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39th Ward Newsletter 
July 15, 2020

Dear neighbor,

I hope this note finds you healthy and well. As the summer progresses, please continue practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings. These precautions are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19, especially as the City reopens. 

As of July 14th, Chicago has 55,567 documented cases of COVID-19. This means there is an average of 192 new COVID-19 cases and 4 COVID-19 related deaths every day in the City of Chicago. To view COVID-19 data and reopening guidelines, please visit the City of Chicago's Cornavirus Response Center

My office is here to serve you. While we are not yet open to the public, we are open virtually Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. As always, feel free to reach out to my office with any questions, comments, or concerns at Ward39@CityOfChicago.org or at 773.736.5594.

I wish you all good health and safety.

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

Gompers Park's Tennis Court Renovation
Peoples Gas Modernization Project

News from the City of Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a City-wide challenge to see which Ward can deliver the highest increase in Census responses over a 10 day span. Whichever Ward delivers the biggest increase in Census responses will get a summer treat: ice cream for every child in their Ward!

The challenge ends Friday, July 17th, so if you have not completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to complete the Census online at My2020Census.Gov.

For every additional person counted, the City of Chicago gains approximately $1,400 that will help fund vital programs and critical infrastructure. This results in an additional $14,000 per person over the ten year Census period. When we do not complete the Census, our voices become diminished at the city, state, and national levels of government. 

Complete the Census Here
Sanitation Crews Need Our Help

Please note, personal protective equipment is not recyclable. This includes gloves, masks, eyeglasses, and gowns.

Cleaning supplies, such as disposable wipes, paper towels, and tissues, are not recyclable either.


Sanitation crews are observing a surge of COVID-19 related items in recycling carts, instead of garbage carts. Please dispose of all personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies in the trash. 

The World Health Organization recommends that items possibly contaminated with the COVID-19 virus be discarded immediately in a trash bin with a lid and then wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. For more information on masks and mask disposal, click here

Additionally, when recycling household items, please keep in mind these crucial steps:
  • Empty containers: rinse, wipe or scrape out food and drain out liquids.
  • Recycle items loosely in the blue cart, without a bag.
To review what items are recyclable and non-recyclable, please see below:
City Sticker Late Fee Waiver Period & Ticketing Enforcement

The Office of the City Clerk extended the late fee waiver period for residents whose City Stickers were up for renewal or who purchased a new vehicle from January – June of 2020. This extension goes through July 31st, 2020.

Additionally, the Department of Finance extended the ticketing moratorium on City Stickers through July 31st, 2020.

All Office of the City Clerk locations are now open. Residents are encouraged to visit the City Clerk's online store, ezbuy.chicityclerk.com, to purchase their City Sticker, Residential Parking Permit, and Dog Licenses.

City Wide Liquor Curfew

The City of Chicago Liquor Curfew (Public Health Order 2020-05) is now in effect. Please see details below: 

  • Bars must close at 12 a.m.
    • Liquor sales at bars must stop at 11 p.m., and doors should be closed and locked by 12 a.m.
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery of food only may continue past 12 a.m., but patrons may not be on premises after midnight. 
  • Hotels must close their dining rooms at 12 a.m., but may continue to allow room service of food.
  • Packaged Goods stores must stop alcohol sales at 9 p.m., but may remain open to sell other non-liquor products.
Anti-Retaliation Protections during COVID-19
The Anti-Retaliation Ordinance prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for obeying an order issued by the Mayor, Governor, Chicago Department of Public Health, or healthcare provider having to do with COVID-19.

Employers are also prohibited from taking any adverse action against an employee for caring for someone who has been issued certain orders having to do with COVID-19.

To learn more or to file a complaint, please click below.
Anti-Retaliation Protections

News from City Partners

Illinois Secretary of State Extension
 
The Illinois Secretary of State has extended the expiration of all driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration, restricted driving permits and monitoring device driving permits that are currently expired or set to expire by September 30th, 2020. This extension is valid until November 1st, 2020

For more information and online services, visit CyberDriveIllinois.com.
Chicago voters can now apply to vote by mail for the November 3rd, 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!
Apply to Vote By Mail
The Illinois Department of Insurance reminds consumers that help is available for people losing job-based health insurance. The ACA Health Insurance Marketplace offers a Special Enrollment Period.

Open enrollment is over, but certain life events (such as job loss) may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period. To learn more about the Special Enrollment Period, click below. 
Special Enrollment Period
As Chicago Public Schools (CPS) prepare to return to school in the Fall, they are asking for community feedback. If you have a student who attends a CPS school, please complete the below survey so that CPS can better support the mental, physical, and emotional health needs of families and students. 
CPS Family Survey

The number one untreated condition among lower-income seniors is hearing loss. The Americans for Better Hearing Foundation (ABHF) provides hearing healthcare for Medicaid eligible recipients. ABHF provides hearing diagnostics and dispenses hearing aids at no cost.

Both Medicare and Medicaid will cover the cost of the diagnostics. Medicaid will also cover the cost of the hearing aids, the batteries, and any repairs for as long as the person is Medicaid eligible.

  • If the person is in a nursing home, the families need to ask the Administrator about ABHF.  
  • If the person is independent, have them or a family member call one of the Clinics for an appointment.

Americans for Better Hearing Foundation has a location at Swedish Covenant Hospital (Dr. Nissan's Office). To schedule an appointment, call 773.295.5033. 

To learn more about Americans for Better Hearing Foundation and their locations, click here.

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