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39th Ward Newsletter
January 14, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and safe. The City of Chicago is working to quickly distribute COVID-19 vaccines to essential healthcare workers in Phase 1A of the vaccine plan. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) expects Phase 1B will begin in a few weeks. Under Phase 1B, residents age 65 and over, and frontline essential workers, meaning "residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties,” will be vaccinated.

Frontline essential workers include: 
  • First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers.

  • Educators: Teachers, principals, student support staff, student aids, daycare workers.

  • Food and agricultural workers: Processing plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care.

  • Manufacturers: Production for distribution to retail, wholesale, or other manufacturers.

  • Corrections workers and inmates: Jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support.

  • United States Postal Service workers.

  • Public transit workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ridesharing services.

  • Grocery store workers: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pickup, customer service.

  • Shelters and daycare staff: Homeless shelter, women's shelter, adult day/drop-in program.

While we wait in anticipation for the general public to be vaccinated, we must keep wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing our hands. For the most up-to-date information on the vaccine and the City's COVID-19 response, please click here.

This week, Chicago Public Schools began the reopening process for in-person instruction. Pre-K and cluster students whose parents chose in-person learning returned to school this past Monday. Children in kindergarten to 8th grade have the option to return to in-person learning on February 1, 2021. 

Earlier this week, I attended a subject matter hearing of the City Council's Committee on Education and Child Development, where we discussed the reopening efforts of Chicago Public Schools. Yesterday, I joined my colleagues in the City Council to request that the Committee hold an additional hearing to include the experience of teachers, principals, and staff working in the schools. As we move forward, it is crucial that we address any operational issues with reopening and course correct to protect our children and educators.

I hope you notice the new Old Irving Park Neighborhood Identifiers that were recently installed on Irving Park Road. The purple metal banners add character and a pop of color to the Ward's southwest corner. Thank you to the Old Irving Park Association for their help in selecting the banners and their ongoing commitment to the neighborhood.

Please join me and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Chicago Police Department 16th District Officers Michael Laurie and Mike Gremo for receiving the Annual Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce Police Recognition Award. Commander Maureen Biggane presented the awards on Monday, stating the officers were chosen for their efforts "to make a difference in the community every day." 

As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City will host a virtual interfaith celebration on Friday, January 15, at 10 a.m. You can attend the event by visiting In observance of this holiday, our office will be closed on Monday, January 18, and we will reopen virtually on Tuesday, January 19, at 9 a.m. 

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Out of an abundance of caution, we are not open to the public. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at 773.736.5594 or via email at Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org.

Very Truly Yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent
39th Ward Updates
Old Irving Park Community Identifiers
This Monday, I joined Old Irving Park Neighborhood Association's President Adrienne Chan, Treasurer Lynn Ankney, and Director of Membership Meredith O'Sullivan for the reveal of Old Irving Park's community identifier signs.

Thank you to Old Irving Park Neighbor Association board member Merry Marwig for sharing her photo!
Celebrating our 16th District Police Officers 
Last week, I joined 16th District Commander Biggane and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce to recognize Officers Laurie and Gremo for their continued dedication to keeping our community safe. 
39th Ward Public Service Office Hours
The 39th Ward Public Service Office will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Normal office hours will resume Tuesday, January 19 at 9 a.m.

For emergencies, call 311 or 911.
Neighborhood Reminder: Curbside Pick-Up
Attention residents who receive curbside trash and recycling pick-up: due to Martin Luther King Day, the Department of Streets and Sanitation and Waste Management will be running an alternative pick-up schedule. Please have your cart(s) accessible on your scheduled day and one day after to ensure pick-up. For specifics on your pick-up, please click below.
Find Your Garbage Pick-Up Schedule
Annual Women's Toiletry Drive
January 4 - March 15
Through March 15, I am co-sponsoring the Annual Women's Toiletry Drive to support incarcerated women. Items needed for donation include shampoo/conditioner, soap, deodorant, and body lotion. Items can only be travel-sized. To find a donation drop off site, click below.
Learn More Here
Lights, Camera, Action!
Chicago Fire will be filming in our Ward on Tuesday, January 19, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No Parking signs will be posted on the affected blocks in advance.

The following areas will be affected:
  • Northside of W. Lawrence Ave.  from N. Kedvale Ave. to 4017 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Both sides of N. Keystone Ave.  from W. Lawrence Ave. to 4834 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Both sides of W. Ainslie St. from the alley east of N. Keystone Ave. to the alley west of N. Keystone Ave.
Chicago Public Library
Chicago Public Libraries (CPL) are open during the pandemic. Stop by your neighborhood branch or visit
CPL is also at home! 
City of Chicago Announcements
Virtual Interfaith Celebration
Friday, January 15, 10 a.m.
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and work to further civil rights in our country, the City will host a virtual interfaith celebration with keynote speaker Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Click below to watch this virtual celebration live, Friday, January 15, at 10 a.m.
Virtual Interfaith Celebration
Free Tax Assistance
Federal and Illinois Tax Returns
The City of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help from late January through mid-April in partnership with Ladder Up. Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing and electronically filing Federal and Illinois tax returns for the tax year 2021 and in, some cases, for prior years. Also, find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and other tax credits. To learn more and schedule an appointment, click below.
Free Tax Assistance
MLK Day of Service
To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle and Commissioner Bridget Gainer have launched an MLK Day of Service Diversity in Art Virtual Exhibit. Students (K-12) are invited to share their artistic expressions as they reflect on MLK. To learn more, click here
Saving with Solar Webinar
Thursday, January 21, at 6 p.m.
The Citizens Utility Board and North River Commission are co-hosting a webinar on energy efficiency, decoding your utility bills, and Illinois Solar For All. Click below to register.
Webinar Registration
Free Programs and Paid Internships for Students
Future Founders is offering free programs and paid internship opportunities for students.

The "Be Your Own Boss After School" internship is a two-and-a-half week PAID virtual internship where you will get a crash course in entrepreneurship, work with teens from across the city, and build a business of your very own! To learn more and apply, click here.

In partnership with Google, the "Startup Spring Break" camp is a FREE virtual camp where you will learn about entrepreneurship, meet female founders making an impact, and collaborate to create business ideas. To learn more and apply, click here.
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