Ward Reports

  • Ald. Sophia King (4) joined fellow aldermanic candidates on WTTW last night. 
  • Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) is hosting a housing expo next month: “Free credit reports (for early attendees), mortgage assistance, free workshops on the home buying process, up to $7500 in down payment assistance, up to $50k in federal assistance to refinance your home, and so much more!”
  • Ald. George Cardenas (12) advocated for his resolution calling for the city’s department of public health to treat gun violence as an epidemic. It “would allow the CDPH to connect their resources to the Department of Family and Support Services which assists the majority of the violence affected children, teens and adults. The collaboration of these two extensive systems create target areas for increased anti-violence programming in churches, schools, parks and neighborhood organizations.”
  • Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted about yesterday’s property tax rebate workaround: “Compromise means working w/ MRE to ensure $45M to interrupt violence & employ from w/i ten communities most in need & involve local orgs… …that is what is most important & will work w/ MRE & ald’s to ensure successful rollout in all communities.”
  • Ald. Willie Cochran (20) says he’s “Very pleased with the Appointment of Samantha S. Fields” as Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.
  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26) celebrated the passage of an honorary street sign designation for Oscar Lopez Rivera. Its approval was one of several divided votes yesterday. 
  • Ald. Deb Mell (33) has an interactive map of construction projects going on her ward.
  • Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) introduced an ordinance yesterday “creating a Veteran Business Enterprise program for Chicago.”
  • Ald. James Cappleman (46) introduced a resolution aimed at reducing prison recidivism in Illinois yesterday. “We need real change.”
  • Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) tweeted: transgender rights are human rights, and what he thinks are really behind the protests against the new affordable housing development in Jefferson Park: “I think the protests, the narrative, cliches, the fear mongering is the same everywhere. Never subtle.”
  • City Clerk Anna Valencia’s listening tour second stop was with the Polish American Chamber of Commerce and its board members. Her new Deputy Clerk is Rodrigo Carrillo, who previously served as Director of Operations at La Casa Norte.
  • City Council’s Black Caucus wrote on Facebook its “teaming up with a coalition of groups concerned with police accountability to push for specific changes in police union contracts to make it easier to investigate officers.”