Community Alert - Burglaries
Strengthening Ethics Reform
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.
Police Training Exercise at Lincoln Park Zoo

The Chicago Police Department will conduct a police training exercise at Lincoln Park Zoo on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 4:30 PM.  The exercise will include the presence of a helicopter and will last approximately 2 hours.
DePaul University 
Lincoln Park Community Research 
Initiative Event:
Old Town
You are invited to see Old Town through new eyes. Join historians and lifelong residents in a stimulating rediscovery of this vibrant community. 

Thurs,, November 19 
Reception at 6:30 p.m., Program at 7:00 p.m.
DePaul University Student Center
2250 North Sheffield, Room 120

The event is free, and $7 parking is available at the Sheffield garage located at 2331 North Sheffield. To register, visit .

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,

The Chicago Police have issued an alert about several burglaries that have occurred in our area.  In these incidents, offenders have entered alleys and open gates to gain access and then entered through an open door or broke a window or door to snatch items.  In one case, car keys were taken and then used to steal a car (which was later recovered). Nothing was taken in two incidents, as the offenders ran from the scene.  

These burglaries occurred as follows, in late afternoon or evening hours:

1500 Block of N. Wieland on Nov 11, 2015 
1800 Block of N. Dayton on Nov 12, 2015 (2 incidents)
1100 Block of W. Webster on Nov 15, 2015 
2000 Block of N. Cleveland on Nov 16, 2015 
1800 Block of N. Cleveland on Nov 16 2015 

These cases are being actively pursued by police. If you have information about these incidents, or have seen suspicious activity in the area, please call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.

These incidents were crimes of opportunity, with offenders taking advantage of open back gates and gangways.  Police caution us to:
  • Make sure your back gates are locked and garage doors kept closed
  • If you see someone unfamiliar in your alley or gangway or any other suspicious activity, call 911 immediately
A special thanks to the neighbors who alerted 911 in these cases and are working with police. Together, we can continue to fight crime in our community.

Ethics Reform

An ordinance to strengthen the  investigative ability of the Office of Legislative Inspector General (LIG) that I am co-sponsoring with my colleague Ameya Pawar (47th) will be introduced in City Council today. 

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 to ensure that LIG can do the job effectively.  

I was joined by my colleagues Aldermen Pawar and Sposato on Monday, November 16th on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" to discuss the ordinance.  Click here to watch. 
CTA Budget Hearing 
A large contingent of ward residents appeared Monday night before the CTA Board of Directors to show support for restoring  the #11 bus route within Lincoln Park.  As many residents know, the route formerly connected residents to the many businesses up and down Lincoln Avenue.

I was happy to give testimony seeking the return of the #11. Thanks to everyone who came out, testified and gave written comments.



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

Alderman, 43rd Ward