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39th Ward Newsletter
September 10, 2020

Dear neighbor,

I hope this finds you healthy and well. 

On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance, which I sponsored, that will preserve the North Park Village and its Nature Center in perpetuity. This is monumental! In moving the existing conservation easement for North Park Village to perpetuity, this land will be protected and preserved for all Chicagoans to enjoy for generations to come. 

The work of preserving this land has been an ongoing priority.  

In 1989 community members came together to advocate for the original easement in an effort to keep the grounds as a natural area and block commercial development projects like manufacturing and shopping centers. From 1915–1974, this property was the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

Now, this 155-acre campus is home to senior housing, parkland, a gymnastics center, a Nature Center, community gardens, walking and biking trails, a waterfall, sports fields, and playgrounds. 

For well over a year, I have worked with the seniors who call the North Park Village home, community groups, conservation advocacy groups, and our partners across city departments to ensure that this land will be kept natural, maintained, and preserved for the enjoyment and education of everyone. 

Also, this week, my office hosted a community presentation with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, Deborah Witzburg. 

This presentation allowed us to listen and learn from experts. COPA focuses on police accountability by conducting thorough investigations to advance the culture of policing and build trust in civilian oversight. The Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety works to enhance effective policing and police oversight, thus building stronger police-community relations. 

This conversation gave us the opportunity to continue to think critically about policing in Chicago and how we show up in our communities. It remains an inexcusable failure that many Chicagoans cannot walk the streets of our city in safety. I am committed to listening to our community, elevating the voices of those who are often silenced, and working tirelessly to end systemic racism. 

My office has begun the process of slowly reopening. Beginning this Friday, September 11th, the 39th Ward Public Service office (4200 W. Lawrence Ave.) 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. 

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. 

I wish you all good health and safety.

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

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
For all of the Chicago Public School students, teachers, and parents, I hope your first week of school is going well. Last week, I had the opportunity to virtually meet with the staff of every school in the 39th Ward. My door is always open to you, and I am here to support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you need anything.
On Wednesday, we hosted a virtual community meeting with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety on police accountability and opportunities for more effective policing. Thank you to COPA, the Office of the Inspector General, and all the neighbors who joined the meeting.   
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. 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 8th, travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii 
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Chicago Police Department 90-Day Reforms

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) marked the completion of the City’s 90-day police reforms with the launch of two new pilot programs that are designed to ensure all CPD officers have the mental health and wellness supports they need. 

The Chicago Police Department has also made significant strides toward ensuring all officers receive crisis intervention and procedural justice training. With crisis intervention training mandated for every officer in the department, CPD has submitted training materials to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for review and, upon approval, recognition of CPD being 100% trained and certified in mental health awareness. 
Learn More
Friday, September 11th, at 9:30 a.m. Webinar
How to Market Your Business with a LinkedIn Business Page
Presented by Francisco Ramirez, Chimbly Consultants

LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing online tools for promoting yourself and your business. Gain tools and understanding of how to manage a LinkedIn Business Page and better market your businesses. 
Register for Friday's Webinar
Register for the Small Business E-Expo
Healthy Chicago 2025
Healthy Chicago Virtual Launch
Thursday, September 17th, 2:30 p.m. - 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

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
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. Click below to learn more and to submit your artwork. 

Submit Your Artwork
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

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. Multiple locations throughout the city. Click below to learn more and register.

Register for J at School
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. 
CAPS Meeting Schedule

Stand Up and Speak Out CHICAGO:
Looking for Beat

Stand Up and Speak Out CHICAGO is a campaign organized by the Chicago Police Department to ask community residents and business stakeholders to unite efforts and work together to create change, build new relationships, and make Chicago safe. 

The campaign is now accepting applications for community Beat Facilitators. Applications close on Saturday, September 19th. If you are interested in applying, click here

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
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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