Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar (47th) announced today that former Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, a 47th Ward resident, will be a member of his transition committee. The announcement came as part of a wide-ranging luncheon talk given to members of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce at LM Le Restaurant, 4539 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pawar also announced that attorney and non-profit consultant, David Brown, will chair the committee and that the group will include former Ald. Dick Simpson (44th) and Lincoln Square insurance agent, Karl Riehn.
Pawar said that he plans to announce the complete committee, “soon.”
Pawar did not specify Hynes’ particular area of focus, but he specified that Simpson, now a political science professor at University of Illinois-Chicago, was asked to help create the Ward Council, a part of Pawar’s campaign platform.
“Mr. Simpson first came up with the idea of a Ward Assembly when he was an Alderman,” Pawar said.
Brown, who has been a member of both the Ravenswood and Northcenter Chambers of Commerce, has also served on the boards of Roscoe Village Neighbors and Epiphany United Church of Christ, 2008 W. Bradley Pl.
Brown and Pawar both serve on the board of Common Pantry, a food pantry that works out of space owned by Epiphany UCC.
Brown also served as moderator for the 47th Ward candidates’ forum held on January 26 at Coonley Elementary School.
Pawar also announced at the meeting that he will not raise any campaign funds until the next election cycle. Instead Pawar will use his influence as Alderman to promote an annual fundraising gala to raise money for a non-profit organization yet to be created. Funds raised by this organization will be governed by a to-be-named group of ward volunteers, who will then choose ward-based project or projects for funding.
“As Alderman I will not be part of that process, but will instead leave it up to the board,” Pawar said.