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Among Local Aldermen, O’Connor Leads Fundraising

By Sam Charles | Friday, December 28, 2012

Among Local Aldermen, O’Connor Leads Fundraising

Every three months, political committees are required to file expense and contribution reports with the Illinois Board of Elections. However, when a committee receives a contribution of $1,000 or more, they must disclose it immediately.

Where To Get Your Christmas Tree Mulched

By Sam Charles | Thursday, December 27, 2012

Where To Get Your Christmas Tree Mulched

With Christmas in the rear view mirror, the tree taking up space in the living room will soon need to make its way out. The Chicago Park District and the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, as well as a separate effort by the Chicago Cubs, will allow residents to mulch their now-useless Christmas tree, Read the Rest…

Successful 44th Ward Donation Drive Continues Through Friday

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Successful 44th Ward Donation Drive Continues Through Friday

44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney’s office is in the final stretch of its second annual donation drive. Running through Friday, Dec. 28, people can donate personal hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other similar items. Bennett Lawson, Ald. Tunney’s chief of staff, said this year’s drive has been just as successful as last year’s, if not Read the Rest…

Center Square Area Crime Up Six Percent From 2011

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Center Square Area Crime Up Six Percent From 2011

Though the year is not quite over, Center Square Journal’s coverage area has seen more than 200 additional reported crimes in 2012 than it did in 2011, according to statistics from the city’s data portal. In 2011, the five beats that compose CSJ’s coverage area–1713, 1911, 1922, 2021 and 2032–reported 3,134 incidents. In 2012, between Jan. 1 and Read the Rest…

Holiday Dinner Plans? Here’s the Failed Food Inspections of 2012

By Sam Charles | Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Dinner Plans? Here’s the Failed Food Inspections of 2012

Since the start of the year, more than 100 bars, restaurants, bakeries and other food-based businesses in the coverage areas of both Roscoe View Journal and Center Square Journal have failed a food inspection conducted by the city. Sixty-two businesses in CSJ and 54 in RVJ were cited for not meeting city health standards. A list can Read the Rest…

Festive Decorations Seen Around the Neighborhood

By Sam Charles | Monday, December 24, 2012

Festive Decorations Seen Around the Neighborhood

Brown Line Media combed the side streets of the RVJ and CSJ coverage areas, searching for those houses that can light up the whole block. Happy holidays from the Brown Line Media staff!

City Records: Prostitution, Other Offenses in Area Massage Parlors Date Back to 2010

By Sam Charles | Thursday, December 20, 2012

City Records: Prostitution, Other Offenses in Area Massage Parlors Date Back to 2010

Recently obtained documents from the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection detail more than a dozen instances of various violations at the five area massage parlorsinvestigated by Brown Line Media last month. Violations reported in the documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, ranged from prostitution to unlicensed “therapists” to illegal sandwich board Read the Rest…

City Records: Prostitution, Other Offenses in Area Massage Parlors Date Back to 2010

By Sam Charles | Thursday, December 20, 2012

City Records: Prostitution, Other Offenses in Area Massage Parlors Date Back to 2010

Recently obtained documents from the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection detail more than a dozen instances of various violations at the five area massage parlors investigated by Brown Line Media last month. Violations reported in the documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, ranged from prostitution to unlicensed “therapists” to illegal Read the Rest…

CTA Board Approves Sale of Empty Paulina ‘L’ Lot

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CTA Board Approves Sale of Empty Paulina ‘L’ Lot

The long-vacant gravel lot directly south of the Paulina Brown Line station has found an owner, the CTA announced Tuesday at their board meeting. Keeler-Fog Real Estate, LLC has been granted the sale of the land, after submitting a bid of $915,000. The land was appraised at $875,000, CTA Chief Planning Officer Rebekah Scheinfeld said Read the Rest…

Principal Mendoza Widely Praised at McPherson Retention Forum

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Principal Mendoza Widely Praised at McPherson Retention Forum

In compliance with the Local School Council’s mandates, McPherson Elementary’s LSC held the first Principal Retention Forum in recent memory last night in the school’s auditorium, 4728 N. Wolcott Ave. The approximately four dozen attendees, made up of faculty, staff, parents and community members, had near-universal praise for Principal Carmen Mendoza and the work she Read the Rest…

Update: CTA Board Votes to End Lincoln Ave. Bus

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Update: CTA Board Votes to End Lincoln Ave. Bus

The Chicago Transit Authority’s Board opted not to amend the proposed 2013 budget to include provisions to keep the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus route alive this afternoon, effectively ending the bus route’s existence. The ordinance was unanimously approved by the Board’s Finance committee earlier in the day. The only amendment to the budget was a Read the Rest…

In 2012, Area Has Seen Minimal Environmental Complaints

By Sam Charles | Monday, December 17, 2012

In 2012, Area Has Seen Minimal Environmental Complaints

Residents of Roscoe Village and West Lakeview can–quite literally–breathe a little easier. Newly released statistics from the City of Chicago show that from the start of 2012 through Dec. 10, the area has seen 11 environmental complaints out of the exactly 1,000 total received by the city since Jan. 1. Though most commonly logged complaint Read the Rest…

After Two Years of Fundraising, New Filbert Playlot Park Makes Debut

By Sam Charles | Monday, December 17, 2012

After Two Years of Fundraising, New Filbert Playlot Park Makes Debut

The opening of the new Filbert Playlot Park, 1822 W. Larchmont Ave., was more than enough motivation for dozens of parents and their children to brave the cold, rainy afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 15. Emily Klingensmith, president of Friends of Filbert Playlot Park, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) and former 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter welcomed Read the Rest…

State Rep. Harris Sees Local Support for Marriage Equality

By Sam Charles | Monday, December 17, 2012

State Rep. Harris Sees Local Support for Marriage Equality

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-13th) has a long history of advocating for equal rights for the LGBT community, and as reported last week, that may soon mean marriage equality in Illinois. Though Harris and other representatives in Springfield are looking to enact change on a state-wide level, Harris said that he’s seen his constituency as Read the Rest…

City Data: Area Traffic Among City’s Worst

By Sam Charles | Thursday, December 13, 2012

City Data: Area Traffic Among City’s Worst

Now it’s official. Traffic on the arterial streets of Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Northcenter, Ravenswood, Roscoe Village and the surrounding communities is some of the worst in the city. The City of Chicago recently expanded its data portal to include statistics on the average levels of traffic congestion in 29 different regions throughout the city, including Read the Rest…

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