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Political Discussion / Re: Turano land grab
« Last post by MRS. NORTHSIDER on February 16, 2015, 07:12:25 PM »
I am too.  Thanks Ted.  I would not have even known or pulled it up online if you did not post this.
I can't wait until MacNeal Hospital a/k/a the Vanguard  Group tries to do this with the homes they own across the street from me if the City of Berwyn wins this.  Carte Blanche, your street and neighborhood are now gone.  Isn't there something called Eminent Domain when it comes to land grabs that protects the homeowners?
It's all owned by Tenet now, although they are still using the Vanguard moniker for some enterprises.
Whoever it is, they are extremely poor landlords.  The houses that Tenet/Vanguard owns across the street from me have not had the snow removed from the sidewalk since we've had the huge snowfall on Superbowl Sunday.  Young professionals buying into the neighborhood either have to cross on my side or walk in the street.  I am ashamed to live across the street from a homeowner who won't even shovel the sidewalk in front of their home(s).  One poor guy walking home from the train actually stopped me today to ask why he can't walk on the other side of the street to get to his house.  I explained the situation and then told him to get in touch with the city and ask them why.  Total BS.
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Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants / Re: yelp..
« Last post by seebee on February 15, 2015, 08:44:51 AM »
I've lived around the corner from this joint for double digit years, and went for the first time last night. It wasn't crowded or anything, but, I can say that everyone I encountered was nice, several bar patrons offered advice on the food and beer list, and the food was pretty decent. From reading up before going in, I knew it would kinda be a crapshoot on what they'd have to eat, but we had wings, the hot link, and a burger. They were out of tips and chili. The wings were decent - overcooked, but still totally within reason, the hot link was fantastic, and the burger was overcooked, but again, well within reason, and very tasty - it wasn't a hockey puck or anything. Still wanna try the tips tho. Neat little place, and the only real bbq in town. I doubt I'd go during a hawks game or on a busy show night or something. I know that doesn't help the people that expect every place to cater to their needs no matter what, but this is a little neighborhood joint. I'm not saying that the folks who expect this place to have polished service are incorrect for expecting that, either. They have every right to expect it, but I'd guess when the place is busier than expected, or something funky happens, they just can't deliver perfect service or everything on the menu. Again, I'm not saying that expecting attentive service, and all of the menu items is incorrect, I'm just saying that after being there for an hour and a half, I got the feel that this is just a little neighborhood joint, and it's not trying to be anything else. Decent food, great beer list, and essentially the ONLY real bbq in the area.

So, Gaetane's experience was what it was, not taking away from that at all, and it may be totally valid, I have no reason to not believe their experience. My first experience, however, was pretty positive. Just another data point.

Also, people still use, "Yelp?" That site is a bunch of schills and complainers. The descriptions are like reading 2nd grade essays - borderline disturbing.
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Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: Western Tire & Auto Store
« Last post by berwynson on February 13, 2015, 07:22:28 PM »
Only things I can recall in 1966 east end of Plaza were Sears, and close to the end of the strip mall building, G.C. Murphy. There could have been a store or two east of Murphy, not sure.   berwynson
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Political Discussion / LaPaglia withdraws
« Last post by Ted on February 13, 2015, 06:23:57 AM »

 Vince LaPaglia has withdrawn his candidacy for the 2 year seat in the District 201 school board race.   LaPaglia was appointed last summer to replace Joe Keating on the D201 school board after Keating resigned to take a position in D201 as its HR Director.

 With the withdrawal of LaPaglia, Susan Tomschin (wife of Tom Tomschin, who was the objector to the petitions of 4 other D201 candidates) will not have any opponent in her candidacy to the school board.
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Local Area Business / Re: Westchester Mariano's
« Last post by Toria on February 12, 2015, 12:14:14 PM »
Love the brisket and I buy about a pound of it every other week at least.  I also love the chicken on the hot bar as well as the fact you can buy a
roasted breast of chicken instead of the whole bird.  The pistachio gelato is another favorite item.  I am assuming this Mariano's is the closest one to Berwyn.
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Local Area Business / Re: World's Largest Laundromat
« Last post by Toria on February 12, 2015, 12:11:43 PM »
There seems to be two Worlds largest Laundromats in Berwyn, one more east on Cermak and the other one a bit further west.   
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Political Discussion / D201 objections appealed
« Last post by Ted on February 12, 2015, 07:19:17 AM »

  One other interesting set of facts - James Nally, the lawyer representing Tomschin, received $5,000 from Larry Dominick's Cicero Voters Alliance on November 25, 2014.

  Ancil Glink, the law firm that Adam Lasker works for and who was the attorney against Rita Maniotis in the Tomschin objections and against the WWIT candidates in the Mike Benda objections, has received $2,500 from the Larry Dominick's Cicero Voters Alliance.
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Political Discussion / D201 objections appealed
« Last post by Ted on February 12, 2015, 06:57:42 AM »

  Some additional information - Tom Tomschin works for the Town of Cicero as a building inspector.  His wife is running for the D201 school board seat for the 2-year vacancy (the vacancy that resulted from Joe Keating resigning and taking a position in D201 as its HR Director). Tomschin also currently serves on the Cicero Elementary School District 99 school board.
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Political Discussion / D201 objections appealed
« Last post by Ted on February 11, 2015, 09:49:29 PM »
  Tom Tomschin has appealed the decision of the Cook County electoral board in its ruling to overrule Tomschin's objections to the candidacies of Catie Sullivan, Jill Alexander and Shelley Picha, who are running as candidates for the District 201 school board.

  Tomschin had objected on two grounds - that the Statement of Economic Interest did not have an address on it (the form on the Cook County Clerk website does not have a place for address on it) and that the candidates did not specify whether they were running for a two-year seat or a 4-year seat on their statement of candidacy.  They did specify full term on their petitions.

  The Cook County Electoral Board overruled Tomschin's objections, citing long standing precedent on the 2-year/4-year issue (a case from 1976 where the courts ruled specifying 2-year or 4-year on the petition is sufficient) and citing precedent on the Statement of Economic Interest as well.

  Tomschin's attorney has until Friday, February 13 to file a brief.  The candidates must respond to the brief by Friday, February 20.  A status hearing will be held on Friday, February 20 to decide the date and time of the trial, which will probably occur during the week of February 23.
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