Phase 1B Vaccination Plan
Chicago Moves to Tier 2 Mitigation
Anti-Vehicular Hijacking 101
Dear Neighbors,

We are pleased with Governor Pritzker's announcement that Illinois will move into Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout plan on January 25. This will include frontline essential workers, such as teachers and grocery store employees, and people aged 65 and older. NBCChicago’s article has more information about who qualifies in the next phase, which will include roughly 3.2 million individuals. Governor Pritzker has activated the Illinois National Guard to assist with expanding vaccination clinics. 

As a reminder here are the four phases of the vaccine plan: 
  • Phase 1a: Health care personnel and long-term care facility residents
  • Phase 1b: Frontline essential workers and persons age 65 and older
  • Phase 1c: Persons age 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not recommended for vaccination in Phase 1b
  • Phase 2: All persons age 16 years and older not previously recommended for vaccination

Chicago has not yet released vaccine registration to non-healthcare personnel. But beginning on January 18, if providers have vaccines available and do not have healthcare workers scheduled for inoculation, they may move to highest risk individuals that live or work in Chicago. According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, (CDPH) prioritization will be given to patients over 75 years of age, or patients over 65 years of age with significant underlying conditions, based on clinical judgment.

Your healthcare provider will contact you directly if a vaccine is available for you, so please make sure to update your information.

Please be aware, CDPH has released a statement warning residents not to fall victim to COVID-19 vaccine scams. If you receive a message about early access to the vaccine that is not from your doctor’s office, it is not legitimate, and you should not respond. 

Details will soon be released about vaccination locations, which will include doctors’ offices, CVS, and Walgreens. Appointments will be required. We will continue to give you up-to-date information in our newsletter as we learn more. You may also check on the City’s vaccine planning website, which is updated regularly. Please be patient and stay hopeful. In the meantime, remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.
Chicago Moves to Tier 2 Mitigations

Effective immediately, the state has determined that Chicago may move to Tier 2 mitigations due to the significant progress our region has made in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you, neighbors, for helping us get here by wearing your masks and watching your distance. While metrics continue to move in the right direction, we must still remain vigilant.

In Tier 2, restaurants and bars must:
  • Close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor service, all bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • Reservations are required and tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No tables exceeding 6 people and no seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Outdoor dining may include tables that are inside but within 8 feet of wall that is 50% open, and open retractable roofs and open tents.

In Tier 2, health and fitness centers may have:
  • 25% capacity indoors
  • Group classes of 10 or fewer can resume under the 25% capacity restriction
  • Reservations are no longer required and locker rooms can reopen under capacity restrictions
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

In Tier 2, museums may re-open at 25% capacity.

You can read about the specific Tier 2 Mitigation Measures here and all Mitigation Measures here.

IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in regions requiring additional mitigations to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.You can track Chicago's metrics and progress towards meeting the state criteria on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website.

For more information on the state-imposed Mitigation Measures, please visit these links:
Public Safety
Unfortunately, Lincoln Park suffered two more carjackings last Friday. That brings our ward up to 10 carjackings since December 1, more than we had in all of 2019. ABC News reported about this citywide problem, and focused on our concerns.

CAPS Anti-Vehicular
Hijacking 101 Webinar
Saturday, January 23
2:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting 8225 240 6823
Passcode 053223

Click here for a helpful flyer from 18th District CAPS with important information to avoid being a victim of vehicular hijacking. They will also be hosting an anti-vehicular hijacking webinar on January 23rd at 2pm.

43rd and 44th Ward Community Forum on Carjackings
Tuesday, February 2nd
6–8 p.m.

To learn more about the issues and have your questions answered, our office will be co-hosting with the 44th Ward a special community forum February 2.

We will be joined by our 18th and 19th District Commanders, as well as Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan and representatives of the State's Attorneys Office.

RSVP is required. Please register here.

About an hour before the forum, you will receive the special Zoom link. As is our practice, attendees can post questions and we will make sure as many questions as possible are answered.
Paycheck Protection Program
National Partnerships for New Americans, Cook County Recovery Initiative, and Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Tuesday, January 26
11 a.m.

Our local businesses are invited to participate in Paycheck Protection Program Round 2: Updates & Guidance for Non-Profit Organizations & Small Business Borrowers webinar, Tuesday, January 26th at 11 AM. Register here.

This webinar is sponsored by the National Partnership for New Americans and the Cook County Recovery Initiative.

First-time borrowers can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until March 31, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, eligible non-bank lender, or Farm Credit System institution that is participating in PPP.
PPP allows some businesses to apply for a Second Draw loan if they meet the following qualifications:
  • Current economic uncertainty makes the PPP loan necessary to support ongoing operations.
  • The loan you request is $2 million or less.
  • The business has 300 or fewer employees.
  • The business used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan.
  • The business can show a 25% gross revenue decline in any 2020 quarter compared with the same quarter in 2019

PPP First Draw applications can be found here. Information on the Second Draw loan is here. An overview with guidance and eligibility criteria is here. NPNA also created PPP 2nd Round Infographics in English here and Spanish here
Lead Service Line Replacement

The City is releasing the Lead Service Line Replacement technical report the first week of February. It will contain recommendations and options specific to Chicago’s unique Lead Service Line Replacements (LSLR).

Phase 1 of the LSLR Program implements the initial set of these recommendations. Phase I is only the beginning of a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar Lead Service Line Replacement program. With almost 400,000 lead service lines in the ground, it will take many years to remove them all. Approved by the City Council, there are two Phase 1 programs designed to help homeowners who want to replace their lead service lines that will be ready for applications shortly:

 • Homeowner-Initiated. The City will waive up to $3,100 in permit fees for any resident homeowner who wishes to replace their lead service line. The fee waiver will not be available if the request is made in conjunction with a structural renovation.

• Equity Program. To aid those most in need of lead service line replacement, residents whose water persistently tests over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Action Level of 15 parts per billion of lead and have a household income below 80% of the area median income, may qualify for a free lead service line replacement. For the Equity LSLR Program, residences must be owner-occupied and either a single-family or two-flat home.

More information is available here.
18th District CAPS Meetings

Beat 1821 (5 pm) & 1824 (6 pm) (both of these are in the Gold Coast) will have a virtual CAPS meeting on January 21, 2021. 

You can find your beat on our website. Please email for the link.
Dog Signs

In response to reports of dog waste in the neighborhood, our office is offering "Please Leash & Pick Up After Your Pet Signs" to remind residents to keep our community clean. There are 500 available, and they will be distributed first-come, first-served.

Because the office is currently closed to the public, please email with your address to request one, and a member of our staff will coordinate delivery.
Community News
Last Days for Chicago 2021 Tree Recycling Program
Cannon Drive North of Fullerton Avenue
Ends Saturday, January 23

Chicago's 2021 Tree Recycling Program ends January 23rd. The closest location in the 43rd Ward is Lincoln Park on Cannon Drive and Fullerton opposite the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Trees can be dropped off anytime during normal business hours. You can also pick up free mulch.

Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted (no garland or wreaths). Because the trees are mulched, all tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before putting trees in the stalls. 
New Parking Passes

Your current yellow residential guest parking passes expired on December 31, 2020. To make sure you don't get a ticket, stay safe, and avoid unnecessary contact, please purchase parking passes and city stickers online right now.

Buying City Stickers and Parking Passes on-line is convenient and you can order 24 hours a day at

You can learn how to order online by using our Guest Parking Passes 101 guide.
Chicago Public Schools Update:

As we have previously reported, Chicago Public Schools are beginning a slow re-opening process for the students who most need an in-person education: Pre-K and special needs children who returned January 11,

Students in K-8 grades are scheduled to return on February 1.

CPS released this detailed letter in response to concerns that have been raised about its re-opening plan. The entire reopening plan can be reviewed here.
Women's Toiletry Drive

I am happy to again be a co-sponsor of Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Annual Cook County Jail Women’s Justice Program Toiletry Drive. Your donations can be brought to the office of State Representative Ann Williams at 1726 W. Belmont Ave. (Monday – Friday, 9am–12pm), or any of the locations listed on the flyer.

Travel-size items needed include: shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, and body lotion.

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to past drives and please consider making a donation this year.
New Business Spotlight
746 W. Webster Ave

When founder Donna Lee couldn't find a healthy and affordable seafood restaurant in Chicago, she decided to create her own. Brown Bag specializes in fresh, sustainably sourced sea food, and their menu features yummy dishes like lobster rolls!
2210 N. Halsted

French Quiche comes from the mind of Dominique Tougne, the veteran chef behind Chez Moi. Their menu features classic café specialties and, of course, a variety of quiches. The Quiche Lorraine, with onions and bacon, is delightful.
This year has been incredibly challenging for our businesses, especially those that have just opened, so we will be dedicating a portion of the newsletter to support them. If you know a business that has opened in the last twelve months, please send it to us so we can feature it in our new business spotlight!
Support Local Businesses
With the new year upon us, supporting our local businesses is as important as ever; please shop and dine locally:
Order From Our Local Restaurants
Stay safe and wear a mask,

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