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49th Ward Update
September 18, 2020
Members of the 49th Ward Anti-Violence Table meeting in Willye B White Park.

Hello neighbors,

Our ward is reeling from several shootings this past week. One of these shootings resulted in the tragic death of a young man, 26 year old Joel Jenkins. Our condolences go out to Joel’s family and loved ones; we’re sorry for your loss. There was also an incident where more than a dozen shots were fired in a residential area North of Howard. While no one was injured, that doesn't make this incident any less dangerous and concerning. No one wants gun violence in their community and implementing solutions to end or reduce it are not easy. Many of you have reached out this week to demand that something be done to stop the shootings. I want you to know that we’re doing everything we can with the resources that we have available. And we will continue to do so.

We work regularly with the 24th District police department to bring them both your concerns and the information you share with our office. Earlier this summer, I formed an Anti-Violence Table, convening local organizations that serve residents in ways that address both root causes of poverty and violence as well as restorative justice and violence interruption practices. We’re supporting their work and bringing them together so that we can better collaborate to reduce violence and improve the lives of the people we serve in our area. Collaborations such as these are proven to work. And as with all lasting change, it takes time and a lot of effort well spent. Organizations that are involved in the Anti-Violence Table so far are:

  • A Just Harvest
  • Good News Partners
  • Howard Area Community Center
  • Circles and Ciphers
  • Willye B White Park
  • One Northside - Community Partners for Peace
  • C24/7 Ministries
  • Rogers Park Business Alliance
  • Family Matters
  • Gale Community Academy Parent Mentors
  • 24th District Police Department

It is important to remember, gun violence is a public health issue. A conflict on one block between two people can turn into a shooting which leads to a retaliation and a shooting on another block. Violence and harm done to one group in Uptown can lead to shootings and harm done in West Ridge. The people who are the perpetrators and intended victims of the gun violence are also our neighbors, our children, our cousins - we are responsible for them and to them. We are also deeply impacted by their actions.

Summer is coming to an end, which historically brings a reduction in shootings, but if 2020 has taught us anything so far, it’s that this year is different from all the ones prior. We can’t take anything for granted so we’re going to continue our focus on violence reduction and community-building. At the end of this month, we’re going to be sharing a toolkit for neighbors to use to better connect to each other as one key component of violence prevention. In the meantime, if you have ideas of what can be done in our ward, please share them with my office. Right now, we’re collecting ideas on how to improve our community through PB49, our participatory budgeting process. It’s going to take all of us working together to keep each other safe. 

Take care,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Shanah Tovah - Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a year filled with health and happiness!

S&C Electric Gives Back $520,000 to Community
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago

S&C Electric Company, 6601 N. Ridge, employees raised over $520,000 this year for our local non-profits. 

The annual charity drive raised more money this year than ever before, with S&C matching 150% of its employees' donations.

The money will go to local non-profits including Misericordia, United Way of Metro Chicago, and Creating Healthier Communities (CHC). S&C also donated to Feeding America, which is working on providing Chicago residents with COVID-19 relief.

Thank you to S&C for being a generous neighbor during these trying times. Block Club Chicago wrote a nice article on their efforts, which can be read online by clicking here

RPBA Unveils New Mural at Honeybear Cafe
The Rogers Park Business Alliance unveiled a new mural this week at Honeybear Cafe, 7036 N. Clark. The new mural, titled Color Through Chaos, 
was created by Chicago artists CJ Williams and Kristianna Jacques. It celebrates Black lives and the Black experience. Swing by to check it out and stop in at Honeybear Cafe while you're there!
Ward Updates
49th Ward 2021 Budget Survey and Town Halls
The city is heading into its budgeting season, and we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete the 49th Ward budget survey online (en español aquí) to help us identify the priorities of 49th Ward residents. Your responses will help inform Alderwoman Hadden we enter discussions for next year's budget. 

Our office will share the results of this survey after it closes on October 4 in our newsletter, on our social media pages, on our website, and at two 49th Ward budget town halls. 

Save the dates! We will host two 49th Ward budget town halls where we will discuss the city's process in forming its annual budget, the challenges we face this year, and the results of this survey. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback as we enter the budget season. 
  • First Town Hall: Saturday, October 10, at 10 am
  • Second Town Hall: Thursday, October 15, at 6 pm
Register to attend a Town Hall online at (Spanish translation available).

Do you know someone in the 49th Ward who should complete this survey? Please share the link ( with them! 

Earlier this month, our office shared an overview of the 2020 budget shortfall and projected 2021 budget gap as we gear up for the 2021 Budget season. The full summary is available on the 49th Ward website by clicking here
PB49 Underway!
PB49 is now underway! This year's cycle will look different than previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but we still want to hear from you! 

This year we are starting with an open-ended question: If you could change one thing about our community that would make life better for you, what would it be? 

Between now and September 19, folks will have the opportunity to answer that question and inform our 49th Ward participatory process.

How can you answer that question?
  1. Fill out this online Google Form
  2. Text "PB49" to 33339;
  3. Flyers are posted in the main corridors of the ward with a QR code that folks can scan to open the Google Form on their smartphones;
Be on the lookout for more information on how and when to vote in October!
Do you want to become a community representative? We'd love to have you! Just make sure to check the "yes" box on the second page of the Google Form!
The Fields Schools Community Meeting September 23
In December 2019, the 49th Ward office undertook a community process to help vision and brainstorm ideas for the Fields Schools (i.e., Eugene Field and New Field). During the process, we identified strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities that these schools face. With a slight pause in the spring due to the COVID-19 crisis, the process resumed in August with an adjusted timeline. 

During the process, stakeholders submitted ideas and proposals to help support these schools. During the next community meeting, we will review the ideas that were generated during the community process. Participants will also have the opportunity to submit any additional ideas that were not previously identified during the meeting. We will then present this information to Chicago Public Schools so we can make recommendations that will create strong and sustainable neighborhood schools in the 49th Ward.

To join the virtual community meeting at 6 pm on September 23, go to

Those who are unable to attend the meeting on September 23 may still complete the Fields Schools Visioning Survey online  (en español aquí) to share their feedback. 

For an overview of the community process to date, please visit the 49th Ward website.
CTA Work Planned for 6600-Block of N. Lakewood
The CTA will be performing structural maintenance on its structure located on the 6600-block of North Lakewood beginning in early October.  The details of the upcoming work are below.

 Dates: Weekdays (Monday-Friday)
           October 1-2, 2020
           October 5-9, 2020 
           October 12-16, 2020
           October 19-23, 2020 
           October 26-30, 2020
  Dates: Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)
           October 3-4, 2020
           October 10-11, 2020
           October 17-18, 2020
           October 24-25, 2020 
Location: Red Line- CTA's Structure (East side) on N. Lakewood Ave. (north of Albion Ave.)
Work Hours: 6 am to 6 pm 
Work Activity:   Structural Maintenance
Local Impact: 
  • There will be curb/parking restrictions next to the Structure while the work is being performed.
  • There will be noise while the work is being performed.
Noise may include:
  • Use of pneumatic tools
  • Truck traffic
  • Beeping from backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
  • Concrete disposal and removal
  • Rolling traffic closures
Community Aid
Donate Blood on September 30
With the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals have experienced a shortage of blood in recent months. Blood donations help doctors treat a variety of patients, so your donation could be life-saving. Versiti has partnered with the Rogers Park Branch Library to host a blood drive on Wednesday, September 20, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Make sure to receive a time slot online today. 
Volunteer for Care for Real's Rogers Park Food Pantry
The Care for Real food pantry continues to help feed our neighbors every Tuesday from 12 pm to 2 pm at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse. To help continue to support our neighbors, they are seeking additional volunteers.

Volunteering times:

Tuesdays 10 am - 2:30 pm
Thursdays 10 am - 12:30 pm  (Food packing)

Those who are interested in lending a hand should email
Rogers Park Tree Fundraiser
Over the last two weeks, a small group of neighbors came together to start a fundraiser to the eventual replacement of Rogers Park's trees. According to the Bureau of Forestry, it takes approximately $525 to plant and maintain a parkway tree for two years. The group's goal with this fundraiser is to raise enough money to start a movement, with an eventual goal of leveraging the support for the City to make it a priority.

This idea all started as a Facebook Conversation. Three local artists immediately donated designs, Tee Mart (1445 W. Morse) is the main vendor, and the Rogers Park Business Alliance agreed to serve as the fiscal agent.

Make sure to get your merchandise to commemorate this historic storm while giving back to our neighborhood at the same time! Click here to shop today!
Community Engagement Opportunities
Pitch In for Loyola Park!

This fall, the Chicago Parks Foundation is leading a citywide volunteer initiative to help keep the parks clean in partnership with the Chicago Park District and our communities.

Our local Loyola Park Advisory Council will participate in this citywide effort on September 26, October 14, and November 24 to help clean up the park as we head into the winter months. 

Loyola Park is located on the lakefront, covering a little over a mile of beach-front with tennis courts, basketball courts, sculptures, and a dog beach. It is one of the best-hidden secrets on the far northeast side. 


Over the past few months, park budgets have been stretched, and there are fewer seasonal employees. The Chicago Parks Foundation will provide cleanup supplies and safety guidelines throughout the city to help support the parks’ ongoing maintenance.

Please sign-up online today and come experience the beauty of Rogers Park at Loyola Beach!

Family Matters' Community of Changemakers Weekend
Mark your calendars and get ready for a Family Matters family weekend full of fun, community, action, and change. 

Family Matters will open the weekend on Friday, September 25th at 3:30 pm with a mobile Silent Auction.  After registering, you will receive a link to download the Givi app on your smartphone.  The Silent Auction and Giving Tree items will be available on the app from Friday 3:30 pm until Sunday 9:30 pm.  Saturday will feature a Walk and Roll-A-Thon beginning at 10:00 am and starting at Willye B. White Park.  Then on Sunday, Family Matters will close the weekend with a Virtual Gala, beginning at 7:00 pm.

For more information on all the festivities, visit the Family Matters website.
Howard Area Community Center Mural Unveiling
Howard Area Community Center is hosting a virtual Mural Unveiling event on October 12th at 6:30 pm. 

Share in a special moment, virtually, as HACC unveils the moving artwork from their artist-in-residence, Molly Costello. This is a community occasion in which the stories from their Adult Education program will be shared through art.

Learn more and RSVP online.
Loyola's Autumn Community Health & Nutrition Series
Loyola University's Community Nursing Center is hosting a series on community health and nutrition this fall. Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday starting on September 22 for tips and information to improve your health and well being. The series will be hosted virtually over Zoom from 1-2 pm. 
GreenTown: Climate Crisis Series

On September 23, GreenTown: Climate Crisis will feature Toni Preckwinkle delivering the welcome address and a plenary discussing Chicago Regional Climate Action Plan.

Sessions include:

  • Building a Flexible, Resilient and Adaptable Regional Food System
  • Carbon Neutral: Regional and National Strategies for Meeting IPCC Scientist GHG Reduction Recommendations
  • Chicago and Beyond
  • Climate Crisis Resiliency and Green Infrastructure
  • Clean Energy Tools and Financing for Communities
  • Waste Reduction and the Circular Economy
More information on the GreenTown series and how to register is available online.
Design Your Vote Community Art Project
Kids, parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to a free community art project and contribute to making a mosaic of our state.

WHO: YOU!  All ages, No skill needed
WHAT: 6”x6” artwork 
WHEN: The deadline for submission is October 14, 2020
WHERE: Take a picture of your art and email it to
WHY: Picture your Power then Use Your Power: Register to Vote;  Apply to Vote by Mail; Vote Early!

EXTRA CREDIT: Submit your art with your name and Ward 49, and Design Your Vote will include all the ward entries together on their Facebook Page with a little sentence highlighting our neighborhood. 

See website for additional details:
Complete the Census Online!
Census Enumerators Going Door-to-Door to Gather Census Data
This month you might notice Census enumerators going door-to-door to encourage Census participation. All Census enumerators will be wearing masks and a valid ID badge. Please help us get an accurate count this year by taking 5 minutes to fill out the 2020 Census online
Census Bureau Announces
Plans to Stop Count a Month Early
On August 3rd, the Census Bureau announced their plan to stop conducting end field data collection by September 30, 2020, a month earlier than previously anticipated. All residents are encouraged to complete the Census online at to ensure our community receives proper levels of funding and legislative representation during the next round of redistricting.
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 63.4% 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 Eviction Moratorium Extended to October 22
Governor Pritzker announced this week that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to October 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.  
Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment with the
Cook County Board of Review Through October 13

Rogers Park residents can appeal their 2020 assessments to the Cook County Board of Review until Tuesday, October 13. 

The 2020 assessment is used to calculate the tax bill residents will receive in July 2021 and does not affect the property tax bill received in July 2020.  

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi, Alderwomen Maria Hadden and Debra Silverstein, State Senators Heather Steans and Ram Villivalam, and State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Yehiel “Mark” Kalish will host a “drive-thru” appeal event and two “appeal overviews” via Zoom. 

The drive-thru event will take place at the Devon Bank parking lot, located at 6445 N. Western Ave. in Chicago on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.  

The drive-thru event will allow residents to fill out an appeal without leaving their cars. Upon entering the parking lot, residents will receive an appeal from a Board of Review employee that the resident can fill out and return immediately. Residents who have questions can also ask the Board of Review employees at this time. Residents are encouraged to bring their own pen and a flat surface, such as a clipboard or magazine, to write on, although pens and clipboards will be provided. Residents must wear masks when interacting with the Board of Review staff.   

The appeal overviews will take place on Tuesday, September 29 at 5 pm and Thursday, October 1 at 1 pm. The Zoom overviews will allow residents to learn more about how to appeal through the Board of Review in addition to answering any procedural questions. Residents can sign up by clicking here or by calling Commissioner Suffredin’s office at 847-864-1209 to sign up.  

“We will continue to virtually help constituents appeal their property assessments and file for exemptions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner Suffredin. “I encourage you to reach out to my office so we can assist with your appeal or answer your questions.” 

Commissioner Suffredin's office will not be taking in-person appointments but will continue to help residents via phone and email. Commissioner Suffredin's office can be reached at 847-864-1209 or   

As a reminder, the deadline for Rogers Park residents to appeal to the Board of Review is Tuesday, October 13.  

Residents can also visit the Board of Review website at 

Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program
The Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program will provide complete lead service line replacement for eligible low-income residents. Homeowners may qualify for a free full lead service line replacement if they meet all of the following qualifications:  
  • Own and reside in their home;   
  • Have a household income below 80% of the area median income ($72,800 for a family of 4); and,  
  • Have consistent lead concentrations above 15 ppb in their water, as tested by the Department of Water Management.  
Under the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program, qualifying homeowners will have their lead service line replaced all the way from the water main into the home by contractors paid fully by the City. Per the Municipal Code, the service line beginning at the water main to the external shut-off valve, usually located under the parkway, is owned and maintained by the City. From the external shut-off valve into the home, the service line is the property and responsibility of homeowners. Single-family homes and two-flats will also receive a free water meter if there was not one already installed, to help residents save money on their water bills.  

The Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program will be paid for by up to $15 million in Community Development Block Grant funds in 2021. There will be an ongoing application process that will allow a number of applicants to receive free replacements. This number will be capped based on a yearly basis, according to the available funding secured for the program each year going forward.  

This program requires passage of an ordinance that will be introduced to the City Council for a vote in November. Pending passage, the program will begin accepting applications this fall. The application will be found at        

The Homeowner-Initiated Lead Service Line Replacement Program is for homeowners that want to hire a contractor and remove the existing lead service line on their property. Under this program, the City will waive standard permit fees for the project, which could amount to a savings of over $3,000. The City will connect the new service line to the water main and install a free water meter upon completion of the replacement.   

To qualify for the fee waiver, it must be a standalone request - homeowners cannot be asking for it in conjunction with a home renovation or expansion that requires an upsizing of the water line. This program requires passage of an ordinance that will be introduced to the City Council for a vote in November with an effective date of January 1, 2021.  
City Unveils Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Plan
The city unveiled an Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD) draft policy this week. The preliminary plan is the product of 18 months of the Elevate Chicago coalition. The coalition is comprised of over 70 stakeholders, including city employees, community-based organizations, representatives from the private sector, philanthropies, and more. 

The draft proposal creates a framework to address the disparities of development and growth in the city since the first Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance was passed in 2013. Since 2013, 90% of TOD development has occurred on the north, northwest, downtown, and West Loop. This has led to an influx of affluent white people moving to these parts of the city, while the Black population continues to decrease. 

The draft eTOD policy tries to encourage growth on the city's south and west sides without displacing long-term residents in the areas. 

The city is looking for public comment on the draft eTOD policy. Please take a moment to review the policy online and submit comments to by 5 pm on Thursday, October 29.
Don't Wait! Visit an Emergency Room if
You are Experiencing a Medical Emergency
AMITA Health wants to remind residents that people should still visit emergency rooms if they're experiencing a medical emergency.

With the COVID-19 crisis, emergency room doctors have noticed a dip in hospital visits as people's fears of exposure to COVID-19 has increased. However, not receiving the medical treatment you need could have significant consequences.

AMITA Health wants you to know that their Emergency Department is open and safe. They've taken the proper precautions to keep non-COVID patients safe from exposure to receive the medical treatment they need. If you or someone is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 and request an ambulance! 
Share Your Feedback on the E-Scooter Pilot
In August, the city launched a citywide (with the exception of the Lakefront Trail, the Central Business District, and the 606 Trail) e-scooter pilot that will run through mid-December. The city is collecting feedback, which will help inform city officials on whether or not to make the shared e-scooter program permanent. 

Please take a moment to complete the online survey. For more information about the pilot program, visit the city's website
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.

Those who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3. Those locations and hours are still being finalized and will be published on the Board of Election's website next month. 
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 websiteThose who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3. Those locations and hours are still being finalized and will be published on the Board of Election's website next month. 

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

State Moratorium on Evictions Extended an Additional 30 Days
In response to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 and the housing crisis that looms over our state, Governor Pritzker extended the moratorium on residential evictions an additional 30 days. The last eviction extension was set to expire on August 22. 

For the latest information on the State's response, visit
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
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
Sidewalk Snow Removal RFP Now Open

Due: Fri, Sep 25 5pm 

Do you have a company or want to recommend a service that does Snow Removal?

Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA), on behalf of Howard Street Special Service Area #19 (SSA #19) is seeking a full-service snow removal company to clear sidewalks and crosswalks of snow and ice within the boundaries within the boundaries of SSA #19 in Chicago.

The company will supply personnel and related equipment for snow removal from all public pedestrian areas in the above-described area from October 15, 2020 to April 15, 2021.

Refer to SSA #19 map here

View full RFP here. 

GROW Progresando Entrepreneurial Training Program

In just 2 hours an evening over 4 weeks, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn the basics of how to develop their business idea, write a business plan, and set up their business Participants will also have the chance to meet Small Business Loan Representatives at a Capital Access Fair.

The trainings will take place on Wednesdays throughout October (October 7, 14, 21, and 28), from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

This program is free for RPBA members at the Enthusiast, Visionary, or Cornerstone levels. The program costs just $75 for non-members and scholarships are available.

For more information and to register, visit GROW Progresando's website.

Masks Now Required When Ordering and
Interacting with Staff at Restaurants
Photo credit: Chicago Sun Times
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a new set of guidelines for bars and restaurants Tuesday to help protect the health and safety of our restaurant workers. The new guidelines require patrons to keep their masks over their mouths and noses during all interactions with wait staff and other food service workers.

Please be considerate of all our workers and neighbors and continue to wear masks when you interact with them. This simple task is critical for protecting everyone's health and for containing the spread of COVID-19. 
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.

Former CMSA Student Shares Story of Immigrating to the US
A former student of CMSA, Hafashimana Obedi, shares his story of immigrating to the United States from Tanzania. He shares his experiences of learning English at CMSA's ESL program and some of the challenges he confronted upon arriving in Chicago. 

Read his and others' immigration stories in this edition of Borderless Magazine online
Schedule a Check-Up Through Healthy CPS
Healthy CPS wants to make sure that our students and their families stay healthy as they learn remotely this fall. 
Additionally, the Office of Student Health and Wellness is working in collaboration with the Department of Human Services to help families with their Medicaid cards, SNAP Benefits (Link), TANF applications, renewing benefits, sending income documents, and other services. They also collaborate with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to give better assistance to our students, parents, and community.

To schedule an appointment, contact 773-553-KIDS (5437) or visit the Healthy CPS website
Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest
Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin is proud to announce the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest!

This scholarship recognizes a senior in high school who has displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and writes a thoughtful and impactful essay (500 words or less) on a Hispanic American who has played a role in shaping Chicago's culture and how you plan to use your college experience to build on that legacy.

Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans. Winners will receive a $1,500 and $1,000 award, respectively.

Students can apply at the CPS Academic Works website or submit their essay and other required materials to
Raise Your Hand Hosting
LSC Support and Empowerment Series

CPS has re-opened the opportunity for parents and the community to apply for seats on LSCs. This gives school communities, particularly those with less than a quorum, an opportunity to be fully empowered and create more community connectedness. The new deadline to apply is Friday, October 2 by 3:00 pm for the school you intend to serve. 

Ahead of LSC election, Raise Your Hand is hosting LSC awareness workshops covering topics such as the basics, history, and how empowered LSCs can have a positive impact on community connectedness. 

LSC Campaign Support

Sat, September 19th at 10:30 am | Register:

Sat, September 26th at 10:30 am | Register:

Wed, September 30th at 7:30 pm | Register:

LSC Elections Support

Tue, October 6th at 6:00 pm | Register:

Wed, October 14th at 7:00 pm | Register:

Be Your Own Boss Virtual Internship
Future Founders' free virtual after-school program provides a unique opportunity where students get paid to create their own business idea. 

Throughout the virtual experience, interns will learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship through live sessions and interactive platforms and apply their skills to build a new business idea! Interns will be paid via stipend up to $250 for completion of the program.

The internship will be offered in two cycles (Cycle 1: October 12-28 and Cycle 2: November 4-20). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through September 30 and can be completed online.

Updated CPS Meal Distribution Sites
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Chicago Public Schools will have more than 450 meal sites for the 2020-2021 school year. Students, parents, or guardians may pick up free meals at the nearest school from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. If families are unable to visit a meal site in-person, the district will continue to provide free delivery for those who need additional support.

The district’s 277 summer meal sites will be closed starting this Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7 so that CPS's nutrition staff can spend Labor Day at home with their families. 

Use this map to find the nearest meal distribution sites. In the 49th Ward, the following schools will serve as meal distribution sites:
  • Eugene Field (7019 N. Ashland)
  • Gale Community Academy (1631 W. Jonquil Terrace)
  • Jordan Elementary (7414 N. Wolcott)
  • Kilmer Elementary (6700 N. Greenview)
  • New Field Elementary (1707 W. Morse)
Be a Part of After School Matters this Fall!
After School Matters is offering more than 300 remote programs this Fall to provide safe, equitable, and innovative remote learning opportunities for 6,500 Chicago teens. Encourage teens in your life to apply to be a part of ASM this Fall to find creative ways to keep engaged with peers and mentors while exploring their interests and developing skills for their futures.

Teens can now apply to programs in the arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM. All programs begin the week of October 6. 

Chicago high school students can search and apply for programs at Their mobile-friendly application includes an interactive map to help teens search for programs, as well as a full Spanish translation feature. All remote fall programs are paid apprenticeships and internships. 
Essential Jobs/Help Wanted
CTA Second Chance Programs

Do you have a barrier to employment that has kept you from working full time? 

Are you ready for the opportunity to work for the 2nd largest transit agency in the country?  

Join the CTA for a live info session to learn about their Second Chance Programs. These programs offer one-year temporary employment, professional development,t and career coaching. The CTA Second Chance Programs are recruiting to fill positions NOW and they want YOU!!!  

Stay connected -- Get text updates from Second Chance Programs: 

Phone #: 81411 

Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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