Just asking: Quick questions for 5 aldermen under 40

  • Mayor Emanuel makes his 2013 budget proposal in the City Hall Council Chambers on Oct. 10, 2012. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune file)
Mayor Emanuel makes his 2013 budget proposal in the City Hall Council Chambers…
April 04, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Ald. William Burns (4th), 39
Three city issues that should be on our radar: social services, poverty, and economic development.
Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? I think that being young is an advantage. I approach challenges and people with a fresh perspective. The job also requires a tremendous amount of energy -- as a freshman alderman, I don't have as many staffers at my disposal as committee chairmen do, so I end up writing letters to constituents and working along side my staff.
In one word describe your relationship with the mayor. Solid Political idol: former Senate President Emil Jones Jr.
Social media -- yay or nay? Yes, but in moderation, and generally related to city/neighborhood information. I don't think my constituents care about my workout or eating habits.
One thing everyone gets wrong about the City Council: People think that every alderman has a driver, police protection, and takes their COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment). I have refused my COLA for the last two years and I don't have a driver or personal police protection.

Ald. Natashia Holmes (7th), 37
Three city issues that should be on our radar: education, safety, jobs
Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? An advantage because it gives me an opportunity to learn from seasoned colleagues.
In one word describe your relationship with the mayor. New!
Political idol: Barbara Jordan
Social media -- yay or nay? Yes!
One thing everyone gets wrong about the City Council: That being alderman is a part-time job.

Ald. Marty Quinn (13th), 38
Three city issues that should be on our radar: Public safety, city budget, housing market Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? An advantage; I spend a lot of time throughout the year walking door-to-door talking to 13th ward residents.
In one word describe your relationship with the mayor. Professional
Political idol: Michael Madigan Social media -- yay or nay? Nay. Nothing replaces the value of a face to face conversation with a family. No tweet, email, Facebook post can ever provide an adequate understanding of a problem or a request.
One thing everyone gets wrong about the City Council: The Council is labeled a "rubber stamp." I think some alderman are more deliberate, but the broad brush paints us all.

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), 38
Three issues that should be on our radar:
proposed solutions for gun violence, job and industry creation, and cultivating an effective education system for students.
Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage: I consider my youth on the Council to be an advantage. Although there are years of knowledge and experience in the Council Chambers, what my younger colleagues and I bring to the table are new and innovative ideas to lead City government into the 21st century.
In one word describe your relationship with the mayor: Interesting
Political idol: Mayor Harold Washington Social media -- yay or nay? Yay. Social media is a two way street. I use social media outlets to update my residents about upcoming job fairs, community meetings and other issies that could benefit them. It allows residents to communicate with my office beyond calls and meetings.
One thing everyone gets wrong about the City Council: People often think nothing is done between the time ordinances are introduced by Aldermen or the Mayor in the Council meetings and the time they pass. Aldermen are engaged in critical negotiations and changes to ordinances which typically don't make the front pages.

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), 32
Three city issues that should be on our radar: Chicago casino, bike share, affordable housing Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? Neither
In one word describe your relationship with the mayor. Scrumtrulescent
Political idol: My grandfather
Social media -- yay or nay? Meh.
One thing everyone gets wrong about the City Council: Probably not everyone knows that aldermen have badges.

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