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Participatory Budgeting - UPDATE - RESULTS

Click pdf (link) for results>>> PB_Election_Results_2011.pdf Community volunteers have been working since November 2010 in 6 committees developing projects for the 2011 Participatory Budgeting Ballot. The following are the projects being considered: Click here>> Vote on Saturday, May 7th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark. Please bring proof of residency (e.g., driver's license, state ID, signed lease, etc.). Out of town or working that day? Vote early at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview, beginning Monday, May 2nd. The office will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday).
Posted on April 29, 2011

Part One: Chanelle Prepares for the Pageant

Part One: Chanelle Prepares for the Pageant By Bob Spoerl for Rogers Park resident and Lane Tech senior Chanelle Hutchinson celebrates her 18th birthday on Easter Sunday this year, one week before she vies for the title of Miss Chicago Teen. “I hope at least I get top 10 so I can say it’s worth my time,” Hutchinson jokes during an interview.
Posted on April 24, 2011

I Am Chicago - Rogers Park/Edgewater edition.

I Am Chicago - Rogers Park/Edgewater edition. We set up a portable, natural-light studio on Chicago’s neighborhood corners. We spend a day there documenting the characters of the city by inviting all who pass by to step into our studio. We take full-body portraits of them to record the exact way they have presented themselves to the streets on that given day, brown paper bags and all. Some strut, some smile, some grill, some glare, some frown... To encourage participation we offer everybody a professional 8x11.5 inch print of their studio portrait, made on the spot. Our goal is to set up our studio on 30 of Chicago’s corners. The purpose of ‘I am Chicago’ is to collect material for an exhibit, a book of photographs, and a film. Go to "I Am Chicago" Website>>
Posted on April 21, 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

The Recyclery Film Screening

The Recyclery Film Screening Recyclery Join The Recyclery Collective's screening of the award winning documentary SCRAPPERS, Recycling the American Dream. Directed by: Brian Ashby/Ben Kolak/Courtney Prokopa. Friday March 18, 2011 7:30 Doors / 8 p.m. Screening Living Water Community Church - 6808 N. Ashland Blvd. Admission: $5 Set in Chicago's labyrinth of alleys, Scrappers is a vérité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers who search for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The 2008 financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants jeopardize their means of providing for their families. Stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers. "You want green, there ain't nobody greener than Oscar and Otis." -Roger Ebert
Posted on March 17, 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

It’s Sonny in Rogers Park

Bob Spoerl for Imagine being in the middle of Tahrir Square in Cairo during the recent Egyptian revolution. It’s something that’s not imaginary, but real for Ismail Ibrahim. He was there on Feb. 11. “Never in Egypt did I imagine this would happen,” says the 65-year-old Rogers Park resident. It was a dream come true for him, something that causes the practical businessman to jump up out of his seat. Ibrahim is perhaps best known in the 49th Ward as the owner of Sonny’s Food Store. Ismail’s friends know him as Sonny – in fact, everyone calls him that.
Posted on February 28, 2011

An Ethiopian Dinner with a Sudanese Activist

An Ethiopian Dinner with a Sudanese Activist By Bob Spoerl for Freedom in Southern Sudan Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Feb. 7 accepted the request of an astounding 98.83 percent of nearly 4 million registered voters in Southern Sudan. While this news might mean next to nothing for Chicago residents not familiar with Sudan, it means a whole lot to Rogers Park resident Magai (Peter) Bul.
Posted on February 12, 2011

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago - Saturday

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago - Saturday Help save the environment and get a new spring wardrobe! Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through recycling.
Posted on February 11, 2011

Rescuer: ‘You could hear the dogs crying and the ice cracking’

Rescuer: ‘You could hear the dogs crying and the ice cracking’ Chicago Breaking News: Shannon Nickerson worried as she watched two dogs playing on the ice along the Howard Beach shoreline. They were about 100 feet from shore, and Nickerson feared they could break through the ice and into frigid Lake Michigan any second. Sure enough, the brown pit bull mix and black-and-white Australian shepherd mix were heading back to the beach when they started barking. Read the entire article here
Posted on February 09, 2011


MANY WAYS TO ENJOY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IN ROGERS PARK We surveyed owners and managers of local bars, pubs and restaurants in Rogers Park and came up with a compelling choice of enjoyable options. Support local businesses. Hit 'em all!
Posted on February 04, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, Chicago was hit hard with snow this week

In case you haven’t heard, Chicago was hit hard with snow this week By Bob Spoerl #Snomg. #Snowpocalypse. #SnowtoriousBIG. These are some of the most popular Twitter hash tags people used in reference to the massive blizzard of 2011. Twitter users posted, in 140 characters or less, updates about their interaction with the storm. Some tweets were funny, some were depressing, others quirky. In the studios of WTTW 11, on the nightly news show “Chicago Tonight,” where I work during the day as an intern, we dubbed the coming storm “Snowmageddon 2011” in our Tuesday broadcast. Due to the weather, we did not have a Wednesday show.
Posted on February 04, 2011

Transition Rogers Park Transforming Community - Upcoming Events

Transition Rogers Park Transforming Community - Upcoming Events The mission of Transition Rogers Park is to confront climate change, peak oil and today’s economy by bringing together the head, heart and hands of our friends and neighbors in Rogers Park and, through a broad and inclusive, community building process, create local self-reliance in our food; energy; transportation; health care; commerce; education; communication; and the arts.
Posted on January 29, 2011

The Recyclery Collective - 2011 Bike Repair Classes

The Recyclery Collective - 2011 Bike Repair Classes Learn bicycle maintenance at The Recyclery Collective, a nonprofit bicycle shop. Payment is sliding scale to make classes affordable to those with limited income. Register at the to save your spot.
Posted on December 15, 2010

Eclipse the Violence

Family Matters’ Young Men’s Programs BOND (Brothers of New Directions) and BOM (Brothers on the Move) Present A multi-media performance featuring drumming, original music, and a slide show expressing the young men’s insights into the impact of violence in their lives and the world. Artwork by the young of the BOND/BOM will be on display.
Posted on December 14, 2010

“Local ideas for holiday gift giving from “North Howard Neighbors Association” blog”

In these times of economic 'down turn', those in need are many and growing. The following groups and organizations are local and well established regarding their work in our neighborhood. They have been serving the needs of our local community and it's residents for years and we encourage you to give them first priority in your donations this Holiday Season, whether you're donating the basics for subsistence or gifts for children. These groups and organizations are proven and have been in the forefront of serving the needs of our neighborhood residents for years. Click here to find out more...
Posted on December 13, 2010

Shop Jarvis Square

Shop Jarvis Square Spend the afternoon at the intersection of Jarvis and Greenview. Get your holiday shopping done at the annual artisans market (artists will be at 3 different locations this year) and visit local businesses to enjoy special day of discounts and events. It is a great way to meet all your holiday shopping needs and support the Chicago artists community! Check out for more details.
Posted on December 08, 2010

Go To Lost Era’s for your Costume Needs! - By Mike Glasser

Go To Lost Era’s for your Costume Needs! - By Mike Glasser With Halloween just over a week away, remember that one of the City’s greatest costume shops exists on Howard Street in Rogers Park. Of course, I am referring to Lost Eras, owned by Charlotte Walters, at 1511 W. Howard Street. Read the entire blog post here.
Posted on October 23, 2010


LAST RPPG MEETING OF THE SEASON & HOUSE PLANT SALE  TUES., OCT. 26 @ 7pm Get a great deal on some house plants for $5 or less for Guzmanias (yellow, green, and purple), orchids, pothos, and we'll even toss in some free dried hydrangeas. We'll also hear about the 2010 Adopt the Public Way gardens and get ready to start the 2011 grants process. Finally, Rogers Park gardeners will share their gardening experiences from what went right to what didn't work quite so much, favorite plants, pesky critters, and more. Be sure to check in for the last meeting of the season and enjoy all things green and gardening before the snow flies. RPGG Meetings are free to members; $5 others. Membership is $10 per calendar year and entitles you to free admission to all RPGG programs and events for 2010. For more information on RPGG programs and events, visit us here.
Posted on October 22, 2010

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