City Council Update
43rd Ward Shredding Event
Theater on the Lake Reopens 
Dear Neighbor,

At this week's City Council meeting, I took several stands on your behalf concerning critical state and national issues and much needed reforms. 

Our State Representative Sara Feigenholtz spearheaded House Bill 40, a law assuring that safe and legal abortion will continue in Illinois, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The law restores coverage for women's reproductive services under Medicaid and state health plans.  Unfortunately,  Governor Rauner has stated he would veto the bill, despite expressing promises during his campaign to sign such a law.  

I was proud to sponsor and urge the passage of a resolution calling on Governor Rauner to sign HB 40 and honor his campaign pledge at this council meeting. Read my full comments here

Additionally, I spoke in support of a  resolution  on behalf of DACA , the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  This program was designed to protect "dreamers", children brought to our country who now call the United States their home. This issue touches our ward directly. As an example, DePaul University's special mission is to educate those who are the first in their family to go to college. These students are deserving of our support while we await Congressional action on restoring the program.

Cell phone theft  is a persistent problem in our city. Council passed an  ordinance prohibiting phone resellers from selling any phone that is listed on the national database, .   If your phone is lost or stolen, always report it.  Adding anti-theft apps will also protect your data. Click  here  for more information .

Finally, I supported reform benefiting us as home buyer s, remodelers and neighbors.  The City has overhauled its entire  electrical code  to meet current  best practices  and adopt a new model code.  Our Building Commissioner, Judy Frydland, has been a leader in spearheading reform in this important department. 

 DACA Legal Counsel & Resources 

If you or a loved one require legal  counsel  or resources  in regards to the recently  discontinued  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, please visit this link for a calendar of events, hosted by the Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

43rd Ward Shredding Event This Saturday

Our popular shredding event is back! R4 Services and  Friends of Epilepsy Foundation  team up with the 43rd Ward this weekend, Saturday, September 9  from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to offer document shredding and clothing drive  at the Peggy Notebaert Museum , located at  2430 N. Cannon Drive.  

Turn in paper documents and unwanted electronics but please note, no televisions or expired medications can be collected

A special thanks to 43rd Ward resident, Trish Rooney Alden, whose company R4 Services has generously donated their services for this event.

Click here for details.

New Water Main Construction on Willow Street Begins

The  Department of Water Management  (DWM) and construction crews are scheduled to begin work to install 2,706 ft. of brand new 8-inch water main on Willow Street from Larrabee to Sheffield. These mains date back to 1875 and need to be replaced.  For additional details about this project, click 

Upcoming CAPS Meetings

18th District:
  • 1811, 1812, 1813 Beat Meeting - Thursday, September 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 2101 N. Fremont St.
19th District:
  • 1932 Beat Meeting - Monday, September 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., New Life Community Church, 1110 W. Lill Ave.
 Property Valuation Appeals - Lakeview Township

The Cook County Board of Review will be accepting property valuation appeals for Lakeview Township, which covers properties north of Fullerton Avenue, until 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Click  here for more information and to file an appeal online.

Theater on the Lake Grand Reopening

It was an honor to join Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Superintendent Mike Kelly, Commissioner Mark Kelly, Senate President John Cullerton, State Representative Camille Lilly, Principal Michael Boraz of Lincoln Park High School, and many other key participants in cutting the ribbon for the grand reopening of Theater on the Lake yesterday. 

After years of inactivity, the theater has been transformed into a year-round art venue and restaurant that preserves the historical integrity and architectural features of the building.

A special thanks to the Chicago Park District and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for their efforts in bringing such a wonderful venue to our ward.

St Pauls Hosts Annual Rummage Sale This Weekend

Saint Pauls United Church of Christ, located at  2335 N. Orchard Street hosts their annual rummage sale this  Saturday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Proceeds benefit the church and several community organizations.

Click here for additional information and to volunteer. 
"An Evening in the Garden" with Neighbors

The Lincoln Central Association  salutes volunteers and neighbors at the 4th Annual Evening in the Garden event on  Thursday, September 14 from 6:00  p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fire Station Park, behind Engine 22 Station, located at the corner of Larrabee and Armitage Avenue.

Click here for more information.

CPD Child Passenger Safety Seat Installations

The 18th District offers safety tips and hands-on instructions on the proper installation of children's car seats, as well as free car seat inspections on  Saturday, September 23 , from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1160 N. Larrabee Avenue.

See you in the neighborhood,

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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