Thanks to our members and Al’s Pizza

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Al’s Pizza.  Thanks to Mike Karalis and staff, and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and Tempesta Market.

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Tempesta Market.  Thanks  to Agostino and Anthony Fiasche, and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and Maxwell St. Depot

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Maxwell Street Depot.  Thanks Lee and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and BarTucci

One of the local restaurants contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis just as they do every day and unfortunately go unnoticed. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from BarTucci, Thanks Gino and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!


While we are all on a stay at home order please take the time to do this online training that LiUNA is offering for free. Create an account with a valid email address and you’re set. You will receive a certificate upon completion which takes less than 120 minutes for the entire course. Some great insights and information in this time of mis-information.

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Office Contact Information

Due to the recent stay at home order from Governor Pritzker, we have decided to protect our staff and close the physical office at 323 S. Ashland.
During this time the office phone number 312.226.1001 will remain operational and to further assist we have listed the cell numbers for our staff. We will be working from the field and will return calls so please leave a message if you can’t immediately reach someone. Thank you for your hard work and stay safe.

James Ellis 312.257.8811
Victor Roa 312.806.5456
Bob Chianelli 312.550.2165
Nicole Hayes 773.875.8205
Skip Marcucci 312.813.4996
Will Irving 773.844.4181





Consider switching from paper to direct deposit now

Due to the COVID-19 Virus and its transmission via something as simple as a paper check we are encouraging members who are not on direct deposit to join.

Please make sure all the following steps below are completed. We want to limit errors made on the form that will cause Finance to reject them.


1. Signature

2. Last 4 of SS# and or Employee number

3. clearly write account and routing numbers on the form

4. All direct deposit forms MUST HAVE  either a voided check or a letter from the bank on letter head with the account and routing number printed on the letter.

If any of the above are not complete the form will be rejected.

Please speak to your Supervisor to get you signed up for direct deposit today!


List of Pre-Identified Break Locations

We understand the limited availability of locations to take a break 10-7 and have been working with various Departments to try and make identify facilities where our members can go to take their breaks. Below is a list of Pre-determined break locations supplied to the Union by DSS. There of course may be more and more added in the future, we will keep you up to date as that information changes. Your Union is working to get all of us through this very challenging and difficult time, we appreciate your continued hard work and ask all of you to stay safe out there.




COVID-19 Update on Essential Services and Possible Draw Downs (Pay)

Update from last nights meeting with the City of Chicago. 

As early as tomorrow the City will begin drawing down its services. As of right now, all of our members at the City work in Departments that are providing “essential services”. We are being told that even those Departments considered “essential” may see a draw down of employees very soon.

Some members may be ordered to “tele-work”, or work from home, but all of our members will be paid their normal salary, and keep their benefits, during this temporary draw down of services.

We are working with the City to ensure this draw down is as orderly as possible, and protects our members while ensuring we can continue to safely provide the services necessary to get the City through this pandemic.

Again, any employees told to stay home during this temporary draw down will be paid and keep their benefits.


To combat the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and ensure that City employees and their dependents have access to critical medical care, the City will make available new resources. These resources are available to you and your dependents effective immediately.


City employees and their dependents enrolled in the City’s Healthcare Plans will have access to Telehealth services.

Telehealth visits currently include 2-way, live interactive telephone communication and digital video consultations, which can allow concerned members to connect with their physicians while reducing the risk of exposure to contagious viruses or further illness.

The coverage for these services is temporary and will end on December 31, 2020 or the date the state of emergency declaration by the State of Illinois expires (if earlier).

Telehealth services will only be covered as follows:

  • When all other Plan provisions are met, including medical necessity, and
  • When provided in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will allow all medical providers that are eligible to bill for Telehealth services to do so for COVID-19 or other eligible claims for other diagnoses. Plan co-pays and deductibles would apply should an employee and/or his/her dependents elect to use Telehealth services.


As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we understand you may have concerns about accessing prescription medications – especially if you or loved ones have a chronic or complex condition. CVS Caremark®is taking steps to protect your access to medication and we encourage you to refill maintenance medications with a 90-day supply or up to the plan maximum.

Here is some additional information about your CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits we hope is useful to you. You may take advantage of:

Relaxed refill restrictions. We are temporarily waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescriptions for maintenance medications at any in-network pharmacy. You can now fill maintenance medication prescriptions ahead of schedule. Restrictions apply (e.g. opioid prescriptions).

Free home delivery. CVS Pharmacy® has waived charges for home delivery of all prescription medications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, so this convenient option can help you avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new maintenance prescriptions. As always, there is no charge for delivery of prescriptions filled by CVS Caremark Mail Service pharmacy, when you choose mail. If you have any questions contact CVS/Caremark Customer Service line at 1-866-748-0028.

COVID-19 Update for DSS

Your Union has been working with DSS to ensure the health and safety of our members since the announcement of the severity of the COVID-19 virus. In an effort to address some of the repeated concerns of the Union, DSS will be sending the below information out to the Grids today. We asked DSS to address the lack of places to eat, the use of personal vehicles, 10/7’s and the crowded swipe rooms.

Below is the information being sent to all Divisions by DSS.

  1. For those employees that are coming to work, let’s encourage them to bring their lunch to work. Many locations that our employees would frequent are no longer accessible.
  2. If approached, you can allow that employee to drive their own vehicle to a check point. they are still expected to swipe in and out, sign in and out at the district. If the vehicle is the clean and safe place they want to eat, we should allow that. We should monitor any employee driving to make sure they are not abusing this privilege.
  3. In regards to 10-7 breaks, we want to be mindful that it may take a little bit longer to find somewhere to use the restroom.
  4. We should allow all persons the opportunity to separate themselves from a crowd by sitting in their vehicles until it’s time to swipe in or out.

A Message from the LABF



The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus known as COVID-19. The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared COVID-19 presents a public health emergency and Governor Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation in response to COVID-19.

Since COVID-10 has been detected in numerous locations in Illinois including Chicago the LABF is taking the following steps to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our members and employees:

– Cancelling all in person appointments

– Requesting members and other stakeholders to NOT visit the LABF offices

– Requiring employees who are sick to remain at home

– Providing hand sanitizer throughout the LABF offices

– Encouraging members and employees to follow the CDC recommended measures to protect yourself and others (visit for more information)

If you have an existing scheduled appointment, and have not heard from the LABF, please contact the LABF to determine if the appointment can be handled over the phone or if your appointment will need to be rescheduled. The LABF can be contacted by phone, fax, or email. Contact information follows:

– Phone number: (312) 236-2065

– Fax number: (312) 236-0574

– Email address:

Please be assured that all benefit payments will continue to be paid in a timely manner.

And, currently the LABF offices will remain open for business; however, the LABF will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as it develops. Your understanding and patience are much appreciated during this unfortunate and rapidly evolving worldwide health emergency and we hope that you and your family remain healthy.


City of Chicago Employee COVID-19 update.

We met with the Mayor’s Office yesterday evening to further discuss the suggestions we made to them earlier this week. As a result, they have rolled out several temporary policies today. These policies should ease the burden on those directly affected by COVID-19, and on those doing their best to slow the virus’ spread.

Below is a brief outline of what’s currently in place.

For employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed by their medical provider to isolate themselves because they’ve exhibited symptoms, there will be paid leave (in addition to any time you currently have on the books)

For employees who must be absent due to a quarantine order from their medical provider (even though they may not presently have any symptoms), there will also be paid leave (in addition to any time you currently have on the books)

In both of these situations, the paid leave is in addition to any paid time off the employee has or will have on the books.

Department Heads will be allowed to advance vacation/sick days to employees who are staying at home because of some other, non-COVID-19 illness or because of their child’s school closure. If that employee has already used up their 2020 vacation time and any comp time they may have, this paid leave can come out of an employee’s 2021 bank. If you do not want to use your vacation time, just apply for FMLA to make sure the absences are excused.

The City has temporarily stop using biometric screening (hand swipes). Instead, they’ll require employees to swipe their ID cards and then “waive” their hand (your id or similiar item works also) over the prongs. This will register the employee as present and at work.

This is a continuously evolving situation, and we will continue to do our best to stay on top of it. These are positive steps for our members and should significantly aid in slowing the spread of the virus and keeping our members and their families as healthy as possible.

As always, we encourage our members to contact us with any questions or issues you may have.

LiUNA Apprenticeship Programs Protected


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your advocacy for LIUNA apprenticeship programs made a difference. The Department of Labor’s decision on IRAPs validated what you and your brothers and sisters already know, union registered apprenticeship programs are the gold standard. The final rule on apprenticeship ensures that LIUNA and the building trades first-class, cutting edge apprenticeship programs will continue to be the construction industry standard bearer.

This victory would not have happened without the extraordinary activism of LIUNA members in defense of our training and apprenticeship programs. The more than 88,000 comments submitted by our members is a testament to LIUNA’s solidarity, strength, and activism.

LIUNA thanks those in the Administration who supported  us and we are grateful for the many Members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who stood with us and weighed in with the Department of Labor to protect LIUNA apprenticeships. We will not forget their efforts.

We won this battle and we will be ready for whatever comes next. Whether it’s an attack on our wages, pensions, or our right to collectively bargain, we must remain vigilant.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I want to express our pride and our thanks for your commitment, your solidarity, and your determination. With the half-million strong, proud, and united brothers and sisters of LIUNA, there is nothing we can’t do.

May you always Feel the Power, Use the Power, and Be the Power!

Get the Facts: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease

What is the health risk from COVID-19 in Chicago?

The immediate health risk to the general public from COVID-19 in Chicago remains low at this time. There is no need at this point for people in Chicago to wear masks or cancel events, for example. CDPH is monitoring the situation carefully, with CDC, and will rapidly communicate any changes in this guidance.

Nationally, people in communities with ongoing community spread are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure. Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19, close contacts of persons with COVID-19, and travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. In confirmed COVID-19 cases, illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Most cases of COVID-19 result in mild illness. To date, children also seem less likely to become ill. But people who are older and who have other health conditions are more likely to have serious illness. CDC reports that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How does the virus spread?

Although the virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, it is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).


What is the treatment for COVID-19?

There is no specific medicine to treat

at this time, though studies are underway. People with

receive supportive care from a health care professional. Supportive care means care to help relieve symptoms; for example, medicine to bring down fevers, or oxygen if a patient’s oxygen level is low.


Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Development is underway but will likely take a year or more. The best way to prevent infection and transmission is to practice everyday preventative actions such as washing your hands often and staying home when sick.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases?

As with any respiratory virus, you can protect yourself and others by taking everyday common sense actions:

  •   Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •   Stay home when you are sick.
  •   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  •   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness.

Remember that it’s also flu and respiratory disease season and CDPH recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. See

What are CDPH’s recommendations for using a face mask?

CDPH does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks can be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone with suspected COVID-19 in close settings.


What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

CDPH strongly recommends avoiding travel to countries with level 3 travel notices, including layovers at airports, because there is widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19 in these countries and the risk of acquiring the virus is high. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should also consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices. The latest travel notices are available on CDC’s COVID-19 web page for travelers.

What if I recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19?

Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 3 should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after leaving the country with the travel alert. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.

  •   Do not go to school or work. Absences for this purpose should be excused and alternate arrangements should be made for teleworking or online school assignments if possible.
  •   Take your temperature with a thermometer 2 times a day and watch your health.
  •   If you develop a fever (100.4F/38C) or cough, seek medical care right away. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in an affected area. You can also call CDPH at 312-746-7425 (SICK) during business hours. After hours call 311 and request to speak to the Medical

Director on call. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911.

Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 2 should monitor their health for 14 days but do not need to limit their movement or activity. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19.

For local updates, visit For national updates, visit If you have other questions, email or call 312-746-4835.





These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA LOCAL 1001 (BARGAINING UNIT 54).   Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.  


(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)




Number of Positions: 9

The City of Chicago has partnered with the County, Municipal Employees’, Supervisors, and Foremen’s Union Local 1001 to establish a three (3) year in-house trainee program, equivalent to 6,240 hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT). Class is a multi – rate title; rate of pay to individual positions is dependent on the number of hours completed. 

Under immediate supervision, performs tree maintenance activities including tree trimming and tree removal, and performs tree related duties as required


  • Prepares tree for limb removal or complete take-down by placing safety cones; rigging ropes, pulleys, block and tackle to secure and control limbs before cutting and removal
  • Inspects and operates per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements an aerial lift bucket and is lifted to remove selected tree limbs and trunks with chainsaws or pruners
  • Cuts tree trunks on the ground with gasoline or electric power saws
  • Operates a wood chipper to dispose of tree limbs and branches
  • Assists in loading severed tree trunks onto trucks for removal
  • Inspects tree for decay, disease, and insects
  • Operates equipment for insect and disease management on trees and shrubs
  • Prepares trees for planting, plants trees, and performs follow-up inspections for tree condition
  • Maintains and repairs a variety of equipment used in the planting, trimming, and removal of trees
  • Ensures the availability of adequate supplies and equipment on trucks to complete assigned work
  • Cleans worksite and performs ground level clean-up to clear tree debris

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

  Location:  Varies  Hours:  Varies


Willingness and ability to perform the duties of the job

Physical Requirement

  • Must meet current aerial bucket lift weight restrictions to comply with OSHA and City of Chicago safety standards
  • Extremely heavy lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling (up to 100 lbs.) is required
  • Ability to walk and stand for extended or continuous periods of time
  • Ability to quickly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with one’s body, arms, and/or legs
  • Ability to climb ladders and/or stairs
  • Ability to operate applicable hand tools, power tools, and equipment
  • Ability to tolerate heights (up to 100 feet) while working
  • Ability to climb in/out of aerial lift bucket
  • Ability to lift and hold various equipment (up to approximately 16 pounds) extended away from the body while working for extended periods of time

Working Conditions

  • Exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Exposure to loud noise, fumes or dust, oily or wet environment
  • Exposure to insects and animals
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions (e.g., heavy machinery, live electrical wires)
  • Work performed in cramped or confined locations
  • Work performed at great heights with the use of safety harness and lanyard


  • Aerial lift bucket
  • Hand tools (e.g. hammer, screwdriver, wrench, various chainsaws, pole saw, pruner/power pruner, ropes)
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hat, hearing protection, shoes, glasses, gloves, vest, knee pads, chaps, harness)
  • Safety devices or equipment (e.g., cones, barricades, metal plates, scaffolding, ropes)
  • Powered and manual cleaning equipment (e.g., power washers, leaf blowers, brooms)
  • Communication equipment (e.g., two-way radio, multi-channel communication system)
  • Standard landscape tools and equipment (e.g., shovel, axe, weed cutter, fogger, dolly, rake, weed whip, chain saw, pole saw, pole pruner, hand pruner, pesticide application equipment)  


This position is willing and able.  Applicants who successfully apply for the position will be selected in seniority order/lottery order to go through the hiring process which will include physical abilities testing.

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application.  Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement:   All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment & Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago                                                        Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor                                              Soo Choi, Commissioner

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on Tuesday,  March 17, 2020.  No exceptions will be made.


Apply online now… 


In-Person Early Voting & Registration

For the March 17 Primary Election, Chicago voters may use any Early Voting & Registration location in the city from March 2 through March 16.

Any ballots that voters cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same election.

Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address, signature or if there are two voters with the same or similar names at the same address.

Registration services are available at every Early Voting site. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address update or a name change must show two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.

Locations & Hours

March 2 thru March 16 – Early Voting & Registration at all 52 locations listed below
Mon., March 2 – Sat., March 7: 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 8: 10 am-4 pm
Mon., March 9 – Fri., March 13: 9 am-7 pm
Sat., March 14: 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 15: 10 am-4 pm
Mon., March 16: 9 am-5 pm (On March 16, the six “permanent sites” will remain open thru 7 pm.)

NEW LOOP SUPER SITE at Clark & Lake – 191 N Clark (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 1    Goldblatt’s Bldg     1615 W Chicago
Ward 2    Near North Library    310 W Division
Ward 3    Hall Branch Library    4801 S Michigan
Ward 4    King Community Ctr.    4314 S Cottage Grove (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 5    Jackson Park    6401 S Stony Island
Ward 6    Whitney Young Library    415 E 79th St
Ward 7    Jeffery Manor Library    2401 E 100th St
Ward 8    Olive Harvey College    10001 S Woodlawn
Ward 9    Palmer Park    201 E 111th St
Ward 10    Vodak/Eastside Library    3710 E 106th St
Ward 11    Dist. 9 Police Station    3120 S Halsted
Ward 12    McKinley Park    2210 W Pershing
Ward 13    West Lawn Park    4233 W 65th St
Ward 14    Archer Heights Library    5055 S Archer
Ward 15    Gage Park    2411 W 55th St
Ward 16    Lindblom Park    6054 S Damen
Ward 17    Thurgood Marshall Library    7506 S Racine
Ward 18    Wrightwood Ashburn Library    8530 S Kedzie
Ward 19    Mount Greenwood Park    3721 W 111th St (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 20    Bessie Coleman Library    731 E 63rd St
Ward 21    Woodson Regional Library    9525 S Halsted
Ward 22    Toman Library    2708 S Pulaski
Ward 23    Clearing Branch Library    6423 W 63rd Pl
Ward 24    St. Agatha Parish    3147 W Douglas Blvd
Ward 25    Chinatown Library    2100 S Wentworth
Ward 26    Humboldt Pk Library    1605 N Troy
Ward 27    Eckhart Park    1330 W Chicago
Ward 28    W. Side Learning Ctr    4624 W Madison  (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 29    Amundsen Park    6200 W Bloomingdale
Ward 30    Kilbourn Park    3501 N Kilbourn
Ward 31    Portage Cragin Library    5108 W Belmont
Ward 32    Bucktown-Wicker Park Library    1701 N Milwaukee
Ward 33    McFetridge Sports Ctr    3843 N California
Ward 34    W Pullman Library    830 W 119th
Ward 35    NEIU El Centro    3390 N Avondale
Ward 36    West Belmont Library    3104 N Narragansett
Ward 37    West Chicago Av Library    4856 W Chicago
Ward 38    Hiawatha Park    8029 W Forest Preserve
Ward 39    North Park Vill. Admin.    5801 N Pulaski
Ward 40    Budlong Woods Library    5630 N Lincoln
Ward 41    Roden Library    6083 N Northwest Highway (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 42    Northwest Retail Space   321 N Clark
Ward 43    Lincoln Park Library    1150 W Fullerton
Ward 44    Dist. 19 Police Station    850 W Addison
Ward 45    Dist. 16 Police Station    5151 N Milwaukee
Ward 46    Truman College    1145 W Wilson
Ward 47    Welles Park    2333 W Sunnyside (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 48    Edgewater Library    6000 N Broadway
Ward 49    Pottawattomie Park    7340 N Rogers
Ward 50    Warren Park    6601 N Western
Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W Washington St, 6th Floor

University Early Voting – March 11-13, 10 am-5 pm
Chicago State Univ.    9501 S M L King Dr
UIC Student Center    750 S Halsted
Northeastern Ill. Univ.    5500 N St Louis
University of Chicago Reynolds Club   5706 S University

Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago

Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1st to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

The District Council’s Team LIUNA is participating in the Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1st to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

Spectators are welcome! The District Council will have a LIUNA heated tent with free food, drinks, and Team LIUNA t-shirts.

Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Chicago

When: Sunday, March 1st, breakfast at heated tent 8:00 AM, plunge time 11:00 AM

Where: North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park
1601 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Free parking is available at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s parking lot. The lot is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614). We also recommend taking CTA or being dropped off at North Avenue Beach.

All are welcome to take the Chicago Polar Plunge with us by joining our team by registering at the following link:

Donations can be made online at the link above. If you’d like to make an off line donation, please use this form. Please, indicate that your donation is attributed to Team LIUNA on the donation form. Checks should be made out to Special Olympics Chicago and must be received by Special Olympics Chicago by February 28, 2020.

The orange dot on the map below indicates the location of the Team LIUNA tent.

Polar Plunge Tent MapPolar Plunge Tent Map

Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program Available

The program funds are available for the Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program.

Eligible applicants can submit an application when they have signed a Sales/Purchase Contract on a property.

The Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program offers a fully forgivable, 10 year, 0%, $30,000 loan to all Local 1001 positions who are in good standing and not on probation. The City will confirm status.

The $30,000 can be utilized for all customary closing costs, down payment assistance and principal reduction. The funds for closing are wired directly to the title company. Cash out is not allowed.

They require a 15 Business Day Closing Notice to request the wire for closing, no exceptions.

Applicants must meet the income guidelines. The total gross household income as well as all sources of income are utilized to determine eligibility.

Applicants must purchase a 1 (Single Family, Condo, Townhouse) or 2 unit property in the specified census tracts in the program’s targeted communities see attachment. 

Applicants must reside in the property as their primary residence for 10 years. Should they move or sell before the 10th year, they must pay back the balance of the $30,000 at 0% interest. The City will monitor the residency requirement.

Applicants are not required to be a 1st time home buyer. However, they must reside in the property purchased through the program as their primary residence for 10 years.

CC Program Description

Eligible Target Census_Tracts Areas (1)

CC Application Packet

Chicago Polar Plunge – Team LiUNA!

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The Chicago Laborers’ Charitable Foundation is sponsoring the 20th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Chicago on Sunday, March 1. We’ve also registered to take the plunge as “Team LIUNA” and welcome all  members to participate on our team.

To join our team, go to

  1. Click JOIN TEAM
  3. Follow the prompts to create an account
  4. Then click JOIN OR CREATE A CORPORATE TEAM; make sure to select “Team LIUNA”
  5. Select PLUNGER and follow the prompts to fill in your personal information
  6. Under WAVE TIME select 11:00 AM

You may also contribute without committing to the plunge by clicking DONATE on our team page (

Stay tuned for more information from the District Council about the meeting location and other details. Thank you in advance for your support of the Special Olympics Chicago athletes.

A Message from Terry O’Sullivan for MLK Day


Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, it is as important as ever that we reflect on his message and his mission anew.

Dr. King literally gave his life struggling shoulder to shoulder with striking workers and their union. He denounced so-called “right to work” laws as false slogans designed to rob working people of civil rights and economic rights. And, he said, “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.”

While our country and society have made great strides as Dr. King said, the “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

We have more work to do to bending that arc so that every American, regardless ofreligion, ethnicity, gender, wealth or the lack of it, has equal rights. In a time of historic income inequality in our country, far too many working men and women must labor at two or more jobs, simply to try to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.

As Dr. King showed by his actions, uniting workers in unions is crucial to equality and economic justice. Dr. King was a legend in his day and remains a hero to this day. He was a man who dared to take on the injustices of his time but who in doing so paid with his life. He left us a legacy of courage that illustrates the best of of our nation. As a union and as a nation, we can honor him with our own efforts for social justice and let his dream guide our actions.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I hope you will join me in words and actions inspired by the incredible legacy of Dr. King.