More Police
Public Comment on Consent Decree
General Iron Cited by EPA
Dear Neighbors,

17 new officers have been deployed to the 18th and 19th Districts in the 43rd Ward. These officers will support new strategies in our neighborhoods including the 18th District's Strategic Support Center, lakefront foot patrols, bicycle police, and increased neighborhood patrols.
Proposed Police Consent Decree Announced
Public Comment Open for 21 Days

Mayor Emanuel and Attorney General Madigan have released a draft consent decree governing police reform in Chicago. The f inal consent decree will be enforced by a federal judge and overseen by an independent monitor.

The draft decree directly addresses issues raised by the city's Police Accountability Task Force, including use of force; impartial policing; community policing; supervision; accountability and transparency; crisis intervention; training; officer wellness and support; recruitment; hiring and promotions; and data management and analytics. A summary is here .

The full consent decree can be viewed at AG Madigan’s police reform website, . Chicago residents have an opportunity to comment on the consent decree until Aug. 17 through the website, by emailing , or calling 1 (833) 243-1498 and leaving a message with your comments. Comments can also be mailed or faxed to the following address:
Illinois Attorney General Attn: Civil Rights Bureau 100 W. Randolph St., 12th Floor Chicago, IL 60601. Fax: 312-814-3212.
EPA Issues Notice Of Violation to General Iron

On July 18, General Iron was given notice by the EPA it is in violation of permissible air emission standards. While General Iron may be working with EPA to come into compliance, it has already announced plans to re-locate by 2020. In the interim, as long as this company is allowed to operate, our Ward needs assurances this community will be protected.  You can read more about the EPA action here and at the EPA's website. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune).

The notice of violation is a welcome change after repeatedly reaching out to the City and Illinois IPA about pollution and being told that the federal government is the enforcement mechanism. The EPA notice does not necessarily immediately resolve this matter because, by law, General Iron will be given time to come into compliance.

I've formally requested Dept of Health Commissioner Julie Morita to provide our Ward specific next steps and a concrete timeline of what our residents can expect.

With massive development on our doorstep, our challenge is to also remain focused on safeguarding the future of the site. Minimally, the next use should pose no health danger or further strain density and congestion. But, more importantly, this land should become a tangible benefit to the area to buffer and offset the looming change that we know is coming. I believe the North Branch Park and Preserve is the solution to those issues. Please click here for more information on our sorely needed park.
Smart 911
Protect yourself and your family

Smart 911 is a free online app that allows you to create a custom 9-1-1 Safety Profile for you and your family.Through the app, you can create a Safety Profile that can include as little or as much information as needed about themselves and their family members. The profile can be linked to any number of addresses you may frequent (home, work, etc.) as well as any phone numbers you wish to add.

The profile will be shown to 9-1-1 call takers ONLY when you call 9-1-1; pertinent information will be shared with first responders. As a call is made from a phone registered with Smart911, any city or state that has Smart911 will recognize the phone number and will display the information that was provided by the registered caller. You can set up profiles for yourself, children and other family members, including the elderly and those with mental health issues. Information can include members of a household, pets, special medications, or any disability. The system even allows for chat for deaf individuals.

Set up your Smart 911 profile today at For more information, click here.
New Rules Governing Loading Zones

City Council last week passed rules clarifying permissible activities in loading zones. A loading zone is meant for two things: temporary loading and unloading of commercial trucks, and picking up and dropping off cars in valet zones. To ensure that these areas are available for trucks to make deliveries, the Municipal Code was amended to read that all trucks in loading zones must keep their flashers on, and that there is a maximum stay of thirty minutes.

If you believe that a loading zone is being used improperly, please call 911. For persistent issues, contact our office and we will seek increased enforcement.
Lincoln Central Association Honored

Lincoln Central Association (LCA) earned the Grand Award and three Awards of Excellence in the 30th Annual  APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, an international competition awards based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and success in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.

Congratulations to LCA for winning the Grand Award for its Campaign, " PUTTING OUR HEART INTO EVENTS," and Awards for Excellence for its newsletter, President's Column, and Feature Articles.
Upcoming Events
Ignition Festival of New Plays
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N Lincoln Ave
August 3-5

The 10th year of the IGNITION New Play Festival turns to artists who can change our world one play at a time. Come experience a weekend of diverse new works by six of the most exciting writers in the American Theatre and see #NewWERK come to life!

The event is FREE, but you must RSVP. Click here for more information.
35th Annual National Night Out
18th District Near North Station
1160 N. Larrabee Street
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Join your neighbors to help build a stronger, safer community and strenghten neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership. Featuring a Family-Style BBQ, Kids Games & Activities, Bouncy-House, Face Painting, and Meet & Greet CPD. The Police Department's SWAT, Mounted, and Canine units will also stop by, along with the Chicago Fire Department. Free.
Lincoln Park High School Football Booster Club
First Annual FUNDrive
Lincoln Park High School Entrance
August 10, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lincoln Park High School Football ( asks you to donate gently-used clothing and household items to the Lincoln Park High School Booster Club's First Annual FUNDrive. You can also drop off donations to Bridgeview Bank at 1970 N. Halsted during regular business hours. 
The team is seeking $5,000 to purchase much needed equipment including blocking sleds, endzone cameras, and new footballs. Last year, LPHS Football went 8-1, won its conference and qualified for the Illinois State Playoffs. The program sent ten seniors on to play college football.
All items collected from the drive will be sold to the Unique Thrift Store, to benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America. Unique pays by the pound for every qualifying donation received. 
A typical large black garbage bag full of clothes weighs approximately 30 pounds. The goal is to collect 600 bags of clothing. No food, mattresses, large furniture or appliances, or auto parts.
The LPHS Boosters is a dedicated group of LPHS sports parents who created an organization to bridge the funding gap between CPS schools like LPHS and their suburban counterparts. For information on sponsorships, or to donate, click here.
Italo Barocco
Tuesday, July 31 - 8:15 p.m.
Movies in the Park
Lincoln Park near the South Fieldhouse at Stockton/LaSalle
The tale of the tender and moving friendship between a lonely boy and an extraordinary dog that teaches a whole village about being human. In Italian with English subtitles.

Craftmobile at Bauler
Wednesday, August 1st - 10:00 a.m.
Bauler Playlot Park

Rollin' Rec at Jonquil
Wednesday, August 1st - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8th - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 10th - 3:00 p.m.
Jonquil Playlot Park

Wednesday, August 1 - 6:00 p.m.
Trebes Park
Presented by the Trebes Park Advisory Council

Community Stewardship Day
Saturday, August 4 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Conservancy
North Pond

Wonder Woman
Saturday, August 4 - 8:15 p.m.
Oz Park
Presented by the Oz Park Advisory Council

Sunday, August 5 - 8:15 p.m.
Jonquil Park
A Great Time at Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Beautiful weather at Taste of Lincoln Avenue brought good crowds to the neighborhood to help support our local parks, playgrounds, schools and non-profits.

Thanks to all the volunteers and merchants, like these volunteers from Lurie Children's Hospital. And the Chocolate Tasting - Delicious!

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