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SP Kabob – A New Twist on an Old Favorite

We at the RogersEdgeReporter love to eat, and we’re happy our office straddles two neighborhoods that have so many great places to do it. We used the ratings on Yelp to find the top 10 restaurants in both Rogers Park and Edgewater. We will visit them all and, in the name of investigative journalism, report back.

Here’s our second installment: SP Kabob. Enjoy!

Mayoral Candidates Condemn New Zealand Shooting

Both Chicago mayoral candidates condemned Friday’s terrorist murders at a mosque in New Zealand.

“I was shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting in New Zealand, and the victims and their families are in my thoughts today,” Preckwinkle said in a statement. “I stand with the Muslim community. Our places of worship should be sacred and safe.”

“I am horrified and deeply saddened by the acts of terror at New Zealand mosques,” said Lightfoot. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We’ve got to rise together—as a city, as a country, and all across the world—to condemn white supremacy and Islamophobia. We’ve got to build a world where everyone is safe, and where everyone can worship in peace and community.”

Hadden Won’t Endorse in Mayoral Race

Soon-to-be alderman Maria Hadden said she plans to represent all residents of the 49th Ward, which is why she won’t endorse either Toni Preckwinkle or Lori Lightfoot for mayor.

Hadden, in a lengthy interview with Block Club Chicago, said giving a mayoral candidate an endorsement could alienate some Rogers Park residents, since the ward is divided between Preckwinkle and Lightfoot.

“The people in the ward just elected me,” Hadden said in the interview.“People here are pretty divided [between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle] and I don’t think it would be wise or responsible of me as a representative of the ward to put a voice on that. Not to mention, I promised to be an independent alderman.”

Lightfoot won the 49th ward in the Feb. 26 election. She received 3.328 votes (26.7%) to Preckwinkle’s 2,918 (23.49%).

You can read the full interview on Block Club Chicago’s here.

Abduction and Assault in Rogers Park

Chicago police issued a Community Alert after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted near the 6600 block of N. Clark Wednesday evening.

According to police, the 31-year-old woman was walking southbound on Clark from North Shore Ave. when the male offender “approached her from behind, grabbed her and put his hand over her face, covering her nose and mouth.”

Police said the offender’s hand “was wet and smelled similar to alcohol,” and that the offender “pulled the woman backwards and she lost consciousness.” The alert said the victim “awoke later in an unknown building, after being sexually assaulted,” and that the “offender fled in an unknown direction.

Police did not have a detailed description of the offender.

Anyone who might have information is urged to call 24th District detectives at 312-744-8261.



Documentary Film Workshop at Chicago Filmmakers

Think you’ve got the idea for the next great documentary? Or maybe you’re just looking to make that Kickstarter video pop.

Chicago Filmmakers, at 5720 N. Ridge in Edgewater, is hosting a two-day workshop in the genre March 15 and 16.

Students will learn from professional teachers working in the industry, and will “develop the foundational skill-sets necessary to continue crafting content on their own that looks and sounds professional regardless of production budgets,” according to an announcement from the organization. “Whether creating a crowdfunding campaign video for an independent project or piecing together a testimonial video to demonstrate a company’s new product or event, this course will provide students from all professional backgrounds and filmmaking experience levels the opportunity to master new lucrative skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals.”

The cost of the workshop is $300 for members, $315 for non-members.

Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to helping people acquire the tools they need to become a filmmaker.

To learn more about the upcoming workshop or others go to the co-op’s website.

No Dance – Loyola Out in MVC Tournament

By Amelia Ickes

Loyola University Chicago lost in an upset to Bradley University at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in Saint Louis Saturday.

It was a shock for the Ramblers, who finished first in the conference during a regular season that followed their historic run to the Final Four last year.

Bradley, who went on to win the conference tournament, entered the game as a fifth seed. Loyola, the top seed easily beat Valparaiso Friday.

Bradley’s strong defense proved to be a challeng for the Rambler’s offense, which struggled. The Braves were able to block down numerous scoring attempts from Loyola’s star players, particularly sophomore Cameron Krutwig and senior Marques Townes.

Earlier in the week, Townes was awarded the MVC Larry Bird player of the year. It’s the highest award in the conference, and was given based on his exceptional performance in a season season in which he led the MVC with a scoring average of 18.1 points a game. However, Townes managed only

seven points against Bradley. Krutwig was the second runner-up for this award but also failed to score as expected against the Braves, potting six points.

In the post-game press conference, head coach Porter Moser acknowledged the team’s disappointment on this loss, saying, “I’m not going to ask them not to hurt. They’ve invested too much to do that.”

Meanwhile, last year’s conference Player of the Year and senior Clayton Custer spoke of his appreciation for the Rambler fan base who made the trip down to Saint Louis to show support for the team.

“I appreciate all of our fans coming out. Obviously we did not do what we came out to do… that hurts a lot.”

Loyola will now wait to see where they will play in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament next week.

Moore Offers Cogratulations to Hadden; Thanks to Rogers Park

Outgoing Ald. Joe Moore congratulated Maria Hadden on her victory earlier this week, and pledged to work “to ensure a smooth transition.”

“I wish her all the best in her new position. Alderman of the 49th Ward is one of the most demanding, and yet most fulfilling jobs one could ever ask for,” Moore said in a statement on his website. “I will continue to serve as your alderman until Monday, May 20th, when Maria and her 49 colleagues will be sworn into office. Until then, please feel free to call my office for any city service request or other assistance you may need. My staff and I stand ready to serve you,” Moore said.

He added that he will have “some closing thoughts” when his term ends, “but in the meantime, I would like to thank the residents of the 49th Ward for the privilege of representing them for the last 28 years.”


Hadden Sweep Was Across the Ward

By Basma Zahid and Elvir Mujkanovich

Maria Hadden’s election night shocker over Ald. Joe Moore in the 49th Ward was decisive, with a margin of more than 3,200 votes.

On closer inspection, however, it was … even more lopsided.

Hadden won 32 of 33 precincts, losing only the 21st, which sits in the far Northwest Corner of Rogers Park, west of Ridge and North of Jarvis.

Hadden rolled up two-to-one margins eight precincts, with her largest margin in the 28th, where she tallied 394 votes to Moore’s 108. The 28th precinct is in the south part of the ward, around Pratt and Clark.

Here are the results by precinct:

Registered Ballots Cast Turnout % JOE MOORE MARIA HADDEN
Precinct 1 741 203 27.4 87 112
Precinct 2 545 235 43.12 62 168
Precinct 3 965 413 42.8 109 297
Precinct 4 1065 436 40.94 113 322
Precinct 5 959 421 43.9 177 236
Precinct 6 747 324 43.37 147 173
Precinct 7 760 320 42.11 122 195
Precinct 8 746 294 39.41 141 147
Precinct 9 877 379 43.22 129 242
Precinct 10 859 387 45.05 112 273
Precinct 11 991 433 43.69 151 276
Precinct 12 1023 462 45.16 129 330
Precinct 13 933 405 43.41 148 250
Precinct 14 748 338 45.19 150 182
Precinct 15 705 225 31.91 104 119
Precinct 16 863 291 33.72 137 149
Precinct 17 682 249 36.51 95 149
Precinct 18 1015 477 47 125 351
Precinct 19 877 276 31.47 118 155
Precinct 20 1115 555 49.78 148 402
Precinct 21 607 202 33.28 131 68
Precinct 22 965 353 36.58 153 191
Precinct 23 1064 456 42.86 122 326
Precinct 24 815 269 33.01 122 142
Precinct 25 1049 477 45.47 158 314
Precinct 26 959 419 43.69 136 275
Precinct 27 990 367 37.07 151 212
Precinct 28 1099 508 46.22 108 394
Precinct 29 992 443 44.66 143 295
Precinct 30 995 399 40.1 166 228
Precinct 31 708 290 40.96 134 145
Precinct 32 917 343 37.4 126 210
Precinct 33 784 312 39.8 135 173
Total 29160 11961 41.02 4289 7501

Hadden Romps; Osterman Rolls

Challenger Maria Hadden scored a stunning and overwhelming upset in Rogers Park Tuesday, ousting 28-year incumbent Ald. Joe Moore in the 49th Ward.

Harry Osterman, meanwhile, cruised to an easy victory over David Earl Williams III.

Hadden, running an energized, well-organized campaign against Moore, won by more than 3,000 votes – 7,191 to Moore’s 4,032.

Osterman, meanwhile, won easily over Williams, collecting 11,607 votes to the challenger’s 4,032.

In the Chicago mayoral race, both Rogers Park and Edgewater gave the edge to Lori Lightfoot, who also won citywide. Both neighborhoods also placed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle second.

In Rogers Park, the mayoral race results were as follows: Lightfoot, 2,529; Preckwinkle, 2.224; Amara Enyia, 1.315; William Daley, 828; Susana Mendoza, 785; Paul Vallas, 359; Gary Chico, 338; Willie Wilson, 322; Jerry Joyce, 268; Garry McCarthy, 139; Bob Fioretti, 59; La Shawn Ford, 58; Neal Sales-Griffen, 28; Kozlar, 25.

In Edgewater, the mayoral results were as follows: Lightfoot, 4,529; Preckwinkle, 2,723; Daley, 1,665; Enyia, 1,349; Mendoza, 917; Vallas, 611; Joyce, 560; Chico, 522; Wilson, 373; McCarthy, 275; Fioretti, 74; Ford, 65; Kozlar, 49; Sales-Griffen, 30.

Here is coverage of the race from Block Club Chicago.

Here are results from the Chicago Tribune, including an excellent ward-by-ward map showing results in the mayor’s race.

Here is coverage in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Here is a nice story in the Loyola Phoenix.

Hadden and Moore Make Their Case

It’s been a busy election season in Rogers Park, as challenger Maria Hadden attempts to unseat 28-year incumbent Ald. Joe Moore in the 49th Ward.

With the election only a few days away, both candidates sat down with RogersEdgeReporter student journalists Olabisi Efunnuga and Elvir Mujkanovich to answer a few questions and mak one final pitch for support.

We urge you to take a look, do your homework, and make a choice. Election Day is Feb. 26.

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