Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Citizen Rage at North Street Rezone vote

March 23rd, 2006 Citizen Rage at North Street Rezone vote An other wise calm Long Range Planning Commission meeting turned into a storm as enraged local citizens were denied the right to speak. Residents were furious that only people within 250 feet of the proposal were informed, shouting cries of shame on the village. Later affected citizens began to band together to start organizing against the project. The meeting started with the L&H developer conducting spin on how great his little project is and that the objections of "a few" local residents shouldn't stand in the way of progress. Then there was a little go around of all the Long Range Planning Commmisioners giving thier thoughts on the proposal. There was one commisioner, Charlie, who actually had some guts and proceeded in great detail to go over all the objections he had. To name a few: Building Code in Tinley Park is 45 feet. This project wants an exemption for 85 feet. The commercial parking should have over 800 parking spots. There will be only 84, over 700 short of what normally be required. Residential parking should be 230 spaces. There will be only 150 spaces. Charlie went on to describe the economic pitfalls of having a theater being the anchor of this misguided endeavor, before being rudely interupted by the chairwoman. (Editor's note: I apologize I don't have the chairwoman's name. As soon as the Village of Tinley Park has the guts to publish on their web site the names of all these commisioners I will link you to it.) I like Charlie. I spoke with him after the public hearing last week and said he was on our side, then backed it up by putting all his objections on the record. The other losers that were on the commission waxed eloquently about how they had all these "reservations" and "concerns", but, in the end, put thier faith in the "independent" consultant. They spun that we had to look "forward" and that consider the interest of the village of the whole. I love how no one seemed to be concerned of the current resident's future property values. When the vote finally came, only two opposed. At least it wasn't unanimous. Most people, myself included, started to walk away in disgust. That was when the shouting started, and I immediately cursed myself for having put my Treo away (I had recorded the rest of the meeting.) Once all the commotion had passed and the oppressed residents had moved out side the hall, the first inklings of the resistance were formed. Many things were shared and discussed, including the revelation that 6724 North Street has still not been acquired. 6724 is crucial to the project and must be considered to be the cornerstone to the defense. The other obstacle is for the oppressed residents to get the word out to the woefully uninformed people of Tinley Park. Many people living in the surrounding area did not know of the Public Hearing. I myself only knew because I happened upon it at the Village of Tinley Park's website. The village likes to cover itself by saying it put a notice in the local papers, but who reads those? And why should they? There has been no coverage whatsoever on these most recent proceedings in the Tinley Star or Daily Southtown. Considering they are local papers this lack of attention to such an important event is unspeakable. No wonder newspaper circulations are down. Which brings me to my last point: Who says bloggers don't do orignal reporting? Seeing as the local media didn't want to cover an important issue like tearing down the historic downtown of Tinley Park to build an unnecessary movie theater and a pair of seven story condos, I volunteered to cover the proceedings tonight. I may be a bit biased in my reporting, but at least I'll admit. I challenge mainstream journalism to the same. posted at 22:17

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Tinley Plan Commission before North Street recommendation vote

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Almost Fat

According to the Tanita body fat scale, I am .6 of a percent away from being fat. I came in at a nearly blimp like 172.6 pounds, which is by far the heaviest I've ever weighed. After that, I've decided I must punish myself for my unexcusable weight gain. I started by running myself to Menard's to get some new gloves, which I'll be using on my bike rides to work. I figure the 20 miles on the bike can't hurt. I'm going to Las Vegas in 6 weeks, I don't want every body seeing my gut, which I have named Cornelius. My brother once had a gut from beer drinking, but he slimmed down once he rejoined the Army. I know that since he could slim down, so can I. I'm actually kind of looking forward to this, it's sort of been a dream of mine to get fat then slim down just to show people how easy it is. I'll have weekly updates on my battle so you can all be inspired by my Jaredesque transformation.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St Patrick's Day! Go to Teehan's and join me for a Harp!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Good morning! I wanted to thank Sprint for finally putting up a tower here in Frankfort. I feel connected to the world again. All of my complain

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Don't Tread on Me

This is my favorite flag of all time: The Navy Jack. It currently flies on all warships in the United States Navy during the Global War on Terror. I'm posting it so I can have it be part of my template.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Crobar is not what is used to be

Back in the day, when I was but a young Buck, the Crobar was a pretty cool place. I mean Dennis Rodman used to go there when he was with the Bulls. They let you swing glowsticks and people would climb up on the amplifiers. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Now it's just another tired dance club. Yeah they still have their dancers and now have a live percussion set, but really. Give me back the olden days when the raver kids all got together in the corner and swung glowsticks.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Still no DSL I hate earthlink and sbc to no end. Getting by on Treo. Turned off images so web goes faster. Paid discovercard via treo very cool