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For Residents


As your Alderman, Nick Sposato’s job is to help streamline city bureaucracy for the residents of the 38th Ward. If you need assistance with city services or have a concern, please contact Alderman Sposato’s office. Our staff is here to help.




City Vehicle Stickers

City residents  required to have a valid city sticker on vehicles. If you are a new resident you have 30 days to come into compliance. City stickers are sold through the Chicago City Clerk office.


Chicago City Clerk – Vehicle Sticker Information


Vehicle City Sticker Online Order Form


NOTE: Free pick-up truck parking permits are available through the Ward office, however work truck permits are not eligible for the fee waiver.


Street Sweeping

Street sweeping signs posted on your block are enforced from April 1st to November 30th. Find out when the Street Sweeper will be in your area.


Department of Streets & Sanitation – Street Sweeping Information


Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking Sign Information


Secretary of State – Persons with Disabilities Information


Disabled Placard Application


Parking Tickets & Towing

If you think your car has been towed, visit the Department of Revenue’s website to see if it is in an impound lot.


Helpful Links

Department of Revenue


Search for Parking Tickets


Towed & Relocated Vehicle Information


Red Light Camera Locations


Parking Zone Lookup




Alderman Sposato is committed to keeping our ward safe. the 38th Ward is served by one police district, the 16th District.


Link to the 16th District.


Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) was started in 1993 as a pilot program in five diverse neighborhoods. A year later, the Chicago Police Department implemented CAPS all across Chicago. The goal of CAPS is to blend traditional policing strategies with “alternative” strategies aimed at encouraging community members and police to work together to reduce the occurrence of crimes.


This differed from traditional policing methods which in the early 1990s were increasingly isolated from the community. CAPS emphasizes the need for increased lines of communication between the community and the police, so that together they can come up with solutions for chronic neighborhood problems. Their motto is “Together We Can” which promotes the cooperation of police, community and city services in fighting crime.


How Does CAPS Work

Chicago is divided into 25 police districts and further divided into 281 police beats. Beats are small geographic areas to which police officers are assigned. Rather than changing beat officers daily, with CAPS the same officers are assigned to a beat for at least a year.

This is to encourage partnerships and problem solving at the beat level. However, not all officers are beat officers, and some police units still use forms of the traditional method for emergency and rapid response.


Each month, community beat meetings are held in all 279 beats. This allows individual residents to sit down with their beat officers and other police personnel to discuss neighborhood problems and hopefully develop strategies to address them.


Beyond the community, CAPS relies on city agencies and services to prevent crime. The City of Chicago has set up cooperative efforts with the Mayor’s Liquor License Commission, the Department of Streets and Sanitation, the Department of Buildings and other agencies to ensure the police have support from the city to tackle smaller problems like abandoned buildings and graffiti before they lead to more serious crimes.


In 1993, the CAPS Implementation Office was created. This office is staffed by civilian community outreach workers who organize court advocacy programs and coordinate city services in support of CAPS related programs.


How To Get Involved

The best way for an individual to become involved is to attend their local beat meetings. Chicago Police Department lists when and where all beat meetings take place on their website.


The meetings are generally held in a community area, such as a church, park or school. Meetings generally take place monthly at a regular time and place. The CAPS facilitator runs the meetings, moving the meeting along according to an agenda and calling on community members to ask questions. The police do not run the meetings, but they are active members and play a major role in all discussions.


Community members who attend the meeting have the chance to ask questions and voice concerns about crime-related problems in their neighborhood, hear reports by the police on crime activity in their beat, and meet neighbors who are also concerned about the safety of their community.


Streets & Sanitation


Street Sweeping

Street sweeping signs posted on your block are enforced from April 1st to November 30th. Find out when the Street Sweeper will be in your area.


2015 street sweeping schedule


Department of Streets & Sanitation – Street Sweeping Information


Garbage Collection

For information regarding residential garbage collection, visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation website.


Graffiti Removal


City of Chicago – Graffiti Blasters Website


Abandoned  Vehicles

A vehicle can be classified as abandoned if it meets one or more of the following criteria:

• Is located on a public way in a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being driven in its present condition.

• Has not been moved or used for more than seven consecutive days and is apparently deserted.

• Has been left on the public way without state registration or a temporary state registration placard for two or more days.

To report an abandoned vehicle please contact our office.

For information regarding Traffic Services and Towing, please visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation website.


Rodent Control (Rodent Baiting)

One of the City's most effective ways to combat rodents is containerization. Because the residents we service use heavy duty plastic carts with tight fitting lids to contain garbage, residents are able to cut off one of the main sources of food in an urban rat's diet.  These carts are free and are distributed by the department's Bureau of Sanitation. Use of these free carts, combined with the rodenticide we strategically place deep inside a rat's burrow, are the key reasons for the decline of rats in our city.  If rats can't feed, rats can't breed.


Rodent Control website



Trees are one of Chicago's most important natural resources.  They provide beauty, shade and help to clean the air.  But like any natural resource in an urban setting, they need care.  Chicago has more than 500,000 parkway trees and each is maintained by the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Bureau of Forestry.


The Bureau of Forestry trims thousands of trees a year, plants new trees along the public right-of-way, addresses insect and disease problems, and otherwise promotes tree health throughout the City of Chicago.


Link to Forestry website


Snow removal

One of the most recognizable images of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is that of our Snow Fighting Trucks plowing and salting city roadways during a Chicago snow storm.  In fact, every time our full main fleet of Snow Fighting Trucks does just one pass of our entire route system they have traveled some 9,456 total lane miles.


Visitors to downtown Chicago might recognize our "Street Ops" personnel as the people who hand sweep street waste or use our familiar "Green Machines" to keep our sidewalks clean.


Follow the snow plows live during any snow event:


Block Party Permit Information

Permits to close a street for the purpose of holding a block party is requested by a resident of the block through their Aldermanic Offices.  These permits are issued free of charge.  Issued permits will be sent back to the Aldermanic Office to be distributed to the applicant.


The below link will direct you to the form that can be used to request a block party permit.  Individual Wards may require additional information so you should check with you Ward prior to filling out this document.  Completed applications are to be returned to the Aldermanic Office where the event is taking place.


Water & Sewer Services


Senior Citizen Sewer Rebates

Residents who are 65 years of age or older may be eligible for rebates on water bills. to qualify, you must be the owner of the property you apply for and that must be your principal place of residence.


Information is available at the Committee on Finance website


MeterSave Program

The MeterSave program is offered by the Department of Water Management to non-metered Chicago homeowners to voluntarily install meters to help them save water and save money.


For more information, visit


Link to the Water & Sewer website.

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