49th Ward Update
January 8, 2022
Good Morning Neighbors,

Happy New Year to you and your family. This first week of 2022 has been stressful. We are in the largest covid outbreak of the pandemic and our public schools in turmoil because Chicago Public Schools failed to prepare for the approaching surge and collaborate with their workforce to find agreement on a plan. To our CPS students and families, I'm sorry that we're here again. Though City Council doesn't have direct control over CPS, please know that myself and most of City Council are focusing our efforts on getting an agreement in place so that we can have students safely back in schools. I support the CTU requests for improved covid testing, KN95 or similar masks for staff and students, and for consistent metrics for what triggers remote learning. I also know that many parents have been seeking a remote option for their students when they determine that they need to isolate or quarantine, and CPS does not currently provide that.

Since school began in the fall, myself and other Alders have been challenging CPS's claims of all schools being ready and equipped with all they need for covid mitigations. Our RP schools didn't have everything they needed, but principals and teachers made it work to keep the kids safe. Missing air filters, insufficient masks, extremely flawed covid testing, and principals and teachers staying until midnight to clean schools because of insufficient staffing from CPS - these were the issues our schools were facing before the omicron surge.

This conflict isn't new. As the Mayor has said, CPS and CTU have been meeting to talk about these issues for weeks. As best I can tell from my seat, we are in this conflict right now because CPS stayed stuck on a plan that was flawed to begin with, and has remained unwilling to pivot and adapt facing new challenges with the omicron variant.

Here's what I've said directly to CPS and Department of Public Health officials: We all want our kids safely in school learning, but we're not there right now. That means that the people in charge have made mistakes somewhere. This isn't about who's right or who doesn't like who. This conflict could've been avoided and it's not only hard on our families, it's detrimental to the reputation of the district. It's their responsibility to do whatever it takes to resolve the conflict.

I've also been in daily communication with our CPS principals since before Monday to get information on student and staff attendance and to ask them what they need. They are doing their very best to provide what services they can for students while this conflict is resolved. I'll continue to keep you posted with updates or news that I hear. Let's hope that CPS does what's right for our families and finds agreement on these necessary safety measures.

What we can all do to make sure that we're keeping ourselves and our community safe is to get vaccinates or boosted and to do the same for any eligible individuals in our household. You can get find appointments and information at

Stay safe and take care,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places, and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Happy New Year!
We would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. While we enter the new year facing unique challenges once again, we are equipped with the knowledge and experience of understanding how to navigate them. Let's continue to protect ourselves and our community in 2022. Happy New Year!
Ward Updates
Monthly Virtual Town Hall January 12
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward for the monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, January 12, at 6 pm. These meetings will now take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. 

This month, representatives from Trilogy Behavioral Health will join the meeting to discuss a mental health crisis response program they are launching in the Rogers Park neighborhood. 

To register for the meeting, visit
7201 N. Clark Zoning Change Decision
Based on the community feedback we received, our office will be supporting the zoning change request for the gas station located at 7201 N. Clark. The zoning change from RT4 to B3-2, bringing the existing structure into compliance with the City of Chicago's Zoning and Land Use Ordinance.

The gas station and convenience store were expanded under the previous owner. The zoning change request is to bring the structure into compliance only; the owner does not plan on building a new structure on site. Additionally, the zoning change will correct a split zoning designation. As it currently stands, the site has been assigned two zoning designations, RT4 and B3-2, due to an error made years ago by the Department of Planning and Development. RT4 zoning districts do not permit gas stations. Changing the zoning designation to B3-2 will allow the gas station to come into compliance and meet all bulk requirements.

Once the zoning change request is approved by the full City Council, the owner will still need to apply for a special use permit for the gas station. 
Committee on Rules Redistricting Public Hearings
The Committee on Committees and Rules will host a series of public hearings on the City Council's redistricting process in January. The hearings are scheduled for:
  • Tuesday, January 11, at 1 pm
  • Wednesday, January 13, at 10 am
  • Friday, January 21, at 10 am
Residents may submit written feedback ahead of a public hearing. Written feedback should be submitted via email to Specific deadlines for public comment will be detailed on the notices for the meetings, which are available to view on the City's Legistar website

Additionally, residents can sign up to speak during the public comment period at a hearing. To sign up for the public comment period, individuals should call 312-744-6800 and leave a voice message with their name and telephone number. Requests for public comments are accepted from 12:01 am the Monday before the scheduled meeting until 8 am on the day before the scheduled meeting. Anyone who wants to participate in the public comment period must be available at 10 am on the day of the meeting and have access to a touch-tone telephone. More information on how to sign up for public comments for a committee meeting is available on the City Clerk's website.

Finally, you can stream the public hearing on the City Clerk's website at More information on the redistricting process is available on the 49th Ward website
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Estes/Damen (PN 7155):
  • Sewer work on Estes going west from Damen is still underway
  • Sewer work is ongoing
Farwell between Ravenswood and the alley to the west of Wolcott:
  • Due to the scope of the work for Farwell, work will not begin until the first week of February. 
  • This will allow crews to pour concrete right after finishing the pipe installation instead of waiting for agreeable conditions. 
Residential Lighting Projects:

Rogers from Damen to the viaduct
  • Crews began a lighting improvement project this week on Rogers from Damen to the viaduct
  • The project is part of CDOTS citywide residential roadway lighting improvement program
  • The work includes new underground conduit, cable, light poles with piggybacks, foundations, LED fixtures, Smart Lighting nodes, and street light controllers
  • Portions of the sidewalk will be removed along this stretch for the installation. It will be replaced upon completion
  • During construction, temporary "No Parking" signs will be periodically installed as the project is underway
  • Crews anticipate work to take approximately 6 weeks, weather permitting
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
Calling Care Services Vaccine Clinic January 14
Calling Care Services, 6303 N. Clark, is partnering with the Illinois Department of Health to host a vaccine clinic. Anyone 12 years and older can sign up to receive a vaccine or a booster during the event. They will have Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available. 

The event will take place on Friday, January 14, from noon to 5 pm. To sign up for an appointment, click here
Protect Yourself from the Omicron Variant by Getting Vaccinated

Omicron is now the dominant COVID variant in Chicago, with our positivity rate at the highest it's been since the beginning of the pandemic. The best way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated. The unvaccinated remain the most at risk to themselves and others so please get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information go to

Paid Research Opportunity for Chicago Parents
If you have a child aged 5-11, the Chicago Department of Public Health would like to ask you to please participate in a virtual focus group.

Qualified individuals who complete a 90-minute online discussion session will earn $50. All that is needed is access to the internet and a computer on a selected day in December. Focus groups will be hosted in English and Spanish and will take place from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm the week of December 13.

Sign up to participate online. If you have questions about the research, please email
Get Vaxxed at Home & Get a $100 Gift Card
All Chicagoans  aged 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated at home. Up to 10 people can be vaccinated at a time, so Chicagoans can invite family, friends or neighbors to their home to be vaccinated together. Each person who gets vaccinated through the City's At Home program is eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card. 

To schedule your home vaccination appointment, call 312-746-4835 or visit
Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction
With the eviction moratorium having expired, the Department of Housing has compiled eviction and lockout resources on its website at

They also have highlighted three points for tenants at risk of eviction. These three points are: 
  1. Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
  2. Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Go to, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a DOH delegate agency.
  3. Get financial help. DOH maintains a current list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance at
Furthermore, next week, the Department of Housing is launching a court-based rental assistance program in coordination with the Chief Judge's office, Cook County, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Chicago Bar Foundation. 

The court-based rental assistance program is an offshoot of the city's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), and will serve as a safety net of last resort for tenants and landlords in eviction court who have either applied for assistance but not yet received help, in which case their applications will be expedited; or who have not yet applied, in which case applications will be created for them if they are eligible. Receiving this direct rental assistance should have a significant impact on deterring evictions. Landlords who have received rental assistance already from the DOH program have agreed not to file evictions for at least 90 days after the period of assistance, and by Court policy, must attest that they have not received rental assistance at the time that they file for eviction for nonpayment. 

Finally, a Rogers Park neighbor and housing justice advocate, David Zoltan, applied his expertise in all things housing to create a comprehensive guide for residents facing eviction. This guide will help individuals facing a potential eviction understand their rights and what resources might be available to them. That guide is available to review by visiting Also available now in Spanish!
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers who take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to a public health directive or a COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
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

Community Aid
Volunteer with Care for Real
Care for Real's pop-up food pantry, located at the United Church of Rogers Park at 1545 W. Morse, is in need of more volunteers. This is a great opportunity to connect with neighbors and give back to the community.

They're seeking volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with bagging food from 9 am until noon.

They are also seeking volunteers to help distribute food on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Volunteers who speak Russian or Mandarin would be preferred for Tuesday's distribution shift.

For more information or to sign up, email
Care for Real Launches Monday Evening Food Distribution in Edgewater

Care for Real will transition from Monday mornings to evening food pantry hours in Edgewater beginning Monday, January 3, 2022. The Edgewater pantry located at 5339 N. Sheridan Road will distribute fresh, nutritious, free groceries on Monday evenings from 4-7 pm. Edgewater food distribution also takes place Wednesday and Friday from 9 am-12 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm. Care for Real distributes food for the Rogers Park community at a walk-up pantry on Tuesdays from 12-2 pm at 1545 W. Morse Ave. and offers a drive-thru pantry on Thursday evenings at the parking lot located at 6921 N. Ashland. Community members experiencing food insecurity are welcome to visit one pantry weekly. 

The organization conducted community surveys during the summer of 2021 to prepare for strategic planning. The Monday evening hours are in response to requests from community members to offer food pantry hours at times other than the mornings. Many current Care for Real clients and community members in need are employed making weeknights and weekends their only option to access services. 

Care for Real also offers a clothing closet by appointment, a monthly pet pantry, personal care items, referrals, and additional services. Relying on a volunteer force of over 450 people, Care for Real distributes more than 1.7 million meals and over 2 million pounds of food annually. Learn more about the services offered and how to get involved at  

Greater Chicago Food Depository Assistance
The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a number of resources to assist neighbors in need. From a job training program to a food locator, they can help folks get connected to a variety of resources. Check them out below!

Food locater
Food and medical benefits assistance
Job training program
Community Engagement Opportunities
National Day of Racial Healing January 18
On January 18th, the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing will witness the power of Truth and the need for Racial Healing. You may sign up for virtual racial healing circles and share your journey. For more information and to sign up, click here
Willye White Park Advisory Council Elections January 18
The Willye White Park Advisory Council will host its election for board members on Tuesday, January 18. To learn more on how to attend their meeting, visit
Wild Onion Market Seeking Board Candidates
Calling all current Owners of Wild Onion Market! Board elections are coming up in February, and your voice is needed. Running for the Board is one way to put your passion for social justice and food justice into action. Online information sessions will be in early January. Board applications are due on Friday, January 28, 2022. Only Owners of the co-op are eligible to run. For more information or to request a Board Candidate Application, please email
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 

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

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

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

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens January 10
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program offers an opportunity for owners/occupants to share the cost of replacing sidewalks with the city. This voluntary program allows residents to replace sidewalks at a much lower cost than if they were to hire a private contractor.

The program covers the main walk, the courtesy walk, and existing catwalks/landing steps (the narrow strip of concrete adjacent to some curbs). Owner-occupants of corner houses will be charged for both the main (address) side and the sidewalk on the side of the house. CDOT will build ADA-compliant ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps.

​The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is very popular and is handled on a first-come, first-served basis when the program opens in January. The funds are limited and the program closes for the year once the funds are allocated. The Department of Transportation typically announces when the program will open in mid-December. Keep your eye on my weekly e-newsletter and this website for that announcement. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again when it re-opens.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open on Monday, January 10, from 6 am to 10 pm. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system or at the city’s Shared Cost Sidewalk website. Owner information and the property address must be provided at the time of the request.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open on Monday, January 10, at 6 am. The SHared Cost Sidewalk Program offers an opportunity for owner/occupants to share the cost of replacing sidewalks with the city. This voluntary program allows residents to replace sidewalks at a much lower cost than if they were to hire a private contractor. 


The program covers the main walk, the courtesy walk, and existing catwalks/landing steps (the narrow strip of concrete adjacent to some curbs). Owner-occupants of corner houses will be charged for both the main (address) side and the sidewalk on the side of the house. CDOT will build ADA-compliant ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is very popular and is handled on a first-come, first served basis when the program opens in January. The funds are limited and the program closes for the year once the funds are allocated. The Department of Transportation typically announces when the program will open in mid-December. Keep your eye on my weekly e-newsletter and this website for that announcement. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again when it re-opens.

Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system or at the city’s Shared Cost Sidewalk website. Owner information and the property address must be provided at the time of the request.

Further information on the program is available by clicking here.

Rental Assistance Program Application Deadline Extended to January 31
The Department of Family and Support Services has extended the application deadline for its Rental Assistance Program (RAP). Those struggling to pay rent or are facing homelessness now have until Monday, January 31, to apply for rent relief. To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit DFSS' website by clicking here
Recycle Your Christmas Tree January 8-22
Beginning Saturday, January 8, and continuing through Saturday, January 22, Chicago residents can begin to recycle their Christmas tree at any of the city’s 25 locations.

The city has partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide residents with this free service. Trees can be dropped off anytime during regular business hours. Free mulch will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 6 at Warren Park, Margate Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, and the Forestry Site.

Only live/natural trees free of flocking will be accepted (this means no garland or wreaths). All trees must have any tinsel, ornaments, lights, and strands removed in order to be recycled. Any plastic bags used to transport the tree to a drop-off location must also be removed.

A map of all drop-off locations is available to view online. The closest recycling location for 49th Ward residents is at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western.
Participate in a Northwestern Medicine Hearing Aid Clinical Study
The research laboratory at Northwestern University is conducting a clinical study that will have a significant impact on individuals with hearing loss. Hearing loss is the fourth most common chronic condition amongst American adults. Untreated hearing loss has been linked with many other health conditions including cognitive decline. To improve access to hearing healthcare, the FDA is in the process of creating over-the-counter hearing aids.

Northwestern Medicine's study is a national trial to understand how individuals can best select and fit their own hearing aids. Participants in the study have to buy a pair of hearing aids for $650. The study is sponsored by the federal agency, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and registered with the national clinical trials registry at The procedures of the study are approved by the Institutional Review Board at Northwestern University.

Northwestern Medicine is looking to recruit individuals between 50 and 79 years old who have not tried hearing aids before but are experiencing mild to moderate hearing difficulty. To learn more, visit or call 877-884-5242 and ask about the P-CHAT study. 
Winter Weather Preparedness
Winter is approaching and it's time to prepare for extreme cold, snow, and ice. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) monitors weather conditions and collaborates with city departments to assist residents during the winter months. Please review the helpful winter resources available including Warming CentersSmart 911, and Notify Chicago
IHDA Rental Payment Program Application Now Open
The Illinois Housing Development Authority will close applications for the latest round of rent relief on January 9. Recipients can receive up to $25,000 in rent (12 months of back rent and three months of future rent). More information and applications can be completed at

Additionally, Northside Community Resources can assist tenants with their applications. For more information on Northside Community Resources and their contact information, visit their website.
Deliberative Dialogues
Community groups and organizations are invited to meet with members of the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing and Office of Constitutional Policing and Reform to provide feedback on its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Profiling policy. Organizations interested must sign-up by January 10th, 2022 at
Lead Service Line Replacement Program Expansion Announced
To be eligible for a free lead service line replacement, residents must:
  • Have kids 18 and under at home OR
  • Have elevated lead levels in their drinking water; 
  • Reside in a single-family house or two-flat that they own;
  • Meet income requirements of $74,550 or less for a family of four
To learn more about the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program, visit
Peoples Gas Heating Assistance Program
Peoples Gas has options to help customers struggling to pay their natural gas bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help customers with limited income pay their energy bills. Grants are also available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program.

The Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) manages both programs and is taking applications by phone. To see if you are eligible or to apply, call CEDA at 800-571-2332.
PIPP/LIHEAP Offer Customers Assistance with Utility Bills
To help eligible customers stay current on their bills and help them avoid unnecessary fees come spring, ComEd regularly works with state and federal agencies to provide assistance options to those facing financial hardship.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that can help you stay warm during winter by providing eligible customers with a one-time payment towards your energy bills. Benefits are available once per program year, from September 2021 through May 2022, or until funds are exhausted. Whether you rent or own your home, LIHEAP offers financial help to limited-income households to pay heat and electric bills.
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is a choice within Illinois LIHEAP to help manage energy bills year-round. You will be placed on a budget billing plan that is subsidized by a monthly PIPP benefit amount, determined by a percentage of your household income. Each month, you receive a PIPP benefit towards a portion of your budget bill amount. If an on-time and in-full payment is received, you may also receive a monthly arrearage credit, if applicable.
Applications for LIHEAP and PIPP can be submitted online, by phone, or in person and are available at your Local Administering Agency. Visit for details. Prefer to call instead? Residents of Chicago and Cook County can call 800-571-2332 for information. 
Utility Billing Relief

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax.
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off.
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.

Apply Now!
Heartland Alliance Offering Free ESL Classes Online
Heartland Alliance is offering free online ESL classes. These classes include:
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)across levels
  • Citizenship  prep classes
  • Vocational classes are available   
  • GED prep classes

Heartland Alliance has classes available at different English language levels and at various times throughout the day as well as classes on Saturdays.  All of its classes are free and conducted online through Zoom.  They can provide assistance to those who are not familiar with Zoom.

All interested students need is:

  • A stable internet connection 
  • A cellphone, computer, or tablet (a tablet or computer is best)
For more information, call or text 872-315-5383 or email
Business Updates
Applications Now Open for Chicago Recovery Plan Development Grants
Chicago Recovery Plan community development grants are being made available to Chicago entrepreneurs, small businesses, and developers, with the initial round open through January 2022. The community development grants are part of the Chicago Recovery Plan’s ambitious $1.2 billion strategy for equitable economic recovery and support for thriving and safe communities.

To be administered by DPD, the application process will consider a diverse array of improvement projects, including storefront upgrades; large development proposals with entertainment, retail, and dining options; and projects that create spaces with public amenities. Projects may apply for the small grant program up to $250,000 or the large grant program up to $5 million.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first-round application deadline is Jan. 31, 2022, followed by a second-round application deadline of March 10, 2022. Applicants who are not prepared to apply for either round are encouraged to review all relevant materials and prepare to apply for a third application round in the summer.

For more information on the Chicago Recovery Plan community development grant application, go to
RPBA Request for Proposals

Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) seeks a consultant to assist RPBA and Special Service Area staff in completing the 2023 SSA Application as required by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development for renewal and expansion of the existing Clark/Morse/Glenwood SSA #24. 

View RFP: here

Time frame of contract: Consultant begins Monday, January 31, 2022, to ensure passage of an ordinance by City Council no later than October 2022.

Deadline: Completed proposals are due no later than Fri, January 21, 2022. 

More information: here

Questions can be directed to Carolina Juarez,, 773.508.5885.

Moran Center for Youth Advocacy Launches a Rogers Park Education Advocacy Program

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has launched the Rogers Park Project. The project is a pilot program that will provide free educational advocacy to students living in and/or attending school in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

To learn more, call 847-492-1410. 

SUFEO Helpline Provides Free Legal Help on School Issues
Loyola's free legal helpline for the 2021-2022 school year is now OPEN. Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students that provides free legal assistance, all under attorney supervision, to K-12 students facing:
  • Inadequate special education services
  • Suspension, expulsion, and other discipline
  • Bullying, harassment, and discrimination
  • COVID-19 issues and remote learning barriers
  • Other school-related legal issues

If you work with any K-12 students or their parents/guardians who need help understanding their school rights, please encourage them to call the helpline at 773-800-0338.

Additionally, SUFEO Chicago offers free know-your-rights trainings and education law workshops to students and their parents/guardians and service providers, both virtually and in-person. Please contact SUFEO's Outreach Coordinators Sarah Bianchi and Brittany Haracz at with the subject line "Outreach Inquiry" for more information. 

CPS Launches a Children & Family Benefits Unit
Chicago Public Schools has launched a new program, the Children and Benefits Family Unit. The goal of the unit is to make sure that every student has proper medical care. They achieve this by focusing on 3 points: enroll, engage, and utilize. The Children and Benefits Family Unit help parents understand their options for Medicaid and other government benefits and helps them apply for and/or renew their benefits. The program also helps families utilize their benefits by connecting them with a primary care physician.

For more information, visit or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
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
IBEW Local 9 & MSECA Apprenticeship Opportunities
IBEW Local 9 is opening the apprenticeship application period from January 3rd to January 14th for prospective members. For more information, visit
Kokua is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Kokua is hiring substitute teachers. Kokua is a social impact start-up organization - made of former teachers - driven to support the education of students when their teacher is away.  Kokua works with several schools across the city, including Acero Cruz in the 49th Ward. For more information and to apply, visit the job description website
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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