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JENNIFER'S CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE!

Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorREAD ABOUT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS HERE! 

"ALL CHICAGO and ILLINOIS" - The annual State Board of Education has released it's school report cards for each public school in the state. The reports include student scores on the Illinois Standards Achievement and Prairie State Achievement tests, and ACTs, demographic information on students and teachers, and financial information on school districts, for Public schools only.  Among Illinois schools, Chicago's Northwest Side Portage Park neighborhood, stand out, based on their average state reading and math scores in third-, fifth- and eighth-grade in 2003 versus 2007.   For more information about these results for your community, click here.

Chicago homeowners may not have missed the second installment of 2006 tax bills up to this point, but when they arrive next week they may actually include a modest decrease.  Three out of every four Chicago homeowners will see "slight reductions" in their property tax bill, but those reductions will disappear in the second and third years due to the structure of tax cap legislation passed this year in Springfield, according to Cook county officials.  Maura Kownacki, spokesman for the Cook County Assessor's Office states, "People are going to see dramatic increases. They're going to have a false sense of security."   To see this article in full, click here.

LAKEVIEW - With only a few days left before the Nov. 4 "Doomsday" deadline, more than 40 riders gather together to plead that CTA officials not to cut their routes, on Oct. 30 at a hearing at Lane Tech High School, which was attended by more than 150 residents and business leaders.

Among the attendees was East Lake View Chamber of Commerce Director Maureen Martino who arrived toting a sign noting that in just the past year, there has been a 102 percent ridership increase, 71 percent on the No. 144, 50.1 percent on the No. 148, 35.1 percent on the No. 135, 27.9 percent on the No. 134, and 16.2 percent on the 156.  All those routes are slated for shutdown and all but one serve the lakefront, said Martino.

As with many communities facing CTA route cuts, Lakeview has an abundant number of people a week using public transportation. " When you start cutting those buses, we won't have the capacity to handle the riders on alternative routes. And you have kids going to school, seniors who need to get their necessities. We're predicting people will not be able to get to work, and may not be able to shop in our area," Martino said.  To read more about this, click here.

LOGAN SQUARE - Plans to create a new TIF (Tax-Increment Financing) District within the Kennedy Industrial Corridor were discussed at an Oct. 25, Kedzie/Elston Business and Industrial Council luncheon at Cousin's Restaurant, 3038 W. Irving Park Rd, between community and business leaders. 

According to the city's Department of Planning and Development, the proposal will be introduced at a Nov. 13, Community Development Commission meeting.  A  date will be set for a public hearing sometime in January, and the proposal would then go for a vote by the City Council.

The 153-acre area is roughly bounded by Addison, Kedzie, Belmont and Drake, "and a little down Elston." It covers 26 blocks, and includes Avondale Park Athletic Field parks, and three major commercial zones at Kedzie and Belmont, Kimball and Belmont and the K-mart near Addison just east of the expressway.  While TIFs don't involve raising taxes, they can generate more money by encouraging industrial and retail growth and expanding the tax base.  Read more about it by clicking here.

PORTAGE PARK - A police surveillance camera with a flashing blue light has been installed on the corner of Belle Plaine and Lavergne avenues near Dickinson Park

Alderman Pat Levar, 45th Ward, and 16th District police say the camera was installed as a response to complaints from residents who alleged there was gang activity in the park at local CAPs meetings.  Sgt. Karl Scherer of the 16th District said the camera has been active for one week and has yet to pick up any criminal activity. 

Although the camera and blue lights received mixed emotions among residents, the camera may be moved in the future but would remain in the park for now to deter and detect alleged gang activity.  For the full story, click here.

UPTOWN - A 24-unit apartment dwelling is planned for a vacant lot near Weiss Memorial Hospital.  O'Flaherty Builders Inc., will put up the project at North Clarendon and West Eastwood Avenues.   The project is expected to provide affordable apartments for local residents and employees of the Hospital.  Apartments will be in a four-story building. The units will range from 635-square-foot one-bedroom units to 911-square-foot two-bedroom units.  For more information, click here.

PARK RIDGE - The Kalo Foundation will sponsor an exhibition of the work of Park Ridge silversmiths from the Kalo Shop. Programs and displays will be offered Nov. 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Solari & Huntington, 100 Main St., Park Ridge. Admission is $20 and will help to raise funds, with the goal of purchasing and preserving the Kalo House in order to be able to share information on this Park Ridge historic treasure and its contributions to the world of art.   To find out how more, click here.

DO YOU HAVE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS THAT MUST BE SHARED?  Let me know.

DEAN'S TEAM "CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD" REPORTER,

JENNIFER GARRITY

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2007 2:52 PM by Dean's Team

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