Ward Reports June 28, 2021

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9) sent a joint news release saying their ordinance to create an independent counsel to represent the City Council would "restore order."

Ald. Matt O'Shea (19) wrote in a Facebook post that an ordinance (O2021-2870) he introduced alongside Ald. Raymond Lopez (15), Ald. Silvana Tabares and Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) "increases the maximum penalties for specific crimes, and adds a new requirement that offenders undergo licensed family counseling. It is our hope that the intervention of a licensed family counselor will have a positive impact." The ordinance was sent to the rules committee on Friday.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted photos of himself on the picket line with striking Cook County nurses represented by SEIU Local 73.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) wrote in his latest newsletter about the "Chi Biz Strong" package's proposed public way permit approval overhaul that "Alderman have abused the system in the past and held up simple licenses of restaurants in alleged extortion schemes, so businesses have a point about wanting to pass the Mayor's business reform ordinance."

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted that public safety committee chair Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29) "confirmed to us that our [Empowering Communities for Public Safety] ordinance will be taken up by the committee in July.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, "Some city council math: There are 18 white alders. 12 of them voted against renaming LSD. Only 15 Alders total voted against renaming Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste DuSable Lake Shore Drive. They don’t call us one of the most segregated cities in the country for nothing."

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) wrote in a statement that his vote against renaming Lake Shore Drive "reflected the resounding feedback I received from my constituents."

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter that he looks "forward to working with my colleagues and other city officials to ensure Chicago is making better use of FEMA's offer to reimburse 100% of hotel-room costs through September, and to use federal ARPA funds to house domestic violence victims."

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Comm. Kim Du Buclet in her latest newsletter promoted an event she held alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Ald. Jason Ervin (28) at Melody STEM School for the Space 2 Grow flood mitigation program.

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