2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

How to get a referendum started?

Would anyone know where to go to get a referendum on the ballot? would it be the City or County? and is there a cost?
Thanks.
I'm going to start a 5 strikes & out petition.

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Li Wright - your “easier” path (than a referendum) would be to approach your state legislators and get them to sponsor a bill.

    I love the idea but it’s an uphill climb. And not the solution you might think. As I wrote before, the 5 (or 3) strikes rule is...

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    Li Wright - your “easier” path (than a referendum) would be to approach your state legislators and get them to sponsor a bill.

    I love the idea but it’s an uphill climb. And not the solution you might think. As I wrote before, the 5 (or 3) strikes rule is often used by prosecutors as leverage to get plea deals. A criminal will often plea a felony down to a misdemeanor, which doesn’t count as a strike. Then they do less jail time and are back on the streets faster.

    We need truth in sentencing. It’s amazing how often we read that a criminal was sentenced (for example) in 2012 to 6 years in prison and then somehow was on the street in 2017 committing a crime. It used to be even worse - basically an extra day of credit for every day served to reward them for “good behavior.” In jail? Resulting in serving 1/2 of their sentence.

    And stricter gun laws. Not gun control. Unlawful possession of a firearm gets an automatic minimum sentence. And/or a multiplier to the sentence for the crime you were committing while in unlawful possession of the gun.

    Transparency and honesty are what the justice system needs. Good luck with that!

  • Phill Domo My rights are absolute and non-negotiable!

    You're right, Neighborhood Dad!

33 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Local Movers needed

Need a mover to pick up a lg couch in north center and move it to wrigleyville

23 hours ago

23 hours ago

  • Wobbles For Focus!

    Mrs. Barraza Perez is asking for $417.36:
    My students need to move while they learn. Research shows that movement helps children to focus better, so we are asking for 4 more wobble chairs for our classroom.
    Inter-American Magnet School Comment

Nov 09

Updated 32 hours ago

At least 2 mugged in Uptown in 15 minutes, police say

...by a group of three teen boys just after 7:15 p.m. in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place, police said...

...15 minutes later, police said a 59-year-old man was walking south in the 4200-block of North Clarendon Avenue when he was approached, in an aggressive manner, by a group of four or five...

    At least 2 mugged in Uptown in 15 minutes, police say
    Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night. Police have confirmed two of the three incidents. A 40-year-old man was approached by a group of three teen boys just after 7:15 p.m.
    http://abc7chicago.com

  • Mute Mute Me

    Then the alderman i suppose .

  • i know that whenever I go to eat some sushi at Agami right before my trips to the green mill I can see people getting arrested,buying drugs, running after each other. It's like a free movie. I can tell you that the alderman is full of ---- if he feels that its all on Starbucks

6 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

BOOKS

Does any organization or individual take books as a donation anymore? or should they just be thrown in the recycle bin for garbage collection?

  • Mute Mute Me

    "Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books"

    Typical. Has no idea what books the op has but calls them trash,worthless and heavy! How teacherly.

  • maybe you wouldn't have so much on your plate if you weren't a jerk to those trying to help you. simmer down, lesko

47 hours ago

2 days ago

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • The Great Smell of Success!

    Mr. Gutierrez is asking for $163.29:
    My students need essential oils and an oil diffuser to help keep calm and focused in the classroom.
    Horace Greeley Elementary School Comment
  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    Mr. Gutierrez is asking for $622.26:
    My students need an air purifier to help reduce impurities in the classroom air and help regulate comfortable temperatures.
    Horace Greeley Elementary School Comment

3 days ago

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These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

5 days ago

Hazel + Junior?

I came home about 30 minutes ago (8:30PM) and couldn’t get through the intersection because of several squad cars blocking Junior. They didn’t have their lights on, but there were officers walking around, seemingly looking for something. Anyone know what’s going on?

Nov 14

Updated 5 days ago

Chicago installs its 60th construction crane of 2017

...They include The Hayden West Loop condos, the Lakeview apartment complex and food hall at 3833 N. Broadway, and a River North condo project known as The Bentham...

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...things—at the site of River North’s Renelle on the River condominium development at 403 N. Wabash...

    Chicago installs its 60th construction crane of 2017
    With the foot of downtown Chicago's high-rise boom still firmly planted on the gas, the Windy City reached a notable milestone today with the installation of its 60th construction crane of the year.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

  • I wonder if Chicago has extensive foreign real estate investment. So many communities have seen their rental costs escalate sharply because of it.

  • Good point.

Nov 14

Updated 5 days ago

Ravenswood and Irving Park

Hi all, the police and fire department just shut down Ravenswood north of Irving Park Rd (9:15pm Tuesday 11/14) anyone know why?

  • There was a fire in the uniform company in the 4100 block of Ravenswood.

  • I left 4043 Ravenswood at around 10 and saw four ambulances, two fire trucks, and the police car blocking Ravenswood at Irving. Its odd that something calling for that kind of response wasn't covered in the media.

5 days ago

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Nov 05

Updated 6 days ago

COYOTE

Holy Sh*t, I'm standing last night on my porch around 10:45pm having my drinks before heading downtown to Gibson's, and this huge animal which I later learn to be a coyote, zipped at 100mph past my house east on Hutchinson.
Unreal.

  • My sister saw that dude by the PNC bank a few months back. Got a good picture of him.

  • A picture of Yves? Or the coyote?

Nov 14

snow shoveler near Broadway and Wellington?

I'm looking for someone I can pay to shovel our front sidewalk this winter right around Broadway and Wellington. Anyone know anyone?

Nov 14

    The 22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll is December 1, 2017
    It's that time of year again! The Southport Holiday Stroll will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM this year from Belmont to Irving Park Road. More information can be found here from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce!
    http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com

Jun 14 2012

Updated Nov 14

Looking for mechanic for Prius near Lakeview

Does anyone know an honest and reasonable mechanic who works on Toyota Prius? I saw a Yelp listing for Motocare on Western but I don't know anything about them.

  • I've had really good luck with Nal's Auto Repair on Irving Park @ Ravenswood. Check out some reviews:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/nals-chicago

  • Jeff Avondale resident, avid cyclist

    Green Wheels Automotive Services,
    1540 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
    Auto dealership & mechanic specializing in electric cars & environmentally-oriented vehicles with good reviews

Nov 14

Nov 14

Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely

The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway.

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The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway.

    Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely
    The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway. We spent many a windy winter's afternoon standing on that corner waiting for the #80 Irving Park bus to provide us with shelter, safety, and transportation.
    https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org

Nov 13

Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

LOST DOG

A friend lost his dog Armitage LaPorte
Lukey, 5 year old male Shih Tzu
No collar, No chip
If you’ve seen him please
Call Ritilio 773 681-6597
If you call his name, he’ll come to you.
His family really misses him.
Thank you

Nov 10

Updated Nov 12

Be careful out there today - streets and sidewalks glaze ice

I just returned from being out. I was east of Ashland Ave. at about Fullerton. The side streets and sidewalks are glaze ice. Cars are fishtailing and skidding trying to stop. I tried to stop at one intersection and forget it --- my car just kept going and stopped about the middle of the intersection. It was that way all the way until Western, where it's not so bad, but is still wet and looks icy in places.

Bicyclists are having a very hard time of it. They skid if they try to slow down or stop, and then when they put their foot down they slip.

So far the main streets are just slushy and are safer.

  • catlady for the love of cats, lets get along!

    oh man, thanks for the heads up Beeb! I am one who hates driving in the snow, yes i've lived here all my life but i still cannot do it lol. I shall be driving super slow this evening. Stay safe!

  • Buses were stuck on broadway.

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    If you're in need of snow and ice removal or preventive maintenance call
    312 885 1719
    Reasonably priced
    Quality assurance contracting services llc

Nov 12

Nov 11

Nov 08

Updated Nov 11

Package Theft

After having a package stolen from our porch, I am now using anAmazon pick up locker.There are locations all over mine is in a 24 hr. 7-11. It’s free, they email you when it’s coming and send you a barcode to open the locker. No hassle Great service to use especially during the holiday shopping season. Boz

  • angelranger 47 year Northside resident

    Thanks Mousie! great suggestion.
    UPS left a package last night for my upstairs neighbor...
    in the back yard! Good thing it didn't rain.

  • Good to know. Walking through the neighborhood a couple of days ago I saw packages on porches and on stoops all over the place. Several large packages were just leaned up against apartment building doors right on the sidewalk of a busy street. I'm amazed anyone gets anything they order!

Nov 09

Updated Nov 10

Spree of muggings early evening November 8th in Buena Park

CHICAGO - Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night.
The first robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. near West Buena and North Clarendon avenues. The victim said four males attacked him and ran east, toward Marine Drive.
Right after that, another man was reportedly beaten up and robbed in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place.
Minutes later, the group reportedly beat a 50-year-old man to...

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CHICAGO - Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night.
The first robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. near West Buena and North Clarendon avenues. The victim said four males attacked him and ran east, toward Marine Drive.
Right after that, another man was reportedly beaten up and robbed in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place.
Minutes later, the group reportedly beat a 50-year-old man to the ground, but he was not robbed. The attackers ran north on Clarendon. The victim was treated at a hospital.
There is surveillance video of one of the violent attacks. The robbers appear to be between 15-18 years old.
I have been in contact with the investigating officers of these incidents.
As I have recording cameras surrounding my estate on Hutchinson and Clarendon,
I will check to see if there is anything that can be helpful to police. I have reported this information to the police.

  • TS

    Thank you for getting involved and being vigilant. I'm not sure why this keeps happening, almost daily, but we see very little police presence in the area.

  • Thanks for your vigilance. My friend and his pregnant wife have a condo in that exact area, and I do worry about their safety going to/fro work, especially since it gets darker outside earlier.

  • Mute Mute Me

    " I'm not sure why this keeps happening"

    what has changed that would stop it from happening?

    "My friend and his pregnant wife have a condo in that exact area, and I do worry about their safety"

    im not sure if a pregnant woman would be seen as an easy target or just the opposite since if caught there are added charges.

    why would anyone want to raise children in that area? Hopefully they dont plan to stay long!

Nov 10

2 men sought in Lakeview armed robberies, one reportedly witnessed by preschoolers

Two men, matching the robbers' descriptions, also robbed someone on the street in the 900 block of West Grace on October 29.

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The most recent robbery was Thursday morning. Two men with guns robbed "Big and little's" Restaurant located at 1034 W Belmont Ave.

On their way out, they ran past some children from the L&L Academy and Preschool, located at 1056 W Belmont Ave, before jumping into their getaway car -- a silver 4-door vehicle, according to CWB Chicago.

    2 men sought in Lakeview armed robberies, one reportedly witnessed by preschoolers
    CHICAGO -- Police have issued a community alert after two armed robberies in the city's Lakeview neighborhood. One of the robberies was reportedly witnessed by a group of preschoolers. Police say the robbers are between 25-30-years old, 5'8 to 6 feet tall, 160-180 lbs. Both men are said to have braided hair.
    http://wgntv.com

Nov 10

Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police

On Oct. 29, the offenders went up to someone in the 900 block of West Grace Street about 7:20 p.m. and demanded property.

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About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said. They announced a robbery and took money from the cash register.

    Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police
    Chicago police released surveillance images of two men accused in two recent armed robberies in the Lake View neighborhood on the North Side, according to a community alert. About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 10

Pair Of Armed Robberies Reported In Lakeview, Including At Restaurant

A week and a half earlier, the suspects again had a handgun at 7:19 p.m. on Oct. 29 as they stopped a person on the street in the 900 block of West Grace Street and demanded their property, police said.

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The latest incident happened at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, when robbers armed with a handgun walked into a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont and announced a robbery as they took money from the cash register, according to Chicago Police.

    Pair Of Armed Robberies Reported In Lakeview, Including At Restaurant
    CHICAGO (CBS) - The armed robbery of a Lakeview restaurant was one of a pair of robberies that have been reported in the past two weeks in the North Side neighborhood. The latest incident happened at 10:50 a.m.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Nov 10

Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police

On Oct. 29, the offenders went up to someone in the 900 block of West Grace Street about 7:20 p.m. and demanded property.

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About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said. They announced a robbery and took money from the cash register.

    Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police
    Chicago police released surveillance images of two men accused in two recent armed robberies in the Lake View neighborhood on the North Side, according to a community alert. About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 10

Nov 10

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REPAIR PARTIAL FIRST FLOOR SLAB AND ASSOCIATED REPAIRS. BUILDING CLASSIFICATION A2, NO CHANGE TO CLASSIFICATION.CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS

    655 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued November 8, 2017 Comment

Nov 10

Video Released In Uptown Robbery, Battery Spree

...In a new community alert, police confirm two robberies in the spree: one in the 700 block of West Bittersweet around 7:15 a.m. and the other in the 4200 block of North Clarendon...

...700 block of West Bittersweet around 7:15 a.m. and the other in the 4200 block of North Clarendon about 15 minutes later.  In each

    Video Released In Uptown Robbery, Battery Spree
    Surveillance video has been released showing the attackers who targeted three men within 15 minutes in Uptown on Wednesday evening. CWBChicago reported on the attacks the same night. In a new community alert, police confirm two robberies in the spree: one in the 700 block of West Bittersweet around 7:15 a.m.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

Nov 10

Police seek robbers in series of attacks in Uptown

Security video released by police shows the suspects running away from a man they just mugged in the 700 block of Bittersweet.

Several minutes after that, at Buena and Clarendon, a third man was robbed as well.

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Only minutes later at Clarendon and Hutchinson, a 59-year-old man was attacked but the suspects were unable to get anything from

928-999 W. Eastwood Ave.

    Police seek robbers in series of attacks in Uptown
    CHICAGO -- Police are looking for suspects in three robberies that happened just minutes apart. Police believe the suspects are between 14 to 18 or possibly 19 years old. Security video released by police shows the suspects running away from a man they just mugged in the 700 block of Bittersweet.
    http://wgntv.com

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