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October 8th, 2021
40th Forward Issue #112

Dear Neighbors,

As budget season wraps up, I want to thank each and every one of our neighbors who took the time to reach out to our office, provide public comment at City Council hearings, and otherwise advocate for a City budget that provides needed services and keeps our communities safe, connected, and healthy. 
 

My thanks especially to our Save Your Ash volunteers and 40th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Maggie O'Keefe for their hard work (and several in-person appearances!) urging the Department of Streets and Sanitation to protect our tree canopy with simple, cost-effective ash tree inoculations. This is exactly the kind of forward-thinking, "spend less now to save more in the long run" thinking that I consistently urge at City Hall, and I am enormously proud of our neighbors for their activism and energy.

View the full Q&A with the department from the Streets & Sanitation budget hearing on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=610717599946240

40th Ward Junior Board

And speaking of activism and energy, our 40th Ward Junior Board is recruiting! If you're under 18 and a resident of the 40th Ward, come make your voice heard and help shape policy and priorities for the City and our neighborhoods as part of this amazing youth service organization. 

You can fill out their interest form to get involved: https://forms.gle/i3SCftkuBQWCoMUx5

For questions or more information, contact 40thjuniorboard@gmail.com, and follow their Instagram account @40th.ward.junior.board for biweekly meeting reminders!

Columbus Day, Vaccine Clinic, and COVID-19 Precautions at the Ward Office

Finally I want to make neighbors aware of several Ward Office updates:
  1. City offices will be closed this Monday, October 11th, in observation of Columbus Day. City-provided refuse and recycling collection will take place Tuesday-Friday. Please make sure City carts are accessible throughout the week, and not solely on your regular service day.  
     
  2. On Friday, October 15th, the Ward office will be hosting a COVID and flu vaccine clinic. See below in the newsletter for details. Ward staff will still be available to assist with constituent service requests via phone and email, but the office will be taken over for the clinic and will not be open for walk-ins. 
     
  3. Due to recent positive tests for COVID-19 in our extended network, we are strongly urging phone or email contact for all needs. If you must come to the Ward office in person, meetings will be held outside on socially distanced markings. COVID-19 is still active in our community, and we are working hard to keep everyone safe. 

Volunteer Tabling & Outreach

Several of the upcoming events below have outreach and tabling options! Sign up on our Google Sheet for shifts if you'd like to join us in speaking to neighbors at the following events: 
For more information on volunteer and outreach opportunities, contact Pooja@40thward.org
 
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: https://40thward.org/currentzoningrequests/

Get your flu shot at the 40th Ward office! On Friday 10/15 we will have a flu and COVID vaccination clinic at the Ward office, 5620 N Western Ave, from 11am-3pm.

Flu shots will be available, as well as 1st & 2nd does COVID-19 vaccinations for those that need them. Booster shots are not available for those already vaccinated. The DPH has not made booster shots available to the general public. 

Click here to register, or scan the QR code below: https://tinyurl.com/40thwardflu
 
For those unable to attend, the Department of Public Health has multiple other flu/COVID vaccine clinics scheduled throughout the city: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/flu/home/flu-schedule.html

DONATE OLD FANS AND SPACE HEATERS AT THE 40th WARD OFFICE! We are happy to make used box fans and space heaters available to neighbors in need whose homes are not climate controlled. Drop off any time between 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday. If you are in need of a heater or fan, please call us at (773) 654-1867 for availability information. 


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 http://bit.ly/JoinNN



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 Rentervention.com, 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.gov/RentHelp.


FILMING NOTICE: We have been notified by the Chicago Film Office that "Chicago Fire" will be filming in the 40th Ward Oct. 11 - 13

Please note that on Wednesday, Oct. 13th, filming will include simulated fire.

The following No Parking restrictions will be in place from Monday Oct. 11 9pm until Wednesday Oct. 13 7:30pm:
  • Both Sides Of Carmen From Washtenaw To 2747 W Carmen
  • Both Sides Of Winona From Washtenaw To 2737 W Winona
  • Both Sides Of Washtenaw From Carmen To Winnemac
  • Both Sides Of California From Winnemac To Winona
The following Full Street Closures will be in place Tuesday Oct. 12 and Wednesday Oct. 13, 7am-6pm:
  • Carmen Ave from California to Washtenaw
The following Intermittent Traffic Control will be in place Tuesday Oct. 12 and Wednesday Oct. 13, 7am-6pm:
  • Winona from California to Washtenaw
If you have any questions, concerns or special needs, PLEASE CONTACT:
  • Location Manager: Luis Perez (773) 525-2326
  • On-Site Coordinator: Antonio Osborne (773) 938-3358

 
Lincoln Avenue North Streetscape - 2nd Community Meeting

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is conducting a streetscape improvement project along Lincoln Ave from Western Avenue to Catalpa Avenue. Building off the Lincoln Square Master Plan, and Ainslie Arts Make-Way-for-People Plaza, the project aims to increase safety, improve walkability, improve traffic flow, and enhance community identity and public space. The project team is developing concepts based on the outcomes of Community Poll #1 and the first community meeting held July 27th.

Please join CDOT at Community Meeting #2 for the Lincoln Avenue Streetscape and Plaza. At this meeting, the project team will present preliminary concepts for the project area, seek attendee feedback via interactive activities, and provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

Register online at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_leoKPn46Ry6yHijvgoDAkw

Questions can be submitted in advance via the project website: https://chicagocompletestreets.org/portfolio/lincoln-avenue-streetscape-and-plaza/


CTA Western Brown Line Station Area Study Neighborhood Poll #2: Big THANKS to the 1,400+ neighbors who participated in the first poll. The Master Plan Steering Committee has been hard at work reviewing your input and working with Teska Associates on some preliminary concepts. At this time we are issuing a second poll to delve further into design issues and community preferences. Survey responses will be collected from September 16 to October 1. We look forward to seeing your helpful insights about this important public place! 

Fill out the survey online at: https://teska.survey.fm/lincoln-square-cta-station-area-planning-poll-2

 

Free online English language classes from Heartland Alliance! For more information, scan the QR codes in the images or call 872-315-5383 or email VELT@heartlandalliance.org

Business Highlight: Home Care Plus, Inc. 
 
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 https://bit.ly/40thbusiness. Today's highlighted business is: Home Care Plus, Inc. 
 
4744 N Western Ave
(773) 267-5123
https://www.hcplusinc.com/
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-1pm

In the Owners' Own Words: Home medical equipment and supplies. Compression stockings, incontinence supplies, bathroom safety, grab bar install, wheelchair hospital bed rental, breast pumps, cushions, bp units. Anything needed for home medical use. We deliver or stop by our retail shop. 40 years in business and happy to still be the go to medical store. 

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 bit.ly/40-VWN.


Performances September 30th - October 16th: DavJasFran Entertainment/Dreamers YOLO presents:
Punk Grandpa
By LaurA! Force Scruggs
Directed by Davette J. Franklin
Stage Managed by Michelle Locke
Produced by Davette J. Franklin & Barbara J. Wells
Tickets and showtimes online at: https://www.davjasfranentertainment.com/punk-grandpa

Saturday October 9th, 10am-2pm: Join the City of Chicago and the Indo-American Center for our CityKey and Resource Fair. The CityKey is a free optional government-issued ID card available to all Chicagoans regardless of age, gender, immigration status, or housing status. It serves as a government-issued ID, a Chicago Public Library Card, a Chicago Transit Authority Ventra Card, and a Chicago Rx prescription drug discount card. CityKey holders are also eligible for the many discounts and benefits offered by participating CityKey business partners across the city. 
Benefits of City

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https://bit.ly/CityKeyEnglish
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𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀:
• Sign up for the home vaccine program
• Learn about available Rental Assistance Programs
• Learn about the needed resources available from many other organizations
𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒖𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆.
City of Chicago | Senator Ram Villivlam | Representative Denyse Stoneback | Alderperson Andre Vasquez | Alderperson Debra Silverstein | Alderwoman Maria Hadden | FORA | Rohingya Cultural Chicago

Monday October 11th, 3pm-8pm: Monday Market Madness at Black Sheep, 2535 W Peterson Ave. Come shop local vendors at your local tavern!

October 11th-15th: McDonald's Thank You Meals for Educators Returns! We all know an educator who has impacted our lives. Educators inspire and champion the next generation; and over the last year, they’ve stepped up even more to inspire new ways of learning inside and outside of the classroom. Stop by your local McDonald's with your educator ID for a free breakfast (limit one per person per day) from Oct. 11th - 15th. 

Thursday October 14th, 7pm: Annually serving over 1,400 youth and families, Lawrence Hall is a nonprofit social service agency that fosters resilience, healing, and hope in Chicago’s communities through high-quality, trauma-informed care.

Fall Fête's proceeds go towards our community-based programs including our the Child and Family Treatment Center, Therapeutic Day School, Foster Care, Workforce Development, and Transitional and Independent Living. 

For more information and to register, visit: lawrencehall.org/FallFete2021

Thursday October 14th, 6-8pm: Since 2018, the Chicago Police Department has been hosting a 2-part Community Conversation series per District in order to formulate the District's Strategic Plan for the following year.  The 1st part is held in October and the follow-up conversation is held in November. The first Community Conversation for the 24th District will be held Thursday October 14th from 6-8pm online at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/178319768227

Saturday, October 16th, 8am-1pm, Queen of Angels Elementary School: Children's resale shop in the Lower Church, 2330 W. Sunnyside Ave. Bring your shopping bags and stock up on tons of new or gently used children's clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, toys, games, puzzles, baby equipment, books, play equipment and ride-ons, sports equipment, DVD's and CD's, Halloween costumes, and much more! Covid safety protocols will be in place. For more info, visit https://tinyurl.com/Resale2021. This event benefits the amazing staff and teachers of Queen of Angels. See you there!

Saturday October 16th, 10am-2pm, 1542 W Devon: Hamdard Health Alliance is excited to announce our Boo the Flu Fest!  In addition to providing flu shots, this family event will include a pumpkin patch, crafts, a fall photo booth, and costume contest (with a prize winner!). 
Saturday October 16th, 2pm: Pour yourself a cup of hot apple cider and settle in for a cozy autumn afternoon of stories and poems as the Budlong Writers read from their newly published anthology, Love, Death, and Everything in Between. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register on the CPL website (chipublib.org) or use a smart phone to link to the event with the QR code in the image (click to enlarge).

Wednesday October 20th, 2pm, 24th District police station at 6464 N. Clark Street: The 24th District presents: "Shall We Dance" film screening with post-film presenter, Bonnie Moore. With an extensive background in Ballroom and Latin dance, Bonnie is an independent dance teacher, competitor, performer and dance costume designer. Bonnie will lead us through the discussion and commentary on the film. Free Parking is available on Schreiber Avenue south of the station. Parking restrictions will be temporarily lifted during the event. 

Seating is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please e-mail PO Hank Kline in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at: Hank.Kline@chicagopolice.org 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 12pm: Taking Retirement Distributions from Retirement Plans, Presented by Karen Chan, Certified Financial Planner

The rules for distributions from retirement plans changed dramatically over the past two years, both for account owners and for beneficiaries. Some changes are permanent, others have already expired. Learn the rules for 2021, what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what changes you should consider making as a result. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register for this event at the event listing page on the Chicago Public Library website: chipublib.org, or use a smart phone to link to the event listing with the QR code in the image (click to enlarge).

Friday, October 22, 5:30pm: 20th District Walk to End Domestic Violence, Immanuel Evangelical Church, 5210 N Washtenaw. 

Monday October 25th, 6-8pm: Since 2018, the Chicago Police Department has been hosting a 2-part Community Conversation series per District in order to formulate the District's Strategic Plan for the following year. The 1st part is held in October and the follow-up conversation is held in November. The first Community Conversation for the 19th District will be held Monday October 25th from 6-8pm online at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/17834839197

Monday October 25th, 6-8pm: Since 2018, the Chicago Police Department has been hosting a 2-part Community Conversation series per District in order to formulate the District's Strategic Plan for the following year. The 1st part is held in October and the follow-up conversation is held in November. The first Community Conversation for the 20th District will be held Monday October 25th from 6-8pm online at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/178211785247

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm: Advanced Care Planning with Five Wishes, Presented on Zoom by Maureen Burns, Community Health Worker, JourneyCare. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register for this event at the event listing page on the Chicago Public Library website: chipublib.org, or use a smart phone to link to the event listing with the QR code in the image (click to enlarge).

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 11am: Hospice 101: Understanding Hospice Care & Its Benefits, Presented on Zoom by Maureen Burns, Community Health Worker, JourneyCare. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register for this event at the event listing page on the Chicago Public Library website: chipublib.org, or use a smart phone to link to the event listing with the QR code in the image (click to enlarge).

COVID-19 Update and Health Information

The Chicago Department of Public Health has issued a new mask mandate, based on an increase in COVID-19 case rates. Masks are required in all indoor public settings, including bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs. Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example).


Masks also remain mandatory on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and correctional and congregate settings. The new public health order does not include capacity limits at public places, and masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded outdoor settings.

Because more than 70% of Chicago adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Chicago’s rates of COVID hospitalization and death are much lower than they were in 2020 at the same case rate. The single most important thing you can do to help combat COVID-19 is get vaccinated! Vaccinations are available at home for any resident of Chicago over the age of 12 -- call (312) 746-4835 to make an appointment, or you can register online for an at-home vaccination timeslot.

Please continue masking in public to help our unvaccinated and immunocompromised neighbors. 



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.


Public Safety Information

We received the following public safety updates from our police districts this week:

  • Incident Update - Oct. 2nd - Shots fired aprox. 3am at Winnemac and Western by one offender at a car. No return fire. 17th and 19th Districts are cooperating on investigations of gang activity in the area. 
  • Incident Update - Oct. 7th - Shooting incident at Fairfield & Bryn Mawr at 3:15am. Shots were fired at at an occupied parked vehicle. No one was injured. Police are investigating, and the 20th, 17th. and 19th have increased patrols in the area.

Small Business and Employment Resources

 

 

Applications open through October 11th. The Back To Business Program is a grant program for small businesses in Illinois, leveraging federal funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. The program will provide grants up to $150,000 to small businesses in industries and geographies hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Applications will be accepted and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis through October 13.For more information, please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/B2B.aspx


CTA Second Chance Program: Do you have a barrier to entry that prevents you from working? Are you interested in a one-year, paid full-time temporary opportunity? Fill out the interest survey to get started with CTA: https://ctasecondchanceinterestfall.questionpro.com/

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 chicagopolice.org for more information.

 
CTA is hiring! View job postings and apply on line at www.transitchicago.com/careers.

For Students and Families


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 https://www.ciadc.org/youth-classes-grades-6-12

 

Clinton Elementary: Loyola University's Community Schools program is looking for Parent Mentors! Parent Mentors receive a stipend to help provide classroom education. For more information, please contact Mykella Auld, Community Resource Coordinator for Clinton Elementary, at mauld@luc.edu

Latinx Heritage Month at the Field Museum: From September 15 through October 15, we’re celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at the Field. Hear from Latinx staff members and learn about the Field’s work, from Chicago to the Amazon rainforest. Explore events, exhibitions, and stories throughout the month: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/visit/daily-events/latinx-heritage-month

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 aging@cityofchicago.org
 

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 violet@northsidecr.com) 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 legalaidchicago.org.

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: Jessica@40thward.org
Geoffrey Cubbage, Director of Development & Legislation: Geoffrey@40thward.org
Pooja Ravindran, Director of Constituent Services & Community Building: Pooja@40thward.org
Jose Manuel Almanza, Constituent Services Manager: Jose@40thward.org
Bill Hohenadel, Ward Superintendent: William.Hohenadel@cityofchicago.org
Communications & Press Inquiriescomms@40thward.org

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