Ald. Ariel Reboyras joins Chicago City Council exodus

Northwest Side Ald. Ariel Reboyras is stepping down on the finish of his time period subsequent year, he introduced Tuesday, marking the fifteenth retirement or pending departure of a Chicago City Council member forward of the 2023 election.

The alderman of the thirtieth Ward has served in his function for twenty years, a career that has included chairing the Public Safety Committee below former Mayor Rahm Emanuel throughout a turbulent time for policing in Chicago. Reboyras was seen because the face of Emanuel’s reform efforts following the Chicago police homicide of Laquan McDonald, a Black 17-year-old, and was bounced from the management function after Mayor Lori Lightfoot was elected.

In a information launch rolling out his plans to retire in 2023, Reboyras mentioned his purpose for leaving was easy: “Family comes first.”

“Serving the residents of the 30th Ward since 2003 has been an unbelievable honor. I have seen this neighborhood change and grow. After 20 years, now is the time for me to regain my position as your neighbor and community activist,” Reboyras mentioned.

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Reboyras began out as a instructor in Chicago Public Schools earlier than working one other metropolis function as a truck driver. He then moved up by means of Fleet Management and the Water Department till being promoted to deputy commissioner of the Department of General Services.

Beyond his work on the security committee, Reboyras chaired the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Committee and served as Democratic committeeman for the thirtieth Ward since 2006.

In 2019, Reboyras was compelled right into a runoff in opposition to challenger Jessica Gutierrez, daughter of former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, although he nonetheless eked out a victory.

Reached by cellphone Tuesday, Jessica Gutierrez mentioned she plans to run once more in 2023 and produce “energy” to the thirtieth Ward.

“That’s exactly what I plan on doing, is invigorating our business districts … (and) re-imagining the police, right?” Gutierrez mentioned. “Public safety is No. 1. People don’t feel safe in Chicago.”

Gutierrez was simply barely mapped out of the brand new thirtieth Ward within the decennial redistricting course of following the 2020 census — a end result she blames on Reboyras.

Reboyras largely supported the Latino Caucus map that might have stored her within the ward, however he finally voted for the Black Caucus map within the remaining compromise deal.

Still, Gutierrez mentioned she’s going to search the City Council position and would transfer into the ward if she wins.

Besides Reboyras, a slew of different aldermen are leaving or have left the City Council for quite a lot of causes. Several are retiring; three are working for mayor; one was ousted due to a prison conviction.

The rising exodus of these stepping down on the finish of their phrases not too long ago included Ald. Howard Brookins, twenty first, and Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza, tenth. Others embody Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney, forty fourth; Uptown Ald. James Cappleman, forty sixth; Andersonville Ald. Harry Osterman, forty eighth; South Shore and Hyde Park Ald. Leslie Hairston, fifth; and indicted West Pullman Ald. Carrie Austin, thirty fourth.

Lincoln Park Ald. Michele Smith, forty third, has already stepped down following her latest announcement.

Three different members of the council — Raymond Lopez, fifteenth, Sophia King, 4th, and Roderick Sawyer, sixth — are working for mayor subsequent year in opposition to Lightfoot, so they’re unable to hunt reelection as City Council members. Ald. George Cardenas, twelfth, will exit the council earlier than the tip of his time period ought to he be elected in November to serve on the Cook County Board of Review.

Others — akin to former Ald. Michael Scott, twenty fourth, who left the council for a job within the non-public sector, and former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson, convicted of tax evasion and mendacity to banking regulators — have stepped down and had their positions crammed by mayoral appointment. Lightfoot changed Daley Thompson with United Airlines director Nicole Lee, and changed Scott together with his sister, Monique Scott, a Chicago Park District supervisor.

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