News editor Bill Lueders profiles south Madison Ald. Tim Bruer. Representing Madison's sprawling 14th District, Bruer, 34, explains that he logs 15 to 20 hours per week on council activities out of a passion to "pay back a neighborhood that's been very good to me." Since first being elected to Madison's Common Council in a special 1984 vote, he has established himself as an aggressive advocate for such projects as the long-delayed widening of Fish Hatchery Road and the siting of a new fire station on Badger Road. He's a forceful advocate for the neglected Broadway-Simpson neighborhood, and risen to chair of the Alcohol Licensing Review Commission. But he has attracted criticism from Common Council colleagues who complain he's too aggressive, often tardy for meetings, even vindictive when crossed. Bruer's view of his colleagues, meanwhile, has moderated, Lueders reports. "I've learned to appreciate and work with the machine for the most part." Still representing District 14, Bruer now serves as Madison Common Council president.