31st Ward Low Cost Vaccination Clinic

Alderman Santiago and Chicago Animal Care & Control are hosting a low-cost vaccination clinic. The event will be held in our office parking lot, located at 2505 N. Pulaski Rd. (two doors south of the ward office). Pet-owners can qualify for rabies vaccinations for as low as $15 per vaccination! Bring your furry companions down to our office space parking lot and take advantage of this opportunity! Please be advised, however, that only the first 50 cats or dogs will be served. Cash only, please.

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2018 Participatory Budgeting Cycle!

It's that time of the year again, Participatory Budgeting is back!

All residents of the 31st Ward will again have the opportunity to decide what needs fixing. $1 Million Dollars is available to make repairs to our Infrastructure. You can help decide where that money is spent.

Alderman Santiago will host four Neighborhood Assemblies to reach out and collect ideas.

The Neighborhood Assemblies will be held over the next month and a half. We will also combine PB Assemblies with other events to collect as many Ideas and Volunteers as possible.

Watch this page, newsletter, and Facebook Page for more Participatory Budgeting information!

We look forward to seeing you at one of the Assemblies.

Thursday, June 15, 6:30 pm at Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel, 5018 West Armitage (In conjunction with the 36th Ward)

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 pm at Northwest Community Church, 5318 West Diversey

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm at Foreman College & Career Academy, 3235 North Leclaire

Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm at Kelvyn Park Field House, 4438 West Wrightwood

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2017 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Department of Family & Support Services is accepting applications for the 2017 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship program. The CSBG Scholarship program provides financial assistance to low-income students enrolled in post-secondary educational programs.

Students who are enrolled full-time in an Illinois college, university or vocational/certificate program by September 15, 2017, may qualify for a scholarship, which can range from $500 to $3,000. Funds may be applied to tuition, books, uniforms and fees related to the individual’s course of study. Recipients must have a primary residence in the city of Chicago and meet income guidelines.

Additional information about program criteria, the income guidelines, and a downloadable application are available HERE. Applications deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, June 9th.

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City Sticker Sale Day

The City Clerk's office will be selling City Stickers at the 31st Ward Office (2521 N. Pulaski) on Saturday, May 27th, from 9 am until 1 pm.

This service is for Chicago residents with the vehicle sticker expiration month of May only. So your current sticker has to have an expiration date of May 31, 2017, and has 5/17 printed on the vehicle sticker.

The City Clerk's office will NOT be accepting any forms of cash payments this year. They will only accept checks, money orders, and credit cards.

Residents must bring their driver's license or state-issued identification, and their courtesy reminder form or vehicle registration.

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Operation Help-A-Hero

47 Wards including my office are partnering with Operation Help-A-Hero. We will be collecting basic household items and toiletries throughout the month of June in an effort to help the hundreds of Chicagoland veterans who are homeless. 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.

I will be accepting donations at my office throughout starting from May 30th until July 4th.

New, store bought items that will be collected include:

• Personal Hygiene Items including bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine pads, shaving cream, deodorant, combs hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes

• Kitchen & Cleaning Items including plastic kitchen trash cans, Windex, Pine Sol, dish washing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, and paper towels

• Bathroom & Miscellaneous Items including shower curtains, toilet paper (4 or 6 pack), plungers, toilet brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, bath towels (2), wash cloths, smoke detectors with batteries, flashlights with batteries, garbage bags, laundry baskets, hampers, and laundry detergent

For more information on this program, please contact the office at chicagoward31@gmail.com

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31st Ward Community Carnival

Alderman Santiago is proud to announce the first Community Carnival for the 31st Ward! The Carnival will be held next Thursday (April 27th) through Sunday (April 30th). 

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Congratulations Alderman Villegas

Last week my dear northwest side colleague Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward) was unanimously elected to serve a two-year term as the new Chair of the Latino Caucus. Alderman Villegas is an excellent choice to continue the great work done by Alderman Cardenas (12th Ward) the past two years. I look forward to working on issues of public safety, education and economic development with him. 


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Community Meeting

My office is hosting a community meeting seeking public input on a request by Aldi who is seeking the approval of liquor licenses at three of their locations.

Aldi at 4030 W. Wrightwood Avenue
Aldi at 4627 W. Diversey Avenue
Aldi at 2828 N. Central Avenue

Tuesday, April 25th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Kelvyn Park Field House
4438 W Wrightwood Ave


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Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarships

As a member of the Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation, I am excited to announce the deadline to apply for the foundations 2017 Scholarship has been extended to April 3rd.  

The scholarship will consist of $5,000 per year and is renewable as long as the student maintains a 2.8 G.P.A. as an undergraduate student at an accredited institution of higher education. For the application documents and further details, please click here.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizenship is not required for this scholarship
  • Students must be at least one-half Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category; students may be of any race
  • Students must be at or below the Federal Poverty
  • High school senior/GED certificate/Undergraduate student with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 
  • Current high school senior graduating in 2017 and/or GED completion certificate/undergraduate*, who are enrolled/planning to enroll at an accredited 2/4 year institution in/or outside of Illinois (*scholarship is not open for graduate level studies)
  • Must be a full-time student or planning to enroll as a full-time student
  • Submit official/unofficial transcripts
  • Submit the Application Essay and signature page
  • Must currently reside in Chicago


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Career Fair-Department Of Aviation

My Northwest Side Aldermanic Colleagues and I are hosting a Community Career Fair in conjunction with the Department of Aviation. It will be Thursday, March 23rd from 9am-1pm at Wilbur Wright College (4300 N. Narragansett Ave).

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