49th Ward Update
July 22, 2022


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Good afternoon neighbors,

Due to a technical error, the newsletter didn't go out as planned this weekend. I apologize for the delay. Please find some great updates and upcoming community meetings below.

Take care,

Alderwoman Hadden

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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- CITY COUNCIL UPDATES - Updates from July's City Council meeting
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - local events and ways to get involved
- COMMUNITY AID - organizational and personal requests for support
- GOVERNMENT CORNER - connect to your other elected officials
- COVID-19 UPDATES - latest news on covid from the Public Health Dept.
- SPECIAL ALERT: MONKEYPOX - what you need to know
- NEED TO KNOW INFO - alerts, services and government aid
- BUSINESS NEWS - local announcements and services for small businesses
- SCHOOLS SHINE IN 49 - school news and updates
- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - hiring events and job postings
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, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Alderwoman Hadden Honored with Community Champion Award from the Illinois Environmental Council
I'm honored to be recognized with the Community Champion Award from the Illinois Environmental Council's (IEC) 2022 Environmental Leadership Awards

I am grateful for IEC's support and partnership in addressing environmental issues facing our city, from divesting from fossil fuels to modifying cooling requirements in the wake of climate change to calling to reestablish the Department of Environment. 

I will continue to fight for environmental and environmental justice issues for our ward and our city. 
Principal Cooks Joins Sullivan High School Community
The Sullivan High School Local School Council elected Jeffrey Cooks as its principal. 

Principal Cooks joins the Sullivan with 26 years in education. During that time, he has worked in college admission, as an Assistant Principal/Dean with a CPS Contract School, and as a Diverse Learning (Special Education) Teacher. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Principal with a CPS elementary school, where he led the Middle School International Baccalaureate (IB) Team, the Diverse Learning Team, Culture & Climate, and Facilities.

We are confident that Principal Cooks will continue strengthening the Sullivan community, and we look forward to working closely with him to support our neighborhood school. 

Congratulations, Principal Cook! 

Couple is Restoring Rogers Park's Beloved Candyland House
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
Rogers Park's beloved Candyland House will remain! This unique house on Pratt stands out for its pastel paint job, reflective of the electric and vibrant community of Rogers Park. Last year, it was purchased by new owners. The new owners are in the process of restoring the house but have committed to maintaining its uniqueness.

To follow the restoration journey on Instagram, click here. To read Block Club Chicago's article on the restoration project, click here.
City Council Updates
Heating Ordinance Amendments Passes Full City Council
Changes to the City's heat ordinance passed the full City Council this month. The ordinance maintains existing components of the original heat requirements, including that buildings provide heating to dwelling units from September 15th through June 1st and maintain temperatures of 68°F during the daytime and 66°F overnight. 

The changes include explicit language that the heat ordinance does not prevent a building owner from switching the heating system to a cooling system during the bounded time period as long as minimum temperatures are maintained. It also provides additional guidance and flexibility for facilities managers for two-pipe systems in buildings for the shoulder months of winter (between September 15 through October 15 and between May 1 and June 1). 

These changes came after the building manager miscited the heat ordinance as the reason for not changing the system over to cooling in May at the James Sneider building. In working closely with the Department of Buildings, we revisited the language of the ordinance in an effort to make it even more clear that building owners can respond to outside conditions to keep their tenants safe. We also worked through a lens of climate change, with the understanding that extreme temperatures will continue to be more common during those shoulder months. 

Last month, expansions to the City's cooling ordinance passed the full City Council. I want to thank the Department of Buildings and the Mayor's team for working closely with my office to bring in swift change to strengthen protections to keep Chicagoans safe from extreme temperatures.
Back from the Brink Resolution Passes Full City Council
On Wednesday, the "Back from the Brink" resolution passed City Council that calls on President Biden and Congress to cease spending federal tax dollars on nuclear weapons, embrace the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and make global disarmament a priority.

The resolution is a product of the hard work of the 49th Ward's Youth Committee. The committee worked closely with the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica to draft the ordinance, which would help create a safer city and world for all.

Chicago now joins other major municipalities -including Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. - in adopting a "Back from the Brink" resolution as a part of local governments' anti-nuclear war activism. 
Connected Communities (Equitable Transit-Oriented Development) Ordinance Passes Full City Council
On Wednesday, the Connected Communities ordinance passed the full City Council; I co-sponsored the ordinance. The ordinance builds off the foundation of the Transit Oriented Development and seeks to spur investment in communities that have a history of systemic disinvestment. 

The ordinance expands on the existing TOD by:
  • Expands TOD incentives for all CTA and Metra rail stations from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile (approximately four blocks). 
  • Apply TOD incentives to all high-frequency bus routes (routes that run at least every 15 minutes from 12-1 pm).
The ordinance also includes provisions to help expand Chicago's affordable housing stock by:
  • Requiring an up or down vote in the Committee on Zoning on every affordable development in affluent areas. This aims to correct the long practice of aldermanic prerogative for affordable housing, where a single alderman could block an affordable housing development in their ward, thereby creating inequity and fueling segregation. 
  • Prevents deconversions of multi-family buildings in low-affordability communities and communities at risk of displacement of long-term residents. An example of this would be converting a three-flat in the eTOD zones into a single-family home. 
  • Requires developments that elect to take advantage of TOD density units to include more affordable units than previously required and allows developments to swap parking spaces to include more affordable units in a development.
  • Eliminates on-site parking requirements for affordable housing.
Finally, the TOD creates a safer experience for all users of our streets by:
  • Establishes pedestrian-friendly design guidelines for new construction.
  • Requires an administrative adjustment to build a new curt cut and driveway near a rail station. 
  • Requires large developments to submit a transportation management plan. 
Changes to Speed Cameras Ordinance Fails to Pass Full City Council
On Wednesday, an ordinance introduced by Alderman Beale to increase the speed threshold for when citations are issued by cameras failed to pass the full City Council.

As we have already needlessly lost three young lives this summer in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes, I cannot support a measure that would further reduce the safety of pedestrians. After the city lowered the threshold to 6 MPH in 2021, severe crashes were reduced by 13%. This reduction prevented 36 individuals from being seriously injured or killed according to Commissioner Biagi from the Department of Transportation. 

Speed cameras continue to be one of the most contentious issues in our city, and some of the known concerns about their inequitable impact on low-income residents have gone unaddressed. After lowering the threshold to 6 MPH in 2021, ProPublica discovered that the issuance of these tickets continued to disproportionately impact households in majority Black ZIP codes.

While I don't support changes that could potentially compromise the safety of all users of the street, I believe there is work to be done addressing the equitable placement and distribution of the speed cameras so as to not disproportionately impact one demographic. For this reason, Alderman Martin and I introduced an order last month that calls on the Department of Transportation to produce a report identifying the racial and geographic disparities in camera ticketing. It further calls on CDOT to establish a comprehensive plan to equitably distribute their placement and enforcement practices. The order requires that they produce the report and plan within 90 days followed by a subsequent hearing in the Committee on Finance to discuss the report's findings and make recommendations. 
Ward Updates
View the Survey Results for North Side Housing
& Supportive Services, Attend an Upcoming Community Meeting
On June 22, 2022, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss North Side Housing's proposal for a special use permit to open an emergency men's shelter at 7464 N. Clark. The site is currently zoned as B3-3, which allows for emergency shelters with a special use permit. 

Following a community meeting on June 21, the 49th Ward solicited feedback on the proposal from neighbors via an online survey. Constituents also provided feedback over the phone, by email, and during the meeting. The feedback survey was open from June 24 through July 8.

After sifting through the data, we have compiled the information into a series of infographics, breaking down the data by aggregate responses, respondents within the ward, respondents farther than 4 blocks (but still within the ward), respondents within 4 blocks, respondents within 2 blocks, respondents within 1 block, and respondents outside of the ward. 

To view the results of the survey, visit

In August, we will host two additional community meetings on the proposal. Join Alderwoman Hadden for an in-person meeting on Monday, August 1, at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers, at 6 pm. Out of an abundance of caution due to the covid risk factors, this meeting will take place outdoors. We will have a limited number of chairs for folks who need seating. Spanish interpretation will be available.

On Wednesday, August 3, we will host a virtual community meeting at 6 pm. To register to attend the meeting, visit

To learn more about the proposal, review the survey results, and review the FAQ, visit
The 13th Cycle of PB49 Kicks off in July

Please join us as we launch the next Participatory Budgeting Cycle in the 49th Ward! This will be the 13th PB49 Cycle and the first step to get involved is to attend the virtual Community Assemblies. There you’ll have the opportunity to learn about what PB is, what it has funded in the past, how you can propose a project, and you’ll get a chance to meet some of our previous PB volunteers known as Community Representatives. Everyone is welcome to join the meetings! 

Spanish translation services will be provided for both meetings.

You may register for both PB Community Assemblies here:

Can't make an assembly? We'll be at the Glenwood Sunday Market on July 10, 17, and 24 (between 10 and 2 pm) ready to collect ideas. Swing by and share what you think should be included on this cycle's ballot. 

In the meantime, you can read more about PB on our website at Participatory Budgeting in the 49th Ward

Want to get involved now? Help us spread the word about PB49 and volunteer with us!

Back 2 School Bash August 5
Save the Date! On Friday, August 5, join Alderwoman Hadden and CPS for a Back 2 School Bash. The event will take place from 2-5 pm on the 1500-block of West Lunt, adjacent to Eugene Field Elementary. 

CPS, elected officials, community partners, and others will be there to pass out school supplies, provide fun and games, and offer resources.

I hope to see you there!  
49th Ward Community Ca$h Recipients
The City of Chicago's 2022 approved budget included a unique opportunity for each ward to receive $100,000 in funds for microgrant opportunities. This funding is for registered non-profit organizations with the Secretary of State to provide programming and services to each ward.

In our ward, the grant was shaped based on what 49th Ward residents identified as being their priority issues that should shape Alderwoman Hadden's legislative agenda at City Council. The microgrant process provided our community a unique opportunity to put our money where our values are and make direct investments in programs and services in our community.

Earlier this year, we launched an RFP that embodied these values and asked applicants to focus on four main areas: 
  • Youth Engagement:

    • Ward residents support creating and sustaining programs that uplift and empower our young residents.

  • Restorative Justice, Violence Prevention, & Community Reinvestment:

    • Ward residents support public investment in much-needed social, health, and housing programs. This could look like programs that provide crisis response services, restorative justice programs, and other alternative forms of dispute resolution and violence prevention.

  • Affordable Housing:

    • Ward residents would like to see a dedicated focus on providing more affordable housing. This could be achieved through connecting residents to services like direct rental assistance and eviction prevention, or other programs aimed at serving homeless and housing insecure neighbors in the ward.  

  • Civic Engagement:

    • Ward residents value opportunities for civic engagement at all levels in the community. From services and programs that support engagement with the government, to community-led activities, events, and programs. 

A scoring committee of 8 members from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise that reflect the broader community worked hard to score applications and come to a consensus of funding. 

After receiving 25 applications for this funding opportunity, the results are in! Visit to view the recipients and learn more about the process. 
Plan a Community Event in Our Public Plazas
The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) have dedicated public space ready for you to use for community events and programming at Jarvis Square and Glenwood Ave Alfresco Plazas and the Clark Street People Spot! Want to hold an open mic? Interested in meeting with your book club or knitting circle in an open environment? Want to teach a host a car tournament? RPBA is excited to be able to provide public spaces for community programming. We are looking forward to experiencing the creativity or our community and transformation of our pubic plazas.

Keep in mind that times are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and that the public spaces are only available for events between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends). Sign up TODAY!
Summer Mobile Office Hours are Back!
Summer Mobile Office hours are back! Come out to talk to your Alderwoman in person. Submit service requests, ask questions and catch up on community events.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 5-7pm - 1447 W. Morse Ave (Ward Office)
  • Saturday, August 6, 11 am -1 pm - 1610 W. Howard (Willye White Park)
Interested in volunteering with the Ward Office this summer? We need people who can help post flyers, help staff outdoor events, and help with Ward clean-ups.  Take a moment to fill out this Volunteer Sign Up form.
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Infrastructure Delays Continue as Strike is Ongoing:

Since June 7, members from the IUOE Local 150 have been on strike against Vulcan Materials, Lehigh Hanson, and Lafarge Wholesome (material producer companies). These three companies produce aggregate material for infrastructure projects, including sand, gravel, and stone needed for asphalt and concrete. 

The strike has impacted small and large projects alike, from filling potholes to completing the restoration of the sewer main project. 

Our office and the City of Chicago support the workers in their negotiations for a fair labor agreement and have called on the companies to negotiate in good faith. Unfortunately, the material producer companies have been stalling their negotiations with union operators.

We are keeping a close eye on the strike and will work closely with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Water Management to address the urgent infrastructure issues in our ward and identify projects that need to be prioritized this construction season when the strike comes to an end. 
Community Engagement
Get a Sneak Peak of Wild Onion's Space July 24
Get a peek at the Wild Onion Market space before demolition starts in August. Swing by on Sunday, July 24, between 3 and 5 pm to see the space and learn more about the co-op. There will also be a giveaway of Sketchbook-brewed limited Sumaction beer, fresh blueberries from North Sky Farm, or a Wild Onion Market hat. There will be magnets and posters handed out, too! The market is located at 7007 N. Clark Street. 
The Sin-Sational Goddess Brunch Revue Joins R Public House on July 31
Switch up your brunch routine on July 31 by joining R Public House for the Sin-Sational Goddess Brunch Revue. 

Sip mimosas while listening to classics from the '60s and '70s. Brunch begins at 10 am, with shows following at 11 am and again at 1 pm. 

Reservations are recommended. Call 872-208-7916 to secure your table! 
Leone Beach Native Flower Walk July 31
The native wildflowers at Leone Beach Park are on full display! Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council at 1 pm on Sunday, July 31, for a walk through the restored prairie and savanna nature areas. Participants will also learn more about native plants and their role in our local ecology. The tour will be led by educator and native plant gardener and enthusiast Hewlett Ann Prucher.

 All programs are free of charge and start at the Leone Beach Field House at Touhy Avenue and the Lake, 1222 W. Touhy. Registration is not required.
Join a Trans & Gender Diverse Community Choir!

Join in on this virtual open forum to be part of starting a community choir for transgender and gender-diverse people in Chicago! This will be a time to connect and discuss what this kind of choir could look like and how we can build it together. The forum will be held on Monday, August 1 at 6:30 PM. Make sure to RSVP to get the Zoom link:

The organizers are not affiliated with any established organization or group – they're just a couple of community members wanting to get this going! If you have any questions or forum topic suggestions, please email

National Night Out August 2
The 24th District will host its National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event will have food, games, resources, and plenty of fun for everyone. This is a great opportunity to get to know your local officers and neighbors. 
Watch Encanto at Touhy Park on August 5
The Touhy Park Advisory Council hosts Encanto as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. The show will start at dusk at Touhy Park, 7438 N. Paulina on Friday, August 5.
Senator Simmons Hosts a Talk and Chalk Event August 6
Senator Mike Simmons' office is hosting a Chalk and Talk event on August 6th, 2022, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard.. Families across the 7th District are invited to meet Senator Simmons and discuss issues facing the district and state. Folks are also invited to tap into their creative side by chalking the sidewalks at Willye White Park. 
Marshfield Block Club Party August 6
The Marshfield Block Club is hosting a block party on Saturday, August 6, from 12-2 pm at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. This is a perfect opportunity to meet neighbors and build community. For more information, email 
Volunteer as a Coach for Gale's Girls on the Run Team in the Fall
Gale Community Academy is seeking coaches for its 
  • Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5)
  • Heart & Sole (Grades 6-8) 
Gale needs a minimum of 2 COACHES per team. New and returning coaches must submit the 22/23 Volunteer Application and begin moving through the training and requirements.

Things to know:
  • Practice will start on Tuesday, September 6th
  • Practice will be twice (2) a week
  • Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Practice time will be 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
  • The 5K has not been scheduled yet BUT is usually a Saturday morning in November
  • RECRUIT GIRLS! FALL 2022 Girl Registration is OPEN!
Join Good News Partners' Associate Board

Good News Partners is beginning the recruitment process for its Associate Board! Associate Board members will be expected to attend yearly meetings, commit to at least one year of board service, help promote Good News Partners and its mission, and plan and volunteer at events. 

To learn more and apply, visit

Theatre Above the Law Summertime Carnival July 31

Join Theatre Above the Law for its all-ages carnival on Sunday, July 31 from 12:00-4:00 pm in Jarvis Square. The carnival will feature booths and games that are fun for the whole family!

Admission to the event is FREE! Tickets for the raffle, booths, and games are $10 for 10 on carnival day. If purchased in advance through Eventbrite, you can take advantage of a special deal: $20 for 25 tickets! That's 5 tickets FREE!!

Purchase advance tickets by clicking here. Questions about the event can be directed to

The Comedy Social at Rogers Park Social
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood. The bar will host The Comedy Social, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

The Comedy Social runs from 9-11 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 8 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
Community Aid
CARPLS Now Offering Legal Aid Services in Spanish

CARPLS legal aid is Cook County’s largest provider of free legal services. It provides over one million legal consultations to low- and moderate-income residents to help them find solutions to their everyday legal matters. CARPLS operates a legal aid hotline and three court-based advice desks for Cook County. They are also partners with the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt Early Resolution Program (ERP). For its statewide projects, they are partners with New Leaf Illinois, COVID HELP Illinois, Eviction Help Illinois, and the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network. 

CARPLS recently launched a Spanish services initiative and is working on getting the word out in the Latino/a/x community about the services they provide. They currently have a staff of eight bilingual attorneys and four paralegals.  To learn more about services for Spanish speaking clients, visit

Apply for a Free Bike thru August 4!

This week, CDOT announced details for the Bike Chicago, a new program that will provide 5,000 free bikes, as well as maintenance and safety equipment, to Chicagoans by 2026. Supported by Mayor Lightfoot’s historic $188 million investment in climate mitigation and environmental justice initiatives through the Chicago Recovery Plan, Bike Chicago will kick off this summer, with at least 500 bikes distributed to age and income-eligible Chicagoans throughout the program’s first year. Over the next four years, CDOT will gradually increase distribution until 5,000 free bikes have been provided, as part of Chicago’s goal to increase affordable and climate-friendly mobility options.


Online and paper applications will be accepted beginning July 18th at 11 am and until August 4th at 11:59 pm, and bike distribution will begin in August. For more information, please visit

Visit Howard Area Community Center's Computer Lab
Howard Area Community Center has a community computer lab. The community computer lab is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 7468 N. Paulina. 
Help Care for Real Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
Care for Real is facing a 332% increase in first-time pantry visits. More neighbors are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. When one couple who have supported Care for Real for more than 20 years learned about the surge in need, they we were inspired to act. Together, we set a $33,200 goal to help us feed more neighbors this summer. The couple will match the first $15,000 to double the impact of gifts from neighbors like you this month. We need your support today. Double your impact and give now at
C24/7 Hosts 2nd Annual The Great Giveaway July 30
C24/7 is hosting its second annual Great Giveaway event. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30, from 2-6 pm at Willey White Park, 1610 W. Howard. There will be bikes, toys, carnival games, and activities for all to enjoy. 

Want to donate to the event? Consider making an online cash contribution to C24/7 to go towards gifts and prizes. 
Nominate a School to Win Free School Supplies for an Entire Year
Back 2 School Illinois has opened applications for its "Win School Supplies for an Entire School" contest in which low-income Chicago schools can be nominated to receive school supplies kits. Two or three schools will be selected and every student will be awarded their school supplies kits the first week of classes this fall.

Take the time to nominate a school before the application closes on July 25, 2022. To learn more and nominate a school, click here. 
Help Support the Rogers Park Free Store
The Rogers Park Free Store is a community mutual aid group, currently operating out of the Living Water Church at the corner of Pratt & Ashland. They've been supporting neighbors with household, personal, and baby supplies since March of 2021, & invite you to join them!  On an average week, it provides supplies to 100-130 families & neighbors in Rogers Park!

If you're able to donate, consider making a monthly or one-time contribution at Rogers Park Open Collective. Your generosity will ensure they can continue providing resources on a weekly and, if possible, twice-weekly basis. 
  • Monthly contributions are a really impactful way of building support for your neighbors into your monthly budget.  We take care of each other.
  • Help the Rogers Park Free Store find space: it has been lucky enough to have had space offered by Living Water, however, it welcomes any leads on free-to-use space in Rogers Park (e.g. empty storefronts, etc.); whatever connections you have would be helpful.  Email if you have any information!
  • Spread the word: follow the Rogers Park Free Store on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree, and let your neighbors know about this resource in Rogers Park. Its current open hours are Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 PM at Living Water and all are welcome!
  • Volunteer your time or skills: email to get connected or ask questions.
Thank you for your consideration and the Rogers Park Free Store hopes you'll be part of supporting our community!
Government Connect
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2023 Chicago Budget Engagement Forums
The Mayor's Office and Office of Budget Management (OBM) are hosting three Budget Engagement Forums this month. Each public engagement forum will begin with presentations from Budget Director Susie Park and other City leaders, followed with small roundtable sessions, and public comment. OBM will also provide an update on last year’s Responsive Initiatives that
provided specific programs and services responsive to community engagement feedback. Participants in the forum will have an opportunity to provide input and ask questions. 

Feedback from the forums will be incorporated into the 2023 Responsive Initiatives, developed from the public report published by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Great Cities Institute, detailing the data collected from public input. Once finalized, these inputs will be presented with the 2023 Budget Recommendations.

Doors open an hour before the forums begin to allow participants time to attend the City Resource Fair where representatives from the City’s departments and sister agencies will be available to answer questions and provide information on City services and programs.

Saturday, July 23 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Malcolm X College, 1900 West Jackson Boulevard


Saturday, July 30 | 10:00am - 12:00 pm 
Harry S. Truman College, 1145 West Wilson Avenue

The Budget Engagement Forums will be live-streamed on the City of Chicago’s social media channels. For residents unable to attend an in-person forum, an online version of the roundtable exercise will be made available beginning July 21, found on the 2023 Budget site at

Monkeypox Need to Know Info
What is Monkeypox?
Get Your Monkeypox Vaccine

We are starting to see an increase in monkeypox infections. Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  According to Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady "The city has already received 5,409 doses. Distribution has targeted those in close physical contact with people diagnosed with monkeypox, as well as people who may be at higher risk of contracting the disease because of their sexual activity."

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
COVID-19 Updates
At-Home Vaccine Program Now Offering Vaccines for Anyone 6 Months and Older
The City's At Home vaccination program is now offering vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age. Additional information, including registration links by community area, is available on the City's website by clicking here
Heartland Health Offering COVID-19 Testing to Non-Patients
Heartland Health Centers is offering COVID-19 testing for non-patients starting this week.

What do you need to know?
  • The test is a PCR test, and the results are available in 2-3 days.
  • This service is available only by appointment
  • It is open only Wednesday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
To make an appointment, call 872-245-3790.
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 For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Need to Know Info
Medicaid Expansion Allows Illinois Residents to Receive Medicaid Regardless of Immigration Status
As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois expanded Medicaid coverage to residents ages 42 and up regardless of immigration status. To be eligible, a resident has to meet the following guidelines:
  1. Be a resident of the State of Illinois;
  2. Be a Green Card holder of fewer than five years or an undocumented resident (including individuals in a Temporary Protected Status);
  3. Be 42 years of age or older;
  4. Meet income requirements (determined by age):
    1. For residents aged 65 and older, an individual's gross income cannot exceed $13,590/year ($1,133/month). A household with two people cannot have a gross household income that exceeds $18,310/year ($1,526/month). Additionally, assets for one person cannot be more than $2,000; or more than $3,000 for two people.
    2. For residents ages 42 to 64, an individual's gross income cannot exceed $18,754/year ($1,563/month). A household with two people cannot have a gross household income that exceeds $25,268/year ($2,106/month). 
South-East Asia Center (5120 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor) is helping individuals apply for coverage. If you need assistance, please contact South-East by phone at 773-989-6927 or email at
Seal Eviction Records by July 31

Having an eviction record can make it hard to find housing. Tenants need to act now to erase their eviction records. A new law makes it possible to seal old eviction records, but only until July 31st 2022. Renny, the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing's (LCBH) helpful chatbot, can assist tenants in generating a motion to seal your eviction records anytime, anywhere. 

Visit before July 14th for step-by-step instructions.

Please note: LCBH cannot start any new cases after July 14th. While we cannot guarantee representation, a law student may be able to help Cook County residents complete the motion or appear with tenants in court. This sealing law only applies to eviction cases filed in Illinois.

University of Chicago's Center for Radical Innovation and Social Changes Launches Community Utility

The University of Chicago's Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change launched its Community Utility project to help Chicagoans seek help with paying their utility bills. Users can visit the website and post their need for assistance, and others can by making a financial contribution toward those bills. Individuals may contribute, either wholly or partially, to help cover those costs.

The Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change developed the website after speaking with CEDA and community service organizations that serve as CEDA partner intake sites. These conversations helped them better understand the LIHEAP program and where gaps exist. The goal of Community Utility is to help fill those gaps by providing people with financial relief to cover their most urgent utility bill needs. These needs include bills that fall above the $200 LIHEAP cap or those who may not be eligible for LIHEAP.

To learn more, visit Community Utility's website at  

Illinois State Treasurers Office Launches IL ABLE Program
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has launched the Illinois Achieving a Better Life Experience - or IL ABLE - program. IL ABLE accounts are savings and investment accounts that can give eligible people with disabilities and their families greater financial independence. Importantly, IL ABLE makes it possible for eligible people with disabilities and their families to save and invest their money for expenses related to living with a disability without jeopardizing public benefits such as SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid. For more information, visit
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
Social Equity Cannabis Licensing Information
Juan Aguirre joined the 49th Ward for a community town hall on Wednesday to share information on the social equity licensing process for adult use cannabis in the State of Illinois.

You can view the community meeting by clicking here. To view the slide deck, click here. For more information on social equity applicant criteria, visit the State of Illinois website here
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

Subsidized by the university and its other student-led businesses, inQbate is able to provide marketing services that are both affordable and effective. inQbate is available to serve businesses year-round.

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at
CPS Summer Meal Program

Chicago Public Schools today announced the launch of its Summer Meals and LunchStop Programs to support students and their families during the break. As it has done in the past, the District will continue to offer free, nutritionally-balanced meals at various locations across the District this summer, beginning Monday, June 27.

CPS will provide meals at no cost to students in summer school programs through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

In addition to summer meals served indoors, CPS also offers meals at outdoor school locations throughout the summer through the District's LunchStop program. The LunchStop program provides free, healthy meals across Chicago to children ages one to 18, even if they are not enrolled as a CPS student. Parents can look up the meal distribution sites outside schools via the District’s LunchStop Meal Finder


WHAT: CPS LunchStop - Free Summer Meals

WHO: Open to children ages one to 18 and. Children do not need to be CPS students to receive a free meal.

WHEN/WHERE: June 27 - August 12; Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. @ Locations across the city"

  • LunchStop Meal Site Finder:

  • Parents and students can also text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times.  

The Office of Student Health and Wellness hotline, 773-553-KIDS, can also help connect families to SNAP and WIC if they are in need of additional assistance. 

For additional information, flyers, and location cards, please visit

My CHI. My Future. App Has Officially Launched!
The city has launched the My CHI. My Future. app. Chicago teens and parents can access over 7,000 opportunities with customized recommendations based on age, interests, and locations. Teens ages 16-24 can enter to win a FREE Lolla 4-day pass by downloading the MCMF app! Download it now in your device's app store!
CPS Summer Programs
CPS created a website - — with the district's summer programming information and links to programs that are offered through CPS and through other city agencies.
Employment Opportunities
CTA Bus Operator & Bus Mechanic In-Person Career Fair
Chicago Transit Authority and ATU Local 241 are excited to announce their upcoming Bus Operator and Bus Mechanic In-Person Career Fair on Saturday, July 23. During this event, attendees will learn more about these roles, how to apply, and will hear from CTA staff and union representatives.
Register to attend by clicking here.
Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now hiring key positions in the organization. For more information or to send your resume, email

Clark Devon Hardware Now Hiring

Clark Devon Hardware is looking to fill a full time driver to deliver to downtown Chicago and surrounding suburbs. You will need Non-CDL Class C license, clean driving record, professional and positive attitude, and strong attention to detail. Previous delivery driver experience preferred, but will train highly motivated candidates. Starting pay is $18.00 per hour.  You'll enjoy an exciting, fast paced environment with competitive pay and generous benefits.

A driver's full-time schedule is Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the possibility of Saturday's 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Clark-Devon Hardware offers employees a generous benefits package: 

Part-time and Full-time benefits:
Paid Sick Time 
Health Insurance (must work 30 or more hours per week) 
Retirement Plan 
Annual Discretionary Bonuses 

Additional Full-time benefits: 
Paid Vacation Time 
Paid Holidays 
Overtime and overtime pay 

Email resumes to or deliver to the manager at Clark Devon Hardware. 

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit or email 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

i.c. stars is currently recruiting for its next cycle, which will start on August 8, 2022. Interested residents can apply directly on its website at
Compudopt Now Hiring
Compudopt is now hiring part-time technology instructors. Compudopt's mission is to provide technology education and access to under-resourced youth in Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

The position is a seasonal trainer for its educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students. The role is anticipated to require up to 20 hours per week of instruction and will span afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on partner requirements. Programming may be facilitated in-person or virtually depending on partner requirements.

The pay range is $20-$25/hour depending on experience and qualifications. To apply, email and include your name, phone, email, resume, and two references. 
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a 31-acre campus that provides around-the-clock care to support its residents. They strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join its team.  Misericordia offers competitive pay rates and excellent employee benefits. 

For more information on current job openings, visit Misericordia's Careers website.
Greater Chicago Food Depository Job Training Programs
The Greater Chicago Food Depository now offers free and paid hospitality and supply chain career path training programs. These programs are available to unemployed and underemployed adults living in Cook County. Programs are background friendly and welcoming to those without a high school diploma or GED.

More information on the program is available on the Greater Chicago Food Depository's website by clicking here.
Apply to Become a Lifeguard!
The Chicago Park District launched a new marketing campaign featuring the dedicated lifeguards who serve across the city and make Chicago’s vibrant aquatics recreation and programming possible. Entitled the “I am a Chicago Lifeguard” campaign, this marketing push features a diverse group of talented lifeguards who work tirelessly to keep our beaches and pools safe and enrich the lives of thousands of kids, adults, and families who use Chicago Park District pools and beaches. The “I am a Chicago Lifeguard” digital and print campaign features a dedicated webpage, social media profiles, and posters at our fieldhouses and on billboards throughout the city.
As the Chicago Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join their team. Candidates for Seasonal Lifeguard positions must be 16 years old and over, a resident of Chicago, and fully vaccinated. Future lifeguards must also pass the swim skills test and become American Red Cross certified. Pay for entry-level lifeguards starts at $15.88. Click here to apply today.  
SAFE Ambassadors Are Hiring!

Join the SAFE Ambassador team for the summer! CDOT is looking for outgoing advocates to work with them in helping Chicagoans envision and achieve a safe, comfortable, and healthy public transportation space—no matter how they get around.

Learn more by clicking here

CTA Second Chance Program
The CTA Second Chance Program allows individuals with a barrier to employment an opportunity for a fulfilling and stable career with the CTA. Those interested in the program should complete a survey of interest by clicking here. More information on the Second Chance Program is available on the CTA's website here
Join the Chicago Park District Team
The Chicago Park District is seeking to hire several key year-round and seasonal positions. To view all openings, visit
PACE Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at its facilities across the suburbs to ensure that it can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. Working for Pace has many advantages:

  • Competitive starting pay
  • Paid on-the-job and ongoing training
  • Promotion from within
  • Working close to home
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid vacation and other paid time off
  • Safe, clean work environment (visit to see all of our COVID-related safety precautions in place to protect personnel)

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

Greencorps Chicago is Recruiting!

Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Employment & Training Program.  

During the nine-month program, Greencorps Chicago trainees earn Chicago minimum wage (currently $15). Greencorps Chicago trainees receive practical experience, professional development, and classroom & field training in various environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries. Trainees are offered a number of professional certifications, including Defensive Driving, First Aid/CPR, HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-Hour Safety, Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class, and the Illinois Pesticide license. Throughout the program, trainees are supported with wrap-around social services, a stable income, and assistance finding full-time employment upon completion of the program. 

For more info, please visit

CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Chicago Public Schools is seeking committed substitute teachers to ensure our students receive quality instruction in the absence of their teacher. To apply, visit
CPS is Hiring Board Custodians
CPS is hiring Board Custodians. To apply for the position, click here. To register for an interview, click here. For more information, call 773-553-2100 or email
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
Collective Resource is Hiring
Collective Resource Compost, a specialty waste hauler that collects food scraps for composting, is hiring. They work out of a site just over the border in Skokie (near McCormick, between Howard and Touhy). The Driver / Compost Service Specialist job starts at $16 per hour and goes to $17 after a 90-day review. They're looking for people who are reliable, hard-working, tech-capable, and committed to reducing environmental harm.

Learn more at:
CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit
Apply to be a Crossing Guard
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago transferred the crossing guard program from OEMC to Chicago Public Schools. During this transition, many crossing guards decided to retire or resign while school was not operating in person due to the pandemic.

As we have CPS has returned to in-person learning, they have been working hard to fill vacant positions. They are still seeking applicants to fill the positions to help families and children safely get to and from school. 

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at
  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 to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. 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
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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


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. Its 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
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