Vote Early or Vote by Mail for Mayor of Chicago!
March 25, 2015
polls for the April 7th Mayoral Election are officially open! And the
polls will remain open for two weeks. There is a lot at stake in the
upcoming Mayoral Election and it is important that every Chicagoan
exercise his or her right to vote!
April 7th Election is scheduled during Spring Break for many families -
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from the abysmal 34% voter turnout in the February 24th City Election,
nearly 2 out of 3 Chicago voters did not even bother to vote. As you
know, city elections have a direct impact on our daily lives, especially
when it comes to major policy decisions that impact our quality-of-life
and local tax burden.
let someone else pick your next Mayor for you - take 5 minutes to cast
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Vote early, vote-by-mail, or vote in-person on April 7th.
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Alderman, 42nd Ward
Alderman Reilly - In the News!
December 9, 2014
Alderman Reilly Joins CIM Group for Block Thirty Seven Apartment Tower Groundbreaking
November 18, 2014
Alderman Reilly joined Mayor Emanuel and executives from CIM
for a commemorative groundbreaking to celebrate the start of
construction on CIM's 34-story, 690-unit apartment tower at Block Thirty
located on State Street between Randolph and Dearborn Streets.
northern end of the block atop the five-story,
275,000-square-foot Block Thirty Seven retail center, the residential
is the final phase of the development, creating a mixed-use
property at this high profile State Street location. The sleek,
glass-clad tower's recreation and relaxation areas are designed to take
advantage of the sweeping city views with a fifth floor amenity deck
outdoor pool and spa and a rooftop spa and fitness center.
acquiring Block Thirty Seven at 108 N. State Street in the heart of
Chicago's retail corridor, CIM Group has been implementing its plan to
reposition and enhance the center as an attractive destination for the
community. The company recently announced it is bringing an 11-screen
Dine-In Theatre to the fourth floor. The new theatres join the
previously announced 22,000-square-foot sophisticated casual
multi-concept dining hall to be created by Richard Sandoval Restaurants
third floor and a signature new restaurant from the Lawless
on the ground floor at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn
To learn more, click here to read the full press release.
Alderman Reilly's Council Recap on WGN Radio with Dean Richards
September 12, 2014
After City Council on Wednesday, September 10th, Alderman Reilly stopped by the WGN Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano Show
hosted by Dean Richards for a recap of the Council meeting. The
Alderman discussed hot topics including Filming and Arts in Chicago,
and Red Light Cameras, as well as addressing City service
To listen to the interview, click here. Please Note: Alderman Reilly's segment begins at 1:04:08.
Alderman Reilly Welcomes New Bennett Day School to the West Loop!
August 22, 2014
(Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr.; Kate Cicchelli, Co-Founder / Head of School; Cameron Smith, CEO / Co-Founder; Ald. Brendan Reilly)
week Alderman Reilly joined 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.,
Grand Opening and Community Open House Celebration for Bennett Day School, located at 657 W. Fulton Street.
(Ribbon Cutting for Bennett Day School)
School is a new Chicago two-year old through eighth grade school
is passionate about serving families a progressive education based
Reggio Emilia collaborative approach of self-directed learning.
school's innovative West Loop location provides opportunities for
students to interact with the local community and be a part of Chicago's
For more information about Bennett Day School please visit: www.bennettday.org.
Alderman Reilly Votes Against Weakening Legislative Inspector General
August 1, 2014
This week, Alderman Reilly voted against a proposal that would strip the Legislative Inspector General of his authority to investigate aldermen for allegations of campaign
finance violations. The ordinance would shift those investigative duties
Board of Ethics - the agency that is responsible for
adjudicating these cases.
of Ethics has acknowledged that investigating allegations of
campaign violations would pose a conflict of interest, given the agency
ultimately determine the outcome of these cases. Further, the
does not have the resources or capabilities to conduct these
investigations in a thorough manner.
On Wednesday, the City Council voted 42-6 to approve stripping the Legislative Inspector General of this investigative authority. Alderman Reilly was one of the 6
aldermen who voted "no." Alderman Reilly was joined by Aldermen
Hairston (5th), Waguespack (32nd), Arena (45th), Fioretti (2nd) and
(36th) in opposing the legislation.
Chicago Aldermen Cast a Brazen Vote for Self-protection
Chicago Tribune Editorial - August 1, 2014
Just how dumb does the Chicago City Council believe its constituents to be?
Really, really dumb.
Wednesday approved an ordinance that weakens their own inspector
general. They hope Chicago voters will believe the baloney that the City
Council was merely "closing a loophole." That's quite a chunk of Oscar
review: The aldermen hired Inspector General Faisal Khan in 2011 to be
watchdog on ethics matters. When he arrived they gave him no
investigative staff, insisted he get sworn statements from all
whistleblowers (a surefire chilling effect), and told him he couldn't
investigations without approval from the Chicago Board of Ethics.
appointed by the mayor, has not issued a finding against an
alderman in more than 25 years. During that time, more than 20 aldermen
been convicted of felonies.
And now, more of the same council self-protection as the aldermen further insulate themselves from Khan.
Wednesday, Khan had been doing the job of investigating complaints
aldermanic conduct. He has wanted the authority to initiate
investigations, just like other inspectors general, rather than have to
for signed, sworn complaints. Instead, the council gave that power
do-little ethics board - which doesn't even want the
Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th - who, the Tribune reported Thursday,
allegations that he violated the city's ethics rules - the council
speedily passed an ordinance that limits how soon and how far Khan can
with his inquiries. And the ethics board now has the awkward roles of
initiating investigations and also adjudicating them.
O'Connor, who knew there was an ongoing ethics probe into his
fundraising, deliberately trying to thwart Khan? O'Connor denies that he
O'Connor told the Tribune his ordinance strengthening the ethics
a seven-member panel, had nothing to do with his case. O'Connor
he engaged in no wrongdoing.
"Unequivocally, no, there will not be any finding against me," he said.
motivation here, why would council members make themselves look
by reducing Khan's authority to look at them?
We remember: Chicago aldermen place top priority on protecting
collective behinds. They might occasionally battle it out on
or budget issues, but there's one thing you can count on them to
lock step: thwart transparency.
the council's vote now jeopardizes dozens of investigations he had
pursuing. Which is exactly what aldermen evidently wanted.
day Khan arrived, the City Council has been largely uncooperative.
Aldermen and staff members often don't turn over documents. They don't
messages. Sometimes, they don't even show up for scheduled
interviews. Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past has brushed off Khan's
reports, at one point saying he had neither the "time or interest" to
Some council members would love for Khan to resign out of frustration. In the meantime, they've voted to undercut him.
O'Connor's ordinance passed 42-6.
aldermen who voted no: Bob Fioretti, 2nd; Leslie Hairston, 5th; Scott
Waguespack, 32nd; Brendan Reilly, 42nd; Nicholas Sposato, 36th, and John
Ald. Natashia Holmes, 7th, was absent and Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd, did not vote.
live in Chicago and your alderman went along with this, he or she
against better government and hoped you were too dumb to notice.
might be the most revealing roll call of 2014. Remember it when
alderman's name appears on the February primary election ballot.
Alderman Reilly Commends the Polk Family on their Legacy Gift to Navy Pier
July 18, 2014
L to R:
Howard Polk, Sandra Polk Guthman, Bruce Bachmann from Polk
Foundation Board of Directors; Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier; Mayor
Bill Brodsky, Navy Pier; and Alderman Reilly. Credit - Greg
was honored to participate in the announcement made earlier this
Navy Pier's $20 million Legacy Gift from Chicago's legendary
will contribute to the dramatic transformation of the Pier,
marks marks the single largest private gift ever made to Navy Pier
nearly 100-year history.
family gift will
the redevelopment of Navy Pier's 13 acre entrance - Gateway Park
its new fountain, promenade and exciting performance lawns. The
family's generosity will be recognized by naming various elements
new Polk Bros Park, which will serve as Navy Pier's green front
inviting the public into a revitalized Pier.
of Polk Bros Park, the main promenade connecting the city with
Pier will be widened and enhanced with a Welcome Pavilion, which
house Park amenities, such as bicycle and skate rental. The new
Bros Park also will include two magnificent new performance spaces
southern end to host live arts and culture events against the
of the lake and spectacular Chicago skyline.
To read the full press release, see renderings and learn more about the Polk Family's commitment to Chicago, click here.