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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.

  • We have a "3 strikes" law now. 720ILCS5/33A. The problem with this law is that it is limited to Class X felonies, (Armed Robbery, Home Invasion etc) and the crimes must be committed sequentially, that is, the first Class X must be committed, conviction,sentence, release from custody, 2nd Class X committed, conviction sentence. etc.
    Amending 33A so it covers lower class felonies or doing away with the sequential aspect of the sentencing scheme would open up the parameters.
    Good luck. Keep us informed please.

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

    Thanks, bill kopec. Wow - is that a strained law! For those interested in looking it up, the precise cite is 720 ILCS 5/33A-3(c). My guess is it was enacted so the legislature could tell their constituents/voters they are “tough on crime” because they passed a 3-strikes law.

    But it...

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    Thanks, bill kopec. Wow - is that a strained law! For those interested in looking it up, the precise cite is 720 ILCS 5/33A-3(c). My guess is it was enacted so the legislature could tell their constituents/voters they are “tough on crime” because they passed a 3-strikes law.

    But it basically reads that anyone convicted of a third crime (the first two of which should have resulted in very long, if not life, sentences), will get an enhanced sentence of an additional 25-50 years.

    It is toothless and my guess is it has never been applied.

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Josh Thompson posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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Local Movers needed

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

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jai Mansson's photography. posted 4 photos to Flickr:

6 days ago

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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

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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?

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FBI: Ex-Teller Got $126,000 In Lakeview Bank Robbery

The Chase location at Sheridan and Irving was robbed on November 9. | Google  For nearly three minutes, a former employee loaded $126...

    FBI: Ex-Teller Got $126,000 In Lakeview Bank Robbery
    For nearly three minutes, a former employee loaded $126,520 in cash from a Lakeview Chase Bank vault into a messenger bag while holding two tellers at gunpoint on November 9, police said. Now, a woman has been charged in the case.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

  • Actually you do hear all the time of older victims that dont report being victims of theft for the same reason....shame.

  • when a victim becomes a criminal, they become a criminal. they are no longer a victim. at that point they are in the position of making new victims.

Nov 14

Updated 6 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.

6 days ago

Disguised bank teller robs branch of own bank, arrested later at work: FBI

Gamble entered the bank at 3956 N. Sheridan Road about 9:30 a.m. and sat in a waiting area “fidgeting’’ with dog biscuits they give to customers’ pets, according to the complaint against her. A staffer spotted her and noticed something felt “off,’’ according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

    Disguised bank teller robs branch of own bank, arrested later at work: FBI
    A pink floral nightgown and black lipstick didn't help a bank teller who was immediately recognized by former colleagues when she held up her former workplace, stealing $126,000, according to court documents. Latasha Gamble, 24, is accused of robbing the Chase Bank branch at gunpoint on Nov. 9.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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?

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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

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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

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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

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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 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.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

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.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

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

Armed Woman Takes "Substantial" Haul In Lakeview Bank Robbery

...9:40 a.m., the woman displayed a black handgun to tellers at Chase Bank, 3956 North Sheridan. The woman entered the bank vault and stuffed an undetermined amount of cash into a...

    Armed Woman Takes "Substantial" Haul In Lakeview Bank Robbery
    An armed woman took a "substantial" amount of cash from a bank vault during a take-over robbery in Lakeview this morning. No one was injured. Around 9:40 a.m., the woman displayed a black handgun to tellers at Chase Bank, 3956 North Sheridan. The woman entered the bank vault and stuffed an undetermined amount of cash into a satchel.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

Nov 09

Recommendations for the best nursing homes that accepts a Medicaid patient in Chicago or suburbs.

We are looking for a Home that provides full assisted living for a 90 year old who can no longer afford to live independently or with supportive living ( unable to go to dining room, go to bathroom alone, etc.)
Thanks very much for any advice.

Nov 09

FBI looking for woman who robbed Lakeview bank at gunpoint

The robbery happened about 9:30 a.m. at the Chase Bank at 3956 N. Sheridan Road.  The woman fled with cash after displaying a handgun, the FBI said.

    Person arrested after bank robbery in Lakeview
    FBI officers were responding to a bank robbery in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood Thursday morning.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 08

Did you attend the community meeting Tues Nov 7?

Our apartment building got the notice yesterday too late, but the address on the flyer was wrong: Meet at Broadway and Racine.

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