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:
- Passed eight major pieces of city-wide legislation, highlights that 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.
- Redirected TIF dollars to public projects. Millions of dollars of TIF funds are funding improvements to Sulzer Library, the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape, Clark Park, Lake View High School and Coonley Elementary, etc.
- Advanced 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.
- Launched 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, etc.
- And so much more!