What is your long-range plan for development of the ward?

Neighborhood Development

As Alderman, my vision is to work in collaboration with the 18th ward residents to make it a
safer and more dynamic community. With regards to economic development, I will work
towards creating a ward with thriving businesses and not abandoned store-fronts. To that
end, I plan to create an 18th Ward Business Advisory Council made up of business leaders,
educators, and entrepreneurs to create an effective strategic plan on long- and short-range
business development plans. I will also create an effective marketing strategy for our ward
that will entice businesses to offer their products and services in our ward.
In regards to public safety, I would work tirelessly to ensure that our residents can live in a
safe and protective environment. I plan to work with my colleagues in the City Council to
equip our Chicago Police Department with the manpower and resources it needs to
effectively serve and protect the public. I will also be a major proponent for any ordinance
that would effectively allocate Police officers to the most high risk areas within the ward.
Additionally, I would work towards ensuring that our young people can attend schools
within their community that will equip them with the knowledge needed to compete in our
global technology-driven workplace. When a child is properly educated they develop hope
for their future and respect their community and the people in their community. We want to
make sure the schools are receiving the financing that they deserve and enact programs
which will help them in their goal of educating tomorrow’s leaders.
Lastly, I will work towards ensuring that the beautification and preservation of our ward is
given the full attention of the Alderman’s office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation,
and most importantly our residents. Our ward is rich with architectural gems, many of
which are now boarded up, and others are allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. As
Alderman, I would propose and support ordinances that would require property owners -
whether they be an individual, bank, or vacant landlord – to invest in the maintenance of
their property.

We are working on Devon Avenue and I would like to see improvements in the Touhy Avenue and Western Avenue business corridors and, while it will take time to realize these changes, I see a better future for these areas. Recently a strip of storefronts along Touhy Avenue that were vacant for five to ten years were sold and we should see new businesses moving in to those locations.
My Office has been effective in filing empty storefronts. A recently shuttered Dominick’s is now home to a completely refurbished and modern Cermak grocery store. Additional new businesses include Starbuck’s, Petco, Ross Dress for Less, Chase, Culver’s (coming soon), Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wing Stop, Lickity Split (a new ice cream shop that should open this spring), Relish and a new Ted’s Market, among others.

I would hold multiple community meetings to discuss future planning and development initiatives. I
will also conduct meetings for any major zoning changes before I agree to those changes

I would like to create an improved commercial area that can attract business into the ward.
Specifically I would like to recapture the areas of the 18th ward that are underused and in
disrepair and turn them into locations customized for telecommuting expansion offices
and satellite offices. If major business looked to the 18th ward for expanding its offices,
this would help reduce traffic for south side residence, allow south side employees a
reduced commute, asset in the revitalization of poorly maintained areas of the city, allow
businesses a cost effective option to downtown real estate, and allow residence to share a
living and working community creating a stronger vested interest in there community.

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Our ward needs a clear, comprehensive policy of economic development with a focus on culture, entertainment, culinary arts, and retail. The cultural plan will include way-finding, tourism development and the like.

Ideally, I want to use urban planners to see how we can use vacate spaces within the
ward to assist small businesses. I would support expansion and extension of TIF
districts in the 18th Ward.

Long term development and sustainable development begin with an intelligent and open process
that leads to a well-vetted plan. I have seen firsthand how plans not seriously vetted, hidden
from criticism and sold on false premises will fail in the long run (ie the O’Hare Modernization
Plan). My strong belief is that good ideas, even difficult changes can withstand criticism and
adjustment if they are put forth as openly and fully as possible. The 39th Ward needs a new
elementary school, a new high school, more police, better city services, more walk-able
neighborhoods that include local businesses such as restaurants, shops and entertainment. The
39th Ward has a wealth of income, of business arterial streets, of committed and engaged
residents that any planning process would begin there and work forward from what residents
would like to see.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Revitalization rebuilding, extending
my hand to people who want to build and bring jobs to the 7th Ward. I hope to utilize the industrial
space we have and motivate builders to attract to my Ward

My plan is to develop small businesses along key intersections and corridors in the ward,
particularly at Lawrence and Broadway, Wilson and Broadway, Sheridan and Montrose, and
Sheridan and Irving Park. I believe we should have balanced development, and not a one-sizefits-all
vision of market-rate high-rise apartments on every corner. Sometimes this should
include downzoning for more family residences instead of solely upzoning.

Long term development and sustainable development begin with an intelligent and open process
that leads to a well-vetted plan. I have seen firsthand how plans not seriously vetted, hidden
from criticism and sold on false premises will fail in the long run (ie the O’Hare Modernization
Plan). My strong belief is that good ideas, even difficult changes can withstand criticism and
adjustment if they are put forth as openly and fully as possible. The 39th Ward needs a new
elementary school, a new high school, more police, better city services, more walk-able
neighborhoods that include local businesses such as restaurants, shops and entertainment. The
39th Ward has a wealth of income, of business arterial streets, of committed and engaged
residents that any planning process would begin there and work forward from what residents
would like to see

My long-range plan for the ward
is to build a stable, diverse, sustainable, mixed-income community. In order to do that, we must
continue to bring new locally-owned businesses to the ward and protect the good locally-owned
businesses that have been a part of our community. In addition, we need to assist those who are
faced with foreclosure, whether they are homeowners faced with the loss of their home or renters
whose apartment building has been foreclosed upon. I have worked closely with community
organizations, such as the Rogers Park CDC to support foreclosure counseling and other
services to help people in this very difficult situation

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Development without displacement,
we have had a tremendous amount of development in the ward over the past 3 and ½ years. I
think we need to slow down to see what actually is existing, what we do need, and let the
constituency of the 46th ward decide, democratically.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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From an economic view, I will give the financial attention and assistance to the viable business already serving the community. Their continued thriving is important to the continued success of the Ward. Further the main thoroughfares of the 29th Ward will be developed with businesses that will serve and become a part of the community, creating jobs and economic growth within the
community. From a community development view, I will provide the necessary programs to assist and educate homeowners with the tools to successfully maintain a mortgage and defend against foreclosure. I will make every effort to find funding for the rehabilitation of foreclose properties and put community residents in those properties with the assistance of down payment programs with the city.

I am focused on continuing to bring businesses big and small to the 9th Ward. Seeing the Pullman
Park development fully filled will be a great step forward. Pivoting off of that success, I’m
confident we can attract even more economic development, building on the 3,000 jobs we’ve
created in the ward just over the last few years.

Our neighborhood has become severely divided over this issue under the current alderman. Through the establishment of the Development Advisory Council (see above) I will partner with neighborhood stakeholders to create a clear short, mid and long range plan that gets reevaluated each year.
As we continue to forge our path forward, we must focus on development that will properly define our neighborhood for the years to come. Our commercial districts should be built around the idea of community and neighborhood businesses. We must retain our unique urban neighborhood feel.

The main criteria for any development should be a focus on attracting both resident and non­resident young professionals to the neighborhood so that we can continue to create a rich and vibrant urban life based on diversity and balance. Recently we have seen this demographic move out of the neighborhood, further amplified by the loss of patrons, employees and visitors of the two hospitals we have lost in the last several years. An increased effort should be placed on attracting young professionals as they tend to use more alternative/public transportation and invest in our neighborhood businesses.

Work with both our development corporation (Rogers Park Business Alliance) and our Chamber of Commerce to create, in concert with the community, a 1,3,5 and 10 year plan for the ward WITH an implementation strategy. I will also act as a champion for business attraction by availing myself to both organizations to meet
with potential business owners and to encourage local entrepreneurship. In addition, I will look to
develop an updated zoning plan for the ward, precinct by precinct, in concert with community
residents. The focus of both should be to create more retail to fill all the empty storefronts and
create more jobs and zoning that preserves the character of our community while allowing for
smart development and renovation

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

The make the 9th ward needs
 Red Line Extension
 Transit Oriented Development
 Greater Roseland Medical District Development
 South Michigan Avenue Business Development
 Plans for upgrading and utilizing abandoned homes and buildings throughout the ward

I would focus on public safety and
work on creating an environment of safety for the commerce to develop growth and security for
both the residents and the businesses.

To continue the growth that has
balanced development. I am aggressive in trying to attract multi faceted development in
the ward. First we have to stabilize the housing market, by using TIF dollars

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

The make the 9th ward needs
 Red Line Extension
 Transit Oriented Development
 Greater Roseland Medical District Development
 South Michigan Avenue Business Development
 Plans for upgrading and utilizing abandoned homes and buildings throughout the ward

My long range goal involves creativity and sustainability. I envision a phased in process of:
[1] increasing the quality of education
[2] identifying and creating local job opportunities
[3] identifying incentives for new businesses
[4[ exploring manufacturing opportunities.

I would like to partner with several sports, entertainment and business figures to create a funding
pool to provide capital for minority and ward residents to establish “ma & pa” stores, franchises
and other businesses. I would plan to see my ward become a mecca of minority businesses.

The ward is very diverse, and the different communities in it have different planning priorities. In
Pilsen we need to make sure development does not displace. The community could create extra
revenue through a Special Service Area and use it to develop the Pilsen National Historic District.
In the West Loop, residents want a voice in the planning so that they can build a community for
families. They want to downzone the area and create an overall plan before individual projectsare approved. Finally, China Town needs better basic services, support for small business and a
better housing policy.

I want our ward to be greener, smarter, and more productive than any other ward in the city. We must think creatively about how we use the limited spaces available to us in the 36th Ward. I want to provide opportunities for efficient development in the ward that preserve the identity and unique characteristics of our neighborhoods on all ends of the new ward. I am dedicated to working with neighbors, community organizations, elected officials, existing business owners, and property owners to create a healthy local business community within our ward. My aldermanic office will work closely with all businesses to help them navigate through Chicago’s governmental red tape and help grow our business community and job opportunities for ward residents. On all major development issues, I will assess the issues, develop a comprehensive plan, implement these plans on time and on budget, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Chicago’s 35th Ward is a vibrant area on the city’s northwest side. The 35th Ward is
socioeconomically diverse, and is home to transplants from across the nation and the globe. The
ward’s main commercial corridors of Armitage, Fullerton, Diversey, Milwaukee, Belmont, Irving
Park, and Lawrence are filled with family-owned small businesses. Addison hosts two big-box
stores. As Alderman, I will work to support our ward’s small business owners. My ward service
office will host a small business center that will help connect small businesses with the ward’s
available commercial spaces and help small business owners cut through government red tape.
As much as possible I will privilege the development of locally owned small businesses over big
box stores or national retailers. I will explore the potential of a “micro currency” for the 35th Ward –
to spur the circulation of local dollars, and will also work to attract a midsized boutique hotel to the
35th Ward’s Logan Square neighborhood.

I would like to see residents of the ward come up with a set of primary goals for development in the ward. High rises west of Clark Street are a big issue in the ward, as is traffic and congestion, open space and parks, and the appropriate amount of retail and parking. I would urge our Ward zoning committee to come
up with a plan that promotes health and welfare of constituents, in keeping with Urban Land Institute’s Ten Principles of Building Healthy Places. I will champion ideas that encourage walkable pedestrian friendly neighborhoods that encourage retail shopping and community energy to revitalize our retail strips, while not
overstressing our outdated infrastructure or creating traffic gridlock. Transportation to the lakefront is a major concern for our ward.

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Livable, walkable sustainable communities, as has been proposed by Blacks In Green, with an
emphasis on cooperative investing, allowing residents to capitalize off of their own needs, while
creating what they want to see in their community, which creates the vested interest that makes
us all stewards of our community

Sustainable development. The 27th ward goes up and down like a roller coaster. I’m not going to
be selling zoning changes like Alderman Burnett, we are going to grow organically and prudently.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

Since being elected in 2011 I have worked hard to attract businesses to our community. I
constantly reach out to businesses to let them know of available properties for them to
move into. I have brought developments into several different areas of our ward including
a much needed grocery store and a commercial development on a formerly empty gas
station. I believe the changes we have made in our ward by improving our schools and
parks has made our community a more attractive location for businesses to open in.

Expansion of black owned businesses, development of restaurants, grocery stores, cafes’, local stores that sell clothing, floral shops, ice cream parlors, etc…

I will continue to wok on expanding our TIF Districts to increase infrastructure developments. I will continue to work with our chamber of commerce to build stronger relationships with our businesses and ensuring that we are meeting the needs that are being put forth. I will also work towards safer interior streets which is a priority to make them brighter and improve sidewalks and roadways.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

A focused and even plan for each neighborhood. I think that development will see a slowdown in 2016, and the main issue of the Finkl site should go mostly to new industry. The Gold Coast and Streeterville will continue to shift towards residential and tourism, and the western neighborhoods of the 2nd ward need to keep the neighborhood associations involved in developer accountability and community feedback. . A main point is to let the developers know they aren’t running the show, each neighborhood should feel open to meet about future planning with the alderman. I am not taking any developer money whatsoever.

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In August 2011, the 20th Ward was awarded HUD’s first $30.5 million Choice
Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) grant in response to a powerful proposal put forth by a
partnership that included neighborhood leaders and organizations. The CNI award has
expanded and accelerated my Woodlawn plans to go beyond housing and attracted other
private, philanthropic and public funders. The plan includes upgrading and integrating
every aspect of the community from housing to parks, education to public safety, from
job creation to improved streetscapes and landscapes. In addition, we were able to
secure $7.5 million in grants to homeowners, $1.7 million directly to existing small
businesses and tax incentives to manufacturing businesses.
Searching for and securing a variety of revenue enhancing options, along with TIF,
supplies communities with the needed jobs and income. If used correctly, these funding
bases can benefit all Chicago workers and communities.

Some parts of the 1st Ward are already heavily developed, others are not. I am concerned first
and foremost with expanding employment opportunities in the ward, so I am most interested in
developing a positive environment for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and tech and small
manufacturing start ups.

My office will continue to revitalize
the ward’s commercial districts, as outlined in my introductory comments (Q. H.)

A self-sufficient economy based
on locally owned businesses that employ residents, with support as needed from
appropriate government and private resources. An environment where our children and
residents can socialize, play and enjoy resources currently missing from the ward. I
strongly support the implementation of a master community development plan in
collaboration with neighboring aldermen and resources.