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Fall 2018 Newsletter



    Doug Imber

    I’m reminded lately of the final scene in Animal House after the Deltas caused a riot and Kevin Bacon’s character keeps feebly shouting “Remain Calm!!… All is Well!!” Then he’s flattened by a stampede of parade goers.


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  • RPBG Charitable Giving – 2018


    March 2018: RPBG Vice President Sarah Lisy Presents CMSA Staff with $1000 check for student Chrome Books

    Once again in 2018, RPBG provided generous support to the Rogers Park community through a series of charitable donations. The organization directly contributed $7,300 to a variety of charitable causes and non-profit groups around the neighborhood. Members and Directors contributed thousands more out of their own pockets.


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  • Rent Control – It’s Not Just Happening in Chicago

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    We’ve been hearing a lot about rent control in Chicago lately – so much so, in fact, that you might think that this is a purely local issue.

    But you would be wrong. Like a lot of movements with local impact, the roots go much deeper. Rent control has emerged as an important policy goal of the progressive movement, a movement that has been energized by the unanticipated election of Donald Trump in 2016 and rapid increases in rents from coast to coast since the end of the last recession.


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  • The Immigration Debate Rages On


    Among Chicago’s thriving refugee populations are the Rohingya. Many acclimate to US culture through soccer

    Last year, the Rogers Park Builderran a series of three articles about immigration, refugee resettlement and Rogers Park. Rogers Park is a community of immigrants. Although this is generally true of the entire country, it is especially true of Rogers Park. Unlike much of the rest of the country, many of the immigrants and refugees living in Rogers Park are recent arrivals, not the descendants of long-ago ancestors who came through Ellis Island.


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  • Ups and Downs - Fall 2018

    We live in turbulent times. It seems as if everyone is angry all the time and, increasingly, willing to act on their anger. This was on full display the last week of October when a political zealot and all-around loser living out of a van in South Florida tried to send pipe bombs to prominent Democrats, and then even more so when another, even bigger loser walked into a Synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire. The eleven dead were among a congregation of innocent people peacefully gathered in the presumed safety of their place of worship. This was just the latest of a never-ending string of shootings with semi-automatic weapons that have become as American as apple pie.


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  • As I See It: Recognizing Rogers Park’s Strong Community Partner


    In the early 1980s, while a Senior at the University of Rochester, I received shocking news. The City of Rochester announced plans to install parking meters along the stretch of Wilson Boulevard aligning the campus, the preferred area where students owning cars could park.

    Determined to take action, I assumed a new role – that of ‘student activist,’ and I brought my case to the Rochester City Council, ultimately prevailing.


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  • Around Rogers Park: Alderman Considers Redevelopment Plans for the Lerner Site on Howard Street


    Former Lerner Site on Howard Street (Source: click on the image above)


    Three Corners Development in currently in discussions with Alderman Joe Moore about a proposed, new construction apartment property at the long-vacant Lerner Site at Howard Street and Ashland Avenue. The City took control of the property in 2011 and has been trying to come up with a viable redevelopment plan since that time. The Three Corners proposal is still in its conceptual phase, and much remains to be done before this plan can become reality. Current plans call for the creation of a 240-unit apartment property in which 20% of the units will be affordable, whether through reduced rents or some other form of rental assistance.


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  • Around Rogers Park: Glenwood Greenway Coming to Rogers Park


    Image: CDOT

    A year ago, Glenwood Avenue opened as a “Greenway” all the way from Carmen Avenue on the south to Devon Avenue on the north. Part of the greening of Glenwood included a contra-flow lane between Carmen and Ridge Avenue, allowing bikers to continue riding southbound on Glenwood past Ridge Avenue even as Glenwood becomes north-bound only for auto traffic.


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  • Around Rogers Park: Police Search for Masked Assailant after Two Homicides


    Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced that, as a result of additional contributions, the reward is now up to $150,000. This is the largest reward offered in any crime investigation in the city’s history. (Source: WGN TV)

    Police have determined that the same gun was used in two homicides that occurred on September 30th and October 1st. These shootings took place in broad daylight. These killings were not part of robbery attempts. No motive has been attributed to these crimes.


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  • Around Rogers Park: Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward, Recommends “Yes” Vote on Rent Control Measure


    In an email to constituents, sent October 25, Alderman Moore recommended a “yes” vote on the advisory referendum to lift the state ban on local rent control measures. This recommendation is consistent with the Alderman’s stated position at the September meeting of the Rogers Park Builders Group.


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  • Verella’s Round-Up: E-Filing and Evictions


    verella osborne

    The State of Illinois mandated consolidated electronic filing of all legal documents via the state database, effective January 1, 2018. Several counties, including Cook and Du Page, received extensions to the mandate: January 1, 2019 for DuPage, and July 1, 2018 for Cook.


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  • Shari Haefner – New Director of RPBG and Membership Chair


    Shari Haefner

    Shari Haefner is a person of many interests and talents and a long-time resident of Rogers Park. She is naturally outgoing and loves to connect with other people, both personally and professionally.


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