker from Proven Winners will attend the Portage Park Garden Club meeting. Seed exchange and discussion to follow speaker. More info: email organizers. Free.

Sat., Apr 28, 2 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. Relive a time when radio was king during anOld Time Radio Classics Live.Those Were the Days Radio Playersfrom Norridge will perform famous radio skits. Free.

Tue., May 1, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community at the monthly GIPNA Board Meeting.Free.

Wed., May 2, 5:30-7 pm, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center, 3435 N. Cicero. Experience lively performances from the Latin Dance teens group and beautiful vocals of Upbeat Music & Arts teens. Artwork, presentations, and delicious food also available at theSpring 2018 Salon.Free.

Wed., May 2, 6:30-8 pm, Albany Park Community Center, 5101 N. Kimball. Learn about resources available in your neighborhood, prevention tips, and how to work together to make a safer neighborhood during theHispanic Outreach Beat Meeting. Presentation in Spanish. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Sat., May 5, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association is hosting the 11th annual Fine Craft Fair just...

Tue., May 8, 3:30-4:30 pm, Beard School, 6445 W. Strong. Beard Preschool is hosting an Open House. Staff will be giving tours of the preschool...

Tue., May 8, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Wed., May 9, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., May 10, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.

Sat., May 12, 10-11:30 am, Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler. Keeler Gardens continues to grow. As they grow, they need some help. They will host...

Sat., May 12, 7 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents Once in a Lifetime: Judy & Liza at the London Palladium. More info and tickets:online.$25/advance; $35/door. 

Mon., May 14, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info: online. Free.

Wed., May 16, 7 pm, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.

Wed., May 30, 7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.

    April 27, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, The Jefferson Park Sunday Market hosts their final Winter Market of the season in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence, this Sunday, April 29, from 10 am to 2 pm. Metropolitan Farms will be back at this market with hydroponic greens, fish, pesto, and more.
    http://ward45.org

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