Alderman Brian Hopkins

Alderman Brian Hopkins Brian Hopkins is Alderman of Chicago's 2nd Ward. Please follow along with Ward updates on the main website and through our newsletter

Alderman Brian Hopkins was elected to Chicago’s City Council in May 2015. After graduating as a Student Regent from the University of Illinois-Springfield (Sangamon State), Hopkins interned for the Illinois State Senate, and was assigned to the Appropriations Committee. His role in the Senate helped prepare him for future positions including advising President Bill Clinton’s transition team on ways to address the national issue of homelessness, as well as serving as the Downstate Campaign Manager for Dawn Clark-Netsch’s campaign for Governor in 1994. Hopkins went on to be the Director for the Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness, and led the successful campaign to pass the Illinois Homeless Voting Rights Act, the first of its kind in the nation. He also directed the Midwest tour of “Address Unknown” a nationally known theater company of homeless actors. A life-long Chicagoan, Hopkins returned to the downtown area and moved to Streeterville in 1999 in what is now the new 2nd Ward. He took a job in the Cook County Commissioners office, where his experience led him to serve as Chief of Staff to the Finance Committee Chairman John P. Daley, under the tenure of President Toni Preckwinkle. Along with his job at the County, Hopkins was twice voted President of the respected community group, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR). He also served as Vice President and Treasurer. At the helm of SOAR, Hopkins solved complex issues from a community perspective, and co-chaired the first-ever neighborhood music festival in SOAR’s history, StreeterFest. Hopkins served on the Lakeshore Planning Committee, a group of civil leaders advocating a bold plan to add more green space and public parkland to Chicago's Lakefront. He fought to protect the community from health risks associated with environmental contamination at former industrial sites. He advocated for open space and parkland, and served on the committee to design the proposed DuSable Park, planned for a site near Navy Pier. In conjunction with fighting to preserve open green space, Hopkins took an active role in transportation issues, serving on the Audit Committee for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now the Active Transportation Alliance), and previously served on the Board of Working Bikes; an organization that recycles used and unwanted bikes. Hopkins lives in the Lincoln Park area with his wife, Colleen, and their son, Ryan. They can be found enjoying numerous dining, cultural and entertainment options in the vibrant neighborhoods of the 2nd Ward, or cheering on their beloved Blackhawks as die-hard hockey fans.

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Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to comp...
09/09/2020
Census 2020

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?

If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to complete the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ You can complete the questionnaire online, by mail or over the phone. It is safe and private. In fact, federal law prohibits anyone at the Census Bureau from sharing personal census information.

The questionnaire is short and asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for all people living in your household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or bank account information.

If you have already completed the short questionnaire, thank you, and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

https://my2020census.gov/

The 2nd Ward Service Office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. To file a Service Reques...
09/07/2020

The 2nd Ward Service Office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. To file a Service Request during this time, please call 3-1-1. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

09/06/2020

Block Party, Parade, and Special Event Permits Suspended Through 2020

Based on City and State Phase Four guidance to avoid gatherings of over 50 people, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced that permits for the following will not be issued through the end of 2020:

- Block parties
- Parades
- Outdoor festivals
- Athletic events
- Nonessential markets

Future programming and events remain under discussion. CDOT and DCASE will continue to work closely with public health officials to adopt protocols that prioritize public safety and health.

New State Face Covering Rule for Bars and RestaurantsThe State of Illinois has issued a new rule that requires bar and r...
09/05/2020
Reopening Businesses Portal

New State Face Covering Rule for Bars and Restaurants

The State of Illinois has issued a new rule that requires bar and restaurant customers to wear a mask whenever interacting with staff. This means wearing a mask while ordering, receiving table service, and when picking up food for carry-out.

This new rule has been added to Chicago's existing reopening guidelines. All of Chicago's reopening guidelines can be enforced by the City of Chicago, and it is the responsibility of the business to ensure compliance.

Per State law, everyone over the age of two who can medically tolerate a mask must still wear a mask whenever they are unable to maintain social distance and whenever they are in a public/shared space – whether inside or outdoors.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/reopening-business-portal.html

As part of our Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines, the reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m.

The 2nd Ward Service Office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. To file a Service Reques...
09/04/2020

The 2nd Ward Service Office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. To file a Service Request during this time, please call 3-1-1. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Stay up to date with COVID-19 progression by Zip Code. This website shows a comparison chart that allows for different Z...
09/02/2020
COVID-19 Progression by ZIP Code | City of Chicago | Data Portal

Stay up to date with COVID-19 progression by Zip Code. This website shows a comparison chart that allows for different ZIP Codes in Chicago to be compared for weekly increases in cases of COVID-19. Choose which ZIP Code you would like to search (which can be set on the right side of the chart), and you will see the newest information on case rates, test rates, death rates, and percent tested positive. Data represents the home ZIP Code for the individual who was tested.

For more information click here: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Health-Human-Services/COVID-19-Progression-by-ZIP-Code/vrgd-sgft?utm_source=2nd+Ward+Alerts&utm_campaign=ceadf63130-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_01_09_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a38d3733c-ceadf63130-75458265

Case, test, and death metrics for a single Chicago ZIP Code, which can be selected from the filter area.In comparing charts for different ZIP Codes or for the same ZIP Code captured at different times, please note that the y-axis scales adjust to the data for readability so may be different....

New State Face Covering Rule for Bars and RestaurantsThe State of Illinois has issued a new rule that requires bar and r...
09/01/2020
Reopening Businesses Portal

New State Face Covering Rule for Bars and Restaurants

The State of Illinois has issued a new rule that requires bar and restaurant customers to wear a mask whenever interacting with staff. This means wearing a mask while ordering, receiving table service, and when picking up food for carry-out.

This new rule has been added to Chicago's existing reopening guidelines. All of Chicago's reopening guidelines can be enforced by the City of Chicago, and it is the responsibility of the business to ensure compliance.

Per State law, everyone over the age of two who can medically tolerate a mask must still wear a mask whenever they are unable to maintain social distance and whenever they are in a public/shared space – whether inside or outdoors.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/reopening-business-portal.html

As part of our Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines, the reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m.

Budget Week Virtual Town Hall Series Streaming nightly from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.Watch: Facebook.com/chicagomayorsofficeAs t...
09/01/2020
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Budget Week Virtual Town Hall Series
Streaming nightly from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Watch: Facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice

As the city faces unprecedented fiscal challenges, citizen participation in the budget process is more important than ever. I invite you to join me in watching the Budget Week Virtual Town Hall series this week.

Finally, make sure to take the 2021 Budget Survey between now and September 13 so that your voice is heard in budget discussions. For more information, please visit the 2021 Budget website.

The City’s budget is a statement of values. To ensure decisions City leaders make reflect the needs and values of our residents, community feedback is as important as ever. To continue our goal to provide equity in the budget, we want to craft a responsible spending plan that responds to the needs...

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to comp...
08/31/2020
Census 2020

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?

If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to complete the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ You can complete the questionnaire online, by mail or over the phone. It is safe and private. In fact, federal law prohibits anyone at the Census Bureau from sharing personal census information.

The questionnaire is short and asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for all people living in your household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or bank account information.

If you have already completed the short questionnaire, thank you, and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

https://my2020census.gov/

Stay up to date with COVID-19 progression by Zip Code. This website shows a comparison chart that allows for different Z...
08/29/2020
COVID-19 Progression by ZIP Code | City of Chicago | Data Portal

Stay up to date with COVID-19 progression by Zip Code. This website shows a comparison chart that allows for different ZIP Codes in Chicago to be compared for weekly increases in cases of COVID-19. Choose which ZIP Code you would like to search (which can be set on the right side of the chart), and you will see the newest information on case rates, test rates, death rates, and percent tested positive. Data represents the home ZIP Code for the individual who was tested.

For more information click here: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Health-Human-Services/COVID-19-Progression-by-ZIP-Code/vrgd-sgft?utm_source=2nd+Ward+Alerts&utm_campaign=ceadf63130-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_01_09_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a38d3733c-ceadf63130-75458265

Case, test, and death metrics for a single Chicago ZIP Code, which can be selected from the filter area.In comparing charts for different ZIP Codes or for the same ZIP Code captured at different times, please note that the y-axis scales adjust to the data for readability so may be different....

Area Detectives are seeking to identify and locate the subject shown below regarding a strong arm robbery that occurred ...
08/27/2020

Area Detectives are seeking to identify and locate the subject shown below regarding a strong arm robbery that occurred on August 25th, 2020, at 10:33 a.m. on the 100 Block of East Grand Ave.

The subject approached an 85-year-old woman from behind and forcefully grabbed her purse, causing her to fall and injure herself.

About the offender:
The offender is a black male, last seen wearing a red hat, grey and black t-shirt, black pants with a white stripe, white gym shoes and wearing a surgical mask.

What you can do:
If seen, dial 9-1-1, give your location, direction of travel and a quick description. Never approach the subject(s) or vehicle. Do not endanger yourself, or those you are with, in any way.

If you have any additional information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Three Detective Akins #20770 at (312) 744-8263

Remain Anonymous: WWW.CPDTIP.COM
If you see this suspect, DO NOT APPROACH!
CALL 9-1-1

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to comp...
08/27/2020
Census 2020

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?

If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to complete the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ You can complete the questionnaire online, by mail or over the phone. It is safe and private. In fact, federal law prohibits anyone at the Census Bureau from sharing personal census information.

The questionnaire is short and asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for all people living in your household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or bank account information.

If you have already completed the short questionnaire, thank you, and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

https://my2020census.gov/

Stay up to date with COVID-19 progression by Zip Code. This website shows a comparison chart that allows for different Z...
08/24/2020
COVID-19 Progression by ZIP Code | City of Chicago | Data Portal

Stay up to date with COVID-19 progression by Zip Code. This website shows a comparison chart that allows for different ZIP Codes in Chicago to be compared for weekly increases in cases of COVID-19. Choose which ZIP Code you would like to search (which can be set on the right side of the chart), and you will see the newest information on case rates, test rates, death rates, and percent tested positive. Data represents the home ZIP Code for the individual who was tested.

For more information click here: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Health-Human-Services/COVID-19-Progression-by-ZIP-Code/vrgd-sgft?utm_source=2nd+Ward+Alerts&utm_campaign=ceadf63130-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_01_09_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a38d3733c-ceadf63130-75458265

Case, test, and death metrics for a single Chicago ZIP Code, which can be selected from the filter area.In comparing charts for different ZIP Codes or for the same ZIP Code captured at different times, please note that the y-axis scales adjust to the data for readability so may be different....

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to comp...
08/24/2020
Census 2020

Did you complete the 2020 Census yet?

If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to complete the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ You can complete the questionnaire online, by mail or over the phone. It is safe and private. In fact, federal law prohibits anyone at the Census Bureau from sharing personal census information.

The questionnaire is short and asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for all people living in your household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or bank account information.

If you have already completed the short questionnaire, thank you, and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

https://my2020census.gov/

COVID-19 Testing Site Locations in ChicagoWhile not a comprehensive list, this website from the Illinois Department of P...
08/18/2020
Testing Sites

COVID-19 Testing Site Locations in Chicago

While not a comprehensive list, this website from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows the locations of testing sites around Chicago and Illinois. Anyone with COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can get a test, even without a doctor’s order.

https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites?utm_source=2nd+Ward+Alerts&utm_campaign=f22aba37b6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_01_09_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a38d3733c-f22aba37b6-75458265

Please note not all testing sites listed are managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This list will be updated frequently. If your lab is testing for COVID-19 and would like to be listed, please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at [email protected].

I've been asked repeatedly to elaborate or comment on this news release from the Office of the Special Prosecutor. Pleas...
08/18/2020
Special Prosecutor Dan K. Webb Of Winston & Strawn Concludes Investigation Into The Cook County State's Attorney's Office And Chicago Police Department's Handling Of The Jussie Smollett Case

I've been asked repeatedly to elaborate or comment on this news release from the Office of the Special Prosecutor. Please note this is not the full report, but rather a 12 page outline. There will be ample opportunity for a response when the full 60 page report is released, and I will hold my comments until that time. For now, I will simply express my concern and extend prayers to State's Attorney Kim Foxx and her family as they deal with a serious health related matter.

/PRNewswire/ -- Information Release I. Introduction Dan K. Webb, Special Prosecutor for Cook County, announced today that the Office of the Special Prosecutor...

08/16/2020
Michigan Ave & Wacker Dr Protest August 15, 2020

Michigan Ave & Wacker Dr Protest August 15, 2020

The following video footage shows the initial incident that sparked yesterday's violence and arrests, as well as the aggravated battery against a CPD officer...

08/10/2020

The City of Chicago’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to respond to the multiple public safety incidents, looting, and property damage that occurred very early this morning. The EOC is coordinating efforts with various city department and sister agencies on the response.

The city will be deploying more than 100 infrastructure assets citywide that will be strategically positioned by the Chicago Police Department to protect neighborhood commercial corridors and critical businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

In addition, access to the downtown area will be temporarily restricted beginning this evening from 8 p.m.–6 a.m. In order to gain access to the restricted access area, you must show identification as proof that you live or work in the area.

The restricted access to the downtown area is NOT a curfew.

All residents, essential workers, and employees whose businesses are located downtown will have access at all times. As part of the restricted access, the following measures will be in place until further notice:

Lake Shore Drive will be closed between:
- Fullerton Avenue on the North and I-55 on the South

Downtown Bridges:
All Bridges will be up by 8 p.m. with the exception of the following:

- LaSalle Street
- Harrison Street
- Ida B. Wells / Congress Bridge (West Bound Open Only)
- Lake Shore Drive
- Columbus Avenue
- Kinzie Street
- Grand Avenue

Access Points for residents and employees of area businesses:

- Harrison Street
- Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street
- Roosevelt Road and Canal Street
- Kinzie Street and Halsted Street
- LaSalle Street

Expressway Closures:
All Ramps from Roosevelt Road to Division Street will be closed in both directions.

CTA:
Rail Service will be impacted at the following locations, with trains not entering the area surrounding downtown: Fullerton Avenue to 47th and east of Halsted

Street Bus Service will remain open at this time. Some buses will see reroutes due to bridge and street closures.

CDOT
Divvy Service will not be available from North Avenue to Ashland Avenue and Cermak Road between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Access points are designated for residents, essential workers, and employees whose businesses are located within the designated boundaries, individuals who reside in the surrounding area and residents engaged in essential activities.

Entrance into the perimeter will be manned by officers with the Chicago Police Department. When arriving at the access points, residents or employees must show identification as proof that you live or work in the area.

Last Tuesday, I organized a crime and safety summit which included Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago Police Superintendent Brown,...
08/10/2020
Chicago's Magnificent Mile At Risk For Massive Store Closures, Alderman Says

Last Tuesday, I organized a crime and safety summit which included Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago Police Superintendent Brown, Deputy Chief O’Shea, 18th District Commander Stevens, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly.

I directly addressed the concerns of brazen street violence, retail theft, and business safety along the Magnificent Mile. I was assured there was a plan in place to protect downtown. This morning I have nothing but questions.

My interview with CBS 2 Chicago, shared below, was filmed last week addressing these concerns: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/08/07/chicagos-magnificent-mile-at-risk-for-massive-store-closures/

The Mag Mile businesses aren't unique, but Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said it is the recent violence and spike in burglaries that is causing real concern now.

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Alderman Brian Hopkins, That sure is one stupid looking wig you wear , at least you could style instead of having it look like who slapped Sally
While I appreciate your service, Alderman, I don't think your constituents or any of the residents of Chicago benefit from internal nitpicking. It's time for solutions and working together.
This is an organized crime ring and not the Mayor’s fault
Alderman Brian Hopkins U on IG ? Asking for a Friend
Alderman Hopkins, where are you on Green C’s. Chicago?
Perhaps the City Council should focus on doing something about the gun violence with 80 shot just this past weekend alone instead of focusing on whether a female dog is capable of reproduction.
What’s up with garbage collection these days? Been like this for weeks. And that’s a restaurant, which has overflowed its dumpster, now using our residential bins.
Please support CPAC. Please. The bloodshed has got to end. #CPACNow
Alderman Hopkins - It is time to give the citizens of this city the power to determine how their neighborhoods are policed, how they are protected. Please support real police reform. Please support #CPACnow.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just saw your interview with Alderman Brendan Reilly on NBC about cracking down on motorcyclists. I was planning to contact your office and start calling 911 because it's gotten so out of control the last few years. But know it's not just Lake Shore Drive and it's not just large groups. I live between LaSalle and Clark and I feel like I live in a war zone even when one or a small group tears through this area, now about 30-40 times a day. No joke, it's non-stop. My heart literally skips a beat and I can't hear people on the phone or on TV. We shouldn't have to live like this. If there's anything I can do to help stop this, please let me know.
Thank you for the masks that someone from your office dropped off. The doorman called up and we have them. Great service from the City that Works.
Alderman Hopkins, will you please remind 2nd Ward dog owners to please pick up after their dogs? It's a mess out there and we don't need a rodent problem on top of everything else. Thank you!