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39th Ward Newsletter
September 18, 2020

Dear neighbor,

I hope this finds you healthy and well.

I am excited that the second cycle of Participatory Budgeting in our Ward has officially begun. Our community's engagement in Participatory Budgeting is impressive. Already, the community has submitted over 240 project ideas! I encourage you to submit ideas before October 2nd, when idea-collection ends. Project proposals can include any type of infrastructure improvement for the Ward. Great proposals have a positive impact on the neighborhood and Ward at large.

The Participatory Budgeting Committee will vet the project ideas submitted by residents. The committee is composed of ward residents who volunteer their time to survey the community, research proposals, and review projects.

I am proud to be one of ten aldermen in the City of Chicago who gives their residents a direct voice in how to allocate our Ward's infrastructure funding. I encourage you to use this opportunity to submit your ideas on how to improve our Ward!

You can learn more about the 39th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process at or by emailing or calling our office.

The 39th Ward Public Service Office has open office hours every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scheduled appointments are preferred. Still, walk-ins will be accepted using precautionary measures as recommended by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Masks will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

As always, my office is here to serve. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at or at 773.736.5594.  

I wish you all good health and safety.

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

Thank you to everyone who attended Wednesday's CAPS meeting. Click below to read Block Club Chicago's coverage of the meeting.
Read Block Club Chicago's Coverage Here
CAPS — the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy — will be hosting webinar beat meetings this month. Beat meetings provide a regular opportunity for police officers, residents, and other community stakeholders to exchange information, identify and prioritize problems, and begin developing solutions. To find your beat and webinar date, click below. 
CAPS Meeting Schedule
Short-Term Rental Reforms Passed

In light of risks around COVID-19, my office has fought hard to prevent "party houses." Last week, City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals further.

This ordinance accomplishes the following:

  • Enables residents to ban short-term rentals in their precinct by collecting a petition with 25% of the registered voters. 
  • Requires those applying to host short-term rentals to submit their applications directly to the City, rather than through companies like Airbnb and HomeAway.
  • Makes it easier for the City to locate, fine, and put bad hosts out of business for crimes while lowering the revocation threshold for other nuisance conditions. 
  • Bans one-night stays, which can be lifted after the police and Commissioner of Business Affairs believe it is safe to do so in light of the safety issues surrounding short-term rentals during the pandemic.
The ordinance will take effect in about 40 days. If you are interested in starting a petition in your precinct, please contact my office at
Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the public budget.

Project submission for Participatory Budgeting Cycle II is now open! To submit infrastructure project ideas, click below. Examples of infrastructure improvement projects include: 
  • Streetscaping: Install Benches and Trash Cans along a Main Street
  • Park Improvements: Build a Tennis Court
  • Public Way Improvements: Repave a Sidewalk
Idea collection will end on October 2nd, 2020.
Submit Project Ideas
REMINDER: Cleats are NOT allowed on the Peterson Elementary School Field. Please be respectful of this beautiful community space so our children can enjoy it for decades to come.
Everyday Edgebrook Menu
Are You One of the 6,900 Households in the 39th Ward that Needs to Complete the Census?

As of September 13th, 69% of households in the 39th Ward have responded to the Census. I would like to see 100% of our Ward respond so we can be 100% funded.

It is not too late to complete the 2020 Census! If you have yet to do so, please take the next five minutes to fill out the Census. To complete the Census, visit or call 844.330.2020.

Census door knockers are now visiting your neighborhood to ensure you completed the 2020 Census. Here's how to verify a census worker's identity:


The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) works closely with the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) and their Fly Quiet Subcommittee, which the 39th Ward is apart of. These partners evaluate ways to modify the Fly Quiet Program to achieve a more balanced distribution of noise exposure for the communities near O’Hare International Airport. 

On November 3, 2019, the Interim Fly Quiet Plan (IFQ) went into effect. In collaboration with the CDA, the ONCC proposed a plan to provide relief from nighttime noise for the communities around O’Hare. The IFQ features an eight-week runway rotation plan. For each week, a primary and secondary runway use configuration is provided to accommodate potential changes in wind direction. The runway use configurations that have been determined and approved by the ONCC to balance noise exposure to the greatest extent possible. 

The ONCC is currently developing a long-term solution for the O’Hare Fly Quiet Program, known as Fly Quiet 21.

Learn More About ONCC
Learn More About the Interim Fly Quiet Plan

News from the City of Chicago

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

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 September 15th, travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah

Chicago Police Department 90-Day Reforms

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) marked the completion of the City’s 90-day police reforms with the launch of two new pilot programs that are designed to ensure all CPD officers have the mental health and wellness supports they need. 

The Chicago Police Department has also made significant strides toward ensuring all officers receive crisis intervention and procedural justice training. With crisis intervention training mandated for every officer in the department, CPD has submitted training materials to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for review and, upon approval, recognition of CPD being 100% trained and certified in mental health awareness. 
Learn More
Register for Money Mondays with Melissa
Register for the Small Business E-Expo

News from City Partners

Chicago voters can now apply to Vote By Mail for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Those who apply now will be first in line to receive ballots when ballot mailings start in late September and early October. 

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.

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.
  1. From September 24th through November 3rd - 24-HOUR Drop Box
    • 69 West Washington Street
    • *Through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3rd
  2. From October 1st through October 13th
    • Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake - 191 North Clark Street 
    • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  3. From October 14th through November 3rd - Use the Drope 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 Saugnaash Elementary School (6040 North Kilpatrick Avenue). To view a list of all early voting sites, click here
Local School Council Election Workshops

Recently CPS re-opened the opportunity for parents and the community to apply for seats on Local School Councils (LSCs). This gives school communities an opportunity to be fully empowered and create more community connectedness.

Raise Your Hand is excited to host LSC awareness workshops covering topics such as the basics, history, and how empowered LSCs can have a positive impact on community connectedness. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 2nd by 3:00 p.m. To learn more about the free workshops and how to register see below.

Register for Saturday, 9/19 Workshop
Register for Saturday, 9/26 Workshop
Register for Wednesday, 9/30 Workshop
Register for Tuesday, 10/6 Workshop
Register for Wednesday, 10/14 Workshop
Register for Schurz Schuffle Here
The Albany Park Community Center's (APCC) Counseling department is now accepting clients in their bilingual (English and Spanish) Community-Based Counseling program. This program is tailored to serve youth between the ages of 10 and 24 who may be suffering from depression, anxiety, bullying, grief, trauma, and more. This community-based counseling program provides free one-on-one counseling sessions with licensed therapists in person at their Albany Park location and online via telehealth appointments. Families and youth interested in this service can visit APCC's website to learn more or request an appointment
Request an Appointment
Design Your Vote Initiative


She Votes Illinois is working with a group of community organizers, activists, and volunteers on a community art project: Design Your Vote.” The initiative's goal is to encourage the community to vote safely in the November 2020 election. 

Design Your Vote is requesting original works of art that promote voting. Each piece will be displayed on their website and other platforms, such as social media. Notably, this is not a contest. Click below to learn more and to submit your artwork. 

Submit Your Artwork
Supervision During E-Learning Survey

With the start of the school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the City of Chicago are surveying families to better understand who may need help finding a safe space for their children during traditional school hours.

As CPS assesses parental needs throughout the city, they are evaluating opportunities to provide potential support with child supervision for families who have school-age children under 14 years of age.

While the priority deadline has passed, families are still encouraged to complete the survey.

Complete the Survey

JCC Chicago’s J at School program is proud to offer supervised care in safe, small groups (up to 15) that support classroom e-learning and provide families with full daycare. Their program will be led by caring and trained staff who can supervise learning, manage safety protocols, and offer a meaningful social outlet for your kids. Multiple locations throughout the city. Click below to learn more and register.

Register for J at School
Apply to Be Your Own Boss

Stand Up and Speak Out CHICAGO:
Looking for Beat

Stand Up and Speak Out CHICAGO is a campaign organized by the Chicago Police Department to ask community residents and business stakeholders to unite efforts and work together to create change, build new relationships, and make Chicago safe. 

The campaign is now accepting applications for community Beat Facilitators. Applications close on Saturday, September 19th. If you are interested in applying, click here

Purchase Virtual A Cappella Quartet Contest Tickets
Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to welcome audiences back with Under the Stars With Handbag: A Drive-In Festival – five fun and socially-responsible weekends of Handbag productions on a big outdoor screen!

Featuring a different show each week, Handbag’s pop-up drive-in festival will play Fridays and Saturdays through September 19th, 2020, at The Red Box Workshop, 4242 West Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Purchase Tickets
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