Ward Reports May 31, 2022

Ald. Sophia King (4) wrote in her latest newsletter, “Bally’s plan to build a $1.7 billion riverfront casino and the resort has been approved by City Council after a heated 41-7 vote. Out of an abundance of caution, Alderman King recused herself because her husband's law firm represented or represents a casino operator.”  

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, “Prayers for a quick recovery to the injured CFD from last night’s fire in the Back of the Yards. I have addressed this property w/ @ChicagoDOB numerous times re: illegal rehab/construction. I anticipate any investigation will show if that was related to the fire.”  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) wrote in her latest newsletter, “We are celebrating the 100th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt High School with amazing news- we fought for a new turf field and the funds were just approved in City Council! ... This new turf field also means Albany Park will have a new community space to be enjoyed by neighbors of all ages, which directly benefits our business ecosystem AND creates a safer community.”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, “1) Scrambled to get wooden horses to the Memorial Day parade at Rosehill. 2) Spoke at the event 3) Headed over to Clark/Devon for a street naming in honor of Ed Negron 4) Spoke at event 5) Saw a man fall, have a seizure, and stop breathing. called 911, directed Fire Truck #today”  

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter, “Alderman Reilly introduced a new ordinance to curb dangerous drag racing and drifting at the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 25. This ordinance allows CPD to impound vehicles used in violation of the City’s drifting and drag racing prohibitions, even if a police officer is not present at the time of the offense, pursuant to a similar process that allows CPD to impound fleeing vehicles.  

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter, “While I have reservations with the process by which the casino operator and sites were selected, I ultimately decided to support the proposal after reviewing Bally's plans to help address gambling addiction and other similar negative externalities associated with a new casino; reviewing a third-party traffic and parking study regarding the temporary casino location at the Medinah Temple; and successfully advocating that the $40 million upfront payment from Bally's be allocated exclusively to municipal pension obligations.” 

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