Sprinkler Mandate Victory!
And Street Resurfacing Begins
Also In This Issue
Lincoln Park Village & Second City
Property Tax Seminar for Seniors
Schubert Street Water Main Completion!


Ohio Street Feeder Nighttime Ramp Closures


Beginning Friday, June 13, the Illinois Department of Transportation will begin demolition of the westbound Ohio/Ontario Street Bridge to eastbound 1-90/94 over I-90/94.  As a result, parts of I-90/94 will be closed as follows:


June 13, 14, 15: 10pm Friday - 5am Monday - Closure of eastbound I-90/94 and the reversible lanes. 


June 20, 21, 22: 10pm Friday - 5am Monday - Closure of eastbound I-90/94 and the reversible lanes.


June 27, 28, 29: 10pm Friday - 5am Monday - Closure of eastbound I-90/94 exit to Ohio Street.


Motorists can expect signficant delays and should use alternate routesClick here for more information. 

Lincoln Park Village 5th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit


Lincoln Park Village is teaming up with Second City to host its 5th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit.


Monday, June 9 

 5:00 pm

 Francis W. Parker School

330 W. Webster Ave.


Call the Village office at (773) 248-8700 to purchase a ticket.  

 Senior Seminar On Property Taxes


The Cook County Elder Justice Center is hosting a free seminar on property tax assessment and exemptions for seniors.

To register or for more information call (312) 603-9233.


Thursday, June 12 

11:30 am - 1 pm


Richard J. Daley Center

 50 West Washington 

Courtroom 2005

 (20th floor) 

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Dear Friends,
I am delighted to report that, thanks to your advocacy and the hard work of State Representative Sara Feigenholtz and Senate President John Cullerton, the State Fire Marshall has agreed in a statement that he will not attempt to unilaterally impose a sprinkler mandate.  
Thank you to the over 8000 people and my fellow Aldermen who advocated against a sprinkler mandate as bad public policy.  This is another example of how our community organizes and advocates for our interests.  You can read the entire  announcement here.


Schubert Street Water Main Completion! 


We are very pleased to announce the recent resurfacing of Schubert Street, between Clark and Halsted Streets.  This concludes a desperately needed water main enhancement project that the City of Chicago's Department of Water Management (DWM) that began in late summer of 2013. 


The project replaced 1,134 feet of obsolete, 6-inch wide water main dating from 1904 with a more modern, 8-inch main.  The new main will quadruple the amount of water that can flow through the line, limiting the likelihood of a future break. 


Due to the tremendous deterioration that the main had experienced over the past century, DWM encountered substantial difficulty when installation of the main began.  In addition, there were a number of "below grade" obstructions such as pipes, wood and utility lines that required particular care to remove so as not to interfere with the future operational ability of the main.


Finally, the resurfacing of the street was delayed due to the early onset of the Polar Vortex that impacted our region.  I therefore kept in close contact with Commissioner Tom Powers of the Department of Water Management throughout the winter and spring to ensure that, when these plants did open for the season, Schubert Street was one of the first projects slated for completion to in 2014. 



The new Schubert Street



This is just the first of the projects that will be occurring in our ward to repair the damaged infrastructure brought about by the recent winter season.  Look for updates in this newsletter as to upcoming projects. 



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman