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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