Ward Reports July 2, 2021

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted, “Congratulations to the 400k Chicagoans who finally got a raise to $15/hr today! As someone who tried to save for college on $5.25 and make it through the recession on $7.50, I wish this win had come sooner but I’m so happy for you!”  

Ald. Pat Dowell (3) in her latest newsletter wrote that Friday’s special City Council meeting on the police department’s plans to combat violence during the July 4 weekend "will be an important opportunity to discuss what aldermen see in their communities every day, while also providing accountability for the police department prior to the start of the busy weekend.” 

Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted, “Yesterday was the unveiling of the new Ida B. Wells Monument just outside of the Oakwood Shores community. Renowned artist Richard Hunt designed the statue which stands proudly on East 37th Street and South Langley Avenue in Bronzeville. Major big win!” 

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, “No matter how much [Mayor Lori Lightfoot] tries to be like Donald Trump, dodging deflecting & ignoring reality, tomorrow’s meeting is about violence.  It has always been about violence.  The very fact she can’t recognize that shows how out of touch she is.” 

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, “Did you know that July is Chicago Hip Hop Heritage Month? #NowYouKnow” 

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) in his most recent newsletter explained his “no” vote on renaming outer Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Lake Shore Drive. “I did indicate to my fellow council members that I would have enthusiastically supported renaming Millennium Park for the first First Family of Chicago, DuSable and his wife Kitihawa, who was a member of the Potawatomi tribe, but unfortunately that compromise was turned down,” he wrote.  

Ald. James Cappleman (46) used a portion of his latest newsletter to explain his “no” vote on renaming Lake Shore Drive write, writing "a good compromise would be to change the official name to  ‘Du Sable Lake Shore Drive’” but he "believed many Chicagoans would get overwhelmed by the long name and would end up leaving ‘Du Sable’ out entirely," which “defeated the whole point to give the founder of our city this needed recognition.” 

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