More Police Deployments
61% Chicagoans Back North Branch Park
General Iron Continues Nighttime Operations
SNA Lincoln Yards Meeting Tonight
Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Johnson have announced the deployment of eight additional officers to the 18th District.

These additions make a total of more than 100 new officers added to the both 18th and 19th District Chicago Police Departments in the last year.
61% Chicagoans favor the North Branch Park Preserve

According to a recent City Wide poll, 61% of Chicagoans back the development of the North Branch Park Preserve on the east bank of the Chicago River, where General Iron is located today. This mirrors the strong support for new public parkland in a survey taken by Alderman Hopkins (2nd) and the endorsement of a park by the editorial boards of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

To see the entire story about the poll, click here.
General Iron Continues Nighttime Operations -
Future of Property Uncertain

I am unhappy to report an attempt to prevent General Iron from operating around -the- clock was thwarted in a City Council Committee. The City's Law Department contends the power to restrict General Iron's hours rests with the Chicago Department of Health. My colleague Ald. Hopkins (2nd) tried to rescind an unusual waiver that allows General Iron to keep nighttime and early morning hours. At the Health Committee hearing, I pressed the City to turn over site inspection reports of the facility. After months of these requests, we were again promised the materials would become available. In July, General Iron was notified it was in violation of its federal permits. Under the law, offenders are given an unspecified amount of time to come into compliance.

General Iron says it is moving in 2020 to a new facility. The property is now for sale. We believe steps must be taken by the city to acquire this property or rezone to ensure it becomes a public asset as the backbone of the North Branch Park. I intend to partner with my fellow neighboring Aldermen to initiate such action and bring a long term vision to the transformation taking place on our doorstep. The General Iron site should be used to balance the unprecedented pressures such massive development brings. Please join your neighbors and lend your energy and voice to the timely effort to create a public park. You can learn more about what you can do at
Sheffield Neighbors Association
Community Meeting on Lincoln Yards
Depaul University Student Center
2250 N Sheffield, Room 314 AB
TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 26th
6:00 PM, Doors Open at 5:30 PM

The board of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) has finished a community survey on the Lincoln Yards development proposal in the North Branch Corridor.

Please attend this important meeting to hear the results of the survey and add your input.
LaSalle Language Academy
Turf Field/ Playground Meetng
Thursday, October 4, 2018
LaSalle Language Academy Gymnasium
Entrance on Sedgwick
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Representatives of the school community and CPS will be there to make a presentation and answer questions. My office will be present to monitor the discussion, and record your feedback. For more information about this project, click here.
Chicago Department of Public Health &
43rd Ward, Alderman Michele Smith
Friday, September 28th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Maria Diaz Martinez Apartments
2111 N Halsted Street

Free flu shots, health screening, and health information will be available in the Maria Diaz Martinez Apartments parking lot, located at 2111 N. Halsted St. in the Department of Public Health Mobile Truck. For more information please visit the Chicago Department of Public Health Website.
Register to Vote Online
Early Voting Begins Thursday, Sept. 27

The deadline to register to vote in the November 6th election are just weeks away and early voting begins Thursday, September 27th. Residents may register to vote online by using a current Illinois driver's license or state ID. For more information on voting and elections, click here .  Ballots will be mailed in early October.

The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is  November 1st .

By law, any mail ballot postmarked November 7th or later cannot be counted, which might include ballots slipped in the mail on the afternoon or evening of Election Day, November 6th.
Upcoming Events

Lincoln Avenue Uncorked
Lincoln Avenue Wine Stroll
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
September 27, 2018
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Check-in at Old Grounds Social -
950 W. Wrightwood

Don't miss Lincoln Park Uncorked: A Lincoln Avenue Wine Stroll! In addition to amazing red and white wine samples served at over a dozen locations, Lincoln Park Uncorked on Lincoln Avenue will also feature bites and samples from some of Lincoln Park's favorite restaurants including Broken Barrel Bar, Broken English Taco Pub, Devour 312, Dog Haus Biergarten, Geja's Cafe, Insomnia Cookies, Lincoln Station, Old Grounds Social, Stratford on the Park, Tandoor Char House and Vosges Haut-Chocolat.

Plus, catch a complimentary ride on pedicabs provided by Byline Bank.

You can sign up here.
Best in Gold Coast Dog Show
Lincoln Park at Astor St. and North Ave.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Does your dog have the "IT" Factor. Join Gold Coast Neighbors and PAWS Chicago at the Best in Gold Coast Dog Show!

It is an opportunity for participants to sashay down the red carpet with their dog, in front of the pup-arazzi and celebrity judges, for a chance to win top prizes.

For more information and to register  click here . To download sponsorship form  click here .
Wrightwood Neighbors Association Presents
Fire Safety Meeting
Monday, October 8th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Halsted Street Fire Station
2714 North Halsted

Join Chicago Engine 55 & Truck 44 for fire safety prevention tips, meet your local fireman & see a fire truck up close! Sponsored by the Wrightwood Neighbors Association, pizza & ice cream will be served.

This event is free for All WNA Members & Kids. This is taking the place of WNA's regular monthly meeting for October. For more information please visit the WNA website.

Enjoy our golden Autumn in the Ward

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500
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