3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Massive New School Proposed On Montrose — Community Meeting Thursday @ 6pm

On Thursday April 26 at 6pm there will be a community meeting about North Park Elementary’s plan to build a massive 63,000+ square foot school at their current location. This is three times the size of their existing structure. A related plan to more than double the enrollment will also be put into place. The meeting will take place at 2017 W. Montrose. Please attend if you want your voice heard.

Here are the proposed plans:

http://chicago47.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-W-Montrose-NPES-drawings-4-13-18.pdf

    http://chicago47.org
  • Right; the biggest issue is the building size. I just wonder if there's the demand for enrollment to fill all of these brand-new private school classrooms. (There mu$t be, if NPS is pushing for this).

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I raised that question above. Seems to be a mentality of “If you build it, they will come.”

    Even the Archdiocese is looking at consolidating schools and parishes. It’s amazing to me that schools that charge double or more what the Catholic schools charge are expanding.

    We shall see.

41 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Keep A Lookout For Robber

I was almost mugged taking out my trash on Wednesday, April 18th in the alley behind the 3500 block of Wolfram St between the 2800 block of Milwaukee Ave.

The man is somewhere between 5’10 and 6’0, African American with very dark skin, a black leather coat and a dark gray beanie. He has a nice complexion (no pock marks or acne) and does not appear to be homeless or on drugs. His clothing was actually pretty nice.

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I was almost mugged taking out my trash on Wednesday, April 18th in the alley behind the 3500 block of Wolfram St between the 2800 block of Milwaukee Ave.

The man is somewhere between 5’10 and 6’0, African American with very dark skin, a black leather coat and a dark gray beanie. He has a nice complexion (no pock marks or acne) and does not appear to be homeless or on drugs. His clothing was actually pretty nice.

I called the cops and they showed up within 2 minutes but we could not find him. I’m not sure if he was armed because he had his hands in his pockets so he either was and didn’t want to flash the gun or wasn’t and wanted me to think that he was.

Be careful out there everyone and keep your head on a swivel.

  • ditto. did he threaten you, ask for your money, or was he just there with his hands in his pockets?

  • Apparently a nicely dressed black man with his hands in his pockets is all the info we need to identify a potential mugger. Will be on the look out!

24 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Area around Lawndale/Leland Good for a Young Family?

Hello Albany Park!

We're looking to move to the neighborhood, and have found leads on a couple of places, one of the most promising being around the Lawndale/Leland area. Wondering if the community has any thoughts on how this area is suited to a couple with a 6 month old kid, all of whom commute on the CTA to work/daycare.

In general, do you consider this area safe? Would you take your kid for a walk around this part of the neighborhood? What grocery stores/restaurants are walkable? We've looked at the crime data and at some other resources, but would appreciate a local take on what it's like to live around here.

Any thoughts or feedback are appreciated. Thanks!

  • Hey, Jen! This is actually my neighborhood and we're an almost young family a (baby on the way) and have been in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. There are plenty of families over here pushing their kids around on strollers and a couple of families with children in my...

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    Hey, Jen! This is actually my neighborhood and we're an almost young family a (baby on the way) and have been in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. There are plenty of families over here pushing their kids around on strollers and a couple of families with children in my building alone. There's a park right at Lawndale and Leland and when it's sunny you'll see a bunch of families playing on the playground and throwing balls to their dogs on the baseball field. You're only a few blocks off the Kimbal Brown and a quick bus ride to the Blue Line.

    I think the neighborhood is generally safe. There has been some gang activity since we've moved in but police response is very fast (there's a station right at Leland and Pulaski) and it's been happening less and less as I've seen more and more families moving in. There's a Cermack produce moving in right next to the police station and many bodega type grocery stores on Lawrence though we don't really use them. We go to the Marianos on Lawrence over by the Metra which is a quick bus ride from the hood. There's plenty out of the cut restaurants to chose from and you're right up the street from Lincoln Square to the east and Mayfair to the west.

    It's not Roscoe Village but it's a good neighborhood that's been on the come up.

4 hours ago

Irving Park Metra Ramp Blood

I just got on the metra this morning and there was a cop guarding a bunch of dried blood on the ramp asking everyone to step around it. Does anyone know what happened? Looks like quite a lot of blood, I tried googling to see if anything came up to no luck.

43 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657)

The General Assembly is back to work in Springfield today and we have a historic opportunity override Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. But, we need you to get it done by calling and emailing your legislators today.

Gun violence is an everyday problem in Chicago and it's fueled by crime guns traced back to Illinois gun dealers. Contact your lawmaker NOW. It’s their one job to keep our families and communities safe. Click image to watch a video and send an email right now.

https://ilgvp.com/ouronejob/

    #OurOneJob - Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
    Governor Rauner has vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657). It's now up to your state legislators to override the veto. Any child killed from gun violence impacts every parent. Sadly, injuries from gun violence are the leading cause of death for children in Illinois.
    https://ilgvp.com
  • SB 1657...

    Victim #2 – The Independent Gun Retailer. If passed, SB1657 would require firearm retailers to drastically alter their business processes. Such would include upgraded training for employees, updated security systems, and increased expenditure of staff-hours dedicated to government inspections of their stores. The net result would be a...

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    SB 1657...

    Victim #2 – The Independent Gun Retailer. If passed, SB1657 would require firearm retailers to drastically alter their business processes. Such would include upgraded training for employees, updated security systems, and increased expenditure of staff-hours dedicated to government inspections of their stores. The net result would be a significant increase in fixed overhead costs for independent retailers. Increased overhead costs would be passed along to customers in the form of higher retailer prices to the tune of $150 to $300 per gun. Increased gun prices would artificially drive down demand for firearms by the law-abiding public. In effect, SB1657 would establish a tax on a Constitutional right. It should be noted that "big box" retailers are exempted from the bill's requirements because their gun sales do not exceed 20% of gross yearly sales for all lines. The exemption puts independent dealers at a serious competitive disadvantage – further driving the demise of independent gun shops. Having very little skin in the game could prompt the big box retailers to withdraw entirely from the firearms market – thus leaving Illinois citizens with no accessibility to firearms.

  • SB 1657...

    Victim #3 – Illinois Firearm Manufacturers. Under the original version of the Senate bill, firearm manufacturers would have to comply with the licensing bill as well. The costs to manufacturers would be prohibitive and they would have to move out of state or shut down,
    As usual, Bob...

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    SB 1657...

    Victim #3 – Illinois Firearm Manufacturers. Under the original version of the Senate bill, firearm manufacturers would have to comply with the licensing bill as well. The costs to manufacturers would be prohibitive and they would have to move out of state or shut down,
    As usual, Bob is uninformed, but he never lets that cramp his style when it comes to pushing his agenda. Bill 1657 is an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that seeks to create anti-gun 5-member licensing boards and onerous mandatory regulations, fees and costs potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) and strictly enforces any violation of federal law.

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Apr 08 2017

Updated 20 hours ago

Medical appointment pick up

Does anyone know of any services that provide this in Chicago? All the ones I've seen online are or ambulatory care or geared toward people with disabilities or senior citizens. I'm neither. I'm having a small surgical procedure done under anesthesia and I need to find someone to pick me up. I don't have any family locally and no one else that is able to help. The surgery center will not allow me to use an Uber or taxi and...

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Does anyone know of any services that provide this in Chicago? All the ones I've seen online are or ambulatory care or geared toward people with disabilities or senior citizens. I'm neither. I'm having a small surgical procedure done under anesthesia and I need to find someone to pick me up. I don't have any family locally and no one else that is able to help. The surgery center will not allow me to use an Uber or taxi and want me to provide a name of someone they can call when I am ready to be released. I'm looking for services similar to these two (links below) but neither are in Chicago. I don't need any special car or services. With the size of the city, you'd think they'd have something here but I can't find anything. As I start to get older, I do worry that I'll need this more often. Any ideas are appreciated.

www.discreetchaperone.com/services

www.appointmentcompanions.com

  • Question to those seeking assistance: would one solution be to have a person go with you and wait for your release, leave the facility with you and ride along in a taxi/uber/lyft along with you, then go their own way once you're deposited at your door?

  • future alderman future alderman

    sure-but you will have to pay for said service-i hereby offer my services for 50$ plus travel minimum cash-anything over 4 hours 10$ an hour

6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Woman sexually assaulted in the brown line

A 20-year-old woman was standing on the platform at the Brown Line’s Francisco station on Thursday night when a man approached her, began kissing her and sexually assaulted her, Chicago police said.

The attacked happened around 10:40 p.m. at the station at 4648 N. Francisco Ave. in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The news said she wasn’t getting on a train but rather she was playing Pokémon Go....at 1040pm?!

34 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Saving Parking Spaces. Wonder why it's hard to find a parking space?

Once in a while you see someone park in the middle of 2 spaces and then later come and bring another vehicle and move the first vehicle back to make room for the other vehicle. It's hard to find parking and then you have people saving spaces or parking their business trucks on residential streets or vehicles that have been left for weeks in the same spot.

  • Yes it bad but when u get home & cars from the brewery are parked on the side streets. Plus some houses have more than 1 car. I feel the brewery need to buy lot next to it & have a lot & or permit parking.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Neighborhood Dad is correct. At a CAPS meeting, it was explained that your call to 911 goes to an operator who takes the information. That information goes to a dispatcher. The dispatcher assigns the police.

    If it's a crime in progress, it goes to the top of the list. A...

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    Neighborhood Dad is correct. At a CAPS meeting, it was explained that your call to 911 goes to an operator who takes the information. That information goes to a dispatcher. The dispatcher assigns the police.

    If it's a crime in progress, it goes to the top of the list. A parked car problem is down the list. You may need to call more than once to get to a time when the dispatcher has police available.

    The city should have something similar to "meter maids" who are sent out to tickets or inspect the cars parked over seven days or otherwise parked illegally. . Trained police officers aren't needed for this.

Dec 01

Updated 47 hours ago

Rain Barrel Programs

Does anyone know if Chicago offers rain barrels to home owners? Does the city offer any rebates or free barrels?

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    got mine free from metropolitan water reclamation district program they run periodically.
    did you want one? are you anywhere around harlem and irving park? I have an extra.

  • J

    Contact either the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago or Center for Neighborhood Technology. If you need help, post an additional question.

  • Hi @cheesecakechick, do you still have an extra barrel? I am at Lawrence & Milwaukee. I could pick it up.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Wilson/St.Louis - does anyone have advice on the area?

Hi all - I’m looking to move to Wilson/St. Louis and have a few questions for anyone who lives near there -

1. I’ve looked at crime reports for the area and there are definitely incidents but it doesn’t seem like the area is ravaged in crime - do you feel safe walking/parking at all times of the day? Obviously won’t be coming home too often in the middle of the night but still something to consider. I do a...

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Hi all - I’m looking to move to Wilson/St. Louis and have a few questions for anyone who lives near there -

1. I’ve looked at crime reports for the area and there are definitely incidents but it doesn’t seem like the area is ravaged in crime - do you feel safe walking/parking at all times of the day? Obviously won’t be coming home too often in the middle of the night but still something to consider. I do a lot of walking/running in the middle of the day which is also something on my mind.

2. How is parking for you? I see most of it is permit parking but still looks busy. Also, how is parking for guests?

3. What do you love best about the neighborhood?

Thank you so much!

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Get rid of the slumlord Gary C and watch the troublemakers go somewhere else

  • That's Albany Park and there's been problems there for quite a few years now.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    How about doing some fund raising?

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    This is fundraising.

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

    CJC - perhaps you could volunteer to teach the school / parents how to fundraise or write grant proposals

Apr 17

Updated 2 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.

  • Saw a Honda propped up with wooden blocks this morning on Karlov by Eddy.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

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

Mar 27

Updated 2 days ago

Override Rauner's repeal of gun shop licensing law

Tomorrow, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Gun Dealer Licensing Act — an important public safety bill that Governor Rauner recently vetoed. Ahead of the hearing they're collecting "Witness Slips" — which are basically signatures in support of or in opposition to the bill.

Follow the instructions below to submit your witness slip and help us get over the top.

http://act.everytown.org/go/68471?t=14&akid=91263%2E1454441%2E-MSUft

Open up this link to the witness slip page on the General Assembly's website....

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Tomorrow, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Gun Dealer Licensing Act — an important public safety bill that Governor Rauner recently vetoed. Ahead of the hearing they're collecting "Witness Slips" — which are basically signatures in support of or in opposition to the bill.

Follow the instructions below to submit your witness slip and help us get over the top.

http://act.everytown.org/go/68471?t=14&akid=91263%2E1454441%2E-MSUft

Open up this link to the witness slip page on the General Assembly's website.
Enter your information on the IDENTIFICATION section of the form.
Feel free to leave the REPRESENTATION part of the form blank.
On the POSITION section, select "On SB 1656 and HB 1273" as the subject matter, check the "Proponent" radio button (see screenshot below).
Select “Record of Appearance Only” in the TESTIMONY part of the form (also in screenshot).
Agree to the terms of agreement and click the create slip button (you'll need to complete the captcha in order to successfully submit).

SUBMIT YOUR WITNESS SLIP TO THE IL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Send your Witness Slip to the IL General Assembly
Screenshot of the POSITION and TESTIMONY sections of the form.

We have a fighting chance of overriding Governor Rauner's veto of a bill that passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support — but it's going to take each of us speaking out to fight back against the gun lobby's dangerous agenda.

Thanks for being a committed member of the movement!

Illinois Legislative Team
Everytown for Gun Safety

    Witness Slip
    Dashboard for the Illinois General Assembly
    http://my.ilga.gov
  • Lesson liberals and progressive taught this gun owner

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vrkVwUEcAc&frags=wn

  • So much for honesty of a lead anti gunner…

    “Assault weapons .. are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the...

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    So much for honesty of a lead anti gunner…

    “Assault weapons .. are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. — Josh Sugarmann (executive director and founder of the Violence Policy Center (VPC). Prior to founding the VPC, Sugarmann was a press officer in the national office of Amnesty International USA and was the communications director for the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

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3 days ago

Got Economic Development? We do. North Branch Trail Alliance 2018 Ride Planning Meeting #ChiNBT

Greetings My Neighbors!

You are needed to help plan our North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) 2018 rides. We'll meet at the Skokie Library (5215 W. Oakton) on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30-5 PM. NBTA is a citizen-led initiative that needs you and your ideas to bring some good old fashioned economic development to our communities! NBTA connects riders with local businesses and local businesses with riders. They go much better together.

We will be working mostly on our first ride...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

You are needed to help plan our North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) 2018 rides. We'll meet at the Skokie Library (5215 W. Oakton) on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30-5 PM. NBTA is a citizen-led initiative that needs you and your ideas to bring some good old fashioned economic development to our communities! NBTA connects riders with local businesses and local businesses with riders. They go much better together.

We will be working mostly on our first ride of 2018 on May 19 - our Northwest Area Icon Ride. What iconic NW area businesses do you think we should have as NBTA Partners for our kick-off ride of 2018? Join us and make your voice heard.

For more information contact jac.charlier@gmail.com or northbranchtrailalliance@gmail.com.

Here's the meeting notice on EB: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/apr28-north-branch-trail-alliance-2018-ride-planning-meeting-8606848/

No need to RSVP for the meeting. Just show up. More about NBTA on our website at www.northbranchtrailalliance.org.

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone know what happened here and can share?

Anyone know what happened here and can share?

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Had a foid, not a ccl

  • What's to know?

    Probably got stopped by the police for public intoxication (i.e., acting the fool), and they found that he had a concealed weapon. That was enough to write him up.

    Society can't tolerate drunks carrying guns.

    FOID or CCL holder should know better. IF he had one, I hope he doesn't have it anymore.

  • If you can legally carry, you are in violation if you are .08 or higher.

May 04 2016

Updated 3 days ago

Cleaning services

I have an excellent, very detail oriented cleaning lady and she is looking for additional work. Please send me a private message if you are interested in hiring her.

  • I know this was posted 2 years ago, but I am looking for someone to clean our house in Albany Park. Is Lena still looking for additional work?

  • Lena is great and I belive taking new clients. She has other girls working for her as well - she will set you up with someone!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Dancing Around the World

    Ms. Schroeder is asking for $446.35:
    My students need props for our schools annual international fest. They will use these props for dance performances.
    Belding Elementary School
  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    What, you have about 30 kids in your class? The parents can't afford a lousy $15 each? C'mon man, this is nuts. What ever happened to investing in your child and his/her school instead of asking for handouts?

Jun 25 2016

Updated 3 days ago

Cleaning person

hi, looking for recos for a cleaning person. I'm pretty clean/neat, looking for an occasional person to come in and do the dusting, floors et al. Thanks in advance.

  • Mjs cleaning services and organization mariajuarez286@gmail.com 3124592622

  • Hi! Is Teresa still cleaning houses? I am looking for someone reasonable to clean our home in Albany Park. Please let me know. Thanks:)

Sep 21 2016

Updated 3 days ago

house keeper wanted

I am just recovering from an illness and am in need of a cleaning person once a month. it's a small house in north park. please contact kay at: kathy.finn@att.net
thanks

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  • KM Like to know what's going on in the neighborhood

    Hi Kay, I have someone that I've been using for years at least once a month. Her name is Nelia. She does a great job for my place. She is also reliable and down to details. I'll forward your email to her so she can contact you directly.

    I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  • Hi! I am looking for a someone reasonable to clean our home in Albany Park once a month. Is Nelia still cleaning homes and perhaps looking for mor business?

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Earth Day Fest at Kilbourn Park this Sunday, April 22nd • 10am-Noon • FREE TO ATTEND!

Join us for Earth Day Fest at Kilbourn Park on Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00am – Noon at the Kilbourn Park Greenhouse and Gardens. It's a free to attend celebration of the Earth! For the Kids: Fun with Natural Materials, Planting of Prairie Seeds & Plants, and Park Litter Clean-up. For the Adults: Soil Remediation and Tips from speaker Dr. Israel "The Soil Scientist" 11:00am, and Park Litter Clean-up. Presented by The Chicago Park District and co-sponsored by Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse and The Kilboun Park Advisory Council.

SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER FOR MORE INFO...

Feb 22

Updated 5 days ago

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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  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    The response I got from Sen. Durbin:

    Dear Mr. Kastigar:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding gun violence and access to guns in our country. I appreciate hearing from you, and I share your concerns.

    Over 30,000 Americans are killed by guns each year, and this violence takes a devastating...

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    The response I got from Sen. Durbin:

    Dear Mr. Kastigar:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding gun violence and access to guns in our country. I appreciate hearing from you, and I share your concerns.

    Over 30,000 Americans are killed by guns each year, and this violence takes a devastating toll on families and communities. I support sensible gun safety laws that will help reduce the number of gun deaths in America. I support measures such as universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, mentally unstable individuals, and domestic abusers. An overwhelming majority of Americans know this is just common sense. I also support efforts to crack down on illegal gun trafficking and straw purchasing, and to limit the civilian use of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been used by mass shooters to cause enormous harm.

    We can and must do more to keep guns out of the hands of those who would misuse them, and we can do so while protecting the right of law-abiding citizens to use guns in a responsible and legal way for sport, hunting, and self-defense. My wife and I grew up in families of hunters. We know the rite of passage when a parent takes his child out into the woods and teaches him or her to shoot. The hunters I know are good people who love the sport and hate the people who use firearms to terrorize and kill.

    (continued)

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    (continuation of response from Sen Durbin )

    Gun violence is a complicated problem, and there is no one solution that will stop all the tragic shootings. Reducing this violence will require dedicated efforts by families, community leaders, law enforcement, employers, faith leaders, and elected officials to prevent guns from falling...

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    (continuation of response from Sen Durbin )

    Gun violence is a complicated problem, and there is no one solution that will stop all the tragic shootings. Reducing this violence will require dedicated efforts by families, community leaders, law enforcement, employers, faith leaders, and elected officials to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands and to address the conditions which create violence. Unfortunately, in recent years common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence has been blocked in Congress by well-funded political organizations. But I’m not giving up. I will continue to work to ensure the federal government helps address violent crime in our communities.

    Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.

    Sincerely,

    Richard J. Durbin
    United States Senator

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Apr 14

Updated 5 days ago

Really going to miss Sears Store at Irving Park and Cicero.

Heard they're going to close in July this year.

  • nmm1 Chicagoan

    I bought my leather wallets, gardening tools, mattresses, TVs & Blu-ray from Sears. I bought Dad’s clothes from Sears. It was hard to find reasonably priced casual well made men’s clothes until I went to Sears. I wanted to buy my stackable washer & dryer from Sears but they didn’t have what I was looking for. I have a friend who liked to buy her work blazers there. Sears did alot of things well. I will miss the department stores. It was a different experience.

  • I will miss Carson's very much too. I think part of the problem is people don't have a lot of extra money to spend.

5 days ago

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Apr 18

Updated 5 days ago

Free queen mattress set

I have a queen size mattress with box spring that is in pretty good condition so I'm hoping to give it away rather than throw it out. Let me know if you want it and when you can pick it up. Thanks.

  • SarahJ Nanny

    The mattress is no longer available. Anybody know how to remove a post on this site?

6 days ago

Apr 16

Updated 6 days ago

Moving to Lawrence & Spaulding?

Went to this area this weekend to look at a room and I liked the place and the hood. I walked around a bit, seemed like a cool diverse area. I’m aware there’s gangs in the hood.. I’m not worried about that.. it’s Chicago..Just want to get your opinions on this area. I’m a young black male. If that adds anything. I saw virtually no blacks. Which is fine as well.

  • Adrian A. Albany Park resident, educator, dog owner, parent

    I live right around the corner on Leland and love the neighborhood! Lots of long-time residents who are very neighborly and invested in preserving a (multicultural) sense of community. Proximity to the brown line is great, too. Parking right now is a hot mess because of the construction, but in 5 years or so, when that's all done (j/k), it should be fine. ;)

  • Todd P Parent, Teacher

    If you were on the north side of Lawrence, you were looking on my block. It's fine. Not a super-chatty block - people come and go from the multi-unit buildings and the condos on the corner, so I know few people by name despite being here 10+ years. But everyone's...

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    If you were on the north side of Lawrence, you were looking on my block. It's fine. Not a super-chatty block - people come and go from the multi-unit buildings and the condos on the corner, so I know few people by name despite being here 10+ years. But everyone's always been polite, no trouble-makers or weird stuff going on. Pretty diverse crowd - our upstairs tenants are black, FWIW. Safety-wise, it's a quiet corner of Albany Park. No visible shady stuff going on at night. It's still the city, of course... know your surroundings, don't be stupid, etc. My only beef with the neighborhood is the lack of green space. I'd love a decent park.

    If you move in, shoot me a message and you can join us for a movie and pizza some Friday night.

6 days ago

Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

Greetings Neighbors,

Flags are to be flown at half-staff as indicated below until sunset on Saturday, April 21. 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 (see pic). Questions about flag etiquette? Please reach out Jac.Charlier@gmail.com.

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,...

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Greetings Neighbors,

Flags are to be flown at half-staff as indicated below until sunset on Saturday, April 21. 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 (see pic). Questions about flag etiquette? Please reach out Jac.Charlier@gmail.com.

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period 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 seventeenth day of April, 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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-flying-flag-half-staff-passing-barbara-bush/

    President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush
    On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, ...
    https://www.whitehouse.gov

Apr 19

Apr 18

Earth Day Fest at Kilbourn Park this Sunday • 10am-Noon • FREE TO ATTEND!

Join us for Earth Day Fest at Kilbourn Park on Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00am – Noon at the Kilbourn Park Greenhouse and Gardens.

It's a free to attend celebration of the Earth! For the Kids: Fun with Natural Materials, Planting of Prairie Seeds & Plants, and Park Litter Clean-up. For the Adults: Soil Remediation and Tips from speaker Dr. Israel "The Soil Scientist" 11:00am, and Park Litter Clean-up. Presented by The Chicago Park District and co-sponsored by Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse and The Kilboun Park Advisory Council.

SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER FOR MORE INFO...

Apr 10

Updated Apr 18

New Zumba Class

Join Eva Zamorano for an hour of fun and exercise on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner Ave (enter through green door on Byron). Class is only $5!

  • Priest at St. John's priest of St. John's Episcopal Church

    We apologize. Due to illness this class is cancelled during April. Please join us on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. beginning May 1.

Apr 17

Updated Apr 18

Focus on the Weber Spur Trail

UIC is conducting a survey to gather more information about the neighborhood climate around recreational areas that include forested green space, bike trails, and parks. These questions are related to opinions about alternative transportation, use of recreational space, and what changes you would like to see in your neighborhood.

https://uic.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vwsMzgS95VytW5

Questions near the bottom specifically refer to the Weber Spur Trail and the more responses that are made the more interest in finishing the construction of this trail - 2.7 miles north the Devon Avenue

https://twitter.com/WeberSpurTrail

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeberSpur/about/

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  • Bob, it is refreshing to see you focus on something other than guns for a change. So pleased was I that I even filled out the survey and I don;t generally do surveys. I even hate filling out warranty cards

Apr 18

Apr 15

Updated Apr 17

Dead Body Found Down the Block

A week ago today I was walking to the local grocery store near Belmont and Knox. As I approached the corner I noticed a news man taking video behind the senior center. My initial thought was that perhaps he was doing a story about the senior home. But when I returned from the store I noticed many more news reporters had joined the scene. At this point I questioned the first reporter I encountered. He mentioned that a dead man...

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A week ago today I was walking to the local grocery store near Belmont and Knox. As I approached the corner I noticed a news man taking video behind the senior center. My initial thought was that perhaps he was doing a story about the senior home. But when I returned from the store I noticed many more news reporters had joined the scene. At this point I questioned the first reporter I encountered. He mentioned that a dead man was found in the alley shot to death. Which that alone turned out be false to some extent. As I continued down the block I encountered another reporter at the other end of the alley off of Barry Ave. At this point I was a little more surprised because we was getting a lot closer to my residence. I said to him, "I hear it was fatal, any specifics as to what happened?" And he said that they found a man dead in the alley but no one knows what was the cause of death. He said he even walked the alley to see if he noticed a sign of the crime scene but could not pinpoint the spot where the body was found. There was no blood on the ground or anything, not even yellow tape. I mentioned that the prior reporter said it was a gun wound. And he said that no one really knows, that his report indicated that the man was beat to death and found a couple hours earlier lying in the alley.

The Tribune report:

https://www.google.com/amp/www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-man-found-dead-in-alley-040818-story,amp.html

That was it! I never heard an update. And this startles me to the core because my grandchildren and I live right down the street from this crime scene. For all I know we have a murderer on the lose in the neighborhood!

Does anyone know who to reach out to to find out more? I'm curious to know if they determined who the individual was? Cause of death? Was it a local resident? Was it gang related? Was it someone that may perhaps been murdered elsewhere and just dumped in the alley? So many questions are unanswered.

  • Yes, just as Bellhome says... go to your local police station or call them and tell them of your concern and questions. Each station has its own number.
    You never mentioned there were any cops around just reporters. (?!) were the police there when you approached each reporter you confronted?

  • Clef in Jeff Park, no now that you mention it I didn't see any officers around. Then again, the police were alerted to the body sometime around 7:30am and when I walked by it was already around 10:15am. I don't know if that was enough time for them to conduct their investigation though.

Apr 17

PSA: 4600 block of Monticello the city is towing Cars

The city is towing cars on the 4600 Block of Monticello. There are no parking signs posted for the water main work, but they just went up yesterday.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 17

Work on Grace between Mozart and Sacramento

Anyone have any idea what they are doing and how much longer it will go on? It's been a nightmare of early morning construction for weeks now.

  • Dreamer North Center

    Sometimes I think they really have no idea what they're doing. Some of those pipes they're replacing are likely 100 years old and so are the manuals on them. Just imagine the trial and error. It just needs to end already.

  • This project started in 2011 in Chicago. I think it is supposed to wrap up in 2021. They are replacing the entire system in the city. I'm still hearing the water sucking machine from blocks away and they aren't done
    yet on my block, they have to replace the parkway grass next.
    https://accel.peoplesgasdelivery.com/company/main_replacement.aspx

Apr 16

20yr old shot in 3500 block of Belmont

Apparently he didn’t make it based off the questions the police were asking but can’t confirn.he was in a mid size suv so guessing someone on foot from our neighborhood got em. R.i.p

Apr 16

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