October 2015

Alderman’s Corner

We live in great communities in the best city. What makes our communities great are our people. The diversity of our community is a strength that we must celebrate. We must look out for our neighbors, maintain our properties in a safe & clean manner and be vigilant in keeping our communities safe.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani implemented a policy strategy called “Broken Window Syndrome”. The basis of this strategy was that a broken window in a community could lead to further criminal activities. There is some merit to that strategy. I believe that there is only one “first impression.” Therefore what people see influences their opinion of our communities.

Most of our neighbors take pride in their homes and our communities. We must all take responsibility for protecting our communities. I am asking everyone to recommit to keeping our neighborhoods safe and clean. My office is a resource to help all of us 773-254-6677. We can also call upon our City departments for additional assistance.

I also think it is important that everyone is aware of the appropriate ordinances relating to public safety and cleanliness. I believe everyone should be aware of the following Municipal Codes of Chicago:

  1. 7-28-120 (a) 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 fine shall apply.
  2. 10-28-070 (a1) Storage of goods on Public Ways. Except as otherwise specifically permitted by this Code, no person shall use any public way for the storage of personal property, goods, wares or merchandise of any kind. Nor shall any person place or cause to be placed in or upon any public way, any barrel, box, hogshead, crate, package or other obstruction of any kind, or permit the same to remain thereon longer than is necessary to convey such article to or from the premises abutting on such sidewalk. (b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $250.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
  3. 7-28-720 Accumulation of materials or junk. It shall be unlawful for any person to accumulate or permit the accumulation on any open lot, or other premises, any lumber, boxes, barrels, bricks, stones, scrap metal, motor vehicle bodies or parts, or similar materials, or any articles of junk, which provides rat- harborage, unless the same shall be placed on open racks that are elevated not less than 18 inches above the ground, evenly piled or stacked. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $600 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense to which a separate fine shall apply.
  4. 7-12-420 Removal of excrement. No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet. This section shall not apply to a blind person while walking his or her guide dog. Any person found to have been in violation of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense.

We also have an obligation to comply with Building Code and Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. Broken windows, missing gutters, high weeds are a set of fine provisions that we must abide by or the City will enforce them.

We continue to see new development proposals and companies like Vienna Beef & Commonwealth Edison, relocate to the 11th Ward. We are also very focused on Halsted Street from Harrison to 49th Street as well as on the commercial corridors. Bar Louie is moving in at Maxwell and Halsted and we continue to tour developers & retail users through the Ward.

Our Ward has many great things happening. It is our responsibility to keep our own property safe and clean. I ask everyone to be a good neighbor and take pride in our Ward.