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  • Ribbon Cutting at Sullivan High for The Ellen Glasser Global Center


    Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Alderman Maria Hadden (49th) were among the dignitaries who attended Sullivan High School’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, June 17th, commemorating the opening of the new Ellen Glasser Global Center.


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  • As I See It: Population and Provisions


    Last weekend, two exciting new venues opened their doors in Rogers Park.

    On Sheridan Road, entrepreneur Liz Ahearn opened a destination business called “Picnic Wine and Provisions” where patrons can connect over wine, food and more. Picnic also will also “sell wonderful wines, a variety of platters and small plates, coffee and conversation, indoors and outdoors.” With highly successful Rogers Park Provisions celebrating its fourth year on Glenwood, and Taste Food and Wine offering the same on Jarvis Square (near the El line), Rogers Park can now proudly proclaim that we are the most “provisionist” community in the Midwest!


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  • As I See It: Commissioners: Reconsider the Just Housing Ordinance


    My “Aha Moment” arrived when I read the title of the Sun Times editorial, dated April 28, criticizing the County Board’s passage of the Just Housing Ordinance.

    “Don’t punish landlords to make more housing available for ex-offenders.”


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  • As I See It: Two Proposed House Bills. Read, Sigh, and Take Action!


    The State Legislature under Governor Pritzker is in session and, as expected, members of the General Assembly have introduced problematic and short-sighted bills regarding rent control.

    I urge you to take the time and read these bills – or at least their synopsis.


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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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  • As I See It: Trash Talk (About Effective Recycling)


    We in the RPBG feel honored that we have a close friend in the waste hauling industry – Scott Post, of Independent Recycling. Scott generously sponsors many RPBG events and charitable initiatives, including a recent project at Sullivan High School. 

    In such a ‘rough and tumble’ industry, how great to have a reputable and fair industry representative like Scott. 


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  • As I See It: The Allure of Other Shores – Indiana, Michigan and Beyond

    In the late ‘60s, before it was common for middle-income families to travel long distances for vacations, my parents and their friends would gather (often over their Saturday night Bridge Club dinners) and discuss their upcoming vacation plans.


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  • As I See It: “Mr. Postman, Wait and See” as to RLTO Reform

    It has been 12 years since I last assumed the mantle of President of the Rogers Park Builders Group, so it’s been a long time since I last wrote a President’s column for The Builder. With so many issues involving Chicago, Rogers Park, and general landlord topics from which to choose, one could understandably wonder what topic I would cover in this – my first post in my second stint as RPBG President.


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