#11 Bus Will Return!
City Council Wrap-Up
Also In This Issue

There are only a few days left of street sweeping this year. Please check this  map and  schedule to see if your street is included.
Yard Waste

Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation will continue to collect bagged leaves through November 27th. Click here for more information on the program.
Snow Removal

The weather is changing fast and winter is nipping at our heels! While snow removal can be a burden,  Snow Corps is available to help residents with limited mobility keep their properties clear of snow and ice. If you are interested in volunteering or utilizing their services, click here.
Filming Notice

There will be no parking on both sides of Dayton St. from Dickens Ave to Armitage Ave from 4am on Friday November 20th to 9pm on Friday November 20th.  

Lincoln Park High School Instrument Drive

Have a long-unused musical instrument? Help a student who needs one!

Lincoln Park High School Band and Orchestra Parents (BOP) are holding a musical instrument drive on Saturday, November 21st from 9 AM-12 noon at LPHS, 2100 N. Orchard St.

Please drop instruments off at the band room located in the Freshman building on the west side of campus. Donors will receive a tax donation letter.
Lincoln Park Branch Library Presents:

The Spice House:  The Lure and Lore of Spices

The Lincoln Park Branch is hosting a program featuring Patty and Tom Erd, owners of The Spice House in Old Town, on Saturday, November 21 from 2-3:30 PM.

Patty and Tom will share entertaining tales about their adventures as spice merchants -
just in time to inspire holiday cooking and baking!

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Dear Neighbors,
After lengthy discussions, I'm pleased to report that CTA has decided to pursue a pilot project to restore the #11 bus service in spring of 2016. I'd like thank all of the neighbors who pressed for several years to revive the bus, including my colleague Ameya Pawar (47th).

As many residents know, the route formerly connected residents to the many businesses up and down Lincoln Avenue. It's reintroduction will be a boon to the 43rd Ward, particularly the important cultural attractions along the street.

Aldermen Michele Smith (43rd Ward) and Ameya Pawar (47th Ward) at a CTA hearing to bring back #11

City Council Ethics Reform 
Gains Support

As you know, I have fought hard for ethics reform in City Hall since my election in 2011. With the sunset of the term of the first Legislative Inspector General (LIG),  whoever is appointed to oversee the conduct of City Council must have the sharpest tools to do the job right.

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, I introduced an ordinance to strengthen the investigative ability of the LIG, along with twenty other co-sponsors.  The ordinance revises the current code to allow the new LIG to investigate accusations without a sworn complaint or notifying the subject of the investigation. I t also grants LIG the power to examine City Council member campaign finance filings and earmarks a minimum annual budget of at least $500,000.

The   Sun-Times  reported on reaction to the ordinance, and  the Chicago Tribune recognized our efforts, issuing an editorial the following day, calling on City Council to hire an empowered and effective LIG.  

Drone Ordinance Approved 
City Council passed new regulations for drone use on Wednesday.  To ensure the safety and privacy of Chicago residents, drones will be limited to an altitude of 400 feet, cannot fly directly over citizens or private property, including school and churches, and will be banned within 5 miles of airports. 

I testified for these regulations in last week's committee meeting after it was reported that a drone had hovered over the Francis Parker School.  It is important for our privacy and security that this new technology be utilized in a safe and responsible manner.



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

Alderman, 43rd Ward