Wild Mile Virtual Panel Discussion in May 2020

CLICK HERE to listen to the Virtual Panel Discussion.



Alderman Brian Hopkins hosts FREE COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall tonight – May 13




Dear Neighbor,

I am hosting a FREE COVID-19 virtual health education workshop online on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The workshop — hosted by Chicagoland medical students, Dr. Gary Slutkin, and Dr. David Neely — will help educate and empower you to better understand the public health decisions made to keep Chicago and Illinois safe from COVID-19.

The 30-minute presentation will be available through Zoom. It will feature the most recent evidence-based public health guidelines designed to help ensure you are up-to-date with the latest facts about COVID-19. Attendees will be able to ask the health education team questions about COVID-19 following the presentation.

To RSVP, please click here. A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed 60 minutes before the workshop begins.

You can submit questions through the registration link, or ask them via Zoom or Facebook Live, and the panel will answer your questions for as long as time permits.


Alderman Brian Hopkins
2nd Ward

Tuesday May 12th 6:00 p.m. – 018th District CPD Webinar for 20 Sector Beats 1821, 1822, 1823, 1824

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: May 12, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: 20 Sector Meeting (Webinar) – Beats 1821, 1822, 1823, 1824

Not sure of your police district or beat, CLICK HERE.

The beat meeting (webinar) is a chance to meet your neighbors and come up with strategies that affect the community.

*If you have questions to be addressed at the 20 sector webinar please send them to the e-mail address at CAPS.018District@chicagopolice.org

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: 311004

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13126266799,,99076627015#,,1#,311004# or +16465588656,,99076627015#,,1#,311004#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 990 7662 7015
Password: 311004

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: (US West) (US East)
Meeting ID: 990 7662 7015
Password: 311004
SIP: 99076627015@zoomcrc.com
Password: 311004

Wishing our Moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

Restore Illinois Health Regions

The smaller regions represent 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions 

Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced “Restore Illinois” – his five-phased plan to reopen the state. This initial framework is guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The plan will be updated as testing and tracing ramp-up and as treatments or vaccines are approved.

The Governor’s Plan is driven by regional healthcare availability and recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state and accounts for regional variations in hospital capacity. For the purposes of this plan, four health regions are being established, each with the ability to independently move through a phased approach: Northeast Illinois; North-Central Illinois; Central Illinois; and Southern Illinois.

Each region may progress through the phases independent of the other regions.

Mayor Lightfoot is developing a similar plan for Chicago to complement Restore Illinois. Updates regarding local reopening information will be provided in future Reilly Reports.

For more information CLICK HERE to read Alderman Reilly Reports 5-6-20.

Masks available from Alderman Reilly for 42 Ward residents belonging to vulnerable population

As a reminder, Illinois residents are required to wear face coverings in public where six feet of distance between individuals cannot be maintained, like in stores. For residents who have homemade, cloth face coverings, please ensure your mask does the following:

• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
• be secured with ties or ear loops
• include multiple layers of fabric
• allow for breathing without restriction
• be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

While wearing face masks is now required, please note that it does not replace or substitute social distancing. When wearing a mask, please continue to practice social distancing from others, frequent hand cleaning and other preventative measures.

Alderman Reilly will have a number of masks available for distribution to 42nd Ward residents. As a reminder, these masks will be prioritized for residents who belong to a vulnerable population, including seniors 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk, and essential personnel.

If you or a member of your immediate household falls into these categories, and you do not otherwise have access to a mask, please COMPLETE THIS FORM and Alderman Reilly’s office will do their best to provide you with a mask. Because there are a limited number of masks to distribute, we hope that residents will use discretion in requesting a mask.

Please note, these masks are for 42nd Ward residents only, if you reside outside of the 42nd Ward, please contact your local Alderman. To look up your local Alderman, please CLICK HERE.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, please visit: City of ChicagoState of Illinois, and CDC.

Wild Mile – Earth Week Virtual Panel – Tomorrow April 23 – Must Register

How can we better connect habitat to human health? This Earth Week, register for a virtual panel on the Wild Mile, a project to transform a human-made branch of the Chicago River into a 17-acre floating eco-park.

Panelists from a number of organizations that developed and contributed to this unique effort will discuss the vision to strengthen neighborhood connectivity, generate cleaner water, and support more vibrant ecosystems along the east side of Chicago’s Goose Island, on the North Branch Canal and Turning Basin.

Tune in to the panel to learn more about the future of the project, the importance of environmental action and ecological restoration along Chicago’s rivers, and ways to get involved. The Wild Mile advances an exciting vision for how cities everywhere can support a thriving, natural environment that coexists within an urban setting.

This virtual panel is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 23. Register at the link below.


Reverend Randall K. Blakey Near North Unity Program, Executive Director
Nick Wesley, Urban Rivers Co-Founder and Co-Director
Rachel Momenee, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Senior Architectural/Urban Designer
Michael Skowlund, Omni Ecosystems, Director of Landscape Architecture

April 23, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST

Register Here

Participate in Earth Week with Friends of the Parks from the safety of your home

Although our April 18 Ward Park Clean-up was cancelled, you can still participate in Earth Day Activities.

To align with the global 50th Anniversary of Earth Day movement Friends of the Parks has some suggested activities you can do from the safety of your home.  To find out more, CLICK HERE

History of Earth Day

Fifty years ago Earth Day prompted the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.  In 1970, millions of people stood up to protect our planet – let’s do it again!

The National Recreation and Parks Association states: “While the impacts of climate change are daunting, there is a growing recognition that parks can be part of the climate solution.  Parks reduce harmful carbon pollution that is driving climate change: they protect people and infrastructure from increasingly severe storms, sea-level and lake-level rise, heat waves and droughts; and they also directly reduce some of the primary public health challenges that are exacerbated by climate change.”

Join us this year as we take on the international theme of Climate Action by caring for our park.  It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and make a difference in our community – and in the world.

For over 30 years, Friends of the Parks has been mobilizing community members to participate in Earth Day volunteerism. People from neighborhoods throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs volunteer at their local parks and forest preserves to practice stewardship and celebrate community. This year’s event is conducted in partnership with the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserves of Cook County and many community groups across Chicagoland.

EARTH WEEK kicks off on Monday April 20! For more information click here to visit the Friends of the Parks online, or here to visit the International Earth Day website.

Alderman Reilly Reports – April 22, 2020 – COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals, Families & Residential Buildings

Dear Neighbor:

Although we have made great progress, Illinois has not yet reached our peak level of new COVID-19 cases. While recent data shows we are moving in the right direction, health experts must see a steady decline in new cases before major social distancing restrictions can be relaxed or lifted.

After weeks of data and trend analysis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidelines at the IndividualFamily, and Multi-Family Residence levels to ensure we are doing all that we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As we stay at home, the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to continue to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing when in public. It is also important to note the difference between self-quarantine and self-isolation, terms that have been used frequently since Coronavirus began to spread in the United States.

Chicago Health magazine recently published an informative article distinguishing the difference between “Self-Isolation” and “Self-Quarantine.” It is worth a read.

As a reminder, the following are COVID-19 Facts and Guidelines that apply to 

Know How COVID-19 Is Spread

• Coming in close contact (about six feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19 – the virus is primarily spread from person to person.
• Being infected by respiratory droplets via cough, sneeze, or talking.
• Touching a contaminated surface and then your mouth, nose or eyes.
Protect Yourself and Others 
• There is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to COVID-19.
• Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Practice Social Distancing
• Complete activities online when possible, including buying groceries and medicine, doctor visits, and banking activities.
• If you must go out in public, maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
• Get deliveries or takeout, limit in-person contact and disinfect packages.
• Prevent the Spread if You Are Sick
• Stay home if you are sick, except to get urgent medical care.
• Avoid using all public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
• Separate yourself from the other people and pets in your home.
• There is no specific treatment, but seek medical care for symptoms.
• If you need medical attention, be sure to call the hospital first.

I know that the uncertainty and conflicting messages from various government leaders is causing all of us a tremendous amount of stress and concern.  Please know that the best expert minds, in every level of government, are working around the clock to help us manage this pandemic and identify a path to normalcy.  We will get through this crisis.

Thank you for continuing to be patient during these extraordinary (and sometimes frustrating) restrictions that have been implemented to protect our public health.

Although these restrictions are disruptive to our daily lives and represent a level of personal sacrifice, please remember our many neighbors who serve as first-responders and healthcare workers who are selflessly sacrificing so much more – on a daily basis – to help keep us safe and healthy. Let’s keep those heroes in mind as we stay at home.

We must continue to flatten the curve.  The sooner we can turn the corner on COVID-19, the sooner we can all get Chicago re-opened for business!

For updates on COVID-19, please visit: City of ChicagoState of Illinois, and CDC.


Brendan Reilly
President Pro Tempore
Alderman, 42nd Ward

To see most recent publications from all three River North Alderman, please go to RNRAChicago.org and select the menu item “Covid-19 Resources” and “Alderman Newsletters Covid-19“.

Aldermen Updates during Covid-19 (Wards 2, 27 and 42)

Our Aldermen continue to send updated information.  Their newsletters can be found on our website RNRAChicago.org under the menu item “Covid-19 Resources – Alderman Newsletters during Covid-19“.

Also under the menu item “Covid-19-Resources” you can  find a link to Covid-19 – Access Resposne Center – Daily Updates.

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