49th Ward Update
October 29, 2021
Good evening neighbors,

We've had THREE City Council meetings this week - that's gotta be a record! Monday we met to defer and publish the ordinances associated with the 2022 Budget so that we could take a vote on them on Wednesday. Wednesday, we met to take those votes - you can view the meeting if you missed it here and read my statement about my support of the 2022 Budget below. Today, we held a Special Meeting to hear a proposed ordinance by Ald. Tabares (23), Ald. Napolitano (41) and others to undo the Mayor's Vaccine Mandate Policy and turn those executive powers over to City Council. The ordinance failed in a 30-13 vote against it. I joined the majority of Council in voting against it.

The policy required all city employees to report their vaccine status through the HR portal by October 15th. Failure to comply with reporting by the deadline resulted in employees being moved to a no-pay status. If employees are not vaccinated, they are simply required to take two covid tests each week and provide the results. After December 31, all employees must be vaccinated or have submitted their exemption requests permitted for religious or medical reasons.

Below is the compliance reporting by department as of October 25th. Only four departments - City Council, City Treasurer, Police and Fire - are under 90% compliance with the reporting. The vast majority of city employees are in compliance with the policy.
Like other cities around the nation, we, as the City of Chicago, have determined that covid vaccination is a necessary requirement for employment. As public servants we must be able to serve and we must do so without bringing harm to our residents. It's that simple.

I know that the public dialogue around this policy has been heated and made political, and that's truly unfortunate. Our city's nickname is the "city of big shoulders." Why? Because of our importance in what we brought and continue to bring to this nation. Our people are doers. We are leaders. We don't run from responsibility. We look out for one another. And right now, in this time of crisis, this is what we as a city need: leadership. We need people to lead by example and cooler heads to prevail. We need more collaboration on what is essentially a labor issue to be negotiated. And last but not least, we  also need to know that city employees are going to follow the rules and provide the data we need to make smart personnel decisions to keep our residents and our workforce safe.

My staff and I have been fully vaccinated and are in 100% compliance with the mandate. We urge everyone else to do the same. If you are interested in hearing the robust debate, you can view what was said in Council today here.

Halloween is scary. Vaccination policies are not. 

Wishing everyone a very Happy Halloween, safe trick-or-treating and a wonderful weekend!

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

P.S. - Are you looking for work or to switch jobs? Make sure to get to the end of the newsletter to check out our the employment opportunities section. There are some great opportunities with local organizations and some programs to get you into trades. Need help finding part time or full time employment? Reach out to our office, we're here to help.
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
Happy Halloween!
Put on your best ghoul and goblin costumes to celebrate Halloween this weekend! After 2020's festivities were put on hold due to the pandemic, we're seeing some spooky events come back just in time for Halloween. Make sure to check out our Halloween Happenings section to see what events are taking place in the ward this weekend. Please also make sure to practice precautions when out celebrating the holiday this weekend. Make sure to wear a mask while around others and do as much celebrating outdoors as possible. 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween! 
Glenwood Sunday Market Wraps Up 2022 with Over $16,000 in Matched Link Benefits!
The Glenwood Sunday Market matched over $16,000 in Link benefits this year! That's $16,000 of sustainably sourced, nutritious foods for families in Rogers Park. Thanks to all the staff, vendors, and volunteers that put on the Glenwood Sunday Market every year and for making these locally grown and produced foods accessible to our entire community. 

The Glenwood Sunday Market will be back in June 2022. Keep your eye out for an announcement in Spring 2022 for their schedule. 
Decorative Crosswalks Coming Near Rogers Park Metra Station
Photo Credit: Rogers Park Business Alliance
The Rogers Park Business Alliance has been awarded a $30,000 grant to install decorative crosswalks around the Rogers Park Metra station. 

The grant will allow RPBA to help bring to fruition their Art on Clark vision. The plans call to add six colorful, decorative crosswalks near the Rogers Park Metra station. The crosswalks will be located at three corners of Ravenswood and Lunt avenues as well as Ravenswood and Greenleaf avenues. The crosswalks will increase the visibility of pedestrian traffic in the area and make it safer for commuters who frequent the station.  

Work is likely to begin next year. The design of the crosswalks is still in progress but will tie into a theme and color palette for the Clark rebranding. 

Block Club Chicago did a nice write-up of the plans, which is available to read in full by clicking here.
Ward Updates
My Support of the 2022 Budget Vote
Our lives have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even before the pandemic, decades of divestment from public services and programs plagued our communities. Unprecedented times demand historic investments. That's why I fought for and signed on to the Chicago Rescue Plan's investment of ARPA funds, which significantly benefits residents here now.

We demanded that the funds be invested in our communities. We proposed $1.9 billion to expand our public health system, increase our ability to meet affordable housing needs, prevent homelessness, support small businesses and the arts, and provide direct cash assistance to the people who need it the most. The Mayor initially proposed using these funds to pay debts, essentially giving our federal recovery funds to Wall Street.

Because of strong community support for the investments in the Chicago Rescue Plan and the efforts of movement groups around the city, we progressive Alderpersons were able to see $1.2 billion of these funds reflected in the budget. The 2022 Budget reflects so much of what community, movement groups, and progressive Alderpeople have been fighting for:
  • The biggest investments in mental health in more than a decade, including 29 new public positions.
  • Substantial investments in housing and homelessness prevention, including $5 million to preserve single-room occupancy buildings and more than $100 million to support permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, and diversion housing. Additionally, this budget doubles the homeless outreach prevention team staff.
  • A $25 million increase in gender-based violence funding, including dedicated funds for housing support for survivors.
  • Over $100 million in new investments to support environmental justice and clime-related issues in our city.
  • A $30 million guaranteed income pilot that will provide direct cash assistance for individuals and families who need it most, as well as an additional $40 million in other cash assistance for families. 
These are the reasons I voted in favor of the 2022 Budget - it's a budget that actually listens to the people and seeks to address the needs of Chicagoans in ways that we haven't seen before.

But there are still places where this budget falls short. I voted against the 2021 Appropriation Amendment presented to us on Wednesday because Chicagoans need more than what the amendment provided. While the city has debt obligations to fulfill, the people of Chicago have great needs as well. In principle, I can't support the deliverance of nearly half a billion dollars of our money to Chase Bank, effectively prioritizing the bank over people. Even with the historic investments we won in this budget, our communities' needs call for us to do more. More for mental health, more for affordable housing, and more for violence prevention. And we won't stop fighting for these demands. Now that the 2022 Budget has passed, it's up to us to implement the programs to ensure these investments are implemented in a way that improves our lives and communities. 
Support Leone Park's Grant Proposal by Completing a Short Online Survey by 5 PM on November 11
Pictured: The current state of the Leone Beach Field House, which is closed to the public. The grant proposal would allow for improvements to the fieldhouse so it could open-year round to serve as a nature center for the community.
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. Take a moment to complete a short online survey to show your support for the project.


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 completing a short online survey by 5 pm on November 11. We need our community to complete the survey to demonstrate their support for this improvement to a treasured local park. 
Complete the Survey
Sullivan High School Construction Update
Beginning on Monday, November 1, construction crews will begin the exterior concrete work at Sullivan High School. In order to accommodate this work, "No Parking" signs will be posted along North Shore and Bosworth Avenues. The concrete work will take approximately one week to complete, weather permitting.
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Green Alley Updates:

MA#417 North Shore/Albion/Sheridan/Lakewood

  • Concrete was poured on the north/south leg this week
  • Paver installation is expected to begin next week, weather permitting

MA#432 Lunt/Morse/Greenview/Ashland

  • Work on this alley is effectively complete and access to the alley has been restored.
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Lunt/Wolcott replacement (PN 7155):
  • Sewer main installation is in progress on Lunt just west of Wolcott
  • Crews are placing a manhole at the intersection of Lunt and Damen
  • Crews will continue with sewer work to the west past the alley
Greenleaf/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Sewer installation is currently in progress just east of Damen
  • Crews will be at the intersection of Greenleaf and Damen early next week and will continue west from there
  • A second crew is on Greenleaf/Wolcott placing manholes and sewer main throughout the intersection
  • Water main supports are also being installed in order for the sewer main to be installed underneath
  • The intersection at Greenleaf and Wolcott will be closed during this time
  • Sewer work at this intersection will be completed by mid next week, weather permitting
Estes/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Work on Estes will not begin until either Lunt or Greenleaf are complete and open to traffic to limit the amount of disruption in the area
Street Resurfacing Updates:

Resurfacing project on Ashland from Clark to Columbia:
  • The concrete work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week
  • The final asphalt pavement and pavement markings are scheduled to be completed within the next two weeks (with an estimated completion of 11/15)
  • The schedule is dependent on weather conditions
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
24th District Will Host its Second Community Conversation on November 17
On October 14, the 24th District held a Community Conversation to gather input from the community that will inform its 2022 District Strategic Plan. That meeting produced a lot of dialogue and produced a lot of feedback. 

On November 17, the 24th District will host its second Community Conversation. During the meeting, officers from the 24th District will review the feedback provided on 14 and seek additional input so they can expound on ideas and suggestions. The more voices they hear during the conversation will ensure a more inclusive and well-rounded strategic plan. 

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 17, at 6 pm via Zoom. Participants can register to attend on the Eventbrite page.
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 
Enter for a Chance to Win a 10 lb. Chocolate Bar
The Chicago Park District is hosting a citywide costume contest this Halloween! Through October 31, submit a picture of you in your best costume for a chance to win a 10-pound chocolate bar! 

For more information and to enter, visit the Chicago Park District's website
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 November 4, 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. 
Halloween Game Night at Athena Board Game Cafe
Looking for a fun way to get spooky this weekend? Join Athena Board Game Cafe, 1418 W. Howard, on Saturday, October 30, from noon to 8 pm for a Halloween Game Night. Enjoy horror-themed games, family fun, and yummy selections. Make sure to wear a costume and get in on the fun.

For more information, view the event on Facebook.
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
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.
Don't Trash it, Smash it!
The Edgewater Environmental Coalition is hosting its second "Green Your Halloween" event. On Saturday, November 6, from noon until 4 pm, swing by the parking lot located at 6040 N. Clark (just north of the fire station) with your pumpkin in tow. 

The goal is to have some Halloween-related fun while reducing waste. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the advantages of composting food waste. Dearing last year's event, 2.27 tons of pumpkins were diverted from landfills!

The event is free and will follow COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and mask-wearing. Residents will have the opportunity to drop off their pumpkins without getting out of their vehicles if they choose. Residents may also join in the smashing fun by tossing their pumpkins in the giant compost container. 
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!
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. 
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
Annual Fall Coat Drive
Every year, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy's office hosts a coat drive to keep our most vulnerable neighbors warm during the winter months. Consider donating coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and other winter clothing to help our neighbors in need. 

Gently used or new items can be dropped off through December 10 at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio (5412 N. Clark), R Public House (1508 W. Jarvis), or the District Office (5533 N. Broadway. To view a wishlist on Amazon, click here
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
Community Engagement Opportunities
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

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. 
Emergency Heating Repair Program Application Opens Nov. 1
The Chicago Department of Housing's Emergency Heating Repair Program (EHRP) opens on November 1. The grant provides up to $24,999 to low-to-moderate income, owner-occupied residential buildings of one to four units. The program is limited to the repair/replacement services of a heating system. Remedies are commensurate to the level of damage determined by the DOH Rehab Construction division upon inspection. Grant funds are limited and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified Chicago residential property owners. 

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to download the packet, visit the Department of Housing's website
Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program
The Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will provide $2,000 - $5,000 relief grants to artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom are gig workers whose pandemic unemployment insurance benefits have expired.

The application is now open, and the deadline to apply is November 10. For more information on eligibility criteria, program guidelines, and more, visit
Help Shape the First Citywide Plan in More than 50 Years
We Will Chicago is seeking the public's input on a series of questions drafted over the past several weeks. Your responses to these questions will help shape the policy recommendations included in the citywide plan. 

Select one of the plan pillars to provide your feedback. Each pillar has different guiding questions. You may provide comments on as many pillars as you would like.

Click here to take the survey. 
CHA Updating its Waitlist
The CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure they have current contact information for all applicants who applied for either Public Housing and/or Project-Based Voucher program on or before December 31, 2020. This helps the CHA verify the contact information for applicants and confirm that they're still interested in CHA housing. 

In January 2021, initial communications went out to all families on these waitlists. This fall, the CHA is sending additional communications to families on its lists that have yet to complete the update. If applicants have not completed the update yet, they must log in to CHA's online web portal to complete the update by December 31, 2021.

Applicants on CHA's waitlists can call 312-913-7400 or email with any questions.
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.
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.
Nationwide Natural Gas Price Spike Expected to
Mean Higher Heating Bills this Winter
As we head into winter, Peoples Gas is letting customers know that their heating bills will likely rise as the temperatures fall due to a nationwide spike in natural gas prices.

The price of natural gas has more than doubled this year and currently sits at the highest level in a decade. The increase is due mainly to tight supplies and a worldwide increase in demand for natural gas.

An analysis done by Peoples Gas predicts the typical residential customer will pay $60 more a month this winter compared to last winter. The analysis assumes typical winter weather. 

Peoples Gas uses a proactive, multi-pronged approach to make sure customers have reliable and affordable energy while limiting the impact of sudden price changes. The company buys and stores gas when it is typically lower-priced, locks in guaranteed natural gas contracts at fixed prices, and purchases gas in the market. By using this approach, Peoples Gas hopes that this will lower this winter's gas costs for its customers by approximately 20%

In order to help customers in the greatest need, bill assistance is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Share the Warmth program. To see if you are eligible and to apply, Peoples Gas customers can call the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) at 800-571-2332 or go to

Separate from financial assistance programs, Peoples Gas will work with customers to arrange a payment plan that best fits their needs and set up budget billing that keeps bills stable from month to month. Customers can call Peoples Gas or go to to discuss available options. 

Customers can take steps to manage their energy use by turning down their thermostats, using programmable thermostats, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultation. For more low and no-cost energy-saving tips, go to
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.
PIPP/LIHEAP Offer Customers Assistance with Utility Bills
To help eligible customers stay current on their bills and help them avoid unnecessary fees come spring, ComEd regularly works with state and federal agencies to provide assistance options to those facing financial hardship.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that can help you stay warm during winter by providing eligible customers with a one-time payment towards your energy bills. Benefits are available once per program year, from September 2021 through May 2022, or until funds are exhausted. Whether you rent or own your home, LIHEAP offers financial help to limited-income households to pay heat and electric bills.
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is a choice within Illinois LIHEAP to help manage energy bills year-round. You will be placed on a budget billing plan that is subsidized by a monthly PIPP benefit amount, determined by a percentage of your household income. Each month, you receive a PIPP benefit towards a portion of your budget bill amount. If an on-time and in-full payment is received, you may also receive a monthly arrearage credit, if applicable.
Applications for LIHEAP and PIPP can be submitted online, by phone, or in person and are available at your Local Administering Agency. Visit for details. Prefer to call instead? Residents of Chicago and Cook County can call 800-571-2332 for information. 
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!
Business Updates
Chi Biz Strong Grant Program
The City of Chicago has announced a program to support small businesses and nonprofits. The Chi Biz Strong Grants Program and Outdoor Dining Grants Program will provide over $20 million in grants to Chicago’s small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Grants of $5,000 or $10,000 will be available to small business and nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 from lost revenue or increased costs.

Applications are available now and will be open until Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Grants will be disbursed via a lottery based on eligibility and prioritization criteria.

Learn more and apply at
Chicago Park Concessions & Alfresco Dining
Grant Applications Now Open
The Chicago Park Districted opened its Notice of Application for new concession opportunities for the 2022 park season as well as the Alfresco Outdoor Dining Grant Program.  

Small business owners are encouraged to apply for these unique opportunities. The deadline to apply is November 22. For more information and to submit an application, visit
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.
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy Launches a Rogers Park Education Advocacy Program

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has launched the Rogers Park Project. The project is a pilot program that will provide free educational advocacy to students living in and/or attending school in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

To learn more, call 847-492-1410. 

Sprinter at City Colleges in Chicago

This winter, complete a full-semester class at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) in less than one month.  CCC is offering a variety of online credit classes that can be completed in just four weeks. Open to everyone, CCC's winter classes are an opportunity to make progress towards your certificate or degree. To get started, apply today 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
Wild Onion Market is Hiring a Social Media Coordinator
Wild Onion Market is a food co-op in development that will be located in either West Ridge, Rogers Park, or south Evanston. A food co-op is a values-driven alternative to a conventional grocery store model. Their values of sustainability, access to fresh food, and supporting local farmers and producers drive their decisions. People before profit.  
Wild Onion Market is seeking a Social Media Coordinator on a contract basis starting immediately. Approximately 5-7 hours per week over 3-4 days each week.  $25/hour
  • Understand and embrace the mission of a food co-op (values-centered)
  • Assist in managing the co-op's social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Work with specific project teams to assist in the development and management of social media strategies for Wild Onion Market constituents
  • Edit content for social media
  • Tag, comment, and engage social media followers and constituents
Qualifications / Skills:
  • interest in sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • understanding of online engagement techniques
  • excellent verbal and written communication
  • organized, experience with project management
  • demonstrated experience in social media strategy and implementation
Please email your resume and a writing sample to
Mary Crane Center is Now Hiring
Mary Crane Center is hiring a full-time teacher assistant and a classroom floater. Start a fulfilling career today in early childhood development. More information on the positions and how to apply can be found by clicking on the corresponding links below. 

Teacher Assistant
Classroom Floater
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
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  
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