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June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
An alderman on Wednesday proposed to regulate "social clubs" two weeks after a man was arrested at one in Logan Square where allegedly drugs were found, alcohol was sold without a license and video poker machines were operating without a license. The proposal introduced by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26 th ) at the City Council meeting calls for a limited business license if the premises allows alcohol and automatic amusement devices. Exemptions would include any business that holds a valid liquor license, public place of amusement license or retail food establishment license.
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May 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
At least eight empty storefronts on Clark Street in Lincoln Park have building and safety code violations, according to a message to community members from Ald. Michele Smith (43rd). The city is suing the owners of the buildings over the violations, which include rotting porches, rodents and drainage issues, the email said. In the letter, Ald. Smith said the buildings' issues represent a larger problem for the Clark Street retail corridor. "Long-empty storefronts on Clark have been a persistent issue in our neighborhood," Smith wrote in the email.
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August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The die-hard Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo fan has been spotted belting out Nirvana tunes during karaoke night at Quenchers in Bucktown. Photos of him in the dunk tank at Do-Division are on Facebook. This guy isn't exactly your typical Chicago politician. Forget addressing him as Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno(1 s t ). He tells people to call him simply Joe, his middle name. The title he really covets is "most accessible alderman. " The 40-year-old - who hates any mention of his birthday - is on his way. He tweets regularly, rides with police and hosts a weekend satellite office in a trendy, cyclist-friendly ward...
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
An alderman on Wednesday proposed to regulate "social clubs" two weeks after a man was arrested at one in Logan Square where allegedly drugs were found, alcohol was sold without a license and video poker machines were operating without a license. The proposal introduced by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26 th ) at the City Council meeting calls for a limited business license if the premises allows alcohol and automatic amusement devices. Exemptions would include any business that holds a valid liquor license, public place of amusement license or retail food establishment license.
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November 29, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicago's hipster alderman is doing something effortlessly cool again - by buying a round of beer for Wicker Park and Bucktown residents. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) is hosting his monthly constituent meet-and-greet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday at sports spot Boundary Tavern and Grille, 1932 W. Division St. Moreno, who has been alderman since March 2010, said he's been hosting these get-togethers since May of last year. "They've been very successful," said Moreno, who has been dubbed the "hipster alderman" because of his love of indie music and bikes.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
RedEye wanted to know what Ald.Proco "Joe" Moreno's day was like. So we followed him around Aug. 9. 7:10 a.m. Runs 4 miles in the ward. Along the route, he points out the new basketball hoops at Wicker Park and the new pedestrian crosswalk signs on Damen Avenue. He mentions the recently opened Emporium Arcade Bar on Milwaukee Avenue and how he got the zoning law changed to allow the arcade to open in the neighborhood as part of a tavern. 9:30 a.m. Checks in at the 2100 block of North Bingham Street where he pays a precinct captain $10 an hour from his own political fund...
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Ald. William Burns (4th), 39 Three city issues that should be on our radar : social services, poverty, and economic development. Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? I think that being young is an advantage. I approach challenges and people with a fresh perspective. The job also requires a tremendous amount of energy -- as a freshman alderman, I don't have as many staffers at my disposal as committee chairmen do, so I end up writing letters to constituents and working along side my staff.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The process to apply to fill the aldermanic seat in the 7th ward vacated by Sandi Jackson began Monday. Residents living in the communities of South Shore, South Chicago, Calumet Heights and South Deering can click here to download an application, submit it online and check their residency status to make sure they live in the ward. Applications also can be emailed to 7thwardcandidate@cityofchicago.org or mailed to 7th Ward Aldermanic Screening Committee, City Hall, Room 406, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
At least eight empty storefronts on Clark Street in Lincoln Park have building and safety code violations, according to a message to community members from Ald. Michele Smith (43rd). The city is suing the owners of the buildings over the violations, which include rotting porches, rodents and drainage issues, the email said. In the letter, Ald. Smith said the buildings' issues represent a larger problem for the Clark Street retail corridor. "Long-empty storefronts on Clark have been a persistent issue in our neighborhood," Smith wrote...
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
This weekend, Englewood is joining the list of Chicago neighborhoods with their own alderman-led community tours. The tour, led by 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, will make stops at the local library and firehouse, Growing Home, the South Side neighborhood's urban farm and job training site, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue. Foulkes has been holding a bike tour of Chicago Lawn, the other neighborhood encompassed by her ward, since 2008, with the goal of...
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June 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
This weekend, Englewood is joining the list of Chicago neighborhoods with their own alderman-led community tours. The tour, led by 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, will make stops at the local library and firehouse, Growing Home, the South Side neighborhood's urban farm and job training site, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue. Foulkes has been holding a bike tour of Chicago Lawn, the other neighborhood encompassed by her ward, since 2008, with the goal of promoting exercise and wellness to ward residents.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Ald. William Burns (4th), 39 Three city issues that should be on our radar : social services, poverty, and economic development. Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? I think that being young is an advantage. I approach challenges and people with a fresh perspective. The job also requires a tremendous amount of energy -- as a freshman alderman, I don't have as many staffers at my disposal as committee chairmen do, so I end up writing letters to constituents and working along side my staff.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The process to apply to fill the aldermanic seat in the 7th ward vacated by Sandi Jackson began Monday. Residents living in the communities of South Shore, South Chicago, Calumet Heights and South Deering can click here to download an application, submit it online and check their residency status to make sure they live in the ward. Applications also can be emailed to 7thwardcandidate@cityofchicago.org or mailed to 7th Ward Aldermanic Screening Committee, City Hall, Room 406, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
RedEye wanted to know what Ald.Proco "Joe" Moreno's day was like. So we followed him around Aug. 9. 7:10 a.m. Runs 4 miles in the ward. Along the route, he points out the new basketball hoops at Wicker Park and the new pedestrian crosswalk signs on Damen Avenue. He mentions the recently opened Emporium Arcade Bar on Milwaukee Avenue and how he got the zoning law changed to allow the arcade to open in the neighborhood as part of a tavern. 9:30 a.m. Checks in at the 2100 block of North Bingham Street where he pays a precinct captain $10 an hour from...
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The die-hard Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo fan has been spotted belting out Nirvana tunes during karaoke night at Quenchers in Bucktown. Photos of him in the dunk tank at Do-Division are on Facebook. This guy isn't exactly your typical Chicago politician. Forget addressing him as Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno(1 s t ). He tells people to call him simply Joe, his middle name. The title he really covets is "most accessible alderman. " The 40-year-old - who hates any mention of his birthday - is on his way. He tweets regularly, rides with police and hosts a weekend satellite office in a...
NEWS
November 29, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicago's hipster alderman is doing something effortlessly cool again - by buying a round of beer for Wicker Park and Bucktown residents. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) is hosting his monthly constituent meet-and-greet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday at sports spot Boundary Tavern and Grille, 1932 W. Division St. Moreno, who has been alderman since March 2010, said he's been hosting these get-togethers since May of last year. "They've been very successful," said Moreno, who has been dubbed the "hipster alderman" because of his love of indie music and...
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
You've heard the stoner arguments for legalizing pot: "Weed is 100 percent natural, dude. It's from the earth. Thomas Jefferson grew it, man. Thomas. Jefferson. " But lately the case for legalization and decriminalization of possession comes from entirely different camps, and they're using arguments with more finesse, research and economic impact than those tossed out at a party in your friend's smoke-filled basement. Witness the City Council, which is looking at reduced penalties for possession of amounts less than 10 grams.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Alderman Jason Ervin has released a statement after a YouTube video of his 2012 bachelor party was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.  In the video, two strippers give a lapdance to several people in what appears to be an auditorium. The video ends when the man filming is asked to shut off his camera because it could end up "on the Internet. " (The YouTube video, which is still online, is NSFW.) "In 2012 prior to my wedding, there was an event held by family and members of my wedding party," the 28th Ward Alderman's...
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