49th Ward Update
April 15, 2023
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Good Morning,

We have a lot of important updates on public safety, business proposals and community events in the newsletter this week. I'm keeping my comments brief so that you can focus on reading the updates! Use the Table of Contents to jump to sections for the relevant content. Some of the major things this week you can read about in the newsletter below:
I'm looking forward to seeing you sometime in the next week!

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure, service and development updates
- PUBLIC SAFETY - updates on health and safety happenings
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - local events and ways to get involved
- COMMUNITY AID - organizational and personal requests for support
- GOVERNMENT CORNER - connect to your other elected officials
- PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Important public health resources
- NEED TO KNOW INFO - alerts, services and government aid
- BUSINESS NEWS - local announcements and services for small businesses
- SCHOOLS SHINE IN 49 - school news and updates
- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - hiring events and job postings
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, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Happy Easter
Happy Easter to our Orthodox Christian neighbors. Wishing you a blessed holiday.
Ribbon Cutting Extravaganza in the 49th Ward!
Last week, the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the offices of State Representative Kelly Cassidy and State Senator Mike Simmons, and I hosted our quarterly ribbon-cutting celebration to welcome new businesses to the 49th Ward! It is always an honor to welcome new businesses to our community and we wish them success and all the best! Please be sure to stop in, say hello, and support the following:

1.)  Weird Girl Ink - 1441 W. Morse
2.) Palestina's Pizza - 6632 N. Clark 
3.) Tesla Training Center - 6910 N. Clark 
4.) Ignatian Food Pantry - 1735 W. Greenleaf 
5.) Hungry Mama - 1636 W. Howard
Ward Updates
49th Ward Town Hall April 19
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the next monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, April 19, at 6 pm. Please note that April's town hall is being held on the THIRD Wednesday of the month instead of the second due to a scheduling conflict. 

During the town hall, attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions. Representatives from the Department of Water Management will be in attendance to discuss the lead service line replacement program.

Register to attend the meeting by visiting Spanish translation will be available. 
Housing & Fair Housing Workshop April 24
In collaboration with ONE Northside, Northside Community Resources will be leading a Housing and Fair Housing Workshop on Monday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 pm at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W Morse Ave. The event will be free and virtual attendance is also an option. Folks interested in attending can sign up at
Community Meeting on Proposed Affordable Housing Development on Howard and Paulina April 26
Join Alderwoman Hadden and representatives from Housing for All, LLC to learn more about a 100% affordable proposed development for the northeast corner of Howard and Paulina. During the meeting, Housing for All will share updates on its application, on the planned development process, and answer questions and concerns. 

Housing for All, LLC is proposing to develop a mixed-use workforce housing development at the corner of Howard and Paulina in the 49th Ward. The project will comprise two lots at that intersection, spanning 7603-7619 N. Paulina and 1646-1660 W. Howard.

The proposal includes plans to construct 110 units, 88 of which would be set aside for households earning at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The remaining 22 would be set aside for households earning at or below 30% AMI. 10% of the units would be set aside as type A fully accessible units, with another 20% set aside as easily adaptable to fully accessible. 

In February, the developer submitted an application to the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) for the competitive low-income tax credits. The application will go before IHDA's board in June for a final determination. If approved this round, the developer will seek supplemental financing options from the City's Department of Housing. 

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 pm in the fieldhouse at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. Spanish translation will be available. To learn more about the proposal, visit the 49th Ward office's website at
Perception Cannabis Survey Results
The 49th Ward has compiled all the survey results for the Perception Cannabis proposal. We have broken down the responses more granularly to get a better idea of how the community at large feels versus those closest to the proposed location. As you scroll through the presentation of the results, you will find it broken down by:
  • Aggregate data
  • All 49th Ward respondents
  • 49th Ward residents who live farther than four blocks away
  • 49th Ward residents who live within four blocks
  • 49th Ward residents who live within two blocks
  • 49th Ward residents who live within one block
  • Respondents who live outside of ward boundaries
The common themes we saw in the open comments section for this proposal included the following:
  • Concerns that Lunt Auto & Tire would close if the dispensary is approved
  • Support for a social equity license holder to open a location in the ward
  • Concerns about the location's proximity to churches and daycares
The 49th Ward is reviewing all submitted feedback with Perception Cannabis. We are also continuing conversations with the owner of Lunt Auto & Tire and its landlord. Please continue to keep 
an eye on our newsletter and website, where we will share information on the outcome of those conversations and other important updates.

To learn more about the proposal, visit the 49th Ward website at To view the granular breakdown of all community feedback, visit
ZenLeaf Survey Results
The 49th Ward has compiled all the survey results for the ZenLeaf dispensary proposal. We have broken down the responses more granularly to get a better idea of how the community at large feels versus those closest to the proposed location. As you scroll through the presentation of the results, you will find it broken down by:
  • Aggregate data
  • All 49th Ward respondents
  • 49th Ward residents who live farther than four blocks away
  • 49th Ward residents who live within four blocks
  • 49th Ward residents who live within two blocks
  • 49th Ward residents who live within one block
  • Respondents who live outside of ward boundaries
The common themes we saw in the open comments section for this proposal included the following:
  • Concerns that the dispensary is located in a part of the ward that already has concentrated crime and that opening a dispensary will exacerbate those issues
  • Concerns about a multi-state conglomerate operating and how that impacts the viability of social equity operators
  • Support for the location in the Gateway Center due to the ease of getting there
The 49th Ward is reviewing all submitted feedback with ZenLeaf. Please continue to keep an eye on our newsletter and website, where we will share information on the outcome of those conversations and other important updates.

To learn more about the proposal, visit the 49th Ward website at To view the granular breakdown of all community feedback, visit
Annual 49th Ward Clean & Green April 22

Join us for this year's Clean & Green to help clean up and beautify our lovely neighborhood! The date is set for Saturday, April 22nd, from 11 am - 1 pm. You can stop by one of the three following sites to meet up with our team and pick up some cleaning supplies: 

  • Schreiber Park - 1552 W Schreiber Ave
  • 49th Ward Services Office - 1447 W Morse Ave
  • Willye B White Park - 1610 W Howard St

From there, you can work alongside your neighbors to help clean up the Ward and participate in this annual citywide tradition!

Please register as a Clean & Green volunteer at 

Do you care about the environment and want to get involved in climate action? Make sure to ask about our ward's Climate Action Taskforce when you check in for the Clean & Green!

This year we are also partnering with the S&C Electric Company, which will have an electronics recycling station set up on Pratt Ave. More details about this site will be included in next week's newsletter!

S&C Electronics Recycling Event April 22!
In partnership with our Clean & Green, S&C Electric Company will have an electronics recycling station set up on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am - 2pm. The drive-up entrance will be at their gate on the South-side of Pratt Ave next to the Metra tracks. S&C team members will help unload electronics from your vehicle once you pull in. Please review the graphic for the traffic flow diagram and the list of acceptable items!
Save the Date: One Howard Street Kick-Off Event April 22

The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) and the City of Evanston are thrilled to kick off the One Howard Street planning process! One Howard Street is a collaborative effort between Rogers Park Business Alliance and the City of Evanston to develop a unified corridor plan for Howard Street between Sheridan Road and Western Avenue/Asbury Avenue. This community-driven planning process will culminate in an action plan that charts a path toward a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and prosperous Howard Street corridor. 

The first public workshop will take place from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, April 22, at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. During the event, folks can join the One Howard team to clean up our park and share their vision for the future of Howard Street. The event will include hands-on activities, snacks, and more information about how you can get involved in the One Howard Street planning process. 


For more information about this project, click here or email Kyle Ryan, Manager of Economic Development, at or by calling our office at 773-338-5796.

Rogers Park Business Alliance Mural RFP
Rogers Park Business Alliance, a service provider for Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24, is seeking proposals for a single artist or artist team to paint a mural on Clark St. in Rogers Park.

Proposals must be emailed to Ana Bermudez, no later than Friday, May 12, 2023. Proposals received after this date will not be accepted. Preference will be given to artists from Rogers Park and with bicultural backgrounds.

Vision Mural RFP 2023
Support Glenwood Sunday Market with Lox Boxes for Mother's Day
Enjoy Urban Tables lovingly composed Mother's Day lox boxes that include: 4 bagels, 1 lb. total cream cheese (1/2 plain, 1/2 artisanal), 1/2 lb. hand-cured & hand-cut lox and Garnish (Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available). Pick up or delivery options on Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, at Urban Tables, 6957 N. Clark St. Deliveries are available for a $3 fee within a 3-mile radius of 60626. 

Proceeds from the Lox Box, benefit Glenwood Sunday Market's Food Access Program to help food-insecure neighbors afford to buy healthy food at GSM! The deadline to order is April 28th. More information is available online at
Help Support Gale's Earth Day Garden Project
Girl Scout Troop 26156, Girls on the Run, Gale Athletics, Gale Student Voice Committee, and B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) are partnering to host an Earth Day garden project at Gale Community Academy. The two-day event will take place on Wednesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 26, from 3:45-5:15 pm. 

In advance of the event, Gale Community Academy is seeking donations of garden supplies, garden cleaning supplies, plants, seedlings, mulch, paint, and paint supplies. Community members can also help by dedicating their time to beautifying the gardens. Donations will be accepted Monday through Friday between 8 am and 3:30 pm in the main building, 1631 W. Jonquil, or from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the annex building, 7650 N. Marshfield.

For more information, contact N. Ivette Morales at 312-554-5748 or
Enroll in Gale's Pre-K Program
Enrollment for Gale Community Academy's pre-k program is now open! The program offers partnerships with Northwestern University and Jumpstart. It also offers afterschool programs for working parents and guardians. 

To schedule an appointment for in-person registration, email or
Street Sweeping Season Now Underway
The Department of Streets and Sanitation began its residential street cleaning schedule this month. Street cleaning will run through mid-November, weather permitting.

The city hangs bright orange temporary parking restrictions the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin. Those who fail to move their vehicle during the restricted hours, between 9 am and 2 pm, will be eligible to receive a $60 ticket.

The street sweeping schedule is available to view on the 49th Ward website
Temporary Reroute for CTA Bus #147
Due to ongoing work in the Rogers/Howard area, the CTA has rerouted the #147 bus route until work in the area is complete (which is anticipated to occur in mid-May). The route will now be the following: 

NB) #147 Outer Drive Express
Operate regular route to Sheridan/Touhy, (turn left) West on Touhy to Clark, (turn right) North on Clark to Rogers, (turn right) Northeast on Rogers to Paulina, (turn left) North on Paulina into Howard Terminal. Exit Howard Terminal onto Howard, (turn left) West on Howard to Clark, (turn left) South on Clark to Touhy, (turn left) East on Touhy to Sheridan, (turn right) South on Sheridan over the regular route.

SB) #147 OuterDriveExpress
Exit Howard Terminal onto Howard, (turn left)
West on Howard to Clark, (turn left)
South on Clark to Touhy, (turn left)
East on Touhy to Sheridan, (turn right)
South on Sheridan over the regular route.
Operate regular route to Sheridan/Touhy, (turn left) West on Touhy to Clark, (turn right) North on Clark to Rogers, (turn right) Northeast on Rogers to Paulina, (turn left) North on Paulina into Howard Terminal. Exit Howard Terminal onto Howard, (turn left) West on Howard to Clark, (turn left) South on Clark to Touhy, (turn left) East on Touhy to Sheridan, (turn right) South on Sheridan over the regular route.SB)
Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews are continuing to install the sewer pipe and sewer structures at the intersection of Rogers, Greenview, and Howard. Birchwood Avenue at Ashland reopened to traffic this week; eastbound Howard is projected to be reopened to traffic on May 1.

Continue to keep your eye on this space for updates on this project. Chicagoans may also visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (7439) to sign up. 

Residential Lighting Upgrade:

Crews will begin work on residential lighting on Glenwood from Devon to Albion beginning the week of April 17, pending clearance and coordination with existing utilities. 

The work is a part of the Chicago Residential Lighting Improvements program and will include the installation of foundations, boring of underground conduits, cable pulling, the installation of residential lighting poles with piggyback lights, LED Smart Lighting luminaires, and the restoration of concrete sidewalks and parkways disturbed by the construction. The existing lighting poles will be removed once the new lighting system is functioning properly. 

During construction, temporary "No Parking" signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed above so that work may be performed safely. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, and residents can park normally after the posted hours and overnight, and usually all day on weekends. 

The existing lights will remain working until the new lighting system is functional. If no lighting is observed at night at any time, please notify 311 and our office.

Tree Trimming Transitioning to Area System:

The Bureau of Forestry has changed how it will trim trees. Residents no longer have the option to submit a 311 request to have a tree trimmed. Instead, the Bureau of Forestry will trim trees concentrated in an area. 

Beginning next week, crews will be trimming trees in the bounded by Lake Michigan, Sheridan, Devon, and Pratt. 2-3 crews will be in the area to trim every tree within this area. Please heed the "No Parking" signs in the area while work is underway.

The Bureau of Forestry believes this transition will result in improved efficiency and reduce the number of visits to a given area. 
Use the Army Corps of Engineers Crowdsource Interactive Map to Submit Feedback on its Shoreline Study through April 30
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has launched an interactive Crowdsource map for the public to leave comments on its Chicago Shoreline Study. The map is available on the Army Corps' website by clicking here. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome to open the site. 

On the map, users can pinpoint a specific location along the shoreline and submit a comment for consideration. Comments must be submitted by April 30, 2023.

The USACE will be preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document on the impacts associated with a Coastal Storm Risk Management study in the City of Chicago. The City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District partnered with the Corps to study ongoing shoreline erosion and coastal storm due to variable lake levels and storm-driven waves that impact our shoreline. 

The proposed study area includes Chicago's entire shoreline, from our border with Evanston to our border with Indiana. 

As a part of the study, the Army Corps will explore various measures that could be implemented along our shoreline to reduce coastal storm risks. These measures include the following:
  • Structural (e.g., breakwaters, seawalls, revetments, and groins)
  • Natural and Nature-based features (e.g., beach nourishment, submerged reefs, vegetation, ecologically enhanced structures)
  • Non-structural (e.g., floodproofing, flood warning plans, emergency evacuation plans)
As part of the NEPA scoping process, the Army Corps is seeking comments or concerns stakeholders have about potential impacts from the various measures that could be implemented. This could include impacts to various habitats, threatened and endangered species, or cultural, historical, and social resources. 

Our office has submitted preliminary feedback to the Army Corps for this critical study and has called for the following as they embark on this process: 
  • Commit to a robust community engagement process to allow Chicagoans to provide insight and feedback
    The 49th Ward was excluded from the 1994 Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project, which provided infrastructure and protections for just 8 miles of the City’s shoreline. In Rogers Park, private properties are located directly adjacent to the lake, which means they feel the impact of high lake levels and wave action on a much more intimate basis than other parts of the city that have public land barriers and other infrastructure (such as sea walls) to absorb or deflect wave impact. Residents are owed the opportunity to share their personal experiences and ideas to help inform the future of the shoreline.

  • Restore beach access to Juneway, Rogers, and Howard beaches and repurpose emergency revetments as breakwaters
    As Lake Michigan reached historically high levels in 2019, the Department of Transportation was able to secure emergency funding from FEMA to install armor rock revetments at Juneway, Howard, and Rogers beaches. The revetments were critical in curtailing further erosion of public property and keeping park property safe. However, the installation of revetments restricted access to what had previously been beaches. Rogers Park has a unique history of being the last affordable neighborhood on the north side with access to the lakefront. Roger Park residents have enjoyed this access for generations, offering a more quiet opportunity to enjoy our greatest natural asset. As USACE studies potential solutions for Chicago’s shoreline, I ask that you look at restoring beach access and repurposing the armor rocks to act as breakwaters.

  • Implement sustainable native, deep-rooted vegetation on the lakefront to combat erosion
    With a unique opportunity to shape the future of Chicago’s shoreline, we would like the Army Corps to explore sustainable options to combat erosion, such as planting marram grass or other native deep-rooted plants that have a track record of withstanding wave impact and mitigating the impacts of erosion. In the 49th Ward, a group of volunteers acts as stewards to the Loyola Park Sand Dunes. The natural vegetation abutting the lake proved resilient at the peak of Lake Michigan’s lake levels, with less damage at Loyola Park than at other parks to its north. In addition to providing a natural barrier to wave action, the plants help the ecosystem along Lake Michigan, allowing natural wildlife and insects to thrive. 

Individuals, organizations, and groups may also submit written comments to Ms. Samantha Belcik. Comments and questions will be accepted through the end of April and can be directed via email to Ms. Belcik at

More on the Shoreline Study and its current status is available on the USACE website here.
Public Safety
Update on Recent Shootings
Public Safety Update on Stabbing Arrest
On Tuesday, police arrested and charged the individual suspected of stabbing one of the managers from Morse Market. We have been in daily contact with Morse Market. The victim is in good condition and we wish him a speedy recovery. Additionally, as the man suspected of the assault was already on probation, he has been issued parole violations and is being held in custody. A big thank you to Commander Brennan and the 24th District team and to the State's Attorney's Office for their quick work and coordination with our office and the victim.
Community Engagement
Senior Film Series Presents: The Big Sick
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present The Big Sick in April. Following the film, there will be a group discussion led by a guest speaker. Después la película, habrá una discusión grupal dirigida por un orador invitado.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 19, at 1 pm. Free parking is available on Schreiber Avenue just south of the station, and parking restrictions will temporarily be lifted during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend this film due to a 30-person limit. Please email Officer DeWinter in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at
Friends of Rogers Park Spring Book Sale April 22
Join the Friends of Rogers Park Library for their annual Spring Book Sale to celebrate National Library Week! Stop by the library, 6907 N. Clark, on Saturday, April 22nd, between 10 am and 4 pm to purchase your next reads, and all the proceeds will be used to buy additional books and fund more programming for the library. 
Lifeline Theatre Presents: From the Mississippi Delta
Lifeline Theatre presents From the Mississippi Delta. A compelling tale of tenacity and resilience, this Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama explores the incredible journey of a young woman from her hardscrabble Mississippi origins through the civil rights era and beyond. Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland's self-described journey is told through the lens of only three actresses.

The show runs April 27 through June 18 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here
Theatre Above the Law Presents: The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

Theatre Above the Law reimagines The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde by leaning into the author’s own description of “trivial”. Edited to come in at 90 minutes, this production will feature clown work, main characters as non-binary and, of course, plenty of cucumber sandwiches and muffins."

April 21-May 21 Jarvis Square Theatre 1439 W. Jarvis

Rogers Park and Ward 49 coupon code for online pre-sales only. Use the code C-PinkRose for $15 tickets. A limited amount are available for each performance. 

This production is sponsored by R Public House, The Jarvis Square Tavern, The Howard Street and Jarvis Square SSA, and Taste Food and Wine.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Theatre Above the Law's website

Events at the Rogers Park Branch Library
The Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark, offers a variety of events and programming for people of all ages. Make sure to check out a list of their upcoming events and register to attend one. More information is available on its website here
Community Aid
Get Free Legal Advice from the Chicago Bar Association April 15

Do you need legal help? Not sure if you need an attorney or just need a little advice? Attorneys with The Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, April 15. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program.   

Calls will be accepted on April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001.   

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

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offers their services to the public.  When contacting the LRS during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law, including: 

  • Domestic Relations - including divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters. 
  • Personal Injury - including auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, wrongful death, malpractice, and other types of injury cases. 
  • Estate Planning - including will and trust drafting, probate, and will contest. 
  • Real Estate - including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues. 
  • Employment Law - including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. 

To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service that provides callers access to attorneys in three different areas of law.  You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury, and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001 or visiting

24th District Baby Wipe Drive
The 24th District is hosting a baby wipes and disinfectant wipes drive through April 30. All donations will benefit the Maryville Crisis Nursery. Donations can be dropped off at the 24th District station at 6464 N. Clark. For more information, email
Help Beloved Oasis Bartender in her Fight against Cancer
Beloved Oasis daytime bartender Michelle Dremon has recently been diagnosed with cancer. To many in Rogers Park, she's served as a neighborhood mom, especially for those without a family in the city. Michelle is known for organizing annual Super Bowl parties and holiday celebrations. She also coordinates and puts on neighborhood potlucks, helping build a strong community in Rogers Park.

Michelle has always been the first to help anyone, and now she needs our help. Michelle had to stop working in order to fight cancer. She still has bills and living expenses to pay. Please consider making a donation to give back to someone who has done so much to build community in Rogers Park.

You can make a financial contribution to Michelle on GoFundMe by clicking here
Volunteer for Animal Care and Control
Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is seeking volunteers to help connect families with pets, walk and play with dogs, care for cats, provide one-on-one enrichment, and assist at special events. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend an orientation. For more information, click here
Volunteer at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities to help give back to our community. Their volunteer opportunities include food pantry shifts, adult education tutoring, reading programs, and with the youth. 

For more information and to sign up, call 773-262-6622 ext 106, email, or click here
Sponsor Refugees through Welcome Corps
The Welcome Corps is a new service opportunity for Americans to welcome refugees seeking freedom and safety and, in turn, make a difference in their own communities. Together, sponsor groups welcome refugee newcomers by securing and preparing initial housing, greeting refugee newcomers at the airport, enrolling children in school, and helping adults to find employment. You already have the most important skill you need to succeed—knowledge about daily life in your community. Experts will be there to guide you each step of the way.

Learn more at
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
Cook County:
Call Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita:

State of Illinois:
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Sen. Simmons Website

Federal Government:
Congresswoman Schakowsky's website

Senator Durbin's website
Senator Duckworth's website
Series of Hearings for the Chicago Elected School Board
The Illinois Senate is holding a series of citywide hearings to gather input on the creation of the new Chicago-elected school board districts. The Committee on the Chicago Elected Representative School Board hearing schedule is as follows:
  •  April 17th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Virtual Hearing
If you would like to participate in any of the hearings as a witness to provide testimony, you may do so either in person at any of the four in-person hearings or virtually via Zoom at the virtual hearing. The committee asks that you fill out a witness slip here. If you wish to simply watch and listen to the hearings, there will be seating available to the public at each venue. You do not need to register to just attend a hearing to watch and listen, only if you want to provide testimony. 
Additionally, the Committee on the Chicago Elected Representative School Board has created a public portal that allows the public to draw and submit proposed district boundaries. The portal can be accessed here. You can either draw a community of interest on the portal or submit a district or full map that you have drawn on another system. 
Applications for 2022 Property Tax Exemptions Now Open
Mark your calendar! The Cook County Assessor tax year 2022 exemption applicaitons will open on Monday, April 10! Exemptions are savings that contribute to lowering a homeowner’s property tax bill. The most common is the Homeowner Exemption, which saves a Cook County property owner an average of $973 dollars each year.

Before existing and new homeowners apply, there are a few things to know that will save them time and effort.

First, existing homeowners should determine which exemptions they received last year (tax year 2021) and determine if they will automatically renew this year (tax year 2022). The Assessor’s Office will continue the automatic renewal of the Homeowner, Senior, Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities, and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions. Homeowners can check their exemptions by visiting the Cook County Portal and reviewing the Exemption History section.

Next, new homeowners, first-time applicants, or those that need to reapply can now do so online using a new form that consolidates the five most common exemptions into a single application. This allows homeowners to simply check mark the exemptions they want to apply for, only having to submit required documents once. 

Homeowners are strongly encouraged to apply online. Not only will they save trees, but they will also have a digital record that allows Assessor staff to provide a status update.

More information is available on the Assessor's website

Public Health Updates
Complete the Tapestry360 Health Equity Survey
Tapestry360 has launched a Holistic Needs Assessment Questionnaire as part of a Health Equity project for the city of Chicago. They are collaborating with community members and organizations to identify and dismantle barriers that would improve social and physical health in our community. 

Please take a moment to complete the community needs survey to help inform recommendations and solutions. 

English survey:
Spanish survey:
Order Free COVID Tests
The federal government is reopened its program to offer free COVID-19 tests. People can visit to request four tests for free. 

Public health officials recommend people test themselves when they have symptoms and before visiting family. 
Updated Bivalent Boosters Now Available!
The City of Chicago received the free updated bivalent COVID boosters this week.

The new boosters offer greater protection against common COVID-19 variants than the original shots and are available to anyone aged 12 and older who have already received their initial vaccine shots. People age 12 and up who have completed a primary vaccine series should receive a bivalent booster two months after the second dose of their last booster shot. 

The updated booster is widely available throughout the city, including at doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health centers. To find a location where you can receive the bivalent booster shot, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health's website.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, click 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 to Know Info
Chicago Early Learning Preschool Application Now Open
The Chicago Early Learning preschool application will open on Tuesday, April 11. There are no-cost and low-cost early education options for every child from birth through 5 years old. Full-day and half-day options are available.

For more information, visit or call 312-229-1690.
Chore Services Program for Seniors
The Chore Services Program supports older adults 60 years old and older recently released from the hospital, experiencing illness, and/or experiencing difficulty with completing household tasks due to physical or cognitive limitations. Short-term in-home support (assistance with cleaning, laundry, and self-care) and heavy-duty cleaning, including the removal of excessive clutter, is offered. This year, the program is expanding services to also include extermination, lawn care, and snow removal services to older adults that are homeowners and that meet existing Chore program eligibility requirements. Rental apartment units are not included under the newly expanded services, given that rental property maintenance is the responsibility of landlord property owners.

For referral and a scheduled eligibility assessment, older adults or their caregivers may contact the Senior Services Division Information and Assistance call center at 312-744-4016 or email
LadderUp Providing Tax Preparation Services to Low-Income Earners
What: Ladder Up is preparing to open several pop-up Tax Assistance Program (TAP) sites in hard-to-reach areas around Chicago. These sites offer free tax preparation services to those who qualify through mid-April. Additionally, Ladder Up will host Tax-a-Thon on February 4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Olive-Harvey College.

Why: Ladder Up serves families and individuals often marginalized by today’s financial systems due to race, gender, and class identifications. The clients are less able to understand how to prepare an accurate tax return and are most at risk of making costly mistakes. Without Ladder Up’s support, clients are more likely to be taken advantage of by predatory financial providers charging unnecessary fees.

Who: Founded in 1994, Ladder Up has served 750,000 clients and returned $1.42 billion to them. During the 2022 tax season, the nonprofit organization assisted over 15,000 individuals to secure over $21.8 million in refunds. Ladder Up offers a variety of financial services including tax preparation, financial aid for college, financial education, and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number services.
IHDA Mortgage Assistance Program
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has extended its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners—paid directly to the servicer, taxing body, or other approved entity—while homeowners work to regain their financial footing. Whether homeowners have a mortgage, a reverse mortgage, or are mortgage-free, the program can fund past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments.

The program is free, and funds do not need to be repaid. Application, program information, and updates can be found at or by calling the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571).

The HANA Center can also assist homeowners with their application. To contact the HANA Center, call 773-583-5501 or email
ComEd Launches New Assistance Programs
ComEd recently issued the attached news release to announce new and enhanced customer assistance options that will make more customers aware of the help available, provide more grants to help with electric bills, and remove barriers customers sometimes face when accessing assistance options.
ComEd’s new assistance offerings include:
  • Catch Up and Save: A two-part program that first provides monthly credits to a customer’s bill to eliminate past-due balances. To help families save on future energy bills, the program also provides a free energy savings kit while supplies last. Each kit includes home products designed to help lower home energy use while improving the efficiency of the home.
  • Fresh Start Services: To help customers become aware of and navigate the options available to manage bills and energy use, ComEd offers both online and person-to-person help. This service also offers customers tools that will alert them when their energy use is trending higher than usual and help them be aware of financial assistance programs they may be eligible for.
  • Your Neighbor Fund: To be funded by donations from ComEd’s 6,000 employees who proudly work and live in the communities the energy company serves. This fund, managed in collaboration with Neighborhood Housing Services, provides another needed source of grant money to help limited-income families pay their ComEd bill.
For more information and to enroll, visit
Home and Business Protection Program Income-Based Application
The City of Chicago has expanded the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to remove barriers and ensure that more Chicago residents have access to the tools needed to protect their properties and feel safe. Through the new HBPP Income-Based Application, eligible Chicagoans can apply for private security devices at no cost based on income and pick them up at a designated community distribution site. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

For more information and to apply, click here
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, 2022, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Business Updates
Back to Business (B2B) Grants for Creative Arts, Hotels & Restaurants

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries.  Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eligible restaurants, hotels, and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements, and submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program. 

Applications will be open from April 5 to May 10, 2023, and there are informational webinars scheduled for March 24, March 30, and April 6, 2023. For more information and to apply, click here

Host an Event in an Alfresco Space!
Spring is here, which means it's a great time to start thinking about events for our community alfresco spaces! In Rogers Park, we have two public spaces available for community use. Both spaces, one on Glenwood between Morse & Lunt and the other at Jarvis Square (Jarvis Red Line) are available for anyone in the community, including businesses in the area, to use.

Because both spaces are open to the public and are located in the public way, admission to any events must be free. Food, drinks, or merchandise can be sold with proper permitting and licensing.

Request event approval a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Learn more about hosting an event here
Sign-Up to be a Vendor at Chalk Howard Street Festival

Are you a vendor interested in participating at Chalk Howard Street? The Rogers Park Business Alliance just launched the vendor sign-up forms. These are available for artists, merchants, and food vendors. The deadline to apply is July 14th; priority will be given to Rogers Park vendors.

Learn more and apply by clicking here.

ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Park District Seeking Youth Lifeguards
Get paid $375 stipend for lifeguard training 🛟! New this year, swimmers 🏊 will receive the necessary training to become a Chicago Park District lifeguard during Sunday classes, starting April 16, at 5 park pools.
Registration is open NOW. 👉
One Summer Chicago Now Accepting Applications
The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) welcomes Chicago youth with new summer opportunities as we reopen the application portal for One Summer Chicago (OSC) at
This year, there are thousands of opportunities available for young people ages 14-24, with opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Young people can apply at up until the June 2nd deadline.
  • Summer Youth Employment Program provides employment and internship opportunities for 16 to 24 year-olds, earning $15.40 an hour while working with partners like the Chicago Park District, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.
  • For our 14–15-year-olds who are not quite old enough to work, our Chicagobility program helps young people explore career pathways, participate in project-based learning and field trips, and earn a $450 stipend for the summer.
Apply here!
Free English and GED Classes at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center is offering free English and GED classes. Online, in-person, and one-on-one options are available. For more information, contact Moon Parker at or Katherine Erickson at 
Chicago Youth Service Corps Program
Are you between the ages of 16-24 and interested in youth-led public service? Apply to the Chicago Youth Service Corps, a year-round program that provides paid opportunities for youth to engage in community services, project-based learning, and leadership development. 

For more information and to apply, click here
Employment Opportunities
CPS Job Fair at Willye White Park April 19
Chicago Public Schools Talent Office is hosting a CPS Paraprofessional Job Fair for its 2022-23 school year. The job fair will take place on Wednesday, April 19, in the field house at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, from 10 am to 1 pm. 

To register to attend the event, visit To view open positions with CPS and apply online, visit
Apply for a Summer Job with the Chicago Park District
This summer, have fun, help others, and make your community a better place while earning money! Job openings for Lifeguard, Recreation Leader, and Junior Laborer positions are now available for qualified candidates, ages 16 and older, to apply. The District’s summer jobs offer competitive wages, life-skill-building opportunities, flexible work schedules, and pathways to careers and full-time employment. Apply now for your perfect summer job at the Chicago Park District! 
Hospitality Hires Chicago 2023

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) and event sponsors are hosting the sixth annual Hospitality Hires Chicago (HHC) on Tuesday, April 18, at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago from 9 am to 3 pm.

This year’s theme is Hospitality is a State of Mind. Having a positive attitude and finding a career that you enjoy with good wages and benefits is what leads to success! To date, HHC events have helped more than 900 people get hired or secure conditional job offers and have provided more than 200 employers with access to more than a thousand pre-screened work-ready candidates.

Pre-registration for the event is required. Learn more and register by clicking here

Chicago Urban League Workforce Development Center Information Sessions
The Chicago Urban League has launched a workforce development program, which aims to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to secure employment opportunities in various fields. Every Thursday at 10 am, they are hosting information sessions where prospective employees can learn how to elevate their careers in a range of fields. 

To register to attend an information session, visit
Swissport Chicago is Hiring
Swissport Chicago is looking to hire key passenger services positions at O'Hare airport. They are especially in need of representatives that speak Spanish. To learn more about openings, visit its website here
Heartland Alliance Medical Interpreter Program

Heartland Alliance has launched a medical interpreter training program. As one of the services of the RICS College and Career Pathways program, participants can complete this independent medical interpreting course with support provided by Heartland Alliance.  This course is free to eligible participants and is a first step to prepare for work as an interpreter.  

Heartland Alliance is now enrolling new participants. 

Some important notes:
  • Enrollees need to be completely fluent in both languages they will use for interpreting. 
  • The course materials are in English.
  • The course is completely online and independent.
  • Basic computer skills are necessary as participants will need to navigate through the online materials independently
  • No medical experience is needed.
  • The College and Career Pathways program covers the cost of the course for eligible participants
For more information, contact Dionn McDonald at 708-943-8664 or 
Free Online English Classes at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina, is offering free online English classes to help individuals in the workforce. The classes will help participants with their communication skills for the workplace and provide support in job training and searches. 

The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact Moon Parker at or 312-768-8046. 
Free Culinary Arts Training Program 
Howard Area Community Center is opening registration for the Spring cohort of its Culinary Arts Program. The program provides a free, paid 12-week job training program to prepare students for success in Chicagoland's vibrant food service industry.

The training dates are April 10 - June 30. Individuals who may be interested can sign up for one of two information sessions (Feb 20 or Mar 6) by scanning the QR code on the attached flyer or by clicking here.
Trilogy Behavioral Health is Hiring!
Trilogy Behavioral Health is looking to hire key mental health positions in its organization. Trilogy offers generous benefits and training opportunities. To learn more about openings, visit its website here
Greencorps is Recruiting
Interested in landscaping, construction, or ecological restoration? Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green-industry employment program with on-the-job training for individuals with barriers to employment. Apply to their 10-month green industry employment opportunity, where you will receive training, earn licenses, certifications, and more! 

For more information and to apply, click here
Work for the CTA
Are you looking for a career change, a new job, or know someone who is? Look to the CTA each Friday to see newly posted positions as you seek a new career opportunity! Visit to find a full list of jobs!
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a 31-acre campus that provides around-the-clock care to support its residents. They strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join its team.  Misericordia offers competitive pay rates and excellent employee benefits. 

For more information on current job openings, visit Misericordia's Careers website.
Greater Chicago Food Depository Job Training Programs
The Greater Chicago Food Depository now offers free and paid hospitality and supply chain career path training programs. These programs are available to unemployed and underemployed adults living in Cook County. Programs are background friendly and welcoming to those without a high school diploma or GED.

More information on the program is available on the Greater Chicago Food Depository's website by clicking here.
CTA Second Chance Program
The CTA Second Chance Program allows individuals with a barrier to employment an opportunity for a fulfilling and stable career with the CTA. Those interested in the program should complete a survey of interest by clicking here. More information on the Second Chance Program is available on the CTA's website here
Join the Chicago Park District Team
The Chicago Park District is seeking to hire several key year-round and seasonal positions. To view all openings, visit
PACE Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at its facilities across the suburbs to ensure that it can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. Working for Pace has many advantages:

  • Competitive starting pay
  • Paid on-the-job and ongoing training
  • Promotion from within
  • Working close to home
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid vacation and other paid time off
  • Safe, clean work environment (visit to see all of our COVID-related safety precautions in place to protect personnel)

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Chicago Public Schools is seeking committed substitute teachers to ensure our students receive quality instruction in the absence of their teacher. To apply, visit
CPS is Hiring Board Custodians
CPS is hiring Board Custodians. To apply for the position, click here. To register for an interview, click here. For more information, call 773-553-2100 or email
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
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:
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
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 Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents 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 seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. 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
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. Its 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
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