UPDATE: The news is reporting today that Alderman Brian Doherty is shown leaving a bar and driving away, apparently intoxicated. The piece is posted at YouTube.
If the alderman has a drinking problem, then that would explain why nothing gets done up in our Ward. I don't think, personally, that this is a big deal. Everyone of us has driven after having had a couple "pops". And while I'm not condoning it, he didn't get in an accident and no one got hurt.
The other day I received a 4 page, full color, glossy campaign brochure from Alderman Brian Doherty (41st Ward).
I read it and held it up for my wife to see. I pointed at Doherty's picture on the front page and said,"Look honey - here's what our Alderman looks like!"
The joke is that we've never heard from or met our alderman - even though we've lived in the ward for quite a while.
Since our ward is pretty quiet, there's not much pressure on the alderman to make the rounds and shake hands with the citizens. His duties are probably fairly minimal. But when we got hit with all that snow last week, it took the streets and san department almost 2 full days to get around to plowing our street.
Another complaint is that our property taxes up here are going through the roof.
Reading the Doherty's list of accomplishments, I saw one item which scored big points with me ... he was the only one to vote No to slave reparations.
But he also listed "work actively with CAPS to reduce crime" as an accomplishment. That is a bunch of crap. So he sends one of his lackys over to a few beat meetings every month. W-o-w..h-o-o-o...!
This year I'm voting for Don Markham. Don is a Chicago police officer who has 12 years on the job and lives in Norwood park.
I think that Don would be a much more proactive alderman and would address issues that matter to the residents in the 41st Ward. He'd also wants to keep the money raised in the 41st ward kept in the ward.
Don's website is here.
Mark #54 on your ballot. It is easy to remember since it is Urlacher's jersey number.
And who knows - maybe Don can finally bring some commonsense to the City Council by repealing the Residency requirement, lifting the handgun ban and requiring Dorothy Tillman to remove her hat when in chambers!
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