Pension Reform Update 
Also In This Issue
Women's Health and Resource Fair
Sports Equipment Swap
Make Music Chicago
Wilton & Mildred Resurfacing


Old Town Art Fair


The Old Town Art Fair is this weekend, June 14th and 15th! Gates will be open rain or shine 10am - 6pm.
The main gate is located at Lincoln Avenue & Wisconsin Street. 


Women's Health and Resource Fair

Saturday, June 14 
10am - 1pm 
Lakeview YMCA 

3333 N. Marshfield Ave. 

Representatives Ann Williams and Sara Feigenholtz along with Senate President John Cullerton will be hosting a Women's Health and Resource Fair
The event is free. For more information contact Rep. Feigenholtz's constituent service office at  773-296-4141.

Play it Forward Sports Equipment Swap

Saturday, June 14th
 9am - 7pm 
Oz Park 


Bring used kids sports equipment to donate and repurpose for others. Take home items free of charge.

Please only good condition, clean items that can be reused. No clothing or uniforms. Leftover items will be donated to kids in need. Take part in a community of sharing so that all kids can play.

Sponsored by the Oz Park Baseball Association. 

 Make Music Chicago 

Saturday,June 21



Make Music Chicago is a one day celebration of music, performed by amateur and professional musicians all over Chicago.  Click here for the schedule of over 215 performances. 

Venues in the 43rd Ward include Lincoln Park Zoo (10:30am-1pm), Old Town School of Folk Music (12-2pm), and DePaul School of Music Concert Hall (4 pm). 

All performances are free!

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Governor Quinn Signs the Pension Bill

This Monday, Crain's Chicago Business published my op-ed piece encouraging Governor Quinn to sign the bill reforming pensions for Chicago's municipal employees and laborers. 


Shortly thereafter, Governor Quinn signed this legislation into law.  While the bill is by no means perfect, it reduces pension liabilities by $3 billion and provides a much-needed first step towards further, and critical, reforms to our pension system.  I applaud both the Governor's and Mayor Emanuel's leadership in tackling this tough issue. 


I joined two of my colleagues on the City Council last evening on Chicago Tonight to discuss next steps in pension reform, including the need to reform police, fire and teachers' pensions.


As you know, I have written several times beginning in 2012 about the risks of failing to reform our pensions, and led City Council hearings and a town hall meeting on the issue. I look forward to working with my fellow aldermen and the Emanuel administration to devise a plan to address all of Chicago's pensions.


I will keep you updated as we continue to address this vital public policy and economic sustainability initiative. 

Wilton and Mildred Resurfacing


I am very pleased to report that the resurfacing of Wilton Avenue, between Diversey and Wrightwood, and Mildred Street, between Diversey and Wrightwood was completed earlier this week! 


These streets were the site of an important Department of Water Management water main replacement project that substituted over 4,300 feet of dilapidated water substructure with newer and more durable infrastructure.  The former main dated from the year 1900, and had vastly outlived its expected lifespan.  


The new equipment will significantly improve carrying capacity and lead to a more durable infrastructure on these blocks (and makes it much easier to drive on, as well!)

Wilton Ave. after resurfacing
Mildred Ave. after resurfacing




Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman