Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Police Activity NOH

Police Bike Patrols are Back
Two uniformed officers on bicycles stopped 4 young men on suspicion of selling drugs on the 7600 block of North Bosworth last night at approximately 10pm. The men had gathered on the west side of the street in front of the single family homes located between the Northpoint and the Broadmoor buildings. The four men were asked for their identification and searched. According to one officer, no drugs were found but one or more of the men had a large amount of cash. The officers explained to the four men and two passerby that loitering in this manner was illegal and were asked to disperse after the officers determined that the men did not live on the block.

In a separate incident earlier in the day on the same block of Bosworth, two female officers in a patrol car stopped a teenager who was transporting another boy on the handlebars of his bicycle. Apparently, the teenager became upset, was handcuffed, placed in the back of the patrol car by one officer as the other loaded his bike into the trunk. The driver of the patrol car was overheard asking the teenager if his parents were home as they let the other boy go.

Gary Fuschi

June Calendar

Plan Ahead

CAPS Neighborhood Walk
Let’s start with the first Friday of the month:
Friday June 2nd. We’ll meet in front of 1340 W. Morse,
walk east to Sheridan and then west on Lunt. CAPS Minutes
Neighborfood Fest
Sat. June 3rd More....
Bike Rally
Sat.June 3rd More...
Rogers Park Youth Boxing Documentary Premiere
Monday June 5, More....
The UPS Store Opening Soon
The UPS Store will occupy a 2nd floor space at the Gateway Plaza.
Expected opening is mid June.
49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee
The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month,

7:00 p.m. at the 49th Ward Service Office,
7356 N. Greenview.
CAPS Beat 2431 Meetings
at 1530 W. Morse. Ave
7:00 PM on the 3rd Monday of the month
CAPS Beat 2422 Meetings
Gateway Senior Apartments, 7450 N. Rogers at
7:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month
2006 Artists of the Wall Festival
13th Annual Rogers Park Event
June 17th & 18th: Father's Day Weekend
Theme:“Nature's Canvas: The Shoreline and Us"
Celebrate Clark Street
Sunday June 25, 2006
Wisdom Bridge Art Gallery Exhibit
“Rock & Roll Never Forgets”

12th Annual Rogers Park Garden Walk
Sunday June 25
Community Meeting
June 28, 7PM
7644 N. Sheridan Rd.
( Old Biddy Mulligan's Site)

Odd World

Man Faked Carjacking To Avoid DUI Arrest
Stupid Criminal File- Police say a suburban Chicago man faked a carjacking to avoid getting arrested for drunk driving. More....

Eagles, birdies -- crocodiles!
Breitbart- Townsville Golf Club president Terry Walsh thought golfers reporting crocodiles on the course were hallucinating -- until he saw them himself.
"For the last two years, the people I play golf with have been saying there were crocs on the course and I thought they were on drugs," Walsh told the Australian Associated .Press in the tropical northern city.

News in Chicago and illinois

Daley Wants Universal Free Broadband Access -Mayor Richard M. Daley on Tuesday announced a plan to provide affordable broadband Internet access to all Chicagoans and to make computers more widely available to low-income residents.The city is issuing a request for proposals for private-sector partners to provide Internet access throughout the city, including free wireless service in schools, parks and major public gathering places, according to a release from the Mayor's office.Daley also offered $250,000 in grants to help community groups come up with innovative ways to help close the digital divide, and appointed an advisory panel to make further recommendations on the matter, the release said. More... and More....

Northwest Side house struck by lightning
Tribune -Two people reported pain after lightning struck a house on Chicago's Northwest Side, officials said Tuesday night.As storms passed through the Chicago area Tuesday evening, lightning hit a home in the 2300 block of North Melvina Avenue, said Chicago Fire Chief Kevin MacGregor. The occupants were unharmed, but a boy and a man standing outside the home complained of injuries, MacGregor said.

Witness says Skyway kept clear for mayor

Tribune- City hiring officials made sure Chicago Skyway tollbooths were staffed so Mayor Richard Daley would not get stuck in traffic as he traveled to and from his summer home in Michigan, according to a former Streets and Sanitation personnel director. More....

Demand for Chicago Retail Space on the Rise
Globe St.-Mid-America Retail Group reports that major retailers are searching more than 78 million sf of space in order to facilitate their expansion efforts in this market. The search for space is

Hospitals call tax report flawed
Daily Herald- A controversial new study suggests not-for-profit hospitals in Cook County are taking more in tax breaks than they're giving back in free health care - and two suburban hospitals are among the top beneficiaries of the difference.
More from Yesterday...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

From the Blogs


Special Service Areas (SSAs):
The "TIF" of Retail,
A Closer Look at Their Impact on
Neighborhood Retail Districts

by- Metro Chicago Information Center

News in Chicago and Illinois

Late Edition.
UIC seeds urban-based ecology degree program
Sun Times-It's often assumed that the place to study ecology is out in the country, where nature is supposedly unspoiled. But a new Ph.D. program recognizes it's only natural to use metropolitan Chicago as a field of study. More....

Study: Charity Hospitals Get More In Tax Breaks Than They Give In Care
AP -- A new study shows that not-for-profit hospitals in the Chicago area get three times more in tax breaks than they give in free health care. The analysis by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability estimates that 21 Cook County hospital networks get $326 million in tax breaks. But the analysis found those networks give only $105 million in free or discounted charity care to the poor and uninsured. More.... .

New laws weighed for dog owners
Tribune -A proposal to ban pit bulls in Chicago has spawned an alternative approach, backed by local canine experts, that would punish owners whose mistreatment creates violent dogs.A package of ordinances introduced by Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) calls for action ranging from mandatory microchip implants in all dogs in the city to forfeiture of animals that repeatedly are allowed to run free by their owners.
More... and more on another dog issue... More dog articles today....

South suburban players have stake in fight for county board
Daily Southtown-Although John Stroger's condition remains unknown as he recovers from his March stroke, the back-room dealing has begun in earnest over his job as Cook County Board president. More....

Want a free smart card? You'd better hurry
Red Eye-You haven't gotten around to getting one because you're too busy chasing down trains and buses. You've fallen madly in love with your magnetic-strip transit card and can't bear to part with it. Whatever the excuse, time is running out for riders to get a Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus without ponying up a $5 registration fee. In fact, you've only got until Wednesday to get this deal. And a deal it is, especially for "L" riders. More...

An answer for Caller ID
System called `spoofing' can help someone evade service and get through the defense
Tribune -To all the honest citizens out there, there's something you need to know about your Caller ID service: You can't always trust it anymore.
Basically, Caller ID spoofing is a way to trick the Caller ID display into showing a number that's different than the one from which you are actually calling.

Developer Plans 1,000 South Loop Condos
Globe St-Lennar Communities of Chicago LLC’s $350-million project includes three towers ranging from 34 stories to 42 stories in the 800 block of South Clark Street.

Gov wants to lure movies, TV with tax credit
Sun Times-If Gov. Rod Blagojevich and actor Vince Vaughn have their way, Chicago soon will become the new "Hollywood of the Midwest." The governor signed a bill Monday that gives film and television production companies tax credits if they film in Illinois.

S. Africa trip teaches what is important
Tribune -The 21-hour plane ride to South Africa was the longest field trip ever taken by the Chicago teenagers from Walter Payton College Prep High School.Over two weeks in April, the 14 students--classmates in what is believed to be the only Zulu language and culture class in an American high school--learned firsthand about a world without cell-phone cameras and iPods.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Lane Closures on Howard

Lane Closure on Howard to End Late Today
Work continues on the Howard El renovation this weekend
until sometime late Monday. Cars traveling east on Howard
are allowed through while westbound traffic is
detoured south at Ashland.

Bike Rally June 3rd

Odd World


Parody of Japan anthem spreading as protest
Reuters - An English parody of Japan's national anthem with the title "Kiss Me" is spreading on the Internet, the latest protest over forcing teachers to sing the song at school ceremonies

6-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Brings Pot to School
AP- When a teacher asked a 6-year-old boy to pull a folder out of his Scooby-Doo backpack, a bag filled with 25 smaller bags of marijuana fell out instead, a court document said. More...


News in Chicago and Illinois

Parades Commemorate Those Who've Served
CBS-One of the most well known is the WOOGMS, which stands for Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society. Get more information on parades in your area here.

New Law Calls For Affordable Veteran Health Care
AP-Blagojevich signed the bill on Memorial Day eve at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Plaza along the Chicago River.To be eligible for Veterans Care, vets must be between 19 and 64 years old, have been uninsured for the past six months, be ineligible for other federal and state health-care programs and be willing to pay a $40 monthly premium and co-pays.

Storm brewing on ComEd rates

Crain's- The price of electricity in Chicago appears poised to jump more than 30% next year and could get much higher thanks to a power auction set to take place at the height of hurricane season.The auction, scheduled for Sept. 5, will introduce market-based pricing after a nine-year freeze on rates charged by
Commonwealth Edison Co. Last week ComEd asked state regulators for approval of a plan to phase in the expected rate hike over three years.
That hike is now looking much steeper than previously expected. Based on futures prices for power in Northern Illinois next year, ComEd's rates for 2007 would increase 33% if the auction were held now. If the fall hurricane season is as bad as last year's, the increase could be as high as 50%, based on the spike in power prices after Hurricane Katrina.

Mortgage defaults on rise
Increasing debt, interest rates and job losses blamed for spike in foreclosures
Tribune -Foreclosures on home mortgages are on the way up.In Illinois during the first three months of 2006 nearly 13,700 properties entered foreclosure, up 32 percent from the fourth quarter of 2005, according to an analysis by property tracker RealtyTrac Inc.

Hospitals seek more funds to prepare for flu pandemic
Crain's-The American Hospital Association called for more federal funding to help hospitals get ready for the possibility of a flu pandemic, saying expenditures so far have not been specifically targeted toward hospital preparedness.

What is a TECH cocktail?
Somewhat Frank-I am pleased to announce the creation of TECH cocktail (as mentioned by Mike Arrington), a series of mixer events opened to bloggers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and companies interested in the technology arena in Chicago. I am working with a fabulous team which includes Eric Olsen, of VentureWeek as well as a few others. The first event will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at STATE Restaurant and Café in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Check out the TECH cocktail about page which explains: More...

Breaking News: Lacrosse Wins 2nd National Title
Daily Northwestern-Albrecht named MVP, Josephs scores 4 goals as Cats become first team in school history to claim back-to-back NCAA Championships

Sunday, May 28, 2006

News in Rogers Park

1632-42 W. Howard St. Building
Undergoing Extensive Renovation

Having recently completed repair of the
water damaged basement, the new owner
of the building at 1632-42 W. Howard is
turning his attention to removal and renovation
of the parapet wall. More details to follow.

The UPS Store Opening Soon

The UPS Store will occupy a 2nd floor space at the
Gateway Plaza. Expected opening is mid June.

CTA project holds little hope for jobs
Chi Town Daily-Members of Northside Power pointed out to Moore that they were told TIF money can’t be used for pre-apprenticeship training. Moore replied that he didn’t say it couldn’t be done, he said it had never been done in the past. More....

News in Chicago and Ilinois

3 charged in meth busts
Tribune -Three men were charged with felonies Saturday after they were arrested Friday in drug busts involving more than 300 grams of methamphetamine at a North Side apartment and at the Palmer House Hilton in the Loop, Chicago police said.
About 6:30 p.m. Friday, officers entered an apartment on the 4200 block of North Broadway, where they arrested Dickenson and Krauss and seized about 260 grams of meth, authorities said. More....

Body Found In Lake Michigan Off North Campus
Daily Northwestern-Divers pulled a body out of Lake Michigan just north of the soccer and field hockey fields on Northwestern's Evanston campus, officials said Friday.A man kayaking observed a fully clothed body floating facedown in the lake, said Samuel Hunter, division chief of training at Evanston Fire Department. The man flagged down roller-bladers who called 911 at about 11 a.m. More....

City rewriting its plans for the Loop
$400 million in bonds would bankroll transit, LaSalle Street rehab
Crain's- Key business and civic figures familiar with the budding plans generally support what the city wants to do. But some caution that they will demand a much bigger voice in spending decisions than they've gotten in the past."If we're going to have to pay for it, we should be more involved in the governance and budget," says Gerald Roper, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. "That's a deal breaker.
"A variety of factors are driving the action, including the city's need for cash after last year's failure to win approval of a special downtown property tax and the impending sunset of the Central Loop tax increment financing (TIF) district. The TIF has served as a cash cow for dozens of downtown projects for two decades and now provides nearly $100 million a year for development, but it's due to expire at the end of 2007. More....

Labor Union Officials Discuss Immigration Rights
Medill- "Labor unions are actually torn about immigration rights," said Charles Lipson, a political science professor at the University of Chicago. "Economically, they usually benefit from restricting immigration. After all, more workers here only bids down wages. On the other hand, unions must be sensitive to the political views of their members so unions with large numbers of Mexican-American workers must tread softly." More...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Site of Former Adelphi Theater

News in Chicago and Illinois

Bike the Drive
Chicagoist- LSD will be blocked off from the Museum of Science & Industry to Foster, which will allow for a nice 15 mile course from the starting point to one end poing and back, or 30 miles for the whole course. While Bike the Drive is on pace to sell out, you can still register online -- for now. So sign up soon if you want to ride! More....

Proposed shift in urban grants creates winners, losers in IL
Federal government wants to target program to neediest areas
Crain’s— The Bush administration wants to target the largest and most flexible federal urban grant program to the neediest areas, shifting money away from more affluent localities.
The measure is bound to be controversial. More.....

Ex-ConsCollect on Overdue Chicago Parking Tickets
TheNewspaper- Released criminals will call and collect money from those the city of Chicago, Illinois believes have not paid their parking tickets.The city of Chicago, Illinois is tapping the persuasive ability of former criminals to collect money from individuals who have not paid a parking ticket. More....

Chicago Works To Make Beaches Cleaner
CBS- If you're not headed out of town, you may want to head to one of Chicago's beaches. They opened Friday with a splash.But as CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, swimmers will have to look out for some new flags this year, which will let the public decide if they want to swim at their own risk depending on bacteria levels in some cases.

Poles support undocumented immigrants
Medill- In the weeks following the huge May 1 immigration march in downtown Chicago, undocumented immigrants have garnered sympathy from one of Chicago's largest ethnic groups -- the Poles.

Miroslaw Dmochowski, a 49-year-old truck driver from Logan Square, is one of the 139,000 Polish immigrants living in the Chicago area, nearly one third of the Polish immigrants in the United States. Like many others in the area's large Polish community, Dmochowski, a legal permanent resident of the United States, said he is sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants. More....

Subsidized Rental Building Moves Ahead
Globe St.- Although the proposal has the support of the local alderman, 50th Ward Alderman Bernard Stone cast a rare “no” vote Thursday at the city council committee on zoning. “I don’t have to vote on this,” says Stone, who also cast a dissenting vote last week against revised plans for a multifamily rental tower in at Des Plaines and Kinzie streets. “We’re going back to the ‘50s and building what we’ve torn down; I’m not going backward.” More....

News in Rogers Park

CAPS Beat 2431
Minutes, May 15, 2006, beat meeting

More Minutes....

II. Arrest Data and Citizen’s ICAM Report.

Click here for April crime stats.
For ICAM reports, click here.

III. Progress on previously identified problems.

A. 1345 W. Lunt: People continue to hide and loiter in the vestibule of the “block” building. Kevin: any idea of who’s selling so we can notify Mr. Block (the owner)?
Citizen: not at this time. Sgt. Cooper: in the past month we’ve made three arrests, so there has been more progressive activity in that area. Kevin: If citizens living nearby can get us more details, perhaps we can hone in on the illicit activities within the building.
Citizen: the 2nd and 3rd floors of the second tier are in question: e.g. holes in window screens to keep a “look out.” The good neighbors that live in the building are apprehensive to come forward for their own safety.

IV. Focus Topics:
1. Citizen: How about getting a monthly walk together? Kevin: How does Friday evenings at 7 pm sound?

Citizen: Let’s start with the first Friday of the month: June 2nd. We’ll meet in front of 1340 W. Morse, walk east to Sheridan and then west on Lunt.
Kevin: Can we get an on street roll call? Officer Steve Cohen: I’ll request it.
2. Citizen: What can we do to turn around all the negative media on Rogers Park? Response: There is no way to control news media. Citizens also responded: Make Rogers Park known has a community offering diverse activities.

A. Rene: Celebrate Clark Street, June 25th. This festival highlights our own Clark Street with food and a variety of music including Jazz, Hispanic, and Rock&Roll. Clark will be closed off from Morse Avenue to Touhy Avenue. Celebrate Clark Street is being sponsored by DevCorp North, the Alderman’s office, and the Clark Street Merchants Association. Flyers will be available at the Alderman’s office and the Rogers Park Community Council, 1530 W. Morse. More....
B. Citizen: 13th Annual Artists of the Wall Festival, June 17 & 18. This family oriented festival celebrates the beginning of summer in Rogers Park by painting selected areas of the breaker wall on the beach Saturday morning. There will be stage music both days. This event is sponsored by the Loyola Park Advisory Council, the Rogers Park Community Council (RPCC), the Chicago Park District and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Go to for an application to reserve a square for painting on Saturday.

From the Blogs

24/7 Howardwatchers
Candlelight Neighborhood Walk More...
Meet Charles Hardwick- HACC More...

Fargo Observer
Walking the Walk More..
Farmers Markets More...

Friday, May 26, 2006

News in Chicago and Illinois

Late Edition
Ex-ConsCollect on Overdue Chicago Parking Tickets
TheNewspaper- Released criminals will call and collect money from those the city of Chicago, Illinois believes have not paid their parking tickets.The city of Chicago, Illinois is tapping the persuasive ability of former criminals to collect money from individuals who have not paid a parking ticket. The Department of Revenue project involves handing over the personal information of individuals with unpaid parking tickets to the Collectors Training Institute and North Lawndale Employment Network, a non-profit organization which provides jobs for former offenders.
Ex-cons will make repeated call to alleged offenders, but when an individual decides to pay up, the former criminals are instructed to transfer the call to a payment specialist and not write down the credit card information for their own use. More....

Topinka, Blagojevich trade barbs in first debate
Associated Press-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka traded barbs today over ethics, campaign finance and a host of other issues in a contentious debate, the first of the campaign for governor. Topinka, a Republican, accused the Democratic governor of breaking promises and proposing empty programs. More...

Bike the Drive
Chicagoist- LSD will be blocked off from the Museum of Science & Industry to Foster, which will allow for a nice 15 mile course from the starting point to one end poing and back, or 30 miles for the whole course. While Bike the Drive is on pace to sell out, you can still register online -- for now. So sign up soon if you want to ride! More....

News in Chicago and Illinois

CPS Freezes Administrative Salaries, But $100 Million Deficit Remains
CBS- The Chicago Public Schools has announced that the salaries of more than 1,300 central office administrators will be frozen for the next budget year, a move that does not apply to principals and assistant principals, who will receive the same 4 percent raise as teachers next year, according to a release from CPS.
The move will still leave a budget deficit of more than $100 million for the next fiscal year.

County Agencies to Hold Community Expungement Summit Saturday June 3, 2006, the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, State's Attorney and Public Defenders offices, along with an array of area governmental, legal, community and religious organizations and agencies, are sponsoring an Adult and Juvenile Expungement Summit at DuSable High School in Chicago. Click here to link to more information on the Cook County Clerk of Court website (PDF)

When the humor is no longer good
Medill/Chi Town Daily-Ice cream trucks blaring loud music late at night are disrupting residential neighborhoods and raising suspicions that some vendors may be selling drugs instead of frozen treats.
Ald. Manuel Flores (1st) at Wednesday's City Council meeting proposed tougher penalties for ice cream trucks and other mobile food dispenser vehicles that play music after 7 p.m . They can continue to sell after that time, but with the music turned off.

Cabrini on the Screen
Chicagoist-Shot over a period of five years from 2001 to 2006, the film shows images of violence, police confrontations and rhyme battles in addition to remembrances of friends who have died. The
Chicago Housing Authroity objects to the film’s content on the grounds that it portrays only the gang activity within the area and is not how the majority of its residents live. The CHA “also said they do not condone guns, drugs or violence.” Um, yeah. Thanks for clearing that up. More....

Beaches to open under higher bacteria
Tribune -Chicago beaches open for the summer Friday with covered garbage cans, barking dogs and other efforts aimed at reducing the number of swimming bans - including a new policy that will keep water open despite elevated bacteria levels. More...

UAL focuses on 4 towers, including Donnelley
Crain’s — Moving quickly to land new corporate headquarters, United Airlines has given downtown Chicago landlords a Friday deadline to present proposals for marquee office space that would serve as its new executive offices. More.... More....

Tax seminar set
Pioneer- Property Tax expert Andrea Raila will lead an early morning workshop on How To Appeal Your Commercial Property Tax Assessment on Wednesday, May 31 at the First Commercial Bank in the Captain's Walk, 6033 N. Sheridan Road.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

News in Rogers Park

Shedd takes mission to RP
Pioneer-Something's about to get fishy in Rogers Park, thanks to a $75,000 grant recently awarded to the Shedd Aquarium to expand its community outreach efforts with a new education initiative.
Yes, Rogers Parkers will soon be hanging out with the fishes through the grant, awarded to the aquarium through Searle Funds from the Chicago Community Trust, 111 E. Wacker Drive.
The initiative, which begins this summer, will provide aquatic science programming, aquarium field trips, and local stewardship opportunities for neighborhood residents who may not have access to the aquarium because of language, cultural, or economic barriers.

Praying for a living wage
Pioneer-Alderman Joseph Moore, 49th, joined about a dozen religious leaders for a Thursday, May 18, prayer vigil outside the City Council chamber just before the Finance Committee began hearing testimony on the proposed "Big Box Living Wage" ordinance.


RP man charged in hit-and-run
Pioneer-A Rogers Park man has been charged in the May 20 hit-and-run death of a four-year-old girl, who was fatally run over as she crossed a Lincoln Park street with her mother and five-year-old brother.
According to Tandra Simonton, spokesman for the State's Attorney's office, charges were filed on May 22 against 57-year-old Michael Roth, 7033 N. Kedzie Ave. Roth is being charged leaving the scene of a fatal accident and failure to file a report, a Class 2 felony, Simonton said.
More.... More....

News in Chicago and Illinois

Late Edition
Teen Blog Watch is On
Gapers Block-In more School Boards vs. Blogs news, a 17-year-old student in Plainfield School District 202 has been suspended and threatened with expulsion because of his criticism on his blog of the school's disciplining of another student. More.... More....

Gateway Green Turns 20, Drinks Anyway
Gapers Block-Ever notice those signs along the Kennedy with the big leaf? They signify the work of Gateway Green, the group dedicated to beautifying Chicago’s landscape through the help of corporate sponsors. Gateway Green celebrated its 20th anniversary last night, and Chicagoist stopped by the party because (a) there were free food and drinks, and (b) we wanted to find out just what it is that they do. More...

Skyway lease deal draws criticism at House hearing
AP — The city of Chicago's decision to lease the
Chicago Skyway to an international toll road operator for 99 years in exchange for $1.83 billion drew criticism Wednesday at a House hearing on public-private highway deals. More....

Hazing scandal raises debate on Web ethics
Daily Nortwestern-For founder Bob Reno, a picture is worth a thousand words.Reno's Web site, which describes itself as a place "Where 'Cops' meets 'SportsCenter,'" features athletic misbehavior ranging from Little Leaguers to professionals. The site made national news when it released photos of alleged hazing by the Northwestern women's soccer team, and later accused 12 other schools of hazing.But releasing the photos, which appeared to have been posted on the Internet by a freshman on the team, raised discussions not only about NU's hazing policies but also about the Web site itself.

Lawndale Residents Resist Relocation
Medill -For many residents, living in federally subsidized housing is bad enough. But a year ago, tenants in Chicago's largest such development considered themselves in the worst-case scenario.Residents of the Lawndale Restoration property, which houses 1,240 units spread throughout 100 buildings on the city's West Side, were about to be forced out of the property. The president of the property's management company had fallen behind on mortgage payments and allowed the buildings to fall into extreme disrepair.

News in Chicago and Illinois

Watchdog wants full story on Stroger’s health
Daily Herald -The listing of Cook County Board President John Stroger’s house for sale only clouds further the issue of his health and increases the need for some disclosure about his condition, the executive director of the Better Government Association said Tuesday.Stroger, who suffered a stroke in March, has put his house up for sale, the Sun-Times’ Stella Foster reported Monday.
More.... More....

Council pay could be increased $5,000 a year
SunTimes-The Chicago City Council's elder statesman got the ball rolling Wednesday on an issue that aldermen have been whispering about for weeks: An aldermanic pay raise.
Ald. Bernard Stone, 78, introduced an ordinance at a Council meeting, calling for a pay raise of $5,000 for each of the next four years. That means aldermanic salaries would jump 20 percent, from $98,125 to $118,125. More....

Bust yields crack, cash
Pioneer-An undercover investigation in Edgewater called "24K" has yielded 18 grams of crack cocaine and $1,884 in cash.
A press conference held at Chicago Police Department headquarters May 19 detailed the bust, which occurred in the area from Thorndale to Devon, and Broadway to Sheridan.
Ingrid Verhulst, from the office of Alderman Mary Ann Smith, 48th, said the leadership of 24th Police District Cmdr. Bruce Rottner and the participation of Edgewater residents living in Beat 2433 and the surrounding areas played a critical role in the success of the bust.
More..... More...

Keep it Down
Aldermen determined to restore peace and tranquility to Chicago neighborhoods introduced a pair of killjoy crackdowns Wednesday -- one establishing a 10-minute time limit on dogs barking outdoors, the other empowering police to impound ice cream trucks that play music after 7 p.m. More....

Teacher awaits fate for remark
Chicago Tribune -I want someone to stand up and say, 'As long as these children are at Skinner, we're going to protect them
A music teacher at one of the city's most elite elementary schools faces discipline for reportedly telling a 6th grader that 'he needs to learn his place as a black boy,'
Chicago school officials confirmed Wednesday. More....

Relief for gas price-squeezed cabbies
Chicago Tribune -I hope that this small gesture helps call attention to the fact that while meter rates remain steady, gas prices keep rising, and that squeezes them in the middle
To drive home the plight of
Chicago-area taxi drivers squeezed by recent high gasoline prices, the operator of a local cab company today started handing out vouchers for free fuel to his 600 drivers. More.....

African Exhibit’ Sits Empty Three Years Following Controversial Transfer of Trio of Elephants
Peta — Holding signs that read, "Captivity Kills Elephants" and "R.I.P. Peaches, Tatima, and Wankie," members of PETA, In Defense of Animals, and Friends of Wankie will hold a memorial at Lincoln Park Zoo to commemorate the untimely deaths of three elephants who were shipped amid controversy from the San Diego Zoo in 2003.

Downtown Parking Debate Never Stalls
Globe St.-If developers build fewer parking spaces, will fewer cars come to the Downtown area? City planners and some developers think so; local politicians doubt it. More....

Former park boss sues
Pioneer-Two Chicago Park District managers fired earlier this year after $30,000 in park money was discovered in the North Side finance manager's garage have filed suit to get their jobs back and collect "unspecificed" damages, according to their lawyer, Matthew Miller.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

News in Rogers Park

Informational Meeting Tonight

Alderman Joe Moore and the CTA will hold
an informational meeting regarding the
Howard Elevated Station renovation
Wed. May 24th 7 p.m.
Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse
7340 N. Rogers

The Gale Community Academy
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Talk With the Students
Wednesday May 24
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For Sale:VACANT LAND (Parking lot)
7301 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60626
County: Cook

Primary Type:LandMultifamily (land)
Lot Size:15,500 SF
Date Last Verified:5/19/2006

Primary Type:LandMultifamily (land)
Lot Size:15,500 SF
Date Last Verified:5/19/2006

Additional Information


Property Description:100+ X 164+ Buildable lot
currently RT- 4A zoning and the seller
is in the process of a re-zone to B- 4.5
which will allow a 9-story 60,000 foot
Condo, Apartment or Hotel.
New construction in the area is selling for over
300.00 per foot makes this a great deal.

Note: Sent to the Rogers Park Review by a Reader
Originally Posted May 20th

7311-17 N. Sheridan Rd.
Property For Sale

Eric Van Berschot of Sheldon Good Realty relayed
this information on this North Sheridan Road property.

The existing parking lot, whose address is now
7311-17 North Sheridan Road was originally part of the
7301 North Sheridan Road property which has been bought

and sold several times recently. 7301 is located on the
N.E. corner of Chase and Sheridan Road and is now renting
studio, 1 and 2 bdrm apartments by IBF Property Management.

The new owner has decided to put the parking lot portion of
the property on the market. The property has officially been
for sale for a few weeks and the sign was only recently
installed late last week due to investor interest. The brick
house which is The Shambhala Meditation Center,is just
north and adjacent to the parking lot.

Asking price is $3.3 Million
Zoned R-T4A

Clark Devon's New Storefront
on Devon Ave.


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Bring it on, bulldozer
Nature lover refuses to stand by as developers plan to bulldoze part of her property
Daily Southtown-Judy Gleitsman stood in the path of a bulldozer Monday to protect two trees planted near the edge of her Olympia Fields back yard.
When the rumbling machine drew closer and police arrived, Gleitsman sat down and began screaming, "Take me to jail. You're not cutting down these trees."
The one-woman sit-in worked, at least temporarily.

Parents Plan To Rally For Healthier Schools

Medill News Service- Salad bars in school cafeterias and increased physical education requirements are just two demands articulated by more than 500 parents who plan to rally for healthier schools Thursday afternoon in Humboldt Park.Parents and community groups organized the rally to encourage the Chicago Public Schools to adopt stronger measures against childhood obesity as part of a new school wellness policy. The district must finalize the wellness policy this summer to comply with new federal and state mandates, which require all schools to set health goals before next school year. Working under the auspices of a nonprofit organization called the Healthy Schools Campaign, parents are asking the Chicago Board of Education to adopt an ambitious plan.

Two Developments Approved For South Clark Street

Medill News Service- The Chicago Plan Commission last week recommended approval of two large-scale developments planned for South Clark Street that will add to other real estate activity underway. The combined effect will be a fundamental change to the landscape of the western South Loop.

14 alleged gang members face deportation
Tribune -Authorities have arrested 14 Mexican nationals who will be deported after an interagency investigation discovered they were illegal immigrants and members of a suburban street gang, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said.

Mapping the Controversy

Gapers Block-Who would have thought a map of Chicago's neighborhoods would be so controversial? Not only has the
Chicago Neighborhood Map designed by Christopher Devane upset realtors and developers because of a new motto, "Home is Where the Hood Is," printed across the top,More...

Tower Beefs Up as Start Nears

CHICAGO-A long-awaited multifamily rental building planned for the corner of Des Plaines and Kinzie streets will be slimmer, taller and have 35 more units than originally expected. Revised plans by Fifield Cos., calling for a 350-unit, 39-story building at the southeast corner, were endorsed Friday by the plan commission.
Rents in the multifamily tower, across Kinzie Street from the Blommer Chocolate factory and part of the Kinzie Station development, are expected to exceed $2 per sf. However, 42nd Ward Alderman Burton Natarus predicts the building eventually will become condominiums. “Eight or nine years from now, it’ll be condo,” he says.
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