Wonder why only certain precincts in Uptown are being given the chance to vote on the special ballot referenda asking about adding even more subsidized housing, and preferential hiring practices in Uptown? Wonder who sponsored them?
Well, now we know at least the "who" -- Helen's favoritest friends of all, Couraj! You know, the folks who believe condos are "destroying our community", lives and families. The same folks who think CAPS and phone trees are "campaigns waged against the homeless, youth and residents of low-income housing." From the News-Star:
Northside Action for Justice, a merger of the Rogers Park Community Action Network and COURAJ - Community of Uptown Residents for Affordability and Justice - has fielded two advisory referenda on public subsidies. The first asks if the city should allocate 40 percent of TIF funds to preserve and produce affordable housing for persons at or below the community median income. Such measures would include acquiring vacant or foreclosed-upon properties, rehab projects and new construction.
A second referendum proposed by Northside Action asks voters if the city should adopt a policy in which beneficiaries of public subsidies (including TIF) with more than 15 employees should give local residents first chance to apply for jobs and certify that workers receive a living wage, including a pledge to honor workers' rights.Voters in precincts 8, 12, 20, 22, 23, 26, 32, 38, 41, 42 and 47 in the 46th Ward, virtually all of which fall within the Wilson Yard TIF District, will be asked to vote yes or no on both measures. Depending on the outcome, the social action group hopes to spur policy changes within the City Council affecting how public subsidies are allocated in redevelopment projects.