Feb 09

Updated 4 days ago

Lincolnwood Town Center

Growing up in West Rogers Park. I used to love going to the Lincolnwood Town Center. But over the years, the quality of stores have downgraded and there is a lot of empty storefronts.

Let's petition the mall management group that the community will support it's efforts to rebrand itself and bring back the community's pride in our mall!

Let's come together to make the Lincolnwood Town Center great again ;-)

https://www.change.org/p/washington-prime-group-make-the-lincolnwood-town-center-great-again

    Sign the Petition
    washington prime group: Make the Lincolnwood Town Center Great Again!
    https://www.change.org
  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    The thumbs down on mine, yes ^, but not the thumbs down on OParker's. Note that mine also stalks Soder.

  • soder606 Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Reader, Liberal

    Oh yes Helen That is why I do not post much any more.

6 days ago

Feb 07

Updated Feb 09

Feb 11: Illinois 8th Senate District Candidates Forum

Message via the West Ridge Community Organization:

The West Ridge Community Organization is sponsoring a Candidates Forum for the Illinois 8th Senate District on February 11. The entire West Ridge community falls inside the 8th Senate District. Mick Dumke, reporter for ProPublica Illinois, will be the moderator. The event is free and open to the public. Here are the basic details:

Sunday, February 11, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Via Veneto Restaurant
(6340 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago)

All candidates...

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Message via the West Ridge Community Organization:

The West Ridge Community Organization is sponsoring a Candidates Forum for the Illinois 8th Senate District on February 11. The entire West Ridge community falls inside the 8th Senate District. Mick Dumke, reporter for ProPublica Illinois, will be the moderator. The event is free and open to the public. Here are the basic details:

Sunday, February 11, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Via Veneto Restaurant
(6340 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago)

All candidates have been invited, but as of now, three of the four candidates have responded they will be participating in the forum: Caroline McAteer-Fournier, Ira Silverstein, and Ram Villivalam.

There are many important issues which confront residents and the State of Illinois covering economic development, education, taxation and revenue, the environment, healthcare, gun control and other topics which each candidate will be asked to address. If you have concerns about these issues then attend this forum and learn what these candidates say about them and what they propose to do as your State senator. Adequate time will be provided at the end of the set questions for written questions from the audience before the candidate’s closing remarks are given.

About Mick Dumke: Mick is a reporter for ProPublica Illinois. He joined ProPublica after two years on the Watchdogs team at the Chicago Sun-Times. Before that, he spent almost a decade as a politics writer and editor for the Chicago Reader.

Check out: http://westridgecommunity.org/ for details.
Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561004343935403/

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Ahmed, there is a minor error in your post. West Ridge is not entirely in the 8th Senate District. Heather Steans, represents the 7th district, which includes a small section west of Ridge over to Western and from Howard down to Touhy.

  • Ahmed Khan 50th Ward Resident

    Helen NoH: That's true. There is a small part in the 7th. I copied the text right off of the Facebook page. I'll have it edited there. Thanks for catching that. But the sizable majority nonetheless! Hope people come out.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    I hope you have a successful forum and that folks aren't kept at home by the snow.

Feb 09

  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    2017 Fire Service Upgrade Mandate On One (1) 4000lb.cap,3-Stop Hydraulic Passsenger Elevator In West Ridge Elementary School. Pursuant To The Scope Of Work Submitted.100320157

    6700 N. Whipple St. Issued February 7, 2018 Comment

Feb 08

Emergency Closing Center

The Emergency Closing Center (ECC) quickly provides the status of Chicagoland area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations and other facilities as to whether they have been closed because of weather or other reasons.
http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com/complete.html

Feb 08

Nature Walk & Tree ID, Sat, 2/17, 10am, Ardmore & Western

The West Ridge Nature Preserve Park Advisory Council is sponsoring a nature walk and winter tree identification while also looking for animals and their tracks.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 08

noise violation or inconsiderate actions

My next door neighbor hired a new company to clear her snow. Last night/this morning they showed up at 4:15am with a gas snow blower and used it to clear her entire driveway, (from sidewalk to garage in the back of her property) right under our bedroom windows, waking my entire family (and probably other neighbors).

I called her at 4:30am and left a voice message saying this was unacceptable.

Isn't there a rule about using fuel powered equipment before 8am in Chicago?

  • Chitowngal - She probably wouldn't have answered the doorbell because she couldn't hear it...over the sound of the snowblower. :^)

    Jason, thanks for the link. I'll have it printed and ready to use if it happens again.

    Now if we could get the owners who never shovel their snow to...

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    Chitowngal - She probably wouldn't have answered the doorbell because she couldn't hear it...over the sound of the snowblower. :^)

    Jason, thanks for the link. I'll have it printed and ready to use if it happens again.

    Now if we could get the owners who never shovel their snow to make arrangements that would be nice. They know they are slacking in responsibilities,but don't care. Some other neighbors try to help by shoveling a path for the mail carrier and others to get through, but it's barely enough. I bet this happen on every block. I try to be a good neighbor and not report to 311, but sometimes it's a one sided ungrateful relationship.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Jason, I wish I had a buck for every garbage truck I've seen tooling around the neighborhood well before 7 AM.

Feb 07

BEAT 2411 MEETING - WITH OFFICERS, Tu, 2/13/18, 7-8pm, Rogers School

Rogers Elementary School - 7345 N. Washtenaw Ave - Enter DOOR #3

Please join us for a 1 hour meeting with Beat officers at our new meeting location. We have arranged to have all Community and Beat meetings to be in one location for all of 2018! We will meet at Rogers Elementary School - 7345 N. Washtenaw Ave starting at 7:00PM. Please enter DOOR #3, which is the South most door of the School on Washtenaw Ave. An employee...

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Rogers Elementary School - 7345 N. Washtenaw Ave - Enter DOOR #3

Please join us for a 1 hour meeting with Beat officers at our new meeting location. We have arranged to have all Community and Beat meetings to be in one location for all of 2018! We will meet at Rogers Elementary School - 7345 N. Washtenaw Ave starting at 7:00PM. Please enter DOOR #3, which is the South most door of the School on Washtenaw Ave. An employee will greet you and direct you to either the Library (form small meetings) or to the Auditorium (for larger meetings). We ask the you invest 1 hour a month at these meetings to get updated on what is happening in our Beat. In return you will benefit from updated and accurate information, crime prevention safety tips and ways to improve the quality of life in our community.

Feb 06

Pace to roll out Dempster express bus service from north suburbs to O'Hare

Last month, when someone inquired about cabbing it to OHare, others suggested a bus
while admitting it took quite awhile.
Apparently there soon will be a faster bus option.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/evanston/news/ct-evr-evanston-ohare-shuttle-tl-0208-20180206-story.html

    Pace to roll out Dempster express bus service from north suburbs to O'Hare
    A new express bus service is expected to shave at least 20 minutes off the ride from the CTA Purple Line in Evanston to O'Hare Airport when it opens in 2020, according to suburban transportation planners.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Feb 02

Updated Feb 05

garbage bins rules

ok so just want to knw if there is a bag in black bin and it has cardboard in it they wont take it? thats what hppnd to my parents blue bin was empty-if blue bin is filled then they allow cardboard or recyclables in black bins?

  • thanks chitowngal- yea someone said do not use bags- that would be quite messy i have seen bins with only 1 bag and the city workers left it in the bin- guess they didnt feel like it was worth dumping it or they were to lazy to bend down and grab it- smh!

  • The recycle pick-up petsonnel didn't leave a warning on my blue recycle can. They wrote a message in permanet black marker on the blue recycle can. Maybe I should have call the police to issue them a ticket for graffiti!

Feb 02

Property Tax Assistance in the 50th Ward

The Cook County Assessor's office has mailed out Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemption applications for your 2017 property tax bills. If you would like one-on-one help with filling out the forms, Ald Silverstein is offering on-site property tax assistance at my Ward Office this Tuesday, February 6. Staff from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office will be available for individual meetings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2949 W. Devon.

In order to efficiently file your applications, please bring...

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The Cook County Assessor's office has mailed out Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemption applications for your 2017 property tax bills. If you would like one-on-one help with filling out the forms, Ald Silverstein is offering on-site property tax assistance at my Ward Office this Tuesday, February 6. Staff from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office will be available for individual meetings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2949 W. Devon.

In order to efficiently file your applications, please bring with you a government-issued photo ID card and your most recent property tax bill. If you are applying for the Senior Freeze Exemption, also bring your 2016 Federal Income Taxes.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit exemptions is Wednesday, February 7, so this workshop will be your last chance to get assistance.

Feb 01

Men's silver wedding band found

Found on 2400 block of W. Birchwood. Band has inscription and decoration. Please describe to confirm ownership.

Jan 26

Chicago's debt: $45,200 per taxpayer

https://www.truthinaccounting.org/news/detail/financial-state-of-the-cities-2016#75 city ranking (in order)
We don't have enough money to pay our bills--only NY is worse.

    Financial State of the Cities 2016
    TIA believes it is imperative to provide an honest accounting of each city's financial condition. Therefore, we developed a sophisticated model to analyze all the assets and liabilities of the nation's 75 most populous cities, including unreported liabilities. This is the second year TIA has released an annual FSOC study, documenting the truth about each city's financial position.
    https://www.truthinaccounting.org

Jan 24

Jan 07

Updated Jan 22

Seeking Plumber and Gas man referrals

Hi Neighbors,

We would like to install a washer and dryer and hope that some of you could recommend a plumber and a gas man who could get the job done right.

Thanks so much for your help.

Pam

Jan 21

Jan 18

armed robbery 6600 on Rockwell

I just hear from a neighbor about an armed robbery yesterday (Wednesday) around 6:15-6:30pm. 2 black males in their 20's with handguns robbed a woman after she got out of her car. police were on the scene for several hours. that's all the information I have, just wanted to pass this on to my neighbors. We all need to be alert

Jan 16

    Truth in Accounting
    Our Financial State of the Cities will be released on January 24th! The report will include the 75 most populated cities in the United States.
    https://www.facebook.com

Jan 15

Laundry service?

We find ourselves without a washer and dryer for a couple of weeks. Rather than schlep to a laundromat, is there a service (preferably with pickup and delivery) anyone recommends?

Thank you!!

Jan 11

Updated Jan 13

Gunshots on corner of Francisco and Granville

Awareness:

Tonight at 11:35pm my husband and I heard approx 15 gunshots coming from Granville & Francisco. We called 911 and alerted them. Found out a bullet went through a woman's garden apt window on Francisco and multiple shell casings found.

Jan 11

Updated Jan 13

Free Artograph...

If you know what an Artograph is, you probably are an art teacher or an old-school graphic artist, and you know whether this device would benefit you or your students. It's a DB 300, principally designed as a drawing-board projector with a 3x enlargement or reduction, or 18x on a vertical surface. It weighs 40 pounds, uses two 150-watt photo enlarger lamps and pulls 115 volts and 3 amps. We have the original owner's manual. Free to a user who can make good use of this great teaching aid.

  • Hi Dan. I have a friend, not on Everyblock, that would LOVE to have this for her school. She's an art teacher. How can I have her contact you?

  • Dan Miller RP/WR resident since 1978

    Sorry, Diane. It was taken.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 12

Crying cat 😢

Hi neighbors, there is a a beautiful white with like brownish/grayish spots fluffy cat circling my house (birchwood and fargo) every day crying in the middle of the night, i say its because of the freezing temperatures. Ive tried to grab it but everytime i get close it runs away I cant even take a picture of it. Please if someone thinks this cat belongs to someone lets work on giving it back or help me find it a home. (Im working on grabbing it.) Lets not leave these poor cats out in the cold please lets Stelter them.

  • Thank you all.
    Diana thank you so much for your suggestions, I didn't know about that cat shelter. I will go tomorrow morning!!

    Tara O'Shea your kitten is gorgeous, it's not the same one I see around my house. I will keep my eyes open for your kitten!

  • Reach out to Treehouse @ Western and Touhy..there is a Facebook.group called "Chicago Community Cats"..you may want to join to see if anyone is misdingva colony cat..thanks for caring!

Jan 06

Updated Jan 06

Missing Cat Ollie

Ollie ran away from our house today. He is a white American short haired cat and he has two different colored ears one black and one pink. He has black spots over his body has green eyes.

Jan 04

Updated Jan 05

Mt. Trashmore sledding prohibited!?

It's been years...decades rather since I've been there. I just read a story saying sledding is illegal on the big hill. Is this true? I know it's been unbearably cold, but has anyone been there recently? How are the sledding conditions?

  • Live From Rogers Park

    Sledding is allowed on Cricket Hill. That's in Lincoln Park near Montrose Harbor and there's lots of free parking.

  • Warren Park has a sledding hill. Built for sledding.

Jan 04

Updated Jan 05

Looking for a handyman or reliable plumber?

Our regular handyman isn't available right now and we have a leaking toilet seal, slow drain, and some plaster work that needs to be done.

Thanks for your help.

Dec 27

Updated Jan 04

ONE-THIRD Of U.S. Homicide Spike Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods

This is shocking! No, not our neighborhood...yet! But these criminals can easily travel.
And remember, Chicago has some of the toughest gun restrictive laws in the country so it isn't gun violence but people who don't care about laws using guns violently.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/25092/one-third-us-homicide-spike-coming-just-few-jared-sichel

    ONE-THIRD Of U.S. Homicide Spike Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods
    Murders in the U.S. rose nearly 9% last year, and one-third of that increase came from just a few neighborhoods in Chicago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the FBI's annual 2016 publication, Crime in the United States.
    https://www.dailywire.com
  • Michael Archangel First - 13 Russian nationals; Next - US enablers

    @Phill - You need to go back and read for content. What John Sebeck wrote was: "... I rather go out standing my ground with the weapon of choice...". To "go out" means to die. So my comment remains valid that the outcome is the same...dead is dead!

    Really, Phill, unless you completely misunderstood what was previously written, you are distorting the comments of another person and that is dishonest. Dishonesty is also uncivilized.

  • Phill "Obama wants to know everything"

    Ohhhhhhh, you were being "snappy"?

Jan 01

Updated Jan 02

Found cat

I found a mid size, light orange cat in my garage today. The cat is friendly and I did feed it. Please help find its owner. Location is at Damen & Chase

  • Can you bring cat to local vet or shelter to see if it has microchip? Also, pls post on Lost Cats Illinois Facebook page, which gets a lot of traffic.

  • Yes.... pls run it by any vet & they will scan it for a chip. Just as above subscriber said. Facebook as well

Jan 01

Updated Jan 02

Out-of-staters recognize our financial problems more clearly than we do

This excerpt is from an editorial in a newspaper in Nevada, the Review-Journal.

"Illinois is a financial basket case — which is what you get when you combine political patronage with powerful public-sector unions that control leftist politicians. The state should be a case study for other jurisdictions on how not to conduct public policy. After all, who will pay the bills when the taxpayers flee?"

Surely, after decades of one-party rule in Springfield, Cook County and Chicago, we voters can do better this March in the primaries and in September in the general election.

  • The joy of living in a state controlled by Democrats for decades. The unfunded debt is worse in high tax Democrat controlled states...and tends to be be better in low tax Republican states.

Dec 31

    Gunfire erupts at birthday party inside West Rogers Park bar, injuring 4
    It was Tiana Harston's first time at American Ale House, an over-30 bar with Christmas lights hanging in the window and a green awning, on the Far North Side. She was there early Sunday to celebrate a friend's birthday. But uninvited guests slipped in, cutting the celebration short, she said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 03

Updated Dec 30

    State Sen. Silverstein resigns from Senate leadership team after sexual harassment allegation
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced on Wednesday that Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein has resigned from the Senate Democratic Leadership team after being accused of sexual harassment. Legislative activist Denise Rotheimer testified Tuesday in front of a senate panel that Ira Silverstein made inappropriate comments to her while the two worked together on legislation.
    http://abc7chicago.com
  • Phill "Obama wants to know everything"

    And Democrats think they're "the good ones", "the resistance", SMH.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    It really doesn't discriminate by democrat or republican it's all a matter of keeping oneself in check at all times in how you speak to or treat your fellow colleagues

Dec 29

Dec 28

Car Key Found

Range Rover key found this minding in the snow, on Campbell Ave. Text Milian to retrieve. (773) 251-5187.

Dec 22

Property tax delinquent? Up for auction

Whether or not you decide to pay your 2017 property taxes early for a perhaps federal tax deduction depending on your income, among other factors, check to make sure you're not delinquent for past years. By law, the Treasurer is required to put delinquent taxes up for auction – the first step toward loss of property. The next delinquent properties sale will be May 4, 2018.

Do not let your home be threatened by opportunistic tax buyers. It is very important that you visit www.cookcountytreasurer.com to check if your property taxes are delinquent. For more information, contact the Cook County Treasurer’s Office at (312) 443-5100.

    Cook County Treasurer's Office - Chicago, Illinois
    https://www.cookcountytreasurer.com

Dec 13

Updated Dec 21

Illinois Drives People Away The taxpayer migration continues from the Land of Ever Higher Taxes.

Soon there will be so much affordable housing. But who will pay the taxes? Oh!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/illinois-drives-people-away-1513125224
Illinois Drives People Away.

If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration.

The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax...

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Soon there will be so much affordable housing. But who will pay the taxes? Oh!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/illinois-drives-people-away-1513125224
Illinois Drives People Away.

If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration.

The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow in tax returns.
While Florida with zero income tax was the top destination for Illinois expatriates, the Illinois Policy Institute notes that Illinois lost income and people on net to all of its neighbors—Wisconsin (6,000 people based on claimed exemptions), Indiana (8,200), Iowa (1,900), Missouri (2,000) and Kentucky (1,100). What’s the matter with Illinois?

Too much for us to distill in one editorial, but suffice to say that exorbitant property and business taxes have retarded economic growth. Illinois’s corporate tax rate is 9.5%, and pass-through business owners pay 6.45%. Though Illinois’s flat 4.95% income tax rate is relatively low compared to its neighbors, Democrats have found other ways to clobber their citizens.

Property taxes in Cook County and Chicago’s “collar” counties are the highest in the country outside of California and the Northeast. The average homeowner who moves from Lake County, Illinois, across the border to Kenosha County, Wisconsin would receive an annual $3,200 annual property tax cut. Taxes may increase as Democrats scrounge for cash to pay for pensions. Fitch Ratings reported this week that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilitie
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  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    Right wing drivel.....Rauner, Tribune, et al have story line that they hope if they kreep repeating, more gullibles will agree so they can break the unions and put more money in their pockets. Looks like there are a few non thinkers here who then post their drivel. The Republican party has rotted and their minions blindly follow.

  • Headline in the Drudge Report, Illinois Losing Resident Every 4 Mins... ,
    which links to this http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-20/illinois-lost-1-resident-every-43-minutes-2017-dropped-6th-most-populous-state Illinois Lost 1 Resident Every 4.3 Minutes In 2017, Dropped To 6th Most Populous State,

    While it is understandable that people are upset when facts disagree with deeply held feelings, ignoring them is dangerous. For all our sakes let's hope that the construction cranes aren't the forerunner to a bust leaving us holding the debt bag.

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