Monday, June 1, 2020

48th Ward Update From Ald. Osterman

From Ald. Osterman:

"It was another difficult night for our city last night. Today I renew my message of peace and calm, and I thank all of you who stayed in the neighborhood and stayed home last night.

Thank you to the neighbors who came out to peacefully demonstrate on Broadway and other streets in our community. While some neighborhoods in our city saw devastating vandalism and damage to businesses, there were a handful of broken windows in our community. There was a fire in a residential building on the 1000 block of Foster Ave. last night due to an electrical issue. No one was hurt in the fire and I've been in contact with residents and our office is assisting them.

Our local Chicago Police officers will be patrolling our community tonight to ensure safety for all residents. There have been reports on social media about violence targeted at communities on the north side. This is being investigated by law enforcement. It is critical during this difficult time that if anyone sees criminal activity or violence that they call 911.

Thank you to the many neighbors who have reached out to inquire about support Chicago Public Schools families in our community who were not able to pickup food from the closed meal sites today. My office has been in contact with our local principals and can assist any families in need of food. I expect that CPS will have meals available at schools tomorrow, but if not, families can sign up for meal delivery by calling 773-553-5437. Please call our office at 773-784-5277 or email me if you or a neighbor are in need of groceries.

Many of you have reached out with feedback about proposed plans for a "shared street" on Glenwood Ave. For the time being, I am postponing any consideration of this option. As I have written before, I was not planning to remove any parking without first securing alternate parking options. Now with the City's priorities and attention focused on safety, I am not going to consider the "shared street" at this time. If I do open this up for consideration again in the future, I will notify all Glenwood residents of an opportunity to meet virtually to discuss ideas and concerns.

Additionally, the Outdoor Office Hours I had planned for tomorrow evening in the St. Ita's parking lot has been postponed. Please continue to call and email my office with questions, service requests, and concerns and my team and I will get back to you. I will plan a new date for Outdoor Office Hours next week and will share this in an upcoming newsletter.

I understand very clearly the raw emotion that people are feeling during this very difficult time in our city and our country. As a community that is made stronger by its diversity, we will get through this together by standing with one another. I ask you all to encourage peace and safety over the next few days, and remain unified for a peaceful, more equitable city."

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