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49th Ward Update
November 6, 2020

Good afternoon neighbors,

Though we took a short break for Election Day, your City Council is still hard at work with the 2021 budget. This week we heard from Streets and Sanitation, Buildings, Housing, Human Resources, and Public Health to name a few. I've been working with my colleagues in the Progressive Caucus to find a path to a non-law enforcement crisis response pilot for our city, digging deep for other revenue or savings sources so we can avoid a property tax increase, prioritizing violence prevention funding and making sure that equity is at the center of our budgetary decisions.

I look forward to sharing my reports with you in advance of our Budget Town Halls on November 10th and 14th! Our Nov. 10th Town Hall will be in Spanish with English interpretation available and our Nov. 14th Town Hall will be in English with Spanish interpretation available. Register here: and see more info below.

We will also hold a citywide, Progressive Caucus Budget Town Hall on Thursday, Nov. 12th.

Please spend some time reading the important COVID-19 public health updates in the newsletter this week. Our rates are the highest they've been. Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Arwady, has said that in in a group of 10 people, there's a 1 in 3 chance someone has COVID. In a group of 50 people, there's a 9 in 10 chance that someone has COVID. State Health Commissioner, Dr. Ezike, has said that our community spread is so prevalent that she wants to see even more regular testing. Please remember that it's going to take most of us (if not all of us) to beat this virus. In addition to taking the lives of our loved ones, its also taking the livelihoods of our communities. We're in this together.


Have a safe and restful weekend,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Ward Office Closed on Veterans Day

The 49th Ward office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen on Thursday, November 12. You can still leave a message or email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you to all our veterans who have fought for our freedoms and liberties. 
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
Ald. Hadden Celebrated in Crain's Chicago 40 Under 40!
Photo Credit: John Boehm, Crain's Chicago Business
Alderwoman Maria Hadden has been named one of the 2020 Crain’s 40 Under 40 honorees. For 31 years, Crain’s 40 Under 40 feature has tapped business, nonprofit, government and cultural leaders who have made a vast impact on Chicago business and the community. It’s a prescient list that has predicted the path of future Fortune 500 CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, famed artists, civic leaders and big-time politicos. 

The list is made up of the most impressive group of business executives in Chicago, and none has yet celebrated their 40th birthday. The report honors people from the wide range of industries we cover – technology, consumer products, real estate, health care, finance, etc. – who are proven leaders in their field. To be eligible, a nominee must be working in the Chicago area and be 39 or younger as of Nov. 5, 2020. Read about why Ald. Hadden made the list and meet the other 39 honorees here:
Rogers Park Shows Up & Donates Blood on Halloween!
11 of our neighbors gave back this Halloween by donating blood during the Versiti blood drive at the Rogers Park Branch library. These donations can help save up to 33 lives. Thank you, Rogers Park, for always showing up for our community!
Ward Updates
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge at an Alarming Rate
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb across the city at an alarming rate. This week, our city hit a positivity rate of 10.9%, up from 8.1% last week and 6.4% the week of October 12. 

The spread of COVID-19 is spreading across all age groups, with the number of infections for people ages 40-49 matching those in the age groups 20-29 and 30-39. 
The spread of COVID-19 has led to an increase in hospitalizations. The number of people hospitalized in Chicago due to COVID-19 has doubled since September. 
The number of people in the ICU in Chicago due to COVID-19 has also doubled since September, with 179 people in Chicago currently in the ICU. 
The number of people currently on ventilators in Chicago is 91 individuals, which has more than doubled since September. 
Currently, there are over 14,500 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Chicago. To date, we have had a total of 108,572 COVID-19 cases. 3% of people who have contracted COVID-19 in our city have passed away. That totals 3,081 deaths from COVID-19 in the city of Chicago.
In Rogers Park, we're seeing the number of positive cases increasing. As of Saturday, October 31, 1 in 29 people in our community have tested positive for COVID-19. 
While folks are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue, everyone must continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our family and neighbors. Wear a mask, social distance, and regularly wash your hands.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the city's Coronavirus Response Center website. For more information on the Restore Illinois plan, visit the State of Illinois' Coronavirus Response website
Rogers Park Branch Library Roof Replacement Update
The Rogers Park Branch library has been having the roof replaced over the past month. The roof replacement has wrapped up, which is great news for our library, which experienced leaks for several years. 

Unfortunately, however, as workers were replacing the roof late last week, they discovered the roof was in worse shape than originally thought. The roof's metal decking was exposed, which meant that any time it rained, the water would soak the fireproof insulation. This caused the insulation to become very wet, loose, and heavy over time. This resulted in some insulation falling through the library's ceiling in certain areas, bringing down some ceiling tiles with it. As a result, the library had to do an emergency closure. 

Beginning on Monday, November 9, the first floor of the library will be open to patrons. However, the library's second floor will need to remain closed until crews can replace the fireproof insulation. The patron occupancy number will be adjusted for the library to accommodate social distancing on the first floor. Patrons will have access to holds, computers, and general browsing with the first floor still open. 

Crews are working closely with the Chicago Public Library to replace the fireproof insulation as quickly as possible. They're hopeful that they can do this phase of the work sometime next week. They have indicated that it should only take a few days to replace once the schedule is confirmed. As soon as it's replaced, the second floor will be able to re-open to library patrons.

The final phase of work will come in early 2021 with the replacement of the carpet in the library. 

We know the library's abrupt closure impacted patrons who rely on the library as a place of refuge. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused and appreciate your patience as crews work quickly to make the necessary repairs to re-open to the public. Thank you to Chicago Public Library and the Department of Assets, Information, and Services for making these critical repairs to our library so it can continue to serve the residents of the Rogers Park community.  
Loyola University Announces
Preliminary Plans for its Spring Semester
Loyola University announced preliminary plans for their Spring semester last week. The plans would include having 1,200 freshmen return to campus to live. Students would not be assigned a roommate and would instead have single occupancy dorm rooms. The number of students that would potentially return to campus amounts to about 25% of the overall on-campus housing capacity. 

The plans call for regular testing of students and staff so any COVID cases can be quickly identified, contact traced, and stymied before an outbreak occurs. Loyola University is applying to become a part of the University of Illinois's Shield Illinois program, which would allow rapid saliva tests to be conducted on the Loyola community. 

Loyola came to this decision after surveying their student body about the impact COVID-19 has had on their educational experience and personal lives. They found that juniors and seniors were faring better because they already had the social fabric component of their college experience established before the COVID-19 crisis. However, they found that freshmen were struggling academically, emotionally, and socially. Many freshmen feel that they are missing out on a major transition in their life by not being on the university's campus. 

At this time, no plans have been finalized. The decision is contingent on several factors, including if they're accepted into the Shield Illinois program as well as the positivity rate in January 2021. Our office is working with Loyola University to schedule a community meeting in early January to discuss their plans. 

Ahead of that meeting, we ask residents to share any feedback or concerns they have with our office so we can catalog it and share it with Loyola University. Please take a moment to fill out a feedback form online to share your thoughts or concerns.
49th Ward Budget Town Halls
 As budget hearings wrap up and we near the vote for the proposed 2021 budget, we are hosting town halls to hear from you. Join us to learn more about what is included in the 2021 budget proposal. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.

On Tuesday, November 10, at 7 pm, our office will host a town hall for Spanish-speaking 49th Ward residents. On Saturday, November 14, at 10 am, we will host another town hall. While the November 14 town hall will be in English, Spanish translation will still be available for those unable to attend the November 10 meeting.

To review the budget forecast, the Mayor's proposal and 49th Ward survey results, visit the 49th Ward 2021 Budget page. To register to attend a budget town hall, visit
The Fields Community Process: Next Steps & Recommendations
On Tuesday, October 27, our office hosted the final meeting in the Fields Schools community process. During the meeting, we reviewed the process, which was launched in December 2019, to date. We also shared the results of the final visioning survey, which are available by clicking the button below. 
View the Results
During the meeting, the 49th Ward office shared information from Chicago Public Schools that we received in August for school communities seeking to pursue a school action. In that meeting, we learned that CPS has created a robust process for recommending school actions. This process includes establishing a steering committee that is representative of the school community, including a student representative. The steering committee would be required to follow specific outreach and engagement procedures, including recording participants and attendance throughout. 

Based on the level of engagement throughout the community process, the requirements CPS has established for recommending school actions, and the history between the two schools, our office will be making the following recommendations to CPS:
  • We will push again for CPS to reconsider the student-based budgeting model that is bad for our neighborhood schools;
  • We will ask CPS to reconsider the SQRP rating model and address the concerns around equity as it pertains to this rating system;
  • We will ask for additional support from CPS to create robust articulation between the two schools, including more opportunities for students at both schools to engage with each other and the administrations;
  • We will advocate for additional resources for Eugene Field so they can more effectively market the school to neighborhood families, especially prospective parents who are just beginning to look into schools for their children; and
  • We will continue to engage with the two schools with activities and actions to bring healing to the two communities.
Our office launched this process in December 2019 in response to a grassroots effort from the Unite the Fields organization. Our office took on a community process to ensure transparency and accountability in our ward's decision-making process.

What became clear throughout the process is that our community deeply cares for our students and wants to provide them with strong neighborhood schools. When seeking schools for their students, parents want continuity, stability, and cohesion. Our office will continue to work with our local school communities and CPS to advocate for the resources and services they need to be first-choice schools. 

We know that this topic is extremely personal to many, so thank you for engaging with our office around it. While we plan on making these recommendations to CPS at this juncture, it doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t support other proposals or community actions in the future. We would support the formation of a steering committee that can explore potential community actions that follow CPS’s requirements. Thank you again to everyone who participated in this process over the past year.
Corridor Development Initiative for Site at Howard & Ashland Extended to November 12 
It’s finally here! The last community workshop for the Rogers Park Corridor Development Initiative is next Thursday, November 12. We’ve taken ALL the ideas you have shared for the site at Ashland and Howard through the surveys, design workshops, and DIY kits and have assembled different scenarios and development priorities that will be presented for feedback. The workshop will also include presentations and Q&A with a series of panelists to discuss the different development scenarios. Our community partners and surrounding neighbors are essential to this process—register now to save your spot!
Start a Block Club!
Our office wants to make sure that we know our neighbors, know what organizations and businesses are part of our community, and feel empowered to take responsibility for what happens in our neighborhood because you have the support and resources available to do something. Most of all, we want to make sure that you feel connected to our office and our community. That’s why we're excited to announce our new community-building initiative, Block by Block (BxB).

BxB is the block club, reimagined. Our block clubs will be built around the principles of inclusion, respect, and action. It’s a program designed to connect neighbors to one another, local resources, and to provide a place where we can work together on neighborhood challenges at the block level.

Are you interested in being a part of a block club?
Do you want to help start one in your area?
Are you already participating in a block club?

Then please - Register here for our BxB program!
Community Aid
Community Partners 4 Peace/ONE Northside Turkey Giveaway
To help families in need celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, Community Partners 4 Peace has partnered with ONE Northside to give away free turkeys on November 20.  Alderwoman Hadden is happy to be a financial sponsor of this event.

Rogers Park residents can collect their turkey from:
  • 3 pm - 4 pm at Morse and Ashland;
  • 4 pm - 5 pm at Howard and Marshfield; and
  • 5 pm - 6 pm at Howard and Damen
Please make sure to wear a mask and social distance when picking up a turkey. If you don't have a mask, you will be provided with one. If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend this event. 
Volunteer for Care for Real's Rogers Park's Food Pantry
Care for Real is seeking volunteers to help provide food to stock the pantry, prepare food for distribution, and distribute food to our neighbors. They're seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Register to volunteer online.

If you or someone you know needs fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, bread, grains, or canned food, visit the Care for Real food pantry located at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, Tuesdays between 12 pm and 2 pm. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Looking for Volunteer Opportunities? Sign-Up Here!
We are always looking for volunteers for the 49th Ward office to help with flyering, school supply distribution events, tabling events, data analysis, event facilitation, among other activities! If you're interested in helping out, we'd love to get your information. Sign-up online, and we'll reach out as opportunities come up!
Virtual Health & Wellness Expo
100 Black Men of Chicago is hosting a 2020 Health & Wellness Expo. The expo is designed to raise awareness of the critical healthcare challenges facing minority communities through strategic partnerships with various healthcare organizations, physicians, nutritionists, community leaders, and advocates. This expo builds off of the momentous success of their eight-part series, COVID-19: A Black Perspective, which took place in the spring. 

The 2020 Health & Wellness Expo will be an excellent opportunity for community members to engage in public conversation and learn effective ways to help keep themselves and their families safe during these challenging times. The event will take place on Saturday, November 14, at 10 am. For more information and to register, visit
Edgewater Village Invites You
Edgewater Village Chicago is sowing lively discussions and engaging programs to broaden your interests and grow your social network. Indoor herb gardening, health and wellness topics, and Greek dancing are some upcoming activities. 

Edgewater Village Chicago is a volunteer, non-profit organization. It offers programs, social activities, and resources geared toward older adults to enable them to age well in the community. There are no membership dues; its programs are free and open to everyone.

Check out these and many other programs, and sign up for the weekly newsletter to learn about more virtual activities.

Mollie’s War
Wednesday, Nov. 11
1 p.m.

In this special Veterans Day program, join Cyndee Shaffer, as she shares her mother’s letters from Mollie’s War which describe her experiences as a WAC in England, France and Germany during WWII.  This program is sponsored by Edgewater Village Chicago and with Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library.

Register for this free Zoom program and pass along this flyer to your friends; they can join the program no matter where they live. 
24th District Community Conversation November 23
The 24th Police District is hosting a Community Conversation to help inform their 2021 strategic plan. The more voices that are heard during the meeting, the better the police can develop a Strategic Plan for 2021 that encompasses the concerns of the community.

The conversation will take place virtually on Monday, November 23, from 6  pm to 9 pm. Register online at Eventbrite. Those who cannot join virtually are asked to call into the meeting by dialing the number on the flyer. 
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. 
Rental Assistance Program
The Department of Family Support Services launched a second open application period for its Rental Assistance Program on Monday. This application period will close on Sunday, November 15, at 11:59 pm. For eligibility requirements, FAQs, and more information, visit
Changes in CTA Service Between
Howard & Berwyn Red Line Stations
Please be advised of changes impacting Red Line service between the Howard and Berwyn stations due to the ongoing Red/Purple Modernization work.

Southbound trains departing from the Howard stop will bypass Jarvis through Bryn Mawr stations. Southbound trains will run express between the Howard and Berwyn stations. A free shuttle bus will be provided between Howard and Berwyn. Northbound Red Line trains will continue to make all stops.

The service changes will be in place starting at 10 PM on Friday, November 13, through 4 AM on Monday, November 16, or when work is completed.
ComEd Helping Hands Program

ComEd's Helping Hand program provides the most in-need customers a one-time grant of up to $300 towards a past due balance. The program is available until funds are exhausted.


Combined household income for the 30 days prior to application (gross income for all household members, before taxes are deducted) is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level, and one of the following concerns is expressed:

  • An unexpected loss of income or reduction in income (including job loss or furlough)
  • Sudden illness to you or family member
  • Other stated COVID-19 impacts

To apply for the one-time bill assistance, call 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661) and mention the Helping Hand program. To learn more, visit ComEd's website

ComEd Bill Assistance Program

ComEd is providing bill assistance for eligible, limited-income households earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. To verify if you meet the income criteria, visit

The ​Bill Payment Assistance program runs through December 31, 2020, or when program funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Eligible customers can receive a one-time bill assistance of up to $500 for past due balances, up to the amount of the balance. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


  • LIHEAP qualified residential customers with a past due balance
  • Undocumented residential customers with a past due balance may also apply for LIHEAP

If you have not yet applied for LIHEAP, please visit or call 1-877-411-9276 to start your LIHEAP pre-application. Once approved for LIHEAP funds, please fill out your information below.

To apply for the one-time bill assistance or learn more, visit ComEd's website.

CEDA Utility Program
Cook County residents are qualified to get help paying their light and gas bills than Check out the new, expanded income guidelines to see if you qualify. To fill out the application click here. Open to residents of the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County. To get more information about other CEDA utility programs to help you through COVID-19 recovery click here.
SARFS Program
The SARFS program provides safety, security, and accessibility improvements and repairs that may include grab bars, lever faucets, door repairs, floor repairs, bathroom repairs, kitchen repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors.

To be eligible for this program, seniors must be a resident of the City of Chicago, live in Wards 38, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, be 60+ years old, be a homeowner in a single-family home or condo with 7 or less units, and have an income of less than 80% of Median Income.

For more information, visit the Northside Community Resources website
Now Enrolling: Mary Crane Center
Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now enrolling children from 15 months to 5 years old. They offer Head Start, Pre-K, and Child Care Programs. Call them at 773-262-1390 to learn more!
City Will Host Webinar for
Proposed Development on Moody Bible Campus
The Department of Planning and Development will host a virtual community webinar to review the plans for JDL Development’s North Union site on the Near North Side.
The meeting will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.
Registration for the Zoom webinar is open now, and the presentation will be posted on the City’s website in advance of the meeting.
JDL proposes to purchase and redevelop 8.1 acres of land from the Moody Bible Institute, which would continue to own and operate an educational institution and media ministry on its remaining 9.4 acres.
Generally bounded by the CTA Brown Line tracks and Oak, Chestnut, and Wells streets, the North Union site is proposed to include a variety of low-, mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of approximately 2,680 residential units, 30,000 square feet of commercial space, and approximately 1.3 acres of public open space.
Thorough details about JDL’s proposal will be provided during the meeting. Members of the public are welcome to email questions for the meeting ahead of time to, or by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.
For more information, visit the City’s website. Questions and comments can always be directed to
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to November 22
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to November 22 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

State officials are working on securing grants to help residents who have experienced a financial hit due to the global pandemic. Efforts to pass relief at the federal level came to an impasse over the summer before Congress recessed. Negotiations have resumed now that they are back in session.  

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
2021 Individual Artists Program Grants
DCASE announced the timeline for the 2021 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant cycle. IAP grants aim to assist Chicago's practicing artists in creating work that develops their craft and elevates their careers while adding to Chicago's cultural vitality. IAP grants support artists across all artistic disciplines, including Film & Media Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance), Music, and Visual Arts/Design. For eligibility requirements and grant calendar and to RSVP for virtual application assistance workshops, please visit
Request for Qualifications: Chicago Aviation Artist Pool
DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), invites Chicago-based professional artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in Chicago’s Aviation Artist Pool. The Aviation Artist Pool is a mechanism for selecting artists for public art opportunities at Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports.

The deadline to apply is November 29. More information is available on DCASE's website
Get a Free Flu Shot at a CDPH Location
now through Mid- November 
The Chicago Department of Public Health will again host their annual flu shot vaccination clinics throughout the city. This year will look different than previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Instead of partnering with the 50 aldermanic offices, CDPH will host over 40 recurring flu clinics at large locations across the City, such as Chicago’s City Colleges, and multiple smaller, one-time clinics in high-risk communities. The full schedule is available online at Walk-ins are welcome, but residents will soon be able to register in advance on the website.

CDPH recommends everyone six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine as the first, and most important step, in protecting against the flu. While the flu vaccination is always important, this season getting vaccinated is more important than ever. This is especially true for people who are at higher risk of being exposed to or developing serious complications from flu and COVID-19, as well as those who are caregivers of people who are at higher risk from these two diseases. This includes: 
  • People 65 and older, who account for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths from flu and COVID-19. 
  • People with underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, neurologic disorders, weakened immune systems and diabetes, who also are more likely to have serious flu and COVID-19 outcomes. 
  • African Americans and Hispanics, who are disproportionally affected by diseases like asthma, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions that can increase the risk for serious flu and COVID-19 complications. 
  • Caregivers in long-term care facilities—in addition to residents—who are in daily close contact with people who are most vulnerable to serious flu and COVID-19 illness and death. 
  • Essential workers who have frequent interactions with the public and are therefore more likely to be exposed to flu and COVID-19. 
Residents are best served when they receive vaccines as part of a routine visit with a primary care provider. If you do not have a doctor, find a nearby pharmacy that offers the flu vaccine or call 311 to locate a CDPH Community Flu Clinic. To make it easier for residents to find a location to be vaccinated, CDPH has relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder. This web-based app shows the closest location where the flu shot is available.

For 49th Ward residents, the closest CDPH flu shot vaccination clinic is at Harry Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Flu shot events at Truman College are scheduled as follows:
  • November 11 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • November 12 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • November 14 (9 am - 3 pm)
For more information about the flu and to view the full list of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit
Submit Feedback on What the
OIG Should Audit in 2021 through November 15
The APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement. Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) 2021 Audit Plan. 

See the draft plan here for more information on proposed projects and reports that were published in 2020. The survey takes approximately four (4) minutes to complete and will be open through November 15th. 

Survey in English
Survey in Spanish
Submit Feedback on the
Lake Shore Drive Study through November 9
Let your voice be heard! The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation invite you to provide feedback concerning the improvement of U.S. 41 (North Lake Shore Drive) from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue in Chicago. Since the last public meeting, the project team has evaluated criteria and narrowed the range of alternatives. They want to hear from you! 

Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Public Meeting (#4) will be conducted online through an interactive website. There are multiple opportunities to provide feedback! 

Interactive Website:

They have created a clearinghouse of materials, interactive exhibits, and an audio-visual presentation to provide a refresher on the project and help you review project updates. The interactive site is live:

Input can be provided through the interactive website in multiple ways: 
  • Use the interactive map to comment and provide input on the proposed improvements  
  • Complete a survey to tell us how you use the Drive and lakefront and share your priorities  
  • Review the project exhibits and leave notes in the comment area  
  • Sign up for a small group discussion with the project team 
Virtual Public Meeting Flyer (English) 
Virtual Public Meeting Flyer (Spanish) 
Written comments can be submitted through the interactive websiteproject website, or mailed to the project team. Comments received by November 9, 2020, will become part of the official public meeting record. 
Emergency Quarantine Order for
People Returning from Out of State
In July, Commissioner Arwardy issued an Emergency Travel Order for travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period. The list of designated states is updated every Tuesday and goes into effect the Friday of that same week. 

This order pertains to both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a hard-hit state. 

For the latest list of affected states, click here. For an FAQ on the Emergency Travel Order, click here.  Read the latest COVID updates here.
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
Apply for an SBA Economic Disaster Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering small businesses impacted by civil unrest between May 36 and July 30 low-interest economic disaster loans (EIDLs). The loans are available to businesses of all sizes and small agricultural cooperates that suffered economic losses during this period. 

Businesses can apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at . Businesses may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
Surge of New COVID Cases & Hospitalizations
Results in New Restrictions on Businesses
New mitigation efforts went into effect for the city of Chicago on Friday. The restrictions come as the city sees an increase in hospitalizations and after eight consecutive days of an increase in the positivity rate, triggering a shift in Chicago to Tier I of the Restore Illinois plan. The restrictions are necessary to curtail the spread and not overwhelm healthcare workers. 

The new restrictions are as follows: 

  • No indoor service.
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m. 
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside.
  • No ordering, seating or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed).
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
  • No dancing or standing indoors.
  • Reservations required for each party.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.
  • No indoor dining or bar service.
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
  • Reservations required for each party.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.
  • Takeout and deliveries allowed.
Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 
  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity.
  • No party buses.
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.
The curfew (that is, they must close between 10 pm and 6 am) for all non-essential businesses will still be in effect nightly in Chicago. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are exempt from the curfew. Additionally, the curfew for liquor sales will remain in place for 9 pm. This curfew applies to to-go cocktails as well.
2021/2022 NBDC Program RFPs

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit (i.e., 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)) business service organizations to deliver free business development assistance to Chicago’s small business community, and/or professional/program development for their peers through its 2021/2022 Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) Program. Participants of the NBDC program, also known as NBDC “grantees,” will deliver highly specialized business programs/services that help entrepreneurs start and business owners sustain and grow their small businesses, as well as assist their NBDC peers in building their respective capacities. There are seven (7) NBDC Program types. If applying for more than one program type, respondents must submit SEPARATE responses for each respective program type. 


The RFP requests can be viewed/downloaded/responded to via the “iSupplier” Portal Online eProcurement System of the Department of Procurement Services (DPS) at

  • Click on “Current Bids and Solicitation Opportunities,” then “eProcurement Bid and Solicitation Opportunities.”
  • Search for the following solicitations:
    7327 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Place-Based Generalist
    7697 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Cultural Specialist
    7698 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Capital Specialist
    7699 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Industry Specialist
    7700 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Innovation Specialist
    7701 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Bus. Stage Specialist
    7702 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Peer-to-Peer Trainer


  • Open: October 26, 2020; 05:00 PM CST
  • Close: November 30, 2020; 12:00 PM (NOON) CST


Proposals must be submitted via online application; emailed or faxed proposals will NOT be accepted.


A virtual pre-submittal conference will be held on the following dates:

The purpose of the pre-submitting event is to clarify the RFP process and the score of the required services. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly suggested the interested applicants attend.

PPP Loan Forgiveness for Small Loans
If your business borrowed $50,000 or less through the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), you can be eligible for speedy loan forgiveness. To learn how you can qualify, click here. 

You can click here for the instructions and here for the form needed to apply.
State Opens Second Round of Business Interruption Grants
Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) this week to announce the latest in a series of grants made available for small businesses in Illinois. These grants will be made available to businesses suffering losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as communities impacted by the recent civil unrest. 

Applications for the second round of the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program are now open and will offer $220 million in funds for small businesses hit hardest by the ongoing pandemic.

One of the criteria for applicants in the second round of grants is for disproportionately affected areas, which does include the 60626 zip code. 

For more eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development's website
BACP Issues Outdoor Dining Guidelines for Winter
As we enter the fall and winter months, BACP has issued guidance for safe and responsible outdoor dining and drinking. Please read this flyer for the latest information on structures, heating devices, and other safety considerations for outdoor service. Specifically, please note the following guidelines:
  • Temporary structures that fit multiple parties must have at least 50% of the sides open to be considered outdoors
  • Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, may be used for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation
  • Temporary structures must be weighted, anchored or secured to the ground, but cannot be anchored with any method that requires screwing, cutting or drilling into the public way (i.e. on streets or sidewalks)
  • Electrically powered heating devices are permitted in open or enclosed areas
  • Natural gas heaters or any device fueled by propane are only permitted in open, uncovered areas 
Please read the full flyer for all relevant information to ensure safe operations.
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.

Go CPS Application Now Open
GoCPS is now open. GoCPS allows families to learn, research, explore, and apply to nearly every CPS school and program through one online platform. Parents can select the grade level for their student to get an overview of the application process and timeline by visiting The Round 1 application period is open and closes on December 11, 2020.  
CPS Local School Council Elections Updates

Chicago Public Schools announced updates to the district’s 2020 LSC elections, including offering mail-in voting for CPS parents, guardians, and staff for the first time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, guardians, and staff can choose between either voting in-person at their respective school, submitting their ballot by mail, or dropping off their mail ballot at their school.  For in-person voting, the district is implementing stringent health and safety measures, including social distancing, face-covering requirements, and completing a health screener and temperature check prior to entering school buildings. The district will also offer curbside voting for individuals with disabilities.

Community members will still be required to vote in person because the district does not have access to information for every prospective community voter living within a school’s boundary in order to provide a mail-in ballot. Additionally, high schoolers will participate in elections using a digital format. The chart below provides key information for each voting constituency:

In-Person Election Times and Dates: 

  • Elementary Schools: November 18 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  • High Schools: November 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For all parents, community members who will be voting in-person, the district has implemented stringent health protocols to ensure the safety of voting in a school building. These include: 

  • Requiring voters to wear a cloth face covering, sanitize their hands, maintain social distancing, and complete a health screener and temperature check prior to entering the building.

  • Offering curbside voting for individuals with disabilities, individuals who cannot wear a mask, or individuals who choose not to enter the polling place due to pre-existing health conditions.

  • Utilizing sneeze guards and other physical barriers to protect staff when voters arrive, and using posted signage throughout school facilities to emphasize new policies and procedures.

Important Policies and Dates:

All in-person voters will need to bring two current forms of identification with them to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, Illinois ID, public library card, MediPlan or Medicare card, permanent resident card, matricula consular, voter registration card, current lease, utility bill, credit or debit card, or court documents. The district does not track or check immigration status, and eligible voters do not need to be U.S. Citizens in order to vote. Specific identification requirements for voter type is included below: 

  • Parent and Guardian Voters (In-person or Mail-in): 

    • Parents and guardians will receive a mail-in ballot. Parents who choose to participate in-person must present at least one form of identification that confirms their child is enrolled at the CPS school where they are voting. No ID is required for parents and guardians who drop off a mail-in ballot. 

  • Community Voters (In-person)

    • At least one form of identification must confirm residential address (examples: lease or utility bill).

  • High School Student Voters (Virtual):

    • Students will receive the digital survey from their principal. Students must use their accounts to access the poll.

  • Staff Voters (In-person or Mail-in)

    • Staff will receive a mail-in ballot. Staff who choose to participate in-person must present at least one form of identification to confirm their employment at the CPS school where they are voting. No ID is required for staff who drop off a mail-in ballot. 

CPS Unveils Plan for Phased Re-Opening
Last week, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a plan to begin a phased re-opening starting in the second quarter. The plans call to re-open school buildings for pre-k at the beginning of the quarter, and then students enrolled in moderate and intensive cluster programs later in the quarter.

CPS pointed to concerns about declining enrollment and attendance among pre-k students and students enrolled in cluster programs in making this decision. They also cited concerns about equity as enrollment and engagement among Black and Latinx students are at significantly lower rates than in previous years.

The announcement comes at a time when cases of COVID-19 are surging across the state, and public officials and health experts warn of a second wave. It also comes after arbitrators sided with CTU's concerns of requiring clerks be in the physical building while remote learning is underway.

While our office shares CPS's concerns about declining enrollment and engagement among these groups of students, we would like to see a plan that addresses, instead, closing the digital gap that still exists in these communities, creating a robust online experience for our students, and allowing flexibility in learning plans as other cities have.  Our office co-signed a letter that CTU sent to Mayor Lightfoot, the Chicago Board of Education, and Chicago Public Schools, encouraging them to rethink their decision and delay re-introducing students to in-person learning while COVID cases rise.   
Sign Up for a Teaching Buddy
Teaching Buddies was founded in the Summer of 2020 to provide a free weekly reading and writing enrichment program for students most negatively affected by COVID-19. Their trained college volunteers (“teaching buddies”) will lead free classes in writing and critical thinking for rising 1st - 8th graders in classes of 1-5 students. Together, they will help your child write short stories, read deeply, and learn important thinking skills to be prepared for the future.

For more information, visit their website
Employment Opportunities
CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
CPS is hiring substitute teachers. If you enjoy working with children while maintaining a flexible work schedule, consider becoming a substitute teacher with the third-largest school district in the United States.

License Information
Visit the Illinois State Board of Education website for information and instruction on obtaining a substitute teacher license and to apply online. All applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree.

Substitute Teacher Application
To apply online, visit and click on "APPLY NOW" under Substitute Teacher. Upload your resume and a screenshot of your license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education. 
CTA Now Hiring Bus Operators
The Chicago Transit Authority is hiring bus operators. The position offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and paid training. No CDL is required to apply. For more information and to apply, visit the CTA's Careers website
Trilogy Behavior Health Hiring
an Assessor (Comprehensive Class Member Program)
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking an Assessor (Comprehensive Class Member Program).

The Assessor will work with Williams and Colbert Class Members in SNFs (Skilled Nursing Facilities) and SMHRFs (Specialized Mental Health Recovery Facilities) to provide assessment services to residents and serve as an advocate for residents to help facilitate a positive transition from nursing home living to independent living in the community.  They will assess the residents’ readiness to discharge from the facility setting and transition into independent living and/or a less restrictive environment.  The Assessor will routinely interface with nursing home employees to obtain records, advocate on behalf of the resident, and coordinate any services as needed.  They will collaborate with Outreach Specialists regarding residents interested in being assessed for the Transition Program, and transition teams once the resident has been assessed and referred for transition services.  The Assessor will provide client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed services to clients with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse/addiction disorders utilizing a harm reduction approach. 

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website
Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
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