PRIORITIES

Too many of our neighbors in our Ward and our City are struggling today. I am running for Alderman because we need to ensure that our neighborhoods have affordable housing, our schools are fully funded, and our police department gets badly needed reform.

 
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With property taxes on the rise, homes in the Ward are becoming increasingly unaffordable—especially for seniors on a fixed income, working-class families, and recent graduates.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Scale back property taxes and implement a progressive city income tax that better addresses the widening wealth gap in Chicago.
  • Require that large new developments include at least 25% affordable housing.
  • Distribute more vouchers to our middle- and low-income neighbors to help offset the rising cost of rents in the area.
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All children need and deserve access to high-quality neighborhood public schools, regardless of their parent’s ability to fundraise.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Fully fund our schools so that all students have modest class sizes and access to up-to-date technology and textbooks. We can achieve this by introducing a progressive city income tax, modifying the existing tax on large downtown real estate sales, and re-amortizing existing pension debt.
  • Hold more hearings to prevent and confront crises like abuse of students, insufficient access to special education services, and poorly cleaned schools.
  • Have an elected school board, instead of one appointed by the Mayor.
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Our police department badly needs reform. Let's make sure to provide officers with proper training and supervision, and hold them accountable when misconduct occurs.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Enter into a consent decree with the Illinois Attorney General that a federal judge will oversee to ensure officers get adequate training, supervision, and oversight.
  • Collaborate with the 19th and 20th police districts to reduce incidents when there are no available units to respond to 911 calls.
  • Adopt a holistic approach to public safety that prioritizes job opportunities, stable housing, and quality education for at-risk youth.
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Many of us love living in the 47th Ward because of its dynamic retail corridors, but vacant storefronts and decreased foot traffic are hurting businesses.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Distribute easy-to-obtain pop-up licenses to artists, first-time entrepreneurs, and businesses that only have an online presence.
  • Collaborate with local chambers of commerce to identify and attract new businesses that will complement existing ones.
  • Replenish lost density by building more apartments close to businesses and transit stops.
 
 
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Neither gender nor sexual orientation status should ever present a hurdle to personal or professional happiness.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Pass ordinances that guarantee fair scheduling and paid family leave for biological, adoptive, and foster parents.
  • Require prospective and current city contractors to guarantee pay equity and freedom from harassment. 
  • Require City Hall, City Council, and each of the 22 CPD districts to employ a dedicated LGBTQ liaison.
 
 
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City government must ensure our neighborhood is as clean and accessible as possible.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Immediately hold hearing about lead in our water and identify all available solutions.
  • Expand the number of covered bus shelters that feature accurate wait times.
  • Collaborate closely with other cities to meet carbon reduction and environmental goals, like enhancing fuel regulations, investing heavily in rapid transit and new El stops, especially in transit poor communities, and improving recycling and composting efforts.