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PUBLIC SAFETY STATEMENT: INCIDENT AT 5100 N Oakley Block

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Earlier today, December 12, 2022, there was a car collision and fire at the intersection of Oakley and Winona, associated with a vehicle of interest in an investigation related to car jackings and robberies in the area. I happened to be on the scene just after the collision had occurred, and one of our staff […]

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Public Safety Update: Robberies in West Ridge Area

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This past week there was a string of robberies committed in the West Ridge area that covers both the 40th and 50th Wards. The 20th and 24th Districts of the Chicago Police Department are investigating the incidents. After such activity there is intentional patrolling for weeks following. Earlier this year, our office requested License Plate […]

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Transgender Awareness Week

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Earlier this week, Alderperson Vasquez joined the Mayor, Equality Illinois, Chicago Therapy Collective, and the family of our dear friend and Trans Rights Activist Elise Malary in honor of Transgender Awareness Week, Transgender Day of Resilience, and in memory of Elise, who was taken from us all to soon. November 20th is a day to […]

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NOTICE OF INTENT – Clark/Summerdale/Ashland (Trader Joes)

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Dear Neighbors, Thank you to the many neighbors who attended our Community Driven Zoning Meeting via zoom on October 26th, and filling out our feedback survey in the two weeks since. Community Feedback After consideration of resident feedback, the Ward Office acknowledges the community support for the proposed Trader Joe’s location. We received over 700 […]

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We Support Field Museum Workers Unionization Efforts

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On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, Alderperson Vasquez spoke in support of Field Museum workers who are organizing to form a union in spite of some shameful tactics by CEO and President Julian Siggers. Union Busting is not welcome in Chicago and we will stand in solidarity with workers seeking their rights and benefits! In the […]

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A special meeting to get Bring Chicago Home Ordinance on the ballot ends in disappointment – for now

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A number of us, led by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden, called for a Special Meeting to discuss the Bring Chicago Home ordinance, which would call for a question on the ballot, so you, as neighbors, can vote on whether we should add a 1.9% one time transaction tax when properties that are assessed at […]

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Statement: Why I’m voting “no” on the 2023 Budget

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I’d like to thank our city workers that were a part of this process and to thank all of the Departments’ leadership for their engagement in our budget discussion. I’d also like to thank Chairwoman Pat Dowell, for presiding over this year’s Budget hearings, you have done great work in keeping us focused and informed. […]

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40th Ward Alderperson Andre Vasquez introduces ordinance requiring quarterly CTA hearings

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Ald. Andre Vasquez wore the Halloween costume as he’s set to introduce a measure to require CTA leaders to give City Council quarterly updates or risk losing funding. Read more: Lincoln Square Alderman Mocks CTA With Ghost Train Costume At City Council, BlockClub Chicago This year, I showed the holiday spirit a little early at […]

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Statement on Flooding, Heavy Rains and Storm Water Management

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First and foremost I hope you, your families, and your homes are all doing well considering the weekend we have had. Starting Sunday morning, September 11, we began consistently receiving rainfall at the rate that has been rarely seen in Chicago, what meteorologists are calling a “Supercell” Storm. Some received more than a foot of […]

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Winnemac Park Dog Friendly Area (DFA) Update

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Since there has recently been interest in the Winnemac Park Dog Friendly Area (DFA) by new stakeholders, I want to provide some context about how this project came to be, and some clarity about its ongoing development.  From 2019 Participatory Budget Process to Community and DFA Committee The call for a DFA began in our […]

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Safe Streets Public Statement

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Over the past few weeks, families in the 40th Ward and its surrounding communities have been devastated due to serious and fatal accidents involving vehicles striking both pedestrians and cyclists. These injuries and deaths are heartbreaking and agonizing, and they were preventable. Our City needs comprehensive legislation to implement initiatives that protect Chicago’s cyclists and pedestrians. It […]

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Gun Violence Awareness Event at River Park

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June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. This Wednesday (6/8/22) at 3pm, Ald. Vasquez and partners are gathering at River Park, near Foster and Francisco, to unite as a community against gun violence. Speakers will share their experiences about the impacts of gun violence and participants will tie orange ribbons around the park, which will remain […]

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