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CONGRATS TO OUR NEW ALDERMEN IN CHICAGO’S MARQUETTE PARK COMMUNITY…

David Moore

Honorable David Moore

Alderman-Elect of the 17th Ward

Alderman Moore represents our ALVUDO, Lithuanian Retirement Apartments at 6500 South California Avenue as well as Catalyst-Maria Schools (Christian Brothers); Saint Casimir Campus (Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago); Holy Cross Hospital (Sinai Health System); and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish and Shrine at Lithuanian Plaza Court and Washtenaw.

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Honorable Derrick Curtis

Alderman-Elect of the 18th Ward

Alderman Curtis represents Seklycia/Lithuanian Human Services on the 2700 block of 71st Street. We are especially proud… because the Alderman holds the rank of Captain in the Illinois Police Reserves (IPR) located in his ward at  2735 West 71st Street.

The agenda for our community is all about economic development and how we could become another Andersonville or Ukrainian Village in Marquette Park. We are well familiar with crime on the Southwest Side…and we do remember the greatness of our community in former years. We were so concerned about this issue that back almost twenty years we had an advisory referendum to establish a Special Service Area (14) to address this security issue. The referendum passed overwhelmingly and we started with a robust security team of off duty police in police equipped vehicles to enforce that security. The security officers were to represent the residents and home owners in any complaint procedure…so that they did not have to file a complaint and go to court. The SSA 14 was and is funded by a property tax assessment from residential and commercial property with in the district. A voluntary commission is appointed by the Mayor at the recommendation of the local aldermen. The administrator of the district is Lithuanian Human Services (LHS); the current vendor selected by LHS is Illinois Homeland Security. As I said previously, this has been in operation close to twenty years and with the current economic situation and the property decline through board ups and foreclosures; the security personnel have declined to limited hours… we have only one vehicle with a security officer that is patrolling the area. With every good intention under the new contract; it was proposed to have upgraded vehicles and a bicycle patrol through out the area; this was never implemented. There was an offer by the Illinois Police Reserves (IPR) to the administrator and vendor to offer a voluntary bicycle patrol detail per the contract. These contract issues have never been addressed. But the question begs itself…why the crime in any area that shows so much promise? The Marquette Park Community is situated in an area of Marquette Park…a beautiful park that has an outstanding 18 hole golf course (privately administered). Go down a short distance on Marquette Road or 63rd Street and you will be at Midway International Airport and a growing hotel and restaurant complex with a connection to the CTA’s Orange line… a 20 minute jaunt to the Loop. The Ford City Shopping Mall was recently purchased by a large conglomerate and are currently doing a $20 million dollar renovation…we are 15 minutes from Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park down Southwest Highway…but what about Marquette Park…what do we need is an economic development plan that was used in Logan Square…Bucktown and Lincoln Park. We have a wonderful community hospital… Sinai Health System’s Holy Cross Hospital (equal to Little Company of Mary in Evergreen Park) that has transformed their own Sinai Hospital (adult/children) and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital to a medical center complex equal to none. With a trauma center that address the most serious of injuries in a modern complex of buildings. There is a future for Holy Cross here in Marquette. The Catalyst/Maria Schools an envisionment  of the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers of the Midwest Region brings a necessary concern to education from preschool (Nativity Pre School) to adolescent years. They sponsor Lewis University in Romeoville southwest of Lemont. They also have a full functioning airport on site. From undergraduate to graduate level courses in education or business could be offered in the late afternoon and evening at Catalyst/Maria. The Saint Casimir Campus will now welcome over 200 Catholic Charities  employees of the Archdiocese of Chicago…an enormous campus that can also host many organizations and projects of our Lithuanian community from the scouts to the UIC Lithuanian program to the Seniors. But what is most important that we can now deal with is economic development that can be handled in conjunction with the Aldermanic offices of both the 17th and 18th wards. We need to address all of the board ups on Lithuanian Plaza Court and 71st Street. We need new construction with a Red Lobster at 71st and Western (in the vacant parcel); and the beginning of new town home construction on these main streets and the arterial streets.  A quick demolition of dangerous buildings. Streets need to be resurfaced. And most importantly construction has to begin with the complex at Marquette Village; and a developer has to be invited by our local aldermen to coordinate the various aspects of the new Marquette Park. You say it is not possible; and I say take a walk through Ukrainian Village at Western and Chicago Avenues…you will change your mind. Again my congratulations to Alderman-Elect Moore and Alderman-Elect Curtis!

Derrick Curtis (18) David Moore (17)

LET’S VOTE AND SUPPORT DERRICK CURTIS IN THE 18TH WARD ON TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH. HIS VISION IS OUR VISION FOR A PROSPEROUS AND HEALTH COMMUNITY THAT WE LIVE IN!

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Why David Moore you might ask me a resident of the 17th Ward? Because I live in the Marquette Park community and have been involved in this community for the major portion of my life. Whether it is my parish or the community at large…I saw this involvement as critical to helping me and my neighbors provide each other with a secure and safe neighborhood. Security…only look at the Marquette Park Security District…Special Service Area 14…the rapid response to crime in the area…but what lacked was ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT! We are only a few minutes away from Midway International Airport…the CTA Orange line to the Loop…the new Ford City Shopping Center…10 minutes to Evergreen Park and 15 to Oak Lawn…now this would be a great place to live…if there were not board-ups on every block…that Lithuanian Plaza Court from Western to California  would have the mom  and pop businesses and new…

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DAVID MOORE…17TH WARD ALDERMAN… DERRICK CURTIS…18TH WARD ALDERMAN

Why David Moore you might ask me a resident of the 17th Ward? Because I live in the Marquette Park community and have been involved in this community for the major portion of my life. Whether it is my parish or the community at large…I saw this involvement as critical to helping me and my neighbors provide each other with a secure and safe neighborhood. Security…only look at the Marquette Park Security District…Special Service Area 14…the rapid response to crime in the area…but what lacked was ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT! We are only a few minutes away from Midway International Airport…the CTA Orange line to the Loop…the new Ford City Shopping Center…10 minutes to Evergreen Park and 15 to Oak Lawn…now this would be a great place to live…if there were not board-ups on every block…that Lithuanian Plaza Court from Western to California  would have the mom  and pop businesses and new town home construction. Then we get into education and see what the Christian Brothers are doing with Calayst/Maria elementary and high school…would it not be wonderful if they would also offer late afternoon classes in education and business management with Lewis University in Romeville…a Christian Brothers sponsored university…what about Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago…they are bring in 200 employees to the Saint Casimir Campus (formerly the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Casimir)…would it not be beneficial for the community to interact and provide programs to the community and surrounding Catholic parishes? Sinai’s commitment to Holy Cross Hospital has been solid and we should work with Sinai Health System to further the growth of Holy Cross Hospital. The question now comes forward…where were the Aldermen…Thomas and Lane…nowhere to be found…this now brings me to Derrick Curtis who is an aldermanic candidate in the 18th Ward… closely adjoining us…his vision repletes David Moore…both want to doing something with our TIF’s (Tax Incretment Financing )…for economic development…and not not let RAHM and the present Aldermen take this money from our community for the downtown investment interest…let us put a stop to this NOW!

CONGRATS ALDERMEN-ELECT DAVID MOORE (17TH WARD) & ALDERMAN CANDIDATE DERRICK CURTIS IN THE 18TH WARD RUN-OFF ON TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH…

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WHY ALDERMAN FOULKES FOR THE 16TH WARD…

Alderman Toni Foulkes

Alderman Foulkes with State Representative Thapedi

It is quite obvious when you look at here resume…

  • Wants a Elected School Board…
  • Voted to increase the Chicago minimum wage to $13/hr…
  • Supported a $15/hr minimum wage that included tipped and domestic workers…
  • Voted to put siphoned property tax dollars back into neighborhood school…
  • Moratorium on Charter school expansion as Chicago Public Schools were being closed
  • Voted against closing half of the city’s mental health clinics…
  • Supported Special Service Area 14/Marquette Park Security District…

That is why Alderman Foulkes deserves to be reelected to city council…

CONGRATS ON THOSE WINNING NUMBERS…THE BEST IN THE RUNOFF!…

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis, MIC

On Tuesday, January 27th the Catholic Church both universally and in particular the Lithuanian Hierarchy commemorate the Memorial of Marian Archbishop Jurgis Matulaitis, MIC. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Shrine Parish in Chicago’s Marquette Park community joins with all Lithuanian parishes throughout the world in prayer for the canonization of this saintly man; the Renovator of the Marian Congregation of the Immaculate Conception. His ministry here in Chicago is still alive and well on the Marian Campus in the West Lawn community where the Lithuanian newspaper DRAUGAS is still published…let us join in prayer for that final miracle to bring this man to sainthood…

Francis Cardinal George, OMI blesses the mosaic and relic of Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis at Nativity BVM here in Chicago…

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis, MIC with Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Saint Casimir Motherhouse

The Sisters of Saint Casimir Motherhouse remains dark and desolate today…all of the 66 Sisters have left for the Franciscan Village in Lemont…they left Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC entombed in the Chapel wall…wonder what she thinks of all this…the empty buildings that Father Staniukynas helped purchase for the Sisters; and over 35 years the lack of even one vocation to the congregation! The Marians (Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception) have thirty young men in formation and continue to minister to the Lithuanian community through the Lithuanian newspaper DRAUGAS which is on the Marian campus in Chicago’s West Lawn community…

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Farewell Luncheon

Farewell Luncheon

At a farewell luncheon held today at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Hall, 6820 S. Washtenaw Avenue here in Chicago…Sister Regina Dubickas, SSC, the General Superior of the Sisters of Saint Casimir gave the sad news of their departure from the motherhouse in the Marquette Park community for the Franciscan Convent in Lemont. The future was not painted bright for the Saint Casimir Motherhouse. The facility is large and there seems to be no takers for the property. The 200 seat renovated chapel with the entombed remains of the congregation’s foundress Servant of God…the Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC remains a big question mark for the Sisters. The campus also includes a chaplain’s residence at 68th and Rockwell together with a Lourdes Grotto; and numerous Lithuanian statues and Crosses throughout the property. The final contingent of Sisters is to leave at the end of the year. Sister Regina Marie said it is the Cardinal’s intention that if no Catholic organization assumes the property…everything must be dismantled…including the stain glass windows. The Ad Hoc Committee on Lithuanian Concerns, chaired by Juozas Polikaitis have had a few meetings with the nuns and discussed the establishment of the Lithuanian archives…museum and Lithuanian cultural schools for the older part of the motherhouse building. With the appointment this Fall of a new Archbishop for the Chicago Archdiocese more options might become available.