Alderman Laurino Retirement Announcement

August 24, 2018

Alderman Laurino's Retirement Statement 

Serving as 39th Ward Alderman has always been my dream job.
I never took that role lightly.  Whether it was the years of pain and planning that led up to the ribbon cutting for a $70 million tunnel to prevent flooding or getting a pothole fixed, I gave it my all. In return, I have been blessed with the 39th Ward residents who have given me the opportunity to serve them for 24 years.
Together we’ve opened a new police station, two new schools, two new libraries and made significant investments in existing schools and parks.  What was once a dilapidated motel and car wash on Peterson and Cicero is now home to a Whole Foods Market and condominiums.  A shuttered Dominick’s at Lawrence and Pulaski was replaced with a busy retail development.  Soon we will be breaking ground on a new shopping center with national retailers.
In the Chicago City Council, I have successfully sponsored measures which assist in making government more responsible, such as requiring sexual harassment and ethics training for all city employees as well as the video streaming of council meetings.  
In my role as President Pro Tempore, I transformed the Legislative Reference Bureau into a pro-active office for researching and developing legislation for aldermen.
I’ve worked with some great people over the years from international experts to neighbors.  I have served under two Chicago mayors, three city ward maps and in half a dozen city councils.  
However, I have reviewed my professional commitments.  I have reflected on my personal life changes, such as my husband Randy retiring and my grandchildren Oliver and Emma.  And I have decided that it is time to scale back my schedule.
I will therefore not be seeking re-election as alderman of the 39th Ward.
It has been decades since I was a young girl at St. Edwards, but my love for the 39th Ward has only intensified.  Improvements have been significant under my leadership during the past 24 years.  It is one of the safest in the city with a flourishing quality of life. 
For that reality, I would like to thank the residents, businesses, organizations, city employees and my staff which was ranked by a media watchdog group as one of the best in the city.
It’s been said that the measure of any great city is its neighborhoods.  The 39th Ward stands as a great neighborhood. 
I have been proud to serve it and will leave office at the end of my term with only the fondest of memories.
Alderman Margaret Laurino
Partial List Highlights
Ban on texting while biking
Drop-off locations for plastic shopping bags
Ethics training for city employees
Developed Aldermanic Technology Forum
Developed city’s first annual Tech Expo
Developed paid City Council Internship Program for college students
Developed Legislative Reference Bureau into a pro-active office for aldermanic legislation
Live webcast of Chicago City Council meetings
Program that allows the city to donate unused computers to schools
Sexual harassment training for city employees
Training for cosmetologists to detect domestic violence
Chaired the City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
Chaired the Pedestrian and Traffic Committee
Co-chaired city’s first Green Business Task Force
Former Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide
Serves as President Pro Tempore of the City Council
Alarmist Brewery
Big Hill
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club
The Cabin
Clark Street Sports
Davita Dialysis
Dunkin' Donuts
Edens Collection
Elephant Thai Cuisine
Established Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce
Established Peterson Pulaski Business and Industrial Council
Established Pulaski-Elston Business Association
HMR Design
Learning Experience
Old Irving Brewery
Peoples Gas Administrative Campus
Restaurant Depot
Ruk Sushi & Thai
Seafood City
Señor Pan
Thai Town, formerly the old 17th District Police Station
Top Driver
Whole Foods Market
Wok N Chop
Albany Park Storm Water Diversion Tunnel
Commitment for 30 additional police officers in 17th District
Roosevelt Health Center
Senior Wellness Center at North Park Village
17th District Police Station
Ward wide meeting with Chicago Police Department leadership
Albany Park Multicultural Academy
Aspira Haugan Middle School
Belding Elementary School auditorium renovated
Edison Gifted School
Hibbard Elementary School health center
Palmer Elementary School new roof and addition
Peterson Elementary School field
Sauganash Elementary School windows, addition and field
Solomon Elementary School field
Von Steuben High School science lab
Eugene Field Park new roof for field house, playlot and wetlands
Gompers Park expansion, statue of Samuel Gompers and playground
Independence Park “Women’s Building” rehab
Jensen Park
Peterson Park infrastructure
Triangle Park
Albany Park Food Pantry
Albany Park Library
Established the Mayfair Veteran’s Committee
Funding to maintain affordable housing in Albany Park
Mayfair Branch Library
North Branch Trail
North Park Village Affordable Senior Housing
Recognized by FOX News Chicago for perfect score in constituent service requests
Sauganash Condominiums
Sauganash Glen
Sauganash Trail
Veteran’s Memorial at North Park Village