Please be advised that Ward Night on Tuesday, October 23 is cancelled. Instead, I encourage you to attend the Cook County Board of Appeals Property Tax Workshop that will be taking place that evening beginning at 6 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
During the workshop, 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.
Jefferson Park Southbound Platform Closure Begins October 22
Beginning on Monday, October 22, the southbound/Forest Park-bound El platform at the Jefferson Park Blue Line station will be closed for construction. This work is being conducted as a part of a $25 million renovation to the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.
Construction activity will take place during daytime and nighttime hours. There will be some noise and dust while the work is being performed as well as truck and construction equipment traffic.
Work on the southbound platform is anticipated to be completed by November 12. You may sign up to receive email or text message updates on specific CTA bus and rail routes on the CTA’swebsite.
Vote for PB45 by October 20!
As a reminder, the final voting event for this year’s participatory budgeting cycle will be on Saturday, October 20 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.
For those who would prefer to vote online, simply fill out anonline registration form. 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. You must use your one-time access code by 2 pm on Saturday, October 20. At 2:01 pm, the online voting system will close and votes will be tallied.
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.
Learn about the projects!
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 the PB45 website.
Election Day is Nov. 6 and Election Judges are Needed!
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.
Walk to End Domestic Violence October 20
In observance of domestic violence awareness month, the 16th District police are partnering with the Chicago Parks District to host a Break the Silence: Walk to End Domestic Violence event on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 8 am at Portage Park, 5505 W. Berteau.
Bag pick up will begin at 8 am and participants will step off to walk around the park at 9 am. Those interested in participating can register online, by emailing the 16th district at email@example.com, or calling 312-742-4521.
Kids & Dogs Halloween Howl October 20
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.
Property Tax Appeal Workshop October 23
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.
St. John’s Pumpkin Sale
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.
St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House
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.
Watch Coco at Rosedale Park October 26
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.
Belding School Fundraiser October 28
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.
Modes of Transportation Race at Six Corners
Six Corners Association is hosting a Modes of Transportation Race on Thursday, November 1st at 5:30 pm in order to bring awareness to the need of better and improved bus services for the 80 Irving Park bus.
The race will start at the Six Corners Association office, 4041 N. Milwaukee. From there, people will race to the Irving Park Blue Line and back to the Six Corners office. The modes of transportation racers can select from include personal bike, divvy bike, personal car, ride share (Uber/Lyft), 80 bus, or by foot.
Additionally, the Six Corners Association is teaming up with Active Transportation Alliance to advocate for speed and improved reliability of bus service in Chicago. Please help them understand your experiences on the 80 – Irving Park Bus so they can learn how to improve it.
Drop-In Camps at Rosedale Park
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.
Crossing Six Corners Returns to Filament Theatre
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.
Original Warrior Exhibit at National Veterans Art Museum
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, Meredith 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.
Pantry Seeks Gently Used Coats
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).
Operating Engineers Local 150 Apprenticeship Program
The apprenticeship office for Local 150 Operating Engineers is opening applications for the trades of heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment repair technician, geothermal well driller, and construction material inspector.
An application can be requested in person at one of their 9 offices during the scheduled dates and times listed at the bottom. A $25 application fee per program will be required at the time of request in the form of a money order only, made payable to “Local 150 Apprenticeship Fund”. Please note that all applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. The address on the driver’s license must match the address on the application.
Minimum qualifications for the program are as follows:
- At least 18 years of age;
- Must have graduated high school or obtained a GED. The applicant must provide a high school transcript for evaluation purposes;
- Be a resident of the geographic jurisdiction of Local 150;
- Have and maintain a valid driver’s license at the time of selection;
- Provide a statement form a licensed physician stating the physical ability to perform the work of the trades 30 days after being indentured into the program;
- Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language; and
- Required to undergo a drug test.
Schedule of dates, times, and locations:
- District 1: 6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525, Nov. 1st & 20th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 2: 1050 N. I-55 E. Frontage Rd., Joliet, IL 60431, Nov. 2nd & 16th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 3: 28874 Route 120, Lakemoor, IL 60050, Nov. 5th & 14th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 4: 4477 Linden Rd., Rockford, IL 61109, Nov. 7th & 27th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 5: 740 E. US Route 6, Utica, IL 61373, Nov. 8th & 19th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 6: 1001 Michigan St., Lakeville, IN 46536, NOv. 12th & 26th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 7: 2193 W. 84th Pl., Merrilville, IN 46410, Nov. 6th & 28th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 8: 3511 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL 61201, Nov. 15th & 29th, 12 pm-5 pm; and
- Training Center: 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481, Nov. 1-30 (excluding Sundays), 8 am-3 pm.
Completed applications and educational/military transcripts, reference letters, birth certificate, proof of previous employment, and prior experience questionnaire must be mailed or returned to the training center at 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, Illinois 60481 no later than December 31, 2018.
If you have any other questions, please call 815-722-3201 or visit the Local 150 website.
Avoid Discrimination in Housing
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.
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Sun., Oct 21, 9 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center, Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Copernicus Foundation, and the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association are sponsoring aCommunity Sale. A representative from I-Cash, a program sponsored by the Illinois Treasurer’s Office to help recover cash belonging to them, will be available inside the lobby. Cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 21, 10 am-12:15 pm,Harvest Christian Center Church, 4020 N. Tripp.Harvest Christian Center Church will celebrate their 16th Anniversary with special guest Reverend Dr. Gary Blanchard, Assistant Superintendent Assembly of God out of Carlinville, IL. Free.
Sun., Oct 21, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner. St. John’s presentsThe Volo Bogtrotters. Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 10 am-2 pm,Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson.Resources, services, job training and opportunities, and educational workshops will be available at theKevlars to Careerssymposium. This is for veterans and active duty personnel. Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 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. Adams Winters, postal liaison from Congressman Quigley’s office will speak about postal issues affecting residents. Free.
Thur., Oct 25, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, The Salvation Army, 8354 W. Foster.Congressman Mike Quigley hosts his 10th Annual Senior Fair. More info: 773-267-5926.Free to attend, some services will have fees attached.
Thur., Oct 25, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Oct 26, 4-6 pm, Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding School is hosting a Fall Fun Fest.Music, games, bouncy houses, and food available for purchase. Family-friendly.$5/person.
Fri., Oct 26, 5-8 pm, Berman Subaru, 4330 W. Irving Park.Berman Subaru hosts aHalloween Preview and Pet Event! Free pet photo booth, pet adoption, pet donations accepted, pet & kid costume contest, trunk or treat for kids, giveaways, and a technology station. More info and RSVP: online.Free.
Fri., Oct 26, 6:30 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Rosedale Park hosts Coco as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sun., Oct 28, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local farms and specialty items from other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 28, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food and other specialty items at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs twice a month through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.