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Meet Robert Murphy

Robert Murhpy

After completing his masters degree in architecture Robert Murphy moved to Chicago in 1994 to pursue his career as an architect in the city where architecture is truly valued.  Over the years Robert became more immersed in that truly unique Chicago asset which is its neighborhoods.  Robert lived in Logan Square for seven years, and Edgewater for five, before moving to Forest Glen with his lovely wife in 2007.  While looking for ahome it took nearly a year  until they came to the tree lined streets with bungalows, Tudor, and Georgian homes of Forest Glen, that they decided that this was the place to be, and the NW Side has been their home ever since.   In 2009 a precious addition to their household was added when their daughter Neela was born.

From the start Robert became involved in the Forest Glen Garden Club and attended the community association and CAPS meetings regularly.   In addition to tending rose bushes around the Metra stairs Robert become known along with one of his neighbors as the “bush-wackers” for all the work they did in keeping the burning bushes pruned and shapely year in and year out. 

In 2010, feeling that the then alderman was not providing the leadership or future direction the community needed, Robert volunteered much of his spare time to help elect a new alderman in the 45th Ward to breathe fresh life into a broken down system.  
From 2011-14 Robert was the president of the Forest Glen Community Association, a position he was very honored to be given by his friends and neighbors.  As the Association’s president Robert engaged with public officials on necessary infrastructure improvements, community beautification projects, neighborhood safety concerns, Forest Preserve issues and regional concerns regarding the massive increase in airplane traffic and noise over our homes, schools and playgrounds.

During his tenure Robert and his Association raised the bar on what is possible in their community by raising thousands of dollars for a new mural, sponsoring the 1st Annual Forest Glen Garden Walk, securing infrastructure improvements around the Forest Glen Metra stop, expanding the Forest Glen Garden Club’s beautification agreement with Metra, standing up for the bike trail extension and leading the effort to organize surrounding community associations to be sure that neighborhood concerns were heard and addressed.  Following his strong belief in community participation Robert increased the number of his association meetings to broaden neighborhood input and worked to bring in speakers from every branch of government so that residents could meet their elected and appointed officials that represent them and ask them questions.

Robert has been a licensed architect for the past 20 years.  He has won acclaim for his urban streetscape photography (  His considerable accomplishments include  co-founder of the Jefferson Park Sunday Market in 2011,  member of the 45th Ward Zoning Advisory Board ,2011-13  member of the 45th Ward Arts Advisory Committee , 2011-13 and co-founder and leader in the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition from 2013-14.  





To Enjoy A New Era in the 39th Ward

39th Ward Community Inauguration Celebration


Meet and greet your new 39th Ward Democratic Committeeman, Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy for 39th Ward Committeeman has been endorsed by Ald. John Arena and the 45th Ward Independent Dems.  We are proud to have Ald. Arena's endorsement and honored to be endorsed by his grassroots organization.  THANK YOU!

Robert Murphy for 39th Ward Committeeman has been endorsed and now adopted by Northside Democracy for America (NDFA).  NDFA has adopted the committeeman campaigns of Robert Murphy (39), Aaron Goldstein (33), and Dianne Daleiden (40) as the NW Slate.  We are proud to have NDFA's endorsement and honored to be adopted by this grassroots organization.  Our campaign was adopted by a unanimous vote of members present.   THANK YOU!

Robert Murphy has declared his intention of running for 39th Ward Committeeman against the current alderman's husband whose hold on the post has ensured the continuence of 52 years of one family rule.   "The residents and voters of the 39th Ward deserve new leadership and new ideas during these challenging times," said Robert.  "The current committeeman has supported those in his family that have led to our city and state to the brink of insolvency.  It is time for this cycle of dysfunction to end."

The solution exists! Robert Murphy helped draft the FAiR Policy Statement, which has been adopted by over 20 elected officials, including both Congressmen Quigley and Schakowsky.

  • More noise monitors have been added - thanks to your efforts!
  • Federal officials are pushing for FAA changes - thanks to your efforts!
  • Ineffective officials have been removed - thanks to your efforts!
  • The conversation has changed - thanks to your efforts!

Robert Murphy endorsed by the Chicago Tribune for 39th Ward Alderman.

"Our pick is Murphy, who says he began knocking on the alderman's door shortly after his house was mapped into the 39th Ward. He wanted improvements to Forest Glen Avenue; he wanted Laurino to help set up a meeting with the mayor about O'Hare International Airport. What he got, he says, was "lip service." Murphy wants to develop walkable retail districts so shoppers stay close to home instead of driving to Niles and Lincolnwood. He wants to partner with City Colleges to train workers for the light industrial strip that runs down the middle of the ward. He has a far greater sense of urgency about city finances than does Laurino."

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Learn more about Alderman Laurino and the facts we presented in our recent mail piece.  

  • Voted for Parking Meter Deal - TWICE. Cost to the Taxpayer = $12 Billion and No Control Over City Streets for 75 Years
  • Voted to Make Herself One of the Highest Paid Aldermen: $117,000/year
  • Voted to Underfund City Pensions Every Year.
  • Voted to Give Wall Street Unnecessary 100% in Interest on Pre-K Bonds
  • 36 Ghost Payrollers Cost - Millions in Salaries and Benefits Including at Least 4 Family Members