ROGERS PARK — If you live in the 49th Ward and need to get hold of your alderman, pyou might have to wait until May 20th.
Ald. Joe Moore (49th) put out a message to residents on Thursday announcing that his office would be shutting down by noon on Friday in order to allow Ald.-elect Maria Hadden’s team to transition to their new office.
“After 28 years of community service, my 49th Ward Service Office at 7356 N. Greenview will close permanently tomorrow, Friday, May 10th, at 12:00 noon,” he said in the letter.
Shutting down will give Hadden’s team a chance to transfer equipment, supplies and furniture, according to Moore.
The new 49th Ward office will be located at 1447 W. Morse Ave. — where Hadden ran her campaign office.
The ward office phone will remain the same and residents can call 773-338-5796 starting May 20 when Hadden is sworn in and officially takes office.
There is a new email address for Hadden’s office that is different from Moore’s. Residents can email Hadden’s office at email@example.com
Moore, who promised to lend his full support during Hadden’s transition, again offered her well wishes.
“Once again, I congratulate Maria on her election as alderman and urge you to give her your full support. If she succeeds, Rogers Park succeeds,” he said.
Moore also took the chance to pen a farewell letter to the people of Rogers Park.
“We are blessed to live in an amazing community,” he wrote. “We have a beautiful lakefront, easy access to public transportation, growing retail and entertainment districts and improving schools. But it’s the people of Rogers Park who make this community truly amazing.”
On Facebook, scores of residents said goodbye and thank you to Moore for almost three decades of service.
“Thanks for your years of service and a classy transition,” said neighbor Aashish Mewada. “Best of luck to you.”
“You were elected just before we bought our house in Rogers Park,” said neighbor Carol Harper. “I feel like we’ve grown older together. Best wishes for the future and thank you for all you’ve done for this community. It has improved dramatically in the years we’ve lived here.”
Moore touched on what he considered to be some of his office’s biggest accomplishments including participatory budgeting, infrastructure and business improvements and an increase in community policing.
He also took the time to offer the highest praises for his ward services staff, saying their absence would be felt by the neighborhood.
“Aldermen come and go, but the absence of my talented staff will be truly felt by our community,” he said.
Read the full letter here.
In the meantime, residents should call 311 to report everyday ward issues — like rats, potholes and other public safety concerns. As always, in cases of emergency residents should call 911 and not the ward services office.