The Chicago City Council passed a new ward map this morning that eliminates the southern portion of the 32nd Ward and now extends it as far west as Logan Square and Palmer Square and as far east as Racine Ave. The map also reconstitutes the 2nd Ward so that it is on the North Side, taking portions of the old 32nd and 43rd Wards, so that it includes parts of Lincoln Square, Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village.
that would move Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) south of Diversey Ave. and reconstitute the 2nd Ward so that it is now between Diversey Ave. and Addison Ave. running from Lincoln Park to Logan Square. The map, passed 41-8, was opposed by Ald. Bob Fioretti(2nd), whose current ward boundaries run from the Near West Side along Madison St. and hooks south through the South Loop and The Gap, down to 23rd Street on the South Side. THe other no votes were Sawyer (6th), Zalewski (23rd), Chandler (24th), Waguespack (32nd), Colon (35th), Sposato (36th), Arena (45th). and Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) was absent.
The new 2nd Ward boundaries mostly follow the proposed Black Caucus map, but it was reportedly amended in today’s Council meeting to keep more of Lincoln Park within the 43rd Ward. The Chicago Clerk plans to release an electronic version of the map later this afternoon, a PDF is at the bottom of this article.
Fioretti, 58, is a personal injury attorney who successfully challenged then-Ald. Madeline Haithcock in a 2007 run-off election, despite tremendous financial support for Haithcock from then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, who lived in the 2nd Ward at the time. Fioretti, who dropped out of the 2011 Mayoral race after being diagnosed with throat cancer, has worked hard to endear himself to his old majority African-American ward, which had the historical achievement of being the City’s first ward to be represented by a African-American alderman.
Fioretti was not available for comment when contacted by Roscoe View Journal this afternoon.