Accomplishments

Infrastructure and Development

  • Invested over $40 million in infrastructure improvements that include street and alley resurfacing, curb, gutter, and sidewalk repairs, and over 50 blocks of new residential street lighting
  • Supported the construction of the new Green Line Station at Cermak and State and has worked with the CTA to upgrade all Green and Red Line stations in the Third Ward
  • Secured funding for rehabilitation of the Root St. Bridge
  • Landmarked several buildings and areas in the Third Ward including: the Calumet-Giles District, the homes of Richard Wright and Margaret Burroughs, Chicago Baptist Institute, Metropolitan Apostolic Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Wholesale Furniture Exposition building, and DuSable High School as well as worked to preserve other historical buildings like the Forum and the Defender Building
  • Approved the sale of 84 city-owned lots for the development of affordable and market rate homes along Prairie, Calumet, and Emerald
  • Secured two grocery stores that serve Third Ward residents
  • Led effort to open the Bronzeville Artist’s Lofts and the Washington Park Arts Incubator
  • Provided city support for several projects including the development of the XS Tennis and Education Village and Gallery Guichard
  • Secured private and public funding for the redevelopment of the historic Rosenwald building
  • Promoted new phases of housing and commercial space for Legends South and Park Boulevard
  • Allocated TIF money to use for grants that Third Ward homeowners and small business owners could access to make improvements

Education and Parks

  • Worked with CPS officials to bring over $30 million in capital repairs to Third Ward schools
  • Successfully advocated to keep 11 neighborhood schools from being closed
  • Brought International Baccalaureate programs to three Third Ward Schools and a Regional Gifted Center to another
  • Created the High School Safety Task Force to develop strategies to handle and prevent school violence
  • Approved the sale of the city-owned parcel of land needed to construct Columbia College’s new state-of-the-art Media Production Center
  • Received Friends of the Park Award for securing $3 million in TIF funds to restore Fuller Park
  • Added an extension to Lowe Park Fieldhouse and provided significant upgrades to the facilities at Coliseum, Women’s, Armstrong, Fuller, Harding, and Anderson Parks
  • Obtained funding for a proposed neighborhood park at 21st/Prairie
  • Secured funding for the development of an athletic field for community use when not being utilized by the National Teacher’s Academy
  • Worked with CPS and Park District officials to house a field house inside the Drake-Williams Elementary School so Williams Park could better serve the children in the area

Community Engagement and Service

  • Creates monthly newsletter and regular e-blasts to inform over 30,000 residents of new opportunities and resources
  • Hosts quarterly Town Hall Meetings to provide updates and receive feedback from the community
  • Hosted eight Back-to-School Extravaganzas where thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to area students
  • Hosted eight Senior Updates that provides resources and recreation to over 600 senior citizens annually
  • Holds annual toy drives and turkey give-a-ways to help residents in need during the holidays
  • Hosts quarterly meetings with Third Ward school principals
  • Holds regular meetings with church and business leaders
  • Regularly attends monthly CAPS meetings

Legislation

  • Chief sponsor of Chicago’s Vacant Building Ordinance that makes lenders responsible for maintaining foreclosed properties
  • Chief sponsor of the ordinance that created the City Council Office of Financial Analysis that will provide oversight to budgetary decisions that use public funds
  • Sponsored the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance that protects renters whose landlord’s are facing foreclosure
  • Voted against installation of speed cameras (there are currently none in the Third Ward)
  • Introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on school closings until more concrete steps were taken towards improving CPS’s community engagement
  • Sponsored an ordinance that makes amendments to the existing Adjacent Neighbor’s Land Acquisition Project (ANLAP) to help homeowners acquire additional land for green space and recreation while beautifying neighborhoods
  • Enforced the Deleterious Impact/ Public Nuisance Ordinance allowing communities to hold liquor licensees accountable
  • Was one of five Aldermen to sign a letter to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald insisting that Jon Burge finally be prosecuted

Other

  • Shut down open air drug markets on 47th St., 51st St., and at the former Ickes housing development
  • Secured minority and community contracting and hiring requirements for developments in the Third Ward