Chicago Ald. Helen Shiller stoops in front of
Ald. Ariel Reboyras (left) to have a chat
with Ald. Joe Moreno (right) at a council meeting.
(José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune photo / January 29, 2011)
Uptown representation has been locked into place since the 1980s. Gene Schulter has served since 1975, Helen Shiller since 1987, and Mary Ann Smith since 1989. And yet, they'll all replaced by new blood, come May. It's up to you to decide who replaces them and we strongly urge you to get to the polls and make your voice heard. Voting begins on Monday.
The article includes a fun quote from Ald. Shiller: "A majority of people expect from their aldermen things that have nothing to do with the (council) ... They do expect us to be the local mini-city halls .... We are the face of local government."
It's like shooting [farmed] fish in a barrel, but here goes:
- "The face of local government" hasn't had a community meeting since July 2009 -- and that was when UU found out there was a Wilson Yard TIF Amendment meeting that was closed to the public. At first Ald. Shiller tried keep people away, but later relented and "allowed" residents to attend a meeting about how their money would be spent. She promised complete TIF transparency from that point on. Yeah, that sure worked out. Just ask Wilson Yard TIF Amendment No. 2, which was passed without a public meeting or public notice.
- "The face of local government" tried to hide from residents who were protesting her ward's violent crime in August 2009, spoke briefly to the press, and ran to her car when residents tried to speak with her. Perhaps "the backside of local government as she sprinted for her car to escape those she's paid to represent" might be a more apt description in this case.
- "The face of local government" has a staff who deals with pleas for help by residents like this: They mocked a young mother to her face, called her a racist, threatened to have her arrested, and threw her out of the office when she went there to ask for help with the crime and litter on her block.
- "The face of local government" hasn't made a single public comment about the murders and shootings steps from her office. Shame on you, Helen Shiller.
- "The face of local government" doesn't understand why people are frightened of violent crime and feels that anyone who is, is simply motivated by her "political enemies."
- "The face of local government" hasn't attended a CAPS meeting since the one she invented a month prior to the previous election: one where Mayor Daley was in attendance, and where none of the regular CAPS facilitators were notified of its existence.
- "The face of local government" hasn't sent out an email newsletter in nearly a year or hasn't updated her website in nearly three weeks.