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.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Where am I?

Let's have a little fun on Friday. Can anyone tell me where this is located?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Best Valentine's window on Morse Avenue

Window decorations always add to the holiday spirit. Hands down the MorseL has put some life into Valentine's Day with a simple, yet colorful vibe to Morse Avenue. If you're looking for a special place to take that special someone, look no further than the MorseL at Glenwood and Morse this evening.

Shameless Plug: If you're looking at staying in for the night, call Chuckie's and have a great pizza and bottle of wine delivered to your door by one of our bike delivery guy's. We deliver until midnight.

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..."

Rogers Park postcard project

Rogers Park resident Bill Morton, who is also the President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, has put together a photo project to raise funds through Kickstart. Through pledging you're able to get the photo titled "Jarvis sunrise over the lake."

Bill's been snapping photo's around the neighborhood for as long as I can remember. Here's a chance for you to get own of his shot's for your very own. He also works at Quest Network, which fixes computers, allows computer time if you don't own one and they make copies of anything you may need copied, from old VHS, slides and reel-to-reel tapes.

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.

Rollerblade Guy entertains on Morse Avenue


Wished I would've had my video cam to record the show, as Rollerblade Guy came to Morse Avenue last night to demonstrate his rollerblading skills.

If anyone has seen his show, Rollerblade Guy does pirouettes, spins and hops in the middle of the road on his rollerblades for hours on end, dodging cars and pedestrians. I've seen him last week at Sherwin and Greenview, but last night he came down to Morse and Wayne. Everyone walking by thought the guy was a bit loose upstairs, but he's a rather friendly fellow, chatting it up with anyone who will give him the time of day.

I'll try to get video of him in the future - if he doesn't get hit by a car or bus first.

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.

Could Pritzker be sneaking around CPAN?

We got an interesting development here. Anyone remember the stink our community raised years ago regarding CPAN housing? For the newbie's out there, CPAN is short for Chicago Partnership for Affordable Neighborhoods.

For the gist of this is, our Alderman, Joe Moore, made a pledge to the community on any new development  -15% would be set aside for affordable housing.

After all, our neighborhood and its neighbor's want all to be welcome - both bloody rich and dirt poor.

Debates raged for years at many a community meeting, when Mary Jane Haggerty, Katy Hogan, Rose Green, Brian White, Michael Harrington and Fran Tobin would flood community development meetings with questions on "Where's the affordable housing?"

Now, how times have changed. Now we have the super mega-rich coming in and displacing the poor, no one bats an eye. A quickie meeting showing us sheeple some fancy Architectural drawings of pretty people walking around a pretty building, then hand out a few snacks, give us a bunch of smiles and handshakes, and then we're led out the door.

A few week's later, we see the wrecking ball in action.

The Farcorft was once an affordable place for people to live. Not anymore. It's high-end. Rumors are swirling this will all be condo, but others say it'll be rent. They have it marketed for Lease in the spring of 2013.

Now Mr. Pritzker is coming to the community to build a parking lot on Lakefront Protection Ordinance rules - and wants the communities approval.

In this case, he needs it.

It'd be tough to write some campaign contributions for a little hint/hint of possible influence on this one.

It's time we bring back a little "affordable housing" to the Farcroft - and Rogers Park in general. How about Alderman Joe Moore sticking to a pledge he made to the community?

If Mr. Pritzker wants to build parking spaces for his new Farcroft tenants, or potenial Farcroft condo owners - shall he choose the route down the road - how about he promise the community a 15% affordable set aside housing at the Farcroft in exchange.

Sounds fair to me.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fire at Pratt and Sheridan (UPDATE)

A fire has broke out at 1246 West Pratt around 10:00 p.m., January 9, 2012. Police and fire are on scene. Traffic is being blocked off at Pratt, Sheridan and even Lakewood. Benji surely must've smelled the smoke, heard the sirens - and is rushing to the scene for a little DNAinfo.

The Everyblockheads at the NBC blog are ready to sign on - asking each other - "What's going on at Pratt and Sheridan and where can I find a loaf of bread?"

Also, there's an assault in progress at Lunt and Ravenswood. Boyfriend is beating the shit out of girlfriend. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Update on fire. Just a bag of garbage that was set on fire in the hallway. Nothing to worry about except all the streets in the neighborhood got blocked off, disrupting the flow of traffic. We're giving Benji the offical "slow down."

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

There goes the neighborhood


Here's a cute little song for my billionaire neighbor, Mr. Conservation himself, James Pritzker. I'm sure he can relate. After all, he claim's to be the environment - and all.

Maybe Mr. Billionaire could book Joni at the Mayne Stage - someday?

I'll bet she'd dedicate this song to hiim.

James Pritzker challenges Lakefront Protection Ordinance

Years back, I just knew something like this would happen. Someone would come along and change the Rogers Park lakefront landscape - forever. I just knew this was coming, even back in 2006. But, I didn't know when.

It only took seven years and a billionaire in the name of James Pritzker to pull off what local real estate agent for ReMax, named Connie Abels, failed to do.

For all you Rogers Park newbie's out there, who think Everyblock is da bomb, let's take a look at the ole' Hellhole's way-back machine. Shall we?

February 2006: Just the beginning.

February 2006:  Hostile crowd greets project.

January 2006:  79 foot building on Sheridan Road.

January 2006:  Connie Abels Pie in the Sky.

February 2006: 49th Ward Zulac Veto's Connie's plan.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Kimberly Bares leaving Rogers Park Business Alliance


I've bitched about her role in running one of our more street taxed services in the city, called SSA. I've cried fowl at how she was able to outmustle me with the powers-that-be. Gateway Mall. Morse Avenue. Howard Street. Hiding things from the public to see.

In short, I've raked her over the coals.

Oh, how times have changed. In years past I would've TMZ'd this story into something dishonorable. Now, I've got nothing but good to say about Kimbely Bares. I've gotten word Ms. Bares leaving a organization I use to call DevCorupt.

I, for one, am very sad to hear this breaking news.

BLOGNOTES: Over the years - I've actually grown to admire this lady. Now, I hear she's leaving her post. I'll have more on these developments as I try to track down our little Kimberly. That's unless Benji boy at DNAinfo beats me to it after reading my blog post.

Kimberly, you will be sorely missed. You are a remarkable lady. You done a great job dealing with asholes like me.

photo by T. Mannis

West Rogers Park man who won the Lotto murdered

Urooj Khan courtesy Illinois Lottery
When Urooj Khan won $1 million dollars in July of 2012 after playing an Illinois Lottery scratch game called Cash Jackpot, he jumped two feet in the air. Then Khan went back to the 7-Eleven store where he bought the ticket in the 6800 block of North Western, giving the clerk $100.00 tip.

A day after he collected the lump sum of nearly $425,000 dollars, on July 20, 2012, Khan was found dead.

At first the death was reported as accidental, dying of natural causes. But something didn't sit well with a relative who asked for a further investigation.

Now authorities say Khan was poisoned with cyanide. The Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina says Khan's body will be exhumed for a better investigation into his murder.

I wonder if the City of Chicago murder clearance numbers will be changed for 2012 to reflect this murder?

X marks the Ho

The building that once housed The Ho Tavern at 7318 North Rogers is now adorned with at least five red X's on the top, sides and doors of the building. From Rogers to Damen.

 Long considered a neighborhood blight, this building has now caught the attention of practically everyone who passes by. Its even caught the eye of the City of Chicago building inspectors, who, according to the city website, has a plethora of violations.

Some of the violations include an exposed roof rafters in the rear hallway, parapet leaning towards the building, east, south and north elevations with open mortar joints, east and south decaying bricks, damaged gutters on the north side, rear exit that's gated and padlocked, no exit signs in the front and rear, no carbon monoxide or smoke detectors, ceiling loose and missing tile, interior walls worn out, loose paint, exterior wall mortar washed out, floors missing tile and water leaks - to name a few.

On January 8, 2013, a case number 350508, lists the building is due for demolition. For some residents January 8th can't come soon enough.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

You've been muted!

Ah, the dreaded Everyblock mute button. It's an easy button to use for those simple-minded trolls and sock-puppet's who read and comment on EB. It means those net-people are tired of hearing from you. All you have to do to find out you've been cut-off from the unneighborly readers list is to look at your profile.

In 2013 the top muted people on Everyblock/Rogers Park are Helen Carlock and Phoebe King. Helen's been muted 15 times and ole' Feeb's has been cut off by her neighbors 13 times. No one else is even close. Not even Alderman Moore. He's only been muted 6 times.

Shots fired on Sheridan. Or was it fireworks, again?


Last night 911 calls report three "shots fired" in the 7500 block of North Sheridan. This happened before midnight. Police arrived on scene and gave a slow down - meaning they found nothing.

This leads to the age old Rogers Park question. Was it really "shots fired" or just kids playing with fireworks?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Chelum Imam Hussain Parade on Devon

A painted horse, a black velvet covered coffin and lot's of chanting took place January 5, 2013 along the 2200 block of West Devon, then turning on Western to Warren Park. It was the Chelum Imam Hussain parade, which celebrates Hazrat Imam Hussain, who died for the cause of Islam, offering his soul to give eternal life while maintaining values of humanity.

Although one anonymous neighbor called 911 complaining about the horse, the celebration was very peaceful, as one person even offered me some food. There was an official permit for the parade from the City of Chicago, including the horse.

For cities in other countries this celebration doesn't go as smoothly as this West Ridge/West Rogers Park parade did. Karchi, for example, suspends cell phone service and barbed wires the city to maintain law and order.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Alderman Moore offers good news for the New Year


From Joe's email blast:
I'm starting off the New Year with news of some excellent police work. Chicago police yesterday arrested and charged an 18-year-old Kankakee County man with the sexual assault of a woman near the Lunt entrance to the Morse Red Line.
The attack occurred early Wednesday morning, December 19th. I issued an alert after the crime that included CTA surveillance camera photos of an "individual of interest."
The Chicago Tribune reported the arrest this morning.  Chicago Tribune story.

24th District Commander James Roussell confirmed the Tribune account and attributed the arrest to "excellent detective work."
According to the Tribune, the suspect, James Shorty of Momence, was identified using DNA evidence checked against the Combined DNA Indexing System, a program run by the FBI to help local law enforcement agencies across the country.
The suspect is also wanted on a parole warrant, according to police. He's due in court today, charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault and felony aggravated kidnapping, according to police.
I will continue to keep you informed of developments in this case as they occur.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dog rescue at Lunt and the lake (Update)


Around 5:40 p.m. January 1, 2013, a dog ventured out into Lake Michigan and couldn't make it back to shore. Fire and Marine units have been called to the scene to rescue the dog, with upwards to 12 first responding vehicles on Lunt east of Sheridan Road.

According to reports the dog was about 50 to 70 yards out. Fire Department divers said the dog went under. Police say the dog was out of the water at 6:16 p.m. No word at this time if the dog survived. I'm sure Benji will be all over this story.

UPDATED: The dog named Zues the Husky was saved. The owner was ticketed for a dog off-leash. 

Monday, December 31, 2012

People of the Year: Mary Ann Cullerton and Colm Treacy

Mary Ann and Colm in the kitchen, getting ready for the New Years Eve dinner crowd
Who would've ever thought Morse and Glenwood would become such an attraction for entertainment and nightlife? Well, these two people did. Mary Ann Cullerton and Colm Treacy have sunk their blood, sweat and tears into making Glenwood and Morse stand out as a place for people to come and eat and drink.

And feel safe doing it.

At the beginning of the year Colm took over Duke's and transformed it to a place called Sidecar. Not well received by the locals who visited Duke's, Treacy kept plugging away and now Sidecar has built it's own name and happy customers.

The tougher of the two places is the MorseL, which was formerly a Dollar Store. Yes, I ripped them for permit's and not opening when they said they were going to, but they proved me wrong and built a wonderful space. Business is slowly picking up.

While they don't have the deepest pockets in the world like our readers choice in Mr. Pritzker, they've got a lot of heart. Plus, they are both hands-on when it comes to their establishments. In the last year these two have added to the Glenwood Bar's theme of having a good time and enjoying yourself.

Seriously, the kicker in my decision was when they went to court for court advocacy a month ago. They proved to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, their investment in the neighborhood. While there is miles to go in improving CAPS beat 2431, these two business owners have earned my respect.

With that, I'm proud to announce Mary Ann Cullerton and Colm Treacy, the "People of the Year" for 2012.

The finals: Neighborhood of the Year - Rogers Park vs. Avondale


Well, the Curbed Chicago "Neighborhood of the Year" finals are here - and we made it. We're going up against #2 seeded Avondale, who overpowered Andersonville in the semi's. Don't aks me how, but we've knocked off East Ravenswood, The Loop and the West Loop to make it to this far.

BLOGNOTES: Maybe there's something to us being the underdog here? As Curbed said, us "blog-happy" Rogers Parkers have proven the critics wrong since the beginning.

Now, let's finish it off with a bang. You know the mantra. Vote early. Vote often. Vote here.

BUMPED: Voting goes through Wednesday.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Readers Choice: Person of the Year - James Pritzker

James Pritzker courtesy Forbes
The readers have spoken. The 2012 readers pick for "Person of the Year" in Rogers Park is #311 on the Forbes richest people in America list. Clocking in with around $1.5 billion dollars in his various bank accounts, real estate holdings and a couple of real expensive bicycles, this single person is keeping up with Loyola University in buying up all the land available.

We don't have to go into all the details, this man is stinkin' rich. Even though he's listed as a Republican, he's even learned how the system works. When you need something done - you write oodles of campaign contribution checks to your local Democratic public official, who, ironically, he beat out in the 2012 "Readers Choice" award; by a margin of 2 to 1.

Who knows, in 100 years from now the city may even rename Rogers Park to Pritzker Park? That's if he doesn't pull out some pocket change and buy it first.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

499 or 500 murders? - Cooking The Crime Statistics Books


It's the end of the year and cities like Chicago will be releasing crime statistics to the hunger news reporters - who tell their viewers and readers how safe their city is or is not.

By default, this became a tool for local government to obtain more federal tax dollars. What we really get is a Pandora's box filled with misleading and meaningless stats.

The idea was that data from each incident would be stored for later study and used to better deploy resources. Crimes were classified as to being the more serious, Part One crimes or the less serious Part Two crimes.

Along the way, local politicians found ways to exploit and abuse the Uniform Crime Report statistics to feather their incumbency. When the politicians and police have good numbers, the generate press releases taking credit. 

If the numbers were bad, challenging the do their best to fuge them up.

The mainstream media treats these statistics as fact.

Between politicians and their appointed police, creativity is not lost. They soon conspire to subvert the entire concept of the reports to either look better in the public's eyes or to raid the federal treasury.

This is how it works. When an officer would respond to the scene of a residential structure where a door or window was broken and property was taken, the heading of the officer's report should be, Burglary. Then the crime is cleared by an arrest or not. That's simple enough. The problem is that burglaries are an ugly, Party One crime.

The officers are simply told that their reports will be classified as Criminal Damage to Property for the door or window breaking and Theft for the taking of property. They should steer clear of reporting the more serious burglaries. Instead they'd be reporting the softer, and more tolerable Part One crimes or lesser Part Two crimes.

They soon added a little twist to this since showing no burglaries would raise red flags and quickly prove deceptive. They dictated to the officers, that if they made an arrest and cleared the crime, then the officer's report was classified as a Burglary. This way, they could show nearly a 100% clearance report for any and all burglaries!

The rank and file cops nearly always go along with the charade because it makes them and their fellow officers appear to be more effective crime fighters.

Murders are the most difficult of crimes to cover up. Cops can't simply run around hiding the bodies of homicide victims. A better way is to classify the report as a Death Investigation. This is playing with the variables such an accident, a suicide, natural causes or something else. This is really easy to do when the victims are marginal people with no families or friends scrutinizing the cop's actions. A perfect candidate for the cover-up would be dealing with a dead whore found in the dumpster with needle tracks all over her arms. This is the most difficult kind of case to solve anyway. The idea is that the Death Investigation can be reclassified if an arrest is made or not.

Will the news reporters be able to prove the deception? The work involved would bust the budget and resources of any news organization in a large city. But with homicide cases there's a simpler way to uncover the chicanery.

Using public records, and freedom of information laws reporters can obtain the names, dates, locations, cause and manner of death statistics from the county medical examiner or coroner's offices. Then they can match the numbers with the "official police" offering and they may just have some really tough questions for your local police chief about cooking the crime statistic books.

Making the crime statistics of the community match the desired results sought by elected officials, to fool the public and media is a snap.

BLOGNOTES: So, my question is, does Chicago have 499 or 500 murders? Or could it even be more?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bike barn gets stalls

FIRST LOOK
When the CTA starting assessing the cost to rebuild one of the old storefronts during the Morse Avenue 'L' renovation project - rising costs on one particular unit became a major concern. It was going to cost too much to fix up. 

So Alderman Moore (49th ward) looked for idea's from the community. 
One such idea was to tear down the walls and install a bike barn for commuters who rode their bike's to the station. 
After months of work, one of the last touches to the Morse Avenue redline station was added December 27, on the West side of the Lunt Avenue entrance. Bike stalls.
Workers finished installing the stalls, which hold five bikes each, along Glenwood Avenue. A two foot brick wall is surrounding the barn - and there's plenty of lighting. Nine stalls were placed in all.
BLOGNOTES: This is the same area where a female was sexually assaulted just one week ago. The offender is still loose and on the prey.

BREAKING NEWS: Morseland Closed


No wonder this guy gets paid the big bucks. Ace reporter, Benji, over at DNAinfo just scooped some more breaking news. The Morseland at 1218 West Morse is closed.

Way to stay on top of all the latest news in Rogers Park, Benji boy. You really got a nose for breaking news.

BLOGNOTES: Seriously, if news got any older at DNAinfo - mold would be growing on that website.

Did You Know: When you get your news from DNAinfo, you're getting it from a Republican owned news source, who once bashed our President...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Curbed Chicago: Rogers Park vs. the West Loop


It's voting time again. Let's see if we can make it to the finals?

Pritzker construction team violates city building permit's

Chain-link fence blocks entire alley from emergency, foot and vehicle traffic.
The construction project permit's to build in condo's at 1344 West Morse has expired, but the construction team continue's to work and block the local alleyway. Violating the terms of the permit.

The permit's posted, as required by law, show the construction project can no longer do work, expiring on December 25, 2012. Yet on December 26, 2012 at 8:00 a.m., a chain-link fence has blocked all access to and from Lunt to Morse.

The project also states work cannot start until 9 a.m. This rule has been violated since the project began.

The permit clearly states that a 10 foot lane MUST be left open and unobstructed at all times. As you can see from the exclusive photo, the WHOLE alley is blocked off.

I guess when you donate money to the Alderman's campaign fund as Tawani Enterprises and Pritzker have done, (Feb. 29, 2012 for $3000.00 and another on the same day for $3000.00, one on July 16, 2012 for $2000.00 - and one on August 9, 2012 for $1500.00 - totaling $9.500.00 in 2012), little things like violating a City of Chicago building permit is ok?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rogers Park White Christmas after-all

The Mayans and the weathermen got it all wrong. The World didn't come to an end, and we've got a white Christmas in Rogers Park.

Let it snow... Let it snow... Let it snow.

After opening those presents and stuffing up on all the Christmas turkey, get out and enjoy the snow.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Broken Heart Night Before Christmas past


Twas the night before Christmas, and in Rogers Park
The scandals were brewing, the streets were all dark.
DevCorp was failing and this we could see,
As troubles arose at the RPCC.

The bloggers were blogging expressing concern,
But connected developers have money to burn.

The powers that be tell us all here is well,
But some people say Morse Avenue's hell.

Then out on the street there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my PC to see what was the matter.
A car full of gangbangers playing loud rap,
But a squad was nearby - put an end to that crap.

The moon on the breast of the now-melted snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to the litter below.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a guy with a camera and a phone to his ear.
With a sweatshirt displaying a sad broken heart,
I knew in a moment it must be Craig Gernhardt.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Jeff-O, Now Nico, Sick Nicki and Hugh!
Now Pamela, Toni and yeah all of you!

From corrupt politicians to the gangbangers' pall,
Dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As the bangers were cuffed on the hood of their car,
To the north I could see a new bright shining star.

It lit Morse Avenue with a beautiful glow,
And it gave me fresh hope for the Morse Hell Hole.

Before I could notice, Craig was gone out of sight,
With more pictures to take and more stories to write.

But I heard him exclaim, through the dark of the night
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"


Sally
Posted on December 24, 2006

Holiday house on Paulina

All decorated up for Christmas. Including the "Beware of Dog" sign.

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