- Chicago 2015 Budget Approved -
- Field of Dreams Celebration -
- Thanksgiving Day Street Closures -
Also In This Issue
Thanksgiving Office Closures
Unwrap Clark Street
Small Business Saturday and Thursday on Armitage
Free Flu Shots
Zoo Lights
Alcott Field of Dreams
Thursday Street Closures
Thanksgiving Office Closures

My office will  close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 26th and remain closed Thursday November 27th and Friday, November 28th. 

We will re-open Monday, December 1st at 9:00am. Should you need assistance in the interim, please email or call 3-1-1. 

Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Shop Local this Holiday Season and Get Rewarded!

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting Lincoln Park's first ever holiday reward program. The program, called Unwrap Clark Street, kicks off on Black Friday and runs through December 31st. 

Spend $300 at a minimum of 3 local businesses, mail in your receipts and receive a $50 gift certificate to a Clark Street restaurant!

Small Business Saturday and Thursday on Armitage


This Saturday is Small Business Saturday!


Take a stroll down Clark Street, visit the Armitage/Halsted Corridor or stop by many of the other wonderful shops in the ward to support local businesses this Saturday. 


Next Thursday, join for the Holiday Shop-Hop at Armitage, Halsted and Webster!

This Weekend: Free Flu Shots


Immediate MD will be providing free flu shots this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at two locations in the 43rd Ward. 


Click here for hours and locations. 

Zoo Lights Begins Friday!


The Lincoln Park Zoo's annual holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds begins on November 28th.


Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed at Lincoln Park Community Shelter


The Lincoln Park Community Shelter is in need of volunteers for several upcoming shifts.


Click here for more information.

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Dear Friends,


At the November 19th meeting of the Chicago City Council, and after weeks of deliberations and public hearings to discuss the City's fiscal condition, I voted to approve the $8.9 billion City of Chicago 2015 budget


I am steadfast in my commitment to making the City live within its fiscal means, while also allocating strong funding to provide vital infrastructure, health and public safety services to City residents.  This budget advances progress made to right wrongs of years past, succeeding in balancing the City's finances and reducing current deficits without raising property, sales or gas taxes. 


Therefore, when deliberating our annual budget, I made a concentrated effort to ensure the budget proposal reduces fiscal inefficiencies, builds long-term monetary reserves and, above all, reduces our City's structural deficit. 


When I became Alderman in 2011, the City faced a structural deficit of nearly $600 million.  This was due, in large part, to decades of fiscal mismanagement allowed by prior administrations and members of the City Council. I am very pleased to report that as a result of significant reforms, this deficit has been reduced by more than 50%, and we passed a balanced budget. 


While this budget is not perfect - much more work remains to ensure the City returns to sound fiscal footing - it represents a strong step in the right direction.


Importantly, the 2015 budget includes additional investment in much-needed City services. By increasing funding for tree trimming and removal, we can look forward to more timely completion of needed tree trims in the ward, as well as the planting of 7,800 trees throughout the City.


The budget also doubles the number of pothole and street repair teams, allowing teams to provide year-round service to help prevent severely damaged infrastructure from persisting, as was seen throughout the ward following last year's harsh winter. Funding for graffiti removal and rodent control was also increased. 


I particularly want to thank several City Departments for increased savings in controllable employee costs like disability and worker's compensation, an area I particularly stress.  The Department of Transportation has, through pro-active monitoring, reduced duty disability costs 48% percent since 2011, resulting in $5 million dollars in savings a year.  The Department of Water Management has also taken pro-active steps, reducing its number of duty related injuries by 22%.  The Police Department and Streets and Sanitation also show decreases.  These costs savings directly reduce the city's structural deficits and allow for service improvements.


However, while we can be proud of recent progress, an essential component of right-sizing City finances is enacting comprehensive pension reform. While reforms in June to municipal employee and laborer pensions reduced liabilities by $3 billion, further reforms are critical. I will continue to advocate for pension reform in 2015 to ensure our City is on a path towards a stable and sustainable future. 

Celebrating the Alcott Field of Dreams

Thanks to all who joined on Friday to celebrate the achievement of full funding for the Alcott Field of Dreams! I am thrilled we have been able to accomplish fundraising goals, and the community can look forward to a completely renovated playground, playing field and track at Alcott College Prep by the fall of 2015. Read more about this achievement at DNAinfo


 Students thank Ald. Smith at Alcott College Prep on Friday

Thanksgiving Day Street Closures

The 38th Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago, takes place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th, and will require short-term  street closures in the 43rd Ward. 

The event organizers began flyering cars along Cannon Drive last week, and 'No Parking' signage was posted on Cannon Drive from Fullerton Parkway to Stockton Drive on Monday, November 24th.

If you are heading out of town for the holiday, please move your car to another location, as cars remaining along Cannon Drive will be towed Thursday morning.  

The following streets will be temporarily closed on Thanksgiving Day:
  • Closed 5am - 1 pm: Cannon Drive from Fullerton Parkway to Diversey Avenue 
  • Closed 8:30am - 10:30am: Westbound lanes of Fullerton Parkway from Cannon Drive to Lake Shore Drive. 
  • Closed 8:30am - 10:30am: Fullerton Parkway northbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp from Cannon Drive to Lake Shore Drive.

Good luck to the runners!


Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman