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Monday, July 26, 2021

Former Ald. Robert Shaw dies #Ward09

 Robert Shaw served two non-consecutive terms as Alderman of the 9th Ward with his more recent tenure ending in 1998 when he was ultimately succeeded by current Alderman Anthony Beale.

It was noted that in addition to be an alderman he served as a member of the Cook County Board of Appeals and not only ran for Village President of South Holland but attempted to run against Rahm Emanuel in 2014. Here's a statement from Ald. Beale regarding Shaw's death
Current 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale remembers Shaw for his determination and push for inclusivity.

“On behalf of the 9th Ward and the Roseland and Pullman community, I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of Robert Shaw,” Beale said in a statement. “Chicago lost a man whose passion for public service, reaching out to everyone and working with everybody, is one I enjoyed and respected. I will remember him as one who sought solutions to bring people together and to make positive change.”

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

WGN News: 'Taste To Go' offers reimagined Taste of Chicago experience


[VIDEO] I've been wanting to share this event before it occurred for a while and then when I thought about it again it was today - OOPS!

Anyway, you might have gotten an email blast from Ald. Beale which shared a flyer to this event which is to take place in Pullman today. Taste to Go is a number of Taste of Chicago style events to take place around the city. It's cool that one such event takes on our part of town.

WGN shares a short story about this event.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

FOX 32: Ald. Beale wants Nat'l Guard to patrol city #Ward09


[VIDEO] Ald. Anthony Beale proposes that the Nat'l Guard secure the perimeter of the Loop in the wake of unrest downtown. To be honest, this just seems to be a go to though at least we're not hearing anything about martial law which I think could set a dangerous precedent.

What's the point in this situation get some attention. What's wrong with suggesting that more resources are necessary with what happened the Fourth of July weekend?

Either way as you see in the above FOX 32 story we hear from Ald. Beale and we hear from Mayor Lightfoot. She's quoted as stating the Ald. Beale is a critic who likes to grandstand and lamented that reporters are covering him anyway.

Who's ready for the election for mayor and city council in 2023?

Sunday, July 4, 2021

CBS Chicago: Fatal hit & run closes all Dan Ryan southbound lanes


[VIDEO] I saw this when I got onto the Dan Ryan heading north this morning at least a half-hour before 7:00 AM which is when this report seemed to have aired. I see IDOT trucks blocking all traffic just before the 95th exit of the expressway. I see IL state police on the other side investigating.

I didn't know what exactly happened until I saw this report from WBBM-TV when I got home this afternoon. Not a lot of details in this report though dramatic video of the heavily damaged vehicle, I thought I saw a pair of jeans. Sorry to hear this was fatal.

Be careful out there.

And I hope you're enjoying your holiday I wish I had shared something more positive today.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Ald. Carrie Austin (Ward 34) indicted


[VIDEO] Ald. Austin and her chief of staff were indicted by federal authorities for bribery. Allegedly a contractor wanted to curry favor with the Alderman and offered free home improvements as they sought a contract for a $50 million development in Ward 34.

Video from WGN 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Seen the new 7000 series L cars on the Red Line yet


[VIDEO] It appears they're in service on the CTA Red Line as of Monday. Chicagoland Transit on YouTube is showing these newest train sets in action either on the north side and as far south as 63rd Street. Perhaps I'll finally see these trains in action and certainly ride on one.

If you're tired of facing the aisles when you ride this train doesn't have aisle facing seating. Aside from of course priority seating for the elderly or passengers with disabilities.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

CBS Chicago: Man shoots at bus after being denied a ride


[VIDEO] Reported this morning presumably. A CTA bus was shot at near 119th & Princeton. Thankfully no one was hurt and the shooter was in custody. The shooter got mad because he wasn't allowed a ride on the bus without a face mask.

Although the state & city will open up further on Friday wearing a face mask on public transit is a federal mandate.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

#Ward09 Summer clean out fair

 Will be taking place June 17, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Pullman Community Center located at 10355 S. Woodlawn. Also from the email from the Ald. Anthony Beale's office

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and we've prepared the 9th Ward Summer Clearout Event to kick it off.

Join us for residential shredding, electronic recycling, prescription pill disposal, and general junk removal services. For more information on acceptable items contact the Service Office at 773-785-1100.

You can find more info from the flyer below

I just hate to hear about expressway shootings


[VIDEO] This incident occurred near 120th Street on the Bishop Ford (and I still call it the Calumet) Expressway last night at about 10:30 PM. The victim had the wherewithal to drive himself to Roseland Hospital on 111th Street to get treated. As you see in this footage the Illinois State Police scoured the scene looking for evidence.

I've seen too many stories like this especially on fb of shootings on our expressways whether I-57, the Dan Ryan or even the Eisenhower on the way to the West Side.... What can we do about this?