A return to writing and a protest at Lathrop Homes

Okay I’m back. I realize I keep saying this. I also keep hoping it is true. I have been writing, just not here. If you’re interested, I started a personal blog that focuses mainly on anxiety, a recent running injury, and my thoughts on the world in general. Writing about myself was a bit of a […]

City of Chicago sued for affordable housing requirements

Hoyne Development and the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) association have filed a suit against Chicago over the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO). In its current iteration, this Ordinance requires developers that use government funding, purchase government land or seek a zoning change for buildings containing 10 or more units to include a proportion of […]

Preserving housing along The 606

Residents living along the route of Chicago’s new recreational trail The 606 (also known as Bloomingdale Trail) are, as predicted, feeling the pressure of gentrification. For low-income families, this could mean a forced exodus further west, away from the city, where rents and property values remain low.  Mayor Emanuel promised to help preserve affordable housing […]

Keeping the Promise Ordinance in Chicago’s City Council today

The Chicago Housing Initiative and supporting Aldermen are introducing the Keeping the Promise Ordinance to Chicago’s City Council today. The Ordinance will create oversight and accountability for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) by requiring the CHA to report to the Council on a quarterly basis; to replace each demolished unit with another unit on a one-for-one basis […]

More changes come to the CHA with John T Hooker as new Chairman

The Chicago Housing Authority will welcome a new board chairman in August, when current Chairwoman Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott retires from the position. Mayor Emanuel has chosen John T. Hooker as Scott’s replacement. Hooker has worked for more than forty years for ComEd, most recently as vice president of legislative and external affairs, lobbying for the […]

January Roundup: Seven Stories in the News

January was full of proposed solutions, problems, deferred legislation. America is on the cusp of change, either toward a holistic, affordable-housing based society or toward a bifurcated state comprised only of the very rich and the very poor, the antithesis of our founders’ intended country. I hope we land on the side of balance. 1) Who gets […]

Do the proposed amendments to Chicago’s affordable housing ordinance go far enough?

On Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel submitted a proposed amendment of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) to the Chicago City Council. Read more about the ordinance and the suggested changes here. I am proud of the mayor for realizing that the 247 units created under the ordinance since 2007 is inadequate when compared to the city’s housing needs. But I […]