October 31, 2006

Club 50 Whines Over $1.25 Million

Constituents may have more opinions to contribute than their public servants care to know about. Could it be that some constituents feel it's about time to clean house and get to the bottom of the mess? I don't recall getting a phone poll on the matter did you?

How much more than $1.25 million have voters/taxpayers paid out in unwanted, not quite up to par TIFS and SSA's?

It may be wasted tax dollars to Club 50 and their tag alongs but to others it may be like paying for a prescription drug that actually works. Well worth the money. Speaking of prescriptions, perhaps this will cure all the 'disabled with pay' city workers.

Does Club 50 fear their fabled antics may be on the 'feds watch list'?

October 30, 2006

And...Sandy Says...

As always, Sandy provides historical insights and links to two of my favorite essays he's written. On the subject of 3 candidates showing up to discuss their platforms/issues and 1 incumbent not showing, that comes as no surprise.

"Is this the beginning of the end for Howard Street as we have known it for the last few years? Just asking..?" I don't know Sandy, up here near Howard Street, we're still waiting to hear what the big plans are that were mentioned in Moore's rebuttal to criticism from the Chicago Tribune. We have plenty of athletic shoe stores, a dollar store, Round The Clock, the pawn shop and drop in fast food stores, and Jamaica Jerk if one has time to sit and eat with utensils. The little shop under the El is closing due to construction. The diner re-opened in spite of El construction. The north side of Howard from Marshfield to Paulina has gotten a new facade and 'for rent' signs are in many of the windows. The wig store has changed owners but is intact. Still no response on who is opening the mysterious pizza place in the old Dunkin Donuts. Still not much sign of life in the mall either, especially with most of the lower level turned into scenic, quaint little shops - NOT. Instead, we have sterile, surrealistic storage lockers.

Sigh, so many plans, so little time to communicate them...to the voters that is.

As for a two person aldermanic race...I agree, it isn't going to happen. So get credentialed as a poll watcher to ensure the candidate of your choice gets a fair election and his fair share of the percentage.

Thanks for the insights Sandy!

Poll Watchers Training

Poll Watchers Training
Tonight Monday October 30
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rogers Park Public Library
6907 N. Clark St
2nd floor community room

The Third Choice for Governor

I just like to keep neighbors informed of 'choices' they have. Here's another one.

October 29, 2006

The Cats Say...

Most of the newspapers have provided (or will provide) their endorsements on many Illinois candidates from the Governor to Cook County President. There's also the selection of Circuit Court judges that people seldom study. Here's one offered by the Chicago Tribune.

When attending building court on the Broadmoor as a Court Advocate, I noticed one seemingly lenient judge. He didn't appear very concerned about the legal or tenant safety situations put before him via tenants, local agencies, building inspectors and the like. It seemed the Broadmoor always managed a slap on the hand in comparison to a real judgment. It was also interesting and disheartening to watch a 'gung-ho' city attorney for the tenants telling them at one hearing they had a good case. At the next hearing, he gave them a verbal lashing that they didn't have much to stand on. Obviously, someone 'spoke' to him thus the little sermon that he'd gone 'out on a limb legally' and this was the best he could do under the circumstances!

Interestingly, when ALL of IMC Property Managements 50some buildings landed in court by sectors in the city, there was another judge presiding on the south side buildings. He acted like a judge, sounded like a judge and didn't seem to show any partiality. It appeared that wrong was wrong and that was that. Period.

Unfortunately, it wasn't until CIC went after most, if not all, of IMC Properties that had been contracted by Higginson to East Lake Management, did anything significant happen. In the interim, not much was done for the tenants who relied on 'low income housing' to provide them a safe, clean abode. I inquired about the sale/RFP/status of the Broadmoor recently but the person I asked had No Update on the RFP process or at least had no update for me.

So in the big picture, please do some homework on the judges too.

October 28, 2006

Howard Street Beautification

If you want it done right … do it yourself! Round The Clock Liquors doesn’t wait for SSA#19 rain, shine or snow, they want a clean entrance so they have it cleaned before the doors open.

If you want it done right...

Apparently the Ward 49 Zoning committee gave Mr. Coe the variance he had requested so he could close the gangway between Howard and Rogers. It’s a few extra feet to add to his Howard Street Condos. Unfortunately the minutes to the zoning meetings have not been posted recently.

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This is the real reason why the CTA claims that no photos are allowed on the premises! Just a few more degrees and this will be The Howard Ice Skating Rink – admission $2.00 from anywhere in the City.
Watch Your Step

October 26, 2006

The Foundation

Did any of you think you’d ever see this?
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Gale Park Field House Foundation
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Stroger and Peraica Debate Tonight ABC 7

Put abortion and gay rights on the side table and listen to the whole debate...that is if Stroger shows up.

October 25, 2006

Trashy Advertising

The autumn neighborhood cleanup is Saturday. There are flyers everywhere to 'communicate' this event. My neighbor had one taped to his gate. I had two tossed on the walkway inside my gate - no tape.

The very act of picking up trash that advertises picking up trash is ironic isn't it?

October 24, 2006

Pitiful Campaigner

If Toddy isn't doing his rude no show act, then he's meeting with alleged Democrats whining and begging for more money. As the signs state "don't give money to the panhandlers" and "don't feed the birds". If Toddy has most of the machine behind him, (or so it appears outside the polling booth) why can't he pay for TV ads? Did the campaign funds go to legal aid for his many notorious aides and connections?

Where's the respect for the people who waited? Making late, grand appearances is rude and there's no excuse for it in the cell phone age. We Ward 49'ers are used to late appearances and there's no excuse for the rudeness.

If the the 'lakefront liberals' want a fair election, please consider taking a day or partial day from work to watch your polling place. Get a disposable camera if you don't have a digital, a small wrist whistle to Keep This From Happening November 7

Get a trial run for the big one in 2007.

Who's game?

October 23, 2006

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Better Government Association Study finds 62% of public bodies fail to comply with Freedom of Information Act for ordinary citizens

A report by the Better Government Association (BGA) reveals an overwhelming rate of failure among public agencies asked to produce public records.

The report, "Curiosity Killed the Cat,” details the challenges an ordinary citizen faced, when asking for public records from 408 units of government in Illinois. BGA Fellow Daniel Lombard sent the requests to gauge the government’s compliance with FOIA for those other than news organizations or watchdogs like the BGA.

Among the study’s findings:

  • Only thirty-eight percent of public bodies were fully or substantially compliant.
  • Thirty-nine percent failed to respond at all, a violation of the Act.
  • Of those audited, sixty-two percent failed to comply with FOIA.

“The results are appalling,” said Jay Stewart, Executive Director of the Better Government Association. “When the overwhelming majority does not comply with the law and produce records that are clearly available under FOIA, something is seriously wrong.”

“Public employees and officials have a duty to follow the law, just like everyone else,” Stewart said, “and the law says the public has a right to see how its business is conducted.”

Even more disturbing than the results alone was the level of resistance, obfuscation, and outright hostility that greeted the ordinary citizen asking to see public records.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the intent of a citizen asking for is inconsequential and cannot determine whether or not the request is fulfilled. During the BGA’s study, however, numerous public officials demanded that Lombard provide his reasoning for seeking the records, with many refusing to produce the documents otherwise.

In one notable case, a public body reversed its decision to deny the request, after discovering Lombard’s affiliation with the BGA.

“This shows that ordinary taxpayers are too-often denied a right so clearly provided by the Freedom of Information Act,” Jay Stewart said.

“If public officials aren’t educated enough on the law, then we need to educate them. If they just don’t want to follow the law, then we should hold them accountable just like the rest of us would be.”

The BGA is recommending a series of amendments to the Illinois FOIA, including a requirement that public bodies report on its compliance with the law each year, risking the loss of state funds otherwise. The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor should also have the authority to enforce the law and be given more power to help citizens in their requests.

“Transparency is crucial in running government without corruption and excessive waste,” added Stewart. “Results like these are unacceptable. The public deserves better.”

Learn more about the Illinois Freedom of Information Act

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Better Government Association Study finds 62% of public bodies fail to comply with Freedom of Information Act for ordinary citizens

A report by the Better Government Association (BGA) reveals an overwhelming rate of failure among public agencies asked to produce public records.

The report, "Curiosity Killed the Cat,” details the challenges an ordinary citizen faced, when asking for public records from 408 units of government in Illinois. BGA Fellow Daniel Lombard sent the requests to gauge the government’s compliance with FOIA for those other than news organizations or watchdogs like the BGA.

Among the study’s findings:

  • Only thirty-eight percent of public bodies were fully or substantially compliant.
  • Thirty-nine percent failed to respond at all, a violation of the Act.
  • Of those audited, sixty-two percent failed to comply with FOIA.

“The results are appalling,” said Jay Stewart, Executive Director of the Better Government Association. “When the overwhelming majority does not comply with the law and produce records that are clearly available under FOIA, something is seriously wrong.”

“Public employees and officials have a duty to follow the law, just like everyone else,” Stewart said, “and the law says the public has a right to see how its business is conducted.”

Even more disturbing than the results alone was the level of resistance, obfuscation, and outright hostility that greeted the ordinary citizen asking to see public records.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the intent of a citizen asking for is inconsequential and cannot determine whether or not the request is fulfilled. During the BGA’s study, however, numerous public officials demanded that Lombard provide his reasoning for seeking the records, with many refusing to produce the documents otherwise.

In one notable case, a public body reversed its decision to deny the request, after discovering Lombard’s affiliation with the BGA.

“This shows that ordinary taxpayers are too-often denied a right so clearly provided by the Freedom of Information Act,” Jay Stewart said.

“If public officials aren’t educated enough on the law, then we need to educate them. If they just don’t want to follow the law, then we should hold them accountable just like the rest of us would be.”

The BGA is recommending a series of amendments to the Illinois FOIA, including a requirement that public bodies report on its compliance with the law each year, risking the loss of state funds otherwise. The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor should also have the authority to enforce the law and be given more power to help citizens in their requests.

“Transparency is crucial in running government without corruption and excessive waste,” added Stewart. “Results like these are unacceptable. The public deserves better.”

Learn more about the Illinois Freedom of Information Act

October 22, 2006

Illinois Chamber of Commerce for Peraica

Quoteth Toddy's campaign spokesperson Bill Figel:

"Figel said the ICC was "small-minded" in endorsing Peraica based on disapproval of how Stroger earned a seat on the ballot. "They know it's all within the letter of the law," he said."
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Right up to and under the wire with Daddy's cronies pulling strings and cutting deals just hours before the Allegro Hotel meet-up and yell-out.


Yep, the 'letter of the law'.

Powerful Statement

From Kevin Tillman brother of Pat Tillman. Two brothers enlisted in the Army to fight the 'war' in Iraq. A must read for all voters.

October 21, 2006

Liars...

Per Bobbie Steele's comment reported in the Sun-Times about 'liars', here's the list of certain liars etc. to digest.

Thank You Sun-Times For Exposing This!

Liars running county hospitals
October 21, 2006
BY STEVE PATTERSON Staff Reporter
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Steele Has a Revelation
Thanks for keeping hire master Gerald Nichols on the $114k annual payroll. Special thanks to the Stroger Regime that hired him in the first place and special kudos to those who hid the truth about Elder Stroger's medical condition in order to pass the torch to Toddy.

Burke: We're doing best we can

October 21, 2006
BY TIM NOVAK Staff Reporter
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Ald. Burke’s on the other end of the pointed finger!
Stopping at the Madison Street church to confess his sins might be a start, but Eddie has more amends to make beyond the penance. May I suggest answering the questions that have not been answered since September 18?

Clout workers' compensation claims are costing city taxpayers millions
October 19, 2006
BY TIM NOVAK AND ART GOLAB | STAFF REPORTERS
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Here’s where too many of your tax dollars go
Let's face it, from some of the photos, these 'injured' gentlemen aren't in good physical shape. The stomach muscles support the back, so if we have a nice flabby frontside, we're liable to hurt our backside. So how would the City formula of ...percent loss of "man as a whole" apply to not being in proper physical shape for the job? Heaven help the taxpayers if anyone decides to utilize this thought!

Oft-injured worker: 'The city is a dangerous place to work'
October 19, 2006
BY TIM NOVAK AND ART GOLAB Staff Reporters
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If some of us lost partial use of a finger we'd be pretty useless!
Can you envision what the writers of Saturday Night Live could do with this article? Multiple 'injuries' but the worker seldom missed a day of work? Many of us spend 70% of our day at a computer. If our fingers/wrists were injured, we'd be pretty useless. Granted, we could answer phones, but if the injured finger/wrist was our writing hand, no one could read our writing. We'd be limited even transporting mail or files. If an injury or illness is approved for short term disability - there's a time allocation for recovery - not unlimited 'time out with pay'. Of course, that's the public sector, forgive me for comparing work ethics and methods of operations.

"Rehder has never been on disability leave." Another receipient over more than $110k or your tax dollars blamed lifting manhole covers for his injuries. Ever try a prying device like a crowbar and sliding it onto a wheeled device like a dolly?

If the city is a dangerous place to work, then is it an equally dangerous place to live? How many people in any given year have tripped and fallen thanks to unrepaired sidewalks, accumulated snow and ice, or sinkholes that have claimed cars and ankles? How many citizen complaints received compensation for traversing to and from work? Dump it on the citizens employer with a little twist of legalese?

Stop treating people 'like crap'
Aldermen blast dept.'s culture, racial makeup

October 21, 2006
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
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Is Racial Mix Just Another Excuse?
Oh, alderpersons, please stop stirring up Chicago's racial pot. The 'bottom line' for bureaucrats is to collect money. Isn't that why Club 50 approves increased taxes? If their income depends on finding everyone guilty, that's what their agenda will be despite their ethnic makeup. They're going to follow 'orders' and keep their jobs.

As for treating people with respect and not "like third-class citizens" remember that when you politick for Toddy and one another in our mailboxes. Remember that when some of you provide people to intimidate voters at the polling place! Remember than when you hide information from the appropriate City Department for your slumlord and developer pals as well as your constituents. Remember that if you single out those on your S-List and call the appropriate City Department on them! Remember that when all of you gather and scheme on various ways to pull the wool over our eyes with TIFS and SSA's.

It's time these TIFS and SSA's appeared on voter ballots don't you think?

What's This Orange Thing?

For the first time in years, I will welcome the barren trees of winter. Many neighbors will have a birds eye view of the construction site. Until then, this watcher is restricted to earthbound views.

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A construction worker, layered for the cold, damp weather Thursday morning confirmed that this orange image was indeed a concrete truck.
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Also confirmed by this sight, is that FHP is committed to the community and is working diligently to pour the foundation for the Gale Park Field House. Workers were in a trench behind the construction fence adjacent to the sidewalk on Howard Street. With a little help from the Powers of the Universe, let’s hope the weather remains mild enough to finish the foundation.

October 20, 2006

Sullivan's Urban Wilderness

by Harold Henderson, October 18th

Kudos from the Chicago Reader for George and Susan Sullivan.

Unofficial word is out that George and Susan Sullivan's Eco Smart Building -- featured in the March 18, 2005 issue of the Reader -- will receive a 2006 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness. Official word is to come at Chicago Wilderness, and later at the umbrella group's November 15 Congress at Northwestern University. As I wrote then, "Rather than cover the backyard with asphalt, the Sullivans decided to cover it with an attached garage. They installed a heavy-duty roof, on top of which they built their recycled plastic deck and lined it with containers growing vegetables, native flowers, water plants, prairie grasses, shrubs, and small trees, which attract birds, bees, butterflies, and moths. In effect, says Susan, 'we elevated our backyard.'"

They will also receive a Spirit of Rogers Park award - Spirit of Environmental Sustainability October 21st.

Election 2007 - Gordon on CAN TV

If any other challengers have similar events to communicate, press the white envelope with the details.

October 19, 2006

Rogers Park is green, unruly, and diverse. Who knew?

by Harold Henderson, October 18th

Kudos from the Chicago Reader for George Sullivan and HowardWatchers:

24/7 North of Howard Watchers, a blog by Toni and Hugh, focuses on the ever-changing if not always pleasing kaleidoscope that is the northernmost part of Rogers Park. Part photo-intensive critique of irresponsible landlords and tenants, and part an ongoing disputation with Ald. Joe Moore, it's a must-read if you live there, and a welcome politically-incorrect city chronicle if you don't. (Hat tip to George Sullivan.) I've been reading about Placeblogger, supposedly soon to be "a directory and live aggregator of headlines from placeblogs across the U.S." -- these folks should be on it.

Thanks, George & Harold and to all who have contributed to HowardWatchers.

More on Toddy's Abseentism

Just in case you missed Carol Marin's article yesterday! Not only did Toddy have seatmates vote for him while he was absent, but Toddy was a no show for an interview with the Sun Times editorial board and a meeting with Rep. Jesse Jackson.

In the real world we work in, abseentism has very negative impacts and consequences. That's why most companies do not pay for absences beyond the allocated vacation/sick time per year. In certain cases, the result is job termination. But this is Chicago and government's unreal world. We're expected to wear the label 'lakefront liberal' and proudly and stupidly vote for a no show because we have to keep up appearances and run 'with the pack'.

Meanwhile, on a larger front, the gubernatorial candidates had a non-public debate with commentary from a former Rep. Governor about how 'polite' it was.

Thanks for the exclusion.

October 17, 2006

Ward 49 Scare Tactics

This Scare Tactic found its way into my mailbox at the cost of taxpayers somewhere along the route.

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These public servants and their families should be forced to go to Cook County Hospital aka Stroger Hospital for their medical needs for the duration of their term(s). Mind you I said go for their medical needs, not their office. I resent Jan and the boys insulting my intelligence by calling me 'dear friend' first of all. Secondly, I resent their scare tactics about Tony Peraica's stance on a woman's right to choose. It's a woman's choice, end of story. Frankly, it should not be a government issue. I can agree to disagree with the other Tony on that subject, but it isn't an issue for the position he seeks. The Cook County Board President doesn't have the POWER to overturn Roe v Wade! Or did I miss something when it hit the Supreme Court? Was Stroger Senior a Supreme Court Justice?

"Peraica maintains that although he is personally anti-abortion, he will not change the status of abortion at Cook County hospitals and clinics. He also noted that Gerald Nichols, who was in charge of hiring at the county under Stroger's father, is a good friend of Todd Stroger's and, until recently, was an integral part of his campaign." Complete Daily Herald Article by Rob Olmstead

This is about managing a huge, bloated budget that has too many pals, relatives and unqualified employees on the payroll. Jan Schakowsky and pals claim Toddy has a 15 year record. According to Olmstead's article, it appears he has a record of not showing up to vote! But it's a rather hush hush 'ole crony' habit that isn't widely discussed, admitted, or publicized - until Toddy opened his mouth. "Perhaps the most surprising new topic came after the debate at the Union League Club, when Stroger admitted having other legislators vote for him on the House floor when he was a state representative. While the practice is fairly common, it’s usually officially denied and a no-no." "Stroger made the revelation in a news conference after the debate in responding to a Peraica charge that he had voted “present” on three tough-on-crime bills."

Does this mean we could have a mirror image of Bush.Cheney and all of Dad's cronies running the show while Toddy is 'out'?

The Gay Games statement is another insulting scare tactic to the gay community. One must assume gays and lesbians can't read between the Party Line scare tactics either! Many of my gay, HIV positive friends have told me horror stories of waiting for hours on an appointment. Many straight, non-HIV friends have told the same story of waiting for an appointment or for weeks for a prescription to be filled. Both groups have discussed being bounced from one doctor to another and not getting tests or treatment for weeks. Isn't that type of mis-treatment a form of discrimination against any person without health insurance? Let's not forget the Stroger Police Force either.

I'll take my chances with a candidate for CHANGE who will have to keep his word on abortion. I'll take my chances with a candidate that has the guts to openly discuss and review wasteful hiring and spending procedures. I'll take a chance with a candidate who has the nerve to TRY to reduce outrageous property taxes and TIFS. Of course, Cmsrs. Suffredin and Quigley claim to be concerned, but their name and signature on this junk mail has created certain undeniable doubts tonight.

Abortion and Gay Rights are just another BS Scare Tactic. If voters want to be scared, then vote for Todd who doesn't have a clue.

Grinding the Evangelical Axe

Excerpt from ABC News, Chris Strathmann, Quiana C. Burns and Philip Wood contributed to this report:

It was "spiritually wrong," Kuo told "60 Minutes." "You're taking the sacred and you're making it profane. You're taking Jesus and reducing him to some precinct captain, to some get-out-the-vote guy."

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Why does this sound more than vaguely familiar? Secretive fundraisers by a faith-based group for an incumbent alderman to ensure tax exempt priveleges such as free city garbage pick-up, 'get the vote for me, and I'll do X for you'. Mr. and Ms. Voter of Ward 49, there's a lot of work being done behind the scenes. Choose your candidate(s) carefully. Meanwhile there are other elements involved and their religion is power, money and other under par activities.

Anything goes North of Howard.

October 16, 2006

Sullivans Win Award

From George and Susan:

I am pleased to announce that Eco Smart Building and The Sullivan Residence Project have been selected as a winner of the 2006 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness. The 2006 award winners will be posted shortly on the Chicago Wilderness web site - here is the link

I would like to point out that the landscaping for this project is about generating bird and wildlife habitat to compliment our green multi-unit building. Chicago has just published the Chicago Bird Agenda 2006 - it is well worth considering if you are thinking about "green building" or "greening you home or public spaces". I am hoping the city will list it on its web site.

Thank you to all who have helped us in any way, large or small, for any input, idea or contribution that helped us reach this achievement.

George D. Sullivan
Eco Smart Building
P. O. Box 4154
Chicago, IL 60654
773-230-4462
gds@ecosmartbuilding.com

October 15, 2006

OUCH!!! Another Biting Article

Periaca Endorsed by Tribune 10/15/06

"How debased is Cook County's regard for taxpayer dollars--money that could buy better health care and law enforcement? Consider: After FBI agents raided county offices to seek evidence of corruption, the County Board took firm action: It reminded the bloated workforce of 26,000 that county employees can't hire defense attorneys who charge more than $185 an hour."

AND

"Todd Stroger keeps talking about issues that aren't on Cook County's agenda because he can't talk knowledgeably about what is: the county's antiquated, corrupt, machine government. Peraica has vowed not to raise taxes to further fatten this obese government. Todd Stroger has limp excuses for dodging a no-tax-hikes pledge. Guess what that means for you.

These are the issues that matter--issues on which Peraica has to keep his word. The only question is whether voters give him the chance.

The Democratic politburo prays that a disgusted electorate won't show up, so that party loyalists armed with palm cards can elect Stroger.

So the race comes down to this: Will fed-up Democrats--the thousands of reformers who supported Forrest Claypool in his primary race against John Stroger--now help Peraica? If they do, they can help to finish what Claypool started."

--Editorial, Chicago Tribune, October 15, 2006

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Well, voting taxpayers, the media and most voters feel that there was a lot of hush hush in elder Stroger's health condition. Most feel the secrecy was deliberate to ensure Claypool couldn't get back in the race. Meanwhile, our 'representative', an employee of Cook County, disregarded the FACT that the majority of Ward 49 voted for Claypool. I, for one, don't need someone like Dave Fagus making life decisions for me, do you? Does Fagus run his Ward 49 blog from work? His cushy office with an annual salary of over $100k? Does he respond to Craigs Blog from work at an annual salary to the taxpayers of over $100k? Does he make plans for Democratic events in Ward 49 from his place of 'work' at an annual salary to the taxpayers of over $100k? But then, maybe that's included in his job description according to the Stroger regime?

Think outside the box for a moment, pretend Stroger is from the "Party of Fools" and your other voting choice is the "Party of Frugality". Do you want your taxes raised and foolishly wasted/spent or do you want your taxes to work for you? Do you want to be forced to contribute to more waste or do you want some results?

It's up to you.

Another excerpt from Tribune:


"Problem already: Peraica is a Republican, and Republicans rarely win countywide seats here. But party labels shouldn't matter at a time when this county government is cheating thousands of impoverished citizens out of better services.

As is, millions of tax dollars that could go to helping people are wasted on slow-mo patronage humps, do-nothing bureaucrats and clout-heavy vendors. Democrats and Republicans alike have to stop their complicity in this swindling of poor people who rely on Cook County."

YOU MAY SEND YOUR OPINION TO THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE HERE

WE CAN ALL RELATE TO THIS ONE

HAPPY SUNDAY !
A MUST READ (it's short) - AND WE CAN ALL RELATE TO THIS ONE ;) !!!!

A little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.00.

When the postal authorities received the letter to God , USA , they decided to send it to the President.

The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill. The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read:

Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington, DC., and those assholes deducted $95.00 in taxes.

October 14, 2006

YOU HAVE CHOICES - Reminder

Meet up with Don Gordon every Saturday from 11am-1pm at their campaign HQ 1600 W. Morse. You still have time to get there.

Jim Ginderske's manager sent notice to me that Jim will hold weekly Sunday meetings with voters at 12:00 noon at 6970 N. Sheridan #C.

Chris Adams campaign manager has not contacted me recently.

Craig Gernhardt has not tossed his hat - yet.

Joe Moore is your incumbent
. He holds community meetings, zoning meetings, gathers thoughts and takes credit for your ideas and work and you pay his salary. In return, you have SSA's, TIFS, upzones and downzones, protected slumlords of bad buildings, priveleged developers with campaign cash, local drug dealers, the charity on Howard and others that promote him one way or another. And if you disagree, you get on the S-List. Anyone want to create a counter S-List? Find a replacement.

October 13, 2006

Transit Oriented Development and Jarvis Square

The Chicago Sustainable Development & New Urbanism Meetup Group will be meeting in Rogers Park to review several EL HUB stops, i.e. Howard Street and the Loyola EL Stops to review the basics of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). With the lackluster development and redevelopments that have occurred on Howard Street and the Large Redevelopment that Loyola is currently starting, it will be great to have this group do a continuing study of both EL stops. The Loyola redevelopment will far exceed the current development prospects of the University and surrounding community. It would seem that Howard Street is on plan to remain a back water of misguided poorly planned developments.

With all of the interesting EL Stops in Chicago, we could have a meeting at each one of the major rapid transit hub stops to review how the “Principals of New Urbanism and Sustainable Development?” Have or Have Not affected the stops over the history of that particular EL Stop and its surrounding commercial and residential neighborhoods.

There are several large EL and bus hub stops that can give us interesting views of our current misguided urban planning mistakes for the Neighborhoods around rapid transit stops, and how that misguided neighborhood planning effects the various EL Stops; usage, walk ability, local business, livability, and essential services. How do rapid transit stops affect the surrounding neighborhoods? This will be the question that we will be discussing at the rapid transit stops we visit.

The group feels that Dan Sullivan’s redevelopment of Jarvis Square is well worth the two thumbs up, for providing the capital and vision to pull the project together. We all hope that Jarvis Square receives the necessary traffic and traffic changes to grow and develop.

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Would any one suggest a list of stops?

Check out the link and sign up to have input. The first meeting will be at Ann Sathers on Belmont, and we'll set up subsequent Rogers Park meet-ups at this meeting.
Please Sign Up Here

Thanks,
George D. Sullivan
Eco Smart Building
P. O. Box 4154
Chicago, IL 60654
773-230-4462
gds@ecosmartbuilding.com

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On a side note, according to George Sullivan, Dan Sullivan (not related) cleaned up and developed the two corners in the first two photos above. Dan did this without the aid of DevCorp, the alderman or any TIF money. This is urban pioneerism, and how does one compare it to this eyesore across the street?
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This strip mall was declared by old-timers as 'the beginning of the decline of the neighborhood'.

It also leads one to wonder why DevCorp, with it's SSA#19 and various tax fund raisers, has continued to allow Howard Street to remain a vacant wasteland. But, according to Joe's response to the Chicago Tribune’s VALID criticism there is a plan. So where the heck is it? Who's involved in it? Why don't the taxpayers know about it?

Even though Dan's rehabs are not green buildings, The Chicago Sustainable Development feels he should receive kudos for his perseverance and contribution to the Jarvis area.

October 12, 2006

Toddy Won't Give Back Rezko Money!

By Joseph Ryan
Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Thursday, October 12, 2006

Cook County Board presidential candidate Todd Stroger was distancing himself from yet another of his father’s confidants Wednesday as indictments came out against political insider Tony Rezko.

Rezko, a well-known fund-raiser and friend of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was a proficient fundraiser for the campaigns of former Cook County Board President John Stroger, Todd’s father.
The elder Stroger, a Chicago Democrat, passed a Cook County resolution praising Rezko in 2000 for his “myriad of contributions” to the county.

Rezko has also donated to Todd Stroger’s campaigns for city council, including a $1,500 check written in 2003. Stroger said Rezko has not held any fundraisers on his behalf.

“I know him well,” Todd Stroger told the Daily Herald editorial board during a noon interview, before he was aware of the indictment.

After being told of the indictment, Stroger rephrased the relationship, saying “We say hello, and I ask how his family is, but I don’t run around with him.”

Yet, Stroger went on to say, “Being indicted doesn’t make you guilty. I would hate to say just because the federal government is looking at you that means all of sudden you are guilty of something and that means you should be treated as a pariah.”

Stroger acknowledged Rezko played a key role in his father’s campaigns.

“He was very helpful in fundraising and coming to meetings and talking about what he thought should be done in the campaign,” Stroger said.

Last month, Stroger broke weeks of silence on another controversial figure, his father’s patronage chief, Gerald Nichols, and announced he would fire Nichols if elected.

After newspaper reports that Nichols forced the hiring of clout-heavy but unqualified applicants, temporary board President Bobbie Steele removed him, but he remains on paid leave from the $114,000-a-year job.

Stroger said Wednesday he is not as close with Rezko as he was with Nichols, whom he considers a personal friend.

“I know Tony, and I think he is a nice guy, and he seems to have a nice family, but I don’t know him like I know Gerald,” he said. “He is not the same kind of acquaintance.”

Stroger said he will not return Rezko’s contributions because they were made several years ago.

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In another article, the Dems who were 'unaware' of this guy are shedding his contributions like a dog after a flea bath! So is Toddy really stupid and do you feel he's capable of handling a county budget?

Mayor's 2007 Budget

October 12, 2006
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

"Mayor Daley on Wednesday took the wraps off a feel-good, $5.7 billion budget embraced by aldermen as a blueprint for their re-election and his.

It freezes property taxes for a third straight year, holds the line on all other taxes and fees and uses $94 million of the $1.83 billion Chicago Skyway privatization windfall to finance an array of neighborhood and social programs.

He devoted more time to corruption scandals than his State of the City address did.

"As I've said many times, while we can't change the past, we can learn from it, and I want to assure you that I have," Daley said, unveiling plans to increase the inspector general's budget by 47 percent, or $1.7 million, to create a team of forensic accountants who will audit departments and programs."

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Freeze Property Taxes??? Holds the line on all taxes? Does that mean NO MORE TIFS??? Does that mean they've added enough taxes to restaurants, hotels and cigarettes to satisfy their needs? Or did they realize that Chicago was headed toward losing trade show business with its "too expensive to visit" reputation? How many big corporations have we lost to the expense of operating in Chicago?

Does this mean, if Daley runs and is re-elected that there will be a freeze on TIFS? Does this mean also that Daley will use his veto power to make Club 50 work for their boss, the taxpayer? And, will the inspector general audit individual Club 50 members behind the scenes deals and publish their findings? That would be a 'feel good'!

October 11, 2006

What Isn't In The Article

Chicago Sun Times, October 11, 2006. BY KATE N. GROSSMAN Staff Reporter
How the Heck Do You Pay For It
The Mixed Income Challenge

"In 2000, when the CHA began transforming itself, it cost $150,000 to build in a mixed-income development. It now costs $250,000. In 2000, when the CHA began transforming itself, it cost $150,000 to build in a mixed-income development. It now costs $250,000.

In 1999, the feds pledged $139 million of capital funding annually to CHA, but Congress over the last seven years has delivered $63 million less, as well as $89 million less for operations."

WHERE DID THE FAMILIES GO?
In 2000, about 16,500 families lived in CHA developments. Since then, CHA has torn down 66 high-rises. Some low-rise and mid-rise developments remain.

Permanently re-housed: 4,270
• 996: Mixed-income*
• 2,541: Rehabbed public housing (most in units scattered around Chicago)
• 733: Rented apartments in the private market with a voucher**

Still need to be re-housed: 6,782
• 3,606: Public housing (old CHA developments)
• 3,176: Rented apartments in the private market with a voucher***

Dropped out: 5,704
• 4,084: Left CHA housing****
• 1,090: Evicted
• 530: Dead

* By January, developers and CHA expect to finish 2,269 homes in mixed communities, but 900 were built before 2000.
** Families didn't want to return to re-done public housing
*** Families want to return to re-done public housing
**** CHA considers this normal attrition. Most still eligible to return to re-done housing. CHA says it updates lists of addresses, but advocates worry about accuracy.
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We can usually count on Dubya to not keep promises made from the Clinton era. Why isn't anyone asking the feds where the money is? What about Club 50, where's their demand to know and follow-up with the feds? Our ward doesn't need to worry, since North of Howard was designated as the low income section of Rogers Park decades ago. The downside to that is no one is keeping track of the non-resident owners, rent-collecting managers, and enforcing proper screening. That's how grandmother moves into a low income apartment on her voucher and pretty soon several family members are residing there. And, as with the 7722 N Ashland property, the bad landlord collects his government check for full vacancy when it's mostly vacant? That's part of the answer to where the federal money is going. HUD needs to audit every single subsidized building, starting with NOH and work to the other end of Chicago.

One friend in a subsidized building here is attending night school several nights a week. But for this one progressive person, there are how many others being enabled to buy cigarettes and six packs of tall brews at Round the Clock while we kick in 70% of the rent? This is the same person who has several 'grandchildren' living in the apartment, disturbing the neighbors with hallway noise, threats and trash. This is the same person who had a little kitchen fire last Thanksgiving due possibly to a few too many tall brews. Then we have our neighborhood dealer granny that everyone knows about but does nothing about. Then there's the mother of a notorious gang/drug family who is now residing in one subsidized building. Point it out to a building manager and the response is the stock answer "we'll look into it", or "I can't find evidence that 10 people are living there". Obviously he/she didn't look too hard.

In comparison to my friend who's attending school, and all the other law abiding neighbors, the deck is stacked against them and the community thanks to mis-management from HUD on down to the recipient of the federal check. Let's not omit the politicos, churches and not-for-profits that profit from our low income neighbors. Without our less fortunate neighbors, some people would be out of business. Stop whining and start enforcing your own rules guys.

October 10, 2006

Beat 2422 CAPS Meeting

The regular CAPS meeting of Beat 2422 will be Thursday, October 12 at 7:00PM. The meeting place is the Gateway Senior Apartments, 7450 N. Rogers, 1st floor community room.

October 9, 2006

The 23rd Qualm

This interesting tidbit was in my mailbox tonight. I thought some readers might find it interesting.

Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.

He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.

He leadeth me into still wilderness

He restoreth my fears.

He leadeth me into the paths of international

Disgrace for his ego's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,

I will find no exit, for thou art in office.

The tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.

Thou preparest an agenda of deception in presence of the religion.

Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.

My health insurance runneth out.

Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me
all the days of thy term,

And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.

...From a current member of the Society of Friends.

October 8, 2006

Don't Dump Shakman

What are Bobbie Steel and 'others' whining about anyway? Steel and 'others' have family employed in county don't they? Don't several of them have relatives employed in the government paid for by us? Of course, Bobbie, we know you put a freeze on hiring, but you only have a few weeks left, then what? Paving the way for Toddy and more of the same old, same old? Why, he could bring his friend Gerald Nichols back in the front door without Shakman. If the government bodies are so clean why are they being raided by the feds?

Of course, they'd love to get rid of Shakman, just as some aldermen would love to be rid of bloggers and their cameras. All the dirty laundry gets put out. Naturally, the lawmaking bodies would like to say, 'we can take care of it, we don't need the feds'. I disagree. Of course, there's an alternative, we could have an entity similar to local school councils composed of taxpayer watchdogs with a fed leader! Unfortunately, they might be too easily 'handpicked and paid-off', so we have Shakman.

October 7, 2006

We Pay For This too!

By Judith Graham and Barbara Rose
Tribune staff reporters
Published October 7, 2006


"Hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers in Illinois are enrolled in public health programs, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in medical costs to the state budget, according to a new report.

That means taxpayers are paying medical bills for these workers, most in service jobs, instead of the companies that hired them, experts said.

The scope of the problem is highlighted in the study from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, released Friday. It reveals that 363,506 workers from 3,270 companies obtained medical benefits from Medicaid, KidCare and FamilyCare between August 2005 and March.

The cost of medical services received during that period: $335.7 million."

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And that's just the tip of the iceberg isn't it? We're paying for the Stroger family hospital they don't patronize when they're ill. We're paying for the Stroger family hospital staff, from physicians to housekeeping and yes, don't forget those polite security people. And, there's the boon of paying for the cook county commissioners, the alderpeople, their staff and their perks...and their insurance.

Since Wal-Mart is the first one listed, it would have been sensible had Joe persuaded City Council, Cook County and other state bleedin' hearts by insisting that big boxes include benefits and save you and me some money. Instead, the bleedin' hearts wanted to just force companies to pay a few bucks more. Again, this bunch needs a trip to the optometrist and the psychiatrist. They just can't get the 'outside the box' 'big picture' mentality can they?

So employees X Y & Z get a few more bucks an hour. Will that inspire them to seek health insurance or head to McDonald's for an extra dose of grease or spend their extra bucks at the neighborhood bar? Perhaps the other 23 employees of the ABC Company will seek health insurance, but it's doubtful due to expense. What these politicians need to do is work on a module for group insurance for the big box and low wage income brackets. A module that is NOT paid for by taxpayers. It's an option that's been overlooked in the scramble for the election year spotlight. But they care about the low income bracket voters!

Corporate America can deliberately bypass workers in the health insurance coverage by hiring 'part-time only' with several shifts. How do you think the Wal-Mart family manages to be one the wealthiest in America? Slick laws, lobbyists, dumb politicians and it all gets dumped on the taxpayers, that's how.

October 6, 2006

Coffee With Gordon

From the Gordon HQ:

Can we talk? You bet we can! I invite you to meet me at our campaign headquarters tomorrow and every Saturday @ 11am @ 1600 W. Morse Ave. to discuss issues and ideas for the renewal of our Rogers Park community. I have goals and plans, and I also want to hear from you. As 49th Ward alderman, I will involve residents in aldermanic policy decisionmaking as never before and give respect to your input.

What types of businesses do you want for our commercial streets? Concerned about retaining and creating quality housing for residents? What programs do we need to serve families and youth? How about our lakefront? Crime? We'll discuss all topics at these informal sessions to plan for the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. I’ll bring the fresh bagels and cream cheese, and we’ll keep the coffee hot!

What: Saturday Policy Talks with Don Gordon

When: Beginning Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006 - 11am to 1pm

Where: Gordon Headquarters, 1600 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL

"The TRUTH? Property tax payers can't handle the truth!" - Larry Suffredin

Your Tax Bill is LYING to You!

Where Your Property Tax Bill SAYS Your Money Goes:


What Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin DOESN'T want you too know:
Where Your Money REALLY Goes

That's right, fellow Chicago property tax payers -

10% OF YOUR PROPERTY TAX DOLLARS GO TO MAYOR DALEY'S OFF-BUDGET, UNACCOUNTABLE SLUSH FUND -

MORE THAN GO TO ALL OF COOK COUNTY!

Charts courtesy of Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley

Free Advertising?

Check out the listings at the bottom of the article. Do you see 7722 N Ashland? That's our infamous landlord (he doesn't like to be called that other term) Jay Johnson's property with the condemned porches and the impending foreclosure.

How did he manage to get some 'free press'? Well, he just got some more!

The TIF Spin - The TIF Reality

The Chicago Reader, By Ben Joravsky, October 5, 2006

"You'd think the county commissioners would be up in arms over TIFs, which diverted about $50 million in 2005 (and the amount is growing) from the county. But despite a predicted budget deficit of close to $500 million over 2006 and '07, for the most part the commissioners have been quiet. Some don't understand the TIF issue and others don't care, and most know enough not to challenge Mayor Daley. (Daley's brother, Commissioner John Daley, is chairman of the County Board's all-important finance committee.)

But things changed this summer when Commissioner Mike Quigley raised a fuss over the proposed LaSalle Central TIF, the second downtown district, which will divert at least $550 million dollars from the taxing bodies over the next 23 years. According to Quigley, if the county's going to get serious about cutting its budget it has to take a stand on the TIFs, particularly TIFs in wealthy areas like the Loop."

and this paragraph:

"Aldermen Walter Burnett, Helen Shiller, and Patrick O'Connor said that without TIFs their neighborhoods would suffer -- as if developers need more incentives to develop on the north side after 30 years of gentrification. A couple of suburban officials warned that Quigley's proposals would smother development in their towns. And John McCormick, the city's finance manager for TIFs, criticized the idea of posting TIF moneys on tax bills on the grounds that the information would "confuse" property tax payers."
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I sincerely doubt that a line item stating $123.45...........TIF on a tax bill would be that confusing. It might anger most property taxpayers to realize that these TIFS, like our highly-praised but not much to show for the money Howard/Paulina TIF, are the underlying cause for a 50% increase in property taxes. If we refuse to pay taxes it's considered illegal, however, it seems totally 'appropriate' and legal to withhold information about TIFS from the taxpayers. Just look at the spin we get in Ward 49 with DevCorp and the alderman. Do you recall how easily these TIFS are approved even if half the city protests?

But look at what our own Larry Sufferdin has to say:

"Then it was the commissioners' turn to speak. Peter Silvestri, a Republican from Elmwood Park, said if Chicago voters don't like the way Daley is running the program they should vote him out of office. Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, who's backed by the 11th Ward Democratic organization, said the program looked good to him. John Daley said he didn't know if the county could afford to spend the money it would cost to put the TIFs on property tax bills. Larry Suffredin, the Democrat from Evanston who generally backs budget-cutting legislation, picked up on McCormick's argument, agreeing that too much information on their bills would confuse taxpayers. (Suffredin is a partner at Shefsky & Froelich, a law firm that according to city documents does bond work for the city on TIF deals.)"

That's right Larry, we commoners are so damn dumb aren't we? That's why we need smart people like you to feed us the spin and appear sympathetic!

But please read the article in the hyperlink and draw your own conclusions. I can only assume that the meeting I missed last night offered no solutions to the impending doom on our property tax bills. We just don't have the 'right connections'. One certain truth - these boys and girls have a wish list for our tax dollars and our best interest isn't on it.

October 4, 2006

Missing Person

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This young man may be in the Rogers Park area. He is a student at Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa and was last seen on September 25. His family is very concerned, if you know him or see him, please contact the number above.

Paul Shuman-Moore's uncles, Bob Moore and Mark Shuman, spoke to members of the media. Their statement follows:

We are speaking on behalf of Paul's parents, his sister and all of his relatives and friends. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for everyone who has taken part in the search for Paul.

To the students, faculty and staff of the college Grinnell Police and Fire Departments and other county and state agencies: thank you. Your efforts looking for Paul are phenomenal and we will never forget what you have done. We've been supported by farmers during searches, by fellow Grinnell students of Paul's who have reached out in so many ways and by local community members. All of you have expressed so much concern that we know Grinnell is a special place.

We don't know where Paul is or where he would be going. Most heart-breaking, we don't even know why he is missing. Friends and family members have left their own families and jobs t o come to Grinnell to support Paul's parents, Betsy and Steve, and his sister Nora and to search for Paul.

Family friends in Chicago have organized themselves and are circulating flyers of Paul. So many people who know him - adults, friends, college classmates and teachers say the same thing: He's a bright, level-headed, young man full of energy and laughter every day.

I want to tell you about Paul. He is an American kid. He loves music with a passion, he plays guitar and trombone. In high school his band was CawCaw!!, which played the most innovative music you'll ever hear from kids that age. The night he disappeared, he was the opening act playing solo guitar at Bob's Underground on the Grinnell campus.

Paul's listening taste is also eclectic - free jazz, alternative rock and noise - yes, that's a musical genre. He also loves Ultimate Frisbee - he played it in high school and is on the Grinnell team.

Paul is funny, thoughtful, socially-conscious, a beautiful writer and a person who will make the world a better place.

Most important, Paul's parents, family, and friends want Paul to know this.

We love you.

Nothing else matters. You need to come back to us now. We can help you with things you're dealing with. Come home.

October 2, 2006

Police Harrass North Side Business Leader

No word on the impact on jobs on the north side.

Heroin ring busted in city
Hid drugs in suitcase linings, say cops, feds
September 30, 2006
BY ANNIE SWEENEY Sun-Times Crime Reporter

Local and federal police joined forces to nab international heroin dealers who were smuggling dope from Ghana and Nigeria to Chicago in the lining of suitcases and by using human mules.

Federal charges against nine members of the international trafficking organization were announced Friday by Chicago Police and federal law enforcement authorities.

Moshoodi E. Ajijola, 38, allegedly the head of the organization, is among seven already in custody. Ajijola is suspected of importing pure heroin, which was then sold to local street gangs and customers as far away as Rockford, Minneapolis and St. Louis. The drugs also were turning up all over the city -- from the far South Chicago Police District to the far north Rogers Park Police District.

The heroin was coming to Chicago and New York through India.

Police said Ajijola, who lived in the 6600 block of North Damen, and his associates were selling out of a building in the 800 block of Eastwood in the Uptown neighborhood.

The charges came after a six-month-long investigation, based largely on a Chicago Police officer's ability to infiltrate the group, authorities said.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago field office also were involved in the case -- which one Chicago Police official said involved some of the best local/federal cooperation ever. Because the defendants spoke four different languages, the case required a lot of translation work.

"It was a team effort -- probably the best I have seen in 10 years of chasing dope," said Chicago Police Lt. John Rowton.

All of the nine defendants face federal charges, which increase the penalties and is a tactic Chicago Police are employing more and more. Of the nine, two remained at large as of Friday.

October 1, 2006

Start Digging

Here’s a progress report on the field house…in addition to the article from todays Chicago Tribune.

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Just as expected, the progress has been slowed thanks to 'the ground level only' demolition of the structures that once stood where the park is. Huge chunks of old foundations, and all that was buried are being excavated and loaded into dump trucks. Was none of this data available during the many years of zoning problems that allegedly held this project in limbo? Was this just discovered when the construction began?

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While some Rogers Parkers seem obsessed with digging up dirt on every aldermanic candidate, slinging the brown stuff from innuendo to outright bark mode, could we please stop and think of the alternative? Moore excuses for four moore years is what we’re going to get if we don’t get serious in our thinking, reviewing, and preparation.

Compare it to the field house if you can’t come up with something on your own. It took from 1996 to 2006 with a lot of broken promises, outrageous excuses and election year ground breakings to finally pressure the powers into action. While a hand few of people were pushing and pressuring, the main focus was on bitching instead of acting. This was an issue that couldn’t be swept under the rug any longer. Just so you know, Joe wore his own logo T-Shirt when we built the Harold Washington playlot even though Allstate was handing out special ones for the event. What does that indicate? He could have easily changed T-shirts and become a 'team player'. He didn't get in there and help the workers either. What does that tell you? Perhaps it was beneath his status as an alderman? There are other people more capable of doing the dirty work while he oversees them? Humm.

There are more serious issues currently under scrutiny than the length of time it took to figure out the zoning of a park.

These bulldozers are digging in the designated place, do you think we could do the same on aldermanic choices? Don’t forget, the incumbent is in the running too! He has been posturing for re-election for every camera from stop the war to foie gras and big box to the tragic Marshfield fire to his subsequent ‘safety hearings’. Had he been listening to the people NOH about his friend JJ’s buildings….well, you can ponder that on your own.

Saving the lake front isn’t enough, plagerizing a woman’s work to get county health care in the Northside isn’t enough, keeping silent doesn’t cut it, waiting until the last minute to toss a hat in the ring doesn’t either. The other candidates are developing their platforms and they have more issues to be discussed than what's been splattered on the screens. Pass the screen cleaners, please.

The incumbency should be the top of the search and destroy list.

Get the dirt on Berryhill, Van Man (you should know who he is, he now officially works for Joe), and all the others who promote him in spite of their not for profit status. JJ isn't the only favored 'landlord' up here running a really bad show. But we taxpayers are forced to unwillingly enable them all every day. There's a lot of backscratching going on without any to the majority of the taxpayers.

If you don’t’ know the players behind the scenes…start digging.