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2021 CAPS Beat Meetings

Until further notice, ALL Beat Meetings will be virtual.
019th District – Commander Chris Papaioannou

10 Sector

BeatLocationDates

11
Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
19th
16th
18th
20th
21st
16th

12
Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
21st
18th
20th
15th
16th
18th

13
Truman College
1145 W. Wilson 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
5th
2nd
4th
6th
7th
2nd
14Clarendon Park
4501 N. Clarendon 6:30 p.m.
Feb
Apr
Jun
Aug
Oct
Dec
10th
14th
9th
11th
13th
8th
15Uptown Buena Library
929 W. Buena 6:30 p.m.
Feb
Apr
Jun
Aug
Oct
Dec
4th
1st
3rd
5th
7th
2nd

20 Sector

BeatLocationDates

21

Police Auditorium
2452 W. Belmont 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
20th
17th
19th
21st
15th
17th

22

Police Auditorium
2452 W. Belmont 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
14th
11th
13th
8th
9th
11th

23

19th District
850 W. Addison 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
6th
3rd
5th
7th
1st
3rd



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19th District
850 W. Addison 6:30 p.m.
Feb
Apr
Jun
Aug
Oct
Dec
25th
22nd
24th
26th
28th
23rd
2519th District
850 W. Addison 6:30 p.m.
Feb
Apr
Jun
Aug
Oct
Dec
15th
20th
22nd
17th
19th
21st

30 Sector

BeatLocationDates

31

Police Auditorium
2452 W. Belmont 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
26th
23rd
25th
27th
28th
23rd

32

New Life Church
1110 W. Lill 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
11th
8th
10th
12th
13th
8th

33

Illinois Masonic Hospital
836 W. Wellington 6:30 p.m.
Jan
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Nov
12th
9th
11th
13th
14th
9th
342nd Unitarian Church
656 W. Barry 6:30 p.m.
Feb
Apr
Jun
Aug
Oct
Dec
8th
12th
14th
9th
11th
13th
35Location TBD
6:30 p.m.
Feb
Apr
Jun
Aug
Oct
Dec
9th
13th
8th
10th
12th
14th

East Lakeview Neighbors Candidate Biographies 

Patrick Carlson (incumbent)

My name is Patrick Carlson.  I am an attorney who has lived in East Lakeview for nearly 22 years, and have been a homeowner here for 17.  In this time, I have seen dramatic changes and improvements to the neighborhood, but there are still may changes facing the neighborhood.  I have been privileged to serve on the ELVN Board for the past 6 years, and would like to continue for another term.  ELVN provides all members of the neighborhood a forum to raise their concerns, to participate in discussions about changes happening, and to have access to the community leaders who make decisions affecting us every day.  I have been honored to service in this capacity, and would like to continue doing so.

Terie Kata (incumbent)

My name is Terie Kata. I have been active as a board member of ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, Treasurer for twelve years and past chair of ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest fundraiser for twelve years.  I have been an active resident and property owner of the Lakeview community for 27 years. I also have been a participating member of LVCC for the past 27 years, serving on many committees as well as planning and coordinating numerous LVCC fundraising events.

Brian Murphy (incumbent)

I am Brian Murphy and I have lived, worked, and owned property in East Lakeview for most of my life.  Upon marrying my wife Jaime, we moved back into the same apartment that I grew up on Sheffield Avenue.  In the following years, my two sons were born in the same home.  I have worked in my families business at Murphy’s Bleachers and since have managed Mrs. Murphy & Sons restaurant as well as worked in property management.  For the past five years, I have served as the principle organizer for ELVN’s Oktoberfest.  During that time, Oktoberfest has raised well over $100,000 for local area charities and schools.  Throughout my life, I have watched my East Lakeview neighborhood evolve into the thriving community that it is today.  I look forward to continuing to take an active role in helping this neighborhood reach its full potential.

Jean O’Neil (incumbent)

I am a founding member of ELVN and I have been a property owner in East Lake View since 1971. I  remember the neighborhood’s past struggles with slumlords, gangs and graffiti.  I spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. I even remember when the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field!  To this day, I continue to support the beautification and safety of the neighborhood.

Aileen Tien (incumbent)

Aileen Tienhas lived in East Lakeview for over a decade, beginning in her summer internships during law school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Aileen currently works for a software company in downtown Chicago that produces applications assisting law firms, corporations, and government entities with managing litigation matters.  She has served on the ELVN board since 2015 and works to ensure that area residents’ concerns are addressed. 

Mark Usiak

“My name is Mark Usiak and I first moved into East Lakeview in 1987, being a homeowner the last 14 years. I have been board president of my 137 unit homeowner association the past 11 years. I was a founding member of Halstead Neighbors, a grassroots organization that was formed specifically to challenge/rationalize proposed development in East Lakeview in collaboration with ELVN, Northhalsted Business Alliance, and 12 neighborhood condo boards. East Lakeview is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago and I would welcome the opportunity to work with the ELVN Board and residents to ensure we keep raising the bar with a focus on neighborhood security, quality of life, andhomeowner value. I am a financial services executive with expertise in finance, business development, technology, and operations with work experience at the Chicago Board of Trade, UBS AG, Invesco, and Thomson Reuters.

Marty Wallace (incumbent)

“I have lived in East Lakeview for the past 40 years. I am currently an ELVN Board Member for the last few years. My wife Diane and I enjoy our walks around the neighbor, lake front, and Wrigley Field.

During our Oktoberfest Diane and I are at Murphy’s working on setting up the Silent Auction area.

I also work hard in bringing new and exciting items for the auction. I am a Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service for the last 30 years. I am looking forward in serving ELVN as a Board Member for the next two years.

Michael Zink (incumbent)

I have lived in East Lake View for more than 9 years and have served as ELVN president since 2018.  I am an attorney at Starr, Bejgiert, Zink and Rowells, a civil litigation firm.  During my professional career, I have been elected and appointed to leadership roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Advocates Society of Polish-American Attorneys.

March 2 Deadline ELVN Election voting eligibility

Dear neighbors,

To be eligible to vote in the 2021 Election for the ELVN Board of Directors, your annual dues for 2021 must be paid by March 2, 2021.

To pay your annual dues, please go to the page below to join/renew.  It is only $10 for an individual, $6 for a senior citizen, and $50 for a business/organization.  There are also opportunities to become a sponsor for $100 or a benefactor for $200, and we will happily post your sponsorship/benefactor role on our web site.  ELVN is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Please renew today, and thank you as always for your support of ELVN!

SBA Town Hall for Entertainment and Shuttered Venues with Commissioner Gainer and Robert Steiner

SBA will be hosting an SBA Loans Q&A Town Hall for Entertainment and Shuttered Venues with Robert Steiner, the District Director for the Illinois District U.S. Small Business Administration. Please send this registration link out to your local businesses.

Tuesday, February 19th from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. 

Register Now

We are fielding questions for the webinar this Friday. Are there any questions that your organization has or frequently asked by non-profits regarding SBA loans?

Please reach out to isabel.dobbel@cookcountyil.gov or 815-761-7646 for any questions.

February 9, 2021 Meeting Minutes

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

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino
  • Call to order
  • County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
    • Contact office if you need help with COVID Vaccine appointments
    • Property Tax Exemption applications will be open soon
    • District10@cookcountyil.gov 312-603-4210
  • State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
    • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
    • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
    • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
    • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141
  • State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Croke
    • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
    • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • 46th Ward Update
    • Birdcage Sculpture, Grace & Fremont will be ending its stay in May
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Reinevent the Drive meeting are coming up. Keep and eye out for more information.
  • Cubs Update
    • Cubs season is planning on going forward as planned
  • Crime Update 
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  • New Business/Old Business 
    • 3636 N. Lake Shore Drive Project; Zoning
    • Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski
    • Elections! March 16, 2021-Nominate Yourself or Someone Else
    • Annual meeting is March 16, 2021 via Zoom
  • Adjournment

February 9, 2021 Agenda

ELVN will hold its monthly meeting on Zoom on February 9, 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.

  1. Call to order
  2. County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
  3. State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
  4. State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Croke
  5. 46th Ward Update
    1. Birdcage Sculpture, Grace & Fremont
  6. 44th Ward Update
  7. Cubs Update
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. Crime Update 
    1. Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  10. New Business/Old Business 
    1. 3636 N. Lake Shore Drive Project; Zoning
    2. Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski
    3. Elections! March 16, 2021-Nominate Yourself or Someone Else
    4. Annual meeting is March 16, 2021 via Zoom
  11. Adjournment

SBA Town Hall for Chambers with Commissioner Gainer and Robert Steiner

District 10 will be co-hosting an SBA Loans Q&A Townhall for Chambers with Robert Steiner, the District Director for the Illinois District U.S. Small Business Administration. Please send this registration link out to your local businesses. See flyer for this event and also a comprehensive flyer for the Webinar series to share with your networks.

Monday, January 25th from 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm.

Register now

Are there any questions that your chamber has or frequently asked by non-profits regarding SBA loans? Please reach out to isabel.dobbel@cookcountyil.gov or 815-761-7646 for any questions.

January 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

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

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Gene O’Neil
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Kit Welch
  • Maureen Martino
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Brandon Cunningham

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Trenton Crawford

  • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141
  • State Senate is meeting in virtual work groups.
  • Vaccine rollout has been extremely bumpy so far.
  • Getting kids back in school is number one priority.
  • Senator Feigenholtz is now the chair of the tourism committee.

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • New Speaker
  • Economic Equity, Criminal Justice Reform & Health Care
  • Anti predatory lending act
  • Criminal Justice reform – choke holds are banned and all officers must have body cameras
  • PPP 2nd round can now be applied for.
  • Working HIV exposure drugs to be over the counter
  • Crypto Currency

10th District Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210
  • If you are eligible and having trouble getting vaccinated please contact office.
  • Property tax exemption applications are open. Previous exemptions will be auto renewed.

5th Congressional District Update – Community Liaison Yoni PIzer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • American Rescue Plan is 1st priority is to pass legislation to get the pandemic under control
  • February 12 will be the beginning of accepting tax returns
  • Congressman Quigley will focus on infrastructure plans
  • International agenda includes rebuilding relationships with foreign partners
  • Introducing the Gyms Act. Gyms have been hard hit by the pandemic

Questions:

Why are we sending money to foreign nations when we do not have a balanced budget at home? We do need to cut waste from these programs. This money builds relationships and saves us in the long term.

Is the $15 minimum wage a one step process, or will it be phased in over time? Also what effect does this have on taxed tip credit? All of this is still up in the air and everyones imput would be appreciated.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • City Hall will be closed tomorrow for the inauguration and for security concerns
  • Moving into 1B for COVID vaccine distribution on January 25. This includes popel over the age of 65
  • Health Care employees will inform you when you can get the vaccine
  • Moving to Tier 2 mitigations for COVID. Restaurants still cannot open inside
  • Carjacking is on the rise, please take as many percussions as possible. Never leave car running, and do not sit in car.

Q&A at meeting

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/
  • Car Jackings are a big concern, 19th district is assigning a special unit. License plate readers are being installed on Lake Shore Drive.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Excited to welcome back fans this spring
  • neighbors@cubs.com

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 16,000 currently in bank

Crime Update – Mike Zink

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

3636 Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • 2 building development 19 story building and 6 story building
  • 328 Units
  • 145 indoor parking spots, 25 tandem parking spaces. 170 total spaces. All Underground.
  • Green space in very important to the development. Green spaces will not be open to the public
  • Main entrance will be on west side of building, sharing the roundabout entrance with the New York Private Residences
  • Results of shade study are back and impact is limited in the summer. Winter impact is more severe.
  • View project info here http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

New/Old Business

  • Chester – Lakeshore Drive update, the on and off ramp at Aldine is of great concern to the neighbors adding congestion to the neighborhood.
  • Elections are coming up, please send bios to Patrick Nagle prnchi@gmail.com if you are interested in running. March 2nd is last day to become a voting member of ELVN.
  • Board member and treasurer Aileen Tien will not seek reelection.

Time to renew

Dear friends and neighbors,

Happy New Year to you and to your families!

If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership to ELVN for 2021, please join/renew now. It is only $10 for an individual, $6 for a senior citizen, and $50 for a business/organization. There are also opportunities to become a sponsor for $100 or a benefactor for $200, and we will happily post your sponsorship/benefactor role on our web site. ELVN is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thank you as always for your support of ELVN!