Although a crackdown last year by the Rogers Park (24th) District police resulted in some arrests, the problem is as bad as ever, some say. Commander Nestor Chakonas of the 24th District, though, said the situation has improved.
But not enough for members of the Good News Community Church, 7649 N. Paulina St.. who recently organized a "drug watch" task force to provide citizen input. Their anti-drug campaign so far includes a poster contest involving two elementary schools in the community, Gale Community Academy and the Good News Educational Workshop. "Report Crime Because We Care" is the theme of the contest and the winning poster will be selected at the 24th District police station at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winning poster will be distributed to area merchants, tenants and homeowners as a way of publicizing the problem. "
The biggest undertaking will be a community awareness day beginning at noon Sunday, when task force members act as deterrents by standing watch at the corner of Paulina Street and Jonquil Terrace.
Bob Tschannen-Moran, pastor of the English speaking congregation at Good News Church, which has a separate Spanish-speaking congregation, said the task force organized about six weeks ago because church members, most of whom live in the community, were "sick and tired of