Updated: February 25, 2013 12:15PM
Start Wrigley work now
The city should immediately give the Cubs the OK to start their proposed renovations.
By the Cubs paying, this saves the city money it can’t afford to give away. The Cubs and Wrigley Field are the product that draws revenue to the city. The rooftop owners are just feeding off someone else’s product.
Yes to pigeon cleanup
Ald. James Cappleman is to be commended for trying to resolve a very serious health problem from pigeon droppings [“Alderman gets heat for pigeon roundup,” Jan. 23].
For example, the sidewalks under the viaducts at Belmont and Kedzie are completely covered in pigeon droppings. There is no place you can walk without stepping on the droppings.
The people who feed pigeons and the organization Showing Animals Respect and Kindness should clean up after the pigeons.
We need an organization that shows humans respect and kindness. The people of Chicago need to be protected from the filth and disease of all animal droppings.
Among the many moves California did to get its financial house in order was end every politician’s favorite piggy bank: TIFs. Those pesky Tax Increment Financing districts, awarded to political favorites, which allow cities and other municipalities to legally loot property taxes that would normally go to schools, parks, libraries and other less-sexy causes.
It is time Illinois do the same. End TIFs, which were intended to be used only in cases of extreme blight but fund bling instead.
Ward map nonsense
I have lived in the same house in Portage Park for over 25 years. During that time, my address was assigned, rightly so, to the 38th Ward office which is four blocks from my home. I was recently informed that my half of a one-way residential block long street is no longer in the 38th Ward. Instead, I was informed that I am now in the 36th Ward (Nick Sposato’s Ward). I obtained a copy of the 38th to 36th remap and it is a total farce. What makes almost no sense is that Sposato’s ward office is several miles from my home. However, I did go out of my way to meet Sposato and offered him my full support provided he remains the independent that he appears to be.
This is typical Democratic Chicago Machine-style shenanigans and at some point, I am hoping that the voting public will wise up to this nonsense.