Your Friendly Neighborhood Update

There's a New Kottar in Town

In a move sure to confuse the neighborhood's over 60 crowd the White Sox have signed 31 year old backstop George Kottaras to a minor league deal.  Kottaras will compete for the opportunity to back up Tyler Flowers this spring.  Kottaras would provide the team with a left handed bat off the bench should he make the squad out of spring training.  While he's known for a good eye at the dish, and a proclivity for taking walks like a certain gray haired man on Wells street, we have yet to uncover any history of public napping in his background.

Patrick Thompson Official Campaign Launch

Patrick Thompson filed and officially launched his campaign and website today. 
Check out his video for the launch, and his new website today. 

Patrick Thompson Announcement for Alderman

B News 9.1 Labor Day
I would like to thank Ald. Balcer for his 17 years of service representing the 11th Ward, his 8 years as Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs, and most of all for his Purple Heart received while serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. I also want to thank him for his friendship.
I appreciate Jim’s confidence, and his support of me. I am also thankful for the continued support of our Committeeman John P. Daley. I am humbled and honored as I declare my candidacy for Alderman of the 11th Ward as the endorsed candidate of the Regular Democratic Party. I am asking for your support and help with this campaign. I will be walking every precinct talking to our neighbors about my candidacy and most importantly listening to your concerns.
We can build on the success that Alderman Balcer has had. Working with Chairman Daley, the staff at the Ward office and you, we can make our ward the best in the city: a ward that is safe to raise our families, quality schools to educate our children, job opportunities for careers and advancement, vibrant cultural events, and a first class commercial district to enjoy.
We have a lot to be proud of: building the new Ninth District Deering Station, Palmisano Park, building Taylor-Lauridsen Park and Fieldhouse; new playground equipment at Armour Park, Donovan Park and McGuane Park. We have built libraries in Canaryville and McKinley Park. During the school closure debate, Jim fought to keep all of our schools open, and succeeded. Today we have miles of new streets, sidewalks, sewer and water lines. Alderman Balcer and Commissioner Daley have been investing in our community.
To capitalize on that momentum, I look forward to attracting new businesses that will further invest in our community. I have a strong understanding of development during my professional experience as a real estate lawyer, and 10 years prior to that, working in the development community. I know what it will take to develop our economic future thoughtfully.
Our existing businesses are critical to who we are, and I want to focus on helping them succeed first. I will bring together real estate developers and brokers to obtain ideas of how to best attract commercial businesses to suit experienced and new residents alike.
My service to our community:
- Board member of the South Loop Chamber of Commerce
- Board member of the Valentine Boys and Girls Club
- Board member & past chairman of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
- Board member of the Historic Bungalow Association
- Member of the finance council at Nativity of our Lord parish
- Board member of the Christian Community Health Center
- Former board chair, board member and tutor at Aquinas Literacy Center
- Former board member of Bridgeport Catholic Academy School
- Precinct Captain of the 11th Ward Democratic Party
- Commissioner of the MWRDof Greater Chicago
These experiences along with the guidance of my family, faith, and community have all prepared me for this challenge. I will represent the entire ward Canaryville, Bridgeport, Armour Square, Pilsen, University Village and Taylor Street.
Respectfully, I ask for your help with my campaign. It begins today with circulating petitions and concludes with victory on February 24th, 2015. I look forward to working with everyone in our community to make our ward a continued success.
Thank you,
Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson

Patrick D Thompson for Alderman of the 11th Ward

As our Alderman retires he announces the 11th ward regular Democratic Party candidate. We wish them both all the best.  

We bid farewell to Ald. Balcer.

It is with a heavy heart that we write tonight. Our alderman for 17 years has decided to step down for his health and in consideration of his familly. 

Bevs is Back!

At Armour Park
34th and shields. Still unclear who is behind the revival of the storied dog cart and recipient of the bnews # 1 dog in the streets award. 

Husky Hog Is Parking In Armour Square

Husky Hog BBQ has setup shop on 31st Shields to add to the neighborhood's food truck flavor.

Parking Meter App Making Things Easier

The parking meter app will allow residence to not dig into those deep pockets for change and instead pay via credit card stored on your phone. No word on surge pricing yet, but keep an eye out for those sky high Uber rates that have sucker punched many readers checking accounts.

Comings and Goings

The Chicago Hairport has left us on 31st street and The Wing Stop is coming in next to the Footlocker on 31st.

B! Entertainment Edition

Rumor in neighborhood has it that TK had decided to bring the studded black leather glove out of retirement and start struttin for tips. Contact him at 19008886969

Punkys Hits it Big With Blackhawks Pizza

The 26th street eatery, known around Bport for their Lenten specials, has been featured all over the local news and on CNNSI's Extra Mustard for their terrific looking Blackhawks pizza,  Nice job guys!

Awesome Baseball Fan Map

The NY Times has a great new map that breaks down where the fans of certain teams live in the USA.  Check it out here to view which team your area favors.

Spotted - Postgame Edition!

Tampa Rays coach Joe Madden dropped by Cork & Kerry for a few post game beers after the Sox/Rays clash Friday night.  Madden told the guys that Bridgeport reminds him of his old neighborhood in Hazelton, Pennsylvania and went on to chat about local baseball trends with the group.

Spotted! Bnews Doppelgänger Edition

Sources have confirmed that J. Walz's evil spawn has reached the Chicago area. Some speculate as to how many exist, some say he may be the antichrist. May God have mercy on our souls