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Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois

Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a...

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Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a single magazine, belt or drum.

If you share Sen. Silverstein's concerns about gun safety in our state, particularly in light of the mass shootings in Florida, Texas and Las Vegas, please provide your contact information to stay updated on this legislation and other gun safety bills the senator sponsors. Thanks.

http://tinyurl.com/y8a3234p

    Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois
    Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America. Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois.
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6 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SFR, NO CHANGE IN USE OR IN SIZE. REPLACE AND LOWER EXISTING BASEMENT FLOOR, REPLACE ELECTRICAL WIRING, OUTLETS, LIGHTS. NEW INTERIOR STAIR FROM FIRST FLOOR TO BASEMENT. NEW BASEMENT COLUMNS AND BEAMS. NEW EXTERIOR REAR STAIR FROM GRADE TO BASEMENT. ADD 2 NEW WINDOWS TO BASEMENT FOR LIGHT AND VENT. ALL PER PLANS.

    5039 N. Keeler Ave. Issued February 21, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INTERIOR WIRING

    4733 N. Karlov Ave. Issued February 21, 2018 Comment

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Gunshots

someone else heard some gunshots around 12.30 am by central park and Leland

  • Too scared to call the police??? Because of people like you they get away. By not calling you are condoning criminal behavior. Call the police! You can call anonymously.

  • Avondale Logan Square Neighbor Avondale near Milwaukee

    Please call the cops when you hear shots. Your call could’ve caught these guys so that they can’t do it again and possibly injure innocent people.

2 days ago

February 16, 2018 Update

Wed., Feb 21, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4588.

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I’m pleased to announce that the first phase of construction of a new annex space at Prussing Elementary, 4650 N. Menard, began this Thursday.The new annex is expected to be completed by November this year.

In fall 2017, a new turf field was installed at Hitch Elementary, 5625 N. McVicker. The new fields at Schurz High School and Farnsworth Elementary are well underway, with draft designs presented to the Farnsworth community just this week.

The 5500-block of North Parkside at 4:00 pm on January 25;

The 5800-block of North Mason at 8:05 am on January 27;

The 5500-block of North Mango between 6:00 pm January 29 and 5:00 am January 30;

The 5700-block of West Ainslie between 7:00 pm January 30 and 9:00 am January 31; and

The 4400-block of North Major at 6:30 am February 3.

Parents/guardians, teachers, or clinicians can speak to the IT in person on Wednesday, February 21, between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Center for Conflict Resolution, 11 E. Adams.

...from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the Irving Park Lutheran Church gym, 4057 N. Harding. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and teens, $5 for kids ages 3...

The final auction will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 7-11 p m at Biagio, 4242 N. Central. Buy your early bird tickets onlineor in person before February 24.

The 18th annual Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, March 4, at 10 am at North Avenue Beach, 1601 N. Lake Shore Drive. For more information on how you can participate in the Polar Plunge, please visit the Chicago Polar Plunge website.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 20, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Learn more and register online.

I hop you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.

Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will be open through February 28. The exam will be on Saturday, May 5, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.

The village meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. If you have any questions ahead of the meeting, feel free to contact Sean Dolan at 312-744-9022 or atsean.dolan@cityofchicago.org.

Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett

Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central

Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins

Sun., Feb 18, 1-3 pm, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt, 4032 N. Milwaukee. Josi’s hosts their monthly No Apologies eventfor special needs family. At least one child...

Thur., Feb 20, 6-7:30 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett. Are you planning a rehab project in your bungalow or vintage home? Come be inspired...

Wed., Feb 21, 10:15-11 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringPreschool School Time. Stories, rhymes, songs, STEAM activities, and crafts. 3-5 years old. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.

Wed., Feb 21, 1:15 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.The Portage-Cragin branch hosts a three-week series of beginner classes focused around learning digital skills. This class will focus onIntermediate Email. Register: 312-744-0152.Free.

Thur., Feb 22, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Long-Term Care: Who Will Pay?seminar.RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.

Thur., Feb 22, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Sat., Feb 24,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Save the date for theWest Walker Winter Social. RSVP by Feb. 19 to Cindi Webber via email or 773-539-8346. No Cover Charge.

Sun., Feb 25, 5-7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gym, 4100 N. Harding. Support the local non-profit Carlson Community Services during aSoup & Bread Benefit. More info: online.$15/adults; $10/seniors and teens; $5/kids 3-12; free/kids under 3.

Tue., Feb 27, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., Feb 28, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting...

Sun., Mar 4, 5-10 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.Celebrate St. Patrick’s with the 11th annualWearing of the Green Dance; the official kick...

    February 16, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Please be advised that in observance of President's Day, my office will be closed on Saturday, February 17, and Monday, February 19. It will re-open on Tuesday, February 20, at 9:00 am. I'm pleased to announce that the first phase of construction of a new annex space at Prussing Elementary, 4650 N.
    http://ward45.org

3 days ago

Read All About It! FAiR Newsletter February 2018 is Out - Jet Noise and Health

Greetings My Neighbors,

Sharing this with you from the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition. The lead story is about the impact of airplane noise on and in our lives.

JET NOISE AND HEALTH

Chicago and suburban residents under the O’Hare flight paths currently experience jet noise in the range of 65 - 110 decibels on a 24/7 basis. Those living immediately adjacent to the boundary of O’Hare, like the residents of Park Ridge, Bensenville, and the 41st Ward, experience noise levels close to 120 decibels (the sound at which aircraft take off).

https://www.fairchicago.org/single-post/2018/02/18/FEBRUARY-NEWSLETTER-PART-2

    Fair Allocation In Runways | Chicago | Fair
    FAiR Allocation In Runways; Improving the quality of life in Chicagoland and NW Indiana neighborhoods negatively impacted by aviation changes.
    https://www.fairchicago.org

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost dog

Need help, lost dog last night 2/15/18 near Ainslie and Talman. If you see her, please call 319-389-7722. She is shy, so please do not attempt to catch her as this may scare her further away

4 days ago

Need garage space to rent

My name is Ross I'm looking for the right space to rent for my antique car and motorcycle. 331-980-7777 . Please need space please I graduate from Amundsen high school in 89

Jan 27

Updated 4 days ago

Building management

Hey neighbors, wondering who uses a building management company (we are less than ten units in our condo building) and if you recommend their services? Do they save you time and or money? Also, does anyone know of a service company that can do a once or twice a year building punchlist - walking the building to make sure things like emergency lights aren't burned out, fire extinguishers are current, etc?

  • We switched to good steward building management and they’re amazing. Wish we had done it sooner.

  • Hi, my name is Brian with Superior Property Management. Our company has specialized in the management of small condominium associations since 1985. Our website address is: www.superiorcandm.com which contains information on the services we provide. Please send me an email at: bksupcm@gmail.com with your property address and how many apts your association has, so we can prepare a management proposal for your association that your owners can review. Hope to hear back from you soon !!

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Feb 16

Feb 15

Half-Staffing of the US Flag: Honoring the Fallen - Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from
Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of:

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency's personnel from:

Sunrise: Thursday, February 15, 2018 until
Sunset: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See picture)

Feb 15

Half-staffing of the United States Flag honoring the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 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...

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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 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, February 19, 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 fifteenth day of February, 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

Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See picture)

Feb 15

New 17th District Commander introduced at recent meeting; carjacking task force announced

Creation of task force on carjackings announced at recent meeting hosted by Alderman Margaret Laurino. New 17th District Commander Susan Moss was introduced at meeting. Also, police report that a juvenile was arrested in the robbery of a Sauganash nail salon. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/02/15/task-force-combat-slew-carjackings-announced/

    Task force to combat slew of carjackings announced -
    The announcement of a new task force to combat carjackings in the city and the introduction of new 17th (Albany Park) Police District commander Susan Moss were the highlights of a community meeting hosted by Alderman Margaret Laurino (39th) on Feb. 1.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Feb 11

Updated Feb 15

Saving Parking Spaces

Yesterday I saw pretty many spaces saved on several blocks. The snow wasn't that bad that you had a lot of shoveling to pull a car out. This really needs to be addressed. I personally think it's really ignorant thing to do.

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are...

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    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are typically vacant during the day which is when area businesses need them the most. I'm sure many on this thread will admit they reduce or eliminate non-essential driving when parking becomes limited. So that single selfish act of saving a spot multiplied by thousands of others can equal real economic pain for area businesses. So you had to expel a little effort to dig your car out caused by an act of nature. Get over it. Just like homeownership, car ownership has responsibilities too. You want to own and use a car? Shovel it out. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. Stop acting entitled. Continued on next post…

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who...

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    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who say that saving spots is no big deal, there are worse problems in the world. Yes, sadly there are. There are no words for the violence and mayhem that occurs in this City and elsewhere on a regular basis. That doesn't justify un-neighborly behavior. What a great message for our children. "It's OK little Johnny to lay claim to City property for upwards of a couple weeks a year by using an implied threat of violence and/or vandalism, there are worse problems in the world." By such logic I guess shoplifting should be tolerated because car-jacking is worse. Where does it end?? It doesn't. Removed entitlement turns into real violence, vandalism, or even a mother who was so pissed off that she shoveled snow onto a car that took her space. As we've hopefully learned, it might not have even been that person's fault. Maybe her dibs holder had been removed by someone else hours ago.

    Ultimately, we're never going to agree on this topic. So might I make a neutral suggestion instead. On the next material snowfall, everyone who is of able-body goes out and shovels a spot on the street that is not their own. Preferably for someone who really needs the help. Maybe we help create a new better tradition whereby a red ribbon on a stick means that neighbor needs help getting their car out. Who knows, maybe it will catch on and encourage others. Small acts of kindness. Less acts of selfishness. Diminished acts of violence and retaliation.

Feb 15

  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW 3-STORY, 6 D.U., 3B MASONRY & FRAME RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH BASEMENT, NEW 6-CAR PRIVATE FRAME GARAGE, (1) OUTDOOR PARKING SPACE, MASONRY TRASH ENCLOSURE, PER PLAN (CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS)

    4845 N. Keystone Ave. Issued February 13, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    CHANGE THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR, PLUMBING AND HVAC CONTRACTORS ON PERMIT 100741197.

    4830 N. Pulaski Rd. Issued February 13, 2018 Comment

Feb 15

Feb 14

February 9, 2018 Update

Students will meet in the community room at the 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski, every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

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Update on 5150 N. Northwest Highway

The 18th annual Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, March 4, at 10 am at North Avenue Beach, 1601 N. Lake Shore Drive. For more information on how you can participate in the Polar Plunge, please visit the Chicago Polar Plunge website.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 20, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Learn more and register online.

I hop you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.

Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will be open through February 28. The exam will be on Saturday, May 5, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.

The village meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. If you have any questions ahead of the meeting, feel free to contact Sean Dolan at 312-744-9022 or atsean.dolan@cityofchicago.org.

The Schurz High School boys’ basketball team has been invited to play at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 10.

The event is on Saturday, February 10, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the recreation gym at the school, 4140 W. Addison. Tickets cost $25 per person and a table can seat up to 8. Registration forms are available at my website.

Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett

Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central

Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins

Sat., Feb 10, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library, Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor. Join fellow gardeners and neighbors for thePortage Park Garden Club’sfirst meeting of...

Sat., Feb 10, 5 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Celebrate Darwin Day with a conversation about climate change and the future of our food supply. Speakers Dr. William Bromer and Vicki Westerhoff will be in attendance. More info: online.Free.

Sat., Feb 10, 7:30 pm, St. Robert Bellarmine School, Kernaghan Hall, 4646 N. Austin.Adults ages 21 and older are invited to St. Robert Bellarmine’sBingo Blast. 14 games...

Mon., Feb 12, 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. Free.

Tue., Feb 13, 6 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join Eden United for aMardi Gras Meal and MovieChocolat. Doors open at 6 pm. The...

Wed., Feb 14, 10:15-11 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringPreschool Story Time. Stories, rhymes, songs, STEAM activities, and crafts. 3-5 yeas old. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.

Wed., Feb 14, 1:15-2:15 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. The Portage-Cragin Branch hosts a three-week series of beginner classes focused around learning digital tools. This class will focus on Email Basics. Register: 312-744-0152. Free.

Wed., Feb 14, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Wed., Feb 14, 7 pm, Athletic Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., Feb 20, 6-7:30 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett. Are you planning a rehab project in your bungalow or vintage home? Come be inspired...

Thur., Feb 22, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Long-Term Care: Who Will Pay?seminar.RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.

Thur., Feb 22, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Sat., Feb 24,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Save the date for theWest Walker Winter Social. RSVP by Feb. 19 to Cindi Webber via email or 773-539-8346. No Cover Charge.

Sun., Feb 25, 5-7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gym, 4100 N. Harding. Support the local non-profit Carlson Community Services during aSoup & Bread Benefit. More info: online.$15/adults; $10/seniors and teens; $5/kids 3-12; free/kids under 3.

Tue., Feb 27, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., Feb 28, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting...

    February 9, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Please be advised that in observance of Lincoln's birthday, my office will be closed on Monday, February 12. It will re-open on Tuesday, February 13, at 9:00 am. I'm pleased to share an update on the development of 5150 N. Northwest Highway.
    http://ward45.org

Feb 10

Updated Feb 14

Why is Dibs a thing ?

Why is it so that is now an unwritten rule that people can put their furniture to reserve public property ? We all know that we can't all do that, and it's always the same people, the folks that feel like they are entitled to things. We got like 1 foot of snow, nobody has shoveled the street, all the spots are their due to cars that were there during the snowfall, yet immediately 5-6 spots had furniture on them....

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Why is it so that is now an unwritten rule that people can put their furniture to reserve public property ? We all know that we can't all do that, and it's always the same people, the folks that feel like they are entitled to things. We got like 1 foot of snow, nobody has shoveled the street, all the spots are their due to cars that were there during the snowfall, yet immediately 5-6 spots had furniture on them.
It amazes me that some people think that only because they put a chair on the street I will park a block away from my house when I get back from work. This might've been an OK practice back in the day when most people had decent values, but nowadays you only get the douche-bags in society abuse these thoughtless, unwritten rules.
I don't understand why the city can't start enforcing the actual regulations and toss furniture off public property and issue litter tickets to people that won't comply.
And yes, I can kinda understand it if we got the same blizzard as several years ago, but for 1 foot of snow...seriously ? Just park like the rest of your neighbors and if you have to shovel for 5 min - big deal...

Feb 14

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Feb 11

Updated Feb 13

Dibs

Well here's the thing I am 65 shoveled out my spot and have one car not 5 or 6 like many so I think it only fair the city does give you a warning and th garbage men will pick up stuff on the street after a resonable amount of time I do have a garage but no way I could get through the alley I would rather be in the garage so I did not also have to clean off my car plus I ran my snow blower down my whole block so my parking spot is my reward

  • i know what you mean about the alley, the ruts are so bad people are always getting stuck, plus there is no where to put the snow, esp. if you are in the middle of the block.
    You think the city could eventually go plow thru the alley in snow storms over 8".

  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    The city says no plowing of alleys, because doing so would collapse garage doors! Just hire someone with a backhoe and open trailer and have them haul the snow out of there.

Feb 13

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Feb 09

Updated Feb 12

Snowblowing

I'd like to thank the person who came down Central Park with a snowblower. We are old, as is our neighbor...this act of kindness is really appreciated.

  • jeanniederman Retiree in Bville

    I think "me" wasn't venting as much as pointing out that it would be nice if more than one neighbor said "Thank you". I also snow throw my block, part of the alley and the block behind me. I do this because it's the right thing to do ( especially for postal carriers) and it makes walking my dogs easier. Jane I do agree with you about the karma but a thanks from folks is always nice.

  • Me

    @JaneSpec... I’m perfectly fine and don’t need to simmer down. Just trying to give you some perspective as to why an entire block might not be cleaned.

Feb 12

Feb 10

Updated Feb 11

Electrician

I would like a recommendation for an electrician.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Put down the shovel, your heart may thank you for it says Chicago cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen

The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart...

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The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart disease.” Shoveling, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate while the cold air constricts blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the heart. Together, these two factors can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack. Those who have suffered a prior heart attack, smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol have an increased risk.

Dr. Cohen advises against shoveling if you have a history of heart disease. If you must shovel, check out these tips from for safe, heart healthy shoveling.

• Talk to your doctor and make sure it’s safe for you to shovel
• Wait to shovel at least 30 minutes after waking up
• Warm up muscles before shoveling by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
• Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling
• Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before or one hour after shoveling
• Only shovel fresh, powdery snow
• Push snow instead of lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel and lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Work slowly and take frequent, 15-minute breaks
• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
• Dress in layers and make sure your head, neck and mouth are covered
• Watch for signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness or burning in chest/neck/arms/back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911.

  • Thank you for this. I have heart disease, and had double bypass surgery. Dr. Cohen is my cardiologist. He is a great man who saved my life. Please be careful shoveling snow.

  • fwiw, a Feldenkrais practitioner we know enjoys and recommends Petra Kolber's "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS" for low-impact aerobic conditioning (search "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS DVD Petra Kolber" ).

    Jose, many post-bypass people don't recover their confidence, which can impede their fullest possible recovery. Sounds like Dr Cohen offers prudent guidance and influences his patients towards a positive outcome and quality of life post surgery. If I ever need a cardiologist, he's certainly one I'd consult with.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 11

Garage Break In

Just wanted to let everyone know that my garage and car were broken into last night 4700 block of Hamlin. I followed the snow prints and it looked like they case a couple of my neighbors too.

Got some cash and a credit card where he went to McDonald's and Walgreens before I was alerted.

Filed police report but let's be on the lookout.

Don't want to sound like one of those people but some guys knocked on my door Sunday to offer shoveling. Coincidence?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Most of the murders and victims of murders in this city are in the african american community. How many of them do you suppose are here illegally? It's a mistake to believe that illegal immigration causes a significant spike in crime. It has nothing either to do with political affiliation. NYC has a very liberal democratic Mayor, and the state a very liberal, democratic governor, yet they have fewer murders then us, a lower crime rate, more illegal immigrants, and four times our population.

  • George F I question your numbers when comparing NY to Chicago, sounds very unlikely. Even TV depicts people commonly getting beat up in NY going way back. Sometimes TV can show a remblance of reality. Yes, I know that commonly takes place here too. What has become of civilization?

Feb 11

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Still Missing - REWARD OFFERED

We are heartbroken because our little Luna is still missing. We are offering a $1,000 reward to whoever helps us find her. Please keep an eye out for her and share this with other neighbors. Thank you!!

Feb 10

Feb 05

Updated Feb 08

Join us for Ward Night tonight at the 17th Po...

Join us for Ward Night tonight at the 17th Police District located at 4650 N. Pulaski Rd. Meet with me on a first-come-first-served basis from 5 PM - 7 PM.

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Feb 08

Feb 05

February 2, 2018 Update

Students will meet in the community room at the 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski, every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

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St. John’s Episcopal Church will host their annual Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.

I hop you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.

Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will be open through February 28. The exam will be on Saturday, May 5, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.

The village meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. If you have any questions ahead of the meeting, feel free to contact Sean Dolan at 312-744-9022 or atsean.dolan@cityofchicago.org.

The Schurz High School boys’ basketball team has been invited to play at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 10.

The event is on Saturday, February 10, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the recreation gym at the school, 4140 W. Addison. Tickets cost $25 per person and a table can seat up to 8. Registration forms are available at my website.

Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett

Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central

Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins

The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is hosting a construction summit on Wednesday, February 7, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the JLM Center, 2622 W. Jackson.

Sat., Feb 3, 6-7:30 pm, North Park Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski.The Citizens Utility Board hosts a Home Energy Savings & Sustainability Workshop. Free.

Tue., Feb 6, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your neighborhood at the monthlyGIPNA Board Meeting. Free. 

Wed., Feb 7, 10:15-11 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringPreschool Story Time. Stories, rhymes, songs, STEAM activities, and crafts. 3-5 years old. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.

Wed., Feb 7, 1:15-2:15 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. The Portage-Cragin Branch hosts a three-week series of beginner classes focused around learning digital tools. This class will focus onUsing a Mouse and Keyboard. Register: 312-744-0152. Free.

Thur., Feb 8, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts aNavigating Foreclosure: What Happens When You Get Served with Foreclosure Papers? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.

Sat., Feb 10, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library, Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor. Join fellow gardeners and neighbors for thePortage Park Garden Club’sfirst meeting of...

Sat., Feb 10, 7:30 pm, St. Robert Bellarmine School, Kernaghan Hall, 4646 N. Austin.Adults ages 21 and older are invited to St. Robert Bellarmine’sBingo Blast. 14 games...

Mon., Feb 12, 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. Free.

Wed., Feb 14, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Wed., Feb 14, 7 pm, Athletic Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., Feb 22, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Sun., Feb 25, 5-7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gym, 4100 N. Harding. Support the local non-profit Carlson Community Services during aSoup & Bread Benefit. More info: online.Donations accepted.

Tue., Feb 27, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., Feb 28, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting...

    February 2, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, St. John's Episcopal Church will host their annual Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Just $30 will give you access to an evening full of delight. The Cajun Connoisseur will be dishing up Nor Orleans cuisine followed with festive music from Joe Lill.
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Feb 05

Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

Lost Grey Cat.

$500 reward. I lost a medium sized grey cat named Bruce. He has a bit of a belly pooch. Any help, even if just sightings is greatly apprected. Please contact me at 920-445-1466

Jan 10

Updated Feb 04

Litterbugs!

I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to...

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I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to do better, how can we expect better from them? Just bothers me because I pick up trash in front of my house and neighbors, shovel snow, etc, and don't feel that anyone realizes they are in a 'neighborhood' any longer. When did this blatant disregard for others start?

  • Cleaning after others? Endlessly enabling other people's indolence in multiple equally dysfunctional iterations? Modern sysiphus. Greek mythology does not get old over here. Does it?

  • It's not just up to a few to take care of where they live. Yes I notice when I walk around there are blocks with less trash and no broken sidewalks and no pot holes. Then there are other blocks where there is trash, potholes, broken sidewalks. Why is that?

Feb 01

Updated Feb 03

LOST CAT

Hello everybody, our cat Luna went missing on Sunday 1/28/18 and we are asking for your help to get our little baby back home. It's so cold out, so we are really concerned about her wellbeing since she is an indoor kitty. She is cream with a dark face, ears, paws and, tale and was last seen on Wednesday 1/31/18 on Ainslie and Ridgeway. She is very shy so if you see her please give us a call at anytime 312-203-0671 or 312-848-5235
We miss her terribly and pray for her safe and fast return home.
Thank you for your help!!

  • If you call treehouse you can see if they have any colony caretakers that have seen her, or if they can help to catch her.

  • Hi everybody, thank you all for your support. We have been in touch with Paws, Treehouse, CACC and multiple other rescues and have also reported her missing on different sites including Nextdoor and Lost Cats of Illinois. We have talked to colony caretakers and you probably have seen some of the fliers we have handed out. We are doing everything we can to get her back. We ask if you would please keep an eye out for her!!

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Jan 30

Updated Feb 02

Sewer cleanout in the front of the house?

Hi, has anyone here recently had a sewer cleanout installed in the front yard recently? If so, which company you used, how much it cost and would you recommend them? Trying to defeat roots in the line and with a clean out, it will give better access than Rodding from backyard catch basin. Thanks in advance. The tree was cut down last year but it will be a while before roots die off.

Feb 02

Jan 29

Updated Feb 01

When are these coming to Albany Park?

Reverse vending machines are getting very popular all over the world. We need a bunch of those in Albany Park. Don't we? I'm sure we don't have the kind of legislation that facilitates this kind of system but can we come up with some kind of local business idea to make something like this happen? Come on enterpreneurs. Help us out!!! 😃♥️ https://youtu.be/5pyNps1fhec

    smart way to recycle bottles in Germany.AVI
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  • Shawn60625 Proud dad and LS resident

    They make these machines for glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans (all separate machines). The plastic and aluminum types shred the material into a mulch, and the glass bottle ones just collect them whole. Since, in general, more non-glass containers are brought in, the emptying of the bins follows...

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    They make these machines for glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans (all separate machines). The plastic and aluminum types shred the material into a mulch, and the glass bottle ones just collect them whole. Since, in general, more non-glass containers are brought in, the emptying of the bins follows a relatively close schedule. These are in every grocery store, and some of the big liquor stores even, in new England where bottle deposits are prevalent. They do require frequent emptying, but I would say they encourage recycling. I grew up in the northeast, and it seems like recycling is second nature there. I was a little surprised when I moved to Chicago and witnessed relatively common disregard for it. Programs like this work.

  • future alderman future alderman

    so many people with illinois plates on them michigan had to put a daily limit on it

Jan 28

Updated Feb 01

Drone flying over my house and yard yesterday.

I was quite mad as if this drone lingered while I was in my yard. What are the laws about drones flying over private property and if they have a camera invading your privacy of your home? Luckily it didn't crash into the tree in my yard.

  • This happened on Sunday afternoon. The drone was white. It flew over my house and over my yard from the East and continued to the west. Aren't there some rules about going over private property?

  • Next time call the police right away, all drones are camera equipped and anyone can own one, although it can be something as innocent as a neighbor having fun with a new toy, it can also be a peeping Tom or a thief casing your house, just never know. If it makes you feel watched or uncomfortable call it. If it's lingering or hovering too low into your yard, the chances of being watched increase. A good slink shot will do the trick.

Feb 01

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