Issue: 414
February 15, 2017
39th Ward Newsletter  
Greetings, Neighbor!

Please join us in offering condolences to the family of City of Chicago Department of Water employee Konrad Tucharski, who died on Monday, February 13, when a trench collapsed at the construction project at Sauganash and Peterson. Our thoughts and prayers are with

the Tucharski family and his loved ones.  


The project at the site where this occurred is currently on hold while officials investigate the collapse. Residents affected by the sewer main project near Sauganash and Peterson will be receiving this letter from the Department of Water Management today (PDF). Please pass along to anyone who may be affected by this project.


Learn more information about the incident, and a way to help the Tucharski family, in this article from the Chicago SunTimes. 

In this week's newsletter, you'll find information about: a free Know Your Rights workshop (2/23); results of the Gladstone Park Commercial Corridor Study; information about free tax assistance; and much more.


Office Hours:

  • Our office will be closed this Saturday (2/18) and Monday (2/20.)
  • We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 2/21.

This newsletter comes out every two weeks; for more timely information about events, infrastructure projects, and more follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter.

Margaret Laurino
39th Ward Alderman
Know Your Rights Workshop, 2/23

Everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution -- everyone, including people who are documented and undocumented. The National Immigrant Justice Center will give a presentation on knowing your rights as an immigrant.
  • When: Thursday, February 23, 6:00pm
  • Where: Albany Park Library (3401 W. Foster)
This event is free and open to the public! Invite a friend!

  Find this information in Spanish. (PDF)
Highlights from Facebook
Earlier this month, Whole Foods Market presented a check to the Sauganash Chamber of Commerce to install roof lights on the 6000 N. Cicero Ave. condo building which houses the grocery store. Learn more here.

Pictured, left to right: Scott Saulsberry, Whole Foods Market executive coordinator of store development; Alderman Margaret Laurino; Marie Composto, vice president of the condo board association; Jennifer Herren, executive director of the Sauganash Chamber; and Dennis Hammer, president of the chamber.

More highlights from the last two weeks:
Gladstone Park Commercial Corridor Study

Alderman Laurino, in coordination with Alderman John Arena, State Senator John Mulroe, State Representative Robert Martwick, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, commissioned a land use study from the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

Learn more and find the full report on our website.

Habitat Humanity Seeking Applications Until 3/10

Habitat for Humanity Chicago is accepting applications for a brief time as they seek eligible families for their affordable homebuyer program. Apply by March 10 .

Learn more in this PDF and on their website.

Sidewalk Cafe Season

Sidewalk Cafe season will be here sooner than we think, and permit applications are now available on the City's website. These applications require Aldermanic and City Council approval, which takes time, so we recommend that you start working on them as soon as possible.

Download the application packet. (PDF)

We're here to help. If you need assistance, feel free to use us as a resource. Stop by during business hours (below), call (773 / 736 - 5594), or email (ward39@cityofchicago.org.) 
Calling All Artists!

50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project / Apply by 2/24

DCASE is now accepting applications for the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, which will provide up to $1 million to create new public artworks throughout the city's neighborhoods.
Artists--including painters, photographers and sculptors--interested in brightening and enhancing the city-- are invited to submit their qualifications for the project online before February 24.
For more information on the Year of Public Art, including a year of exhibitions, performances, tours, and other public events, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa.

Create Art for the Montrose Blue Line Station / Apply by 3/3

The City is seeking proposals for art for the Montrose Blue Line Station.

Create Video Art for Albany Park Library / Apply by 3/12

Four artists/teams will be commissioned to create original video artworks at Albany Park Branch of Chicago Public Library. Applications are due March 12.

Learn more here, and spread the word!
Infrastructure: Sewer Project Starting in March

A new sewer project is starting in mid-March that involves Peterson, Hiawatha, and Devon.

FREE Tax Resources
Last year, the City of Chicago's free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $31 million in tax refunds and credits.  This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents - it helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has announced the 17 th annual citywide outreach campaign to raise awareness about the City's free tax assistance program and the variety of income tax credits and benefits available to Chicagoans.

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.  V olunteer 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.

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

Tax Information for Immigrants in Our Community

If you have one or more immigrant household members, it is important that you know that they are now required by federal law to renew their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) before filing their 2016 tax returns. 
Failure to renew the ITIN can result in the inability to claim key credits on taxes, processing delays, and a balance due. 
The ITIN is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service to individuals who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number.  ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident aliens may have a U.S. filing or reporting requirement under the Internal Revenue Code.

Learn more here:
Save the Date! Spring Clean & Green, 4/22

CAPS Schedule + More

CAPS Meeting Schedule for February and March 
Now Open: Emergency Heating Repair Program

The application period for the 2016-17 Emergency Heating Repair Program opened November 1, 2016. The program will close either on April 1, 2017, OR when all funds have been exhausted. 
As a reminder, the program provides assistance to a property one-time only. Any owner-occupied property that has received service in the past would be ineligible to receive service again.

Job Opportunities

Quick Notes
Safety Alert: Residential Burglaries (PDF)

Safety Alert: Armed Robberies of Businesses (PDF)

Travel assistance from TAP for people with disabilities (PDF)

Senior citizen sewer service charge exemption

Emergency Heating Repair Program open until 4/1 OR until full

City Treasurer's Black History Month Essay Competition; enter by 2/23

DFSS's Senior Life Enrichment Guide: Winter Issue (PDF)

Find out how to get free food for summer youth programs (PDF)

Grab a spot at Peterson Garden Project at NEIU Ground

WorldChicago is looking for summer hosts!

Checkout Bag Tax 

Petition: Bring a New Park to the Mayfair Neighborhood (PDF)
Office Hours
MONDAY: 9am - 8pm  
TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 9am - 5pm 
SATURDAY: 9am - 12pm 
SUNDAY: Closed 

Excludes holidays and holiday weekends.

NOTE: Our office is closed Saturday, 2/18, and Monday, 2/20. We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 2/21.

We encourage you to call ahead to confirm open office hours and make your visit as efficient and productive as possible: 773-736-5594 
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