Ward Reports

  • Ald. Sophia King (4) thanked Bill Gerstein for his “kind words” in the Hyde Park Herald regarding her campaign. He wrote: “I strongly believe that we need an alderman who has the qualities that Sophia has to push our part of the city to greater things at a key moment.”
  • Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) is offering a free intro to Yoga class at her ward night.
  • Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) said this week’s shooting in his ward “only deepens my resolve to stand up against the generational culture of gang violence in our communities. Together we must continue to bring bragging rights/retaliatory shootings to the forefront.”
  • Ald. David Moore (17) issued a long statement on a new city pilot program to rehab vacant homes. “Not sure I’m feeling this thing with Arne Duncan and the Emerson Collective. We do not need another white Savior created in the black community. It is an insult to the black men whether it’s Mark Carter and many of the men on the West Side, or Antwan Dirvin, Gabriel Bridges and many of the men on the South Side. These young men are connected to what has been going on and have been asking/begging for this opportunity.”
  • Ald. Danny Solis (25) was in Springfield this week, and said it was good to see “Rep Madigan, Rep Hernandez, Rep Turner, Rep Tabares, and Rep Theresa Mah.”
  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26) shared some photos from Three Kings Friday.
  • Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) held a “Neighbor-to-Neighbor Deportation Defense Plan” training “led by @_LaTania #not1more #immigration
  • Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) wrote on Facebook: “Jason from previous Alderman Mary O’Connor’s office needs our help.” Jason’s wife, Yvette Bidus Hernandez, died on January 5, from melanoma, leaving behind a four year old child. “Let’s rally behind our fellow 41st Ward neighbor and do what we do best. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hernandez family.” He shared a link to a donation site, which has a disclaimer: “the Hernandez family cannot accept donations from any individual or entity conducting business in the 33rd Ward.” Jason currently works for Ald. Deb Mell (33). 
  • Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) tweeted: “If displaced BowTruss workers need contacts for potential hospitality jobs downtown, my office is here to try & help” – BowTruss shut down for the day after an employee walkout. Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted: “I stand with Chicago Bowtruss workers who walked off the job today, wage theft is unacceptable.”
  • Ald. John Arena (45) says he is “extremely disappointed to see” the elected school board “was not voted on by the State Senate. Until we have an elected school board, we cannot guarantee that the board is acting in the best interest of students and taxpayers.”
  • Ald. James Cappleman (46) hosted a community meeting on the demolition of the former Maryville Hospital site. 
  • City Treasurer Kurt Summersannounced the hiring of a full-time staff member for his campaign committee, Summers for Chicago… Rachel Hoge will be responsible for fundraising and strategic planning for the Treasurer… Hoge served as Chair for the Young Professionals committee for Kim Foxx’s Cook County State’s Attorney campaign. Most recently, Hoge served as Associate Director for Free Spirit Media, a $1.8M youth organization engaging over 700 young adults on the city’s South and West Sides.”
  • City Council’s Progressive Caucus issued a press release last night “demand[ing] that the Emanuel administration address an apparent pattern of obfuscation by the City Department of Law.” Chair Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) said, “The leadership in our Law Department has consistently concealed information and prevented true transparency on many issues. The fifth floor must address this issue forcefully and clearly, and it must do it now.”