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Right now, we need to be mad as hell at CTA! We really have no idea what’s going to happen in our community as they work on the Red Line el!
By Leslie Honore, GCA Corresponding Secretary Our community has heard it said repeatedly that the modernization and Reconstruction Project of the Red Line El was going to be quickly done, revamped and managed in the best interest of our community. But below is what we do know to be true–– and also what we have heard rumored–– that may contribute more in undermining this community’s s afety and prosperity if anything. Here’s what’s on-track and off-track as far as this community should be concerned: Starting May 18 , both State Street and Lafayette will be closed during the length of the project (approx. 5 months): No cars or trucks will be allowed to park on these streets. FACT! Vehicles on the above streets will be towed by the city and fined. During the first two weeks, you will only be towed! FACT! No v ehicle s w ill be allo w ed to dri v e down State Street and Lafayette during the entire Reconstruction Project. RUMORED! CTA will be running dual lanes of buses down the closed streets of State and Lafayette. RUMORED! th rd th 79 , 83 and 87 arterial streets w ill be clos ed do w n during this pro j e ct to accommodate construction equipment. RUMORED! CTA plans to add additional security to protect citizens boarding these express buses and in the areas affected. RUMORED!
42 local residents attended GCA’s Lunch ‘N Learn th seminar on Estate Planning, Saturday, April 27 . It was so well received and informative, we’ll do it again!
Saturday, MAY 18, 2013
11 :00 a. m. – 1 : 0 0 p . m .
St. James Lutheran Church 8 0 0 0 S. M i c h i g a n
Now accepting GCA $30 ANNUAL MEMBER DUES per family for 2013. One vote per membership. If you choose to mail your dues, please add full contact info including phone number and email address.
Light Refreshments Served
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Meeting Open & Minutes Read President’s Opening Remarks Treasurer’s Report: Arthur Turnbull Green & Clean-Up Event: Leslie Honore Corresponding Secretary 5. Alderman Sawyer Ward Report 6. GCA Members & Neighbors: Comments, Suggestions & Program / Seminar Ideas.
These are just a fe w of the things w e ha v e heard about. Every resident should be disturbed by some of these aspects because parking will be widely disrupted and spill over into bordering, residential streets. Cont’d on Page 3
CRIME ALERTS: FROM MARCH 24 to APRIL 24, 2013
Reported to the GCA Safety & Security Committee: We can’t know what’s happening in our
area unless you call us at 773.635.6500 –- after you call the police. Afraid? GCA will call for you. Only GCA members and residents who give us their email receive our FULL crime reports from local residents and the Chicago Police. Our distributed newsletter features only a summarized report.
PLEASE NOTE CRIME TRENDS: Make no mistake,
confr ontation cri m e is e scalating!! The criminals are aggressive and time of day means nothing! Whether it’s an AGGRAVATED ASSAULT crime, CTA crimes and ROBBERY, it’s happening during any time of the day, or evening. SPECIAL ALERT: A pair of 20something, young AA males are walking and then robbing folks––usually in the alley! There have been three (3) incidents that have occurred: 76th & Prairie (on front street); 82nd & Michigan and 79th & State took place in the alley. Another incident took place in the alley on Wednesday, May 1st at 85th and Prairie. A resident was talking with a guest when robbed. The two perps dress like they live in our area and use a gun! These criminals are hoping to see if a resident is coming out in the alley to empty garbage, open their garage door as they do some work, or pull their car out. If you see two men walking down the alley that you don’t know, don’t wait until they walk up on you! Get defensive and go back into your home. Then call the police! They have robbed their victims at different times of the day and evening. If you happen to be driving through the alley to your garage and see some suspicious guys, try to remember what they are wearing. But don’t confront them! Just call the police! If they are truly neighbors, let the police figure it out! Summer is coming and they aren’t playing! SO WHY SHOULD WE!! NEW SCAM: Con artists impersonating COMED WORKERS. Scammers insist you must buy a prepaid credit card to avoid a service shut off. NOT TRUE!! Nine people wounded in weekend violence - Chicago Sun-Times MEDIA WIRE- SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013: At least nin e p eople have b e en w ound ed in violence in the city this w e e k end. The most recent incident occurred about 10:40 pm when a man was injured in a shooting in the South Side Chatham neighborhood Saturday night. The man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot in the stomach in the 8100 block of South Eberhart Avenue, police said. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in “stable” condition, th police said……(more shooting incidents then cited from other communities.) Block of 86 & Rhodes –– Email from Resident to GCA: “There was a shooting last night in the alley behind 86th & Rhodes. This happened about 1 am on Saturday, April 13th. A person was being questioned about marijuana and ran from police. They caught up to him and he pulled out a weapon. The police shot him! He is in critical condition. Thankfully no th neighbors were harmed. Alley between 86 Vernon & Rhodes–-Sent via email to GCA on Thursday, th April 18 : “…we observed a suspicious-looking/loitering man and woman across from our garage at 8621. They moved on as soon as we pulled up to our garage. Similarly, there have been multiple "standing" vehicles in the alley--as if they're checking out various homes. One vehicle, in particular is a dark blue Suburban. People th should be careful & aware in their comings and goings. 87 & King Dr. ––CHURCH’S CHICKEN–– Email from Resident: “I just passed by the Church's Chicken lot, and police are everywhere....I heard a woman screaming," He tried to rape me". I got the impression that " he" didn't get away...Was hoping to see it on the news, maybe later.” No more details were submitted later to GCA. FROM POLICE REPORTS ON BEATS: 623, 624, 631 & 632. These are beats where GCA members live. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT–– ARMED/AGGRAVATED – HANDGUN: Sat, April 6––6:52 pm, Block of 8200 S COTTAGE GROVE ––SIDEWALK; Wed, April 10––3:50 pm, Block of 7500 S EBERHART––STREET; Thu, April 18––6:30 am, Block of 0 E. 75th St. –– PARKING LOT/GARAGE (NON RES.) & Sat, April 13––12:56 am, Block of 8500 S RHODES –– RESIDENTIAL YARD (FRONT/BACK). ARMED/AGGRAVATED – KNIFE/ CUTTING INSTRUMENT: Sun, March 24––5:21 pm, Block of 500 E 82nd St.; Thu, March 28–– 4:58 pm, Block of 1000 E 76th St.–– SIDEWALK & Sat, April 6–-2:00 pm, Block of 1000 E 81st St––APARTMENT. ARMED/ AGGRAVATED–OTHER DANGEROUS WEAPON: Sat, April 6––7:19 pm, Block of 8200 S COTTAGE GROVE––APARTMENT & Fri, April 19––3:00 pm, Block of 7900 S RHODES––STREET. AGGRAVATED BATTERY– AGGRAVATED: HANDGUN OR OTHER DANGEROUS WEAPON: Thu, March 28––2:50 am, Block of 8100 S INDIANA AVE––STREET; Sat, April 6–– 10:41 pm, Block of 8100 S EBERHART––SIDEWALK; & Mon, April 15––1:58 pm, Block of 900 E. 83rd St.–– STREET. BURGLARY–– FORCIBLE / UNLAWFUL ENTRY / APARTMENT: Again, Apartment burglaries ARE INCREASING IN NUMBER. Block clubs, churches & every homeowner needs to give a headsup to apartment owners and renters on their block. Be a good neighbor & pass along your GCA newsletter to the apartment renters when you finish. Encourage them to get on our email list. Break ins on home garages are on the upswing again . Only 5 house break-ins for this period . It looks like homeowners are working hard to protect their property. Get a video camera for the garage Cont’d.–PG. 4 2
THE CTA REDLINE PROJECT cont’d: The la st time traffic
w a s di v erted to side streets in our community, the end result was lots of strangers driving through our area. Ultimately, over time, this led to an increase of criminal predators eye-balling our community’s “goods” so to speak. That’s when burglaries really spiked! If CTA is going to create this hyper bubble of traffic flux, then you would think they would have developed a major, security plan with the Chicago Police to protect us–-not just toss out a few, token security guards to look like they are doing something on paper. CTA crimes in our area have increased! See summary stats. Furthermore, in this struggling economy, closing down any of our main business streets could lead to a total disruption and demise of our local, small businesses. Could it be that because there is so much unemployment in our African-American community, so many seniors living in our community and so many vacant businesses in our small, business districts that CTA thinks they can just shove any thing down our throats without getting our input? Just asking? GCA wants you to know that we requested in writing that a CTA senior management th representative come to a special “Town Hall” Meeting to explain to us what’s really going on before their May 18 launch date. We also made calls! We asked for answers to those rumors! WE GOT NOTHING!
PRESIDENT VONIL’S MESSAGE: On behalf of GCA, I extend our appreciation for all the support this
community provides to us. We are aware of the many concerns about the closing of the Dan Ryan Red Line for extensive and much needed repairs. This project will bring some disruption to many lives. While we are not yet sure of the extent of this disruption, we are, however, sure that the total picture has not been drawn. It will be the task of all us to monitor this project and to insist on adjustment as may be required. Remember, GCA stands ready to hear and assist in addressing your concerns.
GCA THANKS THESE SPONSORS WHO SUPPORTED OUR FIRST LUNCH N’ LEARN SEMINAR ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27th Allstate (Rep. Leslie Woods – 83rd & State Mall), Chatham Foods (327 E. 79th), IL State Rep. Elgie Sims (34th Dist.), Louis Groceries (7602 S. Cottage Grove), Richard Wooten & Assoc. (400 W. 76th), Sharon “C” Powell (GCA Education Chairman) and Subway (83rd & State Mall). A special “Shout-Out” of thanks to our dynamic panel of Estate Planning Lawyers: Robin Zina Bryant, Patrick D. John & David E. Trice and––also the Whitney Young Library.
One Summer Chicago Youth Jobs
To help parents and children find and take advantage of these opportunities in the third year of this program, the city of Chicago website is now available for youth to apply for jobs through a common application. The site below also provides information to parents on how to connect with more than 190,000 other recreational activities. PARENTS AND TEENS CAN FIND DETAILS ON JOBS ROBBERY–– AGGRAVATED: 7500 block of S. Wabash–Vehicular Hijacking/Street, Sun. Feb 5 @ 12:10 a.m.; 7500 block of S. AND INTERNSHIPS.. th Calumet–Street, Tues. Feb. 7 @ 3:42 p.m.; 0 block of W. 79 St.–CTA Train, Sat. Feb 25 @ 9:30 a.m.; ARMED – AND Online registration and application th for summer employment GUN / STREET: 8000 block of S. Langley, Wed., Feb 1 @ 7 p.m.; 500 block of E. 88 Pl., Tue. Feb. 28 @ 6:50 p.m.; 8500 is available now through MayWEAPON/SIDEWALK: 31, 2013. block of S. Cottage, Wed. Feb. 29 @ 8:30 a.m.; ARMED – OTHER DANGEROUS 7500 block of S.
State, Mon., Feb 20 @ 3:10 a.m.; STRONGARM– NO WEAPON SIDEWALK/STREET: 7900 block of S. Indiana, Sun. Feb. Additionally, this site can help direct families to summer 5 @ 1:10 p.m.; 7900 block of S. King Dr., Thur. Feb. 9 @ 6:25 p.m.;
camps, organized sports programs, summer field trips to cultural institutions and other noteworthy locations across the city. (No computer? Go to Whitney Young Library – 79th & King) http://www.OneSummerChicago.org
Also, the city has a special, youth summer employment program that seeks out high-risk young men who want to get their lives back on track.
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CRIME ALERTS CONT’D CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT–– AGGRAVATED – ALLEY / STREET/SIDEWALK: Tue, April 9––10:00 pm, Block of 8600 S KING DR–– HANDGUN–SIDEWALK. NON-AGGRAVATED–– RESIDENCE OR APARTMENT: Sun, April 7–– 10:30 pm, Block of 7900 S RHODES AVE ––APARTMENT. CTA CRIMES: Wed, March 27––7:50 pm, Block of 1100 E 79th St.––CTA BUS/ROBBERY ATTEMPT/ STRONGARM-NO WEAPON; Sun, March 31––3:05 am, Block of 7900 S STATE––CTA TRAIN/ROBBERY with HANDGUN; Mon, April 1––12:20 am, Block of 8000 S COTTAGE GROVE / CTA BUS–– ROBBERY STRONGARM & NO WEAPON ; Thu, April 4––8 pm, Block of 0 W 79th St./ CTA TRAIN ––CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT–NON-AGGRAVATED; Sun, April 14––4:25 pm, Block of 200 W 79th St. ––CTA BUS ––ROBBERY/ ARMED: HANDGUN; Tue, April 16 ––6:30 pm, Block of 0 W 79th St. / CTA PLATFORM––LARCENY-THEFTPOCKET-PICKING; Fri, April 19––9:05 pm, Block of 0 W 79th St./ CTA TRAIN––ROBBERY/ARMED with HAND-GUN; Thu, April 18––12:45 am, Block of 700 E 87th St. / CTA BUS STOP––ROBBERY; Sun, April 21–– 1:00 pm, Block of 8700 S KING DR / CTA BUS STOP––ROBBERY STRONGARM with NO WEAPON and Tue, April 23––5:25 pm, Block of 8500 S KING DR / CTA BUS STOP––LARCENY/THEFT––$500 AND UNDER. MOTOR VEHICLE & TRUCK, BUS OR MOTOR HOME THEFT––17 incidents in this time period from 75th street to E. 87th street. ROBBERY–– AGGRAVATED: Sun, March 24––3:40 pm, Block of 700 E 79th St. –– SMALL RETAIL STORE. ARMED – HANDGUN /ATTEMPTED: Thu, April 11––6:02 pm, Block of 900 E 79th St.–– PARKING LOT/GARAGE (NON.RESID.). ARMED – HANDGUN: Tue, March 26––7:47 pm, Block of 7600 S WABASH––VEHICLE NON-COMMERCIAL; Thu, March 28––8:40 pm, Block of 7500 S EVANS––RESIDENCE-GARAGE; Sun, March 31–– 11:45 pm, Block of 300 W 76th St. ––SIDEWALK; Sun, March 31––3:40 pm, Block of 600 E 75th St.–SIDEWALK; Mon, April 1 –– 8:10 pm, Block of 7800 S CALUMET––SIDEWALK; Wed, April 10––2:15 pm, Block of 8800 S PRAIRIE––STREET; Sat, April 13––7:25 pm, Block of 7900 S COTTAGE GROVE––STREET; Sun, April 14––1:19 am, Block of 7500 S CHAMPLAIN––STREET; Mon, April 15––12:50 am, Block of 7900 S COTTAGE GROVE––SIDEWALK; Sat, April 20–– 12:05 am, Block of 8300 S COTTAGE GROVE––STREET; Sat, April 20––2:30 am, Block of 8300 S ST LAWRENCE––STREET; Tue, April 23––6:30 pm, Block of 7700 S CALUMET ––SIDEWALK; Tue, April 23––6:50 pm, Block of 8300 S STATE––DRIVEWAY–RESIDENTIAL; Wed, April 24––3:30 pm, Block of 7500 S PRAIRIE ––STREET & Wed, April 24––2:30 pm, Block of 8100 S VERNON––SIDEWALK. ARMED–OTHER DANG. WEAPON: Wed, April 3––6 pm, Block of 8200 S EBERHART–– OTHER FIREARM–SIDEWALK & Thu, April 18––10:15 am, Block of 7600 S PRAIRIE––STREET. STRONGARM–NO WEAPON: Tue, March 26––5:00 pm, Block of 0 E 79th St.––STREET; Wed, March 27––9:00 pm, Block of 7900 S COTTAGE GROVE––STREET; Fri, March 29– –12:00 pm, Block of 400 E 79TH––BARBERSHOP; Tue, April 9––5:00 pm, 8000 S COTTAGE ––STREET; Thu, April 11––7:00 pm, 800 E 81st St.–SIDEWALK & Mon, April 15––5:22 pm, Block of 8000 S STATE-SIDEWALK.
8200 S. King Before
GCA GREEN N’ CLEAN with COMCAST CARES & REAL MEN CHARITIES SHOWING THE LOVE FOR OUR COMMUNITY These are a few photos shot of the 12 eyesore locations from 76th street to 87th that were submitted by residents. To see all of the “before” & “after” photos, go to GCA’s new, relaunched Facebook page:
Sector 2––GCA Team Leader: : Darwin Honore (left) & a GCA A Crew : member Chris Shaffer along with Comcasttcrew: Tamara & Kyle.
Sector 4 – GCA Team Leader Patricia Dortch (second d from left), GCA Crew Laura Smiley (left) with Comcast t Crew Daniel & Prescott and Driver Deirdre Pratt. … ..
GCA Driver: : Eric Thompson Courtesy–St. Mark Churchh
400 Block of E. 87 After
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Meet new, 6th District Commander FRED L. WALLER who officers say will be a great match for our community needs!
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The City's New Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation has Given Our Community the Green Light to “Make War” on Properties filled with Trash! No Offenders will be Spared!
Okay neighbors: no more playing around with businesses, vacant lots, foreclosed property, unfenced dumping grounds, unkempt house or apartment residences with trash and litter scattered everywhere! If you missed our April GCA meeting, here’s the "Call to Action." GCA was told that Street and Sanitation, under our new Commissioner, expects us to be vigilant and completely report every offender that we see by following the protocol below. If we report it, Street and Sanitation said the "fine" sledgehammer will be coming down left and right. Believe it! They even took the first wave of “offensive” property addresses at our April meeting! See what you missed!
Here’s the protocol you must follow: 1. CALL 311 AND SAY "I want to report to Streets and
Sanitation a business property (or say vacant lot, foreclosed home, abandoned building, apartment building, or residential home) that has a lot of trash and garbage on, or around their premises. Next, give the exact or approximate street address / location. Then ask for a service number. Always keep a record of the date you called and the service number. It really helps to take a photo of the offending property! 2. WAIT 10 DAYS. If nothing happens––meaning you pass by the location and see the same garbage situation, repeat process number one again (see above). Yes, it's frustrating to do it again. But the city wants to make sure that it’s not "311" that dropped the ball. 3. WAIT 10 MORE DAYS TO SEE IF THE TRASH HAS BEEN REMOVED. If nothing has happened, call the GCA phone line at 773.635.6500, or email GCA at email@example.com. Tell us the name of the business, the address / location and the service number complaint. If it's not a business, then, please, identify the kind of property it is. We will directly pass this info to the 6th Ward Supt. Paul Bryson and keep a record. 4. 10 more days have to pass to see if the situation has been rectified. . If not,, then CALL GCA!A GCA was told by the Deputy Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation to directly contact t KEVIN LOMAX, a Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator for Streets and Sanitation.….. GCA was assured that if it reaches this level, the business or property owner will receive a fine. Businesses get fined $500 for the first time! If the proprietors or owners do not comply, they will receive another higher fine (second fine). Lastly, if they receive a third fine ticket, they have to come to court where the city is going to get pretty tough–– i.e., you can lose your license or property!
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