The Juvenile Justice System Is
Not Serving Our Youth or the Public
Dear Neighbors,

Tuesday, I held the first oversight hearing in the history of the city council held as the result of a report from the Inspector General (IG) as chair of the City Council Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight.

The subject was Chicago's Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) which was created with the intent of providing services to at risk youth to keep them out of the criminal justice system.

Unfortunately, as the IG concluded, "(T)he JISC program partners cannot reliably assess the case management program's effect on youth recidivism due to poor record keeping and communication."

The hearing was a first step towards creating a new intervention program that will have a real impact in reducing juvenile crime. For the first time, we have been able to use the IG’s findings to actively monitor whether a city program is effective. Read about the IG's report here .

I've been concerned about juvenile justice for years , and the Inspector General's report confirmed my conclusion that the current the system neither supports those juveniles who commit minor offenses nor provides consequences for those who commit gun offenses.

I intend to call for a further hearing to monitor progress on the City's changes to the program.

The inspector General is also asking Chicago residents to participate in a survey regarding city programs and how you think they can be improved. Take the survey here .
COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses
Thursday, June 25
10:00 a.m.

An update on the Small Business Administration’s programs to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Paycheck Protection Program, and more. We’ll discuss eligibility requirements, applying for forgiveness, and other sources of funding.

Click here  to register for the Webinar. For more BACP webinars, click here .
What's Open for Business?

With a slow and steady return to business, we wanted to highlight businesses that are up and running. Please send us an email at  and let us know you're open for business!
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant. If you are open for business, let us know.

Celebrating Victor Skrebneski

The Chicago History Museum shared a post this week honoring the late Victor Skrebneski. Skrebneski, a world-renowned photographer, founded the History Museum's Costume Council Donor's Ball.

I met Victor in 2006 when I knocked on his door. He graciously invited me in, chatted with me, and from then on, we were friends. I was honored when Today's Chicago Woman asked Victor to take a photograph for me for their May 2011 issue.

Victor, who passed away April 4, 2020, photographed celebrities and models for over 50 years. He redesigned the park near Water Tower, and was a Chicago treasure, living right here in Old Town.
Mask Giveaway

Last weekend, we gave away more than 4750 face masks at Oz Park, Jonquil Park and Lincoln Park. Special thanks to our friends at Chicago Sports and Social and Chicago Area Runners Association for making our effort so successful.

We still have a few masks left. Thousands of our neighbors are now wearing masks and keeping our community safe and healthy. If you still need one, contact my office.
Please stay strong and wear a face mask,

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