Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43

Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43 Alderman Michele Smith is serving her third term as Alderman of the 43rd Ward. As the chairman of the Committee on Ethics and Government Operations, she puts an emphasis on constituent services with the goal to enhance safety and security in the ward.

Operating as usual

Stay warm this weekend, and follow these tips from the Department of Water Management to prevent frozen pipes.
02/05/2021

Stay warm this weekend, and follow these tips from the Department of Water Management to prevent frozen pipes.

If you weren't able to attend our carjacking forum on Tuesday, you can read about it in this week's newsletter:  https:/...
02/05/2021
Carjacking Forum Review

If you weren't able to attend our carjacking forum on Tuesday, you can read about it in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3tyDTnw.

New Site for Vaccine Signups Carjacking Forum Review 18th District Public Safety Forum Recycling Hearing New Site for Vaccine Sign-Ups Dear Neighbors, Thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtu

The city is now using the online scheduling tool Zocdoc to help residents find vaccination appointments. More informatio...
02/03/2021
New Coronavirus Vaccine Scheduler Lets You Find Appointments From Around Chicago

The city is now using the online scheduling tool Zocdoc to help residents find vaccination appointments. More information is in this article from Block Club Chicago.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/02/02/new-coronavirus-vaccine-scheduler-lets-you-find-appointments-from-around-chicago/?mc_cid=0e4b8a08ff&mc_eid=2d14532ee8

Chicago is partnering with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can try to schedule coronavirus vaccination appointments.

02/03/2021
Community Forum on Carjackings

43rd & 44th Ward Public Safety Forum: Vehicular Hijacking. Alderman Smith and Alderman Tunney are joined by our 18th and 19th District Commanders, as well as Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan and representatives of the State's Attorneys Office.

02/02/2021

Reminder! Our special community forum on carjackings is TONIGHT at 6pm. If you have registered, you will receive the link an hour before the event. If you haven't registered, there will be a livestream of the Zoom right here, on our page.

Please keep your sidewalks clear! More updates from this week are in our newsletter: https://conta.cc/3rdUT0b
02/02/2021
Vaccine News

Please keep your sidewalks clear! More updates from this week are in our newsletter: https://conta.cc/3rdUT0b

Public Safety Forum Tonight Vaccine News Keep Sidewalks Clear Public Safety Forum Tonight Dear Neighbors, We continue to receive calls and emails with questions about Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine

Join me, our community's other elected representatives, and the Citizens Utility Board for a webinar about reducing cabl...
02/02/2021

Join me, our community's other elected representatives, and the Citizens Utility Board for a webinar about reducing cable bill costs and preventing robocalls. This event will be broadcast on Facebook Live tomorrow at 2pm.

Senator Feigenholtz will be hosting a webinar on the criminal justice reform legislation (HB 3653) that was recently pas...
02/01/2021

Senator Feigenholtz will be hosting a webinar on the criminal justice reform legislation (HB 3653) that was recently passed in Springfield. Tomorrow at 12pm, register here: https://forms.gle/TANZcMJBtbCtcWnC6

Carjacking prevention tips from the Chicago Police Department:
01/28/2021

Carjacking prevention tips from the Chicago Police Department:

We held a moment of silence in City Council to honor those we lost. So much family we never knew. Millions. Never forget...
01/28/2021

We held a moment of silence in City Council to honor those we lost. So much family we never knew. Millions. Never forget.

For the relatives we will never know.

For never forgetting what evil is possible and denouncing it; with courage.

For speaking up against hatred and injustice in all of its subtle, dog-whistle, micro-aggressive forms.

Our COVID-19 metrics are moving in the right direction, but we must remain vigilant. More on new Tier 1 mitigations and ...
01/26/2021
Phase 1B Vaccination Plan

Our COVID-19 metrics are moving in the right direction, but we must remain vigilant. More on new Tier 1 mitigations and the vaccine in our newsletter: https://conta.cc/3ccs7bT

Several Important Webinars Today Tier 1 Mitigations/Openings Vaccine Updates Combatting Carjackings Dear Neighbors, Our office has received many calls and emails with questions about Phase 1b of the C

⚠️ A winter storm warning is in effect in Chicago from 4pm today until 5pm tomorrow. Heavy snow and wind are likely to c...
01/25/2021
Plow Tracker

⚠️ A winter storm warning is in effect in Chicago from 4pm today until 5pm tomorrow. Heavy snow and wind are likely to create hazardous conditions, and there may be flooding near the lake. If you have to go out, please be careful.

Reminder: As of Dec 1, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban is in effect from 3am–7am. Please remove all vehicles so the streets can be plowed. You can track the snow plows as they move around the city here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/streets/supp_info/plowtracker.html

During snow storms, this Plow Tracker map will show real-time locations of city plows and salt spreaders.

Chicago is now in Tier 1 mitigations. Restaurants and bars can reopen indoors at lesser of 25% or 25 people per space. H...
01/24/2021
Reopening Businesses Portal

Chicago is now in Tier 1 mitigations. Restaurants and bars can reopen indoors at lesser of 25% or 25 people per space. Help keep our businesses open and safe and consult the new measures in detail here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/reopening-business-portal.html

The State of Illinois has announced that Chicago can move to Tier Two Mitigations, effective January 18, 2021. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction.

Chi COVID Coach: Most in these 2 groups will likely get vaccinated in Feb & Mar. Talk to your doctor, employer, pharmacy...
01/23/2021
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Chi COVID Coach: Most in these 2 groups will likely get vaccinated in Feb & Mar. Talk to your doctor, employer, pharmacy, or visit www.chicago.gov/COVIDvax

The City of Chicago has been preparing since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. There will be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of 2020, but supply will continually increase in the weeks and months that follow. The Chicago Dep...

Become a permanent part of Lincoln Park and support Lincoln Park High School by purchasing a "Brick" and include a messa...
01/21/2021

Become a permanent part of Lincoln Park and support Lincoln Park High School by purchasing a "Brick" and include a message for or from an individual, group or corporation. Details are here, from the Friends of Lincoln Park High School: https://www.fundraisingbrick.com/online-orders/lincolnparkhs/

Illinois is soon moving into phase 1B of the vaccination rollout plan. More COVID-19 vaccine updates are in our newslett...
01/19/2021
Phase 1B Vaccination Plan/Public Safety Update

Illinois is soon moving into phase 1B of the vaccination rollout plan. More COVID-19 vaccine updates are in our newsletter: https://conta.cc/3qB5X7j

Slightly Reopening Again Phase 1B Vaccination Plan Chicago Moves to Tier 2 Mitigation Anti-Vehicular Hijacking 101 Dear Neighbors, We are pleased with Governor Pritzker's announcement that Illinois wi

01/19/2021

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The City's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be holding a workshop webinar tomorrow (1/19) at ...
01/18/2021

The City's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be holding a workshop webinar tomorrow (1/19) at 3:00 pm to help businesses navigate the Paycheck Protection Program and other emergency funding opportunities. Visit www.chicago.gov/businesseducation to register.

The City of Chicago, in partnership with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, invites you to take part in the Brigh...
01/18/2021

The City of Chicago, in partnership with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, invites you to take part in the Brighter Together National COVID-19 Memorial Service, a virtual event to remember the lives lost to COVID-19. Please join us on Tuesday January 19 at 6:00 PM for this national moment of unity and remembrance.

At 6:00 PM, join residents and businesses across Chicago in turning off your lights and electronics and stepping outside to your driveway or balcony, or outside of your workplace, to light a candle and observe a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The City will be dark during this moment as we reflect on the pandemic and its impact on our city and country.

At 6:10 PM, following ten minutes of reflection, please turn your lights back on, symbolizing moving from darkness to light.

Tomorrow, the Chicago History Museum will be hosting a virtual event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. It...
01/17/2021
Virtual Event | MLK Day: King in Chicago - Chicago History Museum

Tomorrow, the Chicago History Museum will be hosting a virtual event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. It will be a great opportunity to learn about Dr. King's activism in Chicago and his message of justice, peace, and change. https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/virtual-mlk-day-2021/

A Baptist minister and champion of nonviolent activism, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the civil rights movement. He spent considerable time in Chicago protesting racial discrimination, particularly in housing and education. Explore ways the Chicago History Mus...

Our community, along with the entire City, has experienced a surge in carjackings. As a consequence, I have been speakin...
01/17/2021

Our community, along with the entire City, has experienced a surge in carjackings. As a consequence, I have been speaking regularly with the Chief of Detectives, our local Commanders, and the Cook County States Attorney's Office. This surge is unacceptable.

To learn more about the issues and have your questions answered, please attend our special forum on carjackings, hosted by our office and the 44th Ward. Speaking will be our 18th and 19th District Commanders, as well as Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan and representatives of the State's Attorneys Office.

RSVP is required. Register here to attend on February 2nd at 6pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PbWyHnGmTC-h-UJG2m6FWQ

Updates on the COVID-19 vaccine and information about our community forum on carjackings are in the latest newsletter: h...
01/15/2021
Carjacking Cases/Forum on Feb. 2

Updates on the COVID-19 vaccine and information about our community forum on carjackings are in the latest newsletter: https://conta.cc/3iixV4I

Covid Vaccine Update/Apply for PPP loans Now Carjacking Alert and Community Forum COVID-19 Vaccine Update Apply Now for PPP Loans MLK Day National COVID-19 Memorial Service Dear Neighbors, Our communi

The Small Business Administration reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this week to supply up to $284 billion ...
01/15/2021
Second Draw PPP Loans

The Small Business Administration reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this week to supply up to $284 billion toward job retention and other expenses through March 31, 2021. We want to make sure ward businesses have access to these essential funds.

Businesses who did not receive a PPP loan during the first round can apply here: https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form-2483-ppp-first-draw-borrower-application-form

Certain business who have already received a PPP loan may be eligible to apply during the second round. Find out more here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program/second-draw-ppp-loans

Eligible businesses may apply for a Second Draw PPP loan.

This year to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Commissioner Gainer and President Preckwinkle are laun...
01/12/2021

This year to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Commissioner Gainer and President Preckwinkle are launching an MLK Day of Service Diversity in Art Virtual Exhibit in collaboration with the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Students from grades K-12 are invited to send their artistic expression as they reflect on MLK Day of Service and are encouraged to be part of a dialogue around diversity and civic engagement and how we can serve as activist on MLK Day and throughout the year.

The exhibit will be unveiled virtually on January 18, 2021.

Reminder! Applications for the Shared Sidewalk Project will be received Monday Jan 11 from 6am to 10pm. You may call 311...
01/09/2021
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program

Reminder! Applications for the Shared Sidewalk Project will be received Monday Jan 11 from 6am to 10pm. You may call 311, use the CHI311 app or submit a request online.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/street/svcs/shared_cost_sidewalkprogram.html

The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: "Gradually Resume." Many City services have adjusted hours or locations and may require health screens prior to entering their physical spaces. Please call ahead or visit any department's website to get additional details, or visit chicago.gov/covid-19...

Get this week's Ward 43 updates in our first newsletter of 2021: https://conta.cc/3q6kbwv. Reminder! Buy your new parkin...
01/08/2021
The Attack On Our Nation

Get this week's Ward 43 updates in our first newsletter of 2021: https://conta.cc/3q6kbwv.

Reminder! Buy your new parking passes online now at ezbuy.chicityclerk.com. 2021 passes are pink.

MLK Holiday Closings Closing of General Iron CPS Update COVID Vaccine Update MLK Day Office Closed Dear Neighbors, We are still reeling from the consequences of the despicable actions of President Tru

Dear Neighbors,We are still reeling from the consequences of the despicable actions of President Trump in urging an insu...
01/08/2021

Dear Neighbors,

We are still reeling from the consequences of the despicable actions of President Trump in urging an insurrection at the Capitol, which led to five deaths. This mob action included the erection of gallows, destruction of property, and attacks on police.

The moral and political offensiveness of this attack is epitomized in this picture. Never before in American history has a Confederate flag been inside the US Capitol. Well over 600,000 American soldiers died to prevent this symbol of slavery from flying in our Capitol. CNN wrote a useful story of the flag's meaning that you can read here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/07/us/capitol-confederate-flag-fort-stevens/index.html.

Our President's instigation of this attack and his lack of personal accountability for the consequences of his behavior is shameful. I support the calls of our Congressmen Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky to impeach him. Never again should we tolerate or enable a President who so disgraces our nation.

This weekend, winter waves were crashing against the row of temporary sandbags protecting the lakefront path at Fullerto...
01/05/2021

This weekend, winter waves were crashing against the row of temporary sandbags protecting the lakefront path at Fullerton. Even when the path is repaired, it will still be very vulnerable to high water.

We need solutions for our lakefront and more green space inland. We need the North Branch Park Preserve.

"The metallic odors are gone now. So are the piles of flattened cars, used appliances and twisted rebar fed almost every...
01/04/2021
General Iron closes North Side facility; shredder awaits final permit to start operations on the Southeast Side

"The metallic odors are gone now. So are the piles of flattened cars, used appliances and twisted rebar fed almost every day into one of the last industrial polluters on the North Branch of the Chicago River."

On Dec 31, General Iron stopped operations in Lincoln Park. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/environment/ct-general-iron-north-side-closed-20210104-rfah6f666jcojanwzwhjtbopky-story.html"

“Too many broken promises to believe this is actually happening,” said Lara Compton, one of the leaders of a North Side community group called Stop General Iron.

12/30/2020

Our office is getting ready for 2021! We will be closed on Dec 31 and Jan 1 and will reopen with usual hours on Jan 4. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! 🎆

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So the city opened restaurants before they started vaccine distribution 1b. City leaders need to get their priorities in order. Since when did going out for dinner become more important than getting a life-saving vaccination.
Alderman Smith, you need to do something about the unacceptable crime in our community & surrounding area. CAPS meetings are not crime-fighting tools; they are about community outreach - period. We need effective leadership, concrete plans, and results. Stay safe & do your job.
As reported on CBS2 News. How do the violaters get away with this and the owners who comply get penalized? Our city government is just INEFFECTIVE and NON-RESPONSIVE.
Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks that border Lincoln Park and other city parks? No one? Because many, many sidewalks have not been cleared - they are covered with ice and DANGEROUS. Someone is NOT doing their job.
Good Morning, hoping you can help. My drivers license address is for the home I own that will soon be undergoing rehab (142), I need parking permits for my nearby rental address (143). I brought a lease into office, so was able to purchase purchase in person (143), but online it will only allow me 142. I've emailed twice, please help! Thank you
Alderman Smith - The budget is a moral document. This racist, regressive budget does not reflect the values of Chicagoans. Vote NO!
Hey Alderman! Just wanted to follow up on your most recent newsletter, which I noticed hasn't made its way to facebook. The use of respectability rhetoric to attempt to distance you and your predominantly white constituents from the real, immediate need for police reform in Chicago and beyond rings hollow. It reinforces our need for community control of the police. #CPACNow
Do you ever leave your office? Do you ever respond to citizens? I encourage you to get out of your office and walk around Lincoln Park. Try to keep your distance from all the people on the sidewalks and paths NOT wearing masks who don't give a darn about social distancing. Walk around the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk and see if you can avoid exposing yourself to contamination from person after person after person NOT wearing a mask. Check out the "closed" Cummings Playground to see if it really is closed. You may be surprised. Check out the ball field by North Avenue where you will see a large group of unmasked people playing basketball and an even larger group of unmasked people playing football. As part of city government, you should be scared and you should be motivated to take action. Our government can not, or will not, keep us safe from the virus or from gun violence, looting and other rampart crime that make our streets the most unsafe in America.
Hey Alderman, I would love to hear you unequivocally condemn the measures DHS is taking. This is horrifying and we need all the help we can get. We can't just assume your position.
Hello fellow Ward 43ers! Let’s show Michele how many people in the ward support CPAC! Sign this petition now:
CW: police brutality; blood Hey Alderman! Is this the police force you choose to protect and support? The one that beats up young protesters (link in comments) and protects a statue of a rapist and murderer? Again, silence from your office. Shame on you.
The wonderful volunteers at Lincoln Park Zoo. :)