As we approach Martin Luther Kind Day, let us recall Reverend King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1968 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In his speech, Dr. King called upon the American people to come together to end racism and work towards a more equal and just society.
As we enter 2018 feeling refreshed and renewed, let’s take a moment to embrace Dr. King’s vision and show compassion and generosity to our neighbors. The duty is on us as individuals to work towards inclusivity, understanding, and thoughtfulness. We break down barriers and overcome hatred when we truly take a moment to listen to others’ experiences and try to understand from their perspective. To quote the Reverend on that historic day in Washington, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”
In observance of the holiday, my office will be closed Saturday, January 12 through Monday, January 15. It will reopen on Tuesday, January 16, at 9:00 am.
MLK Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule
Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15.
During this respective holiday, 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 continue to collect recycling Monday through Friday. 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.
Jefferson Park Master Plan Open House Jan. 22
Teska will host the third Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan community open house from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22nd at the Copernicus Center Annex, 5214 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.
There will be a presentation on outreach and feedback to date, followed by an opportunity to learn more and comment on recommendations that have been developed for the draft Master Plan. Key topics include transportation, economic development, and community character. Design guidelines and design concepts will also be shared for public comment.
Your comments will help to guide the implementation of recommendations that have been developed by the Jefferson Park community over the past eight months, including three community meetings, over a dozen outreach events, 1,100 responses to community surveys, and over 200 comment cards.
More information is available at the Master Plan website.
Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Renewal Deadline Feb. 7
The Cook County Assessor’s Office mailed renewal applications for the Senior and Senior Freeze exemptions for Tax Year 2017. Those who received the exemptions last tax year should receive a renewal application in the mail. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 7. State law requires annual renewal in order to continue to receive exemption savings.
The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.
To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for Tax Year 2017, a taxpayer must have:
- been born prior to or in the year 1952
- owned the property during 2017 or have a lease or contract for 2017 which makes them responsible for the real estate estate taxes
- used the property as his or her principal place of residence in 2017
Please note: The new law will increase savings this year for the Senior Exemption from $5,000 to $8,000 in Equalized Assessed Value (EAV). It is important to note that the exemption amount is not the dollar amount by which a tax bill is lowered.
EAV is the partial value of a property to which tax rates are applies; it is this figure on which a tax bill is calculated. The Assessor does not set tax rates. The savings for a Senior Citizen Exemption is calculated by multiplying the exemptions savings of 8,000 by the local tax rate.
To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2017, a taxpayer must have:
- been born prior to or in the year 1952
- a total household income of $65,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2016
- owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
- used the property as his or her principal place of residence as of January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
- been liable for payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes
Please note: new law expands eligibility by increasing allowable total household income to $65,000, from the previous limit of $55,000. There is also a new minimum of $2,000 EAV deduction for the Senior Freeze, which will help offset increases assessed value and help ensure that more seniors benefit from the Senior Exemptions.
Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption automatically receive the Homeowner Exemption. Seniors receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption automatically receive both the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemptions.
Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the pas may visit the Assessor’swebsite and download an application or contact the Assessor’s Office at 312-443-7550 and request a form be mailed to them. Applications for the Homeowner Exemption are also availableonline.
Applications for additional exemptions administered by the Assessor’s Office will be available within the next several weeks.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Opens Late January
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and stated Earned Income Tax Credit alone, and that’s not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.
Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 18 sites across Chicago.
Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2017 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2018. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
The closest sites for 45th Ward residents are:
Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett
- Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm February 2 through April 13 (closed March 30); and
- Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm January 27 through April 14 (closed March 31)
Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central
- Thursdays and Firdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 15 through April 13 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins
- Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 12 through April 9 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
For more information and to view additional locations, visit theTax Prep Chicago website.
16th District Roll Call Jan. 19
I hope you’ll be able to join members of the 16th District Chicago Police, Alderman Sposato, and myself for and outdoor roll call at the intersection of Laramie and Berteau on Friday, January 19, at 6:30 pm.
This is a great chance to meet and thank officers who work hard to keep our community safe. I hope to see you there.
Officers Doing Commendable Work in 17th District to Curtail Crime
Commander Voulgaris communicated that collaborative efforts with the Area North Detectives and the 17th District has resulted in the arrest of four individuals (1 adult and 3 juveniles) for a robbery that occurred at the Irving Park Blue Line station.
Detectives believe that the four individuals who were arrested are responsible for numerous robberies throughout the district and a part of the reason the area saw an uptick in robberies in recent months.
They are hopeful that these arrests, along with ongoing inner departmental efforts, will curtail robberies, package thefts, and other similar crimes in the future. Despite these arrests, however, it is important to remain cautious and vigilant.
I would like to take a moment to commend the 17th District for their tireless efforts and commitment to keeping our community safe.
Peoples Gas Work on Winnemac and Cicero
Beginning next week, Peoples Gas will begin work to install new gas main and 66 services. Upon completion, Department of Water Management crews will begin to replace an outdated sewer main in the same area.
KSE contractors will begin working in the street, sidewalks, and parkways to install the new gas main at Winnemac and Cicero and then move to the intersection of Lamon and Ainslie.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Peoples Gas anticipates that one side of the street will be kept open for parking at all times while work is being completed. Parking outside posted hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to reserve as much parking as possible.
There might be some slight impacts and delays to commuters accessing the Kennedy. Please be aware of the upcoming work and allow additional time to reach your destination or make adjustments to your commute until work is complete.
Peoples Gas anticipates work will be completed by mid-March 2018.
Balmoral/Neenah Sewer Main Replacement
Please be aware that beginning this month, Department of Water Management (DWM) crews will begin preliminary construction work at the intersection of Mobile and Balmoral. Following, crews will install 2,645 feel of 48, 42, 36, 30, and 24-inch new sewer main in West Balmoral Avenue (Mobile to Nashville), in North Neenah Avenue (Balmoral to Higgins), and in North Nashville Avenue (Balmoral to 200 feet south). The old sewer main dates back to 1929 and needs to be replaced.
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to reserve as much parking as possible.
My office and the Department of Water Management understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout this project and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project, you can register online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number for this sewer main replacement is 6451.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes to the final restoration of the street. DWM estimates the new sewer main will be installed and the street will be concrete capped by August 2018.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman on the project site, email my office, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6635.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are made.
Chicken and Beer Dance Feb. 2
Six Corners Association will transform the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, into a honky tonk hub of fried chicken, craft beer, and dancing in an effort to raise money for the organization’s economic development efforts in Chicago’s Portage Park community.
The event will feature live music by Folk Yeah!, a bluegrass band showcasing top radio hits, country-style cuisine from local restaurants, and a beer-tasting from craft brewers.
The event will take place on Friday, February 2, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. More information and tickets are available to purchase online.
Community Members Help Provide 351 Toys to Children in Need for Christmas
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler,served 272 households with a total of 1,044 people with the makings of a holiday meal for their entire family this past holiday season> They also were able to distribute 351 toys to 139 pantry clients, along with plenty more games, stocking stuffers, books, hats, gloves, and blankets.144 households also received pet food for dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and a rabbit.
Due to the outpouring of generosity from the community and local schools, the Irving Park Community Food Pantry was able to “pay it forward” to those in need/ They were able to donate 60 toys to the Magic After School Place program run by Carlson Community Services in the Irving Park neighborhood. A bag of toys and a box of hats and gloves was donated to St. Viator Parish in the Old Irving Park neighborhood for their adopt-a-family program. Finally, four bags of toys were donated to the Jesse Sherwood Elementary School in the Englewood neighborhood.
For over thirty years, the Irving Park Community Food Pantry has served as a light at the end of the tunnel for those experiencing food insecurity in our community. Their selflessness and commitment to the community is a good reminder to always treat our neighbors with compassion and generosity.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree Thru Jan. 20
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 6, and continuing through Saturday, Jan. 20, Chicago residents can begin to recycle their Christmas tree at any of the city’s 25 locations.
The city has partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide residents with this free service. Trees can be dropped off anytime during normal business hours. Free mulch will also be available on a first come, first served basis starting January 8 at Lincoln Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, Warren Park, and the Forestry Site.
The closest recycling locations for 45th Ward residents are at Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma, and Portage Park, 4100 N. Long.
Only live/natural trees free of flocking will be accepted (this means no garland or wreaths). All trees must have any tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands removed in order to be recycled. Any plastic bags used to transport the tree to a drop off location must also be removed.
View a map of all drop off locations at my website.
Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Flashback Jan. 17
The Northwest Chicago Historical Society in partnership with the Edgebrook Library presents “Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Flashback” on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 pm at the Edgebrook Library, 5331 W. Devon.
Chicago Tribune photo editor Marianne Mather, senior writer Ron Grossman, and collaborative editor Stephan Benzkofer, will be on hand to show the audience how Flashback is put together each week, where the ideas come from, the research involved and more. They will show historic photos and discuss the Tribune’s archives, with some historic front page stories on hand. This event is the perfect way to connect Tribune readers to Chicago’s rich history through the newspaper’s historic pages and archived photos
“Chicago Flashback” will be available to purchase after the presentation. The event is free to attend. More information is available online.
Volunteer for the Citywide Homeless Count on Jan. 25
The City of Chicago’s 2018 homeless count will take place on Thursday, January 25. The Department of Family Support and Services (DFSS) is asking for your help in assisting with the count.
Chicago’s Homeless Count is a point-in-time tally and survey of individuals in shelters and on the street conducted by trained volunteers. Information gathered from the Count is used for service and resource planning, advocating for continued federal funding for the city’s programs to prevent and reduce homelessness, and to raise public awareness about homelessness in Chicago.
For 2018, DFSS has a goal of recruiting and training more than 300 volunteers to work in teams of three or four, counting individuals in shelters and on the street. Other city departments and partner agencies will also assist by counting the homeless on CTA buses and trains, in parks, and at other key locations.
Full information about the Count and how to volunteer is available at the city’s website.
Home Delivered Meals: Volunteers Needed
Since 1994, the Norwood Seniors Network, a nonprofit senior services agency affiliated with Norwood Crossing, has helped oder adults enjoy a safer, more independent lifestyle by bringing affordable services and home delivered meals to seniors in need.
Hot and cold meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday between 11 am and 1 pm. Volunteers are provided mapped routes that include deliveries to homes on the northwest side of Chicago and the northwest suburbs of Park Ridge, Harwood Heights, and Norridge. Each route takes one to two hours to complete, and volunteers must have their own vehicle and insurance.
Volunteer drivers may have a free lunch on the day they deliver and 25% off every day in the Norwood Life Society Thrift Shop. All it takes is a 2 hour per week commitment, and you’ll likely find that your service enriches your own life. Fore more information or to volunteer, fill out an online application or call 773-577-5329.
Apply to Become a Crossing Guard
Help give back to your community with this job opportunity as a crossing guard.
Crossing guards are responsible for stopping and directing traffic to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians as they cross the street on their way to school.
Any Chicago resident aged 19 or older can apply for this opportunity. The position pays $13.94 an hour and is part time.
Applications are available at the City of Chicago’s Careers websiteand will be accepted through January 21.
Plumbers Apprenticeship Opportunity
The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Local 130 will accept applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting Tuesday, January 23, through Thursday, February 22.
Applications will be accepted in-person only at the following times and locations:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-4 pm; and Thursdays from 6-8 m at both the Chicago and Joliet offices:
1400 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
2114 S. I-80 Frontage Rd.
Joliet, IL 60436
- January 23 & 25, and February 6th, 20th, & 22. From 1-4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and additionally from 6-8 pm on Thursdays at the Volo office:
31855 N. U.S. Hwy 12
Volo, IL 60073
There is a $25 registration fee. Please have a money order or cashier’s check payable to Plumbers’ JAC Local 130. There is also an optional test staking tip book available to purchase for $10. If you choose to purchase the tip book, please make sure the money order is in the amount of $35. No cash, credit cards, or personal checks will be accepted.
You are required to apply in person and bring the following items:
- Valid driver’s license
- Birth certificate or U.S. passport
- Original high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent OR sealedhigh school transcripts OR college diploma WITH transcripts
- A $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
You must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be able to read, write, and speak English
- Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
- Pass an aptitude test, a drug screen, a physical exam, and an agility test
- Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must be at least 18 years of age (applicants who are 17 years of age may be placed on the eligibility list if proof is provided they will be 18 years of age prior to being registered by the JAC).
There are absolutely no exceptions to these requirements and qualifications. Applicants submitting the required documents will be given all the information as to where and when to appear for the aptitude test, drug screening, physical, and physical agility test.
At the time of indenture you must:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have a reliable form of transportation
- Pass a drug test
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 provided kids in need with new winter coats. CAPS will provide students in school 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 years 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 to 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.
Changes to Ventra Card
The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, began 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 websitewith 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, the CTA strongly recommends customers to register their cards ahead of time.
Ventra also discontinued the prepaid debit function as of Dec. 31, 2017. 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.
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Tue., Jan 9, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N Pulaski. The Domestic Violence Liaison Officer and community partners host aDomestic 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 the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th 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 the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th 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, 5 pm,St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner. Back by popular demand! Don’t miss this celebration of peace and love – an ancient Christian tradition with a Sixties spin. St. John’s hosts Peace and Love – A Beatles Mass. This worship service of live Beatles’ music, featuring Tim Menard and The Flying Nowakowski Brothers, will include sing alongs, a Holy Communion, and a celebration after mass. 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 presents Elvis Tribute, Featuring Ronnie Vegas. Admission includes beef sandwich, salad, chips, dessert. Beer and wine cash bar. More info and tickets: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 property and safety 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, 6 pm, 2444 W. 16th Street, Suite 3E.Empower yourself with the tools for success during aChicago Women in Trades Open House. Learn how a career in welding or construction can work for you. Their free training programs empower women with the tools for their success. Get answers to questions, meet industry partners, and more. Connect with women in trade on Facebook. More info: 312-942-1444. 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 the17th 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 Winter. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 5-6:30 pm, Belding Elementary, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding hosts Winter Wellness Fest. Engages students and families around the importance of eating well. movement, safety, and mental health. 5 health-related workshops, 5 physical activity classes, vendor fair. Bring non-perishable food items for Irving Park Community Foods Pantry. More info: online.$5/family.
Tue., Jan 23, 9-10 am, Community First Medical Center, 5645 W. Addison. In honor of thyroid awareness month, Community First Medical Center will provide TSH Screenings fora fee of $10. No fasting required. Register: 773-282-7000. $10.
Thur., Jan 25, 10-11 am,Community First Medical Center, 5645 W. Addison.Carleen Nunez, R.N., B.S.N., O.N.C., along with staff from rehabilitation services hosts aArthritis and Total Joint Replacement – Taking the Right Steps seminar. Register: 773-794-4640. 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 Marketcontinues 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.
Sun., Jan 28, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.Irving Park Fine Arts presentsNois Saxophone Quartet. Free.
Tue., Jan 30, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly 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 Associationmeeting. Policy adviser and CTU member Kurt Hilgendorf will be a guest speaker. He will be discussing transparency and budgeting. Free.