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With the terrible tragedy that occurred in Orlando last week, it is even more important that we all stand up against intimidation, hatred, and violence toward any person or group. This incident was especially painful because it served as a reminder to me and others in the LGBTQ community that we must always be "on guard" about threats to our lives. As a City, we mourn for all the victims of this tragedy, their parents, family members, and friends. 

As your alderman, I will continue to work with elected state and federal leaders to ban the use of military assault weapons and other sensible gun control measures. Those types of guns have no place in our society and only serve to cause the loss of human life. For information about how you can fight for sensible gun laws, click here.

In my conversations with many people, especially those of the LGBTQ community, the conversations center on not allowing this tragedy to intimidate us from celebrating at Pride events starting this weekend with the Pride Fest on Halsted and Waveland. The Pride Parade will begin in the same location as last year in the 46th Ward (Montrose/Broadway) on Sunday, June 26 at noon. Our community and allies will come together to celebrate pride and show our strength and love for all of our comunities. For information about Pride festivities, click here.

We are currently taking steps to make all Pride celebrations safer. Since the beginning of this year, the 19th Police District has gained 45 more officers with a commitment for more to address the problem areas within the 19th Police District. During Pride festivities, the Northalsted Business Alliance is using additional funding to increase security around the parade route including the area bars along Halsted and Broadway. Per Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, “Visitors can expect to see an increased presence of uniformed Chicago police officers at these events patrolling the 19th District, surrounding neighborhoods and at the CTA transportation hubs. Additionally, CPD will have officers on bike, civilian-dressed officers throughout the event, specially trained canines and we’ll set up a joint agency information center.” The FBI has confirmed that there have been no credible threats surrounding this year's Pride festivities, but people are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and call 911 when indicated.

While our guard is up, we will not allow what happened in Orlando to intimidate us. Even in the face of hate, we will celebrate and we will be proud. 




Residents with any questions or concerns are encouraged to meet with Ald. James Cappleman any Monday evening from 5pm - 7pm. Larger residential buildings and neighborhood organizations can also contact the office at 773-878-4646 and ask for Theodora to set up a time when Ald. Cappleman can meet with them.

Next Tuesday, June 21, the Maryville project will go before the City Council Finance Committee, and then, if it passes, for a full vote before the entire City Council the following day. This is a $15.8M TIF development that is located entirely on tax-exempt property, and therefore has no money available in it until a development is built and begins to create tax revenue. Approximately one-third of this TIF amount will go toward rehabbing the Clarendon Park Community Center, which is the only way funding for this can be obtained. Approximately another third of this TIF will go toward rental subsidies for people with extremely low incomes, the ones who are most at risk for becoming homeless. Because on-site affordable housing is for people earning 50% of the area median income or more, people who are currently living with homelessness would likely never meet the income requirements to live at this development. CHA is not allowed to provide units for this development because the poverty rate is too high for this census tract. The developer will pay the costs upfront for the Clarendon Park Community Center and the contribution to the Low Income Housing Trust Fund. Once this TIF has been paid off, this property will be on the tax rolls for the first time since 1939. To view the plans for this site, click here.

Lawrence House (1020 W. Lawrence), once the home of Charlie Chaplain, had its grand opening yesterday. Heritage Coffee is open for business and FLATS announced the winner of their business incubator project, Owen + Alchemy, known for its plant-based juices, smoothies, and custom herbal blends. This building has been lovingly restored back to its grandeur, and some of the units will receive Low Income Housing Trust Fund subsidies to provide rental assistance for those with low income. Click here for more information about this project.

Just before 3am today, 2 males in their 20's were shot in their legs and are reported to be in good condition. Per Commander Cesario, the incident was gang related. I will be joining neighbors in the area today at 6pm to do some positive loitering at Racine & Wilson. Please consider joining me and we can discuss actions to address this.


Thanks to the many people who have purchased household items for kits that will help those living under the Lake Shore Drive viaducts start out in their new apartments. Although we have some items, we still need many more. Please click here to help us get these needed supplies.

The deadline to apply for a senior citizen rebate is July 1, 2016 in order to obtain a $50 refund check. To be eligible for rebates, residents must be 65 years and older and own the property at which they reside. Should you have any questions, please contact Theodora at the Ward Office. Click here for additional information.

The Chinese Mutual Aid is offering Tiger Tutor, a tutoring service that's focused on providing individualized, high-quality instruction to help students achieve their academic and collegiate goals. Summer classes will begin soon. Email for more information about the program and costs.

When: Friday, June 17 from 6pm - 9pm
Where: Preston Bradley Center at 941 W. Lawrence
This is a textual collaborative project involving the work of 4 women. It was an exercise of embracing as well as letting go. For more information, click here.

When: Saturday, June 18 from noon to 4pm
Where: Courtenay Language Arts Academy at 4420 N. Beacon
Lots of fun with a petting zoo, a pony ride, face painting, games, and lots of fun for people of all ages. Contact Ms. Pikes at 773-534-5790 or email at if you are able to help out with a donation to cover some of the costs.

When: Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm
Where: Institute of Cultural Affairs at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd
This is a community meeting to discuss a design proposal underneath the L tracks for the Wilson L that is being rebuilt. The project's design includes a bike activation zone, LED lighting, and a food truck area. Click here for more information.

When: Friday, June 24 at 8:30pm
Where: Sunnyside Mall (Malden & Sunnyside)
Watch Paddington and enjoy some free popcorn with lots of fun for the whole family! 

When: Sunday, June 26 starting at noon
Where: Starts at Montrose & Broadway
This is the 47th Annual Pride Parade. Click here for more details.

When: Saturday, July 23 from 9am to noon
Where: 46th Ward Office at 4544 N. Broadway
State Rep. Greg Harris and Ald. James Cappleman are hosting this opportunity for residents. Here's your chance to get rid of old bank statements, cancelled checks, or old records that are no longer needed. Also bring old electronic equipment for recycling as well. This service is exclusively for residents only; businesses are prohibited from participating.

Click here to view the dates and locations for CAPS meetings in your area.
Efforts to promote public safety work best when the police, residents, businesses, building managers, schools, social services, places of worship, and elected officials all work together.

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