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44th Ward Newsletter - June 19, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

I want to thank the many residents that have reached out to me about police accountability and community oversight. I agree that changes must be made in our police department and in the systems that govern law enforcement. I have been critical of police policy, use of force, misconduct settlements, the police department’s budget and increasing overtime costs. I will continue to support legislation that will protect all residents in Chicago by providing an accountable, transparent and fully resourced community oversight committee.

The Chicago City Council is currently considering both the
 Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) and Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) ordinances. Both efforts include residents and advocacy organizations who have worked for years to create oversight of police systems. I remain one of 29 cosponsors of the GAPA ordinance and believe in police accountability and the need for community input and oversight. GAPA would adopt an oversight commission of elected community representatives, be involved in the hiring and firing of the Police Superintendent, COPA Chief and Police Board, have an independent budget, help shape police department policy and help provide annual reviews of the Superintendent of Police, COPA, and the Police Board.

I have concerns about CPAC and potential lawsuits, including the legality of the ordinance with regard to the Illinois Election Code compliance. Additionally, I share concerns that, as written, CPAC violates the Illinois State Constitution and the First Amendment by removing power from Chicago’s executive branch and forever banning some citizens from running for its elected positions.

I remain committed to making our city better for all Chicagoans and will be looking forward to passing the community oversight legislation we need.  I join you in asking for action and will work with the Public Safety Committee to hold a hearing on all accountability and oversight ordinances that will include testimony from advocates, opponents and the City of Chicago Law Department.

The 44th Ward and Lakeview confirms that Black Lives Matter and joins in the demands that we must all do more and do better.

This week, City Council yesterday passed a resolution recognizing June 19th as Juneteenth, a commemoration of the ending of slavery of African-American people in the United States. Juneteenth began in Texas to celebrate June 19th, 1865, the day Union troops took control of Confederate-controlled Texas and announced the emancipation of enslaved people throughout the state. I want to thank Alderman Maria Hadden for her leadership getting this important resolution passed. 

A number of other important issues were also passed at this week's City Council meeting, including:
  • A COVID-19 eviction protection ordinance, which will help renters who have been impacted financially by COVID-19 to maintain stable housing as we continue to navigate the pandemic.
  • An ordinance to streamline the permitting process for sidewalk cafes, reduce permit fees for this year, and provide for the expansion of sidewalk cafes in front of adjacent storefronts.
  • And an ordinance to allow businesses who have a consumption-on-premises liquor license to sell cocktails to-go.
Today, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second weekend of Mayor Lightfoot's "Make Way for Dining" pilot. "Dine Out on Broadway" will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. today, and 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Wellington will remain open to traffic and access to 3030 Broadway will remain available from Wellington onto Broadway. This pilot aims to support local businesses and give residents more access to outdoor dining. Please let the Mayor's Office and the 44th Ward Office know how this weekend's pilot goes as we work to make the event successful for the next weekend and other weekends to come.

The #36 Broadway CTA bus route will reroute, southbound Broadway, westbound Belmont, southbound Halsted, southbound Clark past Diversey to regular routing southbound on Clark. The reroute flips for northbound buses. Click here for more information on CTA and here for more information on parking restrictions and road closures.

June is Pride Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the lives and contributions of LGBTQ communities. We especially celebrate this week's Supreme Court decision protecting employees from discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity/expression. We all have more work to do to and I know we will do it with PRIDE!
(Photo Credit: Northalsted)
 
The mayor announced this week that the Lakefront Trail east of Lake Shore Drive will be reopened from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily on Monday, June 22nd, for exercise and transit only. Beaches and parks will remain closed and the Chicago Park District will not allow congregating, gathering, or the use of park amenities, including barbecues, picnic areas, and stationary activities. Click here for more information.
Please remember that we are still fighting COVID. All individuals over the age of two that can medically tolerate face covering are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are in a public space and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance and in all indoor public spaces.

The City's Department of Public Health continues to provide regular COVID-19 updates here.
You will find information and updates on public safety, infrastructure, CPS meals, local business and more below.

In solidarity,


Tom Tunney
Alderman, 44th Ward




44th Ward Service Office 
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Current Office Hours

Monday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058
Email: Ward44@cityofchicago.org
Website: 44thward.org
The 44th Ward office is back up and running with limited hours and staffing levels to support proper social distance.  All staff continue working either in the office or remotely. You will find a list of 44th Ward staff, their specific duties, phone extensions and contact emails here. For assistance with general issues, email ward44@cityofchicago.org.

The office has reusable, cloth masks for residents who need them. Residents should provide proof of address to receive masks. Limit two masks per person. 
Please remember the Residential Parking Passes can be purchased online and mailed to your home. You can purchase passes online here. Additionally, residents in need of non-enforceable moving day signs can get assistance via email.
Ticket enforcement on compliance-related violations, including City Stickers and Residential Parking Permits, has now been suspended until July 1st. You must still feed parking meters as tickets are still being written. 
Public Safety Update
The Week 24 Citywide and 19th District crime statistics have not been posted. You should find them here when they are available. The updated 19th District staffing level will be found below. We will continue to share crime statistics, staffing levels and CPD updates and alerts as they are received.
Independent Monitoring Report 2 provides the assessments of the City’s and the Chicago Police Department’s progress on reform efforts in the second reporting period (September 1st, 2019 through February 29th, 2020). The report includes, among other things, required by the consent decree, the following:
  • an updated compliance assessment or status update from the first reporting period;
  • a compliance assessment or status update for each new paragraph we identified for this reporting period in our Monitoring Plan for Year One;
  • a summary of the principal achievements and challenges facing the City’s ability to comply with the consent decree; and
  • an updated projection of upcoming work for the City, OAG, and the IMT (¶661).
The report is available here. The corresponding press release is available here.
While Chicago's Lakefront and 606 Trail will open Monday with limited hours, all CPS and park district playgrounds are still closed. The Chicago Police Department is empowered to enforce the Mayor’s order through citations up to $500 and arrest if residents do not comply with the order. Read more about the order here.
Please note that all in-person CAPS meetings and CAPS events have been cancelled until further notice. If you would like to attend future CAPS Beat meetings virtually, email the CAPS office here with your name and address. 

The 19th District shares regular updates on its Twitter page. Be sure to check out their updates and follow them on Twitter, @ChicagoCAPS19.
Residential Street Resurfacing:

Kenmore from Roscoe to School
CDOT crews are scheduled to return to complete the asphalt resurfacing by Friday, June 26th.

Parking Restrictions: Crews have posted "No Parking" signage on both sides of the street restricting parking Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parking is allowed outside of work hours, over the weekend and on holidays. Vehicles parked during the restricted parking times will be relocated. If your vehicle is relocated, you can find out where it was relocated to by clicking here or calling 311.

Traffic Impacts: Crews may restrict vehicles from entering the street from Roscoe during work hours for safety reasons. A traffic lane will be maintained outside of working hours and on weekends.

Wilton from Waveland to Grace
CDOT crews are scheduled to return to complete the asphalt resurfacing on Friday, June 26th.

Parking Restrictions: Crews will post "No Parking" signage on both sides of the street restricting parking Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parking is allowed outside of work hours, over the weekend and on holidays. Vehicles parked during the restricted parking times will be relocated. If your vehicle is relocated, you can find out where it was relocated to by clicking here or calling 311.

Traffic Impacts: Crews may restrict vehicles from entering the street from Waveland during work hours for safety reasons. A traffic lane will be maintained outside of working hours and on weekends.

Magnolia from Waveland to Grace
CDOT crews are scheduled to return to complete the asphalt resurfacing on Friday, June 26th.

Parking Restrictions: Crews will post "No Parking" signage on both sides of the street restricting parking Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parking is allowed outside of work hours, over the weekend and on holidays. Vehicles parked during the restricted parking times will be relocated. If your vehicle is relocated, you can find out where it was relocated to by clicking here or calling 311.

Traffic Impacts: Crews may restrict vehicles from entering the street from Waveland during work hours for safety reasons. A traffic lane will be maintained outside of working hours and on weekends.
Peoples Gas

3200 N. Sheffield
NPL Construction Co. crews have identified an emergency leak and are working to replace approximately 80 feet of gas main. Crews are scheduled to have underground work complete by Friday, July 3rd. Asphalt restoration of the street surface is scheduled to be performed by Friday, July 31st. 

Crews have posted "No Parking" signs on both sides of the street, within the work zone, restricting parking Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

3500 N. Clark
People's Gas crews have identified an emergency leak and are working to make multiple main line repairs. Crews are scheduled to have underground work complete by Tuesday, June 23rd.

Crews have posted "No Parking" signs on both sides of the street, within the work zone, restricting parking Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The CTA continues preparing for an increase in passengers and is committed to providing the cleanest, most comfortable environment possible for all. They have employed multiple strategies to protect its customers and employees, including:
  • Promoting social distancing and customers and CTA employees wearing masks/face coverings;
  • Running full service continuously throughout the pandemic and all re-opening phases, including adding longer trains and longer buses to some routes;
  • Establishing passenger limits on buses and trains – approximately 15 customers on standard 40-foot buses and approximately 22 customers on 60-foot articulated buses and each train car;
  • Implementing rear-door boarding to help minimize contact between customers and bus operators;
  • Launching real-time camera crowd monitoring and addressing via audio announcements; and
  • Providing public information on ridership trends and crowding by bus route.
For more information, visit CTA's Coronavirus webpage here.
Recycling
Garbage and recycling pickup continues as an essential service. The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will be the week of June 29th. If you are a part of the City's Blue Cart Program, your recyclables are picked up every other week.  Blue carts must be accessible throughout the week. Only residents with curb-side pickup will have both Black and Blue cart pick up on the same day.
Street Cleaning
Posted street cleaning has resumed in the 44th ward and you will find our street cleaning schedule here. My team and I will do the best we can to help clear curbs and drains in each section. Please do your best to move your vehicle when your street is scheduled to be cleaned to help get a good clean and reduce flooding.
 
Chicago Public Schools has announced Grab and Go Meal Sites will continue during summer break. Distribution begins on Monday, June 22nd and continue through Friday, August 28th. Below are  the closest locations for meals for the 44th Ward:

Greeley Elementary, 832 W. Sheridan 
Lane Tech, 2501 W. Addison 

If you have any questions contact the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or 
familyservices@cps.edu.
Supporting Businesses
Mayor Lightfoot announced that bars and breweries will be allowed to reopen as of Wednesday, and will be allowed to expand their outdoor seating areas under the same rules as restaurants. Patrons must be seated at tables at least six feet apart, with six or fewer people per table.
Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is so excited for Dine Out, a new program coming to Lakeview this summer! Dine Out will transform side streets to create outdoor dining rooms that will be shared by multiple restaurants, similar to a food hall. Support Lakeview's restaurant community and help us expand this program to more locations and more weekends. Learn more here.
To help direct residents and business owners, our chambers have also set up COVID19 webpages with business assistance information and local business updates. Click the links above for each chamber's page.
 
                                       
 
Lakeview Township Property Tax Appeals applications opened last Sunday, June 14th. Commissioner Gainer's office will be hosting office hours for the duration of the application period virtually and via phone to assist residents with their applications. Email her office or call 312-603-4210 with any questions. 

 

Second Installment Cook County property tax bills have been posted to cookcountytreasurer.com, where property owners can see how much they owe two weeks before the bills are received in the mail in early July. Click here for more information.

The Auction for Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Conservancy's largest fundraiser of the year, will run June 25th - 29th. Proceeds support the Conservancy’s work throughout the Park and help ensure our restoration of North Pond moves forward. You don’t have to wait for the auction to donate! Starting now, you can donate or purchase items linked to key programs such as park benches, gardening tools, native plants, one month’s funding for a staff member, support for program development and more! You can also make a donation of any amount via our virtual paddle raise. 

To register for the Auction or to donate today, click here.

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