Alderman pushes ahead on new ward boundaries
A powerful Chicago alderman has decided to start recognizing the city’s new ward boundaries when it comes to making pivotal decisions on zoning and sign orders, infuriating incumbents endangered by the new map.
Nearly one year to the day after the City Council approved the new map without a vote to spare, Zoning Committee Danny Solis (25th) sent a letter to his colleagues last week informing them of his decision to implement the new boundaries.
Solis said he would continue to honor the long-standing tradition of “deferring to the aldermen of the ward in which a zoning change or sign order” is located. But, that political deference will now go to the new alderman — not the old one.
“It’s really a courtesy, a protocol. It’s not a legal thing,” the chairman said Tuesday.
Solis said he made the decision to end a year of political limbo in response to complaints from developers who “wanted to start doing business” in Chicago, but were “confused about who to talk to.”
He added, “Aldermen have two years left before the next election. They have to start serving their new constituents — not just on issues of business development. I just decided after talking to aldermen with similar experiences that it would be in the best interests of the city to start dealing with the new map.”
Ward remap passes: 2nd Ward blown up, 3rd and 4th Wards split South Loop
Ald. Fioretti mounts last-ditch effort to delay map, but overruled by Emanuel, Burke
01/19/2012 12:00 PM
By Ben Meyerson
After months of backroom wheeling and dealing, the South Loop has gained a new alderman and lost another, as Ald. Bob Fioretti’s 2nd Ward has officially been blown up and banished to the North Side in Chicago’s next ward remap.