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Chicago 1st Ward Alderman Flores moves to Illinois Commerce Commission chairmanship


Alderman announces Friday resignationChicago's 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores moves to a new position as the Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman on January 19 after resigning his aldermanic seat on January 15. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced his new appointment on January 4.

The Alderman thanked and  praised Special Service Area #33 Commissioners at their monthly meeting on Tuesday just before announcing his resignation would take effect on Friday.  Starting in 2003/2004, Flores worked to obtain and steer development of the SSA in Wicker Park and Bucktown.  Their planning and work has earned them much respect as one of the most accomplished SSAs in Chicago, for which Flores is proud.  With sustainability as part of their Master Plan, Flores encouraged them to use him as a resource to reach their goals.

A strong advocate of all things "green," Flores has promoted LEED certification in new developments; an online social networking platform to develop policy and promote a green  marketplace; and the Chicago's Green Exchange development; a green business mall that will be a premier destination for clean technology and energy companies.
According to Quinn, Flores leadership in green, green technology and technology  made him the perfect choice for ICC Chairman at a time when the state needs to take a new leadership role in these areas.

Flores was first elected alderman in 2003. In the midst of his second term he has been serving on seven Council Committees:  Economic, Capital Technology Development; Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities; Historical Landmark Preservation; Committees, Rules and Ethics; Parks and Recreation; Special Events and Cultural Affairs; and Transportation and Public Way.
Though he expressed his sadness at leaving the 1st Ward aldermanic position, he indicates that the 1st Ward staff is extremely good and will continue to meet the needs of the ward and that he is looking forward to his new challenges, taking his public service interests and commitments from the local to statewide arena.

During the last week, constituents have expressed reaction and curiosity about his move and he has responded.  A thank you letter to his friends and constituents reads:

Dear friends, 
Last week, Governor Quinn appointed me Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. I have worked closely with the Governor for many years and admire him greatly, so I was truly honored and humbled by the appointment. As you know, throughout my tenure in the Chicago City Council I have championed clean technology, clean energy and economic development. I believe that as Chairman of the ICC I will have an opportunity to continue to work on these important matters in a broader capacity.
Today I attended my last City Council meeting. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve you in the Chicago City Council as Alderman of the 1st Ward. Through my City Council experience, I have learned much about the importance of public service and working hard to improve the lives of our citizens and the quality of life in our community. The City Council is indeed a remarkable place that is made up of very caring and thoughtful public servants. I will miss serving and working with you as Alderman. I will also miss my colleagues in the Chicago City Council.
My new post requires that I step down as Alderman. As such I am leaving my Aldermanic post, and my resignation is effective at the close of business Friday, January 15th. The aldermanic office shall remain open and operational until Mayor Daley announces my successor.
I thank you for your friendship and support. I am very excited about my new public service opportunity and look forward to serving you as Chairman of the ICC.

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  • Pepito 5 years ago

    Yeah, somethings up. He would not leave a 6 figure post unless it was for more money and less work or he preceives a shakeup or knows that he would not get reelected. Smart move by typical politician. Let's see which puppet King Daley replaces him with. Go luck folks of the 1st Ward your gonna need it. You Yuppies need to wake up and smell the starbucks as you take over Chicago's inner city neighborhoods.

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