Newsletter Archive Parking Meter Deal 2.0: The streets and infrastructure we live, work, travel and play in was paid for with public dollars and constructed for public use. Just as early American's were able to tie their horses to a rail in front of the general store, the transition to cars brought with it a mentality that free, unlimited parking was a constitutional right. The world's first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.  Posted on 5/10/2013 ; entire article available here.

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Accepting applications for Winter Intership Session: Do you have students looking for an experience that will develop their career skills in a fun, unique environment?  Posted on 10/19/2012 ; entire article available here.

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The Chicago Zoological Society is currently accepting applications for the Winter term of its College Experiential Learning Opportunities (CELO) program. We have several zookeeper and non-zookeeper internships available at Brookfield Zoo this Winter. Internships are available in the following areas: Zookeeper Internships in multiple animal areas, Education Internships in School Groups & Teacher Programs, Director's Office Internship, Life Safety Internship AND MORE... We require applicants to be at least 18 years of age, hold a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be able to commit to a 12 week term, and have completed at least one year of college. Applications for Winter are due October 26. Position Descriptions, Application Guidelines and other details are available at www.czs.org/CZS/internships.  Please click here to read more.
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2013 Budget Plan Share Your Suggestions: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to present his fiscal 2013 budget plan to the Chicago City Council on Oct. 10th.  Posted on 10/4/2012 .
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Last year, the Council faced a daunting $635.7 million budget gap which resulted in cuts to the Police Department, Department of Health and the Chicago Public Library; while things like city sticker fees, were adjusted to charge more for larger vehicles. This year, while it was recently announced that the City's projected 2013 budget gap dropped from $369 million to $298 million (the lowest since the 2008 recession), we are still faced with the challenge of delivering needed City services more efficiently while aggressively saving taxpayer dollars. In the bigger picture, the City's underfunded pensions and limited reserve funds threaten Chicago's future and must be addressed immediately. Today, the Office of the Inspector General (IGO) released an Annual Savings and Revenue Options Report for us to discuss and consider. The report lists 31 options to decrease City spending or increase revenue. Some of the options offered are radical; requiring changes in collective bargaining agreements, service delivery and State law. The IGO does not necessarily sanction the options described in the report, but aims to provide information for residents and public officials to discuss and debate. To review Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's full report, click here. Send your suggestions, questions, and criticisms to budgetoptions@chicagoinspectorgeneral.org. The Mayor, City Council members and City's Budget Office continue to welcome comments, ideas and suggestions from the general public on how to improve effectiveness and efficiency in City operations. For more detailed budget information and the opportunity to share how you would balance Chicago's 2013 Budget, go to Chicago Budget I look forward to hearing what you have to say. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Pre-Registration for 2012 Property Assessment Complaints : Please be advised that the Board of Review is now accepting pre-registration 2012 assessment complaints from individuals filing on their own property for any township that has not yet opened for review by the Board of Review for its 2012 session.  Posted on 7/29/2012 ; entire article available here.

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As of July 16 all homeowners in all townships may file their appeals online at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com, regardless if their township is open. The Board will hold the complaint until the township is open and the complaint will be reviewed along with other complaints from the township. To be clear, the filing of an appeal may reduce the assessed value of a property for a future tax bill and does not remove the obligation to pay the current Second Installment Property Tax Bill in full and on time.  Please click here to read more.
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City Sticker Sales Extend Until July 15th!!!: The City Of Chicago Extends City Sticker Sales by Adding a 15 Day Grace Period. Enforcement begins on July 16th.  Posted on 7/6/2012 ; entire article available here.

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The 2011 – 2012 city vehicle stickers expire June 30, 2012. Clerk Mendoza allows a 15 day grace period before enforcement of the 2012 – 2013 city vehicle stickers begins July 16. The cost of a passenger City Vehicle Sticker is $85 and larger passenger City Vehicle Stickers are $135. Senior citizens, age 65 and older, are eligible to receive one sticker for $30. Annual Residential Zone Parking is $25 and Daily Residential Parking Permits are $8 for 15 permits. Motorists who purchase their sticker after July 15 are subject to a $60 late fee and could receive a $200 citation. Enforcement begins on July 16th. To purchase a City Vehicle Sticker, residents must bring their driver’s license or renewal form and know their vehicle license plate number. In addition, this year’s City Vehicle Stickers contain the vehicle make and model as another security feature. A complete list of sales locations, including all Aldermanic Ward Sale dates, can be found at chicityclerk.com.  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter 07/05/2012: An Independence Story:  Posted on 7/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Archive Newsletter 06/28/2012: What Do You Think About the Cannabis Ticketing Ordinance?:  Posted on 6/28/2012 ; entire article available here.

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July Workshops Help New And Existing Businesses Succeed Presented By:: City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection  Posted on 6/22/2012 ; entire article available here.

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The City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) continues to offer FREE Business Education Workshop every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall. The July calendar workshop topics help teach businesses all aspects of business. This month, attend workshops on business fundamentals like “The ABCs of Starting a Business” and “Navigating a Commercial Real Estate Transaction for Business Owners.” Learn about how to protect you and your business with workshops on “Trademark and Copyright Law Basics” and “Understanding Labor and Employment Law – From a Business Perspective.” Do not forget the monthly workshops, “Talk to City Inspectors, Ask Questions Get Answers” along with “How to Become Certified/Doing Business With the City of Chicago.” Lastly, you do not want to miss this new workshops presented by Constant Contact, “7 Keys to Email Marketing.” To register for a workshop or for more information call, 312-744-2086 or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. Workshops are conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations or by experts in the industry. Workshops are located at BACP City Hall Office, 121 N. La Salle Street, Room 805. You can learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/bacp.  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter 6/21/2012: The National Latino Elected Officials :  Posted on 6/21/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Weather Preparedness and Public Safety Precaution: City of Chicago Officials Provide Summer Weather Preparedness and Public Safety Precaution Tips for High Temperatures and Extreme Weather Days Posted on 6/16/2012 ; entire article available here.

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City's Cooling Centers; provides transportation to Cooling Center locations for those with limited mobility; and conducts well-being checks for at-risk-residents, including individuals who have disabilities and senior citizens. Residents who seek relief from the heat can visit any of the City's Cooling Centers at our six Community Services Centers including Senior Regional Centers across the city. Additional City-operated facilities, including libraries, park facilities and police stations will serve as cooling centers on the weekend. Seniors or individuals with limited mobility may call 311 to request a ride to any of our centers. During extreme heat and humidity, we are asking Chicagoans to check on their older neighbors, particularly those with disablities or who may be isolated from friends and family.  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter 6/14/2012: Many Upcoming 35th Ward Events!:  Posted on 6/14/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Support the Logan Square Dog Park!: The Logan Square Open Space Plan was created by community residents, business leaders, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago Park District. Posted on 6/8/2012 .
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The Logan Square Open Space Plan was created by community residents, business leaders, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago Park District to increase the amount of open space and improve the quality of life in the community. It was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission on July 15, 2004 to change one of Chicago's most densely developed areas by creating over fifteen acres of new open space. The Kennedy Expressway site south of the Skate Park that borders Logan Boulevard, Western Avenue and Artesian was originally designated as the Logan Square Dog Park. To make this vision into a reality, local residents are required to organize, raise funds and initiate dialogue with the Chicago Park District to develop the ultimate Dog Park design. I am proud to report that we have a strong and active neighbor-driven Logan Square Dog Park Committee in place that is actively fundraising, facilitating community meetings and involving local residents in this process. On Saturday June 16th the Logan Square Dog Park Committee is hosting the 'Mutts and Margaritas' Fundraiser for the Logan Square Dog Park from 2:00 - 4:30pm at El Cid on 2645 N. Kedzie. For just $40 bucks you can enjoy unlimited beer, sangria, margaritas, sodas, appetizers, a caricature artist, goodie bags, and other surprises while supporting this great local cause. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets in advance at www.LoganSquareDogPark.com. It's not too late for you and your hound to get involved! If you can't make the fundraiser, you can still support the Logan Square Dog Park by becoming a member, a sponsor, signing the online petition or entering the 'Boulevard Buddy' Raffle. Please join me and Perla (my black Lab) at El Cid on June 16th and thank you in advance for helping to make the Logan Square Dog Park a reality. Respectfully, Alderman Rey Colón City of Chicago, 35th Ward SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM



2012 Healthy Summer Nutrition Lunch Program: The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is in preparation for the 2012 Healthy Summer Nutrition Lunch Program.  Posted on 6/7/2012 ; entire article available here.

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The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is in preparation for the 2012 Healthy Summer Nutrition Lunch Program. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). DFSS serves as the sponsor for the City of Chicago. The Department encourages your organization to get involved this summer and become a summer nutrition host site. As a host site, your agency will be able to receive free daily meals for children and teens up to the age of 18 and 21 for children with disabilities on a daily basis. All meals served meet USDA Nutritional Guidelines. The most common types of DFSS host sites are the following: Open Sites —Any child in the community may receive a meal without being enrolled in the program’s activities. Enrolled Sites — Children participate in the program’s activities and receive the meals Camp Sites —Offers a regularly scheduled food service as part of the day camp program In 2011, over 300 summer nutrition sites served over 400,000 nutritious meals throughout Chicago, thereby reducing the number of hungry children in our poorest neighborhoods. Children do not necessarily have to be enrolled in your program in order to receive the free meal but they must eat the food on site. We now have three area offices—North, South and West in order to make it easier for sites to handle the paperwork. Please note the change in our 2012 application: it is a federal requirement for all agencies to report any serious deficiencies and placement on the National Disqualified List (NDL). Please mark the appropriate box under “qualifying use” on the application. If you are interested, please complete the application(s) under PRINTABLE DUCUMENTS (on left) and return the signed copy to: Attn: Sharita Webb - Department of Family and Support Services - 1615 W Chicago Ave 2nd fl - Chicago, IL 60622 - Fax: 312-743-7616 - If you have further questions, please contact the Summer Food Service Program at 312-747-2326.  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter 06/07/2012:Support the Logan Square Dog Park!:  Posted on 6/7/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Logan Square Day Care Center has the highest rating in the City!: A special Congratulations goes to Christopher House Logan Square Family Resource Center! Posted on 6/1/2012 ; entire article available here.

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They have the first Day Care Center in Chicago to receivie a four-star Quality Rating System Certification (QRS). Achieving a QRS Certification means the provider has achieved specific standards of quality set by the State of Illinois. QRS Certification is a detailed process that takes many hours of preparation. While participation in the QRS certification process is voluntary, it demonstrates that as a child care provider, Christopher House is committed to exceeding the minimum requirements. A QRS rating means that Christopher House is providing at-risk children and their families with the very best learning and care experience available. The Logan Square Family Resource Center is in the former Logan Square Public Library building located on 3255 W Altgeld Street. After an amazing green, rehabilitation to the facility, Christopher House opened its doors there in 2007. Since that time the Center has not only offered a safe, caring environment for children of working families; Christopher House is known nationally and internationally for its high-quality early childhood learning environment. Christopher House was founded in 1906 by the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston as a settlement house for Chicago's growing immigrant population. For over a century they have evolved to meet the changing needs of Chicago's neediest families. Christopher House was one of the first Head Start providers in the country when they opened their first Head Start program in the 1950's. Many decades later, Christopher House continues to be the leading provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Through their success we all now know that kids who start school ready are the most likely to succeed. The neediest children in our community are the most likely to drop-out of school if they don't get a quality early childhood education. What makes Christopher House so dynamic is not just their commitment to providing the best possible programs, but they also maintain a data-driven approach to evaluating their accomplishments. Christopher House can actually prove that their students enter kindergarten ready to learn. I am especially grateful to Christopher House for maintaining the highest level of excellence for the children of our community. Visit their website at: http://www.christopherhouse.org/ to find out more about what Christopher House is doing throughout Chicago's neighborhoods. Respectfully, Alderman Rey Colón City of Chicago, 35th Ward  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter 5/31/2012: Logan Square Day Care Center has the highest rating in the City!:  Posted on 5/31/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Chicago Park District Summer Day Camp Financial Assitance 2012: The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the summer day camp program. Posted on 5/25/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents.Applicants must provide proof of entitlement for the reduced or free lunch program from the patron's school. Applicants who do not participate in the school lunch program can prove eligibility by providing income verification (i.e., 2012 recent pay stubs for last 30 days, AFDC / TANF case #, a copy of a recent IRS 1040 form, etc.). Information submitted is confidential. Applicants must bring copies of the required documents to their desired park from April 23 - June 11 during normal park hours. Eligibility for financial assitance does not guarantee a slot for day camp and cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduced/voucher programs. Patrons who intend to pursue financial aid, but wish to secure a spot prior to the processing dates, may put a 50% down payment at the desired park beginning Saturday, April 14, the first day of in-person registration at most parks. Please contact the park to confirm in-person registration day and time. Applicants that do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park. Processing Dates: April 23rd - June, 2012 Locations: All Staffed Park Sites Hours: Vary per location; Contact your local park at (312)742-PLAY (7529) or (312)747-2001 (TTY)  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter 5/24/2012: Summer Block Party Tips:  Posted on 5/24/2012 ; entire article available here.

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The Chicago NATO Summit 2012: The Chicago NATO Host committee will use Notify Chicago as a resource for communicating useful summit related information on street closures, traffic disruptions and more.  Posted on 5/18/2012 .
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Individuals may sign up for Notify Chicago through the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications website to receive message alerts via text message or voicemail related to extreme weather alerts, traffic disruptions, health alerts and major incidents. The free subscription can be completed in a matter of minutes by visiting http://www.notifychicago.org. This is a free City of Chicago service, through text message, ratesmay apply based on cell phone provider. For Additional Information on NATO Metra Station Closure, NATO Metra and More NATO info please go to Calendar of Events or Printable Documents on the left hand side bar, information under 'NATO Metra Station Closure and Alternates' - 'NATO Metra Schedule' - 'NATO Info.' SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM



Happy 50th Birthday LSNA!: Congratulations LSNA on your Legendary 50th Birthday Anniversary!  Posted on 5/18/2012 ; entire article available here.

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On May 15th Logan Square Neighborhood Association just recently celebrate their 50th Anniversary. LSNA has made many contributions to the community. Resolution introduced by Alderman Rey Colón offers an excellent summary of their accomplishmentsn that have been made through out the years. To View LSNA 50th Anniversary Resolution please go to Printable Documents,under 'LSNA 50 Years Resolution'.  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter May 17th, 2012:  Posted on 5/17/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Archive Newsletter May 10, 2012:  Posted on 5/10/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Business License Reform: Chicago currently has more types of business licenses than Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta combined. On Tuesday, April 17th Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined small business owners at the Logan Square Kitchen to announce a new ordinance that would cut the number of required Chicago businesses licenses by 60 percent (from 117 to 49). Posted on 5/4/2012 ; entire article available here.

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The Logan Square Kitchen was selected as the site for this announcement due to the grueling 14-month experience the business owner had fighting to secure her business license. Zina Murray hosted the press conference and facilitated communication between City Departments and small businesses to discuss issues which contributed to this ordinance. Chicago's bureaucratic licensing culture has plagued small businesses for many years. Innovative businesses like the Logan Square Kitchen will soon be able to get a temporary Emerging Business Permit to begin operations while the City determines what regular licenses they will need. The Department of Business Affairs will be able to issue licenses easier with an affordable fee structure people can understand. The ordinance will provide $2 Million in savings to small businesses and will be offset by increased fines/fees for problem businesses. This means new companies will save time and money on the number of required business licenses. It also means City inspectors can spend less time harrassing honest businesses for having the wrong licenses and more time cracking down on problem establishments without licenses. By eliminating the red tape, Chicago can become one of the best places to establish a new business and create jobs.  Please click here to read more.
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Archive Newsletter April 26, 2012:  Posted on 5/3/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive April 19, 2012:  Posted on 5/3/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive April 12, 2012:  Posted on 5/3/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive March 1, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive January 19, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive February 2, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive February 10, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive February 16, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive February 23, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive March 29, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive March 22, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive March 15, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Newsletter Archive April 5, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Public Meeting Notice: A Community Meeting will be held to review NEIU's plans. Join us on Wed. April 18, 2012 @ 6:30pm; Avondale Park 3216 W. School  Posted on 4/5/2012 .
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NEIU is excited to announce that they are moving forward with plans to relocate NEIU's El Centro campus to the 35th Ward across from the Kimball Avenue exit of the Kennedy Expressway. Recently the University arranged financing, acquired land and has begun facility planning.The new El Centro Campus will be double the size of the current location, have ample parking and excellent visibility. This will allow NEIU to increase the number of courses, services and support student success. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Cook County Assessor's Office: Property Tax Long-time Occupant Homestead Exemption (LOHE) Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Cook County Only Public Act 95-644 that passed into law in 2007 created a new homestead exemption for counties that are subject to the AGHE (currently only in Cook County). The new exemption is in effect in Cook County beginning with 2007 tax year for residential property that is occupied as a primary residence for a continuous period by a qualified taxpayer with a total household income of $100,000 or less. The property must be occupied for 10 continuous years or 5 continuous years if the person received assistance to acquire the property as part of a government or non-profit housing program. This exemption limits EAV increases to a specific annual percentage increase that is based on the total household income of $100,000 or less. A total household income of $75,000 or less is limited to a 7% annual percentage increase in EAV or a total household income of over $75,000 to $100,000 is limited to a 10% annual percentage increase in EAV. The minimum limit is the same amount calculated for the GHE with no maximum limit amount for the exemption. Properties cannot receive both the LOHE and the AGHE, GHE or SCAFHE. Properties that qualify for the SCAFHE will receive the same amount calculated for the GHE.  Please click here to read more.
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Newsletter Archive March 8, 2012:  Posted on 4/5/2012 ; entire article available here.

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MAYOR EMANUEL AND COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT PRECKWINKLE ANNOUNCE RECIPROCAL CERTIFICATION FOR MINO: New Program Will Spur Job Creation by Allowing Businesses to Save Time and Money While Eliminating Bureaucracy Posted on 3/31/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced a reciprocal certification program the two governments have agreed upon, which will create crucial jobs in women- and minority-owned businesses in Chicago and Cook County. The new program will allow small minority- and women-owned businesses to be certified by just one government, and have that certification accepted by both entities.  Please click here to read more.
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CHICAGO CULTURAL PLAN CONVERSATION: Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Everyone is invited to a community conversation on the Chicago Cultural Plan hosted by Alderman Rey Colon and Dept. of Cultural Affairs Tues. March 20 @ 6:30-8:30pm Arts Center - Logan Square; Avondale 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor The Hairpin Lofts Building  Posted on 3/8/2012 ; entire article available here.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel commissioned the Cultural Advisory Council to develop a 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. It's purpose is to create new strategies that promote vibrant arts and cultural hubs in every Chicago community.  Please click here to read more.
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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Alderman Rey Colon invites you to a public meeting on the request for a zoning amendment at 2734 N. Milwaukee Ave. Meeting will be held on Wed. March 7, 2012 @ 6:30pm. at 2706 N. Sawyer Ave. Posted on 3/2/2012 .
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Alderman Rey Colon invites you to a public meeting on the request for a zoning amendment at 2734 N. Milwaukee Ave. The property owner is requesting a zoning amendment from the present split district RS-3/B1-3 to the proposed B1-3. Reason for the zoning is to establish a parking lot to serve the existing residential and commercial properties and renovate the facade. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Reforms to Strengthen Accountability and Transparency of TIF Program : Mayor Emanuel announced a series of TIF reforms, implemented based on recommendations from the TIF reform task force . . . Posted on 1/31/2012 ; entire article available here.

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convened by the Mayor immediately upon taking office. “These critical reforms will strengthen the transparency and accountability involved in TIF projects, and will help the city focus the program on job creation and economic development,” said Mayor Emanuel.  Please click here to read more.
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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Alderman Rey Colon invites you to a public meeting for the proposed development of a mixed use building requesting a zoning change from a C1-1 to a C1-2 at 3211 W. Armitage. Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 6:30pm at Tumbao located at 3213 W. Armitage Avenue. Posted on 1/9/2012 .
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Community Alert: Area Five has issued a Community Alert regarding recent armed robberies in the 14th District Posted on 10/1/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program : For students entering college for the first time in the fall 2012, the GMS 2012 Scholarship Application online process is now open. The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Posted on 9/19/2011 ; entire article available here.

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114 More Police Officers for Chicago Neighborhoods : Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Garry McCarthy today announced the redeployment of 114 police officers to districts throughout the city as part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to strengthen the safety of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Posted on 9/14/2011 ; entire article available here.

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“Successful policing begins with the beat officers who earn the trust of the communities they serve, shift by shift and patrol by patrol,” said Mayor Emanuel at a press conference at the Broadway Armory on Chicago’s north side. “These police officers have made that commitment to our residents to help make every community a safe place to work, play, learn and build a life.” Of the 114 officers, 59 will be redeployed from special units, and the remaining 55 are coming from administrative positions within the Bureau of Patrol. The redeployments, which take effect Thursday, September 15, 2011 will be to every police district within the city. At the press conference, Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy also highlighted the exceptional police work that contributed to an overall 20% reduction in crime for August and the first two weeks of September in 2011 compared to the same time in 2010.  Please click here to read more.
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World Sport Chicago Scholarship: World Sport Chicago is the living legacy of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid, dedicated to supporting the athletic and academic dreams of Chicago’s youth. The WSC Scholars Program was created to help student-athletes prepare for and succeed in college. Posted on 9/13/2011 ; entire article available here.

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TIF Purcahse Rehab Program: This ordinance is designed to promote the purchase and rehab of vacant homes. Posted on 8/29/2011 .
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Seniors Ride Free Program Ends Thursday, September 1, 2011: Due to a new law passed by the State of Illinois, the Regional Transportation Authority's (RTA) Seniors Ride Free Program Permits will be deactivated on Thursday, September 1. Posted on 8/29/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Effective September 1, only qualifying seniors with a valid RTA Circuit Ride Free Permit will be eligible to ride free on the CTA. All other seniors will be eligible to ride the CTA at a reduced fare with a valid RTA Reduced  Please click here to read more.
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Bank On Chicago : What could you do with an extra $40,000? That is the amount you could save over your lifetime by using a checking account instead of a check casher. City Treasurer Stephanie Neely announced Bank On Chicago, a collaboration between Chicago banks, credit unions, community groups, the City, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the FDIC. The goal is to provide cheap or free banking for thousands of Chicagoans who do not currently use a mainstream financial institution. Access to bank services not only saves money, it gives families control of their budgets and puts money back into the community.  Posted on 8/12/2011 ; entire article available here.

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All Bank On Chicago accounts meet the following criteria: · Low or no monthly fee · Low or no opening deposit requirement · No monthly minimum balance requirement · Alternative for individuals with Chex Systems records · Accepts alternative identification · Free check cashing · Affordable bill payment options For more information visit www.bankonchicago.com or call 311 to find a participating bank location near you.  Please click here to read more.
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Business Transactions Externship Program: Michael Schlesinger is the Director of Business Transactions Externship Program for The John Marshall Law School.  Posted on 8/11/2011 ; entire article available here.

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He is also a local resident. Mr. Schlesinger is implementing a Business Transactions Externship Program whereby The John Marshall Law School would provide free legal services to businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the 35th Ward.  Please click here to read more.
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One Good Deed Chicago : One Good Deed Chicago (OGDC) is a city sponsored campaign to promote volunteerism and further civic engagement in Chicago.  Posted on 8/10/2011 ; entire article available here.

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We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to apply to be a part of this new campaign. Please click on the link for background information on how you can be involved and an electronic application for submission due Monday, August 22, 2011 by 5:00 p.m.  Please click here to read more.
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Temporary Closure of Main Entrances to the Logan Square Blue Line StationNightly closure of entrances also in effect this week  Posted on 8/10/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The two entrances to the Logan Square Blue Line station located at Kedzie/Milwaukee will be temporarily closed. Station repair work will continue this week resulting in the late night closure of these entrances from 11 p.m. each night until approximately 3:30 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, August 15 through Friday morning, August 19. During these times, customers will be directed to access the Logan Square station through the Spaulding Avenue auxiliary entrance/exit. A shuttle bus will be available to accommodate customers with disabilities traveling to and from the Logan Square station. Alternate Service for Customers with Disabilities Customers at the Logan Square station who require an elevator to access rail service will need to board the CTA shuttle bus and travel to the accessible Western Blue Line station on the O’Hare branch. Blue Line customers traveling to the Logan Square station who require access to an elevator will need to travel to the accessible Western station on the O’Hare branch and then board a CTA shuttle bus traveling to the Logan Square station. Customers with disabilities also have the option of boarding a #56 Milwaukee bus which operates between these stations. All buses in CTA’s fleet are accessible. For details about all CTA service call 312-836-7000 or use the travel planner feature on the CTA website.  Please click here to read more.
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Teens: Apply Now for Fall Programs!: Teens who are at leat 14 years of age and currently enrolled in a Chicago Public Schools hign school arew encouraged to apply. Visit their website for further eligibility requirments.  Posted on 7/28/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Cook with celebrity chefs...Dance at teh Chicago Theater...paint a mural on the side of a building...Develope your sports skills and mentor youth on your way to a job as a recreation leader or lifeguard!  Please click here to read more.
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Extreme Heat Warning: There will be an extreme heat warning in effect for the next serveral days. Please make sure that all your neighbors know they can call 311 if they need help cooling off or if you would like someone to make a 'well-being' check.  Posted on 7/15/2011 .
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The closest cooling center to the 35th Ward is the Trina Davila Cooling Center 4357 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60639 312-744-2014 Cooling centers are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, they will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


RTA Announces Changes, Timeline for Seniors Ride Free Program : The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) today announced changes to the Seniors Ride Free program scheduled to occur later this summer. Most importantly, over 440,000 seniors that already possess Seniors Ride Free Permits do not have to re-apply to receive either a new Circuit Ride Free Permit or a Reduced Fare card based on their eligibility. From now through August 31, seniors can continue using their Seniors aRide Free Permits. The RTA will start mailing the new Permits the first week of August. Existing Seniors Ride Free Permits will be deactivated on September 1.  Posted on 7/12/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The RTA will start mailing the new Permits the first week of August. Existing Seniors Ride Free Permits will be deactivated on September 1. Important Dates July 1 The RTA will stop processing replacement permits for the current Seniors Ride Free program to avoid sending duplicate cards that includes lost, damaged or stolen permits. August 1 The RTA will begin mailing new magnetic stripe permits for fixed-route service for all seniors currently enrolled in the Seniors Circuit Ride Free program. Depending on their eligibility, seniors will receive either a Circuit Ride Free or a Reduced Fare Permit. September 1 Existing Seniors Ride Free Permits will no longer be accepted on any CTA, Metra or Pace bus or train. Only the new Senior Circuit Ride Free or Reduced Fare Permit will be accepted on CTA, Metra or Pace buses or trains. If you have not received your new Permit by August 15, please call 312-913-3110. The RTA’s Customer Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For updates on the RTA Seniors Circuit Ride Free/Reduced Fare programs, visit www.RTAchicago.com  Please click here to read more.
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City Clerk’s Office Adds More Convenience for Customers With New Will Call Window for City Sticker O: Today the Chicago City Clerk’s Office launched a new program unlike any other in City government – a will call option for city vehicle stickers. The pilot program allows residents to drop off their city vehicle sticker orders at City Hall and pick them up the next business day. Chicago motorists have until July 15 to purchase and display their city vehicle stickers before late fees and enforcement begin July 16. The new will call option for stickers allows residents to avoid the notoriously long line at City Hall and simply drop off their sticker order and pick it up at a time that is convenient to them.  Posted on 7/5/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Chicago motorists have until July 15 to purchase and display their city vehicle stickers before late fees and enforcement begin July 16. The new will call option for stickers allows residents to avoid the notoriously long line at City Hall and simply drop off their sticker order and pick it up at a time that is convenient to them. The will call program is only available in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 107. Orders can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 5 through July 14. Will call sticker orders can be placed with or without a renewal notice for passenger, large passenger, senior, motorcycle, and pick up truck stickers and will be ready for pick up in City Hall 24 hours later. Only checks made payable to the City Clerk are accepted for will call orders. The City Clerk’s office hopes to expand the will call pilot program to online orders and satellite offices next year for the full length of city sticker renewal season. A complete list of all 400 city sticker sale locations can be found at www.chicityclerk.com. Vehicle sticker and residential parking permit prices remain unchanged from last year. The cost of a passenger vehicle sticker is $75 and larger passenger vehicle stickers are $120. Senior citizens, age 65 and older, are eligible to receive one vehicle sticker for $30. Annual residential zone parking is $25 and residential zone daily guest passes are $8 for 15 passes.  Please click here to read more.
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City Vehicle Sticker Deadline Is Here: Stickers Expire June 30: The deadline for purchasing and displaying the 2011-2012 city vehicle stickers is here. Current stickers expire on June 30, with a 2 week grace period to purchase and display the new sticker extending to July 15.  Posted on 6/29/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Failure to purchase and display the new vehicle sticker by July 16 could result in a $120 ticket and a purchasing late fee. Stickers can be brought online at www.chicityclerk.com by clicking the Buy/Renew Your Vehicle Sticker Online icon. Orders are being processed in record time and any order placed by July 4 should be recived before the July 15 display deadline.  Please click here to read more.
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'Passport to the Nations': The Miracle Center is now enrolling for their Summer Arts! Posted on 6/22/2011 ; entire article available here.

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This summer's theme will take your child on a journey through cultures around the world! Our campers will learn about Africa, Latin America, and Europe through ART and DANCE! The summer will also be packed with festive theme days and field trips every week! Lunch provided! Space is limited, so don't wait! Now accepting ages 9-17 Program hours are 9 am - 1 pm July 5th - August 19th For more information visit our website To enroll your child, contact Jose Sanchez at (773) 276-5933 ext 2  Please click here to read more.
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Join Your Neighbors and Police for a Special Problem Solving Meeting.: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:00 p.m. Avondale Park, 3516 W. School Posted on 6/10/2011 .
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Help Develop Community Strategies to Keep Our Children and Young People Safe Community policing is built on the premise that we all have a role to play in creating safer neighborhoods. Law enforcement strategies alone won't have a long-term impact on crime and disorder. It takes strategies implemented by the community and other agencies and stakeholders to address the conditions that can lead to crime. This meeting will focus on identifying those conditions that may be contributing to crime and disorder in your neighborhood and developing and implementing community-based strategies to address those conditions For more information, contact the 17th District Community Policing Office or John Eischen, Community Organizer at (312) 742-4588 SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Circuit Ride Free/Reduced Fare Hearings Schedule: The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will host a series of public hearings to communicate changes to the Seniors Ride Free program. Legislation that became law in February restricted free rides to low income Illinois seniors that are enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program managed by the Illinois Department on Aging. All other seniors will be required to pay a reduced fare. The changes take effect this summer. Seniors age 65 or older are encouraged to attend the hearings to learn about the program changes and the timetable for the changes to take effect. Posted on 6/8/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Tuesday, June 14 Chicago West - 11:00 a.m. Austin Town Hall - Auditorium, 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago Thursday, June 16 Chicago North - 1:30 p.m. Levy Senior Center - Linden Room, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston Meetings are open to the public and locations are ADA accessible. If you require a reasonable accommodation such as a language translator or hearing interpreter in order to attend a meeting or have questions, please call 312-913-3153 (TTY: 312-913-3111) or email communications@ rtachicago.org at least three business days before the meeting. For more information, visit www.RTAchicago.com.  Please click here to read more.
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City Officials Advise Residents On Hot Weather Precautions: City officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), along with the Chicago Department of Public Health and other City departments, sister agencies and public utilities reminded residents today to be aware of extreme temperatures and to be sure to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related emergencies. Over the next three days, the forecast calls for hot and humid weather conditions, with expected high temperatures each day of at least 90 degrees. The Heat Index may climb above 100 degrees tomorrow and Wednesday.  Posted on 6/7/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The OEMC has notified other City departments and its private sector partners so they are fully aware of the latest hot weather forecast and act accordingly. Residents are also reminded to take the following steps to minimize the impact of hot weather: Be aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 'Heat exhaustion' is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. 'Heat stroke' is more serious, and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself. The telltale signs of heat stroke are: o An extremely high body temperature, such as 103 degrees or above. o Dizziness and nausea. o A throbbing headache and a pulse that is rapid and strong. o Skin that is red, hot and dry. If you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take immediate action. Call 911 immediately and then try to move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water. Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day. Avoid going out in the heat during the hottest part of the day. Take an occasional cool bath or shower to cool your skin and remove heat from your body. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and wear a hat to protect your head. Check on relatives, friends and neighbors who are elderly. The people in greatest danger in extreme heat and humidity are elderly people who live alone. All Chicago police district headquarters, libraries and public buildings can be used as temporary cooling centers. Residents should check on the well being of neighbors and relatives who may be susceptible to hot weather conditions. Call 3-1-1 to request a well being check and a ride to a cooling center. Call 3-1-1 for the nearest City Cooling Center located within the six Community Service Centers operated by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). The centers are open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The City's six regional Service Centers and 13 Satellite Senior Centers are also available for older Chicagoans. Contact their local Chicago Park District facility to find out about hours and programs. Do not open fire hydrants because they impact water pressure in the area and can prevent firefighters from being able to use them in an actual emergency. Limit pets' exposure to the sun and heat, and provide them with plenty of water. Sign up for extreme weather alerts by visiting www.AlertChicago.com and clicking on the Notify Chicago button.  Please click here to read more.
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Alert Message has been issued by the Chicago Police Departments Testing Division. : Friday June 3, 2011 3:09 PM CDT Detective Division – Area Five Community Alert Detective Division – Area Five Community Alert  Posted on 6/3/2011 .
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Wanted for Criminal Sexual Abuse 014th District (Shakespeare) About This Crime On May 30th, 2011 at approximately 10:40 and 10:45 am, two incidents were reported by two unrelated female victims in the 2900 block of N. California and the 2400 block of N. Mozart. Each victim was approached from behind by an unknown male who reached down and lifted the victim's skirt/dress. The offender then grabbed each victim by the shoulders in an attempt to turn her around and fondle her. The offender fled the area on foot after each assault. The offender is believed to have been loitering at the corner of Logan Boulevard and California Avenue in front of the Starbucks Coffee Shop located there. About The Offender The offender is described as a male black, 30-40 years of age, 5'08-5'10, 170-190 lbs, with short black hair and a dark brown complexion. What You Can Do • Be aware of this situation and alert neighbors in the area about the crime. • If possible, don't walk alone and stay in well lit areas. • Call 911 to report any suspicious person(s), vehicle(s) or activity in your neighborhood. • Call 911 and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including the vehicle description and license plate information. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Area 5 Detective Division at (312) 746-8282. Reference RD# HT321258 & HT321288 For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4697489/?sub_id=224462. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Chicago Pedestrian Plan - Public Meetings: This summer the Chicago Department of Transportation is holding a series of public meetings to help inform the development of the Chicago Pedestrian Plan. This Plan is a citywide effort to identify strategies for making Chicago the most pedestrian-friendly city in the country. There will be seven meetings throughout the summer and a final online meeting for those who cannot make it in-person.  Posted on 6/3/2011 ; entire article available here.

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For dates and locations of meetings please click on image. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Mark de la Vergne at mdelavergne@samschwartz.com or (773)305-0800. If you are requesting an accommodation, at least 72 hours advance notice is required.  Please click here to read more.
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Job opportunity at the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO)...: Safety Net Works Project Coordinator The Safety Net Works (SNW) is a collaborative program designed to stop the tragic and unacceptable loss of many young people in Illinois and instill hope for the future. The SNW Program brings State and community resources together to help youth and young adults residing in funded communities (in this case Logan Square) to enhance their opportunities for positive development into healthy and productive adulthood.  Posted on 5/26/2011 .
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If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to also@also-chicago.org or fax it to (773) 235-5747 - Attn: Human Resources. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


2011 Community Services Block Grant: The CSBG Scholarship program provides financial assistance for low-income students enrolled in post-secondary education programs. Students who enrolled full-time in a Illinois college, university or vocational/certificate program by September 15, 2011, may qualify for a scholarship, which range from $500 to $3,000. Funds may be applied to tuition, books, uniforms and fees related to course study  Posted on 5/6/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Additional information about program criteria, the income guidelines and a downloadable application are available at www.cityofchicago.org/fss. Application must be received at our office by 5 PM, June 8.  Please click here to read more.
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2011 35th Ward Street Sweeping Schedule Now Available: 2011 Street sweeping schedule has just been uploaded to the website. The schedule does include a color-coded map. Posted on 4/5/2011 ; entire article available here.

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How to identify when your are will receive Street Sweeping service. First, open the 2011 35th Ward Street Sweeping Schedule. Look at the map of the 35th ward and identify the section number and color code of the section for your residence. Second, once you know the section number reference the Street Sweeping schedule. Find you section number. Third, the section schedule list all the days your section will get street sweeping services. If you need further assistance on identifying the Street Sweeping schedule in your area please call our office at 773-365-3535.  Please click here to read more.
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The Chicago Police and Fire Training Academy (CPFTA) applications are available online. : This two year after school program will assist you if you are thinking of a careeer in Law Enforcement, becoming a Firefighter or Paramedic.  Posted on 4/4/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Simply log on to the website at www.cpfta.com. You must have a valid email address to submit the application. If you do not have access to a computer, you can avail of a computer at any of the Chicago Public Libraries. Submit your application as soon as possible as once you submit the application, there are CONSENT FORMS that need to be returned by April 27, 2011.  Please click here to read more.
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Logan Square Artist Wins Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Poster Contest: Dan Zamudio Receives $1,000 Check from Comcast  Posted on 3/31/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Spring means more than rain and additional hours of daylight. It also means that Chicago’s much anticipated summer festival season is on its way. While the rest of the city holds its breath for warmer weather, Logan Square artists and residents begin to gear up for the 3rd annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF). Local artist Dan Zamudio, one of these artists, recently won the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Poster Contest sponsored by Comcast. Zamudio, whose iconic toy camera photographs were recently exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, was presented with a check for $1,000 by 35th ward Alderman Rey Colón at I Am Logan Square’s gallery located at 2648 N. Milwaukee Avenue on Tuesday, March 29th.  Please click here to read more.
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2011 Neighborhood Paper Drive: Start collecting your paper! The City of Chicago 2011 Neighborhood Paper Drive and competition is ready to start on May 14, 2011. Bring a drive to your neighborhood by identifying a neighborhood organization* and a potential location (truck accessible) for the paper collection dumpster for the collection of mixed paper. Cash prizes will be awarded to the neighborhood organizations that recycle the most paper over a two week period.  Posted on 3/25/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Bring a drive to your neighborhood by identifying a neighborhood organization* and a potential location (truck accessible) for the paper collection dumpster for the collection of mixed paper. Cash prizes will be awarded to the neighborhood organizations that recycle the most paper over a two week period.  Please click here to read more.
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Catalog Choice : The City of Chicago has partnered with Catalog Choice to offer our residents and businesses a service to reduce unwanted mail and phone books Posted on 3/25/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Any resident or business in Chicago can create a free account at https://chicago.catalogchoice.org to reduce unwanted catalogs, phone books, credit card offers, coupons, and other marketing material received at home and in the workplace.  Please click here to read more.
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CTA New Jobs Posting: For your information, CTA's department of Government & Community Relations is attaching the most current CTA job posting found on their website  Posted on 3/24/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The Alderman encourages people to visit the website to obtain the most current information and to apply on-line for any of these positions.  Please click here to read more.
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Jefferson Township Property Tax Appeals: The Cook County Board of Review will open Jefferson Township for appeals from March 24 to April 22, 2011. Posted on 3/23/2011 ; entire article available here.

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If a taxpayer believes their property is incorrectly assessed, this is an opportunity to appeal their assessment. Reductions can be made in property taxes based on evidence of incorrect information used in the assessment of the property or by comparing assessments of similar properties in the area. The Cook County Board of Review is the second level of property tax appeals and is a service for all Cook County residents at no cost to them.  Please click here to read more.
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Free Income Tax Preparation For Families : From now until April 18, families earning up to $50,000 and individuals earning up to $25,000 can get their income taxes prepared for free. Posted on 3/22/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can return more than $5,600 to those who are eligible. Residents are encouraged to call the city's 3-1-1 non-emergency number to find the free tax site closest to their homes or places of business.  Please click here to read more.
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Apply for passport now to avoid summer travel delays: Summer travel season officially kicks off in two months and with millions of families hitting the road or heading to airports, now is the time to apply for a U.S. passport.  Posted on 3/21/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Complete U.S. passport services, including photo services for adults and children ages 5 and older, are available st Clerk del valle’s City Hall office at 121 N. LaSalle, Room 107 or at the City Clerk satellite offices 5674 S. Archer Ave. on the southwest side or 5430 W. gale St on the northewest side. To apply for a U.S. Passport for the first time, each applicant must appear in person with proof of U.S. citizenship and a valid form of ID such as a diver’s license or state ID. All U.S. citizens entering the country by land or sea must present a passport or passport card that shows their name and proof of citizenship. Passport and passporyt cards are available at all City Clerks offices. For more information about City Clerk passport service and complete list of all items needed when applying for a passport, please visit www.chicityclerk.com or call 312-744-6774.  Please click here to read more.
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KEBIC Names Mark Thomas as Executive Director: The Board has named Mark Thomas as its new Executive Director. “Mark Thomas has served on the Board of directors and has been an officer for over 5 years and serves on other boards such as LOCAL FIRST CHICAGO.  Posted on 3/21/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Mark brings new ideas, a wealth of experience, and a business mind, determination and commitment to establish KEBIC as a critical and energetic resource, and vital partner, to business, industry, workforce and economic development in an area which has historically been a center of industrial and commercial activity,” Bill Fester, president of the KEBIC board stated. KEBIC serves an area extending from Diversey Ave. on the South to Montrose Ave on the North, and the Chicago River on the East to the Kennedy Expressway on the West, as well as a small slice of the Addison Industrial Corridor  Please click here to read more.
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Ald. Colon co-sponsors Resolution urging Quinn to sign the bill abolishing Death Penalty : Moreno was joined at the press conference by 37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts who expressed her support of the bill. Moreno's resolution was co-sponsored by Aldermen Carrie Austin (34th), Walter Burnett (27th), Rey Colon (35th), Roberto Maldonado (26th), Emma Mitts (37th) and Tom Tunney (44th). Posted on 3/15/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Study: City Council often aligns with Daley: The study from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 54 divided roll call votes in the past four years - the times the 50 aldermen don't all agree.  Posted on 3/15/2011 ; entire article available here.

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In those divided votes, 31 aldermen went Daley's way almost every time - in 90 percent or more of those votes. That is up from seven aldermen who agreed with Daley that often in the previous term. Among the most loyal these last few years: Alderman John Pope, Frank Olivo, Ed Burke, Virginia Rugai, Ariel Reboyras, Dick Mell and Carrie Austin. They each voted with Daley 100 percent of the time. In the previous term, no alderman voted every time the mayor. 30 Ariel Reboyras 100 | 31 Ray Suarez 88 | 32 Scott Waguespack 67 | 33 Dick Mell 100 | 34 Carrie Austin 100 | 35 Rey Colon 80 | 36 William Banks / John Rice 98 | 37 Emma Mitts 98 | 38 Tom Allen / Tim Cullerton 96 |  Please click here to read more.
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2011 Chicago Senior Citizens Hall of Fame: We invite you to nominate one Chicago resident, age 60 or better, who continues to make a significant contribution to our world-class city. Posted on 3/10/2011 .
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At a ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2011 Mayor Richard M. Daley, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Senior Services Area Agency on Aging, will honor these extraordinary senior citizens for their outstanding contributions to Chicago's neighborhoods, businesses, schools, parks, community organizations and religious affiliations. You will receive an invitation to the event, now in its 49th year, and we look forward to seeing you there. Attached, please find the Hall of Fame guidelines and nomination form. A completed nomination form should be sent electronically to dhughes@cityofchicago.org by April 1, 2011. Guidelines and nomination forms located in the printable documents. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


NOMINATE A HERO TODAY! : With headlines of violence dominating the news, we hear too little about Chicago's young people serving their communities. Heroes in the 'Hood,  Posted on 3/9/2011 ; entire article available here.

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sponsored by GO Airport Express, the Chicago Crusader, the DuSable Museum of African American History, Dominick’s and The Chicago White Sox is trying to change that. NOMINATE A HERO TODAY! To nominate someone just go to the www.heroesinthehood.com nomination section and fill out the application. (Deadline is March 15.) You MUST fill out either a group or individual application.  Please click here to read more.
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CDPH STI/HIV/AIDS RFP FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS: he City of Chicago Department of Public Health is releasing one Requests for Proposals (RFP). RFP 11-01 for support of HIV and STI community events. Posted on 3/8/2011 ; entire article available here.

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A total of $75,000 is available in Calendar year 2011. Not-for-profit community-based organizations providing services within the City of Chicago may apply for these funds. Applicants must have at least one year experience in providing outreach and community event services.  Please click here to read more.
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14th and 13th District Schools Safety Training Conference: This conference is designed to help parents develop a safety plan for their school and implement it in the fall. Also, they will be planning an activity for the parents in the spring.  Posted on 3/7/2011 .
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The conference will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the St. Mary of Nazareth Medical Center, located at 1127 N. Oakley Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Summer Camp Registration Dates: View summer programs and create your wishlist beginning Monday, March 21. Online registration begins Monday, April 4 at 9 a.m., and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 9 at the parks. Prior to registering online, please take the time to read through our information page which includes time-saving tips. Go here for general information about day camp.  Posted on 3/4/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Day Camp Registration Dates View summer programs and create your wish list beginning Monday, March 21. Online registration begins Monday, April 4 at 9 a.m., and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 9 at the parks. Prior to registering online, please take the time to read through our information page which includes time-saving tips.  Please click here to read more.
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Summer Jobs For Youth: Applicants or parents/guardians with questions about summer opportunities may call the Jobs Hotline at 312-743-0208 or email at youthreadychicago@cityofchicago.org. Posted on 3/2/2011 ; entire article available here.

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We are pleased to inform you that the 2011 application for Youth Ready Chicago summer opportunities is now available on their website. Applicants or parents/guardians with questions about summer opportunities may call the Jobs Hotline at 312-743-0208  Please click here to read more.
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Arts Consultant Wanted: Arts direction - curatorial-exhibition development - arts education - cross-cultural program development - non-profit administration - marketing-social media phone: (773) 620-8608 e-mail: jorgefelix11@gmail.com Posted on 3/1/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Arts jobs that are looking to be fill for the summer include Camp Counselors for Arts@Play--Camp for 13 year olds (job ID# 157) Kids Mobile – Arts, Nature, Fitness, Fun at unstaffed locations all over the city – (job ID #160) Inferno Mobile Recording Studio -- (job ID #159) Program & Event Coordinator Theater on the Lake Box Office – (job ID #178) Intern—Movies in the Park – staffing for evening movies in the park program– (job ID # 182)  Please click here to read more.
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Chicago Park District : The Chicago Park District announces  Posted on 3/1/2011 ; entire article available here.

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new job notice and application site-- All CPD job applicants now need to apply online.  Please click here to read more.
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Woodard Plaza Public Meeting : Tuesday March 8th 6:30pm Voice of The City 3429 West Diversey Parkway (Above the Family Dollar)  Posted on 3/1/2011 .
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Proposal to permanently close off Woodard Street at Milwaukee & Kimball to create a public plaza featuring a rain garden and other exciting elements. SHARE THIS NEWS ITEM


Brookfield Zoo : NOW HIRING!! SEASONAL FOOD SERVICE JOB FAIR Monday, March 7, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield IL (Located at 1st Avenue and 31st Street) Zoo’s Discovery Center  Posted on 2/24/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Food Service and Catered Event Opportunities: Banquet Servers Banquet Set-up Host/Hostess Bartender Dishwasher Food Service Attendants Line Cooks Please print and complete the seasonal employment application and bring it with you to the SEASONAL FOOD SERVICE Job Fair on Monday, March 7, 2011. Not able to attend the SEASONAL FOOD SERVICE job fair? Print the application now and return it to the Human Resources Department to be considered for upcoming interview events in March 2011  Please click here to read more.
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Election Results: Check out who won, who lost and which races are in the April run-off.  Posted on 2/23/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Check out the election results from yesterday's at the Chicago Tribune  Please click here to read more.
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35th Ward Service Office Closed & Ward Night Canceled: In Observance of Washington's Birthday Ward Office will be closed and No Ward Night Posted on 2/18/2011 .
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With warmer weather, city calls for 'dibs' end: With temperatures in the city rising and snow thawing, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is calling an end to dibs, for now. Posted on 2/16/2011 ; entire article available here.

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'Given this extended period of warmer weather, we are asking residents who have placed items in the street to save parking spaces to please begin removing those items,' a release from Streets and San said. 'As snow melts, these remaining items add clutter to the public way.'  Please click here to read more.
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Logan Square Plaza Meeting, Thu. Feb 17 @ 6:00pm, Banco Popular 2525 N Kedzie: Get updated on the progress of the Logan Square Plaza and the Orchard. Posted on 2/14/2011 .
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Department of Family and Support Services' Summer Mini Grants: Connect Chicago Youth to a Summer of Possibilities The Department of Family and Support Services' Summer Mini Grants program offers non-profit agencies a chance to apply for up to $2,000 in funding to support programs for Chicago-area youth (ages 10-18) to explore vocational, recreational and educational opportunities. Many Mini Grants also address community needs by supporting programs that engage youth in community improvement or exploration.  Posted on 2/13/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Award amounts range from $250 to a maximum of $2,000. The Summer Mini Grants Program is open to non-profit organizations located in the city of chicago. If you have any questions, call the Mini Grant Hotline at (312) 743-6313.  Please click here to read more.
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About This Crime; Victims are senior citizens between the ages of 70-90.  Posted on 2/13/2011 .
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• They receive a phone call from a subject purporting to be a friend of a relative who is in distress and needs money wired to them. • Various requests include a relative in jail needs bond money or a wallet containing their money and credit cards was stolen please wire money. What You Can Do • Verify the circumstances with a family member or a trusted friend. • Before withdrawing/wiring large sums of money, confer with a family member or a trusted friend before taking such action. • Make sure all your family and friends that are in this targeted age group are made aware of these types of scams. • File a complaint with the Money Transfer Agent ie. Western Union, MoneyGram. If
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Chicago Tribune Endorses Rey Colón: 35th Ward: Ald. Rey Colón has shown some valuable independence and initiative.  Posted on 2/10/2011 ; entire article available here.

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35th Ward: Ald. Rey Colón has shown some valuable independence and initiative. He voted against the Chicago Children's Museum land grab in Grant Park and against the disastrous parking meter lease deal. He was an early supporter of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, a nonprofit group formed to convert a three-mile abandoned freight line into a linear park. He founded the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in 2009 and actively markets the Logan Square arts community via the nonprofit I AM Logan Square. Colón understands Chicago needs to dramatically restructure city government. He has proposed cutting the number of wards in half and aligning them with the city's 25 police districts. He is endorsed. We were impressed with Nancy Schiavone, a real estate lawyer. Miguel Sotomayor also is running.  Please click here to read more.
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Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Rey Colón:  Posted on 2/10/2011 ; entire article available here.

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35th Ward Northwest Side Ald. Rey Colón has been called a Mayor Daley loyalist and someone who rarely has anything to say at Council meetings. He also is viewed in some quarters as having failed to deliver on his promise to run a transparent office. But Colón’s independent streak — he voted against the parking meter lease and relocating the Chicago Children’s Museum to Grant Park — earns him our endorsement. Colón favors allowing gambling in the city to keep those dollars from being spent at facilities elsewhere. He also has worked behind the scenes to address crime problems in the ward, which includes part of Independence Park, Humboldt Park, Avondale and Logan Square. He is opposed by Illinois State Toll Highway Authority worker Miguel Sotomayor and longtime ward resident Nancy Schiavone, an energetic and bright lawyer with a record of community service.  Please click here to read more.
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Sierra Club Announces Endorsements In City Council Races:  Posted on 2/9/2011 ; entire article available here.

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TThe Sierra Club is backing Rey Colón for alderman. As a co-sponsor of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, Alderman Rey Colón is endorsed for another term. He is a leader in making Chicago greener, advocating for new and safer bike paths throughout his Ward, working to make his Ward less car dependent and creating more open spaces. Colón has also worked to bring a farmer’s market to his neighborhoods and will continue to work diligently on environmental issues.  Please click here to read more.
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Alderman Colón receives Friends of the Parks Award:  Posted on 2/2/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Alderman Rey Colon will receive a 2011 Legislative Award for his commitment to new park development, public involvement, new green spaces and dog parks in the 35th Ward  Please click here to read more.
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An Evening with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle & Alderman Rey Colon: Thursday, February 3 from 6-9pm at the Longman & Eagle A 2011 Chicago Michelin Guide Star Recipient located at 2657 N. Kedzie Avenue. Posted on 1/27/2011 .
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Commission honors Chicago's best preservation projects: Presented today by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, the annual awards recognize outstanding improvements to designated City of Chicago landmarks and properties within official landmark districts.  Posted on 1/7/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The 10-member Landmarks Commission recommends buildings and districts for landmark protection to City Council. It also works with homeowners, businesses, organizations and developers to promote the preservation and maintenance of historic properties. The Commission has presented the Preservation Excellence Awards every year since 1998. To date, there are 293 individual landmarks and 53 landmark districts throughout Chicago. Citywide, more than 9,500 buildings, sites and structures are protected through the city's landmark program.  Please click here to read more.
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Social Media and E-Mail Marketing Contest Launched: The Small Business Online Marketing Contest is officially open. So if you've got a recent email or social media campaign you're proud of, or one that's in the works, enter it now in one of the two categories below:  Posted on 1/7/2011 ; entire article available here.

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Alderman Rey Colon honored with 2010 Legislative Award: by Friends of the Parks. Alderman Colon was selected to receive Friends of the Parks' 2010 Legislative Award for his long-standing commitment to new park development, public involvement, new green plazas and dog parks in the 35th Ward. Posted on 1/7/2011 ; entire article available here.

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The Annual meeting and awards luncheon will be held at noon on Thursday, Februrary 3rd, 2011 in the G.A.R. hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph.  Please click here to read more.
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Office Closed In Observance of: New Year's Day Posted on 1/2/2011 .
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Aldermen Opposing Last-Minute Privatization Deals in Budget: Mayoral candidates asked to pledge their support to protect taxpayers Chicago – With thank you cards, cupcakes of appreciation and constituent postcards in hand, Illinois PIRG publicly thanked the 19 Chicago City Council Aldermen who have stated their opposition to any proposed lease of city assets until taxpayer protections ensure transparency and fair value. In an effort to prevent another parking meter debacle, Chicago Aldermen have been asked to sign a pledge that calls for increased transparency and accountability before any new privatization deal is approved by the city. The Stop Future Privatization Giveaways Pledge is supported by 25 civic, grassroots and community groups across the city.  Posted on 11/17/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Logan Square Plaza Project: Planning Meeting at Banco Popular located at 2525 N. Kedzie on Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 6pm. Please confirm attendance with Luis Monterrubio 312-744-4162. Posted on 11/10/2010 .
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Alderman Rey Colón reviews Dan Deacon and Lightning Bolt : The 35th Ward Alderman talks about the benefits of co-sponsoring a concert in Logan Square and grades the bands playing the show Posted on 10/7/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Schurz Alumni Hall of Fame : The Carl Schurz High School Alumni Association Incorporated with the State of Illinois on September 16, 2009. This marks the creation of Schurz High School’s very first Alumni Association in 100 years.Alderman Rey Colon inducted to the Schurz Alumni Hall of Fame.  Posted on 9/16/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Residential Guest Passes Available for purchase at Alderman Rey Colon's Office: Residential parking permit (RPP) zones limit parking to residents and their guests. Alderman Rey Colon has made arrangements to make guest passes available to 35th Ward residents at the Ward Office. Posted on 8/29/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Vehicles parked in an RPP zone must display an RPP annual permit or daily pass on their windshield or they may be ticketed. Motorcycles and scooters may park in RPP zones without displaying an annual or visitor residential parking permit. You can purchase residential parking zone guest passes at the 35th Ward office. You can also have your residential parking zone guest passes mailed directly to your home. Visit the City Clerk's website for more information.  Please click here to read more.
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Chicago Parking Meter Lease: Parking meter rates will increase next month after the Chicago City Council today overwhelmingly approved Mayor Richard Daley's plan to lease the spots to a private firm for 75 years in return for a one-time payment of nearly $1.2 billion. Posted on 8/14/2010 ; entire article available here.

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National Night Out in Chicago's 14th Police District: Mayor Daley and others are impassioned about crime and safety during National Night Out in Chicago's 14th Police District Posted on 8/14/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Alderman Colon confirms Albany Home Zone project is planned : The goal of the project is create a Home Zone on the 2400 block of Albany Avenue in Chicago, IL  Posted on 7/13/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Chicago passes revised gun law, allowing handgun ownership: The new gun law, which effectively puts an end to Chicago’s controversial handgun ban, establishes strict guidelines about who can apply for a permit. Posted on 7/2/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Chicago One day after Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley unveiled a proposed ordinance regulating firearm ownership, the Chicago City Council passed it by a vote of 45 to 0. The revised gun law effectively puts an end to Chicago’s controversial handgun ban, which was the last of its kind in the United States. On Monday, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that put the handgun ban into jeopardy. The new ordinance allows handgun ownership in Chicago but establishes strict guidelines about who can apply for a permit. It prohibits gun shops within city limits and requires potential handgun owners to register their guns with the Chicago Police Department. In addition, it requires handgun owners to have both a city permit and a state firearms identification card. The new ordinance also addresses where handguns can be stored, saying that home storage does not include a garage, front porch, or yard. Other excluded sites for storage are hotels, dorms, and group living facilities. For transport outside the home, guns would need to be broken down and not trigger ready. The ordinance will become law in 10 days. It will then take up to four months for anyone who wants to legally own a gun in his or her home to go through the process. Chicago aldermen were unanimous in their support of the ordinance. That included Alderman Rey Colon of the 35th Ward who, in remarks before the council, said gun-rights advocates do not understand how unregulated rules on gun ownership threaten neighborhood safety. “I understand the right to bear arms, but I also understand parents crying in their sleep,” he said. Mr. Colon’s brother died of a gunshot in 1979.  Please click here to read more.
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Chicago passes revised gun law, allowing handgun ownership: The new gun law, which effectively puts an end to Chicago’s controversial handgun ban, establishes strict guidelines about who can apply for a permit. Posted on 7/2/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Chicago One day after Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley unveiled a proposed ordinance regulating firearm ownership, the Chicago City Council passed it by a vote of 45 to 0. The revised gun law effectively puts an end to Chicago’s controversial handgun ban, which was the last of its kind in the United States. On Monday, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that put the handgun ban into jeopardy. The new ordinance allows handgun ownership in Chicago but establishes strict guidelines about who can apply for a permit. It prohibits gun shops within city limits and requires potential handgun owners to register their guns with the Chicago Police Department. In addition, it requires handgun owners to have both a city permit and a state firearms identification card. The new ordinance also addresses where handguns can be stored, saying that home storage does not include a garage, front porch, or yard. Other excluded sites for storage are hotels, dorms, and group living facilities. For transport outside the home, guns would need to be broken down and not trigger ready. The ordinance will become law in 10 days. It will then take up to four months for anyone who wants to legally own a gun in his or her home to go through the process. Chicago aldermen were unanimous in their support of the ordinance. That included Alderman Rey Colon of the 35th Ward who, in remarks before the council, said gun-rights advocates do not understand how unregulated rules on gun ownership threaten neighborhood safety. “I understand the right to bear arms, but I also understand parents crying in their sleep,” he said. Mr. Colon’s brother died of a gunshot in 1979.  Please click here to read more.
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Things are happening in the 35th Ward : Alderman Rey Colon tells Mike and Nancy all about the Tour de Fat! on FOX News Click on the link to hear the full story. Posted on 6/23/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Earth Day will be an integral part of their Green agenda.: Providing a celebration of the intersection of health, the mainstream green movement and diverse community engagement Posted on 4/22/2010 ; entire article available here.

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Ald. Colon On The Parking Meter Lease: 'We Should Have Bit The Bullet' : www.progressillinois.com The Windy City edition of the New York Times debuted today, featuring an article on the controversial parking meter lease from veteran City Hall reporter Dan Mihalopoulos, now with the Chicago News Cooperative. In his report, Mihalopoulos digs into the books of Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that now controls the city's meters under a 75-year, $1.15 billion deal with the city. He found -- not surprisingly -- that the company's profits are growing steadily, generating $1.1 million per week, thanks to the higher rates they instituted after taking over the system. With more gradual increases on the way, the company is projected to collect $46.9 million this year and $79.5 million in 2010. Posted on 11/20/2009 ; entire article available here.

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Blick Sponsors Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Blick’s Lincoln Park store was a sponsor of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, held July 31-August 2, 2009. The festival included the Live Art Masterpiece Battle, held on August 1.  Posted on 8/11/2009 ; entire article available here.

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Aspirante Alumni Award: A lifelong 35th Ward resident, Alderman Rey Colón is dedicated to serving the Avondale, Humboldt Park, Irving Park, and Logan Square communities. He attended Darwin Elementary School and Schurz High School.  Posted on 4/3/2009 ; entire article available here.

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KEBIC Sponsors Green Activities, Promotes Awareness: In May, KEBIC hosted an After-Hours at Mirabel's Restaurant where Alderman Rey Colon, 35th Ward, spoke to KEBIC business leaders on the future time line for implementation of the Kennedy/Kimball TIF. Alderman Colon announced that the TIF district would also have a Small Business Improvement Fund which, as with the South Addison Corridor TIF, would make funds much more accessible for smaller companies’ improvement plans. The Kennedy/Kimball SBIF, according to Alderman Colon and Mike Weber of DPD Industrial, will have funds available in about 16 months, or around the end of 2009. Posted on 8/1/2008 ; entire article available here.

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Second Annual Safety Summit Highlights Walking School Bus Program: On January 28, 2006, Arne Duncan, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, joined a coalition of 3 aldermen, 2 police commanders, 7 local principals, local organizations, and nearly 100 parents and community residents to find solutions to the persistent safety issues plaguing students and their families in the southwest corner of Logan Square. Posted on 1/28/2006 ; entire article available here.

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