Alderman Robert Fioretti toyed with the idea of running for mayor in 2011 -- that is before Rahm Emanuel made his announcement.
The 2nd Ward Alderman said he didn't have the energy for a run after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Fioretti, who was first elected in 2007, replaced 14-year office holder Madeline Haithcock to become the first white alderman in the mostly-black ward in nearly 90 years.
Background: Born to an immigrant father in 1953, Fioretti was a first generation American. Raised in the Pullman/Roseland area, he attended Mendal High School. He later would attend the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University College of Law. He became a successful civil litigator and became a partner at Fioretti, Lower & Carbonara, where he remained for 15 years. He served on many high-profile cases such as the adoption case of Baby Tamia, which influenced changes in Illinois adoption law.
The Ward: The 2nd Ward is a hodgepodge ward made up of several districts. They include: East Garfield Park, West Haven, Little Italy, West Loop, Greek Town, Printer's Row, South Loop, Prairie District and Bronzeville.
The Office: Fioretti focuses on jobs and education. As a councilman, he has worked to allocate TIF funds to projects supporting these ideals, like the building of Jones College Prep School. He established the Back to School and Health Fair in the ward. While in office, he improved parks such as the Printing House Row and the Battle of Fort Dearborn. Recently, he has advocated the need for more police on the streets and a grid based system of garbage collection.
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