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Ward Eight Is open - 629 Howard St.
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When solicitors come to your door wanting your account - be prepared with this info!
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Peter Conway
01:04 PM cst(US)
We're at 348 Florence.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
11:51 AM cst(US)
 Peter what street and address are you talking about.
11:37 AM cst(US)
Peter, the crew put out signs yesterday on my block advising no parking on Monday and Tuesday next week. Here at least they are working to inform/warn residents.
Peter Conway
11:34 AM cst(US)

It's great that the city is out cleaning up leaves, but on our block they arguably made things worse. When they were done, I noticed that there was a nice big pile of wet, heavy, compacted leaves completely blocking the drain in the street, preventing - or at least greatly slowing - water from draining.

Whoever was driving the sweeper may be completely blameless - I don't know the state of parked cars on our street when they came through. It certainly is possible that this resulted from the sweeper having to avoid cars.

But that does beg the question of whether any effort was made to inform residents that the sweeping was going to take place, so that cars could be moved in advance. My wife and I both get various e-mail notices from the city, and neither of us saw anything. If the city is going to spend time and money clearing leaves, it's going to be more effective if people know in advance.

I've cleared the drain so we don't have a lot of ponding on the street, but apparently I'll have a pile of rotting leaves over-wintering in my yard waste can until pickups resume in the spring.

powellPerson was signed in when posted
07:11 AM cst(US)
"NorthShore University HealthSystem’s financial assistance policy offers free care to qualifying patients whose income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level. Patients whose income is above 200 percent of the Federal poverty level or are underinsured may qualify for discounts based on our financial assistance or self pay discount policies."

Edited 01-20-2017 07:11 AM
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
03:56 PM cst(US)
The area from Asbury east between Howard and Oakton is our target area for tomorrow. Per public works.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
02:32 PM cst(US)
 I forgot to give you the magic word. I've let public works Know.
Candace Hill
01:49 PM cst(US)

I just called 311 about the leaf patrol and the drain in front of my house covered with leaves, and the operator and his supervisor had no idea what I was talking about.

Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
01:38 PM cst(US)
 Don't miss a word of this e-news letter:

e-News: Cubs World Series Trophy in Evanston, Fire Explorers Program, and more:

Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
10:26 AM cst(US)
The LEAF PATROL is out and about scooping up some of the worst of the leftover leaves. If you know of a particular mess, clogged drain, etc. give 311 a call with the specific location. They will do their best to get to your location.
Karen Johnson
08:01 AM cst(US)
Thanks for the information. It is a good reminder to watch your dog's grazing habits while out and about. It is true even in their own back yard as squirrels can drag things and people can toss things.

Glad that your younger dog is home and resting. Your quick action late at night (and your willingness to pay the vet bill) likely saved your dog's life.
Matt Rodgers
02:10 AM cst(US)
To all my dog walking friends:

I had to run my younger dog to the emergency vet tonight due to some strange behavior. He was stumbling and had balance issues. The vet ran complete blood work, but didn't see anything unusual. They believe he had ingested some marijuana or opioids, probably something he picked up on the street because neither of those drugs are in my house. After some fluids and a $500 vet bill, he is home and sleeping now.

Take care that your dogs are eating anything off the ground. Can't prove that's where he got it, but is the most probable.
John R. McClelland
07:55 PM cst(US)
Good to know. EPD around the clock.
Mike Perlman
07:27 PM cst(US)
John - one clarification: the non-emergency 847-866-5000 is staffed 24/7. When the recording comes on, press "0" to be connected rapidly to the desk and skip the rest of the automated message.
John R. McClelland
06:35 PM cst(US)
Re scammers at the door, a suggestion: Ask them to wait while you get your hands free, and immediately call the police.

If you don't want to call 911 for this sort of thing, put the Evanston police number 1-847-866-5000 on your speed-dialer, or your phone's contacts list, or on the fridge. During non-business hours, click through to Dispatch.

EPD responded well when I called in some pushy roofing solicitors who "didn't see" our "no soliciting" sign.

Scammer goof: "Carbon dioxide" (CO2) is unlikely to be a real checkup item. It is a small part of normal air and causes hard breathing if there's way too much. The deadly stuff is carbon MONoxide.(CO or CO-1) which is dangerous at much lower levels and can kill. Both are odorless byproducts of burning carbon fuel, and of breathing in the case of CO2.

"GME" sounds like "gimme," as in "gimme access and we'll see what I can sell or steal." The first 80 Google hits do not find a company or agency that would do this kind of work.

A clipboard is a handy cheap gimmick for looking official or getting out of work; take it from an ex G.I. (:-)

The cops hate unfounded calls to 911 because it is designed for dangerous emergencies. But I think they don't object if there's a reasonable current risk of crime (scammer theft, for example) or injury or damage. Operators ask for location first, then for a brief description of the situation. They can apply priorities if they have both a life-safety situation and a possible minor crime at once.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
02:09 PM cst(US)
Recently happened in the hundred block of Ridge in a condo building. Several clipboard carriers got in when an unsuspecting person buzzed them in. In one case one of the clipboards was aggressive and the resident touched the aggressor - police got called. Once they get in your building you are in trouble, keep them out of the building. Put a no trespassing, no solicitor sign at your entry door.
Mike Perlman
01:29 PM cst(US)
call police when this happens give all info you put in the post. They can check these guys out. Sounds like a scam to me....
01:23 PM cst(US)
My door just got buzzed (corner of Clyde and Brummel) -- over the intercom, I was told "I'm here to check on your carbon dioxide readings." I asked what his company was, and he responded "GME".

I told him I was on the board, and knew nothing about asking for this to be done. He claimed they had notified us, I refused to buzz him in -- said he could leave a card if he wanted to -- he said he didn't have any. (!)

I watched out the window when he left - he had no uniform or anything else official, except for a clipboard. He joined up on the street with three others, none in uniform, all with clipboards.

This seems to be a new approach for getting into homes. A few days ago, I told another crew to leave (this time going down to the front door) who wanted to check on our electrical services supplier. This is an old scam from months back, and I had no hesitation in telling them I would call the police if they didn't leave.

I strongly suggest you not let "electrical", "carbon dioxide" or any other solicitors into your buildings -- they have a history in the neighborhood for trying to browbeat people into changing service providers, and other actions.
powellPerson was signed in when posted
07:30 PM cst(US)
"Environmental Lawsuit Filed Against Nicor and ComEd

Federal Court Determines Evanston Claims in James Park Case Must Go Forward (January 17, 2017)

Today, the federal court determined that the City of Evanston's claims against Nicor and ComEd must go forward in the federal environmental lawsuit. Nicor and ComEd spent tremendous energy and money to defeat the City’s Amended Complaint. They failed. Nicor and ComEd must now answer the City’s complaint.

The court indicated that five causes of action against the defendants can continue. One count (Count II) for a local ordinance violation was dismissed, however, the court made it clear that the City could refile that count if it wanted to.

The minute order and the memorandum opinion are provided, below.

The pending claims are:

    Count I – RCRA, the federal environmental statute
    Count III – Trespass
    Count IV – Private Nuisance
    Count V – Public Nuisance
    Count VI – Breach of Contract (Nicor Franchise)

The potential damages that could be imposed against Nicor and ComEd are substantial. The City is entitled under federal law to have all attorneys’ fees and expert consultant fees reimbursed. The City will also seek punitive damages against both entities, which Judge Lee expressly indicated that the City could pursue. This is all in addition to Nicor and ComEd paying for any necessary remediation activities." http://www.cityofevanston.org/parks-recrea...james-park-testing/
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
03:46 PM cst(US)
I typed Danny not Denney. Don't ask.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
03:43 PM cst(US)

When we have a maintenance or Public Works issue in the 49th Ward we always get magical service from our special person Danny! Here he is with one of our special state reps Kelly Cassidy! Thanks Danny for all you do to help us especially cleaning up that Burger King and thanks to you kelly for all you do. Danny do you think you can get that Burger King demolished? I know you could do it!
Edited 01-17-2017 03:44 PM
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
10:21 AM cst(US)

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - Evanston residents age 65 years or older should have recently received 2016 Senior and Senior Freeze Property Tax Exemption renewal applications in the mail, and must file them by Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Debra Comess
12:54 AM cst(US)
Does anyone have experience or knowledge re having a back flow valve installed in their plumbing in order to comply with new city specifications? Our condo building received notice from the city this modification must be done, and in short order. An estimate came in at almost $2,000 which was alarming, but the alternative is having our water shut off.

We're still smarting from 2 large emergency projects requiring extensive special assessments, and now this...let's say our Board meeting tonight was animat

Thought I'd check in with other 8th warders for some seasoned advice, comments, suggestions.
I can be reached at LComess@aol.com or 312-446-9200, mobile.
Thank you, Debra
Edited 01-17-2017 12:56 AM
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
10:07 AM cst(US)
Good Morning,
A round of light freezing rain will continue until about 9:30am this morning. The freezing precipitation will then turn to all rain and continue into the afternoon.
Air temperatures are now 32 to 34 degrees and pavement temperatures are 32 to 33 degrees. As pavements warm the ice will dissipate this afternoon.
Public Works crews have salted all streets and are continuing to patrol and treat areas were necessary.
James Maiworm
Bureau Chief – Infrastructure Maintenanc
Candace Hill
10:43 PM cst(US)
The reporting by the Washington Post on this event included some information about why the person reporting a car theft might have believed that this was this case. Even the gentleman driving the car understood that the work he was doing on the car might have looked odd. However, this does not excuse the behavior of those specific officers, even if they were following procedure, or that the man was ever brought before a judge and had to pay court costs, I'm sure.

I know that the City of Evanston has a policy to taking cases like this all the way to court and does not like to settle them out of court. Because absolutely everyone involved in this incident fully believes that the Northwestern student was innocent of any crime or intention to commit a crime, I would feel much, much better about this if the case was settled, the lawyers were paid, and an apology was issued.

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