Another Court Advocacy Victory
Fighting Crime in the 43rd Ward
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43rd Ward Office Closed: Thursday, February 12 and Monday, February 16


The 43rd Ward will close in compliance with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule this Thursday, February 12th in observance of Lincoln's birthday, as well as Monday, February 16th in observance of Washington's birthday. 


The ward office will be open during normal business hours on Friday, February 13th. 

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Dear Friends, 


We've achieved another victory in the fight against crime in the 43rd Ward! A career burglar and fraud artist has been convicted and taken into custody.

I first reported on this case last year, when an individual posing as a masonry repairman repeatedly rang the doorbell of a 43rd Ward homeowner, claiming that she needed some immediate repairs. Suspicious and scared, the homeowner called the police, who came quickly to the scene and arrested Corky Miller, charging him with being an unlicensed contractor. 

I began going to court with the victim in March 2014. After eleven court appearances and numerous continuances on behalf of the defendant, the trial concluded on February 3, 2015.

In court, the defendant testified that he was a licensed contractor, and he produced a purported business license from the City of Chicago. But we were ready with witnesses I had obtained from the Department of Buildings and the Department of Business Affairs who testified that the defendant never had a City of Chicago license and that the so-called "license" was a fake.  


The court found Mr. Miller guilty and ordered him taken into custody.

We learned that Miller has defrauded at least two other residents of the 43rd Ward and others elsewhere, and also owes the city over $110,000 in fines and interest for civil cases brought against him. He is facing an indictment for burglary in another case, and is on probation from a previous felony.  We are therefore urging the States' Attorney to seek to revoke Miller's probation.  


Due to the large number of cases that occupy our courts, cases like these often slip away - the victims do not appear and charges are dropped.  Thanks to the diligence of our 43rd Ward neighbors and my commitment to see the case through to conclusion, another career criminal is off our streets.  


Court advocacy is part of my ongoing effort to improve public safety in our ward.  Through all we do, we must send the message that crime is not welcome in the 43rd Ward.  If you'd like to participate in future court advocacy efforts, please email me.


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Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman