Crime Alert
Community Meeting - Open Space or Density
OEMC Private Camera Security Initiative
Dear Neighbors,
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, around 11 p.m., in the 1200 block of West Webster Avenue, a 21 year old woman was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown attacker. The offender assaulted the victim from behind and never spoke. Witnesses pursued the attacker who fled east bound. The victim said she was unaware that she was being followed. The 18th District is increasing patrols in the area at my request.

The offender's description is male, approximately 5'09", wearing all black with hoody and baggy black pants.

Police are actively working on the case and are looking for video. If you have any information. Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Central, (312) 747-8380 and reference Case JB-219041. Click here to see the alert.

What you can do:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Do not wear headphones when walking.
  • Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, activity, or vehicles.

OEMC Private Sector Camera Initiative

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) has launched its "Private Sector Camera Initiative."
OEMC is working with 911, police, fire and emergency medical services to coordinates major emergency response in a program linking private sector camera systems with the city's video surveillance network.

OEMC is seeking to gain access to exterior cameras on the public way, and camera feeds will only be viewed during emergency situations and active criminal investigations. 
I encourage private homeowners, condominium associations, rental buildings, and local businesses to participate in the "Private Sector Camera Initiative" to assist the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to make arrests and deter criminal activity. 
Please contact OEMC at (312) 746-9111 if you would like to participate in this public safety initiative. For more information, click on the following links to download the  Private Sector Camera Brochure  and visit OEMC's  website.
This new method is one of the approaches we will be discussing at our upcoming public safety summit.
Community Meeting
The North Branch Park Preserve

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Little Sisters of the Poor
2325 N Lakewood Ave.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The new Lincoln Yards will be a game-changer for quality of life on the North Side. A city-wide coalition of designers, open space advocates, sports leagues and Northside community groups is advocating for a real public park on the east side of the Chicago River called The North Branch Park Preserve .

Join these groups and learn why the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times strongly endorsed this vision as the last opportunity to create true public open space in the former Industrial Corridor projected to hold 50,000 new residents.

Learn about the North Branch plan and how this proposed park would ease projected density, transportation challenges, and economic development.
Good News for Our Parks
Trebes Park has suffered flooding and water accumulation for a long time. This week, the Park District is installing new Parjana technology that promises to allow water to percolate naturally through the hard baked soil underneath the park.

This new technology has been successfully tested in Mt. Greenwood Park , and we are excited to be another test location.

The Trebes Park Advisory Committee is beginning to plan for rehabbing the park. If you'd like to get involved contact the Committee .

Adams Water Park Fundraising Success

Thanks to the many neighbors who chipped in to help enhance the new Adams Playlot Water Park. The Adams Playlot fundraising team exceeded their goal and raised a total of $25,000 in its GoFundMe campaign , in addition to $20,000 from my Aldermanic menu, allowing the Advisory Committee to purchase an additional feature.
Local School Council Elections on Wednesday, April 18th

Elections for parent and community members of our Local School Councils will take place on April 18th. Local School Councils are the governing board for each of our local schools, composed of t he principal, 6 parents, 2 community representatives, 2 teacher representatives, and 1 Non-teacher representative. Parents vote at their school, while community members vote at their neighborhood school. Here in the 43rd Ward, community members can vote at Lincoln Park High School in addition to their local elementary school.

You vote for the parent representatives as well as two community members.

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You must bring two forms of indentification, one of which must show your current address.
Community Meeting on Proposed Packaged Goods License
Walgreens, 834 West Armitage Avenue

Monday, April 16, 2018
St. James Lutheran Church
2050 North Fremont Street
Basement Level Community Room 
6:00 pm

Join my office and Sheffield Neighbors Association to discuss a proposed packaged good license for the Walgreens located on Armitage Avenue. In late January, we held an initial public meeting to discuss lifting the liquor moratorium previously installed for this block. The legislative process lifting the liquor moratorium was initiated in late February. 

I requested Walgreens postpone filing an application until a follow up meeting could be held to solicit input for a “Plan of Operation" which would govern the store's operations.

Walgreens' representatives will make a presentation at the meeting and answer questions. My office will monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.  Please attend this meeting or contact my office if you have not yet weighed in on this issue.
Street Sweeping Rescheduled for Blocks
Missed Due to Snow on Monday, April 9

The following streets that were not swept due to snow on Monday will be swept as follows:

Monday April 16 - East side of Sheffield from Armitage to Willow
Monday April 16 - West side of Dayton From Armitage to North Ave
Tuesday April 17 - West side of Bissell from Armitage to Dayton
Tuesday April 17- East side of Fremont from Armitage to Bissell

Please look for signs. Thanks to our Ward Superintendent Marty Casey for figuring this out and covering our streets.
DePaul University Electronic Waste Recycling Event
DePaul University
Friday, April 20, 2018
Fullerton & Sheffield parking lot, northwest corner of intersection
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bring your unwanted electronics, along with batteries and CFL light bulbs to this annual event.

Earth Day Cleanups at Our Local Parks

Many of our community groups are sponsoring Earth Day Clean and Green activities with Friends of the Parks . Help out with your family and friends!!
Adams Playground Park
1919 North Seminary Ave.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Register here with RANCH Triangle .

Clybourn Playlot Park
1755 North Clybourn Ave.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Register here with RANCH Triangle.
Privet Park
1844 North Sheffield Ave.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Register here with RANCH Triangle.

Trebes Park
2250 North Clifton Ave.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Register here with the Trebes Park Advisory Council.

You're Invited!
Wednesday, April 25th
8:30 to 10:00 AM
Wintrust Bank - Old Town
110 W. North Avenue

Join me at the Wintrust Bank for a meet and greet. We will discuss your issues, ideas and work that is being accomplished in our neighborhood. I hope to see you there so we can personally chat.

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500