My 49th Ward Service Office will be CLOSED for the holidays from Wednesday, December 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4th, at 9:00 a.m.
This will provide my staff members, who routinely work far more than 40 hours a week, an opportunity to spend time with their families during the holiday week when calls and emails to my office are almost non-existent.
Though the Ward Service Office will be closed, the City of Chicago will continue to provide 49th Ward residents with garbage pick-up and other routine city services, with the exceptions of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Snow removal and other emergency services always will be provided regardless of the holidays.
For non-emergency city service requests during the holiday week, email or call my office and leave a message (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 773-338-5796). We will return your email or telephone message promptly on Monday, January 4th, and address your issue then. If you have a city service request that requires immediate attention, please call 311. Of course, if you have a police, fire, or medical emergency, you should always call 911.
This year ends on a high note. Thanks to a community activist who encouraged a dangerous predator to turn himself in to authorities, our streets this holiday season are safer. At the same time, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim of this vicious crime and her family. We pray that she recovers both physically and psychologically from the trauma afflicted upon her.
Earlier this year, the people of the 49th Ward honored me by re-electing me by a 2 to 1 margin. I thank those who voted for me and pledge to those who supported my opponent that I will do all I can in the coming year to earn their trust.
As we celebrate the holidays, let’s take a moment to count our blessings. We live in one of the most dynamic and exciting neighborhoods in the country, a community that celebrates and honors our diversity and continues to undergo positive change. I continue to believe I have one of the best jobs imaginable and I look forward to working with you to make 2016 the best year yet for the 49th Ward!
I hope that the year ahead is filled with hope, health and happiness for you and your family.
On behalf of myself, my family and my tireless and dedicated staff–Kevin O’Neil, Michael Land, Wayne Frazier, Ann Hinterman, Cecilia Salinas and Bob Fuller–I wish you a blessed holiday season and a wonderful and prosperous New Year!