Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Help Needed to Get Street Light Fixed

If you got a problem yo we'll solve it check out the hook while EW tries to resolve it:
My name is EW and I live on Financial Place between Polk and Harrison. The street lights have been out in front of my building (For the whole block between Polk and Harrison) for over a week, creating a very dark environment, ripe for crime. Within this week time span, a robbery and a car break-in have occurred. I called the Alderman's office (Bob Fioretti, 2nd Ward) and 311 and have not received a response. I think that it is ridiculous that the street lights have been off so long and that nothing has been done to turn them back on. I'm an owner in this building, and it's not a good sign for prospective buyers to visit the building on this dark street. I'm emailing you because I don't know where else to turn, and I don't want to go another day where someone can be victimized by a crime that could have been prevented if we had the street lights on. Can you offer any suggestions on how to get assistance with this? I'm fed up! HELP!
In all seriousness feel free to email Alderman Fioretti's office ( to help get this issue resolved.

(Hat Tip: EW!)
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Anonymous said...

What is the exact address(es) where these lights are out?

I'll gladly make a few additional phone calls for you.

Anonymous said...

Definitely a problem. Even makes walking unsafe as drivers can't see well and already pretty much ignore the stop signs in this area. I just e-mailed the alderman.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that the power is cut due to the installation of a new stoplight at Financial and Harrison. Installation is due to take up to two weeks.

Tim Stevens, Office of Ald. Fioretti said...

Our office does a survey of 2nd Ward lights at least once a month. In advance of EW's email on 10/11, we were aware that these lights were out and took action. On 10/7, we directed the Division of Electrical Operations to repair the lights. Unfortunately, due to City cutbacks, the Division cannot respond to important service requests as quickly as in the past. However, by working directly with the Commissioner's Office, we were successful in getting these lights restored last night. Please advise us directly of lights out in the future. You can reach us at (312) 263-9273.