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Community Clean & Green

Grab your mask & gloves and join us for a community clean & green event.

Saturday | July 25, 2020
9-10:30 a.m.
East Lake View Community

Volunteers should meet at the corner of Wilton and Waveland avenues at 9 a.m. Please bring a mask, gloves and any equipment you would like to use. Bags for trash and recycling will be provided. Be sure to wear your Neighborhood Grounds Crew t-shirt, if you have one.

Out of an abundance of caution and to follow health and safety protocols, an RSVP is required to attend this event. Space is limited. All volunteers will be required to wear a mask.

RSVP today.

Clean energy flyer

Clean energy in the time of a pandemic

You are invited to a virtual town hall event hosted by Rep. Yoni Pizer, Rep. Ann Williams, and Sen. Sara Feigenholtz on the topic of Clean Energy in the Time of a Pandemic: A conversation about CEJA during COVID-19.

This event will focus on the Clean Energy Jobs Act and the relationship between climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, and how our responses, both at the policy and individual levels, to these existential challenges are intertwined in creating a cleaner, healthier future for Illinois.

Register for this event

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program

As part of the FY20 and FY21 DCEO budget the department is appropriated funds from the Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support expenses associated with economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program will reimburse costs incurred by businesses due to business interruption caused by required closures. All spending related to this program must be reimbursable by the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, as prescribed by 601(a) of the Social Security Act and added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act including all subsequent federal guidance.

  1. Program Basics
    • Using one or more intermediaries, DCEO will issue grants to businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures or limited operational capacity under one of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders or public health guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
    • Businesses which demonstrate an interruption may receive a grant to reimburse expenditures incurred during periods of limited capacity or closure. The program focuses on reimbursing expenses associated with the business’s operations (“operating costs”) which include, but are not limited to: a. payroll & benefit payments on behalf of retained employees; b. lease & mortgage payments for business location(s), as well as related utility expenses; c. variable costs for the goods or services provided; as well as d. expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.
    • The period in which businesses may claim eligible expenditures is March 21, 2020 through December 30, 2020.
    • From appropriated amounts, 50% of funding will be released to businesses that enable critical support services such as childcare, day care, and early childhood education.
    • From appropriated amounts, a minimum of 30% will be released to businesses with ZIP codes located in the most disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs) of Illinois.
    • Awards will be made with the following focuses:
      • Funding will be prioritized for industries and businesses most greatly impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
      • Funding will be prioritized for businesses which did not received assistance from the Federal Payment Protection Program.
    • Awards will be made in accordance with General Assembly appropriations:
      • For General Business Interruption Grants
        • $159 million for areas outside of Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties
        • $157 million for statewide distribution
        • $60 million for disproportionately impacted areas of Illinois
      • For Business interruption Grants for Childcare and Daycare providers
        • $70 million for areas outside of Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties
        • $165 million for statewide distribution
        • $25 million for disproportionately impacted areas (DIA) of Illinois
      • To meet the 50% Childcare requirement in statute, amounts will be released to Childcare and Daycare provides from “General” appropriations.
      • To meet the 30% DIA requirement in statute, amounts will be released to DIA regions from the non-DIA related appropriations.
  2. Qualifying Businesses: As well as meeting the Program’s basic criteria above, a Qualifying Business is:
    • Eligible for reimbursement as prescribed by 601(a) of the Social Security Act and added by section 5001 of the CARES Act.
    • Experiencing business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • Registered and in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.
    • Licensed to do business within their industry (if applicable). Qualifying Businesses will be more exactly defined through subsequent funding notices based on business type, industry, and region.
  3. Planned Funding Rounds:
    1. Disproportionately impacted business, Bars, Restaurants, Barbershops & Salons, and Fitness Centers – $60 million Eligibility: up to $20,000 per business
      • Eligibility: up to $20,000 per business
        • $20M for Business located within a disproportionately impacted area and experienced significant business losses as Illinois entered Phase 3 of Restore Illinois.
        • $20M for Bars & Restaurants with under $3M in revenue in 2019, or pro-rated amount if in business for less than a year. Must have been an operating business for at least three months prior to March 2020. Only bars and restaurants that have not provided outdoor food and beverage service during Phase 3 will be eligible. This could be for any reason including prohibition by local ordinance, lack of access to outdoor space, or financial infeasibility.
        • $10M for Barbershops & Salons with under $500K in revenue in 2019, or pro-rated amount if in business for less than a year. Must have been an operating business for at least three months prior to March 2020.
        • $10M for Fitness centers with under $2M in revenue in 2019, or pro-rated amount if in business for less than a year. Must have been an operating business for at least three months prior to March 2020.
    2. Child Care Restoration Grants – $270 million
      • The Child Care Restoration grant program will dedicate at least $270 million of the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of childcare providers as the state’s economy continues to reopen in the coming weeks and months. As part of CURE, the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The first program of its kind in the nation, supporting Illinois’ vast network of childcare providers as they continue to provide care to children across the state through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Future Funding Rounds:
    • Future funding rounds of the BIG program are being planned and the main industries of consideration are ones which will not re-open to full capacity until phases four or five of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. Examples of these industries are:
      • Theaters, concert halls, event venues & event industries
      • Indoor amusements and other arts
      • Neighborhood-oriented independent retail
      • Independently owned/operated personal services
      • Additional industries as identified by DCEO

Thank you, Wrigley Field Neighbors

Thank you to the Wrigley Field Neighbors for their generous support to donate food and supplies during last week’s Chicago Cares Supply Drive in our Toyota Camry Lot. Together, we collected and donated more than 1,700 groceries and supplies for individuals and families in the South and West sides who have had little to no access to groceries and essential items.

The Cubs’ Toyota Camry Lot is now an official host site for a second Chicago Cares Supply Drive taking place Saturday, June 13. Wrigley Field Neighbors can drop off much-needed items in the Toyota Camry Lot (1126 W. Grace St.) from 9 a.m. to noon CDT Saturday, June 13, including:

  • Groceries (no frozen items or items requiring refrigeration): Packaged and canned meals, pantry staples, shelf-stable nonperishables and drinking water

  • Infant Items: Diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, distilled water and powdered milk

  • Household and Hygiene Products: Hand and body soap, sanitary pads, toilet paper, facial tissue/Kleenex, dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and box fans

  • First-Aid and PPE: 70% isopropyl alcohol, face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, first-aid kits, bandages and tape

  • Cleaning Supplies: Garbage bags, push brooms, cleaning solvents (like bleach, Pine-Sol, Clorox Wipes), Magic Erasers, rags and sponges

Please note items donated should be new and unopened. Perishable items or glass bottles will not be accepted. While dropping off items, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Cubs associates will be present to help maintain social distancing guidelines, facilitate drop-off and address any questions.

Please feel free to share this information with friends and family if they are interested in supporting. We hope that you will support in any way you can.

Chicago Cares Supply Drive

Cubs Charities will be hosting a mini-supply drive at Wrigley TODAY (June 5) and TOMORROW morning for Chicago Cares’ supply drive to collect food, household and hygiene items, diapers, etc… These items will be distributed to community-based organizations & residents who are unable to access these essentials due to store closures and safety concerns.
Here is the info for today, June 5 (2 – 6 p.m.) and tomorrow’s mini-drive at Wrigley (8 -10 a.m.) – Toyota Camry Lot (1126 W. Grace):

These much-needed items include:

  • Groceries (no frozen items or items requiring refrigeration): Packaged and canned meals, pantry staples, shelf-stable non-perishables and drinking water
  • Infant Items: Diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, distilled water and powered milk
  • Household and Hygiene Products: Hand and body soap, sanitary pads, toilet paper, facial tissue/Kleenex, dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and box fans
  • First-Aid and PPE: 70% isopropyl alcohol, face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, first-aid kits, bandages and tape
  • Cleaning Supplies: Garbage bags, push brooms, cleaning solvents (like bleach, Pine-Sol, Clorox Wipes), Magic Erasers, rags, sponges and squidges
  • Please note items donated should be new and unopened. Perishable items or glass bottles will not be accepted.

NO DONATION AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST IF YOU CAN. OUR CHICAGO FAMILIES NEED OUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER!

If you cannot donate at Wrigley, please donate at the locations below tomorrow for the main supply drive. Thank you for your support!

June 9, 2020 ELVN Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

ELVN will hold its monthly meeting virtually on June 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 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

  1. Call to order
  2. Congressional Update-Office of Congressman Quigley
  3. State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
  4. State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Pizer
  5. 46th Ward Update
  6. 44th Ward Update
  7. Cubs Update
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. Crime
  10. New Business/Old Business
    1. Howard Brown-1023 W. Irving Park
    2. Next Meeting: July 14, 2020 at 7:00
    3. Adjournment/Closed Session

May 2020 ELVN Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

ELVN will hold its monthly meeting virtually on May 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 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

  1. Call to order
  2. Congressional Update-Office of Congressman Quigley
  3. State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
  4. State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Pizer
  5. 46th Ward Update
  6. 44th Ward Update
  7. Cubs Update
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. Crime
    1. Mass Mailbox Thefts
    2. Shots Fired-Dakin/Irving Park alley
  10. New Business/Old Business
    1. Howard Brown-1023 W. Irving Park
    2. Next Meeting: June 16, 2020 at 7:00
  11. Adjournment/Closed Session

Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are a survivor of domestic violence and need immediate assistance please call 911.

What are Protective Orders and who can get them?

An Order of Protection (OP), or “restraining order” is a legal document signed by a judge that prohibits abusive behavior against survivors. Any household or family member, which includes spouse, domestic partner, persons related by blood or marriage, persons in a dating relationship (former or current), parents, or children, may petition for an OP. Under an OP the court can:

  • Stop the offender from further abuse
  • Prevent the offender from entering a shared home
  • Order the offender to stop contacting the survivor
  • Grant temporary care of children
  • Prohibit the offender from possessing firearms

A Civil No Contact Order (CNCO) is a civil "stay away" order for survivors of non-consensual sexual conduct or sexual penetration who do not have a relationship with the offender. Under a CNCO, the court can:

  • Order the offender to not have any contact with the survivor
  • Prohibit the offender from possessing firearms

A Stalking No Contact Order (SNCO) is a civil "stay away" order for survivors of stalking who do not have a relationship with the offender. Under an SNCO, the court can:

  • Order the offender to not have any contact with the survivor
  • Prohibit the offender from possessing firearms

How to get Protective Orders during COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago: An emergency OP can be filed at the Domestic Violence Courthouse at 555 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607.

Suburbs: An emergency OP can be filed at each suburban courthouse with the exception of District 4 (Maywood). District 4 residents can file for an emergency order of protection at 555 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607.

How to seek charges if the offender is not present when law

enforcement arrives:

Chicago: Survivors can call a Victim Witness Specialist at 773-674-7200 for information.

Suburbs: Survivors should work directly with local law enforcement to obtain a warrant and seek charges.

Visit the Cook County State’s Attorney website for more information.

CDPH Guidance on Face Coverings

Starting this Saturday, Alderman Tunney’s office will join Mayor Lightfoot’s office and other aldermanic offices across the city to collect donations of handmade masks. A staff member will be in the office soley to collect these donations each Saturday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please adhere to these guidelines if you plan to donate handmade cloth masks/face coverings:

  • Completed masks should be placed in a clear, clean and sealable bag.
  • When dropping off masks, you should be wearing a mask or face covering and gloves.
  • Donated masks should be made of machine washable fabric.
  • Follow the CDC guidelines on how to wear and sew masks.

Tips to Prevent COVID-19 Fraud

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) is working with law enforcement partners to alert the public of criminal and civil schemes that are aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are reminded to exercise caution and practice the following steps:

  • Before donating to a charitable entity, verify that the organization is legitimate through the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
  • Never send cash by mail and avoid wire transfers to any entity purporting to be a charitable organization.
  • Be wary of anyone offering unverified vaccines, cures, or treatments for COVID-19.
  • Stimulus checks will be provided directly by the IRS without any action needed from you.
  • You do not need to verify information or pay any fees to receive stimulus money.
  • Anyone claiming to be a government representative asking for such information should be reported to the IRS (phishing@irs.gov) or the CCSAO (312-603-8600).
  • Do not click on links in text messages, emails, or social media accounts that were unsolicited or from sources you don’t know.
  • Be on the lookout for counterfeit goods and price gouging.
  • With the increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and ordinary household items, citizens should report individuals attempting to profit off the global pandemic.
  • Avoid providing your social security number, birthday, or banking information to any entity, especially over the phone.

Visit CookCountyStatesAttorney.org for more information.