32nd Ward Newsletter: January 14, 2022
Dear Neighbor

The 32nd Ward Office will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All other city offices will also be closed and garbage/recycling services will be off by a day.

Check below for information on electronic monitoring, CPS testing, Cook County property tax auto exemptions, Chicago Recovery Grant applications, and recycling updates for our neighborhoods.

Have a safe and warm weekend,

Scott Waguespack

CPS Families Vaccinations, Testing, and Masks

Regular testing is a safe, effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our schools open for in-person learning. Getting the vaccine is the primary way to avoid getting infected with COVID.
Student Registration for testing can be done here: (use your child’s Student ID for “organization”). Color is partnering with CPS to have this testing done.

Quality masks have been readily available in many stores and businesses, online, and in ward offices.

As stated above, TO FIND A VACCINATION LOCATION; including at pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, community events, and dedicated CPS and CDPH-hosted clinics CLICK HERE. If you need further help finding a location, call the CDPH at 312-746-4835.
COVID Self-Reporting - If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please email cps.edu/covidresults or call 773 553-5437 to self-report. Click here to find a testing site near you.  
UPDATED QUANTITY for FREE KN95 Masks for Residents

Our office has KN-95 masks for distribution to residents. It's great to see that so many people are already taking advantage of this opportunity for free masks. The phones and email queries have been non-stop and so many 32nd Ward residents have come and picked up masks! Thank you for wearing them!

Now that the initial rush has passed, starting Tuesday, we will up the quantity from 2 masks per person in your household to 5 masks per person in your household. For example, if you have 4 people in your home, you can take 20 masks. If you came by this week already, yes, it's ok to come back! We wanted our first distribution to allow for every resident who needed a few to get them, but we do have a number left over and are happy to provide this service.

We are open Monday - Friday from 9 am to 6 pm (we will be closed this coming Monday, January 17th, in honor of MLK, Jr Day). You do not have to bring your family members with you. We are asking that you consider your fellow residents and keep in mind we want everyone to get one who needs one.

CTU and CPS reached an agreement earlier this week to get children back into schools. The agreement will
  • Increase COVID testing at all schools to at least 10% of their student population every week. Testing is offered to all staff each week.
  • CPS will work to increase student testing and vaccination to 100% by the end of the month.
  • If 30% or more of the teachers are absent for two consecutive days and if substitutes aren't able to get the absences at least under 25%, a school will close.
  • CPS has purchased kids sized masks for all children, and staff.

For more information on the latest Chicago Dept. of Public Health data and policies you can view this PDF from the Health Committee of the City Council, as we heard from Dr. Arwady, Director at CDPH.
Bucktown Resident Jeff Solin (and Friends) Volunteer to Create and Deliver Face Shields -
Now You Can Get Some Too!
When the pandemic started, longtime Bucktown resident Jeff Solin (owner of local business Solin Systems) and some friends started the 100% volunteer non-profit illinoisppe.org to address the urgent and important needs of PPE in IL and surrounding areas. Their goal was to create and deliver as much PPE, to people who needed it, as quickly as possible, for free. Well over 100,000 PPE items have been donated to date. Through Illinois PPE, Jeff invented the 2-piece "flatpack" Solin Face Shield that's easy to manufacture, assemble and transport. Illinois PPE recently produced 72,000 of the new Version 9 shield and they're ready to be donated. One small box (12" x 14" x 3.5") contains 50 complete shields. Over 20,000 of the new shield have already been donated to individuals and orgs in need, including hospitals, first responders, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, places of business, museums, schools, camps, swimming programs, and any others who require supplementary face shields to stay safe. 

Due to the wonderful and generous donations of so many people, this is all completely free of charge (even the files and plans for the shield are available for free). Simply submit a request at illinoisppe.org, and you will receive an email to schedule pick up of the shields from one of their Chicago holding locations including Jeff's home in Bucktown and Lane Tech where he's a Computer Science teacher. No quantity is too small or too big (yet). 
Public Safety Section
January CAPS Meetings

14th Police District- 
1413- January 19, 6:30pm
1431- January 20, 6:30pm
1432- January 26, 6:30pm
14th District- 312-744-1261

19th Police District-

1921- January 19, 6:30pm
Meeting ID- 856 3121 4325
Passcode- 563908

1931- January 25, 6:30pm
Meeting ID- 848 3987 1419
Passcode- 486209

19th District- 312-744-0064
Sheffield Neighborhood Association is hosting a Coffee with a Cop sit down on January 19th with the 18th and 19th District police. Scan the code in the flyer to the right to rsvp or visit the link here (via Eventbrite).
Electronic Monitoring
I hope you were able to attend the Electronic Monitoring presentation from Sheriff Tom Dart this week. If not, the presentation is available and you can watch the Straight Talk with Sheriff Tom Dart program on Facebook here. At the meeting, the Sheriff presented his program on electronic monitoring (EM) and discussed some of the Cook County Chief Judge’s EM program. Links to the coverage on the event, with some more details are that are on EM is at the bottom of this section.

Cook County Judges are ordering Electronic Monitoring for more defendants on pre-trial status. The number has grown and included offenders charged with gun offenses and other violent crimes. Sheriff Dart indicated that there are over 2600 people on electronic monitoring and over 75% are charged with violent crimes.

The Sheriff also explained concerns about a second EM program run by the Chief Judge Evans. In this program, the defendants are only monitored from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. A report by the Appleseed Foundation has been critical of the EM program.
Here are some additional Links on Electronic Monitoring Programs

Armitage Water Main Projects

Armitage, Western to Kedzie- The west bound traffic on Armitage between Western and Kedzie is closed until completing the installation of the new water main on the north side of the street.

Armitage, Paulina to Western- Restoration work will resume weather permitting to finish the remaining of sidewalks and also resurfacing the street.
City of Chicago Graffiti Removal Services

Graffiti is vandalism. To report graffiti and request its removal, call the City's service request line at 3-1-1 or call our office at 773-248-1330 to have graffiti removal teams notified.

Pic: Thanks to the Streets and Sanitation crews that removed several graffiti vandal tags near Webster and Damen this week.

The crews use high pressure water and baking soda to remove painted graffiti from brick, stone and other mineral surfaces, or they paint over graffiti on surfaces such as metal or wood.

As with the City's many anti-crime and beautification programs, we depend on community groups, block clubs, chambers of commerce, and individual residents to help remove graffiti.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation also works very closely with the Chicago Police Department who will apprehend graffiti vandals caught defacing property. No community should tolerate graffiti. Please join us in eliminating graffiti and maintaining the beauty of Chicago.
Holiday Tree Recycling
The City recycles Christmas trees from January 8-22. Bring in your tree and you can pick up mulch at locations listed in the flyer to the right.

Dried out Christmas trees pose a serious fire hazard and leaving them in alleys creates a fire danger to all nearby residents and businesses.

Wrapping, cardboard, delivery bags, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and other products are treated differently so the best way to find out how to recycle it all is found in the Chicago Recycling Guide.

Always break down your cardboard boxes, keep them dry and place them into blue bins for recycling.

Packing peanuts are re-useable and it's best to keep them out of our rivers and lakes. Some other helpful REUSING tips for non-recyclable packing peanuts- Are Packing Peanuts Recyclable? 22 Ways to Recycle Packing Peanuts. Packing peanuts (and other EPS) are among the most common sources of marine garbage. They are ingested by marine life in our local rivers and lakes and destroy the ecosystem.

Visit these links for the details on bubble wrap and soft plastics (The Final Word on Plastics) like paper bags, mailing packages, Amazon packaging, and more. Click here to enter an address and find a nearby store location to drop off plastic bags. Let's keep all of this out of curbs, alleys, and trash cans as much as we can!

New Blue Cart Recycling Schedule
The Department of Streets and Sanitation website has been updated to include the 2022 Citywide Blue Cart Recycling Map and Schedule. As you know, the City Council and Department made changes to contracts and recycling zones this past year and the updates are reflected in this link and map.

Blue Cart Schedule and Maps
Day-of-Service schedule can be found here.
View the Blue Cart Residential Recycling Map to identify your residence's pick-up zone, hauler, and schedule.

Zone 1 - Serviced by LRS
Zone 2 - Serviced by City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
Zone 3 - Serviced by LRS
Zone 4 - Serviced by City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
Zone 5 - Serviced by LRS
Zone 6 - Serviced by LRS
Unless otherwise notified, if you have curbside garbage service, your blue cart will be emptied the same day as your garbage. Please put your blue cart at your curb on your specific collection day.
If you have alley garbage service, your blue cart will be emptied during the week of collection. Please put your blue cart in the alley during your entire collection week.
Most Property Tax Exemptions Will Automatically Renew

In response to COVID-19, the Cook County Assessor’s Office will continue the automatic renewal of the Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities, and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions; the Homeowner and Senior Exemptions will continue to auto-renew every year. If a homeowner received any of these five exemptions last year (tax year 2020), they do not need to reapply this year (tax year 2021).

To verify which exemptions were received last year, homeowners can visit the Cook County Property Tax Portal at cookcountypropertyinfo.com, enter their PIN, and look under the exemption tab. 

Additionally, homeowners will receive a postcard or letter in March 2022 confirming which exemptions will be automatically renewed. For those first time applicants, the 2021 tax year exemption filing period will begin in early March 2022. Homeowner are encouraged to file online. To learn more about property tax exemptions and eligibility, visit cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.
Help the Friends of Burley by Becoming a Sponsor

Friends of Burley (FOB) is excited to announce our largest fundraiser of the year, our annual Winter Party, in support of Burley Elementary School. This year’s event will take place at Ravenswood Event Center on Friday, March 18th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. We are expecting approximately 300 people to attend the celebration event.

Fundraising efforts at this event enable FOB to meet the critical needs of Burley where Chicago Public Schools funding falls short, providing a vital source of immediately available monies to ensure Burley School has what it needs to provide a comprehensive and supportive education to its 555+ students. Donations fund the Merit Music program for every child at Burley, as well as the 1:1 technology program, and critical staff positions.

The generosity of the Burley community is a defining characteristic of our school’s 126-year history and our Winter Party success is a shining example of this tradition. To help us meet this school year’s fundraising goal, we are asking for sponsorships from local businesses and individuals. Winter Party is a fundraiser of FOB, a 501(c)3 charity, making your gift tax-deductible (EIN#03-0539914). Additionally, we will be featuring sponsors at the event in several ways:

$2,000: Your business name and logo will be projected in lights on the wall for the entirety of the event. Your logo will be included on large signage at the event entrance and marketing materials on our website. Your logo will be shared on social media (~750 followers) and included in eblasts (~1200 recipients). You will also receive two free tickets to the event. 

$1,500: Your business logo will be printed on cocktail napkins or cups used throughout the event. Your logo will be included on large signage at the event entrance and marketing materials on our website. Your logo will be shared on social media (~750 followers) and included in eblasts (~1200 recipients). 

$700: Your business name and logo will be featured at all of the open bar table(s). Your logo will be included on large signage at the event entrance and marketing materials on our website. Your logo will be shared on social media (~750 followers) and included in eblasts (~1200 recipients). 

$350: Your business name will be featured at an event table with professionally printed signs. Your logo will be included on large signage at the event entrance and marketing materials on our website. Your logo will be shared on social media (~750 followers) and included in eblasts (~1200 recipients). 

We welcome donations of items that can be included in our raffle, flowers, food/drinks, etc. With any donation, your logo will be included on large signage at the event entrance and marketing materials on our website. Your logo will be shared on social media (~750 followers) and included in eblasts (~1200 recipients). 

If you are interested in supporting Burley Elementary as a sponsor at the Winter Party, please contact Meg Puglisi (meg.puglisi@gmail.com or 703-408-7069) by February 11th to discuss next steps.
Two Teens Doing Great Things:

Devin Abraham and William Bremen are juniors at the Latin School of Chicago. They have co-founded Chicago Association of Student Engineers (CASE) They seek to connect those passionate about STEM and foster an understanding of engineering principles and career paths in addition to giving back to the community.

CASE hosts bi-weekly Zoom meetings with an engineering professional to give members a better understanding of what a job in engineering actually entails along with their college experience. They have partnered with the IEEE along with the Chicago Engineers Foundation to help find speakers as well as set up a mentorship program for their members to receive guidance. CASE is also working on setting up a tutoring program for members to help elementary students with STEM related work, but the recent rise of COVID cases has made that difficult. You can see a sample of what they've done here.

To learn more and become a member click here.
Get Help with Your Utility Bills
Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year.

Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax.
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off.
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.

Chicago Recovery Grant Application for
Community Development

The City of Chicago and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot are committed to strengthening local business corridors and enhancing neighborhood vitality. Throughout 2021, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has supported a diverse set of projects that brought more than $500 million in development investment to Chicago’s neighborhoods.

The Chicago Recovery Plan provides additional opportunities for the City to invest in catalytic local development, expanding upon DPD’s existing investments and support.

DPD is now accepting applications for grant funding to support local commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. All are welcome to apply. City staff will prioritize projects in areas of Chicago where there is a history of disinvestment or limited private investment.

  • Grant funding can be used for pre-development, construction, or renovation costs for permanent capital improvement projects.
  • Open to community developers, business owners and entrepreneurs, and property owners. Site control is preferred, but not required.
  • Residential-only development is not eligible, but mixed-use projects are eligible. Further funding opportunities for residential projects are expected to be announced in Q1 2022.
  • Priority will be given to catalytic projects with a strong local impact, that are able to leverage local talents, capacities, and institutions to strengthen and contribute to the community.
  • Applicants from all areas of Chicago are eligible to apply. Priority will be given for projects in historically disinvested areas as well as projects that build upon existing efforts, such as Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative and community safety initiatives.
  • Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate momentum and are expected to break ground in 2022.
  • The City expects awards to be capped at $5 million, though larger, catalytic projects may be considered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first-round application deadline is Jan. 31, 2022, followed by a second-round application deadline of March 10, 2022.

To find out more, click here.
Do you want to bring an event to Lakeview? Apply for the SSA 27 Community Events & Placemaking Grant program where you can get up to $5,000 in funding and technical support for your event. Both individuals and organizations in and out of Lakeview are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply by Tues, March 1 at https://www.lakeviewssa27.com/community-event-grants

Now in its fifth year, this program is designed to support the development of more events and public programming for the Lakeview SSA 27 community, with the goal of creating memorable experiences for residents and visitors alike.
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free business education workshops or webinars every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is committed to providing accessibility for all individuals, including people with disabilities. To request accessibility, please contact BACP at BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org, 312-744-6060; or TTY at 312-744-1944. Although we will always work to fulfill your accessibility need, in order to ensure the best quality service is provided, we ask that you make request no later than 3 business days in advance of the event. 

Wednesday, 1/19 at 3:00 PM
Access to Capital
Presented by Allies for Community Business

Allies for Community Business offers loans between $500 and $100,000 to early, emerging, and established businesses at fair prices. A4CB’s Yessenia Diaz De Leon will give an overview of what is required to apply for a small business loan and information about their current 3% interest rate reduction. Also learn about how A4CB provides free business coaching to anyone who wants to start or grow a business.

Friday, 1/21 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Business Licensing 101
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

Attendees will learn the process to obtain a business license and how to access free resources and support for your business.
Wednesday, 1/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Transform Your Dream Into a Real Start Up
Presented by Score Chicago

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? Is so, do you know whtat the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take? This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need and inspire you to move forwar to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition and marketing to give you a competitive edge.
1/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Nuts and Bolts of Business Planning and Financial Readiness for Start-ups
Presented by Geri Aglipay, Small Business Majority

Learn the nuts and bolts for starting a sustainable small business that is prepared to weather economic changes. Key tips will be provided on laying the foundation from a business planning and financial readiness lens.

Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
Visit BACP’s YouTube for all webinars.
COVID Boosters Shot Update for Children

The CDC now recommends everyone 12 years and older get a Pfizer booster shot 5 months after their initial series. Information and resources can be found on http://chicago.gov/covid.