32nd Ward Newsletter: May 24, 2024

Dear Scott,

Our ward office will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. I hope you are able to enjoy this day, but also take a moment to remember all the military personnel who died in service and honor or thank all of our veterans and active duty service members.

There will also be no refuse collection on Monday, May 27. All city collected refuse will be serviced Tuesday-Friday. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection. Blue cart collection can also be off by a day, so make sure these carts are out as well.

Have a nice weekend and Memorial Day,

Alderman Scott Waguespack

OEMC Encourages Residents and Visitors to Utilize Public Transportation and to Report Suspicious Activity by Calling 9-1-1

With many festivals, concerts, athletic events, the opening of beaches, and simultaneous events throughout the city and along the lakefront this Memorial Day weekend, the City of Chicago is advising residents and visitors to be aware of street closures, additional crowds, increased traffic, and to plan accordingly. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding residents and visitors of security measures in place and stresses the importance of always being aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to on-site event security or by calling 9-1-1.

The City of Chicago will have citywide deployments for Memorial Day Weekend to ensure the safety and security of the public. The OEMC will also be activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the Memorial Day weekend to coordinate security efforts and resources amongst the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and City of Chicago infrastructure departments, city agencies, and private partners.

Report Suspicious Activity: If you See Something Say Something. The city reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious, notify onsite security or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.

Additional information about the parks and beaches is at the bottom of the newsletter.

Nominee to the RTA Removed by Mayor Johnson

A couple of weeks ago, the Council Transportation Committee voted 14-2 to move forward with the Mayor's appointment of Ira Acree to the RTA board. At the time, I assumed the appointment would easily move ahead with only two votes in opposition (including my own) (Mayor Johnson's pick for transit board advances despite not knowing of looming $730 million shortfall-CBS2). I didn't know the Mayor pulled his appointment until this Wednesday's Council meeting and was as stunned as most people that the Mayor lost the majority of votes in a few days. 

My questions for the appointee (and for this Mayor) were the same: what are your goals for the issues we face, and what is your vision for the modern public transportation system we need? The Mayor has not yet laid out a clear vision for our City’s public transit agencies, but I assumed his administration would prepare their nominee for the Council vote. 

Both the RTA and CTA have serious needs. From improving day-to-day operations on our trains and buses to addressing the impending fiscal cliff and finding funding for our citywide and regional transportation agencies, this moment begs for strong leadership and proactive governance on this issue. There are many people working in public policy or have relevant expertise that could be tapped to effectively represent Chicago’s interests on the RTA and work to address these issues for riders and taxpayers. 

This City simply needs leaders with the fiscal and strategic experience to run City Hall and a well functioning public transportation system. 

May Beat Meetings

19th Police District-

1931- May 28, 6:30pm

Gantz Boys and Girls Club

2915 N. Leavitt


19th District Twitter

19th District CAPS- 312-744-0064

City Council Vote on Shotspotter

The Chicago City Council voted 34-14 to keep Shotspotter after the Mayor decided to end ShotSpotter. After the vote, Mayor Johnson stated that the vote “did nothing” and “this City Council and legislative body does not have executive authority.” The City Council votes to determine what that mayoral power entails.

Power rests with the legislative body unless clearly granted to the executive by statutes or ordinances that legislative bodies of municipalities create. That is made clear through part of the “corporate authorities” under Illinois State law, and there is no strict separation of powers at the municipal level. The Council voted by ordinance to grant the Superintendent of Police the authority to place Shotspotter and Police Pods around the City and the Council can also amend or direct action on this authority. 

I voted to keep the Shotspotter technology for its effectiveness in helping the police pinpoint gunfire to a specific address and help police locate shooting victims more quickly. While cameras and this tool do not make arrests like officers do, they are helpful tools to assist the department and should be utilized until better tools are available. Both the former CPD Superintendent and Superintendent Snelling said they need the technology as well as officials preparing for the August DNC event. 

Many of my colleagues demanded that the City keep the contract open and use the tool in their neighborhoods, so their voices must be heard as well. Pro-ShotSpotter order passes City Council in a landslide. Why don’t North Side aldermen want South Siders to have it? In this case, the Council exercised its authority as a legislative body and the outcome is to keep Shotspotter operating to assist CPD.

Update from Beat 1432's CAPS Meeting (Armitage/Western/the river)

In the current two month period, there were 6 robberies, which is up from 4 in the previous two month period. All were in the first week of May, including three that happened within a 15 minute timeframe. Most were connected to 3-6 black males in a dark Dodge Durango. The Durango, which had been stolen, was recovered in the 25th District. It has been processed and is being tested for evidence. Separate from these, there was one call for aggravated battery on March 31 at 5am, at Damen and Shakespeare where 24 rounds were fired and a person was hit.

Burglaries are up from 5 to 8; all but one were from businesses. The other one was bikes from a garage. This is a reminder to always lock your bikes, even inside, and to make sure they are registered.

The police wanted to remind people to call 911 before posting on social media; a number of things get posted in neighborhood Facebook pages, but there are no records of them being called in. If there’s no 911 call, it’s like it didn’t happen. Officers also suggested leaving your contact info to prioritize the call as well as for them to contact you if they need more details.

Officers also said that it helps to have multiple people call 911- more calls equals more resources, and more missions being done in a specific area. Also, your neighbor might see something that you didn’t, and the more info that is given to the police, the better. Example- you see a crime connected to a blue Chevy; you call your neighbor, who also got the license plate number. Both of you calling 911 with these details helps out the police and helps prioritize the issue.

Technology helps the police; you can register your camera so the police can access footage faster in the event something happens near you; you can also email footage to caps.014district@chicagopolice.org

One person brought up private security- for the part of Bucktown that has it, the citizens living there pay for it. The private security staff has no enforcement power; instead, they serve as extra eyes and call 911 when they see suspicious things. They also take part in preventative measures such as closing open garage doors.

People brought up not seeing officers- there are other teams such as TACT, unmarked, etc. that are also in the neighborhood in addition to the regular beat car. However, citywide the police is down about 1500-2000 officers. There are issues with people not wanting to sign up to become officers. There is supposed to be an updated allocation study done to see how many officers are needed in each district.

A frequent issue with cases being tried by the County is judges releasing people. Federal cases get better results and we have asked for more federal assistance on investigations and prosecution of violent crimes.

A question was asked about the city getting more helicopters- the city will have access to FBI/Homeland Security ones for the DNC; we currently have access to state and county ones in addition to the city ones. The additional city one that was ordered 2 years ago was finally approved.

It was asked what people do with stolen phones- in addition to selling them, if you are logged into zelle, venmo, etc, people can send money to themselves (sometimes on burner accounts making it hard to trace); if you have your credit/debit card loaded on your phone, they can also use that. Make sure to always log out of these apps or remove them entirely.

The next 1432 Beat meeting on July 24 will be Zoom only; we will post the link on our website closer to that date.

Upcoming Resurfacing Project on Damen from Addison to Belmont

This work is part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Arterial Street Resurfacing - North Area Project, in the 32nd Ward.  


Construction was tentatively scheduled to begin on May 20, 2024, pending clearance from and coordination with existing utilities, and weather permitting.  Bigane Paving Co. is the general contractor for this project and Wight & Company is providing resident engineering services for the Chicago Department of Transportation.


The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement as needed for ADA and drainage compliance, pavement patching, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, concrete bus pads, and striping.


During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed above. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of the work. All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed August 31, 2022.

CDOT Public Meeting Notice

Street Sweeping

Next week, street sweeping will occur in sections 1 and 2 (Roscoe Village). Please be on the lookout for signs and make sure to move your vehicle on your scheduled day (south and east sides of the street are normally done on the first day, north and west on the second; please watch for signs).

Sweepers will do more than one pass on the block in their initial cleaning, but will not come back to clean sections outside of their officially scheduled day. Please take the time to help clear the curb in front of your property to keep the sewers flowing well. Any leftover landscaping debris from winter months should be bagged and put in the alley by your trash cans. Please do not sweep landscaping debris into the street. Piles of leaves and heavy garbage also clog the sweepers and will cause significant delays. Other large objects like branches and metal will also damage the sweepers, so please remove them from curbs.

Residents can view street sweepers in real time using the Sweeper Tracker online tool. 

The Roscoe Village Farmers Market will be held on Sundays from 9am - 1pm at our NEW LOCATION, Hamlin Park! Stop by the market at 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. (Damen and Barry) each week from June 9 - October 13, 2024. Get excited to shop the market weekly for high-quality produce, proteins, cheese, bread, specialty drinks, ready to eat meals, sweets, flowers, meat, and more from local farms and vendors. 

Operated by Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, the Roscoe Village Farmers Market is a popular stop for visitors and residents in the area to shop for groceries, gather, and enjoy special programming, such as free workouts & family-friendly activities! Scan the QR code or visit the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce Website to learn more. 

Save the Date - 32nd Ward Blood Drive!

Save the date! You are invited to donate at the blood drive below:


11:00 AM - 03:30 PM

2657 N. Clybourn

Make an appointment here.

Assessor Fritz Kaegi Releases West Chicago Township Property Reassessments

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi released the initial assessments of residential and commercial properties in West Chicago Township on May 20, 2024. The Assessor’s Office reassesses one-third of Cook County every year. Chicago was last reassessed in 2021.

The total assessed value in West Chicago Township grew 27%, which reflects three years of real estate market changes. 

When a property is reassessed, the property owner is mailed a Reassessment Notice. The Reassessment Notice reflects the estimated fair market value based on sales of similar properties over the past three years. The notice also contains important information such as the property’s characteristics, neighborhood code, and past assessments. An increase in a property’s assessment does not cause the same increase in the property owner’s taxes.

Appeals for West Chicago Township can be filed until Thursday, June 20, 2024.

How do assessment appeals work?

Property owners are given an opportunity to appeal their assessment if the property characteristics listed on an assessment notice are incorrect, or if the estimated market value of a property is significantly more than what it could sell for in the current real estate market.

To learn more about property assessments and appeals, watch our upcoming virtual workshop live on Facebook or YouTube, scheduled for May 28 in English and May 29 in Spanish. The workshop will include information about the reassessment notice and how property owners can file appeals with the Assessor’s office. View all our upcoming events at www.cookcountyassessor.com/event-list.

Read more here.

2024 Aldermanic Forum

June 20th 10:30AM (NEW DATE)

Join the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce (LRVCC) as we welcome 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, 44th Ward Alderman Bennett Lawson, 46th Ward Alderman Angela Clay, and 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin for our 2024 Aldermanic Business Forum.

This event will give businesses the opportunity to hear directly from their local representatives about issues that matter to them. 

Registration is required.

Marketing Mania is Back!

June 13th 9AM


Marketing Mania is back! The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce is excited to present Marketing Mania 2024. This half day education event is a great way to learn more about marketing your business, ask questions, and have one on one time with marketing professionals. 

Join them for a presentation from Jennifer Fournier of viaDIGERATI about Maximizing Marketing ROI, a panel from local business owners, and a time to network. Registration includes a lite breakfast from Steingold's and coffee. 

Tickets are included in Chamber membership or $20 for non-members. 

See you June 13th at Mercury Theater

Chicago Park District Beach Safety Information

Beaches Open Today

City of Chicago beaches will open for the Summer on Friday, May 24. The Chicago Park District urges patrons to enjoy the beaches safely and responsibly and look for “No Swimming Allowed” signage that indicates that swimming is not sanctioned in that area. Visitors should consult the district’s website or social media platforms to ensure water conditions are safe for swimming before heading out to the beach and only enter the water when a lifeguard is on duty. Swim hours are 11am to 7pm, daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.


Lakefront/Beach Safety:

· Wear a Life Jacket: Not only having a life jacket but wearing it properly is the first defense against drownings. Life jackets come in numerous sizes and types designed for different activities. The life jacket you wear to the pool may not be suitable for kayaking on a river as well. Always check the manufacturer tag for any weight maximums and usage designation as well as the United States Coast Guard Life Jacket requirements.

· Boaters should be mindful of break wall locations at all times: When water levels rise high enough to cover the walls, boaters may be at risk of serious injury and vessel damage.

· Boating Under the Influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving: It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats including canoes and rowboats.

· Learn to Swim: Learning to swim can be fun and easy, no matter your age. Check out local swim programs at schools, community centers, and the Park District. Go to the Chicago Park District website for further details on Swimming Lessons offered in your area.

· Never Swim Alone or at night: Swimming alone or in the dark is extremely dangerous and can end in tragedy. Even when at personal pools and spas, swimming without a buddy is never safe and should not be done.

· Swim Near Lifeguards: Swimming at a Lifeguard protected pool or beach is essential to safety. Lifeguards are trained in numerous rescue skills, CPR, AED usage, and much more. Listen to their rules and instructions as they are there for your safety and enjoyment. Never rely on lifeguards as “babysitters” for children in the water, if your child is in the water, you should be too.

· Take a CPR class!: Learning CPR is easy and an essential skill for the bystander who may witness an aquatic emergency. Take a CPR class this summer at your local Fire Station, Hospital, or other agency and increase your readiness to help a loved one or someone else in need. Visit the American Heart Association or American Red Cross websites for details on how and where to sign up for a class near you!

· Report suspicious activity: Protecting our beaches and pools is a public effort and reporting any unwanted or suspicious activity to first responders immediately can help save lives. If you ever see something unusual or are ever unsure, please call 9-1-1 right away.

· Rip Currents: Learn how to escape a rip current: Relax, swim to shore but don’t swim against current; If you can’t escape, float or tread water

· Lakefront Paths: Heed the warnings and obey signage or officials on path closures; Do NOT navigate around barricades or closures – they are there for your safety to avoid risks of falls or being swept into the water, requiring rescue. During thunderstorms, being near bodies of water such as the lakefront paths or Riverwalk can pose threats of flooding and being swept into currents, especially with high lake levels. Heed any warnings to avoid the lakefront and Riverwalk when these are issued.

OEMC's Location Identifier/Pole Marker Program

For public safety on the lakefront, event and concert attendees are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the poles throughout the Grant Park area and on DuSable Lake Shore Drive from 5700 North to 6600 South to help them reference their location along the lakefront and within the park if you call 9-1-1 in an emergency. OEMC call takers and dispatchers will be able to provide the location to first responders.


The location identifiers/pole markers are utilized at various events such as the Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, the Chicago Marathon, and the Air and Water Show by attendees to inform on-site security of their location. In addition, the signage can be used to inform others of their location as well. They can also be used between friends and family members as meeting point if you become separated. For complete details click HERE.


Report Suspicious Activity: If you See Something Say Something. The city reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious, notify onsite security or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.


Chicago OEMC App – Know Before You Head Out

For safety and preparedness at your fingertips this Summer, residents and visitors are encouraged to download the Chicago OEMC App. The public safety tool provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, CHI Safe Walk, weather information, DNC 2024 details and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current events and forecasts, radar, and other weather-related information as well. The app is available through the Apple App and Google Play stores or visit the website Chicago.gov/OEMC.


Weather and Public Safety

OEMC will monitor events through a collaboration with public safety partners. OEMC advises Chicagoans to be aware of weather conditions and to follow instructions and heed all warnings from public safety officials. We encourage residents to check the weather before heading out. For the most up-to-date weather information, please tune into local media or download a weather app.


OEMC will issue any alerts and notifications needed to keep residents and attendees up to date on weather conditions and emergencies. Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at NotifyChicago.org. OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakefront notices and issues affecting businesses:


· CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5

· CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3


For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911)

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Alderman Scott Waguespack
2657 North Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-1330

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