The Se7enth Newspaper is Available Online

A few times a year the 7th Ward Service Center prints a newspaper to share the great work taking place across the Ward. Now you can find all of our issues online under the latest news section of the website. Remeber to check back with the latest news section often to stay up to date with our office and the alderman.

Print copies are available at our office while supplies last. 

Senior Summit Recap

For the final day of Senior Appreciation month, Aldermen Greg Mitchell of the 7th ward took time to focus on the specific concerns of these valued residents. Based on the topics that Senior residents found most pressing, a panel of representatives from city departments and senior organizations were assembled to create an open space for a panel discussion. The event was held at Compassion Baptist Church, and in addition to the speakers, the Chicago Department of Health arrived to also give free flu shots. As attendees arrived, they were also able to stop at informational tables to learn more about the panel and their work.

The speakers for the day included representatives from Medicare, the Cook County Accessors Office, and the Chicago Police Department’s Senior Services Office. There were also representatives from the Atlas Senior Center and the National Caucus and Center for Black Aging, both of which provide resources and services to seniors. Following a few short introductions and announcements from each speaker, the question and answer session began. Of the topics discussed, many had questions about Medicare and how it worked. There were also questions about how to process and submit applications for Medicare, updates on upcoming enrollment for Medicare were also provided. Officer Herbert Cisneros from CPD’s Senior Services Office announced the that they are currently looking for new members to join the Senior Advisory Council, which meets every first Tuesday of the month, providing input and feedback on the work within the community. When the panel discussion was over, representatives welcomed guests who had additional questions or needed clarity.

Attendees of the event were grateful to get information that they may not have obtained otherwise. For Mattie, a Senior resident of the 7th Ward, panels such as this are very helpful, especially because many seniors do not have access or often face a challenge when it comes to finding information on the internet, “A lot of the seniors don't know what’s going on. I guess everybody thinks just because the young people have computers and phones, we do too, but a lot of seniors don’t. If they have them, they don’t know how to use them. And so we don’t know how to pull this information from the different websites. So we need someone to think about us and to bring it to our attention.” 

The Office of Emergency Management And Communications (OEMC) is Hiring

Greetings 7th Ward residents,

We received a great job opportunity from OEMC. They are looking for a Clerk Timekeeper. This job does require previous experience. Anyone who is interested in applying for this position can visit the link to DHR's website below and apply:

You can download the complete job description below. 

People's Gas Construction Update Effective (10/02/2017)

Dear 7th Ward Residents,

We received this notice today from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). 

Effective Monday, October 2, 2017, at 8:00 am until Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 6:00 am or completion. The lane configuration on Torrence between 106th and 112th Streets has been reduced to 1 lane of traffic Southbound only due to People's Gas construction.

The Bus Terminal on Torrence at 112th Street will be closed to all CTA Bus traffic. Torrence at 106th Street will be the Temporary South Terminal for the #71 route. Additionally, the Temporary Southbound Relief point will be on Torrence at 106th Street 100ft North of Service stop.

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Chicago Safe Event Recap

On Monday, May 1st, 2017 Alderman Mitchell hosted a Spring Town Hall Meeting focused on public safety. During the town hall, Greg promised to think outside of the box and find innovative ways to address public safety. On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Alderman Greg Mitchell brought one innovative idea to fruition by welcoming Canary to the 7th Ward for Chicago Safe. This unique public safety event was hosted at Powell Elementary School in the South Shore community and provided 7th Ward residents with 400 free all-in-one security devices.

As Alderman Mitchell opened the event he reminded participants of provided this important context for participants, “We noticed the increase in home break-ins, so we put out an initiative to try and get every home equipped with a home security camera.” Alderman Mitchell communicated the importance of this public safety tactic by sharing how a recent home break-in that the community was well aware of was solved because the homeowner had a similar surveillance system. “So, when this opportunity to partner with Canary to provide 400 free home security cameras to 7th Ward residents presented itself, I leaped at it; this was a match made in heaven.


Canary is an innovative company that believes everyone has a right to feel safe and secure, and security comes from having the information you want when you want it. Recently, Canary launched a line of home security products that make it affordable and simple for anyone to secure their home with an all-in-one security solution, complete with HD camera, siren, and air monitor. It’s built to learn and sends intelligent alerts with HD video and audio directly to your phone and local police.

Together, Alderman Mitchell and Canary CEO Adam Sager brought 400 free all-in-one security devices to the 7th Ward and residents responded. Hundreds of individuals lined up early for the free event, where they shared what home security meant to them, learned strategies for securing their home and received a free device to get them started.

Additionally, ESPN Chicago’s Jonathon Hood was present to emcee the event, and new Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn spoke as well. Dunn shared his struggles with feeling secure in his childhood neighborhood. His story communicated the power and peace of mind the free Canary device can provide families living in similar situations.

7th Ward Resident Mary Shivers, KECS Block Club Project Manager, had this to say about the event, “This was a great turnout!  Thank you for this great event!  I enjoyed viewing the new school, enjoyed seeing so many security cameras… The great entertainment and the water, muffins, and coffee.  Well thought out event!  Please have more!!”

Alderman Greg Mitchell and the 7th Ward Service Center thank, Sheila Barlow, Principal of Powell Elementary School for graciously hosting the event in her building; the 4th District Police Department for securing the event; and especially Canary for providing the 400 free security devices which made the event possible. Together we are building a better 7th Ward.

Sewer Construction Update Effective (09/22/2017)

Dear 7th Ward Residents,

We received this notice today from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). 

73rd Street at Phillips will be closed to all vehicular traffic due to Sewer construction effective Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:00 am until Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 4:00 pm (or until completion). This closure will impact the #71 Bus. Details are provided below:

#71 Bus
South Bound
The bus will operate its regular route to Exchange/73rd Street. From there it will continue southeast on Exchange to 75th Street, where it will turn left (east) on 75th Street to Lakefront. Please note that recovery time will be taken at #75 74th/75th East Terminal.

North Bound
The bus will operate its regular route to 75th/Exchange, continue west on 75th Street to Yates. From there it will turn right (north) on Yates to 73rd Street, and continue North on Yates over the regular route.

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