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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 for details. The Agenda is below. I hope to see you then.


  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 ( 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 for more information.

Resources for Seniors

Senior Food Drive

3656 N. Halsted M-F, 9am – 6pm Donation Drop-offs welcome

General Foods

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Deli Meat
  • Cheese
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Canned soups
  • Fresh Fruit (apples/oranges/bananas)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Frozen Pizzas


  • Ground Beef, Turkey, Chicken
  • Hamburger Patties

Paper Products

  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels

Cleaning Products

  • Clorox Spray
  • Pine Sol
  • Spic And Span
  • Hand Sanitizer


  • Reusable Masks (50)
  • Whole Foods + Jewell Gift Cards

Financial donations:

19th District Senior Resource List

Resource What do they do? Phone Number Email Website
IL Senior Helpline Offer information on services available, such as, food, transportation, and medical 800-252-8966 or 888-206-1327 (toll-free) N/A link
Chicago Services for Seniors Offers information on services available through Chicago, ex. meals and transportation 312-744-4016 N/A Link
Lakeview Food Pantry Food pantry has Senior Home Delivery options 773-525-1777 x224 Link
COVID-19 Helpline Speak with a registered nurse about symptoms and answer questions 630-444-7411 N/A N/A
IL Dept of Public Health Updates and references to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 800-889-3931 N/A Link
Disaster Crisis Counseling Disaster Distress Helpline – if you are feeling anxious during the pandemic reach out 800-985-5990 N/A N/A
Domestic Violence Hotline Resource on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence 877-863-6338 N/A Link
Chicago Coronavirus Response Center Information regarding Chicago and COVID-19 updates 311 or 312-746-4835 Link
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline to call if you are feeling anxiety, depressed, or suicidal. 800-273-TALK (8255) N/A N/A
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline Hotline for elderly LGTQ, call if you are feeling anxiety, depressed, or suicidal. 877-360-LGBT (5428) N/A N/A
TELEGROCER Online services to have groceries delivered 847-726-1481 N/A Link
INSTACART Online services to have groceries delivered N/A N/A Link

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide

General Resources

State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Site

Provides updated information on cases, steps to prepare and prevent spread, resources from the CDC, economic resources, and FAQs.


General City Information


Illinois Department of Employment Security: 1-800-244-5631

Individuals can apply for unemployment due to COVID-19.

Bartender Emergency Assistance:

Bartenders, barbacks and cocktail servers in need of support can apply for the United States Bartender Guild’s National Charity Foundation. The organization is offering emergency grants for bartenders. You do not need to be a member to apply.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Financial assistance to individuals facing eviction and at risk of experiencing homelessness (can only help with rent, not security deposits).
Applications must be in person

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580
  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Multilingual, multicultural, information referral, safety planning for dating and domestic violence survivors or anyone concerned about a survivor. Offers linkage to open domestic violence shelters and housing options.

Benefits Outreach Team (Chicago Food Bank): 773-843-5416

Free confidential hotline that assists with applying for/currently have SNAP and Medicaid. Provides referrals to other public benefits. Available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.


Contact 311 to learn about openings in local shelters and apply for emergency rental assistance. 311 can coordinate transportation to shelter services which may require going to another location, such as a police station or hospital.


Find the closest food pantry/bank to you.

Chicago Public Schools: 773-533-KIDS (5437) (emergency delivery)

Provides free meals for families from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday throughout closure. Chicago Public Schools Families can pick up free food boxes at any CPS school. Boxes contain three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch for every student in the household. Food-pick up is held outdoors.

Lakeview Pantry: 773-525-1777

Offers food market locations in Lakeview, Humboldt Park, and Ravenswood neighborhoods.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Enter an address/zip code to find nearby food pantries, soup kitchens, and mobile food distribution. With a few exceptions, The Greater Chicago Food Depository and their network of 700 partner agencies and programs remains open. They recommend calling before you go to confirm program hours and requirements: (773) 247-3663.

Catholic Charities Chicago Casa Catalina at 47th and Ashland

  • Hosting a food pantry on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • First-come, first-served.

Western Suburban Community Pantry

Mobile food pantry serving the following areas:

  • WIllowbrook
  • Bolingbrook
  • Romeoville

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry for Aurora, IL residents: (630) 897-5431

DuPage County Food Pantry: (630) 407-6500

Lake Country Food Bank, Pantry and Soup Kitchen directory

Tinley Park Food Pantry

  • 6875 173rd PL 60477
  • (708) 614-7739
  • Serves Tinley Park and Orland Hills

More Food Pantries

Catholic Charities Daybreak Center in Joliet

  • 611 E Cass St, Joliet
  • Shepherd’s Table – Free bagged lunches to pick up outside the door

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantries

  • 3-20-20: St. Joseph Parish, 211 N. Center Ave., Bradley 10–11:30am
  • 3-26-20: St. Mary Immaculate, 16529 IL Rte. 59, Plainfield 5–6:30pm
  • 3-27-20: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 205 E. Jackson St., Joliet 10-11:30am

Northern Illinois Food Pantry

Additional Food Resources to be aware of

Stores with Special Senior Hours

  • Whole Foods, Every day, 8-9am: “seniors 60+”
  • Mariano’s, Every day, 6-8am: “those most at-risk”
  • Target, Every day, 8-9am: “seniors & those with underlying health issues”
  • Dollar General, Every day, 8-9am: “dedicated to our senior shoppers”
  • Jewel-Osco, Tu/Th, 7-9am: “seniors, pregnant women & immunocompromised”
  • Walmart, Tuesdays, 6-7am: “seniors 60+”

More information from NBC

Grocery Delivery

Dining at a Distance™

Find restaurants in the Chicago area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the lockdown of Chicago’s restaurants and bars during COVID-19:

Elderly (65+)

Meals on Wheels

Form My Block, Senior Viral Response

  • Delivers food and sanitary supplies to seniors

Home Delivered Meals

  • Delivers meals for homebound older persons (60 or older)


Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19) measures. Individuals who must stay home because of a government-recommended quarantine are eligible for unemployment benefits. Those who have a COVID-19 diagnosis or must stay at home with someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis are also eligible. To file for unemployment on line visit

Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help.

If you have questions, please visit an IDES office​​ or call (800) 244-5631

YWCA Metro Chicago: The Workforce Team will be also available to link you to employment opportunities. Please contact us at



  • For Chicago Early Learning Centers operating in a Chicago Public School setting are suspended for two weeks starting 3/16/2020. The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) said that funding will remain available for all early learning and childcare agencies while their operations are temporarily interrupted


  • Internet Access: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households
  • Books: Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids
  • PBS: Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays
  • Math programs: MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8
  • Books and online learning experiences: Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages.

Other Online Educational Resources

Community Resources & Sharing

The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page was created by community organizers to offer a simple way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance.


Rental Assistance

The rental assistance program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, directly related to the prevention of homelessness, to eligible individuals and families. For more information visit

Chicago residents can apply at one of the 6 Community Service Centers locations:

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580
  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014


Family Services

Catholic Charities of Chicago: (312) 655-7700

  • Food pantries and social services have not been interrupted
  • Counseling and case management are being held remotely
  • Home care services for the elderly and disabled have not been suspended

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet

  • Serves DuPage, Will, Kankakee, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kendall counties
  • (Very) limited financial assistance for basic needs and for immigration fees that go to US Dept. of Homeland Security (DACA renewal, naturalization, green card, etc.)
  • Provides referrals and education for other services and information about immigration
  • Contact Laura Bohorquez, 630-519-6533
  • Catholic Charities of Lake Country: (847) 782-4000


Chicago Department of Public Health: Health Alert Network

  • Offers up to date alerts regarding outpatient healthcare facilities and hospitals treating COVID-19 patients
  • Other healthcare resources and updates

Access DuPage

  • Connects low income and uninsured DuPage County Residents to affordable health services. To be eligible for Access DuPage, you must:
  • Be a permanent DuPage County resident for at least 60 days (this means that you live or intend to live in DuPage County year-round)
  • Be over the age of 19
  • Have a household income at or below 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines
  • Not be eligible for health care programs such as (Medicaid, Medicare, employer-sponsored insurance, student health services, COBRA, SSI, Family Care, Veterans Benefits, etc.)

The Health Department is the only place that is currently (as of 3/18/20) accepting applications, and they are being done over the phone. Call 630-682-7400 to set up an application appointment. The organization is working to provide orientations online. We are also extending the cards of those who were set to expire in March/April (may be extended depending on this situation)

DuPage Dispensary of Hope

Offers qualifying uninsured patients’ certain medications at no cost. The Dispensary of Hope is open. Please check the website to see the formulary and bring a valid prescription

Mental Health

  • The National Alliance of Mental Illness has issued a Resources and Information Guide for COVID-19. For more details, visit
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990
  • NAMI general Helpline (800) 950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST for mental health resources.

Economic Assistance

  • One Fair Wage is providing economic assistance for tipped and service workers
  • United Way Covid-19 Economic Relief Fund: (866) 211-9966. Call for assistance with bills, rent, and food.

April 14 ELVN Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

East Lake View Neighbors hopes that you and your family are well. In an effort to keep our community connected until we can meet in person, ELVN will hold its monthly meeting virtually on April 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at for details. The Agenda for the meeting is at the end of this message.

At the February 4 ELVN meeting, the following candidates were elected to the ELVN Board of Directors:

  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Megan Grochowiak
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Patrick Nagle
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Kit Welch

Additionally at the February 4 ELVN meeting, voters elected to expand the boundaries of ELVN. Accordingly, the new borders of ELVN are:

  • North: W. Irving Park Road (IL Route 19)
  • South: W. Addison Street from N. Clark Street to 700 W. Addison Street, and W. Belmont Avenue from 700 W. Belmont Avenue to Lake Michigan
  • East: Lake Michigan
  • West: N. Clark Street from W. Irving Park Road (IL Route 19) to Addison Street, and the 700 W. demarcation from Addison Street to Belmont Avenue (including both sides of Elaine Place)

The Board selected the following as ELVN Officers for 2020-21:

  • Michael Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice-President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary

The Board selected Terie Kata to act as the 5th member of the ELVN Executive Committee with the Officers for 2020-21.

Pursuant to the ELVN Bylaws, the Board of Directors selected to expand the number of Board seats to 17, which created 2 new seats. The ELVN Board appointed Maureen Martino and Tim Lindsay to these seats.

The agenda for the April 14 meeting is below. We hope to see you next week!

ELVN Agenda

April 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

  1. Call to order
  2. Congressman Mike Quigley
  3. State Senator Sara Feigenholtz and/or Staffer
  4. State Representative Yoni Pizer
  5. Alderman Tom Tunney and/or Staffer-46th Ward Update
  6. Alderman James Cappleman and/or Staffer-44th Ward Update
  7. Cubs Update
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. New Business/Old Business
    1. Howard Brown Proposals
    2. ELVN State Representative Candidate Forum Feedback
  10. Adjournment/Closed Session

Smart911 Fact Sheet

What is Smart911?

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up for Smart911 at and create a Safety Profile for your household to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will display automatically on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call. It’s private and secure and you control what information is in your profile. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

Information Handout About “Stay at Home” Order

  • Takes effect March 21st at 5pm until april 7th
  • Essential stores and businesses will still be open
  • You can go outside but continue to practice social distancing
    • 6 feet distance from others
    • No groups larger than 10 people

Important numbers and resources

Chicago department of public health

  • Call 312-746-4835 for updates or visit their website (1, 2) to sign up for email updates.

State of illinois coronavirus response (faq)

  • Call 800-889-3931 with any health related questions
  • Text your zip code to 888777 for updates sent directly to your cell phone

Always feel free to reach out to 19th district community policing office with any questions:

12th District Candidate Forum

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

East Lake View Neighbors will host a forum for Illinois House 12th District Candidates on March 3, 2020 at 7:00 at Horace Greeley Elementary School. Dorothy Tucker of CBS 2 Chicago will moderate the forum. Full details are below.

We want to hear from you about the topics of discussion! Please send proposed questions to Michael Zink at We will select the questions for the evening from your submissions.

Please come out on March 3 and learn more about our 12th District House candidates.

Illinois House 12th District Candidate Forum
Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Horace Greeley Elementary School
832 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60613

Moderated by Dorothy Tucker, WBBM Television