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Ask the Alderman
With the February 22 municipal election just around the corner, the WBNA asked 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno to weigh in with his thoughts on why he deserves your vote:
As Alderman, I will always look for community-based solutions to solve our biggest challenges. I pledge to remain a strong and independent advocate for the people of the 1st Ward in the Chicago City Council.
Since taking office, I’ve increased my accessibility by establishing weekend Satellite Offices at a variety of 1st Ward locations, as well as Tuesday Ward Night office hours. I visit our senior homes and schools weekly, and my e-Newsletter regularly goes out to thousands of 1st Ward residents.
I will make sure our neighborhoods are clean and safe by ensuring that absentee owners are held responsible for their property. Since becoming Alderman, I’ve paid for additional graffiti removal, vacant lot maintenance, snow shoveling, and a first-of-its-kind street-sweeping text alert system.
Over the next four years, I will continue to innovate and respond to our needs. I will primarily focus on economic development, job creation, and public safety. It was recently announced that I would be a member of the new Jobs & Growth City Council Caucus, and I fully intend to put all my energy into making the 1st Ward the best example of a thriving and diverse urban community.
Safety should be any Alderman’s top responsibility. When incidents occur, I will continue to dedicate the full power of my office to eliminating future problems. I have used and will continue to use the deleterious impact ordinance with problem businesses. I will also continue to go on ride-a-longs with the Police Commanders at least once a month, as well as work with residents to set up phone trees and make our community safer.
Being your Alderman is truly an honor, and I humbly ask for your vote on February 22. Let’s make sure our community keeps moving forward.
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S'No Parking Zones
In urban areas across the country, a substantial snowfall like the one Chicago just got is typically a prelude to people “calling dibs” on the parking spaces they shovel out in front of their homes.
The time-honored practice of using discarded household items to reserve on-street parking spots never fails to spark lively debate on both sides of the argument. Naturally, the folks who spend hours digging out their cars feel justified in making sure their spots are still there for them when they come home at night. But others argue that the streets are not personal property, and digging out cars in the winter is simply part of city living.
Without taking sides, we thought it might be fun to see just how far West Bucktowners were willing to go to protect their hard-earned parking spaces. So we took a quick tour of the ‘hood, and sure enough, we saw the usual assortment of plastic resin chairs, milk crates, and sawhorses. But we also came across a number of “creative” efforts – from kitty litter and barbecue grills, to kids’ toys, flowerpots, and empty beer cases.
So here's a lighthearted look at what we’ll call the S’No Parking Zones of West Bucktown. Watch and enjoy! And then, please
…we encourage everyone to take advantage of this week’s warmer weather to clear out the last of our street snow!