Monday, March 25, 2019

Capitol Fax: Preckwinkle and Rush will double down today #ChiMayor19

This is how Preckwinkle and Lightfoot (one of those two candidates will be the first Black female mayor of Chicago) will differentiate themselves. Preckwinkle it could be said has the backing of quite a few established Black politicos in Chicago such as Bobby Rush or Danny Davis. For example and it seems there will be more endorsements of the current county board president.

Anyway read more about it at CapFax.
Preckwinkle isn't doing any ads on TV, but Lightfoot is continuing to spend money on ads such as this one below which you can also see at CapFax. She gets saddled with her service on the police board and this ad shows she'll help people caught in the criminal justice system. [VIDEO]

Friday, March 22, 2019

Chicago Tonight Preckwinkle/Lightfoot debate #ChiMayor19

[VIDEO] If you missed it last night here's the debate between the top two candidates from last month's mayoral election. They will be squaring off in a run-off election on April 2, 2019. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former police board chairwoman Lori Lightfood square off in a debate that aired live on WTTW's Chicago Tonight.

Let us know your thoughts on this debate if you watched it last night or even if you watch the video above.

Since I didn't watch this debate last night, I want to share with you Lee Bey's thoughts. He shared them on his twitter page and had his thoughts on how the candidates address the perceived needs of the city's south and west sides. It's a bit of a thread so go to his page to see the rest, this is how he started off.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Capitol Fax: Raoul responds to Van Dyke decision

News from yesterday over at CapFax regarding a ruling by the state Supreme Court to not change the sentence given to former police officer Jason Van Dyke who's currently at a medium security federal prison in New York serving his sentence.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Runoff #6WardChicago

From Block Club Chicago, Ald. Roderick Sawyer gives his thoughts on being forced into next month's runoff election for Ward 6 Alderman. He claims not to know much about his opponent Deborah Foster-Bonner. As we know he beat another incumbent Alderman of the 6th Ward in a runoff, however, do you all believe he can pull off a victory on April 2nd?

Also early voting in next month's runoff for some alderman, city treasurer, and mayor races began yesterday.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Runoff #6WardChicago

I shared this on the fb page for this blog. We see an article from Patch for the coming runoff in Ward 6 between Deborah Foster-Bonner and Ald. Roderick Sawyer. If you didn't get the change to find out more about Ms. Foster-Bonner before last month's election take your time and read about her before next month's run-off. And as always feel free to chime in on whether or not you think Chicago's 6th Ward is better off with a change in the Alderman's office or if the incumbent is doing the job in his current role.

Coming soon Chatham Meat & Produce??? #6WardChicago

This was posted to Nextdoor over the weekend as something of an update to the closure of Chatham Food Market
Chatham foods will be closing within a week. EVERYTHING is marked down to 50% off. Fresh meat is brought out daily & I took advantage of the sales. They will be closed for at least 2 months, slated to reopen in June as a MEAT & PRODUCE MARKET!!!! 

Because they're in the remodeling stages and moving many shelving units that haven't been moved in decades??? The store has a peculiar aroma of a stagnant mice farm. Also, if you choose to by can & glass non perishables CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES....
So we're going to get a new iteration of this local grocery store. And I'm a little concerned about the reports of the aroma since we found out about the market's impending closure for renovations.

To be fair, I've only been in the store once and was disappointed when this business was sold to non-Black ownership. On the other hand since it seems the trend has favored larger grocery chains I'm glad that this local business will continue in some way.

It makes me wonder how an independent grocery store could compete with the Jewel, Mariano's, Walmart, Foor 4 Less or Whole Foods of the world.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Hope Dealers

I've written about the group of Morehouse College students who over the years have come up here with Morehouse alum Corey Hardiman to mentor Chicago Public School male students on their spring break. They choose cold Chicago instead of the warm weather of spring break beaches.
When most college students think of spring break, they think of a tropical getaway along sandy beaches. But for the sixth year in a row, a group of students from Morehouse College in Atlanta is giving back and serving the South Side of Chicago.

The Morehouse mentors were matched with their mentees at Chicago State University on Thursday.

"The reason why I started the Young Men of Color Conference was because, for me, growing up I didn't see brothers who look like me doing successful work," said Corey Hardiman, founder of the Morehouse group called Hope Dealers. "All we are here to do is to promote excellence of young men of color. If they can't see it, how can they become it?"

These spring breakers are focused on getting their CPS mentees ready for a career, helping them resolve conflicts and teaching new life skills.
I think it was cool that they made it to Harlan this week, Harlan is where I graduated from high school. Back in the day, I could've used a young male college student to show me how it is. Hopefully I'd have listened and followed up with them.

Capitol Fax: Because… Chicago!

What if you did your shopping in the suburbs to avoid the city bag tax only to find out that the state passed its own bag tax? It's been in the news as a proposal so far, and for some it had the added intent of reducing usage of plastic bags in Chicago.
If you're tired off all these taxes then there's this from Rich Miller:
In the end, this bag tax might very well turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth.
What the post is about is passing a statewide bag tax, then allowing Chicago to keep our own bag tax. It seems downstate politicians take an issue with Chicago not being included in this new tax. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Capitol Fax: Question of the day

To give a short hand of yesterday's question of the day from CapFax, "What constitutional provisions, if any, would you support to “protect” middle-class families from future tax increases after the new graduated tax structure takes effect?"
Well I haven't seen the responses there, but hopefully someone out there who has great familiarity with the state constitution and taxation has their own answers.

Proposed entertainment complex coming to South Shore

This isn't the first time we've heard about a new theater coming to 71st/Jeffrey. I first got wind of it in 2016 and the plan was the preserve the former HQ of ShoreBank and the former Jeffrey Theater. Then later it was reported that those buildings would have to be demolished to build the new theater.

Now this new Cinegrill being developed by ICE Theaters owner Alisa Starks expects to open in June 2020. This is according to the Chicago Citizen:
Located inside the former Urban Partnership Bank Building, 7054 S. Jeffrey Blvd., will be Cinegrill, a 50,000-square foot development that will house a seven-screen theatre with chef-designed cuisine, a bar, reclining seats, and seating capacity between 38 and 75; Odessa’s

Kitchen, a Creole-inspired restaurant seating up to 105 people; AJ’s, a four-lane bowling alley, equipped with multiple big screen TVs, a lounge that serves alcohol and appetizers, and offers table games like checkers, chess and backgammon. The last component for the development will be Penthouse 71, an events venue that can accommodate up to 225 people, and will include an outdoor patio for up to 85 people. A parking lot for the multi-entertainment center will be built at the corner of 71st Street and Bennett Avenue.

Construction is expected to begin later this year with a goal of opening June 2020, according to Starks.

“ICE is launching a new development, blending a variety of entertainment and dining targeted to sophisticated, urbane adults and leveraging a fast, growing trend of successful ‘eatertainment’ brands from Dave & Busters to Punch Bowl Social,” explained Starks.
We'll see if Starks will make good on the open date for next year. The new cineplex was proposed to have opened last year as well. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ethnic/racial shift in Englewood

Shared this Sun-Times article over the weekend. Englewood is changing one sign of that is not only Kennedy-King College that has been located at 63rd & Halsted since 2007, also the Whole Foods Market store that opened at 63rd & Halsted in September 2016.

Another sign of Englewood changing:
Now, there’s a new demographic shift in her neighborhood. African-Americans are leaving for better opportunities as a small-but-growing number of Hispanics move into Englewood and West Englewood, a community residents commonly call Greater Englewood.

Greater Englewood’s total population dropped from 71,740 in 2010 to an estimated 55,004 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. During that time, the African-American population fell from 69,776 to 51,015 — a loss of nearly 19,000 residents. African-Americans still make up more than 90 percent of the population, but as some leave, the Hispanic population has tripled in size, from 845 people in 2010 to about 2,700 people by 2017.

What’s driving the influx? Cheap property, Williams said.
Overall, the bureau estimates Chicago’s African-American population dropped nearly 10 percent between 2010 and 2017, to 820,000. In that time, the Hispanic population grew nearly 5 percent, to 790,000.
Aysha Butler, president of Residents Association of Greater Englewood, said there has been little coalition-building between the two groups.

“It’s really hard to have the conversation when people are feeling that their Hispanic neighbors aren’t very neighborly,” Butler said. “I know a lot of my West Englewood members are very uneasy about this and I just hope eventually that we reach a common ground because unfortunately we’ve been taught to be divided and if we were working more closely together we probably would have a little more power.”
The history is interesting as noted in the above article Englewood in the 1960s & 1970s went from white to Black and now possibly Hispanic. And then couple this with the trend that Blacks are leaving Chicago.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Chatham Food Market closing?

Photo by Worlee Glover
On Nextdoor it was reported that Chatham Food Market (fka Chatham Food Center) will be closing March 24, 2019. It was also reported in that thread that the property that would be left vacant won't be in that state for long. If you believe the photo above by Worlee Glover which was shot sometime on Sunday (also posted on Nextdoor), perhaps a name change is in store.

Here's a video posted on this blog over a decade ago from YoChicago which featured the previous owner of the grocery store located at 79th & Calumet. [VIDEO]

Friday, March 8, 2019

R.I.P. Derod Henderson

The graphic below was posted to Nextdoor this morning. With a link to a Sun-Times article regarding the retired Chicago police officer who shot himself this past Monday. There was this message attached to it.
Sadness and devastation have overcome my life. There was such unexpressed sorrow that despite being given options, he felt this was the choice to make. I’m at a loss and at this time I cannot say much more. While some actions cannot be stopped, please acknowledge depression and reach out to everyone, especially first responders. They cannot unsee the horrors of the world. Help reduce the stigma of accepting mental health.
Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues!
Also, I wanted to share this in the spirit of "reducing the stigma of accepting mental health". It's disturbing hearing about the suicides of Chicago Police active or retired, and hope that we'll get those troubled police officers the help they need.

However, if the family requests that I take this post down their wishes will be respected.