48th Ward Weekly Update – December 23, 2020

48th Ward UpdateView this email in your browserDecember 23, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Yesterday as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, I participated in an eight-hour subject matter hearing held by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Health & Human Relations regarding search warrants carried out by Chicago Police Department. This subject matter hearing was a direct result of the news that came out last week about Ms. Anjanette Young’s traumatizing experience during a wrongful police raid at her home. Yesterday’s hearing focused on needed reforms to the Police accountability system that failed Ms. Young and other Chicagoans. The COPA investigation of this incident is expected to conclude early in the new year, and Mayor Lightfoot announced an Inspector General investigation of this incident. The outcome of these and other investigations will be part of the City Council review of this matter as we work to reform and strengthen accountability of the Chicago Police Department. Yesterday’s hearing followed several resignations from the Law Department, including the Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner. Additionally the 12 officers involved in the wrong raid on Ms. Young’s home have been assigned to desk duty pending the COPA investigation. 

What happened to Ms. Young should never happen to anyone, from the wrongful raid itself to the City’s response following it. My colleagues and I will be working toward a final City Council vote on the GAPA ordinance in January, which will create elected civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. I will update you on these issues in the weeks ahead.

Last week Chicago Public Schools shared plans for returning to in-person learning in the coming months. PreK and intensive cluster students will return to the classroom on January 11, and K-8 students will return to the classroom on February 1. There are many concerns about the safety of bringing students and staff back to in-person learning, and families were able to opt to remain learning remotely. As the parent of a CPS student, I understand these frustrations and concerns. Click here for information about the District’s plan for returning to school. If you have specific concerns or questions about how your family will be impacted, please reach out to your principal.

I want to thank our teachers, principals, school staff, parents, and students for all their hard work this year to adapt to remote and hybrid learning. This year has been challenging in many ways, and I appreciate all the extra effort our school leaders and parents have put into ensuring our youth are safe and have access to education and enrichment.

This week the US Senate and House of Representatives passed a $900 billion COVID relief bill that includes a $600 stimulus check for most Americans, $300 per week in additional Unemployment Insurance for people coping with job loss through March, $25 billion in rent relief, $284 billion in new PPP loan funding for small businesses, $13 billion to support SNAP and other nutrition programs to address the growing hunger crisis caused by COVID, and more. President Trump has stated that he will veto this bill, and is advocating for $2,000 stimulus payments to Americans. I will keep you updated as this matter moves forward. I also encourage you to sign up for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s email newsletter to receive timely updates on Federal matters.

COVID-19 Resources

If you or a loved one needs a COVID-19 test before or after holiday celebrations/travel, see local options below. 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 about travel per the City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order.

Have a safe and peaceful holiday.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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