Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Request for information.

I am requesting information from all of the announced candidates for the 18th Senatorial district and the 35th Legislative district. Please include a bio, photo and a brief summary of your platform. This information will be published in weekly "up close and personal" post, beginning December 12. Please email it to me.

If you decide not to participate, I will compose something for you.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Please support the Beverly Arts Center

At the corner of 111 and Western Ave.
This wonderful group offers classes, entertainment and a little bit of culture to our neighborhood. Times are hard for everyone and I would venture to say it's a little bit harder for them.

Winter classes begin on Jan 8 and yours truly will be there too. Check them out at http://beverlyartcenter.org/ .

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Support Joe Bird

Those wishing to sign a petition to allow Police Officer Joe Bird to run for State Senate... INFO FOR YOU


Chicago Police Officer Joseph Bird is going to run for the Illinois State Senate... Those interested in helping Joe run may stop by the ffice located at 10450 South Western Ave (IT HAS THE PRS SIGN ON THE BUILDING) and sign the petition allowing him to be on the ballot. TODAY from now to the evening hours.

NOTE CORRECTED ADDRESS PLEASE: 10450 South Western Ave

We need to elect people that reflect our values not the values of Boystown or some bureaucrat in D.C. Joe Bird will represent us and what we believe in.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More Tax Increases

Read this article. Does it make any sense? What about the waste and sweetheart deals? What about the sheriff with 5 public relations people and 10 lawyers on his payroll? Is that part of the reason we need these tax increases? I think the pols are steering Cook County in the direction of Detroit. People will leave in order to avoid these taxes. Preckwinkle’s tax increase package passes first hurdle - Chicago Sun-Times

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mt. Greenwood Streets

The gas company has torn up miles of streets in the name of new pipes and better service. I was wondering if theres's a plan to put these streets back together.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

RE MAP MEETING

Every ten years, the United States government conducts a nationwide census to gather information about the national population. Upon completion of the census, government entities are legally required to alter legislative district boundaries in accordance with population changes. The Chicago City Council is in the process of shifting ward boundaries to reflect shifts in population.
If the City's population were evenly distributed, each ward would have 53,912 residents. Currently, the population of the 19th Ward is 52,647, below the average. Unfortunately, wards that border ours fall well below that average and are looking to absorb portions of our eastern edge to makeup the difference.
Residents living on the east end of our community have been emphatic in their desire to remain part of the 19th Ward. The Beverly Area Planning Association has organized a petition drive and letter writing campaign; many residents are displaying yard or window signs affirming their desire to remain part of the 19th Ward.
Diversity is one of the 19th Ward's greatest strengths; our residents are proud to live in one of the few truly integrated communities in Chicago. As long as residents seek to remain in the 19th Ward, we will work to maintain our boundaries. Our children learn in 19th Ward schools, play in 19th Ward parks, and read in 19th Ward libraries.
There is a public hearing tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in the auditorium at Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave., from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Please come out in support of your neighbors. Together we can keep our wonderful community in place.


Thank you,  Matt O'Shea

Monday, November 7, 2011

Was Jane Byrne right?

I remember being in high school when Jane Byrne was elected mayor. She ran against the evil cabal and the 11th ward. I suspect that she knew things that she wouldn't dare say. Was she trying to tell us something? Here we are 32 years after her election and the city is in disarray. The pension funds will soon be depleted and the future looks bleak. Why did we disregard her? Why were we so quick to dismiss her?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Occupy Movement

After watching and listening to these kids on Jackson Blvd all week I am convinced that the movement has been organized by forces intending to get Obama re-elected. The kids really don't have a specific beef. Most of them don't know why their there. They just go with the herd. There is some serious money behind the organizing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Maloney Retires


State Senator Ed Maloney has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2012. Instead, he will be replaced by State Representative Bill Cunningham. Interestingly, both of these "representatives" will go down in the books as being advocates for gay marriage and the right of "partners" to tap into government pensions. Such positions seem to be very contrary to the interest of most 19th ward residents.

Cunningham will be replaced by Francis Dorgan, whoever he or she is.