Pawar opposes constitutional amendment on pensions, calls for progressive revenue

CHICAGO (December 13, 2018)–Chicago City Treasurer candidate Ameya Pawar issued the following statement on Thursday in response to Mayor Emanuel’s proposed constitutional amendment on pensions:

“I firmly oppose Mayor Emanuel’s proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate pension protections for Illinois retirees.

“Nurses, teachers, firefighters and other public workers who rely on a modest pension have done the work they promised, and have paid toward their retirement faithfully. These public servants are not eligible for Social Security. The pension they were guaranteed is what they must rely on in retirement. To propose breaking the government’s end of that agreement is at once non-viable and morally bankrupt.

“We need leaders who will fight for responsible investment policy that will protect and bolster these funds, while simultaneously advocating aggressively for sustainable, fair, progressive sources of revenue that ensure the very wealthy and big corporations are paying their fair share. I am fiercely committed to those priorities as treasurer.”

About Ameya Pawar
Ald. Ameya Pawar was elected alderman in 2011 and reelected in 2015. He is the first Indian-American and Asian-American elected to the Chicago City Council. As alderman, Pawar has focused his legislative efforts around social justice, worker rights, and economic justice, and has led on 12 major pieces of legislation, including tax-increment financing reform as well as legislation guaranteeing earned sick time, combatting wage theft, and protecting and preserving single-room occupancy housing units for Chicago's most vulnerable.

In his ward, Pawar launched GROW47, the City's first comprehensive initiative to link neighborhood schools to their neighborhood high schools. GROW47 is now GROWCommunity, a stand alone non-profit working with schools across the North Side.

In 2014, Pawar authored a textbook on the connections between disaster, poverty and a socially constructed narrative around deserving and undeserving populations.

Pawar has a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Missouri Valley College, a master's degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a two-time graduate from the University of Chicago with master's degrees in threat and response management and social service administration. Pawar is a US State Department Critical Language Program alum, a 2012 University of Illinois Edgar Fellow, and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business Chicago 40 under 40 in 2011. Most recently, he was named a 2018 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow. He is a Fall 2018 Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Pawar is also Executive Director of One Illinois, a new non-profit news outlet focused on bridging the divides across race, class and geography in Illinois.

Pawar lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, Charna, and their daughter Sigalit and pitbull Baby.