• Mick Dumke
  • A boarded-up home on West Monroe, one of scores in East Garfield Park

Alderman Robert Fioretti was walking through East Garfield Park Saturday morning on one of his regular tours of the Second Ward when a constituent hollered hello from his front porch.

“Good morning, sir!” Fioretti said. “Everything good?”

The man nodded, but before he could say anything, another constituent—a bearded, rickety figure on the other side of South Francisco—yelled out his own answer.

“We need some jobs out here!” he called out to the alderman, and anyone else within earshot.