Women's March 2018
City Council Report
Dear Neighbors, 
Women's March 2018
This Saturday!

Here's a great report on  why we're marching.      

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Columbus and Congress
Music and video starting at 9 a.m.
Rally starting at 11a.m.
March begins at  12:30 p.m.
Last year's March

Here are all the details

Join me and other 43rd Ward marchers at 10 a.m. at the Pret A Manger, 108 S. Michigan Avenue, just south of Monroe St.  Dress in layers! CTA is expanding "L" service to make sure you get there.  Please email Alyssa@ward43.org so you can join the group. 

Chicago Aldermen Support the #MeToo Movement

With fellow Aldermen, City Clerk Anna Valenciz, States Attorney Kim Fixx, and MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita
Before Wednesday's City Council meeting, the Women's Caucus announced its support for the #MeToo Movement.  Along with many others, I told my own story.  Here's coverage at ABC News.

City Council Update

At City Council, I took several important votes on your behalf this week. 

I voted against $5.5 million of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) support for Presence Health to improve its new Loop headquarters. While Presence provides many fine health care services across the city, it  does not provide comprehensive reproductive health care, including transmission of HIV; fertilization services, birth control; tubal ligation; miscarriage treatment even when her health is threatened; and abortion even in cases of rape and incest or if her health is at risk.

I voted with Council to approve contracts negotiated with 31 unions representing 7,700 employees (about 1/5 of the city's workforce), including laborers, drivers, and trade unions. The city won key concessions - including reducing the city's share of healthcare costs by $12.5 million (increasing healthcare premiums by 50% and increasing deductibles), increased probationary periods and lowered wages for new hires.  The new contracts also include recommendations of the Absenteeism Task Force regarding medical leaves. Work rule changes were also negotiated resulting in more services for taxpayers such as new services by Streets and Sanitation to do more alley and sidewalk cleanups.   These concessions allowed me to vote for the new agreements.

Police Updates

The 18th District has issued a community alert for a robbery that occurred Tuesday in the  500 block of West Wisconsin St. at approximately 6:01 p.m.  The offenders fled the scene in a white Nissan Maxima.  The offenders are described as an African-American male, 5'09" to 5'11" Offender #2 African-American female, 5'09" to 5'11." More information is here.

If you have any information, contact Bureau of Detectives - Area Central
(312) 747-8380.

Arrest Made in Lincoln Park Thefts

The police apprehended Ronald Howard, who stole air conditioning units from several Lincoln Park homes and tried to sell them at construction sites.  He is charged with felony theft.  We believe he has been involved in other thefts and are following this case in court advocacy.  Please join our dedicated group of court advocates led by John Roberts.  If you are interested, please contact Alyssa@ward43.org.  Or attend the next court advocates meeting on  Tuesday, February 6th at 3:00 p.m. at the  18th District Station at  1160 N. Larrabee St .
Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs through January 21, at Lincoln Park on Cannon Drive, opposite the Peggy Notebaert Museum.  Drop your tree off and get free mulch!  Please don't dump your tree with your trash. 
Community Meeting Re: 
Packaged Goods License for Walgreen's
St. James Lutheran Church
2050 N. Fremont Street
Basement Community Room
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Our office and the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) will host a community meeting to discuss a potential Packaged Goods License for the Walgreen's located at 834 West Armitage Avenue.  My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.

Click here for more information.
Upcoming Ward Events

Savor Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
IO Theater
1501 N. Kingsbury
Tuesday, January 23
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

LPCC's indoor food festival returns with eats from 16 different great restaurants! Plus a silent auction, and snapshots at a vintage photo booth. 
Buy tickets  here

Adopt a Dog Training Rebate
Chicago Animal Care and Control
2741 S. Western Ave.
Now through February 18

The first 50 dogs adopted before Feb. 18 will receive a $100 rebate off a full course of training. For more info, click here.

Birding Without Borders
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
Wednesday, January 24
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Noah Strycker is the first human to see more than half of the planet's bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. See and hear his amazing story.

Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. You must RSVP here.

DePaul School of Music Concerts
Concert Hall
800 W. Belden
January 21, 27 and 28

The DePaul School of Music is launching an exciting series of free concerts by faculty and other artists.  To get the entire schedule and order tickets, click here.

Theater Returns to Theater on the Lake 
2401 N Lake Shore Drive
Various Times

Theater, music, comedy and variety is now at the beautiful new Theater on the Lake.  Here's a quick rundown:

Friday, January 19, 8:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, January 24, 8:30 p.m.  Mr. and Mrs. Wednesday (comedy/variety)
Friday, February 2, 9:00 p.m. The O'My's and Drama Du o
Saturday, February 2, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Collaboration Theater
See you Saturday at the March!

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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