November 5th, 2021
40th Forward Issue #116

Dear Neighbors,

Area Trims are Coming!

As reported in Block Club/The Daily Line today, the Department of Streets and Sanitation's Bureau of Forestry is beginning the transition to a proactive, area-based tree trimming strategy, replacing the current reactive/complaint-driven approach. 

I pushed hard during budget negotiations to secure enough dedicated Forestry crews to fully transition to the area-based approach. This fulfills a recommendation of both the Office of the Inspector General and an independent review of the City's forestry operations, and I'm very pleased and proud to have been able to work with the Office of Budget and Management and the Department of Streets and Sanitation to secure the necessary funding. 

The Department of Streets and Sanitation is currently working to fill the new positions, and expects it will take up to a year to fill the current backlog of tree trim requests and make the transition to the new, area-based approach. We will continue to work closely with the departments and keep neighbors updated on the progress of this exciting new improvement in City services!

Office Closed Thurs. 11/11

City offices will be closed on November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day. Please feel free to leave a message at (773) 654-1867 or email us at, and we will follow up as soon as possible! For emergency services, always call 911 directly. 
Yours in Service and Solidarity,

Alder Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward 

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Ward Resources & Updates

Zoning Updates: Details on all zoning proposals and decisions, and a link to the feedback form for any requests open for comment, can be found at:

One of the bright spots amidst the COVID pandemic has been the growth of the 40th Ward's volunteer program. The Neighbor Network has done amazing work for the ward - from making reusable masks, to delivering PPE and groceries, to making thousands of wellness calls, and helping callers with service requests - we are so grateful for their help. As our office re-opens 6/28/21, we need your help more than ever! If you would like to be part of the Neighbor Network, you can join us at


2021-22 Emergency Heating Repair Program (EHRP) kick-off November 01, 2021

EHRP provides one-time grants for emergency furnace or boiler repairs to
income-eligible homeowners.

There are several ways that residents can apply for service:

• Call City’s 311 service line to complete a service request for which the Department of Housing
will follow up (or call 312-744-3653 directly and request a mailed application)
• Go online to and download an application package
• Completed application packages can be returned by

A) Mail: Chicago Department of Housing, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 10th flr. Rm 1006
B) Email to In Subject Line: EHRP application
C) Faxed to: DOH at (312) 742-0264, Attn: Emergency Heating Repair Program


The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recently announced the Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program, which will provide relief grants to artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, November 10 at 5:00pm CST. To learn more and apply, visit

With the federal eviction moratorium officially ending, the Department of Housing wants renters to make sure they know their rights and access City resources to help them stay housed:
  • Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
  • Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Go to, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a DOH delegate agency.
  • Get financial help. DOH maintains a current list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance at


Chicago Housing Waitlist Update: CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure we have current contact information for all applicants on the Public Housing and Project Based Voucher program waitlists and to verify whether applicants are still interested in CHA housing. In January 2021, initial communications went out to all families on these waitlists. This fall, CHA is sending additional communications to families on our lists that have yet to complete the update. If applicants have not completed the update yet, they must log in to CHA's online web portal to complete the update by December 31, 2021.

Update from Chicago Parks District on grub emergence at Welles and Winnemac Parks: 
A large infestation of grubs has emerged at Welles Park and Winnemac Park.  Experts have confirmed that the infestation is the larval stage of the June beetle (Phyllophaga), also known as the May beetle or June bug.  This is a common agricultural pest.  The grubs eat the roots of plants and can quickly destroy large areas of crops - or in our case, turf.  Large areas of turf at both parks are completely gone.  Beetle grubs are often present in smaller numbers in many parks.  We have not determined the cause for the grub population surge, but experts have suggested that the weather patterns may have contributed to the large numbers.

Treatment will begin at Welles Park tomorrow, October 28 and at Winnemac Park as soon as the weather permits the week of November 1.

Patrons will be asked to avoid the area 1 to 2 hours following treatment.

The District will fertilize and seed the fields next week.  At this point in the year we will be "dormant seeding," which means we are not likely to see much germination until the soil is warm enough in the spring.  We will seed the field again in the spring as soon as weather allows.

The field will remain closed until we have adequate root growth to withstand typical use from sports.  Depending on weather conditions this fall spring, the fields will reopen for use between late May and late June.  We will do our best to get the fields open for play as early as possible.


In partnership with the 40th Ward and SSA #21, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is developing the Lincoln Avenue Streetscape and Plaza improvements project, between Lawrence Avenue and Catalpa Avenue as shown on the map below. The project is focused on areas located within the public rights of way, including the street spaces, sidewalk spaces and parkways along North Lincoln Avenue and Catalpa Avenue. Help shape the future of Lincoln Avenue by participating in the second public survey for the project!

Help make the holidays hope-filled and cheerful for youth and families at Lawrence Hall by ensuring they have a gift to open this holiday season!

Options for gift list donations, gift event hosting, and online gift list shopping are available at Lawrence Hall's website:

Business Highlight: Hopleaf
We love our local businesses! Each week we highlight a 40th Ward business in our newsletter. If you'd like your business to be featured, submit online at Today's highlighted business is: 
5148 North Clark Street
Open daily at noon, closing varies by evening
No reservations—first come, first served!
Hopleaf is an adult venue—everyone must be 21 or over with valid ID to enter. Sorry: children (including infants) will not be admitted.
In Their Own Words:  Since 1992, Hopleaf has been a both a mecca for craft beer fans and a relaxed convivial neighborhood pub in Andersonville. For over 15 years, Hopleaf has also offered thoughtfully sourced, in-house prepped, chef-inspired dining. Lacking screened distractions, games, or live entertainment, Hopleaf is for drinking, eating and talking with friends, new and old. We offer a carefully selected, ever-changing menu of better beers—on 68 taps and in bottles— fine wines, spirits and cocktails, cider and meads that pair well with our seasonal food menu. We’ve always drawn inspiration from the beer and food culture of Belgium—you’ll see this reflected in the extensive collection of enameled and printed brewery advertising seen throughout the rooms. Hopleaf is normally open 365 days a year, doesn’t take reservations, and is an adults-only venue.

40th Ward Events

On Mondays Alderman Vasquez hosts Virtual 40th Ward Night. Residents are welcome to join the open forum for city and ward updates; it is also an opportunity to bring up topics that matter to you and ask Ald. Vasquez questions. Register at

Saturday, November 6th, 12-4pm: Green your Halloween by helping us divert pumpkins from the landfill by composting them! When pumpkins (and other food) end up in the landfill, the nutrients they have will never return to the soil. Instead, it sits and rots, creating methane gas. Composting our beloved gourds will help nourish our soils and reduce our greenhouse gases. The Edgewater Environmental Coalition will also have people on hand to help teach about composting and composting services to sign up for! 

Thursday, November 11, 6:30-8 pm: Flash Fiction: Writers on the Edge

Write on! Would you like an audience for your original, short story (up to 500 words)? Review the guidelines; then register to read and register to attend as one of the 30 participants. Readers need an audience so register if you'd like to hear from writers in Edgewater and beyond. Find out more about this Open Mic Zoom program from Friends of the Edgewater Library and the Edgewater Branch.

Friday, November 19, 2pm, 24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark Street

Seniors Film Series: Return to Me. Written and directed by Chicago native actress, comedian, TV producer and host, Bonnie Hunt, Return to Me was filmed in Chicago at some very familiar locations. The romantic comedy from 2000 stars Minnie Driver as a heart-transplant recipient who meets by chance the donor's lonely widower, played by David Duchovny.  

Please join us after the film and meet our guest speaker Professor Lisa Skemp, PhD, of Loyola University Chicago's Marcella Niefhoff School of Nursing. Professor Skemp specializes in nursing science, gerontology and culturally informed healthy aging.  

Pre-registration is required to attend this film showing due to 30 person limit.  

Please e-mail PO Hank Kline in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at: 

Free Street Parking is available on Schreiber Avenue south of the station. Parking restrictions will be temporarily lifted during the event. 

COVID-19 Update and Health Information


At-home vaccinations are now available for all Chicago residents age 12 and up! Get vaccinated for your health, and for a $100 gift card: call (312) 746-4835 or register online for an at-home vaccination timeslot.

Vaccine doses for kids ages 5-11 have already begun to arrive in Chicago, and will be available at several locations across the city.

All COVID-19 vaccinations are free, no insurance or government ID required.

Make your plan to get your family vaccinated. Visit to find more information.

Free Public Vaccine Clinics for children ages 5-11: 

1st Dose: Chicago Friends School: 1246 W. Thorndale, Saturday 11/13/21 10am-2pm
2nd Does: Rogers Park Montessori, 1800 W. Balmoral, Saturday 12/4/21 10am-2pm

Public Safety Information

Community Conversations: Participate in a two-part series of conversations to help create your local police district's 2022 strategic plan. 

The 20th District's second meeting will be held via Zoom Tuesday, November 9th, 6-8pm. 

Register online at:

The 19th District's second meeting will be held via Zoom Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, 6-8pm. 

Register online at:

24th District CAPS reminds residents not to leave their car running to warm up in cold weather. Historically, throughout the City and suburbs, car thieves go in search of vehicles that are left running and "warming up."  They are very easy to locate by the exhaust coming from the vehicles and empty drivers' seats. Don't be an invitation to theft -- keep the car locked and off until you're ready to go, and then let it warm up as you drive. (The car warms faster when it's in motion, as well!)

Small Business and Employment Resources


CPS is hiring local crossing guards. To apply:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at

  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.

  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search"

  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.

  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply, and follow the instructions to fill out the application.

  6. If you have any questions, please contact

CPS is hiring at local schools for the following positions:

Associate Manager: Responsibilities include supervising lunchroom staff, monitoring the lunchroom sanitation, training new employees, monitoring and approving menus, receiving shipments, etc. This position requires a high school diploma or GED, one year of proven supervisory/food service experience, and a Chicago Department of Public Health Certified Food Service Manager Certificate. The Associate Manager position pays $16 per hour.  


Cook: Responsibilities include preparing food for potentially 1 to 499 people, washing, chopping, and slicing food items, maintaining records, minimizing waste, maximizing ingredients, sanitation of work space, etc. This position requires a high school diploma or GED, and a  Chicago Department of Public Health Certified Food Service Manager Certificate. The Cook position pays $16 per hour.


Porter: The duties primarily consist of heavy lifting from 50-100 lbs, dishwashing, emptying trash, stock rotation, sweeping, mopping, and food prep and more. A high school diploma and Food Handler's License is required for this position.This position pays $15.64 per hour.


Lunchroom Attendant: This position consists of lifting 20-40 lbs, cleaning and sanitizing food equipment, food preparation, restocking shelves, cleaning tables, sweeping and mopping floors, and serving food, etc. A Food Handler's License is required for this position.  position pays $15 per hour. 


Please apply here: 


Please search for the positions listed below: 

Lunchroom Attendant 200001WT

Porter 200001WU

Cook 200001WS

Associate Lunchroom Manager 200001WO

WORK LOCAL! Visit the websites of our neighboring Chambers of Commerce site for their listings of current job offerings:


Chicago Police Department is hiring! Visit for more information.

CTA is hiring! View job postings and apply on line at

For Students and Families


Child Tax Credit/Crédito tributario por hijos: Most Illinois residents are eligible for a tax credit of $3000 or $3600! For more information, visit

The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center (CIADC) is a Rogers Park non-profit organization providing creative industrial arts education to Chicagoland Youth and Adults. CIADC offers FREE afterschool classes to Chicago Public School students in grades 6-12, giving more accessibility to hands-on applications relating to STEM, Trade, and Art/Design career pathways. 

More information on our Youth Pathways Program can be found at

Senn High School Principal Search Survey: The Senn High School Local School Council invites all residents of the Senn attendance boundaries to participate in an informational survey as part of their search for a new principal. 

Boundary Map:

Chicago Public Library offers homework help with teachers at the Budlong Woods Library Sunday-Wednesday. For more information, call 312-742-9590.


Free, online children's programming via Zoom available from the Budlong Woods Library! For more information, call 312-742-9590.

For CHA Residents: CHA Scattered Site Housing has a social and support group for young girls to have open discussion without judgement. We meet every third Thursday of the month until January.

For Seniors
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Senior Services Division offers a variety of citywide programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans and their caregivers. In general, all Chicagoans aged 60 and older are eligible for services. Some programs have lower ages of eligibility, call us!

Call Information and Assistance at 312-744-4016, or call 311 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or email

Small Accessibility Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) - The SARFS program provides safety, security, and accessibility improvements and repairs that may include grab bars, lever faucets, door repairs, floor repairs, bathroom repairs, kitchen repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors. Contact Violet Espinoza (773-338-7722 ext. 21 or Northside Community Resources, for more information.


More Community Events and Resources


On January 1st, Legal Aid Chicago officially began operating its federally funded Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). The LITC represents low-income clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers through community outreach programs. We also strive to assist low-income taxpayers whose primary language is not English.

We provide free tax advice and representation to individuals and families in Cook County whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (currently $32,200 for a household of 1, $43,550 for a household of 2, etc.) with active disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding their federal income taxes, including:
  • IRS audits, including audits based on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) & Child or Dependent Credit
  • IRS debt collection attempts, including federal tax liens
  • Employee/Independent Contractor Misclassifications and 1099 income reporting issues
  • Tax return preparer fraud
  • Innocent and injured spouse relief
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Representation before the U.S Tax Court
Our LITC creates presentations, workshops, and seminars on a variety of different income tax topics that impact low income taxpayers. Additionally, We work with our community partners to tailor the informational workshops so that they meet the greatest needs of their taxpayer audience, including taxpayers who speak English as a second language.

Taxpayers needing assistance can call us at (312)341-1070 or apply on-line at

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.


40th Ward Office Staff

Jessica Peters, Chief of Staff:
Geoffrey Cubbage, Director of Development & Legislation:
Pooja Ravindran, Director of Constituent Services & Community Building:
Jose Manuel Almanza, Constituent Services Manager:
Bill Hohenadel, Ward Superintendent:
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