Chicago’s 39th Ward sits on the northern edge of the city and is home to plenty of small businesses, ethnic restaurants, and two universities.
Its current alderman is not a homegrown product of the Windy City, but a UConn graduate – Samantha Nugent ’98 (CLAS), who earned her degree in political science and grew up in Waterbury and Southington.
“We are basically running a city government like you would in Connecticut,” Nugent says. “I am one of 50 elected people to make sure that Chicago is running smoothly under the leadership of the mayor.
“As alderman, I am your direct line. You have a pothole, you call me. We handle any issue you could imagine, from zoning to liquor licenses. With the pandemic, we are working on issues like mass vaccination and business loans.”
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