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Campaign Reports: Local Aldermen With Clout Raise More Money

By Sam Charles

State and municipal campaign committees’ quarterly finance statements were due Oct. 15, and not surprisingly, area Aldermen and Democratic Ward Committeemen with the most clout finished the period with the biggest political wallets. Many area aldermen who double as Democratic Ward Committeemen, including Tom Tunney (44th), Richard Mell (33rd), Patrick O’Connor (40th) and Scott Waguespack (32nd) have Read the Rest…

New Ward Maps Released But When They Take Effect, Nobody Knows

By Patty Wetli

The ward remap process was messy, but just because the city’s aldermen finally reached agreement on the boundaries for their political districts doesn’t mean the confusion has come to an end. The newly-released maps, which are a study in creativity, are being used by the Board of Elections in November; voters should have been notified Read the Rest…

Aldermen O’Connor and Pawar to Jointly Address Neighborhood Groups

By Patty Wetli

Last spring’s ward remap process shifted a number of Lincoln Square residents from Ald. Ameya Pawar’s 47th Ward into the 40th, represented by Ald. Patrick O’Connor, creating a limbo of sorts for neighborhood groups wondering which ward office to approach regarding services and improvements. Wonder no more. Pawar and O’Connor will both address a joint Read the Rest…

Ald. O’Connor Seeks to Reassure Transplants From 47th Ward at Town Hall

By Patty Wetli

While the new ward boundaries will likely be used to determine voting precincts in the upcoming November elections, it’s still unclear when residents mapped out of the 47th Ward will find themselves completely integrated into the 40th. “There’s not a date where they switch the light and the map is changed,” said Ald. Patrick O’Connor Read the Rest…

Get to Know the 40th Ward at Upcoming Town Halls

By Patty Wetli

Once a year, Ald. Patrick O’Connor takes his act on the road and holds a series of Town Hall meetings. For area residents who were carved out of the 47th Ward during the remapping process and deposited into the 40th, these public gatherings, which kick off June 11, are one way to get the lay Read the Rest…

Alderman and State Legislators To Sponsor Business Tax Credit Seminar

By Mike Fourcher

Next Wednesday morning, a pair of Center Square state legislators and an alderman will sponsor a briefing on state tax credits available to businesses in Illinois. The briefing, sponsored by State Sen. Heather Steans (D-7), State Rep. Greg Harris (D-13) and Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), will held between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. at Swedish Covenant Hospital Read the Rest…

40th Ward Town Hall Meeting Tonight

By Mike Fourcher

Every year Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th) holds a set of open forums across the 40th Ward where he delivers a “State of The Ward” speech and invites residents to ask any questions they might have about goings-on in the ward and in the city. He also brings along the local police commander and the Streets Read the Rest…

Ald. Mell Calls An End To Dibs

By Mike Fourcher

If you’re on Ald. Richard Mell’s 33rd Ward email list, this morning you got a fiery missive from Ald. Mell calling on residents to end dibs this week. “I expect to see no dibs markers on the streets by the end of the week,” the Alderman wrote. “Shortly thereafter, I will ask the community to Read the Rest…

Early Voting Polls Are Open

By Mike Fourcher

Workers from the Chicago Board of Elections opened polls across the city this morning for early voting in the mayoral and 50 aldermanic campaigns. Regardless of where they are registered to vote, voters can use any of 51 polling stations at the Board of Elections offices and in all 50 wards. In the 47th Ward, Read the Rest…

Gross Park Hosts Community Party

By Patty Wetli

On September 11, Gross Park (2708 W. Lawrence Ave.) hosted its annual Party in the Park and turned a day of national mourning into a celebration of community. There was a little something for everyone: giant inflatables (also known as “bouncies”), face painting, and balloon tying for the kiddies, and free sno-cones, popcorn, and music Read the Rest…

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