Indulge your appetite during the St. Edward Boy Scout Troop 904’s All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner on Saturday, November 17, from 4-8 pm in the St. Edward Gymnasium at Sunnyside and Lowell. Also in attendance will be The Cowboy Choir to provide live entertainment. There will also be raffle prizes and a cash bar.
The cost to get in is only $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 and younger. All proceeds from the dinner will help fund the troop’s activities.
Jefferson Park Branch Library Improvements Update
I am pleased to share an update on the improvements planned for the Jefferson Park Branch Library at 5363 W. Lawrence. As you may remember, 2018 participatory budgeting voters approved $175,000 for improvements to the library.
Earlier this year, my office secured $175,000 in Tax Increment Financing funds from the Jefferson Park TIF to finance the upgrades included in the participatory budgeting proposal. The Department of Fleet and Facility management supplemented that with $100,000 from their budget. You may have seen some improvements as a result of that funding, including cleaning up the awning and critical structural updates.
Since then, my office has worked closely with both Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) to take a more comprehensive look at the library and identify ways we can modernize and improve it. I am pleased to announce that because of these collaborative efforts, I was able to secure $1.5 million in funds from the Jefferson Park TIF to bring these additional improvements to our local library.
The $1.5 million will fund additional improvements to the structural integrity of the building, new flooring, a new electrical system, a new teen area, improvements to the kids’ area, improved lighting, improved ceilings, and improvements to the outdoor plaza area to make it more welcoming.
In the coming months, 2FM and the Library will finalize plans and timelines for the work. There will be a period of time when the library will close while improvements are being completed. Before these improvements are finalized and scheduled, we will host a community meeting to unveil the scope of the work, as well as the timeline for work to be completed.
I would like to thank 2FM and CPL for their ongoing partnership and support in improving our local library. These improvements continue to drive the ongoing revitalization efforts in Jefferson Park – which includes new businesses opening, a $25 million renovation to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, and continued private investment our community.
My Vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
On Wednesday, I voted yes to approve the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget for the City of Chicago.
The $10.7 billion approved budget includes a number of measures to improve the security and quality of life for Chicagoans and does not levy additional regressive taxes or fees on residents.
The budget includes funding for a new Office of Labor Standards. I have been a champion of the creation of this office from concept to its final passage this week. This office will be responsible for enforcing the minimum wage ordinance, paid sick leave ordinance, and anti-wage theft laws and will be instrumental in protecting Chicago workers from predatory employers. Furthermore, it will be a resource to help employers comply with labor laws.
The budget also includes funding to reinstate the city’s Department of Housing. The resurrection of this department will be integral to creating a more equitable city for all our residents and making sure that affordable housing is spread throughout the city. This move helps Chicago address the widespread affordable housing crisis we now face.
In terms of public safety, the approved budget allocates additional funding to secure more officers throughout the city. The 16th District police department has already received 17 new officers in 2018 to keep up with attrition. As of Tuesday, the district had 264 officers, up from 192 just a few years ago. With the additional officers slated to come next year, the number of personnel at the district will surpass that of the early 2000s. I am confident that the new leadership at the district and the additional resources will assist them in continuing to keep our district the safest in the city.
As your alderman, I am not blind to the work that still needs to be done in addressing the looming pension crisis. I am confident that, working with my colleagues in the Progressive Caucus and on City Council, and alongside the new Mayor in 2019, we will find solutions that will work for the residents of Chicago.
Community Meeting for 4900 N. Milwaukee Scheduled for Nov. 19
I am pleased to announce continued progress in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson Park. The owner of the vacant lot at 4900 N. Milwaukee has proposed a mixed-use development for the empty space directly across Milwaukee from the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
The plans call for ground floor commercial space, three floors of apartments, and an owner-occupied penthouse set back from the street. The plan includes 9,870 square feet of commercial space, 31 dwelling units, and 9 parking spaces (None are required adjacent to a transit center.) This developer also successfully rehabbed the building at 4872 N. Milwaukee, where Weston’s Coffee & Tap is located.
The revitalization of the Jefferson Park business corridor has been a top priority for me since first becoming your alderman in 2011. With the development of 5201 W. Lawrence underway, the recent opening of Starbucks, the $25 million renovation to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, Weston’s, and other projects in the pipeline- we have made significant strides towards progress. I believe this development will continue to breathe new life into downtown Jefferson Park.
I hope you will join me on Monday, November 19, at 6:30 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence, to learn more about this proposal.
St. Cornelius Non-Perishable Food Drive
Through November 20, the 16th District Police Station is collecting non-perishable foods for the St. Cornelius Food Pantry.
Canned goods and other non-perishable items can be dropped off at the 16th District, 5151 N. Milwaukee. For more information, call the CAPS office at 312-742-4521 or email them atCaps016District@chicagopolice.org.
Spend this Thanksgiving with Neighbors & Friends at St. John’s Episcopal and St. John’s Lutheran
If you are looking for a place to spend Thanksgiving with neighbors, both St. John’s Episcopal and St. John’s Lutheran will be hosting community Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving, November 22.
Join St. John’s Episcopal on Thanksgiving Day at 1 pm for a home-cooked meal. Before the meal, there will be a free jazz concert for everyone’s pleasure starting at noon. Please call 773-725-9026 to make a reservation. Please leave your name and the number of people attending. Walk-ins are also welcome. The church is handicap accessible with a lift available to anyone in need.
The Joined Hands Food Pantry is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving dinner for all to enjoy at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4939 W. Montrose. On Thanksgiving, join neighbors and congregation members to give thanks, socialize, and enjoy a warm meal. Dinner will be from 1-4 pm.
Shop Small at Six Corners on Small Business Saturday
Are you ready for Small Business Saturday?
Six Corners Association has partnered with small businesses on the northwest side to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 24th. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement started by American Express to support small businesses and celebrate the places that make our community strong. It is a day to celebrate all of the locally and independently owned businesses and the impact that they have on their communities and local economy.
Customers will receive incentives to shop at participating businesses:
- Discount on entire purchase when wearing a Six Corners Association t-shirt on November 24. Participating businesses are listed online.
- Complimentary gift wrapping at Fischman Public House, 4058 N. Milwaukee, from 5-7 pm on November 24
- For every $10 in receipts from a participating business, customers will receive a Shop Small scratch off with prized including, but not limited to:
- Free yoga classes at Wildlight Yoga
- $40 gift certificate to Community Tavern
- Free donuts from Frunchroom
- Cooking toolkit from Fearless Cooking
How to participate:
- Check out the Six Corners Shop Small Gift Guide to see what each business is featuring
- Kick off your holiday shopping on November 24 with participating businesses
- Wear your Six Corners Association t-shirt for discounts
- Attend the Shop Small Six Corners event at Fischman Public House
- Receive 10% off your bill at Fischman Public House
- Receive complimentary gift wrapping for gifts purchased from participating businesses
- Present your receipts for a Shop Small scratch off for every $10 spent at a participating business through November 24, 2018. Prizes must be redeemed at the business that you won the prize from before January 31, 2019!
- Six Corners Association will sell gift certificates to participating businesses at Fischman Public House
For more information and participating businesses, view the Shop Small Six Corners event online.
St. Viator Winterfest Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Get in the holiday spirit during St. Viator’s annual Winterfest. Neighbors are invited to snack, skate, sip, and shop during this annual event sponsored by Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
The event will include an ice skating rink, the Mistletoe Market craft fair, fresh wreaths and trees, a jumpy house, movies, food, and drinks.
The event will take place at the St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale. The hours are 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 1, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 2. View the event on Facebook for more information.
Irving Park Community Foods Pantry Holiday Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun gathering donations for its two holiday distributions in November and on December 19. They are seeking contributions of funds, food, and fun (i.e. books and toys) to make the season brighter for those in our community who need a helping hand during the holiday season.
This month, they are providing clients during their regular weekly distribution hours. For Thanksgiving, clients will be provided additional meat and trimmings so they can prepare a Thanksgiving dinner.
On December 19, the food pantry hosts a special distribution where clients receive the makings for a full holiday dinner and can take home a gift for each of their children along with a book and a stocking stuffer.
For these special distributions, they are especially in need of juice, stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned yams and vegetables, instant potatoes, cake mixes, Jell-O, and pumpkin pie filling.
They typically disseminate about 400 toys to children (up to 12 years old). For some, it will be the only gift they receive. They are making a special request for gifts for older children (10 to 12 years old), especially boys. In the past, soccer balls and basketballs have been popular options. In the past, they have also run out of books for all ages early in the distribution day.
Unwrapped new toys and food donations can be brought to the Pantry at the Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler) on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or on Tuesday evenings. Donations can also dropped off at my office (4754 N. Milwaukee) during office hours.
The deadline for contributing toys is Friday, December 14. Volunteers are needed to collect toys, organize the toy room, and help with the toy distribution on December 19. For more information, contact Sara Yoest at email@example.com.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Through December 6
The Cook County Board of Review will be open for property valuation appeals for the Jefferson Township beginning Wednesday, November 7. Jefferson Township residents will have through Thursday, December 6 to file an appeal.
The Cook County Board of Review has set up an online portal to help simplify the appeal process for property owners. I do recommend that homeowners file an appeal annually.
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 2019 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, 2018.
Sign Up for Smart911 Today
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced the launch of Smart911 as part of the city’s effort to strengthen the accurate, timely, and effective dispatch of emergency resources in crisis situations. Smart911 is available to all residents and visitors of Chicago.
Smart911 is a free, online platform that allows users to securely enter important medical and household information in their safety profile to help plan ahead for an emergency situation. This information will automatically display for dispatchers when the user dials 9-1-1.
Residents may include a variety of information in their safety profile, such as allergies, autism, Alzheimer’s, animals, hearing impairment, current medication, physical disability, mental health information, home layout, emergency contacts, and more.
Smart911 allows anyone, including non-English speakers, to add their information in any language. Smart911 will automatically translate the information in your profile. Residents may also indicate that they or someone in the household has difficulty communicating in English. By having that information included in the profile, when 911 is called, the call taker can immediately engage the language interpreter in the primary language to better assist residents in an emergency.
For more information and to sign up, visit the Smart911 website.
2018-2019 Emergency Heating Repair Program Now Open
The 2018-2019 Emergency Heating Repair Program is now open. It will remain open through April 1, 2019, or until funds are exhausted.
Eligible properties must be located in Chicago, habitable, owner-occupied, and not at risk of foreclosure. This is a one-time service program for single-family, one to four units, and owner-occupied properties located in the city of Chicago. Any owner-occupied property that has received this service in the past will be ineligible to receive service again.
Households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program. The total gross income of all owners and other household members shall be included and may not exceed this limit. The gross incomes of all adults, 18 and older, who reside in the property are included in determining income eligibility.
If the owner sells, transfers title, or no longer occupies the unit within one year of the grant, the owner will be required to pay the balance of the loan from the time of transfer to the loan ending period date.
Applicants can download the application package and view eligibility requirements on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
Work for the 2020 Census
The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting to fill positions for the next census in 2020. An accurate count of the population is imperative to secure federal funding for municipalities and determine political representation.
The Census Bureau provides the opportunity to work in a fast-paced organization with a diverse and talented staff to complete one of the largest and most important projects in the United States. This is a great way to get paid while helping your community.
For more information and to apply, visit the 2020 Census jobs website.
Sat., Nov 17, 5-9 pm, St. Edward, Gymnasium, Sunnyside and Lowell. Boy Scout Troop 904 hosts their annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner. There will be a live performance by The Cowboy Choir, raffle prizes, and a cash bar. $10/adult; $7/age 10 and under.
Sun., Nov 18, 3:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5106 N. LaCrosse.Enjoy the annual Neighborhood Thanksgiving Service sponsored by four local churches. Mission offerings, as well as canned and non-perishable goods, will be collected for Northwest Church of Christ Food Pantry. Service will be immediately followed by a pie luncheon. More info: 773-655-4357. Free.
Mon., Nov 19, 10 am-12 pm, Culvers, 4939 W. Irving Park. Join Oak Street Health for a Medicare Benefits Workshop. Discuss your coverage options and enjoy a complimentary bowl of delicious chili at Culver’s located at Six Corners. You must have Medicare parts A and B to qualify. Limit one meal per person. Free.
Mon., Nov 19, 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., Nov 20, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Diane Csajaghy, a neuro-endovascular and stroke nurse practitioner at the Presence Neuroscience Institute, will give a Stroke Presentation. Free.
Tue., Nov 20, 4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence. Oak Street Health is hosting aMedicare Basics Seminar. Refreshments provided. RSVP: 844-808-8262.Free.
Tue., Nov 20, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4416 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the West Walker Civic Association general meeting. Free.
Wed., Nov 21, 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.
Thur., Nov 21, 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 the45th Ward map. More info: 312-724-4588. Free.
Thur., Nov 21, 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! Free.
Tue., Nov 27, 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., Nov 28, 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., Nov 28, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Dan Pogorzelski will speak about the history of the Northwest side. He is a co-author of a series of neighborhood books called “Images of America Series”. Free.