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Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years at the Mayne Stage

Preparing for the party

Preparations and sound checks are in progress in preparation for the big New Years party at the Mayne Stage.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rogers Park Condo Bust

Joe Zekas of Yo Chicago writes an article that shows the complete failure of condo developers in Rogers Park. My readers, of course, knew this before the real estate bubble burst when I was trying to save the Adelphi Theater from it's pointless demolition.

I'll quote Joe Zekas one time and let you follow the link to read the article for yourselves:

The Rogers Park condo inventory grew explosively during the past decade. In May of 2008 a block-by-block survey of Rogers Park surfaced 48 active condo conversions and new construction projects. Most of those projects have since failed.
- Joe Zekas

A Rogers Park Condo Bust, Yo Chicago

Furthermore, remember the misguided focus of Alderman Joe Moore:

Alderman Joe Moore: Oblivious to Crime

- Bill Morton

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Parlor

Christmas Eve in The Parlor of Quest Network Services
7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sheridan Road standoff

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Rogers Park man ends standoff with police.


Candidate Blane Roberts of the 49th Ward announces Write-In Campaign

As a result, in part, of the city of Chicago’s byzantine election laws we were unsuccessful in remaining on the ballot but we will remain in the RACE! I decided to continue our campaign on your behalf. This campaign is about serving all the people all the time.


Our elected officials have used such election laws to disenfranchise the citizenry by “gotcha” and “Machine-Style” politics that only benefits the incumbents and their quest to remain in power at our expense.

It also benefits the lawyers and in the end we all suffer by allowing the same ineffective leaders to remain in office. Our elected officials have not requested a review and reform of such laws or their application. This is a classic example of politicians using our tax dollars to keep them in office instead of facing the voters with other challengers.

They call themselves “progressive” as only a marketing tool to get votes. You may call it politics as usual but it is also called denial of ballot access and it is WRONG! How progressive can this be? Our Alderman in the 49th Ward has used such laws to benefit him by using surrogates such as Jason T. Olsen, backed by LaSalle Street law firms, in a cowardly move to reduce competition and choice. You have to ask yourself, what are they afraid of? Well, they are afraid of you, the average VOTER! This is why I have called for term limits and political reform.

Demand of our elected officials to review and change such election laws and their application in the spirit of true democracy! Let’s expose this abuse of power! Look what it has given us thus far.

- Blane Roberts

Read more at: Roberts Removed from 49th Ward Alderman's Ballot

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Devon/Sheridan tax-increment financing district

So, I guess we are paying for this too!

Not exactly how I would like my tax dollars to be spent.

- Bill Morton

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fear in my Heart

This post by Mike Glasser has importance for real-world issues, present-day events, and the current state of Rogers Park. It is revealing what many real estate agents and condo developers and politicians have been trying to hide for at least twenty years.

Thank you to owner, Mike Glasser.

“Fear in my Heart” -

- Bill Morton

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Loyola doctors cite dangers of drunken walking

We all know about the dangers of drunken driving. But have you heard about the hazards of drunken walking?

Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch.

Candidate Blane Roberts (49th) Blasts Alderman Joe Moore Machine-Style tactics

I denounce the machine-style tactics by the current alderman. We must speak out against strong arm tactics designed to disenfranchise the residents of the 49th Ward by attempting to eliminate debate and discussion.

The Alderman claims he is for diversity of ideas, debate and participation! Apparently he is for these principles only if it serves him. That has been his 20 year record and it is time to vote for some one who can serve all the people all the time, even when it may be inconvenient. It is called democracy!

I call on community leaders, activist, residents, the press and all fair minded people to demand this alderman cease and desist!!

- Blane Roberts

Monday, December 6, 2010

Unity in the Community event

Unity in the Community event:

7140 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL. 60626

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Trees for Sale!

Be sure to purchase your live Christmas Tree from George's Christmas Tree lot at 7315 N. Sheridan Road (next to Quest Network Services).

George is the live Christmas Tree expert of 11 years, so he will help you make the best selection for your home or office!

- Bill Morton

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wine Club holiday gift

If you are searching for the perfect holiday gift, try Taste Food & Wine's wine club.

New Museum

Dear Bill,

The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society has moved to our new museum and offices at 1447 West Morse. We'd like to invite you to attend our Grand Opening on Sunday, December 12th 2010.

A ribbon cutting will take place at 12:00. We'll be there to greet you and show off our new digs until at least 6:00 p.m. that day. Refreshments will be served.

I'd also be most grateful if you could also send the invitation to your members. I've attached a separate announcement for this purpose.

Thanks. Hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Candidate Blane Roberts responds to the increased violence in Rogers Park

I was sadly reminded of the continued violence that is griping our community and impacting our quality of life. It happened in police beat 2431, Morse and Farwell area, this morning. I am outraged that we have not shown effective leadership in this area.

The gun violence in our community appears to getting worse and still we have no comprehensive plan. I call on all community leaders not to be reactionary but engage the youth of our community on a level beyond the police department. We must not allow this to continue to spiral out of control!

There will be no quick fix to this violence but surely we must have long term strategies that are effective. Our community needs strong leadership and we need it now. Some suggest that Rogers Park does not have a crime or gang problem. I am here to tell you, sadly, the elephant has been in the room for as long as I can remember. Why haven’t we done better? Everyone can and must do better! Regardless of what happens in the campaign everybody owes it to our community to be a part of the solution.

- Blane Roberts

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Late Night Pizza

Photo from a late night of Clear sales at:

Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626 773 761-3555

Pizza by:

J.B. Alberto's 1324-26 W. Morse Avenue Chicago, IL. 60626 773 973-1700

- Bill Morton

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dear 49th Ward Candidates for Alderman

Dear Bill

Here's my question for Joe Moore's challengers, and who I vote for will depend on their answer to this. Feel free to publish, with my name attached, if you like.

- Bill

Dear 49th Ward Candidates for Alderman:

For residents of the southeast corner of Rogers Park, where a once-thriving shopping street has mostly been reduced to vacant lots, there is one big question that will determine how we vote against Joe Moore:

As Alderman of the 49th Ward, how will you deal with Loyola University?

Joe Moore has long given Loyola whatever it asks for, including more than $30 million in TIF funds to fix up a campus building. While no one would say that Loyola isn't important--it's an economic engine for the area--Loyola is also a force for blight.

Look at the west side of the 6500 block of North Sheridan Road. Heading north from the El Station, we have McDonalds and a branch bank (building owned by Loyola), vacant lot (owned by Loyola), an empty storefront (leased for 99 years by Loyola, driving the street's only cafe, Beck's Bookstore, out), vacant lot (owned by Loyola) Bruno's (only lot not owned or leased by Loyola), Carmen's (building owned by Loyola), two vacant lots (owned by Loyola).

Loyola has taken a thriving commercial strip and blighted it. When they tore down the beautiful buildings at the SW corner of Albion and Sheridan, the student paper reported that they had to be demolished because it would cost too much to bring the buildings up to code. Well, who the hell owned them and neglected them till they were below building code standards? Loyola. This is their bait-and-switch: they let things get run down, then cry "Blight!" Loyola is essentially a slumlord.

The Granada Center and the ludicrously-named "Morgan at Loyola Station" are both Loyola properties (the latter on a 99 year lease to the developer). They're full of empty storefronts and national chain stores instead of local businesses (the relocated cafe-less Beck's being the only exception). Study after study shows that local businesses leave much more money in the local economy than national chains do--but only national chains can afford the high rents charged for new construction. (You have read Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities, haven't you?) It's simply astounding that Loyola students, staff and faculty (and neighbors) have to go down to Granville (Metropolis) to find a decent cup of coffee. The 6500 block of North Sheridan should be a bustling student-shopping strip, with quirky restaurants, bookstores, cafes, boutiques, as it once was--until Loyola bought up buildings and refused to give commercial tenants long-term leases. It's no secret that if they ever managed to buy (or TIF) Bruno's, they'd demolish the whole block and build another concrete monstrosity.

So, how will you handle Loyola? Will you bend over backwards for them as Joe Moore has, or will you stand up to them?

Yours truly,

Bill Savage, lifetime resident of the 49th Ward, Loyola Alum (College of Arts and Sciences '86, Summa Cum Laude), and voter who has never missed an election.

A relevant comment

Joe Moore has had 20 years to make an impact on this community. Unfortunately, it seems that every initiative for which he is taking credit either had very little to do with actual efforts by Joe or required at least a decade to make happen. He boasts about things like his ban on foie gras and participtatory budgeting to create murals and dog parks while our streets are still run by gangs and drug dealers, our housing stock is declining and we have yet to attract the kind of businesses we need.

In my opinion, he hasn't actually achieved much of anything that has really made a real difference in our ward.

In truth, Rogers Park is still floundering instead of thriving. After 20 years, that should not be the case.

Just like it was time for Mayor Daley to step aside and make room for new dedication and new thinking, I believe it is time for us to let someone else succeed where Joe has consistently failed.

I believe we have all had enough of Joe's old school Chicago politics of trading favors, making a living off of developer money, bullying those who see through his B.S. and not delivering the meaningful ward services our residents deserve.

I've been very impressed by Brian White's career dedication to public service. He seems educated, committed to our ward and capable of making the kind of difference that Old School Joe frankly cannot.

After 20 years, Joe has done little more than coast through the job, only showing up every 4 years to keep his pay check.

I'm thinking most of us in Rogers Park are ready for new thinking and an alderman who will take the job more seriously.

- Hugh

Monday, November 29, 2010


While reviewing photography of Rogers Park the other day, these were found together on my desk. Even though taken on seperate occasions, they complement each other well.

- Bill Morton

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A message from Blane Roberts

I have received a message from Blane Roberts:

Bill, The website has been launched. View it at

If anyone else would like to send a message, please either leave a comment or write me here.

Thank you,

- Bill Morton

For 49th Ward Alderman

I sent members of the Rogers Park in 1,000 Words mailing list this survey:

I would like to know what you feel about the current candidates for 49th Ward Alderman. Thank you, - Bill Morton

Here are the responses:

Good Morning Bill, Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and that you've been well. As for the candidates, I know Blane and Brian personally and know nothing about Ben. Both Blane and Brian are passionate about improving the community, understand the issues and could provide much better leadership than Joe. That said, I committed to supporting Brian many months ago when he first considered running. I also believe Brian has a good base of support that can give Joe a run for his money.

I don't know the candidates at all. I used to be against him, but I really like the participatory budgeting. So not sure what input to give, but tell me more?

Hey Bill, I believe Blane Roberts and Brian White, both of whom are good friends of mine, would both provide a welcome blast of fresh air in local political leadership. Neither is perfect, but considering the status quo, it’s a no brainer.

Moore will win handily in 2011; no run-off this time.

Bill, I haven't given them much attention so far. Who all is running? I know of Roberts, Meyers and White but they're not getting big press. One I can speak of is Brian White. Active and outspoken, he's someone you'll run into in the neighborhood. He targets Joe Moore and I've seen them at a meeting, bickering. Hah. Let's hope the other candidates similar mix it up...

I'm afraid I don't actually know who the candidates are.

I'd rather not comment on the crop running.

Bill, Other than despising Joe Moore, I have no opinion. Haven't seen enough coverage. Isn't at least one a stalking horse for Joe?

Hi Bill. Still learning about them. I have trouble believing that any of these guys can beat Joe Moore. I should know quite a bit more in the next week or two.

Haven't had time lately to follow races I can't vote in. Tell me about them.

Hi Bill: I think brian white is best.

There is your unedited word on the street.

- Unbiased reporting by Bill Morton

Friday, November 26, 2010


Even though it is no longer Thanksgiving Day, I feel that it is very important to be thankful every single day of the year.

I am thankful that I can inform/educate/entertain my readership and while reporting the Updates/NEWS/Hyper-local information that benefit and their lives.

Thank you,

- Bill Morton, Rogers Park in 1,000 Words

Vintage apartments, Victorian houses and Independent spirit.

Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood is known for its vintage apartments and Victorian houses, its proximity to Loyola University Chicago and its independent spirit.

Read more here.

Author note: "I am thankful for these attributes because they bring life, culture and business into our neighborhood.

I appreciate these attributes of our community, and I'm sure you appreciate them as well, but our incumbant alderman as a rule destroys them in exchange for campaign contributions.

Where do you stand"?

- Bill Morton

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I am thankful for my family, my friends, my neighbors and the wonderful view from my apartment.

Here's to many more years in Rogers Park!

- Bill Morton


Congratulations to WLUW 88.7, on their nomination by the Chicago Music Awards in the Most Popular College/Community Radio Station category.

- Bill Morton

Related article: Loyola’s WLUW nominated by Chicago Music Awards


The Parlor 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626 - 773 761-3555

Ignorance, Complacency and Greed

I was speaking with a new resident of Rogers Park this morning about a local organization that has been looking to expand their workspace for a long time now.

This organization is currently located in a beautiful 1900's bungalow that has become a staple of our neighborhood. A few years ago, this organization considered selling to a local slum lord/"developer". Our community fought tooth and nail to preserve our local landmark to the end of saving a portion of the character of Rogers Park.

Our new resident did not understand the consequences of the organizations actions in dealing with this particular DEVILeper.

Politics in this Ward are never pretty, and foresight is rarely utilized in the best interest of our community. As I was explaining the history of Rogers Park, such as the demolition of the Adelphi Theater in exchange for a campaign contribution, the Howard Theater gutted to house gang leaders, the grand chandeliers crashing during the demolition of the Norshore Theater on Howard Street, the promise of saving the facade of the Granada Theater before destroying the entire building on Sheridan Road near Devon Avenue... I came to realize, that the problems in Rogers Park and the 49th Ward are rooted in Ignorance, Complacency and Greed.

In the best interest of our community, I challenge you to break this pattern of destruction and demolition of Rogers Park as residents, voters and conscious beings.

- Bill Morton

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Loyola warns about hackers

An e-mail from ITS Services was sent to the entire Loyola University Chicago community regarding the security on all wireless networks.

At the end of October, an exploit was released that could potentially put the public’s online identity at risk. Using popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo, are targets for hijacking personal information. As of recently, an exploit called Firesheep is used to obtain this information.

Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Dubious Condo "developer"

"Opened in 1917, it is now the site of a condo development that only got as far as a concrete foundation before running out of money"

Check out the photo on The Chicago Tribune

The Adelphi Theater 7070-78 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL. 60626

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

This is the new Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce logo. It was designed by Nina Interlandi Bell of Tweedle Press and will replace the previous logo on all letterheads, business cards, banners and websites.

- Bill Morton

Rogers Bark - Holiday Hours, and We’re Now on Facebook!

Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Saturday, November 20, 2010

CAPS meetings

Toni Duncan had the 2010 CAPS meeting posted on her blog, 24/7 North of Howard Watchers. Here is the schedule for my readers to participate in community policing as well.

Thank you Toni!

- Bill Morton

pearl-handled revolver

"Family members have told authorities that she has threatened to shoot anyone who approached her and she may have a pearl-handled revolver, the alert said".

Read more here:,rogers-park-woman-112010.article

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A bonfire with friends

Revisiting a great evening at the beach bonfire.

Some reasons why I love Rogers Park

- Bill Morton

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Field School Fundraiser

A Special Offer from Our Friends at J.B. Alberto's.

New Field School Fundraiser

Help us raise as much money as possible this Tuesday, November 16 by participating in "Pizza Night."

J.B. Alberto's will donate $2.00 for every order of $10 or more!

You must mention NEW FIELD SCHOOL when placing your order.

Valid Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Only! One email offer per email address. No cash value. Must mention above for donation to be applied. Not valid with other coupons or offers.

Tell all your friends and let's show our commitment to local schools...

J.B. Alberto's Pizza Inc. 1326 W Morse Ave Chicago IL 60626 773-973-1700

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rogers Bark - Holiday Open House

Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce updates

Welcome to the November newsletter of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce.
This newsletter will be distributed every two weeks to the board members, committees and business members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, this newsletter will posted on the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce website, , and emailed to those on our ever growing mailing list.

Current programs and campaigns:

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Campaign
Our Shop Local campaign is to make our community aware of the benefits of shopping local and encouraging residents of Rogers Park to shop at local Rogers Park businesses rather than commuting.

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Referral Program
The purpose of the RPCC Referral Program is to increase business of Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce members by referring fellow members whenever possible.

Please visit our Index of Services for examples of how we can refer one another.

Welcoming our New Member:
A.L. Taylor & Associates, P.C.
Certified Public Accountants, Business Consultants

Specialties include Representing audited clients before the IRS, Non-profit accounting and auditing, Accounting for small businesses and Income tax preparation.

Ayton L. Taylor, CPA - President
Office: (773)995-2990
Fax: (773) 995-2995

New Logo:
Nina Interlandi Bell of Tweedle Press has designed a new Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce logo. The design has been reviewed and voted upon in previous Chamber meetings and will be presented to the public very soon.

Member Benefit updates:

The following are some of the newest benefits of Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce members:

- 15% discount from Leona's Rogers Park location for members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

- One free month of Search Engine Optimization from Bill Morton Promotions for members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

- One free month of Clear internet from Quest Network Services *(details available at the store) for members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

- Discount admission to the Annual Bishop's Dinner and Awards Ceremony with purchase of a table.

- Bicycle accessory discount from Robert's Cycle *(details available at the store) for members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

On Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 it was announced that Bill Morton Promotions offered a one month trial of Search Engine Optimization as a benefit to all members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. Bill Morton Promotions Updates and Press Releases are syndicated on CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. View results of the SEO benefit in conjunction with CBS Local Media syndication

The Annual the Annual Bishop's Dinner and Awards Ceremony is happening on Saturday, November 13th, 2010.

Member updates:

Bill Morton Promotions
Current radio promotion clients include: Banda El Recuerdo, Edward Yeo, Illusions Fate Richie Rocket and Will Netherland.

Current search engine optimization clients include (includes Chamber members with SEO benefit):

A&T Grill
Charmers Cafe
Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest
J.B. Alberto's
Quest Network Services
Sam's Club
Taste Food & Wine
The Armadillo's Pillow
Tweedle Press
Ultimate Soccer Chicago
V-Tone Fitness

Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

The 2010 Bishop’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Locke Bowman

The Honorable Abishi C. Cunningham, Jr.

The Honorable John A. Fritchey

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Rick Garcia

The Reverend Robert Hemple

The Most Reverend Floyd Kortenhof

The Honorable David D. Orr

Rescue Riders

The Reverend Thomas Robb

Unite Here Local #1

The Pastoral Center of Atonement
5749 North Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

- Concelebrated Mass at 4:00 PM

- Cocktails beginning at 5:30 PM

- Dinner at 6:30 PM

Guest Speaker:
The Most Reverend Douglas Preyna Rector
Saint John the Evangelist Seminary

Dinner Tickets $50.00 per person
Tables of 8 for $400.00

Please make Checks payable to:

The Diocese of the Northwest

- Business Attire

For additional information please call 773-721-5383


Delivery & Pick-up

Click here for catering menu (pdf) -

Leona's catering offers a delicious and affordable approach to entertaining. All of our buffet packages come complete with place settings, serving utensils and safe, disposable heating ware. Our expert delivery drivers will set up your buffet with efficiency so that you need only enjoy the event. With our a dozen party rooms, we are eager to assist you in planning your next celebration. From office parties to business lunches to holiday events, our consultants are happy to help. Book your party now!


Please call Our Catering Department to Have Our Catering Menu Faxed or Emailed to you.

Order a Leona's Gift Card here:

Order Leona's online here:

Quest Network Services

Quest Network Services is now offering computer classes by appointment on Sundays.

Classes include:
Basic Internet Skills, Windows 7, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher and MS Access

Quest Network Services also has weekly events in The Parlor:

Monday: Sci-Fi movie Night 7pm, Free Sci-Fi movie night.

Tuesday: Movie Night 7pm, A feature film is chosen from The Parlor collection.

Wednesday: StarGate SG1 Movie Night 7pm, Currently on Season 8.

Thursday: Board Game Night 7pm, Challenge board game fans to the classics including Monopoly.

Friday: Video Game Night 7pm, Play retro video games from the Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 gaming systems.

Taste Food & Wine

Free tastings in the store every Monday and Friday 6 pm to 8 pm.

... Feed your sweet tooth

Stop by today and try our Ginger cupcake with with a Kerrygold Irish Buttercream frosting!
(Soooo yummy!)

Bread Pudding, Sticky Toffee Puddings, Debbie's Homemade Chocolates also available.

New in the store!

"Like all our cheeses, the Red Leicester is produced by hand using traditional methods. The curds are milled twice before being placed into the moulds resulting in a delicious crumbly texture. Maturing the cheese for up to 4 months provides a distinctive creamy flavour. "

Choose, Call, Pay and Ship.

We can ship food & wine across the country!

Taste can ship wine for your gift list.

Send your favorites, or ask us to help you choose...

In three simple steps you can have your
selections shipped to you or a loved one,
without even leaving your chair!

Call for more information - 773-761-FOOD!


Taste Food and Wine carries a wonderful selection of carefully chosen wines. We want to make it as easy for you to try as many of our favorite wines as possible. All members receive a 10% discount on additional purchases of wine-of-the-month club selections for that month and discounts for all Taste paid events. Complimentary bottle for you in celebration of your birthday month.


Magnum -
Every month you will receive two bottles of our favorite affordable wines. These may be close outs or the last of the vintages - great deals. The cost to you is up to $25 every month (shipping/handling, if needed, is extra).

Jereboam -
Every month you will receive two bottles of our "Wines of the Month". Usually this will be one bottle of white and one bottle of red. The wines will be selected for the season. The cost to you is up to $35.00 every month (shipping/handling, if needed, is extra).

Methuselah -
This is Taste's premium membership with two bottles of our highest rated wines. Some of these wines will be cellarable and able to be stored for many years. The cost to you is up to $75.00 every month (shipping/handling, if needed, is extra).
Credit cards will be charged on the first Wednesday of the month.

Let us bring wine tastings to your home or event!
Taste Food and Wine offers a variety of wine tastings to suit all your needs and desires.

We can create a themed event based around your favorite varietals, or even favorite wine countries. From tapas paired with Spanish wines, or anitpasti with Italian wines, to charcuterie with French selections--we can help you achieve a fun-filled, impressive event which will leave your guests awed, and anxious for the next event!

We have packages to suit any budget--small, large, on premise, or at your home, Taste Food & Wine can accommodate any request and fit it into any budget!

Tweedle Press

Updates from Tweedle Press:

Ian and Laura are now helping out around the shop.
• Our Pulp & Press blog has been revamped and revitalized.
• We're testing new papers and cleaning solvents.
• We now have a way to recycle our printing plates.
• Nina has just finished holiday photo card designs for 2010! They'll be available for purchase soon here, but for now you can buy them through our Etsy shop as well as through Megan Kelly Photography - and get some great pics while you're at it!

Nina wrote a guest blog on the Green Bride Guide, talking about the concept of a Zero Paper Waste Wedding. Check this site out for great ideas and other green wedding vendors!

Nina was featured on ABC7's "Green Living" segment, which aired during the evening news. Nina was interviewed about her eco-friendly letterpress printing process and how she turns junk mail into handmade recycld paper via Personal Recycling.

Danielle rang up Nina or a quick interview on Tweedle Press, then wrote up this great piece for her blog which "indulges the vintage side of the modern bride." Letterpress printing and hand made goods certainly fit into that realm!

Nina met Lisa through the Green Wedding Alliance here in Chicago, and she puts together awesome eco-friendly events. She wrote a quick piece about Tweedle Press here.

Nina was interviewed here for a short video on small business in Rogers Park. Woo!

Reno Lovison runs a great networking group in Chicago, wrote an excellent book about business cards, and also produced video for the web. Nina wrote a guest blog piece about the importance of good design and printing when it comes to business cards.

Monster Bites blog brings you 365 days of the latest in DIY fashion, sustainable living & handmade goodness. Check out their feature on Personal Recycling and claim your readers discount, then hop over to Green Eyed Monster for super cute eco-friendly totes.

Tweedle Press is written up by Siel for Green LA Girl (and Mother Nature Network), who talks up Personal Recycling as well as Tweedle Press' eco-friendly aspects. Thanks Siel! This piece rocks.

Tweedle Press is interviewed by Erika Jurney of Try Handmade, which is an AWESOME site featuring all handmade products and crafts.

Tweedle Press is named Go Green's product of the week. Yay! Lots of other great eco tips on this blog too.

Tweedle Press is mentioned on the lovely Parsiri blog for Personal Recycling. Check out the rest of this blog - there is some really beautiful stuff.

V-Tone Fitness

Refer a Friend: semi-annual and one year members will receive one month for free when they refer a new member to join.

- Bill Morton
President, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rogers Bark - New Product: Terrabones

Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Friday, November 5, 2010

Kris Luck of Quest Says

The Patio TheatreThis is how its done when a community works together.- Kris Luck, Quest Network Services

Read more here:

As opposed to what happened to the Adelphi Theater, Granada Theater, Howard Theater and Norshore Theater of the 49th Ward. - Bill Morton


As I was researching online resources to promote our local businesses today, I came across a site called, Blogged.

Here are the summaries of Rogers Park in 1,000 Words that I submitted to Blogged:

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Blogging serves local news needs for Rogers Park - Rogers Park updates:

Blogging serves local news needs for Rogers Park. The positive aspects of ultra local blogging in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park. - Bill Morton

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Barren storefronts pose problem in Rogers Park - Rogers Park updates:

This is an interview concerning the barren storefronts along Howard Street in Rogers Park and what one Rogers Park business is doing to survive during these horrible economic times. - Bill Morton

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Registered Voter - Rogers Park updates:

It is important to be a registered voter and vote in every election. - Bill Morton

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Public Health and Safety issue - Rogers Park updates:

Swanette Triem continuosly creates public safety and health hazards at her 1217 W. Chase Avenue Chicago, IL. 60626 property. Some of these issues are demolition and construction...

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: All about books - Rogers Park updates:

I donated roughly two thousand books to local bookstore The Armadillo's Pillow. The books that I donated were the ones that I saved from the North Shore School demolition a few years ago. - Bill Morton

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Success! - Rogers Park updates:

Local used and rare book store, The Armadillo's Pillow raised the needed funds to stay in business. The Armadillo's Pillow 6753 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Rogers Park Cyber Bully - Rogers Park updates:

I am taking a stand against cyber bullies in Rogers Park. - Bill Morton

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: We have issues - Rogers Park updates:

Browsing through followers of The Rogers Park Twitter, I found some disturbing Rogers Park updates. Be aware of your surroundings. - Bill Morton

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Board game night tonight - Rogers Park updates:

There is a Board Game Night every Thursday in The Parlor of Quest Network Services at 7pm. Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626 (773) 761-3555

Rogers Park in 1,000 words: Sheridan and Chase - Rogers Park updates:

This is a small photo set of a protest which occured on Sheridan Road and Chase Avenue in Rogers Park. - Bill Morton

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rogers Park Cyber Bully

The following is a video about teenagers using the internet to cyber bully. The only difference between the examples in this video and the immature behavior happening in Rogers Park is that the Rogers Park cyber bullies are grown adults. This is relevant to all who blog or read Rogers Park blogs. - Bill Morton

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Registered Voter

I Voted

It is important to be a registered voter and vote in every election.

•Because your activism, including in reforming the system, will be more powerful if you have voted.

•Because your monitoring of the fairness of the election must begin with voting in it.

•Because there is a real value in not allowing things to get any worse than they have.

- Bill Morton

Monday, November 1, 2010

Robbery suspect caught in Rogers Park

The driver of the Toyota fled on foot, as the police gave chase. At 10:34 p.m., police announced that a suspect was in custody at 7508 North Eastlake Terrace, in Rogers Park.

Read more here:

Rogers Bark - The Renovation Has Begun!

Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Sunday, October 31, 2010


Several police cars are zooming North down Sheridan Road. Does anyone know what's going on this time? - Bill Morton


It was a three car crash in front South of Howard Street on Sheridan Road. I'll post some videos tomorrow.


He did not have a gun and did not get away with any money or property when he jumped into a 1990 Toyota Camry and hit a parked car and then another moving vehicle in the 7500 block of North Sheridan Road as he fled the scene, police said. He was arrested at the car crash scene about 10:50 p.m., NBC-5 reports. Read more here:

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rogers Park

Rogers Park synagogue focus of terrorist threat

Officials would not identify exact destinations for the packages. A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were addressed to two Chicago locations — in the Rogers Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, Chicago Breaking News reports.

read more here:

We have issues

Browsing through followers of The Rogers Park Twitter, I found some disturbing Rogers Park updates. Be aware of your surroundings. - Bill Morton

Preparing for the Quest Halloween Party

Here are some photos of our preparations for the Quest Halloween Party in The Parlor. - Bill Morton

Friday, October 29, 2010

Meet Blane Roberts at Quest Network Services

This will be our second Meet and Greet event with Blane Roberts in The Parlor of Quest Network Services. Anyone who would like to meet Blane Roberts for a conversation is invited to attend. - Bill Morton


For 49th Ward ALDERMAN

Blane Roberts
Friday, October 29th 2010 at 7:30pm

at Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626


A Thank You for attending -!/RogersPark1000/statuses/29146230977

Rogers Park

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Loyola offers forum on cyberbullying and sexting

Loyola University Chicago will host a conference on the dangers of cyberbullying and sexting Friday evening at the Water Tower Campus.

Read more here:

note: This material is very relevant to Rogers Park.

Board game night tonight

Tonight is board game night in The Parlor of Quest Network Services. Quest has had over one hundred board game nights throughout the years. Check it out tonight.

Halloween Walk on Saturday

Halloween has become one of America's favorite holidays and why not?

It is steeped in tradition, folklore, and mythology for starters. It's not just for children but their parents as well - bring the kids and the family dog along for a Halloween Walk.

We'll meet at Willye White Park at 1610 West Howard, Saturday October 30 at 8:30 PM. Bring your sage sticks, incense, candles, glow sticks, flashlights, tambourines, bells, drums for a walk through the three parks North of Howard and on to Rogers Beach. If you have a favorite Halloween tale or family tradition to share we'll take a minute or two for story time.

In some schools of thought, Halloween is the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is the thinnest - when those on the living side can communicate to their departed loved ones. It's a time to honor their memory and lives.

Its also a time for preparation for the long winter as we reap the bounty of summer. But most of us relate Halloween to pranks and costumes, parties and fun. So please join us and make the first real Halloween Walk a fun event to remember. Maybe we can frighten the evil spirits away!

Beat 2422

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CuBop! at the Lighthouse

Performing Thursday, October 28th, 2010
at The Lighthouse

Monday, October 25, 2010

Public Health and Safety issue

Swanette Triem has workers on her property without a permit displayed again. Those who have been following the Swanette Triem/North Shore School story on Rogers Park in 1,000 Words may remember when Swanette Triem was inspected by the IEPA during the illegal and unsafe demolition of the North Shore School.

Swanette Triem continuously creates public safety and health hazards at her 1217 W. Chase Avenue Chicago, IL. 60626 property. Some of these issues are demolition and construction without a permit displayed, unsecured dangerous and contaminated property, Her crews spreading asbestos and other poisons into the land, our air and water.

Swanette Triem is a supporter of Alderman Joe Moore and contributed financially to the alderman before the demolition of the North Shore School.

Swanette Triem must believe that her bank account trumps the public safety and health of our community.

From an earlier post concerning Swanette Triem's North Shore School demolition on the same property:
These photos are of the IEPA (Illinois Evironmental Protection Agency), inspecting the North Shore School demolition site for contaminants that could poison residents of Rogers Park.

IEPA inspecting the demolition of the North Shore School in Rogers Park IEPA inspecting the demolition of the North Shore School in Rogers Park IEPA inspecting the demolition of the North Shore School in Rogers Park

The demolition was ordered to stop, but Swanette Triem, had it continued over the evenings and weekends when the IEPA would not be watching. this poisoned the air of residents with asbestos and other hazardous substances. Alderman Joe Moore approved the rezoning, then demolition after accepting campaign contributions. You can read more about this here:

relevant links:

IEPA at North Shore School

Spreading Asbestos in the Air
North Shore School - Before and After

Memories of North Shore School

North Shore School
1217 W. Chase Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626