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Alderman Charged With ‘Unlawful Assembly’ In Ferguson

Antonio French, a Democratic St. Louis alderman, who’s been videotaping events in Ferguson, MO, was arrested Wednesday night. French, alderman of the 21st ward in St. Louis, was taken into custody, said his wife, Jasenka Benac French, who uses the Twitter handle @senka. She tweeted that “@antonioFrench is in Ferguson jail,” and that he had [...]

Ferguson Far From Over

Two tweets in the last hour from Antonio French, Alderman of the 21st Ward, St. Louis... More police on the scene. They are getting shotguns and rifles out of their trunks. pic.twitter.com/l9HR8LXBH6 — Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 12, 2014 Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the area. Show More Summary

Fioretti Exploring a Run

Might actually have a real shot if the field isn't too crowded : Ald. Robert Fioretti may not be running for mayor yet, but he’s searching for campaign staffers like a politician who’s thinking about it.The 2nd Ward alderman, a frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed today that he has hired a campaign adviser. Show More Summary

Tuesday: The Return of Helen Shiller To City Government?

For those who still follow the exploits of former 46th Ward alderman Helen Shiller, here's a little tutorial on how Chicago works. You can do a horrible interview, you can be considered far from the best candidate for a job, but if you've...Show More Summary

Extra Extra: Alderman Seeks Restrictions on Head Shops

Ald. Tom Tunney, of the city's buzzkill ward, is seeking restrictions on head shops. [ more › ]

Alderman: Community Supports Riverwest Music Festival 'One Hundred Percent'

Riverwest Music Festival's lineup is impressive if you're a fan of house and electronic dance music and Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. of the 27th Ward, a self-proclaimed “house head,” is thrilled about it. [ more › ]

Shiller For City Council Financial Analyst? Sun-Times Says "The Fix Is In" & "Unwise Choice"

For those who still follow the exploits of former 46th Ward alderman Helen Shiller, here's the latest on her quest to become the City Council's independent financial analyst. The Sun-Times isn't enthusiastic about the rumors, going as...Show More Summary

Frustration over new map for Chicago aldermen

Early implementation of ward remap leaves many voters wondering which alderman to call When a Gold Coast resident heard about plans to build two high-rises down the block from her home, she did what any Chicagoan would do: She contacted her alderman to express her concerns.

Poll: Thoughts on Former Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett’s Personal Use of Campaign Funds

Kacie Starr Triplett was elected 6th ward alderman in March 2007, after getting just over 50% of the votes in a 3-way primary for the Democratic nomination, there was no challenger in the April 3, 2007 general election.  Triplett, reelected in 2011, was the youngest elected official in city hall...

See How Much Clout Your Alderman Has With This Handy Map

Chicago’s new ward maps are set to take effect in 2015 (although some ward offices aren’t waiting for next year, to the surprise of residents) so it’s time to see if your new alderman, if you were mapped out of your old ward, has the necessary clout to get shit done. [ more › ]

Public Safety Walk With Ald. Osterman Sunday

Join Alderman Harry Osterman, local police officers and your neighbors to discuss various safety needs for designated areas during during our annual 48th Ward Block-by-Block safety meetings. If you have any questions, please contactShow More Summary

Participatory Budgeting Next Steps: Project Expo & Citizen Voting

A year ago Participatory Budgeting in St. Louis was just an idea advanced by 6th Ward aldermanic candidate Michelle Witthaus. In a poll in March 2013, readers supported the concept of Participatory Budgeting.  The idea could’ve ended with the March primary election, when Christine Ingrassia won the 3-way race. Ingrassia liked...

Should This be a Bigger Deal?

This surfaced then submerged with astonishing speed: What happened one night under the same roof as the 28th Ward alderman’s office did not stay in the 28th Ward.So Ald. Jason Ervin has joined the ranks of politicians who’ve learned the hard way that it’s easy for camera phones and social media to take private moments and make them very public.[...]Show More Summary

Burglaries Up?

But crime is down: An alderman warns homeowners and businesses about a rash of burglaries in his ward on the city's North Side. 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney says he is working closely with the 19th District police commander, and that the burglaries are happening during the day when people are at work.Shattered shards of glass littered the floor. Show More Summary

Silencing Yale Republicans

When a group of Yale students fielded the first Republican candidate for Ward One alderman of New Haven, Conn., in 20 years, some members of the Yale administration sought to silence their campaigning. Ben Mallet, a sophomore at Yale...Show More Summary

James Quinn v Casper Lauer

Once again, the first Line of Duty death is attracting outside attention. Politics, aldermanic egos and who-knows-what clash over two men dead over a century-and -a-half. On Dec. 5, 1853 — 160 years ago this Thursday — 9th Ward Constable James Quinn died of injuries from two beatings. Show More Summary

Did You Get A Street Cleaning Ticket In The 46th Ward On Tuesday?

From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:"Parking Tickets for Street Cleaning. If you received a parking ticket for street cleaning today (Tuesday, Nov. 26), please contact the Alderman's office (info@james46.org) so that we can provide you with a letter of support to be excused from paying this ticket.No tickets should be issued because there was no street cleaning."

A Chicago Alderman Opens His Office to Art

10 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — It’s become increasingly normal to see art shows in unusual locations, but recently I found one in a place that was a first for me: a Chicago alderman’s office. The politician is Ameya Pawar, alderman for the 47th ward on Chicago’s...Show More Summary

Nick's Uptown Building Proposed For Landmark Status

From the 46th Ward aldermanic office: "Ald. Cappleman is pleased to able to support the Preservation Division effort to designate 4015 N. Sheridan Rd. as a City of Chicago Landmark building.This landmark recommendation will be considered at the November 7th Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting, scheduled for 12:45 pm in City Hall, Room 201-A."

48th Ward Town Hall Meeting Tuesday Night; Or, Meet HarryO At The Argyle L In The AM

Tonight is the third 48th Ward Town Hall meeting (and the only one in Uptown). Show up to hear what's going on in the 48th Ward and ask questions! It all happens at the Self-Help Home, 908 West Argyle, at 7pm. The Alderman and staffShow More Summary

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