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39th Ward Newsletter
October 23, 2020

Dear neighbor,

Chicago is currently experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 cases have risen by more than 50% over the past two weeks. Test positivity rates have increased to 5.2%. 

Most diagnosed cases in Chicago were passed on to the patient by someone they knew; the more people that are a part of your "bubble," the greater the risk of COVID-19 transmission. In a gathering of ten people, there is a 14% chance one person in that group has COVID-19 and a 50% chance that someone in a gathering of 50 people has COVID-19. New Chicago COVID-19 guidelines can be found here.

As we prepare for Halloween, we must continue to be diligent and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady have shared the following guidelines to celebrate Halloween in the City safely: 

  • Everyone, including people giving out candy, must wear a face covering. 
  • If you plan to give out candy, leave a light on or put a sign up in your window that indicates your home is participating in safe trick-or-treating.
  • Maintain social distancing and have hand sanitizer available. 
  • Keep it moving — don't congregate in front of one stoop or on the sidewalk.
  • Make sure children only eat candy after an adult has checked it carefully and children have washed their hands thoroughly.
  • No haunted houses.
  • Keep your trick-or-treating group small, specifically six people or fewer. 
  • No house parties.

To read more details about Halloween in Chicago and the City's week-long celebration, "Halloweek," visit:

On Wednesday, Mayor Lightfoot presented her 2021 Budget Recommendations to City Council. The Mayor's plan to close the $1.2 billion deficit includes a $94 million property tax increase, a three-cent gas tax hike, and layoffs for city workers. The budget identifies savings and efficiencies, new revenues, and targeted investments that expand opportunities. Click here to watch the Budget Address:

Join me next Monday, October 26th, at 6 p.m. for a virtual conversation with Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee and members of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission to discuss new flight patterns and upcoming improvements to O'Hare International Airport. Register for the webinar here:

Out of an abundance of caution, the 39th Ward Public Service Office will not have open office hours next week. We are open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns to or 773.736.5594. 

Very Truly Yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

Register Here
Please join me, the Gompers Park Advisory Council, and the Chicago Parks Foundation at Gompers Park this Saturday, October 24th, at 9 a.m. for Pitch in for the Parks.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register to volunteer and complete the volunteer-waiver form below.

Additionally, show up safelyClean-up supplies will be provided onsite. To safely participate in the clean-up, please be sure to:
  • Wear a face mask/covering (required at all times; supplies are limited, please bring your own!)
  • Stick to a group of 50 people or less and consciously practicing physical distancing
  • Wear protective gloves and avoiding hazardous materials like glass and needles
  • Review the full Volunteer Safety Guidelines prior to your cleanup
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms at the time of your clean-up— no need to alert Gompers Park Advisory Council.
Register to Volunteer
Complete the Volunteer-Waiver
Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady have shared guidelines to celebrate Halloween in the City safely. To read more details about Halloween in Chicago and the City’s week-long celebration, “Halloweek,” click below.
Learn More About Chicago Halloweek

News from the 39th Ward

Target Now Open
Welcome to the neighborhood Target! The new Target at Foster and the Edens is now open. Stop by Starbucks and Five Below too! Another reason to #SpendSomeTimeIn39!
Flu Shots
It was great to see Chicagoans getting their flu shots in Albany Park last weekend. Thank you to Representative Andrade and his team for organizing this important event. Please make sure to get your flu shot!
Sauganash Park Clean-Up
Thank you to Congressman Quigley and everyone who joined me and the Sauganah Park Advisory Council for their clean-up event last weekend. 
St. Edward's Walk-A-Thon
The Chicago Park District registration for fall programs is now open! Fall programs run from November 2nd to December 19th. To learn more about the programs, click below.
View Classes and Learn More About Fall Programs
Housing Workshop Registration
See What Taft High School Has to Offer

COVID-19 Updates

Chicago's Travel Quarantine List

The City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order directs travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state. 

As of October 20th, Travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Learn More
Chi COVID Coach is a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care related to COVID-19. Registering for the program has three benefits: Symptom Coach, Testing Information, and Vaccination Registration. To learn more and sign up for Chi COVID Coach, click below.
Chi COVID Coach

News from the City of Chicago

Friday, 10/23 Webinar at 9:30 a.m.
Resources for the Small Business Owner
Presented by ChiBizHub

ChiBizHub presents the premier one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The hub now has an enhanced feature that will allow you to find access to capital in minutes.
Register for Friday, 10/23 Webinar
Monthly Nonmetered Utility Billing Update
Effective December 1, 2020, nonmetered utility billing will be switched from a semi-annual to a monthly basis. Monthly billing will provide customers with a smaller monthly bill which can be more easily budgeted.
  • Your overall bill amount is not increasing due to this change.
  • The monthly bill may vary slightly from one-sixth of your semi-annual bill due to rate changes and other charges, such as penalties for late payment.
Every month, starting in December, you will receive a bill for the previous month of service. In December, you will receive a bill for the November service period. In January, you will receive a bill for the December service period, and so forth. You will still have 21 days to pay after the bill date.
If you have enrolled in AutoPay, you don’t need to take any action. The payments will be switched to the monthly schedule automatically. If you haven’t enrolled in AutoPay, this is an opportunity to do so. Visit and click on the Online Utility Billing Portal link to get started.
If you have any questions about this change or your utility billing account, please contact Utility Billing & Customer Service at 312.744.4426 or
Get Your Flu Shot

Audit & Program Review 2021 Survey

The Office of Inspector General's Audit and Program Review 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement.  Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on the 2021 Audit Plan. 

See the draft plan here for more information on proposed projects and reports that were published in 2020.

The survey will take approximately four minutes to complete and will be open through November 15th. Your time and perspective are appreciated! 

Take APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey

News from City Partners

Chicago voters can now apply to Vote By Mail for the November 3rd, 2020, General Election. Apply for a Vote By Mail ballot through 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 29th, 2020. 

If you have already applied to Vote By Mail and prefer to go in person, there will be drop off boxes for Vote-By-Mail ballots at all early voting locations. 

For any questions, contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312.269.7900, via email at, or by clicking the link below.
Apply to Vote By Mail
Vote By Mail Secured Drop Boxes -
Sites & Hours
There's a new option for Vote By Mail voters! Submit your Ballot Return Envelopes at any of the Chicago Election Board's Secured Drop Boxes. Chicago voters may use any Secured Drop Box in the City.

Please note: Whether you use the US mail or a Drop Box, you must use the signed and sealed Ballot Return Envelope with your name on it to submit your ballot.
From September 24th through November 3rd: 24-HOUR Drop Box - 69 West Washington Street
  • Through 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 3rd
From October 14th through November 3rd: Use the Drop Box at any Early Voting sites
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
  • Election Day, November 3rd: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The 39th Ward's Early Voting Site is Sauganash Elementary School (6040 North Kilpatrick Avenue). To view a list of all early voting sites, click here.
Attend 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Forum
October: Free Museum Days
Through the month of October, Shedd Aquarium is offering free admission to Illinois residents on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Tickets must be secured ahead of a visit. To reserve tickets, visit the Shedd’s website or call the Shedd at 312.939.2438. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.
Reserve Your Tickets Today
Experiencing Unexpected Utility Shut-Offs?

Since the moratorium on utility shut-offs expired back in August, a small number of residents have had their power shut off due to non-payment of bills. 

If you or someone you know has had their utilities shut off, please visit the following resource link: Additionally, you can contact the Homeless Prevention Call Center at 877.426.6515 for further assistance.

Auto Theft Prevention
The number of reported auto thefts in Chicago has declined thanks to greater awareness by drivers and increased enforcement by police. To review measures you can take to help prevent your vehicle from being stolen, click here.
Supper Club Participating Restaurants
Everyday Edgebrook Menu

Flavors of Albany Park returns for a special virtual edition! We encourage folks to visit or order from any of the restaurants and businesses in our community through October 31. Learn more below.

Flavors of Albany Park
Round 2 for Illinois 
Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Funds
A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for small businesses. This round focuses on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas, and on heavily impacted industries and regions.  

This program runs state-wide and is a lottery. All business types are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling, on-going basis until funds are depleted, so apply now! 
Businesses: Apply Now
Learn More about BIG Funds
Register for Schurz Schuffle
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