May 07

Thoughts and prayers to all of our first resp...

Thoughts and prayers to all of our first responders on scene at the fire at Root and Wallace. ComEd is working on restoring power so far 470 out of 553 have been restored.

Apr 04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 Cont...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 Contact: OEMC News Affairs 312-746-9454 OEMC REMINDS FANS AND RESIDENTS OF SECURITY MEASURES AND TRAFFIC IMPACTS AS BASEBALL SEASON BEGINS White Sox home opener is April 5 and Chicago Cubs games start April 9 at Wrigley Field With Chicago baseball home opening games beginning this week, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), along with 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs encourage fans and residents to keep parking restrictions, crowd activity and security measures in mind for everyone’s safety. "Chicagoans look forward to baseball season every year and, as with any major event, the City plans well in advance to keep fans and residents safe, updating security measures and monitoring activities throughout the season,” said OEMC Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “We continue to remind fans and residents to remain vigilant in crowds and abide by the safety measures and traffic restrictions put in place so we can all enjoy our great teams and neighborhoods.” Chicago White Sox The South Side team returns to Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, April 5, at 3:10 p.m. to play the Detroit Tigers. Fans are urged to arrive early at the ballpark for screening as well as to enjoy pre-game festivities. All lots open by noon and gates open at 1:10 p.m. For more ballpark information at Guaranteed Rate Field, visit the Sox website at “We have been busy prepping the Ward as we welcome baseball fans to come and support the White Sox and our local businesses.,” said 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson. “We encourage fans to be respectful of the neighborhood, residents, and other fans by adhering to regulations on game days to ensure a safe and fun season. We want to also remind residents that required parking permits should be displayed throughout the season and should be retained through year end for any events held at Guaranteed Rate Field after baseball season.” Residents around the ballpark are reminded to display their residential parking permits on game days. For a detailed map of the restricted area, see the 11th Ward website at For those using rideshare services, Parking Lot A is the designated pickup and drop off zone. Accessible parking for cars displaying state issued disability placards is available on the north side of the ballpark in parking lot B, immediately adjacent to Gate 5. Fans can follow the White Sox on Facebook and Twitter (@whitesox) for the latest information and updates. Chicago Cubs The Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 9, at 1:20 p.m. at Wrigley Field for their home opener. The gates open two hours prior to start time. Fans are highly encouraged to arrive early to allow sufficient time for security screenings. Find more information about the screening process at “As we do every year, we’ve spent a lot of time to make sure the ballpark and adjacent area are ready and safe for those that live near and enjoy entertainment around Wrigley Field,” said 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney. “Residents and visitors should be patient and expect enhanced security and traffic delays around the ballpark, be aware of the neighborhood parking restrictions, surge meter pricing and extended hours. Come early, shop local and Go Cubs Go.” During stadium events, access to the Park at Wrigley is limited to stadium event ticket holders. The plaza will open two hours before the Wrigley Field gates open for ticket holders, and remain open up to one hour after the game. Motorists in the area should be prepared for traffic slowdowns adjacent to the ballpark, which will be implemented by public safety officials, should conditions warrant. Truck access will be restricted two hours before the game and one hour after the game, or until pedestrian flow is reduced to normal operations. Street closures in the area may be implemented to ensure the public safety. During Cubs home night games this season, those in the area of Wrigley Field should be cognizant of the night game LV2 permit parking. To ease traffic congestion near Wrigley Field, there is a free remote lot at Basic Wire & Cable located at 3900 N. Rockwell. Paratransit pick up and drop off will be located at the northeast corner of Addison and Sheffield (in front of Draft Kings). Fans traveling to Wrigley Field using rideshare services from the north can be picked up/dropped off on Irving Park between Clark and Seminary; those traveling from the south can be picked up/dropped off on the 3300 block of N. Clark, on the west side of the street. Fans can follow the Cubs on Facebook and Twitter (@Cubs) for the latest information and updates. Alcohol, Peddling and Parking Enforcement Throughout the season, the Chicago Police Department stresses the strict enforcement of public intoxication ordinances and DUI laws, as well as City and State liquor laws that prohibit over-serving and serving alcohol to minors. Additionally, the peddling of goods without a license and the selling or soliciting the sale of residential parking passes is illegal. The Chicago Police will have an increased presence around both Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields to ensure public safety on game days. To assist with increased traffic and activity at the ballparks, the Traffic Management Authority will deploy traffic control aides on game days. Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced. If your vehicle is towed, call 311 City Services to obtain assistance in locating your vehicle. Public Transportation Public transportation is recommended. For Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Train and Bus information, visit If You See Something, Say Something As always, OEMC encourages attendees, ballpark employees and fans to always be aware of surroundings and if they see something, say something to authorities, by reporting suspicious objects or activity to onsite security personnel or by calling 9-1-1. Notify Chicago Those interested in receiving up-to-date information on traffic disruptions, severe weather, game day traffic notices, Chicago emergency alerts and other messages, can sign-up for OEMC’s NotifyChicago alert system at This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago. ###

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Mar 07

People's Gas Emergency Maintenance 3113 S Hal...

People's Gas Emergency Maintenance 3113 S Halsted The following is an update on the location @ 3113 S Halsted St: · The contractor worked until 8:00 PM last night to complete the service installation for 3113 S Halsted for a No Gas and they also renewed the service to the North of that property for 747-755 W 31st St due to both services being 1-1/4” Medium pressure and both services tapped under Bus Pad. Distribution crew completed the cut-offs and Service department completed the transfer. · All installation was completed yesterday and the contractor is on-site this morning to back-fill and concrete. Road plates will be removed tomorrow.

Feb 14

Updated Feb 15

We honor our local hero, Cmdr. Paul Bauer. Jo...

We honor our local hero, Cmdr. Paul Bauer. Join us in supporting his family and extended family in blue. Blue ribbons are available in our office at 3659 S. Halsted Street.

    Alderman Patrick D. Thompson
    We honor our local hero, Cmdr. Paul Bauer. Join us in supporting his family and extended family in blue. Blue ribbons are available in our office at 3659 S. Halsted Street.

  • 35th and halsted area looks amazing today.

  • Mr. Thompson, are there enough ribbons left if someone wanted to do a whole block?

Feb 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 CONTACT: OEMC NEWS AFFAIRS | 312-746-9454 ** TRAFFIC ADVISORY ** TRAFFIC IMPACTS, PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR THE SERVICES OF CHICAGO POLICE COMMANDER PAUL BAUER With honors wake and funeral arrangements set for Commander Paul Bauer on Friday and Saturday, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications is advising community residents and those attending the wake and funeral services that temporary parking restrictions are now in place and significant traffic impacts are expected. Temporary parking restrictions are now in effect for the 3600-3900 blocks of S. Halsted, S. Emerald, S. Union and S. Wallace Streets through Saturday, February 17th at 4 p.m. Those parking in the area should read signage before parking. Cars may be relocated due to the temporary parking restrictions. Residents are advised to call 311 if their car has been relocated. Courtesy parking is available for residents in Lots F and L at Guaranteed Rate Field, 3700 S. Princeton – free of charge – while the parking restrictions are in place. On Saturday, substantial traffic impacts are anticipated due to the funeral procession. The funeral procession to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will proceed west on 37th Street, South on Halsted Street, East on Pershing Road, to 90/94E to I57S to 111th Street. OEMC will deploy traffic control aides to manage traffic in the area. In addition to the services, residents can honor Commander Bauer’s service and sacrifice by leaving their remembrances in sympathy books for his family. The books are available to be signed in the lobby of City Hall and in the lobby of the 18th police district until further notice. Wake and Funeral Service Information: Visitation: Friday, 16 February 2018 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Services: Saturday, 17 February 2018 Nativity of Our Lord Church 653 West 37th Street, Chicago 10 a.m. Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, IL # # #

Feb 09

I would like to thank all of our City crews w...

I would like to thank all of our City crews who have been working through the night and today to keep us safe. Please check on your neighbors especially the elderly. Our office is open if you are in need of any service requests. Below is an update from the Mayor's Office: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 9, 2018 CONTACT: Mayor’s Press Office 312.744.3334 Melissa Stratton | OEMC (312) 746-9454 MAYOR EMANUEL, CITY OF CHICAGO OFFICIALS PROVIDE UPDATE ON WINTER STORM RESPONSE AND EFFORTS TO HELP KEEP RESIDENTS SAFE AS FRIGID TEMPERATURES AND SNOW CONTINUES Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City of Chicago officials today provided an update on the City’s response to snow that arrived in Chicago overnight. A coordinated citywide response continues to focus on keeping residents – especially those most vulnerable – safe and warm as frigid temperatures and snow is expected to continue into the weekend. "Our city is tackling the first major snow storm we have seen in several years – and it’s clear that Chicagoans are rising to the challenge," said Mayor Emanuel. "I ask everyone to keep exercising good judgment and remain indoors if at all possible, to take the warnings and advisories seriously, and to check on the well-being of family, friends and neighbors." Multiple departments and agencies are working to provide a constant assessment of the situation across the city to ensure the safety of residents as Chicago continues to feel the impact of the snow accumulation. "I want to thank all of the city workers for their efforts to make sure our city keeps moving and our residents have access to vital city services when needed most. And most of all, I want to thank all Chicagoans for their patience and cooperation," added Mayor Emanuel. The Department of Streets and Sanitation continues to monitor road conditions and has deployed more than 280 salt spreaders from its fleet to remove snow and spread salt to ensure streets are safe and passable for motorists and emergency vehicles. “Our top priority is safety,” said DSS Commissioner John Tully. “While we encourage residents to avoid driving in inclement weather if possible, our crews have been working hard all night and will continue working throughout the day to keep roads safe for motorists and buses that need to travel in these conditions.” During every snow event, crews work to ensure arterial streets and Lake Shore Drive are clear and safe to keep the City’s major roadways accessible for buses, vital services and emergency vehicles. Crews will continue to plow residential streets, but conditions may vary with the volume of snow and high winds that occurred with the recent weather system. Vehicles will work quickly and safely to make residential streets safe and passable. CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are closed today. While the district is strongly encouraging students to stay home for their safety, CPS buildings will remain open and accept students who still arrive at schools. For families seeking alternative youth programs and services, the Chicago Public Library and all Chicago Park District facilities will be open during their normal operating hours. These times vary, and families are encouraged to check hours on their respective websites or by calling the specific library or park. Parents can also call (773) 553-3100 or visit the CPS website for more information. All City Colleges of Chicago locations are also closed. All classes are cancelled and no services will be available. The colleges will serve as warming centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. AIRPORTS “As we do for every winter storm, our snow teams at O’Hare and Midway will be working around the clock with a full complement of snow-fighting equipment to keep runways open and available for safe and efficient flight operations,” said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans. “We want to assure the traveling public that we are taking every measure to minimize the impacts of weather on operations, but with more snow predicted, we are encouraging passengers to check flight status with the airlines ahead of time, and to arrive early before scheduled flights." To minimize the impact of weather on operations at both airports overnight as and throughout the day, CDA has 280 city drivers operating heavy snow removal equipment to keep runway conditions open and operational. As of 9 a.m. today, airlines are reporting delays averaging 30-45 minutes at O’Hare, and less than 15 minutes at Midway. Due to overnight snow and with weekend snowfall in the forecast, airlines have proactively cancelled more than 700 flights at O’Hare, and more than 250 flights at Midway. Travelers are encouraged to contact airlines on flight status ahead of time, and to arrive early before scheduled flights. CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is providing normal weekday service today, and trains and buses are running on every route. Though CTA extensively prepares its trains and buses for winter weather and snow, unpredictable conditions can sometimes cause delays. CTA advises customers to allow extra travel time, and strongly recommend customers get up-to-date bus and train arrival information via the CTA web site, on Twitter @CTA, sign up for Bus and Train Tracker text/email alerts or access Bus and Train Tracker via mobile phones and at rail stations and bus stops. FAMILY AND SUPPORT SERVICES “As with all extreme weather, we encourage you to take care of your family and neighbors, particularly seniors,” said DFSS Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler. “You can request a well-being check or gain access to the City’s network of facilities that serve as warming centers by calling 311.” Those seeking access to warming centers and/or experiencing insufficient heat can visit one of six regional DFSS Community Service Centers that double as warming centers. These Community Service Centers are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Garfield Community Service Center at 10 South Kedzie is open on a 24-hour basis to connect families and residents to emergency shelters. To connect to a location, residents can call 311 for immediate assistance. In addition, the City has a network of facilities that serve as warming centers, which include Chicago Public Library branches. Libraries will be open during normal hours, which vary by branch. In addition, Chicago Public Library branches also serve as warming centers and will be open during normal hours, which vary by branch. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Chicago Department of Public Health reminds residents to take extra precautions to stay warm and avoid hypothermia and frostbite. Residents should avoid unnecessary trips outside, and if it is necessary to go outside, wear several loose fitting layers of warm clothing. When shoveling snow, work slowly and take frequent breaks to avoid exhaustion. Be sure to winterize your home and vehicles, and keep cell phones charged with extra batteries for emergencies. FIRE SAFETY TIPS The Chicago Fire Department does not recommend that residents use space heaters, but acknowledges that people may rely on them during cold winter months. To minimize the dangers of space heaters, the Fire Department recommends only using heaters that are UL certified as safe and never use an extension cord with a space heater, which can cause the cord to overheat and burn. Most importantly, never allow a space heater within three feet of anything that can burn, especially bedding. “Sadly, we have found that fires have started because children have moved a space heater closer to the bed for more heat after parents have gone to bed for the night,” said Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. “Residents should also check and replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, especially this close to the holiday season. Batteries may have been borrowed for new electronics or toys.” Fire officials also encouraged residents to check their carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. With furnaces running during normal cold weather, a small carbon monoxide leak might not be noticed, but with heaters running non-stop to match the extreme cold, that small leak could become a deadly source of fumes. Carbon Monoxide detectors are designed to alert you before you feel sick, so if yours goes off get to fresh air and call 911. DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS During extreme weather, the Department of Buildings focuses its efforts on complaints from tenants regarding inadequate heat and reassigns inspectors to make sure these complaints are dealt with as quickly as possible. If a tenant is without heat, they should first contact their landlord and then call 311 to report the issue. The Department of Buildings enforces the Chicago Heat Ordinance, which mandates that the temperature inside a rental residence is at least 68 degrees from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 66 degrees at night. Landlords face fines of up to $500 per day, per violation, for each day they do not supply adequate heat. Since midnight, the Department of Buildings has received 46 additional heat complaints. All complaints are being addressed and, at this time, there are no reports of conditions that warrant emergency relocation. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for clearing snow from protected bike lanes, downtown bridge decks and some expressway overpasses. In addition, CDOT's right of way inspectors are responsible for enforcement of sidewalk snow removal regulations. The City’s snow clearing ordinance requires property owners to clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all sidewalks adjacent to their property, including any crosswalk ramps. Snow should not be shoveled into the right-of-way, which includes: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. If you are responsible for a corner lot, you must remove snow and ice from sidewalks on all sides of your building and from corner sidewalk ramps. This applies to residential property and business owners. DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT The Department of Water Management adds additional crews during the extreme cold to address any issues that may arise. To help prevent frozen water pipes, residents should keep a trickle of water running through at least one faucet and allow heat to circulate where water pipes are exposed. If pipes do freeze, use a heating pad or blow dryer to thaw them. Residents should never use open flames for thawing as this creates a fire hazard. ###

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Feb 02

Updated Feb 07


NEW GREEN LEFT TURN ARROW ON 26th AND HALSTED: Today the new green left turn arrow on 26th and Halsted was activated. This was installed to alleviate south bound traffic on Halsted Street and funded through Aldermanic menu money.

    Alderman Patrick D. Thompson
    NEW GREEN LEFT TURN ARROW ON 26th AND HALSTED: Today the new green left turn arrow on 26th and Halsted was activated. This was installed to alleviate south bound traffic on Halsted Street and funded...

  • The SpinDr FGFM Eradication Team - Could our Work be Done?

    Of course, street corners with no turn on red like 35th street can keep the bus stops on near corner. Isn't the bus stop for southbound Halsted still on the northwest corner?

  • Yep

Feb 02


NEW LEFT TURN ARROW ON 26th AND HALSTED: Today the new left turn arrow on 26th and Halsted was activated. This was installed to alleviate south bound traffic on Halsted Street and funded through Aldermanic menu money.

    Alderman Patrick D. Thompson
    NEW GREEN LEFT TURN ARROW ON 26th AND HALSTED: Today the new green left turn arrow on 26th and Halsted was activated. This was installed to alleviate south bound traffic on Halsted Street and funded...

Jan 29

As a reminder, CPS is having a public hearing...

As a reminder, CPS is having a public hearing tonight at 6pm at their central office located at 42 W Madison.

    Alderman Patrick D. Thompson
    As a reminder, CPS is having a public hearing tonight at 6pm at their central office located at 42 W Madison.

Jan 22

Our extended office hours are coming to an en...

Our extended office hours are coming to an end at 7:30pm. Remember we are open every Monday from 8:30am-7:30pm. Also, a community meeting regarding 3044 S. Gratten will take place tomorrow night.

    Alderman Patrick D. Thompson
    Our extended office hours are coming to an end at 7:30pm. Remember we are open every Monday from 8:30am-7:30pm. Also, a community meeting regarding 3044 S. Gratten will take place tomorrow night.

Jan 19

Water main break update at approximately 513 ...

Water main break update at approximately 513 W 44th St: all water is restored. Crews will be on site Monday to repair the catch basin.

Jan 11

Proposed High School Update: I would like to...

Proposed High School Update: I would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting Tuesday that took place at IIT. To recap, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) presented their transition plan including the preliminary boundaries of the new National Teachers Academy (NTA) High School. It was wonderful to see engaged parents and students come out and advocate for their schools. Many 11th Ward parents also attended the meeting to advocate for a quality neighborhood high school. I empathize with the NTA students, parents and staff and understand that this is a difficult situation. I hope that a meaningful resolution is achieved. I represent the residents of the 11th Ward and am advocating for a good quality neighborhood high school. The boundaries that were presented leave many of our residents without a good quality secondary education option. I am encouraging parents to attend the meeting next week Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00pm at Second Presbyterian Church located at 1936 South Michigan Ave. In connection with this issue, I am hosting a community meeting next Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the 9th District Police Station, 3120 S. Halsted St. to have an open dialogue about a secondary education option for 11th Ward residents.

Jan 08

Prayers for all of our first responders on th...

Prayers for all of our first responders on the scene of the fire at 4041 S Emerald.

    Alderman Patrick D. Thompson
    Prayers for all of our first responders on the scene of the fire at 4041 S Emerald.

Jan 08

Ald. Thompson: New high school a victory--but...

Ald. Thompson: New high school a victory--but community must make its voice heard on attendance boundaries CHICAGO (January 8, 2018)--Following is a statement from Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11) regarding the announcement today from Chicago Public Schools about the new high school planned for the National Teachers Academy (NTA) building: “Since I began knocking on doors when I ran for alderman in 2014, I’ve heard over and over again that neighbors in our area want a new, good quality high school for residents of the 11th Ward and the Near South Side. I have heard loud and clear that this continues to be a major concern for our communities. As such, when I took office in 2015, I immediately began working with community organizations, CPS and local parents and educators on a plan for a new, quality high school option for the children of the 11th Ward. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish thus far. “Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction for quality secondary education. However, the preliminary proposed attendance boundaries of the new high school at National Teachers Academy (NTA) do not include all of our communities. There is still time for community residents to make their voices heard.I encourage students, parents, principals, teachers and local school council members from all of the schools in the 11th Ward to join me and attend the CPS public hearings on Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00 p.m. at IIT Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal Street and on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. “This is the opportunity for our communities to advocate for their interests and speak out about any concerns to ensure this plan accommodates all our residents. “I will continue to work with CPS and the Emanuel administration to ensure quality education opportunities for all of our residents in the 11th Ward. I am asking that all of our residents get engaged in this process as well by attending the upcoming community meetings.” ###

    CPS Releases Draft Neighborhood High School Boundaries for Proposed Near South High School at National Teachers Academy
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 8, 2018 For more information, contact: CPS Office of Communications Phone: 773-553-1620 CHICAGO - Today, Chicago Public Schools released its draft, preliminary enrollment boundaries for the proposed neighborhood high school at National Teachers Academy (NTA), which would provide the Near South area with a continuum of high quality neighborhood schools from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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