Ward Reports

  • Ald. Pat Dowell (3) says this coming weekend’s Bud Billiken parade starts earlier, at 9:00am, and that Chicago Public Schools has placed the former John Farren School building at the corner of 51st St. and State St. up for bid.
  • Ald. Greg Mitchell (7) posted before and after pictures of repaving on 75th St. The project dates back to 2012 and spanned four different aldermen: “I worked and fought diligently, with our city and Peoples Gas, to hold them accountable and complete the project of restoring our streets. It has not been pretty but the end has come.”
  • Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) shared this picture of her dad, labor organizer Ed Sadlowski, flipping the bird, with the caption: “I love my dad.” She also posted about some specific teachers who were the object of CPS layoffs, including former 33rd ward aldermanic candidate Tim Meegan
  • Ald. George Cardenas (12) retweeted this badass.
  • Ald. Raymond Lopez’s (15) quarterly newsletter is here, and it’s slick. 
  • Ald. David Moore (17), commenting on this Trib editorial takedown of aldermen and their role in the city’s financial morass, said this year’s freshman class of aldermen shouldn’t be included in the critique, and “this administration cannot continue to nickel and dime the least of them with fees and fines that are regressive. I get tired of hearing progressive revenue options that require Springfield action is not doable. Of course it’s not doable when you wait three months before budget season to address them.”
  • Ald. Walter Burnett (27) tweeted the latest episode of the show he hosts on CAN-TV: Network 27, featuring a discussion about the new Treehouse Humane Society location. 
  • Ald. Jason Ervin (28) posted this pic of some new baby bling for his daughter, Jeneva. She was baptized this weekend at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. 
  • Ald. Chris Taliaferro (25) says the 25th police district is starting up its own youth council. 
  • Ald. Milly Santiago (31) came out against the mayor’s proposed save for the Municipal Employees’ Pension Fund in her newsletter: “As a city, we have a legal obligation to secure the pension fund. However, I feel it is unfair for the administration to rule out any potential revenue alternatives that have been presented by my colleagues and myself. Ideas such as a storm water stress tax on businesses with large parking lots or a broadening of the sales tax.” 
  • Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) said of Friday’s CPS news: “Teacher layoffs & cuts are not a solution to CPS budget crisis. We can reinstate corporate head tax, surplus TIF, put our children first.”
  • Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) attended the Ecuador Independence parade with State Rep. Jaime Andrade and Lt. Gov Evelyn Sanguinetti
  • Ald. Pat O’Connor (40) is hosting the 40th Ward Annual Family Fest and 16″ Softball Tournament on Sunday, August 14. 
  • Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) jumped on the #firstsevenjobs train: “Paperboy Lawnboy Pizza Box Folder Dishwasher Hospital Dietary Aide Janitor Prep Cook / Line Cook”
  • Ald. John Arena (45) says Prussing School is looking for help painting, and is also in search of an LSC member. 
  • Ald. James Cappleman (46), sharing President Obama’s recent Glamour magazine article on the subject, says “Yes, men, we should all strive to be feminists.”
  • Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) tweeted the latest story from his brother in law, writer David Epstein: an interview with the man who led the Russian anti-doping investigations.
  • Ald. Harry Osterman (48) shared details for the Edgewater Teen Council’s community-police unity rally and walk on Wednesday. 
  • Ald. Joe Moore (49) says of police reform efforts: “Though I share the Mayor’s sense of urgency, I believe it is more important to get this right than to adhere to any rigid timetable. We need to make sure we fully engage community residents and experts in the field so that we can devise thoughtful and comprehensive legislation that, once implemented, can begin to restore public confidence in the police accountability system.” He, Ald. James Cappleman (46), and Ald. Harry Osterman (48) are expected to attend tomorrow’s police reform hearing at Senn High School. 
  • It’s block party/festival season. Aldermen were out in full force, and snapping pictures: Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1), Ald. Brian Hopkins (2), Ald. Pat Dowell (3), Ald. Raymond Lopez (15), Ald. Michael Scott (24) and City Treasurer Kurt SummersAld. Scott Waguespack (32), Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35), City Treasurer Kurt Summers and Ald. Emma Mitts (37), Ald. Michele Smith (43), Ald. James Cappleman (46)