Hi everyone, this is Tim Granzow, the founder and author of the ALSCB. As many of you know, this was a crime blog that monitored crime in the Avondale/Logan Square communities from November 2008 until around July 2014 from live recordings from a police scanner. I covered the 25th, 14th, and 17th Districts. I also reported on CAPS meetings, and other items pertaining to the community. For many reasons, with disappointments of community engagement/involvement being honestly one of them, I had stopped the blog back in 2014.
Which leads me to this announcement. As of yesterday evening, May 6, 2016, I have decided to return to one of my first loves, and do this blog once again. Over the last couple of months/weeks, I have been seriously thinking about it, and with some maturing I've done over the last year or so, I see things differently now (for the most part). BUT, things will be different this time around, in the aspect of coverage. Since I work and also go to school, my coverage will mostly be limited to the weekends and most weeknights, along with special events. Although this coverage is nowhere compared to what I used to do, I would like to keep the neighborhood informed/educated on crime in the community. I want to arm you to be able to make changes once again in your community, and hold your elected officials as well as the police, accountable.
Speaking of CAPS and the community, this will also be different this time around. I do not have the time and resources to go to various CAPS meetings as I did before. I will try to get at least somewhat involved again, particularly on my own Beat, 2523, but I cannot make any promises. This also goes for the Avondale Neighborhood Association that I was once apart of.
I also want to say, being upfront with everyone, that I'm not sure how long I will be doing this effort again. It may be for a few weeks, a few months, maybe a few more years. I really don't know, honestly, and only time will tell. But again, neighborhood involvement is important to me. Even if I do not continue this effort on a long-term basis, I want this to be an on-going effort, as well as a record of how the neighborhood has progressed over the years.
With that said, I am delighted to be returning. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, etc. as means for me to improve on my second time around, or anything you see fit.
Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter Founder/Author