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Video of Alleged Chicago Police Abuse NSFW


We don’t usually post about the bad things that happen in this city. But I could not ignore this and felt it must be shared….Chicago Sun Times posted this video.  (NSFW  explicit language).

Police conduct a raid on a north side business, threatening and insulting a woman inside. The woman has filed a lawsuit alleging the police physically and verbally abused her.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating several allegations — including hate crime and excessive force — against Chicago Police officers who raided a tanning salon last summer.

‘You’re Not —— American!’ Cop Shouts as Kneeling, Cuffed Woman is Smacked in the Head.

The officer yelled  “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f— you came from,” before telling her that she and her family would be murdered by the owner of the salon.

The young lady  is Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China, stands 5-foot-2-inches and weighs 110 pounds. The lawsuit also alleges that the officers — some of whom said Klyzek scratched and bit them — tried to frame Klyzek as a cover-up for their behavior.



Will the Plastic bags that Stores use… GO AWAY?

jewel osco plastic bags recycle

Chicago alderman want to put a measure banning distribution of plastic bags to customers at retail business back before the City Council.

Those thin little plastic bags that grocery stores give us, and we usually have to double them, may go away.  You see them everywhere…blowing down the streets…stuck in trees…they clog sewers…they are a nuisance and hardly anyone I knows  recycles them!

the Chicago Tribune reported……

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st), sponsor of the proposed ordinance to ban plastic bags distributed to customers at stores, was one of several aldermen that said it was time to end the debate.

“Our environment has waited too long” for a ban on the bags that litter streets, clog sewer drains and end up in landfills,” Moreno said. “Our neighborhoods have waited too long to get this garbage out.”

The Tribune reported that several environmental activists and high school students spoke in favor of the ban.

The city has had a plastic bag recycling program in place since 2008, a statement on the Illinois Retail Merchants Associations website said.

Read More at Lakeview Patch


Winter Weather Could Cause You Plumbing Problems

It’s  Here!  WINTER!

The arrival of the winter season and cold weather  = potential plumbing problems in our homes and apartments. Whether you rent or own, you can have Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by  winter weather.

Here are some tips that you can do to prevent or at least minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. 
    Preventing Clogged Drains: Once a week, treat your sink and bathtub drains to this quick, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning process. Make up a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour equal amounts into your various drains and follow it with 2 cups of boiling water for each drain. Or buy something like Bio Clean. It’s a blend of bacteria and enzymes.Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria
begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides
and top of the drain pipe. Cool!
    Pipe Insulation: This is more for home owners of condo owners in small buildings. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape to guard your pipes (both hot water and cold water) against freezing. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be kept warm with space heaters (lamps) from a safe distance. Every few days, check out pipes in basements or little used areas of the house to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating or cracks developing.
    Running Water: Be sure to run water from every valve in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter.  This will prevent freezing.
    Be Careful with Holiday Cooking: Cooking grease and oils put a real strain on drains, pipes and garbage disposals.  Grease and oil are more likely to collect and clog when your plumbing is colder, so do your best NOT pour down the drain. Also, refrain from putting hard to grind objects or stringy substances down into the disposal. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use. Be sure to turn the disposal on before filling it with food debris.
    Spread Showers Throughout the Day: At least 10 minute intervals between showers is optimal to maintain hot water and proper pressure. You may also want to turn up the water heater during the cold season as well; to prevent burns, do not put it above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Indoor Faucets Freeze:
    Leave the cabinet doors under the faucets open so that they can get more heat.
    If it gets intensely cold, run a little bit of water from each valve in the house each day. Let the water trickle very slowly into the sink.
    Heat every room of your home, not just a few rooms. Allow warm air to circulate freely throughout your house.

Brought to you by the plumbing experts  GOODE PLUMBING.

The Best Dog Poop Bags In the World – Are from Chicago! is home of the best rated biodegradable dog waste bags on
Earth! Based in Chicago, PoopBags has helped to reduce Carbon Paw Prints
since 2003.


First, let’s discuss the ramifications of dog waste and plastic:
– 4 million tons: It is estimated that dog owners do not collect over 4 million tons of dog waste annually.

– 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

– 4th highest generated waste: Plastics are the fourth highest
generated waste in the U.S., originate from petroleum which is
non-renewable, do not biodegrade, and take thousands of years to break
down. Paper, yard trimmings, and food scraps are the top three
generated. However, all of them come from renewable resources.

– Plastics are the least recycled with a 6.9% recovery rate. In 2006,
the U.S. produced 29.5 million tons of plastic and only recycled 2.04
million tons.

Now, let’s get back to why you should use dog waste bags from
Various plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term
“biodegradability” – shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM
specifications that adhere to puts a kibosh on all of that.
Basically, the specifications requires that the material is fully
tested to ensure that it will degrade in a timely manner, and that no
large plastic fragments should remain.

Even This kid knows where to buy them!

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Gunpowder play about Gun Violence in Chicago

Gunpowder is a play about the gun violence in Chicago, a battlefield
that young people must navigate on a daily basis and too many young
people fall victim to.

A socially and politically charged play meets rock-cabaret-street poetry slam, Gunpowder
weaves together remarkably true stories of the not so distant past to
shine light on some of the most palpable dilemmas we face as a nation
today. In a journey that takes us across the battered bridge between the
American Dream and the American Reality, Tom navigates through the
waters of social, economic, and racial injustice, amplifies voices that
have long been silenced, introduces us to the faces that refused to be
made victims, and tests the capacity of a single spark. Certain the
democracy is no spectator sport, Tom’s journey propels us to question
the role played by a little idea called “patriotism” in the less obvious
battle zone of our very own backyard. “Art is highly explosive. To be
worth its salt, it must have in that salt a fair sprinkling of

“Gunpowder” will be showing at:

Chemically Imbalanced Theatre

1422 W Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL

June 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30PM; June 16 and 23 at 2:00PM

Tickets are $25 and all profits will be donated to
charities that engage young people in Chicago who are most at risk to
fall victim to gun violence.

For ticket information, please go to:

Taverna 750 in Lakeview Plants a Tree For You, for Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual day, celebrated on April 22nd each year on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

 The need for trees in our

National Forests is now greater than it has ever been as wildfires, insects, and disease destroy
millions of acres of trees every year. 
Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries every year and Taverna 750 wants to join in the celebration and protection of plant earth.
Taverna 750 will be celebrating the entire Earth Day weekend from April 19-22nd in collaboration
with the Arbor Day Foundation. 
For each reservation made for Dinner or Brunch April 19-21 Taverna750 will plant a tree in their honor and on Monday April 22nd Taverna 750 will take it one step further by planting a tree in honor of each guest who dines that evening. 
Reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting our website at 
Taverna 750 will be serving Dinner Friday and Saturday 6:00-12:00, Late Night Menu Friday and Saturday 11:00-Close, Brunch Sunday 11:00-3:00, and Dinner Sunday and Monday 6:00-10:00.
The concept of Taverna 750 was inspired by Paul D. Cannella’s Grandfather, Paul J. Loverde, and Uncle Chuckie Abruzzini’s restaurant. Grandpa Paul and Uncle Chuckie served up good times, great drinks, and classic Italian food to Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood between the 1940’s and 1960’s. Their recipes are the basis for several menu items. All of the entrees are small plates, which are meant for sharing with your party. They are served European style, so they will arrive at the table in the order in which they are prepared.
Taverna 750 . 750 W Cornelia Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 . 773-904-7466

The TRUTH about Dog Poop in Chicago

At first glance, Chicago is indeed a beautiful city. But why do I seem to come across dog poop from Lakeview to Edgewater??

 Is there anything worse, then walking down the street, minding your own business, and step in some business! Dog Poop. It stinks and it’s messy, it’s nasty, there is NO REASON for it  and Dog owners need to take responsibility.

 in some cities, people are SO LAZY,
they don’t bother to pick up their dogs poop! And I am so sick of it!
If you own a dog, clean up after it!

The island of Capri (Italy)  has went high-tech to deal with the age-old problem: dog
poop.They have solved the problem and more cities are talking about it. Collecting the offending poop, scanning it, and fining the owner!  Is that in the budget Mr Mayor?!


“No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet.”

It’s a lovely ordinance,but is it enforced??

Ok – so lets say you ALWAYS pick your dogs poop. You grab one of those “recycle bags” that every store in the world  uses now, right? And you throw it away. But then what? Where does it go?? It gets sent
off somewhere, to live on forever and ever and ever.


may not think about it, but chances are if you have a dog you’re creating
excess waste, somewhere. There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the
United States. That’s a lot of poop! Poop in those cheap recycle nags, do not disintegrate or evaporate!

A brilliant man in Chicago has come up with THE BEST solution, and THE BEST DOG POOP bags ever made!  Biodegradable Poop Bags by meet the ASTM D6400
specification for biodegradability, compostability, and comply
with California’s compostable product claims.*
FACT  — 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term “biodegradability” –
shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM D6400 specification puts a
kibosh on all of that. Basically, the specification requires that the
material is fully tested to ensure that it will degrade at a similar
rate as an apple (composting), and that no large plastic fragments
should remain.

More than likely, the loose and light manufacturers’ bags do not meet
biodegradable/compostable standards of any sort, and are just regular
plastic bags. All in all, bag manufacturers – who claim their bags are
biodegradable or compostable but do not meet the ASTM specifications –
are misleading consumers and are acting negligently towards the

California’s law, SB 1749, maintains that bags should meet the ASTM
D6400 specification for compostable product claims. Several other states
are also instituting policies like California. The Original PoopBags
proudly meet this standard, and our other bags meet national ASTM
certifications as well.

Additional Facts about Poop Bags:
– Made from a combination of corn and other renewable products.

– Shelf stable just like paper plates or paper towels.

– There are no chemical additives to enhance decomposition. The bags
degrade naturally when exposed to the earth’s elements and
micro-organisms in the soil.

– “Breathe” – allowing heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This
feature reduces bacterial build-up of collected waste, thus reducing

– Will decompose in a commercial composting environment between 60 and 90 days after use. strongly urges consumers not to
place feces-filled bags into home composting systems or green bins as
this could lead to E.coli contamination. Basically, dogs eat meat.

– Will decompose in a natural setting at an extended rate comparable
to other naturally compostable materials, such as paper, leaves and food

If the poop bags are placed in an “open” or “turned” landfill they
will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable/compostable
materials in the same setting. If the landfill is anaerobic/locked, no
biodegradable/compostable products will degrade – even banana peels.

*Please note this statement does not apply to the flushable bags.


Side Car Chicago App – Free Ride Sharing

This is cool! High Tech Hitchhiking!
I was so glad to hear that SideCar, a
San Francisco-based company that facilitates peer-to-peer ride sharing
with a free smartphone application, launched in Chicago recently.
SideCar is moving transportation in a big, sustainable, community-driven
direction — one ride at a time.
Whether you’re ready to fill your car’s empty seats with new
friends or need to get across town in a hurry, SideCar connects you with
just the person to help you out.
SideCar is an interactive technology service and ride-sharing platform, that provides an online
provide exempt rideshare transportation. Essentially, a quick and hassle-free ridesharing
option that offers more safety than casual carpooling and is a completely donation-
way to get around town!
SideCar community drivers are regular people with extra space in their cars and a
willingness to give others a ride on the way to where they are going. All community
drivers are licensed insured and have passed background checks. 
SideCar is an app, so community drivers can be available for ridesharing
at any time. As our community grows, so do the number of drivers and
area of coverage. Check
your app anytime for a quick, fun and reliable ride.
It’s just launching in Chicago – so it will take a few weeks to take off. But how cool is this?

FREE Pizza – Pizza for a Purpose with Home Run Inn

Home Run Inn (HRI), Chicago’s Premium Pizza, is proud to partner with The West Suburban Community Pantry for “Pizza for a Purpose.”  Help fight hunger on Friday, Dec. 14 from noon – 3 p.m. at HRI’s Corporate Headquarters located at 1300 Internationale Parkway in Woodridge, IL. 


Bring in any combination of 10,  pre-approved items listed and receive a FREE case of Home Run Inn Thrift  Pizzas valued at up to $45. Thrift pizzas have minor imperfections, but they are nutritionally correct.
Pre-approved combinations include: Hearty Soup (i.e. Progresso, Chunky,
etc.), Canned Chicken (i.e. white chicken, etc.), and Peanut Butter.
You also can purchase
a case or cases of Home Run Inn Thrift Pizza, and Home Run Inn will
donate all net proceeds to the West Suburban Community Pantry.



What: All pizza sales are full cases only (12 pizzas per case of the same variety).

·         6″  HRI Ultra Thin Thrift Pizzas* $20

·         6″  HRI Classic Thrift Pizzas*  $25

·         12″ HRI Ultra Thin Thrift Pizzas* $35

·         12″ HRI Classic/Signature Thrift Pizzas* $45

·         12” HRI Ultra Thick Thrift Pizzas* (10 per case) – $45

·         12” HRI Bulk Pack Pizzas** – $60


*Up to a $45 value.  CASH ONLY.  No checks or credit cards will be accepted. No presales.  Tax included.

supplies last.  Varieties/supplies are limited.  Limit 2 Free Cases of
Pizza per customer.  HRI reserves the right to change the date of this
promotion due to inclement weather. 



With the vision for a community without hunger, the West Suburban Community Pantry
offers food for the hungry and resources to empower persons to improve
their quality of life. They have fed nearly 45,000 duplicated persons,
including nearly 19,000 children and over 3,000 senior citizens in 2012.
Unduplicated numbers were nearly 10,000 persons including over 4,000
children and over 500- senior citizens.



Home Run Inn
is considered Chicago’s very own. The traditional style, all natural
pizza is recognized for its irresistible flavor, featuring a hand-pinched buttery crust, tasty sauce, plentiful cheese and homemade sausage. Family-owned and operated, Home Run Inn
is the number one selling frozen pizza brand in the Chicagoland area.
Produced at its own manufacturing facilities and distributed through its
partnership with Jay Williams of Power Play Distributors, the
quality-controlled pizza company has expanded to stores in over 28


With its loyal Chicago customers in mind, Home Run Inn
continues to serve their favorite pizza and other specialties at nine
locations: two in Chicago; Addison; Bolingbrook; Darien; Melrose Park;
Westmont; Hillside; and Beverly, IL.  For further information, visit or call 630-783-9696. For up to the minute news, join on Twitter and Facebook.

Jeanne Gang Talks her Art Institute Exhibtion and Northly Island with Time Out Chicago

The Aqua Tower is located on the 200 block of North Columbus Drive, and
is surrounded by high-rises. To capture views of nearby landmarks for
Aqua’s residents, the design firm  stretched its balconies outward by as much as 12
feet (3.7 meters). The result is a building composed of irregularly shaped concrete floor
slabs which lend the facade an undulating, sculptural quality.

When this building went up – I said, “Who the heck designed this?! It is stunning!”

Aqua is an 86-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago.

 Designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, the building is the tallest in the world to have a woman as lead architect, at 859 ft . It includes one level of parking below ground. The building’s eight-story, 140,000 sq ft  base is topped by a 82,550 sq ft  terrace with gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, a walking/running track and a fire pit. Each floor covers approximately 16,000 sq ft.

The Aqua was named the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 skyscraper of the year and was shortlisted in 2010 for the biannual International Highrise Award.

Founded by Jeanne Gang,
FAIA, in 1997, Studio Gang is an international practice whose work
confronts pressing contemporary issues. Conceived as a collective of
architects, designers, and thinkers, the studio acts as a lab for
testing ideas on varying scales: from cities to environments to
individual buildings’ unique material properties.

The firm’s provocative
and alluring architecture is exemplified by such recent projects as the
Aqua Tower (the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year), Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center (a cutting-edge film production and teaching facility), and the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo (an educational pavilion and landscape that is quickly becoming a new Chicago landmark).

In advance of the Art Institute’s exhibition on the MacArthur
Fellowship-winning architect, TIME OUT CHICAGO  tours her studio—and try to figure out
what makes her tick.  By Lauren Viera.
  Northerly Island will be a HUGE commission and long term commitment for the firm. It will take 30 YEARS TO COMPLETE!!