Alderman Reilly Collecting Items for Homeless Veterans through Operation Help-A-Hero
June 17, 2016
There are currently hundreds of homeless veterans who live either unsheltered or in shelters throughout the city of Chicago. The 42nd Ward and Operation Help-A-Hero will be collecting basic household items and toiletries throughout the month of June in an effort to help Chicagoland veterans who are homeless.
Donations will be accepted during the month of June at:
Office of Alderman Reilly
42nd Ward Constituent Service Office
325 W. Huron Street, Suite 510
9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday
10:00am - 2:00pm Saturday
All donations will be delivered to the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). The VA will distribute materials to qualifying veterans in need of assistance. New store-bought items that will be collected include:
- PERSONAL HYGIENE: bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, toothbrushes;
- KITCHEN & CLEANING ITEMS: kitchen trash cans (plastic), Windex, Pine Sol, dishwashing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, paper towels;
- BATHROOM & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: shower curtains, toilet paper (4- or 6-pack), plungers, toilet brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, bath towels (2), wash cloths, smoke detectors w/ batteries, flashlights w/batteries, garbage bags, laundry baskets, hampers, and laundry detergent.
New Security Upgrades to Illinois Driver's License / State ID
May 20, 2016
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is upgrading security features to the Driver's License/ID card design and expanding the central issuance process for driver's licenses and ID cards to all applicants. With implementation of these changes, Illinois has moved closer to achieving full REAL ID compliance, which is a federal mandate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
By the end of July, applicants visiting Driver Services facilities will no longer be issued a new permanent DL/ID card at the end of the application process. Instead, they will leave the facility with a temporary, secure paper driver's license, which is valid for 45 days and will serve as their DL/ID for driving purposes and proof of identification. The temporary, secure paper driver's license or ID card will contain a photo and the basic information that appears on the permanent driver's license or ID card. In addition, the facility employee will return the old DL/ID card back to the applicant after punching a hole in it.
Meanwhile, the applicant's information will be sent to a centralized, secure facility in Illinois. After fraud checks have been conducted to ensure the applicant's identity, a higher quality, more secure DL/ID will be printed and sent via U.S. mail within 15 business days to the applicant's address.
For purposes of air travel, DHS states that it will accept the temporary document in conjunction with the old DL/ID to board an aircraft until the permanent card arrives in the mail. Illinois joins 39 other states that have moved to centralized production of DL/ID cards.
Illinois DL/IDs will continue to be accepted as primary forms of identification to board commercial airplanes for domestic travel until January 22, 2018.
For more information, click on the following links to read thefull press releaseandDL/ID Central Issuance process.
Chicago City Clerk Notices: New Grace Period Rules for Chicago City Vehicle Stickers and Improved Pick-Up Truck Parking Rules in Effect
May 20. 2016
City Sticker Grace Period Rules
Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza is urging Chicago motorists to be aware of a change in grace period rules regarding deadlines for purchasing and displaying their Chicago City Vehicle Sticker.
BeginningJuly 1, 2016, changes to the Chicago Municipal Code regarding the grace period will make motorists eligible to be ticketed immediately following their vehicle sticker's expiration.
For example, if your vehicle sticker expires on June 30, you are eligible to be ticketed on July 1. The $200.00 ticket can be issued daily.
The grace period for late fees will be extended from 15 to 30 days effective July 1. A motorist with a vehicle sticker expiring June 30 will have until July 30 to purchase a sticker without paying an additional $60.00 late fee.
The Office of the City Clerk wants motorists to avoid tickets and additional fees at all costs. Please purchase and display your vehicle stickers in a timely manner. Also remember that the City Clerk's office has over 350 community partner vendors, including currency exchanges, which are open on weekends and holidays.
Please visit ChiCityClerk.com to conveniently purchase your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online via EZ>BUY or to find the nearest location to buy in person.
New Pick-up Truck Parking Rules
Effective this week, City residents are allowed to park their non-commercial pick-up trucks on residential and business streets without a truck sticker.
To learn more about the new rules, click here to download an info sheet on the revised ordinance.
Millennium Park's Summer Music Series features Free Outdoor Concerts from June through August
May 20, 2016
The 2016Millennium Park Summer Music Serieswill offer an exciting line-up of 18 FREE outdoor concertsMondays and Thursdays from June 6 - August 25, 2016 (except where noted)at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
The Millennium Park Music Series (formerly Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz) has been reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists - both established and emerging.
Highlights of the 2016 season include the indie-rock bandBlonde Redhead; legendary salsa and Latin jazz artistEddie Palmieri; Swedish indie-folk singer Jose Gonzalez; the king of Juju music, King Sunny Ade; Chicago improvised jazz legend Phil Cohran; and the critically acclaimed blues ensemble Heritage Blues Orchestra.
All concerts are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and are FREE and open to the public. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place rain or shine. There will be no concerts the week of July 4; or on Thursday, July 28; or on Mondays in August.
For more information about the full 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series, click here.
Does Illinois Have Your Money? Check for Unclaimed Property through I-Cash Program
May 13, 2016
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs aims to reunite more than $2 billion in unclaimed property with Illinois residents. The Treasurer's Office never charges a fee to search and return unclaimed property.
For most people, it is difficult to believe that they might have overlooked an investment account or forgot to pick up a final paycheck. However, the thousands of names in the unclaimed property database shows that it happens too often.
Individuals, business owners and non-profits can search the list at www.illinoistreasurer.gov.
The Illinois Treasurer's office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and unpaid rebate cards. Items are surrendered after private entities tried for at least five years to locate the owner.
Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check every six months. Visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov or call 217.785.6998.
CDPH Urges Gay and Bisexual Men to Get Vaccinated Against Meningitis
April 22, 2016
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that two new cases of meningococcal meningitis have been identified in Chicago men. There are now nine confirmed cases from the Chicago area linked to last summer's outbreak, all in men who have sex with men (MSM), including one related death last June.
Since May of 2015, CDPH has distributed nearly 18,000 vaccinations, of which 14,653 have been administered. With these two new cases identified, CDPH is increasing awareness and making affordable vaccines available across the city, while focusing primarily on Men having Sex with Men (MSM), the population in which is largely most affected.
CDPH recommends that all men who have sex with men get vaccinated against meningitis. All MSM who are living with HIV will need two vaccinations, at least 8 weeks apart .Click here for the meningitis fact sheet for more information on the disease and vaccination recommendations.
Low and no-cost vaccinations are available at 80 locations around the city. For a complete list of all Chicago locations where vaccines are available for little or no cost, click here.
Invasive meningococcal disease is a rare but severe bacterial infection that results in serious illnesses including meningitis. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache and a stiff neck. This might be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and general confusion. Those who are living with HIV are at increased risk of developing disease. Even with antibiotic treatment, at least one in ten people who develops this form of meningitis is expected to die from it.
CDPH has and will continue to play an active role support role in addressing multiple aspects of the outbreak including making sure that close contacts of infected individuals receive appropriate prevention measures, educating healthcare providers about diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures, distributing vaccine to healthcare providers and continuing to educate gay and bisexual men about their need to be vaccinated.
To read the full press release, click here.