Time to Move Those Space Savers

Via the Dept. of Streets & Sanitation

With the last sizeable snowfall a week and a half in the past, and daytime temperatures climbing well above freezing for the next few days, the City of Chicago says it is time for residents to clear out any items that may have been left in the street.

“We do not advocate putting anything into the street, but are initially tolerant of it because our priority during a storm is to repeatedly plow and salt our 9,500 lane miles of main streets and side streets until they are clear,” stated Thomas G. Byrne, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation. “It has been a long time since the last big snow, and temperatures are mild, so anyone who has putanything out in the public way needs to get rid of it or we will do it for them.”

Warmer daytime temperatures will also present a good opportunity for residents to clear away any remaining snow and ice accumulations from around their cars or from the front of adjacent drain structures on residential streets. Remaining snow or ice should be placed on the grassy area of the parkway and should never be pushed back into the street. Keeping street drains clear of snow and ice will allow for melting
water to drain off and not refreeze when temperatures fall back below freezing. There are 3,365 miles of side streets in Chicago.

Download the press release (.pdf).

Self Employed Workshop - February 27

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When: Saturday, February 27, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL
Fees: None, but you must call (312) 630-0268 to reserve your spot in class
Working on your own can be exciting. But the rules about keeping records and filing taxes can be confusing when you're self-employed. And it's easy to leave money on the table at tax time. The Center for Economic Progress can help with this class developed especially for self-employed workers.

You'll learn:
  • The importance of good recordkeeping practices
  • How you can make sure you're getting the tax credits and deductions that you're entitled to.
  • Tax responsibilities when a business hires employees.
  • The free services the Center for Economic Progress offers to self-employed workers.
  • This training is perfect for:
  • Taxi drivers
  • Home healthcare workers
  • Beauticians
  • Home-based childcare providers
  • Gardeners/landscapers
  • Other self-employed workers running a small business
Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance by calling (312) 630-0268. 

Cook County Disaster Grants Available Now

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Cook County has received funding to assist Cook County residents who are still facing health and social welfare issues relating to the floods of 2008.

The Cook County Disaster Grant (CCDG) has been established to assist businesses, families and individuals who were impacted by the severe storms and flooding that occurred between September 13th, 2008 and October 5th, 2008.

As a result of Presidential Disaster Declarations, FEMA’s public and individual assistance programs provided support immediately following the floods. As helpful as these programs were, they did not address many of the human services needs of Cook County residents and businesses.

In recognition of this, the US Health and Human Services Agency is providing additional Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funding to impacted Illinois counties, specifically for health and human services needs. This funding has been made available through the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness within the Illinois Department of Human Services.

If you require assistance from this program or if you feel you are a victim of the floods and may qualify for this program, please contact our Hotline Number at 312-603-7600.

How do I apply?

IPRA Northside Community Meeting - March 2

Via the Independent Police Review Authority

WHAT: North Side Community Meeting

WHEN: March 2, 2010, from 6 to 8pm

WHERE: Uptown Branch Library (Community Room), 929 W Buena

WHY: To inform the public on IPRA's role and process and address issues raised by the public.

IPRA's mission is to conduct fair, thorough, and timely investigations into allegations of excessive force and bias-based verbal abuse made against Chicago Police Department members.

Please contact Curtis Tarver II to RSVP at 312.745.3609 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

World Sport Chicago and Cubs Organization Celebrate the 2010 Games Opening - February 11

Via World Sport Chicago

World Sport Chicago continues to offer opportunities for Chicago's youth to watch and experience Olympic and Paralympic sport.

On Thursday, February 11th, World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Cubs will host a community open skate at the Rink at Wrigley that will provide kids of all ages the opportunity to meet and skate with local Olympians and Paralympians.  Families will also be able to participate in demonstrations of winter Olympic ice sports such as speed skating, curling and sled hockey. Bring your own skates as rentals will not be available on-site. The event is free and open to the public so tell your friends and come on out to enjoy the fun at the Rink at Wrigley!

When: Thursday, February 11 from 5:00 p.m.. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Rink at Wrigley at Clark St. and Waveland Ave.

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