Remap results: New majority South Loop aldermen Burns, Dowell speak up
With 2nd Ward gone, 3rd and 4th wards are taking over ó hereís what to expect
01/20/2012 5:23 PM
Chicago has a brand new ward map today, and political representation in the South Loop is shaping up to be much different than it used to be.
Itís unclear exactly when the new map will take effect ó some say not until 2015, others say immediately. But while Ald. Bob Fioretti says heíll be hanging around the 2nd Ward until 2015, heíll probably have some company over the next three years as Ald. Will Burns (4th) tries to ingratiate himself to his new constituents in Dearborn Park and Printers Row and Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) works with voters in her newly expanded turf south of Roosevelt Road.
Chicago Journal had a chance to talk to both of them about their new wards on Thursday. Hereís what they had to say.
ďI feel very comfortable with representing folks in the South Loop. I represented them as a member of the [Illinois] House of Representatives and was very active in the South Loop, and Iím familiar with some of the major institutions ó the Greater South Loop Association, Columbia CollegeÖ
ďYou have to be visible, you have to be out in the community and sit down with folks and talk to them and listen to what their issues are. I would hope that folks in the South Loop remember my time in the house, and stances I took, and recognize that in many respects there are similarities between me and Bob Fioretti. Weíre both hard-working aldermen who care about their community and work hard to ensure that the cityís responsive to the demands of constituents. So Iím looking forward to getting to know the folks in the South Loop over the next three years.Ē
ďIím satisfied with the new 3rd Ward map. Obviously, Iíd like to have had things remain the way they are, but there are a lot of good residential areas, some school issues Iím aware of. I believe Iíll be busy.
ďI think Fioretti is going to have to talk to his constituents about his perspective on what happened. I canít speak to that. I can only speak to the high level of services, and that I am going to be an alderman whoís successful.
ďIíve represented my portion of the South Loop well. I think that the votes that I received in that community in the last election indicate that, and I anticipate that Iíll be providing the same or better services to my new constituents.
ďI donít think anyone likes this map. But itís a map that we had to deal with and make some changes because the populationís changed over the last 10 years.
ďI didnít negotiate with Bob. I donít know where Bob was during the process. I was part of a caucus, the Black Caucus. I talked to him about it. I told him I didnít blow up his map.
ďI have to really look at that new area in more detail, but the first thing I plan to do is reach out to some of the organizations, condo associations, civic groups, choices, and make sure they get to know who I am.Ē