“I’m serving both” said Ald. Bob Fioretti when asked about managing the early implementation and transition to the 2012 Ward Remap. With issues on zoning and infrastructure continuing to surface in Lincoln Park, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association has Ald. Fioretti slated to speak at their next meeting June 4th 2013.
Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward has been pushed west of Sheffield under the 2012 Ward Remap with Ald. Fioretti’s newly redrawn 2nd Ward now slicing through the community along the Clybourn corridor covering some of the neighborhood considered the responsibility of the 32nd Ward before the remap.
“We talk all the time on it” said Fioretti referring to Ald. Waguespack as they attempt to deal with responsibilities to their respective constituents. “We’re going to service it” said Fioretti. “I’ll make sure—I’ve got some people going through the area right now and I myself and my staff are going down every sidewalk, every street and every alley.”
In discussing the current challenge, Ald. Fioretti said “each one of the communities has very particular needs.” The alderman also made very clear that his first responsibilities are to the constituents who elected him which are now entirely outside the redrawn 2nd Ward.
Nevertheless, Fioretti is working to managing the situation as best he can despite the fact that the circumstances are not by his choice. Ald. Fioretti was one of only eight aldermen in the city to vote against the “Rahm-Map” which he verified was never shown to the public or the City Council before the Mayor’s special call meeting and vote held January 19th 2012.
“We’re going to service it” said Fioretti with determination. “I’ll make sure—I’ve got some people going through the area right now and I myself and my staff are going down every sidewalk, every street and every alley.”
“I’m going to tell you,” Fioretti said, “the new 2nd Ward needs vast improvements in infrastructure from the Gold Coast all the way down to Ukrainian Village—from lighting to streets to sidewalks to alleys.” “Whether it’s Streeterville, the Gold Coast area, Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park and if you look at it—the map how it’s drawn—these people have very particular concerns.”
Currently, the League of Women Voters is attempting to enjoin the early implementation the 2012 Ward Remap. The basis of their lawsuit is a claim of gerrymandering depriving Chicagoan’s of their constitutional right of one person one vote. The pending suit is currently set for a hearing on their prayer for a preliminary injunction and the City’s motion for dismissal which will likely be heard at the same time according to Plaintiff’s counsel, Thomas Geoghagen.