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Labor Day Office Closures

The 43rd Ward office will close at 1:00pm on Friday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. We will  re-open at 9am on Tuesday, September 8th. Please dial 9-1-1 to report any public safety emergency and dial 3-1-1 to request City services.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
Roof and Porch Repair Program
Friday, September 4
Registration opens at 9am

Open enrollment for the 2016 Roof and Porch Repair program will take place on Friday, September 4 only.  Applicants can register online or call 311 to be placed on the intake list. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. promptly.  Eligible applicants will be chosen through a lottery process.

Evening on Astor
Wednesday, September 9
Astor Street between Goethe & Banks
5:30 - 8:30pm

Join the Gold Coast Neighbors Association for their annual block party and fundraiser, bringing together nearly eight hundred people for an evening of fun on Astor Street.

Reminder: Wells and Stockton to be Resurfaced
Wells Street from North to LincolnConstruction is tentatively scheduled to begin on  September 4, 2015 and scheduled to be completed by October 10, 2015.

Stockton Drive from 2021 to 2600 NorthConstruction is underway and is scheduled to be completed by October 17, 2015. 

At both locations, the work  will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter replacement, and milling and paving of the existing asphalt pavement. On Stockton, bus pad construction will also be completed. 

During construction, temporary "No Parking" signs will be periodically placed at each location, which will restrict parking during working hours. Please be mindful of parking restrictions at these locations to avoid being cited or towed. 

We appreciate your patience as important infrastructure improvements are completed in our ward. 

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Dear neighbors,

After the successful arrest of an offender in the recent sexual assaults in our community, our efforts continue to work with police and community leaders to focus on neighborhood safety. Thanks to all of you who joined the Chicago Police Department and community leaders Tuesday evening for a highly informative public safety meeting.  The next important date to remember is Sept. 11th for the first court appearance for the suspect in the attacks. More about that below.

W e're grateful to Deputy Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy, Commander William Dunn, 18th District Sergeant Cynthia Schumann and Officer Christopher Schenk of the Chicago Police Department for sharing their expertise at the meeting. A special thank you to 43rd Ward resident Julie Smolyansky, the founder of Test400k, who provided an empowering overview of the ongoing battle to test rape kits nationwide and raise awareness of sexual assault. 

For those who weren't able to hear the presentations, following is an overview with helpful links. You can  click here to view literature provided by CPD at the meeting. As always, the police and our office are available to host block meetings to address issues of concern. Please  contact us if your block is interested. 

Court Advocacy:

Your Ward office engages in a vigorous court advocacy program. Court advocates attend court with victims to show the community cares about the outcome of cases and takes a tough stance against crime.

Isidrio Valverde, the suspect in the recent sexual assaults in our neighborhood, appears in court on September 11, 2015 at 12pm  in room 101 at 2600 S. California. We will be there and encourage you to join your neighbors. Please email us if you are interested in attending. 

Additionally, the 18th and 19th Districts of the Chicago Police Department are hosting court advocacy training sessions in coming weeks. You do not have to participate in a training to be a court advocate on September 11th.  

19th District Court Advocacy Training: Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm at the 19th District Chicago Police Department (850 W. Addison).

18th District Court Advocacy Training Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00pm at the 18th District of the Chicago Police Department (1160 N. Larrabee).

Clear Map:

The Chicago Police Department encourages residents to utilize Clear Map to stay engaged and informed on reported crime incidents in the community. Clear Map makes information available online in a usable format that can be searched and filtered. Click here to learn more.

311 vs. 911:

There is often confusion about when to dial 9-1-1. As a general rule, dial 9-1-1 if you need police on site or in an emergency.  When dialing 9-1-1, describe the activity that is taking place, the address and as much detail as possible. 

Dial 3-1-1 if the incident has already occurred or is not an emergency. When in doubt, always dial 9-1-1.

Police Communications:

The Chicago Police is now reporting to my office crime incidents that occur both inside and outside our ward. I am grateful for this change as it will provide a much more comprehensive view of developments. 

As always, p lease contact us at or at 773-348-9500 with any questions, concerns or suggestions for keeping our community safe.

Please have an enjoyable and safe Labor Day holiday.





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Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman