Monthly Archives: November 2011

In Honor of Maggie Daley

Published November 30, 2011 Monday, I attended Maggie Daley’s funeral at Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Chicago’s former First Lady was praised for her dignity and grace as she was treated for cancer and lauded for her founding of after-school programs.  Her family chose this quote in the funeral program to exemplify her spirit: “Never doubt that a small group of [...]

With Your Kids at Restaurants featuring Healthy Fare for Kids

Published November 30, 2011 I’m proud to announce a 43rd Ward initiative to change the less-than-desirable food often offered on kids menus.  Healthy Fare for Kids, organized by ward resident Diane Schmidt and Sara Stegner, renowned chef of Prairie Fire restaurant and a board member of the Green City Market, asks restaurants to have at [...]

Senior Sewer Rebate

Posted November 15, 2011 This is a reminder that 2011 Senior Sewer Rebate Applications are due NO LATER than December 1, 2011. Eligibility Requirements for the Sewer Charge Annual Refund: You must be 65 years of age, or older, as of January 1 for the year you are applying. You must be the sole owner, [...]

Condominium Refuse Rebate Restored

Posted November 15, 2011 After negotiations among many lakefront aldermen, the chairman of the Budget Committee, Carrie Austin, and the Mayor’s Office, the condominium refuse rebate has been restored to the city budget, in a modified form.  From the beginning, I have been opposed to the elimination of this program, and have worked to ensure [...]

The City Budget – Some Key Priorities and Issues

Posted November 8th, 2011 I have been immersed in the city budget for several weeks now – plowing through the 4″ thick document, attending as many of the budget hearings as possible, and learning from colleagues and city departments.  Here’s my analysis. The Mayor’s plan cuts a broad swath through the old budget. He is [...]

Budget Hearing Statements

Posted November 1, 2011 Below you can read all published statements concerning the budget hearings: Statement from Budget Director Alex Holt Budget_Director_Alex_Holt_Statement   Statements from Comptroller Amer Ahmad and CFO Lois Scott Comptroller_CFO_Statement   Written Statements for Treasurer, Clerk, License Appeal Commission, and Inspector General October_20,_2011_Budget_Hearing_Statement   Written Statements for Library, Election, Buildings, and Water [...]