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39th Ward Newsletter
February 24, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well. This past week, the second cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the 39th Ward came to an end with great success. Over 1,500 residents, age 14 and over, voted on how to spend $500,000 to improve their communities. Of the 22 projects on the ballot, eight projects will be funded. Planning for implementation will begin in April, with construction happening as soon as Summer 2021 for many projects.

Thank you to the Participatory Budgeting Committee for their hard work and continued dedication to the process. Thank you to all the community members who submitted project proposals and ideas for improvements across the Ward. Click here to view the funded projects.

As temperatures rise and snow begins to melt, the City is working to catch up on garbage pick-up. If your block has not had garbage pick up since the snow, please call our office at 773.736.5594. To prevent flooding and drain backups from the melting snow, please check downspouts around your home to allow melting snow and ice to flow. If you have a street drain near your home, please remove debris and snow from the area so melting snow and ice can drain.

The Chicago Park District is officially reopening the lakefront, playgrounds, and indoor aquatic facilities. Information for spring aquatic programs will be posted on the Chicago Park District website starting March 1st. Registration begins Monday, March 8th. Programs run from April 5th through June 13th. Space for each program will be limited to observe social distancing. The District will follow swimming pool guidance from the State of Illinois.

The City is working on getting the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) expects Phase 1b to extend into March to ensure all those in this tier receive their first dose of the vaccine. As vaccine rollout continues, your first contact should be your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have received medical care in the past. You can also sign up for notifications on Zocdoc. Zocdoc is Chicago’s COVID-19 website, designed to help residents book appointments to receive the vaccine at City point of dispensing (POD) sites and community healthcare organizations. Residents will need first to confirm their eligibility and complete a brief pre-screening questionnaire. Regardless of vaccination status, we must all keep wearing masks, practice social distancing, and washing our hands to keep each other safe. 

The 39th Ward Public Service Office will be closed Monday, March 1st, in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day. The office will reopen to the public next Tuesday, March 2nd, at 9 a.m. Normal office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. While the office is open for walk-ins, appointments are encouraged. You can schedule an appointment by calling or emailing our office. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at 773.736.5594 or via email at Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org.

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent
39th Ward Updates
Ending Soon!
Stimulus and Loan Relief Assistance
I have partnered with Cook County Commissioner Gainer to help small business owners and constituents navigate stimulus and loan relief. Through the month of February, you can call 312.603.4210 or email district10@cookcountyil.gov for assistance. 
Small Business Stimulus and Loan Relief
Construction Update
This week, Peoples Gas will be installing a new gas main at 4400 W Lawrence Avenue and 5100 N Pulaski Road. Additionally, crews will be installing new services at 6000 N Kedvale Avenue. To view construction projects in your neighborhood, click below.
Construction Near You
Spread the Love Around Gompers Parks
Through the month of February, Gompers Park Advisory Council and Girl Scout Troup 20263 have partnered to spread the love around Gompers Park by decorating hearts. To learn how to help decorate, click here.
Filming Notice:
Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire will be filming in our Ward! Please see below to learn filming dates and affected areas.

Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m. until Sunday, February 28 at 8 p.m. No parking/tow zone will be in effect on the following blocks:
  • Both sides of Leland from Knox to 4617 W Leland 
  • The east side of Knox from Leland to Wilson
A courtesy parking lot will be available at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N Knox Ave). Please look for "Chicago Fire" signs for parking at the south end of the lot.

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. until February 28 at 3 p.m. No parking/tow zone will be in effect on the following blocks:
  • Both sides of Elston from Lowell to 4715 N Elston
  • Both sides of Elston from Kennicott to Kildare
  • Both sides of Kiona from Elston to 4613 N Kiona
  • Both sides of Leland from Elston to Kenneth
  • Both sides of Kostner from Leland to 4644 N Kostner

Sunday, February 28, from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Full street closure will be in effect on the following blocks:
  • Elston from Lawrence to Montrose
  • Leland from Kasson to Kenneth

Monday, March 1 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. No parking/tow zone will be in effect on the following block:
  • The west side of Elston from Leland to Lowell
St. Edward Virtual Welcome Tours
St. Edward School will be hosting virtual welcome tours through the month of June. Each welcome tour includes an informational session, a Q & A, and a conversation with the school principal and parents. To learn more about St. Edward School, visit www.stedwardschool.com.
City of Chicago Announcements
Mayor Lighfoot's Newsletter: Our 77
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has launched a bi-weekly newsletter: "Our 77." The newsletter explores what Chicago's 77 neighborhoods have to offer and discusses the multitude of services the City provides. Click here to learn more and subscribe. If you have a story idea, click here to submit your idea. 
FREE Tax Assistance
The City of Chicago is offering free, confidential tax help through mid-April in partnership with Ladder Up. Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing and electronically filing Federal and Illinois tax returns for the tax year 2021 and, in some cases, for prior years. To learn more and schedule an appointment, click below.
Free Tax Assistance
Cook County Property Tax Exemptions
Cook County Property Tax Exemption applications for Tax Year 2020 are now available online and are due by March 31, 2021.  As a reminder, exemption deductions appear on 2021 second installment bills.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of the exemptions will automatically renew for the tax year 2020. To learn what exemptions will automatically renew or to apply for a new one, click here.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reform
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their employees on the payroll. In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. To learn more about the opportunity and additional program changes, click here.
Chicago Public Schools' Virtual Sessions
Chicago Public Schools is hosting a series of virtual sessions for the school community to attend. Discussion topics include:
  • Student's social and emotional learning needs;
  • School Quality Rating Policy; and 
  • An alternative program to the School Resource Officer program.

To learn more about these sessions and register to attend, click here.

One Earth Film Festival
One Earth Film Festival is celebrating its 10th season! From March 5-14, the festival will feature 25 films. Visit www.oneearthfilmfest.org to learn more and register in advance.
Affordable Housing Workshops
Throughout the month of March, LUCHA will be hosting a series of virtual workshops on affordable housing. Click below to learn more and register to attend.
Learn More Here
Veterans' Mental Health Support Services
Hines VA Veterans Mental Health Council is bringing attention to suicide prevention. The Hines VA hosts a suicide prevention program called Operation SAVE. If you are interested in this program, contact Anita Carmona Carvallei at 708.202.8387 (ext. 24096).

Veterans in need of support can reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line. There are three ways to do so:
  • Phone: 1.800.273.8255 and press 1 
  • Text: 838255
  • Online Chat: VeteransCrisisLine.net
Additionally, all members of the community can call the general crisis line at 800.273.8255.
Mind Body Defense 
Carjackings have been on the rise throughout the Chicagoland area. On March 2 and 6, Mind Body Defense is offering virtual courses that will help you understand what the potential carjacker is looking for and learn the steps you can take during each stage of the carjacking. To learn more and register for the event, click here
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