I am thankful that you have given me the opportunity to continue to serve as your Fourth Ward Alderman! It is a privilege and an honor, which I do not take lightly.
The 4th Ward is made up of so many wonderful and distinct communities (Grand Boulevard, South Loop, the Gap, Hyde Park, Kenwood, North Kenwood, Oakland, Douglas, Printers Row, Dearborn Park). I am excited about engaging and celebrating each, and making sure that each has the resources it deserves.
Over the last ten months, I have heard the hopes, concerns, and ideas that many of you have expressed. Your voices have inspired me to work even harder to fight for the resources that will make this Ward and our communities even better. I’m asking that you join me on this journey.
To this end, our office has begun to initiate the framework for a strategic plan, a collective, community-centered process that will not only help shape the future of our Ward, but create a framework by which we regularly communicate. Our community is growing and faces significant challenges. It is important that my office and I, and community members, are engaged in an open and transparent process to face these challenges. We need to come together, set priorities and align our priorities with resources. We will announce the strategic plan kick-off meeting in the near future, and I invite everyone’s participation.
In the meantime, we will continue to work on a comprehensive approach to addressing safety, including bolstering our neighborhood schools, increasing youth engagement and job opportunities.
We will also continue to improve on how we communicate with and respond to you. We have adjusted our office hours and outreach based on your feedback. Starting in April, we will continue to meet you in your neighborhood. On the first three Mondays of the month we will rotate constituent night between the South, the Middle and the North part of the ward. You can walk in without an appointment on those Mondays at various businesses throughout the ward. We will also host hours for seniors from 1-3pm on the first Wednesday of every month. In addition, we will have Saturday hours once a month.
In closing I want to thank all of the candidates who ran for Alderman of the Fourth Ward. Running for public office is not an easy task. Everyone that ran for this position committed to a process that often is grueling and challenging, both for the candidates and their families. For the past few months, I have heard the passion that you have for this community as you articulated your ideas on how to improve the quality of life for residents that live in this community. Each of you had good ideas to advance the Ward, and it is my hope that we will work together to solve our common challenges.
Once again, it is my honor to continue to serve as your Alderman. Together we can keep the 4th Ward Strong!
Ald. Sophia King(4th)