November 2017

Alderman’s Corner

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween. Welcome to Fall. Don’t forget to “fall back” this Sunday at 2AM by turning your clock back 1 hour.

November 11th is Veterans Day and I would like to thank all of our veterans for their commitment and service to our country. It is great that we have such a strong and active veteran’s community. Not only have our veterans served our country, most continue volunteering and serving our City and neighborhoods. We will be hosting our annual coat drive in conjunction with the Canaryville Veterans Association. Beginning November 6th, coats can be collected at the Ward Office (3659 S Halsted St.), Taylor Lauridsen (704 W 42nd St.), Canaryville Branch Library (642 W 43rd St.), Richard J. Daley Branch (3400 S Halsted St.) and the 12th District Police Station (1412 S Blue Island Ave.).

We want to thank all of those who made it out to the 11th Ward Senior Outreach event Commissioner Daley and I hosted last Thursday. Many of you received free flu shots and were able to work with the Secretary of State for new ID’s.

Commissioner Daley and I also want to thank Mayor Emanuel and our neighbors who joined us on Saturday for the official groundbreaking at Mark Sheridan School of the annex building including a new STEM classroom, multi­purpose room and adding an elevator to make the building accessible. The last renovation at Mark Sheridan was in 1901. This will be a great addition to our community. We also hope those looking for job opportunities attended the employment outreach on Monday at the Bridgeport Art Center in connection with this construction project.

Although I am at Budget Hearings every day, I know my team is working hard on constituent services. There are a number of capital improvement projects taking place throughout the entire Ward, so please be patient. These projects are part of my Aldermanic Menu and include street resurfacing, alley resurfacing, speed bump installation and sidewalk repair. For a full list of projects, please visit our website www.ward11.org.

With all of the projects taking place we have noticed an uptick in rodents. If you see a rodent, please call our office and we will send the Department of Streets and Sanitation to bait your alley as well as your yard if you do not have any pets.

Lastly, I encourage all of you to attend my Aldermanic Quarterly meeting on November 8th at 6:00pm at Armour Park. The meeting is focused on the 2018 City Budget and we will have Ben Winnick from the Office of Financial Analysis to summarize the Budget. We will also have our new 9th District Police Commander, Randy Darlin, join us, so come say hello. Fortunately Commander Chung will continue to work with us as the new Commander in the 12th District.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

11th Ward Alderman. Patrick D. Thompson