Meet the candidates: City Council, 39th Ward

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Margaret Laurino


Margaret Laurino has been the alderman of the 39th Ward since 1994. She grew up in the 39th Ward before earning a degree in education and a master’s in history from Northeastern Illinois University. As alderman, Laurino has increased school funding, reduced crime and improved infrastructure. She has led initiatives banning texting and biking, requiring ethics training for all city employees, and restricting building on properties formerly owned by grocery and drug stores.


Robert Murphy


Robert Murphy was the president of the Forest Glen Community Association until 2014, and he is also a licensed architect and acclaimed photographer. As the association’s president, Murphy engaged with public officials on necessary infrastructure improvements, community beautification projects, neighborhood safety concerns, and regional concerns regarding the massive increase in airplane traffic and noise over homes, schools and playgrounds.


Joe Laiacona


Joe Laiacona is a retired college professor who taught introductory computer use and programming for more than 20 years at Columbia College Chicago. He is also a community member of Roosevelt High School Local School Council, a voting member of Northside Democracy For America, and a founder of the Part-time Faculty Association at Columbia College.


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