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March 2011

Walmart Coming to Rogers Park - Update

Walmart Coming to Rogers Park - Update Yes this was an April Fools hoax: A phone conversation with Ald. Joe Moore has confirmed that a deal has been struck to bring a Mini Walmart to the 49th ward, at the corner of Greenview and Jarvis. The 10,000 sq foot three story structure, said to be Leed certified and a benchmark for green retail, is scheduled to be completed by October of this year. Given the alderman's past fight to keep Walmart, the worlds largest retailer, from entering the city on the grounds that Walmart drives independently owned retailers out of business and does not provide workers with a living wage, we were just a little surprised. When asked how the deal happened, the alderman is quoted as saying, "the people have spoken, and the participatory budgeting process was the driving force." Participatory Budgeting is Ald Moore's much heralded process where by he allows the citizens of the ward to vote on how the 1.3 million dollars in menu money allotted to each alderman, is spent. "The economy is still in trouble and the people of the 49th ward want and need jobs" Joe said. The alderman also said he understands how this may come as a shock to some but at the end of the day " the people decide, not me." We don't have any details regarding the number of jobs or what this might mean in terms of tax revenue to report at this time, but we will be following this story and plan to provide updates as soon as we have them. A news conference is scheduled for Monday. For more in on how the participatory budgeting process works, click here >>
posted by Charlie on March 31, 2011
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Spotlight - Gruppo di Amici

Spotlight - Gruppo di Amici Lori Alderete and Phaedra Divras, Rogers Park residents since 2002 opened Gruppo di Amici (1508 W Jarvis) in June 2006. Their vision was to have a place to simply “bring people together” and serve great Roman style Italian food along with a very specialized Wine & Beer List. Everything that is served has been carefully tasted and approved by both owners. The focal point of the dining room is the floor-to-ceiling wood-burning pizza oven. The oven is set in an open display kitchen, giving diners great views of the pizza chef(s) prepping and making the authentic Roman style, thin crust pizzas. In addition to the pizza, the menu includes such favorites as the Capricciosa salad, Sautéed Mussels in a garlic and white wine, tender baby octopus marinated with lemon, capers, kalamata olives and celery, Calzones, Cornish hen served with mushrooms in a white wine sauce and roasted potatoes. There are also several nightly specials prepared daily by the Chef. Website here>>
posted by Charlie on March 31, 2011
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More deaths identified at North Side nursing facility for disabled kids

Equip for Equality investigation details pattern of neglect at Alden Village North, now slated for shutdown by state A federally backed watchdog group says it has identified at least five more deaths involving poor care at a troubled Chicago nursing facility for disabled children and young adults, as well as a pattern of the home destroying evidence of medication errors. The group, Equip for Equality, found that illnesses at Alden Village North were improperly treated, doctors failed to return pages, lab results were ignored and internal investigations into deaths were superficial, incomplete or inaccurate. Get the whole story at The Chicago Tribune here>>
posted by Charlie on March 29, 2011
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