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Updated 35 hours ago

THANKS 2 Rat Patrol!

We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we...

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We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we have very few rats!

it is an effort involving: 1. Baiting, 2. Getting Garbage cans. #. Replacing damaged cans. 4. having Safer clean alleys, streets, parkways, vacant lots. 5. Getting weed spray.6. getting forestry to pick up branches. 7. getting flydup0ed tires, construction debris, trees, etc removed.

We now are at the point where we need CPd to issue citations for can theft, can rummaging, littering, using COMMUNITY CONCERNS and CITY SERVICES directive to continually have Beat and Patrol cars order the city service we need as well as gang/drug issues.

Everyone said this clean up could never be done. WELL...it is done!

  • gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on...

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    gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on Ashland and a new industrial tear-down at Adams and Laflin. Lots of reasons for the rat population to grow.

    I will study your details over the weekend, put together a plan and enlist the help of our wonderful neighbors and the new developers of the vacant buildings who are probably dying to figure out ways to be a good neighbor..

    Thank you so much.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times...

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    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times instead of 8 times. IF we can keep the stuff off the ground and alleys clean.

    We were a REAL MESS with 550 active holes on half a block, once upon a time.

    Post the steps you did. What happened. It is always good to SHARE steps that work.

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If you see overtime abuse REPORT IT!

THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral...

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THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral homepage has a place to report and make positive suggestions.

Our Superintendent is doing more than any other in this effort. We need to support him in ways that are meaningful. He gets reports. Reports may not be true. It is up to us to tell him the truth. It is our new civic duty in a place like chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-overtime-ig-report-20171004-story.html

    Chicago police overtime monitored loosely and ripe for abuse, report finds
    The Chicago Police Department has failed to closely monitor its massive spending on officer overtime - a combined $575 million over the last six years - or take measures to prevent officers from abusing the system, an investigation by the city's watchdog concluded.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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who is interested in signing up with States Attorney Prosecutor?

The States Attorney Office is interested in making a MAP of public and private Camera addresses. Would u be willing to sign up for this list?

the purpose is to get evidence for crimes in HIGH CRIME areas like ours.

It could help with Prosecutions

3 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR & EXTERIOR RENOVATION OF A TWO D.U. MASONRY BUILDING. DUPLEX 1ST FL WITH BASMENT; UPDATE M.E.P EQUIPMENT & FIXTURES; REMOVE AND REPLACE OPEN WOOD REAR PORCH, SAME SIZE AND LOCATION AS PER PLANS.

    4238 W. Wilcox St. Issued April 16, 2018 Comment

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Apr 13

Updated Apr 13

    Amazon delivers a $1B check to video doorbell maker Ring
    Amazon is expanding its presence in the smart home market. The e-commerce giant announced Thursday it has officially closed the deal to buy the home security device company Ring. It's a reported $1 billion acquisition, making it one of Amazon's biggest purchases. Ring, founded in 2013, has more than three million users.
    https://www.cbsnews.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I have spoken to several on our block who are INTERESTED! I spoke to some technology people in the city. They are interested.

    Hot diggity dog.

Apr 13

    City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2018 PRESS CONTACT: Natalie A. Kuriata, (773) 478-8417 City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List The Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (Public Safety) is announcing its first list of initiated projects related to police and police accountability functions and operations in the City of Chicago.
    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org

Apr 13

Apr 12

Woman found shot to death on West Side

Around 7 a.m. Thursday a 36-year-old woman was found in a car in the 4300 block of West Madison Street.

4100-4199 W. Madison St.

    Woman found shot to death on West Side
    CHICAGO -- Chicago police are investigating a shooting death in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Around 7 a.m. Thursday a 36-year-old woman was found in a car in the 4300 block of West Madison Street. She had a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died.
    http://wgntv.com

Apr 12

Feb 10 2017

Updated Apr 11

Shot spotter strategy! Will it help?

The sound of gunshot will dispatch police who have the special celphomes. Technology is good. Lets see if if this strategy works. POD cameras were/are not widly used as a tool.

Source is from link below

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/news/12302593/chicago-police-deploy-gunshot-detection-technology-to-curb-shootings

    Chicago police deploy gunshot detection technology to curb shootings
    Jan. 28--Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department commanders on Friday touted advances in technology that could help officers pinpoint gunfire instantly, part of their newest efforts to combat gun violence plaguing the city.
    http://www.securityinfowatch.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We had semi automatic fire last week end. We did NOT get police response in seconds.

    Sometimes shots are not counted at all.

Mar 19 2017

Updated Apr 11

What???? No city services ordered or completed in ward 28 ?????

Can this be true???? If it is!!!! Who is to blame????? The ward is a trainwreck

http://chicagoworksforyou.com/ward/28/#/

Checkout chicagoworksforyou.com for your,ward.

    Ward 28
    The citywide dashboard with ward-by-ward views of service delivery in Chicago.
    http://chicagoworksforyou.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The commissioner did not die. Robert Meyers in charge of lights died. He was a remarkable civil servant and the job pressure may have killed him. Many who work extremely hard can work themselves to death. People with his kind of dedication are the real heroes on Chicago government. He...

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    The commissioner did not die. Robert Meyers in charge of lights died. He was a remarkable civil servant and the job pressure may have killed him. Many who work extremely hard can work themselves to death. People with his kind of dedication are the real heroes on Chicago government. He was humble and even tempered. He would bristtle if I told,him stories like yours,and deny defects in the system. He was loyal to the union and his people.

    Foia service requests for alley lights using the range of addresses on your block. See what the real status of where your service requests went. If u see that requests were marked"completed" and they were not; send to the commissiomer Rebekah Scheinfeld and IG Josepj Ferguson.

    The object is to hold workers responsible when they falsify work orders. Falsifying work orders means turning on a time sheet saying you did work when in fact you did not. People who have been playing this game for decades have gotten away with their cheating and fraud because WE do not report them to the proper authorities.

    You know the best way to get city service is to ask the mayor and commissiomer. Why didn't u do this?

    Letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org
    Rebekah.scheinfeld@cityofchicago.org

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We are trying to get the 11th District to follow (3) Directives given to me by Gen Csl of CPD. Riding for 6 months with an Area North CAPS co coordinator the (3) Directives were not followedto the letter.

    We requested Organized Crime fill in forms and got better results....

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    We are trying to get the 11th District to follow (3) Directives given to me by Gen Csl of CPD. Riding for 6 months with an Area North CAPS co coordinator the (3) Directives were not followedto the letter.

    We requested Organized Crime fill in forms and got better results. They are now too busy to do it.

    We will now have clusters of people fill in 21-235 forms and submit them directly to the Superintendent, the responding department, and Dept of Information Technology.

    We expect having heads of Departments track orders that can be foia'd will help improve city service requests.

    There is some kind of conventional wisdom that needs to change. We PAY civil servants who are on our streets, sidewalks, etc hour by hour. YET instead of them ordering service we need or supervisors or Aldermen ordering what we need THE RESPONSIBILITY IS SHIFTED TO US.

    MANAGEMENT needs to hold their staff ACCOUNTABLE. CAPs is Directed to turn in service requests and does not in any meaningful way in ghettos. Instead city employees push their responsibility on to citizens. Citizens give up when they call time and time again and do not get service. The IG needs to follow the order trails and punish slackers.

    It is great you are able to get city service! We are getting pretty good service in a 6-8 block test area but it is a daily email paper trail.

Mar 28 2017

Updated Apr 11

New CPD Strategic Decision Strategies to fight crime

Lets see if things get better. Jonathan seems to be sincere. Can he get better results? Technology used effectively can bring wusmtum leaps,in,oroductivity. GOOD LUCK we need a guy like u desperately.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=54-z8_s9Nbc

    Chicago Police Department Highlights New Technology
    This video is a brief introduction of the new Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC) and the shot-spotter technology helping Chicago Police Officers combat crime.
    https://www.youtube.com/
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Today CPD got 10Mil for more sdsc rooms. THANKS to the billionaire who donated.
    The problem is, in the camera room people at 11 do not get police service even when they call 911. What is that about?

    News does not match reality on the street. Keeping people honest is difficult indeed!

Jun 17

Updated Apr 11

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Oh, forgot to say Do not use the app. It has a 30-40% error rate in Google addressing. It is HORRIBLE and will result in union people coming out to a wrong address.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    CAPs has a form 21-235. they are supposed to use it to Register and Monitor
    1. Community Concerns 2. City services.

    If it doesn't work at your Beat meeting; fill out the form, send it to the Superintendent and ask he get it done.

Jun 22

Updated Apr 11

Link to Police Directives

Follow this link. you can find a treasure trove of police services you never dreamed of let alone knew exist. No more whining about not getting service. Quote the directive

http://directives.chicagopolice.org/directives/

    Chicago Police Department Directives System
    http://directives.chicagopolice.org
  • Can't say, at this point, that I have favorite topics. This is a learning experience for me, and so I will have to delve further into it. I think maybe I would like to work on keeping crime low in my area.

    Will keep plowing through the material.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did u achieve anything Gabe? What was it?

Apr 11

Apr 11

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE PLUMBING FIXTURES ,REPAIR/REPLACE DRAIN & WATER LINES AS NEEDED CORRECT ALL PLUMBING VIOLATIONS.(SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION)

    4018 W. Monroe St. Issued April 9, 2018 Comment

Apr 10

Woman Stabbed In West Garfield Park

Police said a 32-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman were fighting inside a home in the 4100 block of West West End Avenue around 2:15 a.m., when the younger woman stabbed the older woman in the face, neck, and chest.

    Woman Stabbed In West Garfield Park
    CHICAGO (CBS) - A woman was critically injured overnight, when a teenager repeatedly stabbed her during an argument in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Police said a 32-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman were fighting inside a home in the 4100 block of West West End Avenue around 2:15 a.m., when the younger woman stabbed the older woman in the face, neck, and chest.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Apr 10

Woman stabbed during argument in West Garfield Park

The 32-year-old woman was arguing with an 18-year-old woman in a home in the 4100 block of West End Avenue around 4:20 a.m. when the younger woman pulled a knife and stabbed the older woman in the face, neck and chest.

    Woman stabbed during argument in West Garfield Park
    A woman was in critical condition after she was stabbed several times during an argument in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, according to Chicago police. The 32-year-old woman was arguing with an 18-year-old woman in a home in the 4100 block of West End Avenue around 4:20 a.m.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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Apr 09

Trying to make separate equal

At 412 S. Keeler, brightly colored placards across an iron fence cheerfully spell out Welcome to Melody. Behind the fence, in the three-story brick building housing Melody elementary, an energetic young principal has helped nudge test scores upward.

Next year Melody will be consolidated with Delano, a school a few blocks away, at Pulaski and Wilcox. The Melody building will be closed, and Melody's 300 students will join Delano's...

    Trying to make separate equal
    This is the first in an occasional series on poverty and segregation in Chicago's schools. On June 15, 1863-exactly 150 years ago this coming Saturday-a "Colored School" opened in Chicago. The city's black residents hadn't asked for it.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

Apr 09

ATTORNEY GENERAL holds neighborhood meetings on Police

Here is a list of evenings where the ATTORNEY GENERAL will hold evening meetings.

If you have an interest in what we are ENTITLED TO please attend

http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/upcoming-dates/

    Upcoming Dates
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office is partnering with community organizations to hold a number of Consent Decree Community Roundtables. These roundtables will include a brief overview of the consent decree process followed by small group discussions to ensure all interested Chicago residents have a meaningful opportunity to provide input.
    http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org

Apr 09

We asked for your 1968 riot stories. You responded.

Chicago police officers, Eigel said, had pulled up to a clothing store near Madison and Pulaski and backed their squad cars up to the shop's rear. They then loaded their trucks with as much as they could haul out, he said.

This article has 8 other Chicago locations (Show)

She took the “L” to 63rd Street and University Avenue, and as soon as she exited the train, she could hear glass shattering, people shouting...

In his first full year of teaching, Prietz, then 23, remembers increasingly hearing the wailing of sirens and seeing plumes of smoke from the building at 13th Place and Homan Avenue.  

...behind, teachers devised a plan to form a car convoy to the Sears warehouse at Homan Avenue and Arthington Street, which had its own police detail. The teachers appointed an African-American teacher to lead...

...Sicily, was attacked and beaten by rioters at his tailor shop at the corner of Mohawk Street and North Avenue. (Family photo...

The couple made it to the Austin Boulevard stop and headed to the Topper’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard for a drink to calm their nerves.

When he finished his shift, Pirjevec returned to the Fillmore District police station at 4001 W. Fillmore St., which was a half block away from a nearby viaduct and train tracks. The area was nearly pitch black, Pirjevec remembered, save for the glow of one street light.

He opened the front door of the three-story apartment building near Troy Street and 13th Street, and saw people running through the streets shouting in anguish.

About four years after the riots, Givens’ family moved about a mile southwest to 15th Street and Lawndale Avenue. Givens went on to work for an automotive financing company and relocated to Milwaukee. There...

    RAGE, RIOTS, RUIN
    When a bullet felled Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., the death of the civil rights leader reverberated across the country. Five hundred miles away in Chicago, King's assassination blindsided black communities he had fought for.
    http://graphics.chicagotribune.com

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