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Statement Re: Upcoming Community Meeting in Bowmanville

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June 20, 2020 This morning our office was made aware of recent graffiti in the Bowmanville neighborhood near the intersection of Foster and Damen. Alderman Vasquez has been in communication with CPD 20th District leadership to schedule a community meeting to discuss concerns regarding gang activity in the area. Details for that meeting will be […]

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STATEMENT – “Nay” Vote on CARES Act Funding Appropriation

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Dear Neighbors, At yesterday’s City Council I cast one of nine “nay” votes opposing the Mayor’s proposed dispersal of approximately $1.1 billion in Federal CARES Act money. This was a difficult vote, as there were many worthy and necessary expenditures continued in the appropriations measure. However, my colleagues and I were unable to obtain a […]

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Statement on Support for CPAC

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When I ran for this office, one of my core platforms was establishing a Civilian Police Accountability Council because what I understood then, and I hope that many more understand now, is that as a society, we need to completely re-envision public safety. In the past week, I have received over 10,000 emails from neighbors who […]

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Slow Streets for the 40th Ward

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CDOT will be evaluating Leland Avenue from Western to Virginia (the river) for possible “slow street” designation — this would be an extension of the pilot they launched east of Western, running along the border of the 40th and 47th Wards. “Slow streets” allow for pedestrian and bike use across the entire right-of-way. Are there […]

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Livestream: People’s Gas Rockwell Project, 1 June 2020

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Neighbors, Here is a link to the full recording of the People’s Gas town hall regarding the installation of new gas main on Rockwell, Argyle, Ainslie, and Winnemac: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/95R5MpWv93hOGYWQx3nBUa8iHJ7Aaaa82nBK_ftbnR3jTLnYzME8N6DbM1fbQQM Meeting summary: main installation complete on Rockwell — work will shift to Winnemac, then Argyle, and then Ainslie roughly one week for main installation per street […]

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Seeley Water Main Project Town Hall, 1 June 2020

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Neighbors, Here is a link to the full recording of the Dept. of Water Management town hall regarding the installation of new water main on the 4800 and 4900 blocks of Seeley, held 1 June 2020: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4cFXKe2r2kZLconPyWzeS64LFLjkX6a81CJPrPAOzUcN1IUEVh4c1VUU6_kI7MeP Meeting summary: work starting week of June 8 project will install 1280′ of new water main, replacing an […]

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Chicago Curfew in Effect

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May 31, 2020 CURFEW TONIGHT – 9PM-6AM Yesterday the Mayor imposed a citywide curfew that is in effect until further notice from 9pm-6am. Those who violate the curfew are subject to being arrested. The curfew does not apply to essential workers. There is much to address regarding the events of this weekend, and I will […]

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Metra Town Hall – 5/20/20

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This Monday, the Ward office hosted a digital town hall with engineers from Metra, as well as with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and representatives from the offices of State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy. The full video of the digital town hall can be viewed online. We appreciate the time and […]

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Aldermanic Statement on City Council Vote Against Meeting Debate

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April 27, 2020 26 Chicago City Councilmembers Voted AGAINST Having Public Debate on Whether to Meet Sooner During a Crisis — The Public Should Ask Why. Chicago is facing an unprecedented crisis. People are unable to work; those who can work do not have the necessary protection to feel safe. Our friends and neighbors are struggling […]

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