Sunday, April 24, 2016

WEDNESDAY: Lakeview Crime Meeting Planned—"It's About Empowering Ourselves"

Concerned that “crime in Lakeview seems to be getting worse day by day,” Elaine Osgood is organizing a community meeting at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, at 7PM this Wednesday.

Osgood, sales manager at nearby Diag Bar and Grill, says “it’s time to come together as a community and discuss ways we as residents can make Lakeview safe again. We have all worked too hard to make Lakeview the thriving place it is, and we deserve to feel safe in our own houses and on our streets.”

Originally scheduled to be held at Diag, the event was quickly moved to the Athenaeum after an outpouring of support via the event's Facebook page.

Through April 15, overall reported crime is up 19% in Lakeview compared to the same time last year. Among the most serious crime categories, robberies are up 97%, burglaries are up 131%, and auto thefts are up 121% compared to the same period last year.

Reports of those major crimes are also up compared to 2014, city records show.
Osgood told the Facebook group that she is “committed to making sure we stick to a focused agenda with solutions and follow up action items...structure will be key to this meeting.”

“I think we need to meet as a community and decide what action, if any, we want to ask for from the [aldermen] and be strategic. I think there is more we can do OURSELVES and show them that it doesn't take money and funding to control the crime...just dedication and commitment to safety.”

32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack “has been very helpful and even though he won't be at the meeting, [he] provided me with a lot of information to help start a great foundation for a successful neighborhood watch which I am excited to share at the meeting,” Osgood said.

“This isn't about getting the ‘higher-ups’ involved to support us. This is about empowering ourselves. We have more power than we think, and we as a community WILL put a stop to this foolish violence and theft...with or without [the city’s] help.

You are welcome to RSVP via the “Operation Lakeview” Facebook page or by emailing Elaine.
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20 comments:

  1. Wow ! the alderman won't be able to attend this meeting? Maybe there is a photo opt for him at a ribbon cutting ceremony for him at a pet store opening ? ? ? ?

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  2. Here's another way to look at it: If you're at the point you're either organizing or attending a meeting to "take back" your neighborhood due to crime, then it's probably an indication it's time to move. 99% of residents have no clue what's going on, and they have no interest in what's going on. Whenever I bring up crime in the area, I either get a blank stare or they actually get mad--at me for bringing it up!! Progressive urbanites like crime, as odd as it sounds. It excites them. They still believe their quality of life is better in the city than in the suburbs. You won't change that attitude. If you are disgusted with it, like me, MOVE! Leave the rot to those who wallow in it.

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    1. I agree with you 100% on this!! So many people still have no idea what is going on up here as well as a many other cities. I blame the political leaders as well as the media.

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  3. I wish I could've there but I'm out of town. But do please follow up with what the action items are, like a visible protest with the media present, billboards warning anyone who dares enter the neighborhood, petitions, etc.

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  4. Empower yourself by purchasing a firearm.

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    1. ...and lose everything you've worked for and own when the "poor unfortunate" that you shoot gets three crackerjack attorneys and takes the case to ANY Cook County jury.

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    2. Yes, yes we all know.
      There are multiple approaches to the problem, ok?
      The meeting isn't a gun commercial.

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  5. This is a great story of society taking responsibility to solve its problems. People have gotten too used to asking government to solve their issues. People shouldn't expect much from Chicago government when it's broke and frequently corrupt.

    Wouldn't it be great to have an accountable, effective, and courteous protection service? There are examples in San Francisco and Detroit that show government monopoly on police service are not necessary. Not sure if it would be possible in Chicago.
    http://bretigne.typepad.com/on_the_banks/2016/02/private-protection-co-puts-govt-police-to-shame.html

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  6. I think it's important for citizens to be meeting without the police or aldermen there. There has been too much focus on what they should be doing for us and not what we should be doing for ourselves. We're not children and should stop whining like we are!

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    1. That is good advice. I do hear a lot of whining - and this from people who are adults in the big city.

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    2. I got a email today from my Dad who wrote among other things - how happy he and mom are that we sold our condo and moved to the burbs. The crime worried them day and night. We are also saving 30K a year from not paying private school fees now - as Lake Forest has a great school system.

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    3. I agree. The police can't tell us anything more than we already know. They are severely understaffed and are doing the best they can. It's not their fault, it's the mayor & city council who vote for budgets that barely hire any new cops.

      As for the Aldermen being present? Who cares? They certainly don't care about us. With the exception of maybe Wags, they are all useless and are only concerned with enriching themselves & their big donors.

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  7. I am a Police Officer in your district. The media has been playing the recent police video of police misconduct in the arrest of the female black in the Lincoln, why haven't they shown any of the other video that they got thru the FOIA request, like that of the actual robbery, the media is behind most of the violence in the city and country at this time. Now here's a question, how do you want the Police to react, as middle class tax payers who've watched th video, were the Police to violent to this female, this should be the real discussion. Good luck. Where Eric Holder in all this.

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  8. I left Lake View when I saw the handwriting on the wall. Now on the far south side in Will County. I love it here.

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  9. Oh! Boy !..." empowering ourselves"..." with or without the city's help ". ???
    Do you follow CWB ? What can a sleeping person do when their door is kicked in at 4:15 AM except cower somewhere and protect your kids.
    I know the Police TRY to help, but believe me they are handcuffed by this administration that kowtows to a voting bloc complete with protesters, aldermen and your teachers' union. Look back at posts here...recently a man was held up at Addison and Pine Grove...after police arrived they knew exactly where to go to find the offenders, but they can't do anything beforehand , only after a description is given them. Officers cannot stop and question or break up groups of known or suspicious people, unless they are willing to have every move they make and every question they ask come under scrutiny by ACLU lawyers.
    My right to common sense protection ( which we pay dearly for ) is overruled by the unreal mindsets of do-gooders who live in a dream world.

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  10. I would love to be at this meeting but I am going to be out of town. Please keep me/us posted.

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  11. Thank You Elaine Osgood for taking the initiative to organize this. It is time to take our neighborhood back- it is up to us as we cannot rely on Tunney, Rahm, etc... However, nothing will change unless the Court system changes. We need harsher sentences and letting these thugs out because the jails are overcrowded is a joke! More effort needs to be done to rid the court system of judges that keep giving lenient sentences. They really should move the criminal courthouse to the Loop - many of these cases get dropped because no one wants to travel to 26th and Cal- it's a bitch to get there and not the best neighborhood. Thank you Ms. Osgood -

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  12. I was unable to attend. Those who did attend, please let us know what was discussed and what actions are to be taken next. Thank you!

    I'm so glad people are finally coming together. This really is the only way to take back our neighborhood.

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  13. Great event. Many more people attended than expected - 400 people. The theater only had room for 200, so 200 people were turned away. Tom, the people are going to take their neighborhood back from your mismanagement.

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  14. next time you vote, vote for any body but tom tunney and dont vote for luckman

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