Issue #182 // March 3rd, 2023
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Alderperson Andre Vasquez in a dark teal sweaster smiling.

40th Forward Newsletter

Words from Alderperson Vasquez

Happy Friday, Neighbors!

I am still excited and exhausted after this past week, where we were able to win re-election with 78% of the vote - the largest margin by any progressive in the City of Chicago!

We achieved this together by doing what we said we would do when we came to office - improving services, increasing communications, and writing the bold progressive legislation to move our ward and city forward. None of this would be possible without our community coming together to create the Open Government model that has served us well this first term. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and also to those who didn't as the feedback is helpful to our constant improvement. 

As we look to the next four years, our office will be taking the time to plan our priorities, events, and initiatives to continue building community together, and we look forward to partnering with you to achieve even more success in the coming term.

I also want to shout out to the 12 folks who were elected to serve as our Police District Councilors, who will be charged with being the public safety liaisons for our four police districts. We will be partnering to increase safety for all in our community and to further connect our neighbors to keep us all informed and safe!

This weekend, I am going to spend some time with my wife Valerie and my kids, Avery and Parker, after not being able to for the past number of months. Rest assured, I will be every bit as accessible, accountable, and transparent as I have been. 

See you in the neighborhood, and thank you for your faith in me and the work we are committed to!

Yours in Service and Community,

Andre Vasquez
Alderperson, 40th Ward

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Property Tax Appeals in Jefferson and Lake View Townships

Beginning March 3, 2023 you may file an appeal of your property taxes through the Cook County Board of Review for Jefferson Township. Visit for information on how to file an appeal online or by mail. The deadline for filing is April 3, 2023Lake View Township appeals opened on February 17, 2023 and will close on March 18, 2023. Rogers Park Township appeals are closed.


2-1-1 Now Available!

211 is a 24/7/365 service that connects them to essential health and social service support and information during times of non-emergency crisis and for everyday needs. 


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.


Community Resource Fair at The Friendship Center 3/12

Grabado Popular: Prints for the People at Chicago Printmaker's Collaborative 3/18

Budlong Woods Library March Programming Various dates

Edgewater Library March programming Various dates

High Lights - 6 Week Writing and Storytelling Program for ages 55+ Wednesdays

Community Meeting about Sandunga Bar 3/14
Webinar: Basement Flooding and Reducing Risk 3/7

CTA Career Fair 3/10

Special Events Application Permit Webinar Various Dates

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Workshops Various Dates

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

NOTICE OF INTENT - 2300 Ainslie, St. Matthias

After consideration of resident feedback, the Ward office has no objection to the proposed zoning change from RS-3 to RM-4.5, for the Conversion of existing rectory to 12 residential units and construction of 5 new townhomes on the east side of the property.

All proposed zoning changes in the 40th Ward undergo a community feedback process. Neighbors are invited to comment on the proposal at public meetings and online. All comments and other feedback are considered and discussed by myself and my staff prior to any decision being made regarding zoning. A detailed timeline/FAQ is also available online.

We are deeply grateful to all our neighbors who took the time to provide feedback. The majority of feedback on this proposal was nearly all positive, and focused in particular on:

● Density - The majority of neighbors were in favor of building multi unit housing on this property instead of a single home. These neighbors spoke of how building multifamily rental units would allow more folks to be able to live in this neighborhood and would create several units of affordable housing.

● Preservation of the Rectory - Neighbors supported the adaptive reuse of the rectory and were pleased that the rectory would not be torn down and instead would be remodeled into apartment units. To see upcoming zoning meetings and participate in our community-driven process, visit 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

A lot of great photos from this week! 

First up, Alder Vasquez enjoys the sun with Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita and State Senator Ram Villivalam as they visit the Metra construction site.

Next, our dynamic intern Christian Burkholder works to unclog a storm drain on Western! We encourage constituents to "adopt a storm grate" and clear it of debris.

Finally, our Director of Development Morgan enjoys dinner at El Xangarrito during Lincoln Square Restaurant week. Morgan's glowing review has inspried the author of this very newsletter to get dinner there tonight!

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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