49th Ward Update
November 11, 2022
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Good afternoon neighbors,

Happy Veteran's Day to our past and current service members - the 49th ward appreciates you! There's a lot happening for our ward, so please take your time with the newsletter this week and check out the City Council and Ward Updates sections for budget, public safety, and legislative updates.

Have a great weekend and take care,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- CITY COUNCIL UPDATES - get updates on City Council
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- 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
Ward Office Closed on Veterans Day
The 49th Ward Office will be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 14, at 9 am. You can still leave a message or email us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
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
Honoring Those Who Served this Veterans Day
The Above and Beyond Vietnam War Memorial at Harold Washington Library
I'd like to take a moment to thank all those who have served in our armed forces to protect our liberties. Thank you for your service. There are a number of ways to spend the holiday in a meaningful and profound way:
  • The City of Chicago is hosting a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Special Olympics Drive, at 11 am on Veterans Day. More information is available on the City's website.
  • The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Olive Harvey College are hosting an event to honor and recognize women veterans who continue to serve. They will have an option for individuals to attend virtually or in person. More information is available on the Eventbrite website
  • Visit the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, to view Above and Beyond: a Vietnam War Memorial, which features 58,307 dog tags hanging from the ceiling. Each dog tag represents a person in the Vietnam War and is arranged in order of death. 
  • The National Veterans Art Museum at 4041 N. Milwaukee is dedicated to presenting veteran-created art inspired by combat and military service. Learn more on its website at
  • The Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan, is hosting a series of events to honor veterans.
Gale Community Academy Celebrates Centennial Anniversary
Our community celebrated Gale Community Academy's 100th birthday this week with music, dance, and memories. The staff and community around Gale maintain the tradition of creating a safe and enriching learning environment for our kids and their families. Congratulations to Principal Leal and his team on a tremendous occasion - here's to 100 more years!
Rogers Beach Tennis Court Restoration is Complete, 
Now Includes Pickleball Option! 
The restoration of the tennis courts at Rogers Beach, 7705 N. Eastlake Terrace, has been completed. The new courts now include lines for pickleball, expanding the use of this asset at our local park. Thank you to the Greater Eastlake Terrace Park for your advocacy on getting these improvements at our local park! 
City Council Updates
My Vote on the 2023 Budget
On Monday, November 8, City Council voted to approve the 2023 Budget which included many good investments for our city. The budget passed 30 - 18. I was one of the 18 'No' votes. Each year, the budget decision is an opportunity to define priorities and make adjustments to our planned investments for the coming year. We spend weeks reviewing the proposal, hearing from departments, and working with colleagues to make amendments and adjustments to create a final budget that meets the needs for our constituents.

Going into this budget, we used information from our community budget survey and firsthand knowledge of constituent requests and ward issues to determine what priorities I should focus on in the budget. Those priorities were creating a department of environment, mental health services, violence prevention, and support for homelessness prevention and outreach. These were priorities I took with me to budget hearings as well as to the Chicago Progressive Caucus and Aldermanic Black Caucus.

Violence Prevention
We started from a good place on violence prevention funding as we still have the $80M+ of recovery funds committed to it. The frustration I and others expressed during hearings was that this is the number one issue for our city and we've only moved about 18% of the funds out the door. The Dept. of Public Health was not well prepared to give us explanations as to why we're taking so long and couldn't provide us with the relevant data to demonstrate how our funds are making a difference.

Mental Health Services
Our Treatment Not Trauma efforts won additional clinician positions in the 2022 budget, unfortunately, many of those positions still go unfilled. The mental health crisis response teams using the co-responder model won't be expanded in 2023, leaving 18 or our 22 police districts without an alternative response model. And lastly, the promise to bring more services to our communities through public clinics is still unfulfilled.

Homelessness Prevention
This one area where we've seen great progress in this budget. Not only is it one of the only areas where recovery funds have been nearly 100% allocated, but I was also able to get 5 additional positions for the homelessness team in the Department of Family Support Services as well as an additional $4M in funds for rapid rehousing units bringing the total budget for 2023 from 800 to 1,200. This is the number one investment that our department needed to help get more of our unsheltered neighbors housed.

Department of Environment
For three years, I have been advocating for this department along with several other alderpersons. In our ward, we know all too well the need for a City department to lead the way in helping our city adjust and plan for the impacts of climate change. In just the last 3 years, we've experienced the devastating lakefront erosion we saw in the 2019-2020 winter season which claimed 1-2ft of land with each storm, a tornado that ripped through 1/4 mile of our ward, the tragic deaths of three women in a senior building because of an early heatwave and a lack of air conditioning, and the widespread damage from a 60-year flood that left practically no building untouched in our ward. We know that we need proactive planning and coordination that only a department can provide. We also provided a plan that was feasible and possible to create this year, but the administration decided against it.

I voted against this budget because we have a responsibility to do better for our residents. Even with the progress we saw, this budget could have and should have gone further. These issues are all urgent, and we should be moving in full coordination to address them. I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues, community and advocates around the city to make gains on these issues because they require our urgent attention and taking no for an answer is not an option.
Public Hearing on the Bring Chicago Home Resolution Scheduled for November 14
On October 28, Alderpersons Martin, Vasquez, Ramirez-Rosa, La Spata, and I noticed a Special City Council meeting to hold a public hearing on the Bring Chicago Home ballot referendum. The Special City Council meeting will take place at 9 am on Monday, November 14, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle. 

If this passes the City Council, voters would have the opportunity during the February 28, 2023, municipal election to weigh in on structural changes to the Real Estate Transfer Tax. The resolution calls to implement a progressive tax structure on the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT), increasing RETT for luxury properties valued at $1 million or more and dedicating the extra revenue for affordable housing and homelessness resources and prevention. Properties valued at less than $1 million would not see any increases to the RETT. 

As we have seen the homelessness crisis explode in our own backyard, it is critical that we intervene and provide people with the housing and wraparound services they need to stabilize and remain housed. 
Anjanette Young Ordinance Update
From left: Ald. Hadden, Craig Futterman, Anjanette Young, Ben Postone, and Lisa Thurau.
In February of 2021, four colleagues and I introduced the Anjanette Young Ordinance, a piece of legislation designed to codify practices around the execution of warrants by police in our city to ensure that what happened to Ms. Young doesn't happen to anyone else in our city. If you're unfamiliar with Ms. Young's case, you can read more about it here.

The ordinance would:
  • Ban CPD’s use of “no-knock” warrants, which do not give family members enough time to answer the door in a dignified manner, and can lead to violence and even death, as demonstrated by the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. 

  • Require officers to corroborate tips from informants before seeking warrants, confirm that the actual target of the warrant can be found at the address, and avoid raiding family homes at times when children are present. 

  • Require that CPD use the least intrusive method when executing warrants, as well as practices that prioritize human dignity, privacy and property interests, and the sanctity of human life. 

  • Prohibit officers from pointing guns at children.

  • Impose an affirmative responsibility on CPD to repair damage that they cause to people’s homes and to make immediate arrangements to secure homes before they leave. 

  • Require all officers conducting raids to wear and use body cameras. 

  • Require transparency and accountability to the public and victims of wrong raids.  The Ordinance demands that CPD track and publish information about wrong raids and it gives anyone depicted in footage from CPD body cams the absolute right to that video within 48 hours of their request.

We finally were given the opportunity to seek a vote in the Committee on Public Safety for the Anjanette Young Ordinance this Thursday, November 10 (link to meeting). Our item had 21 co-sponsors, but only 5 were members of the Public Safety Committee; one was absent. We lost our vote 10-4. Thank you to Alderpersons Osterman, Lopez, Curtis, and Martin for your advocacy and support of the ordinance.

Though we didn't advance out of committee, the work that we've done with our community partners, legal experts and Ms. Young herself have pushed the Mayoral administration to pass policies in the police department that closely resemble many of our ordinance's provisions. We count this as a good step forward, but the people of Chicago deserve better.

I want to thank Ben Postone, Lisa Thurau, Craig Futterman, and of course, Ms. Anjanette Young for your efforts to make Chicago a safer, better place for us all. I know we'll continue our efforts and know that your advocacy has already made a difference.

Thank you to our other co-sponsors and the organizational partners as well. 
Lead Sponsors: Hadden (49), King (4), Hairston (5), Coleman (16), Taylor (20) 
Co-Sponsors: La Spata (1), Dowell (3), Sawyer (6), Sadlowski-Garza (10), Lopez (15), Moore (17), Rodriguez (22), Sigcho-Lopez (25), Rodriguez-Sanchez (33), Austin (34), Ramirez-Rosa (35), Villegas (36), Mitts (37), Vasquez (40), Martin (47), Osterman (48)

Organizational Partners: Black Lives Matter Chicago, Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP, Chicago Aldermanic Latino Caucus, Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus, Cook County Democratic Women, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Chicago, Network 49, ONE Northside, Progressive Baptist church, SEIU HCII, United Working Families, Urban Reformers, Women’s All Points Bulletin, Workers Center for Racial Justice

Learn more about the issues with wrong raids and the ordinance here.
Ward Updates
Public Safety Update
We had a shooting incident outside of La Experanca Sports Bar, 6651 N Clark St, on Wednesday, November 9. At about 9pm, a man on foot approached three men standing outside the bar and shot them. This, like other recent shootings, was targeted. Police now have reason to believe that this shooting was gang related. Two men are in stable condition in the hospital, one unfortunately has passed away. Two men were in their 40s, and the homicide victim was 28. There was another shooting incident on Wednesday night on Howard St where a man was shot in the foot. These incidents are not connected.

This was the 7th homicide in our ward this year. The proliferation of guns and the carelessness with which people use them to settle personal disputes is out of control. In addition to the criminal investigation of the homicide and attempted homicides, the City will be following up with a business investigation as well to determine if there was any involvement. We will continue to work with police to gather more information related to this incident and with local on-the-ground violence interruptors, who play a key role in preventing violence and retaliation.  If you have any information about this crime, including video footage you can share, please contact the 24th District at 312-744-5907, or you may call my office with more information at 773-338-5796

I know that the reports of shootings and homicides can make us afraid of our surroundings - any shooting is scary. It's also important to put the incidents into context. The above chart shows the number of homicides in our ward each year from 2012 - present. The data set from the police department updates weekly, so the 7th homicide from this week isn't reflected in the chart yet. You can review the data and other crime statistics through the data dashboard. As you can see, this will be our highest year for homicides by 1, and over 10 years our average is 5.8 homicides. We know that guns are becoming more readily available and things like bumpstocks and other modifications are also making them more deadly. 
From the chart above, you can see that while homicides in our ward have been fairly consistent over the last 10 years, we have seen some spikes in overall homicides in the City over the last 10 years; first in 2016, and again in 2020 and 2021. Year to date, homicides are down quite a bit in the city from last year.

We have invested a lot in violence prevention and reduction strategies in the City and these strategies seem to be working, but not enough. We have not been using our resources as well as we should and we still need to invest more. In addition to working with police and violence interruptors on the ground, we're also addressing root causes of violence in our ward and city with investments in our schools, parks, businesses and community programs. These are the ways we'll create a safer and healthier ward and city for us all.
Next 49th Ward Town Hall December 14
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the next monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, December 14, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city as well as have the opportunity to ask questions. A representative from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations will be present to discuss the office's role in tracking hate crimes across the city. 

There will not be a Town Hall on November 9 as we hosted it on November 2 to discuss the City of Chicago budget. You can view a recording of November's Town Hall by clicking here

Register to attend the meeting by visiting Spanish translation will be available. 
Field Community Mosiac Project Needs Your Help!
Eugene Field Elementary, 7019 N. Ashland, is installing a mosaic at its front entrance, and they need your help! Help bring the mosaic to life by attending a workshop that will help contribute to the mosaic tiling and installation. Your participation will provide an opportunity to create Eugene Field's first mosaic!

The workshops will be held every other Wednesday beginning November 2 through December 14 from 4-5 pm in room 212 at the school. No registration is required, just swing by and help our local school bring this project to fruition! 
Progress on the New Exercise Stations at Loyola Park
The Park District made significant progress this week in installing the new exercise stations at Loyola Park. The equipment has been installed, and they are wrapping up the final touches (infill, etc.). They anticipate that the stations will be available to use within the next two weeks, pending a final inspection. 

The exercise equipment was a winning project in the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process. The plans can be viewed by clicking here
24th District Provides Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips
The 24th District encourages the community to take precautionary steps to help curtail vehicle theft. Historically, a stolen vehicle will be used over and over again to commit more crimes. People can try to prevent this by taking their vehicle's keys with them, not leaving the engine running, always locking the car, and securing items in the trunk.
Infrastructure Updates
Sullivan High School Elevator Installation:

As crews began to peel away the exterior of the existing school to install a new elevator , they found issues with the existing structure. They are working to correct those issues, with the remainder of the work happening over the next three weeks. Once the corrections are made, they can continue to install the new steel structure and eventually enclose it. They are on track to have the elevator installation completed in early 2023. 

Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews are awaiting approval from the Office of Underground Coordination. Once they receive that approval, permits will be issued for the sewer main replacement. This has caused the start date of the project to be pushed back slightly.

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 (PN7439) to sign up.
Community Engagement
Based on A True Story November 22 at Howard Street Brewing
Producer Kevin Alves is launching a new storytelling show at Howard Street Brewing, 1617 W. Howard, called Based On A True Story

The show will ask storytellers and writers to take a true, personal story of theirs, embellish it and turn it into a piece of fiction. The audience will get to share in on the fun as you tell your own telltale about your life. 

Join in on the fun during the second show on Tuesday, November 22, at 7:30 pm at Howard Street Brewing. 
Theatre Above the Law Presents:
A Night of Classic and Unique One-Acts
Theatre Above the Law is continuing its 7th season with a night of one-acts! All performances will be held at the Jarvis Square Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased at

This unique production will feature 4 one-acts, each presented in the style of a different TV genre. The show is directed by Tony Lowry and will feature:
  • A Dollar by David Pinski
  • The Wreck on the 525 by Thornton Wilder
  • Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg
  • The Proposal by Anton Chekhov
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Theatre Above the Law is offering Rogers Park residents $10 off online sales by using code C-T4U at check-out. There are a limited number of discount tickets, so make sure to secure yours today!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
CirquesExperience Presents Wheel Thru the Season 
at Senn High School on December 10
The Senn High School auditorium, 5900 N. Glenwood, will turn into a winter wonderland when CirquesExperience presents Wheel thru the Season, a fun-filled, high energy holiday show. The "rolltastic" show features acrobatics, gymnastics, feats on the gym circus wheel and aerial thrills all set to the music of the season. 

Exploring the theme of "Where is Home," the show will incorporate iconic Chicago landmarks and fictional characters as the show team soars and rolls through the Senn auditorium. 

CirquesExperience welcomes people of all ages, from 5 to 99 years old, who want to learn and participate in a wide variety of circus arts programs. The Circus School is located in the Edgewater community and also holds classes at Willye White Park in Rogers Park. 

The show will take place on Saturday, December 10, at 5 pm. For tickets, click here
Glenwood Comedy 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at The Glenwood Bar
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood. The bar will host Glenwood Comedy, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

Glenwood Comedy runs from 7:30-9:30 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 7 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
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
Neighbors Tables Art Markets Sundays at The Glenwood
 Join your creative neighbors every Sunday at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, for the NeighborsTables Art Markets! Makers and creators of all sorts share their talents and gifts with you! The NeighborsTables Markets take place every Sunday between 11am -2:30 pm. 

For more information or to share your artistic skills with the community, contact Sarah via email at
Community Aid
Help The Factory Theater Repair its Boiler
For 30 years, The Factory Theater has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble members are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

Due to a small fire at the theater, preview weekend for its latest show was canceled. The company was ready to open on schedule, and successfully produced an awesome show despite this setback. Thanks to all who came to support and enjoy it!

The damage from the fire continues to smolder, however, in that expenses for repairs to the heating system were sizable. The greatest expense has been replacing the boiler to ensure audience members and artists don’t freeze during The Factory Theater's performances through the winter.

While no cows, barns, or lanterns were hurt in the ignition of this particular blaze, the great tradition of local Chicago theater might be, unless The Factory Theater can get lots of support from our community and friends. 

Anyone who wishes to donate to help The Factory Theater recover from the financial loss of this fire may do so by clicking here.
Help the United Church of Rogers Park Update its Exit Signs
After nearly three years in its social hall, the United Church of Rogers Park is ready to move back into its Sanctuary!

However, to pass the city’s building inspection, it needs to update the exit and security lights throughout the building. The expense is above and beyond what they have, so they are asking neighbors to help them raise $12,000 to bring the signs up to code so they can move back into the Sanctuary. 

Visit their GoFundMe page to make an online contribution
Donate Gently Used Clothing to Gale's Care Closet
The Gale community is working to meet the needs of its students, both in and out of the classroom. They understand that there are barriers students face when trying to get to school and focusing on school work. 

In 2019, Gale Student Ambassadors surveyed students to determine what were some challenges they faced when trying to get their education. They were able to identify one of the barriers to learning as bullying and another as low attendance. The students felt like they didn't have clothes or items to come to school in, or when they came in clothing not clean or fitting, they were bullied. These things led to them staying home. Every year, Gale has conducted this survey and gotten the same results. 

In 2021, Gale decided to do something and started a small care closet. HOW? A teacher at Gale brought in all of her children's gently used items and then began speaking to family, friends, and coworkers to do the same. Those efforts helped launch the Gale Care Closet, where over 30 students grab everyday items, personal hygiene products, as well as 8th-grade event outfits. This year, they would like to reach even more students and Gale student alumni who are still in need. 

How can you help? Donate gently used items you may have, or drop off personal hygiene items to Gale's Care Closet at 7650 N. Marshfield Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Trilogy Behavioral Health Winter Coat Drive
Trilogy Behavioral Health is seeking new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for its clients this winter season. They are especially in need of larger sizes (L, XL, and XXL). 

Consider helping a neighbor stay warm this winter by donating a coat. Donations will be accepted at their Rogers Park Location, 1400 W. Greenleaf, between 11 am and 4 pm Mondays through Fridays.
Housing Opportunities for Women Winter Coat Drive
Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) is hosting a winter coat drive to help their clients stay warm as winter nears. Many of HOW's clients are desperately in need of a winter coat in order to safely go about their daily activities as temperatures drop. 

For specific donation information, click here. You can also drop off a winter coat at HOW's office at 1607 W. Howard, 3rd Floor, every Thursday between 9 am and 4 pm. 

For more information, call 773-465-5770.
Help C24/7 Build its House of Hope
Our local non-profit, C24/7, recently acquired the vacant lot located at 1561 W. Howard, and they are looking to transform the space into a community center that will help them scale up their services and give back to the Howard-area community. 

Their vision is a community center that serves as a hub for resources, information, and building community. It will host an after-school program, a job development program, violence prevention efforts and resources, a food pantry, financial literacy classes, parenting classes, mental health support, and drug and alcohol recovery groups. It will also have a gym where people can safely participate in a variety of activities. 

C24/7 has built strong community relationships in the north of Howard area, and this will help them expand their services and fill a need in our community. 

Learn more about their vision and make an online contribution by clicking here
Howard Area Community Center Hygiene Kit Drive
Howard Area Community Center is hosting a hygiene kit drive for domestic violence survivors. This will help survivors with limited income get the essential resources they need. Please consider purchasing items from the online platform HACC has created to help these families. For a list of items and more information, click here
Help Newly Arrived Migrants By Purchasing Wish List Items
Thank you to all our neighbors who have donated items to help the newly arrived migrants settle in. We have had an outpouring of support and generosity from our neighbors in the 49th Ward, resulting in several truckloads delivered to the City's sorting center.

The City is now shifting its donation process and will no longer accept donated items through ward offices. Instead, they are partnering with the Instituto del Progreso Latino to create an Amazon Wishlist to facilitate and expedite the donations of new items. 

This means that our office will no longer accept items, as the sorting center will no longer be able to take them. Instead, our neighbors who would like to donate to the newly arrived migrants can purchase items from the Amazon Wishlist. For more information and to view the Wishlist, click here.  
Homework Help at the Rogers Park Library
The Teacher in the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark, is back to help elementary school students with their homework.

No homework? Not a problem. Ms. Ana-Maria Dreptu also has games and activities to improve your reading and math skills!

Ms. Dreptu will be at the library:
  • Mondays, 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Tuesdays, 4 PM to 6 PM
  • Wednesdays, 4 PM to 7 PM
The Teacher in the Library Program is sponsored by the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
Volunteer for Howard Area Community Center's Food Pantry
Howard Area Community Center is recruiting volunteers for its Friday food pantry delivery day. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and work inside and outside. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

The Friday volunteer hours are from 8 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can also volunteer on Mondays from 12-4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 8-12:30 pm.

For more information and to sign up, all 773-262-6622 ext 106, email, or click here
Help Fight Hunger in Rogers Park!
Food insecurity requires a community-wide response. Your neighborhood food pantry, Care for Real, needs your support! You can get involved as a volunteer, collect in-kind donations, and make financial contributions. Find the right fit for you today at
Howard Area Community Center Winter Gifts Program
Howard Area Community Center is making it easier than ever to spread generosity this holiday season. Consider sponsoring a gift card to empower Howard Area Community Center's participants to make this holiday season magical. For more information and to make a donation, visit
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!
Office of the Inspector General Annual Survey
Do you have general ideas on ways to improve City government? Are there any parts of City government that should be audited or reviewed? Do you have suggestions for improving City services or programs?

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Audit and Program Review (APR) section is conducting a survey seeking input from City residents age 18 and over. The purpose of the APR Annual Plan is to identify potential projects for the upcoming budget year.

The OIG’s Audit & Program Review conducts the operations of City departments, programs, functions, and those doing business with the City. For more information or to view previous audits, please visit the OIG’s website here.
By taking a short four-minute survey, your input and ideas can help guide our office to identify topics to review and ways to improve City programs and priorities:

The survey has also been translated in Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Spanish, and Tagalog.
Community Engagement Opportunity on Police Department's Search Warrant Policy

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is launching a new community engagement opportunity on its Search Warrant policy. Open engagement of this policy will be from November 1st, 2022 until December 31st, 2022. CPD is seeking community review, input, and feedback on this policy. 

To ensure robust engagement and inclusion in policy reform, CPD is offering different forms for community engagement: 

Community Conversations:

Anonymous online input form:
Click Here to Provide Your Anonymous Input

Comments on CPD Website:
Click here to read the policy and provide your feedback

Share Your Feedback with the Chicago Park District
In an effort to work with the community to set long-term goals and plan for a stronger, more resilient Park District, the Park District has created a survey to collect feedback from its patrons. They want to know what they're doing well, what they can do to improve, what programs you want, and how they can serve you better.

Please share your feedback with the Chicago Park District by completing their online survey. It only takes a few minutes but will have a lasting impact. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Polish & Chinese.

The information received will be instrumental for the Chicago Park District team as they work with the community to shape the future of its parks and the District as a whole. 

Click here to take the survey. 
Public Health Updates
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
CDPH Provides Resources for Monkeypox (MPV)

Monkeypox Virus (MPV) is spread through close contact with body fluids, sores, shared bedding or clothing, or respiratory droplets (kissing, coughing, sneezing). Common symptoms include a rash or unusual sores that look like pimples or blisters on the face, body, and genitals. Symptoms also include fever, head or muscle aches, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. If you think you have the MPV or are showing symptoms, it's time to reach out to your healthcare provider.

If you do not have a doctor or health insurance, then please contact CDPH at 312-746-4835 or the HIV/STI Resource Hub at 844-482-4040 for assistance.

For more information, visit

Fina a Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment
The City has secured Monkeypox vaccines. Secure your appointment by visiting the City's Monkeypox vaccine website
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
Apply for Student Loan Debt Relief
Individuals looking to apply for student debt relief may do so by visiting While the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from disbursing any student loan relief funds, it does not prevent borrowers from still applying for student loan debt relief. 

The Federal Student Loan Debt Relief program provides eligible borrowers with full or partial discharge of loans up to $20,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to non-Pell Grant recipients for individuals who make less than $125,000/year or families that make less than $250,000/year. 

For more information and to apply, click here
Stormwater Management Tips for Fall
With fall and winter approaching, we can still see weather conditions that can lead to flooding. No longer just a problem in spring, the Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to assist in reducing excess water from reaching the sewer system.
Community-wide efforts can greatly decrease the impact of neighborhood flooding and the extent of basement backups by taking the following steps:
  • Sweep up leaves from driveways, sidewalks, and streets.
  • Clean roof gutters and drains of leaves.
  • Keep nearby catch basin grates clear of yard waste and trash.
  • Don’t litter or dump anything in storm drains. Storm drains are for rain only.
  • Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car over grass or gravel instead of on a driveway or in the street.
  • Do not dump fats/oils/greases down the drain or down catch basins in the street.
  • Disconnect your downspout from the sewer system. Make sure to direct flow to areas with permeable surfaces that can properly absorb the stormwater or use rain barrels to collect the rain directly from the downspouts. See DWM’s website for a guide on downspout disconnection.
  • Before winter, empty your rain barrel and store in a garage or shed.
 Additional information can be found on the Department of Water Management's website
IHDA Reopening Mortage Assistance Program November 1
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is reopening its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. 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). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Enroll for Medicare through December 7
Medicare is now open for enrollment through December 7. If you have Medicare and want to make a change on your health and/or drug coverage, now is the time to do so. All changes to Medicare plans will take effect on January 1, 2023. 

To explore your Medicare options and enroll, visit For assistance with enrollment, contact the South-East Asia Center at 773-989-7433 (press 4), or email
Take a Digital Equity Survey and Enter to Win $50!
Having challenges with your Internet connection, or can’t find an affordable computer that works? We want to hear from you! 

Take a 5-7 minute survey, and enter to win a $50 gift card. Visit to complete the survey. For more information on the Digital Equity Council, including how to access discounted or free Internet and digital learning resources, check out Your feedback will help make sure all community members have access to quality Internet, devices and learning resources needed for today’s society and economy.
ComEd Offering 30% Higher Project Incentive for a Limited Time
ComEd wants to help make energy efficiency upgrades more affordable for residential, small businesses and public facilities, especially now while the cost of doing business is more expensive. Simply apply between August 15, 2022, and September 15, 2022 (October 31 for residential). Your home or business can receive this increased incentive to help lower the cost of your upgrades so you can ultimately save energy and reduce your energy costs.
Be sure to ask ComEd about the Comprehensive Campaign incentives, too. You can stack this promotional 30% incentive on top of the comprehensive incentives to help you save even more. It’s easy to take advantage of these incentives that can cover up to 75% of your project costs. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program will perform a free facility assessment, make recommendations that are right for your home or business and install the upgrades you choose.
Get started today!  Email, call 855-433-2700 or 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, 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.
Apply for Peoples Gas Bill Assistance
As we head into the cooler months, and natural gas prices remain high nationwide, Peoples Gas offers  programs and resources to manage your energy costs.

Financial assistance available beginning Sept. 1
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program are available to help income-eligible customers with heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to or call theCommunity Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332.

Payment arrangements available
For customers who have fallen behind on their bills, but don’t qualify for financial assistance, arrangements are available to help pay and manage heating bills this winter. Use the Peoples Gas app or go to to learn more about your options and enroll.

Budget Billing
Budget Billing spreads seasonal variations in your natural gas bill over 12 months. While you still pay for all of the natural gas you actually use, Budget Billing gives you more consistent monthly bills. Learn more and sign up in the Peoples Gas app or at

Reduce energy use this winter
Manage energy use by using a programmable thermostat, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultations. For more information, go to
South-East Asia Center Assists with LIHEAP Applications
The South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway, is helping people apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program helps individuals pay heat and/or electric bills. For assistance with the application, visit the South-East Asia Center at 5120 N. Broadway. 
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
Culture of Safety Grand Opening November 12

The Culture of Safety Dojo & Wellness Center is open for business, offering Jin Sei Ryu Karate-DoEmpowerment-based Self-Defense, and (Coming Soon!) Shiatsu bodywork and massage. Our beautiful and spacious Center is located at 6961 N Clark St (between Morse and Lunt).  And we’re having a party to celebrate! 

Grand Opening Saturday, November 12th. 

Full Schedule:

10:00 – 10:30AM:  Open PeeWees class  (ages 4 & 5)
10:30-11:15AM:  Open Juniors class (ages 6 & 7)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Open Youth class (ages 8 – 11)
12:30 – 2:00 PM Demonstrations, Raffle Drawing, and Reception
2:00 – 3:00 PM: Open Teen (ages 12+) and Adult class

Open Classes

Free introductory karate classes, no pre-registration required

Demonstration, Reception, and Raffle

Come and enjoy some of the students demonstrating their karate, participate in an Empowerment Self-Defense mini-class, and see a demonstration of Zen Shiatsu while enjoying light refreshments.  All attendees of the Grand Opening will be entered into a raffle for Shiatsu and Karate gift certificates.  Additional tickets may be purchased for a nominal fee.

Plan an Event in an Alfresco Space
The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) have dedicated public space ready for you to use for community events and programming at Jarvis Square and Glenwood Ave Alfresco Plazas and the Clark Street People Spot! Want to hold an open mic? Interested in meeting with your book club or knitting circle in an open environment? Want to teach a host a car tournament? RPBA is excited to be able to provide public spaces for community programming. We are looking forward to experiencing the creativity or our community and transformation of our pubic plazas.

Keep in mind that times are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and that the public spaces are only available for events between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends). Sign up TODAY!
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.
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

Subsidized by the university and its other student-led businesses, inQbate is able to provide marketing services that are both affordable and effective. inQbate is available to serve businesses year-round.

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at
Gale Community Academy November Newsletter
Check out the November Newsletter from Gale Community Academy! You can follow them on Facebook for frequent updates from students and staff.
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, a Rogers Park non-profit offering classes for youth and adults in industrial arts: Metal Casting, Welding & Forging, CNC Technology, and Woodworking, is offering FREE afterschool classes to all CPS students grades 6-12 this Fall!
Learn more by clicking here
Employment Opportunities
Chicago Police Written Exam Scheduled for December 1-3
The Chicago Police Department has upcoming test dates in an effort to onboard qualified applicants to be Chicago Police Officers. Testing will take place at all City Colleges on December 1-3. 

Chicago Police Officers earn a competitive salary and benefits. For more information and to apply, visit
ONE Northside is Hiring a Police Accountability Organizer
ONE Northside is hiring a Police Accountability Organizer. The Police Accountability Organizer will have the opportunity to work with community members and partners across Chicago to implement a new civilian structure to oversee policing in the city, engage the community as new civilian oversight policies are created, and help create a Chicago that is safe for everyone. They will also have the opportunity to work with ONE People’s Campaign to help elect our first-ever District Council Representatives in Chicago in February 2023.

For more information and to apply, visit
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
Rogers Park Business Alliance is Hiring

Rogers Park Business Alliance is looking to add part-time crew members to our maintenance department. The position includes manual labor such as litter removal and beautification of the commercial corridors. Mornings or afternoons, 15 hours/week. Join its team and help keep Rogers Park clean.

For more information, contact:
Brandon Harding
Maintenance Director
Rogers Park Business Alliance

CPS Job Fair November 16
Chicago Public Schools Talent Office is hosting a CPS Job Fair in the community for positions with Chicago Public Schools.

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: Apostolic Church of God - Gymnasium, 6320 South Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Airport Expo and Job Fair November 18
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) wis hosting an Airport Expo and Job Fair, taking place at the UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022.

There will be opportunities for job seekers to meet companies seeking employees for all levels of experience at O'Hare and Midway. For more information, visit
CTA Career Fair November 18
The CTA is hosting an in-person job fair coming up on November 18th at Olive Harvey College from 9 am-1 pm. Join to hear about our career opportunities for bus operators & bus mechanics. CTA recruiters will be presenting at 9 am, 10 am, & 11 am. An application workshop will be available onsite, so you can submit your application that same day!

Learn more and register by clicking 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!
COPA is Hiring
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is hiring for key positions. For more information and to apply, click here
Access Living is Hiring
Access Living is hiring for the position of Community Development Organizer for Housing. The Community Development Organizer for Housing will recruit for, organize, and develop leadership within Access Living's Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (DRACH) disability advocacy group. 

For more information and to apply, visit Access Living's website
Heartland Health is Hiring
Heartland Health is seeking someone to fill the role of Director of Community Engagement. Summary: This position is responsible for oversight and implementation of patient growth and access to healthcare initiatives that address the need in the service area for Heartland Health Centers. This includes community partnerships, referral relationships, community awareness of HHC services, health insurance education and enrollment efforts, and other initiatives that address the need in the community including those that impact immigrants and refugees. In addition, this position works collaboratively with operational and clinical staff to support improved customer service and healthcare access for patients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide strategic direction for all HHC’s community outreach initiatives.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key community organizations and public officials to advance patient growth, access to healthcare, and increase HHC visibility including patient referral initiatives and other collaborations that meet patient needs, and promote health equity in the communities served by HHC.
  • Oversee HHC’s Community Advisory Boards and HHC’s internal community outreach committee.
  • Grow and maintain relationship with immigrant and refugee partners; including supporting: a refugee health task force of refugee serving organization; translation needs; cultural competency training for staff; and access to HHC services.
  • Oversee and provide strategic direction for the health coverage outreach and enrollment program and supervise the coordinator of the program as well as lead in-service health insurance trainings for staff.
  • Participate in city, regional and statewide healthcare initiatives that impact our target patient population and other efforts the support HHC’s ability to enhance and grow services and access to care.
  • Work collaboratively with marketing, operational, clinical and financial staff and on internal committees to support improved customer service and healthcare access for patients.
  • Participate in other activities as assigned.
Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Experience with individual advocacy, community outreach and working with immigrants and refugees.
  • Experience working in a healthcare setting.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, health care providers and community members.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail, manage several projects and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft word, PowerPoint and excel.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or another language preferred.
Physical Demands:

The employee: is frequently required to sit, stand, and walk; is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, climb,
and/or crawl; should be able to lift up to 25 lbs; is frequently required to use hands to key, handle, and/or feel; and should have unrestricted ability to provide physical restraint. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

The employee may be exposed to air-and/or blood-born pathogens and may be required to perform duties at and
have transportation to off-site locations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heartland Health Centers makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

For more information and to apply, click here. Applicants will need to type the job title in the search bar to find the job description. 
Madonna Mission is Hiring
Madonna Mission is seeking a full time Communications Coordinator and Office Administrator. 

Madonna Mission is a not-for-profit organization providing education and resettlement support programs for refugee families with a strong focus on women and elementary aged children. Madonna Mission was formed to provide a safe space in a compassionate and supportive environment for refugee community members. We empower through education.

Job Description: 

This position requires an individual with a combination of skills: careful organizational skills necessary to manage the administration of our programs and office; energy and enthusiasm to wear many hats; and creativity to produce marketing materials, social media content, and website design.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

1. Act as the welcoming face of Madonna Mission – greet and assist guests; welcome our students as they arrive; manage the office phone.
2. Manage administrative duties of the programs – attendance rosters, communication with families, receive snack and maintain GCFD records, technology management.
3. Assist program directors as needed during program hours – tutoring, babysitting, gym supervisor, snack distribution
4. Maintain DonorSnap database and generate acknowledgement letters. Requires meticulous attention to detail
5. Work with Development team to create marketing/development materials
6. Identify and compile key metrics from all 3 programs - to create graphics, charts, statistics and quotes for use in marketing materials.
7. Develop and manage email marketing content (experience with Constant Contact a plus)
8. Website design and maintenance (experience with Squarespace a plus)
9. Create content and manage Social Media Platforms
10. Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated and detail oriented. He or she will have previous work experience in a similar role and truly enjoy working with the families who walk through our doors. Hands-on expertise with Google Suite and Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PP) is necessary. Ability to work independently as well as part of a small team is crucial. College degree preferred.

Full-time Position – in person / Monday to Friday / 40 hours per week / Salary: $45,000

Please submit cover letter and resume to Peggy Forbes, Executive Director, at
A Just Harvest is Hiring!
A Just Harvest is seeking an Operations Assistant and Bookkeeper. The position will provide administrative support to the Director of Finance and Operations. The position provides grant compliance support, office support, and leads office information management. 

The Operations Assistant and Bookkeeper will work 30 hours a week, and the salary is $34,400-$35,500, commensurate with experience. The position also includes a comprehensive benefits package. 

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to 
Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is hiring youth positions. For more information, call 312-549-8360 ext 121 for more information. 
Start a Career in Aviation Mechanics
Train to become skilled, employable and essential. At Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we train tomorrow’s technicians. The demand for skilled technicians in Aviation, Manufacturing, Welding, Energy, and other industries is outpacing those entering these career fields. Our nation needs men and women to develop technical trade skills for today and the future. AIM campuses are proud to teach these skills. Find out more and apply here:
NAMI Chicago is Hiring!

NAMI Chicago has positions in Mental Health Services and is looking for outstanding and dedicated people to join its growing team. 

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. It promotes community wellness, breaks down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

NAMI Chicago currently has openings for the following positions (click on the job title to view the job descriptions):      

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now hiring key positions in the organization. For more information or to send your resume, email

State Farm is Hiring
Successful Local State Farm Agency is looking for an entry-level Part-Time Customer Service Representative. Duties would include premium payment follow-up via phone, text, and email.  Also various customer service-related follow-up tasks. State Insurance Producers License is not required but would be helpful for future promotion and commission eligibility
Please send resumes to for consideration.
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit or email 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

i.c. stars is currently recruiting for its next cycle, which will start on August 8, 2022. Interested residents can apply directly on its website at
Compudopt Now Hiring
Compudopt is now hiring part-time technology instructors. Compudopt's mission is to provide technology education and access to under-resourced youth in Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

The position is a seasonal trainer for its educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students. The role is anticipated to require up to 20 hours per week of instruction and will span afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on partner requirements. Programming may be facilitated in-person or virtually depending on partner requirements.

The pay range is $20-$25/hour depending on experience and qualifications. To apply, email and include your name, phone, email, resume, and two references. 
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
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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

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

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


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

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. 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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