View this email in your browser
49th Ward Update
October 16, 2020

Hello neighbors,

This Wednesday, October 21 at 10am, Mayor Lightfoot will deliver her 2021 budget address and proposal to City Council. You'll be able to tune in live to watch via the City Clerk's livestream at I don't know fully what to expect from her address, but the city is facing a $1.2B shortfall for next year and she's stated that no revenue or savings option is off the table. With the Federal government failing to provide additional aid for our residents, businesses, cities and states, we will likely be seeing cuts in services and perhaps even furloughs and layoffs in the budget.

Over the coming weeks, myself and the rest of City Council will be in daily hearings with each department outlining their budget plan. We will have the opportunity to question the proposal, suggest changes before being asked to vote on a final proposal. Throughout the process, I'll keep you in the loop about what I'm learning as well as my opinions and ideas. 

The Budget Survey and Town Halls we held for the ward were just the beginning of my engagement with you for our 2021 budget. Thank you to those who completed the survey or attended a Town Hall - your insight and ideas go a long way towards informing my actions in Council and ultimately, my vote. Keep up to date on all things related to the budget conversations for our ward on the 2021 Budget page on our website.

In Council news, I'm proud to have been part of a unanimous vote in the Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight to reject an ordinance from the Mayor that would have diluted the landmark ethics legislation that City Council passed last year preventing elected officials in the state from engaging in lobbying activities with the City of Chicago.

Also this week, the Committee on Public Safety held a hearing on the violence prevention efforts funded by the City. We heard testimony and updates from 10 groups funded to do this important work. The city committed $6M to violence prevention efforts for 2020. An additional $1.5M has gone directly to support street outreach and intervention. This summer, we've all experienced the increase in gun violence and the tragic loss and destruction of lives that it has caused our residents. My two major takeaways from the hearing:


  • We need to invest more money in violence prevention in 2021. This initial investment of $6M was great, but $50M was the full request. Violence prevention is arguably the number 1 concern for Chicago residents this year yet we spend more on police in two days (approximately $4M/day) than we do on direct violence prevention for the entire year.
  • Violence Prevention work = a direct investment in our communities. Root causes of violence are deep, complex, and built up over years, generations in some cases. That means the proven methods of unrooting violence involves deep, meaningful relationship building work. It involves, economic investment and education. It stabilizes people, families and communities.

The Committee on Public Safety will hold another hearing this week on GAPA, one of the proposed civilian oversight ordinances for police oversight. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at 10AM. If you’d like to attend virtually or submit comments, you can do so here:

Remember, Early Voting in the Ward began on Wednesday! You can find hours and information below.

Have a safe and restful weekend,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Local Artist Captures Beauty of
Neighborhood's Architecture in her Paintings
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago

Zhanna Biletska has been spotted around the neighborhood lately creating impressionistic paintings of Rogers Park homes. 

Biletska moved to the neighborhood four years ago and fell in love with its community's welcoming environment and architecture. This inspired her to capture the atmosphere of the neighborhood through her paintings. After the pandemic and once it's safe to do so, she hopes to open a gallery to showcase her work. 

Block Club Chicago wrote a nice article about Biletska's work in her neighborhood. You can read the full article online here

Announcing the 49th Ward Howl-oween Costume Contest!
Halloween is here - as if this year wasn’t scary enough already. With the limitations of the pandemic, there’s only so much that we can do to celebrate safely, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t get to have fun! Please join us for the first ever 49th Ward virtual pet costume contest, Howl-oween! We invite you to have some fun with us by creating halloween costumes for your pets and submitting them to be judged for best costume. 

The contest is now open and will close on Friday, October 23. Entries will be judged by a panelist of experts - our 49th Ward Youth Advisory Council. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 30. First place wins a $100 grocery giftcard and the first runner-up will receive a $50 grocery giftcard. Participants are limited to one entry per household, but this can include multiple pets. Pet owners need to live in the 49th Ward & the submission can be any pet - cat, rat, bird, lizard or dog- all pets are welcome so long as they have a costume. 

Submit your entry here:
Ward Updates
49th Ward 2021 Budget Survey Results
As we enter the city's planning sessions for the 2021 municipal budget, we asked 49th Ward residents to complete a budget survey. 
View Survey Results

The 49th Ward office also hosted two town halls to go over the city's budgeting process, the survey results, and hear feedback before we enter budget hearings. The feedback you provide our office will help the Alderwoman advocate for the budget priorities of our residents.​

Overwhelmingly, we've heard that we need to take a good look at the police budget to see if there are opportunities to divert funding from that portion of the budget to more holistically address the issue of public safety in our communities. This means that we look towards investing in our neighbors through stable affordable housing, equitable access to resources and opportunities, and alternative crisis intervention responses for non-violent emergencies (e.g., mental health crises). ​

Our office has been working closely with Alderwoman Rodriguez-Sanchez and others in the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus on developing an alternative crisis response team. In September, we co-sponsored an order that called on departments to explore the costs of this and to begin to develop the framework for such a response based on the CAHOOTS model in Eugene, OR. Our office remains committed to making sure that we address public safety issues in a way that is proactive in caring for our residents.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We will make sure to keep you apprised as budget hearings begin, and the Mayor introduces her budget proposal. 

The Next Fields Schools Meeting
Scheduled for October 27 at 6 PM
Our office will host our final meeting for the Fields Schools Community Process on Tuesday, October 27, from 6-7:30 pm. People interested in attending the virtual meeting can pre-register at

During the final meeting, our office will share the results of the last survey we asked people to complete. We will also share some of the feedback we received during the last two meetings. Finally, we will share the recommendations and feedback that we will be presenting to CPS. 
Only Two Weekends Left to Enjoy the Sunday Glenwood Market!
Thank you to the Sunday Glenwood Market for rolling with all the punches 2020 threw and still making sure that Rogers Park neighbors could enjoy another fantastic season of the farmers market! 

Rogers Park residents still have two weekends left to enjoy all that the market has to offer before they wrap up their season on October 25. Get in the fall mood by stocking up on pumpkins, apples, squash,  potatoes, and more of your favorites! 

Remember to follow all rules upon site arrival: 

  • No food or drinks are allowed inside, nor consumed on site. 
  • Social distance guidelines will be in effect, and all guests must wear a mask upon entering.
  • The market has one entrance and one separate exit.
  • The market encourages you to shop quickly to ensure everyone inside can enjoy the market. 
The Glenwood Sunday Market runs from 9 am to 2 pm on Sundays in the parking lot located at 1233 W. Pratt. Read more about what the market has to offer, the guidelines they have in place, and more on their website
Community Alert: Armed Robberies
The 17th, 20th, and 24th districts have reported a series of armed robberies in the area that follow the same pattern. In response to the pattern of armed robberies by what appears to be the same suspect, police have indicated that they will increase patrols in the area where these have happened. 

If anyone has any information about any of these incidents, please contact the Property Crimes Division for the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Share Your Feedback on the Future
of the Site at Howard & Ashland 
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Howard-Ashland site planning process! We have had over 300 people participate thus far and would still love YOUR input! If you haven’t already participated in a design workshop, you can take the visual preference survey here. If you’ve received a DIY kit, make sure to share your designs via social media using the hashtag #rogersparkDIY! All surveys will be open until Sunday, October 25.

Mark your calendars for the workshop on Thursday, October 29, which will feature development experts discussing the feedback received in the design workshops and visual preference survey in the context of current market realities.

For more info on the project and how to get involved, visit:
Start a Block Club!
Our office wants to make sure that we know our neighbors, know what organizations and businesses are part of our community, and feel empowered to take responsibility for what happens in our neighborhood because you have the support and resources available to do something. Most of all, we want to make sure that you feel connected to our office and our community. That’s why we're excited to announce our new community-building initiative, Block by Block (BxB).

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

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

Then please - Register here for our BxB program!
Sullivan Capital Improvements Project Update
Earlier this year, work began on $25 million in capital improvements at Sullivan High School. The project was a part of CPS's allocation of the 2020 Capital Improvement Program. The project includes replacing the leaky roof, exterior facade refinishing, new windows, and a new elevator installation.

CPS's construction crews are on track to complete the bulk of the roof replacement by November 1. This includes the loud and heavy work of tearing off the old roof and replacing it. Crews will be back in the spring for some residual work, including copper panning and gutters.

Crews are over the halfway mark for the tuckpointing work. While removing and replacing masonry, they discovered many structural issues that needed attention before they could close it back up. 

The installation of the elevator will begin early in the winter with underground work. The above-ground work for the elevator installation will begin in the spring.

These important improvements will continue to build pride in our neighborhood schools while providing students with the shelter they need to succeed in school. 
Have an Idea for Outdoor Dining this Winter? Share it with Us! 
Many of our restaurants struggle to stay afloat as their indoor capacity remains limited, and outdoor dining becomes less feasible as we enter winter months. The city held a contest that asked for idea submissions that would help get businesses through the winter. Many of the ideas that have been raised would be costly to many business owners, and we lack an answer on when they officially would be implemented. We seek creative and affordable solutions to stimulate safe outdoor dining for both customers and restaurant/bar staff during winter months. We will share the ideas with the city and, if feasible, pursue them as a community.

Before filling out the survey please take a moment to review Chicago's Fall & Winter COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Guidance. Once you've reviewed the guidelines, please fill out the online survey (in Spanish here).
2020 General Election Information 
Make Your Voting Plan Today!
Having a voting plan is paramount to successfully participating in the democratic process. Research shows that having a voting plan can increase voter turnout by as much as 4.1%. Take a moment to review a sample ballot and then determine your plan today! 
Secure Drop Box Locations for Mail Ballots 
Early Voting Starts October 1
The Chicago Board of Elections began sending mail in ballots this week to registered voters who have requested one. Voters are encouraged to drop off their completed mail ballot at any secure drop box located throughout the city to avoid delays in mailing back the completed ballot via USPS.

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

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

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

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

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

Make sure to apply to vote by mail now to help the Chicago Board of Elections prepare to send out ballots in a timely and efficient manner ahead of the November 3 General Election. Those who apply now will be the first in line to receive ballots when mailings start beginning in late September and early October.

Voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections websiteThose who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3.

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

Register to Vote! 
Confirm how you're going to vote this November. Visit the Chicago Board of Elections website to check your registration, to register to vote, or to update your voter registration address.

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

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

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

Under this law:

  • For those held in pre-trial detention
    • Eligible voters will be able to vote in elections from jail, either in-person or by mail.
    • Jails will work with county clerks to register eligible voters in their custody.
    • Jails and probation offices will have up-to-date voting rights information for people with a criminal record.
    • Upon release from jail, all eligible voters will be provided with a voter registration application. 
  • For those leaving the Illinois Department of Corrections
    • IDOC will post information about the voting rights of individuals with criminal records in all of its facilities.
    • People leaving IDOC custody will receive a voter registration application and up-to-date information about their voting rights upon release.
The Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put together a Know Your Rights one-pager to help those involved with the criminal justice system with information on understanding their rights as we head into the 2020 Presidential Election. For more information, visit their website here
Participate in Mikva Challenge's Great Electoral Race
Mikva's Great Electoral Race is now live! Now through Election Day, youth age 13-24 are invited to sign up for this virtual scavenger hunt and find 51 electoral actions you can take from home to empower your communities to get informed and engaged in the 2020 election - and win prizes (including iPad Minis and $50 gift cards). Download the app at or learn more at
Community Aid
Participate in the Annual CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 18 to Help Support A Just Harvest
A Just Harvest has been selected as one of five organizations in the city to receive funding through the Annual Hunger Walk. 

CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States raising funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster. 

Your donation and participation will result in a one-for-one donation to our local non-profit, who is helping provide our neighbors with access to healthy food options. Register online by clicking here
Attend A Just Harvest's Annual Awards Benefit on October 21
Every year, A Just Harvest recognizes its volunteers and partner organizations' hard work and extraordinary contributions through its Annual Awards Benefit. This event is an opportunity for the entire A Just Harvest community to come together and celebrate past accomplishments and to unveil the vision of future work for the organization.

This year's benefit will take place on Wednesday, October 21. Funds raised from this event will support A Just Harvest's work of feeding the hungry, organizing for an equitable justice system, and creating economic opportunity. 

This year's event will look different than the previous years due to the ongoing crisis of COVID-19. Attendees are invited to log onto a virtual zoom version to participate safely. To learn more about this year's event, featured artists, and register, visit A Just Harvest's website
Tril-a-Thon October 21
Tril-a-thon, Trilogy's fundraiser to support its vital programs, premieres Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 7 pm! Trilogy helps people recover from mental illness and changes lives every day, but they need your support to make our vital work possible. Join them to learn about how our programs are improving lives across Chicagoland! More information is available online
Raise a Glass for Raise Your Hand October 13-23
Ten years, seven superintendents, three mayors and one recession ago, parents facing a billion-dollar budget cut to Chicago Public Schools came together. They stopped the cut and started a movement of parents organizing for fairer, better schools. Since then, Raise Your Hand (RYH) has become a megaphone for the voices of parents and caregivers and guaranteed them a seat at the table when Chicago makes decisions about public education.

The pandemic and police violence have put an exclamation point on systemic inequities in our schools and communities and the harm done to so many families over the years. RYH responded since March with 50 programs for more than 2,000 participants. 

Parents and caregivers have had a helluva year this year. Join Raise Your Hand's virtual Raise A Glass fundraiser from Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 23 to celebrate all we've overcome in 2020. 

Raise Your Hand's goal this year is to raise $50,000. As an organization that was born out of the Great Recession, RYH knows the fight to protect education will be even more critical as we enter another recession. We must continue to train the next generation of parent leaders to fight and win.

Volunteer for Care for Real's Rogers Park's Food Pantry
Care for Real is seeking volunteers to help provide food to stock the pantry, prepare food for distribution, and distribute food to our neighbors. They're seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Register to volunteer online.

If you or someone you know needs fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, bread, grains, or canned food, visit the Care for Real food pantry located at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, Tuesdays between 12 pm and 2 pm. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Celebrating Halloween this Year? Please do so Safely!
Are you hoping to celebrate Halloween with your household this year? The City has created a website to help Chicagoans safely trick-or-treat and participate in other festivities this year. Beginning October 18, residents can download a toolkit of ways they can get in on the fun and celebrate Halloween this year. 

Below are some guidelines to help you safely enjoy socially distanced trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
  • Masks aren’t just for trick-or-treaters this year! Everyone—including candy givers—should wear a face covering (multi-layered, covering the mouth and nose, without gaps around the face).
  • Leave a light on or hang a Halloweek sign in your window to let others know your house is giving out candy safely.
  • Handing out candy? Please socially distance and have hand sanitizer, too.
  • Trick or treating? Stay on the move! Less congregating means more houses and more candy.
  • Ensure there’s all treats and no tricks. Please don’t reach into candy bowls while trick or treating, and eat candy only at home after washing your hands.
  • No Haunted Houses. They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.
  • Keep your candy crew small. Trick-or-treating groups should be 6 people or less.
  • No house parties large or small this year.
Please visit Chicago's Halloweek website to review safe, socially distanced events across the city and read up on how you can keep you and your loved ones safe this year. 
Request a Tool Kit to Help
Your Household with Restorative Practices
Local restorative justice and practices provider Jennifer Viets has created a tool kit to help caretakers, parents, and guardians implement restorative practices in their households and daily lives. 

These practices offer an alternative approach to settling conflict in the home that doesn't rely on a more punitive approach. These tools can help parents, children, and others alike come together from a place of listening and understanding and transform how they engage with one another in and outside of the household.

To request a toolkit, simply fill out the online form with your information. 
Girls & Womxn Summit October 31
The Office of the City Clerk and Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is hosting a Virtual Girls' Summit on Saturday, October 31st, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. This free virtual summit will bring together young women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals ages 13-24 from across Chicago to discuss the issues most important to them. 

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

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

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

Our local Loyola Park Advisory Council will participate in this citywide effort on October 17 and November 14 to help clean up the park as we head into the winter months. 

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


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

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

Open House Chicago October 16-25

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is pleased to announce nearly 50 online programs and trails for self-guided biking, driving, and walking during the CAC’s 10th annual Open House Chicago (OHC) festival. 20 Chicago neighborhoods (including the Lang House and the Emil Bach House in Rogers Park!) and two suburbs will be featured this year. 

The OHC festival is reconfigured for outdoor and remote attendance. Participants will be able to explore and select routes on a variety of themes, learn about buildings and sites of interest in each neighborhood, browse and register for related OHC online programs, and more through resources available online at, as well as through their free OHC 2020 app on your smartphone. 

Host an On The Table Conversation

These unprecedented times have challenged every single one of us. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities. Thousands have lost their battle to COVID-19; individuals and families are struggling to afford basic necessities; and, all over the nation, people are being confronted with racism and social injustice.

What remains is our hope. The Chicago Community Trust understands the healing power of conversation. On the Table brings people together around a common purpose and provides an opportunity for people to listen to understand each other and learn from others’ experiences.

Now more than ever, we need conversations. Join the Chicago Community Trust for their annual On the Table conversations. This year's theme will center around Healing Illinois, a racial healing initiative designed to spark individual understanding and action for personal and interpersonal change, build capacity of organizations and institutions to address racial healing, and begin to create the conditions for greater racial equity in Illinois. To learn more visit

Learn more and register to host an On the Table conversation online.

CAIDC Offering 5-Week Intro Class for Beginners Ages 16+
The Chicago Industrial Art & Design Center (CIADC) is offering a 5-week class for people ages 16+ looking to explore something new!

The 5-week Intro-level Class is designed for the person with no experience who wants minimal commitment as they try something new. During the 5-weeks, new Students will learn safety, tool use, material properties, and process through assigned projects. Students will have the creative freedom to make these objects their own.

Completing a 5-week Class will give Students the fundamental understanding needed to design and create any object within the Department.

A 5-week Class can be repeated with a focus on personal projects with guidance from the instructor, or a student can progress to a 10-week Beginning/Continuing-level Class to build upon skill sets. 5-week Class completion also serves as the initial Department certification for our Studio Access program.

For more information and to register, visit CIADC's website.
24th District Community Conversation November 23
The 24th Police District is hosting a Community Conversation to help inform their 2021 strategic plan. The more voices that are heard during the meeting, the better the police can develop a Strategic Plan for 2021 that encompasses the concerns of the community.

The conversation will take place virtually on Monday, November 23, from 6  pm to 9 pm. Register online at Eventbrite. Those who cannot join virtually are asked to call into the meeting by dialing the number on the flyer. 
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
Non-Metered Households Will Receive
Monthly Water Bills Beginning in December

The Department of Finance is switching non-metered water bills from billing every 6 months to billing every month beginning December 1, 2020. 

The monthly billing allows customers to more easily budget their water expenses by having a smaller amount due each month. The overall bill amount will not increase as a result of the change. That means the six-monthly bills will not exceed the amount of a household's semi-annual bill. 

Those who have signed up for AutoPay on the website do not need to take any actions. The payments will be switched to the monthly schedule automatically. If you would like to enroll in AutoPay, you can sign up at and click on the "Online Utility Billing Portal" link to get started.

If you have any questions about this change or your utility billing account, please contact Utility Billing & Customer Service at 312-744-4426 or

Mayor's Office Rolls Out Violence Reduction Plan for the City
Last Week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a violence reduction plan for the city. The plan provides a roadmap to reducing violence throughout the city over the next three years by focusing on five pillars: empower and heal people, protect and secure places, improve and advance policing, plan and coordinate, and affect public policy.

Starting in December 2020, a Violence Prevention Planning Committee will meet every six months to review the plan's implementation. This committee is comprised of neighbors with lived experiences, faith leaders, advocates, government officials, faith leaders, and others. 

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

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

For 49th Ward residents, the closest CDPH flu shot vaccination clinic is at Harry Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Flu shot events at Truman College are scheduled as follows:
  • October 14 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • October 15 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • October 17 (9 am - 3 pm)
  • November 11 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • November 12 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • November 14 (9 am - 3 pm)
For more information about the flu and to view the full list of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit
Submit Feedback on What the
OIG Should Audit in 2021 through November 15
The APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement. Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) 2021 Audit Plan. 

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

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

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

Interactive Website:

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

Input can be provided through the interactive website in multiple ways: 
  • Use the interactive map to comment and provide input on the proposed improvements  
  • Complete a survey to tell us how you use the Drive and lakefront and share your priorities  
  • Review the project exhibits and leave notes in the comment area  
  • Sign up for a small group discussion with the project team 
Virtual Public Meeting Flyer (English) 
Virtual Public Meeting Flyer (Spanish) 
Written comments can be submitted through the interactive websiteproject website, or mailed to the project team. Comments received by November 9, 2020, will become part of the official public meeting record. 
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to October 22
Governor Pritzker announced this week that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to October 22 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

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

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
Emergency Quarantine Order for
People Returning from Out of State
In July, Commissioner Arwardy issued an Emergency Travel Order for travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period. The list of designated states is updated every Tuesday and goes into effect the Friday of that same week. 

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

For the latest list of affected states, click here. For an FAQ on the Emergency Travel Order, click here.  Read the latest COVID updates here.
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.

Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

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

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

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

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

For more eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development's website
BACP Issues Outdoor Dining Guidelines for Winter
As we enter the fall and winter months, BACP has issued guidance for safe and responsible outdoor dining and drinking. Please read this flyer for the latest information on structures, heating devices, and other safety considerations for outdoor service. Specifically, please note the following guidelines:
  • Temporary structures that fit multiple parties must have at least 50% of the sides open to be considered outdoors
  • Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, may be used for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation
  • Temporary structures must be weighted, anchored or secured to the ground, but cannot be anchored with any method that requires screwing, cutting or drilling into the public way (i.e. on streets or sidewalks)
  • Electrically powered heating devices are permitted in open or enclosed areas
  • Natural gas heaters or any device fueled by propane are only permitted in open, uncovered areas 
Please read the full flyer for all relevant information to ensure safe operations.
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

Chicago Board of Education 
Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
The CPS Board of Education Finance and Audit Committee is hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, October 22 at 6 pm.  

The focus will be on the revamped FY21 Resident's Guide and the videos that go along with that as a way to provide a high-level overview of the district's revenues and expenditures.

RSVP for the meeting online. If you would like to speak publicly during the meeting, please make sure to register in advance online by clicking here. If you would like to submit a public comment for the meeting, please make sure to do so online by clicking here
CPS Child Learning Hubs

CPS is offering Child Learning Hubs from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. These are sites hosted by either CPS or community-based organizations where a limited number of students are able to attend remote classes while being supervised by an adult in a safe environment. 

The learning hubs are available for K-8 students enrolled in CPS schools. Priority will be given to families living in high-need communities according to UIC’s Hardship Index, students living in temporary housing, and children of essential workers. Interested families can fill out an online survey, though completing it does not mean your child is enrolled. Child Learning Hubs are opened and filled on a rolling basis.

To learn more about the Child Learning Hubs, visit CPS's website.

Sign Up for a Teaching Buddy
Teaching Buddies was founded in the Summer of 2020 to provide a free weekly reading and writing enrichment program for students most negatively affected by COVID-19. Their trained college volunteers (“teaching buddies”) will lead free classes in writing and critical thinking for rising 1st - 8th graders in classes of 1-5 students. Together, they will help your child write short stories, read deeply, and learn important thinking skills to be prepared for the future.

For more information, visit their website
Employment Opportunities
CTA Now Hiring Bus Operators
The Chicago Transit Authority is hiring bus operators. The position offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and paid training. No CDL is required to apply. For more information and to apply, visit the CTA's Careers website
The Chicago Department of Aviation will host a
Pre-Qualification Virtual Workshop on October 20
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is hosting a Pre-Qualification Virtual Workshop on Tuesday, October 20, from 4-5 pm. 

The workshop is for firms interested in doing business with the CDA on the upcoming O'Hare 21 Construction Managers at Risk projects. Learn more and register online.
Loyola University Seeking a Part-Time
Parent & Family Engagement Liaison

Loyola University is seeking a part-time Parent and Family Engagement Liaison.

The Loyola University Parent and Family Engagement Liaison will work alongside Field Elementary School leadership and staff to develop and implement parent and family engagement activities and training to ensure parents and caregivers are positioned to partner with school leaders to champion their children’s education and social-emotional growth. The Liaison provides training to authentically integrate and strengthen parent engagement in school activities, expand opportunities for continued learning, and grow volunteer community service and civic participation.

Learn more about the position and eligibility requirements here. Those interested in applying should send their resume to Qua Sayles at

COPA Hiring Chief Investigative Law Officer

COPA is currently seeking applicants to the position of Chief Investigative Law Officer. This position supervises the attorneys in the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) legal section and is responsible for the review of legal matters, procedures, and protocols of investigations involving allegations of misconduct against members of the Chicago Police Department, including allegations of excessive force, domestic violence and cases involving serious injury.

COPA is committed to hiring a well-qualified applicant who can continue to help us expand on our mission of timeliness, accountability, and transparency. Any assistance in circulating this through your networks and among your constituents would be greatly appreciated.

The deadline for applications is October 21. For more information and to apply, visit COPA's website.

Trilogy Behavioral Health Hiring
a Team Leader (Recovery Services)

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking an ACT Clinical Team Leader for Rogers Park.

An ACT Clinical Team Leader will oversee the coordination and quality of services for all clients on the assigned team.  The Team Leader will develop a cohesive team by hiring and training dynamic clinicians, providing quality clinical and administrative supervision, coaching and mentoring to team members, and by serving as the senior clinician on the team.  The Team Leader routinely interfaces with other team leaders, managers and the executive team in order to enhance communication, cooperation & collaboration across programs/departments and to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of services.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website

Trilogy Behavioral Health Hiring an
ACT Clinical Team Leader for Rogers Park

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking a Team Leader.

The Team Leader oversees the coordination and quality of services for all clients on the assigned team.  The Team Leader develops a cohesive team by hiring and training dynamic clinicians, providing quality clinical and administrative supervision, coaching and mentoring to team members, and by serving as the senior clinician on the team.  The Team Leader routinely interfaces with other team leaders, managers and the executive team in order to enhance communication, cooperation & collaboration across programs/departments and to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of services.  As a  Team Leader you will assist outreach staff in providing continuous support to  clients in order to help them achieve their goals and psychiatric stability. 

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website

Trilogy Behavioral Health Hiring an Assessor

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking an Assessor.

The Assessor will work with Williams and Colbert Class Members in SNFs (Skilled Nursing Facilities) and SMHRFs (Specialized Mental Health Recovery Facilities) to provide assessment services to residents and serve as an advocate for residents to help facilitate a positive transition from nursing home living to independent living in the community.  They will assess the residents’ readiness to discharge from the facility setting and transition into independent living and/or a less restrictive environment.  The Assessor will routinely interface with nursing home employees to obtain records, advocate on behalf of the resident, and coordinate any services as needed.

They will collaborate with Outreach Specialists regarding residents interested in being assessed for the Transition Program, and transition teams once the resident has been assessed and referred for transition services.  The Assessor will provide client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed services to clients with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse/addiction disorders utilizing a harm reduction approach. 

The Assessor will provide at least 80% of services in nursing home facilities. 

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website

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

Office Hours*

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

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

Paid for and authorized by Maria for the 49th Ward.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Alderwoman Maria Hadden · 1447 W. Morse Ave · Chicago, IL 60626 · USA