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Dear Neighbors,

As most of you know, a Cook County Judge recently ruled to have the dash-cam video of Laquan McDonald’s final moments before being fatally shot released to the public. It was deeply disheartening to see.  The City Council approved a settlement between the McDonald family and the City last April, but were not shown the video prior to this decision. As your Alderman, I am committed, along with my fellow Council members, to finding better ways to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.  We must all remember that the vast majority of Chicago police officers are dedicated to serving and protecting our wonderful city and act appropriately. I have the utmost respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.


I want to thank Superintendent Garry McCarthy for his last four and a half years of service and dedication.  I look forward to forming a strong working relationship with Interim Superintendent, John Escalante as we continue to improve safety in our neighborhood. Safety is, and has always been, my top priority for our Lakeview neighborhood. 


Tom Tunney
44th Ward Alderman
Court Advocacy Update

Big thanks and congrats to the Northside Community Justice Center and 19th District Court Advocates for following two 44th Ward robbery cases. 

Amari Jones pleaded guilty to felony robbery in connection with mugging a man and punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5th. Richardson C. Sparks was tracked by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was identified as the person who used a credit card taken in a local robbery. Both men were sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
We will continue to work with the 19th District police and the Community Justice Center to monitor all 44th Ward robbery and burglary cases.

Holiday Package Deliveries

The holidays come early for thieves who steal packages off doorsteps. This is the busiest time of year for parcel-delivery services, and package snatchers are on the prowl. Unfortunately there is little recourse for consumers whose parcels were stolen after delivery. Mail services usually try to leave packages in inconspicuous places, or at least locations that are not clearly visible from the street. If you want to thwart the parcel thieves, consider the tips found here.

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce's annual Shopping Extravaganza event starts on Saturday, December 5th. Shop online or stop in the Chamber Office between Noon- 4pm on this day to purchase the Lakeview East Gift Card at 25% off. Sweeten the deal by joining the Holiday Treat Trot. Pick up a map of participating businesses and visit their stores to sample homemade holiday treats. For more information, visit their website here.

Make sure to save your receipts when shopping in the Lakeview East neighborhood this holiday season! Collect $300 in receipts from at least three Lakeview East neighborhood stores from November 1 through December 23, bring them to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Office (3138 N. Broadway) and receive a $50 Lakeview East Gift Card (good at over 150 local businesses). Check out more information at

The Gift of MORE!

GET - The Northalsted Proud Purchase Card & enjoy MORE this Holiday Season.
Click Here for additional information about the Northalsted Gift Card Program and Holiday Promotion.

3030 N Broadway Street Closure Update
We are working to minimize the impact of the street closures around the 3030 N Broadway project with the construction crew and Chamber of Commerce.  We are also working to provide clearer signage for drivers and pedestrians. Work is only being done during the weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm opening the streets and accessible parking after 4:00pm.  The east sidewalk on Broadway will remain open 100% of the time for pedestrian use and sidewalk access will be available for accessing businesses on the west side of Broadway north and south of the Mariano’s site. Construction is scheduled to end December 11th allowing full access for the last two shopping weeks before Christmas and the post-holiday crowds. Please patronize these and all of our local businesses during this holiday season.
Winter Parking Ban

Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban Goes Into Effect December 1
The Department of Streets and Sanitation reminds motorists that the annual Chicago winter overnight parking ban goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, and runs through March 31, 2016. The parking ban will be enforced during the hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., and impacts 107 miles of critical arterials throughout the city. Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed. I want to remind residents that, although none of these bans are on streets within the 44th Ward, it does impact streets in our neighborhood. It is crucial for these main streets to be accessible for possible plowing during a snow storm. For more information please visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation's website here. To see a map of the routes in the city, click here.
The Twelve Bars of Christmas (TBOX)
On Saturday, December 12, the Twelve Bars of Christmas (TBOX) will take place in Lakeview. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm., with over 40 participating establishments from 3400-3800 Clark and 3400-3650 Sheffield. There are also a few outlying bars including: Schoolyard, Kirkwood’s and DS Tequila.
Festa Parties is once again producing this event and working with Extrity Services who will be handling security this year. Festa Parties and Extirty Services along with bar personnel have all been in contact and attended safety meetings with the 19th District Police Department.
Enhanced safety measures include:
  • Approximately 150 security staff working TBOX. All security personnel will be wearing easily identifiable vests
  • Two security personnel stationed outside each participating bar
  • Barricades to block the alleys, but security will also patrol areas off of Clark and Sheffield.
  • Mobile hotline number: (312) 843-7824. If the hotline is called, security will respond immediately in a vehicle
  • Trash and recycling crews
  • Two teams of EMT’s and two ambulances
  • 50 Porta Potties
  • Once the event is over at 8:00 pm, approximately 40 remaining security personnel will be present in the area until 2:00 am
In order to promote pedestrian safety, once again the parking lanes along Clark Street will be closed and street barricades will be in place to guide pedestrians to safe crossing pathways. 
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens January 1, 2016

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular program in which residents share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City.  The program has been a successful service for many years, offering a great value to property owners.  All property owners pay the same square-foot cost for new sidewalk below what a private contractor would charge.   If you are 65 or older, or a disabled person, you are eligible for a special discounted rate.

Funding for the Shared Cost program is very limited.  The City will begin taking applications at 12:00am on Friday, January 1, 2016 through 3-1-1.  To ensure you meet the deadline, please contact Dan Manoli in my office 773.525.6034 or, prior to January 1, 2016.  Due to the growing popularity of the program, I recommend you apply through my office.  In 2015, the Shared Cost Program sold out four hours after it was available to the public.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications must be submitted to our office no later than January 1, 2016. 

Sustaining sound infrastructure is vital to a community's health.  By participating in the Shared Cost Program and replacing your sidewalk, you will increase your property appeal and make a significant contribution towards improving our neighborhood.
Light up the Block
We have partnered with the Citizens Utility Board to offer free, Globe enersaver 60 Watt CFL efficiency light bulbs to help light our residential porches, entry ways, and front rooms in an effort to promote public safety, eyes on the street, and brighter walkways. Give your home that occupied appearance and make sidewalks brighter for you and your neighbors.

Contact Chris Jessup at 773-525-6034 or at with any questions, or stop in the ward office to pick up your CFL bulbs to light up the block. Limit two bulbs per household while supplies last.

Helpful tips for getting the most out of your CFL bulb:

•  Dimmer Switches—Reduces CFL life 85 to 100 percent. 
Unless your CFL specifically states that it can be used with a dimmer, it won't last long—even if you leave the dimmer switch up all the way.
•  Recessed/enclosed fixtures—Reduces CFL life 15 to 25 percent. 
CFLs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, and should be enclosed if use outdoors.
•  Motion sensors—Reduces CFL life 25 to 35 percent. 
A CFL usually has about 7,000 on-off cycles in it, so motion-sensor and photo cell fixtures can be hard on CFLs. If your fixture turns on and off more than 20 times in 24 hours, it's going to give your CFL an early death.
•  Poor quality CFLs—Reduces CFL life 25 to 75 percent. 

Look for bulbs with the Energy Star label, which shows that they have met Energy Department testing requirements.

CFLs use 75 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs and can last up to 10 times as long. Each bulb can cut your electric bill by up to $10 a year. CFLs also generate 75 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs, which really makes a difference in the summer. 

Because CFLs use less energy than ordinary light bulbs, they reduce the amount of pollution created by coal-fired power plants. While CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, a traditional 60-watt incandescent bulb causes more than three times the mercury emissions of a CFL—even if that CFL is mistakenly thrown in a landfill, according to If you do recycle your CFL and keep it out of a landfill, says, it's about five times better than an incandescent in terms of mercury emissions. So CUB urges everyone to recycle CFLs!


New Educational Website Designed to Help Make Recycling Easy

Beginning January 1, 2016, all recyclables must be placed in the blue cart loose without a bag. Recyclables contained in bags of any kind will no longer be accepted. This will not only help our environment, but also reduce unnecessary costs incurred by the City as a result of contaminated blue carts.

Plastic bags hinder the recycling process by:
  • Not allowing haulers to see if other non-recyclable materials are in the blue cart;
  • Contaminating the stream of otherwise good recycling material;
  • Damaging the equipment at sorting facilities.
To see the full press release, please click here.
Holiday Donation Drive

Every year, our Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer coordinates a holiday donation drive for women in the Cook County Jail. Drop off travel-size toiletries (soap, shampoo and/or lotion) to Alderman Tunney’s 44th Ward Service Office (3223 N Sheffield) during normal business hours and we’ll make sure your donations get in the hands of the most vulnerable of our criminal justice system. Questions or want to donate other items? Contact Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Office at 312-603-4210 or

​On behalf of the Friends of Lakeview Pantry and the Babiarz Family, you are cordially invited to attend the Vincent Babiarz Memorial Toy Drive benefiting Lakeview Pantry and Coat Angels

Friday, December 4, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Made-to-order Pasta Bar from Chef Jeff
Special Musical Guest Red Pop Fury

Murphy's Bleachers
3655 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL  60613

Please bring an UNWRAPPED toy marked “boy” or “girl” and appropriate age. Gifts should be new in package and UNWRAPPED, with a suggested minimum retail price of $10.00 per gift. 
Gifts are transported from the party to Lakeview Pantry, where patrons are allowed to select age appropriate gifts for their families.


LCC presents "The Star"

Embodying the heavens, signaling the day to come, or providing guidance, the star is a symbol of hope, peace, and solace for those who witness it. Join Lutheran Choir of Chicago on Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the star in the Christmas tradition through song at Lake View Lutheran Church, (835 W. Addison). Featuring ethereal works by Rutter, Lauridsen, Nelyhbel and Mendelssohn. $15 in advance (at; $20 at the door - free for children 10 and under.

Toys for Tots Motorcade Collections

Sunday December 6th, Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade in cooperation with the US Marines Toys for Tots Campaign will motorcade Northbound down Western Avenue from 8300 South to approximately Roscoe ending at DeVry University at 3300 North Campbell.  Traffic will be affected in all local areas surrounding Western Avenue from 9:00am until 12:30pm. 

For more information, please visit



44th Ward Service Office
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Office Hours
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm
Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058

CAPS Meetings

CAPS meetings will resume in January 2016.  We will have updates ASAP as to locations and times.

Upcoming Street Cleaning

Street Cleaning is now weather and equipment permitting. 

Section 8
Monday, December 7th
Tuesday, December 8th

To sign up for street cleaning text alerts, click here.


If you are a part of the City's Blue Cart Program, your recyclables
are picked up every other week on the same day as your garbage pick up.  The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will be the week of December 7th.
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