March 29, 2010

Your Opinion on Neighborhood Nights?

I received the following email recently. So I will ask for readers opinion:
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Last summer, the 1100 block of Thorndale in Edgewater became a site of great community building through an effort called Neighborhood Nights. You may have read about it in Time Out Chicago Magazine or in The Chicago Tribune

I was hoping you could share your advice as we prepare to organize Neighborhood Nights for 2010.

Do you think Neighborhood Nights should take place on Howard?

Perhaps this is also a question your readers could share thoughts on as well.

I appreciate your advice.

Best,
Dan


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Dan Kleinman
President & Organizer
TheNeighborhoodFirst.org

"We are all the community."

March 21, 2010

Spring Concert at Willye White Park

There will be a spring concert tomorrow night, Monday, March 22 at 6:30 PM at the Willye White Community Center. The concert will feature the youth who are participating in the P.A.U.S.E. music program. They have learned to read and play music after school and are presenting their second concert.

Please stop in and applaud the hard work of both students and instructor!

Light refreshments will be served following the concert.

Willye White Park Community Room
1610 W. Howard
Chicago IL 60626

773 262 5051

March 20, 2010

Spring Equinox is TODAY!

Ancient traditions and rituals are still being celebrated around the world to welcome Spring. Hope you enjoy the National Geographic article.

March 15, 2010

Inner City Hoops at Willye White Center

Every Friday through April 23, the Inner City Hoops League is playing basketball at Willye White Community Center. Youth 13-15 from area schools are participating and everyone is welcome to come cheer on the teams. Games are between 5:00 – 7:30 PM.

GEDC0051 Both Teams The Red Team Sharon and Shamari

The Willye White Park Advisory Council is participating too – we’re selling hot dogs, chips, cookies and bottled water with proceeds going toward after school and summer camp tuitions for underprivileged area children. During the Holiday Break, we sponsored several children who attended the two week Park District winter camp. We are currently sponsoring children in several after school programs with our 80% discount coupons. Parents pay the other 20% and volunteer time to the park when needed. Stop in, grab a hot dog and enjoy a basketball game.

If you are interested in our council and fundraising, please join us tomorrow night at 7:00 PM for our monthly Park Advisory Councils meeting at the facility at 1610 W. Howard. We’re working on a summer fundraiser and all ideas are welcome!

March 10, 2010

CAPS Beat 2422 Meeting - March 11

It's almost spring - it's time to come out of hibernation. Join us at our monthly CAPS meeting for your neighborhood. If you live in the North of Howard area, as well as south to Jarvis and east to the Lake, come join us tomorrow, March 11 at 7 PM.

Beat 2422
7450 N Rogers
Gateway Senior Residence
7:00 PM

Bring your concerns, your ideas, give an hour of your time! It's our neighborhood, let's make it a safe, clean one together.

March 8, 2010

Moore: I'll Take LAST Year's Salary, Thank You Very Much

Joe Moore's salary is hanging in there despite the economic downturn!

Recall, in a cowardly display of avoidance of accountability, astonishing even by Chicago alderman standards, on July, 26, 2006, our brave City Elders lashed themselves to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), awarded themselves automatic, no-additional-vote-required cost-of-living increases, from 2006 until the end of time. Moore voted for it.

At that time Our Best & Brightest also wrote a clause into law that allowed an alderman, by filing an affidavit with the City Clerk, to each year keep last year's salary instead. Now you might have thought their intent was to allow a way for individual aldermen to express their frugality, they're not in it for the money, they're just grateful for the privilege of serving.

Well, last year the CPI actually DECLINED, by 3.5%, and who'd of thunk it, that affidavit mechanism turned out to be mighty handy in weathering the storms of a down economy. Last year was the most popular year ever for the affidavit filings! 38 of our 50 Village Elders decided that, upon reflection, gosh darn it, I'm worth it, people LIKE me, in 2010 they'd rather stick with their 2009 salary, thank you very much: $110,556, rather than the CPI-adjusted $106,644.

Guess what Moore did?

THE CHICAGO WAY: Not All Furloughs Are Equal
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS, Chicago News Cooperative, February 4, 2010

See How Many Furlough Days Mayor and Aldermen Took Last Year
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS and JUAN-PABLO VELEZ, Chicago News Cooperative, February 4, 2010

More background on recent trends in aldermanic salaries on the Broken Heart:

Annual Aldermanic Salary Survey 2009

March 6, 2010

Cook County Stupid Water - Beware!

Here’s another great example of our governing bodies ineptitude. Please fire all employees who partook of the Stupid Water. There seems to be a pattern of forgetfulness from code violations to ‘omitted’ or LOST and NOT FILED property taxes coming back to bite taxpayers and property owners. A prime example of milking the cow twice.

Read this Crock on Omitted Property Taxes from Lake Effect News.

Why isn’t there an investigation or audit on the Cook County Treasurer and Assessor, the Building Department, the and oh yes, the legal counsels of the city who forget or fail to post their vital information a timely manner? Suddenly in hard economic times, every department is scrambling to produce revenue and there seems to be no regulation on how it is done; who the real culprit is, and heaven forbid, an admittance of wrongdoing and a pass on collecting their own mistakes.

But the property owner can take his/her FREE time, look up their information online then spend more FREE time and probably money, to ensure their evaluation has been properly filed and recorded. So what are we paying taxes and fees for and to whom?

The government employees cash their paychecks though don’t they? Maybe their budgets should be chopped to cover their mistakes, inept public servants should be fired or wages garnished to make up the shortfall.

“State statute allows assessing bodies to recover taxes that were missed or omitted, regardless of whether the assessor failed to assess the property correctly — at no fault of the taxpayer.”

At least the sun is out today!

March 1, 2010

Budget Cuts for Illinois - What's Your Idea?

OK, What’s your budget idea for the Governor?

Some of the ideas in the post are sensible, maybe even long overdue, while others are way overboard. Come on Rogers Parkers, let the chatter begin.