June 2016

Alderman’s Corner

As summer quickly approaches, it will bring warm weather, community events, students enjoying their summer vacation and of course construction. With that being said, I would like to remind everyone to use caution while driving in order to ensure the safety of our neighbors and those working on construction throughout the Ward. With the warm weather, I encourage you to get out and take advantage of what our Ward has to offer.

We have finalized the plans for Jacolik Park, 2731 S. Eleanor. I would like to thank all of those who participated in the decision-making process. Whether it was attending the community meeting, sending an email or having a conversation with me, I appreciate everyone’s passion for our communities. We have several events taking place at the parks throughout our Ward this summer. Please visit our website www.ward11.org/juneparkevents for a complete listing of these events the entire family can participate in. In addition, you can also download the “chiparks” app on your smart phone for a full listing of all Chicago Park District events.

Congratulations to all of our graduates and I wish them success on their future endeavors. I would also like to thank the principals, teachers and school staff for all of their hard work throughout the school year. I will continue to work closely with the principals over the summer to ensure a successful start to the 2016 school year.

I know many of you participated in our Clean and Green that took place at Palmisano Park last month and to you I say thank you. I hope we can continue these efforts in keeping our communities clean. With that being said, I would like to remind you of the Municipal Code of Chicago:

 7-28-060 Conditions detrimental to health – Public nuisance – Violation – Penalty.

No building, vehicle, structure, receptacle, yard, lot, premises, or part thereof, shall be made, used, kept, maintained, or operated in the city if such use, keeping, maintaining, or operating shall be the occasion of any nuisance, or shall be dangerous to life or detrimental to health.

Every building or structure constructed or maintained in violation of the building provisions of this Code, or which is in an unsanitary condition, or in an unsafe or dangerous condition, or which in any manner endangers the health or safety of any person or persons, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance. Every building or part thereof which is in an unsanitary condition by reason of the basement or cellar being covered with stagnant water, or by reason of the presence of sewer gas, or by reason of any portion of a building being infected with disease or being unfit for human habitation, or which by reason of any other unsanitary condition, is a source of sickness, or which endangers the public health, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.

Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $200.00 nor more than $500.00, or imprisonment not to exceed 10 days, or both such fine and imprisonment for each offense. Each day such violation shall continue shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.


7-28-070 Piling of used material to excessive heights.

No yard, lot, premises or enclosure or part thereof, shall be used, kept, maintained, or operated, for the purpose of storing used lumber, metal or other secondhand building material, dismantled motor vehicles or parts thereof, creates, cases, boxes or other discarded material unless the said yard, lot, premises or enclosure is entirely surrounded by a fence eight feet in height, which fence shall be located at least eight feet from all public ways surrounding the property and none of said articles shall be piled nearer than six inches to, nor higher than said fence; provided, however, that if said articles are piled at a greater distance than eight feet from any public way they may be piled to a height equal to the distance from the public way, but in no case to a height exceeding 20 feet. On the property dividing lines of such yard, lot, premises or enclosure said fence may be erected on the property dividing line but none of said articles shall be piled nearer than six inches to said fence nor be piled at an angle of more than 45 degrees from such point, but not to exceed a height of 20 feet. Where an existing fence is erected nearer than eight feet to a public way, such fence may be permitted to remain but none of said articles shall be piled nearer than eight feet to such public way nor contrary to the provisions of this section. The piling of said articles in excess of the height herein permitted shall constitute a nuisance. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than $200.00 and not more than $500.00 for each offense. Every day of a continuing violation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

7-28-120 Weeds – Penalty for violation – Abatement – Lien.

  • Any person who owns or controls property within the city must cut or otherwise control all weeds on such property so that the average height of such weeds does not exceed ten inches. Any person who violates this subsection shall be subject to a fine of not less than $600 nor more than $1,200. Each day that such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense to which a separate.

Should there be an address of concern, please contact my office so we can assist with resolving the issue.

I want to make sure everyone is aware of a few other upcoming events taking place in our Ward. Just as we do every summer, we are offering City Sticker sales at the 11th Ward Office. The City Clerk’s office will be selling City Stickers tomorrow from 11am-3pm. Please note that they will only be accepting checks, money orders or credit cards. No cash will be accepted.

On June 21st, I will be hosting my 3rd Quarterly Aldermanic Meeting at St. Barbara School Hall (2853 South Throop) beginning at 6:00PM. I encourage everyone to come out and hear an update of the Ward as well as voice any comments and concerns.

On June 14th the 11th Ward, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department and the South Loop Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting the 10th Annual Flag Day Ceremony. It will be located at 4500 South Halsted beginning at 11:00am. We ask that you bring tattered American, Chicago, P.O.W. and M.I.A. flags for proper disposal. As a new addition to this annual ceremony, we are seeking donations from local businesses to replace all American flags at the public venues throughout our Ward including all schools, libraries, parks, police stations and firehouses. All are invited to attend this event and we hope you can join us.

I would like to congratulate our 9th District commander, Daniel Godsel, on his one-year anniversary June 15th. I would like to thank him and his staff for their continued efforts on keeping our communities safe.

In closing, I hope our veteran community and their families enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. It is an honor to have so many active veterans and their families in our community. With that being said, I am asking everyone to take part in, “Operation Help-A-Hero.” This movement is helping supply the basic items a veteran needs to transition from a shelter to a permanent residency. My office is currently accepting donations of new/store bought personal hygiene articles such as: soap, combs, hairbrushes, kitchen and cleaning supplies and miscellaneous items such as toiletries.

As always for any suggestions, criticisms or concerns, call 773-254-6677, email at http://www.ward11.org/con tact/ or stop by our office at 3659 S. Halsted Street.