Infrastructure Improvement Notification

The Department of Water Management’s will be performing sewer repairs at the intersection of W Diversey Ave and N Laramie Ave.

The contractor responsible for the project will do its best to work with neighbors and businesses to ensure that this disruption is minimal.

Schedule: Work is scheduled to begin December 27th, and is expected to last approximately 6 weeks. 

Traffic: Eastbound and westbound traffic on W Diversey Ave will be closed.  There will be a posted detour directing traffic south to W Fullerton Ave at N Cicero Ave and N Central Ave. 

Northbound traffic on N Laramie Ave will also be closed.  There will be a posted detour directing traffic east to N Cicero Ave at W Fullerton Ave, and back to N Laramie Ave at W Belmont Ave.

Southbound traffic on N Laramie Ave will remain open.

Parking: Parking in the areas of construction will be reduced and/or eliminated. "No Parking" signs will be posted to inform of such closures.

Contact: Any questions or concerns involving the work by the private contractor at the intersection of W Diversey Ave and N Laramie Ave, please contact the Resident Engineer, Michael Fitzgerald, at 630-453-0994.

They do not anticipate sewer or water service interruption. However, they will try to give notice prior to any sort of shutdown. 





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31st Ward Participatory Budgeting Voting Dates and Sites

Any resident of the 31st Ward, 14 years old or older, can vote in the Participatory Budgeting process.
The Voting will take place from October 9 through October 22 in the Ward Office and at various sites around the Ward.
Proposed Voting Sites
  • Sunday, October 9th -Walmart Parking Lot, 4618 West Diversey, 1pm to 4pm
  • Monday, Columbus Day, October 10th-Kelvyn Park Field House, 4438 West Wrightwood, 10am to 2pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday, October 11th – 13th-Ward Office, 2521 North Pulaski, 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Friday, October 14th -Ward Office, 2521 North Pulaski, 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Saturday, October 15th-31st Ward Health Fair, St Genevieve, 10am to 2pm 
  • Saturday, October 15th-Blackhawk Park, 2318 N. Lavergne 11am to 1pm
  • Sunday, October 16th -Central Gyros, 3127 North Central, 1pm to 4pm
  • Monday, October 17th-Ward Office, 9am to 12:30pm,1:30pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday, October 18th – 20th-Ward Office, 2521 North Pulaski, 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Friday, October 21st-Ward Office, 2521 North Pulaski, 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Saturday, October 22nd   FINAL DAY -Kosciuszko Park, 2732 North Avers, 10am to 1pm

2017 31st Ward Participatory Budgeting

Before voting on this year’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) Projects are two “Percentage Votes” to address the biggest infrastructure needs.
You have a vote as to what percentage of the “Menu Money” will be spent on resurfacing streets and alleys and what percentage should be spent on repairing street lights in the 31st
At least $300,000 of the “Menu Money” will be spent on the PB Projects.

Ballot Items-

1st Percentage Vote...What percentage of the fund should be spent on roads/alleys?
2nd Percentage Vote...What percentage of the funds should be spent on street lighting improvements?
#1...Dog Parks at Kosciuszko and Ken-Well Parks (Starter money for the creation of Dog parks in both Kosciuszko and Ken-Well Parks) 

#2...Lighting Improvements at Schubert Elementary School Playgound
#3...Traffic Circles near Cragin Park (Traffic calming effort at Wrightwood/Long & Wrightwood/Lockwood)

#4...Bike Lane on Fullerton Avenue (Improve biking infrastructure on Fullerton avenue between Central Park and Pulaski Avenue)

#5...New Curbs and Sidewalks on 5300 W Wrightwood (Repairs to considerable portions of poor conditioned sidewalks and curbs)
#6...Six new Water Fountains at Foreman College & Career Academy (For improved water quality and to encourage students to use reusable water bottles)
#7...Screening under Viaducts (Screens and nets under two viaducts at Diversey/Kenton & Belmont/Kenton)
#8...Traffic Control/Pedestrian Island on Diversey near Kosciuszko Park  (Pedestrian island refuge on Diversey Avenue to help residents visiting the park) 


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Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program

The deadline to apply for a property tax rebate has been extended to Friday, December 30th. 

The following sites are available until the deadline.- 

Northwest (Copernicus) Senior Center (3160 N. Milwaukee Ave) Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm & Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

Spanish Coalition for Housing (1922 N. Pulaski Rd) Monday-Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm & Friday-Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Austin-Irving Library (6100 W. Irving Park Rd) Monday & Wednesday12:00pm-8:00pmTuesday & Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

*The Property Tax Rebate Program Checklist* 

Required Documentation:
-Current Photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, Consulate ID, Passport)
-2015 Income Tax Returns or Social Security Award Letter
-2015 2nd Installment Property Tax Bill

To receive a standard rebate, homeowners must meet the following eligibility requirements:
-Owner of the property in the City of Chicago
-Receipt of 2015 Homeowner's Exemption
-Payment of all property taxes
-Increase in 2015 City of Chicago Property Tax amount
-Household Adjusted Gross Income of under $75,000 in 2015

To receive the senior supplement, homeowners must meet the following eligibility requirements:
-Eligible for the standard grant in any amount
-At least 60 years of age by January 1, 2016
-Lived in the property since January 1, 1998
-Did not receive the Senior Freeze for tax year 2015
-Did not receive the homestead improvement exemption for tax year 2015
-Equalized Assessed Value of the property increased by at least 30%

To receive the enhanced grant, homeowners must meet the following eligibility requirements:
-Eligible for the standard grant in any amount 
-Documentation of any of the following extraordinary hardship factors
-Participation in IL Benefits Access Program (formerly known as the "circuit breaker")
-Participation IL supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP-formerly known as food stamps)
-Participation IL low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP)
-Recipient of an IL Unemployment Insurance award
-Recipient of a Social Security Disability award.  

For more information, click here.



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Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park will be at Ken-Well Park this Friday, September 16th.



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Community Clean Up

Please join us for our first community clean up of the Fall in partnership with Hermosa Neighborhood Association and Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. If you or your neighbors wish to organize a clean up with our office, please contact us at




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