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Make Your Mark On Lincoln!

Make Your Mark On Lincoln!

Whether you are a part of Lincoln history, or planning to join the Lincoln community, Friends of Lincoln (FOL) invites you to make a permanent mark on Lincoln by purchasing a personalized brick to be installed in the new sidewalk. A roughly 15×20 foot path, running perpendicular to Kemper and adjacent to the new ground level play area, presents an opportunity to create a spectacular collage of personalized bricks. Honor a past, current or future Lincoln student, pay tribute to a favorite Lincoln teacher or staff member, celebrate a Lincoln club or activity – be a part of the effort to capture Lincoln’s unique community and spirit in the footprint of the new annex.

Orders must be placed by Friday, May 1st through Bidding for Good.

See more and place orders here: http://www.lincolnelementary.org/bricks-program.html

Property Tax Update: Lakeview Township Open for Appeals

Property Tax Update: Lakeview Township Open for Appeals

Now until May 8th 2015 – homeowners who live in Lakeview Township may appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Assessor’s Office. Appealing your property tax assessment is an opportunity to ensure your property tax bills are fair and accurate. The most common reason to appeal is over-valuation. You may file your appeal online at CookCountyAssessor.com. Have questions about the appeal process or need assistance to file an appeal? Contact Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Office at 312-603-4210/info@bridgetgainer.com.

2015 Street Sweeping Schedule

Street sweeping for the 2015 season begins on April 1, 2015. Click the links below to see when your street will be swept.

Please note, the Department of Streets and Sanitation continues to operate under old ward boundaries. The Department of Streets and Sanitation will update the schedule to include the new 43rd ward boundaries in May. The 2015 City of Chicago street sweeping schedule for all of Chicago’s wards can be found here.

April 1 – 30, 2015 Street Sweeping Schedule

May 1 – 14, 2015 Street Sweeping Schedule

Offices Closed Monday, January 19th

In observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Alderman Smith’s Office will be closed on Monday, January 19th.

City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on Monday, January 19th to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.

If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.

Condominium Refuse Rebates Due January 16

Condominium Refuse Rebate Program

 

A message for condominium property managers and condominium board members: 2014 Rebate Applications are due by January 16, 2015. One application per condominium association should be submitted by the property management company or the condominium association.

All completed 2014 refuse rebate applications must be returned to Alderman Smith’s ward office, at 2523 N. Halsted, no later than January 16, 2015, or your application may be ineligible for the 2014 rebate and subsequent years.

Application forms and additional information are available at the Committee on Finance website.

Please ensure that completed applications are sent via a method that provides a “delivery confirmation” receipt.

If you have any questions about the Refuse Rebate program, please contact the Committee on Finance at condo@committeeonfinance.org  or my office at 773-348-9500 or via email at yourvoice@ward43.org.

Holiday Office Closures

In observance of the holidays, the 43rd Ward office will be closing at 2pm on Tuesday, December 23rd and will remain closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th. The office will be open from 10am – 2pm on Friday, December 26th.

The office will have regular hours on Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th.

The office will then be closed Wednesday, December 31st through Friday, January 2nd and will reopen for regular hours on Monday, January 5th.

Property Tax Update: North Chicago Township Open for Appeals

Now until December 30th 2014 – 43rd Ward homeowners who live in North Chicago Township (south of Fullerton Avenue) may appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review. Appealing your property tax assessment is an opportunity to ensure your property tax bills are fair and accurate. The most common reason to appeal is over-valuation. You may file your appeal online at CookCountyBoardOfReview.com. Have questions about the appeal process or need assistance to file an appeal? Contact Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Office at 312-603-4210/info@bridgetgainer.com, Commissioner John Fritchey’s Office at 773-871-4000/office@fritchey.com or Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi’s (2nd District) Office at 312-603-5560.

Attention Motorists: Annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts Monday, December 1st!

Beginning at 3:00am on Monday, December 1, Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban on critical arterial streets will go into effect. This ban is in effect until April 1, 2014.

There are 107 miles of city streets considered critical arterial streets, and the nightly ban is in effect between the hours of 3:00am and 7:00am regardless of the presence of snow.

Violators of the Winter Overnight Parking Ban may face a $150 towing fee (minimum), a $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20.Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 South Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 North Sacramento).

Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are affected by the Overnight Parking Ban.

Overnight parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes.  Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.

The 2 inch winter parking ban on marked arterial streets or “Snow Routes” is in effect year round to allow emergency vehicles and snow clearing equipment to pass. These parking restrictions are strictly enforced when snow accumulation of over 2 inches is present.

Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are effected by the Arterial Street Snow Route Ban.

Arterial Street Snow Route parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.

Thanksgiving Office Closures

The 43rd Ward office will  close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 26th and remain closed Thursday November 27th and Friday, November 28th. We will re-open Monday, December 1st at 9:00am. Should you need assistance in the interim, please email yourvoice@ward43.org or call 3-1-1.

Fall Yard Waste Collection

As part of this year’s effort to clean up leaves and other debris before winter, the City of Chicago is providing a dedicated bagged leaf collection coordinated by Streets and Sanitation for three weeks this November.

·       From November 3 through November 21, residents can call 311 to request yard waste collection.

·       A truck will collect leaves and other yard waste separately based on the 311 calls and take the yard waste to be composted.  Collection will occur during the week it is called into 311.

·       Residents should bag the yard waste separately from garbage in the black carts and recycling in the Blue Carts.

·       Residents should leave the bagged yard waste in the alley or on the curb.