Month: August 2013

Weekly Maywood Foreclosure Listings @ Zillow

The following are Maywood foreclosure listings found at

1815 S. 23rd Avenue

— beds || 2 baths || 1,012 square feet || 5,360 square foot lot || Built in 1931

1 day on Zillow || $66,800 || Zestimate: $139,000

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618 N. 3rd Avenue

3 beds || 2 baths || 1,311 square feet || 5,449 square foot lot || Built in 1904

4 days on Zillow || $67,500 || Zestimate $113,000

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212 S. 16th Avenue

2 beds || 1 bath || 1,036 square feet || 6,300 square foot lot || Built in 1923

9 days on Zillow || $61,900 || Zestimate: $101,000

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1824 S. 19th Avenue

3 beds || 1 bath || 1,800 square feet || 4,007 square foot lot || Built in 1926

13 days on Zillow || $89,900 || Zestimate: $132,000

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2016 S. 10th Avenue

4 beds || 1 bath || 1,400 square feet || 4,704 square foot lot || Built in 1926

16 days on Zillow || $39,500 || Zestimate: $132,000

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From the Forest Park Review: Proviso East To Acquire $1.4M in Bonds for Repairs, AP Courses Now Offered and More

The Forest Park Review is Now Partnering with The Village Free Press

The following District 209 update is by Jean Lotus, editor of the Forest Park Review, a publication we’re proud to consider a partner:

Proviso East High School needs $22 million worth of repairs,” said the Todd Drafall, the new finance director for Proviso Township High School District 209, on Friday. “And I’m sure I could find more work that needs to be done if I looked for it.”The subject of repairs to the district’s ailing buildings has come up repeatedly in D209 school board meetings over the past year. Proviso East needs the most work, according to the district. One part of the building is 102 years old and repairs have been made on an emergency basis.

Most critical for repairs at PEHS is the ceiling of the field house, which needs $441,600 worth of work, according to the district.Bringing experience from his former job with the West Aurora School District, Drafall has suggested a new type of bond to help address these repairs.In July the district applied to the Illinois State Board of Education for $1.4 million in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB), which were just approved.”These bonds are not well known, but they have been used by the Chicago school district for several years,” Drafall said.

QZAB bonds were approved by Congress in 1997 as a way to raise money for school districts with high concentrations of low-income students. At D209, 73 percent of students are eligible for free-or-reduced lunch.

QZAB bonds represent an interest-free loan created by selling bonds paid back over 12-16 years. Instead of interest, the federal government issues a tax credit to the buyers of the bonds (usually banks or other big institutions) in an amount approximately equal to the market rate.

To apply for the bonds, Drafall and the district had to drum up 10 percent of the amount they wanted to borrow in the form of donations from private businesses. These can be in the form of cash gifts or in-kind donations.

The district found three donors to pony up in-kind donations. They are also vendors with the district: Legat Architects, Ehlers Financial Advisers and an educational consultant named Barbara Parker. The total pledged donations add up to $141,185.

Oak Brook’s Legat Architects, a company specializing in architectural services for school districts, has been D209’s go-to architect for several years. They compiled the original life safety repairs list used by the district in 2008 and have updated it every two years. They also supervised roof repairs on both Proviso East and West in the past year. In 2012, the district paid Legat $173,453.01, according to, a government watchdog website.

According to D209’s application to the ISBE, Legat will donate an in-kind total of $119,299 to support the school. This contribution includes a discount of $53,179 on a bill for master plan services in October, a donation of principal time for master plan services of $19,300 and three summer internship/job shadow opportunities in 2014-2016, valued at $15,440 each.

Financial advisers Ehlers Inc., of Lisle, will donate 50 hours of professional service time, provided by advisers Steve H. Larson and Bradford J. Townsend, totaling $10,000.

Parker, a Aulander, N.C.-based education consultant, donated the cost of a $5,943 leadership retreat, including 30 hours of prep time at $75 an hour.

Other than the field house ceiling, Drafall said he chose $1,033,609 worth of projects on the life-safety repair list.

“I picked the projects that had been on the list longest,” he said. The punch list of projects includes replacing dozens of door assemblies, correcting deteriorating walls, providing fire detectors, re-securing and replacing tiles, removing and replacing carpeting, masonry, replacing glass panels with tempered glass and other renovations.

Although these repairs will be a drop in the bucket from the total list of $22 million life-safety projects, it’s a start, Drafall said.

He also plans to apply for a district-wide lighting upgrade grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which should significantly reduce electricity use.

“We can use the resources from that savings to put into more life-safety repairs,” Drafall said.

 Tip hotlines rediscovered

After a community safety forum on July 16, D209 Superintendent Nettie Collins-Hart said she would look into a tip hotline for community members to alert the district about planned fights and other threats to student safety.

What she found out was that the district already had such hotlines set up at Proviso East and West high schools and listed in the student handbooks. The district created a new number for Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The tip hotlines are: Proviso East, 708-202-1731; Proviso West, 708-202-6351; and PMSA, 708-338-4188. These numbers will be publicized in all student handbooks, weekly newsletters and posters in the school. The district said the hotline would be checked three times a day for messages.

Committee mulls school uniforms

 Are school uniforms in the future of D 209 students? Collins-Hart told the school board Aug. 20 that a committee was meeting to discuss whether school uniforms should be instituted in D209. Barbara Cole, who runs Maywood Youth Mentoring, suggested uniforms at the community safety forum in July.

Cube to broadcast sports

Starting Aug. 31 at the home opener against Nazareth Academy, Proviso East and West football games will be broadcast on High School Cube, an Internet-streaming sports channel.

The company has been broadcasting the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament since 2010. At no cost to the district, the company will also help students learn broadcasting technology, so students can produce volleyball and soccer games, as well as freshman and sophomore football games, according to a memo presented to the board Aug. 20. The district could also produce 15- to 60-second spots promoting the schools, the memo said. Calvin Davis, Proviso West’s assistant principal for athletics is trying to get a live “Game of the Week” show at WCIU-TV. He organized a similar agreement when he taught in Chicago Public Schools.

 Gatorade pact questioned

A tentative agreement with Gatorade has been crafted to put vending machines in Proviso West High School, with the option to place the machines in Proviso East as well. The agreement was spearheaded by Davis at Proviso West.

But school board member Kevin McDermott said the machines would send a mixed message to students about healthy nutrition.

“There are 34 grams of sugar in a bottle of Gatorade,” McDermott said. “Sugar is known to cause diabetes. We want to provide the best nutritional choices for our students.”

The district is also looking into selling signage in the gymnasiums and stadiums, especially if games are being broadcast. Nike and Home Team Marketing are being approached about sponsorship opportunities, according to a D209 memo.

 AP courses now offered at PMSA

Proviso Math and Science Academy is offering Advanced Placement courses this year, the D209 school board was told Aug. 20. Classes being offered are AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus and AP Biology. The district received a start-up grant last year of $49,374 from the College Board, which administers the AP exams.

Fifty Years Ago Today

Ebony Cover
Cover of Ebony Magazine, November 1963.

In the November 1963 issue of Ebony magazine, Lerone Bennett, Jr. wrote of the march, “It was the beginning of something, and the ending of something. It came 100 years and 240 days after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It came like a force of nature. Like a whirlwind, like a storm, like a flood, it overwhelmed and stunned by its massiveness and finality. A quarter million people were in it, and of it: and millions more watched on TV and huddled around radios. There had never been anything like it.”

Marchers sitting under elms
“Sitting under spreading elms, marchers open bags and boxes and lunch while listening to speakers and singers” (Ebony).

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look at thousands of working people displaced from their jobs with reduced incomes as a result of automation while the profits of the employers remain intact, and say: ‘This is not just’ (Martin Luther King Jr.,1967).

Jobs For All
Jobs For All Now! (Ebony).

“Power and pressure are at the foundation of the march of social justice and reform […] power and pressure do not reside in the few, and intelligentsia, they lie in and flow from the masses. Power does not even rest with the masses as such. Power is the active principle of only the organized masses, the masses united for a definite purpose” (A. Philip Randolph, 1941).

Marchers in overalls
Men in overalls, a status symbol among the marchers indicating participation in sit-ins (Ebony).

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you’re messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry […] Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is  wrong […] with capitalism […] There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe American must move toward a democratic socialism” (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1966).

A demonstrator in a wheelchair
A wheelchair-bound demonstrator (Ebony).

“The reconstruction of the Negro must involve the introduction of the new social order–a democratic order in which human rights are recognized above property rights” (A. Philip Randolph, 1919).

A. Philip Randolph, Godfather of the Civil Rights Movement, Marches (Ebony).
A. Philip Randolph, Godfather of the Civil Rights Movement, Marches (Ebony).

“At the end of that historic day, after he had introduced King and cheered the younger man’s announcement that ‘we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt,’ Randolph sent the marchers home–but first, all those present pledged in thunderous unison to give ‘my heart, and my mind, and my body, unequivocally and without regard to personal sacrifice, to the achievement of social peace through social justice'” (John Nichols, 2011). VFP

Martin Luther King
“The hero of the day” (Ebony)