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A New Police Effort on Homelessness
And Another Threat for Condo Owners
Also In This Issue
Court Advocates Needed
Alcott School Extreme School Makeover
Jammin' at the Zoo
LCA Board Meeting
March with us: Pride Parade

Help Keep the 43rd Ward Safe - Come to Court Advocacy 

June 27, 2014

9:00 am

2452 W. Belmont

 

Court advocates send a message that our community will not tolerate crime.   Join me to take a stand on the following cases:

 

Armed robbery with a handgun at the 2200 block of North Lincoln Avenue. Read more.

 

Three counts of aggravated battery for allegedly attacking three women in Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Read more.


Please email me let my office know if you plan on attending with me.  We can provide a ride to court. 

 

Alcott School Extreme School Makeover
June 24, 26, 27, and 28
9am -3pm 
Alcott School 

2625 N Orchard St 


Help Alcott School repaint more than 30 classrooms! 

Click here to sign up for a shift or to donate supplies. Even if you can't paint, there are plenty of ways to help!  

Jammin' at the Zoo

Thursday, June 26th
 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm 
Lincoln Park Zoo

 

Kristian Bush of Sugarland and rising country performer Jana Kramer are performing at Lincoln Park Zoo.
 

7 p.m. Jana Kramer

9 -10:30 p.m.  Kristian Bush of Sugarland

 
Music will end promptly at 10:30 pm.

 LCA Board Meeting

4th Thursday of the month at  6:30pm

The Marquee Lounge

1973 N. Halsted

 

Lincoln Central Association is announcing a new site of its monthly board meeting.  The board meetings are open to the public, and all Lincoln Central residents are welcome.

 

June 26th will be the first meeting at the new site.  

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43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted 

www.ward43.org

 

Office Hours:

Monday

9a.m.-7p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday

9a.m.-6p.m.

Friday

9a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-6p.m.

 

Contact us:

 phone

773-348-9500

email

yourvoice@ward43.org

 

Dear Friends,

In response to feedback from the 43rd and other wards, the Chicago Police Department 19th District has created a new unit dedicated to homelessness. Run by Chicago Police Department Officers Eitel and Higham, who are trained in crisis intervention, the unit keeps our community safe and coordinates with welfare agencies to assist homeless individuals. 

 

Last week, I rode along with Officers Eitel and Higham over part of their route, which covers Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Uptown. Based on 911 calls and community knowledge, they patrol areas where homeless are known to congregate to develop rapport, do outreach and enforce quality of life laws. 

 

Fortunately, in one case when I was with the officers, a man sitting in the park asked for help.  The patient efforts of these officers resulted in the man's successful placement at a Salvation Army rehab center that very day.  I learned the

difficulty some homeless face in getting help, as many do not have the identification required to enter shelters, along with having substance abuse and mental health problems.    The officers have learned to navigate the bureaucratic obstacles and have developed resourceful strategies to help homeless individuals enter shelters and get off the streets. 

 

I look forward to collaborating with Officers Eitel and Higham. If you would like to report an issue with homeless individuals in our neighborhood, call 911 or 312-744-0064 (19th District Community Policing).

 
Ald. Smith with Officers Eitel and Higham

 

Oppose Senate Bill 2664

 

Legislation under review by Governor Quinn will prohibit condominium associations from including special assessments, chargebacks, and limit a condominium association's ability to collect late fees, attorney's fees or court costs, from third-party purchasers following a foreclosure. The total amount that can be collected may never exceed 9 months of regular assessments. The end results in most cases would have associations receiving less repayment than under the current statutory scheme. Less repayment means more fees for unit owners.

The bill passed the House and Senate and now awaits the signature of Governor Quinn. I've spoken with the Governor to voice my objection to this legislation, and I encourage you to do the same.  For those buildings with units in foreclosure, this bill will bring about higher costs to the remaining unit owners, which I cannot support. 

Click here to send an email to Governor Quinn to voice your objection to Senate Bill 2664. 

March with Us in the Pride Parade

 

Join me to march in the annual Pride Parade, which will take place on Sunday, June 29th.  The parade will certainly be a celebration of marriage equality, now the law in Illinois.

All are welcome to join in this exciting event. Please email Tracy at Tracy@Ward43.org to let us know you'll be coming and receive updates as to location and logistics. 

We'll be meeting at the corner of Montrose and Broadway at 11:30am. I look forward to celebrating with you!

During the parade, Cannon Drive from Fullerton Parkway to Diversey Parkway, and Diversey Parkway from Broadway to Lake Shore Drive will be closed beginning at 5:00 am on Sunday, June 29th. Signs will be posted in advance, so please ensure your car is off the street as towing will begin at 5:00am on Sunday.

 

 

Sincerely,  

Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman