West Rogers Park Community Organization


West Rogers Park Community Organization 

is officially now

West Ridge Community Organization
Our New Website is:      www..westridgecommunity.org
Our Facebook page is:       www.facebook.com/WRCO
Visit and join us as we work together for a better community!
Updated 5/18/17 


West Ridge Community Organization & People of West Ridge present:

Is Chicago Broke?

YES!   Say the Mayor and City Council

NO!    Say the contributors to this book who show untapped resources for the city we deserve

Come hear Tom Tresser, Thomas Gradel, Amara Enyia, Jackson Potter, Hilary Denk and other contributors to the new book Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve speak about how Chicago got into its current financial mess and  discuss viable alternatives to funding the city we deserve.  Decide to make a difference for positive change.

Northtown Chicago Public Library Auditorium

6435 North California Avenue


Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:00 to 7:30 PM

Following the presentation there will be:

A Question and Answer time

Book signing  (Books will be sold for $12.00 each)

An evaluation of the session and an opportunity to volunteer to make a difference.


For more information on the book and its contributors go to   www.wearenotbroke.org 

For more information go to  www.peopleofwestridge.org 


 WRPCO Civic Forum on Education

The West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO) sponsored a civic forum on education titled “Really!  Where Is the Money for C.P.S.?”  It was held last Thursday, February 11 at the Devon Bank Community Room.  About forty persons attended the forum.
It was a panel discussion with questions and answers following.  The four panelists were the following:  Dr. Stephanie Farmer, Associate Professor at Roosevelt University,  Mrs. Erica Clara, co-founder of Parents 4 Teachers,  Mrs. Wendy Katten, co-founder of Raise Your Hand,  Mr. Martin Ritter,  Field Organizer with the Chicago Teachers Union.  Chicago Public Schools was contacted and invited but no representative from C.P.S. attended the forum.  The moderator for the forum was Dr. Andrew Rowlas, a board member of WRPCO.
The main points that came out of the discussions was that C.P.S. was broke but probably broke on purpose due to poor policies that have plagued the system for many years.  Some of these current policies include (1) spending away from schools, (2) misplaced priorities such as teacher evaluations and standardized testing instead of allowing time for quality instruction, (3) reckless outsourcing and (4) indebtedness to banks.  As elsewhere in our country our public schools are not being fully supported.  A democratic society today depends upon an independent public education system
The consensus was that we need to reprioritize the school budget for students and high quality education.   People were asked to get involved to support our public schools and work with and support these organizations present at the forum. 
WRPCO is proud to sponsor forums on relevant topics to our community.  The next forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 when WRPCO and FAIR will discuss the noise and pollution problems at O’Hare and how the current policies are now negatively affecting our neighborhoods on the north side.

A Civic Forum on Education in Chicago

REALLY!!  Where Is the Money for C.P.S.?


7:00 TO 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Community Room of Devon Bank

6445 North Western Avenue in Chicago



• What are the issues in the current contract negotiations
• Is a teacher strike possible?
• How we can support our public schools
• Revenue and how “broke” is Chicago really
• What is behind all this talk about bankruptcy?


A Panel Discussion with Questions and Answers afterwards:

Dr. Stephanie Farmer, Roosevelt University
Erica Clark, Parents for Teachers
Martin Ritter, Chicago Teachers Union
A Representative from Raise Your Hand
A Representative from Chicago Public Schools

For information contact vicechair@wrpco.org



Community Forum on Pet Health and Safety


WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Devon Bank, 6445 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, Lower Level Community Room

  • Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer, American Kennel Club and Supervising Veterinarian, Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
  • Art Hamilton, Shelter Manager, Chicago Animal Care and Control
  • Toni Greetis, Vice President, Red Door Animal Shelter
  • Sydney Maier, Counseling Supervisor, Tree House Humane Society
  • Sgt. Mark George, Chicago Police Dept., Animal Crimes Division

WHAT: Hear a round table panel discussion on subjects including:

  • Pet safety - what to do to prevent an animal getting loose, lost or taken, but if that does happen, what to do next
  • How do I keep my animal out of the E/R?
  • Holidays - what to do and what not to do
  • Weather tips
  • Kittens, puppies, rabbits - what should we know about bringing home a baby animal? What are some of the biggest misconceptions?
  • or taken, but if that happens what to do next.
  • Adopt or Buy - Pros and Cons
  • Transporting Your Pet Safely
  • Abused Animals - what can we do to help?

Sorry! No Pets Please, Only Service Animals allowed at Devon Bank



Community Forum on Chicago Property Tax Proposals 

What are some viable alternative revenue sources to meet the city's financial needs besides raising property taxes?
FUNdraiser and Community Forum 
Monday, October 19th, 2015
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Candelite Chicago
7452 North Western Avenue
Buffet & Beverage
$35.00 per person


  • Tom Tresser, The Civic Lab
  • Bobby Otter, Budget Director, Center for Taxation and Budget Accountability

Join us for an interesting, informative & enjoyable/fun evening!




The 2014 WRPCO Annual Meeting


West Rogers Park's Waterfront:
The Northshore Channel 



David St. Pierre
Executive Director,

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District


Thursday, March 20, 2014 
7:00 PM
Devon Bank
6445 N. Western Avenue

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is looking to the future of the Chicago River and the Northshore Channel with a vision of clean water, boating, and fishing. Come hear MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre discuss what it is the District does at many levels to manage the water in our lives, including action to meet new Clean Water Act standards, conservation and environmental protection measures, and the District's latest efforts to address our local channel's odor that remains a stubborn challenge.


Mr. St. Pierre will also discuss management of the land along the channel and the role the MWRD plays along with the three municipalities (Chicago, Lincolnwood, and Skokie) that govern portions of the east side of the channel in West Rogers Park.


Lastly, Mr. St. Pierre will bring a rain barrel to give away to a lucky member of the audience!


The event will be preceded by the Annual business meeting of WRPCO at which the office bearers will be elected and the Board of Directors nominated for election. Office bearers have to be Board members for at least six months to be eligible and all Board nominations have to be received in advance. Notice is also being sent by mass email.

WRPCO Community Forum 

OCT 16, 2013   -  7:00 PM

Devon Bank Community Room

6445 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

"What's Your Public Education IQ?"
Whether you are a parent or a community member concerned about the status of our Public Education system, come ask our panel questions about this and other Public Education issues including:
School Budgets and Cuts
School Performance, Rankings, Standardized Testing, and Curriculum
Special Education, English Language Learners (ELL), Pre-Kindergarten, and After School Programs

Lunch, Recess and other School Issues!


Becky Vevea, WBEZ Education Reporter

Craig Benes
Chief, Ravenswood-Ridge Elementary School Network (CPS)

Andrew Broy

President, Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Antigoni Lambrinides-Sofios
Principal, West Ridge Elementary School
Josh Radinsky
former Boone LSC Parent Representative/
Professor, UIC College of Education
Gabriella Iselin
Teacher, Mather High School/
Delegate, Chicago Teacher's Union
Lori Switzer
Board Member, Friends of Stone Academy

Contact: Ahmed Khan, WRPCO Chair, chair@wrpco.org or Amy Truelove, Education Committee Chair, amytruelove@yahoo.com

Facebook Event Page:    https://www.facebook.com/events/200341030147738/


Since February 19th student art works have been on display at the High Ridge Y. Please read below for details. You can still catch the full, stunning display at the Y during its last days. This display is soon being dismantled and the art, in response to many queries, is being offered up for sale. The funds will be shared by WRPCO and the High Ridge Y.


HIGH RIDGE YMCA, 2424 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645
773.262.8300773.262.8300 | highridgeymca.org


The West Rogers Park Community Organization and the High Ridge YMCA thank everyone who attended the opening of  UNITED THROUGH ART: A PORTRAIT OF COMMUNITY, Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the High Ridge YMCA.

This was the opening of this new exhibition of children’s self-portraits,  originally shown in May 2010 at Devon Bank. The event included performances from students from our local schools and dinner. It’s a wonderful view of our diverse neighborhood. Details at United through Art at The Y.
Thanks to René Sanchez, the Executive Director, and to the Y Board. The High Ridge YMCA will be displaying the artworks for some time.

In the 2009 – 2010 school year, the Education Committee gathered student representatives from area schools to create art based on a theme of their own choosing. Their effort is documented on this site in “United Through Art




WRPCO, West Rogers Park 99% Group & The IVI-IPO Far North Chapter presented " An Illumination of the 4 major Tax Increment Financing Districts in the 50th Ward" on Tuesday, June 11 at the Devon Bank Community Room:

Featured Speakers were:

Tom Tresser, of the CivicLab's TIF Illumination Project (TIP). TIP is investigating and exposing what TIFs do to us on a ward-by-ward basis. http://www.tifreports.com/. The evolving schedule and documentation for CivicLab meetings is at: http://tifreports.com/tif-town-meetings.

Ben Joravsky - Award winning political reporter at the Chicago Reader. (See all his articles @ http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?author=847359)


The Facebook Event page is: http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-June-11.


The WRPCO Annual General Meeting, was concluded Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Devon Bank, 6445 N. Western Avenue. We elected new Officers and nominated members to the Board and had a presentations on three issues of interest to the community. Please go to Officers and Board for details on the new Board.

Pictures of the event, courtesy of member Shahrukh Hassan

Please click Annual Meeting for more details.


Membership Renewal Time

The new year means it is time to renew your membership—or start it for the first time—in WRPCO. Our dues are still a very reasonable $10 per year for individuals and $20 per year for families. Please use the easy and safe link on our website to join or renew: membership


2013 WRPCO Community Concerns Survey

WRPCO announces the launch of the 2013 Survey, the third. Please help us all by taking the survey, at this link: WRPCO2013Survey

Hard copies will be available at our meetings and events or  here


School Strike Update

Chicago Public Schools have announced revisions to the 2012-2013 school calendar to ensure students receive a full school year. All schools will have seven make-up days to complete the days lost during the Chicago Teachers Union strike.

Track E schools will have the following make-up days:

  • Five days from Fall Intersession: October 15-19
  • President’s Day: February 18
  • One day added to the end of the school year: June 19

Track R schools will have the following make-up days:

  • Two days from Winter Intersession: January 3-4
  • President’s Day: February 18
  • Four days added to the end of the school year: June 19-21, June 24

For the entire calendar please visit www.cps.edu/calendar.

WRPCO provided information to the West Rogers Park community about programs available during the teachers strike in the Chicago Public Schools. Previously posted content is available, click here.


2012 WRPCO Community Concerns Survey RESULTS

In summary, the results of the 2012 Survey are as follows:

Respondent demographics were biased towards older, female, long-term residents who live east of California. Details are in a report, "2012 Community Concerns Survey Demographics."

In all, 123 surveys were completed and not everyone answered every question. This compares to 176 responses in 2011. Of the 123, 64 provided some contact information: (61 Name, 38 Mailing Address, 49 E-Mail Address, 29 Phone Number); 84 respondents left at least one question-related or open-ended comment.

The question that received the most comments was “Shopping Options and Availability of Goods and Services” (48 respondents or 39%). The area of community concern that received the least comments was Intergroup Relations (29 respondents or 24%).

More details about all the comments are in the report, "2012 Survey Comments." WRPCO is reporting respondent comments only and does not endorse or oppose anything therein.

As in 2011, 2.5 represents a neutral score and lower scores represented either greater dissatisfaction or a lower priority for elected officials within the context of each question. Higher scores mean the opposite.

All indicators of priority for elected officials were down in 2012 from 2011. The question was modified in 2012 from a focus on the Alderman to “elected officials,” and 2011 was also a local election year.

The level of satisfaction on almost all questions was higher. However, only scores on the last three questions, on citizen participation and visioning, and the first three, related to streets and shopping, appear significant.

Changes in satisfaction as well as the lower scores on priority appear more significant for these last three questions, with the changes in the first three somewhat less so.

In 2012, respondents appear to be significantly more satisfied with their opportunities to participate in community planning and visioning over 2011, and they also assign these a lower priority for elected officials.

This appears to be true to a lesser extent with streets and sanitation services, condition of streets, and shopping options in the community.

Results are posted on our new Survey Page. See link on right sidebar.  Contact WRPCO info@wrpco.org for more details.


Public Services Forum  Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm, at Devon Bank. Details


 What is Bus Rapid Transit?
Bus Rapid Transit takes elements of rail rapid transit and applies them to bus travel. The resulting service can be established at a fraction of the infrastructure cost of rail lines while relying on buses that are less expensive to purchase, operate, and maintain.Information on BRT can be found here.


First Annual WRPCO Fundraiser  Sunday, 20 May 2012, near the tennis courts, - fire at the Indian Boundary Park Field House.  Flyer    Acknowledgements  video clip.


WRPCO gets questions and concerns about environmental questions, community "green" issues,  local access to libraries and recycling. For local updates Click here



WRPCO conducted  candidate forums during the April 2011 Aldermanic runoff election and the February 2011 primary. They were moderated by Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader and held at the Devon Bank. Details are at 2011 Forums  




Debra Silverstein2011 Runoff Questionnaire Answers-3-24.pdf150.28 KB




Please join WRPCO as a member. Membership cost only $10 for single $20 for family for the year.Please click here