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39th Ward Newsletter
January 25, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well. Effective today, January 25th, the Chicago Department of Public Health began Phase 1B vaccination efforts. Over the weekend, Chicago moved to Tier 1 mitigation measures. Under Tier 1 mitigation measures, which are set by the state, the following regulations are in place:

Bars and Restaurants

  • Indoor service limited to lesser of 25% or 25 persons per room

  • No tables exceeding 4 people indoors

  • Suspend indoor service if not serving food

  • Outdoor, delivery and takeout service continues under updated hours

Cultural Institutions

  • Open under Phase 4 rules

Gaming and Casinos

  • Open under Phase 4 rules from the Illinois Gaming Board

Hotels

  • Open under Phase 4 rules

Indoor Fitness Classes

  • Open under Phase 4 rules

Meetings, Events and Gatherings (excluding in-person school or sports)

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% overall capacity indoors and outdoors

Organized Group Recreational Activities (fitness centers, sports, etc.)

  • Recreation, fitness centers and outdoor activities follow Phase 4 guidance

  • Sports follow measures in the All Sport Guidelines
     

The next group of people to get the vaccination will be in Phase 1B, which will include frontline essential workers and residents 65 and above. Priority will be given to those 75 and above.

Phase 1B begins today, Monday, January 25th, by appointment only. If you are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1B, there are four ways to receive your vaccination:

  1. Through your private medical provider. Many residents 65 and older will get invitations from their health systems to make appointments to be vaccinated. If eligible, we recommend you call your primary care provider to make an appointment and learn more about your health system's plan to roll out the vaccine.

  2. At retail pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS. You can contact your pharmacies to check appointment availability.

  3. At dedicated vaccination sites. The State and City will open citywide vaccination sites at places including hospitals, City Colleges, and sites set up by the National Guard.

  4. At large employment sites. The City will reach out to large employers to offer vaccinations to all the employees that work on-site.

You can visit the City’s COVID-19 Dashboard for the most up-to-date information on mitigations, vaccination, and testing. COVID-19 Dashboard

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
How will YOU Spend $500,000?
Since early September, the 39th Ward's Participatory Budgeting Committee has been thoughtfully reviewing the project ideas YOU submitted in the summer and fall of 2020.

A community ballot has been created, and it is now time for YOU to decide how to spend $500,000 of the 39th Ward's menu money for infrastructure improvements.

39th Ward residents 14 years and older will have the opportunity to vote from February 1 - 12.

Pre-registration for the vote is now open through January 31. When voting opens on February 1, a unique access code for the ballot will be sent to your email.

In the coming days, you can view all 22 project proposals that will be on the ballot at AldermanNugent.com.
Pre-Register Here
Neighborhood Reminder
Sidewalk Snow Removal 
A friendly reminder that property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice, per the Municipal Code of Chicago.

If you experience an unshoveled sidewalk, please report this to 311 or contact my office. If you or a neighbor needs shoveling assistance, please reach out to our office and we will assist.
Construction Update
A private contractor is installing new sewer systems at the following intersections:
  • N. Springfield Avenue and W. Belle Plaine Avenue  
  • N. Kedvale Avenue and W. Berteau Avenue
These intersections will be closed to thru traffic during construction. Work at each location is expected to last approximately five weeks, with overall completion by late-March 2021.

Following this construction project, the Department of Water Management will start an additional construction project at these same intersections. Construction is scheduled to start in late-March 2021.
Faith Communities Town Hall
Tuesday, January 26, 12 p.m.

On Tuesday, January 26, at noon, I will be co-hosting a Faith Communities Town Hall with County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Alderman Debra Silverstein, BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareno, and United States Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Bo Steiner. 

We will discuss updates on the Federal stimulus package, the Paycheck Protection Program, tax breaks, and unemployment insurance. To learn more about the town hall, click here

Register for Town Hall
SBA Loans and Small Business Relief Town Halls
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and SBA District Director Bo Steiner will be hosting additional SBA Loan Q&A Town Halls for nonprofits, small businesses, and venues. Click here to learn more and register to attend.
Annual Women's Toiletry Drive
Through March 15, I am co-sponsoring the Annual Women's Toiletry Drive to support incarcerated women. Items needed for donation are travel-sized shampoo/conditioner, soap, deodorant, and body lotion. Click here to learn how to donate!
Application Now Open!
Small Business Improvement Fund 
SomerCor is now accepting Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) applications for businesses located in the Peterson Pulaski TIF District. The application period will close on February 8, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Click here to watch a taped webinar reviewing the program requirements and the application process. To apply, click below.
Apply Here
Registration Now Open
Gompers Park Athletic Association
Registration for Baseball and Softball at Gompers Park (4422 W. Foster Ave.) is now open! To learn more about the season and how to apply, click here
City of Chicago Announcements
Business Affairs and Consumer Protections
Free Business Workshops
This week, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be offering FREE business workshops covering Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, transforming your dream into a start-up, and starting your own business. To learn more and register for the webinar, click below.
Register Here
Application Now Open!
Greencorps Chicago
Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Training Program. Click below for more information and how to apply.
Apply Here
Know Your Renters Rights
The Department of Housing has been working to ensure that renters #KnowTheirRights when it comes to evictions and lockouts. To be informed of your rights, click below.
Know Your Rights
Wild Things 2021
Virtual Conference
This February, stay connected through nature! The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will be hosting a series of virtual conferences that include workshops and sessions from regional and national experts—plus meet & greets, video content, and exhibitors. To learn more and register for the virtual conference, click here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago is a one-to-one mentoring program that matches students with a screened mentor based on location, interests, and hobbies. Matches meet (virtually) 2-4 times a month for a minimum of one year. Students in this program are more likely to graduate high school, avoid risky behaviors, and improve relationships with their peers. Click here to learn more and enroll a child. 
Immigration and Citizenship Webinars
Irish Community Services is partnering with the McEntee Law Group to host a series of immigration and citizenship-related webinars that are free and open to the community. Webinars will be hosted on Monday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and enroll in the webinar.
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