Property Tax Relief
Street Sweeping Signs Now Posted
Belden-Stratford Meeting
Dear Neighbors,

Two measures are in process to provide some property tax relief during this crisis. Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will ask the County Board to approve waiving late fees on property tax payments. Any payments made on or before October 1 for second installment payments will be considered filed and paid on time by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. Under state law, late property tax payments are charged 1.5 percent of the total property taxes owed per month, which is collected by the Cook County Treasurer. The Chicago Tribune reported. Read the full press release here .

Earlier, Assessor Fritz Kaegi announced that Chicago portions of Cook County, which are not scheduled for reassessment, will have their property values reviewed for estimated effects of COVID-19. Property owners are not required to appeal in order to receive the COVID-19 review and adjustment for eligible properties, which will include residential properties.

Assessor Kaegi said, “We’re already seeing the effects of this global health crisis on hiring, income, and construction - all of which dovetail with real estate values. Property owners should know we’re taking these circumstances into account. It’s the right thing to do.”

For Lakeview Township properties (north of Fullerton), assessment notices will be sent on June 14, 2020, with appeals due June 20,2020. 

For North Chicago Township properties (south of Fullerton), assessment notices will be sent September 15, 2020 and appeals due October 21, 2020.

Commercial property owners are encouraged to use the online Real Property Income and Expense (RPIE) form to provide information on changes to rent or expenses at rpie.cookcountyassessor.com .

Because Cook County tax bills reflect the assessments of the previous year, any adjustments to property values this year will not be reflected until the second-installment tax bill received in the summer of 2021. For more details, click here .
Good News About Street Sweeping

The Department of Streets and Sanitation announced that signs are going to be posted for street sweeping schedule for the rest of season. Sign are posted now for sweeping for sweeping on Friday in Section 4A. You can view the May schedule here to see if your street is scheduled.

Please note residents will NOT get ticketed or towed for cars parked along cleaning routes. If you can move you car, please do so, or help neighbors who can't move their cars by raking the leaves underneath and pushing leaves into the street.

You can track street sweepers that are working in the community every day in real time  via the Sweeper Tracker tool.
Belden Stratford Meeting
Monday, May 18
6:00 p.m.

J oin my office at a virtual meeting to provide information about the renovation plan for the Belden Stratford building located at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West Street. The Belden Stratford was built in 1923 and is historically significant, although not a Chicago Landmark.

This is an informational meeting only. The project does not require a zoning change or other type of zoning relief. The meeting is to inform the community about this renovation project, the proposed changes to the public way surrounding the property, and possible construction phase impacts on immediate neighbors and the operations of the building and its tenants once the work is complete.

Register using the link above.
Increased Transparency for Third Party Delivery Services

Mayor Lightfoot and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced effective on Friday, May 22nd, all third-party delivery companies will be required to disclose to customers an itemized cost breakdown of each transaction, including the menu price of the food, any sales or other tax, delivery charge and tip, and any commission or service fee paid by the restaurant to the third-party delivery company.

These first-in-the-nation rules are an effort to provide consumers with transparency allowing them to make informed choices. The Chicago Tribune has more.
90 Day Extension on Expired License and Plates

The Secretary of State has granted a 90 day extension for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions. Document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen. Online services are available by visiting the Secretary of State's website.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for the REAL ID by one year to Oct. 1, 2021. Current Illinois driver's licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2021.  View media release   www.REALID.ilsos.gov.
Chicago Park District Programming Survey
Available Through May 22

The Chicago Park District needs your input. Please fill out this survey regarding Summer programming. During COVID-19 it is still uncertain whether or not the park district will provide in-person programming. We will continue to provide updates.

Zoning Board of Appeals
Friday, May 15
9:00 a.m.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will limit its agenda to matters that can be productively heard in a virtual format. Applicants may request a deferral to a later date. ZBA will not hear cannabis-related items at its May 15 meeting.

The ZBA reviews proposed variations from the zoning code, special use applications, and appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator.

Meetings held during COVID-19 will be held in the following format:
  • Written statements are the preferred method of public comment and will be accepted at ZBA@cityofchicago.org until 5 p.m. the Monday before the meeting.
  • Members of the public wishing to speak must submit a speaking request form, available at www.chicago.gov/zba by 5 p.m. the Monday before the meeting to ZBA@cityofchicago.org.
  • Speakers will be given instructions individually.
IBEW Local 9 Apprenticeship Notice

I.B.E.W . Local 9 and the Middle States Electrical Contractors Association will be accepting applications to the Outdoor Electrical Worker/Line Maintainer Apprenticeship Program. Registration will take place by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., June 1 - 5 and June 8 - 12, please call 708-235-2960.

For additional information and directions visit the ibew9edu.org website.
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Many of the restaurants that add so much to our community are struggling during this crisis. Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant.

We will be featuring our neighborhood's restaurants that are open for business in upcoming newsletters. If you are open for business, let us know.
Chicago History Museum Online Puzzles

Piece it together! The Chicago History Museum is offering free virtual jigsaw puzzles online. With more than 1.5 million images and more than 4 million feet of moving images, the Chicago History Museum's prints and photographs collection reflects the creativity of the city’s visual arts community - including a rtists, photographers, and printmaker from the early nineteenth century to the present.

Visit the Chicago History Museum jigsaw page here.
#43 Wears Masks

Keep sending us photos of you wearing your mask! We appreciate all of the effort you are doing by keeping up with the social distancing order and helping stop the spread COVID19.
Be safe and enjoy Spring, from inside,


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