As we enter another weekend full of festivities and cheer, I call on my neighbors to take a moment and reflect on 2017. Let’s resolve to show each other compassion and generosity in 2018. I wish you and your family health and happiness in the new year.
Please note that due to the holiday, there is no Ward Night on Jan. 2. Ward Night will resume Jan. 9. I hope you enjoy the holiday.
Holiday Office Hours
Please note that my office will have abbreviated hours over the holidays. Those hours are:
- Saturday, Dec. 30: closed;
- Monday, Jan. 1: closed;
- Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Wednesday, Jan. 3: 9 am to 4 pm
Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 4. Please note that there will be no ward night on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.
CTA Will Offer Free Train & Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve
Are you planning on ringing in the New Year by celebrating with a few drinks? Be responsible and take advantage of free public transportation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash every day. During the New Year holiday, this number dramatically increases to 54 deaths per day.
To encourage Chicago residents to use safe, alternative modes of transportation, Miller Lite will sponsor the free ride program for its sixth year. Lat year, the CTA provided more than 110,000 free rides on New Year’s Eve.
The free ride program will run from 10 pm on December 31, until 4 am on January 1. In addition, the CTA’s hours will be extended and there will be more frequent service on some bus and train routes.
Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule
Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to New Year’s Day on Monday, January 1.
During this respective holiday week, all city-collected refuse will be serviced Tuesday through Friday. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, and not solely on their regular day of collection.
Waste Management will also be collected Tuesday through Saturday during the holiday week. 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.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 9
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 2018 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 12:01 am Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the 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 9 if you are interested.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Through Jan. 9
Through January 9, residents of Jefferson Township can submit their property tax assessment with the Cook County Board of Review via their online portal. Residents may also pre-file before the township opens on December 11 via the online portal.
Prepay Your 2017 Property Taxes
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is accepting online prepayments of next year’s First Installment property tax bill. For taxpayers who prefer to pay by mail or in person, Pappas will also enable taxpayers to download and print a prepayment bill themselves.
Why should you prepay? With the passage of the federal tax bill, the deduction for state and local taxes paid will be capped at $10,000 starting in the 2018 tax year. Taxes that would normally be paid in 2018 and are prepaid in the 2017 calendar year might be fully deductible. If your mortgage interest and property taxes combined are more than $10,000, than you might benefit to prepay your property taxes before Dec. 31. Guidance on prepaying is also available at the IRS’ website. Check with your personal tax professional to see if prepaying will benefit your household.
Under state law, 2017 First Installment taxes, due March 1, 2018, are 55 percent of the prior year’s total tax. To prepay, taxpayers must have their 14-digit Property Index Number (PIN), which can be found at the top of the most recent tax bill, near the amount due. Taxpayers can also use their property address to look up their PIN at the treasurer’s website.
Here’s how to prepay:
• Online at the treasurer’s website and select “Prepay Your 2017 Taxes.” You can use your bank account or credit card to pay.
• By mail—Send the prepayment bill and your payment to: Cook County Treasurer, PO Box 805436, Chicago, IL 60680-4115.
• In person—Submit the prepayment bill and payment at a Chase branch bank or the Treasurer’s Office, 118 N. Clark St., Room 112, Chicago.
Find more information at the treasurer’s website.
Be a Hero for Children in Need of Warmth in the 17th District
The 17th District Police Station is collecting donations for Operation Warm, an organization that provides kids in need with new winter coats. CAPS will provide students in schools throughout the 17th district with coats from donations they collect.
The average cost of a new child’s winter coat is about $20, which helps keep them warm throughout the season. If you make an online donation, Operation Warm and People’s Home Equity will be matching dollar for dollar. That means a $20 donation will be able to provide 3 children with new coats.
Help the 17th District meet their goal of providing 150 children with new coats by making an online donation in any dollar amount.
Help Students Succeed: Become a College Success Mentor
Pass With Flying Colors (PWFC) prepares Chicago’s underserved first-generation students for college and career success. With 8 yeas of unwavering support, PWFC scholars will graduate college at dramatically higher rates and will be equipped to thrive in their careers.
When you volunteer as a college success mentor, you play a key role in helping each PWFC student successfully navigate the unfamiliar college experience and transition into a career. Mentors make a 5-year commitment o one scholar, beginning their junior year of high school. As a mentor, you provide the support, encouragement, and guidance they need to solve problems and celebrate successes.
Mentoring with PWFC is flexible. Training and ongoing support are provided to every volunteer.
PWFC is currently seeking mentors for 22 scholars. Individuals and companies interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the Executive Director, Jessica Paulsen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Filament Theatre Partners With Fannie’s to Bring Back Van Gogh Cafe
Back by popular demand, the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, will partner with Fannie’s Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose, to bring back this popular immersive theater experience.
January 20 through February 4, audiences will be led through a 5-course culinary journey of a small, roadside cafe’s story based on Cynthia Rylant’s book.
10-year-old Clara knows that anything is possible after lightning strike and the food starts to cook itself. After a neighboring possum displays magical powers, she doesn’t question if magic will happen – but when. This family-friendly production is appropriate for people ages 8 and older.
Purchase tickets by December 31 and all tickets are automatically $30, a savings of up to $15 per ticket! Tickets and showtimes are available online.
Changes to Ventra Cards
The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, will begin to expire Dec. 31, 2017. As a courtesy, Ventra will send email notifications to registered customers two months before their cards expire. The email notifications will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address so they can receive their free replacement card through the mail.
If you haven’t already, register your card at the Ventra website with your current address, and a new card will be mailed to you for free. Registering allows customers to manage their accounts via the Ventra app or online, protects balances if cards are lost or stolen, allows for the setup of autoload of unlimited-ride passes or transit value, provides account notifications, and more.
If you’ve already registered your Ventra card but have moved since 2013, be sure that Ventra has your current address bylogging into your account or by calling customer service at (877) 669-8368.
Because customers who do not register their Ventra cards will lose unused balances on their account once the card expires, CTA strongly recommends customers to register their cards ahead of time.
Ventra is also discontinuing the prepaid debit function Dec. 31. Customers who have opened prepaid debit accounts as a part of their Ventra accounts can transfer funds to new prepaid debit cards. Customers can also spend down their prepaid balances, transfer their funds to a new prepaid debit card, or have their funds returned to them via check.
For more information, visit the Ventra website.
Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open
Do you have an exceptional neighbor or know a business person, community activity, or youth member who is dedicated to the amelioration of the Northwest Side? If so, nominate them to be featured as a 2018 Northwest Side Hero.
The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Six Corners Association, Jefferson Park Forward, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, and my office have partnered with local resident Nora Kerr and her business Memoir For Me to share the stories of our local heroes. The northwest side of Chicago is filled with remarkable individuals, and now is the chance to tell a story to a larger audience.
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, 2017.
Thanks for reading,
Tue., Jan 2, 7 pm, A previous email erroneously included this as the next GIPNA Board Meeting. There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will be February 6.
Thur., Jan 4, 4-5:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont.Kids ages 7 and older can play Giant Word Winder. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Sat., Jan 6, 1-5 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Start off the new year refreshed by attending a Forgiveness Retreat. Register by Jan. 4: email Jacki. $25, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Tue., Jan 9, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. The Domestic Violence Liaison Officer and community partners host a Domestic Violence Sub-Committee Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Jan 9, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Jan 10, 7 pm, Athletic Park Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Jan 11, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives: When, What, and Why? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sat., Jan. 13, doors open 5:30 pm, show at 7 pm, Our Lady of Victory Parish Hall, Laramie & Sunnyside. Our Lady of Victory presentsElvis Tribute, Featuring Ronnie Vegas. Admission includes beef sandwich, salad, chips, dessert. Beer and wine cash bar. More info and tickets: [ElvistributeOLV.brownpapertickets.com]Event website. $25.
Mon., Jan 15, 7:30 pm, Location TBD, Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Jan 16, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Receive resources and tips on senior-related topics during the Senior Sub-Committee Meeting. Features activities and informative talks. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Jan 16, 1-3 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn about personal and property safety and crimes that target seniors during the Senior Meeting. Refreshments served and BINGO games with great prizes. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 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 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 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 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 4-5:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Kids ages 7 and older can play Giant Word Winder. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Agenda and more info: online. Free.
Thur., Jan 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Reverse Mortgages: What You Should Know to Make An Informed Decision. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sun., Jan 28, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, Annex Space, 5214 W. Lawrence. TheJefferson Park Sunday Market continues in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There is even a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter.Cost of purchases.
Tue., Jan 30, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Jan 31, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Policy adviser and CTU member Kurt Hilgendorf will be a guest speaker. He will be discussing transparency and budgeting. Free.