Ameya Pawar Wins 47th Ward Alderman

By Samantha Abernethy | Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar was swarmed by media when he entered Timber Lanes, 1851 W. Irving Park, after winning the election. Photo by Samantha Abernethy.

Ameya Pawar, 30, will be the first Asian-American alderman in the Chicago City Council. He pulled just over 50 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff election. Candidate Tom O’Donnell conceded late election night.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised to read that O’Donnell conceded. I thought for sure this would be drawn out by multiple legal challenges given the hassles incurred prior to the election.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/steffanov Nick Steffanov

    Our neighborhood is screwed!

    • Anonymous

      Uh, why?

      ps: Keep in mind that the mayor-elect lives in the 47th.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VFORV3ZQ5ICUTFK6SM4EBSYB2Q StevenR

      Sounds like your neighborhood is about to get alot better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4FCVPPF22W7QFU2XTIGX5MZMUU Spyro

    Happy an energetic, new comer is going to run the show in our Ward. My only concern is I don’t know were Pawar stands on some of the issues that will help this Ward become even better:

    1. The West side of the Ward (Western Avenue, Addison and Rockwell Industrial Corridors) can become an economic center but are in need of much work. What are his plans?
    2. Will he complete the streetscapes on Irving Park and Lawrence in 2011?
    3. What is his opinion on dibs, lol : )
    4. What will he do to expand business in the ward? Western avenue and Lincoln (Wallgreens) continues to look worlds apart from Lincoln (Giddings Plaza). What is his plan?

    I like his agenda on open gov. and social issues but very little is known on business. We need the Businesses to increase so we bring more development to the ward and less taxation on home owners.

    • Anonymous

      Good points.

      Let’s reinvigorate Lawrence Avenue – especially between Western and the River.

      Also – Western is a jugular… let’s make it work for us.

      • Anonymous

        I would say all of Lawrence could use a face lift. East of Western on Lawrence could really benefit from the new Metra station and potential development of the Sears parking lot. Seems there are a lot less empty businesses West of Western than East. Would be interesting to do a comparison.

        • Anonymous

          Not to get off track but does anyone have any updates on the Sears parking lot development?

        • Anonymous

          We’re looking into it. Last I checked, Mariano’s (the grocery store moving in) paperwork was in order. As for investment capital to build, who knows.

  • Anonymous

    My hope is that Alderman Pawar makes good on putting together a strong Ward council to make sure we all have a voice. Like Spyro, I hope that Pawar will address the current slated projects that are “on hold” in the ward, like the finishing of Irving Park Streetscape, the proposed Lawrence Streetscape and the Ravenswood Metra Station. Last I heard the Metra was waiting until Spring to potentially begin work.

    From what I’ve read Pawar is smart enough to reach out to some of the community leaders with influence, including Schulter in order to make sure this Ward continues to prosper.

    I don’t understand the comment about our neighborhood being screwed. Our neighborhood just came together as a group to dismantle the machine, so I would say we are more united than ever. Congrats to Ameya and appreciate you standing up to represent the 47th Ward.

  • Anonymous

    As someone who’s family goes back generations in this neighborhood, I’m thrilled. I and most people I know voted for Pawar, simply because we were fed up with Shulter’s arrogance. This area can always be improved, but not by selling out to developers who build a bunch of ugly (& now empty) condos. We’ll see what happens, I wish him the best.

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