Weekly Update from Your Alderman – January 20, 2017


Weekly Update from Your Alderman: #ThanksObama, Department of Justice report, Swift Day at Whole Foods, and more
January 20, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

Today, President Barack Obama will leave the White House as our country’s 44th president. Over the last eight years his leadership, statesmanship, determination, integrity, and advocacy for all Americans has had an undeniably positive impact on our great country. On behalf of all of us, I want to thank President and Michelle Obama for their deep commitment and dedicated service to our country. We wish peace and health to the Obama family as they enter a new chapter of their lives. President Obama’s optimism and hope for our country is an example for us all.

Last Friday, the Department of Justice released a report on the Chicago Police Department and determined the department has engaged in a pattern or practice of unreasonable force – including deadly force – in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The report was based on a 13-month investigation by the Department of Justice. The report and its findings, including examples of excessive force against Chicagoans by Chicago police officers, is deeply disturbing to me. The report is highly critical of the training and supervision of CPD officers and the system of accountability for misconduct and excessive force by officers. This lack of adequate training, supervision, and accountability undercut the trust and legitimacy of the Chicago Police Department in the eyes of many Chicagoans, specifically in communities on the south and west sides. Over the last 13 months, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department have taken many steps to reform the police department and work to restore the trust between Chicagoans and the police. We will continue to build on these reforms, but the report makes clear the significant and comprehensive work that is before us to improve our system of safety while ensuring the rights of all.

Another key element to the report is the need to revitalize the Community Policing program, which is vital to the community and the police working in partnership to reduce crime and improve safety. As part of the release of this report, the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department, and the Department of Justice, have signed an Agreement in Principle to begin to work together to implement the recommendations of this report. It is likely that this report will lead to a Consent Decree and an independent monitor who will monitor the progress on these recommended reforms. This is an issue that affects our entire city and our ability to reduce the violence throughout our neighborhoods. As a member of the City Council Public Safety Committee, I will continue to work on reforms with the Chicago Police Department and the implementation of the recommendations of the Department of Justice report. Attached are a copy of the full report, the agreement in principle, and our recent reform efforts. Please take a look at these and share with me your feedback. I will keep you informed on the progress of the implementation of these reforms and our efforts to make Chicago safer.

Please join me on Tuesday, January 24 for Community Giving 5% Day at Whole Foods Edgewater (6009 N. Broadway). The store will donate 5% of all proceeds from the day to Swift Elementary School. With a focus on fine and performing arts, Swift is a Level 1+ CPS school and one of the most diverse schools in the city.

Earlier this week I helped welcome a new Athletico location to the neighborhood. Please stop by and greet the team at 1325 W. Devon Ave. Athletico provides physical therapy services, including free injury screenings. Welcome to the 48th Ward!

Lastly, I’d like to share an article from Loyola University Magazine highlighting the phenomenal partnership between Loyola University and Senn High School (click here to view the article). The Digital Journalism program at Senn, part of this partnership, equips Senn students with career-ready skills and confidence, and gives Loyola students an opportunity to exercise leadership skills.

Have a great weekend, and please be safe if you are marching in Chicago or Washington or walking around the neighborhood.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Call for Volunteers – Lunar New Year Parade

The 48th Ward and Uptown United are looking for volunteer parade marshals for the Lunar New Year Parade, taking place Saturday, Feb. 4, 12pm at Argyle and Broadway. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please email PC Gooden-Smiley at pc@48thward.org.

Final Weekend: Christmas Tree Recycling & Free Mulch
How do you stuff a Christmas tree into a garbage can? You don’t! Recycle your tree instead!

Drop off your tree at any of the 24 locations listed here through Saturday, Jan. 21 to be recycled. The closest location for 48th Ward residents is Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. Free mulch will also be available to residents for pick up at Margate Park. For additional information, please call 311 or visit chicagorecycles.org.

Free Tax Prep Assistance
Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the City’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 19 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist them with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of the sites.

This year, eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, not including other valuable credits. But many eligible Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers. The closest location to the 48th Ward is Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Click here for more information about the program.

For more information about how to access free tax assistance, Chicagoans can:

Call the City’s 311 helpline

Visit the City’s tax assistance website at www.TaxPrepChicago.org

Visit the Center for Economic Progress at www.economicprogress.org or call (312) 252-0280

Visit Ladder Up at www.goladderup.org or call (312) 409-4719

Visit the IRS at www.irs.gov and type “free tax help” in the search box or call (800) 829-1040 / (800) 829-4059 (TDD

  • Volunteer for Point In Time Homeless Count
    Thursday, January 26
    8 pm to 2 am – CitywideThe Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to provide the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. The data gathered on the actual number of homeless in Chicago serves as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness.

    DFSS is presently conducting one hour-information sessions about volunteer opportunities for those interested in assisting us with this effort. If you are interested in volunteering, and have not previously volunteered for the Point-In-Time Homeless Count, you are encouraged to attend.

    To RSVP for a session or to register as a volunteer, please visit www.cityofchicago.org/fss; or email homelesscount@cityofchicago.org. Click here for more information.

    Winter Advisory
    In anticipation of the coming inclement weather, please report all street and alley potholes to my office so we can add them to the list for repair.

    Sidewalk Snow Removal
    According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, “Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk.” It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If you do not own your residential or business property, consult your rental agreement, lease agreement, or management company to determine your shoveling obligation.

    Sidewalks must be shoveled 7 days a week. If the snow falls between 7am and 7pm, clear the snow as soon as possible, but no later than 10pm on the day of the snowfall. If the snow falls between 7pm and 7am, clear the snow before 10am the next day. Individuals who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per day of violation, and non-compliant businesses can face fines of up to $1,000 per day of violation. Please contact my office with any questions about the ordinance.

    DFSS Warming Centers

    A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

    The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

    The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter. The closest Warming Center to the 48th Ward is located at 845 W. Wilson Ave.

    9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
    Click here for more information about DFSS Warming Centers.

    Public Safety Update

    2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District
    Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here.

    Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
    Click here to identify your CAPS beat
    Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to download a schedule.

    Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Certification
    The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class training and volunteer program offers members of the public an opportunity to learn basic hands-on disaster response techniques. The program is a 20-hour class that covers:

Disaster preparedness

Fire safety

Light search and rescue

Team organization

Disaster psychology

Terrorism response

Disaster medical operations

  • Upon completion of the class, participants have the option to become a Chicago Citizen Corps CERT volunteer and assist professional emergency services following a disaster. Past participants have played a role in emergency exercises and assisted the City during the recovery and evacuee welcome efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The training is free to participants, and funded by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information or to sign up for the CERT program, contact chicagocitizencorps@cityofchicago.org or Christopher.Schenk@chicagopolice.org.

    Auto Theft Prevention
    The 24th Police District has information regarding reported motor vehicle thefts occurring in the district. With the arrival of colder weather, residents in the area have been starting their vehicles to warm them up. Along with this practice, some residents have been leaving their vehicle doors unlocked with the keys inside, providing would-be thieves with an opportunity to steal their vehicle. The Chicago Police Department would like to see the following theft prevention tips practiced and to serve as a reminder to residents to lock their vehicles, especially when unoccupied. Click here to view tips.

    School Announcements

    New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center

Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds

DCFS licensed.  Qualified teaching staff.

Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.

Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM

Breakfast, lunch and snacks

Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work

Childcare fee assistance

Convenient location and CTA accessible

  • Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433

    Swift Elementary School Open Houses
    Swift is a Level 1+ CPS elementary school with a fine arts magnet cluster program. We are a proud Edgewater neighborhood school. Our administration, teachers, and parent community celebrate our school’s incredible diversity, with over 50 countries and 65 home languages represented. Prospective Swift families are invited to meet Principal Cannella and tour the school with Swift parents. Kids are welcome, and coffee will be served. Come see what our school has to offer!
    January 24, 8:30-9:30 am
    March 28, 8:30-9:30 am
    May 30, 8:30-9:30 am

    RSVP requested: (773) 534-2677 or swift.bulldogs.parents@gmail.com
    George B. Swift Specialty School, 5900 N. Winthrop

    Northside Catholic Academy Open Houses
    In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Northside Catholic Academy is hosting Open Houses at both campuses on Sunday, January 29. The Primary School Campus (grades preschool-4) will be open 10am-12pm, and is located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. The new Middle School Campus (grades 5-8) will be open 11am-1pm, and is located at 7318 N. Oakley Ave. Everyone is welcome! Guests are invited to come celebrate Catholic education, meet administration and teachers, and visit classrooms. NCA is the premier regional Catholic school on Chicago’s Northside. It offers half-day and full-day preschool, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes Spanish, music, art, computer science and physical education. NCA is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. For more information please call 773-743-6277 or visit www.northsidecatholic.org.

    Open House at Families Together Cooperative Nursery School
    If you are searching for an exceptional preschool for the 2017-18 school year, please visit Families Together Cooperative Nursery School’s Open House this Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to noon at the school, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave. This a relaxed opportunity to visit the preschool with your child, play together in the classrooms, and meet the teachers, parents and board members. Families may drop in for fun any time between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information on the school, please visit www.ftcns.org.

    Swedish American Genealogical Society Meeting
    On Saturday January 28th, the Swedish American Genealogical Society will be meeting to discuss Swedish emigration through the novel “When I Was a Child: An Autobiographical Novel.” The meeting will begin at 10 AM and will take place at Chicago’s Swedish American Museum. This program is free to members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by email to genealogy@samac.com or by calling the Museum at (773)-728-8111.

    Senior Updates

    Edgewater Senior Village
    There will be a general meeting for the Edgewater Senior Village on January 25 at 1pm. The meeting will take place in the lunch room of the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway. Click here to learn more about the project.

    Elder Justice Center Seminars
    Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for a Two-Part “Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending” seminar on the dates indicated below:
    Part 1 – Thursday, January 26, 2017 (12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.)

    The topics to be discussed will include:

Homeowner rights in foreclosure cases

Court processes and procedures for foreclosure cases

Mortgage foreclosure case management program

  • Part II – Thursday, February 9, 2017 (12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.)

    The topics to be discussed will include:

Mechanics of a reverse mortgage

Program requirements of the federally-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse mortgage loan

The “pros” and “cons” of a reverse mortgage versus various financial alternatives

  • Both seminars will be held at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, in Courtroom 2005, on the 20th Floor.
    I look forward to seeing you at both the seminar January 26 and February 9, 2017 seminars, and would appreciate your help in getting the word out.  Please kindly copy, display and share the attached seminar announcements with your friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to be a part of the seminar discussions.
    Call the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 today to reserve your seat.

    Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.

    What’s Happening at the Libraries
    The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and the Bezazian Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St., offer a wide variety of programs and events each month. 
    Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
    Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events

    Become A Chicago Police Officer!
    Click here to view informational flyer.

    For those interested in applying, there will be an informational meeting held at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, on Thursday January 26 from 6-7 PM.
    Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it provides a great source of pride.Make a lasting difference in your community, start a well-paying job, and gain competitive benefits. Applying is easy and free! Visit chicagopolice.org, fill out a quick application, and submit your application. Applications will only be accepted until January 31, 2017 – be the change! Click here for more information
    Our police force is working hard and earning a salary that allows them to live comfortably. After just 18 months on the job our officers are earn $72,510 a year. The opportunity to apply to the police force only comes around every few years. Applying is simple and quick. The first step is to apply to sit for the entrance exam.
    Once you apply you’ll be sent details for the exam, which be held April 1 & 2, 2017, as well as plenty of materials to help you prepare for the test. But don’t be concerned – the pass rate for the exam is over 80%. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2017.
    Minimum requirements to take the written examination:

Minimum age of 18 (must be 18 by April 30, 2017)

  • Requirements for hire (NOT required at time of application):

60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university, or 3 years active duty, or one year active duty and 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours)

A valid Driver’s License

A valid FOID

Actual Resident of the City of Chicago

Permanent resident of the United States (Citizenship is NOT required)

  • Those who pass the written examination will be randomly referred to CPD for further processing which includes:

POWER test (Police Officer’s Wellness Evaluation Report) – tests for physical ability

Background investigation

Drug screening

Medical Examination

Psychological Examination

Other tests as required by CPD

  • Care for Real News
    Annual Crew Bar + Grill Chili Contest
    Crew Bar + Grill, 4804 N. Broadway, will be hosting their 12th Annual Chili Contest Saturday, January 28 from Noon-2:30pm. Sample delicious chili entries and vote for your favorites!  Got a great chili recipe? If you want to compete, email crew@rootcollective.com. Proceeds benefit Care for Real.
    Save the Date–Photos with Your Four-Footed Valentine!
    Get professional Valentine-themed photos taken with your pet pooch, all to benefit Care for Real! We’ll have a Cupid’s Helper and lots of great raffle prizes, too.  Where and When: The North End, 3733 N Halsted, Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  More to come!
    Volunteer Front Desk Help Needed
    Care for Real is seeking  volunteers who can assist at our busy front desk including answering phones and greeting clients, visitors and donors.  Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm.  Perfect for a college student or senior looking to help a very busy not for profit.  Please email  info@careforreal.org to set up an interview.

    Sustainability Tip of the Week
    Winter Bird Feeding Tips

Birds need rich sources of fat and calories to combat low temperatures and severe storms. Suet, nuts and high-oil seeds such as nyjer, black-oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are all great choices

Since you didn’t cut down your final autumn flowers you know that the dried flower heads of aster, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, sunflowers and other plants are seed havens. These wildflowers’ stalks also may house insects for birds that need a little protein.

Make sure to leave berries and other fruit on your native trees and bushes.

Finally, if you left your fallen leaves on the ground since autumn, the decaying leaf litter will provide a feast of insects, seeds, nuts and other treats for your backyard birds.

Dear Neighbor:

Volunteer for Point In Time Homeless Count

Winter Advisory

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District

Auto Theft Prevention

School Announcements

Senior Updates

What’s Happening at the Libraries

Become A Chicago Police Officer!

Care for Real News

Sustainability Tip of the Week

“Like” the 48th Ward Community Page on Facebook

Upcoming Events

Arts & Culture

How to Submit Content to the 48th Ward Newsletter

    • Ward Office Info

      Ward Office
      5533 N. Broadway
      Chicago, IL 60640
      T: 773-784-5277
      F: 773-784-6630
      Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
      Evening hours available by appointment

      City Hall Office
      121 N. LaSalle Room 300
      Chicago, IL 60602
      T: 312-744-6860

      Upcoming Events
      Dance Meditation Technique
      Every 1st and 3rd Friday, January through March
      Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. ElmdaleWhat better way to spend 90 minutes ?! DMT is workout for mind, body and spirit that leaves one feeling more grounded, centered and balanced. No dance experience necessary! Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat (we have a few extras if you don’t have one). We’ll bring the lemon, lime & cucumber water. Dress in comfortable layers, ready to get all toasty from the inside. Doors open at 6:40. Enter through the western single door in the courtyard and head upstairs. Please arrive early to settle in. We’ll lock the front door at 7 pm sharp.

      Reserve your spot here, $15: https://paypal.me/traceydobson/15

      The Future of Quaker Education in Chicago
      Saturday, Jan. 28
      2:30 – 5:00pm
      Chicago Friends School, 1246 W. Thorndale
      Please join us for a community-wide conversation about the future of Friends Education in Chicago. We are inviting a variety of community members, parents, founders of the school, and friends from our neighborhood, the community and beyond.  Every voice is valued and you have a perspective we want to hear. This event will be the first step in creating a strategic plan for Chicago Friends School that will guide our growth and development.
      Click here for more information. 

      Restorative Justice Forum: How Cook County Can Promote a New Approach to Justice
      Thursday, Feb. 2
      6 – 8pm
      Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
      Jon us to hear from professionals doing restorative justice work in the courts, schools, and our communities. Learn more about what Cook County is doing — and can do — to change the way we think about justice and respond to offenses.
      Click here for more information

      Arts & Culture

      See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

      The Sundial
      Performances Jan. 6 – Feb. 12
      City Lit Theater
      1020 W. Bryn Mawr
      Click here for more information

      That’s Weird, Grandma: Revenge of the Winter Matines
      By Barrel of Monkeys
      Performances through Jan. 29
      Neo-Futurist Theater
      5153 N. Ashland
      Click here for more information

      By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
      Performances begin Jan. 15
      Rivendell Theatre
      5779 N. Ridge
      Click here for more information

      Survey: Art Exhibit
      Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
      6433 N. Ravenswood
      Reception: Saturday, Jan. 21, 1-3pm
      Click here for more information

      The Assembled Parties
      By Raven Theatre
      Performances begin Jan. 31
      Raven Theatre
      6157 N. Clark
      Click here for more information

      Death of a Salesman
      By Redtwist Theatre
      Performances Feb. 4 – March 5
      Redtwist Theatre
      1044 W. Bryn Mawr
      Click here for more information

      The Snare
      By Jackalope Theatre Co.
      Performances Feb. 22 – April 1
      Broadway Armory
      5917 N. Broadway
      Click here for more information

      By Sarah Sander
      Performances March 13 – April 29
      Raven Theater
      6157 N. Clark
      Click here for more information

      The Scullery Maid
      By Idle Muse Theatre Company
      Performances March 16 – April 9
      The Edge Theater
      5451 N. Broadway
      Click here for more information

      How to Submit Content
      to the 48th Ward Newsletter

      If you have information to share in the 48th Ward newsletter, please email newsletter@48thward.org
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