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A little over a week ago, the Chicago City Council voted 41-8 to approve a new map for Chicago's 50 Wards. Despite the fact that the 45th Ward boundaries were not dramatically affected by the new map, John stood up against what he called “the procedural jockeying used to bring about a vote on this map” and voted no, along with seven other aldermen.

This isn’t just about a collection of shifting boundaries; this is about responsive leadership.

As the sole dissenting vote, Ald. John Arena calls for more input from the people most affected by new taxi ordinance


By Cynthia Dizikes and Joe Mahr 

A revamp of taxi regulations aimed at monitoring the industry more closely and improving safety was approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council.

"We will not allow our city, our assets and, by extension, its people to be undervalued any longer.” - Ald. John Arena

By Fran Spielman, City Hall Reporter

Chicago - O’Hare Airport’s international terminal will be transformed from what aldermen called an “embarrassment” to a concession showcase, under a 20-year deal approved Thursday by the Chicago City Council.

By a vote of 45-to-3, the City Council hired Westfield Concession Management to replace Chicago Aviation Partners, a clout-heavy partnership that includes Jeremiah Joyce, one of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s closest friends in politics.

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