The Alderman’s Corner It feels like a week ago I was writing my article for February. It may have been the warm weather or our busy schedule that made the month of February pass by quickly. Hopefully as we March through the next month, we steer clear of any flurries.
We were able to accomplish a lot here in the Ward last month. We had additional bicycle patrols as well as other law enforcement resources throughout the Ward both during the day and night. Special thanks to the Chicago Police Department for all of their work.
I will be hosting my Quarterly Aldermanic Meeting at Nativity of Our Lord Church Basement on March 7th at 6:30PM. There will be a special CAPS “Keeping It Real” seminar. Learn how to protect yourself and your property. CAPS Sergeant Modesse will lead the seminar with criminals who will describe how they identify their targets. I encourage everyone to attend.
Opening Day is April 3rd and will be here before we know it. My office and I are working diligently to finalize residential parking permits. If you recall, last May I amended the existing City Ordinance so that residential parking applies to ball games and other stadium events. Signs will be updated over time throughout the zone to reflect “No Parking during events & ball games.”
This year I have been working with our newly appointed City Clerk, Anna Valencia, to secure the database for each person who has a registered vehicle with the City of Chicago inside the zone. Sox sticker pick up will begin on March 8th and run through April 2nd per the schedule below for all constituents.On the day of pick up, we ask that you bring in a valid drivers license that reflects your home address. A member of my staff will provide you with your pre-assigned envelope, which will include the appropriate number of stickers and placards. Remember, 1 window sticker per registered vehicle.
If you live in the White Sox zone but your driver’s license does not reflect your address, we ask that you bring in a lease or utility bill that does reflect your address. All residents of the Ward will be issued a window sticker upon request. These stickers are issued as a courtesy so when you are doing your shopping, banking or visiting family and friends, you can park anywhere within the boundaries. Again, these will only be issued with valid identification and proof of City of Chicago registration as well.
School/Business/Church placards will be available throughout the entire season. Please bring in a copy of your business license, school/church letterhead with the amount of placards you are requesting.
Please refer to the schedule below for pick up dates and times: Monday, March 13th, 20th and 27th from 8:30am to 7:30pm; Tuesday, March 14th, 21st and 28th from 8:30am-6:30pm; Wednesday, March 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th from 8:30am-5:00pm; Thursday, March 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th from 8:30am to 5:00pm; Friday, March 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st from 8:30am – 5pm; Saturday, March 11th from 9:00am to 12 Noon, March 18th Closed, March 25th and April 1st from 9:00am to 12 Noon; Sunday, April 2nd from 9:00am to 12 Noon.
Evening & weekend dates are available to accommodate everyone’s schedule. My goal is to continue to work with Clerk Valencia, the Department of Revenue and the 9th District to enforce proper use of the placards and window stickers issued from my office. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please reach out to my office at 773-254-6677. We will work hard to ensure everyone is prepared for the Chicago White Sox home opener, April 3rd. Go Sox!
11th Ward Alderman, Patrick D. Thompson