Lincoln Park High School
Condo Summit Thursday
CPD Changes to Command Staffd
Dear neighbors,

By now you have read the news that the Interim Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean, and three coaches have been removed or reassigned from Lincoln Park High School. 

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has not made public many of the most pressing details, citing multiple ongoing investigations. Officials at a school meeting Monday night stated that these actions were the result of incidents that took place in the last several months. The allegations involve alleged sexual misconduct, retaliation and interference with investigations and more. To see the list of allegations, see the CPS presentation here .

As you may know, the Chicago Tribune ran a series last year about CPS' treatment of sex abuse reports. As a result, CPS entered into a federal consent agreement established an Office of Student Protection with new guidelines for handling these complaints.

CPS has appointed veteran principal Jerryelyn Jones and administrator Judith Gibbs to guide the school temporarily.

This is undoubtedly a setback for our high school. Over the past years, as a result of our advocacy, CPS has made substantial investments in LPHS - making the school wall-to- wall IB (International Baccalaureate), retraining and bringing in new faculty; investing over $30 million in infrastructure, with a new playing field on the way, and piloting the Brave program for at risk youth.

Our parents have made substantial commitments of time and treasure. Parental involvement has greatly increased and many parent-run support organizations have formed or been revitalized - everything from sports and performing arts booster clubs to an organization to help homeless students. 

At the same time, LPHS students regularly attend the top Ivy League schools in the country and the IB program is rated the best one in North America. 

Everyone - the teachers, support staff, parents, students, and our Lincoln Park community - supports LPHS. We hope CPS listens to us and provide us the resources we need to make LPHS the best school it possibly can be. We will keep you posted.
43rd Ward Condo Seminar
Thursday, February 6
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Second Church of Christ, Scientist
2700 N. Pine Grove 

Please join my office and the Park West Community Association for a  free Condo Seminar Thursday, February 6th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Second Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 2700 N. Pine Grove. We will be discussing Condo Board Governance for Condo Boards and other help for owners and board members. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Topics on the agenda:
  • Use of recreational marijuana
  • Cook County just housing ordinance
  • Running effective board member meetings
  • Legal updates and more...

We would appreciate if you could please post widely and share it with your members. Please RSVP to  yourvoice@ward43.org .
Community Meeting: Verve Wine
Thursday, February 13
6:00 p.m.
St Paul's Church
2335 N. Orchard

Join my office, Mid-North Association and Lincoln Central Association (LCA) for a community meeting to discuss a potential “Packaged Goods License” application by Verve Wine for their future store located at Lincoln Common, 2349 N. Lincoln Ave. A packaged goods license allows stores to sell alcoholic beverages in their manufacturer sealed container to customers.

Representatives of Verve Wine will also be present at this meeting to provide an overview of their concept and operations, as well as to answer questions from the audience regarding this proposed venue.
Chicago Police Department
Command Staff Changes

The Chicago Police Department announced new command staff changes that will affect our ward. The 18th District Commander will be Captain Jill Stevens and Dan O'Shea will become the Area 3 Commander which oversees the 18th and 19th District, as well as the lakefront. We congratulate both commanders on their new positions and will continue to advocate for added resources in our neighborhoods including a permanent bike unit, foot patrols and an increase in manpower.
Announcements
Cook County State's Attorney Forum
February 12 and February 19
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
First St. Paul's Lutheran Church
1301 N. LaSalle Dr.

Hear candidates for State's Attorney of Cook County and their plan for bringing forward community safety solutions. Lexi Sutter, Emmy Award winning journalist and Gold Coast resident, will moderate.

Candidates that will be answering questions during these Community Forums are:
Bill Conway - February 12
Donna More - February 19

You can register for the forum here.
DCASE: City Arts 2020
Deadline: February 28 at 5:00 p.m.


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has opened up applications for the 2020 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofits arts and culture organizations of all sizes.

Complete eligibility criteria and applications are available at  chicagoculturalgrants.org  and must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in order to be considered.
Senior Property Tax Relief
Deadline March 1st

A program administered by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office assists senior citizens who are hard-pressed to pay their property taxes. Seniors whose annual household income is $55,000 or less can apply to the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program for loans to cover property tax payments.

To apply:
  • Download the application from cookcountytreasurer.com
  • Submit the completed application and copies of the required documents to the
Treasurer’s Office
  • The deadline is March 1, 2020. Applications after that date cannot be accepted
  • The First Installment for Tax Year 2019 is due March 3, 2020
  • Homeowners must reapply every year
U.S. Census is Hiring

The United States Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of people across the country for temporary jobs. Bilingual applicants are needed and encouraged to apply. Please visit the U.S. Census 2020 to apply and for more information.
Community Events
13th Annual Taste of Wrightwood
Monday, February 10
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
1110 W. Lill St.

Join the Wrightwood Neighbors for their 13th Annual "Eat and Greet with your Local Restaurant Owners" event. Enjoy all of your favorite local restaurants under one roof. Complimentary for current Wrightwood Neighbors members and a $5 donation for non-members. Join Wrightwood Neighbors today at wrightwoodneighbors.org.
Ginger: The Movie
Thursday, February 13
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen, State Rep. Anne M. Williams, Ald. Matt Martin, and myself are sponsoring a showing of "Ginger: The Movie" based on the true story of co-director Melissa Boratyn’s initial breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 23.  It’s a story of courage in the wake of devastating uncertainty, and a story of hope that reminds us to find joy in every moment, no matter what challenges we may face.

Co-directors Melissa and Jimmy Boartyn are Chicago natives and hold their Masters of Fine Art in Film from DePaul University. Ticket sales benefit the American Cancer Society. Purchase your tickets here .
25th Anniversary Lincoln Park Branch Celebration
Saturday, February 15
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Library
1150 W. Fullerton

The Lincoln Park Branch will be celebrating its 25 th  anniversary at 1150 West Fullerton Ave. To note the occasion, they are having a day of events, including a concert by a family mariachi band, Cielito Lindo, followed by a reception. 
Office Closure Lincoln's Birthday
Wednesday, February 12

Our office will be closed on Wednesday, February 12 in observance of Lincoln's birthday. We will return to our normal hours on Tuesday, February 13.
See you in the neighborhood,






43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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