February 2017

The Alderman’s Corner

The month of January flew past and we were fortunate enough to avoid heavy snowfall. We were also fortunate to enjoy a Saturday with 60-degree weather. As we move into the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month, Chinese Lunar New Year and Catholic Schools Week. The diversity of the Ward is what makes us unique, but we all share the same goal of working together to keep the Ward safe and welcoming.

There are many ways to stay involved in the Ward for people of all ages. The 11th Ward is made up of 9 different Senior Clubs. These clubs meet on a monthly basis and are located at various parks, schools, churches and police stations throughout our Ward. I was honored to join Commissioner Daley in sponsoring an 11th Ward Senior Luau, Holiday Lights Trolley tour, Bus Tour of Chicago as well as many other events. I encourage you to call my office to get more information on how to get involved. Also, let us know if you have ideas for new events.

Our parks and schools are the backbone of our community for our children. I work diligently to make sure our parks and schools are clean and welcoming. My staff coordinates with parks and schools on a weekly basis to reassure any services they have are addressed immediately. As the warm weather approaches, I look forward to movies in the parks, Block parties and new events such as the 11th Ward Bike Tour and the 11th Ward Fishing Derby. Commissioner Daley and I will also be hosting our second Annual Peace Walk into a Safe Summer for the students of the 11th Ward. More details for these upcoming events will be released in the coming months.

I continue to walk various parts of the Ward to observe what is going on. I encourage all of you to continue to be the eyes and ears for our blocks. Whether you see graffiti on a garage, a rodent, or a dilapidated building, I encourage you to call my office directly. My staff tracks each service request and assures that it is completed in a timely manner. It is our job to follow up with you to make sure these requests are being completed. You should not have to worry about following up on these requests.

We will be distributing parking stickers in March. My March article will include all of the details on picking up the stickers. Please remember that the City Council amended the City of Chicago Municipal code last year so the residential parking is also applicable during events held at Guaranteed Rate Field (Sox Park). Signs will be altered to reflect the parking restrictions during events other than White Sox home games. White Sox Opening Day is April 3rd.

As I am writing this article, I am getting excited for Spring. However, I know it is only February and winter is still here. I encourage you to check on your neighbors especially during extreme weather conditions. If you have any questions or are in need of assistance with any services, please call my office at 773-254-6677 or visit my website at www.ward11.org

11th Ward Alderman, Patrick D. Thompson