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Alderman Reilly Collecting Items for Homeless Veterans through Operation Help-A-Hero

June 17, 2016

 

There are currently hundreds of homeless veterans who live either unsheltered or in shelters throughout the city of Chicago. The 42nd Ward and Operation Help-A-Hero will be collecting basic household items and toiletries throughout the month of June in an effort to help Chicagoland veterans who are homeless.

 

Donations will be accepted during the month of June at:

 

Office of Alderman Reilly

42nd Ward Constituent Service Office

325 W. Huron Street, Suite 510

9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday

10:00am - 2:00pm Saturday

 

All donations will be delivered to the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). The VA will distribute materials to qualifying veterans in need of assistance. New store-bought items that will be collected include:

 

  • PERSONAL HYGIENE: bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, toothbrushes;
  • KITCHEN & CLEANING ITEMS: kitchen trash cans (plastic), Windex, Pine Sol, dishwashing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, paper towels;
  • BATHROOM & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: shower curtains, toilet paper (4- or 6-pack), plungers, toilet brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, bath towels (2), wash cloths, smoke detectors w/ batteries, flashlights w/batteries, garbage bags, laundry baskets, hampers, and laundry detergent.

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New Security Upgrades to Illinois Driver's License / State ID 

May 20, 2016

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is upgrading security features to the Driver's License/ID card design and expanding the central issuance process for driver's licenses and ID cards to all applicants. With implementation of these changes, Illinois has moved closer to achieving full REAL ID compliance, which is a federal mandate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

 

By the end of July, applicants visiting Driver Services facilities will no longer be issued a new permanent DL/ID card at the end of the application process. Instead, they will leave the facility with a temporary, secure paper driver's license, which is valid for 45 days and will serve as their DL/ID for driving purposes and proof of identification. The temporary, secure paper driver's license or ID card will contain a photo and the basic information that appears on the permanent driver's license or ID card. In addition, the facility employee will return the old DL/ID card back to the applicant after punching a hole in it.

 

Meanwhile, the applicant's information will be sent to a centralized, secure facility in Illinois. After fraud checks have been conducted to ensure the applicant's identity, a higher quality, more secure DL/ID will be printed and sent via U.S. mail within 15 business days to the applicant's address.

 

For purposes of air travel, DHS states that it will accept the temporary document in conjunction with the old DL/ID to board an aircraft until the permanent card arrives in the mail. Illinois joins 39 other states that have moved to centralized production of DL/ID cards.

 

Illinois DL/IDs will continue to be accepted as primary forms of identification to board commercial airplanes for domestic travel until January 22, 2018.

 

For more information, click on the following links to read thefull press releaseandDL/ID Central Issuance process.

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Chicago City Clerk Notices: New Grace Period Rules for Chicago City Vehicle Stickers and Improved Pick-Up Truck Parking Rules in Effect

May 20. 2016

 


City Sticker Grace Period Rules

Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza is urging Chicago motorists to be aware of a change in grace period rules regarding deadlines for purchasing and displaying their Chicago City Vehicle Sticker.

 

BeginningJuly 1, 2016, changes to the Chicago Municipal Code regarding the grace period will make motorists eligible to be ticketed immediately following their vehicle sticker's expiration.

 

For example, if your vehicle sticker expires on June 30, you are eligible to be ticketed on July 1. The $200.00 ticket can be issued daily.

 

The grace period for late fees will be extended from 15 to 30 days effective July 1. A motorist with a vehicle sticker expiring June 30 will have until July 30 to purchase a sticker without paying an additional $60.00 late fee.

 

The Office of the City Clerk wants motorists to avoid tickets and additional fees at all costs. Please purchase and display your vehicle stickers in a timely manner. Also remember that the City Clerk's office has over 350 community partner vendors, including currency exchanges, which are open on weekends and holidays.

 

Please visit ChiCityClerk.com to conveniently purchase your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online via EZ>BUY or to find the nearest location to buy in person.

 

New Pick-up Truck Parking Rules

Effective this week, City residents are allowed to park their non-commercial pick-up trucks on residential and business streets without a truck sticker.

 

To learn more about the new rules, click here to download an info sheet on the revised ordinance.

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Millennium Park's Summer Music Series features Free Outdoor Concerts from June through August

May 20, 2016

 

 

The 2016Millennium Park Summer Music Serieswill offer an exciting line-up of 18 FREE outdoor concertsMondays and Thursdays from June 6 - August 25, 2016 (except where noted)at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

 

The Millennium Park Music Series (formerly Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz) has been reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists - both established and emerging.

 

Highlights of the 2016 season include the indie-rock bandBlonde Redhead; legendary salsa and Latin jazz artistEddie Palmieri; Swedish indie-folk singer Jose Gonzalez; the king of Juju music, King Sunny Ade; Chicago improvised jazz legend Phil Cohran; and the critically acclaimed blues ensemble Heritage Blues Orchestra.

 

All concerts are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and are FREE and open to the public. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place rain or shine. There will be no concerts the week of July 4; or on Thursday, July 28; or on Mondays in August.

 

For more information about the full 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series, click here.

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Does Illinois Have Your Money? Check for Unclaimed Property through I-Cash Program

May 13, 2016

 


Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs aims to reunite more than $2 billion in unclaimed property with Illinois residents. The Treasurer's Office never charges a fee to search and return unclaimed property.

 

For most people, it is difficult to believe that they might have overlooked an investment account or forgot to pick up a final paycheck. However, the thousands of names in the unclaimed property database shows that it happens too often.

 

Individuals, business owners and non-profits can search the list at www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

The Illinois Treasurer's office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and unpaid rebate cards. Items are surrendered after private entities tried for at least five years to locate the owner.

 

Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check every six months. Visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov or call 217.785.6998.

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CDPH Urges Gay and Bisexual Men to Get Vaccinated Against Meningitis

April 22, 2016


The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that two new cases of meningococcal meningitis have been identified in Chicago men. There are now nine confirmed cases from the Chicago area linked to last summer's outbreak, all in men who have sex with men (MSM), including one related death last June.

 

Since May of 2015, CDPH has distributed nearly 18,000 vaccinations, of which 14,653 have been administered. With these two new cases identified, CDPH is increasing awareness and making affordable vaccines available across the city, while focusing primarily on Men having Sex with Men (MSM), the population in which is largely most affected.

CDPH recommends that all men who have sex with men get vaccinated against meningitis. All MSM who are living with HIV will need two vaccinations, at least 8 weeks apart .Click here for the meningitis fact sheet for more information on the disease and vaccination recommendations.

 

Low and no-cost vaccinations are available at 80 locations around the city. For a complete list of all Chicago locations where vaccines are available for little or no cost, click here.

 

Invasive meningococcal disease is a rare but severe bacterial infection that results in serious illnesses including meningitis. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache and a stiff neck. This might be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and general confusion. Those who are living with HIV are at increased risk of developing disease. Even with antibiotic treatment, at least one in ten people who develops this form of meningitis is expected to die from it.

CDPH has and will continue to play an active role support role in addressing multiple aspects of the outbreak including making sure that close contacts of infected individuals receive appropriate prevention measures, educating healthcare providers about diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures, distributing vaccine to healthcare providers and continuing to educate gay and bisexual men about their need to be vaccinated.

 

To read the full press release, click here.

 

 

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Homebuyer Assistance Program Accepting Applications

June 17, 2016

 

Chicago Home Buyer Assistance Program is now accepting applications from families and individuals looking to buy a home in Chicago or refinance an existing mortgage. The program helps make home ownership possible for working families and individuals by providing support for down payment and closing costs.

 

The program currently has three approved lenders/servicers now accepting applications: Guaranteed Rate, American Financial Network and Home Trust Mortgage. These lenders now are accepting and processing applications. Guaranteed Rate was the first approved lender/servicer to make the program available to residents.

 

The program will assist a broad range of families and individuals that include middle- and low-income households looking to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage. First-time home buyers must complete a home buyer education course when participating in the program. Depending on loan type, qualified home buyers can have an annual income limit of up to approximately $133,000.

 

Through the program, qualified buyers may receive a grant for up to 7 percent of the total loan amount. For example, for a loan amount of $250,000, a borrower could receive a grant of no more than $17,500 to cover down payment and closing costs. Qualified borrowers are required to contribute the lesser or $1,000 or 1 percent of home purchase price at the closing.

 

The City is providing up to $1 million to launch the Home Buyer Assistance Program, which will become self-sustaining over time. The program is administered by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, which works with the authorized lending institutions.

 

All buyers must occupy the home as their primary residence and must reside in the property for at least five years before selling or refinancing. If the home is sold or refinanced before that time, the homeowner will have to pay back a prorated amount of the grant. After five years of on-time mortgage payments, the grant is completely forgiven.

 

To learn more about the Home Buyer Assistance Program and to view a complete list of approved lenders, please visit:

cityofchicago.org/homebuyerorchicagoinfrastructure.org.

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Drug Collection Boxes Now Available at MWRD Facilities to Encourage Safe Disposal and Help Protect Waterways

May 20, 2016

 

As a result of recent success at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's (MWRD's) Drug Take Back Day collections, the agency will permanently house drug drop-off boxes at four locations, including one site located in the 42nd Ward:

 

MWRD's Main Office Building

100 E. Erie Street

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 6:00pm

 

The new 38-gallon Medsafe drug collection boxes do not accept illegal drugs, liquid containers more than four ounces, sharps containers, needles, syringes, batteries, aerosol spray cans, trash, medical devices, chemicals or other hazardous materials. When making a deposit, users are urged to keep the medications in the original packaging and containers when possible and to place liquid containers inside plastic bags before depositing.

 

The Medsafe boxes will be located near MWRD police to ensure proper authorities are present at drop-off. If a box is locked, users are asked to return during hours of operation and avoid leaving medication outside the box.

 

Between April 29 and 30, the MWRD collected 257 pounds of drugs for safe disposal as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day. The event, held at the three plants and headquarters downtown, provided a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and potential harm to the environment.

 

Drugs are often mistakenly deposited in toilets and drains that are destined for local waterways. Water treatment facilities are not designed to remove minute concentrations of pharmaceuticals, and the chemicals could eventually wind up in area streams and waterways and have a negative impact on water quality. Numerous studies show significant negative effects that pharmaceutical drugs have on aquatic life.

 

There are many ways to reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals before they reach treatment facilities and/or the waterways. The first is to complete the course of treatment as prescribed by the physician. For over-the-counter products, a supply should be monitored and stored in one location at home to prevent the purchase of additional or extras. Homeowners are encouraged never to pour the pharmaceuticals down the toilet or drain, or give or sell them to others. Besides the MWRD boxes, there are various police stations and municipalities across Cook County that allow medicine to be deposited throughout the year. The city of Chicago also collects unwanted medicines 24 hours per day, seven days per week at its police facilities as well. For a complete list, visitwww.mwrd.org.

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Universal Preschool Application Helps Families Enroll In Early Learning

May 20, 2016

 

The city's first universal early childhood online application site, provides parents and families across the city with a comprehensive menu of preschool opportunities available under Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). This new system will improve access for parents seeking a program for their 3- or 4-year old child by helping them identify opportunities open in their neighborhood.

 

The online system creates a streamlined process, providing comprehensive information on all programs available to families, making it easier to select a program among the City's more than 600 high-quality community-based and school-based preschool programs. By moving the application process online, the administration will reduce barriers and allow parents to complete the application from any computer, tablet or smart phone.

 

Families of children who will be 3 or 4-years old on September 1, 2016 can now submit applications online for enrollment in fall 2016 early learning programs, and summer programming at select community-based sites. Paper applications will continue to be accepted at Family Resource Centers located at select library sites throughout the City. Notifications for placement in programs for the upcoming school year will begin on June 13th, and applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, prioritizing families based on need.

 

For any questions on the enrollment process, or to get assistance with an application, parents are encouraged to call the Chicago Early Learning Hotline at 312-229-1690.

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2016 Riverwalk Attractions

May 20, 2016

 

The Riverwalk is nearly complete! Phase 3, the City's final phase of construction to be completed this fall, will extend the Riverwalk from the west side of LaSalle Street to the north side of Lake Street.

 

The completed portion, between LaSalle and Lake Shore Drive, will have a wide variety of food, beverage and recreational opportunities to enjoy - all within a natural amenity, surrounded by an urban canyon of great architecture.

 

 

 

(photos courtesy of City Photographer Patrick Pyszka)

 

The Chicago Riverwalk features an exciting new concession lineup for the 2016 season. Vendors will officially operate on the Chicago Riverwalk from May 30 - November 1, 2016, though some may have already opened for the season.


To view a dining and activity map of the Chicago Riverwalk, click here.

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Chicago Farmers Market Season

May 6, 2016

 

 

Chicago Farmers Markets, presented by COUNTRY Financial, open in the spring (through October) at locations throughout the city's neighborhoods. The markets, managed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will sell fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers, as well as other prepared food items. A complete list of city-run and independent markets, along with dates and times can be found atchicagofarmersmarkets.us.

 

Downtown Farmers Markets:

Daley Plaza- Washington and Dearborn *

Thursdays, May 12 - October 27; 7am to 3pm

 

Federal Plaza- Adams and Dearborn *

Tuesdays, May 17 - October 25; 7am to 3pm

 

Green City West Loop - 211 S. Peoria

Saturdays, June 4 - October 29; 8am to 1pm

 

SOAR Farmers Market - 220 E. Chicago

Tuesdays, June 7 - October 25; 7am to 2pm

 

Printers Row - Polk and Dearborn *

Saturdays, June 25 - October 29; 7am - 1pm

 

Willis Tower Plaza- 233 S. Wacker *

Thursdays, July 14 - October 17; 7am - 3pm

 

This year, a select number of City of Chicago-managed market locations will accept LINK (*) and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase.

 

For a full list of all City of Chicago managed markets as well as over thirty-five independently run markets in the city, visitchicagofarmersmarkets.us.

 

 

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