I would like to wish you a warm and festive holiday season. I hope you are able to spend it surrounded by family, friends, and other loved ones. May we all take a moment to truly embrace the spirit of the season and express our love and gratitude for one another.
Please note that due to the holidays, there is no Ward Night Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Ward Night will resume on Jan. 8. I hope you enjoy the holidays.
Holiday Office Hours
Please note that my office will have abbreviated hours over the holidays. Those hours are:
- Saturday, Dec. 22: closed;
- Monday, Dec. 24: closed;
- Tuesday, Dec. 25: closed;
- Wednesday, Dec. 26 thru Friday, Dec. 28: 10 am-4 pm;
- Saturday, Dec. 29: closed;
- Monday, Dec. 31: 10 am-4 pm;
- Tuesday, Jan. 1: closed;
- Wednesday, Jan. 2 thru Friday, Jan. 4: 9 am-4 pm.
In addition to the abbreviated holiday hours, please note that there will be no Ward Night on Tuesday, Dec. 25 or on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Normal office hours will resume on Saturday, January 5.
Jefferson Park Master Plan Passes Plan Commission
I am pleased to announce that the Plan Commission unanimously approved the Jefferson Park Master Plan this Thursday. The plan is the result of over a year’s worth of input and ideas from neighbors such as yourself.
I would like to thank the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Forward, Northwest Side Unite, and the numerous neighbors and stakeholders for their partnership and collaboration with Teska Associates and my office over the past year and a half.
The final plan includes a roadmap for revitalizing the immediate area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center; including creating community gathering spaces, redeveloping vacant land, and creating a more walkable business corridor.
A copy of the master plan is available to view on the Master Plan website.
Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule
Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to the Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day) holidays.
There will be no refuse collection on Tuesday, December 25 or on Tuesday, January 1. All city-collected refuse will be serviced Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the holiday weeks.Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection.
Waste Management will also be collected on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the holiday weeks. Residents should continue to put out their blue recycling carts throughout the week according to their typical collection.
We appreciate your patience as our Streets and Sanitation crews work hard to collect all refuse.
Explore Chicago’s New 311 System
On Tuesday, the city rolled out its new 311 system. This was the first major overhaul to the online system since it was first introduced in 1998.
The new system will allow Chicago residents to create a user ID with their email so they can track the status of their requests, residents may also choose to report an issue anonymously if they prefer. The rollout also includes apps for Apple and Android devices, so residents may easily submit requests and upload pictures from their smartphone devices.
The new system helps bring Chicago into the 21st century while allowing residents to track their requests using a more transparent platform. To explore the new system, visit the 311 Chicago website.
Santa Will Visit the 17th District on December 22
Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule this holiday season to visit the 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski.
On Saturday, December 22 from 11 am until 3 pm, Santa will be in the community room at the district to hear those last minute items on your wish list this holiday season. While you’re there, you can also make a unique holiday ornament and sip on some hot cocoa.
For more information, contact the 17th District at 312-742-4588 or email Caps.email@example.com.
New Year’s Party at Rosedale Park Dec. 28
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely and Affordably with Free CTA Rides
In an effort to encourage Chicago to celebrate responsibly, the CTA will again offer free rides on CTA buses and trains from 10 pm Monday, December 31 until 4 am Tuesday, January 1.
During the free-ride period, customers do not need to touch their Ventra or personal bankcards at rail station turnstiles or while boarding buses. Signs will be posted reminding customers of the free ride period on bus fareboxes. As in past years, no refunds will be issued if customers elect to touch their fare card or other forms of payment on fare-card readers during the free-ride period.
Last year, the CTA provided nearly 91,000 free rides between 10 pm and 4 am. I encourage you to take advantage of this program this year so you can have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s holiday.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 8
Homeowners interested in splitting the cost of sidewalk replacement with the city can join the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. The program allows homeowners to have new sidewalks installed at a significantly reduced cost over what they would pay a contractor.
The Chicago Department of Transportation will open the 2019 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 12:01 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the new 311 website. When you call, make sure to specify that you are interested in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Applications made prior to this date will not be accepted.
This is a very popular program that fills up within hours. Do not delay enrollment on January 8 if you are interested.
Cheer on the Schurz Bulldogs at the United Center Feb. 9
On Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm, the Schurz Bulldogs will take on Mundelein High School at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Come show your Bulldog pride and cheer on our local team!
Tickets for students, faculty, staff, family, and friends only cost $33. To order tickets, complete the ticket form (available to download online) and return to James Shelton (in-person or by mail only) no later than Friday, January 4.
Let’s show our neighborhood high school that we take pride in them by turning out large numbers!
Get Your CityKey ID in January
The City Clerk’s office announced that they have opened appointments for the CityKey for January.
This popular program provides Chicago residents with a valid form of ID that also works as a Ventra card and a library card.
The appointments fill up fast, so make sure to sign-up today!
Pension Reform, TIF Reform, and the City’s Workers Compensation Program
Last week was busy at City Hall. We kicked off the week discussing an ordinance that would strengthen oversight and accountability regarding tax increment financing districts.
I am a strong supporter of TIF reform and one of the leaders on this effort. This ordinance would restrict TIF spending for private development to places where it would not happen were it not for the TIF. We’re working to bring this ordinance to a vote this winter.
The Mayor also raised the issue of reforming pensions. While I support efforts to find other sources of revenue to fund our pensions, I am strongly opposed to the Mayor’s idea of eliminating constitutional protections for pensioners. Thousands of city retirees, who are not eligible for Social Security, were promised these benefits. As a city, we need to keep our promises to our current and former workers.
Finally, I introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would move the administration of the city’s worker compensation program from the Committee on Finance to the Law Department. Right now, the $100 million program is not subject to any Inspector General oversight. Additionally, almost all other cities house their worker compensation programs in either their law or human resources departments.
Watch my appearance on Chicago Tonight from Thursday to learn more about this important reform.
The work of reforming our city is never easy. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the city council make our government more transparent, accountable, and equitable for all our residents.
Apply now to live in Independence Apartments, affordable senior housing
Independence Apartments, 4022 N. Elston, just above the new Independence Library, will open in early 2019. Independence Apartments is a 100% affordable senior building. Applicants must be age 62 or over and have incomes below 60% of the Area Median Income. To qualify, income would be approximately $35,500/annually or less for one person or $40,600 or less for two people, but these are ballpark estimates subject to change.
Units will be available with rents starting at $850 for 1-bedroom units and $1,000 for 2-bedroom units and will be leased directly through Evergreen Real Estate Group. Additional units will be available with rental assistance from the Chicago Housing Authority. The leasing process for those units will be administered via the Chicago Housing Authority through their website.
Evergreen will begin accepting applications online at starting Jan. 3. Applications will be processed on a first come-first served basis.
In the meantime, individuals interested in receiving Chicago Housing Authority rental assistance for this building can apply via the CHA website by clicking “Apply for Housing—Public Housing & PBV Applicants Only!” This screen will default to public housing. Choose PBV to find the correct list of properties. Choose Independence Apartments/Northtown Apartments. Depending on your income, CHA could subsidize a substantial portion of the rent, so it’s worth applying.
Please contact Evergreen Real Estate Group at (312) 382-3251 or via email with any questions.
Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open
Nominees must be either a resident or owner/employee of a northwest side business or organization. For the purposes of this project, Memoir For Me is defining the “northwest side” as north of Addison and west of the Kennedy Expressway. There are no age restrictions.
Nominations can be completed online and will be accepted now through December 31, 2018.
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Sat., Dec 22, 3 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch Library, 5108 W. Belmont. Enjoy the holiday season during a Holiday Concert performed by the Lane Tech High School Unity Club. Free.
Wed., Dec 26, cancelled. Jefferson Park Congregational Church, Basement, 5320 W. Giddings. Please note the monthly Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting is cancelled due to the holidays Please check back in 2019 for the regularly scheduled meetings. Free.
Thur., Dec 27, 3 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch Library, 5108 W. Belmont. Kids 5 years and older are invited to create their own furry fox with artist and teacher Bernadette Foch during theFun with Foxes Winter Art Program. Please sign up: call 312-744-0152 or email library. Children 7 and under need to have an adult with them. Free.
Fri., Jan 4, 5 pm, Location TBD. Join Jefferson Park Forward at their monthly First Friday Happy Hour event. This is a great way to meet neighbors and support a local business. Every month, JPF picks a new watering hole to host their event. View their online calendar for this month’s location. Cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Jan 8, 7 pm, Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Jan 8, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Wed., Jan 9, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Jan 9, 11 am, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community and how you can become a volunteer at the Portage Park Village Meeting. Parking and the entrance are located at Berteau and Linder. Free.
Wed., Jan 16, 6:30 pm, Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. Learn how you can help further park development through volunteering, fundraising, and support during the Gladstone Park Advisory Council meeting. The GPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on GPAC. news.Free to attend.
Wed., Jan 16, 7 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Help plan upcoming events and identify priorities to better the neighborhood park during theIndependence Park Advisory Council meeting. Show your community pride and have fun in the process! IPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on IPAC news. Free.
Wed., Jan 16, 7 pm,16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 16, 7 pm,17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Jan 17, 5:15 pm, Location TBD.Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host aThirsty Third Thursday social gathering at a local watering hole. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors while supporting a local business. More info: online. Cost of purchases apply.
Thur., Jan 17, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Every month, JPF host their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. For location and more information, view their calendar online. Free.
Mon, Jan 21, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Every month, PPNA hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. For location and more information, view their calendar online. Free.
Tue., Jan 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Jan 30, 7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.