Gazette Chicago 02 03 2017 E Edition Page 1

By Eva Hoffmann Voters in the 4th Ward will head to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 28, for a special election to choose their alderman. Former Alderman Will Burns resigned last year, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Sophia King until the City could hold the election. Five candi- dates are running. The 4th Ward includes parts of the South Loop, Bronzeville, Kenwood, and Hyde Park communities. If no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote, the top two will go to a runoff in April. To learn more about the candi- dates, attend the Hyde Park Ken- wood Community Conference candidates' forum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Kenwood Acad- emy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., or the South Loop Neighbors' forum on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn Ave. Sophia Dorsey King A longtime resident of the 4th Ward, Sophia Dorsey King earned her master's degree in education and social policy from North- western University. Formerly the head of the Kenwood Park Advi- sory Council, King founded the nonprofit Harriet's Daughters, which promotes employment and wealth-creation opportunities for African-American communities. King said she intends to con- tinue being an independent voice, supporting the best interests of the 4th Ward and its residents. "I voted against a referendum that would have blocked the voice of An independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago February 3, 2017 FREE Vol. 34, No. 10 Five vie to represent 4th Ward as Alderman Continued on page 6 INSIDE Other highlights: Endorsement in 4th Ward Special Election. See page 28. Enjoy a Gazette guide to Valentine's Day food and fun. See page 24. Aquinas Literacy Center needs to find a new home. See page 30. Flames Putna selected in Major League Soccer SuperDraft. See page 14. "Pied Piper of Pool" does his magic at local clubs. See page 16. CHA plans for redevelopment of Ickes met with concerns. See page 3. Redevelopment brings opposition, charges in Pilsen 'Keeping the Promise' ordinance gains support By Patrick Butler After several attempts to meet with the owners and developers of a controversial retail building at 917 W. 18th St., members of the Pilsen Alliance are moving ahead without them. The group also expressed con- cern over campaign contribu- tions that Alderman Danny Solis (25th) allegedly has received from Continued on page 31 Photo by Troy Heinzeroth Bryon Sigcho of the Pilsen Alliance advocated for a Community Benefits Agree- ment that would protect residents and business owners at a Jan. 24 meeting on development. By Dan Kolen Two Chicago organizations have teamed with City officials to pro- pose the Keeping the Promise ordi- nance to help reduce homeless- ness, expand affordable housing throughout Chicago, and reform the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) so it works better on behalf of the Chicago's most vulnerable residents. Keeping the Promise would re- quire the CHA to make quarterly reports to improve transparency, adhere to a one-to-one replace- ment program so that any torn down public housing unit gets re- placed by another adequate unit, and achieve a 97% voucher use rate instead of the federally man- dated 90%. The Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI), Metropolitan Tenants Orga- nization (MTO), and nearly 20 of the City's 50 aldermen are collab- orating on the ordinance. "The Keeping the Promise or- dinance is important because it addresses the city's major housing issue: affordable housing," said John Bartlett, MTO executive di- rector. "Promises were made to the city's most vulnerable citizens, and those promises have not been kept by a Chicago Housing Au- thority that arrogantly knows it can ignore the public. That lack of accountability must change." With 52.3% of all the city's rent- ers being low-income, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the number of people who need housing assistance is vast. In addition, low-income renters have it the hardest in the nation, according to a study by New York University's Furman In- stitute, which analyzed 2013 na- tional data (the latest available) in Continued on page 12 ELECTION 2017

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