49th Ward Update
October 15, 2021

Good evening neighbors,

I hope everyone has had a good week. Budget Hearings have ended, but negotiations and discussions about amendments have been in full swing all week. I'm happy to be able to take a few moments to share some updates with you for our ward.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Budget Committee will consider the Mayor's 2022 Budget proposal. It's our last opportunity to have changes made to the proposal. Yesterday in City Council, I introduced two amendments that represent some priorities for our ward and the Progressive Caucus. The first would dedicate $70M in ARP funds to repair and preserve single room occupancy (SRO) buildings. SROs provide affordable housing options for some of our lowest income residents and in addition to creating more of them, we all need to preserve what we have. There are currently $0 dedicated to SRO preservation in the budget.

The second amendment seeks to zero out police vacancies that cannot be used in 2022 to redirect those funds that would be appropriated for other uses, like the SRO preservation. Currently, there are 900 vacancies for sworn officers in the budget. Superintendent Brown has said that we will only be able to hire and train 600 officers in 2022. The reduction in funds (not the elimination of the positions) is what I'm proposing to allow around $50M to be used for other services. 

An additional amendment that I'm supporting was introduced by Ald. Rodriguez-Sanchez and the Treatment Not Trauma coalition. It seeks to redirect half of the $20M being proposed for private organizations to expand mental health programming to our City run clinics. $10M to our public clinics would allow for facility improvements and most importantly, additional staffing.

Don't forget, you have until Monday, Oct. 18 to complete our 49th Ward Budget Survey (see below) so I can hear what our residents think about the current budget and proposed amendments. And then make sure to attend our second Budget Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6pm - register here:

Lastly, today was the deadline by which all City employees - Alderpersons included - had to comply with the vaccine mandate. We were required to complete an online form indicating whether we are vaccinated or not and providing proof of vaccination. If employees are not vaccinated, they must agree to twice weekly covid testing at their own expense and on their own time. All of our 49th Ward team have complied with the mandate. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President is instructing police officers to refuse to tell the City whether or not they are vaccinated, thus not complying with the policy. Employees who do not comply with the reporting will go into no pay status.

There's a lot of talk in the press about the scenario that could unfold if police heed his instruction, fail to report and then are not paid. Will they show up for work? How will this impact staffing? Today, the City filed an injunction against the FOP to prevent them from pushing for work stoppage or a strike and the FOP filed a complaint against the City, Mayor Lightfoot and Superintendent Brown regarding the mandate. This is messy folks. Clearly, there is a lot personality clashing and political posturing at play, but what's important to keep in mind is this: the City is asking for vaccines or testing. It's the minimum we need to keep a safe and healthy workforce and to be able to provide services to our residents. Anyone trying to stop us from moving forward with these reasonable, common-sense policies is no friend to the City of Chicago.

Take care this weekend and stay dry,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places and accomplishments. 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
Torrence Gardner Recognized as Distinguished Alumni
Congratulations to 49th Ward staffer Torrence Gardner for being recognized by his university as distinguished alumni because of his efforts in making Juneteenth a holiday for the City of Chicago. Keep up the great work!
Centro Romero Adapts to a Changing World
Last night, Centro Romero hosted its 37th annual gala, "Adapting to a Changing World." Centro Romero has been providing vital services to Rogers Park neighbors for decades and during this pandemic, they've been indispensable. If you missed the gala last night, you can still support them with a donation and watch the recording. Enjoy live musical performances, speeches, and special guest appearances. More information is available online at
A Just Harvest's 18th Annual Awards Benefit & Concert
Join A Just Harvest for their 18th annual awards benefit and concert. A Just Harvest will celebrate and present awards to community organizations and leaders for their service and commitment to the betterment of our community. The event will also feature a special performance by Emmy award winner J Kwest. 

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, the event will be held virtually. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Trilogy's 50th Anniversary Gala October 21
This year, Trilogy is celebrating 50 years of helping people with significant mental health concerns to overcome barriers to stability and move toward wellness. It’s a big milestone!
On Thursday, October 21, Trilogy is hosting its 50th Anniversary Gala online at 6PM CST. This year, and is presenting Trilogy’s Partner in Recovery Award to former congressman and founder of The Kennedy Forum, Patrick J. Kennedy for all he has done to advance the conversation around mental health.
You can purchase a Ticket, which is the amount that the ticket would be if it were in-person ($250). There’s an added benefit: the entire amount counts as a tax deductible contribution!
OR you can choose the Be Our Guest ticket, which is totally, 100% free (Trilogy is providing this option to make the event accessible to everyone, and we hope that more people will donate at whatever amount they can).
Ward Updates
Leone Beach Nature Center Named as Semi-Finalist in
Chicago Community Works Challenge!
The results are in, and Leone Beach Park has been named a semifinalist in the Chicago Community Works Challenge! For years, the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council has been advocating to transform the existing field house into a nature center that could serve the community. 

The existing field house at Leone Beach Park is one of the oldest structures on the far north side. However, it is not open to the public due to its condition. A nature center would benefit the Rogers Park community and surrounding area by providing year-round access to educational and experiential programming for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Furthermore, it would strengthen our connection to the nearby, yet rare, ecologies of Lake Michigan and Rogers Park. 

For years the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council has dedicated itself to transforming Leone Beach Park into a sustainable area to benefit the entire community. They planted marram grass along the lakefront to help combat erosion along our shoreline and planted native plants around the park to attract monarch butterflies and help create a sustainable ecosystem. They are in the process of ushering in a nature play area for children in the community. In addition to all the infrastructure improvements they've implemented at the park, they've provided the community with robust programming year-round to connect neighbors to nature, including bird watches, nature walks, and more. 

Transforming this field house into a nature center would continue to build a cohesive vision for our sacred park and provide the Park Advisory Council with a safe space to continue programming in the winter months or when there is inclement weather. It will also allow the community the opportunity to learn about conservation, resiliency, and sustainability.

The proposal is one of twenty-one projects that has been selected as a semifinalist for the Chicago Community Works Challenge. The challenge is a $10 million grant competition to support upgrades to public properties throughout seven regions of Chicago. 

Please show your support for this project by attending a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, October 26, at 6 pm. We need our community to attend to demonstrate their support for this improvement to a treasured local park. 
Register to Attend
2033 W. Howard Community Survey
On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the 49th Ward Office hosted a community meeting for a proposal to open a new market at 2033 W. Howard. 

This stretch of Howard (from Ridge to Damen) has an existing liquor moratorium, prohibiting him from selling packaged liquor goods. The owner is requesting that the moratorium be lifted so he can sell packaged alcohol at his grocery store.

Mr. Patel's plans call for 80% of the sales to be dedicated to groceries (fresh produce, fresh meat, toiletries, dry goods, and other everyday market items). He plans on dedicating 20% of his sales to liquor and will not sell fortified wines or specialty brews.  

I want to thank those who were able to attend the community meeting and Mr. Patel for his presentation and for being open to answering residents' questions.

The meeting generated a lot of discussion and feedback. Our office is now seeking further input from residents on the proposal. Please take a moment to complete an online surveyAlderwoman Hadden will review feedback within two weeks. From there, she will make a decision on the request, which may include further community engagement in some cases.

Survey link:
Watch the community meeting: click here
View the presentation: click here
Complete the 49th Ward Budget Survey
Last month, Mayor Lightfoot unveiled her budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year. Included in this year's budget proposal is the allocation of $1.89 billion in federal funding that was allocated to Chicago through the American Rescue Plan Act.

We want to hear your thoughts on the budget proposal! Please take a moment to complete the 49th Ward budget survey online to help us identify the priorities of 49th Ward residents. Your responses will help inform Alderwoman Hadden as we enter discussions for next year's budget. 

Our office will share the results of this survey during our final budget town hall on Wednesday, October 20 at 6pm. The budget survey will close on October 18. You can watch the recording of our first budget town hall here.

Take the online survey:
Sign up to attend the next town hall:
Learn more about the budget proposal:
49th Ward Budget Town Hall October 20
The 49th Ward will host another budget town hall on Wednesday, October 20, at 6 pm. We will go over the budget proposal and amendments leading up to the final vote on October 27. We will also go over the 49th Ward budget survey results. 

Register to attend the meeting at Spanish translation will be available. 
Sign Up to be a Dismissal Volunteer for Gale Elementary
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Consider signing up to be a dismissal volunteer for Gale Elementary, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace. Our office, in partnership with the Gale LSC, is looking for community volunteers to help Gale with their dismissal process during school days, Monday through Friday, from 3-3:30 pm. To sign up, visit
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Lunt/Wolcott replacement (PN 7155):
  • Sewer main installation is in progress on Lunt just west of Wolcott
  • Crews expect that this work will continue over the next two weeks
  • Restoration will begin shortly after the new sewer main is installed
Greenleaf/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Work at this intersection is ongoing
  • Beginning next week, crews will start to install the new sewer main heading west
  • Work will continue for about four weeks
Estes/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Crews will begin to mobilize at this location beginning early next 
Pratt/Ashland replacement (PN 7307A):
  • All underground work has been completed
  • The Pratt and Ashland intersection has reopened to traffic and the intersection has been restored with a concrete base to grade
  • The final sewer connection was completed this week
  • Concrete restoration work will be ongoing for the next couple of weeks on Ashland south of Pratt
  • Once the concrete work is complete, the final asphalt restoration will be scheduled
  • Disabled parking signs that were temporarily relocated will be returned to their original location by the end of next week, based on the restoration of Ashland south of Pratt
Street Resurfacing Updates:

Resurfacing project on Ashland from Clark to Columbia:
  • Inclement weather delayed the progress of concrete work this week, so the contractor will continue with this work into the next week
  • This work includes ADA work, sidewalks, and curb and gutter replacement
Fall Family Fun on Howard

Chalk Howard Street is joining forces with RPBA's Pop-Up People Spot!

Join for interactive activities such as board games, arts and crafts, live painting, live music, business specials, and more. Everyone is welcome to dress up! RPBA will be passing out candy and offering refreshments. 

The in-person live chalk art session featuring acclaimed Chicago 3D chalk artist Nate Baranowski will be held at 1514 W. Howard St. on Oct. 16, with music by Four Star Brass Band.

Make sure to take time for the self-guided outdoor walking tour of Walk Chalk Howard Street. Visitors will view the 3D art at neighboring local businesses in person.  

More information here

Hamdard Health Hosts Boo to the Flu Event October 16
Hamdard health, 1542 W. Devon, is hosting a flu shot event on Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 2 pm. Swing by to get your annual flu shot. While you're there, participate in some fun fall festivities, including a photo booth, pumpkin painting, and a costume contest. 
Theatre Above the Law Presents: Grimm
Taking place in a cabaret bar, Grimm works to spin well-known tales into a modern story. Utilizing classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and more, Grimm will weave multiple stories together to present to the audience. 

Grimm previews on October 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm and will close on October 31. All audience members 12 and older must show proof of vaccination at the box office, and all audience members are required to wear masks for the entire performance. More information and tickets are available at
Ward Remapping Updates
City Council members have begun the remapping process for Chicago's ward boundaries. Each alderperson is allowed to visit a "Map Room" at City Hall to determine their ward's new boundaries based on the 2020 Census numbers. This is a process that is completed every 10 years in accordance with state law

As Alderwoman Hadden begins the process for the 49th Ward, she's seeking feedback from the community on our ward boundaries. An independent coalition, the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission, has partnered with Districtr to help citizens create their own maps based on Census data. Our office is inviting residents to create and share with us their 49th Ward map proposals. Residents can create a map for either the entire city or the 49th Ward to share with our office for consideration. Districtr has rules and considerations users should review before creating their own map.

A new map for the city must be completed by December 1, 2021. 41 alderpeople must vote in favor of a map for it to be codified. If 10 alderpeople vote against a proposed map, Chicagoans will vote on the issue as a ballot referendum. 
49th Ward Halloween Happenings
It's spooky season! The 49th Ward Office will use this section to showcase various Halloween events around the ward. Have something you'd like added? Email it to us at 
Watch a Scary Movie at the New 400 Theatre
Get in the Halloween spirit this season by watching a scary movie at our local New 400 Theatre! Through October 21, they'll feature Halloween Kills, where Michael Myers is back to wreak havoc. Not in the mood for a scary movie? No problem! They have plenty of other options to keep audiences captivated.

Check out their listings and purchase tickets by clicking here
Halloween Fun at Jarvis Square
Businesses in Jarvis Square will offer some spooktacular evenings leading up to Halloween. Mark your calendars and get in on the Halloween festivities. 
  • Fri, Oct 22: Enjoy pumpkin carving while sipping a delicious beverage at Jarvis Square Tavern 
  • Thurs, Oct 28: Cozy up outside in the square and enjoy a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at sundown
  • Sat, Oct 30: Spend your evening with DJ SnicholFritz at the Jarvis Square Halloween party. Enjoy your themed cocktail while in costume, there will even be prizes passed out for best dressed. 

More information here

Trick or Treat on Howard Street October 29
Businesses along Howard Street are partnering with the Rogers Park Business Alliance to host a trick-or-treating event. Put on your best costume, grab a bag for candy, and visit participating businesses on Howard on Friday, October 29, from 3-6 pm. Make sure to consider showing your support for our small local businesses by sticking around for dinner or making a purchase. 
Dead on Damen Offers Neighbors a Space for a Spooky Gathering this Halloween
Neighbors on the 7500-block of Damen have put up a Halloween display that spans the entire block. It's visible anytime, but on Halloween, they really let their Halloween spirit shine. 

This is their second year hosting a Halloween party. They'll open their gates and let people walk thru the display while stopping at several stations to fill their tummies. They'll offer hot cider, chili, hot dogs, chips, juice drinks and, of course, CANDY.  The event is all free of charge. They only ask those that can to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation.

This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and share in what has become a new Rogers Park tradition. For more information on the event, visit their Facebook page
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
CPS Launches COVID-19 Resources and Data Portal Page
In partnership with the Department of Public Health, CPS has launched a COVID-19 resources page for CPS families. The site includes information on where to find vaccination and testing sites. It also contains a portal where CPS is tracking COVID-19 data. For more information, visit
Get Vaxxed at Home & Get a $100 Gift Card
All Chicagoans 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated at home. Up to 10 people can be vaccinated at a time, so Chicagoans can invite family, friends or neighbors to their home to be vaccinated together. Each person who gets vaccinated through the City's At Home program is eligible to receive a $100 visa gift card. 

To schedule your home vaccination appointment, call 312-746-4835 or visit
Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction
With the eviction moratorium set to expire on Sunday, the Department of Housing has compiled eviction and lockout resources on their website for tenants. This can be found at

They also have highlighted three points for tenants at risk of eviction. These three points are: 
  1. Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
  2. Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Go to, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a DOH delegate agency.
  3. Get financial help. DOH maintains a current list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance at
Furthermore, next week, the Department of Housing is launching a court-based rental assistance program in coordination with the Chief Judge's office, Cook County, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Chicago Bar Foundation. 

The court-based rental assistance program is an offshoot of the city's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), and will serve as a safety-net of last resort for tenants and landlords in eviction court who have either applied for assistance but not yet received help, in which case their applications will be expedited; or who have not yet applied, in which case applications will be created for them if they are eligible. Receiving this direct rental assistance should have a significant impact on deterring evictions. Landlords who have received rental assistance already from the DOH program have agreed not to file evictions for at least 90 days after the period of assistance, and by Court policy, must attest that they have not received rental assistance at the time that they file for eviction for nonpayment. 

Finally, a Rogers Park neighbor and housing justice advocate, David Zoltan, applied his expertise in all things housing to create a comprehensive guide for residents facing eviction. This guide will help individuals facing a potential eviction understand their rights and what resources might be available to them. That guide is available to review by visiting Also available now in Spanish!
CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine if it is during a shift, up to two hours per dose.

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to public health directive or COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
Updates to the Emergency Travel Advisory

Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order was changed to an Advisory on June 29, after three consecutive reporting periods of no states crossing the threshold of 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day. That Emergency Travel Order could be reinstated by the City at any time, if surges in COVID cases continue and the number of states on the list continues to grow.

The advisory includes the same color-coded designations assigned to states based on their positivity rates. 

Any unvaccinated individual traveling from a state on the Orange list is advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They should practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Unvaccinated individuals traveling from a state on the Yellow list are not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, it is advised that they continue to practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit for additional information and to view the latest information on travel restrictions. 
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

Community Aid
Redwood Literacy Launches Reading for All Campaign
Redwood Literacy has launched a campaign to stop the school-to-prison pipeline. The campaign aims to close the reading gap so students can have the literacy skills they need to succeed in school. For more information and to make an online contribution, visit
Move for Refugee Support 5K
Mira Chicago, a non-profit that serves refugees in the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods, is hosting a 5K to support refugees. The race will take place on Sunday, October 17, at the Erickson Woods Shelter #1 in Winnetka. Registration begins at 9 am, and the 5k kicks off at 10 am. For more information and to register, click here
Community Engagement Opportunities
24th District Community Conversation: Immigrant Community
The 24th Police District is hosting a community conversation to discuss concerns and questions of the rich and diverse community in its district. The meeting will take place on Saturday, October 23, from 3-5 pm at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Center, 1124 W. Rosemont.
Faith Leaders Forum with the Chicago Police Department
Police Superintendent David Brown will host a faith leaders forum. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 19, at 6 pm at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. To register, visit the Eventbrite page
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Historic House Walk

Once again, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society had to adjust plans for its major fundraising event, the annual Historic House Walk. The ongoing pandemic means that, like last year, they're going virtual, but with a unique twist.

Each live online episode will tell the story of one Rogers Park/West Ridge home and its place in our neighborhood’s history, followed by a pre-recorded guided tour from the current residents. We’ll end with time for questions and conversation among participants.

Zoom with them from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the comfort and safety of your own home on four Sunday afternoons to see and hear the story of four beautiful homes. Then, join in person to wrap up the event on Sunday, December 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at a special Holiday Open House and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lang House, 7421 North Sheridan Road, our neighborhood’s beautiful and historic event venue.

Tickets are $10 per Zoom episode. The four-episode package is $30 or $25 with a member discount. The Holiday Open House will be a separately ticketed in-person event with full Covid-19 precautions in place.

More information and tickets are available on the historical websites online

24th District Senior Film Series Presents: Shall We Dance
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present Shall We Dance this month. Following the movie, attendees are invited to stay for a discussion with Bonnie Moore. Bonnie has an extensive background in ballroom and Latin dance. She is an independent dance teacher, competitor, performer, and dance costume designer. She will lead the group through a discussion and commentary on the film. 

The screening will take place on Wednesday, October 20, at 2 pm. Free parking is available on Schreiber Avenue just south of the station, and parking restrictions will temporarily be lifted during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend this film due to a 30 person limit. Please email Officer Kline in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at
Halloween in the Parks
The Chicago Park District is excited for Halloween in the Parks! From kid-friendly events like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to haunted houses and fall festivals, there is something for everyone. Click here for a list of upcoming events happening the entire month of October. The event series is presented by Mars Wrigley and supported by Xfinity.
C24/7 Annual Night of Hope
C24/7 hosts its annual Father's Arms Ministries Annual Night of Hope. Come celebrate with a fun evening of food, drinks, live music, and encouraging stories of lives changes through C24/7.

The event will take place at the Women's Club of Evanston (1702 Chicago Ave, Evanston) on Friday, November 5, from 7-10 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit C24/7's website.
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. Simmons Newsletter
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. 
Stormwater Tips from the Department of Water Management
The Department of Water Management reminds us that we still need to deal with stormwater in the fall and winter months.  Stormwater management can greatly reduce backups and flooding in basements when water and waste in overwhelmed sewers have nowhere else to go.  By reducing your water output during storms, making sure only rain goes down the drain, disposing of fats, oils, and greases properly and disconnecting your downspout you can help keep our sewers flowing and water out of your basement.
  • Sweep up leaves from driveways, sidewalks, and streets.
  • Clean roof gutters and drains of leaves.
  • Keep nearby catch basin grates clear of yard waste and trash.
  • Don’t litter or dump anything in storm drains. Storm drains are for rain only.
  • Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car over grass or gravel instead of on a driveway or in the street.
  • Do not dump fats/oils/greases in private drains.
  • Disconnect your downspout from the sewer system. See DWM’s website for a guide on downspout disconnection.
  • Before winter, empty your rain barrel and store in a garage or shed.
Call-A-Lawyer Program October 16
Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice this Saturday, October 16 as part of an ongoing legal public service program offered by the CBA.   

Calls will be accepted October 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001.   

Citizens can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues.  If callers need further legal services, or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.  

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offer their services to the public.  When contacting the LRS during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law including:  
  • Domestic Relations - including divorce, custody, support and other family law matters. 
  • Personal Injury - including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases. 
  • Estate Planning - including will and trust drafting, probate and will contest. 
  • Real Estate - including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues. 
  • Employment Law - including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination. 
To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service which provides callers’ access to attorneys in three different areas of law.  You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001. 
Child Care Assistance Available for Unemployed Parents
The Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced an expansion of the Child Care Assistance Program. Families interested in applying for support through the Child Care Assistance Program can contact Illinois Action for Children, the local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R), here.
Legal Aid Chicago Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
On January 1st, Legal Aid Chicago officially began operating its federally funded Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). The LITC represents low-income clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers through community outreach programs. They also strive to assist low-income taxpayers whose primary language is not English.
Legal Aid Chicago provides free tax advice and representation to individuals and families in Cook County whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (currently $32,200 for a household of 1, $43,550 for a household of 2, etc.) with active disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding their federal income taxes, including:
  • IRS audits, including audits based on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) & Child or Dependent Credit
  • IRS debt collection attempts, including federal tax liens
  • Employee/Independent Contractor Misclassifications and 1099 income reporting issues
  • Tax return preparer fraud
  • Innocent and injured spouse relief
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Representation before the U.S Tax Court
Taxpayers needing assistance can call Legal Aid Chicago at (312)341-1070 or apply online at
LCBH Rental Assistance Programs
The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is helping connect eligible Chicago residents to rental assistance. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are having a hard time paying rent and utilities, you may qualify for rental assistance. Call LCBH's Social Services Department at 312-784-3527 and ask to speak to a case manager to see if you are eligible. 
Emergency Rental Assistance Application Open
All Chicago opened a streamlined, online application for rental assistance under the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) through the Illinois Department of Human Services. The online application is available at

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rental and utility arrears assistance, plus an additional 3 months if needed to ensure housing stability.

An eligible household is a rental household in the City of Chicago in which one or more individuals meets the following criteria: 
  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; 
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and 
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).
The application requires limited documentation to reduce barriers to the assistance. For tenants and landlords who need help or do not have sufficient internet access, All Chicago has partnered with Catholic Charities, Heartland Human Care Services, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Phalanx Family Services, and Spanish Coalition for Housing to provide assistance with the application process.

We encourage our community partners to spread the word for eligible households to apply directly online, by calling 311 or 312-744-5000 and asking for short-term assistance, or by contacting one of our tenant/landlord representative partners listed above.
Un[ ]spoken Supports Residents' Mental Health & Healing
‘Un[ ]spoken,’ is a citywide campaign to combat the negative stigma surrounding mental health and increase awareness of the publicly funded resources. Through this new citywide campaign, the City of Chicago will encourage residents to speak out and help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and connect them to the mental health services available in their community. More info here.
Heartland Alliance Offering Free Online English Classes
Heartland Alliance is offering free online English classes Monday through Friday! For more information, call or text 872-315-5383 or email
Enroll in Smart 9-1-1 to Save Time and Lives in an Emergency
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications encourages residents to sign up for a Smart911 safety profile in order to provide 9​-1-1 with critical information that can better assist first responders in an emergency. A Smart911 profile can automatically provide the call taker with any personal details. To create a Smart911 profile, download the Smart911 mobile app or visit    
Safer Foundation Second Chance Program
The Safer Foundation has a second change program to helps connect people with arrest and conviction records to employment opportunities. For more information, visit Safer Foundation's website at, or call 312-922-2200.
Peoples Gas Heating Assistance Program
Peoples Gas has options to help customers struggling to pay their natural gas bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help customers with limited income pay their energy bills. Grants are also available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program.

The Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) manages both programs and is taking applications by phone. To see if you are eligible or to apply, call CEDA at 800-571-2332.
Utility Billing Relief

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax.
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off.
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.

Apply Now!
Which City programs or Operations should the Office of the Inspector General Audit in 2022?
The APR 2022 Plan Survey seeks input from community members regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and priorities for improvement. Your input will help inform which projects appear on our 2022 Annual Plan.

See the draft plan here for more information on proposed projects, details on the process, and a summary of audits published in 2021. The survey will take approximately four (4) minutes to complete. 
Business Updates
City Launches Business Recovery Payment Plan Program
In accordance with the City’s plan to provide critical financial relief to Chicago’s business community, the Department of Finance is excited to launch the Business Recovery Payment Plan Program. This program allows eligible business license holders to enter into a payment plan with as little as $25 down with terms up to 60 months. This will remove barriers for business owners that owe City debt and allow them to resolve holds on their business licenses with minimal burden. The Business Recovery Payment Plan Program is available through June 30, 2022, for most debt types.

For more information on the program and FAQs, visit the city's website
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant of up to $1,000 towards a past due balance, once every 12 months. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months.


Small business customers applying for this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are
    0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
CIADC Youth Pathways Program for Students in Grades 6-12

The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center (CIADC) is a Rogers Park non-profit organization providing creative industrial arts education to Chicagoland Youth and Adults. CIADC offers FREE afterschool classes to Chicago Public School students in grades 6-12, giving more accessibility to hands-on applications relating to STEM, Trade, and Art/Design career pathways. 

More information on our Youth Pathways Program can be found at

Real Estate Workshop for Juniors & Seniors
Related Midwest has launched the Related Real Estate Club for high school juniors and seniors to gain exposure to different careers in real estate and at Related, including architecture and design, construction, marketing and leasing and development for affordable and market-rate housing. It’s a two-week, virtual workshop that takes place Monday-Friday for one hour after school.

For more information and to apply, visit their website. Related can make available a small stipend for students who participate.
SUFEO Helpline Provides Free Legal Help on School Issues
Loyola's free legal helpline for the 2021-2022 school year is now OPEN. Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students that provides free legal assistance, all under attorney supervision, to K-12 students facing:
  • Inadequate special education services
  • Suspension, expulsion, and other discipline
  • Bullying, harassment, and discrimination
  • COVID-19 issues and remote learning barriers
  • Other school-related legal issues

If you work with any K-12 students or their parents/guardians who need help understanding their school rights, please encourage them to call the helpline at 773-800-0338.

Additionally, SUFEO Chicago offers free know-your-rights trainings and education law workshops to students and their parents/guardians and service providers, both virtually and in-person. Please contact SUFEO's Outreach Coordinators Sarah Bianchi and Brittany Haracz at with the subject line "Outreach Inquiry" for more information. 

CPS Launches a Children & Family Benefits Unit
Chicago Public Schools has launched a new program, the Children and Benefits Family Unit. The goal of the unit is to make sure that every student has proper medical care. They achieve this by focusing on 3 points: enroll, engage, and utilize. The Children and Benefits Family Unit help parents understand their options for Medicaid and other government benefits and help them apply and/or renew their benefits. The program also helps families utilize their benefits by connecting them with a primary care physician.

For more information, visit or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
Collective Resource is Hiring
Collective Resource Compost, a specialty waste hauler that collects food scraps for composting, is hiring. They work out of a site just over the border in Skokie (near McCormick, between Howard and Touhy). The Driver / Compost Service Specialist job starts at $16 per hour and goes to $17 after a 90-day review. They're looking for people who are reliable, hard-working, tech-capable, and committed to reducing environmental harm.

Learn more at:
NAMI Chicago Now Hiring

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago has three exciting employment opportunities in their organization. NAMI Chicago is an inclusive employer that welcomes and encourages everyone who is guided by compassion, integrity, and the desire to create connections, to consider joining its dedicated team. 

Below are links to the details of the current vacant positions in the Training and Education Department at NAMI Chicago. This department provides information and tools to communities on mental health awareness and crisis Intervention. 

Training and Education Instructional Designer
Training & Education Manager I
Training and Education Manager II

Please apply at

CTA Second Chance Program Fall Hiring Event
The CTA's Second Chance Program is hosting a fall hiring event. This program allows people with barriers that have kept them from employment an opportunity to work with the CTA earning a starting wage of $15/hour. 

To learn more, complete a survey of interest at Once you have completed the survey, the CTA will send an invitation to attend an in-person event to learn more. 
CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit
Thresholds is Hiring
Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. They work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.

Learn more and apply today at
Care for Real is Hiring
Care for Real is adding to its team! The new position, Bilingual Program Associate, will work directly with clients of the Rogers Park Food Pantry. Over a third of the guests to the pantry are Spanish-speaking and this position works with them and all guests to the pantry to ensure all are served with dignity and compassion.

For more information and to apply, visit Care for Real's website.
Howard Area Community Center is Hiring
Howard Area Community Center is seeking qualified candidates for several positions. They're currently seeking two part-time administrative assistants for its early childhood program, teachers for early childhood learning, a reentry coach, and a reentry navigator. 

For more information, email
Apply to be a Parent Mentor
Loyola University Chicago is seeking well-qualified individuals to serve as part-time, seasonal Parent Mentor Coordinators in four Chicago Public Schools: Sullivan High School, New Field Primary, McCutcheon Elementary, and Clinton Elementary.

Each school will host one Parent Mentor Coordinator who will supervise a cohort of eight Parent Mentors in their assigned school. The Parent Mentor Coordinator position will pay $18/hour for up to 18 hours a week for the entirety of the 2021-2022 school year. Ideally, Parent Mentor Coordinators are parent leaders, meaning they come to the work with a parent perspective.

Interested candidates can email Mitch Hendrickson at with their resume and brief cover letter.
Apply to be a Crossing Guard
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago transferred the crossing guard program from OEMC to Chicago Public Schools. During this transition, many crossing guards decided to retire or resign while school was not operating in person due to the pandemic.

As we have CPS has returned to in-person learning, they have been working hard to fill vacant positions. They are still seeking applicants to fill the positions to help families and children safely get to and from school. 

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicago. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residence now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit
Chicago Women in Trades
The Chicago Women in Trades are offering a free 12-week She Can Build It training program. This program offers a great opportunity for women to pursue a career in the trades. For more information and to register for an information session, visit
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is hiring several key positions to join their team. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at


Heartland Alliance Job Openings
Heartland Alliance has several positions open across Chicago. These positions include a bilingual mental health clinical practitioner, a clinical supervisor, an LPN, case managers, and more. 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Their approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at Applications are accepted online only via  
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

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