Ward Reports September 20, 2021

Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted “4th Ward staff did some shopping after work yesterday at Frontline Books & Crafts. We have one week to save this Black owned business from shutting down. Go visit them at 5206 S Harper this weekend for beautiful clothing, books, earrings, healing tools and more” 

Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “The 10th Ward was alive yesterday, with SkyArt's 20th Anniversary celebration, Big Marsh's ‘Birds, Bikes, & Beats’ event, a mural unveiling at our South Chicago Learning Center, and the Meeting of the Styles at 100th and Ewing.” 

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) shared an ABC 7 article about the city’s “Open Boulevards” initiative and tweeted, “I’m glad [the Chicago Department of Transportation] has finally reconsidered using boulevards as accessible spaces. Three years ago I proposed arts pop-ups, family areas and events along Garfield Blvd. I was told we could not because they were ‘historic open spaces.’”  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) in a Twitter thread explaining her decision to accept a 5.5 percent pay increase for 2022 wrote: 1. We didn’t vote for it, it’s automatic and it was approved in 2006 when there were no Socialists in City Council. 2. Based on the CPI, salaries can go up or down. 3. It takes effect in Jan 2022 4. I will be using the increase to support organizations doing violence prevention and mental health work in my ward. 5. I will share the details as to how I will allocate these additional funds before the increase takes effect.”  

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “When workers go on strike they win! Congratulations @BCTGM workers on winning a better contract! BCTGM workers at Nabisco are working-class heroes.” 

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter that he was “frustrated” with Mexican Independence Day caravans that have swarmed downtown: “In the past, the City of Chicago approved a planned parade to allow for this celebration to take place in other neighborhoods of the City. In 2019, the Mayor’s Administration decided to deny future permit applications for such events. Since then, unsanctioned celebrations have been held throughout the City, especially Downtown.” 

Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted a statement detailing the situation in which he was “assaulted by an individual in our community” Saturday night. “I am completely fine and my injuries were very minor,” Cappleman wrote, adding that he knows the person who assaulted him and has “sat with him numerous times to help to help him address his addiction issues that have also led to him being without a job and a home.” 

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