Changes to Ventra Card

Changes to Ventra Card

The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, began to expire Dec. 31, 2017. As a courtesy, Ventra will send email notifications to registered customers two months before their cards expire. The email notifications will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address so they can receive their free replacement card through the mail.

If you haven’t already, register your card at the Ventra website with your current address, and a new card will be mailed to you for free. Registering allows customers to manage their accounts …

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Chicken and Beer Dance Feb. 2

Chicken and Beer Dance Feb. 2

Six Corners Association will transform the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, into a honky tonk hub of fried chicken, craft beer, and dancing in an effort to raise money for the organization’s economic development efforts in Chicago’s Portage Park community.

The event will feature live music by Folk Yeah!, a bluegrass band showcasing top radio hits, country-style cuisine from local restaurants, and a beer-tasting from craft brewers.

The event will take place on Friday, February 2, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pmat the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. …

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Peoples Gas Work on Winnemac and Cicero

Peoples Gas Work on Winnemac and Cicero

Beginning next week, Peoples Gas will begin work to install new gas main and 66 services. Upon completion, Department of Water Management crews will begin to replace an outdated sewer main in the same area.

KSE contractors will begin working in the street, sidewalks, and parkways to install the new gas main at Winnemac and Cicero and then move to the intersection of Lamon and Ainslie.

“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Peoples Gas anticipates that …

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Balmoral/Neenah Sewer Main Replacement

Balmoral/Neenah Sewer Main Replacement

Please be aware that beginning this month, Department of Water Management (DWM) crews will begin preliminary construction work at the intersection of Mobile and Balmoral. Following, crews will install 2,645 feel of 48, 42, 36, 30, and 24-inch new sewer main in West Balmoral Avenue (Mobile to Nashville), in North Neenah Avenue (Balmoral to Higgins), and in North Nashville Avenue (Balmoral to 200 feet south). The old sewer main dates back to 1929 and needs to be replaced.

With crews working in the street, there may …

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16th District Roll Call Jan. 19

16th District Roll Call Jan. 19

I hope you’ll be able to join members of the 16th District Chicago Police, Alderman Sposato, and myself for and outdoor roll call at the intersection of Laramie and Berteau on Friday, January 19, at 6:30 pm.

This is a great chance to meet and thank officers who work hard to keep our community safe. I hope to see you there.

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Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Opens Late January

Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Opens Late January

Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and stated Earned Income Tax Credit alone, and that’s not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.

Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 18 sites across Chicago.

Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax …

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Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Renewal Deadline Feb. 7

Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Renewal Deadline Feb. 7

The Cook County Assessor’s Office mailed renewal applications for the Senior and Senior Freeze exemptions for Tax Year 2017. Those who received the exemptions last tax year should receive a renewal application in the mail. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 7. State law requires annual renewal in order to continue to receive exemption savings.

The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.

To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for …

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Jefferson Park Master Plan Open House Jan. 22

Jefferson Park Master Plan Open House Jan. 22

Teska will host the third Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan community open house from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22nd at the Copernicus Center Annex, 5214 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.

There will be a presentation on outreach and feedback to date, followed by an opportunity to learn more and comment on recommendations that have been developed for the draft Master Plan. Key topics include transportation, economic development, and community character. Design guidelines and design concepts will also be shared for public comment.

Your comments will …

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Tipsy Cow Cantina Grand Opening

Tipsy Cow Cantina Grand Opening

The Tipsy Cow Cantina, 4800 N. Central, officially opens this Friday at 5:00 pm! Join the business, the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, State Representative Robert Martwick, and I for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm. Afterwards, doors will open for delicious Tex-Mex delights, craft beers, select tequila, and live music.

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Fly Quiet Plan to Go Before the CDA and FAA for Final Approval

Fly Quiet Plan to Go Before the CDA and FAA for Final Approval

On Friday, I voted to permanently implement the Fly Quiet Rotation plan.

After tracking the number of noise complaints throughout the two rotation tests, the ONCC indicated a spike in complaints last December after the first test concluded and again in October after the second test concluded. Throughout both test periods, the ONCC received overwhelmingly positive feedback and data about the program.

Similar to the two preliminary tests, today’s vote was to implement a plan that rotates the runways used between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am on a weekly …

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