December 15, 2011


 Proco Joe Moreno

    2058 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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Maplewood & Lucy Flowers Park is open for Winter
Enrollment is unfortunately low at this great park... 
Help prove to the park district that it is important for our community to have the clubhouse at Maplewood Park open. 
Sign up for classes NOW- 
Available classes include after-school Drop-in, Party Games, Checkers Club, Teen Club, Fun & Games, Kids Fitness, Seasonal Sports and Table Tennis. 
There is a sign posted on the fence that classes are available, fliers posted in the bulletin board and fliers to hand out in the clubhouse.  
           CITY FACTS
Carter Henry Harrison, Jr. (1860 - 1953) served as Mayor of Chicago between 1897 and 1905 and from 1911-1915.

He was our 30th mayor, and the first to actually be born in Chicago.

His father was also a five-term Mayor of Chicago. 

Harrison was a hopeful for the 1904 Democratic nomination for President, which ultimately went to Alton B. Parker, who was soundly defeated by Theodore Roosevelt.
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Unfortunately and frustratingly, a map was not introduced yesterday at City Council. 
So today, in an effort to begin the legislative remap process, the Latino Caucus and several other Aldermen just (around 1:15 p.m.) filed a "coalition map" at the Clerk's office. 

Over the last two days, I've been advocating for this action. The dialogue had been going nowhere and had been incredibly frustrating. 
The negotiations were stuck in an endless cycle and the constant self-imposed deadlines, which are always pushed back, are ridiculous.
Last week, I wrote what appears now to be an overly optimistic blog about the remap process.
I'm tired of waiting and I'm sure you are too. 
We needed to introduce something; Chicagoans need to know where they stand now. 
Filing this map today means the process has started. The map can still change, during the committee process, but now we can finally take these discussions into the open. 

A resident of Bingham Street got a nice present for Christmas this year. She got her roof fixed for free. 

Last week, Ronnie Martinez and Wilma Delvalle, came to Ward Night to tell me the story of Selma Eckard. Her roof was in a bad state, and she was very concerned about how the imminent snowfall would further deteriorate her home

Ronnie and Wilma own a roofing company and promised to do the work on the Bingham house for no cost. I immediately agreed to secure the necessary materials for the job. 

Home Depot gave us a sizable discount for the materials and I split the remaining cost 50/50 with State Senator Iris Martinez.

The roof was repaired over the weekend. 
The way the community coalesced to get this done so quickly is inspirational. Being able to facilitate and organize this type of community action is why I got into government.  

On January 15, I'll be a guest at Come Home Chicago.

Be part of the fun at the Underground Wonderbar, from 6 p.m. There's no cover and lots of culture.