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49th Ward Update
June 11, 2021
LEE EN ESPAÑOL

Good afternoon neighbors,

Today, the State of Illinois and City of Chicago are reopening. We’ve spent 15 months in various stages of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now, we’re the first major city to reopen. Our vaccination numbers are pretty good and our covid metrics demonstrate that virus spread is under control. If we can continue to vaccinate and keep spread this low, we’re going to beat this virus.

It feels good to be able to safely see friends and family again. It is a relief to know that we are safer at work, at school and in public spaces. But let’s not allow the pleasure that comes with this reopening to erase the loss, pain, and suffering that the pandemic brought.

This virus took the lives of 600,000 people in our country. Shut down our social systems and economy. It caused record job loss and business closures. And for more than a year, it caused us to live in a state of fear and isolation many of us have never before experienced. While everyone experienced changes at work, our essential workers in healthcare, social services, education, childcare, government, grocery, transportation and retail have been stressed and strained to the max over the last 15 months. While many of us worked from home, many more could not.

And, please remember, the pandemic isn’t over. COVID-19 isn’t gone. We’ve just gotten better at managing it. Vaccines work. Children as young as 12 can get vaccinated now and they anticipate availability for those as young as 5 by this fall. Risks to vaccinated people are much lower (though still present) and are numbers show that new cases and hospitalizations are far more prevalent in unvaccinated people. And remember that though the mask mandate is over, you still need to bring a mask with you when out in the city as they will continue to be required on public transit and in many businesses. There are still many people in Chicago who have not been vaccinated, and some individuals cannot get vaccinated for specific reasons, including active cases of cancer and certain transplant recipients. Let’s continue to be respectful to those who must continue to use full precautions during this reopening, and to wear masks when indoors to prevent spread to those most susceptible.

Finally, as our city reopens this weekend, I want to express profound gratitude to everyone who got us this far and an appreciation that our community and our city has survived so much. We made it this far because of each other. The support our community has shown, in particular, has been nothing short of incredible. We’re not out of the woods yet, but if we stay the course and be mindful of where we’ve been, I know we’ll get there.

Take care and stay safe,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden

Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at office@49thward.org
49th Ward Welcomes Student Intern Carlos
The 49th Ward office welcomed its student intern Carlos this week. Carlos is originally from the Rogers Park neighborhood and attends the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in urban planning. Carlos is a CPS graduate and spent last summer working in one of our small, locally-owned restaurants, Antos Pizza, in Jarvis Square. We're excited to welcome Carlos to the team this summer so he can gain some experience before returning to in-person learning next fall. 
IDOA Commits to Fully-Funding Ombudsman Program! 
This week, we learned that - thanks to a joint effort with State Representative Kelly Cassidy and community advocates - the Illinois Department of Aging has secured additional funds to fully staff our City Ombudsman program AND has agreed to cease their plans to privatize it. Our Ombuds are so important to the health and wellbeing of our nursing home residents and have been true heroes throughout this pandemic. Thank you to the Coalition to Strengthen the Ombudsman Program and to our Ombuds.

Throughout this pandemic, residents in our nursing homes were some of the hardest hit by the virus. In the City of Chicago, our Ombudsmen are the workers who act as advocates for those residents. Through this last year, our City Ombudsmen worked tirelessly to support nursing home and long-term care facility residents; often they were the only people outside of staff even allowed in the buildings. Despite the vital role they play in supporting our most vulnerable residents, their staffing was allowed to drop to 5 positions from 8 during the most challenging time of the pandemic because of the State was planning to privatize the program.

A coalition of nursing home residents and advocates brought this staffing issue to the attention to myself and Rep. Cassidy and together, we have been organizing to keep this program public, AND get it the full funding needed to bring the staffing to 10 full time positions.
Good News Partners Launches Teen Program!
Last month, Good News Partners introduced a recreational program for their teenage residents known as the GNP Teen Program. This initiative was started in response to their teenage clients needing additional support systems and a fun and structured way to connect outside of family and school.

The program consists of bi-weekly meetings that act as an open forum for discussion as well as outings across the City of Chicago each month. Memorial Day weekend, they went on their first official excursion to Lincoln Park Zoo, which was a blast! In the coming months, trips are planned to Skokie Lagoons, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the White Sox Stadium. The hope is to continue to build community and relationships amongst the Good News Partners' residents.

You can learn more at www.goodnewspartners.org.
Ward Updates
49th Ward Office Welcomes Back Staff
The 49th Ward office welcomed back staff this week. Staff will be working staggered schedules, spending some days continuing remote work and some days in the office. In an abundance of caution, residents who stop by the office will be asked to wear a mask and speak to a staff member outside to address their issues. Staff will be in the office Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm and will be remote on Fridays. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again! 
Alderwoman Hadden Receives 100% On the Illinois Environmental Council's Aldermanic Scorecard

I am proud to announce that I received a 100% score from the Illinois Environmental Council for my voting record over the past two years! My voting record reflects where I stand on tackling climate change; environmental justice; fighting for clean air and water; and protecting open spaces we all enjoy. I stand with IEC in making it a priority to safeguard our environment for generations to come.

To view the scores of all 50 aldermen and the explanation of scoring, visit IEC's website.

Share Your Feedback on Zoning Relief for St. Scholastica
On Monday, the 49th Ward office joined the Benedictine Sisters from St. Scholastica to discuss a zoning change they are seeking for the northern 3 acres of their property located at 7430 N. Ridge. 

The St. Scholastica community conclusion that the residence at their long-term home, as it is, is not sustainable. As it continues to age, it has become increasingly difficult and too expensive for them to staff, maintain, and oversee the operation of the campus. 

With counsel from NRRO and their consultants, the Benedictine community has decided that to address their needs, they will sell a parcel of land on their campus. They are seeking zoning relief so they can build 800+100 modern, senior independent living units. This would allow the current sisters to age in place while expanding senior housing options in the ward. 

The proposal is still in the early stages of planning. The Benedictine Sisters have not yet selected a developer for the project. First, are soliciting feedback from the community on the concept so they can submit for a zoning change. Should they be granted zoning relief, they would then begin to vet potential developers for the site. The process will likely take years and will include multiple opportunities for community input and feedback along the way. 

Please take a moment to view the community meeting. Submit feedback on the proposal by clicking the button below. The deadline to submit feedback is Sunday, June 20.
Submit Feedback
A Just Harvest's 5K For Community Wellness June 12
For the past 5 weeks, community members have participated in A Just Harvest's 5-week Challenge for Community Wellness. This Saturday, June 12, the event will culminate with a community 5K. 

Meet at A Just Harvest, 7649 N. Paulina, at 8 am on Saturday, June 12, to participate in the 5K; the race kicks off at 9 am. Stick around afterward for a community celebration. There will be face painting, food, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Registration is $25 for an individual or$200 for a team of 10. To register for the 5K, click here
Celebrate Juneteenth with A Just Harvest
Join A Just Harvest to celebrate Juneteenth (June 19th) by painting a Black Lives Matter mural on the street and enjoying live music and food. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States when troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that enslaved people be freed. 

The event will take place on Paulina street between Jonquil and Howard from 11 am to 3 pm. Swing by and help fill in the mural. Make sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.
Join the 49th Ward Youth Advisory Council!
The 49th Ward Youth Advisory Council is accepting new members for its summer term. Prospect youth 14-19 years old are invited to attend a meeting on June 29 at 5 pm to learn more about the Council. To sign up, visit bit.ly/YACSummer21.
Roger Park Township Now Open for Appeals
This week, residents in the Rogers Park township became eligible to file for a property tax assessment appeal.

How to file an appeal?
Before you begin filing for an appeal, prepare by having an email address on hand to create your online account and visit www.cookcountyassessor.com/online-appeals to start your application.

What happens after an appeal is submitted?
You will receive email confirmation of your filing, and a second email that contains your appeal docket number used to reference your appeal in the Assessor's office. The results will be sent to you in the mail.

How can I check the status of my online appeal?
1. Go to https://propertytaxfilings.cookcountyil.gov
2. Log in using your email address
3. Click on My Filings
4. Review your appeal information

Remember, if an appeal results in any changes to your property's assessed value in 2021, this will be reflected in the 2021 tax bill you will receive in 2022.

At 6 pm on Monday, June 14, join Commissioner Gainer and Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi for a virtual workshop on property taxes and the appeals process. To RSVP, click here.
Community Vaccine Event Saturday, June 19
The Rogers Park Presbyterian Church and Near North Medical Group are hosting a community vaccine event at the church, 7059 N. Greenview Ave, on Saturday, June 19 from 10am - 2pm. They will be administering the Pfizer vaccine so anyone 12 years of age or older can get vaccinated! No insurance required. Parent or guardian must be present for minors to receive the vaccine. This will be a walk up event; no appointment is necessary.
Mark Your Calendars: Artists of the Wall Returns to Loyola Park this Father's Day Weekend!
The Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) has been hard at work to safely resume the neighborhood tradition of the Artists of the Wall event this summer! The event will take place 3 days over Father's Day weekend, June 18 through June 20. 

This year's fest looks a little different than in previous years. To ensure the safety of the artists, the LPAC has limited the event to 50 participants per day. Over the three days, a total of 150 spaces will be painted. At the center of the wall where the staircase is located, there will be a dedicated COVID-19 memorial space where people can paint a name or a message about this past year to share with our community. 

Artist spaces are sold out, but the community is still invited to swing by over the weekend to enjoy free live music performances between 9 am and 2 pm. 

The Loyola Park Advisory Council is also seeking volunteers to help make this year's event a success. Those interested in volunteering are asked to fill out a Google Form online.

For more information on the event, visit LPAC's website
Best of Rogers Park June 24
The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) invites you to attend its annual Best of Rogers Park Celebration & Awards Presentation.

Throughout the past year, Rogers Park businesses have shown incredible resiliency and grace in the face of an unprecedented crisis. Join RPBA at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 24, to celebrate our business community. RPBA will share a virtual presentation showcasing their strength and leadership over the past year. 

While the event is free for anyone to join, an RSVP is required. For more information and to register, visit RPBA's website.  
Join In for a Community Celebration on 626 Day
Mark your calendar for a community celebration on June 26. The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) invites you to join in on the party. 626 Day is a day to celebrate the 60626 community and support our small, local business. 

On 626 Day, support local businesses by shopping, donating, promoting, and leaving positive online reviews. When we support our local businesses, we create a stronger community by keeping dollars in the neighborhood. 

For more information on 626 Day, visit RPBA's website
United Church of Rogers Park's New to You Thrift Store Reopened on June 1
Seven years after the 1918 Spanish Flu, the United Church of Rogers Park [formerly known as Rogers Park Congregational Church] building burnt down. 

In 1927, a new building was built with three storefronts on its Morse Avenue side.  Two of the stores were rented out to help bring in supplemental income.  The last storefront by the alley was too small to find a renter.  In November 1927, the church’s Women Society opened a thrift shop in this spot.  The space was so small that “4 customers were a crowd.” 

For 93 years, New to You has been operating as a mission to the Rogers Park community.  While its name is newer than its years of operation, its mission has always been clear.

Nonetheless, its mission has expanded by creating community within community.  During the store's temporary closing last February 2021, people still knocked on the windows when seeing the volunteers working in the shop cleaning and sorting.  After a man’s knock was told the store was closed, he replied, “You need to be open.  It’s good for the neighborhood.”  And he is correct.

After a 4-month break, New to You reopened on Tuesday 1 June at 10:00 am.  It is ironic that the 93-year history of this shop used to be closed during the months of July and August [from 1927 to 1940s since the volunteer’s children were home during their school’s summer break]. Since the 1950s, New to You has been mostly open year-round.    

The shop will be open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 1545 W. Morse.
Book Studio Time with Circles & Ciphers
Circles and Ciphers is accepting appointments for their Kaba $tudios. Kaba Studios is a youth-led recording studio in the Circles & Ciphers headquarters. They offer free and discounted studio time to formally incarcerated youth in the Chicago area.  Contact their studio manager Marko Stat$ at kabastudios@circlesandciphers.org to book your time slot today! 
Theatre Above the Law Presents World Premiere of
War of the Worlds 
The winner of the 2019 24 hour Adaptation festival, W.o.W. was commissioned into a full length play by Theatre Above the Law. This modern comedic adaptation connects the threat of world destruction by aliens in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds to the modern-day threat of ruined party plans, creepy bosses, and dead-end relationships for two lifelong BFFs. Set in three bathrooms across twenty-two years, two girls take on everything the men in their lives throw at them, risking jobs and relationships to save their own little world.
 
Streaming May-17th-June 13th
 
Streaming courtesy of ShowTix4U
Tickets are $20 and available online at theatreatl.org.

 
Community Water Safety Training Sessions
The Chicago Park District is hosting a series of Community Water Safety Training sessions across Chicago's park in May and June. These sessions will help provide residents with tools to keep them and others safe when enjoying our greatest asset this summer - Lake Michigan. 

Leone Beach Trainings:
  • Thursday, May 20 at 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 29 at 1 pm
  • Sunday, June 12 at 11:15 pm
  • Every Friday thru June 25 at 5 pm
Hartigan Beach (1050 W. Pratt) Trainings:
  • Sunday, May 30 at 1 pm
  • Saturday, June 5 at 11:45 am
  • Every Wednesday thru June 23 at 6 pm
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
City to Transition to Phase V of the Reopening Plan on June 11
Dr. Arwady and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week that the city of Chicago will fully reopen on June 11, in alignment with the rest of Illinois. 

In Phase V, capacity restrictions will be lifted at all businesses. People will need to continue to wear masks in certain settings (e.g., schools, health care facilities, and public transit), but fully vaccinated people won't need to wear a mask in most settings. People who have recently been vaccinated must continue to practice precautions for two weeks after a two-dose shot (Pfizer and Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose shot (Johnson and Johnson). Unvaccinated people should continue to wear a mask in most public settings. 

The announcement comes as the city and state's positivity rates have reached their lowest points since the beginning of the pandemic. As of Thursday, the city's positivity rate was at 2%, down from 2.9% from the prior week. As of Thursday, 41.8% of eligible Chicagoans have completed their vaccination series, and 52.1% of eligible Chicagoans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

While the announcement brings some much-needed hope and optimism for our residents, our best defense against COVID is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Everyone 12 and older are now eligible to receive their vaccine. To find an appointment, visit zocdoc.com/vaccine.
Get Vaccinated and Get Chicago Fire Tickets on June 12
Want to score some free tickets to watch the Chicago Fire play and meet Stanislav Ivanov? On Saturday, June 12, the city will host a vaccine event at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be music, food, and free soccer tickets for those who get vaccinated.

The city will be administering the Pfizer vaccine (12 and older) and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (18 and older). Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. If you have any questions, call 312-746-4835 or email coronavirus@chicago.gov. 
Become a Vaccine Ambassador!
The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) have launched a Vaccine Ambassador Course that provides free online training to educate people to become trusted vaccine education ambassadors in their communities. Community members can complete the two-hour online Vaccine Ambassador Course (VAC) at no cost. It is offered through the Malcolm X College Continuing Education Department in English and Spanish. In the course, students will learn:
  • Background on COVID-19 and the United States healthcare system
  • History of mistrust and the root causes of vaccine hesitancy
  • Answers to the most frequently asked COVID-19 vaccine questions
  • How to approach difficult vaccine conversations
Chicago community members who complete this course will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as trusted messengers of COVID-19 vaccine education. Upon completion, Partners In Health will provide these trusted messengers access to an online learning community where they will have opportunities to connect with other Vaccine Ambassadors and receive support through additional training, and stay involved in community health activities. For more information and to sign-up for the free two-hour online class visit www.ccc.edu/vaccineambassador.
CDPH Offers Pop-Up Vaccine Events Across the City
The City of Chicago has made it easy to get vaccinated – at a city site, pop-up locations throughout the city, and other special events. Check out upcoming events where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine!

If you want to request a vaccine at your event, please complete CDPH's online form.

If you would like to have a vaccine event added to the City's calendar, please complete this short online form
Children Ages 12+ Now Eligible to Receive the
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
The FDA authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in youth 12 years and older last week. With the authorization, the City of Chicago will now offer the Pfizer vaccine to youth aged 12 to 15 years old at all of its City-operated vaccination sites. 

The following City-operated sites have  opened to youth ages 12 and older for walk-in appointments. A parent or guardian must accompany any minor under the age of 18. While appointments aren't necessary, it is still encouraged that residents book one at zocdoc.com/vaccine or by calling the city's call center at 312-746-4835.
CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at zocdoc.com/vaccine

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
Vaccination Appointments for Homebound Persons

People who are homebound can sign up online to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their residence. Caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program.

To be eligible, a person must not be able to leave their home because it “requires considerable and taxing effort," and must fit one of these categories:

  • Be a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and

  • Be a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.

​Homebound vaccinations will be administered by Chicago Firefighter emergency medical personnel. Vaccines are limited to those who are truly homebound and meet the above eligibility requirements. 

Fill out the homebound vaccine form online by clicking here

IDHS Launches Crisis Counseling Program to Support Communities Hardest Hit by COVID-19
Following the federal declaration of a major disaster area in Illinois due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Mental Health was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to kickstart the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program. This unique program allows individuals negatively impacted by COVID-19 to access resources from community behavioral health clinics, which includes screening and referrals for residents struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

The Illinois Crisis Counseling Program aims to increase disaster-related services in Cook, Winnebago, and St. Clair counties, which have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. IDHS’ Division of Mental Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and local behavioral health clinics, will continue to offer support and resources for residents struggling with increased stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

Please visit illinois-strong.org for more information and resources available near you.
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine if it is during a shift, up to two hours per dose.

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to public health directive or COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
Reimbursement for Funeral Expenses
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now processing applications for reimbursements up to $9000 for funeral expenses for a loved one who died due to COVID-19.

Eligible funeral expenses include but are not limited to:
  • Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone 
  • Clergy or officiant services 
  • Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances.

It is important to coordinate with friends, family members, and anyone else who incurred an expense on who will submit the claim. FEMA will only accept one claim per deceased individual so it is vitally important everyone who helped cover the funeral and cemetery expenses work together on one application and wait until all the expenses have been incurred. 

More information is available on FEMA's website. You may also call 844-684-6333 to apply. 

Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines
For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 
Sign Up for CDPH's E-Newsletter
The Chicago Department of Public Health is dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about its local COVID-19 response. Sign up online for their email list and be among the first to receive press releases, current guidance, and other important information. 
How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
State Eviction Moratorium to be Phased Out by August
Governor Pritzker announced this week that the state's ban on evictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be phased out during the next three months, with an expiration date of August 2021. More information on the details will become available in the coming weeks. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants changed under the latest eviction moratorium extension. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. Tenants can use IDHA's declaration template to provide their landlord with written notice that they've been financially impacted due to COVID-19. That declaration is available online

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here

Tenants who faced a financial impact due to the COVD-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive state and local rent relief. The Illinois Housing Development Authority has put together some resources to help residents with housing assistance. More information is available on illinoishousinghelp.org. Additionally, the City will open its Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Monday. More information on that program is available at chicago.gov/RentHelp.   
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, states will only be categorized as yellow or orange. Previously, the city had three category levels for the Emergency Travel Order.

The updates to the order are meant to simplify the message by putting states into one of two categories. Regardless of which category a state falls into, CDPH is still advising that people avoid any kind of travel as we see COVID-10 cases surging across most of the U.S. Additionally, the new COVID variant that is more transmissible has now been detected in at least 8 states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They must practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, they should practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit chi.gov/eto for additional information and to view the latest information on travel restrictions. 
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at chicago.gov/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Community Aid
Donate Window AC Units to Good News Partners
Good News Partners in East Rogers Park is in the process of renovating their family shelter this summer. In order to do that, they will be moving their residents into another building in July that does not have air conditions. They are seeking donations of up to 10 used or brand new window air conditioners that are no more than 5,000 BTU (or 110 volts).

If you would like to donate an AC unit to Good News Partners, contact Christina Calderon at christina@goodnewspartners.org.
Need Rent Relief? A Just Harvest Can Help
A Just Harvest has received a grant to help people in need of rent relief apply for the City of Chicago's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. 

Through ERAP, eligible renters and landlords can receive up to 15 months of rental payments (12 months of past payments, and 3 months of future payments). 

To be eligible, tenants must:
  • Live in Chicago
  • Have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced hours, or illness within the household
  • Be at risk of housing instability
  • Have earned less than the maximum household income listed below during 2020 or at the time of application
To sign up for help in applying through A Just Harvest, visit bit.ly/AJHrenthelp. More information on the program, frequently asked questions, and the application are all available on the city's website at chicago.gov/RentHelp.

The deadline to apply for the program has been extended through June 15.
Community Engagement Opportunities
Join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society for the Return of the Gangsters of West Ridge Walking Tour

No one likes to hear about murder and mayhem in the news, but in 1920s Chicago, the dailies were filled with stories of illegal gambling, rum-running, murder, and other gangland struggles for power. Spend the afternoon discussing this infamous period in time when Chicago's gangsters were both public enemies and nationally-known celebrities.  

Join historians Glenna Eaves and Dona Vitale on a walk through two of West Ridge's Historic Bungalow Districts that were brand new real estate developments in the 1920s. You'll learn the stories of notorious Prohibition-era crime syndicate mobsters who ruled our now peaceful streets. Hear how their criminal activities affected this young neighborhood that was also home to prosperous business owners, famous athletes, noted architects, creative artists, and skilled craftsmen. It’s a fascinating look at a dark, yet often glamourized aspect of Chicago history.

Where: The tour begins with a short presentation at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W Lunt Avenue. 

When: Saturday, June 19th, and Sunday, June 20th. The program starts at 1 PM, walking tour immediately follows.

Cost: Walking tour tickets are $30; $25 with member discount. Pre-registration is required. To purchase your ticket, follow one of the links below. 

Note: Street parking is available.

Register for the June 19 event at this link.
Register for the June 20 event at this link

Make Music Chicago at Willye White Park June 21
Willye White Park Advisory Council and New Rhythm Arts Center have partnered to bring a celebration of music to Rogers Park. On Monday, June 21, Make Music Chicago will come to Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, for a full evening of blues, rock, reggae, and West African drumming. Make sure to swing by and join in on the fun. 
Rogers Park Senior Film Series: Bound
The 24th District will feature Bound as a part of its monthly Senior Film Series. The movie will be streamed over Zoom on Wednesday, June 23, at 2 pm. 

A neo-noir crime Thriller, Bound was the first feature-length film by trans women Lana Lily Wachowski, who grew up on the Southwest side of Chicago. Known for their work in film and television, the Wachowskis are writers, directors, and producers of The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, and the Netflix series Sense8. Currently, Lana Wachowski is in post-production on The Matrix 4. Lily Wachowski is producing the second season of Showtime's series Work in Progress, which is currently being filmed in Rogers Park and Andersonville.

No registration is required, and all are welcome to stay in the Zoom space afterward for a discussion. Use the information below to join the Zoom on June 23:

Zoom Meeting ID: 850 6654 9118
Meeting Passcode: 100806
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at office@49thward.org. 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
Help CPS Plan for the Fall
Chicago Public Schools is planning for students' return to the classroom this fall. They are seeking feedback from school communities to help them shape what the next school year will look like.  

Please take a moment to take their online Fall 2021 Survey. The survey is anonymous and available in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, and Polish. The deadline to respond is Friday, June 18. 
CPD Unveils Revisions to its Foot Pursuit Policy
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department unveiled a revised foot pursuit policy this week (full text of the policy is available here). Highlights of the revised policy include:
  • The new foot pursuit policy reminds officers to begin any interaction with tactics meant to reduce the possibility of a foot pursuit.
  • Tactics to avoid a foot pursuit include: continual communication with a subject and encouraging officers to position themselves in such a way to reduce the opportunity for a foot chase.
  • The circumstances also must be considered before any foot pursuit takes place. Officers need to ask themselves if they need to apprehend the subject worth the risk to responding officers, the public, or the subject.
  • The policy also spells out that foot pursuits are only appropriate when it is believed an individual has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime or there is probable cause for an arrest.
  • According to the new policy, foot pursuits can no longer be initiated for criminal offenses less than a Class A misdemeanor.
  • Foot pursuits also must be discontinued if someone is injured and requires immediate medical assistance; if officers are unaware of their location; and if the need to apprehend the subject is not worth the risk to responding officers, the public, or the subject.
  • Supervisors can also instruct officers to discontinue a foot pursuit at any time.
  • All officers are required to notify the Office of Emergency Management and Communications of a foot pursuit and will activate their body-worn cameras to record the entire incident.
The Chicago Police Department will collect public feedback on the policy revisions through July 15, 2021. They have also said that they will facilitate community meetings throughout the city, as well as targeted discussions with community organizations and individuals who have
direct experiences. The Department will hold a live virtual webinar on June 1, 2021, to review the policy and answer general questions from the public.

For more information on the policy proposal, how to attend community meetings, and to submit a feedback form, visit the City of Chicago's website.
Applications for Chicago Works Community Challenge Now Open
The city announced the Chicago Works Community Challenge last week. The Mayor’s Reimagine Chicago award is a $10M community investment award that will make seven awards of up to $1.5M for each of Chicago’s 7 planning regions. Awards will be issued to fund community-identified enhancements to city-owned properties including, public parks, schools, libraries, or city-owned vacant lots in residential zones through the Chicago Works capital plan. The City expects the projects like playground improvements in parks, co-working space or meeting room upgrades in libraries, and community gardens or playgrounds on vacant lots. 

Starting June 1, applications will be available for proposals until September 1. Finalists in each region will partake in community feedback and engagement sessions between October and December. Winners will be selected for funding based on a range of criteria, including financial feasibility, community preferences, project design, and impact. The City will aim to break ground on many of the projects in 2022.   
 
Awardees will be selected through a multi-phase process. First, eligibility will be determined by a prescreening process that will confirm if the land or facility proposed can receive funding under Chicago Works capital plan guidelines. After the initial screening, the proposals will be subject to deep community engagement and an evaluation process based on feasibility, design, community input, and impact.   

Eligible projects must be located on residentially zoned City-owned vacant lots (directory here) or in facilities operated by Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, or Chicago Public Library.   
 
For more information on the Chicago Works Community Challenge or to submit a proposal, visit chicago.gov/chicagoworkschallenge
Mortgage Assistance Grants Now Available

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago has approximately 450 mortgage assistance grants remaining that they are trying to distribute by December 10th to City of Chicago homeowners in need of mortgage assistance. 

The maximum assistance for homeowners (1-4-unit properties only) is $3,300.  The following are general program requirements:

  • Must reside within the Chicago city limits
  • Provide a government-issued photo ID
  • For Homeowners: Demonstrate their total household income was at 120% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020
  • Have experienced a change in their financial status (after March 1, 2020) due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Mortgage must be in arrears or in a forbearance plan

For more information and to apply, visit https://nhschicago.org/mortgageassistance.

Interested City of Chicago residents may also call NHS at 800-831-7949 or email EmergencyAssistance@nhschicago.org, with questions or for assistance with applying for the program.

CTA Reducing Fares for 1, 3, and 7-day Passes this Summer 
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced a promotion on fares that will make public transit even more affordable and convenient for residents and visitors.

As part of the City’s “Open Chicago” initiative to reopen the city and bring back events, festivals, dining, and other indoor and outdoor activities, the CTA is reducing the price on three of its existing unlimited-ride pass products to welcome back customers, attract new riders and encourage existing customers to use transit more often.

From Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 28) through Labor Day (Monday, September 6), the CTA will offer attractive discounts on three of its unlimited-ride passes:
  • One-day pass: $5 (down from $10)
  • Three-day pass: $15 (down from $20)
  • Seven-day pass: $20 (down from $28)
The promotional fares will be available for purchase at Ventra Vending Machines at CTA rail stations, on the Ventra app, on the Ventra website, at over 1,000 retail locations, and by calling Ventra customer service at (877) NOW-VENTRA (669.8368).
The City is Seeking Feedback on Electricity Franchise Agreement
The City of Chicago is seeking public feedback on the electricity franchise agreement. Through a Request for Information (RFI) process, the City is evaluating whether to enter into a new franchise with the current electricity delivery company (ComEd) or to explore awarding a franchise to a new franchisee(s).

The City anticipates moving to the next stage of its franchising process later in 2021. That stage of the process will include a successful negotiation of the following with the prospective franchisee(s):

  1. A Franchise Agreement that grants an entity the right to provide electricity and use the public way, and
  2. An Energy and Equity Agreement that establishes environmental and consumer objectives that an entity and the City will pursue together.

Public input will be a critical part of the negotiation process. You can submit comments to: franchisefeedback@cityofchicago.org

Business Updates
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant of up to $1,000 towards a past due balance, once every 12 months. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months.

Eligibility:

Small business customers applying for this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are
    0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or info@rpba.org.

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

#SchoolsShineIn49
Be Your Own Boss Internship
Join Future Founders for a three-week PAID virtual internship where you'll get a crash course in entrepreneurship, work with awesome high school students from across the city, and build a business of your very own! Interns are paid up to $300 based on their attendance and participation in the program. Applications are due by Monday, June 14th.

For more information and to apply, visit Future Founders' website
Employment Opportunities
Midway Concessions Hiring Fairs
Midway Airport has employment opportunities concessions. Attend a career fair to learn more about these exciting opportunities. Make sure to bring a resume and a valid ID when attending a session. There will be on-site interviews. 
Chicago Public Library Now Hiring
As Chicago Public Library moves to expand hours of operation to include Sundays, they will be filling Library Page positions at many branches across the city. The job posting will be up for 30 days beginning on June 2, 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit the City of Chicago's careers website.
CTA Second Chance Program
The Chicago Transit Authority's Second Chance Program provides Chicago residents with barriers to employment a life-changing job opportunity. Along with work experience, participants will receive professional development and career coaching to prepare for sustainable employment in the workforce.

People interested in the program are asked to complete a short online survey to receive an invitation for a direct hiring event at the CTA Headquarters in June. For questions, contact the Second Chance Program at 312-681-2293 or SecondChanceProgram@transitchicago.com
CPS Hiring Crossing Guards
CPS is now hiring anyone 19 and older as crossing guards. Be a part of your school community by helping students safely get to and return from school.

Crossing Guard Application Process: 
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at cps.edu/careers
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply, and follow the instructions to fill out the application.
  6. If you have any questions, please contact Crossingguard@cps.edu.
Advanced Contract Solutions Inc. is Hiring
Advanced Contractor Soluitons Inc (ACSI) has several open positions. People interested in applying should email their resumes to nichole@acsi.tech.
Work for PACTT
PACTT Learning Center is hiring! They are looking to hire Rogers Park neighbors to join their dynamic team. Work with individuals on the spectrum in the Rogers Park neighborhood. PACTT is offing a starting wage of $16/hour and a signing bonus of $250 after 30 days and $500 after six months! For more information, email jobs@pactt.org. 
Apna Ghar is Hiring!
Join Apna Ghar's dynamic team of hard-working, creative, problem solvers advocating to end gender violence in our communities. To view current open positions, visit their website by clicking here. For more information on employment opportunities at Apna Ghar, email employment@apnaghar.org
Chicago Women in Trades
The Chicago Women in Trades are offering a free 12-week She Can Build It training program. This program offers a great opportunity for women to pursue a career in the trades. For more information and to register for an information session, visit cwit.org
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is hiring several key positions to join their team. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at trilogyinc.org/careers.

 

Heartland Alliance Job Openings
Heartland Alliance has several positions open across Chicago. These positions include a bilingual mental health clinical practitioner, a clinical supervisor, an LPN, case managers, and more. 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Their approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
Serenity Home Healthcare is Hiring Caregivers
Serenity Home Healthcare is hiring caregivers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Serenity Healthcare offers flexible schedules, and no car is required to apply. For more information, call 773-588-4000.
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at chicagobotanic.org/jobs. Applications are accepted online only via employment@chicagobotanic.org.  
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit ww.sandc.com/careers.
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

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