March 16, 2018
On Tuesday, 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer and I held a press conference with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability and other community organizations from around the city announcing the upcoming introduction of an ordinance creating civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department with the establishment of the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. This ordinance is in direct response to the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Accountability’s recommendations that a civilian oversight board be created in an effort to repair relations between Chicago’s citizens and the Chicago Police Department, and to make our neighborhoods safer. The proposed ordinance includes the establishment of a Community Police Commission with oversight over Chicago Police Department, Police Board, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), and elected District Councils intended to increase communication between police and civilians and have a role in selecting members of the Commission.
While our community enjoys a strong and collaborative relationship with the Commanders and Officers of the 20th and 24th Police Districts, this is not true in communities across the city. I am supportive of a community-driven approach to restoring trust between police and neighbors. Citizens must feel safe calling police when they observe crime in their neighborhoods. Likewise, police must feel empowered to do their critical work of protecting us. The GAPA Ordinance as proposed is informed by community input after over 100 meetings attended by nearly 2,000 Chicagoans. I believe this is the right first step to restoring trust in the Chicago Police Department. In the weeks to come, I will be talking to key stakeholders including members of the Chicago Police Department, fellow Aldermen, and Chicagoans like you, to get feedback about the ordinance. Please review the ordinance and share with me your feedback.
Click here to view the draft ordinance.
Click here to read GAPA’s report on their findings from community meetings.
Click here to read a Chicago Tribune editorial about the proposed ordinance.
Last Friday, a robbery incident occurred at Winthrop and Foster, which resulted in the shooting of a 15 year-old male. The victim was taken to a hospital, where his condition was stabilized. Police are currently investigating the incident, no arrests have been made. If you have any additional information about this incident, please contact area north detectives at 312-744-8263.
Our community lost a fierce advocate for public safety with the passing of Lynn Pierce. Lynn leaves an incredible legacy in her wake. She lived in the Edgewater community for more than 30 years and poured so much of herself into making the community what it is today. Lynn served on the first Local School Council at Swift Elementary School, was an active member of the EPIC Block Club, and coordinated the annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale for more than 20 years, an event that has grown to include every block club in the ward, with more than 200 sellers. Most significantly, Lynn established the Thorndale Action Task Force, bringing business owners on the 1100 block of Thorndale Ave. together to advocate for public safety on the block. Lynn also was one of our community’s most diligent Court Advocates, representing our community at hundreds of court dates to ensure justice was brought to individuals committing crimes in our community. This is just scratching the surface of Lynn’s contributions to the Edgewater community. Her impact will continue to be felt for many generations to come. Lynn remains a shining example of the impact one person can make when they get involved in the service of community and their fellow neighbors.
On Wednesday, thousands of students in our community participated in the National Student Walkout, taking a stand against gun violence. It was inspiring to see the youth of our community learn to use their voices, and I thank the adults who are supporting and fostering civic engagement among our youngest neighbors. They are our future leaders, and it is our duty to listen to them and guide their energy in a productive and positive direction. If you know a teen looking to get more engaged, we would love to have them join the 48th Ward Youth Advisory Council. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about upcoming meetings.
There are two opportunities today to support local schools’ fundraising efforts:
- Dining Out for Swift at Patio Beef
Today Patio Beef, 6022 N. Broadway, is donating 10% of all sales to Swift Elementary School (5900 N. Winthrop). We are grateful to the local businesses who support our local schools. Click here for more information.
- Brews for Bulldogs
Friends of Senn is hosting their annual Brews For Bulldogs fundraiser tonight, 6:30pm, at Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood. Funds raised at this event will support programming at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood). Click here for more information.
On Monday, March 19, my office will host the annual 48th Ward Senior Resource Fair, in partnership with Edgewater Village. This event will be the biggest Senior Fair yet, featuring more than 70 service providers and organizations offering information about medial care, energy efficiency, senior programs, and other opportunities for the mature adults in our community. Please join us on Monday, from 10am – 1pm, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. See below for more information.
Congratulations to Loyola University Men’s Basketball team on an outstanding and exciting win yesterday! The Ramblers are advancing to the next round of the NCAA tournament, facing off against Tennessee tomorrow at 5:10pm. Please be sure to watch the tournament and celebrate our hometown heroes locally at any of the many great bars and restaurants in Edgewater, Andersonville, and Uptown.
I hope everyone celebrating has a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. If you’re at the parade tomorrow, wave to us!
Alderman, 48th Ward