Issue #180 // Feb 16th, 2023
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Alderperson Andre Vasquez in a dark teal sweaster smiling.

40th Forward Newsletter

Words from Alderperson Vasquez

Happy Wednesday, Neighbors!

Last week, Governor JB Pritzker gave his State of the State speech. He highlighted Illinois' balanced budget, early and higher childhood education, and social service provision. He also reiterated that Illinois will enthusiastically continue to maintain abortion access, which I and many of my fellow colleagues affirmed in the Bodily Autonomy amendment to Title 6 of the Municipal Code last year. We are excited to see what this budget means for the City of Chicago, as we are going to need to create permanency of programs once the federal ARPA money is drawn down by the end of 2024.

On a more somber note, our office received word from the 24th Police District that domestic violent extremist messaging announcing February 25th, 2023 as a national “Day of Hate”. I want to be clear: such ideology is not welcome in our ward and as a volunteer and friend put it, we want to ensure that this day is a complete failure, never to be repeated again. 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

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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.


West Ridge Nature Park Winter Gathering

Chicago Park District Teen Opportunity Fair

Aville Kids Activities Informational
Andersonville Restaurant Week

Community Outreach for Crime Victim Services

Winnemac Park Tree Pruning with Treekeepers

City of Chicago Small Business Expo

Public Meeting for Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability
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Ward Updates and Resources

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Click to View Proposed Zoning Changes on Our Website

Now Accepting Public Comments on Liquor Moratorium

The 40th Ward has a number of “liquor moratorium” zones, established by the previous alderman. On streets designated as moratorium streets, liquor licenses cannot be requested, sold, transferred, etc. except under extremely limited circumstances, such as inheritance by a family member. This prevents the opening of new liquor licensed businesses, and also prevents most transfers or changes of ownership and/or plans of operation for existing liquor licensed businesses within the moratorium zone.

Amendment of a moratorium zone requires legislative action. Businesses may request a moratorium amendment, either for sale/alteration of an existing business or for purposes of opening a new liquor licensed business.

Amendment of a moratorium does not guarantee the issuance of a liquor license! If a moratorium is lifted or amended, businesses must still apply for a liquor license and go through the subsequent public notification and comment process. Amendment of the moratorium only makes the application possible, and does not in any other way indicate or provide support for a specific business or application.

Public comment may be submitted on any of the requested moratorium alterations, displayed below:

5627 N Lincoln Ave
Public Comment Form – Please submit by no later than EOD Friday, February 24th
Applicant:  American Blues Theater
Proposed Use: American Blues Theater would like to sell concessions (including liquor) to ticketed patrons one hour prior to show time and one hour after curtain (i.e sales would begin at 1:30pm for a 2:30pm performance.) Concessions are open to ticketed patrons only.
Proposed Hours: 9am-5pm on non performance days and 10am-11:59pm on days with performances.

Community Safety

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Violence and Victimization Trends

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


Ward Snapshot

The 40th Ward Youth Board meets at our office! Learn more about the Youth Board and our other volunteer programs here. Don't worry, the CTA Ghost in the background is friendly!

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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