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39th Ward Newsletter
August 28, 2020

Dear neighbor,

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

Earlier this week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to approve the 2021 Capital budget to include an addition for Sauganash Elementary School.  This is wonderful news for the Sauganash Elementary School students, teachers, faculty, and staff.

From the moment I took office, working with Chicago Public Schools leadership on creative ways to alleviate the overcrowding at Sauganash has been a priority. Sauganash is currently at 124% capacity, and enrollment has consistently increased by 4% every year since 2012.  We spent months analyzing current and potential real estate options, assessing the existing capacities of neighboring schools (all are either at or over capacity), and we came to the understanding that the only viable option was to expand the existing building. 

I am committed to working with every school community in the Ward. If you know a student in need of technology for E-Learning as the year starts remotely, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

I want to share an update on the North Park Village Campus at 5801 North Pulaski Road. For over a year, I have worked with community groups, conservation advocacy groups, partners across city departments, and the seniors who call the North Park Village home to ensure that the North Park Village land will be kept natural, maintained, and preserved through a conservation easement. I was honored to testify in support of this easement in the Committee on Housing and Real Estate. The Committee passed the easement with the recommendation for passage at the next City Council meeting scheduled for September 9th. I am pleased to share that we are one step closer to protecting this beloved community space.

I encourage you to submit project proposals for Participatory Budgeting. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. 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.

As always, my office is here to serve. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at Ward39@CityOfChicago.org or at 773.736.5594. 

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

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.
Today a 39th Ward Resident's Dream Came True!
The 39th Ward is grateful to the hard-working members of the Chicago Fire Department, Captain Meg Ahlheim, and the members of Engine 79, A73, and 453.

Earlier today, we attended the unveiling of a memorial for a Line of Duty Death and a bell-ringing ceremony. We also joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new kitchen at Engine 79.

Thank you to the Edgebrook Women's Club and Aldermen Anthony Napolitano for partnering with us to replace Engine 79's dilapidated kitchen.
Chicago Fire Department
The 39th Ward is grateful to the hard-working folks of the Chicago Fire Department, Captain Meg Ahlheim, and the members of Engine 79, A73, and 453.

Earlier today, we were honored to attend the unveiling of a memorial for a Line of Duty Death and a bell-ringing ceremony. We also joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new kitchen at Engine 79. 

Thank you to the Edgebrook Women's Club and Aldermen Napolitano for partnering with us to replace Engine 79's dilapidated kitchen. 
Join Alderman Samantha Nugent, the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability on September 8th, 2020, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a virtual community presentation. Click below to register for the presentation.
Register Here
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 my2020census.gov 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:

Future of Bryn Mawr and Avondale Properties


Due to the decline in enrollments and the changing landscape of residential housing at Northeastern and across higher education due to COVID-19, Northeastern has decided to explore its options for the future of the properties along the 3400 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue. Northeastern has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for those properties, with no decision likely until early 2021. The RFP also includes the property near El Centro that was acquired in 2014. Proposals are asked to provide development options that Northeastern should consider, including but not limited to mixed-use housing, environmental and sustainable land use, and retail/commercial space. Proposals are due September 22, 2020, at which point Northeastern will assess its options. NEIU has committed to keeping the University and neighboring communities updated during this process.

Request for Proposals
Claiming Our Space: Stories of Hope and Courage 
The Kedzie Center, in collaboration with 2nd Story, is building a dynamic program for students who identify as DACA/undocumented and reside in the Chicago area. The program will serve two cohorts of 10 students each. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will learn how to tell and shape their own personal stories/narratives in a positive way.

Participation is limited to 20 students (10 students/cohort), so please submit your application as soon as possible. Each participating student will be paid $30 for each 90-minute session, so a total of $300 for the 10 weeks. 

This will be a space for healing, sharing, and storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to share their stories in English, Spanish, or Spanglish. They can choose to remain anonymous in publishing their stories if they prefer. At the end of the 10 weeks, their stories will be produced and recorded professionally. 

Once students fill out the application below, representatives from The Kedzie Center, 2nd Story, or NRC will reach out to them to schedule a brief screening interview. 
Claiming Our Space: Stories of Hope and Courage Application

News from the City of Chicago

Chicago Together Now Grant Program

The Together Now Fund is accepting applications for the second round of grants for Chicago businesses and non-profits.

Businesses that continue to suffer from the impacts of COVID-19 are eligible to apply for operational grants of $4,000 each. Applications are available at chicago.gov/togethernow and will remain open until Monday, August 31st, at 11:59 p.m.

Apply to Together Now
Register for 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. 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, contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312.269.7900, via email at CBOE@ChicagoElections.gov, or by clicking the link below.
Apply to Vote By Mail
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
Chicago E-Scooter Pilot Program
NPVAC Meeting
The North Park Village Advisory Council (NPVAC) will resume its bi-monthly meetings, beginning in September, via Zoom. Despite ongoing challenges, 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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86588909775?pwd=NlA0bzZRbEN5T3B1QUtyeC9JUGJodz09

Dial-In
312.626.6799

Meeting ID: 865 8890 9775
Passcode: 680711
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