Thursday, March 14, 2013

[PDI] YTDO annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner presents Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar

The York Township Democratic Organization will hold its 57th annual
St. Patrick's Day fundraising dinner on Sunday, March 17. Our keynote
speaker will be Chicago Alderman Amewa Pawar. The event takes place at
Drury Lane Conference Center at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
Reception at 5:00 PM, program to begin at 6:00.

Tickets start at $60 per person, $110 per couple, $550 per table of
ten. You can order them at

If you're not familiar with Alderman Pawar, keep reading....

Ameya Pawar is the forty-seventh ward Alderman for the City of
Chicago. Ameya is also the first Asian-American elected to the Chicago
City Council. Ameya ran a grass-roots campaign that focused on going
door-to-door and ideas. He proved that elections can be about ideas,
shoe leather, and mobilizing the community. Prior to becoming
alderman, Ameya was on staff at Northwestern University in the Office
of Emergency Management. Ameya has master's degrees from the
University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. In
2009, Ameya was a US State Department Scholar and has presented his
work in emergency management to FEMA and other national academic
conferences. In 2011, Ameya was named to Crain's Chicago Business 40
under 40 list.

Since being elected to office, Ameya has sponsored legislation
creating a framework for urban agriculture, defending workers' rights
by taking action against wage theft, licensing debt collectors, and
amending the human rights ordinance which bars employers from
discriminating against job applicant's credit history. Last December,
Ameya introduced an ordinance to create an Office of Independent
Budget Analysis which would provide objective analysis for the annual
budget and any proposed privatization effort. Recently, he authored an
op-ed in the Tribune calling for mandatory liability insurance for gun
owners. In the ward, Ameya has allocated million in tax-increment
finance money for parks, schools, and other infrastructure projects.
Under Ameya's leadership, the 47th Ward is seeing over 400 million
dollars in improvements. Some of these projects include: the
construction of a boathouse, Kerry Wood Cubs Field (the first IHSA
regulation baseball field on the north side), two major school
expansions, and many other projects. Ameya was instrumental in Mayor
Emanuel's effort to implement Open 311. In fact, Ameya is the only
alderman to develop a smartphone application which allows residents to
report service requests directly to 311 from their phone. The app
Chicago Works is available today for free in the iTunes and Droid
stores. Additionally, he has been appointed to the Illinois Innovation
Council by Governor Quinn, and has served on the board of directors of
47th Ward's Common Pantry (food pantry).

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