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Mayor’s Office and Police Department Want to Meet With You on December 11, 2012

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December 7, 2012

ATTENTION: RESIDENTS OF THE AREA CENTRAL TO AUSTIN MADISON TO LAKE   You Have the Power to Help Take Back Your Neighborhood     The Chicago Police Department recently concluded a narcotics enforcement operation targeting violent street gangs in the area of West End to Madison, Central to Austin  in the 15th District. In...
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Street Sign Strategy:Limit activity

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July 22, 2011

The problems at the corner of Madison and Mason,   resulted in a running gun battle in the streets  in the early hours of June 25th. According to neighbors, the nightly fighting, drug and alcohol use and drug sales at this corner resulted in individuals chasing others up Mason, firing shots, turning left on Washington and...
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CANA Speaks out in “AustinTalks.org” about Accountability and Lack of Planning by Elected Officials for the Austin Community

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June 28, 2011
CANA Speaks out in “AustinTalks.org” about Accountability and Lack of Planning by Elected Officials for the Austin Community

Residents seek answers, accountability in aldermen’s first 100 days by Sarah Ostman on June 22, 2011 Before Rahm Emanuel became mayor last month, his team rolled out a transition plan. The 71-page document outlines a to-do list for his first 100 days in office, his first year and beyond, and includes a number of...
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CANA on WVON’s African Diaspora radio program this past Sunday

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March 1, 2011

CANA’s president appeared Sunday February 27th  on WVON’s”African Diaspora” radio program. She represented a community view on the role of police officers in predominately African American communities. The program explored the way officers interact with our community and especially our youth. There is tremendous room for improvement by all officers, and particularly from African American...
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CANA Elevates Police Response Time Issue on Fox News

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March 1, 2011

Your neighbors have once again focused attention on a major issue for many Chicago neighborhoods.  We appeared on Fox News again last night. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/investigative/chicago-911-diversion-program-311-police-calls-burglaries-fill-out-reports-online-20110228# The lack of police response  to certain types of 911 calls in our neighborhood has contributed to a diminished quality of life in Chicago’s less affluent wards and districts.  We...
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BGA Citizen Watchdogs and CANA Sound Alarms Over 911 Response

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February 3, 2011

    Hey Watchdogs!   Check out the latest Watchdog Wall Post!   http://watchdogwall.bettergov.org/     Ron and Serethea Reid came to the Citizen Watchdog Training Session in Austin.  Now, they’re making news and making a difference as they fight for faster 911 response times in the Austin neighborhood.      What have you...
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Austin needs to ATTRACT A MAGNET SCHOOL

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January 15, 2011

With limited advance advertisement, Chicago Public Schools conducted a public meeting about locating an elementary school on the near west side of Chicago. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input before presenting a proposal to the Board of Education to locate a new SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATH AND TECHNOLOGY (S.T.E.M.) Magnet School...
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Better Government Association Watchdog Training Continued

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December 10, 2010

The Better Government Association (BGA) continued its Citizen Watchdog Training on December 6, 2010 at Christ the King High School. The objectives of this session were to: explain how to avoid common roadblocks in use of the Freedom of Information Act; present a code of ethics for reporting; and explain how to post reports...
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CANA Members and Family Attend the Better Government Association’s “Citizen Watchdog Training”

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December 4, 2010

On November 29, 2010 the venerable “Better Government Association (BGA)” conducted part one of the “Citizen Watchdog Training” course on Chicago’s West Side, the first time it has been offered in this part of the city.  The training focuses on creating citizens who understand government and how to hold officials accountable. CANA was well represented with...
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FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM NOW OPEN

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November 18, 2010

EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM We urge you to take advantage of the heating assistance program and to distribute this important information to others. The Emergency Housing Assistance Program provides low-income families with grants to finance the cost of emergency furnace repairs and replacements. Repairs are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applicants for this...
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MONTHLY ALDERMAN MEETING PROVIDES UPDATES ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS

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November 10, 2010

Alderman Deborah Graham provided a brief summary of the developments and issues she has been working on for the 29th Ward. They included: Special Service Area-a financial tool to bring additional services to the ward Promise Project-a multi-faceted proposal modeled after the Harlem Promise Zone Bars and liquor sales on Madison and Division streets...
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Free gardening flowers, tools and equipment

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September 1, 2010

Can we check with the City and IDOT? We have been told that both can supply seed, mulch, flowers,  rent mowers, trimmers and other equipment to aid our neighborhood clean up efforts.
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