Ward Reports June 07, 2021

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) wrote a tweet thread about the search for Chicago’s next utility franchise agreement, writing, ‘I believe that the next utility provider in Chicago owes our residents more transparency and equity than we have received in the past. 

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, “Early morning shootout downtown? Who is responsible for this diminished vision for Chicago with chaos on a daily basis in every corner of the city? Clearly no one else is willing to rise to the occasion with me and confront the demons in our midst: gang culture!” 

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) touted Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “Chi Biz Strong” business recovery ordinance, writing in his newsletter that the measure “cuts red tape for businesses, and provides that Chicago workers are front and center in the economic recovery across the states.” 

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) shared a news article about ransomware attacks and tweeted, “This is exactly why I introduced a resolution to discuss our (Chicago) plan to deal with cyber security. Given the recent hacks that took place we have to ensure that the public’s data is protected. Hearings should occur in July.” 

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) wrote in his latest newsletter that Jose Almanza is his new constituent services director. 

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter that he has asked police to “conduct drag racing and drifting and motorcycle enforcement missions” after a new ordinance cracking down on drag racing goes into effect on Monday. 

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter that he has participated in multiple meetings on how Chicago should spend American Rescue Plan dollars, and “one area I believe is particularly deserving of additional city support is domestic violence prevention — particularly in light of the increase in calls and texts to the city's domestic violence support hotline during the pandemic. 

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) and Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) sent a news release calling for state leaders to restore funding for Chicago’s ombudsman program, which pays officials to advocate for residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. They say privatizing the positions could lead to “worse service, higher costs, poorer conditions, and less accountability.” 

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