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Thomas M. Tunney

Ward 44

 

Campaign donations since 2015, mapped.

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Wrigleyville's alderman

Tom Tunney was the first openly gay alderman elected in Chicago.[1]

Most of his donations come from local businesses, which he has tried to insulate from competition, specifically by supporting restrictions on alcohol service and event hosting at Wrigley Field Plaza.[1] This has gained the ire of the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs. They are heavily supporting a candidate running against him. This pits one wealthy group of business owners against another.[2]

Also, as chair of several committees whose duties pertain to special events and recreation, Tunney holds significant sway in decisions the city makes on how local businesses conduct events and make money.[3] Although Tunney sides with local businesses over the Cubs, his priorities and affiliation with Rahm lead him to neglect vulnerable communities in his ward. It encourages pay-to-play rather than actually standing up for residents.[4]

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