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

Chicago’s Invisible Primary

The invisible primary is described by Matt Taibbi as: … a pre-primary period in which party bosses “scrutinize and winnow the field before voters get involved, attempt to build coalitions behind a single preferred candidate, and sway voters to ratify their choice.” Chicago has runoff voting for its municipal elections. That means the February 26th… Continue reading Chicago’s Invisible Primary

On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

Update: Candidate Sigcho will be on the ballot.  While Sigcho admitted to living outside of the Whittier School District, and thus serving illegally on its local school council, the hearing officer gave the candidate the benefit of the doubt while citing the difficulty of proving a negative; i.e. proving that Sigcho doesn't live in the… Continue reading On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

Lead in Chicago’s Water

Back in 2014 I was giving a talk at the local library on a local environmental issue.  Afterwards a man came up and started telling me about the danger of lead in Chicago's water.  If you're like me, when someone starts talking about the danger to the water supply, your expectation is that tinfoil hat… Continue reading Lead in Chicago’s Water

Troy Hernandez for Pilsen Academy Community Representative

I'm running for another 2-year term on the Pilsen Academy Local School Council (LSC).  As the community representative and secretary, these past 2 years have been a lot of work, but it's been worth it. Last week, the LSC voted to offer a contract to our new principal; Leanne Hightower. She will be starting next week! Leanne comes… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Pilsen Academy Community Representative

Plata y Plomo in Pilsen

On Wednesday there will be a meeting with the US EPA hosted by the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) in the basement of the church at 1850 S Throop. For the past decade PERRO has been pushing the EPA to investigate the emissions coming from the H Kramer smelting facility. From Wikipedia: H.… Continue reading Plata y Plomo in Pilsen