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Rockwell Station by Karl Raak

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January Calendar

1 Friday New Years Day.
4 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
12 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council, Gross Park Fieldhouse, Lawrence & Washtenaw
18 Monday, Martin Luther King Day.
18 Manor Garden Club, 7:30 p.m. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
19 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Beat 1911 Meeting, Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln
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Individual $20 Family $30 Senior (65+) $10 Senior Family $15 Sustaining $50 Business $20 Friends of GRO $20 (living outside GRO service area
A hard copy of the membership form is also available. Please fill this out and drop it off at a meeting or mail it to our PO Box when you are catching up on membership.


President: Tom Kosinski
First Vice President: Shonagh Merits
Vice President
Second Vice President: Joetta King
Second Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Lucinda Dieker

GRO Updates


GRO Neighborhood Survey – a First!

The Greater Rockwell Organization (GRO) is conducting a brief 5-6 minute survey of neighborhood residents and we urge you to share your opinions. You do not need to be a member of GRO to participate.

As a thank you for your time, anyone who successfully the survey will be eligible to enter into a drawing to win one of four $15 Amazon gift cards. The gift card will be emailed directly to you and can be used for anything Amazon offers.* Only one survey entry per person will be accepted.

Please go to the following URL to begin the survey: GRO Survey

The survey site will not be operational after January 31, 2016, so please visit and provide your opinions as soon as possible. Be assured that your responses will be kept confidential and your information will not be sold or used for any other purpose. Survey results will be featured in a future article in the GRO newsletter.

Thank you for your participation!


Christmas Tree Recycling - 2016

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling from December 31 st to January 10 th. There are two drop-off locations:

Montrose Green at 1819 W. Montrose. Trees can be dropped off during the day from 12/31/15. Northcenter Town Square 4100 N. Damen. Trees can be left from 12/31/15 to 01/10/16. Please leave trees in the designated area only.

Please do not leave trees after noon of January 10 th.


The Property Tax Dilema Explained

Art Lyons, director of the Center for Economic Policy Analysis, delivered a reasoned and insightful talk on the subject of property taxes at GRO's December meeting. We'd like to thank Art and commend him for his excellent research.

Here's a link to a pdf that gives a brief, but succinct explanation on how property taxes are calculated here in Illinois.


Call for Election Judges

Free and fair elections are the absolute cornerstone of Western Civilization. Free and fair elections only happen if ordinary citizens open and close polling places and see that the votes are counted correctly.

The political parties are vital to the functioning of elections. The 47th Ward Democratic Organization is looking for help from local community organizations to recruit neighborhood residents to serve as election judges. There are number of polling places that serve the Greater Rockwell and adjacent communities. The 47th Ward Demorcratic organization is looking for elections judge to serve in the 13 th precinct’s polling place (Waters School) but there are plenty of nearby spots for as many people as want to serve. This need is not limited to one political party as both Republican and Democratic judges are needed

Jack Lydon is the Judges Coordinator for the 47th Ward Democcratic Committee. You can reach Jack at (872) 208-5642 or at Or you can reach the Chicago Board of Elections directly at




Welcome to the neighborhood!

Greater Rockwell Organization (GRO) is committed to engage in activities that will promote civic pride and community welfare. The low-cost Membership is an excellent way to engage in your community.

From Wilson to Lawrence and Western to Virginia (at the river), you will see the elegance of Greater Rockwell Organization’s award-winning corner gardens.

The monthly GRO newsletter with a circulation of 1,500 reaches our community, as well as commuters at the Rockwell Brown Line station.

You have a more beautiful neighborhood due to the ongoing efforts of our graffiti removal program – and neighbors who join in the clean and green weekends.

Annual events such as the summer block party and the winter potluck dinner are a great way to share in our community spirit.

By signing up for GROnews (at the left, under Rockwell Station), you can join hundreds of neighbors who receive emails about local events, meeting reminders and important community alerts.

Whether you’re concerned about property taxes; public transportation; safer streets; a cleaner, greener neighborhood; a vital business district; or simply a place to say hi to your neighbors – GRO has something for you.

When we meet

Greater Rockwell Organization meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Meetings are held at Luther Memorial Church at the corner of Campbell and Wilson. Enter through the red doors (to the left of the main doors) on Wilson. You will find the buzzer up and to the right.


The goals of GRO are met through our community volunteers. Follow the links to web pages describing each committee's doings and how to contact the members if you're interested in getting involved. Please give the idea some serious thought – we welcome your participation at any level, and any amount of time you care to give.

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Greater Rockwell Mural by Karl Raak