- Inspector General Update -
- Goudy Park Re-Opening -
Also In This Issue
Clark Street is Hiring
Privet Park Breakfast Party
Old Town Oktoberfest
St. Paul's Oktoberfest
Become an Election Judge
Goudy Park Reopening
Ella Jenkins' Birthday Celebration

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September Street Sweeping


October Street Sweeping


Clark Street is Hiring!


Dozens of shops, restaurants and companies along Clark Street are searching for people to join their teams.

Friends of Privet Park "Final Push Breakfast Party"

Sunday, September 21st

Privet Park: corner of Maud and Sheffield 

9:00 - 10:30 am


Join the Ranch Triangle Association on Sunday to hear all about the planned renovation project for Privet Park. 

Old Town Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27th

1763 N North Park Ave 

4:30 - 10:00pm


Celebrate fall in the German tradition with the Old Town Triangle Association! The fest includes kids activities and the Fall Favorites Bake-Off. 

St. Paul's Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27th

2335 North Orchard Street

4:00 - 10:00pm


Join St. Paul's for authentic German food and beer, games for all ages, live music, and dancing.


Become a 43rd Ward Election Judge


The 43rd Ward is in need of election judges for the November 4th General Election.


Election judges help with setting up voting equipment, assist at the polling location throughout the day and tabulate vote totals after the polls close.


If you are interested in becoming an election judge in the 43rd Ward, please email us or call Mary at 773-661-2133.


Click here for more information. 

43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted


Office Hours:






9a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-6p.m.


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Dear Friends,


At last week's City Council meeting, I and other members of the Paul Douglas Alliance - a governmental reform-oriented caucus - introduced an ordinance to transfer authority over aldermanic misconduct to the City Inspector General, Joe Ferguson.


This ordinance will significantly strengthen oversight of City Council, as it will subject aldermen, their staffs and committees to the same investigative powers and standards as every other City employee.


It also provides the OIG the necessary budget, personnel and legal powers to investigate claims of wrongdoing by public employees.  


Importantly, this ordinance rectifies the problems from the 2010 legislation that created the separate Office of the Legislative Inspector General (LIG), which established different investigative standards for aldermen and lacked sufficient funding to be effective. Under this ordinance, the work product of the current LIG will be transferred seamlessly to the Office of the Inspector General.


This ordinance is one of several important reform measures I have sponsored to bring further transparency and accountability to City government.  I will continue to press for a strong Office of the Inspector General as this proposal proceeds through the legislative process.

Goudy Park Officially Open

Last Friday, the dreary weather didn't stop local families from joining to celebrate the re-opening of Goudy Park at Goethe and Astor! 


Goudy Park received a complete renovation with all new equipment to ensure the park is a fun, safe place to play. 


Because of the hard work and fundraising by community members, we have a place where residents young and old can come to play and relax. I was pleased to be able to allocate $200,000 of  my Aldermanic Menu Fund to assist, and a special thanks to Naomi Reese, Stephanie Harris and the Gold Coast Neighbors for spearheading efforts to renovate the park! 


I look forward to seeing many of you at Goudy Park!

Goudy Park Ribbon Cutting on September 12
 Ella Jenkins' 90th Birthday Celebration

Famous children's folksinger Ella Jenkins recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Join Lincoln Central Association, Old Town Triangle Association and Lincoln Park Village for a free family concert and event to celebrate our treasured Ella! 


The event takes place this Saturday, September 20th from 12:00 to 2:00pm at Bauler Park, located at 510 W. Wisconsin. 


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Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman