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Dear Neighbors,

I believe that two pillars of any community are a strong investment in public safety and quality educational opportunities. Just as I've been working hard on supporting the police department and responding to safety concerns, I've worked to support continued investment in 44th Ward schools.  Last Friday, I met with parents of Blaine, Nettlehorst, Hamilton, Agassiz, Hawthorne and Inter-American School students to offer Chicago Cubs World Series Championship Banners from City Hall for future fundraising endeavors. Our principals, teachers, students and parents work hard to keep our schools great. Please consider supporting our local schools by clicking the school names above for updates on future fundraising events. 
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced today that his office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the  2017  Second  Installment  Property  Tax  Bills  mailed  this  summer.  The  extended application deadline is March 1, 2017. Visit the Assessor’s website here for more information.

So many neighbors and businesses picked up "Hate Has No Home Here" signs from the 44th Ward Office last week that we ran out in a day. More signs have been delivered and can be picked up during regular office hours. Click the link above to download and print the image at home. 

Please note that the 44th Ward Office will be closed this Monday, February 13th, for President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, February 14th.

Additional information and updates on public safety, infrastructure, neighborhood events and more can be found below.
Enjoy your weekend,

Tom Tunney
44th Ward Alderman
Public Safety Update 

As we shared at the beginning of 2017, the 19th District saw an increase of over 50 officers in 2016. Commander Buslik shared the chart above and added that the 19th District has added four police officers, 14 probationary police officers, three field training officers and one lieutenant after the chart was received. We will continue to monitor 19th District staffing levels and share all updates as they are received. 
Infrastructure Updates
NPL crews continue to install the new water main and have laid new dry pipe from Belmont to Roscoe. Crews expect to cross Roscoe by the end of the week and will continue north toward Cornelia next week. While working between Roscoe and Cornelia, the water main will continue to shift further into the southbound traffic lane. This work may cause additional congestion. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible. 
Parking will continue to be restricted block-by-block from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking will be allowed outside of working hours and all day on weekends. The project is expected to be complete by June 2017.
NPL crews expect to have the main pipe laid south of Roscoe by the end of this week and continue south toward School throughout next week. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained through the work zone. Parking will be restricted block-by-block from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking will be allowed outside of working hours and all day on weekends. The project is expected to be complete in late April 2017.
The Department of Water Management and Kenny Construction are scheduled to work on the Sheridan sewer lining project in late-February. The crews will be lining approximately 1,285 feet of the Sheridan sewer main from Belmont to Wellington. We will share detailed construction information as it becomes available.

Addison & Clark Development Progress
The concrete contractor has begun foundation work which will continue over the next two months.

Hotel Zachary Development Progress
In the upcoming weeks, Walsh construction crews anticipate full and partial closures of Addison, Patterson and Clark for concrete pours of the development's upper floors. The next closure is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 10, and will be a full closure of Clark from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this work, southbound traffic, including CTA buses, will be detoured at Clark and Grace to utilize Racine to Addison and continue on to Clark.
Annual Cubs Meeting
The Annual Wrigley Field Community Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 20th, at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the 19th Police District Community Room located at 850 West Addison. This is an opportunity for neighbors to hear reviews and reports of the 2016 baseball season from the Cubs and City departments. It is also an opportunity for neighbors to voice any concerns, comments and suggestions they have regarding last season.
Chicago Checkout Bag Tax
What You Need To Know:
  • In an effort to reduce the number of disposable bags used in Chicago, the City is implementing a tax on disposable paper and plastic bags used to carry goods out of stores.
  • Businesses began collecting a $0.07 tax on disposable paper and plastic bags on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

There are multiple disposable bag exemptions, including:

  • Paper and plastic bags used to package loose bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, cookies or small hardware items or to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, whether prepackaged or not;
  • Bags provided by a pharmacist to contain prescription drugs, dry cleaning or garment bags and newspaper bags;
  • Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage bags, pet waste bags or yard waste bags; and
  • Bags provided by a dine-in or take-out restaurant to contain food or drink purchased by the restaurant's customers.

Start the habit now, and bring your own bag! #BYOBag
For more information click #BYOBag or call the Department of Finance Customer Service at 312.747.4747.

Copies of the 2017 Winter issue of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Service's Senior Life Enrichment Guide will be in the 44th Ward Office next week.  Click here for an electronic Winter 2017 Senior Life Enrichment Guide.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and City Colleges of Chicago in announcing a new cyber security training initiative to prepare students for highly skilled jobs in one of the nation's fastest growing industries. A city-federal investment will power an intensive, state of the art pilot program that will train students in cyber security best practices to prepare them to secure critical computer networks in the public and private sectors.

An application will be required for admission to this program and will be available in the coming months. Click below to enter your information and receive new program information as it is available.

Click here for more information. 

Shop locally for Valentine’s Day at our Sweet Saturday Pop-Up Market at Sidetrack on February 11th, from 2-5pmStop in and you’ll find great gifts for your sweetie, or even something for yourself! While you are there, don’t forget to enter to win the Cupid’s Raffle Prize! 

Our featured businesses include:
Dr. Rays Toffee
City Press Juice & Bottle
Vanille Patisserie
Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace
Stan’s Donuts
and many more wonderful vendors and products. 

Cupid’s Raffle Prize:
2 night stay at the Best Western Plus Hawthorn Terrace
4 tickets to “Cupid has a Heart on” at Stage 773
A bottle of Champagne from wineHouse
$50 gift card to The Men’s Room

*One free entry per attendee to the event
The Belmont Theater District is Chicago's largest theater district. Check out Chicago Theatre Week deals and a host of other ticket deals available at the BTD Free & Discounted Theater Tickets listings available at - along with details on our FREE Open House & Tour event on Feb 13th, and upcoming BTD Theater Nights - great ticket deals, pre-show receptions and post-show discussions for a perfect night out at the theater! 
44th Ward Service Office 
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Office Hours
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm
Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058

Beats 1934 & 1935
Monday, February 13
6:30-7:00 pm
Second Unitarian Church
656 W. Barry

Beat 1933
Tuesday, March 14
6:30-7:00 pm
Illinois Masonic Hospital
836 W. Wellington

Beat 1922
Wednesday, March 15
7:00-8:00 pm
Police Auditorium
2452 W. Belmont
Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925
Wednesday, April 5
7:00-8:00 pm
19th District Police Station
850 W. Addison


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 February 13th.
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