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49th Ward Update
July 10, 2020

Good afternoon neighbors,

It’s been a productive week in our ward and this week’s newsletter is filled with important updates. Read below about how you can get tested for COVID-19, help our Ward win the Census Challenge, and share your thoughts on Chicago Public School’s reopening plans. Please take some time to read through.

Also, please continue to follow the public health guidance. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing from others! Coronavirus cases are spiking in many states; our own is seeing a rise in infections just this week. The risks are real but we can continue to protect ourselves and our community by following the health advice.

Check out my video on how to wear a mask (and how NOT to wear one) and have a great weekend!

Maria Hadden

Are you wearing a mask? Are you wearing it correctly?
Ward Updates
COVID-19 Community Testing Events Continue Through July
The 49th Ward office is pleased to announce that we will continue the community testing events through the month of July. Our office has partnered once again with Howard Brown Health and Heartland Health to offer this opportunity for community members to get tested for COVID-19. This is especially important as more people return to work and businesses continue to re-open. Knowing your status helps protect our neighbors and loved ones and will help ensure that we don't undo the important progress we've made to date in containing this virus.
Since we are partnering with two different health care providers, please note that there are different processes for the events. The first event will take place on Tuesday, July 14 from 10 am to 2 pm on the 7600-block of North Paulina. This is a walk-up event and does not require pre-registration.
The second event will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm in the parking lot at Byline Bank, 6945 N. Clark. This is a walk-up event and does require pre-registration. To pre-register, call Heartland Health at 773-234-1605. When calling, you will be asked some basic demographic information. You will then be assigned a time slot to attend the testing event. 
The third event will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Gateway Center Parking lot located at Clark and Howard. This is a drive-up event and does require pre-registration. To pre-register, call Heartland Health at 773-234-1605. When calling, you will be asked some basic demographic information. You will then be assigned a time slot to attend the testing event. 
Senior Safety Ordinance
Passes Committee on Health and Human Relations

This pandemic has shaken us to the core, further revealing the gaps and flaws in our social safety net and decision-making structures. We struggle during the best of times to care for our residents, especially the most vulnerable ones; and I believe that it is the duty of elected officials and public employees to listen to the people impacted by an issue and work with them in building solutions.

This ordinance was drafted, edited, rewritten, and finalized with Jane Addams Senior Caucus members, members who are the same people living every day with the increased dangers and risks that the coronavirus pandemic has created. Through this ordinance, we will: ensure wellness checks are conducted so that no one is left isolated; provide seniors with urgent public health information in their primary language; make sure that they have access to food, medicine, and personal aides; and enforce cleaning and safety protocols in the buildings.

I'm proud to have worked alongside these incredible leaders to make sure that the City of Chicago improves protections for some of our most vulnerable residents to make sure they can be safer in their homes during not just this public health crisis, but any others to come.

 The ordinance will head to City Council on July 22 for a full vote; the provisions in the ordinance will go into effect 10 days after it passes City Council. The full ordinance is available to read online.

I Scream! You Scream!
We All Scream That You Complete the Census for Ice Cream! 
Between now and July 17, there is a citywide challenge to improve the census response rate. The ward that sees the greatest improvement in response rate will win a ward-wide ice cream event!. What better way to secure critical federal funding and win a sweet and cold treat than by taking 10 minutes to complete the Census online?

Right now, only 58% of households in the 49th Ward have completed their 2020 Census, and we rank in 15th place for the challenge. If just 25 households complete the Census a day, we could get to 1st place! Take the Census today at
49th Ward CPS Families Survey
My office and I are seeking feedback from CPS families on their experiences with online learning and their thoughts, feelings, and concerns with the prospect of returning to in-person classes in the fall. The results from this survey will be shared with CPS and taken into account as they work on their return to school strategy for the fall. 

The survey is available in English here, and is available in Spanish here.
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
Thank you, Caleb! 
Caleb on his first day in the 49th Ward office.
One of the Constituent Services Coordinators, Caleb Stevens, has moved on to the next chapter in his career journey. Caleb wrapped up his time with the 49th Ward office last week to accept a position on a TV set in Montana. This is an excellent opportunity for Caleb as he gets to tap into his LA roots. While bittersweet for our office, we're genuinely excited to see where this next adventure takes him. 

Caleb Stevens joined the 49th Ward office last summer as an intern. After his internship wrapped up, he joined the team as the Constituent Services Coordinator. Caleb was often the first face residents would see when coming to the 49th Ward office. He had a unique way of connecting with the residents and always keeping a positive attitude, especially as our first year in office brought a unique set of challenges with a global pandemic. 

Good luck, Caleb! 
Congratulations, 49th Ward Chicago Scholars!
Congratulations to the 19 Rogers Park students who were accepted into this year's class of Chicago Scholars. Started in 1996, Chicago Scholars is the largest college access and success program in Chicago serving more than 3,000 Scholars and Alumni each year in our seven-year college access and success mentoring and career support program. I am excited for our Rogers Park youth to participate and engage in this transformative program. 
Thank You to Care for Real's Pop-Up Food Pantry
This week, I want to thank Care for Real for setting up their pop-up food pantry at United Church of Rogers Park in the wake of COVID-19. They have provided priceless assistance to our community members in need, and I cannot express how grateful I am for their tireless work.
Community Aid
Support the Family of Angelo Pullum

Sunday morning, June 28, Angelo Pullum was senselessly murdered. Community members are raising funds to support his mother, Miss Lachelle, to host a small service for her son. We grieve with Angelo’s family and friends and extend our deepest condolences. If you can help, please consider donating.

From organizers, “Angelo was a beloved member of the Rogers Park community, with friends and family describing him as smart, caring, giving, and having a great heart. The community has been grieving all weekend, and is coming together now to try and support Miss Lachelle, who lost her whole world.”

RP Community Response Team Needs More Volunteers!
The Rogers Park Community Response Team needs our help! We need Hotline Operators (especially bilingual Spanish speakers) and volunteers to help with our phone banking. Can you help? You’ll have training and support from the fantastic Volunteer Coordinators and Core Team members. You’ll be able to help our community from the safety of your home. Sign up here!
Community Engagement Opportunities
Virtual Chalk Howard Street Continues Through July

Chalk Howard Street is virtual and it's giving the chalk treatment to local Howard Street businesses.

Check out Howard Street's Instagram on Fridays at 11 am and be amazed at the artistry of Nate Baranowski during the LIVE events.

Nate is creating small-scale, table-top 3D art that features a meal or product from a Howard Street business. Next week the featured business will be Badou Senegalese Restaurant.

Learn how to make 3D art, hear from Howard Street businesses, and explore this vibrant neighborhood virtually from home.

Clark Street Virtual Meeting July 14th 
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is conducting a streetscape improvement project along Clark Street from Devon Avenue to Arthur Avenue. Building off the Vision Clark Street Corridor Master Plan, the project aims to increase safety, improve walkability, improve traffic flow, and enhance community identity and public space.  The project is in the early stages of design and the project team is gathering information to help guide the improvements.

Please join CDOT at the first virtual Community Meeting for the Clark Street Streetscape project. At this meeting, the project team will introduce the project and the potential improvements to the area as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers. Following the Community Meeting, an online survey will be available on the project website to receive your input. The official comment period and survey will be open through July 28, 2020.
The virtual meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 6 pm. Please register online in advance of the meeting to join in on the conversation. Residents may submit questions in advance of the Virtual Community Meeting to the project team at or by calling (312) 744-5900, please reference Clark Street in your message.

Both virtual and call-in options are available to participate in the meeting.
Individuals that need further assistance should contact (312) 744-5900.
A Just Harvest’s Five Week Challenge for Community Wellness
A Just Harvest’s annual 5K is taking on a new look this year! In order to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, they will be holding a 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness.

Beginning Saturday, June 27th and running through Saturday, August 1st, they invite the community to collectively challenge yourselves and your wellness, choose your own adventure style!

Run, walk, meditate, journal, track your diet, pray, communicate, redirect, and grow. The sky is the limit for ways to participate – there are no wrong answers. Track your progress together with them and use the support of pledges from friends and family for a great cause.

Cost: $0.00. That’s right, there is NO COST to register.

The funds you raise will help A Just Harvest ensure that: no one goes hungry; that veterans and seniors have access to the resources they need; that families facing economic hardship don’t slip through the cracks of bureaucracy; that children and young adults learn how to grow and harvest their own food, and so much more.

The best part? YOU choose what your fundraising goal is and at what level you want to participate at ($50, $150, $250, $500, $1,500, $2,500, $5,000— the sky’s the limit). Then invite all of your fans, friends and family to support you.

Register here to participate!
Panel Discussion on Health Inequities July 14
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx will host a panel discussion on health inequities on Tuesday, July 14, at 5:30 pm. Hear from Senior Vice President Dr. Ansell, American Public Health Association Dr. Murray, and Senior Medical Officer Dr. Rubin discuss how health inequity impacts public health during a time of a public health crisis. Registration is required to attend. Register online here
Complete the Census Online!
Do You Part! Complete the 2020 Census Online!

Amid the rapid changes we are implementing, there is still a Census count underway. A public health crisis like COVID-19 really drives home the urgency to have an accurate count. These counts help determine state and local funding as well as draw legislative districts.

Right now, only about 57.1% of households in the 49th Ward have completed the census. That amounts to 13,124 households in our ward having responded to the 2020 Census. This means there are about 10,438 households that still have yet respond!

For every person who completes the census, the city will receive approximately $1,400 in federal funding. That's money that goes back to our everyday infrastructure needs, our schools, our parks, and more. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete. 

You should have received information in the mail on how to complete the Census. Please take a moment to look at the U.S. Census Bureau's website and complete yours online today.
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. 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. 
Cook County Virtual Expungement Session
Cook County is hosting an expungement summit for those who have a criminal history in Illinois. To register, upload your RAP sheets and/or Criminal History Records at
Ticketing and Payment Collection Updates
Beginning this month, the City will ramp up normal enforcement of certain vehicle violations that were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ticket enforcement will resume citywide for street sweeping  on July 1, while booting will commence in early July, City sticker and Residential Parking Permit violations will be enforced mid-month and expired vehicle registration enforcement will begin in October.   

Ticketing enforcement dates to remember:

The City encourages anyone who may need assistance with outstanding debt to visit New Start Chicago at where residents can sign up for flexible payment plans for tickets and utility bills with a lower down payment and up to 60 months to repay amounts due.  Residents can learn more or make payments online at
City Utility Relief
The Mayor has announced a series of measures to help those who cannot afford past-due tickets, utility bills and the like. The Chicago Utility Billing Relief (UBR) Program helps get individuals back on the path to compliance and economic opportunity. 

Chicago homeowners of single-family homes and two-flats must be income eligible for LIHEAP to qualify for the Utility Billing Relief program. In addition, the participant must be the property owner, reside at the address and have their name appear on the bill as the customer. Importantly, the Utility Billing Relief Program will not require documentation of residency in keeping with the Welcoming Cities Ordinance. It provides low-income City of Chicago residents with:
  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax;
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity;
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.
Special Enrollment Periods for People Who Those Who Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Care Coverage

As Illinois continues to experience job losses as a result of the pandemic, the Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois are sharing vital information for those who have lost their job-based health insurance about an available option to purchase health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace provides a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for anyone who loses their employer-based health insurance coverage due to job loss. Job loss is considered a “Qualifying Life Event” which allows for special enrollment.  Some people may even qualify for subsidies, such as tax credits, that can help reduce premiums and other expenses. 

The Get Covered Illinois website provides consumer fact sheets, FAQs, and contact information in multiple languages describing the various health insurance options and how to enroll.  

While Special Enrollment Periods make it possible to enroll at any time for those who qualify, the traditional open enrollment period for 2021 health insurance plans on the ACA Marketplace begins November 1, 2020 and ends December 15, 2020.  For more information about any of these options, please visit the website or call Get Covered Illinois at (800)318-2596.

Block Party Permits Suspended Through September 7
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that no block party permits will be issued through September 7 and any permits that were issued last week, will be revoked.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials to avoid non-essential gatherings and any gatherings larger than 50 individuals, Block Party permits are not being issued during the summer of 2020.

Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.
City Cooling Centers 
As part of a citywide coordination effort to beat the heat, residents can access services from across Chicago to help find relief from high temperatures this summer, including cooling centers, cooling buses, well-being checks through 3-1-1 and more.

To protect against COVID-19, all City cooling centers have been reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing that enables visitors to stay at least six feet apart. Additionally, visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the cooling areas. The Chicago Department of Family and Support Service (DFSS) oversees the City’s cooling areas and will provide free face coverings for guests who do not have one and want to utilize the cooling areas. Cooling centers are activated when the City’s emergency response plan is in place or as conditions warrant. When online, cooling centers operate from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays. 

The closest cool center to the 49th ward is at 845 W. Wilson Ave. In addition to dedicated cooling centers, the City will expand citywide cooling spaces by utilizing other City buildings such as libraries, park facilities and City Colleges facilities on an as-needed basis during excessive heat. 
Roof and Porch Repair Program Lottery
The lottery drawing for the 2021 Roof and Porch Repair program will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The event will take place in Room 1103 of City Hall, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not be open to the public.
Instead, interested parties are invited to view a live stream of the event. Instructions for viewing the live stream can be found on the day of the event at The video will be posted online after the conclusion of the event and can be found at the same website.
Department of Housing staff will select property addresses that will receive an opportunity to apply for one of the program services – either a roof or a porch. Registrants will receive written correspondence in the U.S. mail with their lottery status within three weeks of the July 23 lottery.

Only those who pre-registered for the lottery in May will be eligible to be selected. This information has been shared with program registrants.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Housing at 312.744.3653.
CTA Launches Ridership Dashboard
The CTA recently launched a new Ridership Information Dashboard, which includes a bus crowding report that provides an overview of available capacity for each of CTA’s 127 bus routes. This tool will include information on ridership trends by route ad time of day, enabling customers to adjust their trips to less crowded times, when it is possible for them to do so. A similar report for trains is coming soon. 
In addition to the ridership dashboard, the CTA has launched a customer information campaign to help guide customers on best practices while traveling on CTA’s buses and trains. New signage and floor decals have been installed throughout the rail system, including platforms, elevators and throughout stationhouses, in both English and Spanish. The decals, spaced six feet apart, serve as guides for how far apart customers should stand to ensure proper social distancing. The signs and decals also encourage customers to wear their masks or face coverings. 
Please visit the CTA's COVID-19 webpage at for more information about the steps they're taking to provide customers with services. The website contains a variety of information, including CTA's cleaning regimen, travel safety tips, operational changes, and what they're doing to protect customers and employees. 
Help Support the Summer Day Camp Assistance Fund
After a long Spring of closed programs and facilities, the Chicago Park District is happy to welcome families back to the parks this Summer!  The Parks are offering park programs again, including Summer Day Camp, beginning July 6.

The Chicago Park District is committed to providing thousands of Chicago’s youth the opportunity to “Play On” this summer through our day camp program.  Your donation to the fund will help provide families who need financial assistance, including families hard-hit financially by the pandemic, access to engaging summer programming in the parks.
The Park District has worked hard to prepare our parks according to the latest health guidelines. This year’s camp program will be different, but will focus on offering a safe space for children to be healthy, active, make new friends and create lifelong memories.
Each year, through the Summer Day Camp Assistance Fund, we provide more than $2 million in support for thousands of families in need. With your help, we can continue this effort.
Vote By Mail Application OPEN

Chicago voters may apply NOW to Vote By Mail ahead of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.
Those who apply now will be first in line to receive ballots when ballot mailings start in late Sept. and early Oct.
#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

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 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 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, 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
Support Our Local Black-Owned Businesses

As we continue to grapple with difficult times, please consider supporting our local Black-owned businesses. The Rogers Park Business Alliance has compiled a list that can be found on their website here

This list is by no means complete. If you see that a local business is missing please email us at

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

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.

CPS Family Survey
Chicago Public Schools has partnered with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children's Hospital to conduct a family survey that will help us understand the physical, mental, and emotional impact of COVID-19. This feedback is vital as they prepare for the next school year in the fall. 

Your voice matters as CPS makes plans for a return to school. Complete their family survey to ensure we support the mental, physical and emotional needs of all students:  
CPS Grab-and-Go Meal Sites
Although the school year has come to a close, CPS’s grab-and-go meal sites will continue to provide our students with healthy meals during summer break. Beginning Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 28, hundreds of summer grab-and-go meal sites will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 

In order to find the most up-to-date list of meal sites near you,  please visit 

Please note that meal sites will be closed on Friday, June 19 due to a scheduled day off for staff.  However, meal deliveries will continue on Friday, June 19, and the meal sites will provide families with extra food on Thursday, June 18. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or
Essential Jobs/Help Wanted
InspiRE Mentorship Program
Dream Town is launching their InspiRE Mentorship Program to support young adults from underserved communities who wish to experience what it’s like to have a career in real estate and help them become licensed leasing agents. This 6-week experiential learning opportunity will pair mentees with a seasoned Dream Town broker, and after the program is completed, participants are eligible to apply for a job at Dream Town or with any other Illinois real estate brokerage.  
Program Highlights:  
  • Program is a 6-week commitment for 6–8 hours per week 
  • Dream Town will pay for the licensing class and exam fees 
  • Dream Town will provide training for mentees, explaining processes and crucial administrative functions 
  • Mentees will shadow their mentor across all business functions—showings, client meetings, marketing meetings, and more. 
  • Mentees will gain hands-on experience with behind the scenes tasks, such as entering new listings and creating marketing collateral 
Community members are welcomed to learn more about the program and apply today at  
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Programming
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership continues to look for ways to help Chicagoland residents become employed and participate in vocational training opportunities. They are providing the following programming online at no cost:
Back to Work 50+ - This AARP Foundation sponsored program continues to provide the training and tools older adults need to compete with confidence in today’s workforce.  Please use the attached flyer (BTW50+) for registration information.
Virtual Job Club – Through professional online facilitation, The Partnership provides keen insight into the work world during Covid-19, and teaches people how to look for and qualify for jobs.  All of The Partnership’s resources are leveraged (and some new ones) to help motivated job seekers either return to work or join the workforce for the first time through an interactive online experience. 
Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
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