♦ City of Chicago is in Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout
♦ Chicago Offers Home-Bound Seniors In-Home Vaccination
♦ City of Chicago FAQs Regarding Its Vaccination Plan
♦ Unemployment Benefits in Illinois Include COVID-19 Changes
♦ 48th Ward COVID-19 Community Response and Updates
from Alderman Harry Osterman
♦ City of Chicago COVID-19 Response, Resources and Updates
♦ State of Illinois COVID-19 Response, Resources and Updates
♦ Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
COVID-19 Resources for Property Professionals
For more information on the coronavirus, follow the links below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Modernization of Lawrence-Bryn Mawr Stations Begins
On Sunday, May 16, the Lawrence and Berwyn CTA stations will close and temporary stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr will open. Click here to read a news story and interview about the project. The CTA plans to host a series of station-by-station Zoom meetings the first week of May to present plans and answer neighbors’ questions. Click here to register for the meeting closest to you home.
Chicago Offers Senior Citizens Sewer Charge Exemption
The Senior Citizen Sewer Exemption entitles seniors aged 65 or over, residing in their own residence with separate metered water service or a separate city water assessment for that residential unit, to an exemption from payment of the sewer service charge for their residence. Renewal forms for seniors who qualified for the exemption last year were mailed in January. Click here for a full description of the program, the the criteria to meet and the application form. Forms must be submitted by August 1, 2021.
Treasurer Offers Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced that senior citizens may apply for a real estate tax deferral program. The tax-relief program works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer a maximum of $5,000 per tax year (this includes 1st and 2nd installments) on their primary home. The loan from the State of Illinois is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant. Click here to find out how to apply.
CDOT, Park District Issue Lakefront Flooding Report
In late January of 2020, assessment teams from Chicago’s Department of Buildings, Office of Emergency Management and Department of Transportation attempted to access and assess approximately 80 buildings to identify those most vulnerable to flooding. The majority of these buildings were private properties located in the 7th, 48th and 49th Wards. The goal was to provide information to enhance the City’s ability to respond effectively to future storms. You can access and download the report here.
At the April 20 Annual Meeting, ASCO’s General Counsel, Michael Kim, discussed a few bills that might come up for a vote in the state legislature. Read his discussion of the bills here. These links will take you to the bills on the Illinois General Assembly’s website: HB0058, HB0644, HB0731, and SB0636.