Closing of General Iron
CPS Update
COVID Vaccine Update
MLK Day Office Closed
Dear Neighbors,

We are still reeling from the consequences of the despicable actions of President Trump in urging an insurrection at the Capital, which led to five deaths. This mob action included the erection of gallows, destruction of property, and attacks on police.

The moral and political offensiveness of this attack is epitomized in this picture. Never before in American history has a Confederate flag been inside the US Capital. Well over 600,000 American soldiers died to prevent this symbol of slavery from flying in our Capital. CNN wrote a useful story of the flag's meaning.

Our President's instigation of this attack and his lack of personal accountability for the consequences of his behavior is shameful. I support the calls of our Congressmen Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky to impeach him. Never again should we tolerate or enable a President who so disgraces our nation.
General Iron Closed

General Iron closed for good on December 31, 2020. You can read about it in this Chicago Tribune article, According to its agreement with the city, General Iron has another three months to completely decommission its plant, including removing all material and equipment, and demolishing and removing all the buildings on their property.

The closing of General Iron provides us with a priceless opportunity to provide the North Side with much-needed green space. The COVID-19 pandemic has alerted us that park space is not a luxury; it is necessary for the health and well being of everyone who lives and works in Chicago.

This now former industrial site needs to be converted into an asset that benefits all of us.

That's just one reason why we need a commitment to the  North Branch Park & Preserve. The Chicago River belongs to all of us, not just for some.

We will continue to work to make this a reality in 2021.
Chicago Public Schools Update:

As we have previously reported, Chicago Public Schools are beginning a slow re-opening process for the students who most need an in-person education: Pre-K and special needs children. Only those two populations will return to school this Monday, January 11, 2021. Students in K-8 grades are scheduled to return on February 1, 2021.

CPS released this detailed letter in response to concerns that have been raised about its re-opening plan. The entire reopening plan can be reviewed here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update:
Sign Up for Health Care Workers

The City expects that most all currently available COVID-19 vaccines will be used for health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. If you work in an outpatient setting, the city asks that one representative from your clinic/facility (e.g., the clinic administrator or business owner) complete this survey so that appointments can be made for all staff.

Please read this article from Block Club for more information. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady expects that vaccination of health care workers and nursing home residents to take most of January and February, after which new supplies of the the vaccines will then be administered to the next group of individuals, which include essential workers and people over age 75. If this changes we will inform you immediately.

Meanwhile, our area has one of the highest rates of vaccination at this early time, which is not surprising given the large number of doctors and other health care professionals and workers who live in our area.
2021 Shared Sidewalk Program
Opens Monday, January 11, 2021

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open for new applicants on January 11, 2021, at 6 am.

Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early on January 11. You must apply again in 2021 if you wish to be considered, even if you applied last year. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system by calling 311 or through the Chi 311 website. The property owner’s contact information and the property address are required at the time of request.

Visit here for more information about the program.
Time to Order New Parking Passes

Your current yellow residential guest parking passes expired on December 31, 2020. To make sure you don't get a ticket, stay safe, and avoid unnecessary contact, please purchase parking passes and city stickers online right now.

Buying City Stickers and Parking Passes on-line is convenient and you can order 24 hours a day at

You can learn how to order online by using our Guest Parking Passes 101 guide.
Chicago 2021 Tree Recycling Program
Cannon Drive North of Fullerton Avenue
Starts Saturday, January 9th - January 23rd, 2021

Chicago's 2021 Tree Recycling Program runs from January 9th through the 23rd at dozens of parks across the City. The closest location in the 43rd Ward is Lincoln Park on Cannon Drive opposite the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Trees can be dropped off anytime during normal business hours. Beginning January 12, 2021, you can also pick up free mulch on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted (no garland or wreaths). Because the trees are mulched, all tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before putting trees in the stalls. 

For other great holiday recycling tips, click here.
Public Safety
Burglary Alert

There were two recently reported burglaries in our community. In each incident, the offender entered retail stores, took property, and fled.

  • 900 block of West Armitage Ave., Saturday, December 26, 2020 during the morning hours.
  • 2000 block of North Clark St., Friday, January 1, 2021 during the morning hours.

What you can do:
• Keep all doors locked and windows secure.
• Immediately repair broken windows, doors, or locks.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating Detectives.
 • If you are a victim, do not touch anything and contact the police immediately.
• Keep a record of property serial numbers.
• Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact Bureau of Detectives – Area 3 (312) 744-8263 JD469594, JE101244
18th District CAPS Meetings

Here are the January dates for 18th District CAPS meetings for the 43rd Ward, which will remain virtual until further notice:

  • Beat 1811 (5 pm) & 1813 (6 pm): January 12, 2021
  • Beat 1812 (5 pm) & 1814 (6 pm): January 14, 2021
  • Beat 1821 (5 pm) & 1824 (6 pm): January 21, 2021

The 18th District cover the part of our Ward that is south of Fullerton Ave. You can find your beat on our website. Please email for the link.

19th District CAPS Meetings

The CAPS meeting for the 19th District Beat 1932 usually held at the New Life Church will be held virtually, on Monday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. Please email for the link.
Community News
Women's Toiletry Drive

I am happy to again be a co-sponsor of Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Annual Cook County Jail Women’s Justice Program Toiletry Drive. Your donations can be brought to the office of State Representative Ann Williams at 726 W. Belmont Ave., or any of the locations listed on the flyer.

Travel-size items needed include: shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, and body lotion.

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to past drives and please consider making a donation this year.
Support Local Businesses
With the new year upon us, supporting our local businesses is as important as ever; please shop and dine locally:
Order From Our Local Restaurants
City Offices Closed for
Martin Luther King Day

Our 43rd Ward Service Office, and all city offices, will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9 a.m.
2021 has gotten off to a rocky start. Perhaps it's some comfort that here at home, we are all still going about our daily lives with its struggles, challenges and triumphs. Wear a mask, be safe, and watch out for your neighbors,

43rd Ward Virtual Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500