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Posts from April 2014

Reduce (Substantially) the Age to Vote in PB

The City plans on using a portion of the borrowed hundreds of millions to issue to each Alderman his or her $1.3 million in “menu money.” That means that the City will pay for the projects that we get to vote upon later this month with borrowed money – funds that the next generation will pay for. (Chicago Tribune, 2/6/14, p.6) In effect, the improvements that we will be voting on are for services and improvements that future taxpayers – many of whom are now 7, 6 or even 5 years old - will pay for in years to come, when the bonds mature. If these youngsters will be paying for these improvements, maybe hand these kids a pen, pencil, or even a crayon that day, and let them have a say. Ice cream stand at Lunt and the Lake? Tricycle paths connecting Evanston to Edgewater? Let the kids have a say!
Posted by Mike G on April 28, 2014 |

The Business of being a Community Minded Business

My suggestion: if you attend a fundraiser for a local non profit, check out which local businesses have generously supported the event, and consider supporting that business in return. When you do support them, specifically thank them for being supportive of the community, and let them know that you have decided to do business with them largely because of their community support. Doing this might encourage them to continue to assist community non profits, so many of which do such important work in the community, improving quality of life.
Posted by Mike G on April 12, 2014 |

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Mike G's photoMike Glasser

Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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