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Ocasio Out, Villagrana In

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jun 1, 2009 8:20PM

2009_06_01_26.jpg As of today, the 26th Ward of Chicago has a new alderman for now: Hector Villagrana. Ocasio officially began working for Gov. Quinn today, an announcement he made last month. Villagranna talked to WBEZ and assured the residents of the 26th Ward everything is going to be just fine.

Residents won't feel a difference or see a difference. The day to day operations at the office will still function as before. The only difference will be that any action that requires an aldermanic signature such as a zoning change or any ordinance material cannot proceed until there is a seated alderman.

Villagrana was Ocasio's chief of staff and will fill the role until Mayor Daley appoints a new alderman, which he must do within 60 days. Before he left, Ocasio recommended Reverend Wilfredo De Jesus for the position. [WBEZ]