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39th Ward Newsletter
August 21, 2020

Dear neighbor,

I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and well.  

Last week, the southern and eastern parts of our ward were hit hard by the storm that ripped through the City. My office has worked tirelessly to identify and coordinate clean-up and power restoration efforts with the Bureau of Forestry, Streets & Sanitation, and ComEd. According to ComEd, our Ward ranked third in the number of residents without power. With everyone’s hard work the 39th Ward reached 100% restoration by last Friday evening. Thank you for your continued patience as our partners in the Bureau of Forestry and Streets & Sanitation make their way through the 39th Ward. Clean-up efforts should be completed this weekend. 

Since taking office, I have met regularly with all 39th Ward principals and school community groups to ensure our schools have the resources needed to be successful. School communities are like children: they are unique and have unique needs. Ensuring every 39th Ward school has the resources they need is a top priority.   

I am happy to report that Peterson Elementary cut the ribbon on a new green space last year.  Belding Elementary is undergoing renovations.  Palmer Elementary is continuing construction on its grounds.  Von Steuben’s building is being improved and Northside Learning Center’s beloved greenhouse will be funded.  We continue to advocate for improvements at Solomon Elementary.  We have dedicated over $400,000 from the Ward’s Menu program for a much-needed green play space and pollinator garden at Volta school and worked with Representative Jaime Andrade to secure $100,000 for a new science lab.  This lab will support Volta’s Science Olympiad team and middle school students.     

I am thrilled to announce that the Sauganash Elementary expansion  is on Chicago Public School's (CPS's) proposed list of Capital Improvements for this year. This is an enormous opportunity and accomplishment for the Sauganash parents, teachers, community and leadership who have worked so hard for this.  Many have written letters and testified at Board of Education hearings in support of this expansion.  The CPS Board of Education will vote on the Budget on August 26th.  Learn more here.

Sauganash is currently the most overcrowded CPS neighborhood school at 124% capacity.  If we do nothing, it is expected to be at 136% capacity in four years or less. 76% of Sauganash’s homerooms are overcrowded. Teachers have been forced to use storage closets, hallway areas, and stairwell landings for instruction because of the lack of space. Not only is this unfair to the students and staff, but this also poses significant safety concerns. 

Sauganash is 29.5% low income, there are forty-four languages spoken, and 24% of students are English Language Learners. The six hundred and sixty-four students, forty-three Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members, and twenty Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members deserve a safe environment to learn and to work.  

In addressing Sauganash’s overcrowding, I have worked with CPS to explore all possible ideas and the only viable solution was the expansion of the existing building. In advocating for this expansion, I have personally met with CPS leadership regularly, the Mayor multiple times, had meetings with each of the CPS Board of Education members, and testified at both the Capital and Budget hearings.   

I am hopeful that our collective efforts will pay off and the Board of Education will overwhelming vote to approve this expansion.

While we are not yet open to the public, we are open virtually Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, feel free to reach out to my office with any questions, comments, or concerns at or at 773.736.5594. Please check on your neighbors and lend a hand where you can.  

I wish you all good health and safety. 

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

39th Ward Clean-Up Continues
Thank you to neighbors and City crews for working hard to clean up the 39th Ward. If you need clean-up assistance, our office is here to help. Call us at 773.736.5594 or email us at Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org.
The 39th Ward's Participatory Budgeting (PB) Cycle II has commenced. PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Residents will decide how to spend $500,000 of the 39th Ward Infrastructure Improvement Funds for 2021.
How to Be Involved 
Project Idea Submission
To submit an infrastructure project idea, click here. 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.
Become a Community Representative 
To sign-up to be a community representative, click here. Responsibilities of a community representative include:
  • (Virtually) Meet with the PB Committee every other week from September 2nd through December 28th;
  • Collect and review project ideas submitted by 39th Ward residents;
  • Conduct field visits to assess those project ideas; and
  • Vote for projects that will be on the community ballot.
Sign-up to serve as a community representative will close August 27th, 2020.
Find Your Nearest COVID-19 Testing Site
Mayfair Target Hiring Event
Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4631 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
Apply online at or attend the in-person event.
Apply to Mayfair Target
Under the Stars With Handbag: A Drive-In Festival
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 from August 21st  September 19th, 2020, at The Red Box Workshop, 4242 West Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Purchase Tickets

News from the City of Chicago

Friday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. Webinar
Livestream: Use YouTube To Grow Your Business
Presented by JinJa Birkenbeuel Google Digital Coach
and founder, The Honest Field Guide Podcast

Build a channel, create and promote videos that help you achieve your business goals, reach more customers, grow engagement, and measure the effectiveness of your activities on YouTube.
Register for Friday 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. To apply to vote by mail, click below!

If you have already applied to vote by mail and you prefer to go in person, there will be drop off boxes for vote by mail ballots at all early voting locations. 

For any questions, you can contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312.269.7900, via email at, or by clicking the link below.
Apply to Vote By Mail
NEIU Fall 2020 Semester Update
Northeastern Illinois University’s Fall 2020 semester will begin August 24th with face-to-face interaction kept to a minimum in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines. Fall instruction will be comprised of courses offered in remote, online, hybrid, and, in some instances, face-to-face formats with appropriate safety precautions.

Most offices and services of students, faculty, and staff will be on campus. The library will be open only for limited service to students, faculty, and staff — not the general public — while the Child Care Center is open and adhering to the strict guidelines of federal, state, and local health and child safety authorities. Questions about the Child Care Center may be directed to 773.442.4540.
NEIU COVID-19 Response
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.

  • Beat 1711/1712, Wednesday, August 26th, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Register for CAPS Beat Meeting
RSVP to Equity Town Hall
Free Delivery: COVID-19 Shopping for Seniors
Leave It to Us is an established not-for-profit organization that provides shopping services to high-risk individuals during COVID-19 and beyond. All you have to do is pay for the groceries upon delivery. 
Submit an Order Request
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:
PrideMasks is thrilled to announce their first-ever, city-wide, kids mask design contest: “My CHI My Mask.” Children ages three through ten can draw, paint, or design on a computer their best interpretation of the theme “My Chicago.” 

The contest's goal is to promote Chicago pride, normalize mask-wearing among kids, and give youth in each community a chance to express themselves creatively.  

The deadline to submit a design is August 31st, 2020. To learn more and download a design template, click below. 
Learn More and Download Your Design Template
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