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4 South Side Ward Offices Closed Until Further Notice Over Coronavirus Concerns

A growing list of aldermen are closing their ward offices or reducing hours.

Englewood Alds. Raymond Lopez (15th), Jeanette Taylor (20th), Stephanie Coleman (16th), Roderick Sawyer (6th) and David Moore (17th) at a town hall meeting.
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ENGLEWOOD — The 6th Ward service office will be closed until further notice starting Wednesday, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) announced Tuesday.

Sawyer joins an ever-growing list of aldermen shutting down their offices or reducing hours in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Ald. Stephanie Coleman has closed the 16th Ward office until at least March 20; Ald. Jeanette Taylor has closed the 20th Ward office until at least March 20; and Ald. Raymond Lopez has closed his 15th Ward Brighton Park office for now, though the Englewood office will remain open.

The decision to close comes as the city has suspended non-essential government services who can perform their work from home under the city’s new policy, Sawyer told constituents.

“We know you count on my office to provide vital information and support in navigating city departments and processes; this work will continue while staff are working from home to help combat the spread of COVID-19,” Sawyer wrote.

In the meantime, 6th Ward residents in need of assistance can email service requests to service@6ward.com,or call 773-635-0006 and leave a voicemail. Both inboxes are checked hourly and daily, respectively.

Coronavirus updates can also be found on the 6th Ward website.

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