On January 22, over 200 residents and other Streeterville stakeholders gathered at the Drake Hotel for the SOAR Ward 2 Aldermanic Forum moderated by Bob Reed, director of investigations and programs for the Better Government Association (BGA). In what Reed called a "friendly discussion," the six candidates were asked for their positions on crime, traffic congestion, parks, development and even dogs. All six candidates attended the forum, including Bita Buenrostro, Brian Hopkins, Steve Niketopoulos, Alyx Pattison, Stacey Pfingsten and Cornell Wilson. All six candidates cited many SOAR activities as models for other communities in Ward 2. In particular, the SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan was commended for documenting a vision for the community and SOAR's Streeterville Neighborhood Walks program was singled out for an "eyes on the street" way to help combat crime and enhance safety and security.
Pictured in the photo at left, from left: Bob Reed, Bita Buenrostro, Alyx Pattison, Brian Hopkins, Stacey Pfingsten and Cornell Wilson. At right, Gail Spreen and Mario Hollemans, SOAR vice president and event co-chair, joined the candidates on stage. For other photos go to the SOAR Gallery.
SOAR was extremely grateful to the hospitality extended by Damien McArdle, General Manager of the Drake Hotel, who hosted the forum in the glorious and spectacular Gold Coast Ballroom.