108 New Police Officers (including 24 within 42nd Ward Police Districts) and New Police Car Technology Hitting the Street

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recently announced two significant investments in the crime fight – 108 new police officers and five new patrol vehicles equipped with License Plate Reader Technology aimed at stopping carjackings and recovering stolen vehicles.

108 new officers hitting the street
The 108 new police officers are now deployed to their first district assignments, with eight officers assigned to each police district within the 42nd Ward: 1st (Central), 12th (Near West), and 18th (Near North).

During their six-months of training at the Police Academy, recruits learned all applicable laws and protocols for being a Chicago Police Officer. In addition to physical training, they received instruction in procedural justice, crisis intervention and de-escalation, use of force, community building and critical thinking. Recruits also received cultural awareness training at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. This was followed by three months of field training, during which officers are paired with Field Training Officers for hands-on guidance during their first in-the-field months.

Two thirds of the newly assigned officers identify as minority. The Chicago Police Department (CPD)’s ongoing “Be the Change” recruitment campaign, reflects the belief that this new generation of police officers will lay the groundwork for a more diverse department, and be future leaders who define how police support, protect, and work together with Chicago’s communities. The next police entry exam will take place on May 5th at McCormick Place.

Since the Mayor and CPD launched its aggressive hiring plan, the Department has had a net increase of 1,037 sworn personnel compared to January 1, 2017, including accounting for all retirements, attrition, and promotions that occurred throughout 2017 and into 2018. The City is on track to meet the Mayor’s plan for hiring an additional 1,000 officers by the end of 2018.

To read the full press release, click here.

More tools to stop carjackings
CPD has also expanded the use of License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. Five new patrol vehicles have been equipped with LPR readers, aimed at stopping auto thefts, carjackings, and recovering stolen vehicles. Automated LPR technology helps officers quickly identify stolen cars, return vehicles to the rightful owner and apprehend offenders.

The City is also harnessing the Department of Finance’s (DOF) vehicle booting operation to feed license plates to the Office of Emergency Management and Communication’s (OEMC) stolen car and other crime databases. DOF booters canvas City streets six days a week, providing over 3,000 license plate reads per boot vehicle, per day. By collaborating with the OEMC, not only are the boot trucks identifying the vehicles that are boot-eligible, but LPR technology allows the City to match license plates against the list of stolen vehicles.

The 26 DOF booter vehicles add to an existing 100 fixed (pole-mounted) and CPD’s mobile LPR cameras. If a vehicle is identified as stolen, CPD is notified by a 911 dispatcher. Since March 2018, DOF booters have identified and reported over 190 hits from the stolen vehicle list to CPD.

This coordinated effort to quickly identify stolen cars through LPR cameras is part of the City’s strategic plan to combat carjacking and car thefts, and invest in technology that raises situational awareness and likelihood of apprehension. As a result, CPD has made 20% more arrests for vehicular hijacking compared to last year.

To read the full press release, click here.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 5/4/18

Community Alert – Robberies – 018th District Near North – May 6, 2018

Burglary Prevention Presentation – Presented by 18th District Community Policing Office

Maria Pappas: $94 million in property tax refunds available on new website

Cook County property owners can recover $94.1 million in tax overpayments by going to cookcountytreasurer.com.

The money is unclaimed even though since 2009 nearly $544 million in overpayments has been refunded or prevented by the Treasurer’s Office.

Because refund claims often are disputed among different payers, including mortgage companies, banks, buyers and sellers, the application requires proof that the refund applicant paid the taxes.

Pappas has revamped cookcountytreasurer.com so that property owners can now search by address as well as Property Index Number (PIN) and get an instantaneous response for available refunds going back 20 years.

The redesigned site puts key information about your property in a single place. To see if you are entitled to a refund, go to the website:
•  Select “Your Property Tax Overview”
•  Search by address or by Property Index Number (PIN)
•  Look for the results under “Are There Any Overpayments on Your PIN?”
•  Complete the online application if you believe you are entitled to a refund

By Illinois law, the total annual payout of refunds that arose before 2009 is capped at $2.5 million. The money available for refund has been distributed to Taxing Districts. If a refund is granted, the Treasurer’s Office recovers the money from the appropriate local government.


Source:  Alderman Walter Burnette 3/28/18 Newsletter

Bike the 2nd Ward with Alderman Brian Hopkins – Sunday 5-20-18 in memory of Commander Paul Bauer


OEMC’s Private Sector Camera Initiative

Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce that the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) has launched its “Private Sector Camera Initiative.”

OEMC provides citizens of Chicago with prompt and reliable 9-1-1 service for police, fire and emergency medical services, and coordinates major emergency response.

The program aims to link private sector camera systems with OEMC’s state-of-the-art video surveillance network. OEMC is seeking to gain access to exterior cameras on the public way, and camera feeds will only be viewed during emergency situations and active criminal investigations.

Alderman Reilly strongly encourages condominium associations, rental buildings, and local businesses to participate in the “Private Sector Camera Initiative.” The program will help the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to make arrests in real-time and deter criminal activity.

Please contact OEMC at (312) 746-9111 if you would like to  participate in this public safety initiative. For more information, click on the following links to download the Private Sector Camera Brochure  and visit OEMC’s website

Alderman Reilly is committed to advocating for new methods that enhance public safety in your neighborhood and will continue to fight for more resources that help supplement the Chicago Police Department’s good work.

 Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports:  4/6/18

“Keep the River Clean” Photobomb – Bring Your Friends! Bring Your Coworkers! 

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 11:00am – 1:00pm

Tags: River Education

In celebration of our beloved Chicago River, Friends of the Chicago River wants you to join members and friends for the largest Chicago Riverwalk group photo ever and take #OverflowAction with us! Last year close to 200 people came out!

Meet Friends of the Chicago River at The River Theater between Clark and LaSalle to see if we can break a world record for people standing together on these stairs to represent the thousands who care about the Chicago River.

More details to come. Email Joanne So Young Dill  –  jdill@chicagoriver.org for further inquiries.

Chicago Police Memorial Run – Run to Remember – 2018 5K Run/Walk on Saturday – May 5th – $5.00 Discount through 4/30 with new Promo Code

River North, let’s support our 18th District and run/walk in honor of our beloved Commander Paul Bauer and all of our fallen heroes.  

The district that registers the most participants wins the Superintendents’ Cup.  Let’s make sure the 18th District wins!  Register today and spread the word! To print and and post a sign in your building or business, please click here.

On line Registration:  Run to Remember

Team Name:  District 018-Cmdr Paul Bauer’s Team

Use promo code “chiathlete” through April 30 to save $5 off your registration. 

Any questions please call the 18th District Community Policing Office 312.742.5778  Thank you!!!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Gold Star Families Memorial & Park

1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

For more information about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, click here.


Community Alert – Robberies 18th District (Near North) – April 12, 2018

Community Alert – Wanted for Aggravated Battery 18th District (Near North) – April 10, 2018