September 2021 Meeting Agenda

ELVN will hold its next Monthly Meeting on Zoom on September 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the time). The meeting will be held via Zoom.  If you wish to attend via Zoom, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com.  The Agenda is below. I hope to see you on Zoom.

  • Call to order
  • Reports-Elected Officials
  • 46th Ward Update
  • 44th Ward Update
  • Cubs Update
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Redistricting in State of Illinois
    • Redefine the Drive Questions
    • Next meeting is October 26, 2021
  • Adjournment

May 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. Meeting was held over Zoom.

Directors Roll Call

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Maureen Martino
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Kit Welch
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Megan Grochowiak
  • Marty Wallace

Reports-Elected Officials

  • 46th Ward Update James Cappleman
    • Sheridan L stop, Stop would actually have to move to Irving Park on the north side of the street. This will take minimum 10’s of millions of dollars and federal money is a must for it to happen.
    • CDOT study on Sheridan is complete
    • Semenary shared street is funded and should start this summer
    • Waveland underpass getting cleaned, painted and new lighting will be installed
  • 44th Ward Update Calvin Catrel
    • What input about how people feel about the renaming of lake shore drive
    • 19th District Police are offering free security assessments. Reach out to aldermans office to schedule
    • Block parties and Yard sales applications should be opening up soon, no exact dates yet.
    • Will street closures still be a thing for restaurants? Southport, Broadway and Sheffield will have closures for restaurants
    • Will ward boundries be changing in light of the census? 44 and 46 may shrink as both have had population growth
  • Rep Croke – Jessica Lach
    • Please contact office with unemployment issues
    • Crypto currency bill and womens rights bill both passed the senate and looking to pass the house
    • COVID Vaccines distribution going well
    • Create better policy for moms in the state of Illinois
    • Redistricting is coming, our district may actually shrink because our district has grown in population.
    • CPS
  • Cubs Update 
    • Neighborhood Grounds Crew Event June 6th 10am meet at Wilton and Waveland last Sunday in June
    • Vaccination site still up and running at Wrigley around 36,000 people have been vaccinated. Walk ins still available every day.
    • Some Gallagher Way programing is coming, starting slow in June with fitness classes and family oriented events.
  • Congressman Quigley – Yoni Pizer
    • 10 community funding projects selected from 100 applications center on haltead youth housing, CPS elementary schools capital improvements, Lincoln Park zoo upgrades, advocate Illinois Mosonic expantion,
    • Upgrade of CTA blue line Irving Park Stop and making all stations accessible
    • Espanssion of 606 trail to Elston avenue 1.5 million
    • Mail delivery issues, USPS is short on staff and mail is not getting delivered
    • Q: Will the Sheridan L stop be getting repaired? A: funding was not granted in this round, but hopefully can get funded in the upcoming infrastructure bill.
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
    • Carjacking’s-Be aware entering and exiting your car even as incidents have been on the decline.
    • Catalytic converter theft have increased 5 fold over the last few months
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Lincoln Park Zoo Rat/Public Health Study-Jacqueline Buckley 
    • Next meeting is June 22, 2021 via Zoom
  • Adjournment

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974
  • AIDS Garden grant money is coming through.
  • COVID vaccines for CPS teachers will be administered at Wiess Hospital March 24th
  • BIG Grants may be coming back for businesses in need.
  • May be a good idea to get an IRS pin number if you have been the victim of identity theft with unemployment benefits.

Questions:

What is the state holdup in cannabis laws? Cannabis expansion is getting stalled by the black caucus because of equity issues and this is also causing problems with zoning.

Bridget Gainer

Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210

5th Congressional District Update – Yoni Pizer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email

Elli.Song@mail.house.gov

  • 773-267-5926
  • American Rescue Plan will send $1,400 to people making less than 75k per year
  • ACA has reopened
  • HR1 For the People Act is strengthening voting rights
  • Restoring the post office is a top priority.

Questions:

Where will the 2 trillion dollars to pay for the American Rescue Plan? Hoping to reestablish past tax rates to pay for bill. Spending in time of need will more than pay for itself in the future.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Sewer collapse repairs continue should be completed by March 22
  • North Sheridan & Dakin Traffic Study – No stop sign, but bump out curbs would be appropriate.

Questions:

Is it possible to use a federal arts grant for 10k to be used on an art project under the Irving underpass? Yes, will look into it further, and am all for it.

44th Ward Update – Neighborhood Liaison Calvin Cottrell

  • Contact Info – calvin.cottrell@cityofchicago.org or at (773) 525-6034
  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list: https://www.44thward.org/
  • 3440 N Broadway passed zoning, but still needs to pass final step for a use variance.
  • Former Treasure Island grocery store site is pushing traffic down Cornelia. Aldermans office will monitor.

Questions:

Will Broadway pedestrian space on street be available again this year? Yes, on the weekends. Would also like to expand to close more streets for pedestrians.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • April 1st 1:20 Opening Day.
  • Cubs schedule is currently unchanged and is expected to go forward as scheduled
  • neighbors@cubs.com
  • Fans back at 20% for start of season
  • Safety measures in place: timed entries, touchless entry, no cash, Gallagher Way will not be open, designated bathrooms,
  • Cubs neighborhood advisory meeting is Thursday at 6pm on zoom.
  • Hoping to open mass vaccination site in Cubs building, may open as early as March 25th
  • No Remote parking will be available at the beginning of the season.

New/Old Business:

Brandon Cunningham:

  • Green team is looking for recruits.
  • Seminary shared street is moving forward.
  • Kelly Park Earth Day event April 24th
  • It’s Your Park Day at Kelly Park will be in May.
  • Construction plans are next step in Kelly Park renovation.

Sculpture requests are in, top 5 choices have been selected. Please send in location suggestions.

Lakeshore Drive Task force meets on Thrusday.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Be vigilant when getting in and out of your car, carjacking’s are on the rise in the neighborhood

36636Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • New York building issues have been resolved
  • Still some sticking points with the building to the north but a compromise appears to be eminent.
  • ELVN Board will vote on approval when issues are resolved with all neighboring buildings.
  • For info on this project go to: http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

ELVN Board Election

  • Motion to seat slate of candidates by Mike Zink
  • Seconded by Gregory Ratcliff
  • Slate of Candidates was approved by acclimation

August 10, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. Meeting was held over Zoom and in person at 19th District Community Room.

Directors Roll Call

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Marty Wallace

Reports-Elected Officials

  • 46th Ward Update James Cappleman
    • Menu process is starting early this year. 1.5 million allocated
    • Email office with suggestions and needs for funding
    • There will be police pod cameras and license plate readers being installed on lake shore drive to help with the carjacking problems.
    • 2022 budget engagement forum will be at Truman College Thursday 6pm
    • 19th District will be a test area for mental health responders there will be a forum on August 30th at the 19th district
    • City ward remapping is coming soon
    • 640 Irving Park Road Islamic College is not yet ready for zoning committee
    • Questions: What are your thoughts on redistricting? Population loses are on the south and west sides and those are the Alderpersons running the process for redistricting. Personally feel that redistricting should not involve alderperson input.
    • Why can’t Lake Shore Drive have speed cameras? It is a state law, Not sure the exact reasoning, but will find out.
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Shred event coming Saturday September 25th
  • Rep Croke
    • Back to Business Plan will have similar grants as the BIG Grant had 25 million allocated to restaurants. There will be grants available to other industries totaling $250 million.
    • Kelly Park has received around $500,000 grant from the state
    • Illinois Credit rating was upgraded in the first time in a long time
    • Changing state districts will move Representative Croke’s district, but district will still include East Lakeview Neighbors.
  • Congressman Quigley – Yoni Pizer
    • Infrastructure bill looks like it is going to pass. This will help with Redline extension and replacing lead water pipes throughout the city.
    • Congressman is looking to pass other bills that would create more green jobs and lower prescription drug prices.
    • Question: What is the time frame for making CTA stations ADA compliant? Starting with Blue and Purple Lines now, hoping to do the rest over the next couple years.
  • Adjournment. Meeting was cut short by technical difficulties

August 10th Agenda

ELVN will hold its next Monthly Meeting on Zoom on August 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the time). The meeting will be held both via Zoom and in-person at the 19th District police station community room, 850 W. Addison.  If you wish to attend via Zoom, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com for details. If you wish to attend in-person, you must wear a mask at all times in the police station.  The Agenda is below. I hope to see you then either on Zoom or in person. 

  • Call to order
  • Reports-Elected Officials
  • 46th Ward Update
  • 44th Ward Update
  • Cubs Update
    • Neighborhood Grounds Crew Event
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
    • Recent attempted Home Break-In on 3700 Block of Kenmore
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Jeff Katz: Lakeview Dog Park Presentation
    • Next meeting is September 14, 2021 (will try to have another hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting)
  • Adjournment

Join the Lakeview Pantry!

I hope you are doing well! Hope your summer is going well. My name is Clare Peterson and I am the Volunteer Program Intern. With the help of volunteers, Lakeview Pantry provides fresh groceries and social services to neighbors all across Chicago. 

During the summer months, Lakeview Pantry tends to need more volunteer support as many volunteers take time off. We are in need of volunteer support Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. We have group and individual volunteer opportunities at 4 locations and we would love for you to join us! 

Registering to become a Lakeview Pantry volunteer is a fantastic way to make new friends, raise awareness of our cause and help connect our neighbors with food and social services. To become a volunteer, individuals can register online.

We would love for your team to join us for a group volunteer opportunity! If you are interested in learning more please email Volunteer Experience Coordinator Anna at anna.nelson@lakeviewpantry.org. 

June 2021 Meeting Agenda

ELVN will hold its next Monthly Meeting on Zoom on June 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the time). If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com for details. The Agenda is below. I hope to see you then. 

—Michael 

  • Call to order
  • Congressman Mike Quigley
  • Reports-Elected Officials
  • 46th Ward Update
  • 44th Ward Update
  • Cubs Update  
    • Neighborhood Grounds Crew Event June 27 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
    • Criminal/Potential Gang Activity at Clifton/Waveland/Clark area
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  • New Business/Old Business 
    • Next meeting is August 10, 2021 (will try to have hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting)
  • Adjournment

Updates on Redefine The Drive

From Alderman Tunney:

A proposal to rename Lake Shore Drive after the first permanent resident of Chicago, Jean Baptist Point DuSable, has been moving through City Council. Last week, the Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Public Way unanimously voted for this proposal to come before the entire City Council. I am not a member of that committee and have yet to have an official vote on this matter; however, I have been working with the Mayor’s Office and the co-sponsors of the renaming proposal to attempt to find a compromise. If you would like to either share your thoughts on a potential renaming or other ideas on how we could honor DuSable, the Founder of Chicago, please fill out my office’s survey by clicking here.

Over the past year, my office and the North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) project have gathered a large amount of input from our residents on the preliminary design at Belmont Avenue, Aldine Avenue, and other key locations within the Lakeview community. My office continues to work closely with the NLSD project team to ensure that your feedback is heard, that the final designs reflect community input, and address existing issues for people walking, bicycling, driving, riding transit, and using the parks.

A follow-up community meeting for the Lakeview area is anticipated for this June, during which the project team will provide an update on comments provided, discuss the preliminary design concepts and present additional alternative designs for key areas within our neighborhood. The meeting will also allow for direct discussions with the project team so that comments and questions can be addressed.

The project recently distributed a newsletter that gives details on feedback heard during the Fall 2020 Public Input Opportunity and anticipated community outreach for 2021 and 2022. Please visit here to read the newsletter. If you would like to submit feedback as a part of the official project record, please email comments to the NLSD project team at info@northlakeshoredrive.org, and cc the Infrastructure Director in my office, Dionisios.Manoli@cityofchicago.org.

My office values your input as we work with the project team to develop a final design that benefits our community, enhances the North Lake Shore Drive experience, and improves surrounding amenities.

Retirement Reception for Captain Paul Kane

You are cordially invited to the Retirement Reception for Captain Paul Kane of the 19th District. Captain Kane attended many community meetings and worked tirelessly to promote safety in the District. Join us at the station, 850 W. Addison, on Friday June 4, 2021 from 4-6 p.m. for refreshments, food and cake as we recognize his efforts and service.

May 11, 2021 Agenda

ELVN will hold its next Monthly Meeting on Zoom on May 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the time). If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com for details. The Agenda is below. I hope to see you then. 

—Michael 

  • Call to order
  • Reports-Elected Officials
  • 46th Ward Update
  • 44th Ward Update
  • Cubs Update 
    • Neighborhood Grounds Crew Event
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Lincoln Park Zoo Rat/Public Health Study-Jacqueline Buckley 
    • Next meeting is June 22, 2021 via Zoom
  • Adjournment