My Vote on the City Budget
Upcoming Community Meetings
Holiday Events
Ward Night
Dear Neighbors,

Today the Mayor's 2020 budget passed City Council.

I voted against the proposed property tax increase because I do not believe further property tax increases are the right way to raise the funds we need to continue to increase pension payments without cuts to city services we rely on every day. While this budget will achieve actuarial funding of police and fire pensions, we still must make progress to meet requirements for full funding of our other pension funds. I still believe we must find a way to moderate the increase in pension growth, particularly Cost of Living increases.

I also asked you what you thought about the proposed increase in taxes to fund Sunday hours at the Library. Respondents to our informal poll voted 52% against and 48% for the tax increase. I voted against this increase.

Our difficult financial issues are why I am focusing on decreasing the cost of our government - reducing absenteeism and overtime, and lowering the risk of lawsuits. This season’s budget hearings revealed opportunities for further reforms in the coming year. For example,  a review of absenteeism data from the Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) revealed that 73% of failures to appear at work – 27,270 hours this year alone – are attributable to crossing guards.  I will be following up to learn how we can improve job performance for this critically important job for our children.

The City paid $249 million in overtime through Sept. 2019.  While some overtime should be expected, this is an unacceptable amount. The time-keeping measures recommended by my Absenteeism Task Force have been installed - now is the time for management follow up.

My Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight will be working closely with the Inspector General to review operations of many departments and recommend changes.

I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the administration to identify and implement these cost-savings measures.
Community Meeting
Rezoning for Proposed Restaurant, 2200 N Clark
Package Goods License for Target, 555 W. Webster
Tuesday, December 10
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Church
651 W. Fullerton Ave.

Join my office and the Mid - North Association in a discussion on two matters. The applicant seeks to re-zone 2200 N Clark Street to B3 (Community Shopping District) to allow for the establishment of a fine-dining restaurant with liquor service in the currently- vacant commercial space located on the corner of the building.

The other matter concerns a Packaged Goods license application for 555 W. Webster. Target has signed a lease for the former Mrs. Green's space and seeks a packaged good license to sell alcoholic beverages. R epresentatives from Target will be present at this meeting to provide an overview of their operations and answer questions from the audience regarding this licensing request.

Our office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.
Small Business Saturday 
Saturday, November 30

Lincoln Park has been named one of the best places to shop by Chicago’s concierge community. Let's show our support by shopping local and supporting our incredible small business owners. Every time you pick up a coffee at your local café, grab lunch at the mom-and-pop shop, or buy a new bag from a local store, you're making an impact in your community. In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.
Senior Sewer Rebates Due
December 11

This is a reminder for seniors who have not yet applied for the 2019 Senior Sewer Rebate: Seniors who wish to apply for the 2019 Senior Sewer Rebate Program should submit their application to our office no later than Wednesday, December 11.

Eligibility Requirements for the Sewer Charge Annual Refund: 
  • You must be 65 years of age, or older, as of January 1 for the year you are applying. 
  • You must be the sole owner, or owner in joint tenancy in common, of the property
  • You must occupy the property as your principal place of residence. 
  • You must own a townhouse, condominium unit, or cooperative apartment that shares a common water bill. 

If you are eligible to apply for a 2019 Senior Sewer Charge Annual Refund and have not yet submitted your paperwork, please click  here for additional information, a list of the required documentation, and to download the application form. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE FORM AND FILL IT IN.

Completed applications and all necessary paperwork should be submitted to: 

Alderman Michele Smith
2523 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Once your application is received by our office it is introduced at the next City Council meeting and is referred to the Committee on Finance for review and processing.
 
Please email yourvoice@ward43.org  with any questions about the Senior Sewer Annual Refund.
GoCPS Application Deadline Extended
Extended Through December 13

The GoCPS application deadline has been extended to December 13th, 2019. Families can apply to Pre-K, Elementary, and High Schools using the online application or a paper application that can be downloaded from the site. The online application is highly recommended and available in English and Spanish

 More information about the application process and GoCPS can be found  here  or in Frequently Asked Questions For Families .
Holiday Events
St Teresa's 4th Annual Turkey Trot 
Thursday, November 28
7:45 a.m.
St. Teresa Parish Center
1950 N. Kenmore

Please join the 4th Annual Turkey Trot and participate in a free, non-competitive,1 to 6 mile, Turkey Trot. Runners, joggers, and walkers of all abilities are welcome, including children and canines! No racing, no timing, no awards, no entry fee*, no t-shirts, just lots of fun and smiles! Come dressed to trot!

I n lieu of a fee, please donate a non-perishable food item for the St. Teresa food pantry. RSVP by November 20 to  Mark.Buciak@rcn.com  .
Lincoln Common
1st Annual Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 5
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln Common Plaza
2335 N. Lincoln

Join in on the fun festivities at Lincoln Common for its inaugural tree lighting ceremony! Join Santa and his Live-Reindeer, with holiday performances by Equinox - Lincoln Common, caroling with the Old Town School of Music and hot chocolate provided by Philz!
Marrillac St. Vincent Family Services Presents:
Photo with Santa
Saturday, December 7
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Center
2145 N. Halsted

Bring the whole family for a completely catered breakfast, photos with Santa and lots of holiday fun! Featuring performances by Wiggleworms from 10a.m.-11 a.m.Tickets are $40 for a family of four and $5 for each additional person. You can register for the event here.
3rd Annual Oz Park 
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 7
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oz Park
2021 N. Burling

Join me, the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Lincoln Central Association at 5:00 p.m. as we light up the neighborhood at the Third Annual Tree Lighting ceremony in Oz Park. Enjoy this magical moment surrounded by the sounds of the holidays performed by singers from Lincoln Park High School.
Gold Coast Holiday Tradition
Joys of Toys
Saturday, December 7
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m .
Mario's Table
21 W. Goethe

This is the Gold Coast neighborhood’s traditional—and delightful—start to the holiday season. Admission to this special afternoon is a new, unwrapped gift valued at $20 or more. A child will enjoy your gift, and you will enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, music, and the company of your neighbors.

Santa Claus is coming to town, and you can speed his journey with a gift for a child.  
St. Clement School Advent Market
Sunday, December 8
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Clement School
2524 N. Orchard

Shop from 15 local artists and retailers at the Advent market. You’ll find special gift items such as jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, classic clothes for little boys and girls, whimsical items for the home, hand bags, ceramics, and hand-painted ornaments.
Belmont Village
Very Merry Holiday Market
Sunday, December 8
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Belmont Village
700 W. Fullerton

Belmont Village will have over 20 local vendors selling all sorts of excellent goods and gifts. Enjoy holiday movies playing in the theater with popcorn popping, crafts to enjoy, and music to get us in the holiday spirit as well.

Cofffee, tea, cookies and tastings from local restaurants will be served. The event is free. Please RSVP to 773-327-2200 or at belmontvillageholidaymarket.eventbrite.com
Jingle Jog 5K Fun Run
Sunday, December 8
10:00 a.m.
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive


Join Glenwood Academy on December 8th at Theater on the Lake for the Inaugural Jingle Jog 5K! Participants will enjoy a post-race party with brunch cocktails, light food, and a visit from Santa. Proceeds will support Glenwood Academy, a nonprofit, residential learning community that serves vulnerable children and their families.

Sign up today at  www.jinglejog5k.org  (link to website)! For more information contact Jen Wolff at  jwolff@glenwoodacademy.org  or 708-756-6496.
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
November 29 - January 5
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join us in celebrating 25 years of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. This one-of-a-kind, festive holiday experience offers a free, merry, family-oriented celebration of joy right in the heart of the city. This event draws many people and vehicles to the area. We urge you to consider walking or using alternate modes of transportation. For a full schedule, click here .

All ride-share pickups and drop-offs must take place at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Stockton Drive.
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of Events

For a list of more events in the neighborhood including dining, music and theatre, click on the Chamber of Commerce Neighborhood News calendar.
Thanksgiving Office Closure and 
Ward Night 

Our office will have modified hours on Wednesday, November 27 and will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well as Friday. We will reopen with our regular business hours Monday, December 2nd for Ward Night from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
I'd like to extend my thanks for all you do to help our City and our community, and to express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.






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