48th Ward Update: December 14, 2020

48th Ward UpdateView this email in your browserDecember 14, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out at 1202-04 W. Granville, taking the life of a 37 year-old man. My condolences go out to his family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones. The Chicago Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of the fire. This is the second fire fatality in our community in the last four weeks. Please check that the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. If you need a smoke detector for your home, please email my office at harry@48thward.org. This time of year there is an increase in fires, it is important that we make sure our homes are safe. 

This weekend there was a string of armed robberies in our community. On Saturday evening between 7 and 9pm, two individuals targeted multiple victims, including one person on the 5600 block of Glenwood and another on the 1400 block of Edgewater. The offenders displayed a firearm then demanded and received property from the victims before fleeing in a vehicle. No physical injuries were reported during these robberies. The 20th and 24th Police Districts will continue to investigate. If you have any information on these incidents, please call Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263, or email alan@48thward.org for more information. During these times, I ask that you report any criminal activity you see to 911 and remain aware of your surroundings. 

Today the Electoral College cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States of America. All 20 Electoral College members for Illinois, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Today’s vote formally elects Joe Biden as our next President. Please join me tonight in watching his address to the country.

Throughout the pandemic, we have all been doing our parts to support and uplift small businesses in our community and throughout the City. Today an ordinance that expands the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program passed through Finance Committee and will go for a full City Council vote this Wednesday, Dec. 16. The SBIF program is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and is a key economic development tool in neighborhood business districts locally and throughout the city, which helps businesses cover the cost of improvements to their facilities. The reforms passed through committee today include:Increased funding amount per business, from a maximum of $100,000 to $150,000 for commercial tenantsIncreased percentage of project funding, from a maximum of 75% to 90% of project costsIncreased eligibility requirementsAddition of an escrow funding option, instead of only a reimbursementDesign/build costs are eligible for SBIF funding, with a list of vetted vendors provided by DPDA three-year funding plan for SBIFIf you have questions about the SBIF program, email ally@48thward.org.COVID-19 Resources

If you or a loved one needs a COVID-19 test before or after holiday celebrations/travel, see local options below. Additionally, please see the graphic from Illinois Department of Public Health outlining how to properly quarantine.Heartland Health Centers, 1300 W. Devon
Call ahead to make an appointment: 773-751-7800
Free of cost to neighbors without health insurance; Available to neighbors regardless of immigration status
Click here for more informationPhysicians Immediate Care, 6140 N. Broadway
Make an appointment online: Click here or call 773-435-9028
Offering rapid testing, accepts insurance
Click here for more informationCity of Chicago Mobile COVID-19 Testing 
Click her for more informationClick here to view the most current guidance around the City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order.

Have a safe and peaceful Monday.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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