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Local Hospital Updates - Weiss Memorial Hospital & Montrose Behavioral Health Center
June 9th, 2022

Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to share with you two local hospital updates in the 46th Ward: Weiss Memorial Hospital and Montrose Behavioral Health Center. I am excited in equal measure for both institutions as they continue to provide essential healthcare services and centers for community engagement in the 46th Ward. 

WEISS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Last Tuesday, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the sale of this hospital, along with West Suburban, to Resilience Healthcare, led by healthcare executive Manoj Prasad. You can read the full press release here. As stated previously by Weiss, Resilience Healthcare, and my office: 
This potential sale will allow a new owner, rather than a private equity firm, to increase investment in Weiss Hospital and commit to its continued success. 

The board approval is an important step in an ongoing process for the planned
change of ownership. Pipeline Health and Resilience Healthcare expect to have the sale finalized sometime in the next 30 days. Weiss CEO Irene Dumanis will build on recent improvements in quality care and work to expand clinical services.

MONTROSE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
Yesterday I got the opportunity to speak at their grand opening at 4720 N. Clarendon. I cannot understate the enormous importance of the work they will be doing for children and teens both in this ward and across all of Chicago.

The hospital provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for children ages 5–12 and adolescents ages 13–17. Their programming is designed for kids and teens using age-appropriate therapies and techniques, ensuring that the young people who receive care achieve the very best outcomes. Check out some of their programming here.

Best,

 
LIMITED OFFICE HOURS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th 
The 46th Ward Office will be closed from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 15th for Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification training in order to better serve our constituents. The office will be open from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the sale of guest parking passes and other constituent services.

The office will reopen with regular hours (9:00am-5:00pm) on Thursday, June 16th. 
ANOTHER FIRE AT THE LAWRENCE ENCAMPMENT

This past Monday, another fire occurred at the Lawrence viaduct located under DuSable Lake Shore Drive. My office reached out to the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and they confirmed that the fire was not arson, however, they were unable to find the incendiary device that caused the fire. Media has reported that a wooden structure was destroyed and the burned tents were all placed on wooden pallets, which was confirmed by CFD. Per the Dept. of Family and Support Services and the 19th District, no one was injured.

Please join Ald. Cappleman in echoing the concerns he brought to the Mayor's Office and City Departments about allowing encampments with propane tanks under DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Ald. Cappleman is also especially concerned that CDOT will not address the existence of small portable wooden homes placed under the viaduct that will cause major damage to the bridge the next time there is a serious fire. Ald. Cappleman continues to encourage the Mayor's Office and DFSS to utilize the best practice approach outlined by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Reach out to the Mayor's Office to voice your concerns at CommunityEngagement@cityofchicago.org or call 312-744-3300. If you reach out by email, copy Ald. Cappleman at ward46@cityofchicago.org


CURRENT RESPONSE FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE AND OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS

  • Pass out fliers to people living under the viaducts to warn them about the dangers of propane tanks used under the viaducts.
  • Craft legislation that would allow the City to fine those who give out propane tanks to people living under the viaducts.
  • Create a task force to explore other ideas to discourage the use of propane tanks and anything else that could lead to serious fires.
MEET WITH ALD. JAMES CAPPLEMAN
SPEAK WITH ALDERMAN CAPPLEMAN EVERY TUESDAY
Open office hours are every Tuesday from 3PM - 5PM via Zoom or phone. Sign up by the end of day Monday at 5:00pm by emailing the office at Ward46@cityofchicago.org. If this time period does not work for you, contact the Ward Office to schedule another time.

SCHEDULE A ZOOM MEETING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP
Ald. Cappleman or a staff member is also available to meet with your local neighborhood or business organization to provide updates about what's happening locally or city-wide. East Lake View Neighbors, Triangle Neighbors, Buena Park Neighbors, Sheridan Park Neighbors Association, Beacon Block Club, and Uptown United all do this on a regular basis. Schedule a time by either email at Ward46@cityofchicago.org or call 773-878-4646.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
BRING CHICAGO HOME ORDINANCE
Ald. Cappleman has recently changed his position on the Bring Chicago Home Ordinance and has asked to sign on as a co-sponsor of this ordinance. This ordinance has laid idle for almost three years, and it's his hope that this ordinance gets heard in committee so that negotiations can begin to help the City of Chicago focus on the desperate need for more affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness

ESSENTIAL HOUSING DENSITY ORDINANCE
Last month, Ald. Cappleman spoke with the Dept. of Housing to provide his input for an ordinance that would boost housing options near transit, and make it more difficult for alderpeople to veto such housing proposals in their own wards. It is Ald. Cappleman's belief if we're going to be truly committed to creating more affordable housing, we must as a city focus on different approaches that have worked well in other cities across the country to make that happen.

 
EARLY VOTING

Early Voting in Chicago for the 2022 Primary Election will start on May 31 through June 28, 2022 (Election Day) 

CHICAGO BOARD OF ELECTIONS SUPERSITE - 191 N. CLARK STREET
Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Election Day: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm (June 28th)

Early Voting in all 50 Wards will begin on June 13 through June 28, 2022 (Election Day). For the 46th ward, Truman College is the early voting site (1145 W. Wilson).

TRUMAN COLLEGE - 1145 W WILSON
Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Election Day: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm (June 28th)

Find where to vote early here. Find out if you are registered here. Full list of polling places for the June 28th election can be found here. Click here to download our Chicago Early Voting flyer with all locations and hours

UPCOMING EVENTS
NIGHT OUT IN THE PARKS
Tomorrow, Friday, June 10th, 2022. Tune in to the changing soundscape of your city in parks and nature. Explore listening and sound making as ecological practice and a radically positive instrument for change. Soundwalks led by faculty & alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago provide a unique, refreshing outdoor experience for all ages. Meet at the entrance to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary. More information can be found here.

NORTHSIDE HOUSING FAIR
Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 4432 N Troy Street in Chicago. Register online here.


JUNETEENTH JUBILEE & RESOURCE FAIR

Saturday, June 18th, 2022 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.Event will be hosted at Truman College (1145 W Wilson). 


PHILOSOPHY SALONS
Saturday, June 18th, 2022. 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Emerald City Coffee 1224 W. Wilson Ave.
Join inspired speaker and published author Justin Carmien for an Enlightenment salon-styled event. In this salon we will prepare ourselves for answering what it means to “be” political. They will recount a history of the essence of the political, beginning with interpretations of Ancient Greek texts. RSVP for this
 Meet Up group “Governance Futurism” by clicking here.


BUENA PARK CLEAN UP
Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 10:00 am. 
Meet at the Uptown Branch Library (929 W Buena Ave) and bring gloves and some garbage bags (we’ll have some to supply, too). Choose a few blocks within the neighborhood, and help clean the sidewalks of Buena Park!
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS & CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT 
MCCUTCHEON ELEMENTARY
The Middle School at McCutcheon Elementary located in the branch building on Kenmore has never had lockers. Students are required to carry all of their belongings from classroom to classroom all day. Let's fix this. In collaboration with the Assistant Principal Kahinde Longmire and the Local School Council, they are looking to raise $15,000 in the next 50 days to provide the needed funds to order and install the lockers that will bless the students for decades. Let's work together to make this long-lasting change and support the growth of executive functioning for the students as they progress towards high school.

Their 50 days ends on June 30. They need to order these lockers as soon as possible so they arrive in time for the new school year. Reach out to them at friendsofmccutcheon@gmail.com with any questions. To give, visit here.

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
DEVELOPMENT NEWS
AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS
If you have questions on any of these projects or other work taking place in the 46th Ward please reach out to our office at 
ward46@cityofchicago.org or 773-878-4646. When asking about developments or construction work, it is helpful to have the address of where the proposal or work is taking place. 

UPZONING PROPOSAL AT 4642 N. MAGNOLIA

Developer Finan Development, Corp is requesting a zoning change from R-3 to R-4 in order to build a 6-unit residential building on a double lot. A meeting will be scheduled with Magnolia Malden Block Club, the developer, and Ald. Cappleman to review the plans and then provide feedback to assist Ald. Cappleman with his final decision. 

640 W. IRVING PARK ROAD - 46TH WARD Z&D COMMITTEE MEETING JUNE 14TH
Please mark your calendars for the next 46th Ward Zoning and Development Advisory Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30pm over Zoom. This meeting will be to discuss the proposal for 640 W Irving Park Rd, the current site for the American Islamic College.  As always, the plans and additional information for this proposal can be found on our website's development page, including the Zoom link for community members interested in attending this Z&D Committee meeting. 


4701 N. CLARK

Developer Platinum Homes is requesting a zoning change from B3-2 to B2-3 in order to construct a five-story residential building. The proposal would have 38 dwelling units (29 two-bedroom, 2 bath units and 9 two-bedroom, 1 bath units with parking for 21 vehicles and 62 bicycles. The Department of Planning and Development has not yet provided final approval for the design, and more feedback is needed from Clark Street Block Club and Uptown United before going forward. Because the proposal is under $10M, it will not go before the full 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee. This development proposal is along Clark Street, which is currently undergoing a retail corridor study led by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, which is why this department's input is also crucial. Click here for more information.

4555 N. DOVER UPDATE
In response to a need for a 50' setback on Dover, the developer will need to increase the density of his proposal in order to meet the demands of his lender for a loan. Once a plan has been submitted, Ald. Cappleman will host a meeting with Dover Street Neighbors and the developer to discuss this proposal. After community input has been obtained, Ald. Cappleman will provide his decision on whether or not to approve an upzone.

RED PURPLE LINE MODERNIZATION (RPM)
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the RPM project please contact RPM@transitchicago.com or call 331-303-2499. 

Street and Alley Closure: Sidewalk and parking lane closures with lane shifts under the CTA tracks at Montrose Ave; The parking lot under the CTA tracks, west of the east alley behind 4406-4564 N Broadway, will be inaccessible.
More Information: Notice May 17 - May 27 | May 9 - September 30


BETTER STREETS FOR BUSES
When streets work better for buses, buses work better for people. Help shape the 'Better Streets for Buses Plan'. You can find the online survey here.

JOB LISTINGS & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
JOB LISTINGS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Find up-to-date job listings here, and find more information about employment & volunteer resources here

CHICAGO YOUTH SERVICE CORPS

This is a reminder that there is still time for young people to apply for One Summer Chicago (OSC), providing over 19,000 opportunities that help young people earn, learn, and grow. Chicago youth between the ages of 14-24 have until Friday, June 10 to apply

And for 16–24-year-olds interested in finding service-based opportunities, the Chicago Youth Service Corps returns with paid civic-leadership programming that allows young people to develop solutions to systemic issues in their communities. This year, the CYSC is expanding to year-round programming.


SOUTH-EAST ASIA CENTER
Volunteer with South-East Asia Center teaching English. Call or email Leona, 773-989-1141 seacesl@se-asiacenter.net.


SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMMING
Sign up for school programming this Summer! More information can be found here.


AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS 
Applications for ASM's summer session are now open, and we still have hundreds of slots available across our programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM. As always, our participants of all ages will earn a stipend for their participation, and teens 16 and older will have the opportunity to earn $15 an hour! Apply online here.


CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY FRAUD HOTLINE
To report fraud plesae call 1-800-544-7139 or email fraud@thecha.org. 

 
PUBLIC SAFETY 

OEMC LAKEFRONT/BEACH SAFETY
City of Chicago beaches are now open! The Chicago Park District urges patrons to enjoy the beaches safely and responsibly and look for “No Swimming Allowed” signage that indicates that swimming is not sanctioned in that area. Visitors should consult the district’s website or social media platforms to ensure water conditions are safe for swimming before heading out to the beach and only enter the water when a lifeguard is on duty. Swim hours are 11am to 7pm, daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 

LAKEFRONT/BEACH SAFETY: 

  • Wear a Life Jacket!  Not only having a life jacket but wearing it properly is the first defense against drownings. Life jackets come in numerous sizes and types designed for different activities. The life jacket you wear to the pool may not be suitable for kayaking on a river. Always check the manufacturer tag for any weight maximums and usage designation as well as the United States Coast Guard Life Jacket requirements. 
  • Boaters should be mindful of break wall locations at all times; When water levels rise high enough to cover the walls, boaters may be at risk of serious injury and vessel damage.  
  • Boating Under the Influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving!  It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats including canoes and rowboats. 
  • Learn to Swim-learning to swim can be fun and easy, no matter your age. Check out local swim programs at schools, community centers, and the Park District. Go to the Chicago Park District website for further details on Swimming Lessons offered in your area.  
  • Never Swim Alone or at night! - Swimming alone or in the dark is extremely dangerous and can end in tragedy. Even when at personal pools and spas, swimming without a buddy is never safe and should not be done.  
  • Swim Near Lifeguards-Swimming at a Lifeguard protected pool or beach is essential to safety. Lifeguards are trained in numerous rescue skills, CPR, AED usage, and much more. Listen to their rules and instructions as they are there for your safety and enjoyment. Never rely on lifeguards as “babysitters” for children in the water, if your child is in the water, you should be too.  
  • Take a CPR class! - Learning CPR is easy and an essential skill for the bystander who may witness an aquatic emergency. Take a CPR class this summer at your local Fire Station, Hospital, or other agency and increase your readiness to help a loved one or someone else in need. Visit the American Heart Association or American Red Cross websites for details on how and where to sign up for a class near you!  
  • Report suspicious activity-Protecting our beaches and pools is a public effort and reporting any unwanted or suspicious activity to first responders immediately can help save lives. If you ever see something unusual or are ever unsure, please call 9-1-1 right away.  
  • Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids, and have fun! Be Safe Chicago!   
  • Rip Currents: Learn how to escape a rip current:  Relax, swim to shore but don’t swim against current; If you can’t escape, float or tread water.
  • Lakefront Paths: Heed the warnings and obey signage or officials on path closures; Do NOT navigate around barricades or closures – they are there for your safety to avoid risks of falls or being swept into the water, requiring rescue. During thunderstorms, being near bodies of water such as the lakefront paths or Riverwalk can pose threats of flooding and being swept into currents, especially with high lake levels. Heed any warnings to avoid the lakefront and Riverwalk when these are issued.     
CAMERA REGISTRATION PROGRAM
The City of Chicago has launched a free and voluntary camera registration program open to anyone who lives or operates a business in Chicago. By registering your camera, you are allowing the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to contact you in the event of a crime in your area. CPD will not have direct access to your camera system and cannot access the footage without your consent. Learn more about the program and sign up for camera registration here.


PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS & INFORMATION 
For more public safety tips, including how to make a 911 call, please visit the public safety page on our website


BIKE SAFETY & COOK COUNTY BIKE PLAN
If you see a parked car in the bike lane please call 911 to report this traffic violation, this is essential in boosting cyclist safety in 46th Ward. If there is snow in a protected bike lane, please make a 311 report. Click here to view the Cook County Bike Plan where you will find various resources and a survey.

UPDATES ON THE LATEST COMMUNITY ALERTS
Click here for more up-to-date information on the latest community alerts. If you have any questions about past crimes, please contact the 19th District CAPS Office at 312-744-0064 or the 20th District CAPS Office at 312-742-8770.

THE CITY'S PLAN TO ADDRESS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
The Chicago Police Department's website provides detailed information about current crime statistics as well as an outline of their plan to address violence. Click here to view that information.


19th DISTRICT (south of Lawrence)
P: 312-744-0064
E: CAPS019District@chicagopolice.org
See the Beat Meeting listing below for the Zoom meeting I.D. number and passcode.


20th DISTRICT (north of Lawrence)
P: 312-744-8714
E: CAPS020District@chicagopolice.org
Click here to join a 20th District CAPS meeting.

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