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Thank you, 46th Ward!
05/13/2011

Dear Friends,

As you know, after 24 years as alderman of the 46th ward, I am retiring.  I am writing to express my appreciation for your support and hard work throughout the years as we worked together to improve the 46th ward. 

We have come a long way.  Together we have improved safety, we have created a lasting legacy of development without displacement, improved our schools, our infrastructure and our parks, and most importantly together we have created a socially and economically vibrant and diverse community.  I am most proud of my achievements in tripling the City's funding budget for HIV/AIDS victims and for developing the toughest stance on Apartheid that was ever written in the 90's, for my work on domestic violence issues and establishing 24 hour daycare for children, the Ruth Shriman House for senior living, the Wilson Yards Development and for welcoming Target as a neighbor and partner, and of course setting the bar for affordable housing in Chicago.  Our schools and after school programs have seen remarkable changes and we now have a successful public high school modeled in Uptown. We have laid a strong foundation that will serve the future of the ward.

James Cappleman will be sworn in as the new alderman of the 46th Ward on Monday, May 16th.  Our office teams have met several times to ensure a smooth transition. Initially, Alderman-Elect Cappleman's office will be at 4133 N. Broadway. Their phone number is 312-725-8683. Going forward, they're planning to establish their office at the 4544 N. Broadway location after it has been renovated.   

I have to take a moment to thank my staff, my supporters and even my detractors for keeping me strong and steadfast to my guiding principles.  I'm confident you will all act to keep the Fighting 46th Ward moving forward.

For those who may wish to contact me personally, please email me at:  This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it    

Warm Regards,

Alderman Helen Shiller