Ward Reports february 21, 2022

Ald. George Cardenas (12) shared a Wall Street Journal article titled “H ow Government Spending Fuels Inflation” and tweeted, “And they want to spend more. Fiscal policy my friends. Stop spending! What’s the use of wage increases?”  

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted of the denied permit for RMG, “Get ready for the $150 Million lawsuit against taxpayers for this manufactured crisis brought to you by @chicagosmayor.”  

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted, “No evidence that a referendum will cost taxpayers millions! We can’t put a price tag on voting rights! #RepresentationCounts #wecount”  

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter that he voted against the gang asset forfeiture “for several reasons, including the fact that federal and county prosecutors are already empowered to bring these suits, that none of county-based lawsuits have resulted in any forfeitures in recent decades, and that city attorneys may ultimately spend less time pursuing cases involving unlawful gun sales and cigarette marketing.”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted that the gang asset forfeiture ordinance set for a vote on Wednesday “will exacerbate existing due process issues with civil asset forfeiture, will result in the targeting of community and family members of individuals who haven’t been convicted of criminal activity, and it is a policy that has proven to be woefully ineffective in reducing crime.”  

Cook County Comm. Bridget Gainer (D-10) tweeted, “Redlining, contract buying, the Cook County Scavenger Sale- all ways our own government - willfully or willfully blind- holds back Black homeownership, Black neighborhoods and our collective tax base. 

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