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39th Ward Newsletter
September 28, 2020

Dear neighbor, 

Since our last newsletter, the 39th Ward has seen an increase in gun violence. While the incidents appear to be targeted between known parties, the escalation is nonetheless unacceptable. 

The safety and wellbeing of our community is my top priority. I am in constant communication with Mayor Lightfoot and her team. I spoke with the Mayor again last week, and she assured me our officers and specialized units will remain in their assigned districts. I speak with the 16th and 17th Police District Commanders and their teams daily. We have worked together to secure Specialized Units and more Rapid Response officers to include tactical and gang units in the Ward.

The City and County have also deployed additional street outreach and violence interrupter personnel across our neighborhoods to supplement Chicago's police resources. As part of the City's ongoing partnership with Metropolitan Family Services, the street outreach personnel will be out in full force working in collaboration with our residents and the City in order to build positive relationships with those who are at the highest risk.

Please join me on Wednesday, September 30th, at 6:00 p.m. for a virtual community safety discussion. I am hosting this conversation with the Chicago Police Department's 16th & 17th Districts, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, and representatives from the Mayor's Office for Public Safety. To attend this virtual meeting, please click here.

Your help in keeping our community safe is crucial. If you see something suspicious, please call 911 immediately.

Participatory Budgeting project idea-collection ends next Friday, October 2nd. If you have an infrastructure idea you would like to submit for review, please click here. Project ideas will be reviewed by the Participatory Budgeting Committee and placed on the community ballot. To learn more about the process, visit

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is open for in-person service on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scheduled appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are welcome using precautionary measures as recommended by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Masks are required, and social distancing guidelines will be followed. 

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

I wish you good health and safety.

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

Register Here
Thank you to Israel's Gifts of Hope, Moms Demand Action, The Kedzie Center, Albany Park Community Center, the 17th Police District, my fellow elected officials, and our community for participating in the Albany Park Peace Walk and Vigil on Sunday, September 20th.

There is no place for violence in our community. Standing together, we advocated for peace in our streets and more resources in our communities.
Learn More about the Albany Park Peace Walk and Vigil
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
Looking for Dedicated Volunteers
Irving Park Community Food Pantry is looking for dedicated volunteers! Jobs available include: interviewing clients, translating, filling bags of food, sorting food, unloading trucks, storing food, picking up food, and deliveries. They award court-ordered community service hours, as well as service hours for students.
Apply To Be a Volunteer
Accepting Donations
The pantry is accepting non-perishable food and non-food items such as soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers, and other toiletries. Due to a shortage of storage space, clothes and other such items will not be accepted.

Donations can be dropped off at the pantry (in the basement of Emmanuel United Methodist Church) at 4256 North Ridgeway Avenue on most Mondays from 10 a.m.  12 p.m. or Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m.  3 p.m.
  • Large donations can be dropped off during pantry operating hours on Wednesday morning from 8 to noon if you have arranged a time and plan in advance.
  • Small, non-perishable donations can be placed in the dropbox (with Irving Park Community Food Pantry logo) located by the double gray doors at the Cullom Street entrance.
Please email to be sure volunteers will be there before you plan to visit.
Learn More About Donating
Everyday Edgebrook Menu
Are You One of the 6,800 Households in the 39th Ward that Needs to Complete the Census?

This week, 87 households from the 39th Ward responded to the census. 70% of the Ward has responded. I would like to see 100% of our Ward respond so that 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:

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 22nd, travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
Learn More
Register for the 17th District Community Conversation
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.
From September 24th through November 3rd: 24-HOUR Drop Box - 69 West Washington Street
  • Through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3rd
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.
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.
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. The deadline to submit your artwork is October 14th, 2020.
Submit Your Artwork
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 Wednesday, 9/30 Workshop
Register for Tuesday, 10/6 Workshop
Register for Wednesday, 10/14 Workshop
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
Enter Essay Contest

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. Click below to learn more and register.

Register for J at School
Apply to Be Your Own Boss
Register for Schurz Schuffle
Purchase Virtual A Cappella Quartet Contest Tickets
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