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10 hours ago

Our one job is far from over

Governor Rauner chose criminals over children and families when he announced today he would veto a public safety measure that would protect communities from illegal gun trafficking.

We are outraged the Governor sided with the gun manufacturers, their lobby and the criminals who continue to cause death and injury with firearms purchased from unregulated gun dealers. His statement reflects that he has little, if any concern for the children who are murdered each day by gun violence in Chicago and...

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Governor Rauner chose criminals over children and families when he announced today he would veto a public safety measure that would protect communities from illegal gun trafficking.

We are outraged the Governor sided with the gun manufacturers, their lobby and the criminals who continue to cause death and injury with firearms purchased from unregulated gun dealers. His statement reflects that he has little, if any concern for the children who are murdered each day by gun violence in Chicago and the rest of our state.

Corrupt gun dealers in Illinois flood our cities and towns with over 4000 crime guns every year. The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act, a bipartisan measure that passed the General Assembly with a wide margin of support in May will save lives by holding corrupt gun dealers accountable and reducing the number of guns getting into the hands of criminals.

By stating he would veto this bill, Governor Rauner proved once again the gun industry and their lobby are more important than the lives of Illinois children and their families. We urge our lawmakers to be a part of the solution and do whatever is necessary to combat the Governor’s dangerous commitment to veto this bill.

10 hours ago

Rauner Signs 'Red Flag' Gun Law

Gov. Rauner also signed a law that would extend a 72-hour hold on all guns.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a new law to keep firearms away from those who may use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others. Rauner announced the news on social media, saying the "red flag" law, known as the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act, gives law enforcement and family members the chance to prove in court that a person in possession of guns is suffering from mental health issues and is a threat.

The new legislation allows courts to prohibit gun possession or purchase through what Rauner calls emergency civil restraining orders.

https://patch.com/illinois/springfield-il/rauner-signs-red-flag-gun-law

    Rauner Signs 'Red Flag' Gun Law
    SPRINGFIELD, IL - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a new law to keep firearms away from those who may use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others.
    https://patch.com

4 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Planting by neighbor against my Brick Property needs tuckpointing

Hello

These property lines drive a Chicago homeowner crazy. I told my neighbor I will be doing some tuckpointing work on the west side of my property (on their yard side) later this summer. My chimney protrudes out approx 4 inches on that side which also coincides with MY property line. My neighbor then goes ahead and plants veggie plants directly against my building with chicken wire fencing obstructing where tuckpointing is needed. The Alderman has indicated that I would...

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Hello

These property lines drive a Chicago homeowner crazy. I told my neighbor I will be doing some tuckpointing work on the west side of my property (on their yard side) later this summer. My chimney protrudes out approx 4 inches on that side which also coincides with MY property line. My neighbor then goes ahead and plants veggie plants directly against my building with chicken wire fencing obstructing where tuckpointing is needed. The Alderman has indicated that I would need to get a R/E attorney and apply for a temporary easement order with the CofC to gain access. How ridiculous is this. All because of some plants on MY property line.
Anyone have any suggestions, please give me a holler. Thanks in advance!

  • You should have a survey along with your property papers. That survey will give dimensions from your house to your property line.I would guess that the narrow strip of land next to your house where they planted is actually your property. I does not matter where the fence is .
    A contractor will probably erect a scaffold to do the work. That can be done in such a way as to not disturb the plantings. Protection can be do so as to protect the plants from dust and debris.

  • Bob

    IC You-

    Yes, they are on my property. I have a plat survey and it indicates that my property line is 11 5/8 inches out from the building. I'll use this if needed in the event the neighbor tries to justify his plants being placed there.

    The building tuckpointing is...

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    IC You-

    Yes, they are on my property. I have a plat survey and it indicates that my property line is 11 5/8 inches out from the building. I'll use this if needed in the event the neighbor tries to justify his plants being placed there.

    The building tuckpointing is needed at the bottom sections of the building, thus, the plants are obstructing the part that needs access on the lower part. I think there may be room if the contractor decides to pull the plants back with a strap of some kind to shift them forward away from the building without damaging them. This all depends on how cooperative the neighbor is. I have found they say one thing, then do something different. We shall see. Thanks for your comment!

18 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Farewell Neighnors

Now that EB is transitioning to Next Door where your real name and address is displayed, I tell you, it is not going to happen, I enjoyed the anonymity while reporting crime and giving the heads up on important issues without fear of any retribution from the bad guys. To my neighbors who'll be transitioning to the new site, please be careful what you divulge or report, remember, the bad guys also go through these sites to find out if...

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Now that EB is transitioning to Next Door where your real name and address is displayed, I tell you, it is not going to happen, I enjoyed the anonymity while reporting crime and giving the heads up on important issues without fear of any retribution from the bad guys. To my neighbors who'll be transitioning to the new site, please be careful what you divulge or report, remember, the bad guys also go through these sites to find out if their cover has been blown and to see who is reporting them, of course they probably did it in Every Block I'm sure, but at least here, we remained anonymous. Please remember that anyone can lurke these open sites, not just your good neighbors and the bad guys never post, they just listen, so please be careful, be safe, prosper and be well, I'll miss you all.

  • you can change your privacy to where your address is not shown, only the street. Also, you set where only the people in the same neighborhood as you can see your profile.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Eugene Field(house) River Dumping

Hi Albany Park Neighbors,
On more than one occasion I have seen someone dump plastic bags with animal parts into the bridge passing over the river here. They simply get out of their GMC walk to the river bridge and throw in a bag of animal parts. This also has happened at Central Park. Has anyone else witnessed this and has anyone got a license plate number? I'm hoping to take information to the Alderman. Thanks for your help!

  • What they're doing is gross & wrong on many levels (what type of animal parts and obtained how, etc...?). Hope you can collect enough info to have them caught and stopped.

  • future alderman future alderman

    i would call 311 today and the alderman tomorrow

  • lin ravenswood downsizer

    Call 911. That is a crime to dump, anything, in the river.

Jul 05

Updated 40 hours ago

Why Are There So Few Bars in Albany Park?

Why are there so few places in Albany Park where one can sit down and have a drink? There are a ton of good restaurants, but so few of them have liquor licenses. What gives?

A neighborhood is defined by neighbors, and having places where one can have a drink with strangers goes a long way to turning those strangers into true neighbors.

  • future alderman future alderman

    technically not albany park but marie's is always there!

  • Mike F. 3rd gen APer, ex Ravenswoodsman

    For what it's worth, the margaritas at Taqueria El Aguila Real (Montrose & Kedzie) are good.

    And Twisted Hippo's taproom is supposed to open in "late summer".

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

My niece found a calico kitten it has a polka dot collar

Did any one lost a calico kitten it has a polka dot collar on

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    "In heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here..."

  • Sher Jeff Park resident since 72'

    Where are you near? I do have neighbor whom lets her cat out daily to roam. Pic? Also, if tip of 1 ear is clipped it means that it is a feral cat but someone has registered it. I believe 16th district has a microchip scanner.

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

nom de plume

Since you have to use your REAL name on Nextdoor, how many will move?

  • The mission statement of anti-gun advocacy movement should read something like this. Feeling safe is your right. It is our mission to ensure that everyone feels safe. To achieve this objective, it is our specific goal to repeal or amend the second amendment, seek passage of firearm confiscation legislation, and seize all firearms from law-abiding citizens.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    JimmyMac, let me know if you need company, if Bob takes you up on a meet and greet. I'll even let him hold my FOID card.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

3 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

One last week for hyper-local snark. R.I.P. Everyblock.

I'll miss you Everyblock - and all you blockheads too.

  • djstranger

    It was fun! See ya Everyblock. Thanks for all the local news.

Jun 27

Updated 4 days ago

Where Can I Find This Taco Corner?

This week, the Chicago Reader ran an article about the thriving Chicago taco scene that included this intriguing passage:

"Albany Park, for example, and its neighboring north-side enclaves remain (for now) a safe place where the professional taquero can thrive in America. A case study: on a side street off one of the busier thoroughfares in this part of the city, there's a family who each weekend set up a tent along the sidewalk, sheltering a table and chairs, coolers,...

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This week, the Chicago Reader ran an article about the thriving Chicago taco scene that included this intriguing passage:

"Albany Park, for example, and its neighboring north-side enclaves remain (for now) a safe place where the professional taquero can thrive in America. A case study: on a side street off one of the busier thoroughfares in this part of the city, there's a family who each weekend set up a tent along the sidewalk, sheltering a table and chairs, coolers, cold drinks, a salsa bar, and a gas-powered comal on which the patriarch of the clan griddles piles of hissing carne asada, al pastor, cesina, and chorizo con papas. The smell of warming corn tortillas and caramelizing meat casts a spell that's palpable for blocks. People who don't even live in the neighborhood drive their cars to this corner, line up under the tent, and wait patiently to place their orders with a teenager scribbling in a spiral-bound notebook."

Source: https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/el-santo-taqueria-chicago-taco-authority-tomatillo-taco-ville/Content?oid=51422770

I would like to those tacos, but for obvious reasons, the exact corner wasn't disclosed in the article. Would someone who knows of this spot be kind enough to provide it here? I think that would be safe, as this site gets far less traffic than the Reader, but feel free to message me privately, if you think that would be more appropriate. Thanks in advance!

  • Just had to bring this up again since I just visited the location on Hamlin and Montrose. The tacos were truly delicious. I tried the steak, barbacoa, and cecina tacos and I must admit the chopped steak wasn't all that great in my opinion but their barbacoa and cecina was...

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    Just had to bring this up again since I just visited the location on Hamlin and Montrose. The tacos were truly delicious. I tried the steak, barbacoa, and cecina tacos and I must admit the chopped steak wasn't all that great in my opinion but their barbacoa and cecina was phenomenal. I also spoke to the owner for a bit and it seems hes been at that tent for 2 years now and just recently opened up an interior restaurant up the street. But mentioned that the street set up actually brings in all his clientele as opposed to the actual restaurant.
    Anyhow thanks to whoever brought this up. I'll definitely be continuing to visit this placle.

  • Mike F. 3rd gen APer, ex Ravenswoodsman

    What's the name of their restaurant?

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-comcast-ends-everyblock-20180711-story.html

The "Everybody Own a Gun" crowd will need to go along with some new rules. From the Tribune article:

" The site avoids overlapping neighborhoods, and all members must use their real name and address — a significant distinction from the anonymous environment of EveryBlock."

Will beezil and JimmyMac come out of the closet?

    Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor
    Comcast is pulling the plug on EveryBlock, the Chicago-based hyperlocal news site it revived four years ago. The website, which features blurbs about restaurant closings, building break-ins and community events, will go dark July 19, with a link steering EveryBlock users to sign up with Nextdoor, a rival hyperlocal platform.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • MKW in Lincoln Square 25 years in the Square

    I'll be interested to see if folks migrate. I've found a lot of really good information here on city issues and the like, and been entertained by some of the more boisterous conversations. However, I welcome Nextdoor’s platform for its requirement that people are more easily identified. The platform is a bit different, but still good for recos and such. Hope folks here head to Nextdoor and make the community there great.

  • Come out of the closet? Really Bob? I see that you are again being knowingly and deliberately disingenuous. How dishnoest! Allow me to refresh your memory, In a recent one of your limitless number of gun-grabbing posts (Man with semi-automatic rifle threatened customers), I posted “Tell you what, I've nothing...

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    Come out of the closet? Really Bob? I see that you are again being knowingly and deliberately disingenuous. How dishnoest! Allow me to refresh your memory, In a recent one of your limitless number of gun-grabbing posts (Man with semi-automatic rifle threatened customers), I posted “Tell you what, I've nothing to hide. If you want to know my real name, we can always meet sometime for lunch to continue this discussion face to face if you've got the testicular fortitude. Heck, I will even provide you with proper ID. I've nothing to hide. Maybe we can invite your supporters and your adversaries and make a real party of it. I might even be willing to meet up at a gun-free zone so you know ... you feel safe and all.” Recall that now? What I remember is that you FAILED to accept my offer. In fact, you went mute No surprise there. As concerns the “Everybody own a gun crowd”, I can’t speak for them all. I have privacy and security concerns with most social-media sites and have only ever joined one … EveryBlock. With its demise, I will not be joining Nextdoor since I find its polices questionable and concerning. In other words, you will be free to pursue your obsessive, compulsive gun-grabbing rants uncontested by me. Hopefully others will pick up the slack.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

4 days ago

Reckless driving

Out for a walk last night around 8:15pm, we saw two black sedans with temporary plates (the second car was an Audi) doing 45-50 mph down Ainslie between Elston and Pulaski. They blew right through all of the stop signs without slowing down. It was pretty terrifying; if anyone had been in their path, there would have been a collision. It happened so quickly we couldn't get photos are do anything.

It may have been a single occurrence but please be careful when out there, there are some real crazies around.

6 days ago

6 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REPAIR, REPLACE STORE FRONT, REPLACE ROOF TOP UNIT, AND INSTALL NEW FACE BRICK TO THE FRONT ELEVATION TO AN EXISTING 2 STORY FRAME BUILDING

    4948 N. Pulaski Rd. Issued July 9, 2018 Comment

6 days ago

Need lawn cut

I’m in need of my front yard cut. Must have own lawn mower. Was wondering if it could be done tomorrow or this week. Please let me know the price also. Thanks.

Jul 02

Updated 6 days ago

3 children caught in gang-related gunfire

When will something like this happen in Albany Park? Be aware and vigilant!

3 children caught in gang-related gunfire: 'They don't care who they shoot'

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-multiple-people-shot-20180701-story.html

Too many guns, too easy to get them.

    6 shot, including 3 children, in West Side attack
    At least five people were shot Sunday in East Garfield Park.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Nate G, most reposted newspaper articles merely report shooting incidents. The purpose of reposting of such articles is sensationalism and intended as an emotional appeal ... NOT a credible argument. The CDC data is dated ... so? I NAMED the sources (National Self Defense Survey, World Wide Gun Defense Clock,...

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    Nate G, most reposted newspaper articles merely report shooting incidents. The purpose of reposting of such articles is sensationalism and intended as an emotional appeal ... NOT a credible argument. The CDC data is dated ... so? I NAMED the sources (National Self Defense Survey, World Wide Gun Defense Clock, FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics & National Crime Victims Survey and the White House commissioned report entitled Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence) form which the text provided was excerpted. I would have complied and provided you with links had you not been so insulting, but that isn't going to happen now, so don't ask me ... ask Google..

  • future alderman future alderman

    i saw that!----why don't u guys go back to 2nd city cop?

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

Jun 05

Updated 6 days ago

Found parakeet

Did anyone lose a parakeet near Drake and Sunnyside in Albany Park?

  • Hello, are you sure it is a parakeet? I see a lot of miss labeled birds on sites.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 09

Fence rules

I have a neighbor who has put up metal poles ( getting ready for a fence) above 6 feet easily, for the front yard..it already looks ugly...can't imagine how actual fence will look. Is this allowed? Also one pole is in part of our front yard..he did this without asking.

1)What are rules with fencing?
2) A contractor mentioned it was illegal and I should complain, who do I complain to?

  • Tim

    No worries Maryann, I can handle it, I'm used to it for a long time

  • maryann-on-Giddings LS resident for over 35 years

    Tim, people attacking you in an open forum for speaking your mind is nothing you should ever get used to. You were not mean, condescending or off topic at any point. I'm sure you can handle it, but there will always be people like me out there that will not accept it. Have a great day!

Jul 08

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Jun 29

Updated Jul 06

Flooding in Albany Park

I was wondering about flooding issues near Eugene Field Park - particularly the south side of the park. Do the homeowners there have a problem with flooding? Thanks.

Jul 05

Witnessed Shots Fired on Belle Plaine and Troy 7/5 at 4:30 pm

I was walking my dog south on Troy and standing at the intersection of Belle Plaine and Troy when I heard what I thought was fireworks up the street. Soon after a sedan (I think dark green) came speeding down the street and flew through the 4 way intersection. A man was in the front seat and a young child in the back. A few seconds later a black sedan came speeding down the through the intersection in hot pursuit...

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I was walking my dog south on Troy and standing at the intersection of Belle Plaine and Troy when I heard what I thought was fireworks up the street. Soon after a sedan (I think dark green) came speeding down the street and flew through the 4 way intersection. A man was in the front seat and a young child in the back. A few seconds later a black sedan came speeding down the through the intersection in hot pursuit of the first car. A young (teenage I am estimating) boy was standing up in the back with this torso out of the sunroof shooting at the car ahead of them. I witnessed about 6+ shots fired. Both cars turned onto Irving Park from Troy. I called the police and gave them the pertinent details I was able to witness. I wanted to post this to encourage others to be safe and on alert for gun related activity in the neighborhood. I am upset I was not able to get the license plate.

Jul 05

Jul 02

Updated Jul 04

Is it illegal to honk?

A dormant discussion that was shut down some time ago, when the question was asked: "Is it legal to honk when exiting an alley?" (original discussion in Zip Code 60641)

An answer to this question from the Chicago Police Department:

“Technically, the horn is meant … to prevent an accident. It’s not to be used at all times, 24 hours a day,” said Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago Police spokesman.

Instead, drivers should pull up to the end of the alley and stop, Caroll said. Then they should pull up to the street, stop again and drive."

Why Do Chicagoans Honk In Alleys? Some Say It’s The Law — But Police Beg To Differ

https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/07/02/why-do-chicagoans-honk-in-alleys-some-say-its-the-law-but-police-beg-to-differ/

    Why Do Chicagoans Honk In Alleys? Some Say It's The Law - But Police Beg To Differ
    DOWNTOWN - It's a tradition as uniquely Chicago as hating ketchup on hot dog: honking your horn before driving out of an alley. An informal Block Club Chicago poll showed 64 percent of respondents honk their horns when exiting an alley.
    https://blockclubchicago.org

Jun 27

Updated Jul 03

Looking to rent a parking spot in Albany Park

Hi, I'm looking to rent a parking spot in Albany Park. Open to garage or no garage. Thank you!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Try spothero

  • Christy T Albany Park

    Hi Maria G. I would like to learn more about your parking spot at Cullom and Albany

Jul 03

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