Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Metra Station - Sox Park

They finally broke ground. The new station will be at 35th and Federal. No more expensive parking for Sox games, jump on for a couple of bucks round trip and ride in comfort. NICE. This also opens up De La Salle as an option for the high school kids.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mt. Greenwood Bank Robbery

Chicago police were investigating a bank robbery that occurred this morning at a TCF bank branch in the Mount Greenwood area on the Southwest Side of the city.

The robbery happened about 9:55 a.m. and the man left with an unknown amount of cash, said Chicago Police Officer JoAnn Taylor.

She said the man appeared to have fled on foot.An FBI spokeswoman said the robbery happened at the bank branch located at 3128 W. 103rd St. (Jewel?) The man was identified as an African-American. No other details were immediately available. FBI officials were investigating along with Chicago police, officials said.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Off Topic - They come in 3's

We all heard that death comes in threes.

What a sad week.

1) Ed McMahon

2) Farrah Fawcett passed today at the age of 62

3) Michael Jackson is (reported) to have died of a heart attack at the age of 50, just a short while ago.

***** UPDATE***** We are now at 4 - Billy Mays (Oxy Clean Pitchman) died today at 50.

Open Post 6/25 - 7/1

This week's open post.

Two Beverly Restaurants Robbed

Two fast-food restaurants in Chicago's Beverly community were hit by armed robbers in the same day.

Robbers stole undisclosed amounts of money from Burger King, 1701 W. 95th St., and KFC, 10421 S. Western Ave., police said.

The first robbery was at Burger King at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

After an employee took out the garbage, he was approached by two gunmen in the parking lot, police said.

The gunmen told him to open the restaurant's rear door and then demanded that a manager open the safe, police said.

The gunmen then ordered the manager and employee to lie on the floor while they stole money from the safe and from three cash registers, police said. The men fled on foot, police said.
At 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, a lone gunman stole an undisclosed amount of money from KFC, police said.

The man entered the restaurant, asked for a job application and then pulled out a gun, police said.

The man ordered two employees to put money into a bag, police said. After they put the money in a plastic bag, he grabbed the bag and ran from the restaurant down an alley, police said.
The gunman was described as a black man between ages 40 and 45, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. He had a beard and was wearing sunglasses. He wore a red baseball cap, dark blue shirt, black jeans and white gym shoes, witnesses told police.

This is why I don't go to the restaurants on Western. Hasn't the KFC been robbed numerous times? Why did the Taco Bell close again? Oh yeah, robbery gone bad. Western is easy pickings, young kids working. Thank the Lord that nobody was hurt in these two robberies. What's next? Metal detectors at the entrances of all restaurants? A pat down?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another Racist Graffiti Incident in 60655

This time in Morgan Park. (All comments to this article are to be made in the other Post entitled Continued Conversation on Racism).

From the Southtownstar.com:

Black and white. Young and old. Residents and visitors.

All were angry Tuesday afternoon at Chicago's Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western Ave., site of the 19th Ward's latest incident of racist graffiti.

Swastikas were painted late Sunday or early Monday on a Dumpster and a fence at the tennis courts on the south end of the park, Chicago police said.

This comes a week after racist graffiti, including swastikas and the words "Go home niggers" were found on the garage of a black family in the 10800 block of South Whipple Street, and another batch near 110th and Troy.

The graffiti in Kennedy Park was removed Monday morning by a city crew shortly after police investigated, said Terry Neary, a hot dog vendor in Kennedy Park.

"Graffiti alone is bad. I didn't know this one had a swastika. That bothers me. I know what that symbol is about," said Neary, of Alsip.

"I know there's freedom of speech, but graffiti is wrong. I hate the 'N' word," said Neary, who is white.

A call to the ward office of Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th) was not returned. Police did not say if they think there's a link between the graffiti incidences.

"It's probably kids," one officer said.

If police do find whoever is responsible, jail may be too strong a punishment, said Terry McEldowney. He has something else in mind.

"They ought to slap the (expletive) out of them. Take the cuffs off the cops' hands and let them slap 'em around," said McEldowney, of the West Beverly neighborhood.

"I'm offended that somebody's that stupid to do something like that. It's gotta be kids, right, acting like a fool? I mean the swastika represents everything that's wrong with the '30s and '40s. It's horrible. This is absolutely uncalled for. It's wrong. You can't do that stuff," said McEldowney, 63.

McEldowney, who is white, noted that the 19th Ward "is pretty well integrated."
When black and white children were leaving a summer camp at the park, Melissa Wilson walked up to pick up her son and daughter.

Wilson, who is white, was shocked to learn of the graffiti "especially after that incident with the lady's garage."

"It's disturbing, especially if it's kids doing it. They may not know why people would be upset. Or they're doing it for a reason.

"This is a neighborhood park. We're lucky to have this park," Wilson said.

Tom LePretre, president of the Kennedy Park/West Morgan Park Civic Association, was not available for comment Tuesday. His wife, Jennifer, called the graffiti, "very unusual because we are a diverse community."

Elizabeth Whitehead, who is black and due with her first child in August, took a break Tuesday to get a cool drink at the park.

"I'm not really scared unless they try to put their hands on me. That's a different story," Whitehead said.

Graffiti "does concern me. I didn't know people still did things like that. I'm kind of not surprised because, usually, police are on top of things. They'd make their rounds when the park closed. I thought they were still doing that," said Whitehead, of Beverly.

Sade Scott and her husband, Deandre Scott, stopped at the park for lunch.

"It's not going to be good if kids see it. Basically, it's not a positive influence," said Sade, who is black and lives in Calumet City.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Well Wishes for PO Cole


Dated: 06/23/09

Doctor said cards are needed for visual help. A note, inspirational card, balloon anything like that. Blessings to all of you.

Please send to:

P.O. Densey Cole II
RML Specialty Hospital
5601 S. County Line Road
Hinsdale , IL 60521

There will also be a blog for Officer Cole up and running in a couple of days. I'll let you know the info when I have it.

For those of you who do not who Officer Cole is:

On 27 May 2009, at the corner of 98th and Halsted, Police Officer Densey Cole was involved in a violent traffic crash. Officer Cole has been hospitalized for treatment of the serious injuries that he sustained. His family has been with him around the clock. Please keep Officer Cole and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Post for Continued Conversation on Racism

Quite a few people have suggested that the conversation on racism be given its own post instead of totally banning it. If you want to contribute or read it it, it will contained in THIS POST ONLY. This way, the people who want to have the conversation can, they can express their opinion, etc. and the people who are tired of it, don't have to be bothered with it.

I will reiterate the fact that if the comments are posted in other places, they will not be posted. They go here and only here!


Garage Sales for this Weekend

Put your garage sales here. I know there are a lot this weekend.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Farmer's Markets in the Area

Farmer's Market info:

Evergreen Park:

Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (until October 29)
9001 S. Kedzie

Oak Lawn:

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (until October 14)
9446 Raymond

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

To all you great guys out there that we like to call "DAD," Happy Father's Day to you. Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Caps Meeting

2211's CAPS meeting is scheduled for this Thursday at Mt. Greenwood Park at 7:00.

Here is our opportunity to complain about the complete lack of police presence in 2211! If we pack the house, they will have to listen to us, right?

Jim McMahon's New Blog

Our own Jim McMahon has started a blog. Here is the link http://www.jimmcmahonchicago.blogspot.com/ and it will be posted under miscellaneous links also.

Check it out, it has some great You Tube clips!

Best Buy Report Card Offer

Once again Best Buy is giving gift certificates to children with "A's" on their report cards. I don't know if all of their stores are participating in this program, but I am certain that the Burbank store on Cicero is, because I called them today. I would recommend phoning your local store before going there.

RULES: The child must be accompanied by one of their parents and they must produce their "original" report card. They will receive $3 for each "A" on their report card, with a maximum of a $21 Gift Card per child.

Their hard work should be recognized..........thanks "Best Buy."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Open Post 6/11 - 6/17

Put all miscellaneous comments and questions here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Museum Passes

For those out that don't visit the library too often, I wanted to let you know that you can check out Museum Passes. You check them out for a week and they usually allow 4 general admissions for free. Not all passes are available at all times, but give it a try.

The options are Brookfield Zoo, Science & Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquariam, Nobart Nature, and a few others I can't think of right now. In these tough economic times, enjoy a day out for practically no cost.

Friday, June 5, 2009

This One's for Gina - Pub Crawl

The "This One's For Gina!" Pub Crawl will take place on 05 Jun 2009 starting at 6pm.

One group will meet at Sean's Rhino Bar at 103rd and Western, another group will meet at Quigley's - 111th and Pulaski. You determine which group you would like to walk with!

The Requirment: Be 21, wear a t-shirt and be willing to sell raffle tickets,etc!

We will promote Gina's benefit until we all meet up at Cullinan's Stadium Club - 11610 S. Western. Please come and bring a friend, let's have some fun while making this a huge success.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Open Post 6/4 through 6/11

*** Comments are closed**** See new open post above

Michael Murphy Benefit and Scholarship Fund

Music is the inspiration of the soul. Michael (Murph) Murphy felt this inspiration throughout his life – a life that was cut short on June 6, 2008 when he was struck down by a hit and run driver. Murph would have been 32 in July.

His passion was music. He was a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He played a variety of instruments from guitar, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, a bit of the keyboard and was taking violin lessons. His creativity and abilities were varied. He was a member of 4 bands; “Leave” was an original music band that Murph founded and he was devoted to its vision. The members of Leave also performed as a cover band called “Joe V”. The other bands that he regularly performed with were “The Larkin and Moran Brothers” and “A Week Back”. All of them brothers to the end.

Murph taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn and encouraged and inspired people of all ages to learn how to play an instrument and love music.

Now, through his family and friends, Murph can continue to encourage and inspire. The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity. Our goal is to carry on Murph’s legacy and make a difference in a life by giving them the gift of music. We ask that you join us by providing whatever support you can to make that a reality.

A fund raiser has been scheduled on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at

115 Bourbon Street
3359 West 115th Street
Merrionette Park, IL
3:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Please also check out the website:


On this site you can find out more information and make a monetary donation.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Textbooks for Sale????

High school text books are SUPER EXPENSIVE and the school buy back program only gives you pennies on the dollar and then sells them to new students at almost retail price.

So, here is your opportunity to sell what you have from last year.

In your comment, please put the school, grade level of the books, bar code number (SKU), name of the course, level of the course (i.e., Honors, academic, marcellian), price you want (make it reasonable) and contact information.


If your looking for books, enter all of the above information and what you are LOOKING TO PAY. (make is reasonable).

Hope this helps. Check back periodically for new comments throughout the summer as a lot of book lists for next year have not come out yet.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Attempted Child Abduction

Chicago police have issued a community alert after a man in a car attempted to abduct a 17-year-old girl in the Far South Side's Mount Greenwood neighborhood over the weekend.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, the girl was riding her bike in the 3800 block of West 101st Street when a man driving a red car offered her a ride, according to police.

The girl continued peddling until the man cut her off with his car and grabbed her. The girl fought with him until he released her and fled from the area.

The man is described as a white male, about 30 years old, 5-foot-11 and between 180 to 200 pounds, balding, wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans and gym shoes. He was driving a red 4-door, small vehicle.

If anyone has information concerning this incident, they are asked to call Calumet Area detectives, (312)747-8271.

**** here is link to Southtown article****


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