2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins announces new staff and is opening his Ashland office Saturday


Behind the brown paper is the "New 2's" office on Ashland Ave.

Despite the fact that sawdust was flying behind this door at 1400 N. Ashland early Thursday afternoon, Brian Hopkins, the 2nd Ward's new alderman says, "I and my new staff will be ready to sell City Stickers between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday (June 13)." Food trucks are expected to be in place in front of the Office this Saturday too.

The northwest corner of Blackhawk and Ashland will be Hopkins Ward Office. "This location, near the Polish Triangle Blue Line and bus transportation hub, at Ashland/Milwaukee/Division, and the City Hall Office make our services easily accessible to residents from across the Ward," said Hopkins.


Hopkins at a recent Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber meeting

Hopkins explains that all of his staff will be involved in ward services. The level of who will be handling which services will be determined over the next couple of weeks. "We just got in the City System today and do not have everyone's email addresses as yet. So in the next couple of weeks, we hope everything will be in place." 

On the list of five staff members, one name will be recognizable to not only those in the 2nd Ward but in other parts of West Town and those who followed the battle of six in the 2nd Ward race...Steve Niketopoulos. The others are Dean Argiris, Christian Ficara, Kathleen Meredith and Lisa Ryan. Below is a short intro for each.

Dean Argiris worked in the previous 2nd Ward Office for the last two years. His duties included responding to constituent issues over the past two years. He worked with both city departments and private utility companies to facilitate resolutions to city service issues. In addition, he was responsible for identifying infrastructure projects to be funded by Alderman Menu Money.

Christian Ficara, a Washington D.C. native, Christian has spent his career working in the government and public affairs arena. He joined the Hopkins campaign team, serving as Field Director.

Before teaming up with Hopkins, Ficara led communication and legislative strategy for a broad range of clients including public health, education and transportation organizations. A 5-year resident of the 2nd Ward, he serves as the Community Representative on the Local School Council for Ogden International School, as the Program Committee of Washington Square Park’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR).

Kathleen Meradith will soon be entering her final year at Loyola University Chicago. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, she is earning her BA in Political Science and International Studies and hopes to eventually earn her Masters in Public Administration. She was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to conduct field work in Rabat, Morocco, where she researched the gender quota in the lower chamber of parliament. She is passionate about women's rights issues and urban policy as it affects minority groups.

Steve Niketopoulos, prior to running for the 2nd Ward aldermanic position was on the front line of dozens of neighborhood discussions involving the various communities of the “New 2”. Professionally, he worked in radio and television stations across the City.

President of the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, Niketopoulos helped to organize neighborhood groups across West Town and is a member of the local school council for Columbus Elementary. He founded Stay Safe of Illinois, which focuses on community policing and improving city services. 

Lisa Ryan, a native Chicagoan, has the experience of being a former aldermanic chief of staff and brings several years of governmental affairs experience to the 2nd Ward office. As such, she has worked and coordinated with all city departments and sister agencies.

Ryan spearheaded several annual special events in the neighborhoods and was a liaison to many community groups. A dedicated neighborhood advocate, Ryan has been active in civic community volunteering, serving on several boards, including a local school council, neighborhood organizations and senior centers.

To purchase a City of Chicago Vehicle Sticker, the purchaser must bring the Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Courtesy Reminder or state vehicle registration ID card with the vehicle plate, make, model and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

For more details, check the Alderman's website.

Vehicle stickers expire on the last day of the renewal month. Purchases may also be done via the City Clerk's website.




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