Community Newsletters
Q & A With  Dr. Allison Arwady
Chicago Department of Public Health 
April 30, 2020


Bus Operator Part-time Temporary (PTT)
Bus Operations Operates a bus over an established route adhering to predetermined schedule in a safe, efficient and courteous manner to allow passengers to board, travel and alight at scheduled stops. Drives bus and announces stops along routes. Announces cross streets and intersecting transit stops. Inspects passes; ascertains appropriate fares.
Chicago, Illinois
5/012020 11:59:00 PM

Project Coordinator, Business Development
Full-time Permanent (FTP)
Fare Systems Under general supervision, assists in the creation and implementation of strategies to increase revenues to CTA and the CTA’s reputation. Manages CTA’s film and photography program, co-promotion program and CTA Gifts. Supports efforts to develop CTA’s Corporate Services business line. Provides a high level of customer service to internal and external partners.
Chicago, Illinois

Machinist (Rail) Full-time Temporary (FTT)
Rail Maintenance Performs all mechanical work on rail car and non-revenue equipment, parts production and repair. Works on hydraulic, pneumatic, HVAC, electro-mechanical and other systems related to service and non-service equipment. Maintains, repairs, and rebuilds locomotive cranes, snow fighting equipment and various other non-revenue vehicles.
Skokie, Illinois

Analyst, Performance Management
Full-time Permanent (FTP)
Performance Management
Under general supervision, works with operating departments to identify performance reporting requirements, implement quality improvement efforts, and manage documenting processes for data collection. Manages multiple diverse and complex projects to track performance improvement and serves as liaison to achieve efficiencies and process improvements throughout the Authority.
Chicago, Illinois

Laborer (South Shops)
Full-time Permanent (FTP)
Bus Maintenance Performs various bus shop manual labor tasks. Performs various cleaning and janitorial duties such as sweeping, mopping, washing walls and windows, picking up trash, etc. Lifts and carries material, supplies, tools and delivers to various shop locations. Loads and unloads industrial material from trucks and other vehicles. Performs related duties as assigned. 
Chicago, Illinois

The City of Chicago recognizes that COVID-19 has put a difficult burden on our business and non-profit community. While there are many loan opportunities available on the local, state and federal level, the City understands that not all businesses are able to take on debt during this challenging time.
To address this, the City of Chicago has established the Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program. This program will distribute $5,000 grants to up to 1,000 businesses with four or fewer employees in low- and moderate-income areas of the city that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and could most benefit from a grant.  Applications are available now  and will be open until 5:00pm on Monday, May 4. Grants will be distributed via a lottery, with winners equitably distributed across business types and  eligible Community Areas  based on population.
Applications are Available Now:
Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a grant, businesses must meet the following requirements:
Required Documentation
Applicants must upload the following documents (clear and legible pictures will be accepted):
  • A business bank statement from 2020 that includes the business address and business name
  • A valid business license dated 05/01/19 or earlier 
  • A valid identification card (driver’s license, CityKey, etc.)
  • A completed W9 form (access a fillable form here)
Grant Details
  • One-time grant of $5,000
  • Grant funds must be used for working capital (payroll, rent, personnel expenses, insurance, taxes, etc.)
  • 04/28: Grant application is available
  • 05/04: Grant application closes at 5:00pm CDT
  • 05/11: Grant recipients are chosen via lottery and notified of their acceptance. ACH payments are initiated - funds should be received within 2 business days.
Supporting Information
Applications are Available Now:
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
President Kari K. Steele Reminds the Public to Conserve Water When It Rains
Water conservation aids in MWRD’s critical mission of treating wastewater, managing stormwater and protecting the environment
CHICAGO - Can you see, hear and smell the rain? "Remember, when it's raining, please help the  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago  (MWRD) by using less water. Hold off on starting the dishwasher, starting your washing machine, taking long showers, etc. This will make more space available for combined storm water to travel to our system,"  said MWRD President Kari K. Steele.
MWRD is essential  to healthy waterways and treats every ounce of wastewater that leaves your house at one of our seven wastewater treatment plants throughout Cook County. With everyone sheltering in place there will obviously be more wastewater leaving your house every day from toilets, showers, sinks, dishwashers & washing machines.
YOU can help us with  our critical mission  of treating wastewater and managing stormwater by conserving water and protecting the environment, by taking extra precaution during rain events and scheduling your showers and laundry for after rain hours. YOU can also make sure that you don’t flush disinfectant wipes and paper towels down the toilet even though some of them say “flushable”.
The MWRD is working diligently to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Cook County.  Please stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands & continue to practice social distancing .
Every block, every neighborhood, every community has a story. The #WeCountChallenge is one way of telling yours. The #WeCountChallenge is a multimedia contest for the youth of Cook County that allows them to create and share the story of their community, and in the process tell us why it is important to count every person in their community in the 2020 Census . Students in grades K - 12 can create videos using a mobile device, or an app like TikTok; they can create art online, on canvas or on paper. What matters is that it’s your story.
The #WeCountChallenge is open to every student in grades K-12 in Cook County. Bring awareness to the successes and challenges in your community, tell us what makes your neighborhood and the people in it special. Your entries can include your family, your friends or your neighbors. Give us a glimpse into your community institutions and landmarks, anything that makes it the special place that you call home.
The Census seeks to count every person in America once every ten years and we believe that yours is one of our most important stories. This is your once in a decade chance to share your story and put your block on the map.
The Contest is divided into four categories:
  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
  • 3rd – 5th Grade
  • 6th – 8th Grade
  • High School
$100 Gift cards will be awarded to winners in each category and runners up will receive special recognition on a digital showcase.
In order to be eligible for the #WeCountChallenge Contest and prizes, the following guidelines must be met:
  • Contestants must be enrolled in K-12 schools in Cook County.
  • Only one submission per student;
  • Contestants must include the entry form with their submission. The entry form can be found at WeCountChallenge.com 
Submissions will be organized and judged according to the following five groups:
  • K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12 
Students must own the right to use all images used in the poster, and footage and music used in the video. Make sure your video or poster does not contain inappropriate language, images, or sounds. Any and all entries/submissions shall become and shall remain the property of Cook County and their partner organizations.
All entries must be received by 5 pm on May 1st, 2020.
Remote Work Period Extended

May 1st will now be the earliest return to on-site activity at our 500 N. Sacramento Blvd. location. As stated before students and staff continue work remotely in the meantime. A ll staff are available by phone and email. Students are discovering a wealth of distance learning tools and continue to have a great learning experience.

Hiring GWTP Graduates

Graduates continue to interview for open positions. Many of our employer partners operate in the essential industries, which are continuing operations. We anticipate subsidies may become available to temporarily supplement wages of new hires. If you would like to talk to some skilled and motivated graduates today, contact:

Charlie Negron for Wood Products Manufacturing positions cnegron@gwtp.edu

William Molina for Shipping & Receiving positions wmolina@gwtp.edu

Liliana Rosa, Adult Placement Unit, for other positions lrosa@gwtp.org

Applying for Vocational Training

By phone, we continue to interview prospective students for our Wood Products Manufacturing and Shipping & Receiving programs. Stay tuned as we work on moving the application online and develop a virtual program tour. Meanwhile, please direct interested individuals to do one or all of the following:
·     Call to get started with the process: 312-563-9570
·     Email Training@gwtp.edu with questions
·     Fill out the form at apply.gwtp.edu
·    Like and follow our Facebook page for upcoming live information sessions

Best wishes for wellness and well-being! May Spring and the end of Covid 19 come soon!

Dr. Adrienne Smith, Director of Training

Ellen Lindsey, Curriculum Coordinator
Wood Products Manufacturing Program

CNC programming & operation
Woodwork Career Alliance passport/certification
Cabinet construction
Solid surface fabrication
Furniture techniques
Plastic laminating, veneering
Print reading, measuring, math, 10-hour OSHA Safety Card
Forklift operation

Shipping & Receiving Program

Computerized inventory control
Forklift certification
OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety Card
RF scanners
UPS WorldShip
Picking, packing, documentation
Warehouse design, material handling, quality
The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association is postponing the dates of the Wells Street Art Festival, which was originally scheduled for June 13-14, 2020. The OTMRA is tentatively targeting the weekend of August 29-30, 2020. The Association will continue to monitor City and State guidance related to COVID-19 and public events. Hopefully the collective efforts in social distancing and sheltering-in-place will pay off with a fantastic Wells Street Art Festival in August.

To keep up to date on the latest of the Wells Street Art Festival, please check out the Festival Website here and read the full press release here .