48th Ward Update
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March 11, 2020

Dear Neighbor:

This morning the Mayor's Office announced that all City-led St. Patrick's Day festivities have been postponed in an abundance of caution due to public health concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19). I fully expect that these cancellations and disruptions will continue into the foreseeable future while our city, state, and country work to address the continued spread of COVID-19.

I strongly encourage you to review the links below from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on proactive steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and our community. We all have a role moving forward in the containment of this virus.

Additionally, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, under guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has cancelled all programming at Satellite Senior Centers across the city until further notice. This includes the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory. Boxed lunches will be served to-go, and participants will be asked to not eat meals on site.

During this time, while you may be limiting the time you spend in public, it is critical that we stay connected as a community. This means checking in on your neighbors who are living independently as senior citizens via phone, email, and social media. If you are a senior living independently, please reach out to your neighbors and stay in communication with them. I will be working with local block clubs, places of worship, and residential buildings to make sure we are stating connected with neighbors, specifically senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems.

It is important that we follow the guidelines provided by CDPH and CDC, and look to these sources for the latest information and recommendations. CDPH is maintaining a page on their website that is continually updated as new information is available: Please see below for guidelines to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy.

Tuesday, March 17, is Election Day. Today the Chicago Board of Elections encouraged Chicagoans to vote early. The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, is an Early Voting polling place. I encourage you to vote early, click here to learn more.

At the request of the property owner, a community meeting scheduled for tomorrow regarding a requested zoning change for 5616-18 N. Winthrop has been postponed. We will notify neighbors of the new meeting date when it is scheduled. 

My office will continue to provide updates on this matter, including steps the City is taking to respond to COVID-19.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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