40th Forward #183, March 10th 2023
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40th Forward Newsletter

Words from Alderperson Vasquez

Happy Women's History Month, Neighbors!

(left to right: Naomi Weisstein, Oprah Winfrey, Lucy Parsons, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jane Addams, Michelle Obama, Ida B. Wells)

From Jane Addams to Ida B. Wells, our city has been made greater by the contributions of our sisters in the struggle, who have helped us all move forward, and I wanted to make sure to celebrate their achievements. I also want to thank all of the strong and powerful women who have mentored me and made me a better leader! Here are some ways to reflect and celebrate in Chicago!

Pothole Patrol
It's been quite a first week after re-election, and here at the 40th Ward Office we have had conversations regarding multi-year planning for many of the initiatives that we have been leading on. We have also begun the Pothole Patrol!

I have driven about 65% of the streets in the ward and will be submitting pothole requests for the ones that we have seen on the streets. Next week we will complete the ward pass and will start on the alleys. If you have any to report, submit the 311 request and the city will do the rest!

Update on TIF Improvements for Winnemac Park

I am excited to announce my support of the request for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) dollars for park improvements at Winnemac Park. The Park District is requesting $2 million for park improvements including a new artificial turf baseball infield, field drainage improvements, tennis court renovations and site improvements including pathway paving. The request will be introduced to City Council on March 15 and will be submitted for a Council vote in April. This funding request has my full support.

There separately has been a proposal by the Winnemac Park Dog Friendly Committee to build a new dog friendly area (DFA) in Winnemac Park. Due to opposition from community stakeholders, including the administration and parents of neighboring schools, we cannot move forward with the project. Public parks must balance the interests and needs of many diverse users, and the Park District will continue to work with the community to explore other options for dedicated space where dogs can safely run off-leash.  
Please read here for more.

Yours in Service and Community,

Andre Vasquez
Alderperson, 40th Ward

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Participatory Budgeting: PB Results!
Check out this in-depth post from Director of Development Morgan Madderom about the process and results of our Participatory Budget. Be on the lookout as we continue to iterate upon this program, and thank you for voting on projects across the 40th Ward!
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Community Events and Initiatives

See below for a list of events announced or sent to us since the last newsletter! To view upcoming events visit our 40th Ward Event Calendar. To view events previously featured in the newsletter, visit this page. If you would like to submit an event for approval to appear on our newsletter, please use this form! Events must be submitted by Thursday at noon to appear on that week's newsletter.


40th Ward Safe Streets Board Meeting 3/13

Community Meeting about Sandunga Bar 3/14
40th Ward Environmental Board Meeting 3/13

Community Meeting about Cafe Mimoza 3/21
View the 40th Ward Calendar and Submit Events!
View Upcoming and Past 40th Ward Events in Detail!

Ward Updates and Resources

View Public Health Resources on Our Website
View Job Listings Received by 40th Ward Office
View Proposed Zoning Changes on Our Website

Community Safety

Learn About Community Safety, CAPS Meetings, and your Police District

Violence and Victimization Trends

Data from the last 28 Days via the City's Violence Reduction Dashboard.


Ward Snapshots

Earlier this week, Alderperson Vasquez visited Senn High School Students at Loyola University to discuss hos role as Alder and the experiences that led him to get involved in his community!

Astute 40th Forward readers may recall last week's Ward Snapshot. Well don't worry, Operations Coordinator Jordan Dubin made good on his promise to visit El Xangarrito:

Last week's picture for reference:

Meet Our Staff

Row by Row from Left to Right: Alderperson Andre Vasquez, Deirdre O'Connor, Pooja Ravindran, Morgan Madderom, Bill Hohenadel, Jordan Dubin, and Angel Rubi Navarijo
Pooja Ravindran, Chief of Staff

Morgan Madderom, Director of Development

Deirdre O'Connor, Director of Constituent Services

Angel Rubi Navarijo, Constituent Services Coordinator

Jordan Dubin, Operations Coordinator

Bill Hohenadel, Ward Superintendent

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