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49th Ward Update
July 24, 2020

Good afternoon neighbors,

This week our city and our ward were again rocked by gun violence and loss. My condolences go out to all of the loved ones of those lost this week. Since May, I’ve had dozens of conversations with individuals, groups of residents, community organizations, the 24th District, and other neighborhood partners about how we can address the violence and build a safer and more connected community. Solving systemic issues isn’t easy work in the best of times; during this pandemic, it is daunting. I know that many of you are scared, angry, sad and frustrated by the situation we’re all in. You're not alone in this. Some of you demand more police for security, some of you demand we defund police and redirect resources to other services. I don't know what the exact solutions are, but what’s clear to me is that what we’ve done in the past hasn’t been working. I also know that everyone wants to feel safer in their homes, walking down their street and being out in our ward. I want that for us too. And in working on solutions, I am trying to find a balance.

In service to those goals, my office has convened an Anti-Violence Table for our ward to work on reducing violence and increasing community safety. The Table currently consists of several community organizations and we're in the process of bringing in residents, businesses, schools and parks. We are currently focusing on gun violence reduction in the Howard St border area with Evanston, as that is where many of our most recent shootings have taken place, but the work will not be exclusive to this part of the ward. Solutions that are going to stick and show results must be rooted in community and designed and implemented with the inclusion on the people most impacted by the issue. This is why we're taking a hyper-local approach as we begin. Thank you to the people who have taken time to speak with me over the last several weeks on this issue. We will share updates from the group on a monthly basis.

This week I met with a number of our neighborhood community organizations to work on anti-violence planning, worked through a 7-hour Zoning Committee meeting, met with small businesses to talk about the impact of reopening rollbacks, spoke with real estate professionals about ordinances that impact them that passed Council this week, spoke up for accountability and transparency against the Green Settlement (read more about that below), saw my first piece of legislation pass City Council with the passage of the Senior Housing Ordinance, am hosting another free COVID-19 testing event, and spoke on Chicago Tonight about the CPS reopening plan. We also have a new 24th District Commander, Joseph Brennan. My office will be requesting he join us for a 49th Ward Town Hall for you all to be able to meet virtually meet him and engage.

The last couple of weeks have brought many changes, so please take some time to read about them below in the newsletter.

Take care,

Maria Hadden

Ward Updates
Crime and Police Statistics
I've heard a lot of folks comparing what we’re experiencing now to a year or two years ago, sharing that things feel more dangerous and wondering about the cause for the change. The complaints and concerns we get in the office and those I see on social media often look for simple explanations in an effort to make sense of the chaos. I want to address some of the concerns and start with sharing where our District is on on crime statistics according to the CPD reports.

You can see from the report for July 13-20 that, year to date, we are seeing a moderate increase in some violent crime (murder and aggravated battery), an increase in shooting incidents (from 15 to 26), and an overall decrease in total crime. The second chart shows you historical comparison of the stats for years 2016-2020 to give you better context of year to year changes for the same time period.

Here's the same data for the same time period for the City of Chicago overall.

Do We Have Fewer Police?

Another question that has come up in recent weeks is whether or not we have fewer police resources this year than in previous years. The answer is, it's complicated. You can compare month to month changes using the charts here, but the average number of officers assigned to the 24th District for 2018 was 294, for 2019 it was 298, and to date this year it is 293. District assignments are constantly in flux and, based on available data, there isn't a clear pattern of what to expect any given month. One thing is known, and that is that these numbers show official assignments, but police are frequently shifted to other temporary duties based on needs determined by the Superintendent. The tables below show the District assignments for all months/years available from the Inspector General's Public Safety Dashboard. You can find other valuable data here like Complaints, Tactical Response Reports, Arrest Data, and more. 

8/2019 - 7/2020 (last 12 months)
2020 - 7 Month Average - 293
2019 - Average 298 Officers
2018 - Average 294 Officers
2017 - Partial, Average 267 Officers

So What's Really Happening?

What we are seeing is unquestionably a result of the fact that we’re all living through a global pandemic. None of us has been through this before and the way it’s affecting us as individuals is only eclipsed by the way it is impacting our society. The loss of lives and livelihoods has been tremendous. Our local and national economies are forever changed and the immediate impact is directly seen in our neighborhoods. Now, more than ever, we need creative problem solving, block-level organizing and compassion. We have an opportunity to identify and lift up values as we build solutions to problems, old and new. We have an opportunity to make all of this loss mean something. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve our ward and our city during this trying time. Thank you.

City of Chicago Tightening COVID-19 Restrictions
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recently announced that the City is back in a “high-incidence” situation, with over 200 cases per day over a 7-day rolling average. As such, the City has announced that it will be tightening certain COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services as a precautionary move in response to this increase in cases.

New restrictions include:
  • Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors.
  • Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they abide by ongoing COVID-19 guidance and existing regulations.
  • Establishments without food may still provide outdoor service* as they did under phase three.
  • Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns and breweries will be reduced to six people.
  • Indoor fitness class size will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Personal services requiring the removal of face coverings will no longer be permitted (shaves, facials, etc).
  • Residential property managers will be requested to limit guest entry to five per unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties. 

*As a reminder, outdoor areas include outdoor patios, rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs and indoor spaces where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8-ft from such openings

These new restrictions will come into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m.
CPS Requests Input from Families on
Reopening Framework for the Fall
CPS shared a preliminary reopening framework last week as they prepare to reopen schools in the fall. In the coming weeks, the district will be finalizing plans for implementing a hybrid learning model.

The district is requesting input on how best to resume school in a responsible manner. Families are encouraged to complete the reopening survey by July 31, 2020. 

Families are also encouraged to participate in community meetings at the end of this month. Feedback on their preliminary reopening framework from our parents, students, staff, and community members will be critical in finalizing plans for reopening. See the schedule and registration information above to join a virtual community gathering to discuss CPS’ reopening plans.

City Council Updates

Senior Safety Ordinance Passes City Council
A Senior Safety Ordinance my office introduced in partnership with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus passed the full City Council on Wednesday. It will go into effect 10 days after passage.

The ordinance strengthens the supports for seniors living in senior buildings. This crisis has shined a spotlight on the weaknesses in our systems. The absence of wellness checks, policies, and reduced staffing have led to horror stories of senior deaths going unnoticed in their buildings. 

Seniors continue to remain at an elevated risk of complications and death during the COVID-19 crisis. This ordinance addresses that by requiring frequent cleanings of senior buildings, PPE for all staff, regular wellness checks for tenants, and language justice for all non-English speaking residents.

It's important that we implement all necessary precautions to protect our most vulnerable population during a public health emergency. I'm proud to have worked alongside the Jane Addams Senior Caucus and the Shriver Center to usher in these critical changes that will help protect our seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and any future public health crises.
Green vs. Chicago Lawsuit Settlement Update
During Wednesday's City Council meeting, the lawsuit settlement in the case of Green vs. Chicago was held after it raised significant concerns among the public and council members, including myself.

The lawsuit would grant Charles Green with a $500,000 settlement related to a 2015 Freedom of Information Request. Green was convicted in 1986 of accountability murder, aggravated arson, residential burglary, home invasion, and armed robbery and armed violence. At the time, Green was only 16 years old and sentenced to life in prison. 

Charles Green has continued to maintain his innocence since. Green has stated that he confessed to the alleged crimes under duress after being held for hours in police custody and denied access to a public defender or attorney. His mother was also denied access to Green, even though he was a minor at the time. Green confessed and testified against two other individuals because the detectives told Green he would be released and be able to return home to his mother and family. The testimony Green provided ended up being inadmissible due to hearsay. 

In 2015, after being released from prison, Green filed a lawsuit after the Chicago Police Department ignored a Freedom of Information Act request that would release any and all closed Complaint Register (CR) files that relate to Chicago Police officers dating back to 1967. In February 2020, 
Judge Conlon ordered CPD to produce the documents. According to Green's attorney, it is at that time the City's attorneys offered a monetary settlement for the Plaintiff. In June 2020, the City increased its offer to $500,000 on the condition he give up his rights to the records.  

Green's attorney asserts that he continues to remain steadfast in his objective of releasing these files to establish his innocence and to shine a light on decades of misconduct and coercion by the Chicago Police Department.

On Monday, I attended the Committee on Finance hearing to express my concerns with the settlement and our duty to be transparent with the public. Since late May, my office has received over 15,000 emails asking for more accountability and transparency in addressing police misconduct. Green's case presents one opportunity to show our residents that we are committed to bringing meaningful transparency to the Chicago Police Department. It is a critical step that we must take in working towards correcting years of systematic over-policing of our Black and Brown communities.

Despite the robust conversation that occurred during the Committee on Finance hearing, the measure still passed. During Wednesday's City Council meeting, it was held until a later date. I remain committed to voting no on this settlement, as Green continues to maintain that it is the release of these records that he desires, not the monetary settlement he's been offered.

In response to the discourse that this lawsuit settlement has spurred, Alderman Waguespack and Alderman Talliaferro introduced an ordinance this week addressing the public's access to complaint information. The ordinance would require the Inspector General to host on its website a user-friendly, publicly accessible and searchable digital repository listing each individual closed disciplinary investigation. The database would be required to contain the CR Number, the type of complaint, the officers involved, the investigating authority, a brief description of the complaint, the dispensation of the case, and other information the Public Safety Deputy deems of value to the public. I plan on working closely with Waguespack, Talliaferro, and my other colleagues on City Council to strengthen this ordinance and bring more transparency to the police department. 
Fair Notice Ordinance Passes City Council
On Wednesday, City Council passed the Fair Notice Ordinance. The ordinance extends the notice period for non-renewal of leases from the current 30 days to:
  • 60 days for tenants who have lived in their current apartment for between 6 months and 3 years; and
  • 120 days for tenants who have lived in their current apartment for over 3 years.
The ordinance also creates a notice period for raising the rents that follow the same timeline above. The provisions in the ordinance apply to all types of leases, including month-to-month leases. The ordinance does not affect evictions for nonpayment or other lease violations. 

The ordinance also provides tenants facing eviction with a "right to cure" for their nonpayment up until an order of possession. Currently, tenants have five days to pay back their rent after receiving a notice of nonpayment - after that, landlords can reject payment and continue the eviction. The "right to cure" would require the landlord to accept full payment of all back rent, including court filing fees, up until an eviction order is given by a court. This "right to cure" clause could only be used once by a tenant in a given court. 

This ordinance provides tenants, especially those with little savings, health problems, school-age children, or a Housing Choice Voucher - additional time to secure new, suitable housing for their family. Similarly, tenants need more notice to plan for any impact a rent increase may have on their household. This ordinance provides Chicago residents with more predictability and stability in their housing when landlords know they will not renew a lease or will be raising the rent. This also provides tenants who have fallen behind on rent with an opportunity to fully pay back what they owe. Providing tenants with a second chance leads to fewer evictions and more stable communities. 
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
Extended Outdoor Dining Comes to Rogers Park
After more than a month of working through the bureaucratic red tape of a new, multi-agency program, Jarvis Square businesses were permitted for expanded outdoor dining! R Public House, Taste Food & Wine, Charmer’s Cafe, and Anto’s Pizza are participating. You can dine al fresco every Friday - Sunday and don’t forget your mask!
Community Engagement Opportunities
Clark St and Devon to Arthur Streetscape Improvement Survey
CDOT is currently conducting a survey to get input from Rogers Park residents on the Streetscape Improvement project on Clark Street from Devon to Arthur. The survey is available in both English and Spanish
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Fireside Chat about Racial Injustice
Join Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx and Chicago Community Trust CEO Dr. Helene Gayle on July 28, 2020 at 5:20 pm for a discussion about systemic and institutional racism. Register at
Property Tax Appeals Q&A 
In partnership with other elected officials, Commissioner Gainer's office is taking a new approach to assisting with property taxes and appeals this year by co-hosting a webinar with Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s office.

The virtual event will be held on Thursday, July 30th at 4:00pm, and you can register at Please call Commisioner Gainer's office at 312-603-4210 if you have any questions.
Anti-Violence March in Rogers Park
Community Partnership 4 Peace (CP4P), Jungle Love Herbs, and ONE Northside are partnering to host an anti-violence march. On Saturday, August 1, meet at Willye B. White Park or the United Church of Rogers Park. From there, both groups will march from their locations, merge onto Touhy and Ashland, and finish at Loyola Beach. 

There will be live music, refreshments, food, and care packages/kiddie bags distributed by CP4P. Make sure to wear a mask if you plan on participating!
Chicago AARP Northside Community Group Meeting
The Chicago AARP Northside Community Group is holding their monthly meetings virtually on the first Tuesday of the month! Their next meeting will be on August 4th at 12:30pm, were they will be discussing how older voters are approaching the election and the pandemic. To join, please email, and further details will be shared with you.
Community Aid
Youth-Senior Connect
My Block, My Hood, My City is looking for older adults who are interested in being a part of  their Youth-Senior Connect program, which employs youth to make wellness calls and helps meet the needs of Senior Citizens in Chicago and beyond. They have hired 80 young people who are eager to check in with older adults, hear what they need, and build together. Youth and Seniors have both been deeply affected by this isolation. By fostering intergenerational relationships, My Bock My Hood, My City wants to improve the wellness of all involved.

Their youth are dedicated and passionate. They have received 2 weeks of qualitative training from SKILLS and Rush Medical. They are ready to make a difference in their communities and form real relationships with the older generation.

If you or a loved one are interested in signing up to receive a wellness check-in, please sign up at to join their caller list and be a part of the Youth-Senior Connect Movement.
We Call Upon You Project
Born out of the sorrow of the killings of Black men by police, We Call Upon You is a project that uses art to call upon elected officials to support legislation and policies that protect the lives and futures of children who are refused opportunity, prejudged, targeted, unjustly jailed, and murdered due to the color of their skin. Utilizing the skills of five talented black artists from around the country (Brittany Harris (Chicago, IL), Kimlayn (Los Angeles, CA), Cole Creations (Washington DC), Janel Young (Pittsburg, PA and NYC), Benjamin Pierce (St. Louis, MO)), the project aims to create an informed, accepting, and compassionate society. 

To donate to and participate in the project, visit their GoFundMe page at
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 58% 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. 
State Moratorium on Evictions Extended to August 22nd
Cases in the state continue to climb this week. On Thursday, Illinois clocked in over 1,600 cases, the highest number of cases in a single day since May 25. 

In response to the growing number of cases, Governor Pritzker extended the moratorium on residential evictions through August 22. He also announced that applications for renter and homeowner assistance programs open August 10 and August 28. 

Finally, the State continues to work to expand its processing of unemployment benefits and investigate a new nationwide fraud scheme. 

For more information, visit
USPS Mail Delivery Issues
Photo Credit: Chicago Sun Times
Our office has received an influx of concerns regarding mail delivery issues in the past couple of weeks. We have contacted Congresswoman Schakowsky's office to discuss the problem and how we can partner with her to remediate this matter. We will also be reaching out to the Postmaster for Chicago to escalate the concerns our office has been fielding.

The Associated Press published an article this week addressing the issue of nationwide mail delivery, and the likelihood of continued delays in services. In May 2020, Trump appointed Louis DeJoy to serve as Postmaster for the United States Postal Services. At the time of DeJoy's appointment, House members expressed concerns about his ties to private postal contractors.

In memos obtained by the Associated Press, mail carriers will be told to leave behind parcels of mail if it causes delays to their routes. Additionally, postal carriers will no longer be provided with overtime pay to finish deliveries. These changes may continue to cause delays in mail delivery services across the nation. 

Additionally, USPS has faced significant financial issues in the past decade due to private competitors ramping up their services. Last year, the agency saw an $8.8 billion loss in revenue. USPS is on track to run out of funding by the end of September if Congress doesn't take action to provide supplemental funding. 

In an early Coronavirus relief package, the House of Representatives authorized $10 billion in supplemental funding for USPS. USPS has not yet accessed that funding due to a stipulation that would provide the U.S. Department of Treasury much control over the operations of the agency, which has been independent and apolitical since its inception.

While the delay might not seem like a significant issue at first glance, many people rely on USPS for critical needs, including medication refills and other important documentation. The dependence on our independent mail system has only increased since the start of the pandemic as well. Additionally, many remote places cannot rely on private carriers to deliver their mail, and USPS remains their only option. 

Congresswoman Schakowsky's office has communicated to our office that they are trying to figure out how they, along with their colleagues in the House, can best push for improvement. They are also talking to the Lettercariers Union about their ideas to improve services. Finally, they are pushing back on the proposed changes to delivery services. 

Our office will work with them to escalate the issue locally and identify ways solutions to delivery problems. We will also discuss with USPS and the Chicago Board of Elections how we can ensure mail is delivered efficiently ahead of the November General Election and maintain the integrity of the democratic process. 

If you are experiencing issues with mail, please provide either our office or Congresswoman Schakowsky's office with the name, address, phone numbers, and the specific issue you're encountering. This information helps our offices advocate for improvements. USPS also responds to residents individually when a formal complaint is submitted. Folks may also opt to complete a complaint form on the 49th Ward website. This information is shared with USPS and Congresswoman Schakowsky's office. 

Finally, knowing what we do about the impending changes coming down from D.C., we must implore that residents request a vote-by-mail ballot sooner rather than later as not to overwhelm our local postal service and the Board of Elections. Additionally, when you receive the ballot, it is essential to return it as quickly as possible with the anticipation of potential delays in mind. 
Flatten the Ballot Request Curve, Apply NOW to Vote by Mail! 
Photo Credit: Common Cause

Make sure to apply to vote by mail now to help the Chicago Board of Elections prepare to send out ballots in a timely and efficient manner ahead of the November 3 General Election. Those who apply now will be the first in line to receive ballots when mailings start beginning in late September and early October.

Voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections website

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

Emergency Quarantine Order for People Returning from Out of State
If you have returned from any of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days from the time of the last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a hard-hit state.  For more information, please click here.

Read the latest COVID updates here.
Secretary of State Extends Deadlines to November 1
The Secretary of State has announced new deadlines for the following items that may have expired.
  • Drivers Licenses
  • License Plate Stickers
  • Restricted Driving Permits
  • Disability PlacardsID Cards
  • Monitoring Device Permits
This new November 1 extension also includes those who have July, August, and September expiration dates. As a result, expired documents will remain valid until November 1, so customers do not need to rush into Driver Services facilities.

Customers are encouraged to visit for online services and information.
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 began to ramp up normal enforcement of certain vehicle violations that were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ticket enforcement resumed citywide for street sweeping on July 1 and booting resumed on July 6.

This week, the City Clerk's office announced that they will be extending our late fee waiver period on certain City Stickers through July 31, 2020, for residents whose stickers were up for renewal or who purchased a new vehicle from January-June of 2020. The Department of Finance has also announced that they will be extending the ticketing moratorium through July 31, 2020. 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

Peoples Gas Bill Payment Assistance Program

Peoples Gas has committed $12 million in additional assistance for customers. Beginning July 6, 2020, residential heating customers with an arrearage on their Peoples Gas account who have received a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Share the Warmth grant since October 2019 will receive a Bill Payment Assistance Program (BPAP) grant toward their natural gas bill. A credit up to the amount of the customer’s arrearage, or $500 — whichever is less — will automatically be applied to the customer’s account.

Eligible customers who have not yet applied for a LIHEAP or Share the Warmth grant are urged to do so, as they may also receive a BPAP grant. Additionally, a customer whose account remains in arrears after all credits have been applied should contact us at 866-556-6001 to set up a payment arrangement.

City of Chicago Utility Billing Relief Program

Earlier this month, the City launched the Utility Billing Relief Program (UBR), which will provide financial and debt relief to thousands of Chicago homeowners through a combination of a reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax charges, and debt forgiveness for past utility debt. Residents can visit to see if they qualify for relief.
MWRD Green Infrastructure Grant Application
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is accepting project applications for partnership funding opportunitiesMWRD seeks to partner with local municipalities and public agencies to install green infrastructure (GI) throughout Cook County. Submitted applications will be evaluated based on the engineering effectiveness of the GI practices amongst several other criteria. The responsibilities of selected applicants will be defined through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the MWRD. 

The submission deadline for the application is August 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM CDT. Late or partial applications will not be accepted. More information and applications are available online.
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. 
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
Glenwood Sunday Market Moves to Hybrid Model
The Glenwood Sunday Market is moving to a hybrid model this weekend, incorporating both walk-through and pick-up options. The market will now allow people to walk-through and purchase directly from vendors, or to pre-order, pre-pay and pick up their purchases. 
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 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  
Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

Office Hours

Monday: 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Alderwoman Maria Hadden · 1447 W. Morse Ave · Chicago, IL 60626 · USA