- My Vote on the Minimum Wage -
- Winter Parking Ban in Effect -
Also In This Issue
Giving Tuesday
Holiday Shop Hop
NDA Joy of Toys
LPHS Science Fair
Parking Ban

Today is Giving Tuesday


Consider donating to the following organizations seeking donations on Giving Tuesday. 


Lincoln Park VillageThe Retirement Research Foundation is providing a 1:1 match for all contributions received on Giving Tuesday. Donate here.

Lincoln Park Community Shelter: Consider donating needed items to the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. View needed items here.

Lincoln Park Merchants Holiday Shop Hop
December 4, 2014
Armitage, Halsted, Webster
4:00 - 8:00pm

The Lincoln Park Merchants Association is hosting a Holiday Shop Hop at participating stores and fitness studios along Armitage Avenue, Halsted Street, and Webster Street.

Click here for more information. 
North Dearborn Association 'Joy of Toys'
Saturday, December 6th
Mario's Table: 21 W. Goethe
1:00p - 3:30p

The North Dearborn Association is  hosting the 21st  annual "Joy of Toys" Holiday Party. Admission requires a new, unwrapped gift valued at $20 for a child 3-10 years old. 


Click here for more information.

Chicago a cappella presents

Holidays a cappella

Saturday, December 6th 

St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Place



Enjoy a mix of familiar holiday tunes, Renaissance carols, Chanukah songs, Christmas spirituals, and contemporary classics sung by Chicago's acclaimed vocal ensemble.


Click here for more information.

LPHS  Needs Science Fair Judges 
Tuesday, December 16th
Lincoln Park High School: 2001 N. Orchard Street

Lincoln Park High School will be holding its annual Science Fair and needs your help to evaluate the projects.

43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted


Office Hours:






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


Contact us:




My Vote on the Minimum Wage


As a member of the Committee on Workforce Development and Audit, I had the opportunity yesterday to hear testimony and participate in vigorous debate surrounding the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour throughout the City of Chicago.


The minimum wage has been widely debated in recent months. On November 4th, a majority of 43rd Ward residents voted in support of the referendum to increase the state minimum wage from $8.25 to $10, and the General Assembly is currently considering several proposals  to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.65 or $11.  Should these efforts succeed, Illinois will have the highest minimum wage in the nation. Should they fail, the wage disparity between Chicago and the collar counties will be over $2 per hour.


At a time when local retailers and small businesses are struggling to emerge from the economic downturn, a $13 per hour minimum wage represents nearly a 58% increase from the current level. Small businesses, including many in our ward with whom I have spoken, simply cannot shoulder this increase and ultimately, may be forced to close their doors.


Chicago has never, in its history, had a minimum wage that differed from that of the rest of the state. Not only will a $13 per hour wage provide a major disincentive to businesses considering opening their doors in Chicago, but will result in in lay-offs and higher prices, and serve as a deterrent to consumers, many of whom already choose to shop and buy gas in the suburbs.


I support a practical, uniform minimum wage increase that would not put Chicago at a competitive disadvantage with suburban communities or bordering states.  I recently co-sponsored an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to over $10 per hour throughout the City, and importantly, this ordinance has the strong backing of a number of local small businesses, retailers and restaurateurs.

I also support efforts to raise the wage for domestic workers, as these individuals have not been included under minimum wage requirements.  These workers are primarily women, and including them in minimum wage requirements is long overdue.


However, I have significant concerns with an increase in the minimum wage to $13 per hour.  Therefore, I voted "no" on the increase today.


I believe that the plight of those in Chicago who struggle to pull themselves out of poverty should be addressed through multi-pronged efforts, including earned income credits, food stamps, and affordable housing reform. This burden cannot be placed solely on private employers, just as these challenges cannot be solved overnight.


I am proud to lend my support to a practical minimum wage increase, and I hope this can be achieved through coordinated efforts between State and City government.


Winter Parking Ban


Chicago's annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban on critical arterial streets is now in effect until April 1, 2014. The ban is in effect between the hours of 3:00am and 7:00am regardless of the presence of snow.


Click here to view a map  of streets that are affected by the Overnight Parking Ban. Overnight parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. 


The 2-inch winter parking ban on marked arterial streets or "Snow Routes" is in effect year round to allow emergency vehicles and snow clearing equipment to pass. These parking restrictions are strictly enforced when snow accumulation of over 2 inches is present.


 Click here to view a map of streets that are affected by the Arterial Street Snow Route Ban.Arterial Street Snow Route parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. 


Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman