Commander Paul Bauer Benefit Fundraiser – March 2, 2018 at the Weather Mark Tavern

In honor of Commander Paul Bauer, the Weather Mark Tavern will be holding a benefit fundraiser on March 2nd. A $15 donation at the door includes: 2 drink tickets, an appetizer buffet, a DJ and a raffle. Teams of Guest and Celebrity bartenders will be slinging drinks with all tips being donated to the Bauer Family. Anyone wanting to make a donation who can’t attend is encouraged to go to The Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union c/o The Paul Bauer Family.


Guest Bartenders:
7pm-Anna Radosz, George, Dan Hampton ’85 Bears, Patrick Elwood WGN News, Dina Blair WGN News, Erin Kennedy CBS2, Lauren Victory CBS2.
8pm- Edyta Paslawska, Anna Davlantes WGN, Richard Roeper Sun Times/Film Critic, Natalie Martinez NBC5, Seth Rouse, Tom Sappenfield.
9pm-Anneta Mrowiec, Jenny Milkowski (Awesome TV Lady,) Chris Stewart, Scott Harm
11pm-Danny Sawyer, Lance Akers, Kimi Luttrell, Charlie Stahmer.

Many more guest bartenders still coming.

Early Voting Now Available for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election

Early Voting for the upcoming Primary Election is now offered at the Loop Super Site located at 16 W. Adams Street, Monday through Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, and Sundays, 10:00am – 4:00pm, through March 4.

From March 5 to March 19, Early Voting will be available at 51 sites throughout Chicago.  University Early Voting will also be offered at Chicago State, UIC, and Northeastern on select dates.

Early Voting allows registered voters to cast their ballot in advance of the Tuesday, March 20 Primary Election.  Registration services are also available at Early Voting sites.

During Early Voting:

• Any Chicago voter may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voter lives.

• Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same election.

• Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature.

• Registration services also are available at all Early Voting sites. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change or name change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.

42nd Ward Early Voting Locations:

Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 N. State Street

Loop Super Site / Election Board Annex
16 W. Adams Street

To view a list of early voting hours and locations, click here.

Complete information for voters is available on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website,


Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 2/23/18

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

Chicago Park Distirct – Design Dance Spring Session Classes at Jesse White Community Center – Session start March 12

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