Alderman McMenamin discusses City budgets and pensions

2/23/2016 – Joey McLaughlin and Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin talk city budget and pensions on WTAX’s podcast Morning Newswatch – Length: 5:37

Ald McMenamin Speaks on the City Pension Problem – Feb. 2014

Aldermen and big money – Oct. 12, 2017

The Illinois Times
Op-Ed by Joe McMenamin

When Springfield City Council members repeatedly accept large campaign contributions from the same serial donors year after year, they invariably compromise their impartiality and subordinate the general interest to special interests. Last month, several serial givers held a “thank you” event for a quorum of aldermen. The event was exceptional in its boldness, notoriety and legal recklessness.


The Springfield City Council took two important votes this year of great interest to certain developers and union business managers.

In May, aldermen pushed through an ordinance on a 9-1 vote which freed developers from future city council oversight (and thus also freed them from neighborhood association input) on most large-scale development projects.

On Sept. 5, the city council voted 9-1 to extend the County/City Enterprise Zone in the Pawnee area. This ordinance will give Emberclear an estimated $50 million in construction cost tax subsidies to build a planned natural gas power plant that will compete directly with CWLP Read the rest of this entry »



Joe’s Focus as Ward 7 Alderman

  • Refocus City government priorities to strengthen neighborhoods.
  • Reinstate the city residency requirement for all new City hires including all new police hires.
  • Strengthen and enforce ordinances related to vacant, neglected, and “boarded” buildings.
  • Establish a long-term sewer improvement and financing plan for neighborhoods.
  • End municipal pension abuses.
  • Add sidewalk and/or improved shoulders along parts of Old Jacksonville Road west of Washington Park.
  • Stabilize CWLP Finances
building weeds before Campaign Announcement at K-Mart November 14, 2010

Former K-Mart Building Nov. 2010 – Now Hy-Vee Site

My Pledge to Ward 7 Voters

  • I will work hard and be a full time public servant/watchdog on the City Council.
  • I will actively serve Ward 7 constituents, and be available in person, by phone, and by email.

Joe McMenamin