State Rep. Kelly Cassidy on COVID-19 Response in Rogers Park


State Rep. Kelly Cassidy represents Illinois’ 14th District, which includes the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. 

She says the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for some residents in this diverse community. 

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“We’ve just got a lot of folks who are financially insecure here, particularly in the housing insecurity area,” Cassidy said. “This is something that we’ve been trying to find a solution for, for folks … there’s a lot of pressure to address the ban on rent control. That would involve us being in session, so that’s been a challenge.”

This story is part of our series, COVID-19 Across Chicago.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Cassidy has been involved with the Rogers Park Community Response Team, an effort organized by 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden and local community groups to provide residents with food, hygienic supplies and access to services. 

The important thing, Cassidy says, is “really making sure that even after we reopen, that we continue to be present for our neighbors that are vulnerable. I’m really proud of how Rogers Park has responded … it’s amazing.” 

While the coronavirus has shuttered local economies across Illinois, officials say it will also lead to billions of dollars in a state budget shortfall. 

Cassidy says major cuts are on the table to help make that up, and that further federal relief for state and local governments is critically important. 

“That’s one of the biggest open questions that’s preventing us from making a lot of progress on the budget,” she said. 


Covid Across Chicago

How is the novel coronavirus impacting local businesses, residents and social service agencies across the city and region? And how are local leaders handling the crisis? We hit the streets to answer those questions and more in our ongoing reporting series, COVID-19 Across Chicago. See where we’ve been and what we’ve discovered in this overview.


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