Ward Reports march 21, 2022

Ald. Pat Dowell (3) announced she will host a virtual town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.  

Ald. Silvana Tabares (23) wrote in her latest newsletter of last week’s special City Council meeting, “We showed up because we are trying to stop the mayor from defunding the police. The mayor’s policy - it’s a “Defund the Police” initiative. PERIOD. Every police officer the mayor terminates, makes all other police officers less safe.  It makes response times rise. It leads to more cancelled RDO’s and 12-hr days. It makes this city less safe.”  

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) wrote in his latest newsletter, “Working with several aldermen and Mayor Lightfoot's Office, we have moved forward on a feasibility study on the proposal to create the North Branch Park and Preserve. There will be a planning firm selected within the next couple of months with the hope of having the feasibility study done later this year.”  

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter, “Green & Bransford, LLC has filed a Special Use application to operate an Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary at 212 East Ontario Street. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will hold a public hearing on a later date to consider this application... Alderman Reilly has raised concerns about the applicant’s security and loading plans for this particular site.”  

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter, “My office hosted the first of two town halls to discuss the demolition and deconversion of 2- and 3-flats across our Northcenter and Lincoln Square communities. Representatives from DePaul University’s Institute for Housing Studies, the Chicago Department of Housing, and The Preservation Compact shared data regarding these land-use changes, how they exacerbate the ongoing loss of affordable homes throughout our Ward, and potential policy responses.”  

Cook County Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) wrote in a statement, “For the Appellate Court to let Jussie Smollett walk out the door yesterday, pending his appeal, is appalling. Once again, Cook County citizens are left questioning the competence and integrity of our judiciary after repeatedly being misled by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and exposed to her gross incompetence, and failure to perform the duties of her elected office.” 

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