Shared Sidewalk Program Signup Tomorrow
Coyote Sightings
Ward Night Tonight
Dear Neighbors,

I hope you enjoyed a healthy and joyful holiday season.

Unfortunately, the season was marred by attacks on Jews in New York and a shooting at a church in Texas. As a result of these events, I joined the Simon Weisenthal Center , other elected officials and African-American faith leaders in calling on the FBI to create a special task force on anti-Semitic crimes in the wake of continuous attacks on Jews throughout the country. A  similar task force  was created in the 1990s to coordinate federal law enforcement response to hundreds of African-American church burnings and was credited with significantly reducing the burnings.

I will be introducing a resolution at this month's City Council meeting calling for the creation of the task force. Law enforcement at every level needs the tools to fight rising anti-Semitic hate. At the press conference, I said, "We Chicagoans are standing united today in calling for this needed task force. Our Mayor, our Council and our residents will not stand for these types of crimes in Chicago. Not here. Not ever.”

You can see the press conference here.
Ward Night
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please join me for Ward Night this evening to discuss matters concerning our ward or just to stop in and say hello. Some spots are still available, and walk-in's are welcome. Ward night is on the first Monday of each month. I'm looking forward to seeing you.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Applications Open
January 7, 2019
6:00 a.m.

The 2020 Shared Sidewalk Program opens TOMORROW, January 7th, 2020 starting at 6:00 am and closes at 5:59 am on January 8th, 2020.

To apply, please use  the 311 Service Request Type : "Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Request."

The  Shared Cost Sidewalk Program  is a voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation. The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications prior to the start of the program will not be accepted. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2020 if you wish to be considered for the 2020 program. The property owner’s contact information and the property’s complete address are required (first name, last name, address, city, zip, phone, and email address if available) at the time of request.
Coyote Attack Reported

We have received reports of a coyote attacking a small dog. Fortunately, the dog was released and taken to the vet for care. Several other residents have observed a coyote or coyotes in the neighborhood recently.

Beginning in 2016, the Department of Animal Care and Control (CACC) has implemented a Coyote Management Plan . Coyotes are protected under State law, and subject to a city ordinance requiring CACC to use best practices to manage coyotes. The Executive Director of CACC, Kelley Gandurski, personally assured me that CACC has been following up on calls to 311 and our office to track the coyotes and will continue to do so.

According to Animal Care and Control, coyotes are not violent towards humans - however, they are wild animals and should not be approached. Coyotes typically eat rodents, birds, fallen fruit, and sometimes somewhat larger mammals like rabbits. However, CACC notes that coyotes have attacked small dogs, particularly in the winter.

What you can do:

Report any coyote sighting to 311 immediately as a "Coyote Interaction," as the location is important for CACC to track the animals and their migrations. CACC will track the animal to try to locate its den, and, if it is ill or violent, capture it. Should a coyote threaten or attack your pet, please call 911 first and then report it to 311. You may forward any reports to our office as well through or 773-348-9500.

During this time period when it is colder and there is less food for coyotes, please use caution:
  • Do not leave small pets out in yards or parks alone.
  • Use shorter leashes of 6 feet in length.
  • Secure your garbage by closing lids completely and locking private dumpsters.
  • Do NOT, under any circumstances, feed coyotes or allow them to run with your dog.

Use "hazing" techniques to discourage coyotes. The Coyote Management Plan describes these, particularly:

  • Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote
  • Making loud noises with whistles, air horns, megaphones, soda cans filled with pennies, pots and pans
  • Throwing projectiles such as sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls at the direction of the coyote
  • Squirting water from a hose, water gun or spray bottle (with vinegar water)

If you and your neighbors are seeing coyotes too often, you can use these actions to discourage coyotes from coming around. However, please use common sense and caution. Never try to attract a coyote, and if you feel unsafe, leave the area.
Community Advisory Council Created for Lincoln Yards

The Lightfoot administration has announced the formation of a Community Advisory Council (CAC) for the Lincoln Yards project. The administration has stated that it will be forming such a council for the "78" project in the South Loop as well as future mega-developments. Crain's has more.

Our ward has said all along that large developments have impacts beyond ward boundaries. I appreciate the administration’s efforts to seek community voices in the final picture of Lincoln Yards. My reservations are that the success or failure of this advisory council depends heavily on the members who are selected. But we hope our community will have genuine input that was ignored under the prior administration.

As you know, the Lincoln Yards development was approved without a true public park. Please continue your support for the North Branch Park Preserve by volunteering or donating to join the effort for a true public benefit. Contact

Read the Mayor's Press Release about this council and please click here to apply to be part of the council. Here is the charter of the council.

March with Us:
Chicago Women's March 2020
Saturday, January 18
11:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Chicago

Please join me at the Women's March 2020. As we prepare for the important primary elections, we march for the same issues that compelled women worldwide to insist on change beginning in 2017.

Women's Rights. Racial Justice. LGBTQ+ Rights. Equal Pay. Health Care. Immigrant Rights. Women's Reproductive Rights. Violence-Free Communities. Voting Rights. Impeachment. Mass Incarceration. Social Justice. Climate Change. Gun Violence Prevention. Disability Rights. Census 2020.

Sign up here to join our 43rd Ward group of marchers. Bring your friends, family members, voices and signs, as we march through the streets of downtown, and let the world know that Chicago is at the forefront of change! Visit this Facebook page for details.
Restricted Cannabis Zone Guidelines

The office of the City Clerk has released information on restrictions pertaining to cannabis. The restricted cannabis zone guidelines provide:

  • A step by step process for creating a restricted cannabis zone
  • Notice of Intent Form
  • Definitions of restriction options
  • FAQs
  • Link to IL State Statute

Please click here to view the Notice of Intent form.
Community Events
Gold Coast Winter Membership Event
Sunday, January 12
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Walton Street Kitchen
912 N. State

Please join the Gold Coast Neighbors at their Winter membership event. Mingle with neighbors and find out what's happening in the neighborhood while enjoying appetizers and drinks. Admission is $20 for GCNA members and $25 for non-members. Admission is complimentary for a new member that signs up at the event.

To reserve your place,  click here  to register. For questions, please email , call 773-510-7327, or visit .
Homecoming Lincoln Central
Wednesday, January 22
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Belmont Village
700 W. Fullerton Ave.

The public is cordially invited to attend Homecoming Lincoln Central. Lincoln Central Association's 2020 Annual Meeting, Election and Neighborhood Reception. The reception is always a great opportunity to get to know LCA Officers and Board members, connect with neighbors in a relaxed environment and express your views to your elected officials. I will be there along with Congressman Quigley to discuss any matters concerning our ward.
Happy New Year,

43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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