January 2016

Alderman’s Corner

As we start the New Year, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve you in 2015. I hope you enjoyed the Holidays and are as excited about the New Year as I am.

Public safety will always remain our number one priority. In 2016, we will focus on replacing old lighting with the newest LED fixtures; making sure streets are light up as well as focusing on other public safety measures. We will continue to work with the fine men and women of our Chicago Police Department to keep us safe. We ask that you join us for the “Landlord and Property Manager Crime Abatement Workshop” at 6:30PM on January 14 th at the 9 th District, to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a property owner.

I look forward to working with our Advisory Committees. We are reaching out to those that signed up for the Committees and we will be meeting in the first quarter of 2016. We are excited to have their ideas, feedback and input to improve our communities.

City services will remain a top priority for the 11th Ward.We encourage you to call our office, visit our website, or send an email to office@ward11.org. My staff is determined to address all service requests to ensure we make our Ward a better place to live, work and enjoy ourselves.

Significant infrastructure projects have been taking place throughout the Ward. I am sure you have seen the water and sewer projects taking place, a street being repaved, or ADA corners installed. We will be combining art and infrastructure by working to decorate our viaducts with various art projects.

Development projects are happening throughout the Ward. In addition to the projects that were announced in 2015, we look forward to groundbreaking in the Spring for new single family homes on Root Street, multi unit buildings on Archer and Loomis, the new 18 unit mixed use project on 2000 South Halsted, as well as the 3 new townhome projects in University Village. We are excited about the Halsted Street corridor, as new developments will be announced in the near future.

Finally, as the winter weather approaches, please stay warm and safe. I ask that you check on our elderly neighbors and help out when you can. As a reminder, property owners, it is your responsibility to make sure the sidewalk is clear for all to safely walk past. I am so optimistic about 2016 and all of the positive things happening in the Ward. I hope to hear from you this year. As the sign in the Ward Office reads “Service to the public is our program. We appreciate your suggestions and criticisms.”

Patrick D. Thompson 11th Ward Alderman