Ward Reports

  • PSA: Museum Day is Saturday. Choose wisely. 
  • Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1) shared a public safety update on new police hires Supt. Eddie Johnson briefed him on: “Currently, there are 140 police cadets in the City’s police academy. These cadets will graduate this winter and a new test for new recruits will be administered spring 2017. Superintendent Johnson is aware that the 12th District Police lost many officers due to retirement. He informed us that new hires admitted into the police force will replenish the number of police officers in that district.”  
  • Ald. David Moore (17) shared some “great insight” from his nephew, who wrote: “Why is it that when blacks, who have been victims of oppression and racism throughout all of history, express their emotions from this oppression, society and government continuously ignore the issue while placing the sole responsibility on black people to create the change?”
  • Ald. Willie Cochran (20) live-tweeted the mayor’s address. 
  • Ald. Danny Solis’ (25) bike the ward event is October 2. 
  • Ald. Walter Burnett (27) got a visit from Brady the dalmatian, who knows how to stop drop and roll. 
  • Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30) is hosting a fundraiser/Bears watch party on October 20.
  • Ald. Marge Laurino (39) shared pics from the North Branch Trail extension: “Travelers will now be able to go from Forest Glen to Caldwell Woods, up to the Chicago Botanic Garden and even further north.”
  • Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) issued a statement on his no vote on the water tax: “I believe it is time for the City of Chicago to take a hard look at our spending. I also feel that we should be exhausting every effort to generate more revenue with options like Video Gaming, a LaSalle St. Tax and a Luxury Tax.” He said at least twenty more officers will be assigned to the 16th Police District by the end of 2017. “The Superintendent also committed to replacing officers in 016th District at the proper rate of attrition.”
  • Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) and Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted aboutmotorcycle noise on Lake Shore Drive. 
  • Ald. Michele Smith (43) has all the handouts you need on recycling, Airbnb rentals, and condo issues. 
  • Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) says if a new mixed-use proposal is approved, by 2019 his office will have created over 200 units of affordable/senior affordable housing on/around Lawrence Ave.
  • Ald. Harry Osterman (48) posted a slew of Edgewater events and more changes to the shared street on Argyle.
  • City Clerk Susana Mendoza issued a statement supporting the mayor’s public safety speech: “I’m proud that, between 2011 and 2016, my Office dramatically improved customer service, raising tens of millions of dollars in new, sustainable revenue, without asking taxpayers to pay more. While our money historically funds infrastructure projects, my view is that every extra dollar we save or earn should be invested in human capital. We all have a role to play in creating a roadmap for the future. We must pave a new direction for Chicago that leaves no one behind.”
  • City Treasurer Kurt Summers issued a statement as well, saying the city must do more: “Our city has to take responsibility for what has been decades of disinvestment in our neighborhoods where predominately black and brown people live. What we need is a comprehensive plan for economic opportunity, neighborhood by neighborhood, creating specific and targeted investments with real capital and resources to match the magnitude of the problems in these areas. I look forward to working with the Mayor on creating a local investment fund that puts capital in our communities that need it most.”