Friday, July 20, 2018

#fbf: A streetcar named retired with video footage

[VIDEO] Since we gotten on this particular subject fairly recently, on June 22, 1958 the last street car ran in Chicago. This was established in another post from last month the former 22A Wentworth which is now the 24 Wentworth bus. Also know that most CTA bus routes are descended from the old streetcars and the "windy city" at one point boasted the world's largest streetcar network

In this vid you see above from CTA' YouTube channel it shows a number of scenes of Chicago streetcars from about 1955 to 1958. Then at about 1:45 mins into the video you will see footage of the last run of the aforementioned route 22A - well actually you see for the sign 22 Vincennes so time to do more research. Anyway we see it on it's run through Chinatown with a police escort as there is a car with a flashing police light on it.

We get to know the men who were on that last streetcar run for CTA William E. Rye was the conductor & Marvin H. McFall was the motorman. Now I wonder what both men did once the last streetcar had been retired. Did they move on to other roles in CTA?

I hope you enjoy this flashback.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ben Joravsky: Rahm makes a joke out of Quinn's term-limit push, but voters could have last laugh

I missed this from earlier this month from Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader. He talks about the former Gov. Quinn's attempt at a binding referendum on mayoral term limits in Chicago.
This year Rahm had to figure out a way to keep former governor Pat Quinn from placing a binding mayoral term-limit question on November's ballot.

If it passed, Rahm couldn't run for reelection next year.

Quinn has enough obstacles trying to round up the 50,000 valid signatures by the August 6 deadline.

But just to throw another roadblock in his way, Mayor Rahm had the aldermen place three nonbinding questions on November's ballot.

So voters will get to decide, among other things, whether they want to ban plastic straws or whether they want the state to give them a property tax break.

Hmmm, do voters want to pay less in taxes? That ought to be a real cliff-hanger of a vote.

On his WTTW show, Schutz pointed out that most people see this for what it is—a thinly disguised attempt to thwart Quinn by cramming the ballot with frivolous questions.

Goodness no, the mayor responded, as though he were horrified Schutz would even suggest such a thing. Instead, Rahm said he was just "seeking guidance from the voters."
Here is the Mayor's appearance from June 28, 2018 on Chicago Tonight. Watch it for yourself!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Peace in Cole Park August 17 & 18

You might have seen this in a e-mail blast from 6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer earlier this summer. Peace in the Park - After Dark: Overnight Camping Experience. To take place in Cole Park - 361 E. 85th Street from 2:00 PM on August 17, 2018 to 8:00 PM on August 18, 2018.

You may have seen some blurbs on this blog about such an event overtime on this blog.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CBS Chicago: Protests Continue Over Police-Involved Shooting

[VIDEOThis report was shot today from CBS 2. When the shooting first happened there was a protest brewing right on 71st & Jeffrey. If you click this link you see the police having to push back the crowd in a report from ABC 7. It looked like it was getting ugly. Today those protests continue. 

Heartland Alliance Health South Side Health Center Grand Opening

This information was sent to the blog sometime last week
  • Heartland Alliance Health has opened a new healthcare center at the corner of Halsted and Garfield. On Friday, July 20, 2018 come check it out at their Heartland Alliance Englewood Health Center Grand opening celebration.

    This organization has worked hard to build a health center that will address many of the health- related issues people in the community often face - including primary medical, substance use treatment, mental health/psychiatry, insurance assistance, medical case management, specialty referral care, and chronic disease management including HIV/AIDS care. Walk-ins are welcome. EVERYONE is welcome.
The grand opening is set to take place
Friday, July 20, 2018
1:30 PM to 4:40 PM
Englewood Health Center
5501 S. Halsted Street

Here's a number to call for an appointment though for further information also (773) 275-2586

Here's another flyer for more details.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Capitol Fax: Harith Augustus coverage roundup

Rich Miller does a round-up of all stories statewide, locally, and in some instances nationally talking about the police shooting of Harith Augustus in South Shore on Saturday. And quotes a few mayoral aspirants Lori Lightfoot, Garry McCarthy, and Troy LaRaviere.
I had been real tempted to show again the footage from police bodycams of this incident, but I'll just refer to you to this morning's post which shows what you might have seen on ABC 7. Somewhere out there is mostly unedited video of what happened with Mr. Augustus!

I would encourage you all to - at least for those of you who want to know what happened - is to see the video provided by Chicago Police and see for yourself what happened. The last thing I want to do is continue showing the last moments of life for any person.

This almost brings to mind what happened with Laquan McDonald. A video of which had been linked here and with the same reservations that I had no interest in watching a man about to be shot & killed in real time.

ABC Chicago: Protests erupt after man fatally shot by police in South Shore

You might have seen some posts on our FB page about this on Saturday night. Either a live video as the protests happened or another video from Chicago Sun-Times regarding a police shooting and then a scuffle as a result between demonstrators and police. You will see that in the report from ABC 7. Tense moment in South Shore near 71st Street & Jeffrey Boulevard!

Found this late on Sunday also from ABC 7, we have the identity of the man shot by police. And in the embedded vid below we have body cam footage from police officers. You don't see anything graphic at least, but you see what events led up to the shooting.
Chicago police released body camera video on Sunday of the fatal police shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augustus, which sparked a night of protests in the South Shore neighborhood.

Supt. Eddie Johnson said he made the decision to release the video "because the community needs some answers and they need it now." He said he wanted to clear up misinformation about the shooting.

After the shooting, crowds gathered near where the shooting occurred Saturday evening at 71st Street and Clyde Avenue. Four police officers injured and four protesters arrested. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers and jumped on squad cars, damaging two vehicles.
Here's the corresponding video report.
Also just think this made a UK news outlet even if it wasn't yet updated with more current information such as the deceased man shot by police. Though what you see there is the man in question was a known barber.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

PHOTO: 87th/Cottage Grove 1960 to 2018 #tbt

87th/Cottage Grove - 1960
 The Sixth Ward: PHOTO: 87th & Cottage Grove 1960

I posted the above pic to the link above back in July 2012. Up until about the first decade of the 21st Century Walgreen's was on this corner as you know things have since changed since then. You can read more background of the shopping center we now know as Chatham Village Square in the above link also.

In addition to Walgreen's there is a Chase branch, Nike Outlet, a Target, an AT&T store, and even a military recruiting station. Back in the day say during the course of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s the shopping center once was home to a Radio Shack, People's Gas, a bowling alley, Sara Lee store, Woolworths, and even a Polk Bros. As happens as time goes on, things must change.

Pic below of the same corner.
87th/ Cottage Grove - March 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Capitol Fax: “There is a greater racial gap in infant mortality rates today than there was during slavery in America”

From a press release you might've seen at Capitol Fax:
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Bill Foster (D-IL-11) today pressed Governor Bruce Rauner on what steps his Administration is currently taking—or plans to take—to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in Illinois, as well as to reduce the stark racial disparities.

The United States is one of only 13 developed countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality—the death of a woman related to pregnancy or childbirth either during pregnancy or up to a year after the end of the pregnancy—is worse today than it was 25 years ago. Each year, an estimated 700 to 900 women nationwide now die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, with black women significantly more likely than white women to die from pregnancy related causes. In 2016, Illinois had more than 150,000 births, with 72 pregnancy-associated maternal deaths and 985 infant deaths. In Illinois, black women have 3.5 times higher mortality rates than white women and black infants have nearly 3 times higher mortality rates than white infants—far worse than the national average.

“The United States is one of the very few developed countries where deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth are increasing—and there is a greater racial gap in infant mortality rates today than there was during slavery in America. This is simultaneously unacceptable and heart-breaking,” the members wrote. “More must be done to help women and infants across Illinois—especially black mothers and babies—and we look forward to hearing what your Administration plans to do to assist in these efforts.”

EveryBlock is going away!

This is such a surprise, EveryBlock has been something utilized on this blog over the years. We were even an EveryBlock publisher and traffic from there has been responsible for some of our pageviews over the years. And now its going bye-bye essentially encouraging users to sign up for Nextdoor. The site will go dark on July 19th!

Perhaps Worlee knows this better than I do, Comcast is an investor in Nextdoor. It owns EveryBlock and shut it down once to bring it back and now it's going bye-bye again! And just think Comcast is another major corporation that not only provides a cable TV service, they do internet, phone and now cable and broadcast networks as well as a film studio. Just like many corporations do these days they just readjust and sometimes this means that somewhat familiar brands are going by the way side.

What had been popular with a number of local blogs was utilizing a widget provided by EveryBlock which we operated on our "Blotter" page since the widget - at least the original one - was first created in 2010-2011. We used to communicate with someone from EveryBlock looking for feedback on the widget and other things company related and of course this was before the takeover by Comcast.

So it looks like we won't have a "Blotter" page anymore. I would wonder if any EveryBlock features will carry over to Nextdoor. Nextdoor I could treat as similar to those old fashioned internet forums that now with the advent of social media just aren't as popular as they used to be. This means perhaps the features that I liked about EveryBlock probably won't carry over and that's a bummer!

RIP EveryBlock!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Grand opening of senior park 107th/King Drive

You might have seen something about this lot on 107th & King Drive close to two years ago. There was a proposal to put up a cell phone tower there. Today Tomorrow, there is a grand opening for a senior park on that lot. Evidently the ones who wanted a small park won out over the company that wanted to put a cell tower here.

Here's the flyer from Ald. Anthony Beale's office below
Also here is a pic of the lot that I shot in April 2018
107th/King Dr by Levois J April '16

Capitol Fax: Chicago polls flying everywhere

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Rich Miller let's us know about some polls from both Mayor Emanuel and Lori Lightfoot - former President of Chicago Police Board.
One thing jumps at Miller about these polls, especially one by Rahm: "Lightfoot hasn’t spent a dime and she’s only behind by 16 points according to Rahm’s own poll?"

At best I see another run-off in Emanuel's future!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago Reader: Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years

Via Chicago Neighborhoods

More changes coming to the historically and architecturally significant Pullman neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CBS Chicago: Governor critical of Dan Ryan shutdown

[VIDEO] If there are two unpopular politicians in Illinois it's Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Rauner who are still going at it with each other over the recent Dan Ryan shut down on Saturday. St. Sabina Catholic Church pastor Father Michael Pfleger is willing to take his activism up a notch if there is no further action in the violent crime in Chicago.

I could just say violent crime in Black communities, but this should be treated as a city problem regardless!

Anyway allow me to share a couple of pertinent tweets from this past Saturday. Here's the retort from the Mayor to the Governor.
I'm going to give the Governor credit for this!
Sometimes I forget that these can be deleted perhaps I should just screencap them for posterity. Although the tweets have been reported in the media so they won't like go away soon. Forgotten probably but we know they were shared by the parties involved.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Air ambulance crash on Chicago's south side!

[VIDEO] This happened sometime on Saturday night and actually occurred near the interchange between I-94 (Dan Ryan/Bishop Ford or Calumet Expressways) and I-57. Hence you might see quite a few shots of the CTA's 98th/State railyard.

As an added bonus here's a remote from ABC 7 Chicago which was shot the night of this crash.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

VIDEO: Dan Ryan Expressway Father Pfleger Peace March Shutdown #DanRyanshutdown

[VIDEO] It's rare as of late that I do Sunday posts here however since Saturday's peace march on the Dan Ryan Expressway is still fresh on everyone's mind I wanted to share this video from Artistmac. He didn't participate in the march himself but got footage of the march as it happened. And audio of others who are pontificating on this.

We would see that at first police blocked two lanes and ultimately protestors which included not only St. Sabina's Father Michael Pfleger also Rev. Jesse Jackson. There were pics that showed them negotiating with authorities especially Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Though I found a pic where he was marching with the protestors on the Dan Ryan via the "Sheriff Blog".

BTW, I feel the need to share this post from Newsalert the last posted yesterday about the Ryan march: Amid #DanRyanShutDown, Rauner slams Rahm, protesters on Twitter: "Unacceptable. We had clear parameters that allowed the protestors to be heard while respecting law and order. Instead, they chose instead to cause chaos..."

What are you thoughts on this march?