One of the most common types of theft is theft of valuables from your automobile especially during the holiday season. Theft from auto is primarily a crime of opportunity that can often be prevented. Thieves generally won’t waste their time breaking into autos that don’t have valuables in plain sight The best way to prevent theft from your auto is to always keep valuables out of sight. Never leave anything in your car in plain view. Take these items with you, or secure them — all the time, every time! Even spare change or a pack of cigarettes. GPS systems, I Passes and Handicap Placards are most commonly targeted by thieves.
Remember to not only remove the GPS when you park, but also remove the mounting system, i.e. suction cup holder. Thieves will assume that the GPS is in the glove box when they see an empty mounting device. If your car has a trunk, use it. Put valuables in there or in a locked glove compartment. Hiding items under seats is better than leaving them in plain view, but securing them inside the glove compartment or trunk is a far better deterrent. During the holiday season especially, or any time you’re shopping, place packages in the trunk, not on the passenger seats or floors.
Also, keep your car doors and windows locked — all the time!
Call 911 and report suspicious activity while it is happening. This could save you or your neighbor from being victimized. Stay on the line if you see or hear something that seems unusual or suspicious. Try to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle, and do not confront suspects.
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Theft From Auto: Community Alert
“After an oft-heated community debate over how to solve overcrowding at an elementary school in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the city said Monday it will build an annex with about 19 classrooms and a multipurpose room on the site of the current school.
The $18 million project at Lincoln Elementary School at 615 W. Kemper Place was announced by school and city officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cheers from parents and community members who had pushed for an addition at the school. The city said the annex will be paid for with state money and should be ready for the 2015-16 school year.
The 808 kindergarten through eighth grade students enrolled at Lincoln Elementary this year push the school almost 200 children beyond its official capacity. Extra space has been leased from DePaul University to deal with the situation.
A group of parents that organized as We Are Lincoln Elementary gathered about 1,300 signatures in a push for an additional facility. One much-discussed option had been a new building on the site of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital, which is just down the street.
But another group of parents and community members urged Chicago Public Schools to consider other options that included redrawing boundary lines to move some students into other schools. That faction argued that the neighborhood was using its wealth and political power to get more space for Lincoln Elementary even as other schools in the city face more severe overcrowding.
Caroline Vickrey, a former Local School Council member at Lincoln who had opposed an addition, said adding capacity at the school site is not the best option for children and that the small footprint makes it a poor candidate for expansion.
“That’s not a great solution, to have that number of kids sharing the same common spaces,” Vickrey said. “There’s going to be compromises that (affect) the curriculum.”
Ald. Michele Smith, 43d, had said a solution to crowding at Lincoln Elementary had to be found before redevelopment plans at the former Children’s Memorial site could proceed. On Monday, Smith cheered the planned addition as a “victory for all the children in Lincoln Park and Old Town” and said it was the best feasible option to alleviate overcrowding at the high-performing school.
“Our schools are the foundation of our neighborhood and the real reason why people choose to live in Lincoln Park,” Smith said.”
Read the full article here, from the Tribune
*Advance to approximately 16:30 into the video for the beginning of the Press Conference
*Advance to approximately 16:30 into the video for the beginning of the Press Conference
“City officials have a compromise plan to expand the extremely overcrowded Lincoln Elementary School and potentially clear the way for development of the former site of Children’s Memorial Hospital, which occupies a prime chunk of tony Lincoln Park.
The deal, announced yesterday, is likely to meet with widespread approval in Lincoln Park, where some residents have feared that the city would allow extra-high development on the hospital site if real estate developer Dan McCaffery donated a portion of the land for a new school. Instead, under the deal the existing school, a half-block east, will be expanded with a three-story addition plus a rooftop play area.
Some parents may not like the large school, but compared with other proposals, this one looks pretty good.
But other neighborhoods with crowding problems may well gripe at the prospect of spending $18 million to $20 million on a school with relatively few minority children. And only this fall did Chicago Public Schools shut dozens of facilities, mostly on the West and South sides, saying they served too few students and no longer were affordable.
“The mayor has addressed overcrowding at 33 schools,” said Rachel Kreuer, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This is another school where people have been asking for relief for a long time.”
“This dream could not have come true without the passionate commitment of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Lincoln Elementary parents and community members,” said local Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd.”
Click here to read more of the story from Crain’s.
Chicago Tonight’s Carol Marin talks with Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) about the newly announced City Council Office of Financial Analysis.
Watch the full segment on WTTW
“Want to up the odds that aldermen can kill any future parking meter privatization fiasco?
Urge them to vote this month to create a sorely needed independent budget office, even if that means some of them may have to give up a little cash used to run their offices.
The City Council this month is expected to vote on creating the “City Council Office of Financial Analysis,” (COFA) mirroring similar entities in Congress, New York City and other cities.
The small office would cover the essential financial basics: reviewing proposed public-private partnerships like the parking meter deal, as well as annual city budgets, audits and rating agency actions. The six-person staff also would be tasked with finding potential cost-saving reforms and efficiencies.
This is necessary because many aldermen and their staffs do not have the skills or the time to thoroughly analyze these financial matters or propose alternatives. Some aldermen think this is about absolving aldermen of responsibility to their homework and giving them cover on tough votes.”
To read more head over to Chicago Sun-times here.
A great write up of Bike Walk Lincoln Park’s morning commute on Clark Steet!
“Recently, we filmed a morning bike commute down Clark Street through Lincoln Park, from Diversey to North Avenue.
One mile of that route is designated as a Bus/Bike Only lane. Surprised? Even if you’re a Lincoln Park regular, you may not even be aware that Clark Street from Diversey to Dickens is a designated Bus/Bike Only lane every weekday morning, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. These rush-hour lanes are designed to help the flow of people down a busy corridor.
I noticed a while ago that this designation was largely ignored, and the lane was chock full of parked cars during the restricted hours. It wasn’t until Shaun Jacobsen of the blog Transitized highlighted the problem on this post that Michael Reynolds and I were spurred into action.
Why did we focus on this? Clark Street is an important public transit corridor and bicycle route. The #22 Clark Street bus and the #36 Broadway buses run on this stretch, carrying thousands of passengers, and if we can do anything to help give them a faster, smoother ride, we should certainly support that. (How many people ride the buses on this exact stretch of Clark Street is hard to know, but the #22 Clark bus carries about 22,000 passengers per weekday on its route, and the #36 Broadway carries more than 16,000.) Creating a clear path for buses helps car drivers, too, since buses don’t have to weave in and out of the lane to pull to the curb. Also, Clark Street is a designated Spoke Route on the Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan; if bicyclists have a clear path that doesn’t require them to weave in and out of traffic, it’s much safer for them.
At the end of September, we alerted Alderman Michele Smith’s office of the illegal parking issue and asked why there wasn’t enforcement. Turns out there wasn’t any reason, and her office requested it. The Department of Revenue promptly initiated a two-week enforcement effort, ticketing parked vehicles that were blocking the Bus/Bike Only lane.”
Click here to read and watch more of the trip!
“A parent-led initiative to revamp dilapidated outdoor areas surrounding Louisa May Alcott Elementary reached a milestone Tuesday as a wooden amphitheater was unveiled.
Parents behind the effort said they hope the amphitheater and eventual artificial turf field make the highly-rated but underutilized school a more attractive choice in the neighborhood.
“Click here for the full story from DNAinfo!
About These Crimes
This alert gives notice to the businesses in the 18th (Near North) District of recent burglary incidents. In the reported incidents, the offender made entry into the retail or business locations by prying open the front door. The offender then removed United States Currency from the cash register or money bags. Incident times and locations:
- 1000 block of W North Ave., on October 13, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
- 400 block of W North Ave., on October 15-16, 2013, between 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 200 block of W Evergreen Ave., on October 17-18, 2013, between 7:00 p.m. to 6:45 a.m.
About The Offenders
No description at this time.
What You Can Do
- Be Aware of this crime and alert other neighbors in the area.
- Remember to lock doors and windows and activate the alarm and video surveillance system if you have one on the premises.
- Call 911 to report any suspicious person(s), vehicle(s), or activity near your business or residence
- Call 911 and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.
If you have any information about this incident, Please call the Area Central Bureau of Detectives at (312) 747-8384
Reference – HW492201, HW494980, HW497323
for the full alert.
A final deal has been reached to give the City Council its own, independent budget office, and the agency will be budgeted at twice the figure Mayor Rahm Emanuel originally had wanted.
Mr. Emanuel and three aldermen — Pat Dowell (3rd), Ameya Pawar (47th) and Michele Smith (43rd) — today announced that the Office of Financial Analysis will be formed as part of the proposed 2014 city budget that the mayor introduced yesterday.
The office will have six staffers, including a chief analyst, two assistant analysts and two research fellows. According to statements from both sides, the agency will have the ability to provide an independent review of the budget, proposed public-private partnerships and other policy matters.
Click here to read more details from Crain’s Chicago.