Volunteers Needed for Chicago’s 2018 Homeless Count

The annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count provides the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. The data gathered serves as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness.

Volunteer for the Chicago Point-in-Time Homeless Count
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
8 pm to 2 am – Citywide

Volunteers are instrumental in this effort, working in teams, they canvass the entire city in a span of a few hours over the evening. To register as a volunteer, click here.

Source:  Alderman Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Newsletter 1/16/18


Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Eddie Johnson today welcomed 114 new police recruits to the Department’s Training Academy, the first class of 2018 and another step in the city’s plan to grow CPD by nearly 1,000 officers.
“Chicago’s greatest asset is our diversity, and with each class of recruits CPD reflects that and uses it to serve our city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Officers are not just here to police, patrol and protect residents, but to be part of those communities. Investments in officer training and technology today complement the City’s efforts for a better tomorrow – with more after school programs, summer jobs, and mentorship opportunities.”

The Police Department is not only growing in total size, but is also more diverse today than ever before and has the most diverse leadership in CPD history. This new class builds on the progress that has been made, as 68% of the January class of recruits are minority. This group of new recruits is also 23 percent female and includes 55 CPS graduates, 17 military veterans and 14 with CPD family members.

The ongoing hiring plan is part of Mayor Emanuel’s comprehensive public safety strategy – including investing in proactive intervention strategies in historically divested communities, expanding youth support services like mentoring for more at risk youth and stimulating neighborhood economic development with programs like the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund. While more work certainly remains, initiatives in 2018 will build on the reductions in gun violence seen in 2017, which were down 22% compared to last year. Since the beginning of 2017, more than 1,200 new recruits, 52 Lieutenants, 142 Sergeants, 270 Detectives and 119 Field Training Officers have entered the Academy.

“The first class of recruits for 2018 into the Training Academy is part of keeping our promise to make CPD a better agency and make Chicago safer through strengthened community policing,” said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “These new recruits will join the dedicated and brave officers that are working every day to reduce gun violence and build partnerships with the communities we serve.  I am confident that as we continue our investments, including our hiring plan, we will see even further progress in ridding our streets from violence.”
During six months of training at Police Academy, recruits learn all applicable laws and protocols for being a Chicago Police Officer. In addition to physical training, they receive instruction in procedural justice, mental health awareness, crisis intervention and de-escalation, use of force, community building and critical thinking.

“Our city’s investment in public safety is seen in the dedicated faces of the over 100 recruits joining the Department today,” said Alderman Reboyras. “As the Department continues to strengthen in numbers, it also strengthens in diversity, training provided to new recruits and the tools they will have at their fingertips when they graduate, from body worn cameras to mobile technology honing them in on crime hotspots.”

When these officers graduate they will have access to new tools, technology and resources to partner with the community and fight violent crime. This includes last week’s announcement of the completion of strategic nerve centers in the 3rd (Grand Crossing) and 4th (South Chicago) Districts. In those districts, station-based Strategic Decision Support Centers, district-wide gunshot detection systems, POD crime cameras and mobile phone technology have been installed to support police in preventing, combating and responding to violent crime in the south and west sides.


Source: Alderman Walter Burnette-27th Ward Newsletter 1/16/18

2018: Year of Creative Youth!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth.”

The $2 million investment by the City of Chicago will include a Creative Youth Festival across the Millennium Park Campus, performance opportunities for teens at city festivals and partner events, cultural grants, and events for youth arts organizations. For more information and updates on events planned for the Year of Creative Youth, visit cityofchicago.org/yocy.




Source:  Adlerman Reilly Reports 1/13/18

2017 Property Tax Exemption Renewal Applications Mailed

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios’ Office recently mailed nearly 300,000 Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2017 to seniors who received the exemptions last year. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 7, and state law requires annual renewal in order to continue to receive exemption savings.

The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate, income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.

To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for Tax Year 2017, a taxpayer must have:
• been born prior to or in the year 1952
• owned the property during 2017 or have a lease or contract for 2017 which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes
• used the property as his or her principal place of residence in 2017

To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2017, a taxpayer must have:
• been born prior to or in the year 1952
• a total household income of $65,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2016
• owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
• used the property as his or her principal place of residence as of January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
• been liable for payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes

Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption automatically receive the Homeowner Exemption. Seniors receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption automatically receive both the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemptions.

Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the past may visit the Assessor’s web site at www.cookcountyassessor.com and download an application or contact the Assessor’s Office at 312-443-7550 and request a form be mailed to them. Applications for the Homeowner Exemption are also available online.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/13/18

CTA: Extra Service for Lana Del Rey, The Killers concerts; Bulls, Blackhawks games – United Center









Rail: Green, Pink and Blue lines

Bus: #19 United Center Express, #20 Madison and #50 Damen

Lana Del Rey – Thurs.1/11 at 8 p.m.
The Killers – Tues. 1/16 at 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Fri. 1/12 at 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls – Sat. 1/13 at 7 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 1/14 at 11:30 a.m.
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls – Mon. 1/15 at 2:30 p.m.
Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls – Wed. 1/17 at 7 p.m.

Buy your unlimited ride passes and fares in advance
Avoid long lines to buy fares! Customers can add  unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to pay per-ride to their Ventra cards ahead of time via the free Ventra app, at rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at more than 1,000 local retailers (for locations visit ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app).
Customers can also purchase from Ventra vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

Stay in the Loop on CTA Service
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

Source:  Alderman Walter Burnett – 27th Ward Newsletter 1/11/18

The 2018 Shared Sidewalk Program Opens on January 9th






The 2018 Shared Sidewalk Program Opens on January 9th

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is a voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation. The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2018 if you wish to be considered for the 2018 program. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system by calling 311 or through the City’s service request website www.cityofchicago.org/311. The property owner’s contact information and the property address are required at the time of request. For more information, please click here.

Source:  Alderman Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Newsletter 1/2/18

City of Chicago Annual Tree Recyling Program





City of Chicago Announces Annual Holiday Tree Recycling Program
Recycle your holiday tree and receive free mulch when available.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, announced that the City’s annual holiday tree recycling program will run from Saturday, January 6 through Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 25 locations citywide.

The holiday tree recycling program is not able to accept wreaths or garlands.  Ornaments, lights, tinsels, and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off and trees should be removed from any bags when placed in the tree recycling corrals.

Trees recycled through the program are turned into mulch, wood chips for use at Chicago Park Districts and materials for use by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

Last year, the program mulched more than 21,000 trees. Free mulch will be available for residents to pick-up beginning on January 8, at six designated locations.

Participating locations include:
(*free mulch locations)

• Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
• Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St.
• Forestry Site*, 900 E. 103rd St.
• Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
• Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr.
• Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
• Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave.
• Kennedy Park, 2427 W. 113th St.
• Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
• Lake Meadows Park, 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.
• Lincoln Park*, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)
• Margate Park*, 4921 N. Marine Dr.
• Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
• McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
• Mt. Greenwood Park*, 3721 W. 111th St.
• North Park Village*, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
• Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave.
• Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
• Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.
• Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L
• Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.
• Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland
• Warren Park*, 6601 N. Western Ave.
• Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.
• West Chatham Park, 8223 S. Princeton

For more information on recycling in Chicago visit: www.cityofchicago.org/dss.

Source:  Alderman Walter Burnett – 27th Ward Newsletter 1/2/18

Property Tax Assessment Workshop – January 9


January 9th: Property Tax Assessment Workshop  

6:00 p.m.

Lincoln Park Branch Library

1150 W. Fullerton Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

Please bring a copy of your 2nd installment property tax bill.

Please join Alderman Brian Hopkins along with Cook County Commissioner Michael Cabonargi, on Tuesday, January 9th, for a workshop on How to Appeal Your Property Taxes. Click on the following link for more information http://www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/ or to find your township, enter your Property Index Number (PIN)  in the search box at this link http://cookcountypropertyinfo.com/Pages/PIN-Search.aspx.

For more information please contact Commissioner Cabonargi’s office at 312-603-5562

Source: Alderman Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Newsletter 1/2/18

CTA to Provide Free Rides, Extra Service for New Year’s Eve

CTA also offers additional service for Bulls game, WGCI Big Jam this weekend

NOTE: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday schedule on both Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1, when the New Year is a nationally observed holiday.

The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option for traveling to events around Chicago this weekend, including the “New Year’s Eve Fireworks” event at Navy Pier. Free rides will be provided through a sponsorship from Miller Lite on CTA buses and trains beginning 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 until 4 a.m. Monday, January 1.

For customers traveling to and from events around Chicago this New Year’s Eve outside the free ride period, the CTA recommends purchasing fares in advance, which will decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail station vending machines. Customers can load ahead of time transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) to their Ventra fare cards at rail stations, online or at nearly1,000 local retailers (locations available at ventrachicago.com).

Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards and add value to their accounts by using the Ventra App, available for free download via www.ventrachicago.com, the App Store and Google Play.

Full travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts. CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes ahead of time. More information about purchasing fares is below.

Extra New Year’s Eve Service

• Rail: Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Orange, Yellow and Purple lines
• Bus: #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #22 Clark, #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #79 79th Street, #124 Navy Pier and #151 Sheridan

United Center Events
Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls – Fri. 12/29 at 7 p.m.
WGCI Big Jam – Sat. 12/30 at 7:30 p.m.

• Rail: Green, Pink and Blue lines
• Bus: #19 United Center Express, #20 Madison and #50 Damen
Source:  Alderman Walter Burnette, Jr – 27th Ward Newsletter  12/29/17

Prepayments Now Accepted for 2017 Cook County Taxes

Prepay Your 2017 Taxes – Now you can prepay your Tax Year 2017 First Installment Cook County Property taxes online, in-person, by mail or at Chase Bank.

 Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is now accepting prepayments of next year’s First Installment property tax bill. For taxpayers who prefer to pay by mail or in person, they will also enable taxpayers to download and print a prepayment bill themselves.

Under state law, Tax Year 2017 First Installment taxes, due March 1, 2018, are 55 percent of the prior year’s total tax. To prepay, taxpayers must have their 14-digit Property Index Number (PIN), which can be found at the top of the most recent tax bill, near the amount due. Taxpayers can also use their property address to look up their PIN on cookcountytreasurer.com.

Here’s how to prepay:

• Online – Go to cookcountytreasurer.com and select “Prepay Your 2017 Taxes.”
• You can use your bank account or credit card to pay.
• Download your bill – You can print a copy of your prepayment bill by choosing “Download Your Bill”       on the website and entering your PIN or property address.

By Mail
Send the prepayment bill and your payment to:
Cook County Treasurer
PO Box 805436
Chicago, IL 60680-4115

In Person
Submit the prepayment bill and payment at a Chase branch bank or the Treasurer’s Office, 118 N. Clark St., Room 112, Chicago

Alderman Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Newsletter 12/18/17

Alderman Reilly Reports 12/15/17