Ward Reports September 28, 2022

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) tweeted “On 9/27/82 Martin E. Darcy, Jr. was shot & killed while in pursuit of an armed assailant who shot and wounded three people in Beverly. Officer Darcy will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.  @ChicagoCAPS22 @Chicago_Police @cpdmemorial @BevRevNews  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33) tweeted a short thread criticizing Mayor Lori Lightfoot for remarks she made regarding the selection of committee chairs and assignments. “I’m ready to legislate and I know many of my colleagues are too. I’m tired of MLL blocking everything she doesn’t want. She told Chicago she was about ‘good governance’ and here we are getting to the end of this term and this is what she’s saying about our broken system: ‘There’s a process by which we do that, and the process is the mayor makes the final picks,’ Lightfoot said... ‘I don’t see any reason to break from that longstanding precedent’ … Weren’t we trying to transform the way we govern?” Rodriguez shared a Sun-Times editorial which favored the city council deciding on committee assignments and chairs.  

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted an article from Block Club Chicago which details salaries for each elected city council member, plus who will see a pay raise this January. Villegas shared the article and added “I made a conscious decision to not take any pay raises until we recovered from this pandemic. The community I represent is home to 1000’s of essential workers that didn’t have the privilege of working from home. #sharedsacrifice #truerepresentationmatters”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) shared a tweet from Streetsblog Chicago, which noted CTA Pres. Dorval Carter Jr. appeared to skip a City Hall hearing to instead speak on an infrastructure panel broadcast by The Hill. Vasquez said “Getting paid $360,000 a yr to not show up to a hearing so he could be on TV. That’s a lack of respect for the council, for the taxpayers, and for the city. Unless they needed an expert on *ghosting*, I don’t see it.”  

Cook County Comm. Bridget Degnen (D-12) tweeted out a link for constituents to get information about applying to a basic income pilot program. “Cook County believes in initiatives like its Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot. Providing a guaranteed income reduces stress, helps people find new jobs and gives some much-needed relief in paying monthly bills. Visit http://engagecookcounty.com/promise to see if you are eligible.” 

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