Chicago aldermen disclose outside jobs, income

ElectionsPoliticsJohn ArenaAmeya PawarChicago City CouncilWilliam D. BurnsDavid Axelrod

New financial disclosure statements show six of the Chicago City Council's 16 new aldermen have outside jobs or own businesses.

Nine of the aldermen who were elected for the first time last year gave up other jobs, according to disclosures and interviews.

Ald. William Burns, 4th, works as managing director for a public affairs consulting firm founded by one of President Barack Obama’s top advisers.

Burns, a former state legislator elected last year to the City Council, works for ASGK Public Strategies, David Axelrod’s onetime firm. Burns also was the political director of Gov.Pat Quinn's campaign fund in 2011, according to the alderman's disclosure.

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st, continues to work as vice president of the Buhl Press printing company.

Ald. Mary O’Connor, 41st, is the owner of O’Connor’s Deli and Unforgettable Edibles Catering. Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd, an attorney with corporate business experience, works as a consultant.

Ald. John Arena, 45th, owns Arena Design and Illustration, while Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, does consulting work for Northwestern University, his former full-time employer, on business continuity planning in the event of an emergency.

They all are among 14 aldermen who reported outside work or ownership of businesses, according to the statements and interviews. Three aldermen have yet to file --- the forms were due Tuesday --- according to the city clerk’s office. Of those, two have outside jobs, according to previous disclosures and interviews.

Burns was one of five aldermen in the political consulting business. Another five practice law, the most prominent of whom his Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, who has a firm that does real estate tax consulting.

Burke disclosed that he did at least $5,000 in business with 41 firms that do business with the city. They range from Bobak Sausage to Walgreens, according to his disclosure. He also listed 14 investments that returned him a capital gain of at least $5,000.

Ald. Roberto Maldonado, 26th, did not list outside work, but he owns 12 properties within the city.

Aldermen earn salaries for their city work that range from $104,000 to $115,000.

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