Reporter’s Notebook: What are aldermen responsible for?

That is, aside from the obvious speech-making, hand-shaking and suit-wearing

May 23, 2013

Curious City

Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy the public's curiosity. People submit questions, vote for their favorites, and WBEZ reports out the winning questions in real time on Facebook, Twitter and the timeline above.

Curious Citizen Andrea Lee of Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood reached out to her alderman about two problems: a lack of a recycling bin and basement flooding. No dice with either problem. Given an alderman’s vague job description, Lee wanted to know what aldermen actually can do.

Have you contacted your alderman or local politician about anything lately? If so, did City Hall help? And, what should local politicians be responsible for, anyway?

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