Haven’t had the chance to vote for the 2019 Participatory Budgeting cycle yet? Volunteers will be at both the GIPNA Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield, and the Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 4822 N. Long, with ballots on hand to make sure your voice is heard.
While you’re there, shop for great produce, baked goods, artisan products, and more. The GIPNA Farmers Market runs from 9 am to 1 pm and the Jefferson Park Sunday Market runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
In response to discussions with my office and members of the community, Ryan Companies, developers of The Point at Six Corners, has made some changes to their proposal.
They have decreased the total number of units in the proposal to 250, a reduction of 15 units. They also have increased the number of independent living retirement units to 102, up from 86. The number of memory care units remains at 38, while the number of assisted living units has decreased to 108. The changes will increase the number of affordable units the builder must provide in the area to 10, up from 7.
The plans still call for 50,000 square feet of ground-floor retail along Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road, with Aldi serving as the anchor tenant at Milwaukee and Kilpatrick. There will a second level of parking and 8 stories of market-rate senior living above the ground floor at the north end of the property. The south end of the property will be one story.
237 parking spaces are included, more than the City requires for a development like this.
The plans also include two public plazas along Milwaukee and a pedestrian connection between Milwaukee and Irving Park. The property is projected to generate about $1.5 million in property tax revenue annually.
Learn more about the proposal at the development’s website.
On Tuesday, October 16 I will be hosting a free flu shot vaccination event at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, from 10 am to 1 pm.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccinations reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to the flu. Herd vaccinations – or populations that are highly vaccinated – results in protecting people who are more vulnerable to contracting the flu, including older people, pregnant women, very young children, and people with certain long-term health conditions.
While you’re at the Copernicus Center, take a moment to vote early in the 2019 Participatory Budgeting cycle. For more information on ballot items and voting information, visit the PB45 website.
I will be hosting a property tax appeal workshop in partnership with Commissioner Cabonargi, Senator Mulroe, Rep. Martwick, and Commissioner Fritchey on Tuesday, October 23 at 6 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Jefferson Township residents will have the opportunity to learn about the appeals process. Staff members from the Cook County Board of Appeals will be in attendance to answer questions. Make sure to bring a copy of your second installment property tax bill.
Show off your artistic side by carving a farm grown pumpkin St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.
You can purchase your pumpkin on October 13, 14, 20, and 21 from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call the church at 773-725-9026.
The newest exhibition at the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), Original Warrior, is a group exhibition which explores the complex Native American relationship between warrior and community, warrior and war, and warrior and military service.
This powerful new exhibition combines traditional Native American techniques and cultural practices with painting, sculpture, bead work, photography, and printmaking mediums to express the unique contemporary viewpoints of eleven talented veteran and civilian artists.
Original Warrior features the work of Native American artists: Rick Bartow, Miridith Campbell, T.C. Cannon, Melissa Doud, Teri Greeves, John Hitchcock, Tom Jones, Monty Little, Clarence Montegar, Lloyd Kiva New, and Horace Poolaw.
The exhibit will run through April 22, 2019. More information is available on NVAM’s website.
It’s that time of year again to determine how we will allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds during the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process.
In the spring, residents offered their ideas for this year’s ballot during three neighborhood assemblies, an online submission form, idea boxes located throughout the ward, and on an idea wall in my office. Since then, volunteer community representatives have been working hard to develop 16 projects for the 2019 ballot. You can learn about those projects on thePB45 website.
45th Ward residents aged 14 and older can vote online or in person for the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle beginning through Saturday, October 20.
For those wishing to vote online, simply fill out an online registration form beginning October 1 at 9 am. Once received, a 45th Ward staff member will respond with the voting site link and a special access code to allow you to vote. Please do not share your code with anyone else; your code is unique and may be used only once.
Please note that this is not an automated system; rather, office employees will be verifying the information. This may result in a delay from the time you submit the registration form to when you receive the one-time code.
There will be ample opportunity for 45th Ward residents to vote in the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle. Those wishing to vote early in-person can do so at my office during office hours beginning October 1 at 9 am or at one of the following early voting events:
- 9 am – 1 pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield;
- 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 4822 N. Long; and
- 10 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, October 16 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Ward residents will also have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot at this event.
The final voting event will take place from:
- 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, October 20 at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.
Thank you for your participation in creating a transparent and democratic process to determine how to spend your tax dollars in your community.
Get in the Halloween spirit this fall during St. Viator’s annual Stairway to Insanity haunted house. A $10 entrance fee will sure to leave you and your friends and family shaking in their boots.
The haunted house opens on Friday, October 12 and runs through Saturday, October 27 and is intended for a PG audience. The haunted house is located on the 2nd floor of St. Viator’s recreation center at 3644 N. Kedvale.
Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, will host drop-in camps for CPS scheduled days off. Each drop-in day camp includes a field trip:
- November 2 – Wagner’s Farm
- November 12 – Funtopia
Drop-in camps run from 9 am to 2 pm and cost only $10 per day. For more information and to register, visit the Chicago Park District’s website or sign-up in person at the Rosedale Park field house.
Pull out your costume box and dress up your kids and pooches in their best attire for the Halloween Howl.
The event will take place at Roberts Square Park, 4200 W. Argyle, on Saturday, October 20 from 1-3 pm.
It was such a hit last year that Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, and the Six Corners Association brought it back again this year!
Six Corners is not just an intersection. There is a history to this space and decades of memories and stories. Crossing Six Corners is a theatrical patchwork of playful scenes, nostalgic monologues, and creative songs created through interviews with residents and historians, archived news articles, old pictures, and more.
On Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, come out to the Filament Theatre to learn so much more about the neighborhood you call home.
Tickets and more information are available online.
Cozy up with the instant classic Coco at Rosedale Park, 3612 W. Rosedale, on Friday, October 26, at 6:30 pm.
Rosedale Park will provide the scares, laughs, and – of course – the popcorn. You just need to pack a picnic and grab a blanket or chair to watch this holiday flick inside the field house as a park of the Chicago Park Districts Indoor Movie Series.
For more information, contact Rosedale Park at 773-631-7156.
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is asking for donations of any unneeded, gently used winter coats for their October coat program. Your generous donation will help our neighbors through the harsh Chicago winter.
Gently used coats can be brought to the Pantry’s home at 3801 N. Keeler during operating hours (Wednesdays 9 am to noon and Tuesday, September 11 and October 9 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm).
Additional drop-off points include Disney II Magnet Elementary School (3815 N. Kedvale), Old Irving Brewing (4419 W. Montrose), and the Linnemeyer front porch (3822 N. Tripp).
Are you in the market for a new mattress? Why not support a local elementary school with your purchase?
Belding Elementary is partnering with Setra, TempurPedic, Beautyrest, and Simmons to host a mattress sale fundraiser.
You can save up to 50% on a new, quality mattress for your home. And, the first ten customers will receive a complimentary mattress protector valued at $50.
The sale will take place at Belding Elementary, 4257 N. Tripp, from 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday, October 28.
Effective Tuesday, September 18, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters program will be accepting applications for future concrete form builder.
Each candidate must present the following requirements at the apprentice program office -1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois – between the hours of 9:30 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday no later than Thursday, October 18:
- Letter of recommendation on a local union letterhead signed by an officer;
- Must have attained the age of 17 (driver’s license or state I.D. card required);
- Copy of high school diploma or high school transcripts, (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate;
- Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for;
- Veterans need a copy of the DD214 form; and
- A $25 “Non-Refundable” application processing fee (money orders and cashiers check only, no cash).
All (6) above-listed requirements must be submitted at the time of filing or the candidate will not be permitted to file an application.
Further details will be mailed to each applicant regarding the required pre-test session and aptitude test dates.
The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for election judges to serve during the 2018 mid-term general elections on November 6. The pay is $140, plus $50 for attending a training.
I hope you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
As many Chicagoans hunt for apartments, it is important for landlords and property managers to be mindful of the anti-discrimination protections under the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance. Among these is the prohibition on discriminatory advertisements. Rental advertisements with limitations such as “no Section 8” or “no kids” are a violation of the law and may form the basis of a valid complaint which can expose the landlord to significant liability. To learn more about housing discrimination, including in the context of home purchases, visit the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ website.
Thanks for reading,