Weekly Update from Your Alderman- November 8, 2019

Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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November 8, 2019

Dear Neighbor,
This morning I attended a press conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot as she announced Charlie Beck as the new Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Mr. Beck comes to Chicago with a distinguished record from the Los Angeles Police Department. He will be working to lead the Chicago Police Department over the next six months while the City searches for a permanent Superintendent of Police. Mr. Beck comes to Chicago at a critical time, as we work to reduce violence and implement recommendations from the Federal Consent Decree. I want to thank outgoing Superintendent Eddie Johnson for his leadership during the difficult last years. Superintendent Johnson was appointed at a difficult time in our city’s history and has worked to reduce violence in the city and take steps to re-establish trust with communities on the South and West sides. Eddie Johnson is a longtime Chicago police officer, and I thank him for his service to our city especially during a difficult time to be a police officer. As Vice Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, I’ll be working to ensure that the selection process for a new Police Superintendent is open and transparent, and leads us to a new leader who will guide our city and the Police Department to improve trust and partnership with residents and safer neighborhoods around Chicago.

As we approach record-high lake levels and enter a season of harsh weather, I remain concerned and vigilant about our lakefront. I have been in close communication with the Mayor’s Office, CDOT, and US Army Corps of Engineers to work to get additional resources to protect our lakefront in the interim, while we look toward a longterm plan to reimagine and reinforce the lakefront for future generations. I spoke to ABC 7 and Chicago Tonight about these issues earlier this week, and with WBEZ this morning. See below to view the news segments.

This has been the second full week of hearings on our 2020 City Budget. This week many important departments came through the Budget Committee, which I sit on, giving me a chance to go over important issues to our community and city. The proposed budget for the Chicago Police Department included a significant reduction in the number of community organizers on staff, which I will try to restore before final budget is voted on. I believe these positions are critical to developing trust between neighbors and police. Click here for more information on this issue. Yesterday we had the Department of Planning & Development and the Department of Housing commissioners before the committee, where we talked about ways to increase development and housing in all parts of the city. As Chairman of the Committee on Housing & Real Estate, I look forward to working with both commissioners to help lead positive community-based growth around the city, and adding additional affordable housing to ensure the growth and stability of Chicago.

Andersonville won big in the Chicago Reader Best of issue this week. Andersonville was named Best Overall Community, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce was named Best Chamber of Commerce, and Midsommarfest took the title of Best Food Festival. Additionally, a number of businesses in Andersonville were recognized as winners and runners up. Today the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce launched their holiday shopping #AlwaysAndersonville campaign. Click here to take the pledge to shift your shopping from online to brick-and-mortar this holiday season — it is critical that we all support the independent businesses that make our community and city such a great place to live.

Earlier this week CDOT installed a temporary median extension at Broadway and Winona, to help make street crossings safer for Goudy Elementary School families. This will become a permanent concrete pedestrian refuge next year, after the city resurfaces this portion of Broadway. As you drive through our community and in other communities in the city, please be mindful of school zones and students that may be walking in the area.

The Broadway Armory is hosting the National Wheelchair Basketball Assocation’s annual Second City Showdown on Saturday and Sunday. Please come out to support the athletes, click here for more information.

Our office will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Thank you to all of the veterans in our community and city who have sacrificed for us. Have a safe and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Streets and Sanitation Update
 Neighbors, to help with drainage concerns in our area, it’s recommended to please bag your leaves & grass clippings and place these bags by your garbage cans. Please DO NOT rake or blow any leaves/grass clippings into the street.

Public Safety Update

Free Smoke Detectors
As winter approaches, please make sure to check all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and install new batteries to those that need it. Currently, our office, in partnership with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office, has smoke detectors available for neighbors who do not have one in their home. Please stop by the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to claim a smoke detector include with a battery. If you need carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, or new batteries for them reach out to our office via email at harry@48thward.org First come, first served.  

Also, the Chicago Fire Department has a Chicago Senior Risk Assessment Program in which Chicago Fire Department members will come into your home to do an accidental fall and fire safety assessment. Please contact the Chicago Fire Department at (312) 747 6691. 

Chicago Police Department Budget Hearing SummaryThe police budget proposes to reopen two patrol and detective areas, this will include additional detectives and tactical, saturation, and gang teams to help with district patrols. Additionally, proposes the creation of the Office of Public Safety Administration which will aim at aligning finance, human resources, information technology, and logistics. I addressed the importance for the Chicago Police Department to continue to engage in community policing as a continued effort to build trust with residents as the community policing had been reduced by 16 positions. Chicago Policing Alternative Strategy (CAPS) sustains partnerships between the community and the police as they are foundation of community policing.
Catalytic Converter Theft
Recently, we have gotten reports of catalytic converter thefts in the area. The thefts are occurring during the overnight hours. Some cars are being targeted due to the higher ground clearance, which allows the thief to easily reach and remove the catalytic converter. Please pay close attention to suspicious activity and call 911 immediately. For more information, contact Alan Oviedo from my office at alan@48thward.org
Car Theft
This past week in the 20th police district there have been 4 cars taken due to them being left unattended with keys in the ignition. When you go out to start your car, please do not close the unlocked door and walk away. This is a crime of opportunity. Stay vigilant and if you see something suspicious, please call 911.

2019 Beat Meeting Schedules
Click here to view the schedule for the 20th District CAPS Beat Meetings
Click here to view the schedule for the 24th District CAPS Beat Meeting
If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out.

Buttercup Park Fall Clean-up
Saturday, November 9
10am – noon
Buttercup Park, 4921 N. Sheridan

Join your neighbors to winterize and beautify Buttercup Park! The Buttercup Park Advisory Council will provide trash bags, gloves, and some tools. Feel free to bring your own and to bring some light refreshments to share with other volunteers.

 Fundraiser for Edgewater Dog Park

Edgewater Pet Mayor Pax the Goat officially launched a new Bi-Paw-tisan campaign to bring in much needed funds for the Edgewater Dog Park. Heavy rains and flooding over the past year have put the park in dire need of crucial landscaping repairs. 

Click here to donate to the GoFundMe page
Click here to learn more about Pax the Goat

Women’s Small Business Expo
Saturday, November 16
UIC Dorin Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt
Click here for more information

Join Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin at her Women’s Small Business & Entrepreneur Expo, which will include:Vendor FairBreakout sessions to help businesses growGuest speakers and panelsRaffle to win FREE business servicesThis event is FREE and open to the public! Click here to register. 

Concerts at Unity
Saturday, November 16
Unity Lutheran Church
5401 N. Magnolia
Click here for more information

Please join us as Concerts at Unity presents an oboe and piano concert. Series favorite Katie Gonzalez, oboist, joins Michael Miller, piano, presenting music by Telemann, Haydn, and more. Suggested donation $15. Refreshments provided.  

Martinis that Matter
Sunday, November 17
Marty’s Martini Bar
1511 W. Balmoral

Come to Marty’s Martini Bar between 2 and 5pm on Sunday, November 17 to raise funds for Berger Park programs, improvements, and facilities. There will be drinks, raffles, and prizes!

Queer Soup Night
Sunday, November 17
Rewired Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Queer Soup Night is kicking off the holidays on November 17th! 6-8pm at Rewired Cafe (1107 W Berwyn Ave)
This month, our donations will benefit Urban Growers Collective! So come out and share the holiday cheer, eat some soup and support our community.

For some added Holiday cheer, the fabulous Play Out Underwear will host a Pop Up, all the way from NYC! We are so grateful for their support and they have generously committed to donate 25% of the proceeds from any sales, to benefit Queer Soup Night!

Interested in learning more about Queer Soup Night? More info available here: https://www.queersoupnight.com

Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month
November 1-30
Chicago Animal Care & Control
2741 S. Western
Click here for more information

I want to let you know about the Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month at Chicago Animal Care and Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue, Chicago where for the month of November, 2019 the adoption fee is being waived for all dogs and cats 5 years and older.  You can read about it at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2398887427094769/
What’s Happening at the Libraries

Return your overdue library books without penalty
Chicago Public Library has gone fine free! Now, all existing overdue debt has been cleared and the library will no longer charge late fees on most items. For details about the new policy, check out the website.

Edgewater Library:

Local In Season: What to Cook with Fall’s Bounty
Saturday, November 9

Ever wonder what to do with kohlrabi or quinces? Would you like some new ideas for your Thanksgiving table? If so, join baker, food writer, novelist, and Edgewater resident, Jane Ward, for tips, tastings and recipes for cooking with the best seasonal produce. This is an opportunity to ask cooking questions and learn how to prepare produce that is unfamiliar to you.

Cookbook Sale
Saturday, November 9

Whether you’re a cook or a baker — or just like to read recipes or try new ones, check out the collection of special used cookbooks for sale from Friends of the Edgewater Library. Cash only; all proceeds benefit the Edgewater Library. Location: Outside the Betty A. Barclay Community Room, second floor.
How Edgewater and the North Lakefront’s
Demographics Have Changed in the Past Century

Saturday, November 9

Edgewater and Chicago’s larger north lakefront have undergone dramatic economic and demographic shifts over the past half century. What are the driving forces behind these changes and what do they portend for the area’s future? Join Rob Paral, Chicago’s keenest demographic observer, for a lively and thought-provoking examination of who we are as a community, where we’ve been and where we are going.

The New Chicago Way
Saturday, November 23

City of Chicago’s fiscal woes have long been known, but they have never before so keenly dissected and explained as in the book The New Chicago Way Join authors Ed Bachrach and Austin Berg as they detail the history of Chicago’s financial issues, how it compares to other major American cities and how the city might resolve mounting municipal and pension debt.
 The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., 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

Census Workers Needed
There are plenty of employment opportunities available with the US Census Bureau. Click here for more information.

Care for Real Seeking Volunteers
Care for Real can’t operate with our dedicated volunteers who do everything from stocking shelves and distributing food to registering clients and helping at events. But as our numbers have grown, so has our need for hand-on volunteers.  Make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need by joining our team. Sign up today! Please email Karen at volunteer@careforreal.org for more information.

Northside American Job Center Job Fair
Tuesday, November 19
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson

We are hosting a job fair on Tuesday, November 19th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. If you or any job seekers have questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact one of our Business Team members – their contact information on the flyer.
48th Ward Youth Advisory Council

The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community events that will others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you want to learn more or have any questions contact PC at pc@48thward.org.

Teen Takeover

Friday, Nov. 15
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, the 48th Ward office is hosting a Teen Takeover at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway on November 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This event is a safe, positive, and fun night for youth aged 13-17. Teen Takeover will include snacks, volleyball, basketball, rollerskating, and video and board games in the Armory’s new Teen Hub.

 Admissions Coffees
Families Together Cooperative
Nursing School
1500 W. Elmdale

Parents/caregivers are invited to tour the school and learn about our unique
approach to learning through play, implementing anti-bias practices, and
supporting, connecting, and involving families through our cooperative
model. RSVP to admissions@ftcns.org
 The End of Civilization on Earth
Monday, November 18
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Join Tom Murphy, former head of Environmental Sciences at DePaul University, for his Edgewater Village Chicago presentation about the major threats affecting life on earth.

Health and Wellness Series
Thursdays, November 14 and 21
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Free, informative programs presented by Loyola University Community Health Nursing Center are offered this month. Mark your calendars to attend “Fighting Winter Weight Gain” (Nov. 14) and “Improving Your Health with Fiber” (Nov. 21).Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkCable Pulling & Service Transfers – 1109-1117 W. Bryn Mawr & 5530-5700 N. Winthrop (9/23-11/1) — Click for detailsUnderground Utility Work – 1100-1134 W. Argyle (10/1-11/9) — Click for detailsComEd Underground Utility Work – 1113 -1117 W Lawrence Avenue (10/14-10/26) — Click for detailsMulti-Utility Cable Pulling, Service Transfers and Associated Work – The alley west of 5336 – 5526 N. Winthrop Avenue (10/14-11/29) — Click for details​​AT&T/RCN/Comcast Utility Work – ​The alley west of 5700 – 5812 N. Winthrop Avenue (10/14-11/29) — Click for detailsCTA RPM Project UpdateCTA continues to make progress on the advance work we need to complete before we begin major construction on the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. The work we’re doing includes relocating utility lines and equipment to make room for new track structure that will be built as part of RPM. Below is the weekly utility and demolition update for the LBMM project area:Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Leland and Foster and at all cross streets from Leland to Foster:Lawrence:  ComEd begin service transfers.Ainslie:  RCN/Comcast began installing innerduct to utility poles in the south half of the alley.Argyle:  ComEd installed ductbank in eastbound W Argyle St.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Bryn Mawr and Thorndale and at all cross streets from Bryn Mawr to Thorndale:Hollywood:  ComEd replaced the second pole north of W Hollywood Ave.

Family Yoga
Friday, November 8
5:30 – 6:30pm
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Civic Saturday: Prescription Drug Prices 
Saturday, November 9
6:00 – 8:30pm
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Sustaining Healthy Habits 
Sunday, November 10
5:00 – 6:30pm
Helix Cafe, 6237 N.Clark
Click here for more information

Worrier to Warrior
November 11 – December 16
Chabad of Uptown, 1109 W. Lawrence
Click here for more information

U.S. Citizenship Workshop
November 23
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Suite #306
Click here for more informationSee the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Illinois Revisited – Art Show
October 18 – December 1
Berger Park, Gunder Mansion, 6219 N Sheridan 
Click here for more information

Sundown, Yellow Moon
Produced by Raven Theatre
October 3 – November 17
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Produced by Steep Theatre
October 4 – November 16
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Keely & Du
Produced by Redtwist Theatre
October 14 – November 10
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Laura and the Sea
Produced by Rivendell Theatre
October 25 – December 8
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Rip Nelson Celebrity Roast
Produced by Hell in a Handbag
November 9
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster
Click here for more information

Coldtown/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story
Produced by Raven Theatre
November 20 – December 22
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman
Ward Office                                                           City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-5277                                                         312-744-6860
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
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