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39th Ward Newsletter
September 3, 2020

Dear neighbor,
I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and well.  
Many of you have reached out to my office to express your concerns regarding the violence in our neighborhood and in our city. I value your input.
Earlier this year, I led the charge for additional resources on the Northwest Side and requested more officers in the 16th and 17th Districts, which we received. I continue to advocate for more resources in the 16th and 17th Districts and work to ensure our officers are detailed in the communities to which they are assigned. I am scheduled to meet with Superintendent Brown in the upcoming weeks and I am in constant contact with Mayor Lightfoot and her public safety team about the needs of the Ward.

I continue to work closely with our first responders. I attend all 39th Ward Community Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings, and I encourage you to do so as well. Attending these beat meetings is a great way to be a productive part of the public safety conversation. Should you need to find your district and beat, click here. My team and I work closely with our CAPS officers and I am grateful for their hard work and dedication.
I continue to work with and talk to organizers, community partners, and my fellow elected officials on ways to improve how we police in Chicago. On September 8th at 6 p.m., I will host the Chicago Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and Deborah Witzburg, the Deputy Inspector General (IG) for Public Safety for an online community conversation. Please scroll down for more information and click to sign up.
Yesterday we kicked off our second year of Participatory Budgeting in the 39th Ward. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of our ward budget. I encourage you to submit project proposals for Participatory Budgeting. Residents will choose how to spend $500,000 of the 39th Ward Infrastructure Improvement Funds for 2021. If you are interested in learning more, please scroll down.
My office has begun the process of slowly reopening. Beginning September 11th, the 39th Ward Public Service office will have open office hours on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scheduled appointments are preferred, but 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. Please note, we will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observation of Labor Day.

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

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

Submit Project Ideas

To submit an infrastructure project idea, 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
Join Alderman Nugent, Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Deborah Witzburg, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) on September 8th, 2020, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for a virtual community presentation.
Register Here
Sewer Lining Project
On Wednesday, September 2nd, starting at approximately 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., crews will be working on sewer lines on North Keokuk Avenue from Kildare Avenue to Kennicott Avenue.
Census 2020
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. 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

Chicago Travel Quarantine List

The 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 August 28th, travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Friday, September 4th at 9:30 a.m. Webinar
Reimagining Your Business: Tips on How to Survive and Thrive
Presented by Shelby Parchman, Managing Partner, InUrban Strategies, LLC

How three portfolio businesses survived COVID-19. Learn from these case studies on how your business can survive and thrive.
Register for Friday's Webinar
Register for the Small Business E-Expo

Free Flu Shots for Seniors

In partnership with Jewel-Osco Pharmacy, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services is hosting flu immunization clinics at senior centers across Chicago on Thursday, September 3rd, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Seniors and their loved ones can get a flu shot with a valid health insurance card.
  • Seniors without insurance also can get a flu shot at no cost.
  • Please wear a cloth face covering and easy-access clothing for vaccine administration.
  • Participants will earn a coupon to save 10% on a grocery purchase at Jewel-Osco. 
Apply to the Mayor’s Youth Commission
Your Home is Someone’s Workplace 

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has launched the Your Home is Someone’s Workplace campaign to elevate care workers (e.g., house cleaners, nannies, and home healthcare aides) as working professionals deserving of better working conditions, dignity and respect. 

There are over 56,000 care workers in the Chicagoland area who clean homes, care for children, and take care of the sick, elderly, and/or those with disabilities. Their office is someone’s home, and though it is a private residence, their work needs to be safe. Care workers have their own families to care for, and they deserve a livable wage and the ability to take time off to care for themselves or their loved ones without the risk of losing financial security. To learn more about the City of Chicago's strategy to elevate the first care economy, click below. 

City of Chicago's First Care Economy Strategy
Guidelines for Households with Care Workers

Your Home is Someone's Workplace Webinar

Join the City's Office of Labor Standards and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) for a webinar on the rights of domestic workers and roles/ expectations of employers on Tuesday, September 8th, from 12:00 –1:00 p.m.
Register for Tuesday Webinar

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
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 Survey
As the start of the school year approaches, students are encouraged to sign-up for Chicago Connected, a public-private partnership designed to provide high-speed internet for eligible Chicago Public Schools (CPS) families at no cost to them.

Chicago Connected will provide internet for approximately 100,000 CPS students for up to four years by directly paying for internet service for families that are most in need. With remote learning continuing this fall, signing students up for the program is especially critical over the next several weeks.
Check Eligibility for Chicago Connected
17th District CAPS Meetings
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. 
Find the Schedule Here
From Wednesday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 6th, Fueled Events will be hosting an array of movies, music, and comedy shows that bring Chicago together in a socially safe and COVID-compliant way. 

To purchase event tickets, please click below and use the discount code WARD for $5 off the ticket price.
Purchase Event 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
Winter Dining Challenge

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, in partnership with IDEO, BMO Harris Bank, and the Illinois Restaurant Association, has announced the Winter Design Challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition that will engage community members to reimagine the winter outdoor dining experience in Chicago.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a variety of challenges to Chicago’s restaurant and bar owners, and the Winter Design Challenge will draw on the expertise and creativity of Chicago residents to propose innovative outdoor dining solutions that adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

A panel of local restaurants and community members will select one winner in each of the following categories:

  • Outdoor, standalone structures,
  • Indoor-adjacent spaces, and
  • Cultural shifts making winter dining more appealing.

All submissions must comply with local COVID-19 guidelines. Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and opportunities to pilot their idea at restaurants and bars in the city.

The challenge will run until Monday, September 7th, at 11:30 p.m. PST, with winners announced in mid-September. All Chicago residents are invited to participate and submit their ideas on IDEO’s open innovation platform.

Submit Your Winter Dining Idea for a Chance to Win
Healthy Chicago 2025
Healthy Chicago Virtual Launch
September 17th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

Healthy Chicago 2025 is a plan for the local public health system to eliminate the racial life expectancy gap and help all Chicagoans enjoy longer, safer, healthier lives.

Healthy Chicago brings together:
  • Community groups,
  • Government agencies,
  • Businesses,
  • Faith-based organizations,
  • Researchers,
  • Community development professionals, and
  • Health and social service providers.
Register for Healthy Chicago 2025 Virtual Launch
NPVAC Meeting
The North Park Village Advisory Council (NPVAC) is resuming its bi-monthly meetings via Zoom. NPVAC remains committed to gathering and sharing information, supporting North Park Village, and ensuring that decisions regarding North Park Village are made in full partnership with residents and community members.

Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:00 p.m.
Add the meeting to your Google Calendar

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 865 8890 9775
Passcode: 680711
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