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Added Nov 04 2011


Please note that the post I made on Wednesday, in which I stated that only 4 West Side aldermen signed onto a letter requesting that the Budget Director appear before them to discuss service cuts and increased City vehicle sticker fees for larger vehicles, was inaccurate. In my haste, I did not see that Alderman Jason Ervin (28) and Alderman Deborah Graham (29) had also signed the letter. I apologize to them for any confusion or negative fallout the e-mail may have caused. I have re-written Wednesday's message and provided updated information below.

6 of 9 West Side Aldermen Sign On To Letter Demanding Meeting with Budget Director to Discuss Service Cuts and Fee Increases

I was reading the Chicago Tribune Wednesday morning, and I noticed that 28 aldermen have signed on to a letter requesting a meeting with the City's Budget Director to Discuss cuts to city services and increases in certain fees. A similar article in the Huffington Post listed each alderman by name.

"Aldermen joining Arena and Sposato in signing the letter to Emanuel were: Joe Moreno (1st), Robert Fioretti (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), William Burns (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th), Roderick Sawyer (6th), John Pope (10th), Toni Foulkes (15th), JoAnn Thompson (16th), Lona Lane (18th), Willie Cochran (20th), Ricardo Munoz (22nd), Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th), Jason Ervin (28th), Deborah Graham (29th), Ariel Reboyras (30th), Ray Suarez (31st), Scott Waguespack (32nd), Emma Mitts (37th), Tim Cullerton (38th), Mary O'Connor (41st), Michele Smith (43rd), Tom Tunney (44th), James Cappleman (46th), Harry Osterman (48th) and Joe Moore (49th)."

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    The Following West Side Aldermen Signed the Letter:

    The West Side Aldermen who have signed on so far are Alderman Fioretti (2), Alderman Munoz (22), Alderman Burnett (27), Alderman Ervin (28), Alderman Graham (29) and Alderman Mitts (37).

    The following West Side Aldermen did not sign the letter

    Alderman Cardenas (12) (said on Chicago Tonight that he wasn't asked to sign)
    Alderman Chandler (24) (reportedly said he wasn't asked to sign)
    Alderman Soliz (25)

    Tribune Article,0,1867310.story

    Here's the link to Alderman Sposato's FaceBook Page with the Wall Photo of the letter and signatures.

    The letter does not address proposed cuts to public safety (Police department) or proposals to close some police stations, which are also issues that could impact the West Side.

    Chicago Tonight Video Clip

    Aldermen Sposato, Arenas, Cardenas and O'Connnor appeared with Carol Marin on Wednesday night to discuss the letter and reasons for signing or not signing.

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Links to Chicago Proposed Budget and Related Documents

    You may find links to Chicago's budget and related documents at There will be significant increases in water and sewer fees, decreases in public safety; closure and consolidation of mental health clinics and transfer of services to private operators. There is also significant reduction in community service funding, much of which is driven by federal funding sources. I strongly encourage you to read the Aldermen's letter AND budget summaries with a goal of understanding how you, your business or agency will be impacted. If you have concerns call your alderman immediately and ask him or her to take these up with the Budget Director. You should not assume that the letter from the 28 aldermen is reflective of all of the concerns that impact you, your community or agency. The budget amendment process will begin in City Council on Monday,November 7. The budget is expected to be approved November 16.

    It would be great if the West Side Aldermen could convene a public meeting--if not collectively, then at least in their wards if they haven't done so already, so that the public may be better educated about the issues and air their concerns. Granted, budget town hall meetings were held on the South and West Sides (not on the North Side this year), but the proposed budget was not prepared at that time, and the meetings centered on analyses of last year's budget and guiding principles going forward.

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