Thursday, September 30, 2010

Roseland Heights and the house with plywood

The house with the plywood on the front window near 95th & Michigan
It was mentioned at Tuesday's meeting about a couple of houses on the block between Michigan and Wabash on 95th Street. You might have seen a pic of one of them here from around the time of the primary election. One of these houses has plywood for front windows.

I've had my eye on this house with the plywood during the summer. One there was a plastic container top in one of the windows that had gang markings written on it. It struck me as inviting trouble.

I also had no idea that squatters were living there. It was also said that they're stealing electricity.When the Roseland Heights residents mentioned that I recalled that there was a satellite dish on the roof!

It's unclear to me if that house was under foreclosure. It would've been my assumption that the place was being rented by a largely absentee landlord who didn't care that the house was falling into disrepair. Also that the grass wasn't being cut.

If the house was under foreclosure surely there are remedies in place that would help keep that house secured. Ald. Lyle said we need to go after those financial institutions that just sit on these foreclosed properties and write them tickets. The question here is what exactly is the punishment. Can the city take the property away from the financial institution or can they force them to sell?

One thing is for certain that house with the plywood needs to be under the ownership of someone who will take care of this place.

Shooting (and death) on 79th & St. Lawrence

Just saw this on the Tribune's Chicago Breaking News site
A 23-year-old man who was shot in the head and neck Wednesday night on the South Side in the city's Chatham neighborhood has died from his injuries.

Officers and paramedics responded about 8 p.m. to the 600 block of East 79th Street and found the man with gunshot wounds to his neck and head, police said.

Preliminary reports said the man was approached by two male suspects, one on foot and the other was riding a bicycle. The person riding the bicycle fired shots, striking the victim. Both suspects fled northbound from the scene, police said.

The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No one was in custody for the shooting. Calumet Area detectives were investigating.
As scary as this is...we NEED to ALL walk the streets. The more we're out there (and not alone), the more we can save our neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Deadline for voter registration in the 2010 general election

According to the Edgewater Community Buzz blog. There is a grace period that ends on Oct. 26th. for those who fail to register by Oct. 5th.

Early voting (complete listing of early voting locations at link) will actually start on Oct. 11th at select locations, but other locations around the city start Oct 12th. This includes the 6th Ward location at Whitney Young Library at 79th & King Drive. You can also early vote at Chicago State University near 95th & King Drive at the Cordell Reed Student Union Bldg. Refer Early voting ends on Oct. 28th.

Whatever your reason for not being able to go to your physical polling site on Nov. 2nd, there is "no excuse needed" absentee voting. To get your absentee ballot you can print off this form (requires Adobe Reader) and then return the completed form to the Chicago Board of Elections.

More information check out!

Roseland Heights meeting police services

It was mentioned that the association had asked several times for the police commander (John Ball) at the Calumet District (5th) to come out and talk to the community and he had appeared to have showed little interest in that. The Alderman stressed that while the issues of panhandling is important to the community the district just had little time to address it as they had to deal with issues in Roseland.

Most of us who follow the issue recognizes that the police are understaffed or overworked. Thus they may not always be able to attend to the various issues that are of great concern to city residents.

As for the issue of panhandling Ald. Lyle mentioned that there is a no peddling ordinance in effect for all the major thoroughfares of the ward. Go across the Dan Ryan into Howard Brookins' 21st Ward there is no such animal. She also mentioned some young people who were begging for money to purchase costumes for their dance troupe. These young people were noted as dancing in the street in front of traffic. I witnessed such a display myself over the summer.

The Alderman said that she would make contact with the 5th District Commander and have him come to a  Roseland Heights Community Association meeting in the near future.

Oh yeah, just north of 95th is another police district, Gresham District (6th), under Commander Eddie Johnson. The issue she wants to refer him to is something I will refer to later, but it involves some houses on the north side of 95th between Michigan and Wabash where some issues have been noted at the meeting.

Roseland Heights meeting Harlan Community Academy

Remember last year I posted about a zoning letter sent to area residents. Well, Harlan is located in Abbott Park and that issue hampered many improvements at the school. Who'd have thought it? To install an elevator at Harlan requires a permit and it wasn't so easy if the city doesn't recognize that there was a high school right on Chicago Park District land! Although I'm year or so late the zoning did go through and there are a lot of improvements at Harlan.

The Alderman mentioned the new labs for the engineering program, but also the infrastructural improvements such as installing some rocks under Harlan's foundation due to water damage in the school's courtyards  to prevent the school from falling into the ground. She mentioned the windows fixed around the school.

The association also is interested in hold some community meetings at Harlan, but it was noted that the administration there didn't seem very receptive. One resident the treasurer at Roseland Heights said that she attempted to run for LSC, but had her paperwork was lost and she wasn't able to participate in the election. Ald. Lyle stressed that she believes Principal Reginald Evans knows that when school is out for the evening on for the weekend the community will have their eyes on the school. Also that it's best for Harlan to have a relationship with the outside community where the school resides.

Well there was a discussion about the proposed Red Line extension at least in relation to Harlan students who take public transit to and from school. The Alderman mentioned that students from several south side high schools end or begin their trip to their respective schools at 95th. She named a few such as Julian, Corliss, Harlan, and Bowen although that school is closer to 87th than 95th and it's located all the way in the South Chicago neighborhood.

She mentioned that at a gas station near the 95th terminal students were barred from shopping there during certain hours. Also drop-outs were known to jump students coming to and from school and that they either hung out at the gas station or at the McDonald's west of the terminal on 95th.

Let's make a special note of this. If there was trouble anywhere near 95th, the Alderman said that students from Harlan would get the blame for it. There are other students from other area schools who use 95th street during the school year. Even if a Harlan student wasn't directly involved the incident would be attributed to Harlan. She specifically mentioned a drive-by shooting near Harlan over a year ago.

Also, a Harlan student was in attendance at the meeting. Ald. Lyle's nephew who is also on the LSC as a student representative as well as a member of the school's student council. He said he was working on ways for at least Harlan students to work with the outside community particularly for those students seeking community service credits. Especially since there is a feeling that the school's administration doesn't seem that interested. Some elderly women at the meeting seemed eager to put the young man to work.

I have to note Shedd School wasn't mentioned so perhaps there are no problems there. That or Harlan may pose more issues for neighborhood residents than Shedd might.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Roseland Heights meeting Sept 28th

Ald. Lyle made a surprise visit to the monthly meeting of the Roseland Heights Community Association last night. She covered a variety of issues of concern to that neighborhood.

Issues mentioned last night includes Chicago State University, Red Line extension, loitering, breakins, pan-handling, squatters, property upkeep, Harlan High School, and police services. I only wished that I had brought a notepad or something to keep up with a lot of what was said last night because I know that I won't remember everything.

In a series of posts I will address as many of them as I can. It hasn't been decided if this will be a series of posts over a period of time or that I will gradually publish them during the day. Just know that hopefully you have an idea of what's going on in Roseland Heights.

Besides the reason for the Alderman's visit was to address the concern that she wasn't doing anything for Roseland Heights. She did offer a sheet for all the money spent in that neighborhood as far as infrastructure.

BTW, it should be noted that this is election season and she had volunteers outside of the church where the Roseland Heights meeting took place in additon to handing out campaign flyers. Also I want to note her comments on the election coming up in November.

The feeding frenzy over the Mayoral election next year is no reason to forget that we will elect a Governor and a US Senator in November. The Alderman is not only the committeeman for the 6th, she is also the city chairwoman for the Cook County Democratic Party. She admitted that she sometimes wonders if Gov. Quinn is living in the same dimension, however, she believes the Republican candidate for Governor is scary.

One of the mostly elderly people who attended the meeting said under her breath that she believed that Quinn was evil. Most of the people at the meeting appears to not be very enthused by Pat Quinn.

Also the US Senate election. The Alderman is committed to insuring that the Senate seat currently held by ward resident Roland Burris will not fall into the hands of Republican Mark Kirk. While Quinn may have a huge probability of losing his attempt for a full-term as Governor, the Kirk/Gianoulias race for Senate is more evenly matched as Kirk hasn't been able to put this election away yet.

In any event stay tuned for future posts about the issues affecting Roseland Heights.

Mary Mitchell: Next mayor must be more than all talk

You will see this on our Blotter, you may well have seen this on FB. Mitchell tells the story of a call that took place near the 7100 block of South King Drive at 7 AM on a Saturday morning:
"The young lady appeared to be on some type of drugs. I watched her for 30 minutes. I tried to talk to her. Every time the light would turn green, she would jump off the corner into traffic. A truck almost took out the corner trying to avoid hitting her."

[Wanda] Askew said she called 911.

"Twenty-two minutes passed. Nobody came. I called back and told the dispatcher that I pay taxes, too. Somebody is going to get hurt, or she is going to get herself killed. Another 15 minutes went by before a police van pulled up," she continued.

"I met them downstairs. By then, she had been out there for an hour, and it looked to me like she needed medical assistance."

Askew said a black police officer showed up, and said to her: "You the one who called and said you pay taxes? You need to call Mayor Daley. This is not a priority call. We are getting shot at, and we are understaffed," Askew said the officer told her.

"I couldn't believe what I was hearing," Askew said.

"I told him: 'You still pick up your check, don't you? You knew all that when you filled out the application. If you don't like your job, get another job."

Eventually, Askew said the police scooped up the young woman and took her away.

"I support Jody Weis all the way," Askew said. "I couldn't believe it was 8 in the morning, and the police officer was arguing with me."
Of course this story is told in terms of the 2011 election. We will have a new mayor next year as Mayor Richard M. Daley will not run for a 7th term. Mitchell further notes that:
It is unlikely that Chicagoans like Askew will find themselves in one of the caucuses purportedly set up to decide which African American will run for mayor.

The City Council's Black Caucus is meeting every other day in an effort to come up with a consensus candidate.

West Side clergy are meeting.

Black business owners are meeting.

The remnants of the Operation PUSH crowd, and the standard bearers of the historic Harold Washington campaign are all meeting to try to whittle a field of about nine to about one or two potential black candidates.
Ah, what about the people in the neighborhoods. Whoever the Black Caucus or other more powerful Blacks in the city will decided ultimately the people in the neighborhoods will decide who will be Mayor. Who's to say that the Black community will make a different choice from what the aspiring "kingmakers" want us to make?

This column is worth a read when you get a chance.

Monday, September 27, 2010

CTA Red Line sets sights on South Side extension

The proposed Red Line Extension
For some reason I had this in mind already. With Daley about to leave office next year, I was wondering what would become of this potential extension.

John Hilkevitch talks a little about this extension:
Under the CTA's plans, four new stations would be built — at 103rd, 111th, 116th and 130th streets — mostly along the Union Pacific Railroad right of way. Two options are under review for the location of the 130th Street terminus.

Using federal seed money, the transit agency is starting work on a draft environmental impact study, which the Federal Transit Administration requires as part of the CTA ultimately receiving a federal full-funding grant agreement.

If the project is fast-tracked, as supporters hope, construction on the estimated $1.4 billion extension could begin within the next several years and be completed as quickly as 2016, depending on the availability of money, CTA officials said. The projected cost, in inflation-adjusted dollars, includes relocating the existing CTA rail yard that is beyond 95th Street to vacant land in the area of 120th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.

Excitement is already plentiful at community planning meetings for the Red Line extension, where residents are pitching ideas regarding what they want their new stations to look like as well as priorities for nearby development.

Desired station amenities range from bright lighting and other security-driven needs to murals designed by African-American artists. But it's what would be built outside the stations on blighted parcels where there has never been a coordinated planning process that stirs the most interest.

Mixed-use retail and affordable-housing complexes, grocery stores and pharmacies, banks, bookstores, ice cream shops, parks, local activity centers and many other ideas were offered during a "visioning session" for the Red Line extension held this month at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, which is several blocks from the proposed 116th Street station. During the meeting, participants worked with architects and other experts.
The Red Line extension represents precisely the kind of project Congress prefers to fund. It fits the bill as a true "new start" project, not simply a rebuilding of an existing line. It provides much-needed transportation options to low-income, minority communities that historically have been bypassed when it comes to investment in infrastructure.

Plus, the economic possibilities of transit-oriented development offer the chance to turn around blighted neighborhoods, while attracting middle-income workers from the suburbs to spend money at businesses likely to sprout up near planned park-and-ride facilities along the extended Red Line, officials said.

The project is considered a strong contender for major funding in the next multiyear federal transportation spending bill that Congress will begin working on after the November elections.

The CTA has received $285,000 in federal new-start money that will be used for preliminary environmental studies for the extension, CTA spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney said. The transit agency recently submitted an application for $2 million in funding through a "Livability Grant" that would be used for part of the work associated with the environmental impact study, she said.
OK, so Hilkevitch mentions that the communities of the far south side could benefit from this line, especially in the Roseland Community.

Not mentioned here is the safety aspects. Students from the many high schools on the far south side won't have to converge at 95th Street if they had to take a bus to and from school and then continue their journey from the terminal. With this extension I would expect that bus routes would be realigned.

Further more if Chicago was to have gotten the Olympics in 2016, I would have hoped that this line would be ready by then. I know they're talking about fast tracking this extension but for now I won't hold my breath.

Hopefully if we keep talking about this line and start advocating for it, then it may become reality in the near future!

Woah!!! How did this happen?

The Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council (CAPCC) blog has made it's way to the blogroll of the Gaper's Block political site, Mechanics. I know that JP and Worlee have largely been at odds with some of the blog's content, but surely this can only mean increased attention for the work of that community organization. Hopefully this will be beneficial to the Chatham neighborhood.

Docs & Dialogue-The Rise & Fall of the Black Woman

Saturday, October 2 · 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Location P.E.A.C.E. Center
6455 S. Peoria Ave.
Chicago, IL

The featured documentary will discuss the Rise & Fall of the black woman and how presently there appears to be a war against ALL black women.

Ages 13+ encouraged to attend, however, there is strong language so we there is a parental advisory warning.

The “Docs & Dialogue” series is a grass root project created by residents of the Englewood community. The series was developed because many of the "safe spaces" in the community ar...e closed on Saturdays.

So we decided to create this monthly series that showcase documentaries that entail some shock value. Each of the “shockumentaries” viewed at the past events focused on culture, hip hop, entertainment, community, history and then is followed up with a candid dialogue amongst the attendees.

The series was designed for the youth; however, the community as a whole as fully embraced this powerful project! As mentioned above, we will examine the assassination of our black women and discuss ways to combat this war!! Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ald. Lyle on Rahm Emanuel for Mayor

From Saturday's Carol Marin column:
"I've heard no one on the South Side saying, 'Oh, boy, I'm glad Rahm is running,' " said 5th Ward committeeman and Ald. Freddrenna Lyle. "And Terry Peterson signing on would not move 10 blacks in my ward. It might harden people's hearts against Rahm who believed Daley planned all this."
Oh yeah it was noted that Terry Peterson, former 17th Ward Alderman/Democratic Committeeman and current CTA Chairman, is expected to sign on to an potential Emanuel campaign for Mayor.

I would like to refer you to this video I posted of Ald. Lyle and Ald. Brookins on Chicago Tonight on Sept. 7th. They mostly talk about Mayor Daley's retirement and his legacy both positive and negative.

St. Dorothy Catholic Church

Location: 500 E 78th St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
I was walking by St. Dorothy Catholic church and snapped these phots. What struck me was how "un-Catholic" it sounded...or at least an adapted Catholicism like the Faith Community of St. Sabinas.
What struck me on the signs:
  • Healing Services (like a Pentecostal church)
  • Liturgical Dance (not what you think of when you say Catholic)
  • Faith Community (rather than parish)
  • "Black Jesus"
I am certainly not criticizing these things.  Rather, I think these things are great. But it makes me interested to find out mor eabout the churhc, and how they relate to not only the Chatham community, but especially other Christian churches.

Does anyone have any other information or stories about the church?

We would love to hear them!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Does GCA understand education? I don't think so

I received an email from the Greather Chatham Alliance(formerly WIM) and it was nothing less than a fear mongering letter on the state of our local schools. After reading the letter I looked at the data they were basing their opinions on. The document you see has several omission such as it doesn't list Burnside, Gillespie and McDade. BTW, McDade was named one of the best elementary schools in the city by Chicago Magazine. Also it doesn't list Harlan on the High School side.

Why hasn't GCA been involved in the education conversation in the ward? Why all of a sudden now? Why did their former president call Dixon students"dirty little thieves"? What do you think.

Again, we would love to hear what the candidates have to say.

6th & 21st Ward Aldermen on Sept. 7th edition of Chicago Tonight

If I was more of a regular watcher of this mainstay public affairs program on WTTW, I wouldn't have posted this the night or morning it aired. Ald. Lyle and Ald. Brookins appeared on this program together with retiring Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) and Ald. George Cardena (12th). Pay attention to comments made by Brookins at 7min. 45secs. into this video as he refers to Chatham as "ground zero for middle-income America" and connects that with the issue of crime that has been an issue in that neighborhood as of late.

At about 10:15, Ald. Lyle made a comment that Mayor Daley didn't bring a lot of attention to the neighborhoods. Do you agree or disagree with that?

Duration 19 mins. This segment aired not long after Daley's annoucement that he will not seek a 7th term as Mayor

Follow-up: Speaking of Englewood

Well I wanted know Ay-Sha Butler's vision for Englewood. I have no idea if she wrote this post in response to a recent blog post from last weekend, but it's worth noting here:
When I say Englewood can be the new Brooklyn, I mean we can function as a borough, where everything we want is within our community. Like Brooklyn, Englewood could be enriched with cultural events and gatherings. Like Brooklyn residents, we will rep it in all we do and be proud of where we live!
Well the response to why she wants Englewood to resemble the NYC borough of Brooklyn. Hopefully we'll see more of that transformation play out in the near future. :)

Funeral arrangements for Pastor James Demus III ; Homegoing of Rev. Joseph McAfee

Mark S Allen posted this on his blog on ChicagoNow. The photo is from Park Manor Christian Church's website
"Dedicated to my friend, mentor, colleague, ally, clergy-activist partner for over 20 years. What you taught me and what we worked on through the years with PUSH and other efforts will live on in me and those like me that God blessed you touch. I will miss you buddy !"

The viewing of Rev. James L. Demus' body will be held Sunday, September 26, 2010, from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Cage Funeral Home, 7651 S. Jeffery, Chicago, IL 60649.

Visitation services for Rev. Demus, 57, who died last Thursday, will be held noon, Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Park Manor Christian Church, 600 E. 73rd St., where he was senior pastor. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with burial held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, 115th and Fairfield.

At 6 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2010, there will be a 25th anniversary gala held at the Doubletree Hotel, 5000 W. 127th Street, Alsip, IL, celebrating the life and works of Rev. James L. Demus, III. For further information, call the church at: 773-483-2115 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              773-483-2115      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail:

Reverend James L. Demus III


Long time Chicagoan, Reverend James L. Demus III has served Park Manor Christian Church in Chicago, IL for the past quarter century. Under his leadership Park Manor Christian Church has flourished as one of the largest, most influential African American congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has personally mentored a legacy of twelve "Timothy's" spread throughout the United States, touching numerous lives during his ministerial career.

An activist at heart, Reverend Demus has reached out beyond the walls of the church to address social justice issues such economic disparity, education equality and political inclusion to enrich and empower the lives of the underserved. Well known in religious and political circles, Reverend Demus is a renowned preacher, spiritual teacher, religious scholar, motivational speaker, social justice activist, entrepreneur, corporate consultant, and church growth advocate.

He was the co-convener of the now historic Million Man March - opening up the doors of Park Manor to jumpstart diversity and cohesion amongst different denominations and religious orders. This decision to work together with Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam as a team materialized into One Million Black Men coming together in solidarity and faith in Washington, D.C.

A former teacher and long-time advocate for the Chicago Public Schools, Reverend Demus has always shown a special interest in children, whom he credits for leading him to the ministry. Over the years he has sought to promote and improve academic excellence. As an apprentice of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, he worked as Special Assistant to the President for PUSH and as Assistant Director of the Push Excel Program: a program designed to encourage children and teens to succeed and take responsibility for their education.

He has been and remains a champion for improving the spiritual, social and leadership skills of America's youth. He has hosted workshops, tutoring, and church/community based programs through his church and the now defunct Blue Gargoyle Youth Service in Chicago.

Reverend Demus is the co-founder of the Ministerial Alliance Against the Digital Divide (MAADD), a group that focuses on promoting and improving access to technology and the internet. According to Mayor Daley, "Technology can enhance opportunity, improve knowledge and workforce skills, expand economic development and encourage innovation."

To expand their reach to the community, MAADD recently launched the "community pulpit" blogs to provide timely information about various social justice issues. Reverend Demus was among the first to speak up when auditors discovered $5 million dollars worth of computer equipment was stored in a warehouse unused for several years after SBC had purchased the material with the intent of donation to the Chicago Public Schools.

To boost economic development and help black-owned businesses create jobs, he helped to revive the Black Expo along with the late Reverend Bernard Taylor under the umbrella Black Expo Chicago and National Black Expo.

Reverend Demus has been active in local, state and national politics, increasing voter registration, and has used his influence to elect numerous local, state and national political figures such as Presidents William Clinton and Barack Obama. In 1984, he was a National Democratic Party's Rules Committee Member which resulted in better representation for women, young people and minorities--Super Delegates.

Reverend Demus earned a bachelor's degree in education from Northern Illinois University in 1975, and a Masters of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary seven years later. He also received a Certificate of Award in Faith-based Community Development from Harvard University in 1999. He has served as the Executive Director of the Chicago South Side Branch of the NAACP and is Co-Convener of the Disciples Justice Action Network (DJAN).

Reverend Demus is the recipient of numerous awards and certificates including the prestigious Community Service Fellowship of the Chicago Community Trust. He is a strong believer in the "power of prayer." Additionally, he believes there's power in Black Churches and not just the spiritual kind. He remains a successful advocate for human rights and social change.

Rev. Demus is survived by his loving wife Eleanor Demus, two sons, Joshua Von Demus and James L. Demus IV, two step-daughters, Robyn L. Cushingberry and Marie C. Babb-Fowler, step-son Lamont Sharp, two sisters, Alice Jean Sithole (Washington, D.C.), Gwendolyn Miller (Eric) (Chicago, IL), a brother, Obediah Demus (Marva) (Cincinnati, OH), grandchildren, Anna J. Chapman-Demus, Candyce L. Black, Brittany Thompson, and Andrew Babb-Fowler.
In addition to Pastor Demus' homegoing, Rev. Joseph McAfee went home to be with the Lord in early September.  Rev. McAfee ran for alderman in the neighboring 8th Ward. However, his  church, Central United Community Church,  is on Cottage Grove near 85th. Mark S Allen also blogged about Rev. McAfee's funeral
Brothers and sisters, from all the grassroots organizing movements that led up to the foundation for the first Black Mayor to the first Black to be elected United States President, the Rev. Joseph McAfee was a legendary religious leader and activist and it was indeed an honor and privelage to have been a student, friend, and activist colleague with Rev. McAfee for over 25 years in Chicago. I cannot think of any Civil Rights or Black empowerment movement in any area in Chicago where you did not find the presence of Rev. McAfee. He indeed leaves a legacy of other young activists and those in the ministry who his leadership example will carry on in all of us he and his activism touched directly and indirectly. He was indeed a champion for the least of Gods people.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council: Condolences to the family of Rev. James L. Demus I...

From Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council:
Condolences go to the family and Park Manor Christian Church (600 E. 73rd Street) on the passing of their Senior Pastor, James L. Demus III. Rev. Demus pastor since 1985 was both inspirational and advisory in day to day conversations.

Known not just as a preacher but as community organizer, consultant, growth activist and motivational speaker, his talent and conversation will be missed. We pray for and with the family.
Pastor Demus was the Senior Pastor of Park Manor Christian Church. The church has property at 84th & King Drive, and have been working over several years to convert that land into a new church.

Pastor Demus was also involved with politics, such as the 2007 Aldermanic Race in the ward, as well as a 2008 Democratic Presidential delegate for Hilary Clinton.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

NASA's "Summer of Innovation" is back at Trinity UCC next week!

NASA's "Summer of Innovation" is coming back to Trinity UCC next week! Free NASA Enrichment Experience for Chicago Public School TRACK E Middle School Students (Grades 5-8 only), Monday, 9/27 through Thurday 9/30, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Trinity UCC Village Center, 1947 W. 95th St., For info and to register, call 773-629-8093 or 773-966-1541!

Events of note out of Roseland Heights

From this month's Roseland Heights Community Association newsletter
  • The next meeting for this community based organization is Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 starting at 7 PM at the Temple of Glory International located @ 311 E. 95th Street. Adjournment is expected at 8 PM. On the agenda there is discussion and planning of community events for the rest of 2010. The means October and November of this year as winter break will be in December of this year and January 2011. Also concerns and a goal for the calendar year needs to be established.
  • Also there is a CAPS meeting at Rosehaven Manor @ 10220 S. Michigan Avenue on October 5, 2010 starting at 7 PM.
  • Noted here on this blog Sept. 7th, but noted by Roseland Heights. The 6th Annual Silas Purnell College EXPO at Tuley Park located @ 501 East 90th Place on Oct. 2, 2010 between 10 AM to 2 PM.
  • Finally LaVelma English will be honored by the Chicago State University Alumni Association on October 20, 2010. Ms. English is a member of the 99th Street East/West Block Club. This event is to take place at the Oak Lawn Hilton @ 933 S. Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn Illinois. Further information found at their events page.
Working on uploading this month's newsletter online so check back on either our FB page or here on the blog.

You can also check out the Roseland Heights page at Neighborhood Link for more information from the community association.

Roadside Safety Check in the Grand Crossing (003rd)District at 7424 S. Stony Island

The Chicago Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check in the Grand Crossing (003rd) District at 7424 S. Stony Island. The Roadside Safety Check will commence at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010 and end at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25,2010.

During roadside checks, police officers slow down traffic, stop cars at regular intervals and watch for drivers who show signs of alcohol impairment and other violations as noted below.

“The program is designated to apprehend drivers who are operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said Superintendent Jody Weis. “It also offers an opportunity to issue citations to drivers who are otherwise a hazard to themselves and others on the public way.”

The Roadside Safety Check conducted in the Harrison
(011th) District on September 17-18, 2010 resulted in the following:

Driving Under the Influence 11
Open Liquor 5
Insurance Violations 12
Seat Belt Violations 1
Drivers License Violations 18
Traffic Violations (Other) 7
Total Citations 54

Vehicles Towed 14

For full details, go to

Roderick Sawyer official campaign kickoff

Roderick T. Sawyer will officially announce his candidacy for Alderman of the 6th Ward. His kickoff will be as follows

September 30, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Caribbean Cove Restaurant
8020 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL

Note: In the spirit of full disclosure this writer is a former neighbor and has retained the candidate in the past for legal representation.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bomb threat call made on 87th Street

A bomb threat called in to the city's 911 center Wednesday morning led to the temporary closure of the Daley Center and a CTA Blue Line stop.

About 7 a.m. a call came in to the 911 center and the caller, a male "who seemed mentally unstable," according to police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez, said a bomb would go off at the Daley Center and Millennium Park in 30 minutes.

Police determined the call came from a pay phone on the 400 block of East 87th Street, Perez said. 

Central District Police Lt. Richard Guerrero said the Daley Center was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

No explosive device of any sort was found, Perez said, and the Daley Center has been reopened. No one was hurt and there have been no arrests as of about 9:30 a.m., according to Guerrero.
From Breaking News:
A person made a threat against the Daley Center and Millennium Park about 7:17 a.m. from a gas station pay phone in the 400 block of East 87th Street, saying something would explode within a half-hour, police said.
Well this is not something you will find from the Blotter if you're a regular follower! That call from 87th affected what was going on in the Loop today!

Black Ensemble- Those Sensational Soulful 60's

Originally posted Sept. 6th. A comment was posted this morning from a person who has attended this production. Does anyone else have anything to add? This coming weekend will be the last for this production - Levois

You don't want to miss Jackie Taylor's phenomenal production of "Those Sensational Soulful 60s!" Full of fun, laughter, dance and music - that great - great music! Relive or discover the magic and the excitement of that great 60s music honoring the legends! "Those Sensational Soulful 60s" is a must see for all ages. It will take your breath away and leave you begging for more!

September 10 at 8:00pm - September 26 at 3:00pm
Kennedy - King College Theater
740 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A taxonomy of transitions.

I posted a link to this on the FB page. This image is courtesy of the website It shows the racial breakdown around the Chicagoland area. Although most us already know which areas are populated by many of Chicago's racial or ethnic groups.

YoChicago posted this on their blog today and I found this via The Urbanophile earlier this month.

Also mentioned on The Captiol Fax last week in a post that measures Chicago's racial breakdown and the political implications of that.

Our new 2011 page

Information that many have sought is NOW available in one place. It will be edited as needed as of course that information is subject to change. If anyone has anything to add feel free to post comments both in this post or on the 2011 page. Thanks!

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 6th Ward Meeting

The date and location of the September Ward meeting has been changed.

The new date and location is:

Thursday, September 23, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Miracle House of Prayer
8638 S. Michigan Ave.

Please call 773-846-7006 if you have any questions and PLEASE pass the word.

Moseley Braun Expected To Announce Mayoral Bid

Location: 6835 S Normal Blvd, Chicago, IL 60621, USA
Ever since Mayor Daley announced that he wouldn't seek re-election earlier this month we've seen a lot of jockeying. Surprisingly one of the people who seeks his job is former US Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. You should now that Moseley Braun also held the President's old US Senate seat from 1993-1998.

Anyway she made her way to Robeson High School @ 6835 S. Normal Blvd. to speak to students. According to CBS2 this occurred last Friday.
She was at Robeson High school Friday, speaking as part of a program to inspire and encourage students to stay in school. Moseley Braun said she hadn't intended to talk politics and promised to do that at a news conference Monday.

Still, she said, "I'm talking to people, I'm listening to people, and I will have a decision is short order." 
As I type this post this press conference has probably already been held at 10 AM the citizen's group Citizens for Carol is expected to announce a petition drive for her at the Hyatt Regency Hotel @ 151 E. Wacker Dr. where she will outline her plans.

I thought it was a great move to come to a neighborhood high school to encourage our young people.

I know there are more recent pictures of the Ambassador that I could've found on the internet. I just liked this one the best. ;)

Magnet/selective enrollment application information

Some information regarding the application process as it has changed again. The period to begin applying starts on October 1st through December 17th. Please go to the CPS Office of Academic Advancement (OAE) website you can see the outline of those changes here as well. Information recieved via e-mail.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Latest 6th Ward Aldermanic Candidate

Originally posted Sept. 14th, 2010!

Thanks to Jimm Dispensa of for this news. (Aldertrack is the premiere website for sorting through all 50 aldermanic elections. Sign up with Aldertrack to find out the instant it goes live.)

Sean Washington is another declared candidate for 6th Ward Alderman.

Here's a short biography from his website:
Sean Washington has been actively involved in civic duty, community service
and social organizations within the ward.

Currently, a Chicago Firefighter, Sean, exemplifies courage and desire for community preservation. His commitment to the community is felt by young and old. Whether shoveling snow for elderly neighbors or teaching Fire Safety to young children.

Through several community groups Sean Washington has dedicated himself to the 6th Ward.

As President (2009), of the Community Pride Association, Sean lead the charge to
“Vote Dry” 79th and Cottage Grove. He worked with the Association to bring absentee owners/landlords back to the community to secure and maintain properties in the ward. Realizing the importance of “community safety”, Washington worked to identify halfway houses and recovery homes in the ward.

Roseland Heights faced with rezoning of Abbott Park and 98th and Michigan, Sean, as committee member partnered with others in opposition and circulated petitions in protest.

Today, in the Ward – Sean Washington will create the 6th Ward Council. He will advocate and develop Block Clubs for the entire ward. The Block Clubs will promote socializing and the exchange of ward (city) information amongst neighbors.

Sean will bring tutoring programs to our ward by partnering with local schools and churches to provide tutoring service for children in need.

Sean received his Bachelor’s Degree from Chicago State University in 2001, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification in 2008 and EMT Certification in 2000. He resides in the Chesterfield community with his wife Lonita Washington.
We at The Sixth Ward hope to have a summary page soon of all candidates, and perhaps mirror Uptown Update's list of candidates, for your convenience.

We welcome all candidates and their supporters to post comments and issues. We also welcome submissions for entries, such as news for events, or photos (please give us links of exisiting photos; we don't have the memory to host your photos).

While individual writers may (or may not) have their personal favorites, this blog is not a tool for a specific candidate.We simply want to help the community make an informed decision.

We do want serious discussion on issues affecteing the ward. However, name-calling, accusations and slander are not a part of debate. So please use wisdom in responding. One suggestion, if you find a post you want to passionately respond to, is this: type up your response on Microsoft Word, save it. Then go away from your computer for at least an hour. Re-read what you are responding to, as well as what you typed, and revise as necessary

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Speaking of Englewood...

63rd/Halsted back in the day!

So in speaking of all the anti-violence marches going on in Englewood or around the city Ay-Sha Butler wants to make peace her reality. Since she believes that those who organize anti-violence marches are only making violence their realities.

Besides that she lists a number of event taking place in the Englewood community one of them was advertised on this blog earlier this month. Unfortunately I didn't realize this post was from Sept. 12th so some of these events such as an Englewood Peace Rally has passed already. Although having a peace really anywhere is a great idea as opposed to an anti-violence rally. Especially if the idea is to make peace the reality.

In any event, Ms. Butler often e-mails the blog or even posts on the Fb page with regards cultural events in Englewood. Something that hopefully anyone who read this blog will support. Even drop by themselves even if they don't live in Englewood to see what they have to offer.

BTW, Butler wants to remake Englewood into the "Brooklyn of Chicago". I really would like to hear her vision. In what way does she want that community to resemble that NYC borough?

Read more of her blog @ A New Voice from Englewood - "The Brooklyn of Chicago"!

Also the above picture, I've been wanting to use that on the blog for a while. You can find that image here as well. Hopefully that intersection will be the busiest on the south side once again.

Englewood Institution Fundraising to Give Back

FOX Chicago notes that Calahan Funeral Home is celebrating 27 years @ 7030 S. Halsted with an antique car show this weekend to raise money for underprivileged children. Read more at FOX Chicago. Found via our Blotter!

Anyone interested in a theater party?

The trailer is on an upcoming film? Would you be interested in attending?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ald. Lyle on possible city council turnover

This article was posted on the Facebook page yesterday. Didn't read the entire article so I missed the fact that the Alderman was in it until I saw it on Google alerts for any media about Ald. Lyle:
"It'll definitely increase the number of votes anti-incumbents get," said Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th), who is facing at least three challengers.

"I thought this race would cost $100,000. Now, it could be twice as expensive. People are gonna have to work twice as hard to get their supporters to come out to the polls and make sure they vote absentee. People who are anti- are much more energized than people who are for something."
Now if there is turnover on the Chicago City Council it certainly could be due to Mayor Daley's retirement next year.

Some more stats on City Council turnovers!
Chicago has had 50 aldermen since 1923. Since that time, the biggest Council turnover occurred in 1931, when 24 new aldermen were swept into office, along with a new mayor and city clerk.

Washington was accompanied by 15 new aldermen. In 1991, there were 13 new aldermen. Four years ago, there were five.
Won't be long until the municipal elections next year!

Chicago state gets some credit but freshman enrollment is still down

Chicago State University's accreditation has been reaffirmed after being in limbo for more than a year due to concerns about poor retention and graduation rates.

Still, the news came too late to help the university persuade students to choose the South Side campus. First-time, full-time freshmen enrollment is down 12.9 percent from last year, to 513 students.

Overall undergraduate enrollment, including transfer students, increased to 5,675. Total enrollment is 7,362, officials said.

"When you are trying to select a school, you will probably go to an institution where no questions were asked," said Chicago State president Wayne Watson, who has been in the position for about a year. "We think that played a large part in it. That is why we were so pleased to get" confirmation that accreditation has been renewed by the Higher Learning Commission, the region's accrediting agency.

To address concerns about the public school's high dropout rate, Chicago State has started several new programs to help students who are struggling. Among them: an early alert system that every month flags students who are missing class, not turning in homework or failing exams. Tutoring is then offered to those students.
Read the whole thing. It's worth your time

Via Capitol Fax!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Help Wanted- Volunteers to serve on local PTA's

At the Burnside Elementary Open House last week I was disappointed to hear that the PTA was in jeopardy of being disbanded because of a lack of participation. The president, Principal and regional PTA representative made pleas for parents to get involved. So if you are a parent, teacher or resident of a child or a neighbor of the following schools

Park Manor











and any other school in our community GET INVOLVED!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Let's Help send a young Chatham resident to Washington D.C

Courtesy of GCA

First we salute Gabrielle Banks for her selection by the Congressional Young Leadership Conference(CYLC) to attend the Junior National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC this October. Gabrielle lives in Chatham and is a 7th grader at Beasley Academy.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) offers mature, high-achieving middle school students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their homes and communities. Through an examination of both different historical time periods and characteristics of leadership, students will gain a better understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader.

Each session of JrNYLC is designed to educate, inspire, and motivate students by giving them the confidence and leadership skills that will take them through high school and beyond. Attending students receive personal guidance and direction from dedicated and experienced faculty advisors and are also provided with materials designed to foster self-directed experiential learning.

Tuition for Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) is $1,890 plus transportation cost for the fall 2010 and spring 2011 sessions. Gabrielle and her family are asking the community to assist with the cost so she can attend.

Donations can be made online through Paypal also by mail:

Checks payable to: South East Community Housing Association
8153 S Rhodes
Chicago, IL 60619

For more information call 773-484-3390

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Aquaponics- CSU and 6th ward combine to bring community gardening a reality

From abc7chicago

Fish farming is making a splash with students at a South Side university. They are hoping it will inspire others in their community to eat locally grown, healthy foods.

Chicago State University is the newest home to an aquaponics facility. Administrators say it will not only provide a new teaching tool for students, but may also help ease the grip of a food desert on their South Side neighborhood.

Hundreds of tilapia are getting their daily feed at Chicago State University. The aquaponics facility features four 750-gallon tanks. There are also six hydroponic grow beds, where fruit, vegetables and herbs are planted in water instead of the ground.

"The nutrient-enriched water from the fish actually serves as the fertilizer for the plants. So it's very, it's organic," said Alison Gise Johnson, PhD, director of science outreach.

All of the nutrients as well as the waste products that the fish create are absorbed by the plants. Then, the clean water is recirculated back into the fish tanks. Nothing is wasted, but so much is gained.

"The reason we think this is necessary is because we live in what we call a 'food desert.' ... As part of our mission as a university serving the community, it's to involve the community in developing food, producing food and consuming food that's highly nutritious and to know what nutritious food is," said Floyd Banks, PhD, CSU Dept. of Biological Sciences chair.

One of the people helping to spearhead this project was 6th Ward Alderman Fredrynna Lyle.

"Chicago State serves a community and the community is the South Side and the south suburbs and so young people...they'll all be able to come over here and take the opportunities to volunteer, to help in the growing of the vegetables," Lyle said.

Young people like John Packard. He visited the college recently on a high school field trip. Packard was so impressed that he got involved right away.

"I do a series of tests on the water and on the plants," said Packard. "We run tests for ph-alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen. We run tests that are vital for the fish and the plants for their health and make sure that if their lacking, we supplement to make sure they are on point."

Some Chicago State students say the new facility is yet another source of pride.

"Just to help the community get involved with environmental science, being more conscious of the way we eat. We're kind of like pioneers for the Chicago area as far as urban ecology," said senior Jameka McElroy.

This aquaponics facility is the first phase of a larger plan. Chicago State University also has three acres of land nearby that they will be opening next spring for sustainable fuel research and community gardening.

The aquaponics facility is open for public tours.

For more information check out:

Friday, September 10, 2010

Candidate Brian Sleet Fundraiser

September Fundraiser for Brian E. Sleet for 6th Ward Alderman.

Wednesday September 15th at Red Kiva

Thank you Bethlehem Star MB Church and L & M Barbershop

Have to give a shout out to Bethlehem Star MB Church( and their pastor Roosevelt Watkins . They gave out over 100 book bags with supplies to kids and schools in the community. Also, L&M Barbershop, 422 E. 87th gave out over 100 free haircuts and fed young men in our community on Labor day. BTW, Alderman Lyle was at the barbershop when they decided to burglarize her home. This is a great example of businesses and churches stepping up in our community.

CAPCC: New planter installations

The Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council blog shows us pictures of planters along Cottage Grove. It's the work of students from Harlan, Tanner, Park Manor schools in addition to Leiana J. Gary of the Cottage Grove Planters Society. As a matter of fact we posted a story about Ms. Gary during the summer.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Domestic Violence- Why is it on the rise in Chatham?

At the recent CAPS meeting for Beat 631(79th king to 83rd Ingleside) it was reported that domestic violence calls in the area have increased. The calls have increased to the point where Beat 631 is in the top 10 in the city.

Mrs. Aileen Robinson from the police department stated that there could be two reasons why the increase. One being good and that the increase is attributed to residents being more informed and are calling. The second reason is that there is an actual increase of incidents occurring.

The Chicago Police define the following as domestic violence:

Elder Abuse

Child Abuse

Male/Female Relations

Infant Abuse

We will have Mrs. Robinson post some information at a later date but if you have a problem with domestic violence please visit .

Chicago Police- Assist in Solving a Homicide

Assist in Solving a Homicide

Victim Name: Jeremy Brooks
Block of Occurrence: 700 East 78th Street
Date of Occurrence: September 2, 2010
RD#: HS495470

Please contact the Area Two Detective Division at (312)747-8272 with any information.

Go to your Beat Meeting and form a Block Club!

The purpose of this notice is solely to advise the community of the incident and retrieve information. The information contained herein is current and accurate as of 09 September 2010.

For full details, go to

Crain's: Wal-Mart's future after Mayor Daley

This article looks at the role Daley played in allowing for Wal-Mart expansion in our city. Of course we have followed this story as closely as possible since this blog was started. Especially since two new Wal-Mart nearby are expected to be built in both Pullman and West Chatham. The next step is to consider the future. You should read the whole thing, however:
So the question remains: With a wide-open political situation unlike any Chicago has seen in years, will Mr. Daley's successor continue the relationship?

It depends on whether the successor needs to rely on unions to clinch the election, according to Paul O'Connor, director of communications at Metropolis 2020. The reliability of organized labor's support took a hit in 2009, he said, during the race to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by a White House-bound Mr. Emanuel.

“There were a number of aldermen who had long supported labor but did not receive organized labor support in that campaign,” Mr. O'Connor said. “And there are still very significant racial and ethnic voting blocks in Chicago that outnumber organized labor.”

There's another question mark in the form of Mr. Ramirez, the new CFL president.

“Jorge is a smart and balanced man, but we haven't seen him in the office in a major public way yet,” Mr. O'Connor said.

“It's a new day, not just because of the mayor's announcement, but in a lot of ways,” he added. The city is “a clown car of opportunities right now.”
Via Capitol Fax! The post at CapFax discusses a poll which shows that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel leads the pack of potential mayoral aspirants! That in addition to other stories regarding the Mayor's retirement.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris to hold Small Business Panel Discussion and Expo on Friday, September 10

U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris to hold Small Business Panel Discussion and Expo on Friday, September 10

U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris will host a Small Business Panel Discussion and Expo, “Revitalizing and Refreshing Illinois’ Small Business Community” on Friday, September 10 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Chicago State University.

This event is an opportunity for small businesses to meet with distinguished leaders in business and government from communities across the state of Illinois to discuss federal assistance programs, as opportunities for small businesses to obtain loans through the federal government. The event will feature a panel discussion with remarks from Senator Burris and Eric Dobyne, Chicago Regional Director of the Minority Business Development Agency moderating the event; representatives from Banks; and representatives from Boeing, Hewlett Packard and General Dynamics. An expo will be held for the duration of the event, featuring booths from various federal agencies including the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Labor, and Energy, as well as the Small Business Administration including the Office of the Small Business Development Center located at Chicago State University.

This forum is free of charge. Discounted parking is available.

Senator Burris Small Business Forum: “Revitalizing and Refreshing Illinois’ Small Business Community”

Chicago State University
New Academic Library Auditorium (4th Floor)
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628

For more information, please call Frank McClatchey or Jazmine Hasty at (312) 886-3506 or Dr. Erma Brooks-Williams at 773-995-3806.

Surely you have heard about Mayor Daley...

He plans to retire at the end of his term. The next municipal election is in 2011. We have candidates here in the 6th seeking to make a run and then we have to contend with a mayoral race without an incumbent.

The mayor surely had a good quarter of a century sitting on City Hall's 5th Floor, but he feels like it's time for him to move on. He's been taking a beating since he was re-elected in 2007, but that's not to say he doesn't have a positive legacy.

Our city is going through tough times. The economy isn't doing very well, the city is struggling to generate revenue for various services the city provides. Jobs are a little difficult to come by currently. Just as importance is the concern with regards to violent crimes in our city. So the new Mayor of Chicago will have some challenges to face. Something all aspirants will have to consider.

A question to ponder: How might the 6th ward fare under a new mayor?

Free Teachers Resource Fair

2010 Teachers Resource Fair
Saturday 9/11/2010
Location: Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(Please note shorts are not permitted at this venue.)

The 2010 Teacher Resource Fair on Saturday, September 11 offers middle and high school teachers an opportunity to meet with over 30 exhibitors who provide free civic education resources for the classroom and beyond. In addition to the wonderful resources available, this year we will also feature four content-rich sessions. Details listed below.

This year's Fair will once again be held in the beautiful Main Lounge at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Attendees will enjoy free registration and parking, a complimentary brunch and the chance to network with colleagues from the city and suburbs. Click here to register now!

Campaign Finance Reform
Cindi Canary, Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
9:15 - 10:00am

To Keep and Bear Arms Lesson Plan Demonstration*
Marianne Boe, Teacher, Resurrection High School; McCormick Foundation TAC member
10:15 - 11:00am

*This lesson plan includes a new insert on the McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court case!
Josh Hoyt, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
11:15am - 12:00pm

Patrick Geahan, FBI
12:15am - 1:00pm

Check out a list of scheduled exhibitors below, as well as links to Constitution-related lessons for Constitution Day.

American Bar Association Division for Public Education 3
American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom
Bill of Rights Institute 3
Chicago History Museum 3
Chicago Metro History Education Center
Chicago Public Schools, Office of Social Science and Service Learning
Citizen Advocacy Center 3
Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago 3
Cook County Clerk's Office 3
DePaul University 3
First Division Museum at Cantigny
Illinois First Amendment Center 3
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Illinois Resource Center
Illinois YMCA Youth and Government
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
League of Women Voters of Illinois/Student Vote
McCormick Foundation Civics Program 3
Newberry Library Professional Development Programs for Teachers
Mikva Challenge
National Archives at Chicago 3
Open Books
Pritzker Military Library
Survivor Quest
TheMash - An Edition of the Chicago Tribune
We the People Civic Education
Young Chicago Authors

To register CLICK HERE

Christian COmmunity Development Association (CCDA) conference THIS week!

The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is holding its 20th annual conference here in Chicago this week.

The CCDA & its members follow 8 basic principles:
  1. Relocation: Living Among the People
  2. Reconciliation
  3. Redistribution (Just Distribution of Resources)
  4. Leadership Development
  5. Listening to Community
  6. Church-Based
  7. Wholistic Approach
  8. Empowerment
Individuals, churches and ministries use this philosophy to help minister to the whole person and the coomunity, especially in areas of economic development. They are coming from across the gcountry, and the world (such as India, Ethiopia, and many other countries)

The conference rate is $75 daily. However, the evening events are free. Your best bet is to arrive by 4pm, when workshops have ended. Attendees are then free for dinner until about 6:30pm.

The conference is held at:
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611

You can use dinnertime to network and learn more about the CCDA, and then come back for the free sessions.

Local churches such as Temple of Glory International and Chatham Fields Lutheran Church are attending. How about you and your church?

More information about the conference is here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Preliminary Budget Hearings at South Shore Cultural Center

Are you tired of not receiving city services? Do you feel we get adequate services? If not then you need to attend and participate in the upcoming meeting. All City Departments heads will be in attendance.

The hearings are designed to solicit feedback from Chicago residents regarding the needs in their communities, and how they may be reflected in next year’s city budget.

The City will move the three public hearings, which had been set for August 24th, 25th and 26th, to the following dates and locations:

•Thursday, September 9, 2010 South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
•Friday, September 10, 2010 Westinghouse College Prep., 3223 W. Franklin Blvd.
•Thursday, September 16, 2010 North-Grand High School, 4338 W. Wabansia Ave.
All hearings begin at 7:00 p.m., with registration from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Office of Budget and Management will also work with city departments to develop a balanced budget plan, as required by state law. Mayor Richard M. Daley will present his 2011 budget proposal in October, and passage by City Council is required by the end of the year.

Chesterfield Community Council Silas Purnell College Expo

For more information

Blurbs from Roseland Heights!

Looks like the Roseland Heights Neighborhood Association has fired back up for the autumn with more information for the community. Here are some items of note for the community.
Our Picturesque Community Gardens

I worked on our Picturesque gardens over the summer. I would like to thank Pat Stanley & Gloria Offord (98th Street) for their donations, Ms. Hiller for her help with storm damage clean-up, Mr. Bossette and all those who helped with clean-up and grass cutting on 99th Place and Adele Little for her plant donations, peat moss, soil, hard work and WATERING. I'd also like to thank all of you that I don't know by name who picked up litter, honked your horn, stopped to talk and offered thanks and encouragement for the work being done. Later this season you can look forward to more flower plantings. I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks
Tagging Spree on the 96th block of Prairie

Apparently the same night as the shootings on 95th, the gangs went on a tagging spree on the 96th block of Prairie (alley between Forest and Prairie). The one good thing is that the 311 non emergency service was good at sending the graffiti blasters out to clean it up within a matter of three days. However, we are on notice of their presence.

Finally, Roseland Heights featured in a real estate publication that isn't, unfortunately, not YoChicago, but I suppose close enough,
Roseland Heights in the next edition of Selling Chicago-Chicago Real Estate and Credit Newsletter

Kim Offord plans to feature Roseland Heights in the next edition. Her message to the Roseland Heights Community & association is:...... With the recent shootings we had, I think our community needs to realize that if we don't do anything on our own properties, THEY will take over. Thanks again! I look forward to getting back on the ball with the association!

Kim Offord

Monday, September 6, 2010

The first day of school is tomorrow!

Location: 200 E 99th St, Chicago, IL 60628, USA
I took this picture outside of Shedd School on 200 East 99th Street last Friday.

For most schools in this ward the first day of school is tomorrow. If you have children attending the first day of school tomorrow let us know how it went.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day!

ALSO, I have a post up at my other blog that I named for Shedd, because I was once a student there. If you have any connection to that school feel free to share your thoughts on the first day of school at Shedd there as well. The invitation is out for Bennett School parents as well since Shedd is a branch of Bennett.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Local Labor Day Eats

Originally posted on Sept. 3rd. Something to keep in mind before the Labor Day weekend ends tomorrow! - Levois

During the Labor Day weekend go purchase good from the following stores/restaurant.

Brown Sugar Bakery- Cakes, Pies, baked goods

Dat Donut- Some of the best donuts

Chatham Food Market- Get all your grocery items

Wings Around the World- 25 flavors from 9 countries. Great for those days you don't want to cook and holiday parties

Quench/Quench Fresh Foods- Turkey Burgers, Jerk Chicken tacos

Soul Vegetarian East- Take your vegetarian and vegan friends out for a holiday meal

Lem's Barbeque- Some of the best ribs in Chicago

Reggios Pizza- Chicago Southside style pizza

Capt. Curts Barbeque- Some of the best ribs in Chicago

There may be more and if you are aware, please let us know.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

ABC7: Campout honors fallen Chicago police officer

You may have seen this advertised here. A campout to reclaim the park at Chatham's Cole Park located at 301 East 85th Street. ABC 7 has the story with this video report of yesterday's activities. Also Worlee posted some pics of last night on the Facebook page.

The fallen officer who is said to be honored by this event was Thomas Wortham. He was killed back in May during a botched robbery attempt near his family home across the street from the park. He was also a member of the advisory board for this park and was working hard to retake the park from the criminal element.

Chatham residents "camp out" against crime - CBS2 video

Also here's a Tribune article but I will excerpt an update that appears up top before the original article commences:
UPDATE: Shoulder to shoulder with their eyes to the ground, dozens of children performed garbage pick-up duty in chilly Nat King Cole Park Saturday morning, wrapping up the first "Peace in the Park After Dark" slumber party.

It won't be the last, Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) promised.

"This has to be a tradition now," Lyle said."Maybe we'll do it a few weeks earlier, because it was a little on the cold side (Friday) night. But we'll definitely be back."

Sounds good to me!

Friday, September 3, 2010

17-year-old shot and killed in Chatham


If you follow either our Facebook page or Worlee's Concerned Citizen's of Chatham you might have seen this story.

Unlike the video from WGN above the victim has been identified:
The 17-year-old boy -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office as Jeremy Brooks -- was shot at 2:16 p.m. in an alley near the 700 block of East 78th Street, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Two gunmen approached the teen and one fired in his direction -- striking him multiple times, police said. The suspects fled after the shooting.

Brooks, of the 7800 block of South Ellis Avenue, was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m. at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, according to the medical examiner's office.

A large number of gang-enforcement officers were sent to investigate, police said. The slaying is believed to be gang-related and may have been a retaliation murder.
Of course in those postings by Worlee on Facebook it was added that:
Per Alderman Lyle and representatives of the 6th district police this WAS NOT an act of random violence but the settlement of "Beef" over a female.
So far in any of the stories I have seen that piece of information has yet to be reported. Hopefully there will be more updates on this story in the future.

Let's hope these updates won't be retaliation, but arrests.