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Starting December 21, 2015, special holiday hours for the Fourth Ward Service Office will be in effect. The office will be open from 9am – 3pm. Normal business hours resume Monday, January 4, 2016.

The office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

There will not be a Ward Constituent Night in January 2016. The next one will be held in February of 2016.

Happy Holidays!

Application For The Position of Superintendent of Police

The Chicago Police Board is conducting a national search for qualified candidates for the position of Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. When a vacancy in the Superintendent’s position occurs, the Board is required by the Municipal Code of Chicago to nominate three candidates for the position. In designating nominees, the Board looks solely to the professional and personal qualifications of the candidates, without reference to the residence of the nominees. The Board submits its list of three nominees to the Mayor, who appoints the Superintendent from the Board’s list with the advice and consent of the City Council.

The Chicago Police Department, the nation’s second largest police agency, serves a diverse population of about 2.7 million persons residing within Chicago’s 228 square miles. Detailed information about the Department’s organization, budget, and activities may be found in documents available on the Police Board’s website at

The Police Board’s application for the position of Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is available here.

Demolition – Commercial Parking Garage, 1101 S. Wabash Ave.

The above-referenced property will be demolished and the anticipated schedule for this work is as follows:

Demolition start date: 12/28/15 Demolition completion date 2/01/16

Shortly before demolition, the City of Chicago may be using the structure at the above address for Chicago Fire Department training exercise.

“Nuisance” controls imposed by the City of Chicago that apply to demolition work include the following:

(1) Dust. In order to avoid excessive dust, the area must be kept wet during processing except during periods that are below freezing. Chutes, plastic tarps and other measures are also necessary to provide dust control. Chutes are also required when lowering debris from the upper floors.

(2) Water and Mud. Any large amounts of water or mud debris must be removed, including water and mud on surrounding streets, on a daily basis.

(3) Waste Materials Management. Building refuse must not litter the demolition site. All litter and waste must be removed from the site in a timely manner and taken to a permitted waste or recycling facility. However, certain recyclable materials that will be reused may remain on the demolition site.

(4) Waste Left on Site. In the event waste or debris must be stored on site temporarily, it must be placed in containers and secured. If any materials are capable of becoming windblown or dispersing particles into the air, they must be secured and covered with a tarp or some other type of covering.

(5) Site Cleanliness. Additional regulations governing the cleanliness of all construction and demolition sites are set forth in Section 13-32-125 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, which may be found on the City of Chicago Department of Buildings’ Web Site at

Violations of City of Chicago ordinances and regulations governing demolitions may be reported to the City of Chicago by calling 3-1-1.

CDOT – Shared Cost Sidewalk Program

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2016 if you wish to be considered for the 2016 program. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system by calling 311 or through the City’s service request website

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) helps small businesses and commercial corridors stay viable in the City of Chicago by providing financial assistance for building improvement costs. Eligible program participants can receive reimbursement grants for qualified permanent building improvements to small business properties.

SBIF Grant Structure
The City of Chicago’s SBIF grant uses local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to reimburse eligible applicants for repairing or rehabilitating their facilities within specific TIF districts. The following features apply to this grant program:

Maximum Grant Program Assistance
Industrial Property – $150,000 per property
Commercial Property – $100,000 per single-tenant property
Multi-tenant Property – $50,000 per owner/tenant with no more than $250,000 for overall property
Grant Type
Reimbursement grant, paid after work is completed by the applicant, and proof of payment to their city-licensed contractors is received by the City of Chicago.

Multiple Grants
Yes, an applicant may receive one or more grants for the project property up to the maximum grant program assistance for which the property is eligible. Once the project property has received the maximum grant program assistance for which it is eligible, then no application made for that property shall be eligible for SBIF consideration for three (3) years from the date the reimbursement that reaches the maximum grant program assistance is paid.

Grant Repaid?
No, the grant does not have to be repaid.

Am I eligible?
If you are located in an eligible SBIF district and meet the program’s other eligibility requirements, then you will be eligible to receive this grant.

William D. Burns, Alderman, Fourth Ward
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435 East 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

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