Editor’s note: Ald. Will Burns (4th) sent the following statement Feb. 1 after news of his resignation was released, Jan. 31.
It has been my honor to serve the people of the Fourth Ward and the City of Chicago for the past five years. Working together, we have added hundreds of units of new housing, thousands of square feet of new retail, and improved infrastructure of our people who live here. And this progress has bolstered the hopes that brought us to the mid-South side and South Loop—that we can live in safe and walkable neighborhoods with great amenities, parks, and schools. At City Hall we created a city minimum wage that moved 400,000 people out of poverty, invested in summer jobs for youth and after school programs, and strengthened the Affordable Requirements Ordinance to create more affordable housing in communities of opportunity. I can look back at the last five years and see the change that we have created together, and I believe that our momentum will continue in the future.
William D. Burns
Alderman, Fourth Ward
City of Chicago