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Chicago City Council: Michael R. Zalewski

23rd Ward Alderman



    Chicago City Council: Michael R. Zalewski

    Michael Zalewski has spent much of his life in the 23rd ward, working on boards, civic leagues and the city council as a long-time alderman.

    Background: Zalewski was elected to the 23rd aldermanic seat in 1995. As a kid, he attended Nathan Hale Grammar School and John F. Kennedy High School in the 23rd ward. Zalewski later worked for the City of Chicago under the Department of Streets and Sanitation. He was deputy commissioner for the Bureau of Sanitation Department, directing snow removal and refuse collection.

    The Ward: The 23rd ward is located on the Southwest side of Chicago, near Midway International Airport. It incorporates parts of the Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Archer Heights, West Elsdon, Leclaire and Hearst communities. The area is largely residential with a traditional neighborhood feel. The area is economically dependent on Midway Airport, and the presence of O'Hare Airport has caused the population and economy to decrease.

    The Office: Zalewski served as president pro tempore of Chicago in 2009 for former Mayor Daley. He supported cutting council committees. Like most alderman, Zalewski focuses on improving infrastructure and economic development. He is the chairman of the Aviation Committee.

    Aviation (Chair)
    Budget and Government Operations
    Committees, Rules and Ethics
    Economic, Capital and Technology Development
    Health and Environmental Protection
    Workforce Development and Audit
    Joint Committee of Economic Capital and Technology Development and Health and Environmental Protection