Jun 16

Updated 1 hour ago

Jeff Park Affordable Housing Opponent John Garrido Caught Violating City Ethics Law

John Garrido (CPD Lt. John Garrido/Former losing 45th Ward aldermanic candidate John Garrido/Leading outspoken opponent of the Jefferson Park affordable housing project John Garrido/(Likely) fake EveryBlock name-user John Garrido) VIOLATED the city's Ethics ordinance, per a report released June 15,2017: See the list of names, John Garrido is number 28, on the list linked from this 6/15/17 City Press Release:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/statements_of_financialinterests/news/2017/june/FIS-Viol-2017.html
"June 15, 2017
Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests

Employees and Officials who violated the Ethics Ordinance for failure to timely file 2017 Statements of Financial Interests"

    City of Chicago :: Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests
    Businesses & Professionals Artists & Entertainers Builders Caregivers Contractors Cultural Organizations Developers Educators Existing Businesses Food Service Establishments
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

LaBagh Woods (Chicago) Call to Action

LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone...

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LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone this land from POS-1 (Regional or Community Park) to RS-1. This will allow developers to strip this land of its trees and wildlife in order to construct single family homes.

We believe that to divest the people of Chicago of even a single parcel of forested land should be as unthinkable as privatizing a stretch of the lakefront. The parcel in question, though privately owned, provides great value to the community and the region as undeveloped open space. We therefore ask that you sign this petition to express your concern and opposition to development at this location. We further ask that you reach out to your elected City and County officials to voice your opposition to the development, and urge them to work with the community and the owner of the parcel to reach an equitable compromise.

https://www.change.org/p/chicago-labagh-woods-chicago-call-to-action

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  • B. Tersch Urban beautification enthusiast

    Does Openlands know about this situation?

  • J

    Oh, no! Openlands. Lookout. Rhe have zero influence and even less authority on this matter.

10 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Loud reports and tires screeching

Just heard maybe half a dozen loud reports within blocks of drake and berteau. I couldn’t tell what direction. Anyone else hear this? Happened around 0410 Thursday morning.

27 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago - ProPublica
    When news broke last week that a proposed affordable housing development on Chicago's Northwest Side had likely been put on hold, Ammie Kessem, a Republican candidate for state representative, vowed on Facebook that it wasn't the end of the story. Democrats, Kessem wrote, would pay for pushing the plan - including 45th Ward Ald.
    https://www.propublica.org

15 hours ago

Helicopter flying overhead?

Hearing a helicopter circle near Whipple and Addison. Near where the shooting took place yesterday. It had been circling for about 15 minutes. Anyone have any idea what is going on?

17 hours ago

    Waveland to become one-way street to accommodate sports field for Schurz HS - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG A portion of Waveland Avenue would become a one-way street under a revised plan to install a new athletic field at Schurz High School. "We're honoring our commitment to keep Waveland open to traffic while bringing a sports field to the school and park amenities to the community," Alderman John Arena's chief of staff Owen Brugh said.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

24 hours ago

Missing boy, girl last seen at Horner Park on Northwest Side

Police are looking for two children who have been missing since Tuesday from the Northwest Side.

James Stewart, 12, and Katherine Chanalata, 14, were last seen Tuesday at Horner Park, 2700 W. Montrose, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Police released their photos Wednesday and are asking anyone with information about them to call the Area North Special Victims Unit at (312) 744-8266.

Horner Park is located near Montrose and California!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1117431

    Missing boy, girl last seen at Horner Park on Northwest Side
    Police are looking for two children who have been missing since Tuesday from the Northwest Side. James Stewart, 12, and Katherine Chanalata, 14, were last seen Tuesday at Horner Park, 2700 W. Montrose, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

Jul 20

Updated 27 hours ago

    297 Apartments Near O'Hare Approved Over Alderman's Objection
    CITY HALL - A key city panel approved the construction of a seven-story, 297-unit luxury apartment complex near the Cumberland CTA Blue Line station in a 7-1 vote on Thursday despite the objection of Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), who said residents of the 41st Ward did not want the project.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From...

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    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From Pro-Publica Illinois:https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-policy-institute-northwest-chicago-affordable-housing
    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

    Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.(Excerpts):"Starting with the 2012 elections, some institute leaders began funding campaigns after a series of transactions involving other organizations and political action committees they formed, records show."

    "The Illinois Opportunity Project, in turn, poured more than $1.7 million into political campaigns and committees across the state, according to election board records. "..."Some of the money from the Illinois Opportunity Project went to a pair of Northwest Side candidates for the Chicago City Council in 2015. John Garrido, a Chicago police officer running for alderman of the city’s 45th Ward, received $2,000, while Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer and firefighter vying to be 41st Ward alderman, got $3,000."..."In 2016, the Illinois Opportunity Project also loaned $325,000 to Liberty Principles, a political action committee founded and run by Proft. Liberty Principles spent more than $10.5 million in races across the state in 2015 and 2016, including about $118,000 backing Garrido. Proft didn’t respond to a request for comment. The 2015 results were mixed. In the 41st Ward, Napolitano upset an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s. But for the second time in four years, Garrido lost to John Arena, a self-described progressive who received significant backing from unions and liberal donors."

29 hours ago

Need Air-conditioner service man

Have two air-conditioners that need cleaning. One is through the wall and the other in built-in a window. The service company I used to use went out of business. Does anyone know a service rep who can help me?

29 hours ago

Need through the wall air-conditioner service

I have two air-conditioners, one built in a window and one through the wall. They need to be serviced for cleaning. Does anyone know who does this type of work?

42 hours ago

Memorial Day 2018: 3 Ways You Can Join In Locally

Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways...

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways you can be part of Memorial Day 2018, right here in our community. If you have questions about any of these, please ask - jac.charlier@gmail.com. I'll be at all three and look forward to seeing you there.

1) Chicago Veterans Ruck March - Friday, May 25 from 9 AM
This 20 mile march (hike) from Glencoe to North Avenue Beach will raise awareness of the 20 veterans who commit suicide everyday. All can march. Adults. Kids. Strollers. Do some or all of the march. No ruck needed. Volunteers welcome. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may25-chicago-veterans-ruck-march-2018-8596131/

2) North Park Village Flag and Remembrance Ceremony - Sunday, May 27 at 10:45 AM
The names of all servicemembers of families present (any branch, any era) who have passed away will be spoken out loud. They do not need to have died in combat. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-memorial-day-service-north-park-village-8653219/

3) Community Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance - Sunday, May 27 at 1 PM
The Morton Grove American Legion Post #134 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade from the Post (6140 W. Dempster) to the Morton Grove Library and back. Light refreshments and treats will be served. A Memorial Day service will also be held. Scout units - Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts equally - are invited to march in the parade. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-your-community-memorial-day-parade-sunday-may-27-8653232/

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47 hours ago

6/15: Belding School Annual International Fes...

6/15: Belding School Annual International Festival WHEN: Friday, June 15 from 3:00 - 6:30pm WHERE: Belding School (4257 N Tripp Ave) WHAT: Family friendly event features music and dance performances by professionals and students; guest artists include Mariachi Monumental, Dabka dance, Trinity Irish Dancers; other activities include cultural displays, crafts and art, games, bouncy houses; food and henna art available for purchase. COST: $10 admission; $3 admission for age 4 and under

    Alderman Margaret Laurino, 39th Ward
    6/15: Belding School Annual International Festival WHEN: Friday, June 15 from 3:00 - 6:30pm WHERE: Belding School (4257 N Tripp Ave) WHAT: Family friendly event features music and dance...
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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Presidential Proclamation: Flags at Half-Staff for the Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas

Flags are requested to be placed at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, May 22. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag (see pic) is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

The full Presidential Proclamation is below. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May...

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Flags are requested to be placed at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, May 22. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag (see pic) is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

The full Presidential Proclamation is below. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 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, May 22, 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 eighteenth day of May, 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

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  • Beezil dear....I don't proclaim my knowledge....it's not necessary for anybody to do so.....over and out.

  • ...and for clarification, my "moniker" is related to my former role as a block club president for 2.5 years. So, "Statute Informed?" Yes, I know city statutes and many I have downloaded. That's a necessity when you're dealing with building owners, complaining residents, businesses, construction crews, 250 club members, etc. If one needs info, then it's good to be able to direct him/her to the source.

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2 days ago

  • Permit issued for signs

    EAST ELEVATION: 12' X 2'-4" LED ILLUMINATED WALL SIGN "(LOGO)BACKLOT COFFEE"

    3982 N. Avondale Ave. Issued May 21, 2018 Comment

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • You mean a FOID?

    of course he didn't bob

    law abiders who don't break the law get Foid cards.

    criminals don't get foid cards, or CAN'T get them, and break the law anyway

    so what difference does it make?

  • beezil, I didn't bother to reply, I mean Bob should know that a law-abiding person would have an FOID card to purchase a handgun, but a law abiding person was not the shooter. As you indicated, criminals don't (and can't) get FOID cards. The question was known to be mute when posted and was just not really worth much of a reply, per se. That said, your points were well taken.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

    Albany Park Chicago School Ratings and Reviews | Zillow
    Get the facts on Albany Park's best schools and find the right school for your child by reading reviews and checking past test scores.
    https://www.zillow.com
  • perhaps you are unfamiliar with the OP?

    this is a typical rat trap that usually ends up in a bunch of removed posts and thread closure.

    the OP does this on a daily basis.

  • Tomorrow, is another day, beezil is right here. I read the 3rd line and yes it is a question, but I immediately recognize the purpose ... a none too subtle means of initiating yet another gun control debate. If Bob sincerely wanted to talk about the schools in Albany Park, he should have posted links about the schools, not four links about the same mass shooting. Where are the Albany Park school links???

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Welles Park Dog Park?

Thinking Welles Park needs a dog park or signs can't let your dog off leash and someone to ticket. Every morning on baseball diamonds and today we have a party of 5 dogs off leash with owners chatting. Was hoping to cut through park but will go around.

  • I couldn't agree more Cubs. My dog is always on a leash and I deal with this at Winnemac park regularly. Dogs off leash approach my dog as I'm walking him and if they run up to us, he feels threatened. (His eyesight is not great anymore). I would much prefer there were a fence around the unofficial dog park that's formed there so we all can enjoy the park.

  • The police don't always coordinate with the Park District management. This problem has to be addressed with the park supervisor. If you don't know who that is, go to the Chicago Park District website and look it up or click on CONTACT US on the home page and leave your complaint there.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Van stolen barry and pulaski

My husband was truck was stolen this morning. Anyone with any information please message me or report to 311. 2010 ford 350. Has a real madrid stick on back window. Left side. Please any information will be greatly appreciated.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Plaster Repair

Can anybody recommend a plaster repair guy/gal? We have some water damage on our ceiling.

  • Bosco Plastering
    Call: (773) 544-5316
    2132 W Melrose Street
    Chicago, IL 60618-6310

    Used this guy twice. Very pleased with work. Fair and reasonable pricing.

  • I would like to know too. I have some seams with drywall that need to be repaired.

  • My husband working in construction. Very professional. Call for estimate 7736985690

5 days ago

5 days ago

May 18, 2018 Update

Independence Park fieldhouse (3945 N. Springfield)

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is organizing a walk through the Old Irving Park neighborhood to raise funds and generate awareness of hunger in our community.

Three Brothers Garden is an organic food pantry garden located on the corner of Pulaski and Belle Plaine. All produce grown in the garden is donated to the Irving Park Food Pantry. To...

...and a valid driver’s license for produce delivery to the Food Pantry, located at Grace and Keeler. You must be able to lift 20 lbs, be personable, and willing to get your...

Sun., May 20, 10 am, Harvest Christian Center Chicago, 4020 N. Tripp. Harvest Christian Center will host Chaplain Valerie Saviano as a guest speaker during their morning service. More info: online.Free.

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The walk will begin at the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee, at 2 pm on Sunday, May 20. More information and tickets are available to purchase online.

Saturday, May 19, from 10-11 am at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 21, from 6-7 pm at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker (enter through doors #6 & #2); and

Thursday, May 24, from 6-7 pm at St. John’s Epsicopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.

Wilson Park fieldhouse (4630 N. Milwaukee)

16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee)

Rosedale Park fieldhouse (6312 W. Rosedale)

Gladstone Park fieldhouse (5421 N. Menard)

Farnsworth Elementary (5414 N. Linder)

Beard Elementary (6445 W. Strong)

Prussing Elementary (4650 N. Menard)

Gray Elemenatry (3730 N. Laramie)

The idea wall is located in the front of my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee. Simply write your idea on a sticky note and post it to the wall for all to see. While you’re here, hang out for a while and feel inspired by what others have submitted.

1-3 pm May 19. at Gage Park High School, 5630 S. Rockwell;

6:30-8:30 pm May 29, at Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin;

6:30-8:30 pm May 31, at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett;

6:30-8:30 pm June 5, at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen.

The Filament hosts their sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

At 6:30 pm at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison, the 16th District police officers will conduct an outdoor roll call. Afterward, at 6:45...

Performances begin Saturday, June 2 at The Playhouse, 4766 N. Milwaukee, and will run through Saturday, June 10. More information and tickets are available online. Tickets are free for kids 12 and younger, and only $10 for those ages 13 and older.

A benefit to support this resilient family will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 3-8 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

Sun., May 20, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center, Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. Come out to the Spring Community Flea Market/Garage Sale. 30+ vendors, water and coffee...

Thur., May 24, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Navigating Foreclosures: What Happens When You Get Served with Foreclosure Papers? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.

Fri., May 25, 9:30 am, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Join students and staff from Portage Park School to honor soldiers in the annual Flowers...

...at the site of a memorial tree at the northeast corner of Portage Park, near Berteau and Long. Grade K-2 students will perform patriotic songs and lay flowers at the base of...

Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., May 30, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly...

    May 18, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Six Corners Association will partner with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for an exploration of the history and evolution of the Six Corners shopping district. This tour will look at remnants from the area's early history as a crossroads, as well as the beginnings of the streetcar era.
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May 17

Updated 6 days ago

Shooting at BP gas station at Montrose and Kedzie

I live directly behind the BP gas station (I can see it from my kitchen window). At 11:30pm I heard about eight gun shots and in less than five minutes there were cops everywhere. My cousin who lives at Montrose and Troy may have seen the shooters running down her block/fleeing the scene. If anyone has info about what happened please let me know!

  • Alicia Actor and lover of french bulldogs

    Please let’s stay on topic and be civil.

  • Alicia Actor and lover of french bulldogs

    Hey JimmyMac, this is unfortunately not the post to try and educate people on the differences between semiautomatic and automatic guns. If you know any information about the shooting from Thursday please do share!

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May 17

Updated 6 days ago

We need a cleaning lady for a one time clean for our apartment, can anyone recommend someone?

Live in Irving Park and we need a one time cleaning lady for our rental apartment this Sunday, any recommendations?

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Apr 17

Updated 6 days ago

Car wheels stolen.

A Honda Accord had its car wheels stolen on Keeler Ave. Probably happened last night. A resident mentioned that this was the sixth time she had seen this happend while walking he dog.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    But the msm tells us that "crime is down." They wouldn't lie to us, right. Sarcasm off.

  • Id rather be with wheels than wake up not finding your car... someone stoled my husband's work van by barry ave and karlov

May 15

Updated May 16

    EDITORIAL: Three bills that would make Illinois safer from gun violence
    A sobering art installation went up at Daley Plaza last week that reminds us how foolishly easy it is for almost anyone to obtain powerful weapons. Built to resemble a bike-sharing station, where customers are free to grab a bike whenever they want, it holds a lineup of 10 replica AR-15 rifles.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • These young activists are indoctrinated political pawns of the anti-gun coalition. Their hearts are in the right place, but their heads are not. Their inflammatory rhetoric is laced with emotion rather than bolstered by rationality. Personal experience is not an argument. It is an emotional appeal. Mass shootings should be...

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    These young activists are indoctrinated political pawns of the anti-gun coalition. Their hearts are in the right place, but their heads are not. Their inflammatory rhetoric is laced with emotion rather than bolstered by rationality. Personal experience is not an argument. It is an emotional appeal. Mass shootings should be examined in terms of factual data, devoid of and emotional foundation of untenable false narratives. Anti-gun activists value their message more than they value truth. Their platform consists of egregious, disingenuous demagoguery rather than credible, logical arguments and evidence-based proposals to support their agenda. Anti-gun advocates often smear law-abiding gun owners with the gratuitous assertion that they have “blood on their hands” merely because they have an opposing point of view on gun control policy. Such an allegation is what it is … a duplicitous fabrication.

  • It is a known scientific fact that the young have underdeveloped brains. The prefrontal cortex is that part of the brain that puts the brakes on another part of the brain … the amygdala, the emotional response center. The prefrontal cortex is under developed until age 25. 14-18 year olds,...

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    It is a known scientific fact that the young have underdeveloped brains. The prefrontal cortex is that part of the brain that puts the brakes on another part of the brain … the amygdala, the emotional response center. The prefrontal cortex is under developed until age 25. 14-18 year olds, with underdeveloped brains, should not define gun policy. After years have past these youngsters by, they become in touch with their inner adult and they look back in time, it will be interesting to see how they will view what and who they were in their distant past.

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May 16

May 16

  • Belding Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    This seems like an outdated rating. Belding will have a new IB program starting in 2019 and is rated Level 1+ by the CPS Performance Policy.

    Belding Elementary School (4257 North Tripp Avenue) Published on GreatSchools May 15, 2018 Comment

May 10

Updated May 15

5200 W. Roscoe

Noticed the construction going on inside this building of the corner of 5200 W Roscoe/Laramie. The ground level has framing going on front to back. Any ideas what they are doing?

  • Is framing going up inside the existing building or outside?

  • From what I seen that night in the dark, the framing is going on inside the first floor, front to back. Please note, I was inquiring if anyone had ideas what business establishment was coming. Or what they are building inside the place, not if there are permits. I'm not one to report people. I'm glad the building was purchased and work is being done instead of sitting abandoned.

May 13

Updated May 15

Tree Cutting

Hi neighbors,

I have a 30+ foot tall pine tree between my house and garage I'm looking to get cut down. Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to do this? Any idea how much I should be prepared to spend?

Thanks.

  • Just trying to help, if it's not a Colorado Blue Spruce then it isn't worth it, So Chop Away!!!

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    We had positive experience with McKay Tree Service, 1710 Catalpa Lane, Mount Prospect, IL - 847-489-5145

May 15

Water fountain shut off?

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Using Gompers Lagoon on the city’s Northwest Side as an example, Cooper said the small path around the water currently had three stand-alone water fountains around a paved, circular path about a quarter-mile long. Currently, one of those three fountains falls in the group of 500 that do not have a problem with lead in the water. As of this weekend, it was being flushed; the two other fountains were turned off—and by Monday, had been removed.

Records show some fountains at Gompers Park registered lead levels of 75 and 50 ppb at testing."

There's a lot of traffic through the park; why not let the water run continuously to avoid the contamination?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-park-district-continuously-flushing-water-fountains-to-keep-safe-lead-levels-20180514-story.html

    Park District could shut off half of outdoor drinking fountains amid lead concerns
    Thirsty? As the mercury climbs this summer, Chicagoans - including tens of thousands of kids enrolled in summer camps at city parks - will have hundreds fewer outdoor water fountains to rely on because lead testing once again has shown the city's tap water is tainted.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 14

Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15 - Flag at Half-Staff

​Greetings My Neighbors,

A solemn day of remembrance is now with us once again on Tuesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The following announcement was released today by the American Legion.

Pursuant to Title 36 U.S.C. § 136, Congress requests the president to proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and that the United States flag be displayed at half-staff in accordance to Title 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) to pay tribute to the local, state,...

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​Greetings My Neighbors,

A solemn day of remembrance is now with us once again on Tuesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The following announcement was released today by the American Legion.

Pursuant to Title 36 U.S.C. § 136, Congress requests the president to proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and that the United States flag be displayed at half-staff in accordance to Title 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) to pay tribute to the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication.

Unable to lower your flag?

Attaching this black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

Questions about our US flag and flag etiquette? Please ask. Jac.Charlier@gmail.com

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Apr 11 2016

Updated May 14

Parkway tree inspection?

Last fall the tree in our neighbor's parkway came crashing down in our yard during a storm. When we looked at the remaining stump we saw that it was dead and rotten straight through. The city removed the debris, but did not assist with our claim as the neighbor had never reported a tree problem to the city.

We have a similar tree on our own parkway that we have concerns about. Based on how it looked last fall, it isn't dead but it isn't terribly healthy either. Does anyone know how to go about getting the city to do a "wellness check" on a tree?

  • PurpleHat Small biz owner in Albany Pk. Former Realtor.

    Thanks Scott, but you know that this post is two years old, right? (Also, the dead tree has been deemed "not dead enough" to come down and still stands out front.)

  • PurpleHat, updated info is for anyone searching topic in future. If you do not mind, can I get location of tree to check it out for myself. Then I might then be able to supply you with little more technical info, to better understand official diagnosis by city forestry. As...

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    PurpleHat, updated info is for anyone searching topic in future. If you do not mind, can I get location of tree to check it out for myself. Then I might then be able to supply you with little more technical info, to better understand official diagnosis by city forestry. As a Volunteer Openland's TreeKeeper, we are trained on diagnosing conditions of trees. Its suggested we look out for problem trees, and report to city same way residents do.

    From my experience, City of Chicago arborist usually have no qualms in cutting down the least bit questionable trees. In fact it seems they have a quota to fill, expecting to remove large numbers of trees every winter anyways. And with new machinery, it takes less work to remove than properly planting one. In past cost of removing a tree was an astounding $1200 bucks! Agreed to by union.

    Property owners pressure city to remove perfectly healthy trees. Or fully blame big parkway tree for damaging private sewer line. Unaware already damaged drainage pipe leaking water invites root growth. Regrowing back, requiring pipe to be rodded out again. Largest reason of drainage lines needing expensive replacement falls on houses original builders who cut corners by installing loose fitting clay pipes without any grout to keep from inevitable leaking.

    Any Arborist knows how healthiest looking trees can turn out to be the structurally weakest and most dangerous. Also true that newest growth ring produced by trees already hollowing out, is only thing keeping it standing. Just like pipe or cardboard tube is a strong hollow structure with OD of outer shell thick enough. So hollow or rotting tree suffers weakened health, newest growth rings will be much thinner. Peak time for failure by thin walled trunk, is month of July during summer drought. Suddenly dropping off on a bright sunny windless day. Ironically lower trunk shoots everyone likes pruning off, supply added girth to trunk. So best option for hollowing out tree, is to retain.

May 14

Lost dog near Cullom and Troy

My neighbor found this dog near Cullom and Troy Ave, sat night around 5pm. The dog doesn’t have a collar or tags, so she took it to the police station to be scanned for a micro chip and it didn’t have one. The dog seems super friendly and calm. Wanted to share in case any of you have ever seen this dog around or may know who it’s owner is. Thanks

May 10

Updated May 14

Portable Generator Repair?

I have a Ryobi invertor generator that needs repair, anyone have a recommendation that I could reach out to?

May 14

May 08

Updated May 13

Lost Dog Luke 5/4/18

Lost Yorkie! 4lb male not neutered or chipped. Has underbite and suffers from seizures. Tan/Silver/Dark Gray. Has a shaggy cut. Has his tail. His family misses him please contact me with any info. Went missing on 5/4/18 at 11a on Division and Spaulding. He is one of our four Jedi please help spread the word.
Selena

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    My dog and I are on the lookout for Luke on every single walk.

  • Thank you so much. I really hope he comes home soon. Your support means the world to us

May 13

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING FIRST FLOOR FOR A COFFEE SHOP AS PER PLANS**CERTIFIED CORRECTIONS- - SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS & AUDIT **

    4200 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued May 11, 2018 Comment

May 10

Updated May 12

NBTA Announces First Ride of 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" on May 19 #ChiNBT

Greetings Neighbors!

Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area"

Where: North Branch Trail
When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am

We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx. 5400 N Forest Glen in Chicago). Riders will enjoy the beautiful North Branch Trail with stops at Superdawg, The Leaning Tower of Niles, Village...

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Greetings Neighbors!

Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area"

Where: North Branch Trail
When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am

We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx. 5400 N Forest Glen in Chicago). Riders will enjoy the beautiful North Branch Trail with stops at Superdawg, The Leaning Tower of Niles, Village Creamery, North Park Village Nature Center & more! Enjoy pizza, beverages, and more with fellow cyclists at Chicago's favorite Marie's Pizza & Liquor.

This event is not to be missed!

We kindly encourage you to patronize the NBT Alliance business partners, so bring some spending money with you and show some love on Social Media. If you would like to volunteer at this or a future NBTA ride, we would love to hear from you!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ride!

Here's more info on the EveryBlock Event Page for the May 19 ride:
https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may19-nbta-announces-first-ride-2018-icons-northwest-area-8631381/

    NBTA Announces First Ride of 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" on May 19 #ChiNBT
    Greetings Neighbors! Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" Where: North Branch Trail When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

May 12

May 11, 2018 Update

Independence Park fieldhouse (3945 N. Springfield)

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is organizing a walk through the Old Irving Park neighborhood to raise funds and generate awareness of hunger in our community.

Fri., May 18, 8:30 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside.Registration is open the the 4th annual Big Red Run. This event will feature a...

Sun., May 20, 10 am, Harvest Christian Center Chicago, 4020 N. Tripp. Harvest Christian Center will host Chaplain Valerie Saviano as a guest speaker during their morning service. More info: online.Free.

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You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

Saturday, May 19, from 10-11 am at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 21, from 6-7 pm at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker (enter through doors #6 & #2); and

Thursday, May 24, from 6-7 pm at St. John’s Epsicopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.

Wilson Park fieldhouse (4630 N. Milwaukee)

16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee)

Rosedale Park fieldhouse (6312 W. Rosedale)

Gladstone Park fieldhouse (5421 N. Menard)

Farnsworth Elementary (5414 N. Linder)

Beard Elementary (6445 W. Strong)

Prussing Elementary (4650 N. Menard)

Gray Elemenatry (3730 N. Laramie)

The idea wall is located in the front of my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee. Simply write your idea on a sticky note and post it to the wall for all to see. While you’re here, hang out for a while and feel inspired by what others have submitted.

The 5200-block of West Warner between 11:30 pm April 11 and 8:40 am April 12;

The 5500-block of North Austin between 2:30 pm April 22 and 7:00 am April 23;

The 4100-block of North Mango between 11:00 pm April 26 and 5:20 am April 27;

The 4300-block of North Monitor between 6:00  pm May 2 and 6:00 am May 3; and

The 5000-block of North Meade between 10:15 pm May 5 and 8:30 am May 6.

6:30-8:30 pm May 15, at Corliss High School, 821 E. 103rd St.;

1-3 pm May 19. at Gage Park High School, 5630 S. Rockwell;

6:30-8:30 pm May 29, at Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin;

6:30-8:30 pm May 31, at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett;

6:30-8:30 pm June 5, at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen.

Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, is looking for volunteers. Join them on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am-11:30 am to hear more about how you can help.

The Filament hosts their sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

Performances begin Saturday, June 2 at The Playhouse, 4766 N. Milwaukee, and will run through Saturday, June 10. More information and tickets are available online. Tickets are free for kids 12 and younger, and only $10 for those ages 13 and older.

A benefit to support this resilient family will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 3-8 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

Mon., May 14, 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. More info: online. Free.

Wed., May 16, 11 am-12 pm,Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how...

Wed., May 16, 7 pm, 17th District 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. Free.

Sat., May 19, 8 am-12 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United hosts its2nd annual Pancake Breakfast. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Tickets: email organizers or call 773-283-5557.$5/ticket by May 17; $7/door; free/kids under 5. 

Sun., May 20, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center, Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. Come out to the Spring Community Flea Market/Garage Sale. 30+ vendors, water and coffee...

Thur., May 24, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts aNavigating Foreclosures: What Happens When You Get Served with Foreclosure Papers? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.

Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., May 30, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly...

    May 11, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Need to shred old, sensitive documents? I'm partnering with Midway Moving to host a Shred-a-Thon. You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.
    http://ward45.org

Apr 26

Updated May 12

Running buddies?

Hi, neighbors! Any one interested in starting a running group? I could use the motivation!

  • HI Amy! I waited at the park for 10 minutes but no one showed. I run and walk around the neighborhood everyday if you or anyone else is still interested!

  • Hey Tula - I'm late to this convo but would definitely be interested in joining next time! Tuesdays aren't the best for me but there are occasional weeks that I'm free. I'd love to start meeting people now that's it's nice out again!

May 10

Updated May 12

Vine maintenance

Hi neighbors, we have a vine-covered building that we're trying to maintain. We don't want to completely get rid of the vines, but we would like them to stay healthy. Can anyone recommend a service that would help with this? It's a 3 story building and the vines go to the top. At the very least I'd like them to be trimmed away from the windows (they are murder on the screens!) but I'm thinking we'll need professional help.

  • Vines are like ladders for ants to crawl in your unit

  • If you have a brick building, vines are the worst thing you could do. Vines eat away at the mortar and tuckpointing. Can completely ruin the masonry over time. Be prepared for the expense of re-tuckpointing if you continue to allow vines to grow on your building.

May 12

May 12

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