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Pawar Email Missive Addresses Mounting Ward Service Concerns

By Mike Fourcher

In an apparent attempt to address growing concerns from constituents about seemingly decreased city services in the 47th Ward, Ald. Ameya Pawar sent an email to constituents Monday evening citing cuts in city funds. “While I know it is easy to look [at] to how things were, services have been structured unsustainably for many decades,” Read the Rest…

State’s Attorney Drops Charges Against Helm

By Mike Fourcher

47th Ward Democratic Organization President William Helm is celebrating this week, since last Tuesday, May 31, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office dropped misdemeanor battery charges for an alleged election night assault at the Celtic Crown Public House, 4301 N. Western Ave., last February. The unusually aggressive arrest of Helm, was carried out by the 19th District Read the Rest…

Filbert Playlot Group Coming Up $100k Short

By Mike Fourcher

Community organizers working to renovate the Filbert Playlot, 1822 W. Larchmont Ave., got a rude shock from the Chicago Park District on Monday when they learned that $100,000 promised by former Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) would not be forthcoming. It turns out that the $100,000 Schulter had committed in January was supposed to come from Read the Rest…

Ald. Pawar’s Office Is Open And Taking Calls

By Mike Fourcher

In case you were wondering, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) has an open and working office now, at 4243 N. Lincoln Ave., just a couple of doors north of former Ald. Eugene Schulter’s old office. The office number is (773) 868-4747. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. “It’s cool. It’s getting there,” said Read the Rest…

Ribfest To Be Extended An Extra Block

By Mike Fourcher

This year’s Ribfest Chicago will be extended an additional block down Lincoln Avenue to Berteau this year, according to organizers Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. Ribfest Chicago, Northcenter’s biggest street festival, runs from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12 this year. Previous festivals were limited to the space between Irving Park Rd. and Warner Ave. Read the Rest…

Over 3,500 Athletes In Ravenswood Run 5K

By Mike Fourcher

Over 3,500 people registered to run in this morning’s Fleet Feet Ravenswood Run 5K. James Akita won the race with an official race time of 15:07, while Heather Prekop won the women’s division with a time of 17:35. Runners reported that the race was well organized and well paced. “There were no bottlenecks in the Read the Rest…

Lincoln Ave. Community Garden Taking Applications

By Mike Fourcher

After months of planning and waiting, the empty lot at 4811 N. Lincoln Ave. is finally receiving applications for neighbors who want to transform it into a community garden. Squeezed between two buildings, the city-owned lot is what remains from a 2008 struggle over redevelopment of the northeast corner of Lawrence and Western. Anyone may apply Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Poor Taste Chicago took a tour of Lincoln Square. House Beautiful is coming to Chicago and Ravenswood to give away free chairs. Potter and Potter Auctions ( located at 3729 N. Ravenswood Ave) will be auctioning some very important lithographs from the heyday of Magic. Will Rahm’s Ravenswood home tenant be moving soon? Sola (located Read the Rest…

Ald. Mell Calls An End To Dibs

By Mike Fourcher

If you’re on Ald. Richard Mell’s 33rd Ward email list, this morning you got a fiery missive from Ald. Mell calling on residents to end dibs this week. “I expect to see no dibs markers on the streets by the end of the week,” the Alderman wrote. “Shortly thereafter, I will ask the community to Read the Rest…

Aldermen Say Dibs Is Coming To A Close

By Mike Fourcher

Up in Ravenswood Manor, 33rd Ward Ald. Richard Mell is telling his constituents that if they don’t clean up their dibs-ware, he’ll take it for himself. While Roscoe View aldermen aren’t quite as aggressive, they’re calling for an end to dibs this weekend too. “If anyone is calling us now we’re telling them that everything has to Read the Rest…

Tom O’Donnell Is Skipping Next Week’s Forum

By Mike Fourcher

First the news: Aldermanic candidate Tom O’Donnell will not be attending the 47th Ward candidates’ forum on Tuesday evening. His opponents, Tom Jacks, Ameya Pawar and Matt Reichel, have confirmed their attendance. We strongly encourage you to come out to the DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, to learn what Mr. Read the Rest…

47th Ward Offers Property Tax Assistance

By Stacy Jeziorowski

UPDATE: (11:56 a.m.) The February 1 session at Coonley Elementary has been canceled due to weather. Are you a concerned resident who thinks your property tax bill is too high? Want a chance to fix it? If you live in Lakeview Township, as indicated on your tax bill, this is your chance. The Cook County Read the Rest…

Early Voting Polls Are Open

By Mike Fourcher

Workers from the Chicago Board of Elections opened polls across the city this morning for early voting in the mayoral and 50 aldermanic campaigns. Regardless of where they are registered to vote, voters can use any of 51 polling stations at the Board of Elections offices and in all 50 wards. In the 47th Ward, Read the Rest…

Ald. Schulter Commits $100k To Filbert Playlot

By Mike Fourcher

The Friends of Filbert Playlot Park got a big shot in the arm last week as Ald. Eugene Schulter committed $100,000 of 2010 Aldermanic menu money to the park’s renovation. “Ald. Schulter is happy to work with the residents of Northcenter neighborhood to improve the playlot,” said Schulter spokesman Robert Rawls. The playlot group, nestled next Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

NBC 5 Chicago reports on ethnicity in Chicago politics and how Lincoln Square may soon be Irish. Chicago Now encourages us to make reservations for Chicago Restaurants Week at Bistro Campagne A.V. Club Chicago talks with Dustin Drase & Michael Ardaiolo about their Lincoln Square based cassette label, Plustapes. Chicago Reader tells us about a Read the Rest…

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