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Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/y8a3234p

    Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois
    Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America. Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois.
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  • Good grief! Have "assault weapons" actually ever killed anyone in Illinois, and if so, how often? I'm all for addressing pressing safety concerns, but this sounds like a transparent attempt to profit politically off of a terrible tragedy.

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    We would all like to 'profit' by helping to ensure the safety of our children, family and neighbors. I'm pretty certain that most don't come at this issue from any political angle other than a 'PLEASE STOP the $@&%$# madness' angle.

    I'm not a gun hater - but I can...

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    We would all like to 'profit' by helping to ensure the safety of our children, family and neighbors. I'm pretty certain that most don't come at this issue from any political angle other than a 'PLEASE STOP the $@&%$# madness' angle.

    I'm not a gun hater - but I can put the NRA in my hate column. I'm trying hard not to feel the same hatred toward NRA supporters, as some are sitting next to me at holiday dinners. Much about it has become an exercise in tactful diplomacy that's worn out it's usefulness. Personally, I can't walk the tightrope anymore. Social tact has it's limits.

    #boycottNRA

27 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Bird Calling

I am by no means a John Audubon, or a birdwatcher. But I noted a different birdcall over the din from the usual chirps, twitters, whistles, chortles, caws and tweets, this almost sounds like a larger bird of prey, different from crows and ravens, louder with a reedy shrill to the HARRRWWWWWW noise it makes. I want to saw hawk or falconish, but the bird remains sight unseen since I’m comfortably ensconced in my bed. With this warmer weather and longer daylight time, I am not surprised but does seem a little out of place for the neighborhood. Maybe I should break out the old DSLR and do a little birdwatching

  • Jill H 38 years in Chicago, 19 in North Center

    This time of year a lot of birds start singing. You could go online to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and listen to sounds of Northern Cardinal, which has a loud whistle, and if that's not it, check Red-Tailed Hawk, which does have a screaming call, and Cooper's hawk, which...

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    This time of year a lot of birds start singing. You could go online to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and listen to sounds of Northern Cardinal, which has a loud whistle, and if that's not it, check Red-Tailed Hawk, which does have a screaming call, and Cooper's hawk, which sounds like 'kek-kek-kek-kek. If you live near a park it's possible a hawk could be nesting. Last weekend coming back from the Wisconsin border, we saw at least a dozen red tailed hawkssitting on light poles and trees along I-294 and the Edens, some in pairs, which means they're setting up nests.

  • Susan 10 year resident

    My kids have spotted one or more peregrine falcons in the neighborhood. One on 4400 block of Monticello; one at Cullom and Bernard. They can make some pretty wild sounds. Could be that? See this https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/sounds

  • The other day I came home to a front porch covered with pigeon feathers...all over the place - big feathers, little feathers, downy feathers...hundreds of them. And then I knew, there had been a murder (:-) )on my front porch, and I'm sure it was not a pretty thing to...

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    The other day I came home to a front porch covered with pigeon feathers...all over the place - big feathers, little feathers, downy feathers...hundreds of them. And then I knew, there had been a murder (:-) )on my front porch, and I'm sure it was not a pretty thing to watch, and I'm glad I wasn't there to witness it. Funny thing, I didn't see any blood. The only sign of blood I saw was a very small piece of bloody flesh, about the size of a quarter. I'm sure the hawk or falcon or whatever it was carried the carcass away to eat it in a safe place.

36 hours ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    TUCKPOINT WHERE NEEDED AND REPAIR LINTELS. ALL WORK SAME AS EXISTING . NO STRUCTURAL WORK. ALL WORK SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.

    3217 W. Balmoral Ave. Issued February 22, 2018 Comment

43 hours ago

LOST CAT: $$ REWARD $$

Our fur-baby is still missing!!! Her name is Bandit. She’s a 5 year old calico/tortie shell short hair mix. Bandit is very friendly, but aloof and hasn’t been outside without supervision before. She is not wearing a collar currently, and went missing near Montrose and Ridgeway the night of February 2nd 2018. Bandit requires a special diet and medication... it is urgent that we get her home ASAP. She is very treat motivated so she might come to you if tempted by food. If you see her please contact us at either number listed below.

She is incredibly loved & missed. Any information is immensely appreciated.

Dylan 708-738-8433 or Rae 773-628-4360.

43 hours ago

GATO PERDIDO- $$ Recompensa! $$

Nuestro bebito todavia esta perdido! No tiene puesto su collar y se perdio cercas de Montrose y Ridgeway en la noche de Febrero 2, 2018. Su nombre es Bandido (Bandit.) Es un gato Calico y tiene 5 anos. Es muy amigable, pero tambien distante y nunca sale afuera de la casa. Le gusta comer kibbles y tuna, entonces si le ofreces comida va ser tentado. Si ves a nuestro gatito bonito, Bandit (Bandido), por favor marcanos: (Phone numbers) La extranamos muchisimo!

Dylan 708-738-8433 y Rae 773-628-4360.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gunshots

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

  • Avondale Logan Square Neighbor Avondale near Milwaukee

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

  • "I'm pretty sure they were gunshots but I was too nervous and scared to call 911" If picking up the phone to call 911 scares you perhaps the suburbs are a better fit.

5 days ago

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

Greetings My Neighbors,

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

JET NOISE AND HEALTH

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

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

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

Feb 16

Updated 6 days ago

Lost dog

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

6 days ago

Need garage space to rent

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

Jan 27

Updated Feb 18

Building management

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

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

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

Feb 15

Updated Feb 17

Vandalism over parking spaces

Someone vandalized our car with nail polish in apparent retribution for parking in the space on the street which they had laid "dibs" on (a spot which, incidentally, we actually dug out ourselves earlier in the day, not that it matters). I assume this is what happened because when we came home and found some stuff sitting in ('claiming') the space, we moved it on to the curb so we could park. The next morning the car had been vandalized....

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Someone vandalized our car with nail polish in apparent retribution for parking in the space on the street which they had laid "dibs" on (a spot which, incidentally, we actually dug out ourselves earlier in the day, not that it matters). I assume this is what happened because when we came home and found some stuff sitting in ('claiming') the space, we moved it on to the curb so we could park. The next morning the car had been vandalized. We did not submit a police report yet. It saddens me that some people living on my own block are so craven and idiotic. Anyway, I will refrain from calling out the the address where this occurred (and in whose front yard we saw the items that we moved out of the parking spot). I assume it is against the rules. I suppose it's no news to anyone that you risk vandalism parking on the street. This does seem like a generally nice neighborhood though.

  • That is so wrong -- sorry it happened to you.

  • That is terrible. Those who participate in "dibs" are selfish, entitled, un-neighborly brats. The fact that it is not only tolerated in the city, but celebrated is disgusting.

  • I would file a police report just in case you have to file a claim with your auto insurance carrier down the road. How unfortunate that you have such selfish people living on your block. Better days ahead.

Feb 15

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

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

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

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

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

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

Feb 15

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

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

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby...

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

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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

Feb 11

Updated Feb 15

Saving Parking Spaces

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

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

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

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

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

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

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

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

Feb 15

Feb 09

Updated Feb 12

Snowblowing

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

  • jeanniederman Retiree in Bville

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

  • Me

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

Feb 10

Updated Feb 11

Electrician

I would like a recommendation for an electrician.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 06

Updated Feb 11

Garage Break In

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

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

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

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

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

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

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

Feb 11

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Still Missing - REWARD OFFERED

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

Feb 08

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Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

Lost Grey Cat.

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

Jan 10

Updated Feb 04

Litterbugs!

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

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

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

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

Feb 04

Feb 01

Updated Feb 03

LOST CAT

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

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

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

Jan 30

Updated Feb 02

Sewer cleanout in the front of the house?

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

Jan 29

Updated Feb 01

When are these coming to Albany Park?

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

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

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

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

  • future alderman future alderman

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

Feb 01

Alderman Margaret Laurino, 39th Ward added 6 ...

Alderman Laurino visited the Center for Seniors at 5320 N Kedzie to congratulate the center's founder Mr. Jae Kwan Ha and presented him a resolution in recognition of his 25 years of public service. Join us in wishing Mr. Ha a happy retirement!

    Alderman Margaret Laurino, 39th Ward
    Alderman Laurino visited the Center for Seniors at 5320 N Kedzie to congratulate the center's founder Mr. Jae Kwan Ha and presented him a resolution in recognition of his 25 years of public service....
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Jan 28

Updated Feb 01

Drone flying over my house and yard yesterday.

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

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

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

Feb 01

Jan 25

Updated Jan 30

Gunshots

Location: Argyle and Hamlin.

Did anyone else hear the gunshots last night at 7:20? We, and some other neighbors, called police, but I was curious if anyone saw/heard anything.

  • John Connorski: good for you! You have a sense of humor and are proud to be Polish.....that's not racist.
    Marigoldski

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Jan 29

Looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside & Albany

Hi neighbors, I'm looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside and Albany, or anywhere east of Kedzie really. Garage or uncovered--doesn't matter to me. Reply here or direct message me if you have a spot that you are looking to rent out. Thanks!

Jan 27

Updated Jan 29

Residential Parking

Hello, neighbors! My block (4700 N Lawndale) does not have permit parking but many of the surrounding blocks do. Does anyone know if I can purchase permit parking stickers from the city clerk even if my block isn't permit parking? Many times I pass dozens of open permit parking spots as I drive around for an eternity trying to find a free spot.
If I cannot purchase them, would any of my friendly neighbors be willing to sell me some??
Thanks! :)

  • Cheryl, agreed. It is about people in a neighborhood (zone) being allowed to park in their neighborhood, not a particular street. In Lincoln Park, a zone covers several streets. Lucy is definitely missing the whole point. Also, the fact that her street is zoned is probably forcing more parkers onto Tula's street. Everyone should look at the big picture.

  • Thank you all! I contacted the alderman's office and they told me to first go to the city clerk to get the process started. I appreciate all the supportive neighbors out there! :)

Jan 26

Updated Jan 28

lost dog

our little white fluffy poodle-mix got out of the yard - she was seen running on wilson towards western. she has a flower collar on - her name is hattie. please please call if you see her. 773.616.3522

Jan 27

Updated Jan 28

Community Networks

I was just curious if Albany Park or closely surrounding areas have something like the following available?

https://communitytechnology.github.io/docs/cck/index.html

It seems like a good way to circumvent net neutrality ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzy5vRmN8Q ) issues and provide a necessary/needed service to local communities.

Like they're doing in Detroit:
http://detroitcommunitytech.org/?q=story

If anyone has any information they can provide on local community wireless network initiatives, please speak up. Thank you.

    Neighborhood Network Construction Kit
    Community Technology Field Guide: (Re)Building Technology
    http://communitytechnology.github.io
  • Damian R Neighborhood Geek

    I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area, but it’s interesting, and something I’ve thought about trying to do on a smaller scale, perhaps only for my block.

    It ultimately wouldn’t circumvent any net neutrality issues, as you still need to go through an available ISP at some...

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    I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area, but it’s interesting, and something I’ve thought about trying to do on a smaller scale, perhaps only for my block.

    It ultimately wouldn’t circumvent any net neutrality issues, as you still need to go through an available ISP at some point, and those choices are limited, but after the buildout costs, it may be helpful in providing lower cost internet. I have limited experience with outdoor setups however, and I’m curious what kind of performance hit a modern WiFi mesh network will take in a good rainstorm. WiFi and water don’t play well together. While not an issue for an outdoor venue, where people would be less likely to be using it in the rain, if it were my primary home internet, it would be pretty lousy if speeds suffered every time it rained. Chicago building/construction codes might also be an obstacle.

    All that and the tiny voice in my head still saying “you don’t want to be an ISP”!

Jun 13

Updated Jan 28

Parking Spaces for Rent?

Hey Everyone,

My Fiance and I just moved to Albany Park (Sunnyside and Drake) and parking is a nightmare. It has been taking 20+ minutes on average to find a parking spot every night. I'm looking for 1 or 2 parking spaces for rent that are close to our location.

  • future alderman future alderman

    mell has plenty of political enemies-tell one of then

  • Yeah the old dirty truck is gone from Kimball and the van with no plates or sticker is gone from Belle Plaine . Now there are 2 more open spots to park in. Hopefully the van that has been sitting on Belle Plaine will be gone too. Counted at least 5 cars without city stickers on my walk over to the Jewel.

Jan 26

Catholic Mass on Sundays in North Park Village

The holidays are over but the year continues! Join us for Sunday Mass at North Park Village. Every Sunday at 9:30 antemeridian in the Village Chapel.

Located just east of Pulaski, turn at the stop light:
http://tinyurl.com/y87ggo4c

Part of the program from St. Hilary Parish.

    41.985819,-87.7243813
    http://google.com/maps

Jan 24

Updated Jan 25

Craft Beaver on Montrose is closing

Craft Beaver on Montrose is closing.

http://mailchi.mp/craftybeaver/paint-clearance-at-montrose-store?e=c6d90ff333

Wasn't some kind of building construction proposed for this location?

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  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    I guess the Beav isn't that crafty anymore? Any word on how Wally is doing, what about Eddie Haskell?

  • HarleyGrrl Why YES! People actually DO live on Clark St!

    as long as the one on Lawrence stays open - prefer them to any big box!

Jan 15

Updated Jan 25

Fence Builders

Hi Friends! Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a fence builder? We are looking to build a horizontal fence in backyard as well as our front yard. Any recommendations are appreciated!

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Katie and Kodi, both valid. Katie your friend should respond to those reviews-he can do that easily. Most people read the reviews and responses and tell if the customer is just a crazy person who cannot be pleased, or if there is a legitimate issue. And the way a business...

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    Katie and Kodi, both valid. Katie your friend should respond to those reviews-he can do that easily. Most people read the reviews and responses and tell if the customer is just a crazy person who cannot be pleased, or if there is a legitimate issue. And the way a business owner responds is huge. Sometimes jobs go bad and it is how those situations are handled by the business owner that reflect on how the company will deal with issues. I have had better luck with Angie's contractors than by anyone else, and that includes direct referrals. My friend referred a tuck pointer to me, who left a huge mess and globs of mortar all over my sidewalk and grass. And the job looked sloppy. I had an Angie's list tuck pointer come straighten things out.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Also as far as not getting the bad reviews off, my electrician actually mentioned he had that issue on Angies List. He complained about it, and what he said Angies List does is reach out to the complainer. They then give it one week. If the complainer does not respond,...

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    Also as far as not getting the bad reviews off, my electrician actually mentioned he had that issue on Angies List. He complained about it, and what he said Angies List does is reach out to the complainer. They then give it one week. If the complainer does not respond, the review is removed. If the complainer insists they have the right company, then the review stays. He also said that companies such as his, which have a lot of reviews on Angies List, tend to deliver much better customer service for fear of getting a bad review. Since the Yellow Pages is pretty much a thing of the past, most contractors that are larger than a mom and pop size operation, rely heavily on reviews to stay busy. Google, Angies, Yelp, etc. Also be cautious of awards-for example Chicago's Best is an award that a contractor buys, according to another electrician who is a personal friend!

Jan 17

Updated Jan 23

Parked car in driveway?

I have a question about parking a car in my driveway. My inlaws are going south for the next month or so and have left their vehicle in our driveway. It will mostly remained parked there -- we don't plan on using it much if at all. Do I need to purchase a city sticker for it? It has current IL plates but is registered in a suburb.

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Bob -- I'm all for reducing expenses; my family has only one car because we walk/bike or use public transit most of the time. But telling Sami
    that she doesn't need a car is a bit presumptuous.

    If you have kids -- especially little ones -- you've got to know...

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    Bob -- I'm all for reducing expenses; my family has only one car because we walk/bike or use public transit most of the time. But telling Sami
    that she doesn't need a car is a bit presumptuous.

    If you have kids -- especially little ones -- you've got to know how incredibly difficult it is to get along without a car, even in the city. If you have a child who suddenly spikes a high fever and the doctor says "Bring in her in right away!" you're not going to take her on a Divvy. You also don't want to take the time to get to a place with a Zipcar, and getting a car seat (or multiple car seats) in and out of a Lyft or Uber can be a Herculean task. Taking them on public transit then exposes everyone else to germs, as well, and can take twice as long as driving. You're also assuming that she (or her kids) are not disabled in any way.

    Sami -- I applaud you for doing your best to advance your education. My mom was a single mom, and as an adult I now marvel at how she did it. Being a single parent is exhausting, and the deck often appears to be stacked against you -- especially when you are trying to do everything by the book but you just can't manage it all. Luckily my mom was good at negotiating and was able to arrange payment plans for things like doctor bills, and she eventually paid everything off. But sometimes it was $10 a month for those big bills, and I'm sure there were times when she didn't know how she was going to pay the rent.

    So please hang in there.

  • Sami Mom of 3

    K,
    I appreciate your kind words. I do the best I can given any situation. It doesn't come easy but the results are rewarding. Going back to school and getting my degree was the best choice I could have made. I want to build a better future for myself and my children and be able to show them that you can make the most of things even when times are hard. Thank you.

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