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Dec 30, 2014


  • CHICAGO (WLS) — A man was shot in the right shoulder at a gas station in Lakeview Monday night, Chicago police said.

The incident happened at Clark Street and Irving Park Road around 10:20 p.m. Police say the man was shot in the right shoulder, but was able to drive himself to Weiss Hospital for treatment.

Police are still looking for the shooter.


From Police via Alderman’s Office:
Victim is a known gangster disciple who is active around Lawrence & Winthrop.  It is believed that someone followed him to the Citgo and shot him while he was in the parking lot there.  He drove himself to Weiss.  Police are investigating.  This is thought to be an isolated incident that is not tied to the other gang activity we experienced with the shooting at Warner Park.

Nevertheless, they will continue patrolling the area.  Please continue to encourage people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious or criminal.  I will let you know if I get any more info.


Dec 29, 2014
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GWCA “Neighbors Watching” series – INVENTORY

In early December Chicago Police began trying to unite victims with their stolen property held at Belmont and Western after two prolific thieves were arrested.   If something was stolen from you and recovered, how do you prove it belongs to you?  With photos and receipts.  This is a good time to photograph and inventory your property.  An inventory sheet should have Date of Inventory, Date of Purchase or Date Acquired, Item, Description, Store, Model & Serial Number and Cost columns.  Keep receipts for more costly items.  Engrave your driver’s license number on electronics.  You should keep a copy of your inventory at home and one off site.  Then in case of a fire, theft or other emergency, you can document your possessions.  Include vehicles (license plates too), especially bicycles.  And add holiday gifts too.

Dec 24, 2014
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Suspicious Activities on Belle Plaine

These events were reported to GWCA to have occurred 12/21 approx 9 pm on the 1400 block of Belle Plaine:

Three guys (looked young from the back) at my door last evening. When I answered on intercom, they said they wanted to talk to me in person. I said I wasn’t coming down and they went away, walking east. Didn’t see them again when I looked out, but Fred said there was a white car with lights on across the street.

This is a separate incident:

Three times people at my door wanting to discuss their organization, sponsor them, last few days. Last night at 9 PM two men. I don’t open door, apologize say I can’t open door but don’t say why. Last night guy said he would leave flyer but no flyer.

Dec 23, 2014
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GWCA welcomes Dan’s return.  Happy Holidays to all.

Dec 21, 2014
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Mayor’s Son Assaulted and Robbed

By Michelle Gallardo
Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:17PM
CHICAGO (WLS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his family are on vacation in South America Saturday night, but Friday night they were dealing with violence that hit close to home, as the mayor’s teenage son was injured when he was jumped during a robbery near the family’s North Side home.

Zach Emanuel, 17, was just steps from home when he was robbed, but it wasn’t until after the mayor and his family had left town that his office confirmed the incident. Police say they are looking for two teenagers who robbed him.

The mayor’s office confirmed Saturday that Zach Emanuel was assaulted and robbed Friday night while walking a few houses away from his family’s home in Ravenswood.

It wasn’t until after the mayor had left town Saturday afternoon that the mayor’s office even confirmed the incident. Police said they are still looking for the suspects.

“I live across from the mayor, but stuff still happens no matter where you go,” said area resident Dan Hill.

Police, who did not name Zach Emanuel as the victim, say the robbery took place just after 10 p.m. Friday when two teenage males approached another teenage boy, went through his pockets and removed his cell phone.

According to published reports Emanuel suffered a chipped tooth and a fat lip during the incident. The mayor did not comment publicly Saturday and the family has now left town for the holidays.

The mayor’s office released a statement which reads in part: “Zach was assaulted in a robbery during which his phone was stolen. He sustained injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip. The Mayor’s focus is on his son’s well-being.”

The teenagers got away, even though there is a security detail stationed outside the mayor’s home around the clock. There are also security cameras on both ends of the street. Still, it’s not the first robbery to take place here. The last one was just a couple of months ago.

“Two or three in the morning a woman was punched and the man stole her purse and I think the mayor’s detail security detail chased after him but didn’t get him,” said neighbor Kelly Thames.

It is not clear whether the mayor’s security detail was alerted to the incident in time to try and give chase.

Police said both attackers got away and no arrests have been made.

Dec 20, 2014
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Bird Watch

Loons are migrating and hundreds can be seen at Montrose Harbor.

Dec 17, 2014
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Drag Racing

GWCA “Neighbors Watching” Drag Racing

Drag Racing was reported on Wednesday 12/17 between 3-4 pm in the 1400 block of Warner.  This is an immediate 911 call.  Also, please try to get the plate number, auto, driver and occupant description.  Don’t assume anyone else has called.

Two new incidents of gang graffiti were reported in the alley between Berteau and Warner.  Neighbors watching means keeping an eye out for things that might be happening outside our homes.  When you’re up and around, please take a minute and look out your windows and listen too.  Call 911 immediately if you notice anything suspicious.


Dec 10, 2014



GWCA “Neighbors Watching” series – LIGHTS ON – holiday A season of lights and joy. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa all bring lights to our homes. This is a good time to remember winter safety. Light our front porches from dusk to dawn to reduce crimes of opportunity for homes, pedestrians, vehicles and drivers. Make sure the light is bright enough to provide safety for pedestrians on the city sidewalk or even a driver exiting a parked car. We’ve become very careful about energy consumption, but we need to have a few household lights on timers from dusk to bedtime if you’re not home or if you spend most of your time in one part of the house and other parts remain dark. Rear and side lights can be on motion detectors, though a rear porch light is recommended. Report any street or alley lights out to 311. Happy Holidays!

Dec 5, 2014
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By Laws Change at GWCA Meeting Sunday, December 7 At Ease Wellness Center

At the regularly scheduled GWCA meeting to be held at At Ease Wellness Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014, the membership will be asked to vote on a change to the By-Laws of GWCA that will allow it to conform to the IRS’s requirements for treatment as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  The wording of the proposed amendment is contained below.  If the change is approved, it will be added to the By-Laws as submitted to IRS along with GWCA’s application for 501(c)(3) status.

Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.

Dec 4, 2014
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GWCA Meeting – Holiday and Neighborhood Crime

GWCA Meeting topics include Warner Park, Holiday and Neighborhood Crime and Prevention, elections, cookie sharing and cookie exchange.

WHEN: Sunday, December 7th, 2 – 4 PM

WHERE: 1437 West Montrose, At Ease Wellness

BRING: A dozen cookies or a sweet treat to share.

EXCHANGE:  If you want to exchange cookies, bring 1 to 3 dozen in 1 dozen packages to exchange.  This is always a fun way to add variety to your holiday table.  If you wish, include a copy of your recipe with the cookies you exchange.  Many new friends have been made at past cookie exchanges


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