June 28, 2012

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Proco Joe Moreno

    2058 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
p. (773) 278-0101
f. (773) 278-2541
 ward01@cityofchicago.org

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Upcoming Events

Magic Boat 
Puppet Show
Wicker Park, 
1425 N. Damen
Sunday, July 1
11 a.m.
SPECIAL first Sunday performance features additional music, dance and visual arts
Free

Holstein Park
100 Year Celebration
2200 N. Oakley Avenue
Saturday June 30
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This event will feature 14 of Chicago's finest food trucks, a selection of Goose Island Beer Company's tasty summer beers, and many live bands throughout the day
$5 suggested donation
For more information 
go here
 
Upcoming CAPS Meetings

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next meeting date 
please go here 
 
City Facts

Chicago has a humid continental climate, with all four seasons distinctly represented: wet springs; hot, and often humid summers; cool autumns; and cold winters.

On a typical summer day, humidity is usually moderately high and temperatures ordinarily reach anywhere between 78 and 92 F. 

Contrary to what one might think, summer is actually the rainiest season in Chicago.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Chicago is an unofficial 109 F on July 24, 1934 at Midway Airport. 
 
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CITY COUNCIL REPORT, JUNE 2012

Yesterday was an eventful meeting of the City Council. Two major pieces of legislation that I've been working on were easily passed. I also introduced another important and practical piece of legislation, which will legalize a burgeoning business industry.

The decriminalization/reclassification of marijuana ordinance passed, 43-3. I was an original co-sponsor of this ordinance when my friend Alderman Solis introduced it back in October last year. I wrote this blog for the Huffington Post then to explain why I believe the so called "War on Drugs" is a complete failure and needs to end because it has become a de facto war on poor people, minorities and reason.

Our vote yesterday was an important but obvious step to recognize reality. We voted to free our police officers to actually police and, hopefully, this measure will stop the criminal systemization of many of our, mostly minority, young people. The law goes into effect on August 4th. 

After a completely unnecessary delay of three months my Live-Work Ordinance finally passed yesterday. This ordinance will allow many of our city's small businesspeople to reside in their workplace. 

Instead of having to pay rent at two locations, these small business owners can now focus on expansion and creating jobs. CBS reported on this legislation's passage through Committee, back in March. The summary of the ordinance is posted on my Tumblr blog and can be read here.

Along with 6 of my colleagues and the Mayor, I introduced an ordinance that will legalize and regulate Food Trucks. The council has been going back and forth on this issue since before I was in office. What we introduced yesterday, while not perfectly satisfactory to many Food truck operators, is a workable and, more importantly, passable compromise. 

The ordinance was referred to the License and Consumer Protection Committee, where I expect it to pass easily and be voted on (and passed) by the full Council at our next meeting.



Also yesterday, one of our community's future leaders, Ethan Dooley from LaSalle II was "Alderman for the day." He met the Mayor, had a tour of City Hall and learned about the importance of civic engagement and municipal government. Ethan picked a good council meeting for this occasion. 
FLAG RAISING AT
LATHROP SENIOR HOMES


Just in time for the 4th of July (and because there will not be a newsletter next week), my office managed to secure a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol dome for our senior apartments at Lathrop.  
 
 
Our flag raising ceremony was well attended and enjoyable. 
SERIOUS HEAT ADVISORY

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) issued a notice about the high temperatures over the next few days. 

Today is going to be especially unbearable with a heat advisory in place between noon and 8 p.m.

Please read the OEMC notice, which contains useful advice about escape from this oppressive heat.

All Chicago police district headquarters, libraries, and public buildings can be used as temporary cooling centers. To find out where your closest cooling center is call 311 or my office.