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49th Ward Update
October 31, 2020

Hello neighbors,

This has been the first week of Budget Committee Hearings for the 2021 Budget Recommendations from the Mayor. It’s been a long week. We heard from the Office of Budget and Management, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Police Department, Department of Transportation and more. I’ll share a budget summary document on Monday with a brief report on who we heard from, what questions I asked and other pertinent information about the departments. 

COVID19 infections are on the rise again with health officials estimating 1 in 54 Chicagoans currently have the virus. The rise in cases has prompted the Governor to put more restrictions on our businesses. Starting today, there is no indoor service for non-essential businesses. This means that our restaurants and bars are once again limited to carry-out and delivery. Those who were able to get expanded outdoor dining can continue that, but weather changes will make it difficult for them as well. All this is to say, please do what you can to support our small businesses. Order some carryout or delivery when you can, tip generously and show them some love. Also, get out and vote.

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day. Governor Pritzker signed a law making Election Day a State holiday this year and with the exception of Election workers, government offices will be closed. Please remember that Early Voting continues through Monday so you can vote at ANY of the Early Voting locations around the city, but you must vote at your assigned polling place on Tuesday. Find an Early Voting location or find your polling place!

These are challenging times for us all, but we will get through this together.

Have a safe and restful weekend,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Ward Office Closed on Election Day

The 49th Ward office will be closed on Tuesday, November 3. We will reopen on Wednesday, November 4. You can still leave a message or email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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
RP Student Earns Scholarship to Cornell University
Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) student, Owais Ibrahim, has received a full-ride scholarship to attend Cornell University! CMSA is proud of this incredible accomplishment and grateful to his teachers for helping him attain this honor.

Congratulations, Owais! 
Common Cup Celebrates 1 Year Under New Owners!
Congratulations to the Common Cup owners John and Kari Pendleton on a successful first year in business in Rogers Park! John and Kari took over from original owners, Ruth and John Hoekwater a year ago. Help them celebrate by stopping by The Common Cup at 1501 W. Morse for a coffee, tea or pastry this weekend! They have great social distance practices, outdoor seating and you can even order ahead of time for curbside pickup with the Joe Coffee App!
Congratulations to the Howl-oween Contest Winners!

DRUMROLL....Congratulations to the winners of our first Howl-oween Pet Costume Contest! We are happy to announce that this year’s winners as chosen by the 49th Ward Youth Council are:

First Place ($100 grocery gift card): Dapper Dexter!

First Runner Up ($50 grocery gift card): Finnie the Mail Carrier!

We will contact the winners individually to claim the grocery cards. Also, a huge thank you to Bentley's Pet Stuff for surprising us and donating two bark boxes to the winners! 

Thank you to all of the participants - human and pet alike. Every costume was amazing and we can’t wait to do this again (hopefully in-person) next year!!

Ward Updates
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.
In Rogers Park, we're seeing the number of positive cases increasing. As of Friday, October 24, 1 in 31 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
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 
The final community workshop for the Rogers Park Corridor Development Initiative is just two weeks away! We have been busy taking all the ideas you have shared for the site at Ashland and Howard through the surveys, design workshops, and DIY kits. Through those ideas, the project team has been assembling different scenarios and development priorities that will be presented for feedback at the November 12 workshop. 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!

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete the visual preference survey to help us better understand the uses and character you’d like to see at the site at Howard and Ashland. From housing types to various options for amenities and outdoor spaces, we need your input to understand community priorities.
Community Alert: Burglaries
The 24th District announced a series of burglaries this week in the Rogers Park neighborhood. If you or anyone you know has any information, please contact the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
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!
2020 General Election Information 
Make Your Voting Plan Today!
Having a voting plan is paramount to successfully participating in the democratic process. Research shows that having a voting plan can increase voter turnout by as much as 4.1%. Take a moment to review a sample ballot and then determine your plan today! 
Secure Drop Box Locations for Mail Ballots 
Early Voting Starts October 1
The Chicago Board of Elections began sending mail in ballots this week to registered voters who have requested one. Voters are encouraged to drop off their completed mail ballot at any secure drop box located throughout the city to avoid delays in mailing back the completed ballot via USPS.

Through Monday, November 2, voters can return their mail ballot to any secure drop-box or vote early at any early voting site located throughout Chicago's 50 wards. In the 49th Ward, early voting and the secure drop-box will be at New Field Elementary, 1707 W. Morse.  There will not be voting at Pottawattomie Park this year. The hours for early voting and to return a mail ballot to a drop box at early voting locations are 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

On Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), voters will be able to drop-off their mail ballot by 7 pm CST to any of the secure drop boxes located throughout Chicago's 50 wards. However, if a person chooses to vote in person on Election Day, they are required to vote at their polling place. To locate your polling place, visit the Chicago Board of Election's Voter Information page and input the address where you're registered to vote. 

If you choose to return your mail ballot via USPS, it must be postmarked on or before November 3 to count. Any mail ballot that is postmarked November 4 or later will not count. 

A voter may opt to vote in person instead of returning their mail ballot to a drop box or through USPS. If you choose to do this, you are required to bring your mail ballot with you to an early voting location or your polling place on Election Day and turn it in to an election judge to vote in person instead.

You can track your mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections' website here. If you have requested a mail ballot and have not received one by October 29, please contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7967. If you still do not receive a mail ballot in time for the Election, you can go to your polling place on Election Day. You will be asked to sign an affidavit to complete a provisional ballot. 
Voting in Person? Extra Precautions
Are in Place for Your Safety
The Chicago Board of Elections is taking extra precautions this election to ensure that people who choose to vote in person this year can safely do so. Expect to see 6-feet of space between voters, hand sanitizer, and plexiglass shields at early voting locations and polling places this year. Make sure to protect yourself, other voters, and poll workers by wearing a mask. Please also be kind and patient with one another while at a polling place. 
Register to Vote! 
Confirm how you're going to vote this November. Visit the Chicago Board of Elections website to check your registration, to register to vote, or to update your voter registration address.

To Board of Elections also provides information for a number of options for registering to vote. Some of the easiest are:
  1.  Online
  2.  In-person at an Early Voting location. In the 49th Ward, early voting will take place at New Field Elementary, 1707 W Morse. 
  3. At your precinct polling location on election day on November 3 (check your polling location online)
  4. By mail, but you have to get it printed and postmarked by October 6!
If you are registering to vote or updating your voter registration address at an Early Voting up to November 2 or at your polling place on Election Day, you are required to have two forms of identification. The Chicago Board of Elections has a list of acceptable forms of identification on their website.

To register to vote, you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen, and
  • be born on or before Nov. 3. 2002, and
  • live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and
  • not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have been released from prison/jail and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois. Ex-convicts who have been released and are on parole/probation ARE eligible to register and vote in Illinois.)
Through the Chicago Elections website, you can also apply to vote by mail or check the status of your vote by mail application. Mail ballots started getting mailed on September 24. 
Information on Voting for Individuals with a Criminal Record

On January 1, 2020, SB 2090 went into effect in Illinois. This law expands voter access in Illinois jails and requires jails and prisons in the state to provide returning citizens with information about their voting rights upon release.

Under this law:

  • For those held in pre-trial detention
    • Eligible voters will be able to vote in elections from jail, either in-person or by mail.
    • Jails will work with county clerks to register eligible voters in their custody.
    • Jails and probation offices will have up-to-date voting rights information for people with a criminal record.
    • Upon release from jail, all eligible voters will be provided with a voter registration application. 
  • For those leaving the Illinois Department of Corrections
    • IDOC will post information about the voting rights of individuals with criminal records in all of its facilities.
    • People leaving IDOC custody will receive a voter registration application and up-to-date information about their voting rights upon release.
The Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put together a Know Your Rights one-pager to help those involved with the criminal justice system with information on understanding their rights as we head into the 2020 Presidential Election. For more information, visit their website here
Lyft Offering Discounted Rides on Election Day
To help people get out and vote on Election Day (November 3), Lyft is offering 50% off a rideshare trip or a Divvy bike share trip. The offer is good for up to $10 to any polling place or mail ballot dropbox between 5 am and 11 pm on Election Day. 
Participate in Mikva Challenge's Great Electoral Race
Mikva's Great Electoral Race is now live! Now through Election Day, youth age 13-24 are invited to sign up for this virtual scavenger hunt and find 51 electoral actions you can take from home to empower your communities to get informed and engaged in the 2020 election - and win prizes (including iPad Minis and $50 gift cards). Download the app at or learn more at
Halloween 2020: COVID-19 Style
Celebrating Halloween this Year? Please do so Safely!
Are you hoping to celebrate Halloween with your household this year? The City has created a website to help Chicagoans safely trick-or-treat and participate in other festivities this year. Beginning October 18, residents can download a toolkit of ways they can get in on the fun and celebrate Halloween this year. 

Below are some guidelines to help you safely enjoy socially distanced trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
  • Masks aren’t just for trick-or-treaters this year! Everyone—including candy givers—should wear a face covering (multi-layered, covering the mouth and nose, without gaps around the face).
  • Leave a light on or hang a Halloweek sign in your window to let others know your house is giving out candy safely.
  • Handing out candy? Please socially distance and have hand sanitizer, too.
  • Trick or treating? Stay on the move! Less congregating means more houses and more candy.
  • Ensure there’s all treats and no tricks. Please don’t reach into candy bowls while trick or treating, and eat candy only at home after washing your hands.
  • No Haunted Houses. They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.
  • Keep your candy crew small. Trick-or-treating groups should be 6 people or less.
  • No house parties large or small this year.
Please visit Chicago's Halloweek website to review safe, socially distanced events across the city and read up on how you can keep you and your loved ones safe this year. 
Get in the Halloween Spirit with Lifeline Theatre's Podcast
Our very own Lifeline Theatre has created and is airing Edgar Allan Poe podcasts through October. You can listen (and follow/subscribe) to Lifeline On the Air on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTune In, and Google Podcasts. They post a new reading every Friday (so this Friday would be their third, but all are available). Check it out (they contain multiple poems and stories)! More info at
Community Aid
Donate Blood on October 31
What pairs together better than blood and Halloween? This year, spend your Halloween by donating blood. Hospitals across the region are facing a shortage of blood due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As we see cases surging in the midwest, they are in need of donations. 

Register online for a time slot between noon and 4 pm on Saturday, October 31, to help our community as we continue to combat this public health crisis. 
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. 
Join the Rogers Park Branch library staff and local writer, Isaiah Jamison, for a virtual talent show! Showcase your talent or skill, or just come to watch. Send a description of your skill to Alexis to sign up as a performer. Costumes are not required, but are encouraged (and could win you a prize)!

This event takes place on Zoom. Please register by 6 pm on Tuesday, October 27. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting. For more information and to register, visit the Chicago Public Library website
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!
Girls & Womxn Summit October 31
The Office of the City Clerk and Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is hosting a Virtual Girls' Summit on Saturday, October 31st, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. This free virtual summit will bring together young women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals ages 13-24 from across Chicago to discuss the issues most important to them. 

The Girls' Summit is also looking for volunteers. If interested, please sign up here to be a volunteer for any of the sessions. Volunteers will be expected to provide guidance to participants regarding the agenda and flow of the day and report out any problems participants might be having, either technical or otherwise. 

Please see the Virtual Girls' Summit website for more information, including how to register to participate. If you have any questions, email
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.

Indoor Herb Gardening
Monday, Nov. 2
1 p.m.

If you have the time, Kasey Eaves, owner of Vivant Gardening Services, has the thyme and other herbs. During the program, she’ll offer information about indoor herb gardening, including pitfalls, pests and plant supplements. You’re invited to ask questions during the Q&A. This is a free, Zoom presentation from Edgewater Village Chicago; please register by Oct 31.

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. 
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
Chicago Park District Fall Session II Registration Now Open
The Chicago Park District offers a variety of in-person and online programs to keep residents active & engaged. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed for in-person classes, including smaller class sizes, a requirement to wear masks, and social distancing.  For those not interested in in-person classes, the online programs provide an opportunity to stay active both mentally and physically while socializing with others. 

Sampling of Fall II Programs by Age Group
3 to 5-year-olds:  Kiddie College, Storytime & Crafts, Art & ABCs, Dino Diggers, Music & Movement, and other movement classes.

School-age children:  Introduction to Water Safety, Arts & Crafts, Fun and Games, sports programs such as Basketball Skills and Seasonal Sports, Mighty Fit Kids fitness classes, and a modified Park Kids after school program. Park Kids is offered in-person at more than 120 parks across the city and focuses on getting kids moving and having fun with friends after a day of e-learning.
Teens:  Teen clubs; fitness classes; sports such as basketball, volleyball, and boxing; advanced water safety and dance classes.  

Adults & Seniors:  Fitness classes, art & craft classes, and various fun & game activities.

And many more programs are available!

Fall session II programs begin the week of November 2 and run through the week of December 14.  In-person classes will not take place on November 3 & 4 at parks that serve as polling locations.  Learn more and register online.  
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
Protect Your Business on Election Day
In the lead up to the election on November 3rd, the Chicago Police Department, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication have compiled some tips to help business owners protect their businesses and some things to consider in the days leading up to the election. A full list of tips and considerations can be found online.
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.

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
773-338-5796 |

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

*Please note the physical office remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our staff is working virtually from home and is happy to answer calls and emails.

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