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39th Ward Newsletter
December 16, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

I hope this note finds you well. I am thrilled to share that the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Chicago on Tuesday. In this initial round, Chicago received 23,000 doses of the vaccine. Healthcare workers who treat COVID patients will be the first to receive the vaccine.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has outlined the following vaccination schedule:
  • COVID-19 healthcare workers;
  • Additional health workers in Chicago, including doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff;
  • Residents and staff at long-term care facilities;
  • Workers in essential and critical industries, including emergency services personnel;
  • People at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to preexisting conditions;
  • People age 65 and over; and
  • The general public.

The goal is for every adult in Chicago to be vaccinated during 2021 at no cost. 

You can read more about the Chicago Department of Public Health’s vaccine distribution plan on their website by clicking here.

The approval of this vaccine is beyond exciting. While we may see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go before things return to normal. With the holiday season upon us, we must continue to wear masks, wash our hands, and practice social distancing when we see people who live outside of our home.

At this week’s City Council Meeting, my colleagues unanimously supported an ordinance that will give the necessary financing and officially greenlight the renovation of Building H on the North Park Village campus. City Council approval was the final step in ensuring the future of affordable senior housing on the campus and sets the renovation in motion. I'd like to thank our partners in the Department of Housing, the Department of Planning and Development, the Department of Assets, Information, and Services, and the Park District, numerous community groups, and most importantly, North Park Village residents of Building H for their commitment to this project.

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note that we will be closed for the holiday on December 23rd, 24th, 25th and December 31st, and January 1st. 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. I wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy new year.

Very Truly Yours,


Alderman Samantha Nugent
39th Ward Updates
COVID-19 Testing at NEIU
This Monday and Tuesday, I worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health, State Senator Ram Villivalam, State Representative John D'Amico, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen, and Northeastern Illinois University to offer free COVID-19 tests. Stay healthy this holiday season, and please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing!
An Open Letter on Climate Change
Written by a Fourth-Grade Student of the 39th Ward
To read the letter, please click below. 
An Open Letter to the 39th Ward
39th Ward Public Service Office Hours
For the holidays, the 39th Ward Public Service Office will be closed:
  • Wednesday, December 23 — Friday, December 25
  • Thursday, December 31 — Friday, January 1
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 773.736.5594 or Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org.

For emergencies, please call 311 or 911. 
Reminder: Curbside Garbage Pick-Up
Attention residents who receive curbside trash and recycling pick-up. Due to the Christmas holiday, please have your cart(s) accessible at least one day in advance in order for the Department of Streets and Sanitation and Waste Management to retrieve it for pick-up. For specifics on your pick-up, please click below.
Find Your Garbage Pick-Up Schedule
17th District CAPS
Prevent a Burglary Before it Happens
The 17th District Tactical Officers will be conducting Burglary Assessments to identify areas on your property where you may be vulnerable to a burglary. This is an exterior physical assessment, and Officers will not enter the residence or business. Assessing weak and strong points on your property will create a much greater sense of security, prevention, and awareness.

Police Officers are on a continuous lookout for crimes and suspicious activity that may occur. The problem of burglary is a growing concern in the 17th District, and the 17th District needs YOUR HELP in combating this crime of opportunity. Basic security precautions can significantly reduce your residence or business from being burglarized. By being security conscious and using simple steps to secure your property, the number of burglaries can be reduced.

If you are interested in having your property assessed (limited liability), contact the 17th District CAPS Office at 312.742.4588 or CAPS.017District@ChicagoPolice.org or call the 17th District Tact Office at 312.742.4822.
Infrastructure Improvement Updates
Peoples Gas
This week, Peoples Gas will be installing new mains in the following areas of the 39th Ward:
  • 6000 — 6100 North Austin Avenue, and
  • 4000 — 4300 West Ainslie Street.
Additionally, this week, Peoples Gas will be installing new services in the following areas: 
  • 6000 — 6200 North Melvina Avenue, and
  • 6300 North Mobile Avenue.
And lastly, system improvement work will be performed at the following intersection:
  • North Pulaski Road and West Devon Avenue.
Announcements from the City of Chicago
COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
Thursday, December 17, 6:00 p.m.
The Mayor's Office will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, December 17, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the latest news on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Town Hall will be streamed on Mayor Lightfoot's Facebook account: www.chi.gov/vaccinetownhall. Registration is not required, nor is a Facebook account.

Questions may be submitted in advance or during the live stream. To submit a question in advance, please email CommunityEngagement@CityOfChicago.Org with the subject line "Vaccine Town Hall Question."
Now Open: Property Valuation Appeals
Jefferson Township
The Cook County Board of Review is now open for property valuation appeals for Jefferson Township until January 5, 2021.

Residents are encouraged to file online. To file online, click here. Additionally, residents can visit Commissioner Cabonargi’s website to watch a pre-recorded presentation explaining the tax appeal system and how to file an appeal and then link to the appeals page from there.
Public Comment Period
As part of the Chicago Police Department’s ongoing reform efforts, CPD has recently published several policies that the Department plans on implementing early next year. As part of this posting, community members are invited to review the draft policies and provide any comments, feedback, or suggestions on the policies.

Each of the following topics is currently open for public comment:
  • Use of Force
  • Community Policing
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Policy Draft
  • Recognizing and Responding to Individuals in Crisis Policy Draft
  • Persons Subject to Involuntary or Voluntary Admission Non-Arrestees
  • Persons on Unauthorized Absence From a State-Operated Mental Health Center
  • Mental Health Transport and Related Duties Matrix
  • Arrestees in Need of Mental Health Treatment
  • Crime Victim Assistance Policy Draft
  • Preliminary Investigations Policy Draft
  • Prohibition of Retaliation Policy Draft
To review the policies and make any comments, please click here. Public review and comment are open through December 19. If you have any questions, please email Community@ChicagoPolice.org.
Together We Heal has launched a journey aimed at building racial healing across the City of Chicago. Every Chicagoan must do their part to foster racial healing, learning, and restoration in every neighborhood across our City. This citywide initiative seeks to promote civic unity by encouraging Chicagoans to connect across lines of difference and support a collective conversation about our truth and our promise as a City. To learn more about Together We Heal and join the initiative, click below.
Learn More and Join Together We Heal
CPS Reopening
Chicago Public Schools is planning to welcome students and staff back to the classroom. Students enrolled in Pre-K and moderate and intensive cluster programs will have the option to return on Monday, January 11, and students in K-8 will have the option to return on Monday, February 1. It is important that everyone is informed of the strict health protocols and procedures that will be put in place to keep school communities safe and healthy. To keep students and educators safe, reopening will entail mask-wearing and pod learning. To learn more, visit cps.edu/reopening2020.
Ask the Expert Series
Chicago Public Schools' Ask the Expert series will address the importance of in-person learning for students on December 17, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. You must RSVP to receive an invitation to the series. Click here to RSVP. This session will be recorded and later uploaded on the FACE YouTube channel. 
Virtual Sneak Peek Construction Summit
Chicago Public Schools' Office of Business Diversity is hosting a Virtual Sneak Peek Construction Summit on Thursday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this virtual meeting, you will learn about upcoming projects to the public for the 2020 - 2021 school year, review site drawings before bids are advertised, and meet decision-makers and key staff. Attendants must register in advance. Click here to register.
Now Hiring:
Chicago Department of Aviation 
The Chicago Department of Aviation will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Subsequently, there are more than 100 positions open. Positions include: 
  1. Testing Technician
  2. Specimen Processing Technician
  3. Customer Service and Traffic Control
  4. Site Operations Lead
To learn more and apply, click here
Theater in the Dark
Theatre in the Dark is a Chicago theatre company whose mission is to produce live, audio-based theatre. Through December 24th, Theatre in the Dark is broadcasting live A Christmas Carol in the Dark. To learn more about this virtual production, click here.
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