I hope everyone is staying safe and that you are checking on loved ones especially seniors from a distance. We are abiding by the stay at home rule, so our offices will remain closed until further notice.

We are working from home and will continue to send you updates & resources that pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic through social media & email.

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For city services call 311 or email us at:   wburnett@cityofchicago.org  

We will be responding to all voicemail messages, emails and following up on 311 inquiries.
Thank you and stay safe.


Walter Burnett, Jr.
Alderman & Committeeman
27th Ward
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offices will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the following locations:
  • BACP Administrative Offices, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 805
  • Small Business Center, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 800
  • Public Vehicle Licensing Center, 2350 W. Ogden Ave. 1st Floor
  • Public Vehicle Inspection Facility, 2430 W. Pershing Ave.
BACP will continue processing business licenses, where applicable, online or over the phone. Please visit  www.chicagobusinessdirect.org  or call 312-74-GOBIZ. Please allow for extra time as BACP staff are working hard to keep City services going under this disruption.
The renewal of public passenger chauffeur and vehicle licenses that expire before April 1, 2020 will be deferred until April 30, 2020. BACP staff will continue to work servicing public vehicle licensees during closure to the public. BACP staff will be available at  bacppv@cityofchicago.org  and 312-746-4300.
Public vehicle inspections scheduled at the BACP Public Vehicle Inspection Facility from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2020 will be rescheduled. An updated inspection list will be posted on the  Public Vehicles page , and BACP will notify taxicab affiliations and license managers via e-mail of updated public vehicle inspection dates.
Learning together at home.
Dear CPS Family,
We won’t be the first to say that this has been a difficult school year. As leaders of our district, we know the anxiety about school being closed amidst a global health emergency can be exhausting. But we also know that we are a district on the rise because of our people—from our emergency personnel who haven’t taken a day off of work and our dedicated teachers to our remarkable students and families who remain involved every step of the way. We remain on the rise during this challenging time, and even when it feels like we have to be superhuman to provide our young people with the education they deserve, we only need to remind ourselves that we are strong enough to meet the challenge ahead. 
When our schools are open, their value to the community they serve is evident. But in some ways, this value is made clearest when the buildings are closed. Over the past few weeks, we have been amazed by the countless individuals across the district who have selflessly stepped up to assist our school communities. In particular, we want to recognize our food service staff, Safe Passage workers, and school administrators who have worked together to help our schools  provide over 4 million meals  to families so far. We will continue to support our students for as long as this crisis keeps us apart. 
As former CPS teachers, we know that the bonds formed between students, teachers, and administrators can often be best described as magical. It’s encouraging to know that though we are separated, that magic is uniting us in ways that we have never seen before. From  Agassiz students leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance every morning  to  virtual story time with Principal Lavin at Brentano  to the  Art+ Challenge created by Lindblom art teacher Ms. Crone , our district continues to teach, learn, and grow together. We encourage those seeking inspiration to look no further than your classmates, colleagues, and fellow Chicagoans. 
Learning at Home
April 13, marked the beginning of the next phase of this uncharted journey. Our remote learning plans are rooted in the same core values as our  Five-Year Vision : providing students with high-quality learning opportunities that meet their unique needs and empowering educators to equitably provide student-centered academic experiences. These values have guided every decision behind these plans, including creating specific resources for engaging students in temporary living situations, diverse learners, and English learners; ensuring instructional resources are available in both digital and printed materials; and distributing more than 100,000 devices to families to support student learning. 
If there’s one word we want everyone to lock in on in the coming days, it’s engagement. We should think about how we can engage with and check in on each other to ensure everyone in our CPS family feels supported. Above all else, we need to engage our students so they can continue to reach their full potential. 
Even during our toughest days, we should find comfort in knowing this situation is not permanent and we will be reunited soon. Until that time comes, let’s focus on continuing to take care of ourselves and each other. Today, we will be attempting to do in weeks what would normally take years to plan, and we should practice kindness, patience, and grace with each other. There will, undoubtedly, be bumps along the road, but it’s critically important that we continue to support each other until we get to the other side of this global health emergency. Until then, let’s all work to ensure that we have created an environment where students can continue to learn and teachers can continue to teach. 
Janice K. Jackson, EdD    LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer    Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools    Chicago Public Schools
Now in its 20th year, SBIF is one of the longest-running and most successful city of Chicago programs, helping to retain and expand small businesses in nearly every neighborhood. SBIF grants use local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to reimburse businesses for qualifying repairs and upgrades.
Please see below to find out which SBIF districts are open for new applications this month. In order to give small businesses time to properly evaluate their business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago will not open any SBIF areas for applications in May 2020. City staff and SomerCor will provide an update in next month's SBIFGram Newsletter.

Quick Links
SBIF Website
SBIF Districts
SBIF Application
Are You in a SBIF District
SBIF Program Rules
SBIF Design Guidelines
Below is a list of some of the resources available for small business owners in Chicago. Please note these programs are not administered by SomerCor.

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non- profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
  Grant Opportunity for Chicago Area Non-Profits due April 20th

Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago in partnership with the City of Chicago have created a Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (CCRF). The fund is intended to provide resources and essential human services to residents that may be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
To apply for a grant, your organization must be an established direct service provider providing emergency response services to people in the Chicago area impacted by COVID-10.  Applications are due Monday, April 20 th  at 5:00pm.  Awards will be announced and distributed the week of May 4 th . The application can be accessed here:  https://agency.e-cimpact.com/login.aspx?org=15085
Here is a link to the full description of the grant guidelines:  https://www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org/images3/CCRF-GrantGuidelines.pdf
Note: Service to the people in the Chicago area is defined as within Chicago, Suburban Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, McHenry County, Will County, Kane County and/or Kendall County.
For questions, please email  chicagocovid19fund@liveunitedchicago.org
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