October 2017

Alderman’s Corner

What a beautiful weekend. We had a lot going on this weekend in the 11th Ward. I participated in a community clean up with residents of University Village and student athletes from UIC. A special thank you to Cory Tanzer for organizing this event. I also made my way to the first ever Regatta at Park 571. Who would have thought so many 11th Ward residents would be sitting at a park watching a regatta on the Chicago River? Especially the Bubbly Creek!

October means Budget season, Flu Season and Halloween.

The Mayor will introduce the 2018 Budget at our City Council meeting on October 18th. Starting October 23rd, the City Council will hold budget hearings with each Department presenting their budget. The City Council has the opportunity to provide input, ask questions and thoroughly review each Department’s spending plans for this coming year. As I have the past two years, I will host a meeting to answer any questions about the proposed Budget. The Budget Town Hall meeting will be November 8th at 6:00pm at Armour Park.

Commissioner Daley and I are excited to partner with the Department of Public Health and offer FREE Flu Shots at McGuane Park (2901 South Poplar Avenue) on October 26th from 10am­2pm. In addition, the City of Chicago Department of Aging, Cook County Assessor’s office, Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Treasurer’s office and Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) will also be in attendance to provide their services. I look forward to seeing you at this event.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for the children this year with trick or treating at Halloween. The Chicago Park District will be offering several Halloween related events throughout the month of October. Park 571 will be hosting a Pumpkin Painting on October 14th from 11:00am­1:00pm, Armour will have their Fall Fest on October 21st from 10:30am­12:30pm, Donovan will be hosting their party on October 26th from 4:00­ 5:30pm, Taylor Lauridsen will be hosting their outdoor party on October 28th from 11:00am­2:00pm, and Jefferson Park will be hosting “Spooktacular” on October 29th from 3:30pm­5:30pm. To ensure safety for residents & children we are working with the Chicago Police and ask that all trick or treating end at 8:00pm on Oct. 31st.

Our capital improvement projects have started and both City crews and private contractors have been busy with our projects. In 2017, we were able to fund the following projects: •6 alley resurfacing projects; •17 street resurfacing locations;•13 sidewalk/curb locations; •4HD Pod Cameras; •Installation of Green Traffic Arrow (Southbound 26th & Halsted); •3 Residential LED light locations; •3 Speed Hump Locations; •5 Viaduct Improvement Locations

I encourage you to visit our website (www.ward11. org) and view the Capital Improvement map to see all of the work we have completed throughout the Ward from 2015 until now.

Finally, we just finished some renovation work at the Ward Office. We have done some tuckpointing work on the outside as well as new flooring and a complete remodel of our lobby inside. Please stop by and say hello. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to my office at 773­254­6677.

11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson