-Final Public Safety Forum-
-19th District Community Alert-
-Summer Intern Programs-
Dear Neighbor,

Thanks to all who attended our first two 43rd ward public safety forums where police are directly hearing the concerns of our thoughtful, engaged constituents. We're also showcasing ways to work together to keep our community safe. If you were unable to attend the first two meetings, I encourage you to join us at St. James Lutheran Church, 2050 N Fremont Street on  Tuesday, March 21st between 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM for our third meeting. We will have 18th District Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, representatives from the State's Attorney's Office and other speakers.

Residents and panelists at first forum at New Life Church

(From left to right): Detective Chris Dingle, Officer Joe Incaprera, 18th District Commander Paul Bauer, Sherri Wright, Assistant State's Attorney Michael O'Malley

Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. James Lutheran Church

2050 N Fremont Street

In case you haven't yet, please fill out our 1-minute opinion survey. This will assist my office and the Chicago Police Department to better gauge community sentiment. We are presenting some of these responses at the meetings to help focus the panel on your questions and concerns. You can remain anonymous, or provide us with your name and address.  Take Survey Here

Stopping Repeat Gun Offenders

A vital issue is the problem of repeat gun offenders and how we can reduce shootings in the city. Please take this opportunity to support the Safe Neighborhoods Reform Act  by reaching out to your State Senator;  Senate President John Cullerton, Senator Kwame Raoul, or  Senator Patricia Van Pelt along with  your State Representative; Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Rep. Ann Williams, Rep. Arthur TurnerRep. Melissa Conyears Ervin, or  Rep. Christian MitchellShould you have questions about who your State Senator or State Representative is  visit here.  

19th District Community Alert - Motor Vehicle Thefts

The 19th District of the Chicago Police Department has put out a  Community Alert  regarding three recent motor vehicle thefts in beat 1935, the area between Clark Street to Lincoln Avenue, and Wrightwood Avenue to Fullerton Avenue.  In these incidents, the keys to the vehicle are left inside the vehicle, and unknown offender(s) take the vehicle.  Incident times and locations:
  • 2400 block of N Lincoln Avenue on March 2nd between 6:30 PM & 9:00 PM.
  • 2400 block of N Lincoln Avenue on March 5th at 4:00 PM.
  • 500 block of W Deming Place on March 9th at 5:40 PM.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives - Area North at 312-744-2070

What you can do:
  • Be aware of this crime and alert your neighbors.
  • Pay special attention to any suspicious people loitering in the area.
  • Do not leave your car keys in the vehicle.
  • Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.

Friends of Lincoln Park Online Auction

Help support Lincoln Park High School - the annual  online auction  held by Friends of Lincoln Park (FOLP) is going on now through Sunday, March 26th. FOLP is asking for donations of gift certificates and sports tickets. Check information on donations and sponsorship opportunities at the auction website here.

One School, One Community, One Party

Come out for A Night Under the Tuscan Stars! Join friends, parents and teachers and help put the "fun" in fundraising for Lincoln Park High School!

Get your tickets for "A Night Under the Tuscan Stars," being held on Friday, March 31st from 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM at Galleria Marchetti, 816 W Erie Street.

Purchase your tickets online now by clicking here . Tickets are $95 through Sunday, March 19th and $125 from Monday, March 20th - Sunday, March 26th .

Water-Sewer Tax

Beginning on March 1st utility bills (both residential and commercial) will now reflect charges for the water-sewer tax.

Residences and businesses will continue to be billed at the same frequency as their current billing cycle. Metered properties are billed for water and sewer services every other month for the previous two months of water and sewer usage. Current meter rates are $3.81 per 1,000 gallons, and sewer charges are 100 percent of the water bill.

The City has updated language on the back of your utility bill to help you understand the water-sewer tax as well as all other charges included in the utility bill.
Sample Metered Bill

If you need assistance with your utility bill, the Chicago Department of Finance Utility Billing Customer Service can answer questions. For more information call 312-744-4426.

Student Intern and Mentoring Opportunities
43rd Ward Academic Internship

Our office is currently accepting applications for interested college students to participate in our academic internship program for the spring and summer quarters of 2017. Our program offers participants the opportunity to assist our office and gain helpful experience in constituent service, community outreach, public policy, legislative research as well as zoning and urban development. Interested applicants can send a resume and a writing sample to   yourvoice@ward43.org  or contact our office directly at   773-348-9500.

Chicago Summer Business Institute: Summer Internship

The Chicago Summer Business Institute ("CSBI") is seeking high school Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in business careers in investment banking, accounting, asset management, government, information technology and architecture/engineering. The  six-week program  provides hands-on experience working at top companies, non-profit agencies and local government offices in the Loop business district.Online application  is open and deadline for submission is  March 31, 2017 .

The organization is hosting a  FREE Job Readiness Workshop  for prospective applicants on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  at City Hall, 121 N LaSalle Street. 

Chicago Department of Aviation Seeking Student Interns

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is seeking student interns to start
June 1st. This is a temporary paid position. Students are limited to working one internship position (lasting no more than one academic year) per City Department. Interested applicants must submit an online application here  by
Wednesday, March 22nd. Please review the  job announcement  for more information. Requisition #: 0404-CDA-2017

Chicago Scholars Mentoring Program

Chicago Scholars is looking for mentors to train and help academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city. Mentorship, the cornerstone of the Chicago Scholars seven-year program, guides students through the college admissions process in their senior year of high school and transitioning into their first year of college. To learn more about becoming a mentor click here

Lakefront Trail Improvements Open House

Join the Chicago Park District for an open house on  Lakefront Trail Improvements on Wednesday, March 22nd between 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM  at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N Lincoln Park West. Representatives from the Chicago Park District, CARA and the Active Transportation Alliance will be available to preview the exciting trail improvements running from Fullerton to North and Oak to Ohio.

Weekend Happenings

Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's  weekend guide  here  for 
Thursday, March 16th through Sunday, March 19th .

Dining Out In Chicago: A Breezy History From Beaubien's Tavern To Tasting Menus

Your reservation is guaranteed at the Lincoln Park Branch Library, 1150 W Fullerton Avenue on  Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM for  A One Book, One Chicago "tour-du-table" of Chicago dining history . Chicago historian and urbanologist Max Grinnell will tantalize patrons with rare photographs, historic photographs, visual ephemera and his own sage observations from over two decades of dining out in Chicago, from Army & Lou's to the late, great Como Inn.

Al Lathan Memorial Services

Lincoln Park has lost a friend and a true neighborhood institution. Al was a well known and beloved carpenter and handyman who worked in many neighborhood buildings. Al always had a book under his arm and a warm smile for everyone. We'll miss you, Al. Memorial services begin at  1:00 PM on Saturday, March 18th  at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W Belmont Avenue.
Happy St. Patrick's Day,

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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