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Green Your Home or Apartment—Monday the 18th

Hear from the experts about advanced steps to green your home, apartment or apartment building at our next Saving Green Together workshop, "Window to the Groups Who Make it Happen,'" Monday, April 18th, 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m.., at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (at Ashland), 2nd Floor. Free parking is available at the church parking lot on the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland. Some of the city's foremost experts on home energy efficiency and greening your home will be available to share their insight and experiences. You could spend hundreds of dollars obtaining the type of information that you'll get free Monday night.
Posted on April 11, 2011

Participatory Budgeting is a Necessity with a bit of Nuisance

By Bob Spoerl for Last year, Joe Moore, Alderman of the 49th ward, decided to do something that no other alderman in the history of the United States had done: He implemented participatory budgeting, which allows Rogers Park residents to vote in a completely democratic process for how to spend $1.3 million allotted to ward 49 from the city budget purse
Posted on April 04, 2011

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 on March 29, 2011

Have You Seen the Proposed Ward Improvement Projects?

Dear Neighbor, Your neighbors have been hard at work the last five months devising a list of proposed projects for my 2011 ward infrastructure budget. It's part of my PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING INITIATIVE in which I ask the residents of my ward decide directly how I should spend the Ward's $1.3 million "menu money"--discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.
Posted on March 25, 2011

State Senator Heather Steans Springfield Update

State Senator Heather Steans Springfield Update Dear Neighbor, Last week the Senate took a significant step toward creating a balanced budget, passing a revenue resolution that provides estimates on what the state can afford to spend in FY12. This update explains our revenue estimate as well as shares information on bills that I and colleagues are working on in the Senate.
Posted on March 21, 2011

UIC Study Shows Joe Moore’s Independent Voting Record

By Bob Spoerl, for Alderman Joe Moore is approaching the quarter-century mark as Chicago City Council representative of the 49th Ward. Having handedly defeated Brian White in a February municipal election, Moore continues his crusade as a progressive not only in Rogers Park but citywide. A University of Illinois-Chicago report released Tuesday shows that Moore is a man of his word when he says he’s an independent on the council. That’s at least in relation to council peers. The 35-page report, co-authored by prominent UIC political science professor Dick Simpson, a former city councilman, details the voting records of alderman during the last four years, 2007-2011, of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s reign as Chicago’s head.
Posted on March 21, 2011

Charter school union fight heats up

Charter school union fight heats up Clergy, labor groups draw parallels to Wisconsin by Linda Lutton Mar. 18, 2011 Tensions are heating up at a North Side charter school where teachers have formed a union. About two-thirds of the teachers and staff at the Chicago Math and Science Academy signed union cards last school...Read the entire report @ WBEZ
Posted on March 18, 2011

Crime by the Numbers and Beyond

By Bob Spoerl for Jody Weis’ abrupt mid-week leave from his post as Chicago’s Police Superintendent got me thinking: What do the numbers say about crime in the 49th Ward? Fortunately, the Chicago Police Department makes it relatively easy to obtain data about crime reports on a ward-by-ward level. It’s easy; anyone with an internet connection can get these numbers. But I thought I’d make it easy for you in case you don’t want to sift through the data yourself.
Posted on March 07, 2011

Joe Moore Wins by a Huge Margin

Joe Moore Wins by a Huge Margin 100% of precincts are in and Ald. Moore has 72% of the vote and another term. Numbers stand as Joe Moore with 6857 to Brian White's 2665 votes.
Posted on February 22, 2011

Preckwinkle chooses Rogers Park to address entire Cook County

Preckwinkle chooses Rogers Park to address entire Cook County By Bob Spoerl for Newly elected Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is making a point of being seen and heard. She wants greater transparency and accountability from the Cook County government. She’s also playing a difficult tune for county government officials and employees to listen to, proposing budget cuts to close a $487 million hole in the budget for the 2nd largest county in the nation. “If we were a state in the union, we’d be the 17th largest state,” said County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, administrator of the North Shore of Cook County.
Posted on February 18, 2011

Northbrook Bank and Trust Assumes All of the Deposits of Community First Bank

Northbrook Bank and Trust Assumes All of the Deposits of Community First Bank Community First Bank – Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, was closed today by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Northbrook Bank and Trust Company, Northbrook, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of Community First Bank – Chicago.
Posted on February 06, 2011

Two 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forums on Wed Feb 9th.

Two 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forums on Wed Feb 9th. Come out and hear in person what the candidates for Alderman have to say about the future of our ward...
Posted on February 03, 2011

49th Ward - Online Aldermanic Forum

Posted on January 25, 2011

Concerning the 49th Ward Rental Improvement Fund - By Brian White candidate for 49th Ward Alderman

I am pleased to see the 49th Ward Rental Improvement Fund getting attention, though I am disappointed at how far afield things have gotten, due largely to the overcharged rhetoric of Alderman Moore. His email on January 19 opposing the Rental Improvement Fund, in which he wrongly declared that advocates wish to TIF the entire ward for low‐income housing, illustrates how Ald. Moore’s so called progressive politics divide our community rather than bringing us together to address our problems.
Posted on January 21, 2011

Alderman Moore’s Decision on Proposal to TIF the 49th Ward

For the last year and a half, a group of activists led by former Lakeside Community Development Corporation Director, Brian White, and a community organization, A Just Harvest, have demanded that I support Mr. White's proposal to impose a ward-wide Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district that would provide grants to landlords for low income housing in the 49th Ward. Mr. White and his allies call their brand of TIF a RIF (Residential Improvement Fund).
Posted on January 18, 2011

An Aldermanic Election in the Air?

It seems that there might be a lot of cold in the local air recently, but little in the air that suggests that an election for Alderman is only five weeks away, with early voting commencing in just over two weeks (January 31). Read the rest of Mike Glasser's blog post here...
Posted on January 17, 2011

Census shows Rogers Park most diverse neighborhood in Chicago

Census shows Rogers Park most diverse neighborhood in Chicago Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood is the most diverse community in the entire metropolitan area, according to new Census figures analyzed by the Chicago Sun-Times and WBBM-AM Newsradio 780. The most diverse Census tract in the six-county Chicago area is in Rogers Park, north of Devon Avenue between Ridge Boulevard and Damen Avenue. The tract is 29 percent Asian, 24 percent Hispanic, 23 percent white and 16 percent black, the Sun-Times reports. Read the entire Loyola Student Dispatch piece here...
Posted on January 17, 2011

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaires - 49th ward Aldermanic Candidates

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaires - 49th ward Aldermanic Candidates In preparing to make endorsements for the general election, the Chicago Tribune editorial board invited the candidates below to complete questionnaires. The candidates were asked to tell us about themselves, list their qualifications for office and respond to questions. Their responses are in their own words. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot.
Posted on January 12, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Winter Market Winter Market - This Sunday, January 9th

Glenwood Sunday Winter Market Winter Market - This Sunday, January 9th Come in out of the cold this Sunday to the warmth and friendliness of the Glenwood Sunday Winter Market!
Posted on January 07, 2011

Local Holiday Donation Opportunities

Local Holiday Donation Opportunities Each year State Senator Heather Steans shares a list of local non-profit organizations and their needs. While you are doing your holiday shopping or clearing out your closets, please remember these organizations. Basics like non-perishable food, gently used winter clothing, and toiletries are in high demand at many local organizations.
Posted on December 15, 2010

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