Food Drive for LPCS – Help the homeless – Drop off at 18th District CPD – March 1 thru March 31

The CPD 18th District Explorer’s have volunteered to lead a food drive in order to assemble sack lunchs for the guests of LPCS. Lincoln Park Community Services  (LPCS) helps individuals with the challenges of homelessness.

Pantry stable food donations will be accepted for the LPCS Food Drive at the 018th District Lobby –  1160 N. Larrabee .  If you have questions, contact Community Policing Office – Officer Ramona Stovall 312-742-5778

Donations will be accepted from March 1 through March 31

Let’s help our 18th District Explorers meet their challenge of a successful food drive.

Food List:

Requesting dry goods appropriate for a healthy sack lunch.  Foods like but not limited to:  Granola, nuts, canned goods, tuna, crackers, pretzels, sunflower seeds, salsa, roasted red peppers, mayo, ketchup, dried fruit, etc.

To print a copy of the flyer to distribute to your friends, or post in your building, CLICK HERE.




Gilda’s Club Chicago – 11th Annual #ItsAlwaysSomething Teen Multimedia Contest

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Chicago Department of Public Health: What You Need to Know about Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 2019-nCoV has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of other countries.

The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 and the first case in the Chicago area was announced on January 24, 2020, in a person who had traveled to Wuhan, China. The second case was announced on January 30, 2020, in a close household contact. This is also the first case of human-to-human transmission in the United States.

The latest situation summary updates, including the number of cases identified in the United States, are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?
People who get sick with 2019-nCoV develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Many common illnesses can cause these same symptoms. Individuals who have these symptoms and have traveled to Wuhan, China or have had close contact with someone with 2019-nCoV should be seen by a doctor or medical professional.

CDC believes at this time that it takes between 2 and 14 days to develop symptoms of 2019-nCoV after being exposed to the virus. Novel coronavirus can only be diagnosed through a laboratory test.

How does the virus spread?
Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person.

The main way most coronaviruses (including the common cold) spread is through the droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. In other coronavirus outbreaks, spread has generally occurred between close contacts.

What is the treatment for 2019-nCoV?
There is no specific medicine to treat 2019-nCoV infection at this time, though studies are underway. People sick with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care from a health care professional. Supportive care means care to help relieve symptoms; for example, medicine to bring down fevers, or oxygen if a patient’s oxygen level is low.

How worried should I be about this novel coronavirus in Chicago? How can I protect myself and my family?
Currently, the health risk to the general public from novel coronavirus remains low, both in the U.S. and in Chicago. At this point, there is no need for the general public in Chicago to change their behavior in any way related to this virus. The Chicago Department of Public Health takes new viruses very seriously, is monitoring the situation carefully, and will rapidly communicate any changes in this guidance.

As with any respiratory virus, you can protect yourself and others by taking everyday common sense actions:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?
The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends avoiding non-essential travel to China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan and other areas in Hubei Province, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport. The latest travel updates are available on CDC’s web page Traveler’s Health. If you must travel:

• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What if I recently traveled to China?
Any travelers returning from mainland China on or after February 3should stay home and monitor their health for up to 14 days after leaving China.

• Take your temperature with a thermometer 2 times a day and watch your health. A health official will contact you to give additional instructions.
• If you develop a fever (100.4F/38C), cough or have difficulty breathing, call CDPH for advice before seeking care. If you can’t reach CDPH, call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in China.

Travelers who returned from mainland China prior to February 3 can remain in school and work. If you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should.

• Stay home and avoid contact with others.
• Seek medical care right away.
• Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For more information, please visit the CDPH’s website or the CDC’s website, email, or call 312-746-4835.

Ignite the Spirit – Support our CFD – Purchase Chicago Firefighter & Paramedic 2020 Calendars

Ignite The Spirit, the Chicago Fire Department Charity


It’s not too late to support our first responders from the Chicago Fire Department who are there for us every day, by purchasing the 2020 Firefighter and Paramedic Calendar.

CLICK HERE to purchase a calendar.

Explore the website to learn more and to find out how you can get involved either through volunteering, attending an upcoming event or by making a donation.

Registration Open for Run to Remember – Join Team 018 Blue for Bauer!

Join RNRA members in running or walking in the 16th Annual Run to Remember on May 2, 2020.   Make sure to register under “Join a Team”  –  Team 018 Blue for Bauer!

Also, after you register, send an e-mail to with your name and e-mail address.  We’ll keep you posted on where RNRA is meeting on RACE day so we walk and run together!

 Register by January 31st and save $5!

The Run to Rmember is May 2, 2020 at Gold Star Families Memorial Park

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has given $11.1 million of assistance to Chicago Police Families in need.

Community Alert – Robberies – 18th District & 1st District – January 21, 2020

Understanding Recreational Cannabis in Illinois 

As of January 1st, recreational consumption, possession, and sales of cannabis products are legal in the State of Illinois.

Consumption in public is illegal. This includes streets, parks, and areas adjacent to dispensaries. Consumption on private property is permitted, subject to the discretion of the property owner. Cannabis may not be consumed in any vehicle, regardless of whether it is running. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and constitutes a DUI. Cannabis may not be consumed in any vehicle, regardless of whether it is running.

While cannabis is legal in Illinois, it remains illegal under federal law. Cannabis purchased in Illinois cannot be transported to another state. Cannabis may be purchased at licensed dispensaries

Additional Information:

Source:  Alderman Hopkins 2nd Ward Newsletter – January 13, 2020

Community Business Alert – Burglaries – 18th District Near North – January 18, 2020

Community Alert – Robbery -18th District Near North – January 18, 2020

Cook County State’s Attorney Forums – Hear the Candidates

Hear candidates for State’s Attorney of Cook County and their plan for bringing forward community safety solutions. Lexi Sutter, Emmy Award winning journalist and Gold Coast resident will moderate.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1301 N. LaSalle Dr.



Candidates that will be answering questions during these Community Forums are:

Christopher Pfannkuche – January 21
Bob Fioretti – January 22
Pat O’Brien – January 30
Bill Conway – February 12