Ward Reports

  • Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1) says he and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) “have asked the WPB Special Service Area #33, which controls an annual, taxpayer-funded budget of more than $1,000,000, to seriously consider an allocation in their 2017 budget  to fund the hiring of professional security officers, made up mostly of off-duty/or retired Chicago Police and Cook County Sheriff officers, to patrol the commercial streets within the SSA coverage area. Three other SSA districts in the City have funded the hiring of security companies to provide added security to their commercial corridors.”
  • Ald. Ed Burke (14) will hold a press conference this morning “to announce the donation of a newly repainted CFD ambulance to Mexico which will be used to transport child burn victims. The ambulance and related equipment will be displayed.”
  • Ald. Walter Burnett (27) will face some protestors from education advocacy group Raise Your Hand at his ward office today. “Parents and students from across the city will join West Humboldt Park Parent Network to demand Alderman Walter Burnett and Mayor Emanuel to cease plans for opening new, elite schools that will only serve a select few and use funds to support existing schools.”
  • Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted this story about a possible master lease deal for Chicago’s port in the 10th ward on the far South Side. “This is the 4th busiest port in the country and #1 inland port. What a tremendous asset, I hope we discuss this.”
  • Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) attended a prayer vigil at Chicago’s 016th district police station “to show support for our First Responders and promote peace in our city. Please continue to pray for the lives lost and thank our first responders for protecting us.” He also marked a special anniversary: “On today’s date 16 years ago at 0800 hours I had the extreme privilege to join the Chicago Police Department class of 00-4B. It was my honor to serve on the same department as my Father Tony CPD, uncle Thomas CPD, Uncle Ronald CPD, Brother Andrew CPD, cousin Brian CCSP, Father-in-law Jack CPD, brother-in-law Brian CPD.”
  • Ald. John Arena (45) shared this Forbes story about local biz cashing in on the Pokemon Go phenomenon. 
  • Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) shared an article from his sister in law’s publication, Chalkbeat, about selective enrollment and segregation in New York schools. 
  • Ald. Harry Osterman’s (48) local night farmers market had a special DJ: Dan Luna, his chief of staff.