Thank you for visiting our site. We hope that you are able to gain a better perspective of the happenings within the 9th Ward, as well as the City of Chicago. Throughout this website, you will be able to accomplish the following:
Obtain information for events occurring within the 9th Ward
Find important meeting dates: CALENDAR
Learn the latest community information: COMMUNITY UPDATES
Discover job listings, community services and educational opportunities: 9TH WARD RESOURCES
Submit requests for City services: CONSTITUENT SERVICES
Give feedback : GET INVOLVED
Contact your Alderman: CONTACT US
Alderman Anthony A. Beale and Staff will continue to provide updates to the residents of the 9th Ward as they are provided to us. Visit our COVID-19 page for more information.
A message from WEC Energy Group President and CEO Kevin Fletcher
For more than 100 years, we have provided the reliable service you count on. During these challenging times, we maintain this commitment to serve, and your safety and the safety of our employees will always be our top priority.
As COVID-19 begins to rapidly impact a growing number of people in our communities, I want to assure you that we are prepared and are taking steps to ensure we’ll continue to be there for you to meet your energy needs. We have a strong track record in preparing for and responding to emergencies, because we understand that you rely on us to power your homes and businesses, and to help fuel the economies across America’s heartland. Here are just a few of the steps we are taking:
We are in constant communication with local, state and federal agencies and health organizations to ensure that we are apprised of the latest developments and to coordinate our response.
We will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact us, and we will arrange a payment plan that works for you.
We have staffing plans in place to ensure natural gas workers, power plant operators, line workers, customer care representatives and other critical team members continue delivering the reliable service you expect.
To reduce the potential spread of illness, we have travel restrictions in place for employees, and we are asking many employees to work from home, while also further enhancing sanitation at our facilities.
Be assured that our team will continue to work day and night to deliver the energy you need. As we take these measures to put our preparedness plans into action, we are strongly focused on the health and safety of our team members and everyone in the communities we are privileged to serve.
The safety and well-being of our customers, communities, and employees are our top priorities, particularly as we face together the COVID-19 national emergency.
We understand that the availability of reliable power has never been more important, and we have extensive plans in place to meet your energy needs. While the situation is changing rapidly, we have taken additional steps:
Voluntarily suspending service disconnections for customers who cannot pay, and waiving new late payment charges, through at least May 1, 2020. We understand that many of our customers may experience a financial strain due to the slowdown in the economy related to the pandemic. The last thing we want our customers and communities to worry about at this stage is whether they will be without power.
Offering our most flexible payment arrangements and energy financial assistance as a result of COVID-19. We are prepared to work with every customer on a case-by-case basis to find payment arrangements and identify the best fit out of the many energy-assistance options ComEd has available. Please visit ComEd.com or contact our Customer Care team from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
M-F, at 800-334-7661 to learn more.
Heightening safeguards for our employees out working in the field. Our field personnel will follow social distancing recommendations from the CDC. It is possible that our field personnel may be required to wear additional protective equipment, such as masks, gloves or goggles while performing work at homes and in communities.
Informing you to stay on the alert for scammers during this critical time. Imposters posing as ComEd employees may exploit the coronavirus to try to steal your money or identity. For tips on spotting such scams, visit ComEd.com/ScamAlert.
For more information and updates on our pandemic preparedness and response, as well as related customer service options, please visit ComEd.com/Coronavirus.
On behalf of ComEd, thank you for being a valued customer and please stay safe.
Senior Vice President
ComEd Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer
As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority. How we respond is critical to millions of people and companies around the world, and we’re committed to being there when our customers, colleagues and communities need us most.
Although this is an especially uncertain time, AT&T devotes enormous resources into planning for the unexpected. We maintain an ongoing continuity plan to ensure that every one of our internal teams – including my team – can continue to operate safely during this time. We also have a world-class Network Disaster Recovery organization designed to ensure the integrity of our physical network remains reliable.
We’re also alerting customers about the multiple options we offer to keep them connected if they have concerns about getting out in the community or are unable to make it to a store.
For the next 60 days, we will:
Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, AT&T's response to it evolves in real-time. For our latest updates, please visit about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.
I want you to be aware that Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies and initiatives for the next 60 days in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced recently, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
24x7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast’s technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers 24/7 to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.
CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno today issued guidance for restaurants and bars to comply with Governor Pritzker’s order to close taverns and restrict onsite consumption of food or beverage to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, March 16th and lasting through March 30th, all restaurants and taverns in the state of Illinois must cease their regular operations. Restaurants and bars in the City of Chicago are required to follow the following updated guidelines, with the City beginning any necessary enforcement measures at midnight tonight:
The consumption of food or beverage is not permitted inside a restaurant or bar
Congregation of any kind is not permitted inside or outside a restaurant or bar
Drive-thru, delivery and carry out or curbside pick-up may continue, with the restaurant owner responsible to ensure social distancing policies are in place and followed.
“We know this isn’t business as usual, but we must do everything we can to safeguard the health and safety of the citizens, and that requires this drastic but urgent action,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure that businesses are able to comply with the new regulations and that operations continue in a healthy and safe manner.”
Customers may enter restaurants to order food and immediately leave upon receiving the food. BACP has put together an FAQ document with answers to the many questions facing business owners and consumers. The following establishments are included in the mandated restaurant and bar closure order:
Concession stands at movie theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues
Cafes, coffee bars, ice cream counters and other concession areas within grocery stores
Coffee shops and cafes
“I know these restrictions are a heavy burden on our restaurant community,” said BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareno. “We feel your pain and will work with you to share updated guidance, address concerns and answer questions. However, we will also be enforcing these new restrictions. Now is the time for our community to come together for the sake of our health.”
BACP is working closely with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to communicate regularly with the business community during this evolving situation.
To support the community, BACP has created a webpage with resources for businesses, consumers and employees. BACP is working closely with federal partners to ensure local businesses can take advance of federal assistance programs, including the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund. This page will be updated regularly throughout the ongoing situation.
More information and updates on COVID-19 can be found on the IDPH website, the CDPH website, and the CDC website. You can also contact the Chicago Department of Public Health at 312-746-4835 or email@example.com.
On behalf of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, thank you for your steadfastness and professionalism during this challenging time. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), continues to monitor the impact the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) is having on our cultural landscape. I'm writing today as part of our ongoing efforts to provide the Chicago arts community with frequent and ongoing updates on COVID-19.
We understand the enormous economic impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on our local arts community. The City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector, and we will be in touch with details as they become available. In the meantime, please continue to work with your service and advocacy organizations to carefully track the negative consequences of closures and cancellations.
As you may have read, in accordance with new guidelines from the CDC, Governor Pritzker announced Monday that he is mandating a ban on gatherings of 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks (Read full recommendation). Federal officials also advised Monday that gatherings be limited to 10 people, but the State is not issuing an order to that effect.
For more information on Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19), please visit the City's website at www.cityofchicago.org/coronavirus. This site is updated several times daily by the Department of Public Health, led by Commissioner Allison Arwady, and will continue to be enhanced as we learn more about this challenge.
In the coming days, expect more updates as we continue to work to address this challenge as a city and together as a sector. In the meantime, please review the following opportunities we are currently offering to artists and arts organizations.
Mark Kelly, Commissioner
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Senator Richard Durbin
As the United States continues to address the coronavirus pandemic, I’m focused on ensuring the federal government is doing everything it can to support the health and safety of Illinoisans. Addressing the spread of the virus will take a whole-of-government approach and coordination with the State of Illinois as preventive measures are implemented. We also must support working families during this difficult time and provide health care professionals and scientists with every resource they need for treatments and research into COVID-19.
Below you will find additional information and resources related to the coronavirus pandemic. Please make sure you follow CDC guidelines. Together, we can save lives and stop the spread of this virus.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
CDC Resources - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-889-3931
*Beginning at the close of business Monday, March 16, 2020, through Monday, March 30, 2020, all bars and restaurants in the state of Illinois will be closed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Illinois Dept. of Public Health
The safety of our passengers and employees is Pace's top priority and we are working diligently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are working closely with local, state and federal agencies to monitor the situation and respond in accordance with CDC guidance. Communications are a critical part of our response plans. To that end, we are reaching out to municipalities and stakeholders to update them on Pace’s efforts to limit exposure of employees and passengers to COVID-19.
We are making every decision with the well-being of our passengers, our employees, and our communities in mind. As a standard practice, Pace cleans and sanitizes buses daily. We’ve added an extra disinfecting step to our already stringent nightly cleaning regimen. We have also provided our front-line employees with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes for use in the field when soap and water are not available.
We have posted CDC recommendations to limit the spread of the virus online, on our vehicles and on our phone messaging systems. We are using all of our communications platforms to connect with our riders and make sure they are up-to-date on our efforts to limit the spread of this virus. Passengers and stakeholders are encouraged to sign up for Pace email alerts here. You can follow us on social media or visit PaceBus.com/Health for the most up-to-date information.
To limit the exposure of Pace employees to the virus, administrative staff will postpone or cancel all attendance at in-person events and meetings unless it is deemed business-critical by Pace’s Executive Director. Use of technology, like teleconferencing and videoconferencing, is encouraged. We will continue to implement every measure recommended by health officials to prevent the spread of this virus.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support during this critical time.
COVID-19: Delivery Signature Update
We want to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
That’s why effective immediately, we won’t require you to physically sign for most deliveries made in the U.S. It’s just another way we’re focused on Safety Above All - now, and always.
Visit our COVID-19 customer site for more details and to learn more about how FedEx is responding as this situation evolves.
NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
With our clients, employees, and community in mind, to do our part in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago will be closing its physical offices in Wicker Park, West Humboldt Park, Chatham, and the South Suburbs effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th until further notice.
Our entire staff will be working from home for the coming weeks and available virtually, via email, video conferencing, and conference calls.
Additionally, yesterday we announced that we have suspended all of our in-person classes and workshops until further notice.
As an alternative, we currently offer e-Home, an on-line, self-paced, 8-hour Home Buyer Education class. Other classes and workshops will be rescheduled for a later date.
Please continue to monitor our website and our social media outlets for updates or call 773-329-4111 for more information.