Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019 election page is up #ChiMayor19

 Thanks to JP Paulus for starting the page.

The 2019 page will be updated as often as possible with ballot position numbers, other links involving the campaigns, hopefully some headshots along with returns as they become available. We hope this page will help you all make an informed decision as far as who you would vote for in wards 6, 9 and 21.

We will also cover the election for ward 21 this year also. The reason is a bit different from 2015 which for back then we considered Ald. Howard Brookins' role in the ward remap of 2011-12 and his former position as chairman of the city council Black caucus. It's also interesting that many of the people who are stepping up to run against him this year also ran against him in 2015.

As always if you have any additional information with regards to the candidates who are on the ballot feel free to let us know. Write a comment, tweet us, write on our fb page, and of course feel free to send an e-mail with our address in the sidebar.

For historical purposes our previous election pages which aren't publicly linked however they're still viewable for a limited time only.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Status - 79th/State #6WardChicago

Photo taken in October 2009 - 79th/State

You know perhaps I should dust this post off, the vacant lot on the southeast corner of 79th & State Streets has been mentioned by Worlee Glover on Nextdoor. Allow me to share that post with you and then link to a post which was one of the first times we've mentioned this corner.
  • Several weeks ago their was a post on Wendy’s that digressed to a discussion on 79th State.   In the post there was a discussion on a proposal to purchase/lease the vacant property at 79th State to build a Culver’s restaurant. 

    Statements were made suggesting that the city initiate imminent domain proceeding on the site which would force Carter Temple church to sell the property to the city. 

    The church board met this past weekend and decided that they needed to bring in a consultant to evaluate proposals and internal plans and make a recommendation on which was in the church’s best interest. No time frame was given in when a decision will be made. The church board includes local residents State Senator Elgie Sims and businessman Paul Williams. 

    Carter Temple which has been in the community for 40 + years purchased the property at 79th State approximately 20 years ago after a long fight with the property owner who had let the property diminish and become a nuisance in the community . The church had a vision to redevelop the building that was presented but found it too costly. The church has indicated they want to build a senior living facility with retail in a multistory building. Subsequently, the pastor at the time Henry Williamson was promoted and left the church. Over the past 15 years the church has had a string of pastors and the there has been differences of opinion within the church about the property. 

    The church has sought to stabilize the leadership team with the Rev.Joseph Gordon and board member Sims.

    As information comes forth will update.
PHOTOS: 79th & State Street with vacant lot and abandoned building from October 2009

And perhaps it's time to go to that corner and take some updated snapshots, almost 10 years later. Perhaps when the weather warms up or when the snow melts...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Curbed Chicago: Here's what Chicago is really losing as the two-flats vanish

Worlee Glover shared this to Nextdoor over the weekend and it's something to be shared here. Why is this important? Well consider the issue of affordable housing.

Do we need to have major corporate real estate companies owning a vast number of rental units throughout the city? And why not allow mom-and-pop landlords to be able to rent out their own unit, especially their two or four-flats?

Finally what do we do about those units that are in disrepair?

What you see below is via CurbedChicago.

CapitolFax: Inauguration open thread

Today, starting at 11:00 AM in Springfield, Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker will be sworn in. Rich Miller provides you with the means to tune in if you so choose live at that time. Sorry to have done this at the last minute, but if you find other places to tune in for the inauguration of the Governor feel free to tweet us or leave a comment here or post to our fb page.

Friday, January 11, 2019

My birthday last month at Studio Movie Grill Chatham...

SMG Chatham concession stand, bar, lobby
For the first time in years I went to the SMG Chatham theaters. I met up with fellow Sixth Ward blogger JP Paulus (whose birthday also fell on December 14th) to check out the newly renovated theaters. If you know the history the Chatham 14 was opened in 1997 under the ownership of ICE Theaters and managed in the beginning day to day by a company known as Cineplex Odeon. Of course as of 2014 the local cineplex is owned by Studio Movie Grill (SMG) and renovations were completed in 2017.

Usually I'm a matinee guy and always have been. But in meeting with JP Paulus on our respective birthday for the release of Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse I was going to the show later than normal. I had no idea according to JP that the concession stand would be closed by 6:30 PM. If you want food even if it was typical theater treats such as candy, popcorn or soft drinks you'd have to order them through a server in your respective auditorium.

I realized once I got to my auditorium that I needed to change my seat. I'm probably like a lot of theater goers don't like people sitting in front of you or don't want to sit near anyone. It was a seamless process by cashier in the box office area. Of course if you buy your tickets only you can just walk to a kiosk and use a bar code on your phone to get physical tickets.

What's I've also learned is that there will always be people who like to come to the theater at the last minute to buy tickets. Not complaining I'm often the same way and I'd prefer to pay for cash to buy movie tickets of course can't do that online. I was surprised that as I waited to change my seats in box office how gradually the line got longer and longer for those last minute moviegoers.

At least on this Friday evening the business wasn't great, it was a lightly attended night at least for the Spider-man film. I got some sliders to eat and they were great. The film was also great and to be sure it's a great movie to watch with your family or with children. It's a computer animated comic book film that often feels as if it was lifted from the pages of Marvel Comics.

Let's not forget that in the lobby is a full service bar where you could hang out before or after your movie. Perhaps you just want to drop in and not see a movie. It's there and probably a perfect place to watch the Oscars during that particular season of the year. There are big screen TVs at the bar.

If I have to rate this place, I'd give it 4 stars out of 5. I've been a customer of the Chatham 14 for years even through all the changes in the 21 years it has been in operation. I could say something about the seats in front of us in my auditorium that were covered in tarp because the roof leaked. I will also say I like how they stretched out the auditorium so that the servers could do their jobs. It seems as if they took out a row of seats to accommodate the vision of a full service dine-in movie theater.

Also I had no idea that you could pick up a menu where the greeter used to be. Usually a person that rips your tickets would be located in the hallway just before going to your respective auditorium. It was very easy to find your reserved seating as seats are lettered and numbered.

As stated in another post last year and again in our year end round-up. You need not go downtown to either Showplace Icon or AMC Block 37 Dine-In theaters to get the same amenities you get get at 210 W. 87th Street. Unlike at those two downtown theaters with similar amenities you don't have to pay to park on 87th Street.

BTW, shout out to Harlan Falcon Brian who was one of the managers on duty on that evening.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Union National Bank in Roseland #tbt #Ward09

This was shared via Pete Kastanes ig @chicagoextinctbus. What you see below is a branch of the former Union National Bank which was bought by Seaway National Bank in the 1980s. I have to do some more research, but I suspect this bank was purchased in a similar fashion to how Seaway got bought in January 2017.

Regardless the branch you see in the photo was demolished in the 2000s and replaced by a new branch you would see near that location today still located near 11108 S. Michigan Avenue. These days, however, this branch is owned by Seaway a branch of Self-Help FCU.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Capitol Fax: Burke finally busted cold

Yesterday after returning from his holiday break Rich Miller of Capitol Fax takes a look at the feds finally busted ward 14 Alderman Ed Burke. He resigned from his longtime chairmanship of the city council committee on finance after the feds finally charged the longtime alderman with extortion.
Also I wanted to share this video with you, I think you might have seen jokes about the charges involving some Burger King franchises. Specifically if you remember what happened with LaQuan McDonald what happened with that young man over four years ago happened not far from a Burger King on Pulaski near the Stevenson Expressway. [VIDEO]

Monday, January 7, 2019

EDITORIAL: Ed Burke scandal presents Chicago with a grand opportunity for reform

After the search warrants executed on Ald. Burke's ward & city hall offices last year, federal authorities have finally charged thenow former finance committee chairman with corruption. I would like to share some stories about this at a later time. Meanwhile, how about an editorial:
On Friday, after Ald. Edward Burke resigned his chairmanship of the Finance Committee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Ald. Patrick J. O’Connor, as acting chairman of the committee, will lead an effort to reform how the city runs its secretive $100 million-a-year workers compensation program.

Most basically — and this is an excellent development — the mayor wants to strip the program from the Council’s Finance Committee, where Burke apparently ran it as a personal political favor bank, and move it to the city’s finance department, where it belongs.

We enthusiastically support this reform, for which we made a case just two weeks ago, with one big caveat: The city inspector general should be granted full oversight over the management of the program. For that matter, the inspector general should be granted true oversight over all agencies under the mayor’s control, along with the ability to defend its subpoenas in court.

As things work now, the IG must rely on the mayor and city law department to defend its subpoenas.

Friday, January 4, 2019

CTA's north terminal reopened at 10 AM Friday... #Ward09

[VIDEO] I shared a photo (twitter & ig) of a flyer handed to me this AM rush by CTA personnel noting that the revamped original terminal of the red line terminal at 95th would reopen today. CBS 2 did a quick story on this and saw that the Mayor of Chicago did a quick live stream. Hope to have more later now that both sides of the 95th station is now open!

BTW, I just have to ask. A swanky DJ booth? Really? At a CTA station? Aren't there more worthwhile amenities worth having at a transit hub than a DJ booth?

Here's a pic of the flyer

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Illinois Channel: Comptroller Susana Mendoza on Her Run for Chicago Mayor #ChiMayor19

[VIDEO] Former city clerk and current state comptroller Susana Mendoza talks about her run for mayor at the City Club of Chicago. You've see two other candidates for mayor such as Bill Daley or Garry McCarthy talk about their run for mayor during the course of the last month.

I didn't get the chance to watch this vid before posting it. I do wonder if she made her case for becoming mayor of Chicago in 2019. Duration of this video is about an hour.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 year in review

2018 is just about over, and it seemed to move fast too. As we look back at the year that was we look forward to the year that will be 2019. Here are some important stories we noted on this blog and other news in general that we hadn't followed.