WBEZ | West Ridge http://www.wbez.org/tags/west-ridge Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cabbage War: West Ridge vs. Rogers Park http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/cabbage-war-west-ridge-vs-rogers-park-110648 <p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nsU07hchILU?rel=0" width="640"></iframe></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163030116&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>We receive a good number of questions about Chicago neighborhoods: Among other things, we&rsquo;ve learned <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-how-are-chicago-neighborhoods-formed-103831" target="_blank">how their boundaries are formed</a>, how the city&rsquo;s roster of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/gulp-how-chicago-gobbled-its-neighbors-109583" target="_blank">neighborhoods grew through annexation</a>, and how the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/swept-their-homes-chicagos-latinos-built-new-community-110538" target="_blank">ethnic composition of neighborhoods can sometimes change </a>surprisingly quickly.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/cabbage-war-west-ridge-vs-rogers-park-110648#laura" target="_blank">Laura Jones Macknin</a> of the Ravenswood neighborhood sent along one of the more puzzling queries along these lines. Laura had been working on a health-related survey project in several Chicago neighborhoods. For reporting purposes, her team needed to distinguish between West Ridge and Rogers Park, which are tucked into the northeast corner of the city.</p><p>As Laura researched the neighborhoods&rsquo; dividing line, she bumped into historical references to an altercation between the two areas &ndash; one with a vegetative flair. The issue took hold of her enough that she sent us this question:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>What was behind the so-called Cabbage War in West Ridge and Rogers Park? I would like to know more because, you know ... Cabbage War.</em></p><p>Well, the Cabbage War had very little to do with cabbages per se. And though it&rsquo;s easy to dismiss such an oddly named conflict, this 19th century showdown involved something that neighborhoods and even entire cities continue to fight over today: parks and the taxes to create and maintain them.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Unfriendly neighbors</span></p><p>As West Ridge and Rogers Park evolved from being independent villages to neighborhoods of Chicago in the late 19th century, residents carried animosity towards one another. Rogers Park was urbane compared to the decidedly rural West Ridge, which grew a considerable amount of &ndash; you guessed it &ndash; cabbage. Rogers Parkers would hurl the &ldquo;Cabbage Heads&rdquo; epithet toward West Ridgers, and they prided themselves on the fact that they lived in a &ldquo;dry&rdquo; part of town where booze was outlawed. West Ridge, on the other hand, was home to several drinking establishments. The West Ridgers considered Rogers Parkers to be effete snobs, or &ldquo;silk stockings&rdquo; in the 19th century parlance.</p><p>This cultural divide persisted as things came to a head on the political front in 1896. The two areas (now Chicago neighborhoods) had proposed competing plans to create and fund parks. Notably, at this time, there was no unified Chicago Park District, and it was common for local communities to create separate parks authorities, which would sometimes compete for tax dollars. During the campaign to decide which parks plans would prevail, West Ridgers and Rogers Parkers exchanged harsh words and &mdash; in at least one case &mdash; deployed brutal tactics.</p><p>But let&rsquo;s stop the tale here. This is no <em>Game of Thrones</em> epic. Unlike that unfinished opus, the chronicle of Chicago&rsquo;s Cabbage War doesn&rsquo;t need umpteen books: You can get the gist (and all the drama) in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsU07hchILU&amp;list=UUkpMCLrDFxb1n74GOOw81-w" target="_blank">our short animated story</a>!</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><a name="laura"></a>Now we have an answer. Who asked the question?</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/question asker FOR WEB.png" style="height: 245px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="" /></p><p>Did you hear Laura Jones Macknin&rsquo;s voice at the top of our animated story? There&rsquo;s a chance you&rsquo;re actually familiar with it. Laura sent her question to us while working in a healthcare outreach program, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2669689/">but she&rsquo;s also an actor</a>.</p><p>She&rsquo;s also performed voice work in local advertisements, including some for Central DuPage and Swedish Hospitals.</p><p>Laura wrote us early about her interest in the Cabbage War story. &ldquo;It&#39;s so odd and whimsical (Cabbages on poles! Cabbagehead slurs! Farmers vs. Northwestern!) that I wanted to know more about it,&rdquo; she wrote.</p><p>She also pressed us for a little <em>Game of Thrones</em> reenactment but, alas, the historical record might be a bit too scant to sustain a book or TV series.</p><p><em>Illustrator and reporter Simran Khosla can be followed&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/simkhosla" target="_blank">@simkhosla</a>. Sincere thanks to the <a href="http://rpwrhs.org/" target="_blank">Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society</a> for expertise, materials and interviews.</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/cabbage-war-west-ridge-vs-rogers-park-110648 West Ridge residents angry over zoo plans http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/west-ridge-residents-angry-over-zoo-plans-108180 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Indian Boundary Park Zoo.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid--6c218be-162f-17c1-9598-56468885ec20">A meeting Wednesday night to discuss what to do with the small zoo in the Indian Boundary Park on Chicago&rsquo;s far North Side turned heated, particularly during a short appearance by the district&rsquo;s alderman. The meeting was called by the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council, a nine-year old volunteer organization that helps advocate for the park. It came in response to the Chicago Park District&rsquo;s plan to dismantle the zoo and replace it with a nature area of trees and plants.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The zoo is one of the things that made our park special,&rdquo; said Ron Rogers, an attorney and 20-year resident of West Ridge. Rogers said he used to take his children to the zoo when it had much more exotic animals like swans and llamas. When the zoo was first built in the 1920s it housed a single black bear. Today, the zoo is home only to a couple of goats and some chickens that live in fenced enclosures along the north border of the 13-acre park.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of the few treasures that we&rsquo;ve got,&rdquo; continued Rogers. &ldquo;All you have to do is go up and down Western Avenue, Touhy, Devon, see how the commercial district is eroding, some housing stock isn&rsquo;t what it had been. But it&rsquo;s the one thing that sets this neighborhood apart, that makes it a draw, that makes why people would choose to move up here.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Many of the more than 100 people who packed into the Warren Park District fieldhouse voiced a similar sentiment. Throughout the crowd, distrust of the Chicago Park District&rsquo;s motives and its commitment to executing an alternative plan for the site, ran high.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This is unfortunately part of the systematic dismantling of the zoo given to us by the Chicago Park District,&rdquo; said Advisory Council President Jennifer Albom, referring to the decline of the zoo. &ldquo;They have presented us with nothing, they have not paid for maintenance, they have not supervised or encouraged Lincoln Park Zoo to do what they should be doing.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Lincoln Park Zoo is responsible for the maintenance of the animals at the Indian Boundary Park Zoo.</p><p dir="ltr">Albom and others were also highly critical of Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), who called two community meetings with the Park District to discuss the future of the zoo. Silverstein made a brief, unexpected appearance, prompting a barrage of criticism from constituents who felt they had not been adequately notified of her meetings.</p><p dir="ltr">Silverstein countered that she included the discussion of the zoo plans in her weekly newsletter. But some at the meeting, like Albom, said their attempts to share their concerns about those plans were ignored. Many asked the alderman to consider calling another community meeting with the Park District where they might be able to present their opposition to the nature area proposal.</p><p dir="ltr">The Chicago Parks District claims it would cost $2 million to make infrastructural improvements to bring in more animals, such as cows. Currently, the agency says it spends $90,000 a year to maintain the zoo.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;A responsible agency does not maintain status quo simply for the sake of maintaining status quo,&rdquo; wrote Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, spokesman for the Chicago Park District, in an e-mail. &ldquo;The Chicago Park District must constantly evaluate its parks and facilities to make certain that we are responding to the needs of the community while making fiscally responsible decisions.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">A visit to Indian Boundary Park Wednesday afternoon found dozens of families enjoying the expansive playground, picnicking, and children playing in a fountain. A handful strolled slowly by the enclosures in the back, hoping to catch a glimpse of the goats or chickens.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t live in the area, I live up by Logan Square,&rdquo; said Mario Meza, who was there with his young daughter. Meza said he grew up near the park and his children look forward to seeing the animals.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I wish they would have kept it maintained better,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;Maybe it could have drawn more people.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council has organized a <a href="http://www.thepetitionsite.com/225/705/785/save-indian-boundary-park-zoo/">petition </a>to challenge the zoo&rsquo;s closing, and plans a march at the park on Sunday at 10am.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/west-ridge-residents-angry-over-zoo-plans-108180 Orthodox Jews launch emergency service http://www.wbez.org/story/orthodox-jews-launch-emergency-service-93709 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/ambulance_Flickr_Alex C. Balla.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>Starting later this month, residents of Chicago’s far North Side, Skokie, and Lincolnwood will be able to get help in addition to 911 for medical emergencies. A team of local Orthodox Jews is launching a new emergency response service called Hatzalah Chicago to augment services in the areas where high concentrations Orthodox Jews live. Members hope the service will help resolve some unique religious tensions that can come up in emergency situations.</p><p>Imagine, say, that it’s Friday night and you start feeling chest pain. Most non-Jews wouldn’t think twice about it; they’d just pick up the phone and dial 911. But the calculation’s not so simple for Orthodox Jews because Friday night is the Sabbath, and they’re not supposed to use electricity.</p><p>“We have obviously a lot of doctors in the community, and I remember one of the doctors told me a story where somebody literally walked over to his house, I don’t remember, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, literally in pain, cardiac pain,” recounted Rivka Kompel, one of Hatzalah Chicago’s board members. “[He] thought he was possibly having a heart attack, and he still walked to the person’s house 20 or 30 minutes because it was the Sabbath."</p><p>In Hebrew, Hatzalah means “rescue.” Hatzalah Chicago is a non-profit organization funded through private donations and staffed by unpaid volunteers. Kompel says the mission is to prevent more stories like the example she gave. Kompel says Jewish law allows people to break the Sabbath in life-or-death situations, but problems arise because, sometimes, people can’t tell the difference between what’s serious and what’s not.</p><p>Hatzalah’s emergency medical technicians are trained in both medicine and religious law. Kompel hopes they’ll help people make smarter decisions when it comes to the intersection of religious law and medical urgency.</p><p>Simcha Frank has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting to get Hatzalah off the ground. The team’s dispatch center is just a small, windowless room in a Skokie office park. But while the group has been setting up, they’ve used the room for equipment storage. The day he showed the facillty to me, the phone rang.</p><p>“That’s weird,” Frank said, after hanging up. “So there’s this organization nationwide that keeps track of all the Hatzalahs. They wanted to see if we’re operational.”</p><p>Lots of other cities have Hatzalahs. Frank, a Jewish funeral home director, says his baby nephew was saved by Hatzalah Brooklyn. He got advice from Hatzalah Baltimore.</p><p>Here’s how the service will work: If someone in the service area experiences a medical emergency, they still need to call 911. But Frank hopes they’ll also call another number for Hatzalah. Hatzalah’s dispatch center will radio its 40-or-so EMTs.</p><p>Each EMT has gone through standard training at Malcolm X College or Vista Health Systems, a hospital in Waukegan, Ill. They carry emergency medical equipment in their cars at all times — things like oxygen tanks, defibrillators, and first aid supplies. That helps them stabilize a patient in the first minutes after a call’s put out.</p><p>But once the fire department or an ambulance comes on scene, Hatzalah backs off. That’s part of Frank’s agreements with Chicago, Skokie and Lincolnwood.</p><p>But there are other things that Hatzalah can do that are unique to this religious community, things that other emergency response services may not consider — particularly on the Sabbath.</p><p>“So let’s say now Chicago Fire Department comes to the house on a Friday night, (and) they say we’re going to call your mother so they could come watch your kids,” said Frank. “You could call your mother from today ‘til tomorrow, they won’t answer the phone. So you actually have to physically go to the house, knock on the door, because they won’t answer the phone.”</p><p>Hatzalah responders can also make sure that if someone goes to the hospital on the Sabbath, they bring along a couple of bags of grape juice, a pack that’s something like a goodie bag. This allows the patients to observe Kiddush, the Jewish ceremony of praying over wine to start the Sabbath.</p><p>As for the EMTs, if they respond to something on the Sabbath, you might ask -- aren’t they violating the Sabbath by working? Frank says Hatzalah Chicago has a rabbinical board to think through those things.</p><p>“That’s where the Rabbinical Board comes in and says you guys need to do this in order to be a good responder,” said Frank. “You won’t be good to your community if your car is under two feet of snow. You won’t be good to your community if you don’t have an oxygen tank. You won’t be good to your community if you don’t have a radio to talk on.”</p><p>Barry Liss, Skokie’s deputy fire chief, says he’s never seen a small group start up a volunteer emergency service in Skokie. Liss says when Hatzalah first approached him to tell him what they were building, he was surprised.</p><p>“We weren’t certain that there was a need,” said Liss. “We want to know if there’s something we are missing, because we want to provide that need. That’s what society relies on. They rely on their emergency services to provide their emergency services to them.”</p><p>Liss is concerned that residents might stop calling 911 just because Hatzalah’s around. Hatzalah officials say they don’t want that to happen either. They say if someone who needs care doesn’t call 911, Hatzalah will. That’s partly because Hatzalah itself needs the fire department; as of now, and for the immediate future, Hatzalah doesn’t have the ability to transport patients to the hospital.</p><p>Liss says it’s good to have more boots on the ground, but he stopped short of praising the operation.</p><p>“We don’t know how it will work. Nor do they,” said Liss. “Just because you initiate something, you need to give it time to evaluate it. And that’s what we ask them to do.”</p><p>Liss says it’ll take a couple of years to know whether Hatzalah is making a difference, and Simcha Frank agrees. Frank says he has no idea how many calls Hatzalah will get, and he won’t know until it goes live. Still, he may do his own evaluation sooner. In 18 months Frank plans to revisit whether or not Hatzalah should buy ambulances and start transporting patients on its own.</p></div></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/orthodox-jews-launch-emergency-service-93709 North Side Aldermanic Races http://www.wbez.org/story/bernard-stone/north-side-aldermanic-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/3478679048_abba175cf3_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 11:00 p.m.</em> There were a number of tight North Side aldermanic contests, with runoffs to follow in April. Among the highlights are a virtual tie in the 46th Ward race to replace retiring Ald. Helen Schiller, and 83-year-old Ald. Bernie Stone will face challenger Debra Silverstein in a runoff, as Stone edged Silverstein by just a few hundred votes.</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 35</strong></p><p>36 of 36 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Rey Colon, (i) 4,451 - 51 percent</p><p>Miguel Sotomayor, 2,174 - 25 percent</p><p>Nancy Schiavone, 2,117 - 24 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 36</strong></p><p>55 of 55 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>John Rice, (i) 6,709 - 48 percent</p><p>Nicholas Sposato, 3,346 - 24 percent</p><p>Jodi Biancalana, 1,964 - 14 percent</p><p>Brian Murphy, 656 - 5 percent</p><p>Thomas Motzny, 650 - 5 percent</p><p>Bruce Randazzo, 628 - 5 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 38</strong></p><p>53 of 53 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Timothy Cullerton, (i) 5,795 - 48 percent</p><p>Tom Caravette, 2,699 - 22 percent</p><p>Bart Goldberg, 945 - 8 percent</p><p>Carmen Hernandez, 723 - 6 percent</p><p>Mahmoud Bambouyani, 704 - 6 percent</p><p>Sheryl Morabito, 672 - 6 percent</p><p>John Videckis, 402 - 3 percent</p><p>Ed Quartullo, 237 - 2 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 39</strong></p><p>47 of 47 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Margaret Laurino, (i) 7,735 - 76 percent</p><p>Mary Hunter, 2,392 - 24 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 41</strong></p><p>56 of 57 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Mary O'Connor, 5,885 - 30 percent</p><p>Maurita Gavin, 4,890 - 25 percent</p><p>Richard Gonzalez, 1,887 - 10 percent</p><p>Thomas Murphey, 1,718 - 9 percent</p><p>Jim Mullen, 1,650 - 8 percent</p><p>Daniel Lapinski, 1,593 - 8 percent</p><p>Brock Merck, 728 - 4 percent</p><p>John Quinn, 528 - 3 percent</p><p>Barbara Ateca, 353 - 2 percent</p><p>James Schamne, 152 - 1 percent</p><p>George Banna, 134 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 43</strong></p><p>57 of 59 precincts - 97 percent</p><p>Michele Smith, 5,040 - 37 percent</p><p>Tim Egan, 3,862 - 29 percent</p><p>Charles Eastwood, 1,394 - 10 percent</p><p>Rafael Vargas, 1,219 - 9 percent</p><p>Mitchell Newman, 637 - 5 percent</p><p>Bita Buenrostro, 408 - 3 percent</p><p>Jim Hinkamp, 378 - 3 percent</p><p>Mike Jankovich, 356 - 3 percent</p><p>Carmen Olmetti, 149 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 45</strong></p><p>53 of 53 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>John Garrido, 5,121 - 32 percent</p><p>John Arena, 3,567 - 23 percent</p><p>Marina Faz-Huppert, 3,065 - 19 percent</p><p>Michael Ward, 1,638 - 10 percent</p><p>Anna Klocek, 1,189 - 8 percent</p><p>Don Blair, 965 - 6 percent</p><p>Bruno Bellissimo, 216 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 46</strong></p><p>47 of 47 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Molly Phelan, 2,712 - 20 percent</p><p>James Cappleman, 2,706 - 20 percent</p><p>Emily Stewart, 2,018 - 15 percent</p><p>Don Nowotny, 1,591 - 12 percent</p><p>Marc Kaplan, 1,331 - 10 percent</p><p>Michael Carroll, 1,241 - 9 percent</p><p>Scott Baskin, 821 - 6 percent</p><p>Befekadu Retta, 602 - 4 percent</p><p>Diane Shapiro, 458 - 3 percent</p><p>Andy Lam, 186 - 1 percent</p><p>Caitlin McIntyre, 141 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 47</strong></p><p>51 of 52 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Ameya Pawar, 8,351 - 51 percent</p><p>Tom O'Donnell, 7,157 - 44 percent</p><p>Matt Reichel, 600 - 4 percent</p><p>Tom Jacks, 342 - 2 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 48</strong></p><p>53 of 54 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Harry Osterman, 10,161 - 81 percent</p><p>Philip Bernstein, 716 - 6 percent</p><p>Jose Arteaga, 639 - 5 percent</p><p>Patrick McDonough, 629 - 5 percent</p><p>Steven Chereska, 354 - 3 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 49</strong></p><p>42 of 42 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Joe Moore, (i) 6,857 - 72 percent</p><p>Brian White, 2,665 - 28 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 50</strong></p><p>44 of 45 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Bernard Stone, (i) 4,143 - 37 percent</p><p>Debra Silverstein, 3,763 - 34 percent</p><p>Greg Brewer, 2,095 - 19 percent</p><p>Ahmed Khan, 659 - 6 percent</p><p>Michael Moses, 475 - 4 percent</p><p>Here is a look at some of the aldermanic races WBEZ reporters will be following closely.</p><p><strong>50th Ward</strong></p><p><em>Updated At: 8:40 p.m. </em>&nbsp; Vote tallies show tight races in the 46th and 50th wards on Chicago's North Side, where runoffs appear likely. Candidates in the 46th Ward are vying to replace retiring Ald. Helen Schiller, who represents much of Uptown. Chicago's oldest alderman, 83-year-old Bernie Stone, is fighting to hold onto his seat in the 50th Ward.</p><p>On the city&rsquo;s far North Side, West Ridge residents say this race is about the same issues brought up in past elections: development and beautification of the once-thriving retail corridors on Devon and Western Avenues, as well as building cohesion among the ward&rsquo;s ethnically diverse populations. When incumbent Ald. Bernard Stone declared that he would run again for an eleventh term, the 83-year-old said now was &ldquo;&shy;not the time for change.&rdquo;</p><p>In his last election Stone found himself forced into a runoff. Later, he lost the Democratic Committeeman seat to State Senator Ira Silverstein. In this race, Silverstein&rsquo;s wife, Debra, is running against Stone, as is one-time Stone ally, Michael Moses. Both of those challengers hail from the area&rsquo;s Orthodox Jewish community. Also running are Greg Brewer, an architect who unsuccessfully bid for Stone&rsquo;s seat in the last election, and Ahmed Khan, a young community organizer of Indian-American descent.</p><p><strong>47th Ward</strong></p><p><em>Updated At: 9:06 </em>&nbsp; Ameya Pawar has a slight lead over Tom O'Donnell and two other challengers in the 47th Ward race to replace Ald. Gene Schulter.</p><p>In this ward, 35-year incumbent Gene Schulter dropped his reelection bid in January to make a play for the Cook County Board of Review. That unsuccessful run set up the first wide-open race since the 1970s in this ward that includes Lincoln Square, North Center and Ravenswood. Schulter threw his support behind Tom O'Donnell, a longtime ally who is president of the Ravenswood Community Council. Schulter gave O'Donnell at least $15,000, helping set up a huge money advantage for O'Donnell. He raised more than $100,000 since jumping into the race just over a month ago.</p><p>His biggest competitor is 30-year-old Ameya Pawar, a program assistant at Northwestern University who bills himself as young, savvy and reform-minded. He collected endorsements from both major daily papers, and managed to raise about $30,000 without the backing of an established political organization. Activist Matt Reichel and Northwestern University administrator Tim Jacks are also running for the seat.</p><p><b>46th Ward</b></p><p>This ward is largely contained within the Uptown neighborhood, which entered this election at a crossroads. For years it&rsquo;s been under pressure to preserve a tradition of taking care of the economically and socially underserved. At the same time, young homeowners want to see new businesses that can serve them, and raise their property values.</p><p>Outgoing Ald. Helen Shiller had championed to keep affordable housing in the 46th Ward, and she won her final battle most recently with the creation of the Wilson Yards mixed-use development. The development brought in a Target and an Aldi grocery, but it also included low-income and senior housing. Shiller&rsquo;s decision not to run left the door open to eleven candidates, who have had to delicately address economic development while retaining affordable housing.</p><p><strong>41st Ward</strong></p><p>This ward includes far-Northwest Side neighborhoods like Edison Park, Norwood Park and Edgebrook -- largely white, middle-class areas home to many cops, teachers and city workers. There, the City Council's only Republican, Brian Doherty, gave up a reelection bid for an unsuccessful run for the state legislature. He threw his support behind his longtime administrative aide, Maurita Gavin (who, it so happens, took Alderman Doherty to prom back in the 1970s). She is running on a platform of continuity, promising even to keep largely the same staff.</p><p>She faced a huge field of 10 challengers, including three former or current police officers and a fireman. In contention are Mary O'Connor, a small business-owner and Democratic committeeman, Richard Gonzalez, a police sergeant who has loaned large sums to his campaign, and Thomas Patrick Murphey, an urban planner who nabbed the Chicago Tribune's endorsement. Bread-and-butter issues dominated this campaign, like basic city services and preventing local police from being deployed to other wards. Most candidates promised to fight to uphold the area's &quot;suburb in the city&quot; character, dominated by single-family homes and good schools. Also running for this seat are former police officer Jim Mullen, firefighter Daniel Lapinski, small-business owner James Schamne, police officer Brock Merck, George Banna and Barbara Ateca.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef and Gabriel Spitzer contributed to this story.</em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bernard-stone/north-side-aldermanic-races Revision Street: Katie Lizzie Drew (II) http://www.wbez.org/blog/anne-elizabeth-moore/revision-street-katie-lizzie-drew-ii <p><p style="text-align: left;"><em>The 6- </em>but almost<em> 7-year-old West Ridge resident Katie Lizzie Drew and I had been talking about some important things&mdash;<a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amoore/2010/09/revision-street-katie-lizzie-drew/36980" target="_blank">the tooth fairy and her favorite animals</a></em><em>&mdash;before publication of the second half of her interview was delayed by&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/topic/whittier-elementary-school-field-house" target="_blank">the Voices from the Whittier Elementary School Field House series</a>. But Katie Lizzie Drew, a pseudonym chosen by the Latina girl in homage to her favorite detective Nancy Drew, probably wouldn&rsquo;t mind.</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>She&rsquo;s a big fan of her own school&rsquo;s library. It&rsquo;s big, she says, and has lots of books. The kids get to do crafts while they wait to check out books. There is also a big rug, she describes, where kids can sit and read on their own or listen to stories. </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>She and her family have been following the events at Whittier closely, and thinks the field house building would be a fun place for a library. </em>It just needs some paint and a new roof<em>, she says.</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/3471505797_7147bd3836.jpg"><img width="486" height="305" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/3471505797_7147bd3836.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Eric Rogers)</em></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><em>It turns out that libraries in Chicago Public Schools are not, by any means, a given. Only between 500 and 550 exist, for the entire 680-school system. These numbers, estimates based on previous year tallies, mean that sending your child to public school gives him or her only a 74 to 80% chance of having access to one on school grounds&mdash;and whether or not these are open more than a few hours per day or staffed by trained librarians is usually left to the principal&rsquo;s discretion.</em></p><p><em>But Katie Lizzie</em> has <em>a library. What she doesn&rsquo;t have&mdash;and neither do thousands of other kids in the public schools system in Chicago&mdash;is recess. Despite an Illinois bill passed in 2005 that makes outdoor activities a daily requirement, many schools petition the board for exemption. As hers, apparently, did.</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>Where do you go to school?</em></p> <p>Skinner West Elementary School.</p> <p>I learn math, science, reading, social studies, a whole bunch of stuff. Gym, music, computers.</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s your favorite class?</em></p> <p>I think math is in first place. Then music and then computers. Or social studies maybe. We don&rsquo;t really learn a lot because all we do in social studies is read. And then for reading, well, we read too. With social studies, like, we study about jellyfish, and then we read a book about jellyfish.</p> <p><em>How many kids in your class?</em></p> <p>In the beginning of the year, the first day, there were 30, but at the end of the year there were just 26. No, I mean 25. One left because her mom was sick and she needed to go to a different house and stay there for a long time.</p> <p>There are a lot more girls than boys but I&rsquo;m not sure how many. One day there was only nine boys and around 18 girls. The boys that are bad are usually the ones that come everyday. Some of the boys in my class that are bad just don&rsquo;t behave good. They say bad words or just do really silly stuff, like fall off their chair on purpose, backwards. Sometimes the teacher has to yell at them for something that they do. Or sometimes they talk back to the teacher or roll their eyes.</p> <p>I would say I only saw one girl doing that. She&rsquo;s actually a good girl, so I don&rsquo;t remember what happened.</p> <p><em>Is it easier to be a boy or a girl growing up, do you think?</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure. It&rsquo;s not really easier being a girl. The not so maybe part is, sometimes you have to deal with bad boys. Like, I told you what bad boys are. And then the good part is that sometimes you get your own time.</p> <p><em>You sound pretty busy, with your soccer team after school, and all your books. When do you get your own time? </em></p> <p>At home, &lsquo;cause I don&rsquo;t have any brothers or sisters. I like having alone time, but sometimes my mom and dad just can&rsquo;t play a game or something that I really like to play, &rsquo;cause they have too much work and they wanna watch TV or rest. Sometimes I want a brother sister to be there so I can at least&nbsp;play with somebody.</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/anne-elizabeth-moore/revision-street-katie-lizzie-drew-ii Revision Street: Katie Lizzie Drew, 6 http://www.wbez.org/blog/anne-elizabeth-moore/revision-street-katie-lizzie-drew-6 <p><p><em>Katie Lizzie Drew is a pseudonym for one of the cutest little girls in the world. She&rsquo;s Latina and lives in West Ridge, with her mom and her dad. Not too far away from <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amoore/2010/09/revision-street-andres-flores-48/35974" target="_blank">Andres</a> and <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amoore/2010/08/revision-street-michelle-flores-18/35618" target="_blank">Michelle Flores</a>, in fact.</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m 6. Well I&rsquo;m 6, but I&rsquo;m almost 7. I&rsquo;m pretty much one of the youngest in my class so I get to go first in probably all the games.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2644/3993978325_dfb724cbf2.jpg"><img width="500" height="333" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2644/3993978325_dfb724cbf2.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Heather Phillips)</em><br /></a> <code> </code> <!--break--></p><p style="text-align: left;">The thing that I don&rsquo;t like about being 6 and almost 7 is that is that there&rsquo;s not really anything like a real number to say. So all I say is 6, &lsquo;cause I&rsquo;m almost like 6<em>, 6, 6,</em> and that makes 7. And then the other bad part about being 6 is, I&rsquo;m one of the youngest people in my class. A lot of people are 7 and some of them are already 7 and a half.</p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>Why is it better to be 7?</em></p> <p>Well one thing they get older and they&rsquo;re 7. I think they&rsquo;re a little more happier to be a age up, and maybe they&rsquo;re a little bit sad that one of their friends is still 6 or something.</p> <p>I like to play outside and I like to do gymnastics and I like to do soccer. I like to, I don&rsquo;t know, watch TV maybe. My favorite show is iCarly. It&rsquo;s about these kids and this girl named Carly and she&rsquo;s 15 and she has two friends and they have a website and it&rsquo;s called iCarly and one of the episodes is very weird.</p> <p>I also like to play gymnastics, and play outside. I think it&rsquo;s fun to watch my own TV show for a little while and I like sitting down and hanging out watching my show and soccer. I just like exercising and running around and kicking the ball and goaling, like getting goals. I just like to get exercise and do gymnastics. I like doing cartwheels, I do cartwheels all the time. I&rsquo;m practicing my handstands and backbends and little bit of those back flips.</p> <p>The two teeth in front of my mouth are really loose. One is looser than the other but I think they&rsquo;re really loose.</p> <p><em>What are you going to do when you lose your teeth?</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m gonna figure out where my little box is and I&rsquo;m gonna put the two teeth, or one of them if they come out one at a time, in the little box, close the lid and put it under my pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Then the Tooth Fairy will come in the middle of the night and give me money. The last two teeth that I lost I got five dollars for each one.</p> <p><em>Really? The tooth fairy only ever gave me a quarter. I wonder if you have a different one.</em></p> <p>I think they&rsquo;re different because some of my friends just got at least like a half dollar or a dollar coin, like a half-dollar coin, and I got five dollars&mdash;like the <em>real</em> dollars. One of them was just one dollar that said five dollars on it, and the other one, there was just cash one dollars, so many dollars. Five dollars.</p> <p><em>What do you want to be when you grow up?</em></p> <p>I want to be a couple of things. A vet, a doctor, or just maybe go to a plain old work, like a plain old job. Maybe I can help people, like poor people. I do want to be a really good athlete. Maybe an actual real scientist.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a vet, you get to learn about dogs and cats and all different kinds of animals. If you&rsquo;re a doctor you get to learn about humans, and I want to be a scientist, too, so I can learn about a bunch of different things . . . but I do like dogs, so . . .</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s your favorite kind of dog?</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure. Maybe dogs that are smart, or dachshunds, or really cute dogs. We have a dachshund at home.<em> </em>Annie. We I got her when I was about four years old. She was my first pet, but I did have a neighbor that had cats upstairs.</p> <p><em>Are cats better, or are dogs better?</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure.</p> <p><em>If someone brought you a really sick cat and a really sick dog, and you could only work on one of them, which one would you work on?</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure.</p> <p><em>What if the cat was really cute?</em></p> <p>And the dog was really ugly?</p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>Yes. And mean.</em></p> <p>Then the cat. Let&rsquo;s make another vet take care of the dog. And then maybe she has a really mean dog, so she knows how to take care of mean dogs.</p> <p><em>What kind of other animals do you like?</em></p> <p>I like um, dogs, cats, birds, flamingos, fish, octopus. I can&rsquo;t really think of anything else. Seals, turtles, rabbits, bunnies, rabbits. I can&rsquo;t really think of anymore. Dolphins.</p> <p><em>Bats?</em></p> <p>Maybe.</p> <p><em>Leeches?</em></p> <p>Leeches . . . no. Well, maybe.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/anne-elizabeth-moore/revision-street-katie-lizzie-drew-6