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Our Elected Officials Come Together To Discuss The State Of Edgewater

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Alderman Harry Osterman

“Edgewater is a special, diverse” place, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman told an audience at the annual State of Edgewater presentation at The Breakers At Edgewater Beach on Tuesday.

Businesses here are thriving, high-level schools serve a diverse population of students, crime is down, and the neighborhood is well-served by different forms of public transportation.

Osterman was the eighth and final speaker at the event co-sponsored by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Great Lakes Clinical Trials. Other speakers in order of their presentations were Katrina Balog, executive director of the Edgewater Chamber; Steve Satek, president and founder of Great Lakes Clinical Trials; U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, 9th District; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, 10th District; State Representative Kelly Cassidy, 14th District; State Representative Greg Harris, 13th District; and 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor. State Senator Heather Steans, 7th District, and Tim Harrington, board chairman of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, were unable to attend.

Among the topics these local, state and national politicians addressed were access to women’s reproductive and health care as well as how that care affects others; immigration; jobs; the state and county prison systems; the state budget; and state education funding.

Students in Edgewater are learning to work, play and get along with all sorts of people who came off the metaphorical boat, Congresswoman Schakowsky said.

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Alderman Patrick O’Connor

Gainer talked about unemployment rates among young people in Chicago and how local business leaders and development groups could help them better succeed.

Cassidy discussed the need to fairly weigh the assessment of and punishment for different types of crimes for both juvenile and adult offenders, as well as how those convictions, incarcerations and systems of parole affect offenders later on in life.

Harris provided a brief summary of the complicated efforts to pass a state budget. He also talked about ongoing work to revise rules regarding funding for education statewide.

O’Connor talked about Rosehill Cemetery’s new addition, the timeline for renovation work at Trumbull School, and development plans for the now-closed Edgewater Hospital.

The cemetery’s expansion includes a nature preserve as well as a pond and a walking path. Interior demolitions within Trumbull School should begin relatively soon, O’Connor said. And part of the property that was owned by the former hospital at the corner of Hollywood and Ashland will be turned into a park.

Concluding the event, Osterman told the audience that Edgewater needs to fight to make sure its businesses have money to survive and to help this Community Area remain affordable and diverse.

Safety is his and his fellow elected officials’ main priority, he added.


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