This became a police matter due to a complex legal issue concerning ownership of water rights along Lake Michigan and the desire to expand the park northward beyond Belmont Avenue. A State of Illinois sanctioned Lincoln Board of Commissioners earned the right to over-ride riparian legality and to order the police to remove the privately owned pier so the landfill for the park could continue northward with the development of Belmont Yacht Harbor. The harbor was approved in 1913 and opened in 1916.
2007 view of an apartment building that was demo'ed for parking
Notice of Monthly Meetings
(My Facebook album)
A little history – since 1974 various agencies were created to provide oversight of the Chicago Police Department. Most recently, that agency is the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). None of the people serving on these agencies or COPA were democratically elected.
The ECPS Ordinance created two new bodies
1) a citywide Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA) and
2) the Police District Councils
The newly-elected Police District Councils will have several key roles;
1) Building stronger connections between the police and the community at the District level.
2) Development and implementation of Community policing initiatives.
3) Holding monthly meetings with residents to work on Community concerns about policing and accountability.
4) Working with the Community to get input on police department policies and practices.
5) To develop and expand restorative justice and similar programs.
6) Ensuring the CCPSA gets the input from the District Councils.
7) Nominating candidates to serve on the city-wide CCPSA which will have power to advance systematic reform, select new policy, Superintendent candidates and create Police General Orders.
Vote for 3 candidates.
Once elected, the District Council members will undergo training with COPA and the Police Board.
The term is for 4 years and salary is $500 per month. The 19th Police District is the largest area District in Chicago. It runs from Fullerton Ave. to Lawrence Ave. with natural east/west boundaries being Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
19th District Results from Inside Booster
Since August 31, 2022, the State of Texas has bused asylum seekers through private charter buses to Chicago at regular intervals. During the last several months, Texas officials dispatched buses with hundreds of migrants to Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City. While most asylum seekers are from Venezuela, individuals and families are also from all over the world, including countries from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
The City of Chicago has also seen an increase in asylum seekers arriving through other modes of transportation, often without resources. NGOs and local governments along the border purchase airline or bus tickets to other cities like Chicago without any coordination. Since August 2022, the City has shouldered the responsibility of caring for more than 13,000 men, women, and children.
As a Welcoming City, we have a responsibility to provide access to shelter, food, and medical care to everyone regardless of immigration status. Many of our new arrivals have walked hundreds of miles, navigating great danger through multiple countries, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States. We are committed to assisting each family and individual, providing human services with respect and dignity.
19th District Migrant Support
More than 13,000 migrants have been brought to Chicago and lack access to basic needs. They are living in local police stations (currently about 1,200 migrants, including 400 kids, are staying in police stations as of 8.17.23) and temporary shelters while they are waiting for longer term housing. Click on this link for more background information.
Migrants have been staying at the 19th District Police Station since April 2023. Volunteers from across the area are partnering with the LakeView Lutheran Church and St. Mary's of the Lake to fulfill basic needs the migrants have and support them until they move to city-run shelters.
We are continuing to organize and work closely with our partners at the LakeView Lutheran Church, Saint Mary of the Lake, Centro Romero, the Offices of the 44th, 46th, and 47th wards and volunteers to support other precincts and plan for sustainable support when the 19th reopens and as new temporary shelters are opened in the area.
aka Fire House built in Old Lake View
(now brick exterior)
1929 photos - Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
fireman Ray Dwight
garage or no garage look
The second building is gone are replaced decades later
I have a separate post on the high school
not sure the year of the fire
once located 1054 N Lincoln Avenue south of Belmont Ave.
the buildings post-1909 address was 3155 N Lincoln Avenue
photo - Jeff DeLong via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
both photos below - Jeff DeLong via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Located at 1529 Belmont Avenue 1936 photo - Engine 21
another view of it below
photos - An Engineers Aspect
Fear Stirkes in Residencial
photos - Jeff Burk via Forgotten Chicago Discussion Group
below - the building view in 1950's
photo - part of my collection
The Dominick Store Fire
Rocks Lake View
The Firehouse on Byron
1732 W Byon Street
photo - Midwest Fire Depts via Smug Mug
built in 1907 and closed in 2012
2010 photo - Karl's Fire Photos via Smug Mug
below 2018 photo - Google Maps
The Firehouse on School
1501 W School Street
built in 1940 and decommissioned in 1979
and then used as the 44th Ward Streets & Sanitation House
Below is a view of it in 2018 via Google Maps
to be converted into three condo units
published in 2001