Derrick G. Curtis

Alderman, 18th Ward

8359 S. Pulaski

Chicago, IL 60652

P:773-284-5057 F:773-284-5956

18th Ward Community News & Updates !


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We encourage you to sign up to receive alerts from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to stay up-to-date on weather conditions and emergencies, as well as COVID.

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  • CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, text “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5 
  • COVID: For COVID-19 updates, text “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3 
  • CHIBIZ: For business updates, text “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 

Additional information is available here. 


Chicago Auto Show - July 15 to 19

The nation's largest auto show is back! This summer, the Chicago Auto Show will mark the first large convention to take place in Chicago since the start of the pandemic. 

The show will be held at McCormick Place July 15-19 and will incorporate several innovative safety features – including being held indoors and outdoors for the first time since 1901. More info at

Free Crisis Counseling Services


The Illinois Department of Human Services has partnered with local behavioral health clinics to offer free crisis counseling and other mental health services for Illinois residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


All crisis counseling sessions are confidential and include a free screening and referral for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. In addition, crisis counseling sessions can offer reassurance, practical assistance, emotional support and teach behavioral techniques for coping with stress.


Learn more about these critical mental health services here.

Garbage & Recycling Pick Schedule !

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Street Sweeping

Reminder: Street Sweeping has Begun

A reminder that street sweeping began April 1.

Mud, leaves, and other debris are the major causes of spring sewer backups and street flooding.

If you landscape in your parkway, make sure wood chips and dirt do not enter the sewer system. If you are able, please clear that debris from your curb lanes. 

Chicago utilizes mechanical street sweepers to remove debris and litter from streets. 

Residential Streets Sweeping program is underway. Please see your Ward map & schedule for sweeping dates

Residents can view street sweepers in real time using the Sweeper Tracker online tool.  

Street sweeping requests should be made to city's request line at 3-1-1 or click on the button below to make your request.

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One Summer Chicago Jobs

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) today announced the launch of the 2021 One Summer Chicago (OSC) application.

OSC 2021 will run from July 5 to August 13 and will include remote and socially distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. The application deadline is Friday, June 11 here. More than 21,000 slots are available. 

Chicago Park District Hiring

The Chicago Park District is hiring for several summer positions. To learn more and apply, click here.

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Please Support Local Business

Relief available to residential and business customers struggling due to COVID-19 pandemic

Peoples Gas is providing additional benefits to assist customers facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois utilities and consumer advocates announced an agreement creating these benefits on June 19. The following benefits are available as part of the agreement.

Residential customers

Reconnection of customers disconnected prior to COVID-19 emergency

Residential customers whose natural gas service was disconnected in 2019 and reside at the same premises, will have the option to have their service restored if they contact us at 866-556-6001 by Aug. 25, 2020. Reconnection fees for these customers are waived until Dec. 31, 2020.

New Bill Payment Assistance Program

Peoples Gas has committed $12 million in additional assistance for customers. Beginning July 6, 2020, residential heating customers with an arrearage on their Peoples Gas account who have received a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Share the Warmth grant since October 2019 will receive a Bill Payment Assistance Program (BPAP) grant toward their natural gas bill. A credit up to the amount of the customer’s arrearage, or $500 — whichever is less — will automatically be applied to the customer’s account.

Eligible customers who have not yet applied for a LIHEAP or Share the Warmth grant are urged to do so, as they may also receive a BPAP grant. Additionally, a customer whose account remains in arrears after all credits have been applied should contact us at 866-556-6001 to set up a payment arrangement.

Extended deferred payment arrangements

Residential customers who have fallen behind on their bills are eligible for an 18-month payment plan. Customers receiving Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) support or expressing hardship are eligible for a 24-month payment plan. These more flexible deferred payment arrangements are available until Dec. 31, 2020.

Learn whether you qualify for LIHEAP.

Residential customers’ down payments for the more flexible plans are capped at 10% of the deferred payment amount until Dec. 31, 2020.

LIHEAP-eligible customers and customers indicating hardship will not need to make down payments to enter into a flexible deferred payment plan until Dec. 31, 2020.

Customers who default on a flexible plan or whose financial condition changes may receive a one-time revised deferred payment plan with similar terms if they contact Peoples Gas before Aug. 1, 2021.

Commercial and industrial sales service customers may enroll in or renegotiate deferred payment plans until Aug. 31, 2020. Peoples Gas will offer a six-month deferred payment arrangement with a 30% down payment.

Suspension of new deposit assessment

Peoples Gas will not assess new deposits to new and existing residential customers until Aug. 25, 2020. For customers eligible for LIHEAP or indicating financial hardship, no new deposits will be assessed until Dec. 31, 2020.

ComEd Reminds Residents to Practice Balloon Safety During Graduation Season and Year Round

Foil balloons released into the air may pose a critical risk to power lines

CHICAGO (June 2, 2021) – Graduation season has begun and ComEd is warning customers about the public safety risks associated with helium-filled foil balloons. While families and students continue to opt for at-home celebrations to honor the class of 2021 and special celebrations due to the ongoing pandemic, ComEd warns customers to be cautious of foil balloons that may float off and cause damage to outdoor power lines.

Foil balloons, also known as metallic or Mylar balloons, pose a potential risk, if released into the air. When foil balloons come into contact with power lines or electrical equipment, their Mylar properties can cause an electric surge that can lead to power outages and fires.

ComEd is asking residents to continue to prioritize balloon safety. Though it only takes one balloon to cause an outage, newly proposed House bill (HB 418) is proposing escalating fines for releasing 50 or more balloons into the air in Illinois, with fines increasing after each 50 balloons.

“ComEd would like to congratulate the class of 2021 on your well-deserved success,” said Rich Negrin, vice president of external affairs at ComEd. "As families and students across Illinois gather to celebrate annual achievements, ComEd encourages customers to be safe while transporting and displaying celebratory balloons. By securing foil balloons with a weight, everyone will be able to celebrate responsibly.”

Every year, thousands of residents across northern Illinois are affected by power outages caused by foil balloons. The increase in reported issues is often seen during graduation season. On average each year, 250 outages affecting almost 75,000 customers have occurred due to foil balloons.

Helium-filled foil balloons also have the tendency to float for days, which could have a potential negative impact on neighborhoods, critical first response facilities like hospitals, parks, cemeteries and the environment. ComEd encourages customers to reduce foil balloon-related power outages and ensure safety by following these helpful tips:

● Keep balloons secured inside of homes or attached to weights if displayed outside

● Properly dispose of foil balloons by puncturing them to release helium and prevent escape

● Refrain from touching a power line to retrieve a balloon or any object entangled with electrical equipment

● Assume power lines are always live and keep a safe distance of at least 10 feet from active lines

● Call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661) for assistance

For more tips to keep you safe this graduation season and beyond, visit

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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