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Hi James, 

The Clarendon/Montrose development is in full swing. Asbestos removal is underway per City and EPA guidelines and demolition has begun at the Maryville/Cuneo buildings. As with any building demolition that occurs in Chicago, there are many requirements placed on the landowner to ensure that the process is done correctly and in a safe manner so that area residents and their property remains protected. 

I will hold a community meeting to further update you on both the process and the timeline for the demolition:

When: Thursday, January 12 at 7pm
Where: Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N. Clarendon

If you have questions about the demolition of this site and cannot attend the meeting, feel free to contact my office here.

    Best,

 

NEWS

OPEN OFFICE HOURS
Ward Open Office hours are from 5pm to 7pm every Monday. Ald. Cappleman also makes visits to neighborhood organizations and high-rises to address any questions or concerns they may have. Call the office at 773-878-4646 to set up a time.

CHICAGO TO BE A SANCTUARY CITY
Yesterday, Ald. Cappleman joined his colleagues and Mayor Emanuel in calling for the City of Chicago to remain a Sanctuary City, joining over a dozen of other cities across the country to make a statement about protecting the rights of immigrants. Chicago is now establishing the Chicago Legal Protection Fund in response to a critical need to increase legal services for immigrant communities across the city amidst deportation threats and increase ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids. Using $1.3M in unspent property tax rebate funds, the Fund will serve more than 20,000 immigrants through community-based outreach, education, legal consultations, and legal representation, including courtroom representatives. Click here for more information.

HELP FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING COLD WEATHER EMERGENCIES
With the onset of extreme temperatures, please keep in mind that the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) will assist all Chicago residents in need of assistance, including people experiencing homelessness. Anyone seeking assistance is encouraged to call 311 to:
  • Locate a Warming Center near you
  • Request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather
  • Report inadequate heat in a residential building
  • Learn about programs that assist with home heating costs
  • Connect to shelter and supportive services
 Click here for additional information.

HELPING CPS SCHOOLS IN THE 46TH WARD
Friends of the 46th Ward Schools was able to secure a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All donations made through this Facebook Fundraiser link through the end of the year will be matched by this foundation (up to $1000). Please help them reach $1000 in donations so they can double it! 

HELPING WOMEN LEAVING THE PRISON SYSTEM
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting her annual holiday donation drive for Cook County Sheriff's Women's Justice Programs from now until Jan. 30, 2017. They need travel-size toiletries. A donation box is located inside the Ward Office.

SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL GUIDELINES
Click here to review the City's snow removal guidelines. Failure to remove snow and ice could result in a fine. The link also helps seniors/ disabled residents sign up for assistance with snow removal. 

UPDATE ON NORTHSIDE SHELTER CLOSING
Ald. Cappleman learned of the Northside Housing shelter's budget crisis from the organization's announcement in September after they had already made the decision to close. By that time, the Board of Directors of the Northside Housing shelter, located at 941 W. Lawrence, made the decision to let their City contract lapse because they were unable to raise money or obtain grants for an additional $100,000 in funds needed for salary increases, staff benefits, and some infrastructure improvements. During a meeting that our office finally secured with Northside Housing after the announcement, Alderman Cappleman offered to find the funding needed for the shelter to at least stay open through the spring if not indefinitely, Richard Ducatenzeiler, Executive Director of Northside Housing stated that the board had already made the decision to close.  The last day of the shelter's operations will be Friday, Dec. 23. According to the Department of Family and Support Services, less than 15 men now remain in their 72-bed shelter and all remaining men will have the option of transferring to another shelter. With the closing of this location, the Uptown community has 5 remaining shelters in the area.

LEARN MORE ABOUT RECYCLING
Do you sometimes get confused about what can and can't be recycled. Click here to review all the guidelines. There's even a fun quiz to take.

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR PROPERTY TAX REBATE
Property owners may qualify for a property tax rebate. The most common rebate is the standard rebate which provides qualifying Chicago homeowners with a rebate between $25 and $200, based on the increase in the City’s portion of their most recent property tax bill and their household income.  Eligibility requirements, include owning your home and  a household adjusted income of $75,000 or less. Click here for more information and to apply.

APPLY TO BECOME A CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER
Visit the Chicago Police Department website for more information about applying to become a Chicago Police Department officer.  
EVENTS

SHERIDAN PARK NEIGHBORS GAME NIGHT
When: Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 7pm - 9pm
Where: Emerald City Coffee, 1224 W. Wilson
Join others for something fun and take advantage of another opportunity to meet your neighbors. BYOB or take advantage of a more caffeinated kind of brew that you can obtain with a 10% discount. 

PUBLIC SAFETY MEETINGS
Click here to view the dates and locations for CAPS meetings in your area. Efforts to promote public safety work best when the police, residents, businesses, building managers, schools, social services, places of worship, and elected officials all work together.
VISIT

PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS

The Holiday Season is a very special time of the year that we spend with our family and friends. It's also a time when we must remember to focus on our personal safety and property. 
  • Give your home that occupied appearance by leaving various lights on.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know if you are going to be gone for longer periods of time. Return the favor and create a "neighborhood watch".
  • Don't use shortcuts through alleys or walkways. Always take well lit and traveled areas.
  • Always keep a hand free fro emergencies.
  • Shop with friends or relatives. There is always safety in numbers.
  • If you must take a purse, carry it close to your body with the clasp nearest you.
  • Cash should be carried in a front pants pocket. Do not display large sums of cash.
  • Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or upon a counter unattended while you shop.
  • Transfer valuables to the trunk of your auto before you reach your destination.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view in your auto.
  • Keys should never be carried in your purse. Keep your keys in your pocket. 
  • Remain alert at all times.
  • When returning to your auto or home, have your keys in your hand ready.
  • Use the "panic/alarm button" on your key chain if you feel fearful or suspicious.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons loitering in parking lots.
  • Always lock your car, even if you're going to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Lock your car doors immediately upon entering your auto and keep them locked until you need to leave your car.
Both the 19th and 20th Police Districts wish you a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!
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