I hope 2018 is off to a great start for everyone. Try not to fall into the February blues. Pitchers and catchers report to White Sox Spring Training Camp in 6 days! Before we know it, we will be welcoming them home on April 5th.
As we face these long winter days ahead, I ask everyone to look out for each other. Whether it is checking on your neighbor or helping one of our seniors with shoveling their snow, it is important that we take of each other.
Although January went by fast, it was a busy month here in the 11th Ward. As you know, we have been working diligently on a quality public high school option for residents of the 11th Ward. I would like to thank everyone who attended my town hall meeting at the 9th District to share your ideas on this topic. We will continue to work with our principals, teachers and parents to make the 11th Ward the “Education Ward.”
We also announced on January 10th that Commissioner Daley and I were able to extend pilot bus route for the 31st Street Bus. We would like to thank all of you for continuing to ride the bus. We will be launching a new marketing plan for the bus with various incentives to local restaurants and businesses. Please continue to ride this bus and show the CTA there is a permanent need for this route. We are also working on extending the times of operation and the route itself, so please ride the bus.
We hope you noticed the new viaduct lights while driving throughout the Ward. We have installed new LED lights at the following viaducts; 43rd, 38th, 37th, 35th, 33rd, as well as 16th and Peoria. In 2018 we will replace the lights and paint the viaducts at Archer and Loomis, 26th and Canal as well as 16th and Halsted Street. .
I would like to thank the Chicago Police for their hard work and commitment to keeping our neighborhoods safe. The statistics presented last week at the Chicago Police Comprehensive Statistics meeting shows that crime is down in the 9th District. I would like to commend the police on three (3) recent arrests last week. They arrested one (1) offender for attempted robbery and two (2) offenders for burglaries. I am also excited to announce that we have ten (10) new officers in the 9th District and five (5) new officers in the 12th District. As we learned last year at my Quarterly Town Hall meeting, “the biggest deterrent is nosy neighbors.” Please continue to look out for one another. As you are looking out your windows, let us know what you see or hear.
I would like to invite everyone to my First Quarterly 2018 Aldermanic Town Hall meeting on February 27th. The meeting will be held at the 9th District Police Station at 6:00pm.
As I do at each Quarterly Meeting, I will update everyone on what is happening in the Ward and answer questions, listen to concerns and take feedback from you. We also have an interesting presentation by CAPS and various City Departments regarding Landlords and Tenants. We will be discussing your respective rights and how we can be better neighbors. This will be informative for landlords and tenants, but also neighbors who may be impacted by rental buildings on their blocks.
I look forward to seeing you at my Quarterly Town Hall meeting. For any concerns or questions please call our office at 7732546677. 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson