Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tabares Gets Results, Convinces Board of Elections to Relocate Early-Voting Site West of MDW

Update as of 8:48 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29: 

Alderman Tabares has succeeded in convincing Chicago Board of Elections officials to relocate the 23rd Ward's early-voting site to Dore Elementary School, 7134 West 65th Street.


Original Story:

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.”

This year, Board of Elections officials are not using public libraries as early-voting sites because they have “a state mandated limit of 25 people that can be in the [library] building. If the early voting were taking place, the library would have to be closed to the public for two weeks,” one CPL librarian told the Southwest Chicago Post.

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.

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 tips.fbi.gov. 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!