Anabel Abarca was sworn in as alderman of the 12th Ward during the City Council’s December meeting. Abarca filled the City Council seat left vacant by former 12th Ward Ald. George Cardenas.A child of working-class immigrants, Abarca grew up in Belmont Cragin and worked as a real estate attorney before working under former 12th ward Ald. George Cardenas as his chief of staff from 2013 to 2016 before attending law school.
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