According to analysis conducted by the Chicago Sun-Times (published March 11th) of the city’s ‘Plow Tracker’ data for the two most recent major snowstorms, the streets of three aldermen — Edward Burke (14th), Michael Chandler (24th) and Deborah Graham (29th) — appear to have received special treatment from Streets and Sanitation workers.
“After any big snowfall, Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation announces when the city’s major roads have been deemed ‘clear and safe,'” the Sun-Times notes. The streets of those three aldermen seem to have been “the biggest exceptions to the rule,” with crews making repeated visits to the streets “long before the snow stopped falling” or clearing them before they completed the city’s major arterials.
The paper noted that Graham said that “she didn’t request special treatment from city crews” and that the “plows might have come down her dead-end block on the West Side to help free cars stuck near there — in the still-dark hours around 4 a.m. Feb. 2. The all clear signal that crews should move on to side streets that day came about four hours later.”