Issue #181 // Feb 24th, 2023
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Alderperson Andre Vasquez in a dark teal sweaster smiling.

40th Forward Newsletter

Words from Alderperson Vasquez

Happy Friday, Neighbors!

The Chicago elections are only a few days away! No matter who you're voting for, I hope you're registered and ready to vote early or on Election Day on Tuesday, February 28th. Any voter who needs to register to vote for the first time or file an address update or name change must show two forms of ID, one of which reflects the voter's current address. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available on the Board of Election's website. 

Our ward's early voting location is the Budlong Woods Library at 5630 N Lincoln.
You can vote today until 6pm, on Saturday from 9a-5p, on Sunday from 10a-4pm

You can find also your day-of site here. Polls will be open from 6AM until 7PM.

If you have any questions, contact the Chicago Board of Elections or visit their website. Don't miss the chance to shape Chicago's future!

As a follow-up from our previous newsletter, I want to remind neighbors of the national “Day of Hate” February 25th, 2023 proposed by extremist groups nationwide.

Please check in with your Jewish neighbors and know that there is no place for anti-semitism in our 40th Ward. We are ONE community and stand together as such during times like this. See our post for the exact community alert and action items if you witness any activity around this.

Yours in Service and Community,

Andre Vasquez
Alderperson, 40th Ward

40th Ward Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 3pm

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Top Stories From

National Consumer Protection Week

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced its National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) outreach and education efforts and reinforced its commitment to inform consumers of their rights and risks in the marketplace. 
River Park Spring 2023 Registration

Registration for spring classes at River Park will open Monday March 13, 2023.

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 Meeting about Sandunga Bar 3/14
Community Meeting about Cafe Mimoza 3/24
Click to View the 40th Ward Calendar and to Submit Events!
Click to View Upcoming and Past 40th Ward Events in Detail!

Ward Updates and Resources

Click to View Public Health Resources on Our Website
Click to View Job Listings Received by 40th Ward Office
Click to 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

Click to 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 Snapshot

Operations Coordinator Jordan Dubin poses with Pączki and a King Cake, brought by constituents to celebrate Mardi Gras! Where do you get your favorite pastries in the 40th Ward?

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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