February 2016

Alderman’s Corner

The 11th Ward, is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic community that embraces our history and works toward the future with a clear vision of progress. The ward is full of families who are trying to keep each other safe. If we all work consciously toward this goal, we can achieve it.

A neighborhood is not defined by the property of just one group, one parish, one school, one language. Many facets define a community, our community. As we move into the month of February, we celebrate Black History month, Chinese Lunar New Year on February 8th and Ash Wednesday which starts the Lenten season.

We want to continue to be an inviting community – a destination where people want to come beyond a White Sox game. We want them to shop in our stores, enjoy our fine restaurant and art galleries and enjoy our parks. We want it to be clean and attractive. We want to keep our homes looking good and our property values solid. We want it to feel safe – and most importantly, be safe.

To accomplish these goals, we’ve got to work together. I walk daily and observe different parts of the Ward – but you are our eyes and ears on the blocks. Whether you see graffiti on a garage, a rodent or trees that need to be trimmed, I encourage you to call my office directly. This also goes for the cleanliness of our local parks. Please call in any requests or unusual activity. My staff tracks each service request and assures that it is completed in a timely fashion. It is our job to follow up with you to make sure these requests are being resolved.

Although we have been fortunate with a mild season, winter is not yet over. CDOT inspectors have been very vigilant with property owners and their responsibility to upkeep the public ways. Per the City’s Municipal Code, each property owner is responsible for the removal of snow on the public way or a fine may be issued. 4-4-310 Public ways – Maintenance – Littering prohibited – Snow and ice removal.

(2) Any licensee, whether individually or in cooperation with other persons or community groups, who removes snow or ice from the public sidewalk or street shall not, as a result of his acts or omissions in such removal, be liable for civil damages. Provided, however, that this subsection (c)(2) shall not apply to acts or omissions amounting to wilful or wanton misconduct in removing such snow or ice.

We want to make sure that our neighbors are safe. We especially need to check in with our elderly neighbors in the days of Winter that lie ahead of us.

I ask that you join me for the second quarterly Meeting with the Alderman. The meeting will take place in the North end of the Ward on February 25th at 6:30pm. The meeting location will be in the basement at Providence of God Church, 717 West 18th Street. If you have any questions, please call my office at 773-254-6677.

Alderman Patrick D. Thompson