Community Alert – Wanted for Armed Robbery – 18th District (Near North)

City Encourages Public to Pay Their Respects to Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer Along Procession Route

Visitation for Commander Paul R. Bauer will be held until 9:00pm this evening, Friday, February 16, 2018 at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 653 W. 37th Street, Chicago, IL 60609.  Today also marks Commander Bauer and wife, Erin Bauer’s 16th Wedding Anniversary.

The funeral service for family, close friends and colleagues will be held Saturday, February 17, 10:00am at the Nativity of Our Lord Church, and will streamed live on ABC for all to watch.

Due to the extremely large anticipated gathering for the honors funeral for Commander Paul Bauer on Saturday, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications are encouraging those wishing to pay their respects to do so along the funeral procession route to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th Street, Alsip, IL 60803.

The funeral procession will begin at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 652 W. 37th Street, and proceed south on Halsted, east on Pershing Road to 90/94E to I-57S to 111th Street, south on Vincennes to Monterrey, west on Monterrey (111th Street) to the cemetery.

The City encourages the public to turn the route blue during the procession to show their support for Commander Bauer’s family and the Chicago Police Department. In addition to wearing blue and displaying blue ribbons, items such as Chicago flags, American flags and CPD flags are also encouraged.

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.

A Memorial Fund has been established for Commander Bauer, where donations will go directly to his wife Erin and daughter Grace.  For more information, visit

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 2/16/18

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Rest in Peace Commander Paul Bauer

We, the residents of the 18th District, send our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and Chicago Police Department team members on the loss of a remarkable leader and friend, Commander Paul Bauer.

We are devastated by the loss of our local public safety champion. Paul was a seasoned 31-year CPD veteran whose spirit, outreach, commitment to our well-being was valued and undeniable. The fact that he put his life on the line to serve the people of Chicago is something that First Responders do every day, but is also something that we hope and pray never results in the loss that we bear today.

May we all be safe from adversity and harm and may we all be blessed with angels like Paul Bauer.

Report Crimes Anonymously to the Chicago Police Department 


Anonymously and SAFELY help rid your community of crime by sending tips to the Chicago Police Department via text message from your cellular device. This program is designed for residents who wish to digitally submit tips to CPD from their mobile phone (non-smartphone) using a text message instead of a mobile web browser.

• Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the “TO” line.
• In the message box, type the word CPD, space, and then your crime tip information.
• Hit “send” to send the text message You will automatically receive a system generated message back on your cell phone acknowledging your tip.

Cash Rewards up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest. For additional information visit the TXT2TIP website.

Source:  Alderman Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Newsletter 2/13/18

Homework Help at the Chicago Public Library

Free homework help for elementary age children is offered at Chicago Public Library branches!  The Lincoln Park Branch, 1150 W. Fullerton Avenue, has a volunteer Homework Helper with extensive teaching experience on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m., and a teacher in the library on Thursday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m.  The Lincoln Belmont Branch, 1659 W. Melrose St., has a teacher in the library on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m.  The Near North Branch, 310 W. Division, has a teacher in the library on Monday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m.  No registration is needed. Please visit for additional information.

New Improvements to CTA Train Lines

The Chicago Transit Authority has launched a comprehensive program of track repairs and maintenance designed to provide faster commutes and smoother rides for ‘L’ customers—improvements made possible by Mayor Emanuel’s innovative fee on ride-hailing services.

The CTA’s FastTracks program will reduce by up to six minutes off a typical round-trip commute on the Red, Blue, Brown and Green Lines, the four busiest rail lines, by repairing and upgrading rail, rail ties and electrical power in multiple locations throughout the system. The $179 million investment is being funded through a small increase in fees charged to app-based ride-hailing companies operating in Chicago. The fee, proposed by the Mayor and approved by City Council in November, is the first of its kind in the country to directly support investment in public transportation.

The first phase of FastTracks includes track repairs in various spots on the Green Line just south of 35th Street. Other projects in 2018 through 2021 include improvements along:

• Green Line South (between 18th and 35th Streets; between 35th and 59th Street; and along the Cottage Grove and Ashland branches)
• Green and Pink Lines (between Clinton and Ashland)
• Blue Line O’Hare branch (electrical power improvements)
• Red and Blue Line subways (State Street and Dearborn)
• Blue Line Congress branch (Clinton to Forest Park)
• Brown Line (between Southport and Western)

The track work across these rail lines will remove slow zones and increase service reliability. The improvements entail a combination of repairing and replacing sections of iron rail; replacing deteriorated wooden rail ties; and adjusting and maintaining track ballast. The electrical power improvements along the Blue Line O’Hare branch will allow CTA to run additional trains during high-ridership times like the morning rush period on weekdays, which will help address crowded trains and reduce the amount of time customers have to wait on platforms.

Work will be completed outside of weekday peak-ridership hours to minimize the impact to customers. For more information about the FastTracks project, visit


Source:  Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Alderman Newsletter 2/13/18

Bridges Closed for Repair Next Week: Chicago Avenue and Kinzie Street 

Chicago Avenue Bridge Closure:
Monday, February 12, 9:30am to 2:30pm
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) needs to repair a section of roadway grating on the Chicago Avenue Bridge.  This repair work will also help eliminate any noisy metal on metal sounds from the bridge.

The grating repair requires the full closure of the bridge on Monday, February 12, from 9:30am until 2:30pm, weather dependent. The work requires a complete full closure – impacting vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

Detour Information for Motorists and Cyclists:

• Those traveling eastbound on Chicago should take Chicago to Halsted, proceed north on Halsted to Division, proceed east on Division to Larrabee, then proceed south Larrabee to Chicago.

• Those traveling westbound on Chicago, should take Chicago to Larrabee, proceed north on Larrabee to Division, proceed west on Division to Halsted, then proceed south on Halsted to Chicago.

CTA Reroute:
Signage will be posted at all affected bus stops, and all service stops will be honored while on the reroute by bus operators.

• Eastbound buses will operate on their regular route to Chicago/Halsted, then proceed north on Halsted to Division, proceed east on Division to Larrabee, south on Larrabee to Chicago, then east on Chicago resuming the regular route.

• Westbound buses will operate the reverse of the route above.

Kinzie Street Bridge Closure:
Tuesday, February 13 to Monday, February 19
The Kinzie Street Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River must be closed, and the single leaf bridge raised, to allow CDOT to perform needed repairs and help eliminate noisy metal on metal sounds from the bridge.

Due to the current weather forecast, and projected snowfall for the remainder of the week, the Kinzie Street Bridge closure has been postponed to Tuesday, February 13, starting at 2:00am.  The bridge will reopen to traffic on Monday, February 19, 5:00am.

Detour Information for motorists:

• Motorists traveling east on Kinzie should take Desplaines south to Lake, proceed east on Lake to Wacker, east on Wacker to LaSalle, and then take LaSalle north to Kinzie.
• Motorists traveling west on Kinzie should take LaSalle south to Wacker, proceed west on Wacker to Lake, west on Lake to Desplaines, and then take Desplaines north to Kinzie.

Bicycle Route:
As Kinzie is part of a major bicycle commuting route, a separate detour has been established for bicyclists coming into or leaving downtown via Milwaukee.

• Bicyclists traveling southeast on Milwaukee, east on Hubbard, or east on Kinzie should turn north on Desplaines to travel eastbound using the Grand Avenue Bridge and then back to southbound Kingsbury east of the River.
• Bicyclists heading westbound should travel north on Franklin to westbound Grand and then south on Desplaines west of the River.
Alderman Reilly ReportsL  2/9/18

Chicago Experiences Groundbreaking Year for Film, Television, and Media Production in 2017


Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recently announced that local film and media production have yet again reached record levels in 2017. Last year, 580 individual film and media projects recorded an all-time high combined total of 2,404 production days, resulting in an estimated $423 million in job creation and expenditures. Chicago has seen steady year over year increases in media production since 2011.
(Scene from Chicago Fire, NBC)

The rise in Chicago filming and commercial production has boosted local spending and job creation, while increasing traffic for a wide range of local businesses, hotel rooms, office and warehouse leasing, vehicle and equipment leasing, construction supplies, and local tax revenues.

According to the Illinois Film Office–which awards a 30 percent tax credit to film–television and advertising productions for qualified expenditures of Illinois crew, goods and services, projects in 2017 generated an estimated $423 million in Illinois spending and employed 13,797 non-extra job hires along with $251 million in wages.

Film, television and media production continued with record level activity in 2017 with eight full-season series, plus portions of two others, filming throughout the year. NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, FOX’s Empire, and Netflix’s Easy all renewed for additional seasons.  Showtime launched a new series, The Chi in addition to Shameless returning for several weeks of filming the seventh consecutive season. Amazon launched Electric Dreams and two new comedy shows, Pop TV’s Hot Date and the Comedy Central pilot South Side both filmed here in 2017 and are expected to go to series in 2018.

Studio features Widows (New Regency) and Captive State (Amblin), and portions of the action blockbuster Rampage (Warner Bros) showed a strong return in major motion picture production, and independent features – most locally produced – including The Pages, Hala, What They Had, Soul Sessions and Book of Leah all filmed here in their entirety and continued a five-year growing trend in the creation of home grown content for national distribution.

For more information about the Chicago Film office, and 2017 achievements, click here to read the full press release.

 Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/26/18