November 12, 2011

Shooting on Bosworth

Many of us heard the very loud gunshot. Many of us called. According to police at the scene, it was a domestic related shooting rather than a gang-related shooting.

Later in the afternoon, our new interim police commander was on the street with the officers. Commander Rouselle is very proactive and involved in his post - a very welcome sight. He makes every attempt to attend all CAPS Beat meetings too.

FYI - our next CAPS Beat 2422 meeting will be Tuesday, November 22 at 5:00 PM at the Willye White Community Center* 1610 W Howard. There will be refreshments as it's the last beat meeting of 2011. It's also your chance to voice your opinion on the future of our beat meetings - when, where and what time. It's also your chance to get the straight scoop from the police on the Marshfield incident last night and the incident today and all others for the month.

*Meeting place was changed today 11/14/11

September 18, 2011

Peace Walk and Dedication

Please make a little time Wednesday, September 21 to join Neighbors in
a Peace Walk. There will be a re-dedication of the Peace Pole at
United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W Morse beginning at 6:00 pm. The
Walk will proceed up Ashland to Triangle Park at 7700 W. Hermitage for
the dedication of the new Peace Pole recently placed there by the
Triangle Park Park Advisory Council via a grant.

Please note 9/21 is also the UN International Day of Peace. These
events are hosted by United Church of Rogers Park and Triangle Park
Advisory Council. Please join us along the way if you can't make it
at 6:00 PM on Morse Avenue or join us in Triangle Park before 7:00 PM.
It's a great way to meet new people, to express hope for peace, and
to make a statement just by being there for a few moments. The link to the Triangle Park website and the flyer is in the headline.

September 15, 2011

The Alderman Speaks About Violence

At last, the 49th ward alderman has chosen to put a few words on the Internet (click headline) about the latest violent act at Pratt and Ashland. A few weeks ago, a 23 year old was shot and killed by one of three teenagers at Bosworth and Jonquil. Neighbors sent emails and made phone calls to the ward office voicing their outrage that there was no statement from Mr. Moore. There were also complaints about a shrine tended in the wee hours of the morning by a vehicle blocking the intersection blaring loud music. Still, we heard the sound of silence from the ward office.

Now, a few weeks later, a shooting incident south of the North of Howard area has sparked a thread on Chicago.Everyblock.com starring the alderman. It's a great site and I hope the readership is huge. I hope more neighbors will sign up for email updates from every post because there are some very interesting witnesses to violence, gangs, drugs and general frustration felt in Ward 49.

It may be a tiny step but it's more than we've had before. Now when Joe can send out an email blast that he is going to crack down on slumlords harboring known anti-social elements/criminals living in subsidized housing I may volunteer to be on that committee! My requests to him resulted in sending his chief of staff to 'meet and walk around the area' with the managers or owners of the some of the problem buildings here. To paraphrase my question "...and the result was?" "Oh, we have to establish a relationship first". That is more or less the end of that story.

Certainly, everyone is entitled to an opinion and the usual supporters have commented about this great North of Howard neighborhood. What was ommitted was the number of times they have been victims of muggings! Indeed, crime is everywhere, but we seem to have more than our share in this tiny 2x6 block area. Of course, there are other pockets of crime and problem buildings scattered throughout the ward but that's the key word - scattered. This area is too small to properly apply the term scattered. It's packed with social service agencies, subsidized buildings, storefront churches, broken promises and the long term result of enabling. The code of silence or apathy runs deep here. Tenants and owners alike are not too involved until the problem is on their front steps.

Just nudge me when a real 49th ward email blast comes out about crime instead of the happy hour Fridays, the next TV appearance, the budgeting process, etc. There's no such thing as 100% so let's deal with the problems too.

August 23, 2011

CAPS Beat 2422 August Meeting

As many of you know, 'downtown' cut back on the CAPS program and the
24th has changed some beat meetings to accomodate officers shifts.
Unfortunately Beat 2422 was moved from 7:00 PM to 5:00 PM and to the
4th Thursday of the month. Unfortunately, many of the regular
attendees are just getting off work at that time. The 24th would like
to see how a sector meeting would work between Beat 2422 and 2424.

Below is the schedule I was given for the next few months. I hope you
can work this into your schedule because the officers need to hear
from you. If you are not comfortable discussing problems in a public
meeting, please contact the CAPS office at (312)744-6321 and discuss
with one of the officers. However, an hour of your time by enough of
you for your neighborhood just might make the difference. It's your
neighborhood - not the anti-socials.


August 25th 5pm will be at 1610 W. Howard - Willye White Community Center

September 22nd and October 27th will be at 7340 N. Rogers at 7pm.
Pottawattomie Park -- Field House

November's meeting will be on Tuesday the 22nd 5pm at 7450 N. Rogers to
discuss how the meetings worked at 7340 N. Rogers with Beat 2424.

August 9, 2011

More on Saturday's Shooting/Murder For Hire

Special thanks to the 24th District Police for getting these young men off the street.

Thanks to the watchers who make a difference. Are the rest of you ready to start watching and getting involved a little more?

August 8, 2011

Update on Jonquil Shooting Suspect

Here's an update from Mike Luckenbach's blog. (click headline) I heard one shot a little after 12:30 AM. I thought it was a gunshot but for a poor neighborhood, there's ample money for illegal cherry bombs. In this place one can become numbed by the constant noises of the hood. Loud cars blasting stereos, people yelling instead of using doorbells, sirens all hours of the day and night as firetrucks also respond to certain 911 calls.

Sadly, the shooting comes as no surprise to the few of us who have complained to the powers that be about the many problem buildings with problem tenants. Do I need to re-post the addresses? 1549, 1542, 1546 W. Jonquil, 7700 N Marshfield, and the Howard Theatre building for starters. Just click on any link over the years and years of posts and you will probably find that very little has changed. Howard Street has nearly disintegrated. But the willingness to continue a failed social experiment is still strong and supported by people who don't live in this area.

I would urge the ward office to start Follow Me Any Night Walks on Jonquil and other core streets and have a real eye-opener. Hopefully the non-resident owners and supporters will be invited to attend.

April 13, 2011

CAPS Beat 2422 Meeting Reminder!

Please attend the April CAPS Beat 2422 meeting, Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 pm at
Willye White Community Center, 1610 W. Howard. There will be changes
made to upcoming beat meetings!

Dates and times will be changed in all beats in District 24 -

March 9, 2011

CAPS Beat 2422 Meeting Reminder

The March CAPS Beat 2422 meeting is Thursday (tomorrow) March 10 at 7:00 PM at the Gateway Senior Residence Community room, 7450 N. Rogers.

If you're concerned about problem buildings, dubious activity on your street or in your building, you might consider participating - in person. There will be officers in attendance to discuss issues with.

February 19, 2011

It's YELLOW This Year

I've avoided this election as I find it BORING for the most part. However, I received a call today to inform me that the boys and girls have done another post card. At least this time they left me out of their politiwork and when it was read to me it appears they cleaned up their English grammar this time.

The bright yellow card was sent to Northpoint residents.

Northpoint consists of 12 large apartment buildings in this small area owned by AIMCO. Back in 2002, Moore and a few others rubberstamped their approval so AIMCO could get a $15 million loan to 'rehab' the buildings providing HUD and IDHA extended the program, for I believe, 30 more years beginning in 2012. Every election year this noise is made - and the new lease hasn't even kicked in yet! It's really old news folks.

Front of Card:

Joe Moore Fought to let you stay in Rogers Park (with the following quotes)

"Thanks to Joe Moore, my family and I won't be priced out of Rogers
Park." Brenda Dunkins

"Joe Moore made sure the Northpoint apartments were repaired and
upgraded to ensure safer, more modern homes for you and your family." no name

"Joe Moore worked hard to guarantee the affordability of Northpoint
apartments and your home for at least another 23 years until 2034." no name

Back:

Moore office address on 1774 W. Greenleaf

A Special Message for Northpoint tenants to vote 2/22 and lists
polling places NOH

These were mailed with 44 cent stamps and mailed 2/16. Just like the famous PINK one of the last election! Hummm....anyone want to convince me the crew had nothing to do with the PINK one now?

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Meanwhile, on my way home from running errands, a man was placing bright colored sacks in doorways. I told him they'd be emptied and tossed all over for good residents to pick up. They were 'gift' packages from Ben Myers who is trying to convince people to write him in as alderman. The contents are jars of herbs and seasonings. One jar I just checked has an expiration date of 1/16/2011! Don't forget to check your front door!

So far I've had robo calls for White and Moore; a phone poll asking me if the election was today would I vote for Joe Moore, and the usual BS tree killers in my mailbox. I'm looking forward to Wednesday 2/23 aren't you?

February 10, 2011

Beat 2422 Meeting Cancelled 2/10/11

Due to the extreme cold the February monthly CAPS Beat meeting - tonight - has been canceled.

I noticed a comment this blog is dead! Not so and neither is the blogger. But I'm not ready to purchase a scanner, quit my job to sit home and post everything I hear. Some calls turn into a 'nothing' while others turn into an issue. If you see it on another blog then enjoy it. If it's been posted for hours on neighboring blogs and/or the media there's no need for me to repeat when I finally get home is there? You might want to check with the 24th on accuracy on any criminal event.

We have several of the same problem buildings we had when the blog started. Thankfully, one of the big pains, Jay Johnson, has gone into foreclosure, the buildings are supposed to be in receivership - when I hear the real scoop, I'll post it. Of course, if you're in a investigative mood you can always check the status on Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

As for upcoming elections! It's sleepy time on most of them - there's no fire to put out on any of them. It would be great to see a high volume of voters but no one can predict the future - only check on history and make comparisons.

In the meantime, stay warm!

January 11, 2011

CAPS BEAT 2422 Meeting Jan 13

The first meeting of 2011 will be Thursday, January 13, 7:00 PM at 7450 N. Rogers at the Gateway Senior Residence in the community room. We are collecting addresses of problem buildings so the powers that have the ability to deal with them can start early and often!

Due to the lovely January weather, there will not be any flyers - so word of mouth and emails will be the vehicle of communication. Thanks for passing the information to your friends and neighbors.

Also, please pick up a calendar for 2011 meetings. As last year, we will hold meetings on ODD NUMBERED MONTHS at 7450 N. Rogers and on EVEN NUMBERED MONTHS at Willye White Center at 1610 W. Howard.

It's your neighborhood - and like it or not - it's up to all of us to do something to make it better. Let's make 2011 a safer neighborhood North of Howard.