Monday, July 28, 2014

Alderman Moore raising piles of money

Running for Alderman of the 49th Ward cost money. Lot's of money. Since challenger Don Gordon announced he'd run against the incumbent in the 2015 election, our 49th Ward Alderman has been on a tear - collecting campaign contributions from major real estate and corporate donors at an alarming rate.

The Alderman has raised a little over $115, 000.00 in the last 9 months. On July 25, 2014, the Alderman raised $4,500.00 in one day. To show how out of touch the Alderman is, most Rogers Parkers don't make $4,500 in one month.

Alderman Moore has spent over $103,000.00 campaigning for the 49th Ward Aldermanic position in that same 9 month period.

When's the last time you spent $103,000.00 dollars in just 9 months?

In 2007 the Alderman spent nearly $1 million dollars to retain his seat in city council. 2015 may top the million dollar mark.

Bring back the Outdoor Roll Call


The outdoor roll call. It's where the officers start their shift on a street corner where bad juju has been going down. Like a gang occupied territory, a shooting, murder. No major studies have proven they stop crime altogether, but they give the resident's a sense of security.

And, it puts the fear of arrest by the police if the gangbangers act like wise-guys anywhere near the Police outdoor roll call.

 It's a symbolic statement saying - "We own this area, not you."

Outdoor roll calls were used by past commander's in the 24th District, and are used in other neighborhood's where crime and mayhem are prevalent. Some tonier neighborhoods such as Lincoln Park use them for simple things like purse snatchings.

It's time to bring back a few of these outdoor roll calls and give the citizen's a sense of protection by our Chicago Police Department. After the last few months, we need it.

(photos by Craig Gernhardt)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

The most dangerous gang in Rogers Park


The PBG's, or the Pooh Bear Gang. A fraction of the splintered Gangster Disciples. Once known as the Insane Cutthroat Gangsters. Always recruiting. Around 15-to 20 members, at best.

Part-time gig. Gun-rap.

At war with the LOC's, and anyone who disses their brand of music. Collateral damage doesn't concern them. They're willing to die for their cause.

They represent CAPS Beat 2431. Currently trying to reestablish their grip on Morse and Wayne.

Warning: Day or night, there's a good chance bullets will fly if they're hanging around your street corner.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

UPDATE: Person shot on Clark Street

Police have Clark Street closed
Around 1:25 p.m., Saturday afternoon, a young male was shot in the 6800 block of North Clark Street, just a block from where Markeyo Carr was gunned down in broad daylight earlier in the year. Police have Clark Street totally blocked from Pratt to Morse. (6800 N to 6950 N)

This was also right in front of the Chicago Public Library where some of the Rogers Park Baby Wrangler's group were meeting. A notice went out on Facebook. Parents were scared to go outside. The library was full of kids.

Evidence markers are spotted in the intersection of Farwell and Clark, along with a black car with Wisconsin plates. Witnesses say the person hit was walking along side Keith "Bang da Hitta" Hayer.
Crime scene with evidence markers

Bang was not hit.

The person is not seriously wounded and was transported to St. Frances Hospital in Evanston. Police are investigating.

UPDATE #1: "24-year-old man was shot in the 1700 block of West Farwell Avenue about 1:30 p.m., said Police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.
The man was shot in the left calf and his condition had been stabilized at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Sweeney said." Source:  Chicago Tribune


UPDATE #2: Alderman Moore's statement on Everyblock. "I just got off the phone with Commander Waldera. The victim allegedly is a known gang member affiliated with the ICG gang. He suffered a minor graze wound to the calf of his leg and will survive. The victim was walking with an alleged leader of the ICG gang whenhe was shot by someone in a passing car. The shooting took place on Farwell immediately west of Clark.
The Commander has deployed additional resources to the immediate area including members of the CPD's Gang Crimes Unit."
Statement from Aldermanic Candidate Don Gordon:  "There needs to be a short and long term strategy to rid the community of the gangs and to deny these gangs access to recruiting kids from our schools. In the next coming weeks I'm going to be posting on my new web site a strategy to do just that. Our alderman has had 24 years to work with numerous commanders in our district and has failed miserably in providing the support and leadership needed to help our police stem the tide of gang infiltration into Rogers Park. I believe we deserve a lot better than what this alderman has done over the years."

Friday, July 25, 2014

UPDATE: Man with gun steals purse on Wayne


For my Edgewater readers. An alleged armed robber held a woman up at gun-point this morning around 10:55 a.m., on the usually quiet tree-lined block of 6200 North Wayne. The response to this broad daylight attack on one Edgewater resident drew well over a dozen officers and squad cars from all directions.

The description and direction of the offender is unknown. Three men having lunch from the yellow box truck in the background didn't see a thing. The contents of the purse remain unknown as of this report.

UPDATE - 2:00 P.M:  Good guys 1, bad guy goes to jail. The Edgewater purse snatcher has been captured and the weapon recovered. 

Is Alderman Moore fudging the numbers?



Alderman Joe Moore is wasting his valuable time stroking the Everyblockheads this morning with more head-games. He's going on record as to actually counting the number of positive and negative responses to his Facebook and Everyblock post - plus his private campaign tool email blast on the Jarvis Beach name change. 
I'll let you read the whole line of bullshit yourself if you don't read Everyblock.
Said our Ruler. "I'm not going to make a final recommendation to the Park District Board for a few more weeks, but based on replies to my email blast and Facebook posts, those who cared enough about this issue to write are weighing in heavily in favor of the name change. Here's the latest tally as of 8:00 a.m.:

Replies to my email blast...
Support changing name: 79
Oppose changing name: 21
No opinion: 8
My official Facebook post
Support changing name: 12
Oppose changing name: 7
No opinion: 5
My Rogers Park Neighborhood News Facebook post
Support changing name: 5
Oppose changing name: 2
No opinion: 3
The Facebook posts and accompanying comments,, of course, are available for everyone to see. If anyone wishes to look at the emails my office has received, you are free to do so. Just make an appointment with my office in advance.
I haven't conducted a final tally of the EveryBlock comments simply because the easy ability for individuals to use multiple screen names makes an accurate count much more difficult. Nonetheless, I acknowledge opinion on EveryBlock is more evenly divided and probably slightly tilted against the name change. I appreciate some of the thoughtful comments offered on this site by those opposed to the name change and will take them under consideration when I decide on my final recommendation.
BLOGNOTES: So, there you have it. At one point earlier in the year Alderman Moore called Everyblockheads, "Real people, real opinions."  Now he says individuals use multiple accounts and make up phony names.
He also doesn't mention he too heavily censors his Facebook page and blocks users.
Here's a classic example of Alderman Moore not listening to the people and doing whatever the hell he wants. 

Be damned - you lowly peasants. Alderman Moore rules this ward.

Shots fired or fireworks? The 2014 version


Since the beginning of Everyblock, net-neighbors have gone online to announce to their fellow Everyblockheads, of not knowing the difference between "shots fired" and "fireworks."

Here's one.

Here's another in 2012.

Here's another one.

And another.

Point being. Are these Everyblockheads just bored - with nothing better to do all day than argue with each other, if the sound they thought they heard was "shots fired" or "fireworks?"

It's an endless display of human stupidity in action.

Maybe if these numb-nut anonymous people would get out in the real world and actually hear a gun-shot, or hear some fireworks, maybe even hear the sound of a whizzing bullets fly by them, then they wouldn't be so trigger happy on their keyboard arguing the sounds of life in Rogers Park.

But then, that would require dodging bullets, too.  Maybe it's safer hiding in the basement asking questions about the sounds going on outside.

Maybe these anonymous Everyblockers just don't feel safe on the 49th Ward streets?

UPDATE - Jarvis Beach renaming unpopular idea


Alderman Joe Moore reached out yesterday to the online community seeking approval to rename Jarvis Beach to honor an Australian, Marion Mahony Griffin. As for this posting the results are not in favor of this action. Even his staunchest supporters question this action.

The online community overwhelmingly seem to think this is a issue that doesn't even deserve the time a day, much lass wasting tax-payer money and Aldermanic time.
In the comments section of DNAinfo story Michael Harrington said, "Is this REALLY a priority issue in my Rogers Park neighborhood right now? Um, didn't someone get shot to death in broad daylight on Devon Avenue a week ago, and didn't someone else get shot on Winthrop Avenue over the weekend? Are neighbors enjoying nightlife on Morse Avenue but still dodging bullets? Isn't there yet another charter school being proposed to steal public funds and student talent from our local public schools? The potholes to-be-filled list still has potholes-to-be filled, right? For this beach renaming idea..."
1. Do not devote one millisecond of aldermanic or city staff time.
2. Do not waste one drop of city ink or piece of city paper.
3. Do not spark up one electron on city phone calling or email messaging.
Please, demand our government officials only pursue this project AFTER, AFTER, and AFTER they've tackled the real needs and problems that plague our community.
Seems this is nothing more than a smoke-and-mirrors election year campaign issue that the Alderman wants the online community to talk about - instead of the rash of other real issues Mr. Harrington raised in his comment.

So far, the public isn't buying his act. We'll just have to wait and see if the Alderman is listening to his constituents, or will overrule them and go ahead with his plan anyway.

UPDATE #1: The Alderman seems to be backtracking a bit with all the negative responses to his renaming request. Here's his most recent response to his ill-fated attempt at derailing conversations of greater proportions.
"Keep in mind the ultimate decision making authority rests with the Park District Board of Directors, not me. They simply asked for my opinion and I reserved offering that opinion until I took the pulse of the neighborhood, something I'm not required to do, but is part of my practice and philosophy of governing..."
Now it's all the Park Districts decision. Talk about passing the buck.

UPDATE #2: Loyal internet followers of Alderman Moore are revolting to the name change in massive numbers. 169 comments on Everyblock in less than 30 hours. The Alderman has gone on the attack with sarcasm about conspiracies.

Neighbor Drew responds:
 "Alderman Moore, if most people, some of your strongest supporters here on EveryBlock, oppose the name change, then your question has been answered. Big NO. Thank you."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tapping into the Red Light Cam

Some guy in a rental truck was tapped into the Red Light Camera today at Devon and Sheridan. He wouldn't respond to a request as to why he was hooked up and monitoring the system.

Was this just a random check or was he adjusting the system to give out more Red Light tickets at this corner?

Four corners for Peace & Free Speech BBQ tonight


One measly flier posted on a light pole near the most recent "shots fired" on Morse Avenue appeared this morning promoting a "Peace and Free Speech" Potluck BBQ and Open Mic. An unknown group asks you to join them as they gather to celebrate the spirit of a "inclusive community." Whatever the hell that means.

Sorry for the short notice, the event will be held tonight at Farwell and Ashland at 5 p.m. Remember, it's "Pot Luck." Don't forget to bring something to eat.

UPDATE: I've found a couple of more fliers on Morse Avenue. These should really help draw more people to the event.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nerves frayed as bullets whiz by on Morse Avenue

It was written on the wall. After the plethora of shootings and murders lately, more shootings were on the way. You just knew more was to come. Shit was going to hit the fan.

Problem is, the game didn't go as planned. A bunch of shots were fires, but no one got hit.
Bullet skims Chuckies beer garden chair

Thankfully.

See, our numb-nuts gangbangers can't even shoot straight. 
Police investigate shots fired on Morse

Thank god. 

My friend was a foot away. One  of my clients just walked in to his business after sitting in a chair a foot away.

Bullet laying on Chuckies beer garden
Yeah, it was that close. 

I was by the Morse El. I covered. 

Customers at GrillInn were ducking for cover. Even gun-toting military man Eddie Ishoo, owner of Grillinn, couldn't protect us.

Same for Soo Liquors workers - and Los Portellos.

We all were just looking not to get hit. We're just schumk workers trying to make a fucking living in the Hellhole ruled by Alderman Joe Moore.
Police mark evidence in shooting on Morse while customers look on
BLOGNOTES: As much as I give him a hard time, I'd like to thank CAPS 2431 Beat facilitator John Warner for arriving on scene and offering words of compassion to those who were rattled by the gunfire. This is the third time this week he's done this.

Monday, July 21, 2014

UPDATE: Sinkhole work halted on Lunt - City still tickets cars

Minivan fell into sinkhole
7/11 to 7/18
It's July 21, 2014. A sinkhole project that's been going on for a week now in the 1200 block of West Lunt, still hasn't been completed.

Although, by the white "No Parking" sign indicates, it should've been finished on the 18th.

So far this sinkhole and work revolving around the sinkhole has claimed a minivan, had a tow truck driver rip the bumper off a car and a few hundred dollars in parking revenue for a few residents.
Instant revenue generation

What hasn't happened is work being done, other than cutting a big hole and putting tape around the hole. Oh, and cleaning out the pockets of the poor saps who need a place to park.


Tow truck wrecks car
Here's how the sinkhole started

UPDATE: The Lunt sinkhole work has been completed. The cement is curing and the barricades should be removed today?

UPDATE - Pothole work halted on Morse Avenue

Look out for the bus
Rogers Park has no shortage of potholes. This we can all agree. What we're running short of is getting them filled in a timely fashion. Some are a quick fix with a patch job here and there. Other's need more. Much more.

No Parking 7/7 to 7/11
Take this huge hole at 1225 West Morse Avenue. CIty of Chicago workers came out and clearly saw it needed more than a batch. So, they lined the street with signs indicating "No Parking" while the job was to be fixed.

While no work goes on, the city collects cash from you when you park your car in the White Sign Zone.

Buses have to merge to the oncoming traffic lane. In short, it's nothing short of dangerous.

Yet, as the white "No Parking" sign says, work should be done 7/11.

I guess they mean 7/11/2015.

UPDATE-7/24/14: Hole filled. Barricades should be removed soon.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Alderman Joe Moore: "Ruler" of the 49th Ward



No democracy here, folks. Alderman Joe Moore no longer sees himself as a public servant to the 57,000 residents of the 49th Ward, but as a "ruler."
Alderman Moore said on his Facebook page today. "I attended the Eyes on the Future Childcare Center's 20th anniversary celebration today and had the honor and privilege of meeting His Royal Highness Oba Babatunde Ola Ogunala, ruler of the Odo-noforija Kingdom in Nigeria. He tells me he oversees 700,000 people, which far surpasses the 57,000 I oversee in the 49th Ward!"
BLOGNOTES: Eyes on the Future gave $5000.00 to the Citizen's for Joe Moore campaign on June 4, 2014. They have a Charter School on Ravenswood.

His Royal Highness knows how Chicago works. You want to play, you got to pay.

MONDAY UPDATE: The "Ruler" rules. This post was removed from Everyblock.

USA Today covers crime in Rogers Park

Alderman Joe Moore was featured in this USA Today story.

"One Chicago Alderman – Joe Moore, who represents part of the far North Side – spent part of a recent weekend mopping up blood off the sidewalk in his 49th Ward."

Mopping up blood. Their quote, not mine.

Harrington running for Alderman under the Karen Lewis Slate?

Let's make a toast.
Michael Harrington and Don Gordon during happier day's.

Sneed has some breaking news.  "Karen Lewis angling to field aldermanic slate..."

Check out Michael Harrington on the right of the photo on Early and Often. Right next to Karen Lewis. Looking up at the cameraman. All serious.

My sources say he's running for Alderman in the 49th Ward, again. He ran in 2003 and got 1825 votes. Alderman Moore had 3693 and Tom Bradley had 1228.

Farwell shooting mystery

Alderman Joe Moore spoke with Commander Waldera Friday morning regarding the two men that were shot Wednesday night at Farwell and Greenview. The Alderman relayed the message to his loyal kool-aid drinking followers that "the victims are not known to be affiliated with a gang and are cooperating with the police."

The two men, ages 23 and 35, were allegedly walking back from 7/Eleven around 9:55 p.m., when a dark colored car drove up and sprayed up to 10 shots in their direction. One man walking his dog saw a person run past him to Morse Avenue right after the shots were fire.

A drive-by shooting without it being a gang conflict only heightens the fear of any person being shot randomly in the neighborhood. Now residents must worry about any "Joe Blow" driving around shooting residents for no particular cause or reason.

According to the 49th Ward Alderman, "the motive for the shootings remains a mystery." 

BLOGNOTES: Two other shootings this week on Farwell also remain mysterious in nature. Wednesday around 4 p.m. shots were fired and a get-away vehicle hit a moped rider - who in return hit a parked minivan. The moped driver needed an ambulance. The crashed up moped is still parked in the same spot it was on Wednesday. No one was hit by any bullets.

On Friday night around 11:15 p.m., neighbors reportedly heard more gunplay at Glenwood and Farwell. No one was hit. Artie P. said on Everyblock that he was at Bullhead Cantina one block north on Morse and Glenwood. 

He posted, "People here heard (gun shots) as well...."  "The whole corner scattered."

As of press time there had been no word from the Alderman as to who or what was being shot at. Being an election year and all, this is also very mysterious

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rogers Park Chamber loses member

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, not to be confused with the Rogers Park Business Alliance, lost one of it's members this week. No, the business didn't close, it's doing quite well, as a matter of fact.

Here's the rundown. Rogers Park Social recently joined as a member of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. They were looking to get involved in various organizations in order to be a good community neighbor. See, that was the owners intention from the very beginning.  Hence the name, Rogers Park Social.

But something happened that made them decide joining the Chamber was a bad idea. That something was Bill Morton, the chambers President and founder.

Apparently Mr. Morton had gone into the Rogers Park Social and made a mess of himself. And so did one of his friends. A big mess. It happens to the best of us. Heck, it's happened to me.

But, when you make a big enough mess of yourself, there are consequences that you have to pay. Seems Mr. Morton's mess was so big, one of the owners chose to call Mr. Morton out on his public blunder, and went to Facebook to rectify the problem.
(You can read the saved screenshot conversation posted on the left.)

I talked with Erik Archambeault this week. He got his refund from Mr. Morton and learned his lesson. For Rogers Park Social, it's part of doing business. You live, you learn.

Let's hope Mr. Morton, President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, learned something, too.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Comment banned from Everyblock


It's time to bring the Broken Heart to life. Too many comment's of mine are being removed from Everyblock due to Alderman Joe Moore's heavy-handed power on that website during this heated election year. 

That, and the neighborhood is turning into a Hellhole once again.

This comment was posted in the Gang dissing Gang thread. If a comment get's removed, you will find it re-posted here. 

The property owner, James Yoo, can give the Citizen's for Joe Moore $500.00 (6/27/2014) but can't remove this gang territory marking off his building.
UPDATE - 5:30 P.M. Graffiti removed this afternoon.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mayne Stage patron pees in alley

Last night's sold out Mayne Stage concert with Dido drew quite a crowd. 99.9% of the patrons were respectful to the neighborhood. But one of the concert goer's couldn't resist using the alley between Reside on Morse and the Mayne Stage to take a leak. Not once, but twice did the same individual do this illegal act. And the second time he took a pee, he posed for the locals who witnessed his public urination display.

I guess we're turning into Wrigleyville North.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Broken buzzer, please call

I believe Rogers Park has to be the broken buzzer neighborhood of the Chicago. Since starting my food delivery service that seems to be on half the tickets that order food. Either the buzzer doesn't work, names aren't listed or the buzzer is missing altogether.

The only reason I can come up with is poor property management. Which seems to be a big problem. Courtyard buildings and other multi-unit complexes seem to be the biggest culprit.

To add to the problem Rogers Park has a lot of buildings that aren't numbered and that are poorly lighted.

Forget the food delivery drivers for a second - you gotta wonder what the first responders feel like. Say you call 911 because of a fire or you need police services. They have to deal with these issues, too.

BLOGNOTES: To all you property owners and maintenance people. Get out there and check your properties once in a blue moon. See if all the exterior lights and door buzzers work properly. Spend some of that money you make on rent.

Fix your broken buzzers. And, while your at it, shovel your sidewalks when it snows also.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stop the "Pritzker Car Tower" on Sheridan


It sure doesn't take long for the resident's of Rogers Park to start an online petition against some project. But unlike some silly petition to stop a Burger King from opening up in a shopping mall, this new petition to stop the Pritzker Car Tower on Sheridan has merit. It's part of the City of Chicago Lakefront Protection ordnance.
As Katy Hogan said in the comment section to the online petition. "Somebody's gotta let the Pritzgers know Rogers Park isn't theirs to re-design, or re-make in the image of Near North..."

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Police still heavily patrolling Morse Avenue

This past week the Chicago Police Department TAC units have cruising Morse Avenue in force. They drive down Morse Avenue pulling over and searching any male of color. Around 8 p.m. a TAC unit did one such pull over and blocked Morse and Glenwood for nearly 15 minutes before letting the young man go.

In other news, Gidget has returned and was spotted aggressively panhandling in front of Soo Liquors. She also had one of her boyfriends buy her a bottle of Vodka, whereas she promptly opened it up and was spotted drinking on the public way.

Plus, multiple neighbors were spotted tying their dogs to trees or posts on Morse Avenue, leaving them unattended while they either bought coffee or went inside a store to shop. No tickets were issued.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Unneighborly site shuts down (Update)

Everyblock Press Release:

We’re sorry to report that EveryBlock has closed its doors.
It’s no secret that the news industry is in the midst of a massive change. Within the world of neighborhood news there’s an exciting pace of innovation yet increasing challenges to building a profitable business. Though EveryBlock has been able to build an engaged community over the years, we’re faced with the decision to wrap things up.
Thank you for having let us play a role in how you get your neighborhood news. Thanks for the contributions, for the questions, and for allowing us to connect you to each other, in many cases to make great things happen in your community. Along the way, we hope we’ve helped you be a better neighbor.

UPDATE:  Chicago Tribune story.
BLOGNOTES: Good riddance. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

The new "Gravel Pit" on Morse


How many of you remember the Morse Avenue Gravel Pit? In 2007 it was Jeff-O's main concern. He would go on and on for day's about this pile of dirt. Much like net-neighbors at Everyblock go at each other over piles of plowed alley snow.

Well, in 2013 we've spotted another such pile of gravel and bricks at 1335 West Morse, just a few doors east of the original "Gravel Pit." We'll call this stacked bricks and gravel.

I'm pretty sure the negative loiterers are going to have a nice spot to plop down their rumps and chill for a while if this remains, as is, much longer.

Missing ID


Posters have been appearing around Morse Avenue light posts for Idowu Malvin George, also know as ID,  who was last seen on January 28, 2013. His brother and sister are looking for him. Any details about his whereabouts are requested. You can call ID's brother at 708-513-2429 or sister at 312-953-1056. Or you can call the Chicago Police at 911 or Det. Bernath at 773-744-8263.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Police manhunt nets one (UPDATE)

After spending much of the morning patrolling CAPS beat 2431 and 2423, police arrested and took one person into custody at 7020 North Greenview at 12:17 p.m., January 31, 2013. Undercover and marked squad cars roamed down every street and alleyway hunting of a person of interest.

The person arrested at gun-point was caught in the alley and cornered by up to six undercover squads and a couple of marked vehicles, including the arrest wagon. The alleged offender was a black male, bald and in what looked like his 30's. He was led away in handcuffs.

The only crime that I can think of that would warrant that type of manhunt is the recent robbery of a Loyola University college student, who was robbed at gunpoint in the 6700 block of North Greenview on Tuesday.

UPDATE: I was told this arrest has nothing to do with the Loyola University student gunpoint robbery. It's something else. Police tac units are still heavily patrolling Morse Avenue as of 3:25 p.m., as they were this morning. This must be much bigger, like a gang undercover investigation sting round-up, because the street is clean of all riff-raff today. It's almost like the gangs were tipped off.

Plus, I've only had two people beg me for a square.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Executive Director brings experience, leadership and commitment to Rogers Park Business Alliance

Press Release: 



January 29, 2013 Chicago, IL - The Board of Directors of Rogers Park Business Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and sustain a thriving economic environment in Rogers Park, serving businesses and residents, is pleased to announce that as of February 1, 2013, Sandi Price will become the organization's new Executive Director.  Ms. Price has over 10 years of experience at Rogers Park Business Alliance, most recently as Managing Director, and brings a deep personal commitment to the Rogers Park community.

Prior to serving at Rogers Park Business Alliance, Ms. Price worked at Northside Community Resources (formerly Rogers Park Community Council) as their Associate Director.

Ms. Price is succeeding Kimberly Bares, Rogers Park Business Alliance's Executive Director for the past 11 years, as she leaves to pursue consulting full-time. During Ms. Bares' tenure, the organization grew in size and reputation to become one of the leading economicdevelopment organizations in the City of Chicago. Ms. Bares led the process to create two new Special Service Areas in Rogers Park that provide programming and services to stabilize and improve the Clark Street, Morse Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Sheridan Road commercial corridors. She directed commercial corridor planning processes for Morse Avenue, Sheridan Road, Howard Street and Western Avenue. She also secured a permanent home for the organization in Rogers Park by orchestrating the purchase of a commercial condominium at 1448 W Morse Avenue.

"While the decision to leave RPBA was hard, I am grateful to the Board for hiring Sandi as the next executive director. She is an excellent administrator and connector and will represent Rogers Park and the organization extremely well. I know the organization is in good hands under her leadership," said Kimberly Bares.

The Board congratulates Ms. Bares on her tremendous accomplishments at Rogers Park Business Alliance and is fortunate to have a candidate of Ms. Price's caliber to lead the organization into the future. "When I joined RPBA's board of directors, I was impressed with the organization for many reasons, chief among them, the staff for their depth of knowledge and commitment to Rogers Park. It has been a pleasure to see the legacy of the organization increase exponentially under Kimberly's leadership and to have an opportunity to promote an amazing talent, like Sandi, from within the organization.  We are lucky to have her," says Summur Roberts, Board President.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Icy conditions causes car to crash into the Glenwood

Boarded-up windows the day after
Inside photo by Robert from the Glenwood Facebook page
I wasn't the only one crashing yesterday due to the icy conditions. Around 10 p.m. January 27, 2013 a Chevy Silverado was trying to turn into the alley by the Glenwood Bar, but instead skidded into the front window, freaking out the customers.

Renee Labrana, owner of the Glenwood, said no one was hurt.

Tales from the streets: Sunday in Rogers Park

It started with what looked liked another mugging on Morse and Glenwood around noon on Sunday. A female was in front of the MorseL screaming for some to call police as a male was grabbing at her purse. Three people intervened calling 911 as the offender fled south on Glenwood the darted through the alley by Sidecar, heading towards Greenview. After the dust had settled it turned out to be domestic in nature, whereas the male was trying to take money from the female. Police arrived on scene and handled the rest of the case.

As the day went on Mother Nature took over with a massive ice/rain/snow storm. The city plow/ice trucks went down Morse but left the side streets alone. Neighbors didn't even bother de-icing their sidewalks, making the walk to all entranceways a iceskating rink. I don't know if it was laziness or lack of consideration for their fellow neighbors - but it sure wasn't neighborly - or safe to be walking around between 3 p.m. to midnight. Guess they were all busy chatting on Everyblock about how good the neighborhood is - or if anyone lost a cat or found a chicken.

Friday, January 25, 2013

WANTED: Billionaire needs spell checker

Shame, shame, shame. With the piles and piles of money James Pritzker has - you'd think he could invest in a spell checker for his marquee. Maybe he should shake the piggy bank and hire one, because clearly, those who are now working for him hadn't got a clue how "tonight" is spelled.

Side roads covered in ice and snow

Albion to Lakewood is covered in snow
It's a royal mess out there today. Most of the side streets haven't seen the plow trucks, making travel in car or bike extremely dangerous. Maybe it's some city official who thinks the 49th ward side streets aren't worth taking care of.

The main street bike lanes are just as nasty. Not to mention all my Rogers Parkers who haven't shoveled their sidewalks. Boo on that. Come on, neighbors, get off Everyblock dot com and do what you're required to do. Clean your walkway area.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Attempted mugging at Morse 'L'

Around 10:20 p.m. January 22, 2013, a female was nearly mugged in front of the Morse Avenue 'L' entrance, but the crime was interrupted by her male companion who fended off the attack and held the offender until police arrived and arrested the individual.

Both the female and male companion were shaken up by the incident, but not injured.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Possible Arson on Pratt (Update)

A fire broke out in the hallway on the 7th floor, January 18, 2013, around 10:31 p.m., at 1246 West Pratt. Reports say this fire may have been set intentionally by a male black in his' mid-40's, who is balding, who was reported staring at the building.

As of 10:37 p.m. the fire was put out. Streets around the building are still blocked off.

Update 10:49 p.m: The bald black guy in his mid 40's, who police are looking for, is wearing a long trench coat.

Shots fired on Sheridan


Multiple neighbors called 911 tonight for three shots fired at Howard and Sheridan, 1500 West Howard, 7600 North Sheridan and 7600 North East Lake Terrace around 10:17 p.m. Ten tickets of shots fired were recorded. One neighbor claimed to see a Buick involved with the shooting heading west on Howard. Nothing further at this time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Neighbors "Happy and Laughing" on Morse


Around 11:30 p.m. on January 16, 2013, an anonymous 911 caller reported their fellow neighbors to the police in a 911 call for being "happy and laughing." Police were sent to 1515 West Morse because one neighbor did not like the fact another neighbor was enjoying life.

BLOGNOTES: Come to think of it, after reviewing the address, I may have to agree. Anyone who can live in that building - with its "Bed Bug" reputation - must be crazy to be "happy and laughing."

I smell something suspicious. I may call 911 myself. Anonymous, of course.

Loyola Campus Security issues warning on armed robbery


Loyola Community,

The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you that an armed robbery occurred near the Lake Shore Campus at approximately 9:30 p.m. on January 15. A Loyola student was walking in the area of North Shore Avenue and Lakewood Avenue when she was approached by two men, one displaying a silver handgun, who demanded her money and cell phone. The student complied and the offenders fled the scene with her cell phone and money.
Loyola's Department of Campus Safety is working closely with local authorities on this investigation. 

If anyone has information on the incident listed above, please call the Department of Campus Safety at 773.508.6039. We also urge you to review the safety tips listed below. 
  • Please avoid walking alone, especially at night, when traveling off campus
  • Whenever possible, utilize the University's 8-RIDE (773.508.7433) service
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safey at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1
Sincerely, 
Robert Fine
Director of Campus Safety

Wrecking ball takes down the Ho (Photos)


Sent in by a reader, the Ho Tavern meets the wrecking ball.

Attempted midnight mugging


Around 12:03 a.m. on January 16, 2013, a male black who was described as about 6 foot 2 inches tall and wearing white Adidas gym shoes attempted to rob a female in the 1500 block of West Greenleaf. A Good Samaritan interrupted the alleged mugging to save the day.

The victim and Good Samaritan first told police the offender fled south on Glenwood, but later said the offender fled east on Lunt. The victim reported her keys were missing. A canvas of the area turned up nothing.

The Good Samaritan immediately ran to Everyblock to tell his net-neighbors of his good deed without offering a description of the offender or what direction he fled.

BLOGNOTES: Reminds me of the May 2007 purse snatching.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

30 seconds and a random act of kindness

Kid, 17 to 19 years old, running to the Morse 'L' to catch the train. Older guy, 50ish, leaving the Morse 'L' grabs kid by arm as he's franticly trying to catch train. It looks as if we've got an assault or something about to go down. I'm ready to spring into action and jump the 50 something dude.

Turns out the kid had just dropped his iphone out of his pocket, in the middle of Morse, while running, and didn't notice. But the older guy did. Older guy walks the kid to the phone by the arm and points to the dropped phone on the ground.

The kid picks it up and says "thanks," then darts to the train station, all-be-it, he's already missed his train.

Older guy goes the other way. All this went down in about 30 seconds.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I got Yelped

If you noticed the posts on the blog have been coming in later at night, there's a reason, I got a new gig. Publishing doesn't pay the bills. The jobs I've applied for, and have worked at, were either part-time or I really hated what I was doing.

One such job I did like was bicycle delivery. But, it was in the Lincoln Park/Lakeview area. And I hated the commute. So, last week, I decided to try my own hand - in my own neighborhood. I made some fliers and went around to the local restaurants, diners and fast food places to offer my new service.

Interestingly enough, two businesses I've wrote about on here a few times, and not all that favorably, decided to give me a shot.

Well, I noticed couple people liked my service enough to Yelp me this week for one of these two spots.
Dan A. said: "I ordered on GrubHub and the food arrived super fast and extremely hot.  The delivery guy on the bike was super friendly and made my night.  Awesome Job!  Thanks Again!
Matt T. said: "The owner is real nice guy and delivery with GrubHub is super fast. So that is a plus."  Reviews on Yelp.
It bothers me none that the restaurant got the credit on Yelp. After all, it was their great food. And, it's our neighborhood business. I was pleased that my ability to get their food delivered quickly enhanced the buyers satisfaction to look favorably on one of our businesses - and comment about it on a popular  and influential review website, like Yelp.

BLOGNOTES: Shameless plug. All you restaurant owners. Are you looking for super fast, super friendly food delivery bikers - who will deliver your food to your customers as hot as it came off the grill? Look no further than right here - in Rogers Park.

Plus, it's an eco-friendly way to have your food delivered. No car. No pollution. No double parking on those narrow streets - pissing off your neighbors who may be trying to get their car out while food is being delivered. I'm reducing the carbon footprint and not hindering anything to our parking problems in the neighborhood, one delivery at a time.

And readers, call Chuckie's, Grill Inn or Morse Gyros - or if you don't like the phone ordering thing - order on Grubhub. Ask for the bike delivery guy. Maybe Mr. Broken Heart will show up quicker than quick, with piping hot food, a smile on his face, bringing you the best food Morse Avenue has to offer.

I even deliver North of Howard!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Knife robbery at Lunt and Sheridan

A male/black just robbed someone at 7001 North Sheridan, January 10, 2012, at 10:30 p.m. At first reports say he used a gun in the robbery, but the weapon then was changed to a knife. A sharp object he's looking to dispose of, once he can get someone on Everyblock to tell him where.

The offender, who was listed by the victim as 5'8'' or 5'9", wearing all black and sporting a scar on his face, took about $23 dollars in cash - fled west to Morse Avenue. I'm guessing he headed that way to buy a loaf of bread at the Morse Market after the Everyblock reviews he read on where to find a good loaf of bread.

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