Thursday, September 24, 2020

Tabares Wants Polling Place in CGR

Complains to Board of Elections

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Switching the 23rd Ward’s early voting site from its traditional home at the Clearing Branch Library to a site east of the airport is “unfair,” Ald. Silvana Tabares told the head of the Chicago Board of Elections.

In a letter sent this week to CBOE Executive Director Lance Gough, Tabares complained about she called a “last-minute switch” to Richardson Middle School, 6018 S. Karlov, “which is almost five miles away via car. The 13th Ward early voting location is less than one mile away from Richardson, which seems redundant and disproportionally disenfranchises the many residents who live west of Cicero Avenue.”

The alderman noted that in the presidential election of 2016, 4,925 people who live west of Cicero Avenue utilized early voting.

“It is unfair their early voting location was changed without any warning,” Tabares continued. “Voters will be turned away from the Clearing Library and will not have adequate time or means to go to Richardson Middle School, and many of these residents will be seniors. I understand the need to provide enough space for social distancing. That is why I believe it is misguided to change a location and thereby forcing senior citizens who would normally walk to their early voting location to use public transportation, placing themselves in greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”

To remedy the situation, Tabares suggested that the early-voting site be changed back to the Clearing Branch Library. If not that, she suggested other sites in Clearing and Garfield Ridge, like Dore School, 7134 W. 65th St., or Valley Forge Park, 7001 W. 59th St.

Friday, September 18, 2020

FBI Seeks Help in Hunting Bank Robber

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Just in from the Chicago Office of the FBI at 3:34 p.m. Friday,

September 18.

The FBI is seeking tips related to a serial bank robber operating on the Southwest Side.

The bandit is described as a black woman about 25-35 years of age, with a medium build.

The clothing she used has varied. She has worn:

• a blue-hooded sweatshirt, a Chicago Bears hat and acid-washed jeans.
• a blue button down dress shirt, blue jeans and a black hair-covering.

She has not displayed a weapon, but implies that she has one. She demands money via a note.

Crime scenes include:

• Thursday, August 13 at about 4:42 p.m.: Fifth-Third Bank, 5640 S. Harlem, Summit.

• Friday, August 28 at about 12:56 p.m.: Peoples Bank, 6162 S. Archer.

• Friday, September 11 at about 2:38 p.m.: Royal Bank, 2740 W. 55th Street.

• Thursday, September 17 at 4:34 p.m.: Fifth-Third Bank, 5240 W. 63rd Street.

Those who see her should call 911 immediately and consider her armed and dangerous.

Those with other useful information to share are asked to call the Chicago Office of the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or reach out to A reward of up to $1,000 is offered.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

GRNW Hosts Big, Fun, Community Rummage Sale at Kennedy HS

A big, friendly rummage sale is the best way to describe the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch's Sell-A-Bration, set for 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19 in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett.

Ordinary and the extraordinary, run-of-the-mill and the quirky--all can be found at this event. Clothing, furniture, books, knick-knacks, you name it.

All are requested to wear masks and maintain a reasonably safe distance from each other.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the GRNW's various crime-fighting initiatives and charitable endeavors.

Rain date for the event is Sunday, September 20.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Police Warn of Robbers

Police are seeking the public's help in finding a pair of
robbers who hit two different businesses on Thursday, September 10.

A CPD alert did not name the businesses, and it did not indicate if the bandits were armed.

Crime scenes include:

• 4500 block of South Cicero at 7:20 p.m.

• 8200 block of South Cicero at 8:05 p.m.

One robber was described as a black man about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with his hair in dreadlocks.

The other was described as a black man about 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds.

Those with useful information to share are advised to call CPD Area 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380 and refer to crime pattern P20-1-239.

In the wake of the crime, police advise:

• Always be aware of your surroundings.

• Report suspicious activity immediately.

• If you are confronted by an assailant, remain calm.

• Remember any unique physical characteristics (such as scars, limp, tattoos).

• Never pursue a fleeing assailant; provide the information to the police.

• If video surveillance is available, save a copy of the incident for detectives.

• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.

• Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on scene when possible.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Madigan and Quinn Offer Paper Shredding, Electronics Recycling

Looking to get rid of unwanted yet sensitive documents (like old utility bills, tax returns, Social Security/pension statements, etc.)?

Bring your unwanted paper documents to the Madigan-Quinn Service Office (west parking lot), 6500 S. Pulaski, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12.

Looking to get rid of unwanted electronics (like old TVs, radio, computers, printers and appliances)?

Bring your unwanted electronics to the Madigan-Quinn Service Office (west parking lot), 6500 S. Pulaski, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26.

At both events, you are required to wear a mask and remain in your vehicle. Volunteers wearing masks will remove the items from your vehicle.

For details, call the alderman's office at (773) 581-8000.

And thanks to Speaker Madigan and Alderman Quinn for providing this useful public service!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Community Welcomes Amigo

Pest control firm moves to Garfield Ridge

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Soutwest Chicago Post

A pest control company that had been a home-based business moved up a notch last week, as Amigo Pest Control celebrated its move into 7121 W. Archer, a storefront that in recent years had been home to the Gerini Guitar Studio.

Amigo’s owner is 35-year-old Jose Yanez, who immigrated to the U.S. when he was an 11-year-boy, from the town of Yuriria, Guanajuato, in central Mexico.

His family has roots in Summit but then later moved to Garfield Ridge, where Yanez graduated from Kennedy High School in 2008.

Married with three children, Yanez had been living in West Lawn, near 62nd and Knox; but the lure of his old neighborhood proved too strong, and the Yanez family—Jose, wife Andrea and their children: Tyree, 10, Kassandra, 8, and Rizzo, 3--now owns a home in the heart of Garfield Ridge, near 55th and Menard.

“There’s a lot to like about this area,” Yanez said. “It’s one of the best in the city, and we’re proud to be a part of Garfield Ridge.”

Yanez started in the pest control business as a teenager, landing a position with a nationally known pest control company.

But with a dream of being his own boss, Yanez eventually co-founded a pest control company with a partner, and for the last three years has been the sole owner.

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares (left) and Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ellen Brown stopped by the new headquarters of Amigo Pest Control, 7121 W. Archer, last week
to welcome Amigo owner Jose Yanez (black shirt) and his father, Ismael.

He credits his father, Ismael, with instilling a strong work ethic in him. These days, his father is retired but offers advice and encouragement to his son. He also credits his mother, Aurelia, who “has always been a big part of support and always been there to show us we have to respect others.”

“I enjoy my work,” Yanez said. “What I do helps improve the quality of life for people, at their homes and businesses—and even improve people’s health.”

Amigo helps control and get rid of insect pests like cockroaches, termites, ants, spiders, bedbugs, bees, wasps and hornets.

Increasingly, though, their work seems to focus on rodents—specifically, mice and rats.

“Rats are getting extremely out of control in the Chicago area,” he said, echoing what others have said in recent years.

With a small and growing staff (Alondra Blanco, Fernando Escareño, Sonia Yanez, Pedro López and Jhonatan Avila), Amigo uses a variety of methods to thwart insects and rodents, including federally-approved chemicals that are not harmful to children or pets, Yanez added.

Amigo's recent ribbon cutting was a festive occasion.

Amigo also has earned a reputation for community service and for working with customers of limited means.

“You see people who maybe don’t have a lot of money, but you see they have a pest problem—and then you see small children in the home—well, I feel as a responsible business owner, I have an obligation to help people when I can,” Yanez added.

The company also offers disinfecting services for homes and businesses—a service that has taken on unprecedented importance in the time of COVID-19.

Amigo offers free estimates for all its services and can be reached at (708) 925-1213.

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