Ameya Pawar was elected as Alderman to Chicago’s 47th Ward in 2011. Ald. Pawar is the first Asian American elected to the Chicago City Council. Some highlights from his time in office include:
- The passage of ten major pieces of city-wide legislation, which include the creation of a City Council Office of Financial Analysis, one of the strongest anti-wage theft ordinances in the country and TIF reform via the TIF Accountability Ordinance. The newly created City Council of Financial Analysis makes Chicago the fourth city in the country to create such an office and one that the Chicago Tribune called bona-fide reform.
- Redirecting local TIF dollars to public projects. Ald. Pawar allocated and advanced millions in TIF dollars to: Sulzer Library, the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape, Clark Park, Lake View High School and Coonley Elementary, McPherson Elementary, etc.
- Redevelopment projects totaling over $300 million including the Ravenswood Station retail center (anchor for Mariano’s & LA Fitness), Kerry Wood Cubs Field, Divvy Stations, Lycee Francais, etc.
- Partnered with local entities to create the FREE Mariano’s Grocery Senior Shuttle Bus Service.
- Created GROW47 to help organize our community, businesses and residents around neighborhood schools. The goal: create a neighborhood K-12 system. The result: new “Friends of” groups, TIF money to neighborhood schools, funding for new playgrounds, and advanced major projects at EVERY neighborhood school in the 47th ward.
- And so much more!