Ward Reports

  • Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1) opted not to donate at the Cook County Dems October fundraiser (and said he’s considering running against Chairman Joe Berrios for Cook County Assessor), but wrote about party unity. “This election we have living proof of what can happen when a party is fractured. As Democrats, we should exemplify unity so that this does not happen to us, but sadly, we are on a similar route.”
  • Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) (a White Sox fan) ain’t afraid of no goats
  • Ald. Pat Dowell (3) put up an honorary street sign for Dr. Sokoni T. Karanja, the founder of the Centers for New Horizons social service agency in Bronzeville.
  • Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) had good turnout for her Trunk or Treat event. 
  • Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) has budget pics and observations from Friday. 
  • Ald. David Moore (17), Ald. Rod Sawyer (6), Ald. Howard Brookins (21), and Ald. Derrick Curtis (18) attended the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Team’s “Your Voice Matters, Quality of Life Plan” meeting. 
  • Ald. Danny Solis (25) posted some cute pics of kids in their Halloween costumes. Ald. David Moore (17) has some too, and Ald. Harry Osterman (48). 
  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26) is introducing an ordinance this week “to erect an honorary street sign on the west side of West Luis Munoz Marin Drive after “Javier ‘Javy’ Báez”. What an incredible Chicago Cubs second baseman, competitor, and role model proudly representing Puerto Rico! Javier Baez you are our MVP!” 
  • Ald. Milly Santiago (31) rolled back her Cubs comments in an apology in her newsletter Friday. “Admittedly, I disappointed many of you earlier this week with my insensitive comments in regards to World Series tickets.  Like many of you, I’ve waited many years to see our beloved Cubs make it this far. In that excitement, I said things that were rude and unfair to the hard-working people in our community. I extend my deepest apologies. I am honored to serve as your Alderman, and I will continue to work tirelessly on the issues that affect our Ward as well as the City of Chicago.” 
  • Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) included info for a town hall meeting to discuss legislation for an elected school board. State Sen. Kwame Raoul will be there. 
  • Ald. Deb Mell (33) ended the unpopular diverter program in her ward early. “The purpose of the trial was to test an idea, and I wanted to give it adequate time. CDOT has assured me they have enough traffic counts and will provide me with the data soon. I will share it with the community.” 
  • Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) shared pics from Hermosa Halloween (he wore a cape) and is sharing an office with State Sen. Omar Aquino
  • Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) says he’s drafting legislation to address a lack of diversity at Chicago’s top law firms. 
  • Ald. Marge Laurino (39) was honored to meet director Steve McQueen and give him a tour of City Hall last week. The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for 12 Years A Slave “was in Chicago to scout filming locations for his next project.”
  • Ald. Pat O’Connor (40) has an update on Trumbull Elementary, which is still due to sell to Svigos even though a tenant fell through. “Once Svigos closes, they will be legally limited to use the building in two ways, namely a theater and dwelling units or a private non-charter school… Currently, they are in contact with numerous theaters to recruit a theater tenant. At my insistence, it remains Svigos’ plan to landmark both the interior and the exterior of the building.  They plan to build 49 apartments and to engage a theater group to occupy area on the first floor.”
  • Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) gave many “thanks and praises to the pilots and crew on averting a major catastrophe and saving EVERY single life” after a fire at O’Hare Friday. “Great job to the Chicago Fire department, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Aviation police and every O’Hare employee who help secure the scene and render aid.”
  • Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) went to Wrigley Field last night “to physically collect this win tonight.”
  • Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) shared this budget rundown in his newsletter. 
  • Ald. Harry Osterman (48) is forming a 48th Ward Cyclist and Pedestrian Working Group that will look at ways to improve safety and communication about biking and pedestrian issues in the ward.
  • City Treasurer Kurt Summers posted a Crain’s feature asking if he wanted to be Mayor or Governor, but didn’t answer the question. “Since I began as City Treasurer, I have worked with my team to transform our office to best serve the City of Chicago and the residents of its 77 neighborhoods. I’m proud to be your City Treasurer. He also posed with Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth and Cong. John Lewis at an event with several other electeds.