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Also In This Issue
Trebes Park Concert
Fiesta de Avila
Halsted Street Closures
Ella Jenkins Birthday Celebration
Become an Election Judge
LPHS Tutors Needed
Property Tax Appeals
Fullerton Sinkhole Repaired

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September Street Sweeping

Trebes Park Concert

September 12, 2014


Trebes Park


Join the Trebes Park Advisory Council for a special family-friendly 'Farewell Summer' concert by the Smoking Fish.  

Fiesta de Avila

September 13, 2014

St. Teresa of Avila Church Parking Lot
1037 W Armitage
11am - 9pm


St. Teresa of Avila Church invites you to join for an afternoon of games, fiesta themed food and beverages, and exciting music! 

Halsted from Willow to North Closed Sept 13 & 14


Halsted Street will be closed from Willow Street to North Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, from 11:00pm on Saturday to 12:00pm on Sunday for CTA Brown Line construction. 

Birthday Celebration for Ella Jenkins

September 20, 2014

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Bauler Park

510 W. Wisconsin


Famous children's folksinger 

Ella Jenkins recently celebrated her 90th birthday! Join Lincoln Central Association, Old Town Triangle Association, Lincoln Park Village and and the for a free family event to celebrate our treasured Ella!


Click here for more information. 

Become a 43rd Ward Election Judge


The 43rd Ward is in need of election judges for the November 4th General Election.


Election judges help with setting up voting equipment, assist at the polling location throughout the day and tabulate vote totals after the polls close.


If you are interested in becoming an election judge in the 43rd Ward, please email us or call Mary at 773-661-2133.


Click here for more information. 

LPHS Writing Center Tutors Needed


The Colleen Henry Writing Center at Lincoln Park High School  needs writing tutors after school and during lunch periods.  


The next training for new tutors will be held at St. Pauls UCC church (2335 N. Orchard) on Friday, September 12 at 3:00pm.   Contact Nancy Brandt for more information at

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Dear Friends,

43rd Ward achievements, residents and organizations have been in the news frequently in recent weeks.

Lincoln Park Village Featured in Crain's

Lincoln Park Village  is Chicago's oldest and among the nation's five largest senior village communities with more than 300 members, and as a member myself, is very important to me! Read a great article in Crain's Chicago Business about how Lincoln Park Village is assisting residents who are over 55. 

Alcott School wins Chicago Cubs Grant

A big congrats to Alcott Elementary School, who was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Cubs Charities to to help develop a baseball field at the school. The Field of Dreams project aims to improve an unplayable field for students and community members. Read the full article at

Chicago Walker Profiled in Chicago Tribune

I'ver written before about my Chicago Walkers club. Now race-walking coach and 43rd Ward resident Diane Graham-Henry has been featured in the Chicago Tribune. Take a look!


Today's Chicago Woman 

Finally, the Powerful Partners blog in Today's Chicago Woman  just featured an interview with me talking about my job as your alderman, and including, of course, a plug about my new granddaughter!

Property Tax Update from Commissioner Gainer: Lake View Township Open for Appeals

Now until September 25, 2014, homeowners who live Lake View Township (north of Fullerton Avenue in the 43rd Ward) may appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review. 


Appealing your property tax assessment is an opportunity to ensure your property tax bills are fair and accurate. The most common reason to appeal: lack of uniformity, over-valuation and/or property description error. You may file your appeal online at


Have questions about the appeal process or need assistance to file an appeal? Contact Commissioner Bridget Gainer's Office at 312-603-4210 or write or Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi's  (2nd District) Office at 312-603-5560.

 Sometimes we really have to persist to get something fixed. 

A deep sinkhole had formed at approximately 444 W. Fullerton Parkway, creating a significant public safety concern for both pedestrians and motorists.  But no city department would repair it until we determined which agency was responsible.


Sinkhole at 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy 
So we called upon each potential agency, leading to almost a dozen separate site visits by various inspectors between July and August. We finally discovered that this site had been an old Commonwealth Edison utility area. The abandoned vault had deteriorated, resulting in the sinkhole.


I am happy to report that Commonwealth Edison filled in the old vault and restored the street.  Success!


Repairs made by Commonwealth Edison


Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman