Today is Election Day
Dear Neighbors,

Today is Election Day so remember to cast your ballot for the Illinois primary. Polling locations will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Anyone waiting in line at 7:00pm will be allowed to cast their ballot.

Today is the first time same-day registration is available in Chicago.  You may register to vote and vote, but only at your home precinct. To register to vote on Election Day, you must have two forms of ID, including one with your current address.  For more details, click here.

Not sure where your polling location is? Check your voter registration and polling location by entering your address and last name into the  voter lookup tool .

One special note - if you previously voted at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility, 2710 N. Clark, your new polling place is the Second Church of Christ Science at Pine Grove and Wrightwood, 2700 N. Pine Grove.
More voting information is available on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website, 

Judicial Election Information

Not sure which judges to vote for? The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice created the campaign to provide a nonpartisan effort aimed at judicial voter education. The Committee to Elect Qualified Judges, a political action committee dedicated to educating voters about judicial elections, is proud to sponsor the campaign for the March 15, 201 6 primary election.

Special CAPS Meeting 
Dozens of 43rd Ward residents met at St. James Lutheran Church last week for a special community CAPS meeting hosted by the Chicago Police Department's 18th District. The focus of the evening was to hear resident concerns and empower the community to aid police in keeping our neighborhoods safe.
Praising the large meeting turnout, Officer Christopher Schenk told attendees, "You all have valid, reliable information that goes a long way to decreasing crime and increasing the quality of life. Your regular routines make you our experts at various times of day to judge what is and is not normal around your homes." 
Commander George Deveraux explained, "the stakeholders of a community are connected to each other and to nearby neighborhoods. The best deterrent is a nosy neighbor." When asked what to do if there is no immediate response from a 911 call, the commander replied, "Keep calling and request to speak to a supervisor." 
The meeting concluded with sign-up sheets to join block clubs and court advocacy efforts. For more information call the ward office at 773-348-9500 or email  Upcoming CAPS meetings in the ward are listed on the 18th and 19th District websites.
Neighborhood Security Tips 
  • Display 'No Trespass' and 'We Call Police' signs  (available free at the ward office)
  • Keep porch and security lights on to help neighbors walking at night
  • When calling 911,  tell dispatchers a crime is in progress or a victim is in danger, or that you believe suspicious persons are on your street or alley
  • Remain at the scene to sign a criminal complaint
  • Attend CAPS meetin gs

Coffee with the Commander

18th District Commander George Deveraux will be at Eva's Cafe, 1447 N. Sedgwick, on Wednesday, March 16th to  chat with neighbors  as part of a new program sponsored by the Ne ar North Unity  Program that will take place on the third Wednesday of every mon t h.

Beware: Potential ComEd Scam

Be advised that my office has received reports about scammers posing as ComEd Representatives who call business owners claiming that their power is scheduled to be turned off  for lack of payment or demanding a deposit for installation of the smart meter.

ComEd will never call customers asking for money. If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be a ComEd employee, please ask for call back information, hang up, and report the call to 911.  
Earth Hour 2016

Around the world lights will be turned off on Saturday, March 19th to build awareness of climate change. Chicago's Willis Tower will join the Eiffel Tower in Paris, New York's Empire State building, and other world landmarks in going dark for an hour on that date. Over 172 countries  are expected to participate. In the 43d Ward, you can join in and show your commitment to the planet by turning off nonessential lights from 8:30 - 9:30 PM.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Join Sweet Buddha for a free Easter bunny visit with complimentary photos, an Easter egg hunt, and gifts & goodies for your Easter basket. Sunday, March 20th from 12-2 PM at Sweet Buddha, 2324 N. Clark St. A 10% discount on all items will be offered during the party.

Easter Party at the Triangle

Old Town Triangle Association invites members and non-members to an Easter party on Sunday, March 20 from 2-5 PM at 1763 N. North Park. All Ages are welcome to enjoy egg decorating, games, refreshments and flamenco guitar performance .

Lincoln Park Cultural Center Listening Party

The Chicago Park District's Lincoln Park Cultural Center at 2045 N. Lincoln Park West is hosting a Listening Party on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-8 PM to discuss what services you'd like and to learn what is now offered. I hope to see you there for  cultural activities, refreshments and giveaways.

Friends of Lincoln Park Auction

Support our neighborhood high school and participate in the online auction to  benefit Lincoln Park High School by Friends of the Park. The auction runs March 15th -27th. Then, April 1st, there will be a gala to support the school will from 7 - 10 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N. Sheffield.   Click here to purchase tickets.

North Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation

Starting April 1st, CDOT will  begin rehabilitating the North Avenue pedestrian bridge that connects Lincoln Park to North Avenue Beach over Lake Shore Drive. The bridge will be closed during construction, and there will be lane closures on Lake Shore Drive with two lanes of traffic in any direction remaining open during the project which is scheduled to wrap June 30th.

Chicago Residential Zone Parking Pass Changes

As of March 1st, changes have been made to the City of Chicago Residential Zone Parking Program. Please note the following:
  • Residents can now purchase up to three sheets of permits per 30 day period. Each sheet of 15 daily permits is $8.00.
  • Our office will NO LONGER be able to create new resident records. If you do not have a resident record in the system, the Office of the City Clerk must create a record prior to our office being able to sell you permits. Email proof of your address and a photo ID to This process can take up to 2-3 business days. 
  • Passes are available for purchase at all City Clerk sales locations. Click here to view these locations and their corresponding hours of operation. 
    You may also purchase zone parkin g passes online here

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward