Ward Reports

  • Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1) is “not having” graffiti in the ward. “If you see any more of this garbage please contact Orlando at my office or CPD, especially if you see it happening in progress.” On Friday, he challenged those who criticized a gentrification dinner he attended: “If you don’t think there are affordable apartments left in the 1st Ward, come to my office tomorrow at 10AM to hear about some.”
  • Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) has info on the next meeting to discuss the Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative in the North Branch Industrial Corridor: it’s tonight from 6pm to 8pm on at UI Labs.
  • Ald. Sophia King (4) shared a press release from Dick Simpson’s UIC study of her voting record. 
  • Ald. George Cardenas (12) hosted a clean and green event this weekend, and “collected over 100 bags of garbage and leaves from around the south satellite campus located in Little Village.”
  • Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) is going hard recruiting for the Polar Plunge. 
  • Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24) attended North Lawndale Employment Network’s 12th Annual Sweet Beginnings Tea, posing with Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp and Comm. Robert Steele (D-2). 
  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26) joined the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Friday “to declare schools in the 26th Ward “Sanctuary Zones”… We want to let our immigrant families know that they are safe and not alone. Next week, I will be introducing a resolution to City Council calling on Chicago Public Schools to pass an official policy on Sanctuary Schools.”
  • Ald. Jason Ervin’s (28) baby Jeneva is nine months old (and sporting some amazing footwear). Both of them, with his wife State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, went out to support Congressman Danny Davis “in his efforts to save Obamacare.” 
  • Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) is holding a public safety community meeting with Cmdr. Buslik March 1. 
  • Ald. Deb Mell (33) made the rounds to neighborhood groups to talk menu funds. 
  • 39th Ward Committeeman Robert Murphy, the 39th Ward Democratic Organization, Ald. John Arena (45), and 33rd Ward Committeeman Aaron Goldstein are hosting an event on Thursday called “Immigration, Refugees and the State of our Union.” Comm. Bridget Gainer (D-10) Human Services Commissioner Mona Noriega, and several others will attend. 
  • Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) called out to ward HS seniors and college students. “The Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation is offering a $5,000 scholarship. Please apply asap.”
  • Ald. Pat O’Connor (40) is ready for compromise on a possible ACA repeal: “We should be prepared to make the case for those provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical to various city and county residents and hospitals, to their health needs, and to the jobs that have been created by the Act as well.”
  • Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) is a St. Baldrick’s participant for the 7th time, “raising money and shaving my head for childhood cancer research. Cancer has personally affected my immediate family as well as the families of my friends and loved ones.”
  • Ald. Brendan Reilly’s (42) new Twitter avatar is a crying George Washington. He spent the weekend tweeting about President Trump but took a break to say “150 N. Riverside is one of the best results” of his 10 years of negotiating zoning deals. The site will soon be home to a Small Cheval. 
  • Ald. Tom Tunney (44) says the annual Wrigley Field Community Meeting is March 20. 
  • Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) plans to introduce an abortion sanctuary ordinance at the next City Council meeting, similar to one recently passed in St. Louis. 
  • Ald. Harry Osterman (48) hosted a community meeting about a pilot dog park in the ward, and laid out his priorities for spending property tax rebate money: “for after school, youth mentoring, and public safety programs, in an effort to address and prevent the violence that is plaguing our city. Locally, I am working with community partners to create a teen center in the Broadway Armory, in order to provide a safe and productive space for our youth to spend time. I will share more information about this project as it develops.”
  • City Treasurer Kurt Summers had an “amazing time at ABC 7 Chicago’s Black Table event… in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth!”

  • Comm. Richard Boykin (D-1) wrote “4 dead and 25 shot in Chicago since Friday– the crisis continues to rage while the silence of leaders is deafening. We need federal action to help secure endangered communities.”
  • Comm. Bridget Gainer (D-10) talked “politics, life & Chicago” on Becky Carroll’s podcast, #TheBroadCast “w @annavalenciaIL @toiHutchinson@cstrategiesllc.”
  • Comm. John Fritchey (D-12) has info on “bills filed in Springfield HB2824 (Costello) + SB1822 (Hastings) that would preclude home rule municipalities like Cook County from regulating where pet stores get their animals from. In other words, these bills would not allow ANY government in Illinois to ban puppy mill puppies. If you care about animal welfare, call your legislators and urge them to vote NO on these bills.”
  • Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) tweeted a pic from President Trump’s rally this weekend: “Perspective; so the rest of the country seems more than few presidential supporters do exist despite the media narrative. Can this be ????”