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Dear Neighbors,

I want to congratulate the Chicago Cubs on winning the National League Division Series. They will face the Dodgers at the first National League Championship game this Saturday, October 15th, and the second game will be Sunday, October 16th. Both games will start at 7:08 p.m.

Like the restrictions in place for the NLDS, arterial streets between Belmont and Irving Park, and between Halsted and Southport MAY be closed to vehicular traffic at the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC during home games and potential clinch games. Please keep your photo ID and proof of residence available for presentation to either CPD or Traffic Management Personnel.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation in ensuring safety. 

Earlier this week, Mayor Emanuel announce his proposed
2017 budget. This proposed budget will fund new police officers, with additional support for mentoring programs and the expansion of after school programming and summer jobs for youth. There are also significant expansions to the police monitoring functions which are part of the newly passed ordinances for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the new Deputy Inspector for Police. I am studying the budget now and welcome your thoughts and feedback.

I will be hosting free flu shots for seniors with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the 19th District CAPS Office on Thursday, October 20th  from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free flu shots will be administered in the 19th District CAPS Office, 850 West Addison. 


Additional information on the National League Championship Series, public safety, infrastructure, more upcoming events and other 44th Ward issues can be found below.
Go Cubs Go,

Tom Tunney
44th Ward Alderman
   National League Championship Series
Games at Wrigley Field Saturday, October 15th, Sunday, October 16th & Saturday,  October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd (if necessary)


Parking Restrictions*
Beginning at Noon on Saturday, October 15th through Monday, October 17th at 4 a.m.

Beginning at Noon on Wednesday, October 19th through Friday, October 21st at 4 a.m.

Beginning at Noon on Saturday, October 22nd through
Monday, October 24th at 4 a.m.

Clark – School/ Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
Sheffield-Roscoe to Irving Park (Both Sides)
Addison-Halsted to Southport (Both Sides)
Addison-Southport to Ashland (North Side)
Racine - Belmont to Grace/ Clark (Both Sides)**
Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)
Eddy – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
Cornelia – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
Newport – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
 
Seminary & Newport - Com-Ed Substation
Beginning Saturday, October 15th at 8 a.m. through Sunday, October 17th at 8 a.m. 
Seminary - from Newport to the alley (both side)

*Parking restrictions have been established by the Chicago Police Department to ensure emergency access, staging of support vehicles, pedestrian and vehicular safety and  crowd control. Parking restrictions and street closures will be implemented throughout the NLCS Series, including out-of-town games in anticipation of a series “clinch”. Games scheduled out of town are October 18th, 19th and 20th.  Please look for posted paper signs prior to parking.  

**Racine will be used as the Clark Street alternate CTA Bus Route. 


Street Closures – Approximately 3 hours prior to game time
Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)- Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Sheffield.
Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane) – Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Waveland.
 
 
Game Day Highlights:
Saturday, October 15th Game begins at 7:08 p.m. – Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 16th Game begins at 7:08 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 – If necessary- time TBD
Sunday, October 23 – If necessary- time TBD
  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect and will be strictly enforced beginning at 5pm. Vehicles parked in violation of the permit parking regulations are subject to ticket and tow. Cubs Night Game Tow Zone is in effect 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • ALL night game parking restrictions will be in place (i.e. north side of Addison from Clark to Ashland, north side of Eddy from Racine to the alley, etc.) This is in addition to any other parking restrictions implemented as listed above.
  • Please carefully check for either permanent or paper posted signs when parking your vehicle. Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations, public hazards, bus stops, no parking/ tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. are subject to ticket and tow. 
  • Priority towing will take place in all special areas designated as no parking.
  • Vehicles parked in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as bus stops, no parking/ tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to ticket & tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline is open one hour before until two hours after all home games. Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline, 1-866-427-3869, or 911 to report problems and issues.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person other than the city or an agent of the city to sell, offer for sale, expose for sale any residential parking permit, one-day permit, or other permit issued for any other parking permit program. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1500.
  • “Hospitality Teams,” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs, will be present throughout the neighborhood. The teams aims to provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-game crowd observation and incident response.
  • TAILGAITING AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON THE PUBLIC WAY ARE PROHIBITED AND WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  • LOITERING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON ANY STREETS SURROUNDING WRIGLEY FIELD INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; CLARK, ADDISON, WAVELAND AND SHEFFIELD.
For additional information, click here
Public Safety Update 

The 19th District has reported that robberies remain an issue in our area. It is important that we as a community remain alert and aware. Due to our active entertainment areas, our community can be a target for robberies. To help ensure personal safety, please follow these tips
                                      

Last week, we shared the October update on 19th District staffing levels. We thank the 19th District for their hard work, and continue working closely with Police Superintendent Johnson and Commander Cesario to monitor and increase the staffing levels of the 19th District. We are committed to keeping you updated on the staffing levels. Keep calling 911  anytime a police officer's presence would positively impact a situation. 

Please note that the November 8th Beat 1933 CAPS meeting has been moved to Thursday, November 10th to avoid election day. 


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The 19th District CAPS office has asked for support in their efforts to collect toiletries for local women’s shelters. Many women who are victims of domestic violence leave their homes with nothing but with the clothes they are wearing.  The 19th District will be collecting items through the month of October.  You can drop off items at the station, 850 W. Addison, anytime, or at the 44th Ward Service Office during regular business hours.


We have partnered with the Citizens Utility Board to offer free, Globe enersaver 60 Watt CFL efficiency light bulbs to help light our residential porches, entry ways, and front rooms in an effort to promote public safety, eyes on the street, and brighter walkways. Give your home that "occupied appearance" and make sidewalks brighter for you and your neighbors. Stop in the ward office to pick up your CFL bulbs to light up the block. Limit two bulbs per household while supplies last.


Infrastructure Updates
The Roscoe water main installation is complete. Restoration crews began working on Greenview between Roscoe and Belmont last week. Restoration work will include replacing any damaged curbs and sidewalks, upgrading corner ADA ramps, asphalt resurfacing of the street and restoration of parkways. During restoration, traffic may be shifted to the opposite side of the street in order to grind and pave. Signage will continue to be posted for all traffic and parking restrictions. This project is anticipated to be complete by late October.
 
Preliminary construction is complete. Replacement of disturbed curbs and upgrading of corner ADA ramps will take place through Monday, October 17. "No Parking" signs will continue to be posted throughout this project during working hours. Traffic may be shifted to either side of Racine in order to perform asphalt paving. All work along Racine is being coordinated with post-season Cubs home games, and is expected to be complete by late November.

Yard Waste Pick-Up to Help Collect Fall                   Leaves and Debris

As part of the citywide effort to clean up leaves before winter, the Department of Streets and Sanitation is coordinating dedicated bagged leaf and other yard waste collection trucks this fall to assist residents in clearing their yards, parkways and storm drains to leaf debris. Residents can call 311 to request separate bagged leaf collection from October 17 through November 30.

Leaves and other yard waste should be left in the alley or at the curb for collection for those that have curbside pickup. Leaves and other yard waste should be bagged separately from garbage in the black carts and separately from recycling in the blue carts. A Streets and San truck will collect the bags based on 311 requests and take it to be composted. Streets and San will continue street sweeping throughout the fall to capture leaf debris in city streets and help prevent draining issues during the winter.

DO NOT SWEEP LEAVES INTO THE STREET. Residents are encouraged to clear curb lanes and areas around storm drains. To learn more about bagged leaf collection, click
here.



The City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program provides eligible families and seniors some property tax relief through a City-funded rebate.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council are implementing this rebate program to help offset the property tax increase needed to fund the pensions of our first responders. 

Beginning October 1, 2016, eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for a City of Chicago rebate at any of the 26 neighborhood locations, including City Hall.  Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person. 

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the rebate and other supplemental grants as well as required documentation, please visit:www.cityofchicago.org/ChicagoPropertyTaxRebate.

                    Register to Vote
 

Register to vote online. Use your IL driver's license or state ID card to register to vote.
 
Use the downloadable mail-in form. Fill in the blanks, print it, sign it and deliver it or mail it.
 
Register through an active deputy registrar affiliated with a local organization, such as a political party, ward organization, or other state-certified body. 44th Ward residents may register at the 44th Ward Service Office.
 
After your registration form is processed, the Election Board will mail a new voter card.
 
Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote, you must:
 - be a U.S. citizen, and
 - be born on or before November 8, 1998, and
 - live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and
 - not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and
 - not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-offenders who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.)
 
        Check Your Voter Registration Status

 

     Become a Judge of Election

Judges of Election are the officials who are responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place. The job is challenging, interesting and personally rewarding.

In each precinct, the judges share in the responsibilities, the duties and the authorities that include:

  (1) Opening the polling place and setting up voting equipment at 5 a.m. on Election Day;
  (2) Conducting a fair, impartial and secure election in the precinct polling place, allowing voting from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  (3) Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct and transmitting the results to Election Central after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Apply to Serve!

The mail-in application is available here.


                          Early Voting
The Chicago Board of Elections is now open for Early Voting. Cast your ballot at 69 W. Washington Street through Sunday, October 9th. Starting Monday, October 10th through Monday, November 7th the Early Voting location moves to 15 W. Washington Street. 

 Hours for Early Voting at 69 W Washington Street:

  • Monday through Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sundays - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Hours for Early Voting at 15 W Washington Street:
  • Monday through Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sundays - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fifth Annual Dedication of Chicago's
    Award-Winning Legacy Walk

 

Chicago’s Legacy Walk is the world’s only outdoor LGBT History Museum. Dedicated in 2012, this half-mile installation currently features 35 bronze biographical memorials celebrating the lives of people like Leonard Bernstein, Audre Lorde, Sally Ride, James Baldwin, Jane Addams, Rudolf Nureyev, Frida Kahlo, and Alan Turing.

Every year new bronze markers are added to this “outdoor classroom” to provide  bullied LGBTQ youth – who tour the installation – with positive, historically significant role models whose contributions have made an incalculable difference in the world we share.

Please join us on October 15, 2016 when we welcome two LGBTQ activist superstars – Transgender icon Sylvia Rivera from the Stonewall Era, and gay film historian Vito Russo, who co-founded both Act-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) – to the Legacy Walk in a multi-part celebration!!

                     Get your tickets now!

             Cruisin' To The Island!

Cruisin' To The Island is a fun-filled car show hosted by The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and Treasure Island Foods on Saturday, October 15th from 1 – 5pm in the Treasure Island parking lot (3460 N. Broadway). Join us for our inaugural year with a live DJ, raffles & 50/50 prizes, food & refreshments, pet and kids costume contests, a trophy ceremony and more! This event is free and open to the public.

The event opens at 1pm to the public and cars can start arriving at noon!

If you're interested in participating as a car owner, please click
here to register and pay. Each car has a $20 fee. Only cars from 1973 and older will be accepted. We are also allowing up to 15 newer, European Cars as special guests. Receive goodie bags, lunch and a free event t-shirt!

44th Ward Shared Housing Ordinance Forum
October 24th, 2016 6 - 8 p.m. 
836 West Wellington
Olson Auditorium
Illinois Masonic

On Monday, October 24th, Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Maria Guerra and Assistant Commissioner Christy George will join 44th Ward residents to discuss the Shared Housing Ordinance. There will be a question and answer session following a brief presentation from the Commissioner. Please email ward44@cityofchicago.org to RSVP.

For more information on the Shared Housing Ordinance, click here

Lakeview's favorite fall tradition, Trick or Treat on Southport, is returning on a new date, Monday, October 31 from 4-8 pm. The event celebrates Halloween with family-friendly activities, craft beer, food, and trick-or-treating at local businesses. A full list of programming is available at www.trickortreatonsouthport.com.

Free seminar: Navigating the Veterans Benefits System
 
Veterans and their family members, as well as surviving spouses, are invited to attend an informative seminar on securing benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Attorney and veteran Frank Del Barto brings to this presentation his many years of experience working with the Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. 
 
Navigating the Veterans Benefits System is free and open to the public on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago and the Japanese American Service Committee. For more information, call 773-907-3002 or email jmaskanemoto@gmail.com.


Presented by: Frank J. Del Barto, Principal, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.
When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Japanese American Service Committee, 4427 N. Clark

44th Ward Service Office 
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday
 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm
 
Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058
Email
Email
Website
Website


 
CAPS MEETINGS
 
 
Beats 1934 & 1935
Monday, December 12
6:30-7:00 pm
Second Unitarian Church
656 W. Barry

 
Beat 1933
*Thursday, November 10*
6:30-7:00 pm
Illinois Masonic Hospital
836 W. Wellington


Beat 1922
Wednesday, November 20
7:00-8:00 pm
Police Auditorium
2452 W. Belmont
 
Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925
Wednesday, December 7
7:00-8:00 pm
19th District Police Station
850 W. Addison
 
Upcoming Street Cleaning


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Section 8
Section 9
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Recycling

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.   The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will be the week of October 24.
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