Alderman Michael R. Zalewski                         
Serving Chicago's 23rd Ward, Chairman of Committee on Aviation

Public Safety

The deadline for Working America Health Care is January 31st, 2015. To enroll in health insurance, please visit or call 1-855-698-2479.

Chicago Police Department's Gang Awareness Flyer

Chicago Hot Weather Preparedness and Public Safety Precautions

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications has issued a notice about the climbing temperatures. Click here for more information. During these high temperatures, City officials urge Chicagoans to check on their neighbors, families, elderly and the disabled. Chicagoans can call 3-1-1 to obtain the location of cooling centers; request well-being checks; and request rides to cooling centers, if needed. Call 3-1-1 for the nearest City Cooling Center located within the six Community Service Centers operated by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). The Cooling Center located at 10 South Kedzie will serve as a 24-hour center.

City officials encourage all residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. "Heat exhaustion"
is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. "Heat stroke" is more serious, and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself. The telltale signs of heat stroke are:
  • An extremely high body temperature, such as 103 degrees or above;
  • Dizziness and nausea;
  • A throbbing headache and a pulse that is rapid and strong;
  • Skin is red, hot and dry.
If you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take immediate action. Call 911 immediately and then try to safely move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water.

Steps can be taken to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
  • Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day to avoid dehydration;
  • Ensure that children stay well hydrated;
  • Visit one of the City's temporary cooling center: Chicago police district headquarters; all 79 Chicago Public Library locations during public hours of operation, and other public buildings;
  • Call 3-1-1 for the nearest City Cooling Center located within the six Community Service Centers operated by the Department of Family and Support Services. The centers are open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Contact local Chicago Park District facilities to find out about beach and park hours and programs.
  • Sign up for extreme weather alerts by visiting and clicking on the Notify Chicago

The following are a number of safety tips Chicagoans should practice:

  • Avoid going out into the heart, specifically in the hours around mid-day
  • if you do go outside, wear loose, lightly-colored clothing and wear a hat with a brim
  • Drink plenty of water--at least eight glasses a day
  • Get into an air-conditioned space or a cooler part of the house, like a basement
  • Keep shades drawn and blinds closed to block the sun
  • Take cool baths or showers; use cool towels and washcloths to cool the skin
  • Slow down, avoid or minimize physical exertion; and
  • Don't leave any person or pet in a parked car, even for a few minutes


Comed Emergency:
If you have an electric emergency it is important to call ComEd immediately. Never email your emergency request. If you need to report an emergency situation such as a fire, vehicle accident, electronic contact/shock, or other potential danger please call 911 to notify local authorities.

Storm Center
When the storms roll in, ComEd is ready to keep you up-to-date on our outage restorations. Visit the Storm Center at to get the latest information on outages in the service territory, view their Outage Map, and report an outage.

Outage Map
With ComEd's outage map, customers can view all outages in the ComEd service area at once and zoom in and get details on specific areas, such as the estimated restoration time and status of crews working to resolve problems. Icons are color-coded to indicate the number of customers affected by each incident. Check out the interactive map at

Outage Alerts
Need to report an outage? Text the word OUT to 26633 (ComEd) and get updates until your power is restored. Visit for more info and to sign up.

Mobile App
Gain the flexibility and convenience of managing your ComEd Residential account on the go with ComEd's FREE mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. Report an outage, make a one-time payment, and manage account features with the swipe of a finger. Learn more at

Crime Prevention Advice

Tips from convicted burglars

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator..

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste ... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather..

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at (***Please note: The Alderman’s office does not endorse products. At reader’s discretion.***)

14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

16. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

17. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

21. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, Kentucky, security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs > ; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.)

Other Options: Wasp And Hornet Spray

On the heels of a break in and beating in Toledo, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

A teacher in the art of self-defense has told his students for decades to keep a can of wasp and hornet spray near their door or bed. "This is better than anything I can teach them." It is inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, "spray the culprit in the eyes".

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."


(***Please note: The Alderman’s office does not endorse products. At reader’s discretion.***)

Website Builder