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49th Ward Update
January 8, 2021
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Happy New Year neighbors,

I hope that everyone had a peaceful end of the year. Natalia and I had a lovely Christmas and New Year holiday with some time to read, reorganize, catch up virtually with family and friends and prepare for 2021. Your 49th Ward team is back and ready to serve you again! We're still working remotely due to the pandemic, but I'm bringing back Ward Nights in a virtual format. Beginning next Wednesday, January 13, and continuing on a bi-weekly basis, I'll be available to meet with residents via Zoom from 5p-7p every other Wednesday. You can schedule your time with me for Ward Night by using this link: https://calendly.com/mariahadden/ward-night.

On Monday, our first wave of pre-k students and students in cluster programs will return to school. The following graphics show the data for our 49th Ward CPS families in the Return to School survey data. Overall, 2,160 students are eligible for the return. 1,240 said they planned to continue learning at home and 899 said they would return to learning at school. 21 families did not respond.

I commend and stand in support of the resolutions calling for a delay in the reopening with four of our Local School Councils (LSCs). Thank you to the parents, community members, teachers and staff of Kilmer Elementary, Gale Community Academy, New Field Elementary and Sullivan High School for your work in representing the best interests of the children in your schools.

In a press conference held this morning, the Mayor reiterated how this difficult time is an, "opportunity for us to come together to face challenges." I couldn't agree with her more, we need to come together to build and implement solutions. But after having numerous talks with families, teachers, staff, and administrators in recent weeks and hearing about the serious concerns that have not yet been addressed by the CPS plan, I'm wondering if the unwavering determination to, "forge forward," is the right way to bring us together at this time.

From not having the total air filters promised, to faulty hand sanitizer dispensers, to delays in processing ADA request forms, to the lack of testing requirements, to serious staffing concerns, to questions around the effectiveness of self-reporting and contact tracing by the district, I can say confidently say that CPS is not as prepared as it could be.

No doubt, this work is overwhelming - what we're asking of CPS is not easy. I appreciate all of the time, effort and dedication from every CPS employee working to make our schools work for our kids during a global pandemic.

This is not a question of IF we go back to school, it's a question of WHEN and HOW we do so safely and wisely.

More than half of our students and their families and the majority of our most impacted workforce are pleading with CPS and the Mayor to reconsider, to wait a little longer to make more progress and to make some specific changes to their plan. Our children are our most precious resource and we have the responsibility to fulfill their right to an education. This action, this "forging forward" is not the way to bring us together. And creating a harmful and stressful working environment for our teachers and staff creates a poor learning environment for our children.

I'll be seeking more answers on current conditions from CPS at the hearing on school reopening that will take place this Monday, January 11 at 10am. Information on how to attend is below in the newsletter. The meeting will be live streamed and shared from my FaceBook page as well.

I hope everyone has a safe weekend and I'll see you next week!


Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! 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
Exceptional Beauty of Rogers Park and its Residents
Captured in Photo Series Residents of Rogers Park
Local Rogers Park resident and photographer Saeed Durojayie launched a photo series on Instagram titled Residents of Rogers Park. This photo series aims to capture the ethnic and religious diversity of Rogers Park and its residents. It features the stories and experiences of our neighbors and how we have come together as a community to celebrate one another.

You can follow the photo series on Instagram under the handle @residentsofrogerspark.  If you would like to participate in the photo series, simply fill out a Google Form online.
Madonna Mission Moves into St. Jerome School building to Serve Refugee Children and Families
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
Madonna Mission, a Rogers Park refugee nonprofit, has moved into the former school building at 1706 W. Morse on January 1. Madonna Mission provides tutoring and other programs for refugee adults and children. 

The partnership with St. Jerome has given the former school building a second life while providing Madonna Mission additional space for growth, allowing them to expand their services and resources. 

Thank you to both organizations for continuing to provide our refugee families with the supports, services, and resources they need to thrive. Block Club Chicago wrote a nice article about the partnership, which is available to read online
Ward Updates
Parking Restrictions Resume Around Schools Monday
As in person learning resumes on Monday, parking restrictions on streets surrounding the schools will resume. Please be aware that the signs that advise against parking between 7am - 4pm during schools days mean that you can be ticketed if you are not school personnel.
CPS to Resume In-Person Learning on Monday Despite Unaddressed Concerns from Educators and Families
On Monday, January 11, CPS will resume in-person learning despite the concerns and unanswered questions being raised by educators and families alike across the city. This week, teachers were required to return to their schools to prepare ahead of the students' returns. With so many questions and concerns going unaddressed, many opted to stay home or work outside in freezing temperatures to protect their health and safety. 

We are in a critical stage of combatting COVID-19. With the rollout of the vaccination taking much longer than anticipated, our teachers and frontline workers aren't expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine until the end of February at the earliest. Furthermore, the return of students comes directly after the holidays. While we have done our best to encourage people to not celebrate with anyone outside of their household, we cannot be certain that all households are following public health recommendations. The incubation period of COVID-19 means that students will be returning to school at the same time we expect to see a post-holiday spike. Finally, the UK has gone on a lockdown because of a new, more contagious strain of COVID that has been identified. We have seen that a new strain now appears in the US. While we haven't seen it appear in Chicago at this time, it seems more prudent than ever to take all necessary precautions to protect our residents and not overwhelm our already strained healthcare system. 

At 10 am on Monday, January 11, the Committee on Education and Child Development will convene for a hearing on CPS's reopening plans. Those wishing to submit a written comment may do so by emailing public_comments@cityofchicago.org. Written comments will be accepted until 9 am on Monday, January 11. For more information on the public comment process and how to stream the live meeting on Monday, visit the City Clerk's website

On January 3, I signed on to a letter with 32 of my City Council colleagues calling on Mayor Lightfoot and CPS to work with school communities and aldermen to create a successful reopening plan that is transparent and collaborative. 
Participate in the Western Avenue Corridor Study

The City of Chicago is launching a planning study on the North Side, focusing on a five-mile stretch of North Western Avenue between Addison and Howard streets.
 
The Western Avenue Corridor Study will examine land uses, development patterns, public amenities, and all forms of traffic patterns along North Western Avenue. In partnership with the community, the study will seek to formalize a long-term vision for how the corridor should function for all modes of transportation while also identifying key opportunity sites for future development.
 
Visit www.chicago.gov/western to join the community-driven planning process for one of the North Side’s most traveled thoroughfares, and be sure to:

Questions and comments can be emailed to the project team at WesternAve@cityofchicago.org.

Tee Mart Looking to Help Support Local Businesses through the Here For Good Campaign
Tee Mart, 1445 W. Morse, is participating in the nationwide Here For Good fundraising campaign. This campaign was created by a screen printing company in St. Louis, MO, with the goal of helping local businesses stay 'Here For Good.'

The program features a web store that showcases t-shirts representing any local business (or non-profit) that need help during this time to stay afloat. Loyal customers and supporters can then purchase a t-shirt (or two or three) to help the business to make it through these tough times. The business will receive $10 for each t-shirt purchased to support them.

Tee Mart is in the process of reaching out to local businesses and non-profits in the neighborhood. However, if you do know of any organizations or businesses that would benefit from the Here For Good partnership, please have them reach out to Tee Mart at blsapparel@outlook.com.
New 400, Now the RP COVID Center, Open for Business

The New 400 Theater is the oldest continuously operated movie theater in Chicago history. Our little theater has served Rogers park through revolutions , plagues , and depressions. Even as COVID-19 rages in our community, we have continued to take a stand to help in every way we possibly can. We’ve delivered bags of popcorn to local food drives, provided a headquarters for those who chose to march during the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer, and even held privately booked movie screenings throughout the pandemic, all as a part of our continuous effort to share love and support. 

So, in the midst of this troubling time, New 400 Theater is excited to announce our partnership with the Rogers Park COVID Center. Throughout this pandemic, we have believed that it is imperative that all citizens of our community have the resources to continue being safe, regardless of their current financial situation. This is why we are proud to announce that we will be accepting all PPO, Medicare, and Medicaid based insurance for our rapid Antigen test. Despite the fact that we unfortunately are not in network with HMO’s, our $99 out of pocket payment per test is significantly lower than other Chicago based community healthcare organizations. 

We love serving this community and making people smile. The movies we show are in service of the people, and so we find ourselves again called to action. We invite you to use our services to help you stay healthy during this dire time, and we look forward to the day when we can once again deliver the movies to this community we hold so dear. 

With Much Love, 

Your Friends at The New 400 Theater & Rogers Park COVID Center 

Look for us on Facebook @Rogers Park COVID Center, and on Twitter and Instagram @rpcovidcenter 

Book your appointment now: www.rpcovidcenter.com 

Contact us at (331) 642-8235 with any questions or concerns

Centered Studios Connecting with
Clients Virtually during COVID-19
Centered Studios, 7009 N. Glenwood, has found a way to continue connecting with its clientele during the COVID-19 crisis. They are offering robust virtual programming, including their Community Yoga classes. Community Yoga runs on Sundays from 5:00-6:15 pm and only costs $2-$8 per class, making the practice affordable to Rogers Park neighbors. Be sure to check out their website for all their class options and packages. 
Share Feedback on the
Proposed Development at 1233 W. Pratt
On Thursday, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss a proposed development for the vacant lot located at 1233 W. Pratt. We would like to hear from residents their feedback on the proposal.

Details of the proposal are available on the 49th Ward website at 49thward.org/1233wpratt. You may complete a feedback form online by visiting bit.ly/1233prattfeedback. The feedback form will remain open through January 10. 
COVID-19 Updates
As cases continue to skyrocket across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing COVID-19 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. 
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 virus 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. 
COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out Update
In December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.  

Vaccination Roll-Out

At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine supply remains limited. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is following CDC guidelines for the distribution of the vaccine. Based on this guidance, healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff are prioritized to receive the vaccine first (phase 1a). CDPH anticipates vaccine distribution for people in phase 1a to continue through January and into February. 

As more vaccines become available, frontline essential workers and individuals 75 years of age and older will begin to receive the vaccine (phase 1b). At this time, CDPH anticipates this phase will begin in late February/early March. 

As vaccine supplies increase, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available through additional vaccination providers, including doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.  At this time, there is not a public registration for the COVID vaccine. As more details become available on vaccine clinics throughout the city, CDPH will update its COVID vaccine website page

Dispelling Misinformation

There has been some misinformation circulating online about the COVID-19 vaccine. Leading up to the pandemic, there have been decades of research on coronaviruses broadly. In January 2020, the genetic sequence for COVID-19 was released, which allowed researchers worldwide to begin working on a vaccine immediately. 

Before a vaccine is introduced to the broad public, it goes through a rigorous trial process, including being tested in laboratories and on animals. These tests help scientists identify which candidate performs the best before introducing it to clinical trials on humans. 

Once a vaccination candidate is introduced to human trials, it goes through three phases. During these phases, scientists identify any short-term side effects and risks and any relationship that exists between the dosage size a participant receives and the immune response. Scientists then compare participants in the human trials receiving a vaccine to those who are receiving a placebo. 

At all stages, from the laboratory to the final third stage of human clinical trials, scientists are rigorously evaluating and documenting results. These results are then reviewed by Institutional Review Boards to ensure their scientific validity, the integrity of the trials, and to protect participants. The process is thorough to protect the greater public health from any adverse outcomes. 

What This Means for Right Now

The development and approval of the vaccination is an incredible milestone in our battle against this global pandemic. However, we are still several months away from achieving herd immunity. It is imperative that we continue social distance and wear a mask any time we leave our houses. Right now, those are the best tools we all have in our toolbox to combat this deadly virus. 
Stay Home Except for Essential Travel
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge across the city at an alarming rate. This week, our city hit a positivity rate of 10.8%, up from 8.7% last week and 12.0% the week of December 21.

The spread of COVID-19 is spreading across all demographics and all zip codes in the city. The main driver of the spread of COVID-19 appears to be from within households, where people let down their guards the most.

The number of available ICU beds in the Chicago region (region 11 for the state of Illinois) continues to shrink, as does the number of available ventilators. Deaths continue to increase as hospitals become overwhelmed and healthcare workers are spread thin. As of Thursday, at least 17,272  people have died from COVID-19. The number of deaths we're seeing now are surpassing those we saw in the spring.
In Rogers Park, we're seeing the number of positive cases increasing. As of Saturday, January 2, 1 in 16 people in our community have tested positive for COVID-19. 
Because the situation grows more dire by the day, the city implemented measures to bend the curve once again. 

Mayor Lightfoot announced a new Protect Chicago plan to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The plan includes a new stay-at-home advisory for the city that is currently in effect. The advisory includes additional restrictions, including:
  • No guests in private residences (except essential homeworkers such as healthcare workers or educators);
  • Avoid all social gatherings;
  • Avoid all non-essential travel; and
  • Create a COVID-19 protection plan for your family (available online).
The Department of Public Health is also asking that social events and meetings do not take place in-person unless absolutely necessary. Only when absolutely necessary, those meetings should be limited to ten people who should be socially distanced and wearing masks. These restrictions also apply to houses of worship for funerals and other ceremonial events. 

Workers who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive COVID-19 test, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home. Employers cannot retaliate against workers who stay home because they are positive with COVID-19. Any violations of the anti-retaliation ordinance can be reported to 311, by filling out an online complaint form, or contacting our office (office@49thward.org or 773-338-5796). 

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the city's Coronavirus Response Center website. For more information on the Restore Illinois plan, visit the State of Illinois' Coronavirus Response website
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to January 11
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to January 11, 2021 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants were 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. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing. 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 who are 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
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order.  A new Travel Order is effective as of Friday, November 13, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

All states and territories will be categorized into three risk levels: Red, Orange, and Yellow. 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 14-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Anyone traveling from a state on the Red list must quarantine for a 14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter.

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.

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
Purchase an A Just Harvest Mask and Support
Your Local Food Pantry at the Same Time
A Just Harvest, 7653 N. Paulina, has stepped up during the COVID-19 crisis and made sure that our most vulnerable neighbors always have a hot meal to eat. They work tirelessly year-round, never taking a day off for the holidays, to give back to our community.

Now you can show your support and appreciation for them by purchasing an A Just Harvest face mask for only $15. Your contribution will go to helping them continue supporting our families. They only have a limited supply, so make sure to order yours today. You can order a face mask on A Just Harvest's website.
Help Our Elderly and Disabled Neighbors
with Snow Removal this Winter
City ordinance requires residents and businesses to keep clear their sidewalks of snow in a timely manner after a storm. The 49th Ward has residents who might need a little extra assistance this winter in clearing their sidewalks. Our office is looking for volunteers with their own shovels to help lend a hand to our elderly and disabled neighbors by shoveling the sidewalks in front of their building. After a snowstorm, our office will email you with a list of locations that need an extra hand in snow removal. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this short Google Form

Are you a neighbor that is in need of extra assistance with snow removal? Please fill out this short Google Form. Our office won't share any contact information gathered in this form; we will only include your address on the list that we send volunteers after a snow storm. 
Commissioner Gainer's Annual Women's Toiletry Drive
Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting her annual women's toiletry drive. Please consider donating travel-sized products of shampoo and conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, and body location to a drop off location to help women that are currently incarcerated. For more information, call Commissioner Gainer's office at 312-603-4210 or email district10@cookcountyil.gov. 
Register for the Annual Polar Plunge

The 2021 Chicago Polar Plunge is going virtual! Although there won't be the tradition of gathering on North Avenue Beach in-person on March 7, the spirit and fun of plunging on Chicago’s beautiful yet chilly lakefront will live on virtually.

All plungers who raise $200 or more will receive our commemorative Chicago Polar Plunge t-shirt! Plungers who raise $300 or more have the option to choose between a classic Chicago Polar Plunge towel, a Bluetooth speaker, or a stainless steel water bottle. Raise $25,000 or more, and you can choose between a Peloton Bike or The Mirror Home Workout System. 

Learn more and register online at chicagopolarplunge.org

Sign Up for Lasagna Love
COVID-19 has negatively impacted America’s dinner tables, and food insecurity among children has skyrocketed. These concerns are further compounded by shifting home and work priorities often heavily shouldered by moms and heads of households.
 
In an effort to alleviate some of the pressure, Rhiannon Menn, founder of Good to Mama, started delivering homemade lasagnas to families needing a bit of extra care. She saw an opportunity to be good to other moms during an unprecedented time of challenge. Her social posts offering help to moms not only garnered meal requests, but they also resulted in other moms asking how to get involved, and in May 2020, Lasagna Love was born. Lasagna Love is a national movement that aims to positively impact communities by connecting neighbors with neighbors through homemade meal delivery.

For more information, visit lasagnalove.org
Volunteer for Care for Real's Rogers Park's Food Pantry
Care for Real is seeking volunteers to help provide food to stock the pantry, prepare food for distribution, and distribute food to our neighbors. They're seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Register to volunteer online.

If you or someone you know needs fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, bread, grains, or canned food, visit the Care for Real food pantry located at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, Tuesdays between 12 pm and 2 pm. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Grow Your Own Food with the Peterson Garden Project
Learn how to grow your own food! Do you know there is an organic edible community garden at Howard and Ashland? Join your fellow gardeners and neighbors in the community to learn how to grow food, share what you learn, and enjoy some much-anticipated sunshine with Peterson Garden Project. Membership is $85 for the gardening season of April 24th to November 7th and includes education, events, some supplies, water access, and a 4'x8' plot. Visit www.petersongarden.org today to register or for more info!

Contact registration@petersongarden.org with questions or for scholarships. 
Registration Open for Warren Park Youth Baseball Little League
Play Little League Baseball this spring at Warren Park! Spots are available for players of all levels ages 4 – 16.  Sign up at www.warrenparkyouthbaseball.org. Divisions are filling fast and space is limited, so don’t wait! Prices increase on March 1, 2021. The season will kick off on May 10. We hope to see you in Warren Park in the spring!
Looking for Volunteer Opportunities? Sign-Up Here!
We are always looking for volunteers for the 49th Ward office to help with flyering, school supply distribution events, tabling events, data analysis, event facilitation, among other activities! If you're interested in helping out, we'd love to get your information. Sign-up online, and we'll reach out as opportunities come up!
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. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
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. 
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens January 11
Homeowners interested in splitting the cost of sidewalk replacement with the city can join the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. The program allows homeowners to have new sidewalks installed at a significantly reduced cost over what they would pay a contractor.

The Chicago Department of Transportation will open the 2020 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 6:00 am on Tuesday, January 11, 2021. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the 311 website. When you call, make sure to specify that you are interested in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Applications made prior to this date will not be accepted. 

This is a very popular program that fills up within hours. Do not delay enrollment on January 11 if you are interested. 


For more information on the Shared Cost Sidewalk program, visit the city's website.
State Partners with Banks to Provide
Free Check Cashing for Stimulus Checks
The Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (IDFPR) announced this week that they have worked with banks to provide services for unbanked Illinoisans seeking to cash their stimulus checks without incurring check-cashing fees. During the first round of stimulus checks, the banks provided this service and worked again with IDFPR to secure the same agreement for the second round of stimulus checks. 

The FDIC estimates that over 22% of Illinois households are under or unbanked. Many of these Illinois households will once again be receiving paper stimulus checks and have few check cashing options that won't incur fees. To avoid these fees, IDFPR partnered with several banking institutions that will provide non-customers services to cash their stimulus checks for free. The banks in this partnership include the Bank of America, First Midwest, Fifth Third, Huntington, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and U.S. Bank. This partnership means that Illinois residents will be able to apply their full stimulus amount toward food, housing, and other necessities during this difficult time.

To ensure proper social distancing and confirm that they have the proper identification to cash their federal stimulus check, individuals interested in these options should contact the banks listed above or email IDFPR at ILBanks@illinois.gov to set up an appointment. 
Speak Up Hosts 8-Week Course on
How to Talk to Children about Race
Children are internalizing implicit messages about race every day. Research shows that children begin to adopt society’s harmful racial biases at an early age even when their parents and teachers don’t share those biases. Talking with children explicitly about race and racism is the only thing that has been proven to interrupt problematic comprehensive racial learning experiences. 

Join Speak Up's 8-week virtual course for Chicago area parents/caregivers on engaging in antiracist conversation and practice with children.

Learn more and sign up online
ONE Central Project Webinar January 25
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) are hosting a virtual community webinar to review Landmark Development’s proposed ONE Central project on the Near South Side.

The meeting will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Registration for the Zoom webinar is open now. The presentation will be posted on the City’s website in advance of the meeting.

The mixed-use ONE Central proposal is planned for approximately 32 acres of primarily rail yard land between McCormick Place and the Museum Campus on the Near South Side. It would be anchored by a multi-modal transit hub and include 9,050 residential units and more than 12.5 million square feet of commercial, retail, hotel, and event space, along with parking for 3,500 vehicles.

A pending Planned Development zoning application will require review by DPD and other City agencies, as well as the review and approval of the Chicago Plan Commission and City Council. Thorough details about Landmark's proposal will be provided during the meeting.

Members of the public are welcome to email questions in advance of the meeting to DPD@cityofchicago.org or ward03@cityofchicago.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.

For more information, visit the City’s website. Questions and comments can always be directed to DPD@cityofchicago.org.
Two Month Waiver Available for Property Tax Late Fees
In November, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to waive late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021, giving cash-strapped property owners more time to juggle their finances.
 
The Board unanimously waived for two months the 1.5 percent per month late fee on all Tax Year 2020 property taxes, according to a news release. Specifically:
  • The First Installment of 2020 taxes is due March 2, 2021, with application of late charges moved back to May 3, 2021.
  • The Second Installment of 2020 taxes is due August 2, 2021, with application of late charges moved back to October 1, 2021.
For more information, visit the Cook County Treasurer's website.
Submit Comment on City's Demolition Regulations by Feb. 18
Following the demolition of the smokestack in Little Village owned by Hilco Development Partners, the City Council passed measures further regulating demolitions by implosion. These new proposed rules are available for public comment until 11:59 p.m. on February 18, 2021. To review the proposed rules and provide a written comment, please visit the City’s website. You can submit a written comment using the tool found at the bottom of the webpage.

In addition to written comments, a virtual public hearing on the proposed rules will be held on ThursdayJanuary 28, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. To participate in the hearing, please register at https://rb.gy/rwp9aq.  If you wish to offer public comments at the hearing, please check the appropriate box on the registration page. Speakers will have up to 2 minutes to share their comments.  

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available at the hearing. If you require other accommodations, please contact communityengagement@cityofchicago.org or call (312)720-5523.
Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at rpcrt49@gmail.com or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.


Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, rpcrt.org. This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

Business Updates
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.

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CircEsteem Offers After-School Programming
for Rogers Park CPS Students
CircEsteem's Rogers Park program is open to Chicago Public School students in grades 5-8 in the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods. Students are provided with props kits to give them to learn new circus skills throughout the session such as scarf juggling, feather balancing, ball juggling, flower sticks, clown, and more.

CircEsteem kicks off every session with a social circus game before working on skill-building. Tutors are available for academic help, and participants will transition to homework and reading by the end of the session to ensure peer-to-peer support and accountability. For those interested, act development is available to have a performance-ready routine by the end of the session.

For more information and to enroll, email sambrown@circesteem.org. 
Employment Opportunities
Trilogy Behavioral Health Hiring a Licensed Practical Nurse
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking a Chief Medical Officer.

The Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct patient care and coordination of care services to assigned clients as delegated by a Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Nurse to work alongside our outreach teams.  Their primary responsibilities will be medication monitoring, training, and reconciliation for outreach clients to assist the team with ensuring medication is packed correctly and to reduce medication errors.  The Licensed Practical Nurse will provide client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed services to clients with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse/addiction disorders utilizing a harm reduction approach.  

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website.
Trilogy Behavioral Health Hiring a Chief Medical Officer
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking a Chief Medical Officer.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is responsible for all medical and psychiatric matters at Trilogy. The CMO will report to and work closely with the President and CEO; and will have partnerships with senior leadership to develop and implement strategies across the organization. They must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website.
Greater West Town Hosting Four Recruitment Fairs in January

A New Year means a New Start!  Let Greater West Town help you start a secure and satisfying career!  Register for one of their Virtual Recruitment Fairs in January.  Classes start in January:

Tuesday, 1/12 @ 11:30 AM

Meet William Molina, a technical instructor in Greater West Town's Shipping & Receiving Program.  Chat with him about program opportunities and requirements.  Hear about GWTP's Wood Products Manufacturing program and Adult Placement Services. 

Registration: click here

Thursday, 1/14 @ 1:00 AM

Meet Lorena Hernandez, Job Developer and Coach extraordinaire.  Chat with her about the opportunities available through GWTP for skills training and job placement. 

Registration: click here

Tuesday, 1/19 @ 1:00 AM

Meet Danjuma Gaskin, technical instructor and print reading expert in Greater West Town’s Wood Products Manufacturing Program. Hear about GWTP's Shipping & Receiving program and Adult Placement Services. 

Registration: click here

Wednesday, 1/20 @ 11:30 AM

Meet Lorena Hernandez, Job Developer and Coach extraordinaire.  Chat with her about the opportunities available through GWTP for skills training and job placement. 

Registration: click here

Vocational classes are conducted using a hybrid learning model, which consists of two days of virtual studies and three-days on-site with proper PPE protocols.  Training is at no cost to income-eligible applicants.  If you have any questions, please contact Alma Montiel at 312-563-9570.  

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

Chicago Park Concessions Application Now Open
The Chicago Park District has announced a Notice of Availability for the 2021 Concession Program Opportunities.  In order to learn more or complete an application, visit https://parkconcessions.com/apply/. Once there, you will find step-by-step instructions on reviewing, completing, and submitting the application. 
 
The application should be submitted electronically via the parkconcessions.com website by Monday, January 18, 2021, by 3:00 pm C.S.T.
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1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 | office@49thward.org

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*Please note the physical office remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our staff is working virtually from home and is happy to answer calls and emails.




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