Your hard work to save Lincoln Park has been successful. Just minutes ago, I, along with a majority of the City Council, voted to pass an amended Map For A Better Chicago that keeps Lincoln Park largely intact.
This Could Not Have Been Accomplished Without You
Your letters, phone calls, and e-mails showed City Council and the Mayor how much your community means to you. Your attendance at hearings throughout the City, most notably last week at DePaul when over 650 of you made your voices heard, showed the City how serious you were about being included in the remap process. The leadership demonstrated by our neighborhood community groups and former 43rd Ward aldermen formed a critical part of our mobilization efforts.
As you can see from the map below, Lincoln Park, instead of being cut up into five wards as proposed by the original Map For A Better Chicago, now remains almost entirely in the 43rd Ward.
|The current plan for the 43rd Ward |
Without your hard work, our community would have been divided into fragments that do not reflect traditional neighborhood boundaries. In the original proposal, almost half of Lincoln Park would have been excised from the 43rd Ward.
|The original "Map for a Better Chicago" plan for the 43rd Ward|
I would like to thank my colleagues in City Council who listened to our residents and helped restore our Ward - particularly 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack. I was privileged to work with the Latino Caucus, under the leadership of Alderman Danny Solis, and City Council leaders Rules Committee Chairman Richard Mell and Alderman Pat O'Connor in forging a City-wide compromise.
Unfortunately, we were unable to save the entire Ward and we are forced to say goodbye to some old friends. I am happy to announce, however, that almost all former 43rd Ward residents will now be in the new 2nd Ward and served by Alderman Bob Fioretti. Alderman Fioretti is a fine alderman with a strong reputation for serving constituents.
For all of our residents: the new map will NOT take effect for some time - six months to a year at the soonest. There will be plenty of time for a smooth transition and I remain pledged to supporting all 43rd Ward residents, current and future, whenever they need my help.
I am proud to be a member of this community and grateful to be your Alderman.
43rd Ward Alderman