January 2018

Alderman’s Corner

Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to relax and enjoy the Holidays with their loved ones. The Holidays are a great time to look back and be thankful.

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the residents of the 11th Ward. I am also thankful for the great team we have at the Ward Office.

2017 was a very significant year for the communities of the 11th Ward. A lot of residential, commercial and infrastructural development was initiated or completed. Major infrastructure improvements and investments in education were made while several new businesses opened. I look forward to the new construction projects along Halsted Street and throughout the entire 11th Ward in 2018.

As I have stated in the past, public safety will always remain my top priority. It is an honor to serve such active community members that are supportive of the police. I continue to work with our Commanders of the 1st, 9th, and 12th Districts to ensure our communities are safe. Our Neighborhood Watch groups continue to play an integral role in public safety. If you recall at “The Keeping It Real Seminar” the convicted burglars said the biggest deterrent was “nosey neighbors”. Stay Nosey in 2018!

After reviewing crime statistics last week with the CPD administration, crime is statistically down in our Ward, but I know there is still a perception of it not being safe. I will continue to work closely with the CPD to ensure the perception matches the statistics. I would like to commend the CPD for their great police work especially around the Holidays.

I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. I will continue to work hard and build on the improvements that we have made. Whether it is attending a community meeting or calling City service requests into my office, I appreciate hearing from you. As the sign in the Ward Office reads “Service to the public is our program. We appreciate your suggestions and criticisms.” Please stop by our office at 3659 S. Halsted or call us at 773­254­6677.

11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson