Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bike/Roll the 31st Street Bus Route

Bike/Roll the 31st Street Bus Route Join the 31st Street Bus Cross-Town Coalition 

Sat Aug 24th 

Bike/Skate Ride 
down the 31st Street Proposed Bus Route 
and help our Communities fight for 
"Our Right to Our Route" for this needed bus route. 

We will be riding from Little Village through McKinley Park, Bridgeport, and Bronzeville to the 31st Street Beach.
Ride begins at 10am in Little Village. Hop on the "Bus" in your neighborhood!

  •  Bus Stop #1: Location TBA (Little Village) 
  • Bus Stop #2: The Video Strip (3307 S Archer Ave, McKinley Park) 
  • Bus Stop#3: Jackalope Coffee & Tea House (755 W 32nd Street, Bridgeport) There will be a 15% off for being a part of the ride. 
  • Bus Stop#4: TBA (Bronzeville) 
  • Final Stop and Press Conference: 31st Street Beach! 
After the ride we'll party and swim at the beach.
More info to come! Please share this event on facebook and twitter. #31stStreetBus

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Small Victory

Your calls, emails and visits to his office worked!

Along with 26 other colleagues in the Chicago City Council, 11th Ald. James Balcer stood with Chicago's children and signed onto the ordinance that return this year's TIF money back to CPS, fully funding our schools for the next school year.

This is a great first step, but there's still much work to be done.

Kudos to Ald. Balcer for standing with parents, neighbors and children in the 11th Ward, and city-wide.  773.254.6677

Your calls and emails helped demonstrate what an important issue this is to Bridgeport.

If you can, please call or email Ald. Balcer to say thanks for the support!

Our work isn't done - getting this ordinance proposed is only the first step to making sure our schools are fully funded.

South Branch of the Chicago River

Check it out, Jerry Mead-Lucero of PERRO, friend of Bridgeport Alliance and partner in the Chicago Clean Power Coalition is featured in this NBC5 story about Bubbly Creek.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Call Alderman Balcer TODAY

7/23/2013 - Schools Action Alert - Call the Alderman!

Our schools will experience major budget deficits next year. To give you an idea of local loss:
Armour $430K
Graham $300K
Holden $150K
McClellan $150K
Sheridan $516,329
Tilden $800K

Please call Alderman Balcer and ask him to tell the Mayor to declare a TIF surplus.
Alderman Balcer's Office phone number: 773 254 6677.

Possible scripts:

a) If you just want to leave a message OR that's the only option: "Hi! I'd like to leave a message for Alderman Balcer. My name is ____ & I am a (CPS Parent/Parent/Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer/Voter) concerned about the severe budget cuts to our schools. (Pick a school or Pick all 3 above) lost $___ which will result in the loss of teachers, support staff, supplies and textbooks, impacting the education of thousands of kids in our Ward. The mayor needs to declare a TIF surplus & give money back to the schools. Mayor Daley declared a TIF surplus 3 years ago and returned $90 million to CPS. We know this can be done. We expect you to call the Mayor and ask him to declare a TIF surplus. We'll be bringing a letter by to get your support. Thank you."

b.) Maybe you actually get him on the phone: "Hi, this is _________I am a constituent and my school _______just lost _________ ( x dollars or x positions). We need Alderman _______'s help in restoring these positions. As you know, our schools weren't properly funded to begin with and we can't operate with this loss. Possible answer: Well, there's not much the City Council can do when it comes to education. You: "Actually, there was $1.7 billion in TIF accounts at the end of 2011 and $454 million was diverted from Chicago property tax revenue into TIF accounts. 53% of all TIF surplus money would go back to the schools. We would like you to call Mayor Emanuel and ask that he declare a TIF surplus so that we don't have to lose ______ positions." Possible answer: "Well, much of that money is tied up. We don't know for sure how much is in there." You: "Mayor Daley declared a TIF surplus 3 years ago and returned $90 million. We know this can be done. We expect you to call and we'll be bringing a letter by to get your support." Thank you so much!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pedal Power: Make it Safe, Convenient and Accessible

Help shape the future of bike transportation for our state.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is developing a state-wide bicycle plan, and they're looking for your input.

Whether you live in Chicago or Cairo, ride occasionally or are an avid cyclist, they are looking for feedback on ways to improve public safety, increase accessibility and facilitate convenience.

You can learn more about the cycling plan at one of the IDOT public meetings, or by checking out the website. 

Busy cycling with no time for a meeting? Give your input to IDOT through their online survey.

Blue Cart Recycling coming to Bridgeport

Found this on the 11th ward blog today!

Blue Cart Recycling 2013

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson are happy to announce that the city’s Blue Cart Recycling Program will be rolling out in the 11th Ward very soon. Service Roll Out will be August 12 or August 19, depending on the zone. For more information, please check out the website:

Support Arts Education at McClellan

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago & Indiewalls invite you to an exclusive RLife Live Art Discovery Event, featuring the artworks of local artists Pamela Staker and CJ Hungerman, on display at the hotel's Art Hall through September 23rd.

Highlights of the evening will include:

  • Art Showcase 
  •  Live Paintings 
  • Silent Auction Raffle - Dinner for 2 at "Mercat a la Planxa" 
  • RLife Live Musical Entertainment 
  • Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres  
All proceeds will to benefit the Arts in Education program of McClellan Elementary School. All guests who RSVP will receive a complimentary "ARTini" cocktail. To preview the works on exhibit visit:

Get tickets here

31st Street Bus Photo Petitions

Tell us where the 31st Street Bus can take you

And collect one of these sweet pins!

Stop by 31st and Lowe
Tuesday, July 16 - 5:00 - 7:00 
Friday, July 19 - 10:00 - Noon
Saturday, July 20 - 9:00 - 2:00

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TRIVIA NIGHT: Fundraiser For Training Bridgeport's Leaders

Help Send Members of Bridgeport Alliance, Benton House, and First Trinity Lutheran for training in leadership and community organizing.

To send all of our candidates, we'll need just under $2,000.

This training has helped several of our leaders so far, and is certain to improve Bridgeport, Benton House, and First Trinity.

Current candidates for training are: 
Mary Cantore (God's Closet at 1st Trinity / St. Mary's / BA)
Claudia Hajdas (God's Closet / First Trinity / BA)
Megan McDonald (Benton House / BA)
Ambria Nicole Taylor (Benton House / BA)
Marcus Hollowell (Benton House / BA)
Jess Saldania (Trinity House / BA)

TRIVIA NIGHT: $20 per person 4 people per team (table).
Build your own team or come stag and join other local singles.

You will have too much fun.

Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

This World Is Ours: A Fundraiser for Carissa Hinz

On Sunday, July 14th there will be a fundraiser for Carissa Hinz, a beloved member of the Bridgeport community who was killed in a hit & run accident on the night of June 14th.

All money raised will be put toward a “Reward for Info” fund, in an effort to encourage someone to come forward with information that will lead to an arrest. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

The event will take place at the Old Eagle Room next to Polo Cafe & Catering, donated by Dave Samber. Polo will also be providing a delicious buffet selection, and cash bar will be available.

We will be having a variety of live music, an open photo booth, "make your own origami" craft tables, live painting, and much more. A variety of gift baskets & certificates will be up for raffle, donated by local Bridgeport & Chicago businesses. Resident artists of Bridgeport & the Zhou B Art Center are donating artwork that will be on display & up for silent auction.

For more info visit the facebook event page.

All Volunteer Potluck

Sorry folks, due to unforseen circumstance the potluck at Palmisano Park was cancelled. We look forward to joining them on our neighbors for the Aug 17 Family Fun Day (5-8) with kite flying, Fishmobile, nature walks followed by Watch the Stars presented by Adler Planetarium from 8-10. Details to come.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Fair Economy Illinois

Members of Bridgeport Alliance participated in an action today with IIRON and Fair Economy Illinois.

From Chicagoist - More than 60 demonstrators began a protest inside the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue, calling the company “one of the nation’s biggest corporate deadbeats.” continue reading

Learn more about Fair Economy Illinois here.