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ACTION UPDATE - WINTER 2007
LAC HOLDING TWO ALDERMANIC FORUMS
Heated races in the 43rd and 46th wards
There are 5 candidates running for alderman of the 43rd Ward. Where do
they stand on social justice issues that have impact on residents of the
ward, and throughout the City of Chicago? How will they take leadership
in the community? Come find out Thursday, February 15, 2007 at Church of
Our Saviour, 530 W Fullerton Parkway. Doors open at 6:30, and the forum
will run from 7 pm – 8:45 pm.
Along with Jane Addams Senior Caucus and United Power for Action and
Justice, LAC will be asking the candidates questions about issues including
affordable housing creation and preservation, homelessness, transportation,
and the future of the Children’s Memorial land. All five candidates, Vi Daley,
Tim Egan, Rachel Goodstein, Michele Smith and Peter Zelchenko, have been invited to this event.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 46th ward candidate’s forum will be on Wednesday, January 31st at
the Walt Disney School which is on 4140 N Marine Drive. LAC is
co-sponsoring this forum with the Organization of the North East and the
Uptown Chicago Commission. The candidates running for alderman
in the ward are Helen Shiller and James Cappleman.
These forums are a great opportunity to see learn where the candidates
stand, and see potential elected officials make commitments to the
issues we care about so we can hold them accountable later. Aldermen are
elected every four years. Other offices in this election include Mayor,
City Clerk, and Treasurer.
For a 46th Ward map, go to:
For a 43rd Ward map, go to:
The Municipal Election will take place on Tuesday, February 27th
Police Abuse of Homeless Youth,
Report Calls for 50% Reduction in Incidents
LAC members and allies have been collecting documentation of youth
incidents with the police for the last several years – ranging from
verbal harassment to actual physical assault.
We have had many interactions with police officials to attempt to stop
harassment of youth by police in our community, from Superintendent
Cline on down. Our most recent attempt was a forum with the local police
sergeants on July 10 , 2006 but the only direct results of that was
increased harassment of youth and programs that serve
Leaders decided to report on all of the interactions that we have had
with the police in our efforts to alleviate the problem of harassment.
On December 5th , LAC leaders released a report: “A Broken System:
Lakeview Action Coalition’s Report on Police Harassment & Abuse of
Homeless Youth in Lakeview.”
On that day, 150 hearty LAC leaders, from Pastors and congregation
members to homeless adults and youth, marched in solidarity. The
freezing weather didn’t stop the leaders from holding an outdoor press
conference before the march. The group then energetically marched across
Addison, delivering a copy of the report to 23rd District Commander
Yamishiroya, down Halsted, across Belmont and up Broadway, chanting and
passing out fliers all the way. The main theme for the event was "Protect
Homeless Youth, Stop the Abuse."
LAC leaders called for a reduction of incidents of harassment and abuse
of youth in Lakeview by the police in the 19th and 23rd Districts by
50% by August 2007. We committed to continue documenting reports of
harassment and abuse of youth by the police during this period. We also
committed to work in collaboration with other organizations across
Chicago towards developing a system that effectively polices the police,
as changes are made at the Office of Professional Standards. To read the
full report, go to our website at www.lakeviewaction.org.
Youth Allies Call to Action!
The LAC Homeless Youth/Police Relations Task Force is calling on our 20
Youth Allies to support a youth at his trial date on February 9th at
10am. We are attending solidarity with this youth. Please contact LAC
the court dates in for further information.
Health Care Task Force Documents Service Inequalities
Despite Community Benefits Program, Uninsured Have Difficulty Accessing Care
A preliminary study of the health care needs in Lakeview reveals that
the uninsured infrequently access care from the many and high quality
health service providers in Lakeview. The study also found that the two
large non-profit hospitals in Lakeview had sued the same number of
uninsured people for unpaid hospital bills as they had offered those
people financial assistance through charity care. Charity care - reduced
price or free care for those who can not afford to pay – is a required
program at non-profit hospitals.
Responses to the 42 surveys completed in 2005 also indicated that few
respondents had seen charity care or community benefit programs at
Lakeview hospitals. Equally few had seen medical information translated
in languages other than English.
The Health Care Task Force is furiously collecting information for an
updated and expanded report to be published in May of 2007. The report
will be a collection of stories, pictures, and statistics about the
problems that the un and underinsured in our community experience with
accessing certain types of health care services, such as primary care
and dental care.
Calling on those interested in Health Care distribution injustice in Lakeview!
LAC’s Health Care Task Force has launched a series of information
sessions and focus groups at various shelters, soup kitchens and
supportive housing sites in Lakeview. The purpose of these “Care for All
sessions” is two-fold:
1. To collect information for our report about problems related to
accessing health care in our neighborhood, and 2. To educate the un and
underinsured about their right to free health care at not-for-profit
hospitals through the Charity Care program.
Having identified locations in Lakeview where we would like to have
these Care For All sessions and focus groups, the Health Care Task Force
is in need of many volunteers! Working at a Care For All session is a
great opportunity to do service while also instigating structural
change. The dates and times of the sessions are flexible as they can
largely be determined by the schedules of the volunteers and the members
of the LAC Health Care TaskForce.
For more information on health care injustices happening in Lakeview and
Chicago more broadly, check out http://www.careforall.info/. If
interested in learning more to work at one of our information sessions,
shoot an email to email@example.com or call 773.549.1947 x385.
Lincoln Park Plaza Win 5 Year Renewal of Section 8!
After an energizing all-tenants’ meeting in December at Bethlehem UCC
(much thanks!), tenant leaders of Lincoln Park Plaza (formerly known as
Rienzi Plaza) have been working creatively with their owner, Alderman
Tunney, Commissioner Quigley, HUD, IHDA and the Tax Assessor to make a
five year contract work for their owner. The past few months have been
stressful and full of unexpected turns for the tenants, and negotiations
are still underway. However, since initial miscalculations have been
cleared up, the owner has agreed to sign a 5 year Section 8 renewal! The
tenants deserve a big CONGRATULATIONS!
Mayor Proposes Set Aside Compromise
For the past 5 years, LAC leaders have been working with other community
leaders from throughout Chicago to pass an affordable housing set aside
ordinance. Throughout this fight, the Mayor has made small concessions
that would have never happened without our work. First he passed the
Affordable Requirements Ordinance, which calls for affordable housing
when TIF money or city land is used. The he passed the downtown density
bonus, which called for set asides or donations when density increases
are request in the central part of Chicago. That program has generated
commitments of over $24 million that will be used to support affordable
But the Mayor has always been vehemently opposed to a citywide program.
In October, the Mayor has put forth a set aside proposal which is not
adequate but is much closer to our proposal than anything else he has
presented in the last 5 years. His proposal has gone to city council and
was referred to committee. His proposal calls for a 10% set aside in
developments over 10 units seeking city assistance through land or
zoning increases. He wants these units to be affordable to people at
100% of the Area Median Income (That is a family of four with an income
of about $75,000 and an individual with an income of $52,000).
The Balanced Development Coalition (of which LAC is a founding member)
and many alderman are offering support for this proposal if the Mayor
can accept 2 amendments that would create a policy that would create
more units, and units affordable to real working families in Chicago.
Please join us at City Hall on Wednesday, January 24th, at 10 am on
the 2nd floor for a press conference with our allies calling on the
Mayor and City Council to move on the Mayor’s proposal with amendments.
Please contact Jennifer at LAC to find out when the final hearing and
vote will be, as well as LAC’S SET ASIDE VICTORY PARTY!
43RD WARD BALANCED DEVELOPMENT REFERENDUM RESULTS:
"SHALL THE CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL ENACT THE INCLUSIONARY HOUSING
ORDINANCE, TO PROMOTE A BALANCED COMMUNITY WITH HOUSING AVAILABLE FOR
WORKING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS OF VARYING INCOME LEVELS?"
PRECINCT YES NO
1 67% 33%
7 71% 29%
8 65% 35%
21 60% 40%
31 64% 35%
37 69% 31%
TOTAL YES VOTES: 1,162
TOTAL NO VOTES: 602
66% VOTED YES!
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE RESULTS!
Committee Researches Preserving Hotels
A committee of people from LAC members Lake View Lutheran Church, North
Side Housing and Supportive Services, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Mercy
Lakefront Housing, Deborah’s Place and Lake View Presbyterian Church
gave come together to research policies other cities have enacted to
preserve their single room occupancy (SRO) hotels.
Over 1,000 people live in SRO’s in Lakeview, and many of these buildings
are under constant threat of conversion. Those tenants would then be on
the streets. LAC has a history of success preserving SRO’s, the most
successful story being the preservation of the Belray Hotel on Racine
The committee is looking at models from cities like Los Angeles, San
Diego and New York City, in which policies and organizing was used to
ensure that SRO buildings were not swept away as neighborhood
gentrification occurred. The committee will be meeting with potential
allies and developing a strategy for action in the next month.
Call Jennifer if you are interested in being involved.
The LAC Board Has Five New Members!
LAC Members and Supporters:
As a new year begins, I am writing to let you know that LAC continues
with our exciting work, and to ask for your financial support. As you
know, we need your support to keep up the fight for justice.
In the past year we took some real risks and won concrete victories! In
May, we had a successful Convention attended by 600 representatives from
our member institutions. Nearly 30 leaders took part in planning and
speaking at that event.
Our Affordable Housing Task Force has been very busy. In the Spring, LAC
leaders assisted an ally, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, in
winning a ballot question supporting the Balanced Development Ordinance.
Following up on that, LAC leaders placed the same question on the ballot
in six precincts in Lincoln Park, and won on November 7^th with a yes
vote of 66%. That support took work: about 40 LAC leaders and allies
were on the streets, knocking on doors on some of the most affluent
streets in Chicago, on the coldest days of October and November, to win
this initiative. And now, Alderman Vi Daley has committed to working
with us on the set aside. We hope to be able to have our citywide
Balanced Development Set Aside victory party early in 2007!
On the issue of health care, we have continued informing un and
under-insured people of their right to emergency care at the local
non-profit hospital, and have helped many settle thousands of dollars in
bills. Early in 2006, we worked with Attorney General Lisa Madigan to
pass a bill at the state level to make the medical billing process more
transparent for all Illinoisans.
Finally, the Homeless Youth and Police Relations Task Force started out
the year meeting with Police Superintendent Phil Cline, and ended the
year releasing a report on the work we have done for reforms of police
accountability in the community. That report can be accessed on our web
page. We have built partnerships across the city with other
organizations working on police relations issues, and have taken real
risks. As one LAC funder just wrote to me: “Thank you for your important
work for vulnerable youth. And for taking on the law enforcement
community – LAC demonstrates courage and tenacity, two ingredients
needed to get results!”
And we will continue to work for results in 2007! Please check our web
site www.lakeviewaction.org for updates on our efforts. Please consider continuing your financial
support of LAC. Any contribution you make is tax deductible, and goes
directly to social justice work in your community!
Happy New Year!
Thank you to all of you who have given your energy to making LAC a
successful catalyst for social change.
If we are going to continue to work for justice, solidarity, and
diversity in Lakeview, we also need your financial support.
Enclosed is my tax-deductible contribution in the amount of:
____$10 ____ $25 ____ $50 ____ $100 ____other
Name:______________________ Institution : _______________________
Please make checks payable to the Lakeview Action Coalition and mail to
3225 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657.
Call LAC at 773-549-1947 for more information.
Candidate’s Forum in the 46th ward:
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Seating at 6:30 pm,
Forum at 7:00 pm
4141 North Marine Drive
Candidate’s Forum in the 43rd ward:
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Seating at 6:30 pm
Forum at 7:00 pm
Church of our Saviour
530 West Fullerton Parkway
Please remember to vote in the City Elections on Tuesday, February 27'th
Homeless Youth Court Case:
Friday, February 9, 2007,
Thursday, March 8, 2007
4040 N. Sheridan
LAC Public Life 101 Community Organizing Training:
Tuesdays in March
(3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Please call LAC to sign up for this 4 week session