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Newly obtained texts reveal Ald. James Gardiner (45) disparaging his colleagues…


A review of Ald. James Gardiner’s filings with the State Board of Elections raises more questions about his compliance with state laws. Following the resignation of his treasurer on July 8, Gardiner has neglected to name a replacement.

Ald. Gardiner on WTTW Chicago Tonight, 2019

Gardiner appears to be in violation of several provisions in the law…


In response to a recent lawsuit against Ald. Gardiner and the City of Chicago, City lawyers argue in a Motion to Dismiss, “Gardiner alone was in control of his Facebook Page” and “the City had no authority to control how he moderated it.”

City lawyers also requested a three-week extension…


Public records show Charles Sikanich, Ald. Gardiner’s superintendent in the 45th Ward, petitioned for an Emergency Order of Protection against one of Gardiner’s former employees last summer. …


In response to online discussions about Gardiner’s behavior at ward block parties, his former chief of staff and campaign manager shared disturbing texts on social media that give constituents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how Gardiner works and thinks.

“Say it to my face!”

The conversation started this past Saturday, July 17th, when 45th Ward resident…


In the past month, Ald. Gardiner got taxpayers to pay for a “Gardiner Angels” logo redesign, video editing services used to question a local reporter’s integrity, more signs to litter the parkways with his name on them, and new clothes. …


In an email last week to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE), Alderperson Jim Gardiner’s treasurer informed the agency he is no longer with Gardiner’s campaign, asking them to intervene to formally remove him after Gardiner failed to do so despite multiple requests. …


In a letter Thursday to the City Council, Ald. Michele Smith, Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight, informed all Alderpersons that the Inspector General had come to her regarding Council members’ staff and volunteers who had disposed of the belongings of people experiencing homelessness.

According to the…


Last September, the City Council voted 49–1 in favor of a $3.8 million settlement to resolve a harassment case within the Chicago Police Department in which a police officer was retaliated against by her superiors after she reported threatening and abusive behavior from a fellow officer.

This story was widely…

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