Safety, Job development, Economics and Education
1) Uplift the Community 2) Community Preservation 3) Promote Peace 4) Quality Public Education 5) Economic Sustainability 6) Energy Efficient Living
I believe that the top priority in this Ward MUST be addressing the violent crime that is occurring in the community. While it is certainly not as bad in the 4th Ward as the news would have you believe it is on “the southside”, we cannot question that it has impacted every area in the ward…from the South Loop (at least two shootings in the area around Roosevelt and State) all the way to the southern part of the ward and in the midst of million dollar mansions on Woodlawn. While I’d like to say that schools, and development and job training lead my priorities, I’m of the belief that until people feel safe living in the community, working in the community, sending their children to school in the area, it is hard to convince new residents to come…it is a challenge to convince retailers to buy into the neighborhood, developers to build in the area.