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11th Ward Street Sweeping

A schedule detailing the dates and locations for street sweeping in the 11th ward is posted below. Both files are in PDF format.

11th Ward Street Sweeping Schedule      Ward Map    

11th Ward Yard
3800 S. Iron
312-745-2243

11th Ward Map

A map of the new 11th Ward in PDF format.

 11th Ward Map

Chicago Fire Department announces Entry Level Firefighter Exam

The Chicago Fire Department would like to inform Chicago residents that they are now offering all applicants a chance  to become a Chicago Firefighter.  All applicants must be between the age of 18 and 37 years old.  The Firefighter/EMT position is open for applications from  July 16 through September 16 at www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication.  The written exam will be held on December 13th and December 14th of 2014.


11th Ward Announces Roof/Porch Assistance Program

The City of Chicago announces programs available to assist residents with emergency home repairs.  Applicants property must be located in Chicago, owner occupied, habitable,   and not at risk for foreclosure.  All applicants must be income eligible and can only receive a one time service for Roof and or Porch repair.  Households earning less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program.  The intake process for this program starts at 9:00a.m. on September 4th , 2014, by calling 311. Calls will no longer be accepted after January 2, 2015.

For more information please call 311 or visit us at www.cityofchicago.org/DPD

Sewer Construction Projects in the 11th Ward

The Department of Water Management would like to inform residents of sewer construction projects in the 11th Ward; these projects renew the city’s aging infrastructure which dates back to 1877, and needs to be replaced.  The area bounded by 32nd St. on the north, 34th Place on the south, Lituanica on the east, and Racine on the west will benefit from improved drainage and reduce risk of flooding.
A private contractor will soon install a new sewer in the following locations:
32nd Street (Racine-May)
May (32nd St. – 610’ south of 32nd Pl.)
32nd Place (May – Morgan)
33rd Place (Morgan – Lituanica)
Aberdeen (35th St. – 320’ north of 34th Pl.)
Carpenter (32nd Pl. – 556’ south of 32nd Pl.)
Halsted (31st St. – 240’ south of 32nd St.)
Morgan (32nd Pl. – 33rd Pl.)
The contractor’s work will begin shortly, and it is expected to be completed in late November.  Restoration will take place from late April 2015 to late May 2015.  Dates may change depending on weather and other factors.  If there is any appreciable change, residents will be notified.
A resident will always be able to reach their home or business, even if it means putting a metal place in place.  During the entire project, 31st Street will be closed to “through traffic”, from Wallace to Racine.  Traffic on 31st Street will be detoured from Wallace to 35th Street north on Racine back to 31st Street.  Traffic will be allowed to flow outside of working hours.  When crews are working in the streets, closure is necessary for reasons of safety.  Outside of working hours, a lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed, during work hours (7am – 5 pm).  While crews will try to preserve as much parking as they can, they kindly ask that cars be moved by the start if the next workday.
The City of Chicago places great importance on the convenience and quality of life in this neighborhood through the whole term of this project.  Good communication is the key.  For more information,call the City 24-hour service and information line, 3-1-1.


Bridge Deck Repairs on I-55(Stevenson Expressway) to Begin July 14

Starting Monday night, July 14th, weather permitting ,bridge deck repairs on I-55 from I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway to US 41(Lake Shore Drive)will begin Monday, July 14,2014.  In order to perform the work traffic lanes will be reduced during construction activities.
One Lane closures along the multi- lane highway and ramps will be allowed Monday morning to Thursday mornings.  Single lane Ramp closures will be allowed Friday evening to Monday morning and traffic will be detoured. The anticipated completion date for this project is November 17, 2014.
The allowable closure hours are from 10:00 a.m. Monday to 5:00 a.m. Thursday. The closures are as follows: 
-Left lane of the northbound I-55(Stevenson Expressway) to Northbound US 41 (Lake Shore Drive) ramp.
-Right lane of Southbound Lake Shore Drive ramp to Southbound I-55.
-Weekend lane closures are not anticipated during this stage.
Motorist can expect delays during times when the lane closures are in effect and should allow extra time for travel through this area .  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers nd signs in the work zone, and also to obey the posted speed limits.
Find more detail  on other construction project in IDOT’s District 1 zoneat www.dot.state.il.us construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at www.dot.state.il.us. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.


4th Annual Run to End Homelessness

 
4th Annual Run to End Homelessness

11th Ward Welcomes Congressman Lipinski's Senior Fair

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, welcome Congressman Dan Lipinski's Senior Fair to the 11th Ward. The Senior Fair will be held on Monday, July 28th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon at the Nativity of our Lord located at 653 W. 37th St. Congressman Lipinski's Senior Fairs offer assistance with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, utility bills and other issues. Local senior organizations, agencies and businesses offering senior services also will be available. For more information, please contact 312-886-0481.


Bridgeport Farmers Market Update

The Bridgeport Art Center will host one of the City's first Community Markets, a market with both food and non-food vendors showcasing locally grown produce, prepared foods, as well as art and fashion products from makers in the community.
The Bridgeport Art Center Farmers Market will open at its new location at 1200 W. 35th Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 21 – October 4.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html


11th Ward Beanbag Tournament Winners

The 11th Ward sponsored the annual Beanbag Tournament at McGuane Park, located at 2901 S. Poplar Ave.  Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and 11th Ward Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson are pleased to announce the winners of the tournament: 1st Place – Rich Martino and Amy Norman; 2nd Place – Nick Borrelli and Alex Mingle.

 “We are grateful to the parents and coaches who assisted the children during the tournament.  In addition, we thank the Chicago Park District staff for their efforts and cooperation,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We are honored to sponsor these athletic tournaments to the schools, parks, and residents of the 11th Ward, and are grateful for their participation,” added Alderman Balcer.  “Congratulations to the winners and the participants of this tournament and a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the parents, family, and friends for their time and dedication,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson – Nicholas Borrelli, Julie Briones, Russell Buckley, Joseph R. Camp, Anival Cervantes, Brandon Doran, Charles Doran, Leslie Dotts, Sophia Feliciano, Yue Yu Huang, Cecilia Jimenez, Christopher Lovell, Hannah Martin, Richard Martino, Marsha Miller, Alex Mingle, Barry Ng, Amy Norman, Eddie Pulido, Maria Santana, Dominique Saragosa, Shelby Weiss, and Coaches: Kate McIntosh, Jen Yolich, and LeAnn Vandermyde.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson – Rich Martino, Alex Mingle, Amy Norman, and Nick Borrelli.


11th Ward Boy & Girl of the Year Award Ceremony

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, are pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Ward Boy & Girl of the Year Program.  The 8th grade Boy and Girl of the Year Program award winners are: Jackie Weng from Healy, and Emily Johns from Bridgeport Catholic Academy.  The 8th grade Boy and Girl of the Year Program award runner-ups are: Christopher Liu from Healy, and Kiana Lai from Healy.  The 7th grade Boy and Girl of the Year Program award winners are: Salvatore Macchinoe from Healy, and Grace Thompson from Bridgeport Catholic Academy.  The 7th grade Boy and Girl of the Year Program award runner-ups are: Stanley Cho from Healy, and Aolani Cano from Bridgeport Catholic Academy.

Each applicant was judged based on their participation and leadership in school, civic, and volunteer activities.  Two letters of recommendations and a copy of their current report card were required at the time of application.  “Alderman Balcer and I would like to thank all the judges who took on the difficult task of judging these bright and talented individuals who participated in this contest,” said Commissioner Daley.  “All the participants deserve praise and recognition for the hard work they put into school and extracurricular activities.  Their families should be very proud of them for showcasing their talents,” added Alderman Balcer.  “These outstanding individuals are a reflection of our bright future, and we wish them continued success,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: (front row) Grace Thompson, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Emily Johns, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Jackie Weng, Healy; Salvatore Macchione, Healy; (back row) Aolani Cano, Bridgeport Catholic Acadmey; Stanley Cho, Healy; Kiani Lai, Healy; and Christopher Liu, Healy.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: (front row) Erika Velazquez, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Melina Garcia, St. Barbara; Jose Perez, St. Barbara; Austin Monaco, Santa Lucia; Emilia Ferreira, Santa Lucia; Zachary Pasciak, Santa Lucia; Salvatore Macchione, Healy; Stanley Cho, Healy; Jackie Weng, Healy; Christopher Liu,
Healy; (back row) Ms. Geraldine Maratea, Principal of Santa Lucia; Ms. Caroline Wiley, Principal of Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Aolani Cano, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Grace Thompson, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Amanda Acosta, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Emily Johns, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Briana Prieto, Healy; Megan Bui, Healy; Emma Salzman, Healy; Kiana Lai, Healy; and Mrs. Dorene Hurckes, Principal of St. Barbara.

 

Community Alert

Burglary


About the Crime:

This alert gives notice to citizens residing in the 009th District (Deering) of burglary
related incidents during the month of April. In these incideflts, offender(s) force open
doors or windows to apartments and take property from therein. These incidents
have occurred at various hours of the day in the general geographical locations
listed below::
Incident times and locations:
2700 Block of S. Union Ave. on April 11 , 2014 during the daytime hours.
2800 Block of S. Union Ave. on April 12, 2014 during the overnight hours.
2700 Block of S. Union Ave. on April 18, 2014 during the evening hours.
2800 Block of S. Emerald Ave. on April 23, 2014 during the day1ime hours..
What you can do:
• Keep the perimeter of your property well lit.
• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• Keep doors and windows secured.
• Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for
investigating detectives.
• If you are a victim do not touch any1hing, call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.
If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Central (312) 747-8382


Free (May) Senior Enrichment Seminars

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman James A. Balcer, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, along with the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center, would like to inform seniors of “free” (May) Senior Enrichment Seminars at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Courtroom 2005 (20th floor), Chicago, Illinois.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Topic: “Aging at Home” – Discover the benefits and services that will assist you in staying independent and living safely at home.  Learn how to avoid abuse and exploitation.

Thursday, May 29th 2014 – (12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.)
Topic: “Identity Theft and Scams” – Protect your identity and yourself in a digital world.  10 most common financial frauds and scams targeting seniors.
To register, contact:
The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center – (312) 603-9233
Further information regarding the Cook County Elder Justice and announcements of upcoming seminars can be viewed at www.cookcountycourt.org

Departments of Water Management and Human Resources City of Chicago Announces Job Opportunities

This year, DWM has been working and coordinating with other departments and agencies to prepare for the start of the 2014 Construction Season.  In addition to working with each Alderman on their ward’s infrastructure needs, DWM has coordinated with the Chicago Department of Transportation, ComEd and People’s Energy.  This cooperation will ensure that as we continue our aggressive capital program, including 85 miles of water main replacement, 21 miles of sewer main replacement and 55 miles of sewer lining.  As you are aware, through Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago Program, we have coordinated and scheduled a program that will allow us to make the needed improvements without leaving streets open and causing unnecessary traffic disruption.
As we move forward with our 2014 Water and Sewer Capital Program, the DWM announces job opportunities:
Title                            Number of Positions
Labor Apprentice                   60
Hoisting Engineer                  18
Seasonal Plumber                   24
Operating Engineer A            8
Operating Engineer C             28

These positions are Shakman-covered; therefore, political reasons or factors or other improper considerations cannot be taken in to account in the selection process.  If any applicants have questions regarding the program or their application, please contact the Department of Human Resources at (312) 744-4976.

Canaryville Little League Opening Day

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, gathered with residents, the Canaryville Little League players, families and friends to celebrate the opening day festivities.  “Alderman Balcer, Commissioner Thompson, and I wish the Canaryville Little League, the players, families and friends, much success and a great 2014 baseball season.  In addition, we wish that the upcoming season be filled with beautiful weather for the games,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We are pleased to see such a great turnout in support of this promising organization, and we are honored to participate every year,” added Alderman Balcer.  “The three of us wish good luck to all!” said Commissioner Thompson.  Before marching in the parade, Commissioner Daley and Commissioner Thomspon met with the Canaryville Veterans Association.  “The Canaryville Veterans Association is a great organization, and one of the reasons why Canaryville is such a strong community,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We are grateful for this organization, along with many others, whom serve as a pillar to the 11th Ward,” added Commissioner Thomson.
Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commission Thompson: John Kozlar, CLL President; Linda Vidmar, CLL Vice-President; and Joe Vidmar, CLL Sponsorship Chairperson.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, State Representative Esther Golar, and Commissioner Thompson: (from left to right) Canaryville Veterans Association members – Mark McInerney,  Jim “Putter” Hawes, Dan Mahoney, Mike Bayne, Hugh Corcoran, and Sarge McMullin.

 
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Commissioner Daley attended the Veterans Resource Fair

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley visited the Veterans Resource Fair at Armour Park to thank the men and women in attendance for their service to our country.  The Chicago Park District hosted a Veteran’s Resource Fair to connect military veterans and their families to the well-deserved benefits in areas such as education, employment, housing, legal, disabilities, mental health, and family/children services.  “We thank the men and women who bravely served and sacrifice for our country.  It is great for resource fairs, such as this one, that allow us to serve those who have served,” said Commissioner Daley.
Pictured with Commissioner Daley: Will Schmutz, City of Chicago, Director of Veteran’s Affairs; Corey Parr, Chicago Park District; Modwene Lavin, Chicago Park District and Gold Star Mother; and Joe Bazil, Jesse Brown VA Center.

 
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Night time Lane/Ramp Closures on I-290 for Stage Change to Begin April 14

Starting Monday night, April 14th, weather permitting, the Eastbound I-290 lanes will be staged from Morgan to Halsted for the bridge construction of the Halsted Street Bridge. The lanes from Morgan to Halsted will be reduced to four lanes. The lanes will be narrowed to 11 foot lanes. There will be one lane to the Congress Parkway, one lane to the Westbound Kennedy ramp and two lanes to the Eastbound Dan Ryan ramp.
The closures will start at 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., from Damen Avenue to Halsted Street. The Congress Parkway will be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., the posted detour will be to the Eastbound Dan Ryan ramp, exit to the Taylor Street ramp, to Roosevelt Road, turn left onto Roosevelt Road and re-enter the Westbound I90/94 to the Congress Parkway exit ramp.  The Westbound Kennedy ramp will be closed at 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., the posted detour will be to the Eastbound Dan Ryan ramp, exit to the Taylor Street ramp, turn left onto Taylor Street and re-enter the Westbound onto I90/94. 
Motorists can expect delays during times when the lane closures are in effect and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signing in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at www.dot.state.il.us. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

County Care

County Care is an Illinois Medicade program for adults. For more information or to see if you qualify click on the flyer below.

 
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Department of Streets and Sanitation Begins Aggressive Cleaning of Chicago Streets After Historic Winter

Annual Street Sweeping Season Starts Tuesday, April 1; 2014 Schedule Is Now Available Online

The Department of Streets and Sanitation launched an aggressive spring cleaning plan this week as debris remains along streets and curb lanes following the historic winter.  The Department is utilizing street sweeping equipment and crews to clear winter debris and litter from streets and curbs along main thoroughfares.

“With this harsh winter finally coming to an end, Streets and Sanitation has been aggressively cleaning along arterial routes to ensure streets and curb lanes are clear of litter and garbage for the spring,” said Commissioner Charles L. Williams.

 Crews are cleaning and picking up litter and other objects along curb lanes, while street sweeping equipment is focusing on cleaning main streets.

Street Sweepers will begin cleaning all main streets and neighborhood streets on Tuesday, April 1 with the launch of the annual Street Sweeping season.  To ensure curb-to-curb street cleaning, temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before sweeping is scheduled to begin on any street.  Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.   

During the 2013 sweeping season, the Department increased the city miles swept from 243, 841 lane miles in 2012 to 267,399 lane miles in 2013, an increase of over 23,000 lane miles.  The increased efficiencies in 2013 street sweeping are directly connected to improved manpower allocations across the Department.

 

Drug Collection at Water Reclamation Plants

Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends.  You could be a drug dealer and not even know it.  The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will host drug collection on April 26, 2014 @ 4 locations.
The collections will take place at the Main Gate House of four Water Reclamation Plants on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.:
O'Brien WRP – 3500 Howard St., Skokie
Stickney WRP – 6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero
Calumet WRP – 400 E. 130th St., Chicago
Egan WRP – 550 S. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg

Congratulations to Maureen Shields

Congratulations to Maureen Shields, 2014 Unsung Heroine Award Winner from the 11th District. Commissioner Daley and former Alderman Ginger Rugai were pleased to recognize Maureen for her outstanding work with COURAGE, an organization serving young, pregnant, and single-parent women. We salute Maureen and all the 2014 Unsung Heroines!


11th Ward Spelling Bee Winners

The 11th Ward sponsored the annual Spelling Bee for 5th grade students at Armour Park, located at 3309 S. Shields Ave.  Each participant was given a list of 100 words, twenty-five of those words were chosen as the contest words.  An additional 10 unfamiliar words were given in case of a tie.

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, are pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Ward Spelling Bee: 1st place Lexi Anaya, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; 2nd place Brooklyn Metke, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; 3rd place Tiffany Tu, Healy; 4th place Kirk Jalen Tejas, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; and 5th place Sharon Liang, Healy.

“Alderman Balcer and I would like to thank all of the students whom participated in our spelling bee.  These students deserve much praise for all the hard work and effort they put in this contest,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We would like to thank all of the schools, teachers, and parents for their help throughout the school year,” added Alderman Balcer.  “Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and I wish these students much success in their academic and athletic endeavors,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson (from left to right): 1st Place – Lexi Anaya, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; 2nd Place – Brooklyn Metke, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; 3rd Place – Tiffany Tu, Healy; 4th Place – Kirk Jalen Tejas, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; 5th Place – Sharon Liang, Healy.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: Bridgeport Catholic Academy – Lexi Anaya, Marty Boyle, Brooklyn Metke, Kirk Jalen Tejas; Healy – Sharon Liang, Denise Medina, Ghenna Padilla, Tiffany Tu; Mark Sheridan – Sean Kaczor; Santa Lucia – Jocelyn Agilar; St. Jerome – Luka DiFilippo, Frank Galvan, Maeve Mangan; Ward – Amby Chen, Jay Chen, Jaleel Sanders.  Not pictured: Isabella LoCoco, Bridgeport Catholic Academy; Jacalyn Burrows and Victoria Gonzalez, Santa Lucia; Sophia Grassano and Alysa Sanchez, St. Jerome; Daniella Rodriguez, Walsh School; Alex Wu, Ward School.


11th Ward sponsors Grammar School Basketball Tournament grades 5th and 6th

The 11th Ward sponsored the annual Grammar School Basketball Tournament for grades 5th and 6th at McGuane Park, located at 2901 S. Poplar Ave.  Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, are pleased to announce the winners for the junior varsity division: 1st Place – BCA 6, 2nd Place – St. Jerome, 3rd Place – Holden, and 4th Place – BCA 5.  Matthew Byrnes of BCA 6 was named the Most Valuable Player for the junior varsity division.

“We are grateful to the parents and coaches who assisted the children during the tournament.  In addition, we thank the Chicago Park District staff for their efforts and cooperation,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We are honored to sponsor these sports tournaments to the schools, parks, and residents of the 11th Ward and are grateful for their participation,” added Alderman Balcer.  “This tournament, along with others that the 11th Ward sponsors throughout the year, wouldn’t be as successful without the time and efforts of all those involved.  Thank you,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Pictured with Alderman Balcer – 1st Place  BCA 6: Matt Byrnes, Jacob Earley, Josh Heiden, Nick Heidemann, Ryan Lewis, Brandon Miller, Jack Stewart, Mateo Strainis, Diego Torres, and Coaches Roger Stewart and Coach Mark Strainis.

Pictured with Alderman Balcer – 2nd Place St. Jerome: Aiden Domingo, Frank Galvan, Noah Holstrom, Nick Kish, Tommy Matual, Lucas Mizera, Jaden Olson, Michael Passarelli, Ethan Rios, Jack Rios, Robert Ruiz, Gavin Ursetta, John Zekich, and Coaches Dave Matual and Gil Domingo.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley – 3rd Place Holden School: Emilio Aragon, Sebastian Arredondo, Arthur Cao, Cruz Cervantes, Hunter Graffen, Gerald Molizon, Roman Morales, Michael Rayborn, Valdemor Rosales, Brandon Urostigue, Harry Walton, and Coach Andy Bathrick.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley – 4th Place BCA 5: Marty Boyle, Carmine Giso, Julian Lopez, Dominic Mula, Jalen Tejas, Dylan Weiss, Michael Gioia, and Coach Lopez.  Not pictured: Connor Bedore, Ivan LoGalbo, and Anthony Tado

11th Ward sponsors Grammar School Basketball Tournamentgrades 7th and 8th

The 11th Ward sponsored the annual Grammar School Basketball Tournament for grades 7th and 8th at McGuane Park, located at 2901 S. Poplar Ave.  Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, are pleased to announce the winners for the varsity division: 1st Place – Mark Sheridan, 2nd Place – John A. Walsh School, 3rd Place – Philip D. Armour School, and 4th Place – St. Barbara.  Frankie Ramundo of Mark Sheridan Wildcat was named the Most Valuable Player for the varsity division.

“We are grateful to the parents and coaches who assisted the children during the tournament.  In addition, we thank the Chicago Park District staff for their efforts and cooperation,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We are honored to sponsor these sports tournaments to the schools, parks, and residents of the 11th Ward and are grateful for their participation,” added Alderman Balcer.  “This tournament, along with others that the 11th Ward sponsors throughout the year, wouldn’t be as successful without the time and efforts of all those involved.  Thank you,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Pictured with Alderman Balcer – 1st Place  Mark Sheridan: Mike Candos, Nick Cyze, Nate Douglas, Matt Luce, Joey Munoz, Frankie Ramundo, Vince Scalise, and Coaches Julio Munoz and Angelo Ramundo.  Not pictured: Will Catino.

Pictured with Alderman Balcer – 2nd Place John A. Walsh School: Sebastian Alvarado, Cruzificio Arciniea, Oscar Berducido, Hector Duarte, Anthony Leal, Adao Mahmud, Joseluis Martinez, Abraham Pedroza, Favion Rangel, Peter Sedlacek, Antonio Zarco, Martin Zarco, and Coaches Warren Polk and Estevan Rangel.  Not pictured: Cameron Givens, Joao Mahmud, Ulises Solana, and Coach Rory Woody.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley – 3rd Place Philip D. Armour School: Hector Escobedo, Arionne Harris, Ismael Lara, Alex Moreno, Gabino Ochoa, Ramiro Ochoa, Miguel Olguin, Antonio Vargas, and Coach Patrick Smith.  Not pictured: Leonel Avila, Jacob Leon, and Angelo Luna.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley – 4th Place St. Barbara: Sebastian Camarena-Barba, Jose Castaneda, William Murrihy, Jose Perez, Anthony Skokal Jr., Yuchen Wang, Richard Young, and Coach William Murrihy.


Small Business Improvement Fund

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, and the South Loop Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the availability of SmallBusiness Improvement Fund (SBIF) Grants for the 35th/Halsted TIF District & 35th/Wallace TIF District.
To see if your business qualifies attend the meeting on March 25, 2014 9am, at the 9th District Police Station, 3120 S. Halsted. For more details see the flyer below.

ComEd's Smart Meter Installations Scheduled for the 11th Ward

ComEd crews plan to be in the 11th Ward starting in March 2014 to install smart meters at local homes and businesses.  Smart meters are digital electric meters that provide customers with access to more information on their electric use.  Customers will be able to see how much energy they use and make changes that can save them money on monthly electric bills.  ComEd plans to install approximately 4 million smart meters in all homes and businesses across its service territory by 2021.  For more information, visit https://www.comed.com/technology/smart-meter-smart-grid/Pages/smart-meter.aspx

McGuane Park Playground Renovations

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, gathered with residents to marvel the renovated McGuane Park playground.  The McGuane Park playground was one of three playgrounds in the 11th Ward which were selected to become revamped as part of the Chicago Plays playground renovation program.  The McGuane Park playground was reopened early in November, after it was modernized with newer and safer equipment, to provide a safe environment and ensure enjoyment to the families who use it.  “We thank the McGuane Park and Henry Palmisano Park Advisory Councils for organizing the members and arranging schedules to help make this photo possible.  In addition, we thank the McGuane Park Supervisor, Kal Moy, and his staff for the quality programs they offer throughout the year,” said Commissioner Daley.  “The renovated playground looks great, and it is another amenity that McGuane Park provides to the residents of this community,” added Alderman Balcer.  “Thanks to everyone for their efforts, and we wish them continued success for many years to come,” said Commissioner Thompson.
Pictured: Alderman Balcer, Commissioner Daley, and Commissioner Thompson with residents of the community.


BCAP 2014 Sidewalk Café Application Information Packages are Now Available

The Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BCAP) Small Business Center would like to inform business owners that the 2014 Sidewalk Café Application Information Package is now available on the Small Business Center website at www.cityofchicago.org/sbc.  To navigate to the package, click on “Running Your Business” then “Public Way Use Permits” then “Sidewalk Café Application Information Package – 2014 Season”.  For questions, businesses can contact 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249).


Armour Park Playground Renovations

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, gathered with the Armour Park Advisory Council, along with parents and their children to marvel the renovated Armour Park playground.  The Armour Park playground was one of three playgrounds in the 11th Ward which were selected to become revamped as part of the Chicago Plays playground renovation program.  The Armour Park playground was reopened early in November, after it was modernized with newer and safer equipment, to provide a safe environment and ensure enjoyment to the families who use it.  “We thank the Armour Park Advisory Council for organizing the members and arranging schedules to help make this photo possible.  In addition, we commend the Armour Park Advisory Council for their involvement in helping make Armour Park the enjoyable place that it is for all,” said Commissioner Daley.  “The Armour Park Supervisor, Mary Lu Scorza, and her staff, as always, go above and beyond, in providing fun activities and programs to the residents of this community throughout the year,” added Alderman Balcer.  “Thanks to everyone for their efforts.  Armour Park is a pillar in our community, and we wish them continued success for many years to come,” said Commissioner Thompson.
Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: (Front Row) Chloe Wermeling, Charlotte Broerman, Julia Nozicka, Mary & Delani Roth; (Back Row) Shari & Gabriel Ford, Lynn Liskiewicz, Lisa Fratto, Christine & Colten Lee, Maria Nozicka, Hai-Chau, Brian & Loi Carroll, Armour Park Supervisor Mary Lu Scorza, Donna Surma, Tony Ciaravino, and Henry Palilonis on the slide.


11th Ward Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest Winners

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, sponsored the 11th Ward Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest.  The theme for this year’s contest was “Thanksgiving”, and the program was made available to all grade school children, ranging from Pre-K through 8th Grade.  “We would like to thank all the schools and especially the students who participated in the contest.  Their entries were creative, unique, and took much time and effort,” said Commissioner Daley.  “Once again, the student’s entries were exceptional.  We would like to commend the families for their support of the children,” added Alderman Balcer.  “The 11th Ward Arts and Athletic program enables the students of this community to display their talents.  Thanks again for everyone’s participation and cooperation in helping make events such as this a success,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman James A. Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson are pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Ward Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest:
Pre-K – 1st Place – Owen Tinley, BCA; 2nd Place – Lilyana Soto, BCA; 3rd Place – Liliana Perales, BCA.  Kindergarten – 1st Place – Jessica Pirelli, St. Barbara; 2nd Place – Lizabeth Vazquez, BCA; 3rd Place – Ivan Liu, St. Barbara.  1st Grade – 1st Place – Andrew Moon, St. Barbara; 2nd Place – Daniel Byrnes, BCA; 3rd Place – Helen Lopez, Greene.  2nd Grade – 1st Place – Lily Li, Ward; 2nd Place – Rosaura Moreno, Greene; 3rd Place – Lucy Thomas, Santa Lucia.  3rd Grade – 1st Place – Gabriel Salinas, St. Barbara; 2nd Place – Jude Wilhelm, BCA; 3rd Place – Christian Centeno, St. Barbara.
4th Grade – 1st Place – Michelle Torres, Santa Lucia; 2nd Place – Sara Suarez, BCA; 3rd Place – Brianna Sanchez, Ward.  5th Grade – 1st Place – Samantha Brost, St. Barbara; 2nd Place – Connor Bedore, BCA; 3rd Place – Isabella LoCoco, BCA.  6th Grade – 1st Place – Alanna Saucedo, St. Barbara; 2nd Place – Jack Stewart, BCA; 3rd Place – Katelyn Halisz, BCA.  7th Grade – 1st Place – Gabrielle Portillo, BCA; 2nd Place – Lilianna Cavanaugh, Santa Lucia; 3rd Place – Marcos Cuzco, BCA.  8th Grade – 1st Place – Niko Anaya, BCA; 2nd Place – Emily Johns, BCA; 3rd Place – Shaun Levine, Santa Lucia.

Left pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: Students from Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

Right pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: Students from 4th grade through 8th grade.

11th Ward Safety Awareness

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Department are reminding residents to check batteries to ensure that all detectors are functioning properly.  Should your landlord be responsible for the maintenance, please be sure to reach out and remind them of their responsibilities.  Should you have any heating issues with your landlords that are unresolved, please contact the Chicago Department of Buildings at 311. 

With the inclement weather, please remember to check in on your neighbors who may be elderly or disabled this winter season, also, please keep your sidewalks shoveled, to ensure public safety.  The City of Chicago does offer “well-being checks” through the Department of Human Services; call 311 to register for the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Daley/Balcer Service Office at 773-254-6677.

11th Ward Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman James A. Balcer, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson sponsored the 11th Ward Pumpkin Decorating Contest, along with Cermak Fresh Market on Halsted St., who generously donated all of the pumpkins.  The contestants consisted of McGuane Park’s Therapeutic Recreation program.  “We would like to thank the McGuane Park Therapeutic Recreation program for their participation in the contest.  The entries were creative, unique, and took much time and effort.  Secondly, we thank the Cermak Fresh Market for their generous donation of all the pumpkins that were decorated,” said Commissioner Daley.  “We would like to commend the families, friends, along with the McGuane Park staff, for their continued support of the children,” added Alderman Balcer.  “The decorated pumpkins displayed the talents of each participant, and I believe that they are all winners in my book”, said Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Thompson. 

Left pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: 1st Place – Writni Johnson, 2nd Place – Mark Hopp, and 3rd Place – Brandon Albert.

Right pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: Albert Akoto-Bamfo, Brandon Albert, Christine Leann Babich, Julie Briones, Russell Buckley, Joey Camp, Cheryl Case, Anival Cervantes, Matthew Davis, Brandon Doran, Charles Doran, Leslie Dotts, Sophia Feliciano, Jie Hong, Mark Hopp, Yue Yu Huang, Cecilia Jimenez, Writni Johnson, Brandyn Lovvorn, Hannah Martin, Richard Martino, Marsha Miller, Alex Mingle, Barry Ng, Amy Norman, Marisa Ortiz, Eddie Pulido, Maria Santana, Torres Ramiro, Shelby Weiss, and Park Staff: Kate McIntosh, Lisa Rodriguez, Ciera Taylor, Leann Vandermyde, and Shanay Pearson.


Donovan Park Playground Renovations

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, greeted parents with their children playing in the renovated Donovan Park playground.  The Donovan Park playground was one of three playgrounds in the 11th Ward which were selected to become revamped as part of the Chicago Plays playground renovation program.  The Donovan Park playground was reopened early in October, after it was modernized with newer and safer equipment, to provide a safe environment and ensure enjoyment to the families who use it.


Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson: Coleen Pinnock, Nolan Pinnock, Rose Mason, Scott Mason, Everett Mason, Riley Tuider, Laura Panczuk, Donovan Park staff: Tricia Boruta, Park Supervisor, and Cristian Mireles, Recreation Leader.


Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson celebrate Velika Gospa

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson recently attended the 107th Anniversary of the annual Velika Gospa Parade and marched with residents and parish members of St. Jerome Church.  The Grand Marshalls for this year’s Velika Gospa Parade were the Karacic Brothers, Ivan and Karlo.  The parade included many floats that featured the Croatian heritage.  The one day event began with the parade at 10:00 am and extended throughout the evening hours with food, music, and entertainment.  “It was great to see all the parishioners and community residents who attend and partake in the 107th Velika Gospa.  I enjoyed sampling the delicious foods and talking to the festivalgoers on a beautiful day,” said Commissioner Daley.  “This annual celebration is always a success because of the dedication of all whom are involved; it is my honor be a part of this every year,” added Alderman Balcer.  “I enjoyed marching in the parade and I look forward to participating next year,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley and Alderman Balcer: Maria Dugandzik, Walter Gusich, Fr. Edo Punda, from Split Croatia; Fr. Jozo Grbes, Custos of the Croatian Franciscans of USA and Canada; 11th Ward Superintendent, Patrick Botica, and John Richard Daley.


11th Ward Sponsors Annual Swim Meet

The 11th Ward sponsored the annual swim meet for boys and girls from ages 8-14 on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at McGuane Park, located at 2901 S. Poplar Ave.  The contestants swam a 25 yard free-style race according to their appropriate age and sex.  Sixty-seven participants from Armour Park, McGuane Park, Wilson C.C., and the Valentine Boys & Girls Club competed.  Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, are pleased to announce the winning teams for the swim meet:  1st Place – Valentine A, 2nd Place – McGuane Park, and 3rd Place – Valentine B.  “Alderman Balcer, Commissioner Thompson, and I would like to congratulate all the swimmers that participated in the annual 11th ward swim meet.  The swimmers came out and really gave it their all!” said Commissioner Daley.  “Commissioner Daley and I are grateful to the parents and coaches who assisted the children during the tournament.  In addition, we thank the Chicago Park District staff for their efforts and cooperation.  We are honored to sponsor these sporting events along with academic events that we host year round,” added Alderman Balcer.  “We are happy to see such participation and involvement from our community, and we hope to see this from many years to come,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Left Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson are the swimmers and coaches from Valentine A.

Center Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson are the swimmers and coaches from Mcguane Park.

Right Pictured with Commissioner Daley, Alderman Balcer, and Commissioner Thompson are swimmers and coaches from Valentine B.


National Night Out at the 9th District Police Station

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, met with 11th Ward residents as they attended the National Night Out at the 9th District Police Station, location at 3120 S. Halsted St.  “I am pleased to join so many residents on National Night Out as we take stand against crime.  I want to thank Commander Gorman, his 9th District police officers, and the loyal residents of our communities for their persistence and dedication in making our neighborhoods safer for all,” said Commissioner Daley.  “National Night Out has been in existence for 30 years; its effectiveness and popularity has grown each year, and I look forward to help making it grow for years to come,” added Alderman Balcer.  “I think that tonight’s turnout is remarkable.  Thanks to companies like Target and White Castle, along with other neighborhood groups, for donating their time and assistance in help making this event such a success,” said Commissioner Thompson.


Reward Offered for Arrest of Driver in Hinz’ Case

It’s been nearly two months since aspiring artist Carissa Hinz was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, but each day that passes seems to bring friends new motivation to help bring closure, and perhaps an arrest.  Hinz’s friend Chris Del Sesto has paired up with Cook County Crime Stoppers to offer reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case.  The group is offering up to $1,000 cash.  Anyone with information call call an anonymous tip line at (800) 535-7867 or send a text message to 274637 – tipsters much type the word “CPD” followed by the tip.  The reward offer is good for 60 days.  According to an alert issued by Chicago Police Department on Tuesday, the vehicle – a maroon Hyundai Sonata sedan – was driven by a Hispanic male believe to be in his 20s.  The car was occupied by two other people.
Police said the car was speeding in the 3200 block of South Morgan Street when it struck Carissa Hinz.

Bike Sharing in the 11th Ward

The Divvy Bike Program will be coming to the 11th Ward in the coming months. Divvy Bike docks will be placed at various locations in the ward. One location will be on Halsted St. near the CTA Orange Line bus/train terminal. Stay tuned for more locations.

Blue Cart Recycling 2013

Blue Cart RecyclingCook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson are happy to announce that the city’s Blue Cart Recycling Program will be rolling out in the 11th Ward very soon.  Service Roll Out will be August 12 or August 19, depending on the zone.  For more information, please check out the website: www.chicagorecycles.org.  Prior to the recycling service beginning, residents will receive a postcard in the mail informing you that the service is coming to your community and when cart distribution and the serve will begin.
“Alderman Balcer, Commissioner Thompson, and I are enthusiastic about the city’s recycling program and we feel that any effort to make our communities and environment cleaner is outstanding,” said Commissioner Daley.  “I’ve only heard great reviews from other areas in the city that have this program already,” added Alderman Balcer.  “We wish this program much success in our community, as it continues to help reduce the need for landfills, lower disposal costs, reduce pollution and conserve natural resources,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Three Parks in the 11th Ward Selected to be Renovated

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson, are pleased to announce that three parks out of the 50 selected to be refurbished reside in the 11th Ward.  The three parks which will be completely rehabilitated as part of the Chicago Plays playground renovation program are Armour Square Park, located at 3309 S. Shields Ave., Donovan Park, located at 3620 S. Lituanica Ave., and McGuane Park, located at 2901 S. Poplar Ave.  The Chicago Plays playground rebuilding program is just one example of efforts to build a new Chicago, and create a better quality of life and urban experience for every Chicagoan.  “Alderman Balcer, Commissioner Thompson, and I are happy to learn that the playgrounds in the 11th Ward will be renovated to ensure enjoyment to families, and to continue to provide safe environments for children to play,” said Commissioner Daley.  “Updating the equipment to the parks, in our ward, is the right thing to do, as they are frequently used throughout the year.  Investing in such public places will help build stronger communities,” added Alderman Balcer.  “I have fond memories growing up in the parks, and renovating our parks will allow for future generations to create and share such memories for many years to come,” said Commissioner Thompson.

Recycle Your American Flag

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson encourage residents to recycle their weathered or tattered American, City of Chicago, P.O.W. and M.I.A. flags by dropping them off at the 11th Ward Office located at 3659 S. Halsted St. The recycled flags will then be disposed of correctly in June, in honor of Flag Day.

Commissioner Daley Announces New County Healthcare Program

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley would like to inform Cook County residents of a new program called CountyCare
This program was designed to benefit low income residents of Cook County who need health care, but do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or the State’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan.
Residents between the ages of 19 and 64 who meet annual income restrictions (approximately $15 thousand for an individual, $20 thousand for a couple) now have an alternative that will provide them with essential medical services.  “CountyCare participants can receive both inpatient and outpatient hospital services, along with prescription drug coverage, wellness exams, and other health benefits,” said Commissioner Daley. “All qualified Cook County residents are encouraged to apply today.”  For more information, or to apply for CountyCare, call toll free at 855-444-1661.

Voters of the 11th Ward showed their strong support for President Barack Obama

The 11th Ward voters have helped to re-elect President Barack Obama into his second historic term to help restore our country's prosperity.  We also carried all the endorsed democratic candidates.  Now with the best candidates in their perspective offices and a clear agenda, we can look forward to a more efficient and effective City, County, State and Federal Government.  Congratulations to President Barack Obama, and a special thanks to all who helped make this election so successful, especially the voters in our ward.

President & Vice President race
11th Ward Votes cast: 15,913
   



% Votes
Barack Obama & Joe Biden
73.37%
11,147
Mitt Romeny & Paul Ryan
24.71%
3,754
Gary Johnson & Jame P. Gray
1.09%
166
Jill Stein & Howie Hawkins
0.83%
125

Lifelong resident of the 11th Ward, Patrick Daley Thompson, along with his running mates defeat their challengers to become Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District


County Results Commissioner, Water Reclamation
1,604 of 1,604 Precincts Reported
   



% Votes
Debra Shore (Democratic)
23.17%
475,485
Kari K. Steele (Democratic)
20.03%
411,052
Patrick Daley Thompson (Democratic)
20.24%
415,357
Harold ''Noonie'' Ward (Republican)
11.26%
231,143
Carl Segvich (Republican)
11.77%
241,492
Dave Ehrlich (Green Party)
5.68%
116,567
Karen Roothaan (Green Party)
5.06%
103,808
Nasrin R. Khalili (Green Party)
2.79%
57,204

 

City Results Commissioner, Water Reclamation
City of Chicago Votes cast: 2014193
   



% Votes
Debra Shore (Democratic)
29.58%
595,802
Kari K. Steele (Democratic)
25.24%
508,448
Patrick Daley Thompson (Democratic)
23.71%
477,480
Harold ''Noonie'' Ward (Republican)
5.11%
102,842
Carl Segvich (Republican)
4.96%
99,866
Dave Ehrlich (Green Party)
4.18%
84,293
Karen Roothaan (Green Party)
4.25%
85,613
Nasrin R. Khalili (Green Party)
2.97%
59,849

 

Commissioner Daley and Alderman Balcer celebrate Velika Gospa

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer recently attended the 106th Anniversary of the annual Velika Gospa Parade and marched with residents and parish members of St. Jerome Church.  The Grand Marshall for this year’s Velika Gospa Parade was Carmella Parilli.  The parade included many floats that featured the Croatian heritage.  The one day event began with the parade at 10:00 am and extended throughout the evening hours with food, music, and entertainment.  “It was great to see all the parishioners and community residents attend and partake in the 106th Velika Gospa,” said Commissioner Daley.  “This annual celebration is always a success because of the dedication of all whom are involved; it is my honor be a part of this every year,” added Alderman Balcer.

Pictured with Commissioner Daley: Tom O’Conner, Mike Smajo, John Peso, Packy Ciaravino, Patrick Botica, Tom Kotarac, 9th District Commander David Jarmusz, Patrick Thompson, Gappy Ciaravino, and Ben Capellupo.

City Sticker Day at the 11th Ward Office is a HUGE Success!

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer, along with City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza, greeted the large number of residents who came out to purchase their city sticker at the 11th Ward Office. Due to the extreme heat, Commissioner Daley and Alderman Balcer took the necessary precautions to ensure that residents, who utilized the one-day sticker sale, would stay safe, cool, and comfortable. Cold bottle water was provided to residents as they came to purchase their sticker, in addition to a cooling bus parked out in front of the building. "Alderman Balcer and I would like to thank the residents for their cooperation in helping make this day a huge success," said Commissioner Daley. "I'd also like to thank the staff who did a tremendous job in assisting the residents speedily, and in keeping the lines short," added Alderman Balcer.

 

Commissioner Daley visits Holden School

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley accepted the invitation to visit Holden School, located at 1104 W. 31st St., to congratulate and thank the faculty and staff for a successful school year.  Commissioner Daley acknowledged the individuals who are entering retirement, and wishes them well.
 “Alderman Balcer and I thank Principal Andrew Wawrzyniak, Cathy Pohlman, Cheryl Brewerton, and Lynn Malone for their years of hard work, service, and dedication to the many children they’ve inspired.  Thanks again, and enjoy your retirement.”

Pictured with Commissioner Daley: Principal Andrew Wawrzyniak and Cheryl Brewerton.

11th Ward thanks the Ramova Grill

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Alderman James A. Balcer extend a heartfelt thank you to the Ramova Grill for eighty-two remarkable years of serving residents the finest coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, and what many believe is simply the best chili in Chicago.  “Alderman Balcer and I, along with the residents of the 11th Ward, want to thank the Ramova Grill, owners Tony Dinos and Bob Gertos, along with their families, for decade’s worth of great cooking and fond memories,” says Commissioner Daley.  “The Ramova Grill is a beloved institution that will be greatly missed.  We wish the owners and staff members much success in their future endeavors,” added Alderman Balcer.
Pictured with Commissioner Daley: Julie Bass, Tony Dinos, Sue Counee, Bob Gertos, and Bill Gertos.

Warning about Rats in Chicago

The species of rat found in Chicago is the Norway rat.  The name is rather misleading as this species originated in Asia centuries ago.
The rat has an average life span of six to twelve months.  Beginning at the age of two to three months, a female rat can produce four to seven litters per year with each litter containing eight to twelve pups.  Females can become impregnated within 48 hours after giving birth.  The number, size, and survivability of litters produced depend upon the amount of food and shelter available.
They prefer fresh food, but will eat many things such as pet food, dog feces, garbage, and plants.  If food is scarce, the strongest rats may even eat the weakest and young.
Norway rats prefer to live in burrows in the ground.  They are excellent climbers and swimmers and most active at night.  They have very hard teeth and can chew through wood and plaster or any other material that is softer than their teeth.  They can crawl through holes the size of a quarter, thread water for three days and land unharmed after a five-story fall.
Norway rats live in colonies that have very well defined territories.  The strongest colonies get the best places to live.
The risk of disease being spread from rats to humans is very real.  By their very nature, rats carry a variety of potentially infected fleas and ticks which may be passed on to people.  In rare occurrences, especially when cornered, rats bit humans or pets.
PLEASE CURB YOUR DOG!!!

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Alderman James A. Balcer, along with the city council and the Illinois Chapter of AT&T, is proud to participate in the "Cell phones for Soldiers" program. The program takes place now through Thanksgiving, and enables residents to drop off their old cell phones in collection boxes setup at the office of alderman all over the city. The phones collected will be recycled, and the money generated will be used to buy prepaid phone cards for active duty military members, to call home and call their families. For more information, please visit: http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/

 

 

CTA Announces New Security Initiatives

- Rapid deployment of multiple, all-angle security cameras by end of the year

- Police to institute specialized patrols and use of plainclothes officers

Chicago Transit Authority announced plans to double the number of security cameras across the rail system, while also working with police to enhance security for passengers. Under the plan, Chicago police will deploy teams, called Wolfpacks, as well as plainclothes officers to patrol the system. Images captured from CTA security camera footage have been used by police to solve both CTA-related crimes and crimes that occur in the vicinity of CTA buses and rail stations. After reviewing existing security measures CTA and CPD also developed a plan to redeploy resources to adjust and upgrade coverage. Transit officers who are freed from school assignments for the summer will be assigned to Wolfpack patrols – highly visible teams of uniformed officers that will be deployed across the system based on daily analysis of crime patterns and trends. In addition, more officers will patrol in plainclothes in order to crack down on thefts of phones and other electronic devices.

Excessive Animal Noise Ordinance

With the warmer weather upon us, this is just a reminder of the "Excessive Animal Noise Ordinance" (MC 7-12-100):

It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, controls, has possession of or is charged with the responsibility for caring for any dog or other animal to allow such animal to make excessive noise in a manner that unnecessarily disturbs the comfort, quiet, peace or repose of any other person in the vicinity, at any time of the day or night. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 or more than $250.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

If any resident is in need of service, a citation for a violation of this section may be issued based on either:

  • 1. (1) Personal observation of a violation by any city officer or employee charged with enforcement of this section.
  • 2. (2) A complaint alleging a violation of this section, signed and sworn to by residents of three different addresses, and specifying the date and time of the violation.
The term "excessive noise" means any continued, repeated or habitual barking, whining, crying, howling, whimpering, crowing, or loud noise common to an animal's species that exceeds ten consecutive minutes in duration or occurs intermittently for a significant portion of the day or night that is louder than average conversational level at distance of 100 feet or more.

The 11th Ward office, located at 3659 South Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois 60609 (773) 254-6677 is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm to provide city services and assistance to the constituents of the 11th Ward.

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