My dear friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues,
I have lived a life dedicated to giving to others--be it my professional life, my political life, my life with family, friends, and neighbors, and with the many people I have encountered through the years.
In my professional life, I worked to provide health care to those most in need. As Committeeman, I helped elect some of our nation's most qualified public officials, always willing to give them my share of the spotlight and do the behind-the-scenes unglamorous work that delivers election victories for the candidates who share our values. And I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering in the community, working to make Rogers Park a better place for everyone.
For the past year I have not been able to be that person because I have been sick. Many of you know my transplanted kidney failed last April. Since then, I have faced enormous challenges, working to regain my health while trying to avoid financial ruin.
Beyond the fact that it is the law, there are benefits to you and your dog if you register.
- A portion of all money raised from registration fees is directed to Chicago Animal Care and Control.
- A dog’s registration tag will help you if your dog is lost. A quick call to 312-744-DOGS will get the City Clerk’s office involved in reuniting you with your dog.
- To board your dog or to use a doggy daycare service at a boarding facility you dog must be registered.
- To use the new Pottawatomie Park dog friendly area, or any other of Chicago dog parks, your dog must be registered.
Registering your dog can be done quickly and easily.
- It can be done online at www.chicityclerk.com
- It can be done by phone (312) 744-DOGS
- It can be done in person at the Clerk’s Main Office at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle or at the Clerk’s Satellite office on the Northwest side, 5430 W. Gale. Both are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday.
Cost to Register Your Dog
- Sterilized dog (neutered male, spayed female)…. $5
- Sterilized dog with a Chicago owner over age 65…. $2.50
- Unsterilized dog….$50
- Unsterilized dog with a Chicago owner over age 65….$5
- Replacement licenses are available at half the applicable fee, or a maximum of $20
Unsterilized dog fees are higher because thousands of dogs are euthanized annually or suffer as strays because of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. One unspayed female and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years. Also, sterilized dogs are healthier and have fewer medical problems. In addition, spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to run away or fight with other animals. Other pets, (cats, birds, snakes, etc.), are not subject to city licensing.
Requirements for Registering Your Dog
Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination. Your dog registration expires one year after the date of your dog’s rabies vaccination. Registrations are sold in 1 year or 3 year increments (to coincide with rabies vaccinations).
For more information please contact the City Clerk’s office at www.chicityclerk.com or call (312) 744-DOGS (3647)
Not long ago I sent an email out about City Clerk Susana Mendoza holding a beauty contest for dogs promoting licensing of dogs in Chicago. Today I write regarding a much more serious situation. While beauty contests are fun, poisoning dogs is nothing but serious business. There are reportedly at least 3 deaths of dogs from what is believed to be squirrel poison, (which from a distance looks like ground beef), that is somehow within the reach of dogs in the Rogers Park/49th Ward neighborhood. It has been centered around Touhy and Clark, but caution is strongly advised no matter where you and your dog walk.
Thank you! The results are in, and with your support I was successful in carrying the ward with a victory margin of almost 40 percentage points. I am happy, proud and humbled by your strong show of support. I asked you to trust me with leading our party for the next four years, and you voted to give me your trust. I will be working hard each day to prove to you that you made the right decision.
Unlike many other offices, with my name being the one on the ballot, it would be easy to believe that this was just about me. I have told people across the ward during this entire campaign, this was not about David Fagus; it was about our values and the way we’ve decided, collectively, to organize our local Democratic Party. Our opponent directly challenged those values. He made them the core of his campaign. The people of the ward listened closely, and they have spoken very clearly. Our open and diverse party, driven by grass-roots members, with a bottom up style of governing is the kind of Democratic Party they want. Again, I thank you for your support.
On Monday evening, February 6 the Democratic Party of the 49th Ward held a reception for all of the candidates running for Appellate Court vacancies, for the candidates running countywide for the Circuit Court and for candidates running for the Circuit Court in the 8th Sub-circuit. The endorsements for the Supreme Court race and for the two 9th Sub-circuit races were previously determined by a vote of the membership on January 23. They will also be listed below.
The Meet the Judicial Candidates reception provided an opportunity for each member to have one on one conversations with the candidates. Both the members and the candidates found the format to be very rewarding. Numerous judicial candidates thanked me for the opportunity to have a fair and real chance to gain our endorsement. There were also several comments regarding the thoughtfulness of the members in asking very good and thought provoking questions. Our members were impressive in there questioning.
As a follow up to Monday’s event, a group of eleven 49th Ward residents volunteered to serve on a judicial endorsement committee. Any member was welcome to volunteer and fortunately we had some very thoughtful people join us.Read more