Alderwoman Emma Mitts and Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. recently hosted a budget meeting so that representatives from West Side businesses, clergy and nonprofit organizations could weigh in on the City’s 2017 Budget. The panel included Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Chief Barbara West with Chicago Police Department; Commissioner Lisa Butler with the Department of Family and Support Services; Chief Medical Officer Allison Arwady with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Mary Bonome, Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Development. North Lawndale’s own Vance Henry, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor, was also in attendance.
Panelists highlighted community investments in businesses, public safety and youth. While residents were generally pleased that the City will be making more investments in local communities, participants raised concerns about the need for the investments to more directly impact local emerging businesses, as opposed to only focusing on luring large companies to locate businesses in under-served communities. Participants were also concerned about public safety issues, including greater police coverage in hot areas.
We were proud to see a number of NLCCC members in attendance, including Dr. Dennis Deer, Kevin Sutton, Brenda Palms Barber, Richard Jackson, Vincent Guider, Valerie F. Leonard, Richard Townsell and Jesse Green. NLCCC submitted a written request for the proposed Community Catalyst Fund to include representation from the West Side on its investment (governing) board, as well as its advisory committee. We also advocated that the Fund include North Lawndale as a targeted community and that investment policies be written in a manner that would also encourage investment for businesses from the community and hold businesess that receive funds accountable for hiring local residents. Other requests included CDBG funding for affordable housing and expansion of community-based mental health alternatives and for the City to replicate the 606 Bike Trail in North Lawndale.
We will be meeting with representatives from the City to discuss our proposal in further detail in upcoming days. We will be amending our proposal to include youth mentoring and employment. If we need to expand our proposal in any other way to focus on issues you deem important, please contact Valerie F. Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org; Dennis Deer at email@example.com or Rodney Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel presents his 2017 budget to the Chicago City Council Tuesday Oct. 11, 2016 at City Hall.(Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)
The following article appeared in the Chicago Tribune on October 14, 2016. While it focuses on the City Council Budget hearings, there is mention of a proposal to create a neighborhood investment fund with an advisory council consisting of 2 aldermen and 3 community members. We encourage our members to contact Alderman Scott, Treasurer Summers and Mayor Emmanuel, urging them to include the North Lawndale community as one of the targeted communities, with representation from North Lawndale on the advisory council. That would mean either having Alderman Scott serve as one of the Aldermen, or a local North Lawndale resident or stakeholder serving as one of the committee representatives. Contact information is as follows:
Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. 773-533-2400
Treasurer Kurt Summers 312.744.3356
Mayor Rahm Emanuel 312-744-3300
Photo of Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago Tribune files.
When aldermen gather at City Hall
next week to begin the ritual flogging of MayorRahm Emanuel
‘s department heads known as the annual City Council budget hearings, they’ll be in better spirits than in recent years. Unlike last fall, there’s no record property tax hike in this budget plan. They aren’t being asked to vote for a new across-the-board garbage fee or telephone tax this time either.
The mayor’s nibbling at various targeted fee increases, sure. There’s a rejiggering of the amusement tax to get more money out of people buying sports and concert tickets on the secondary market, and a couple of street parking increases that will hit drivers in loading zones in a few wards and at meters around Wrigley Field during Cubs games and other events there. Plus, he’s pitching a 7-cent tax on plastic bags provided to shoppers by stores.
He’s also proposing a thus-far-nebulous neighborhood investment program aimed at helping him shed his reputation for focusing spending on downtown rather than struggling working-class areas of Chicago. Aldermen, who fight and claw for such discretionary money to find its way into their wards, are going to try to make sure during the hearings that they have as much say as possible about how the $100 million in the Community Catalyst Fund trickles out from Emanuel’s office. More
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Hon. George Cardenas, Hon. Roderick Sawyer, and Hon. Scott Waguespack
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Hon. George Cardenas
George Cardenas is currently in his fourth term as Alderman of the 12th Ward, which consists of portions of Little Village, Brighton Park, and McKinley Park. Alderman Cardenas is the Chairman of the Health and Environmental Protection Committee, and his Committee memberships include Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Aviation; Housing and Real Estate; and Zoning. In addition, Cardenas is the Chairman of the Latino Caucus.
As Alderman, Cardenas is committed to improving the quality of life for every resident of the ward. Cardenas’ top priorities are improving the educational opportunities for our children, reducing crime, bringing real economic development and job opportunities into the ward, and providing the highest level of city services possible.
As a young child, Cardenas and his family came to Chicago in search of the American Dream. Working his way through school, Cardenas earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University. Before joining government, Cardenas accumulated over a decade of experience working for Fortune 500 companies. This background gives him valuable insight into the needs of the community and a desire to be a voice for positive change for the area.
As an entrepreneur, Cardenas understands that we need government to be run with a business approach. From providing top quality constituent service to looking for ways to streamline government, Cardenas brings his business background into the decision making process of our City Council.
George is proud to raise his two young daughters in Little Village, where he and his family have lived for over 25 years.
Hon. Roderick Sawyer
In 2011, Roderick T. Sawyer was sworn in as Alderman of the 6th Ward, representing the Chatham, Chesterfield, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Park Manor, and Auburn-Gresham neighborhoods. Alderman Sawyer prides himself on being independent and working for what is in the best interest of his community.
Re-elected in 2015, Alderman Sawyer presides as Chairman of the City Council Black Caucus and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation Committee. Additionally, he is an active member of the City Council Committees on Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Human Relations; License and Consumer Protection; and Pedestrian and Traffic Safety.
Since 2012, Sawyer has also served as the Democratic Committeeman of the 6th Ward, which is part of the Cook County Democratic Party.
Presently, Sawyer is on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Drill Team, eta Creative Arts Foundation, and Meyering Park Advisory Council. Sawyer also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, and since his election in 2001, he has served on McDade Classical School’s Local School Council as a member and former Chairman. Every year he co-chairs a fundraiser, which raises monies for a scholarship fund that provides financial assistance for disadvantaged African-Americans who attend his high school alma mater.
Sawyer was born and raised in Chicago’s 6th Ward and has called it home his entire life. He is the youngest of three children born to Celeste C. Taylor and the Honorable Eugene Sawyer, the late Mayor of Chicago and former 6th Ward Alderman.
In his spare time, Sawyer enjoys deejaying as an amateur music mixologist, and playing basketball, softball, and dominoes. He is married to Cheryll and they have two children, Sydni Celeste and Roderick T. Jr.
Hon. Scott Waguespack
Scott Waguespack has served as Alderman of the 32nd Ward since 2007. Waguespack lives in Bucktown, and his family has called Wicker Park-Bucktown home for many generations. He helped organize and coach underprivileged kids in Little League baseball at Churchill Park and basketball at Wicker Park, giving them an alternative to joining a gang. He is also an active parishioner at St. Hedwig’s Church.
Alderman Waguespack sits on seven City Council Committees: Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules, and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Housing and Real Estate; Human Relations; and Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation. He is working with citizens, neighborhood and business organizations, our neighboring aldermen, and the mayor to improve the 32nd Ward and the city of Chicago by finding solutions to the issues we all face and by providing the best city services possible.
Waguespack obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science at Colorado State University and his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. After college, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya where he worked with UNICEF and various women’s groups to build health clinics and water supplies, and provided training in primary health. He remains active with the Chicago Area Returned Peace Corps Association, an organization that works for world peace, with an emphasis on “Bringing the World Back Home” after service overseas.
After law school, Waguespack helped create and implement Global Chicago, which fosters global collaboration with Chicago’s many economic, cultural, and intellectual institutions. He worked on projects involving the U.S. State Department, the American Bar Association, and various governments in the Balkans. He focused on developing nation-building projects that assisted the War Crimes Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, established a rule of law, and worked on economic development projects. Waguespack served as an advisor to the President of Kosovo and the interim government after the end of the Kosovo War. He is also a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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