Ward Reports

  • Ald. Proco Joe Moreno’s (1) next 1st Thursday meeting is March 2 at Madison Public House. 
  • Ald. Sophia King (4) will be at the new 35th Street Bridge this Saturday “for the unveiling of a bronze plaque commemorating the 100 Year Anniversary of The Great Migration to Chicago.”
  • Ald. Leslie Hairston (5) posted ward by ward shooting statistics on Facebook and wrote, “I want to make sure that everyone is aware of why the Aldermen are asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to use at least $5 million of the unused tax rebate money for violence prevention. What’s most striking is that all 50 wards have been hit by gun violence. So, why is the Mayor so insistent on spending taxpayers’ money on his pet projects and not to save lives? Given the international spotlight on our city’s violence, one would think the Mayor would try everything possible.”
  • Ald. George Cardenas (12), Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35), Ald. John Arena (45), Ald. Ameya Pawar (47), and ARISE Chicago announced a campaign to open a “Chicago Office of Labor Standards to enforce the city’s employment laws—currently anti-wage theft, minimum wage, and paid sick days ordinances.” 
  • Ald. Willie Cochran (20) says he “went through an Elevated train boarding station for 5 different lines recently and saw 6 Homeland Security Officers on point. Unsettling.”
  • Ald. Rick Muñoz (22) urged Twitter followers to “Show ur support for Mark by commenting on this article…” ABC7’s Mark Giangreco was suspended after he tweeted that President Trump was a “cartoon lunatic”.
  • Ald. Deb Mell (33) is collecting school supplies for World Relief Chicago’s backpack drive for refugee children.
  • City Clerk Anna Valencia attended a Black History Month event with Secretary of State Jesse White. Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) and Ald. Nick Sposato (38) spent some time with White yesterday, too. 
  • The deadline to apply for the Chicago Latino Caucus scholarship has been extended until April 3. 

  • Comm. Richard Boykin (D-1) says of Chicago’s deadliest day: “It is time for us to rise up and take our streets back! It is time for us to demand that our elected officials pass policies that put African American youth to work. Our communities are being flooded with guns and drugs. We must flood our communities with hope, great schools, jobs, and resources. Rise up!”

  • Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) shared a story about layoffs in Philadelphia as a result of their sugary beverage tax: “This is why I fought very hard against this type of a Tax! Bad policy.”