The North Branch Park Is Achievable
Extreme Heat Predicted
Holiday Office Hours
Dear Neighbors,
A packed audience and 100 more on-line participated in this week's meeting on the North Branch Park Preserve learning how we can make the park a reality in our community.

Most importantly, the Coalition called on the City to immediately begin the process to acquire the site on the east side of the river.

Municipal finance experts are confident that pending development on the west side of the river will support both infrastructure needs and a park.

Estimates place the price of park land acquisition and buildout between $160-$200 million. Estimates of the infrastructure needs of our area for traffic congestion with new development on the west side of the river are about $500 million. While these are big numbers, they pale in comparison to the overall figures for this looming development figures which exceed $5 - $6 Billion. Funding sources include:

Tax Increment Financing. An anticipated TIF in this area will generate between $500 million and $1 Billion in new tax revenue dollars.

Special Assessment . T o partly underwrite the cost of public improvements in the area, tax new development in the North Branch Corridor. The City employed this tool for the Lakeshore East development. The Lakeshore East $60 million Special Assessment supported the cost of half its infrastructure, including a a 6 acre public park for an incoming 15,000 population. This tool can do the same here for a looming development with a potential 50,000 daytime population and the 80,000 residents already already living within 1/2 mile.

Other sources of financing include grants from EPA, IEPA, and MWRD for stormwater mitigation, as well as the tools identified in the Framework Plan for infrastructure.

You can watch the video of the presentation on the Facebook page of the North Branch Park Preserve. Click here for the video. Click here to see the presentation.

The Chicago Tribune reported the story this morning. Click here for their editorial in favor of the project.

The coalition invites you to raise your voice for a park . "Like" the Facebook page of the Coalition, and share your support of the @NorthBranchParkPreserve with your friends on your own Facebook and social media sites. #NoParkNoDeals #NorthBranchParkNow #ChicagoRiverForAll

For more information go to:
New City Council Committee Assignment

On Wednesday, I was re-assigned, at my request, to represent you on the Public Safety Committee.

At my first meeting this week, I spoke about the increase in juvenile crime, pointing out that Police agree that lack of charging minors for misdemeanors or enforcing temporary detention is restricting law enforcement from pursuing these offenders, even when guns are involved.

Police do say that overall major crime has decreased by 11% compared to the same period last year, including 15% fewer burglaries and 14% fewer robberies citywide. While this is welcome progress, I have requested detailed statistics about our Ward and will share them with you.
Warning to Parents - Potential Employment Scam

We're been approached by several parents of high school students stating that their student has received a Facebook Messenger post offering employment with a company called Vector Marketing. Although the message states that the job pays $17/hour, it actually pays nothing and is entirely commission-based, having students sell Cutco knives. In addition, students are instructed to hand over their phones and download an app which retrieves all contacts from the phone, allowing the company to contact more students.

I'm reporting this to the Illinois Attorney General. In the meantime, please advise students about this "commission only" job and what it means to their individual privacy when they hand over their phone and contacts to anyone.
Excessive Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning which is in effect from 11 a.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures today and tomorrow are expected to reach the 90s, which a peak heat index of 105.

Oppressive heat and humidity combined with ample sunshine, will lead to hazardous conditions, particularly for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.
Residents of the City of Chicago can call 311 to request well being checks for elderly friends or family members, or for information on finding the nearest cooling center.

Please drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Families Belong Together
Chicago March
Richard J. Daley Center
Saturday, June 30
11:00 a.m.

Protest the Trump administration's anti-family immigration at this rally. Click here for more information.
Artist Walk and Talk: Renee Robbins
Saturday, June 30
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

Do you admire the new mural underneath the Fullerton/ Lake Shore Drive underpass? Learn more about the work with artist Renee Robbins, whose work is on display at the Nature Museum.
Fourth of July Hours

In observance of Independence Day, our Ward office will close at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd. We will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 5th.

If you need any assistance with City Services during this time, please call 311.
Pride of the 43rd Ward

Congratulations to Jack Cordwell, son of Jeanne and Colin Cordwell, owners of the legendary Red Lion Pub, on his admission to the Air Force Academy.

Jack, a proud graduate of Francis W. Parker School, is a scholar and an athlete. He hales from a proud tradition of aviators - grandfather John Cordwell, flew for the RAF. Fly high, Jack.
Upcoming Events
Night Out In the Parks Free Events

Movie: The Perfect Game
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Oz Park
2021 N. Burling

The Big Whoop-De-Do at Theater On The Lake
Wednesday, July 4
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Golden Horse Ranch Band third-generation square dance caller Annie Coleman will lead you through dances new and old.

The evening will close with an unparalleled view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Bring a blanket and scope out a spot on the lawn or watch with a cocktail from the terrace. Either way, you're sure to have a memorable night!

No dance experience required! Festive dress encouraged!
Cash bar serving beer, wine and cocktails.

For more info, click here .
Fourth Of July Celebration
Chicago History Museum
Wednesday, July 4
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join me for a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a keynote oration by the Honorable Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice. Other highlights include patriotic musical performances and a children’s costume parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam! Following the event, the Museum is open from 12:00 Noon until 4:30 p.m.. with free admission for Illinois residents.

This time of year let's remember our values as a Ward, a City and a Country as we celebrate becoming an independent nation.

Stay cool and Happy Independence Day,

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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