- Council Financial Analyst Appointed  -
- Geja's Cafe Celebrates Fifty Years - 
Also In This Issue

North Pond Gardeners Workday
Saturday, July 11
North Pond Nature Sanctuary

Join the fight against litter and invasive species in the North Pond Nature Sanctuary by helping to eradicate invasive species.


To sign up, call (773) 883-7275 ext. 3.

South Lincoln Park History and Monument Walk
Saturday, July 11
Begin at  North Avenue & Astor Street


Join for a walk guided by "Giants in the Park" author and artist Krista August and the Lincoln Park Conservancy. 


Registration deadline: Friday, July 10 by 3:00 p.m. Call to register at (773) 883-7275 ext. 1.

Home Equity Conversion Mortgages
Saturday, July 11
Lincoln Park Library: 1150 W. Fullerton

Terry Bivins, senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank, will discuss the facts about  Home Equity Conversion Mortgages for homeowners. 


Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini's Birthday Benefit

Wednesday, July 15

2520 N. Lakeview



The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini will host its annual fundraiser, in honor of Mother Cabrini's birthday, with Mass at the Shrine, followed by dinner and an auction at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


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Dear Neighbors, 


In 2013, I worked closely with my colleagues in the Paul Douglas Alliance to pass an ordinance to establish the Council Office of Financial Analysis (COFA). 


I'm pleased to announce that on July 7th, the Council Office of Financial Analysis Oversight Committee appointed Ben Winick to lead COFA as the City Council Financial Analyst. Winick was most recently vice president of Innovation Illinois and previously served in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. His nomination must be approved by the full City Council on July 29th.  


COFA, which is an office independent of the executive branch, will be charged with providing objective and independent analysis of the budget, proposed public-private partnerships, and major policy proposals under consideration by the City Council. The establishment of COFA will, for the first time, allow the City Council to seek independent review of financial proposals and support the City Council in evaluating financial matters facing the City. 


Improving the City's financial condition must remain our top priority, and COFA will bring crucial policy analysis and research to financial matters. I look forward to working closely with the office as the City takes essential steps to improve its financial standing. 


Geja's Cafe Celebrates 50 Years


Geja's Cafe is celebrating 50 years in our community! To commemorate this achievement, the 300 block of Armitage Avenue has been named "Geja's Cafe Way." Be sure to visit Geja's Cafe to congratulate them and take a dip into one of their fondues!


Cheers to 50 years of Geja's Cafe!


We also enjoyed celebrating at the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade on June 28th. Click here to view pictures from the parade!






Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman