Need to shred old, sensitive documents? I’m partnering with Midway Moving to host a Shred-a-Thon.
You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.
First Phase of Exterior Work to the Jefferson Park Branch Library Underway
You may have noticed men in hardhats these past couple of weeks around the Jefferson Park Branch Library. The first phase of exterior work to the Jefferson Park Branch Library is underway.
This was a winning project during the 2018 Participatory Budgeting cycle. The improvements to the library include updates to the electrical system, new carpet, enhanced lighting at the circulation desk, and repairs to the sidewalk.
Voters decided to allocated $175,000 of the $1 million discretionary budget to help pay for these updates. The Department of Fleet and Management decided to supplement that contribution by an additional $100,000 to complete some important tuck pointing work to the exterior of the building, provide a fresh coat of paint near the circulation desk, and help cover the costs of the improvements voted on through Participatory Budgeting.
My office is working closely with Chicago Public Library and the Department of Fleet and Facility Management on these improvements. We should have a more definitive timeline of the remaining improvements to the library in the coming months.
How Would You Spend $1 Million to Improve Your Neighborhood?
Every year, each alderman is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds — yes, there is literally a menu to spend on infrastructure. In most wards, this money is allocated by the alderman, with varying degrees of input from city departments, staff, and residents. The 45th Ward, however, uses a process called participatory budgeting to give power to our residents to make real decisions that affect their lives.
We are in the beginning stages of the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle and want to reach as many residents as possible to join in on the process.
To reach more people, we will offer residents four (4) ways to submit ideas:
1) Attend a neighborhood assembly!
The neighborhood assemblies will take place on
- Saturday, May 19, from 10-11 am at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence;
- Monday, May 21, from 6-7 pm at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker (enter through doors #6 & #2); and
- Thursday, May 24, from 6-7 pm at St. John’s Epsicopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.
2) Submit an idea online
You can submit an idea online via the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting Google Form.
3) Submit an idea at an idea box
Idea boxes will be located throughout the ward. The idea boxes will be placed in the following locations beginning late next week:
- Jefferson Park Branch Library (5363 W. Lawrence)
- Independence Park fieldhouse (3945 N. Springfield)
- Wilson Park fieldhouse (4630 N. Milwaukee)
- 16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee)
- Rosedale Park fieldhouse (6312 W. Rosedale)
- Gladstone Park fieldhouse (5421 N. Menard)
- Farnsworth Elementary (5414 N. Linder)
- Beard Elementary (6445 W. Strong)
- Hitch Elementary (5625 N. McVicker)
- Prussing Elementary (4650 N. Menard)
- Gray Elemenatry (3730 N. Laramie)
4) Share your idea on the idea wall
The idea wall is located in the front of my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee. Simply write your idea on a sticky note and post it to the wall for all to see. While you’re here, hang out for a while and feel inspired by what others have submitted.
More information on participatory budgeting and projects that have won in the past is available on the PB45 website.
Thank you for pitching in to make your community better!
Community Alert: Garage Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of garage burglaries that occurred in the months of April and May. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5200-block of West Warner between 11:30 pm April 11 and 8:40 am April 12;
- The 5500-block of North Austin between 2:30 pm April 22 and 7:00 am April 23;
- The 5500-block of North Austin between 10:00 pm April 22 and 8:15 am April 23;
- The 4100-block of North Mango between 11:00 pm April 26 and 5:20 am April 27;
- The 4300-block of North Monitor between 6:00 pm May 2 and 6:00 am May 3; and
- The 5000-block of North Meade between 10:15 pm May 5 and 8:30 am May 6.
Please make sure all doors and windows are locked, keep the perimeter of your property well lit, and call 911 if you notice any suspicious people loitering.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Friends of the Jefferson Park Library Book Drive and Sale
Jefferson Park Forward and Eden United Church of Christ have partnered with the Jefferson Park Branch library to host a book drive and sale.
Through May 30, you can drop off books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition at the Jefferson Park Branch library, 5363 W. Lawrence. The Friends of the Jefferson Park Library will then host a sale to help raise funds to purchase tables, bulletin boards, and CD holders for the library.
The sale will take place on Thursday, May 31, from 3 pm until 7 pm; on Friday, June 1, from 10 am until 4 pm; and on Saturday, June 2, from 10 am until 4 pm. Teachers can receive a special 50% discount on June 2 from 1 to 4 pm.
If you are interested in volunteering, they are seeking volunteers to set-up, help with the sale, and clean-up afterward. Those interested can sign-up at the Jefferson Park Forward website.
This is a great opportunity to build community while raising funds for our local library, support the environment by promoting recycle and re-use, and help promote a love of reading and learning.
Discussions on Police Reform Scheduled
The Public Safety Committee of the City Council has scheduled five meetings across the city to gather input on how the Chicago Police Department should be reformed and how police misconduct should be handled.
Currently, there are four different ordinances pending before the City Council, all with differing degrees of community oversight of the department and discipline.
The meetings will be facilitated by Renee Haynie-Jackson, the founder and director of training and development for the Next Generation of Leaders, INC.
The meetings will be at:
- 6:30-8:30 pm May 15, at Corliss High School, 821 E. 103rd St.;
- 1-3 pm May 19. at Gage Park High School, 5630 S. Rockwell;
- 6:30-8:30 pm May 29, at Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin;
- 6:30-8:30 pm May 31, at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett;
- 6:30-8:30 pm June 5, at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen.
I hope you can attend one of the meetings and make your voice heard on this critical issue.
Spring Volunteer Orientation at Keeler Gardens
Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, is looking for volunteers. Join them on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am-11:30 am to hear more about how you can help.
Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash May 19
The Filament hosts their sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
There will be birthday cake, a cash bar, raffle and silent auction items, and plenty of great live music to boot.
More information and tickets are available to purchaseonline. Individual tickets and VIP tables of 4 are available.
Irving Park Community Food Pantry Neighborhood Walk May 19
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is organizing a walk through the Old Irving Park neighborhood to raise funds and generate awareness of hunger in our community.
Neighbors and friends will meet at the Food Pantry at 9 am on Saturday, May 19, and walk about 1.7 miles through the neighborhood. The route should take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
Those interested in participating can ask friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them. Toiletries, food, and socks donations will also be collected to add to the pantry’s stock for clients.
Schools, church groups, neighborhood associations, and individuals are encouraged to participate to build a stronger community and support an organization that works tirelessly to give back to our neighbors in need. Students will be eligible to receive two hours of service time for participating.
Chicago Fringe Festival Presents Five Fifths of The Rocky Horror Show May 24
The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for their totally unique take on the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show.
Five local theater companies will come together to reinterpret, redefine, and reimagine the classic film into one unforgettable show.
Tickets cost $35 if purchased before May 15 and are available online. After May 15, ticket prices raise to $40. The price includes two cocktails, food, and access to a special Chicago Fringe Festival board-sponsored wine raffle and silent auction.
Tickets to this popular event sell fast, so make sure to secure yours today!
Windy City Performs Presents The Jungle Book June 2-9
The Conservatory Teen Company as a part of Windy City Perform’s “Teens for Young Audiences” will perform The Jungle Book June 2 through June 9.
Adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this production features a host of colorful characters and favorite songs from the kids movie. Teens planned, produced, and will preform in this kid-friendly, immersive, and high-energy production.
The Teen Company consists of students ages 13 and up. Students in the program learn advanced-level skills in drama, vocal production, and dance while preparing a full-length theatre piece. Teen Company audiences consistently have their expectations exceeded with the quality and professionalism of the students’ work.
Performances begin Saturday, June 2 at The Playhouse, 4766 N. Milwaukee, and will run through Saturday, June 10. More information and tickets are available online. Tickets are free for kids 12 and younger, and only $10 for those ages 13 and older.
Aoife Gallagher Benefit June 3
Twelve year old Aoife Gallagher fights a debilitating disease called Leukodystrophy. Aoife’s form of the disease is so rare, only 250 people worldwide have been diagnosed. This neurologically degenerative disease has no cure.
Diagnosed more than 10 years ago, Aoife has lost the ability to walk and talk and depends on her paents and 10-year-old brother Fionn for her every need. After years of medical treatment, Aoife had a recent major setback that required intensive care treatment for more than three months.
Aoife is a student at Disney II Magnet School on Chicago’s Northwest side. Aoife’s father, John Gallagher, hails from Crossmolina, CO. Mayo, Ireland. Her mother is Margaret McIntyre, and her brother Fionn plays for the Windy City Gales Irish youth football team for which John coaches.
On top of the emotionally and physically intense years of medical procedures and extensive medications, this ordeal has resulted in a sizable financial burden for the family.
A benefit to support this resilient family will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 3-8 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, you can find a donation commitment form on my website.
Become a Meal Site for Chicago Children this Summer
Thousands of kids in Chicago rely on school for regular meals. During the summer months, those meals disappear. Currently, only 16% of the children who rely on free or reduced-price school meals receive meals when school is out of session.
Food Service Professionals (FSP) is helping community leaders with the know-how they need to start summer meal sites. FSP participates in the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the USDA. The program helps fill the gap during the summer months. If your organization is interesting in being a feeding site or adding meals to your existing youth program, contact Kelly Lothian with FSP email@example.com or at 773-385-5111.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open Thru May 21
The City of Chicago’s One Summer program will return this summer, providing the city’s youth with over 30,000 jobs and internships this summer. Now through May 21, youth ages 14 to 24 can apply online.
The One Summer program connects Chicago’s youth with valuable work experience, helping them realize their full potential and work towards a brighter future.
Learn more and apply online.
Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program
Our local real estate market has almost bounced back from the 2008 crash. A great way to ensure that you hold onto that value is by registering with the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program.
The program already collects a small tax from almost every residential property in the 45th Ward, but to be eligible, you need to have your property appraised and sign up. After 5 years, and as long as the property is well maintained, the program guarantees the value of your property from the time of the appraisal, except in cases where market conditions are impacting the entire city.
You can double check that you live in the program service area on this map. To learn more, call the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program at (773) 622-0700.
Thanks for reading,
Sat., May 12, 10-11:30 am, Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler. Keeler Gardens continues to grow. As they grow, they need some help. They will host aSpring Volunteer Orientation to learn more about the specific needs of Keeler Gardens and match your skills and desired learning to projects that can help you connect with nature. Space is limited to 30 volunteers Sign up online. Free.
Sat., May 12, 7 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents Once in a Lifetime: Judy & Liza at the London Palladium. More info and tickets:online.$25/advance; $35/door.
Mon., May 14, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., May 16, 11 am-12 pm,Portage Park Satellite 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 during the Portage Park Village Meeting.Free.
Wed., May 16, 7 pm, 16th District 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., May 16, 7 pm, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., May 17, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Fri., May 18, 8:30 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside.Registration is open the the 4th annual Big Red Run. This event will feature a 5k and a 1 mile fun run/walk on Chicago’s northwest side. After the run, stay for games, activities, and celebratory food & drink. All proceeds will fund St. Edward School, The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #242 Chicago, and Juvenile Diabetes. More info: online. Free.
Sat., May 19, 8 am-12 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United hosts its2nd annual Pancake Breakfast. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Tickets: email organizers or call 773-283-5557.$5/ticket by May 17; $7/door; free/kids under 5.
Sat., May 19, 9 am-12 pm,O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard Street, Skokie. Join the MWRD for and Open House and Water Reclamation Plant Tour. Learn how the MWRD recovers resources and transforms water at these vital facilities. Free trees and compost available.Free.
Sat., May 19, 9 am-4 pm, West Walker, Save the date for the annual West Walker Garage and Yard Sale. Event will happen, rain or shine! Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 20, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center, Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. Come out to the Spring Community Flea Market/Garage Sale. 30+ vendors, water and coffee available to purchase. Event will happen rain or shine. Sponsored by the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Copernicus Foundation, and the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association. More info: 773-282-3879. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 20, 10 am, Harvest Christian Center Chicago, 4020 N. Tripp. Harvest Christian Center will host Chaplain Valerie Saviano as a guest speaker during their morning service. More info: online.Free.
Mon., May 21, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tues., May 22, 6:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden UCC hosts“Walking Together: Community Conversations on Mental Well-being.” The final session in a current series, the session will focus on the intersections of community well-being and personal well-being. A light dinner will be served, followed by discussion led by Consultant David Angel. RSVP requested my May 21. More info or RSVP: (773) 283-5557 oremail.
Thur., May 24, 9:30 am-2 pm,Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Kizer Conference Center, 820 S> Damen. The US Department of Veterans Affairs in partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security-Pilsen Workforce Center hosts their annualMemorial Day Veterans Hiring and Resource Fair. Numerous employers and agencies will be on-site to promote their employment opportunities and program services. More info: online.Free.
Thur., May 24, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts aNavigating Foreclosures: What Happens When You Get Served with Foreclosure Papers? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., May 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 Associationmonthly meeting. Featured speaker is Jeff Skrentny, leader of a dedicated group of restoration volunteers, in conjunction with the Forest Preserve of Cook County. He will give insights into LaBagh Woods’ diverse population of wildlife. Free.