Ward Reports October 6, 2021

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted that Mayor Lori Ligthfoot “is intentionally suppressing CPD hiring, limiting new hire officers at 200 for 2022 despite having 1,147 vacancies. That gimmick allows her to “bank” money for next year’s budget gap & #DefundthePolice through attrition.” 

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted a thread rebutting Lightfoot’s criticism of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on prosecutions, writing, “We can’t be parroting lies to deflect responsibility.” 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) thanked the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for supporting efforts to eliminate tax breaks for vacant storefronts and wrote, “Our communities need policies that (1) disincentivize land-banking and speculation, and (2) promote immediate investment. I will continue to support good policy that supports our small businesses and promotes thriving commercial corridors.”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) shared a tweet thread from Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell and wrote, "Just do yourself a favor and follow @SharoneMitchJr so that you can be informed on the facts, not just the tired “tough on crime” talking points that CPD and Mayor Lightfoot continue to push.

Ald. Harry Ostmeran (48) tweeted, “@SecFudge gets the needs of cities like Chicago & the urgency of investing in communities w/ safe, accessible, affordable housing. I thank the Secretary for visiting Chicago & add my voice to the many calling on Congress and the Senate to pass #BuildBackBetter now. 

Cook County Comm. Bridget Degnen (D-12) wrote in her latest newsletter that she has “advocated for spending our American Rescue Plan Act dollars on economic development, mental health initiatives, climate change mitigation and after-school education.” She will be hosting a virtual town hall event at 6 p.m. next Tuesday to “talk priorities,” she said. 

Comm. Kevin Morrison (D-15) tweeted, “There is an existential threat to reproductive rights – and it is critically important that Cook County uses every tool at its disposal to ensure access to reproductive healthcare.” He shared a video of himself speaking during a Cook County Board committee meeting before the committee advanced a resolution condemning the recent Texas six-week abortion ban law.

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