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Alderman reject taking attendance

Why would they want records of missing work? “Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson’s effort to require City Council committees to determine whether a majority of aldermen are present before starting meetings ran into a buzzsaw of opposition.” | learn more

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What if your Alderman were Goth?

Thanks to the Chicago Genius Herald for this gem. “Well, we don’t know why, but we figured out what all of Chicago’s Aldermen would look like if they were Goth.” | learn more

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About those campaign donations from developers

A real estate developer submitted a reimbursement request to the Chicago Housing Authority for costs related to overhauling an apartment building. Included in the itemized costs was a $20k donation to the alderman. Whoops? | learn more

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Ald. Proco Joe Moreno is having a rough year

The former Alderman of my ward lost his re-election bid earlier this year. More recently (this week) he was arrested for filing a false police report and related insurance fraud. And now, his ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit against him for the […]

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Alderman Moreno’s stolen car shenanigans.

Election day is coming up in Chicago, folks. Fun story: this guy (who happens to be our Ward 1 Alderman) lends his girlfriend his car, then later decides to report it stolen. Then he tries to explain it all away […]

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Alderman Ed Burke charged with corruption.

Our last mention of the notorious 50-year-tenured Chicago Alderman was last March when the Tribune called him out for conflict of interest. Well now, he was federally charged with shaking down a Burger King franchisee for money. There are 8 […]

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An odd way to distribute $66MM.

Chicago’s 50 wards each have an alderman. How does the city distribute funds for residential infrastructure? It splits it up evenly across each alderman, creating a “cherished perk” of the job. But it’s probably not the best way to spend […]