Freshman 19th Ward Alderman Matt O'Shea made news this fall by signing onto a proposal with powerful alderman Ed Burke.
O'Shea and Burke (14th) introduced an ordinance that would criminalize the sale of synthetic drugs. Their ordinance came on the heels of another proposal to decriminalize authentic marijuana in the City of Chicago.
Background: O'Shea is a lifelong resident of the 19th ward. He attended Christ the King grammar school and Mt. Carmel High School. Later, he received his degree from St. Mary's University of Winona. In his professional career, O'Shea has served as a social worker to a director of a community center. He was an aide of former Ald. Ginger Rugai. He sits on several boards in Beverly and is a volunteer and board member for the Special Olympics Chicago.
The Ward: The 19th ward is located on the South Side of Chicago, comprised by the neighborhoods of Beverly and Mt. Greenwood. Beverly is known for its Irish heritage. The ward is known for its stately homes and architecture, most of which were created by Frank Lloyd Wright. The area is also home to the only castle in Chicago.The area hosts the South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The Office: Ald. O'Shea was elected in 2011. Although in office for only a short time, he has managed to create programs for his constituents. He started a youth foundation that supports safe and healthy activities for children like the Nerf Football League. He promises to stand up for city workers and opposes re-mapping the 19th Ward.
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