May 29, 2009

Frolic In The Parks

Walkers Needed for a lovely stroll through North of Howard at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

Meet in front of Willye B. White Recreation Center, 1610 W. Howard.

Frolic in the parks for a bit and end our pleasant little romp back where we began at 8:00 p.m.

Add a little adventure to your evening and join the fun.

Hope to see you this evening,

Eva McCann
CAPS Facilitator, Beat 2422

h: 773-761-8206
c: 773-495-8725
elm@clstoons.com

May 28, 2009

What's Your Take On Reform?

Apparently many feel the proposed open records reform doesn’t cover a broad enough scope. If the usual loops remain to refuse an information request – well, what exactly is the point?

Recall is limited to the governor only – that’s big insult to voters who pay the salaries and it doesn’t address the issue of non-performing, unethical politicians on all levels.

On campaign contributions - we're still watching all the worms crawling from the Blago-Burris can aren't we? They're only two out of how many?

“Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), a lead negotiator on the issue, said he hoped to enact a transfer limit under $200,000 -- far more than the $30,000 limit recommended by the Quinn commission.

The current recall proposal would only allow for a governor to be booted. Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo), the sponsor, won House passage last year of a broader measure that applied to more officials but stalled in the Senate.

House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego said he preferred a version that would require fewer voter signatures to put a recall on the ballot, and wanted it to apply to all statewide officials and legislators.

A push for transparency has been at the center of many of the ethics proposals.”

To coin one of the current tired phrases of being on the same page how about starting a new phrase of everyone being in the same book?

Reform should be interpreted as sweeping change more than tweaking a few rules to appease the voters. In the world voters work in, if one isn’t doing the job according to company codes of ethics and conduct then one ends up on probation or is fired. It’s pretty simple.

May 27, 2009

Obama, 2003: "Everybody in, nobody out."

Barack Obama on single payer in 2003

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.” (applause) “I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.” (applause)

-Illinois State Senator and US Senate candidate Barack Obama,
speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO,
June 30, 2003

May 26, 2009

Roll Up Your Sleeves Illinois Leaders

From the Chicago Tribune - Rick Pearson

"For the legislature to turn around and say, 'We are going to raise your taxes, trust us,' without doing anything to show they have cleaned up their own house is a very dangerous proposition," said Cynthia Canary, director of the Illinois Coalition for Political Reform.

The December arrest and January ouster of Blagojevich were to have set the stage for ethics reform as the dominant issue in the spring legislative session. But the recession, rising unemployment and unstable state finances, coupled with Quinn's controversial tax-increase plan, have moved pocketbook issues to the forefront.

Sen. Terry Link, a member of the Senate's Democratic leadership from Waukegan, said he believes the reform that voters want to see goes beyond ethics to include streamlining government.

"The pocketbook issue is always going to be the No. 1 issue that elects or defeats any individual in an election," Link said.

"I think it's going to be a very long week," he said.

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The last few years have been long dear reps and senators...the rest of the country is dealing with the downward spiral that didn't recently surface. Unemployment is UP, wage increases for many are non-existent or minimal for those fortunate enough to have a job. But you're aware of that right? We're all hanging on like the photo of a kitten clinging to a rope, individuals, and businesses alike. Meanwhile though, there aren't many job losses or pay cuts for our government leaders are there? Yes, streamlining is long overdue rather than advancing the excuse of raising taxes to pay for the buzz word of the moment.

Taxpayers are being gouged right and left - from Strogers' outrageous and embarassing tenure to automatic pay increases for alderpersons which only a few refused to take. Last night's news reported that homeowners insurance may see up to a 28% increase to cover losses from the last two years in certain areas. That hike will no doubt include renters coverage as well in the blanket toss. Government is long overdue for a necessary hazmat cleanup in the ethics department. It's like stripping layers of paint from woodwork - it takes paint remover, a scraper and a lot of elbow grease. It's time our tax paid elected officials roll up their sleeves and clean their chambers or else find employment in another sector.

Time keeps on slipping...



The Steve Miller Band recorded this hit over 30 years ago.

May 22, 2009

Obnoxious Alderman 1, 24th District 0

Ald. Dixon gets driver's license back

Judge rules her license was improperly suspended in January

By Kim Janssen, Chicago Tribune, May 22, 2009

Ald. Sharon Dixon (24th) was back behind the wheel Thursday evening after a judge ruled her license was improperly suspended when she was arrested for drunken driving in January [after a long night of Obama inauguration eve festivities].

Dixon allegedly smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests after arguing for half an hour with four Chicago police officers on [Sheridan Road in Rogers Park on] the Far North Side. Her license was suspended when she refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

... the judge dressed down Dixon for her conduct that night, telling her, "You are an elected official. You cannot behave like that." However, she added, "the issue is not whether you were obnoxious but whether there was probable cause to believe you were intoxicated." ...

During the ensuing argument, Dixon told the officers, "You don't know who I am," the officers alleged.

Dixon admitted she telephoned Ald. Joe Moore (49th), whose ward includes where the incident took place, for assistance shortly before she was arrested.

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May 20, 2009

Lake Effect News Launches


Congratulations to Lorraine Swanson and her crew at Lake Effect News on their launch! Show them some love and buy an ad.

May 19, 2009

Transparency in Ward 49

The alderman is holding a steering meeting tonight on a participatory budgeting process. The first meeting to start this ‘groundbreaking’ work was not sent in an inclusive email to everyone – only a select group. My name definitely missed the list. It’s rather odd that meetings that I may want to attend always seem to be held on the night of the Park Advisory Councils meeting. Coincidence? This one was re-scheduled. Ironically though, the ward office doesn’t always properly relay the correct meeting dates to people who call to inquire about council meetings. Misinformation abounds.

One neighbor posed a thought: “I feel, looking at the material, it is a backdoor way to get his Boys and Girls Club into Rogers Park, by making it one of the capital funding projects for the 49th ward.

Then he can say, see it was a 49th ward mandate from the public.”

If that’s on the ‘agenda’ the only question taxpayers should ask is where will this group be housed by this grassroots democracy with tax dollars?

If I’m not on the email list - how many others will be excluded in this process?

The roles of budget delegates, etc.!
Criteria?
Who will be eligible to vote on spending proposals? Maybe the person who was invited to the first meeting who lives in Evanston?


Or will this be presented as another ‘done deal’?

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The email blast for tonight:

Dear Steering Committee Members,

Thanks so much for agreeing to be a part of this groundbreaking exercise in true grassroots democracy.

Our next Steering Committee Workshop will be next TUESDAY, May 19th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark, 2nd Floor.

Please note the date change. I apologize for the last-minute notice, but an unavoidable schedule conflict forced us to reschedule the meeting.

At this "Writing the Rules" workshop we will decide together what the participatory budgeting process will actually look like on the ground. We will talk through issues such as:
· How many public assemblies will there be, and roughly when and where will they take place?
· What are the roles of neighborhood budget delegates, Steering Committee organizations, and the Alderman's office?
· What criteria will be used to select spending proposals?
· How will we ensure that minority groups and marginalized populations are fully included?
· Who will be eligible to vote on spending proposals?
· What will we call this process?
Although there will be opportunities to review and revise the plans after the workshop, please make every effort to attend Tuesday's meeting and come prepared to discuss these issues and reach agreements with your neighbors.

May 17, 2009

Do Their Homes Look Like This?

There were two advertised events in Willye White Park yesterday. Family Matters annual walkathon and a CeaseFire event. At 6:50 PM last night a group was leaving the park. They were carrying a folding table from the northeast corner of the park. Ceasefire had set up its event in the parking lot and Family Matters was closer to the cul-de-sac area. Both were long gone.

From what we learned there was a third private event or party that enjoyed the sunny day and hours after CeaseFire and Family Matters picked up, packed up, the third group left this mess behind

No Respect

The park is there for everyone to enjoy – and when purchasing food and beverage how about grabbing a box of trash bags? The anything goes mentality some neighbors North of Howard exhibit is beyond disgusting. It’s a symptom of no self-respect and no self-esteem to leave this for others to pick up. Do they toss trash all over their homes or do they use trash cans?

The Park District should fine these abusers for trash pick-up if they were registered as reserving an event. The ward office should send an email blast on park etiquette and rules, litter and send the word through their NOH contacts that litter bugs will be fined. There are signs posted in the park addressing the subjects.

We’ve seen a man cleaning the park on Sundays. If he cleaned up today, the ward office should give him a generous tip for picking up. The Park District crews clean up during the week. This group left after the facility closed at 5:00 PM. At what point do people become responsible for their actions?

Is this more disrespect or just laziness? If the owner meant to leave these as a donation, the arse planters aren’t the drop-off spot.

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May 16, 2009

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Get Out The Violin and Your Walking Shoes

From the Sun-Times:

Why did Stroger miss the tax deadline? Now It’s Our Fault

"I have a lot of things going on. So sometimes a few of the personal issues might slip through the cracks while I'm fighting for the residents of the county and fighting the newspapers," Stroger said.

Toddy, should have stated this upfront – some of us would have understood. It’s early morning, the second cup of coffee, and tears of empathy are blurring my vision. Had I known he was out there fighting for me like a gallant knight from days of yore, I would have donated more to his Family and Friends Fund.

Why? Some of us know how hectic it is to work a full-time job during the day and spend our free hours walking the neighborhoods, going to CAPS meetings, being court advocates, and participating on the parks councils or other committees for starters. One could say it’s a ‘fight’ if we’re trying to clean up a neighborhood that politics and friends created and enabled. Many of those decisions were made while we worked full time and often without our input. We’ve made progress but there’s a long way to go. Unfortunately, the battles we citizens and taxpayers engage in are usually with overpaid politicians like Toddy and we pay their inflated salaries.

The empathetic moment has passed, the welling of tears has subsided – my focus has returned. We may miss the due date on a bill payment but we pay the late fee and move on. Most people fear the wrath of the IRS enough to file their taxes. There are enough problems threatening us without giving an open invitation to the tax man.

Toddy doesn’t have a clue to the struggles people in Cook County deal with if he’s going to whine like that.

If any readers living in the area want to join in one of our activities to battle an issue, please join us for our North of Howard Beat 2422 walk tonight. Meet up at Willye White Community Center at 7:00 PM - bring the kids, the family dog, the next door neighbors unless its pouring rain – again. The issues we deal with were created in boardrooms, offices and political chambers. When there’s a problem – it’s dumped on us to fix on our free time. Can you spare some of yours?

May 15, 2009

The Toddy Tornado

Don’t you love the smug Toddy photo in the Sun-Times article? He’s a tax dodger serving as president of Cook County, ripping off taxpayers, meddling with economic spending power to fund his Family and Friends. The Stroger’s earned more than $226,000 in 2007 but can’t pay their income taxes?

Mr. President, sir, your Cook County residents on average earned much less but you and your family had no problem demanding that extra tax from us. You didn’t care that, once again, you made Chicago a joke nationwide. Now it’s your turn to deal with the IRS which is a powerful entity and far outweighs your deluded ego.

Many Cook Countians manage to stay afloat on annual salaries below $40,000, pay your family and friends taxes, keep up with soaring prices while you did nothing for them. Oh I forgot, that extra taxation was for health care, and Cousin Donna’s salary, the felonious bus boy’s $60,000 salary, and anyone else the media has drug out of the closet.

If Toddy can’t manage money on a personal level, then what the hell is he doing with Cook County’s money? Apparently he suffers from the same disease that crushed the housing market –borrow and spend and don’t pay the bills. It’s a guaranteed recipe for the bill collectors, foreclosures and the IRS – even for politicians. But Toddler claims he ‘didn’t see it coming’!

“Stroger said he doesn’t believe his constituents are upset that he didn’t pay his taxes on time.

“It may be serious for me, but it’s not serious for the other 4.5 million residents” of Cook County, he said.

Don't bet the farm on that one Toddy!

In an interview with ABC7, Stroger said he plans to seek re-election in 2010.
“I’m running,” he said. “Our government is in great shape.”

According to the ABC 7 video, some very powerful people in the democratic party want Toddler OFF the 2010 Ticket

Well, la ti da, after the Toddy Tornado leaves a swath of damage, the party wakes up? Another fine example of the party making choices for you and me. Next time they might try listening to those silly protesters huh?

May 13, 2009

Toddler The Tax Dodger

From the Chicago Sun-Times.

Poor Toddler gets another negative rap – tax evader

Stroger is making payment arrangements with the IRS according to one of his followers who is probably well-paid with our tax dollars. It’s amazing how politicians can shirk their duties to the tax man and preach to the masses the need to raise taxes isn’t it? Shame on you Toddy and shame on those who lied about his fathers state of health and used their stupid scare tactics to push him into office. Where are they today? Maybe planning a fundraiser to bail him out? Fat Chance.

Claypool, once a bright and shining hope for Cook County President stuck to the old boy party line and supported Stroger the Son too. Shame on him too.

May 11, 2009

Senator Durbin on Bill Moyer's Journal

The banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis -- that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place. ...

Why is it in this country, in America, that we can find hundreds of billions of taxpayers' dollars from hard-working people all over the United States to come to the rescue of bad banking decisions, rotten investments, mortgages that were fraudulent on their face, but can't summon the political will to do something about 8 million families in America who are going to face foreclosure? That is where we are.


-SENATOR DICK DURBIN
As the banking stress test results come in, BILL MOYER'S JOURNAL takes a closer look at money's stranglehold on politics. Bill Moyers speaks with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on campaign finance reform, big lobbying, and making Washington work for the people rather than special interests.

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May 10, 2009

Support Illinois Reform Commission Reforms -- Call Your Legislators!

WE SUPPORT SIGNIFICANT REFORM AS OUTLINED BY THE ILLINOIS REFORM COMMISSION THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON YOUTUBE AND BE INSPIRED! BE ACTIVE! THE TIME FOR REFORM IS
NOW!



On April 28, 2009, the Illinois Reform Commission issued its 100-day Report, calling for ethics reform in six key areas.

Won't you join us in calling for that reform now?

The nation is watching Illinois to determine how we will respond to the corruption and scandal that has been the state's legacy.

Please call your legislator, as urged by the Chicago Sun-Times ("Give your Illinois legislators an earful on ethics reform," May 6, 2008) and the Chicago Tribune ("Give lawmakers your ultimatum. And do it now," May 3, 2009).
  • District 7 State Senator, Hon. Heather Steans
    hsteans@senatedem.ilga.gov

    Capital Information
    M120 Capitol Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    217-782-8492

    District Information
    5533 North Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60640
    773-769-1717

  • District 14 State Representative, Hon. Harry Osterman
    hjo17@aol.com

    Capital Information
    273-S Stratton Office Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    217-782-8088

    District Information
    5535 North Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60640
    773-784-2002
PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND TELL THEM:
"We support major reform being enacted now, as called for by the Illinois Reform Commission. It can't wait!"
  • House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago)
    mmadigan@hds.ilga.gov
    300 Capitol Bldg
    Springfield, IL 62706
    217-782-5350

  • House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego)
    tom@tomcross.com
    316 Capitol Bldg
    Springfield, IL 62706
    217-782-1331

  • Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago)
    john@senatorcullerton.com
    327 Capitol Bldg
    Springfield, IL 62706
    217-782-2728

  • Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont)
    cradogno@sbcglobal.net
    309-A Capitol Bldg
    Springfield, IL 62706
    217-782-9407
Sincerely,
Illinois Reform Commission
Patrick Collins, Chair

May 9, 2009

Pizza Delivery Man Robbed on Bosworth

Monday evening, May 4, around 7:00 PM, neighbors heard yelling and dishes breaking in the 6 flat at 7645-47 N Bosworth. Knowing children reside in the apartments, neighbors called 911 about a possible domestic.

The police responded but couldn’t gain access into the building. Neighbors noticed squad cars cruising the street most of the night. Another person noticed men’s clothing, a child car seat, and little girls clothing (still with price tags) strewn all over the back stairwell. A male carrying a baby was allegedly stopped by police around 10PM at the alley entrance and was asked if he was in that apartment when they pounded on the rear door earlier. Apparently he was in the apartment where the tenant(s) of the apartment deliberately ignored the police pounding on the back door. At least the yelling woman stopped throwing dishes and shut up.

The neighbors who reported the religious dish breaking drama didn’t know what happened a little later around 10PM at 7645-47 Bosworth. Thugs waited inside the building for a pizza delivery man, robbed him and took the pizza. The police were called, and apparently had the robbers but the delivery man wasn’t a US citizen and was terrified he’d be deported and would not press charges.

So the drum beats on and the thugs bypass jail because the delivery person was afraid of two factors – being deported and retribution from the thugs or their friends. Even though the police tried to explain he wouldn’t be in deported over the crime(s) committed against him, the pizza man wouldn’t press charges.

Even though the owner of the building changed the locks, it's an exercise in futility if his tenants or their offspring are inviting the problems into their apartments. It's an on-going drama. Maybe a prayer circle needs to be held in front of the building to banish evil forces?

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May 8, 2009

South of Howard Beat Walk

Join your neighbors for a community walk tomorrow, Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 PM.

Meet at Jarvis Square (Greenview/Jarvis). Bring a friend, neighbor, the kids or the family dog for a walk through the neighborhood.

Congratulations to Sister Cecilia

May 7, 2009

A Magical Garden in Rogers Park

People were greeted in their magical garden by Dennis LoBue and Darwin Corwin and family during Sunday’s Historical Walk.

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This garden is a 20 year work in progress, changing with natures whims and the owners loving care. There are beehives and the fishponds, more than 1000 tulips and jonquils and other early spring blooming flowers followed by Summer's perennial colorful bloom. Autumn has her share of reds and golds that fade to winter’s white. They call it their all-year garden and it's truly a work of nature's art.

May 6, 2009

Celebrate The Dry Side of Bosworth

Neighbors in the 7600 block of Bosworth have been celebrating the sight of a dry curb. Before the spring rain fills up this clogged and apparently caving storm drain we just want to document that the standing water finally evaporated.

Lake Bosworth Drain

From neighbors who have been persistent with calls about this years-long problem, we’re told the stock answer is that the city is backlogged and will eventually repair the clogged storm sewer. We have a lot of sinking, caving storm drains in the area. I’m sure it’s citywide.

A neighbor noticed vehicles around the drain that weren’t moved for street cleaning this week. Eventually the owners moved the vehicles. The neighbor called streets and san and asked if they could please return and clean the area.

They did return. Thank you Streets and San.

May 4, 2009

The Broadmoor - 2009

After the April 24 community walk on Jarvis, we stopped to read the sign on the entrance door. The guard at the desk invited us in and gave us a mini tour. The transformation is outstanding and impressive. The color scheme, lighting and urns create a very welcoming lobby. The elevators received a much needed facelift with matching peach paint, new tiled floors and lighting.

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“Built in 1922-23 by developers Louis Rubin and Abraham Marks, this six-story building was one of the most luxurious buildings of its day. It had 90 apartments and 7 stores, which were accessible from the lobby and the street. The outside is clad with terra cotta. From 1924 to 1927, WBBM radio station (various explanations are given for the call letters, including “We Broadcast from the BroadMoor” or “We Broadcast Broadmoor Music”) broadcast live big band programs from its ballroom and such popular shows as Amos and Andy. The ballroom featured an elegant restaurant and a dancing area. The lobby floor was laid with terrazzo tiles. A 1982 Chicago Tribune article is quoted as saying “The Broadmoor’s charm kept her 90 apartments occupied most of the time, and on Saturday nights, women in silks and furs and men in top hats and tails flocked to her ballroom to dance.”

The Sopcic family acquired the building in October 2007 and recently completed the renovation of the interior, including the lobby and other common areas and the rental units. An important part of these renovations was the replacement of the old steam boiler by a new highly energy-efficient heating system that can also be used to provide air conditioning to the individual units. The developer also installed energy-efficient units and doors, an energy-efficient roof and new water pipes and electrical wiring.” From the tour book.

Yesterdays tour included a visit to a 6th floor apartment that is nearing completion in this huge rehabbing project. It had a great view to the east and south, natural light through the new windows, wood floors, new kitchen cabinetry, and ample closet space for a one bedroom.

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The hallways are no longer the depressing institutional grays I saw on my first visit there years ago. They match the warm colors of the lobby with a darker green for the baseboards and doors.

Compare the new entrance to these old photos from the days when the defunct Chicago Equity Fund nearly destroyed the Broadmoor and a neighborhood.

The Broadmoor Portal - from the Chicago Equity Fund days

This was the emergency door inside the lobby. People would jam the door as shown in the photo so anyone could gain entrance to the building. It was connected to a screeching alarm system that management never heard but the neighborhood sure did.

The Broadmoor Portal - from the Chicago Equity Fund days

Chicago Equity Fund touted this security portal as high tech! It had a palm print matchup for each tenant which didn't always function. Unfortunately, the screaming emergency door next to this contraption allowed anyone on the inside to let the unknowns into the building.

The Broadmoor Portal - from the Chicago Equity Fund days The palm print unsecurity system from Chicago Equity Fund days at Broadmoor

Most of the problem tenants have relocated and the 24-hour security team makes every effort to know the current tenants and monitor the street activity. Lou Sopcic has taken this challenging building and is restoring its dignity. I admit was skeptical when he purchased the building but the transformation is amazing.

Thank you Mr. Sopcic for your determination, hard work, and dedication to this project.

Howard Street Historical Walk - Part I

The registration for yesterdays History Walk was at 1643 W Howard. The line was about a ten minute wait - my sign in number was 404. I stopped after the walk and a volunteer explained that they started two sheets due to the number of people and he chose a random number beginning at 400. He was tallying the numbers and said more than 200 people signed up for the walk.

Here are some of the sepia prints that were displayed at the registration site.

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Jonathon Dixon, President of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, greeted people at the Broadmoor Hotel. The collage behind him gave the rich history of this once grand hotel and the bustling economic atmosphere of Howard Street in another era.

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May 3, 2009

House Tour and History Walk

See this magnolia tree in spring bloom along today's tour.

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West Ridge Historical Society House Tour and History Walk North of Howard

Today, May 3, 2009
Hours: 1:00 to 5:00 (registration open from 12:30 to 4:00)

Price: $16 for Society members, $20 for the public
Starting point: 1643 West Howard, at the historic Howard Theatre building immediately east of the newly renovated Howard "L" station (free parking in rear)

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May 1, 2009

Challenges and Awards

We’ve all been guilty at some time or another of complaining about the police. I know I have and I can’t say I’ll never gripe again – they’re human just like me, just like you. There’s only so much that a few people can do - or is there? Parts of Rogers Park are frustrating, or to be politically correct, challenging. Most of us didn’t create the environment that is so challenging but there are some who do make a difference daily.

This evening was the annual Police and Citizen Awards Ceremony for the 24th District held at the Devon Bank. It’s an annual celebration of officers, their families, and citizens who have worked to make our neighborhoods safer.

Two Officers Receiving Awards

We heard true stories of our 24th District Police Officers who were honored with awards tonight. There was the case of a woman who was sexually assaulted, traumatized and robbed in her home. The officers worked with her on a composite description of the assailant and from a latent fingerprint, identified and arrested him in a park with some of her belongings.

Another officer was in pursuit of a robber and though the officer was injured in the chase, he continued after the robber who led a merry run across rooftops to the Howard El. The robber eventually jumped 15 feet from Howard el platform to the tracks then to the ground. No pun intended, but the dude landed unceremoniously on Officer Pillow! There were five officers involved in this episode.

There were the four detectives who caught a prison escapee from Indiana serving a sentence for murder. Let’s not forget the officers who arrested the man who threatened to bomb a synagogue from witness descriptions.

An award was given to the two officers who assisted a female senior citizen on Howard Street who had been robbed on the street. The victim was able to give the officers a description that allowed them to arrest the thug who attacked her.

Two officers were honored for making the highest number of arrests in the district.

Citizens were also honored for their part in making Rogers Park more livable. Left to right: Sonny Hersh, Chairman of the DAC (District Advisory Council) Commander Sobczyk presenter, Richard Concaildi,DAC, Bernard Garbo, Beat 2424 Hands Across Howard, and Irv Loundy, President of Devon Bank.

Award Ceremony 4.30.09 Citizen Awards Commander Sobczyk and Bernard Garbo

Ed Smith, Court Advocate, was honored for attending over 2,000 court cases. Another young man, Gibran Pena, is on the youth peer jury and is attending law enforcement programs at Daley City College received an award.

We thank the officers and citizens and celebrate these victories. We might consider a few Beat 2422 or 2424 walks and be a part of challenging the challenge.

The challenge will be held tomorrow night at 7:00 PM with Beat 2422 North of Howard neighborhood walk at Willye White Center. Also, Beat 2424 is hanging out at Howard and Hoyne from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Alderman Ann Rainey will be hanging out at Howard and Hoyne too!