What It Will Take to Reopen Our Economy
Virtual Community Meetings
Thanks for Helping Others
Dear Neighbors,

Today Governor Pritzker presented a broad outline for a phased approach to lifting restrictions across Illinois related to COVID-19. "Restore Illinois" lists five phases for restrictions to be lifted, based on metrics including testing capacity, COVID-19 diagnosis rates, and hospital surge capacity. No region will be ready to move into the next phase until May 29 at the absolute earliest.  Here is the outline .

While the outline is encouraging, the data is not good today. Yesterday, Chicago surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 related deaths, and Illinois had its highest 24-hour fatality count with 176 lives lost. This underlines the need to take the threat of Coronavirus seriously - precautions not taken today can manifest themselves in COVID-19 cases two weeks from now. We need to continue to take steps to protect our health and that of our neighbors. Please continue to stay home, wear a face covering when you are outside and visiting stores, and wash your hands frequently.
Virtual Community Meeting
Proposed Redevelopment of 1959 N. Halsted
Tuesday, May 12
6:00 p.m.

Join my office and the Lincoln Central Association (LCA) at a virtual community meeting to discuss a proposed rezoning of 1959 N. Halsted St. J9 Wine Bar, located in the adjacent building to the north at 1961 N. Halsted, seeks to expand its footprint onto the 1959 building. The new space would be roughly split between an expansion of the existing wine bar and a private membership club space. Register for the webinar using the link above.

After registering for the webinar, you will receive an email within an hour of the meeting with the link for and instructions how to access the Zoom meeting.   Please plan to log into Zoom and access the meeting 10-15 minutes before the official start time , so that there is enough time to troubleshoot any technical problems and familiarize yourself with its features.
Drag Up Our Census Numbers
An Interactive Forum hosted by State Senator Sara Feigenholtz, Alderman James Cappleman, and Alderman Michele Smith
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
12:30 p.m.

Please join me, Alderman James Cappleman and our State Senator Sara Feigenholtz, along with Governor Pritzker's Census Team, at a virtual community meeting on how the 2020 Census can impact funding throughout our community, which is especially critical during this coronavirus pandemic. We will discuss how to complete the Census, as well as updates from your elected officials on the fight against COVID-19.

To register, please fill out this  google form  and the Zoom information will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the event. 

P.S. Expect a special appearance from local Drag Queen CircuitMOM who is sure to spice up our presentation.
Chicago Moves Day
Today, Wednesday, May 6
Stay Home, Stay Active
11:30 a.m.
Online with Various Fitness Formats

Chicago Moves Day is an initiative to motivate Chicagoans to get moving and get in shape.

Due to the Stay at Home Order, Chicago Moves Day has been switched to an online format . You can stream a variety of fitness format and workouts that are intended to give to get us all up and moving at home!
Keep on Volunteering
St. Mary's Home Needs Help
Calling All Dentists, Orthodontists and Periodontists
Drop off Donations
2325 N. Lakeview

We are proud of the outpouring of support for St. Mary's Home. Thanks so much to Sheffield Neighbors Association for leading the way by raising $25,000.

Our office donated 200 N95 masks and arranged for a local periodontist to donate his usual shipment of surgical procedure gowns to St. Mary's.

They still need our help.

Sister Caroline says her supply of disinfectant wipes is running low, so every container will helpl. Drop off your donations at 2325 N. Lakeview. For a full list of needs, click here .

For more information on how you can support St. Mary’s Home, contact Mr. Martin Glynn
at (773) 935-9600 (ext. 303) or email  dvchicago@littlesistersofthepoor.org .
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 4 - 8

Celebrate teacher appreciation week this week! Please take a moment to thank our teachers. Send videos, draw pictures, or use Chicago Public School's Social Media Toolkit (PDF) . Teachers do not have access to their schools, so please don't drop anything there. 
Mask Donations Saturday
Saturday, May 9
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
43rd Ward Office
2523 N. Halsted

If you know how to sew, please donate homemade cloth masks to support Chicago's COVID-19 relief efforts at homeless shelters, community health clinics, and other places to prevent outbreaks among the City’s most vulnerable and high-risk residents.

You can donate masks at my office this Saturday. For details of the types of masks requested, click  here.

Important Requirements:
  • All masks must be laundered before packaged.
  • All donations must be in a sealable, clear plastic bag indicating the quantity per bag.
Many Ways to Make (or Buy) a Mask

Wearing a face covering is crucial to the fighting COVID-19. Face coverings can be made out of many cotton fabrics, as we have written here, Here's a clever way of turning a tube sock into a face mask with rubber bands!

But if you'd rather buy a mask, click here for a partial list of local sellers. Know others? Send them to us.
Keep sending us photos of you and your family wearing face coverings.
Be safe and take care of one another,


Coronavirus Resources   :

If you have any additional questions, please email:  coronavirus@chicago.gov  or call 312-746-4835

The Doctor Is In: Ask Dr. Arwady.  Live-stream by Chicago Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., daily at 11:00 am on Twitter  and   Facebook Live .

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