an article in today's Chicago Tribune:
"When Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot rolled out her 2022 budget, she offered each alderman a $100,000 sweetener to spend in their wards virtually however they please. [...]
Ald. James Cappleman, who has announced he won’t seek reelection next year in the Uptown-based 46th Ward, is spending much of his grant on housing homeless people in hotels and motels.
- Cappleman allocated $7,000 to Cornerstone Community Outreach to assist Heartland Alliance Health with providing vital supplies such as phones and Ventra cards for a pilot program to give shelter to homeless people, according to the contract.
- Another $48,000 will go toward fellow nonprofit organization Trilogy, mostly to find emergency housing for more than 50 homeless people at motels and hotels, running about $100 per night, the contract says.
- The remaining $45,000 was awarded to Heartland Alliance Health to assist people living outside with temporary housing.
Cappleman’s office aimed to put the microgrant money toward long-term “outcomes-oriented pilot programs to reduce chronic homelessness” that could be duplicated elsewhere in the city, a staff member said."
The Trib is requesting FOIAs to find out how each alderman is allocating the money, but gives a few examples of other wards' spending. Neither of Uptown's other wards (48th - Harry Osterman or 47th - Matt Martin) are included in the Tribune article.
- "Freshman North Side Ald. Andre Vasquez is spending $23,000 for a new 40th Ward website. He also paid $15,000 to an advocacy group to engage residents about their perceptions of how safe they are and “think through” public safety solutions that don’t involve policing."
- "19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea is hiring private, unarmed security to patrol business corridors in Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Morgan Park."
- "Ald. Daniel La Spata, 1st: $50,000 for an anti-violence program in Logan Square, $25,000 to run a forestry program and $25,000 for a health and wellness program.
- Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd: $16,000 for a street outreach program.
- Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd: $50,000 on youth mentorship and education.
- Ald. Maria Hadden, 49th: $5,000 on “voter education and mobilization” within the South Asian community and $5,000 on a food pantry service."