Gentrification in Pilsen: Part 2

This is a lightly edited/revised version of my comments on Facebook and Twitter. Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article about gentrification as viewed through the lens of enrollment at Pilsen’s schools. I appreciate the work the author put in analyzing the local schools’ enrollment and him telling the story of people like my… Continue reading Gentrification in Pilsen: Part 2

Alderman Sigcho and the Real Estate Industry

That was fast. After running a 5-year campaign against Danny Solis for accepting campaign contributions from the real estate industry, Alderman Sigcho has quickly and quietly determined that it's in his interest to accept campaign contributions from the real estate industry. Candidate Sigcho vs. Corporations and Developers If you remember during the campaign, Sigcho and… Continue reading Alderman Sigcho and the Real Estate Industry

On Hilco’s Redevelopment of the Fisk Site

Yesterday I returned home from the fourth 25th Ward aldermanic forum to find an email sent on the behalf of Roberto Perez, CEO of Hilco Redevelopment Partners.  It appears that many community organizations have received this email and I expect the other candidates as well.  They state: We are in the very early stages of… Continue reading On Hilco’s Redevelopment of the Fisk Site

Alderman Solis and Chicago’s Corrupt Political Culture

Alderman Solis wore a wire for the FBI to help build a case against Alderman Ed Burke and buy himself favor as a cooperating witness.  This is extraordinary even for Chicago politics, but not surprising. I've been talking about Danny's legal campaign contributions for years and years.  Toni Preckwinkle's support from and negotiations with SEIU… Continue reading Alderman Solis and Chicago’s Corrupt Political Culture