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Pill Hill & 8th Ward Residents: It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings…And no, She Didn’t Sing Yet

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Til the Fat Lady Sings: Low Income homes not a done dealBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

8th Ward residents, If you hear the expression that “it’s a done deal” pertaining to the proposed Low Income Housing Project coming to the Pill Hill & Calumet Heights area in the 8th Ward, don’t believe it. This misinformation is being passed on to make you think that it’s a done deal and you’ll give up on your efforts to keep it out. Not so! It’s a game that’s being played many times over. As they say, the game doesn’t stop. It doesn’t even slow down. The zoning must be changed in order to bring this 134 Unit, 7 Story tall building to 94th & Stony Island Ave., and the Zoning Board has yet to act on the request.

So it Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings” and the Fat Lady didn’t sing yet. There are many 8th Ward residents that are angry and will continue to fight against it coming.

The Zoning Board will hold a hearing on the proposed Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing Project, consisting of 134 units, 7 Story tall, on May 9, 2018, 10 AM, in the City Council Chambers. Be there to make your voices be heard. And also tell your neighbors to be there.

Those 8th Ward residents who opposed the building coming in are concerned about the integrity, stability and economic growth of the ward, all of which seem to have diminished.

8th Ward residents are urged to attend the Zoning Board Hearing May 9th at City Hall and let their voices be heard in opposition to the proposed Low Income, Section 8 housing project – 134 Units, 7 Story building coming to the 8th Ward at 94th & Stony Island Ave.

Again, the Zoning Board Hearing is scheduled for May 9, 2018 at 10 AM in the City Council Chambers.

Tell your neighbors about this meeting and share it on Facebook and other social networks with your friends and neighbors.

 

 It’s important that “YOU (WE) BE THERE”

 

For more information, call Linda Hudson @ (773) 909-0137.

The Stability and Economic Growth of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights is At Stake and Under Siege

Posted by Admin On May - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

8th Ward residents are urged to attend the Zoning Board Hearing May 9th at City Hall and let their voices be heard in opposition to the proposed Low Income, Section 8 housing project – 134 Units, 7 Story building coming to the 8th Ward at 94th & Stony Island Ave.

The Zoning Board Hearing is scheduled for May 9, 2018 at 10 AM in the City Council Chambers.

Tell your neighbors about this meeting and share it on FaceBook and other social networks with your friends and neighbors.

 

 It’s important that “YOU (WE) BE THERE”

 

For more information, call Linda Hudson @ (773) 909-0137.

Is 8th Ward Alderman and City Powers-to-Be Out to Destroy the Only Black Affluent Area Left in Chicago – the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Area?

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

8th Ward Alderman Abuse of Power ContinuesBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

There is strength and power in numbers. And 8th Ward residents are urged to attend the Zoning Board Hearing on the Proposed Montclare Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing for 94th & Stony Island Ave., on May 9th, at 10 AM, in the City Council Chambers.

“We’re keeping the faith, hoping that we can stop this housing project from coming into our ward,” said an 8th Ward resident of more than 40 years. We will not give up on our efforts to keep the Montclare Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing Complex from coming to the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Communities. However, I, as well as many others in the ward, wonder why 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris would lie and deceive us on what is going on in the ward and she never held a community meeting with homeowners that are most affected by its coming. She did not hold a question and answer meeting with them. The alderman is very supportive of this project, and would dare to do this to our community.”

Nonetheless, a little while ago, Harris tried to bring in a Medical Marijuana facility and pawnshop to the ward, but 8th Ward residents fought tooth and nail against them and successfully blocked them from coming in. Many see this as a pattern, that Harris’ outreach on the quality of businesses brought into the ward sets a very dismal pattern, all of which have been scorned by residents who question the type of businesses coming in. They say her poor choice of businesses has contributed highly to the business areas steady erosion which has brought about negativity problems and changes in the ward’s atmosphere and environment; and in many instances, do not bring economic development to the ward.

Several angry 8th Ward residents have consistently attended community meetings and had a press conference where they yelled loudly that “We Don’t Want It.”

In a flyer, an 8th Ward group stated: “Do Not Change the Zoning in Our Neighborhood.”

In order for the proposed housing project to come into the ward, the zoning must be changed.

The flyer further states that: Alderman Harris is asking the City Council to change the zoning at 94th and Stony Island to allow for the Montclare Low Income building which will consist of 134 units and 7 Story tall, to come into the area. Reportedly, the area is zoned for businesses, but Harris wants to change it to include residential.

A section was also in the flyer that informed opponents of the site coming (whose numbers are greater than supporters of the site: “Why We Say No.”

  • Changing the neighborhood from quiet homeowners to a high density building community
  • Increases pedestrian traffic on a major thoroughfare
  • Decreases property values of current homeowners
  • Sets a dangerous precedent to allow developers to put up more density projects in our neighborhood )while they would never put these buildings in their own communities)

8th Ward residents are encouraged to attend this important Zoning Board meeting on May 9, 2018 at 10 AM in the City Council Chambers.

 

National Black Caucus of State Legislators Condemns the Use of Racial Slurs by Legislators

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
WASHINGTON – In response to the Arizona House of Representatives silencing of its only two African-American legislators for opposing the use of a racial slur by Arizona State Rep. Maria Syms in a media article, the President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Indiana State Representative Gregory W. Porter, released the following statement:
“The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBSCL) stands in support of Arizona State Representatives Reginald Bolding and Geraldine Peten for condemning the use of the “N-word” by a sitting legislator and oppose the Arizona House of Representatives decision to silence these public servants for speaking out against the use of this derogatory term by a White state legislator.
Given the history of our nation, it is incomprehensible that a sitting lawmaker would use a word that has inflicted so much pain and indignity on Black Americans. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, but rather a pattern of behavior observed in statehouses across the nation. For example, West Virginia House Del. Saira Blair used the racial slur in a video created after she was elected to office and Florida State Sen. Frank Artiles used the derogatory term to describe other Florida State Senators. This is unacceptable.
Moreover, NBCSL insists that state legislatures never silence African-American legislators that condemn the use of the “N-word.” By voting to silence Rep. Bolding and Rep. Peten, Arizona’s only two African-American state legislators, the Arizona House of Representatives disregarded the concerns of the thousands of African-Americans in Arizona and seemed to ratify the behavior of Rep. Syms.
Given the divisive rhetoric that we hear from politicians on all levels of government, it is more important now than ever before to ensure a diverse group of voices are able to speak out against injustice-especially when it happens in the halls of government. NBCSL and its members will continue to condemn the use of this racial slur by legislators and work to improve relations between communities of different races within America.”
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association of more than 700 black state legislators from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands, who collectively represent over 60 million Americans of varied backgrounds. Since 1977, NBCSL has tracked federal and state legislative trends, developed educational resources for its members, and served as the unified voice for Black state legislators to address federal actions. NBCSL is committed to endorsing policies that positively affect all Americans and facilitates joint action by state legislators on issues that are critical to African Americans.
To learn more about the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, please visit www.nbcsl.org.

Alderman Harris City Business Deal With a Restaurant Chain Sued by the EEOC For Racial Harassment Has Come Under Mass Criticism and Anger From 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Alderman Harris City Business Deal With a Restaurant Chain Sued by the EEOC For Racial Harassment Has Come Under Mass Criticism and Anger From 8th Ward ResidentsBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

When 8th Ward residents learned that the EEOC had filed a lawsuit against Huddle House, a restaurant chain that subjected a black employee to “racially offensive language” and already in a business deal with 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, they were dumbfounded, angry and wondered why the alderman would make a city deal with the restaurant chain to bring in a restaurant to the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights area at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave., which is about 90 or 95 percent Black residents.

The lawsuit charged that managers of the Huddle House Pine Bluff Restaurant subjected Angela Whitfield, a Black Employee, to a racially hostile work environment, and that the management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as “ghetto,” “hood,” “hood rat,” “Huddle ho’s” and used the “N-word” when they visited the restaurant.

Further, the EEOC charged in the lawsuit that the restaurant was in violation of a federal law by subjecting a black employee to racially offensive language.

The EEOC sued Huddle House for racial harassment, filing a discrimination lawsuit against H2H Enterprises, Inc., dba Huddle House Pine Bluff restaurant, stating that Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, a black employee who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to a hostile environment and used racially offensive language because of her race.

The EEOC stated that “Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC. v. H2H Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Huddle House Store #670, Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00362) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Huddle House from engaging in racial harassment in the future, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Whitfield.” The lawsuit was filed in October 2014.

The issue came up when 8th Ward residents started protest meetings against Alderman Harris because she supports the Montclare Senior Low Income, Section 8  Housing Project and is pushing hard to bring the 134 Unit, 7 Story building into the 8th Ward Pill Hill and Calumet Heights area, an area where middle and upper middle class residents live.

One of the protesters, yours truly, Dr. Juanita Bratcher, publisher of CopyLine Magazine and a longtime resident of the Pill Hill area, in an interview told a reporter that more than 200 people attended a meeting to oppose the building; however, Harris said it was more like 20. Untrue.

Dr. Bratcher dismissed the alderman’s untruth and misinformation, stating that she was at the meeting and saw the people that attended. Alderman Harris did not attend the meeting and has shunned two invitations from 8th Ward residents to attend their meetings so they can ask questions of her and the proposed project scheduled for their area, residents that would be mostly affected by its coming.

The alderman claimed that 99% of the ward supported her to bring the housing project into the ward. Not so. A Survey Poll of the ward by Urban Media Strategies found that 55% of the people polled were not aware of the project.

Two restaurants will be part of the proposed Low Income, Section 8 Housing site, according to plans. One of them is Huddle House. However, residents do not want the housing or the restaurants to come into the area.

In an interview with a news reporter, Harris said she thinks Huddle House will be up and running before the senior residences are complete. Harris told another reporter: “I don’t know anything about an EEOC complaint, but how would I know about a national problem. I suspect an EEOC complaint may have been filed against McDonald restaurants,” she stated.

 

Herewith is EEOC Press Release About the Lawsuit Against Huddle House:

 

PRESS RELEASE
10-1-14

Huddle House Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Managers of Pine Bluff Restaurant Subjected Black Employee to Racially Hostile Work Environment, Federal Agency Charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – H2H Enterprises, Inc., dba Huddle House, violated federal law by subjecting a black employee to a hostile work environment because of her race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to racially offensive language. Among other things, members of Huddle House’s management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as “ghetto,” “hood,” “hood rat,” “Huddle ho’s” and used the “N-word” when they visited the restaurant.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC. v. H2H Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Huddle House Store #670, Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00362) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Huddle House from engaging in racial harassment in the future, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Whitfield.

“We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, yet employees continue to fight for dignity and respect in the workplace,” said Katharine W. Kores, director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “Employees should not have to endure a racially hostile work environment to earn a living. The EEOC remains committed to eradicating discrimination in the workplace.”

H2H Enterprises, Inc., is a management consulting services company and a franchise partner of Huddle House, Inc. H2H Enterprises owns three Huddle House restaurants in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and El Dorado, Ark.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at

Victim of Chicago Police Det. Guevara, Wrongfully Imprisoned 22 Years, Sues City

Posted by Admin On April - 30 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Thomas Sierra was 19 years old When he was wrongly put behind bars

For more than half of his life

Press Conference with Thomas Sierra & his attorneys, 2 PM, Monday, April 30

Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, 311 N. Aberdeen Street, 3rd floor, Chicago

 

CHICAGO, IL – The parade of once-young victims speaking out against gross Chicago police misconduct grew one stronger today as Thomas Sierra, a man who spent more than half his life wrongfully behind bars, sued the City of Chicago for its failure to rein in crooked cops.

 

Sierra is among dozens of Chicagoans wrongly convicted and thrown behind bars by disgraced Chicago Police officer Reynaldo Guevara, who abused his position as a police detective to manufacture false evidence and lie in court for decades.

 

Sierra and his lawyers are calling today for an immediate criminal investigation into Detective Guevara for his decades of misconduct, which has resulted in 100s of years of wrongful incarceration and has shattered the lives of countless Chicago families.

 

“The time has come for officials in Chicago and Cook County to hold Detective Guevara publicly accountable for his criminal conduct. For decades Detective Guevara and his colleagues railroaded dozens of innocent men like Mr. Sierra, sending them to prison for serious crimes they did not commit,” said Jon Loevy of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, one of Sierra’s lawyers.

“Detective Guevara’s years-long crime spree destroyed the lives of the dozens of people he wrongly convicted and their families, and tore at the fabric of the neighborhoods in which they lived. And while Detective Guevara sent the innocent to rot in prison, he let the guilty run free in the streets, compounding the tragedy for the victims and their families. There is no criminal more dangerous than a policeman who uses the power entrusted to him by the public to systematically destroy lives and to make our communities less safe.”

When questioned recently about their misconduct, Detective Guevara and a number of his former Chicago police colleagues have repeatedly pleaded the Fifth, including when asked about railroading Mr. Sierra. Cook County Judge James Obbish recently found that Detective Guevara had told “bald face lies” on the witness stand, and had “eliminated any possibility of being considered a credible witness in any proceeding.”

Mr. Sierra, his family, friends and attorneys will speak at a 2 pm, Monday, April 30th press conference at the offices of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, 311 N. Aberdeen Street, 3rd floor, Chicago. In addition to Mr. Loevy, Mr. Sierra is represented by Loevy & Loevy attorneys Anand Swaminathan and Steve Art. Copies of Mr. Sierra’s suit, Thomas Sierra v. Reynaldo Guevara, et al., No. 1:18-cv-03029, can be found here.

Loevy & Loevy is one of the nation’s largest civil rights law firms, and over the past decade has won more multi-million-dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the country.

CAN Cable TV To Air CopyLine Magazine’s Program on the 8th Ward on Channel 19 and Channel 21

Posted by Admin On April - 28 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

 8th Ward Residents Shared Their Thoughts About The Proposed Low Income, Section 8  Housing Project Scheduled for the 8th Ward In the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Communities

 

The Program Will Air Five Times on Channel 19 and Channel 21.

At the Press Conference several 8th Ward residents voiced anger, frustration and concern that Alderman Michelle Harris was backing the proposed low Income, Section 8 Housing Project which takes in Pill Hill and Calumet Heights, an affluent black middle and upper middle class neighborhood.

8th Ward residents are appalled over the proposed “Trojan Horse” Project, which will be constructed at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave.

Both Channel 19 and Channel 21 will air the Press Conference, held in front of 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris’ ward office on April 25, 2018. Several 8th Ward residents showed up for the Press Conference and some of the speakers vented their anger and opposition to the proposed low income Section 8 building. The building will consist of 134 units, 7 Story. CAN TV will air the program five times in two days.

The Press Conference Videos will be aired as follows:

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 @ 8:30 AM, Channel 19

Saturday, April 28th @ 5:35 PM, Channel 21

Sunday, April 29th @ 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Sunday, April 29th @ 10:00 PM, Channel 21

Sunday, April 29th @ 5:30 PM, Channel 21

Mark your calendar and don’t forget to watch and see what community residents have to say about this “Trojan Horse”, low income idea.

The Real Problem With the Black Community

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

By Terrance Amen, founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC


Terrance Amen

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — As a community, we would rather give all or most of our money, abilities, and attention to the problems of our community, rather than the solutions. We like and share these problems on facebook who won’t even allow us to reach all our friends, while Blackjunction.com, our very own Black facebook continues to struggle. At the very least, we should have an account with them, but should make a onetime donation to their business. Our elder leaders who’ve dedicated their lives to uplift our community, continue to struggle for decades, because we refuse to support them financially.

We listen to their lectures and watch their videos, but when it comes to supporting their cause, we look for someone else to listen and watch. Our elders are dying off, without reaching their goals for our community, while we continue to search for the next news article or video that talks about another death, disrespect, or whatever to like, share, and tweet about. Some of our elders are part to blame because they refuse to work together in order to reach our full potential. I’ve said this before, how can we expect our community to come together when the elders won’t even work together.

Elder Sadiki Kambon has an organization that was created to bring all the so called leaders and elders together, called the Nubian leadership circle. Our elder leaders are in their 70’s or older and are so scared that they have latched on to individuals and groups that really don’t have their best interest in mind, but they only see the opportunity to uplift what they’re doing rather than what’s best for our community. While our men, women, and children are being slaughtered by these devils, we tweet, like, and share the news, or boycott. We wonder why we don’t get any respect, it’s because we don’t respect ourselves.

This doesn’t solve the problems we’ve had for the last 50-60 years and in some cases, it’s worse. What does that tell you? It tells me, we are not supporting each other enough to solve our problems. This is a community’s problem not an individual’s problem. But we think as individuals now rather than as a community. If it doesn’t hurt us personally, then we’ll just tweet, like and share. If we don’t wake up and start supporting and investing in our community, we’ll be talking, tweeting, liking, and sharing the same problems for the next 50-60 years. The problem is not outside our community anymore, the problem is inside our community and until we realize this, nothing will change.

We’re still using the same tactics we’ve used in the past, yet nothing has significantly changed. Where are our hospitals, national bank, educational systems, major TV and movie studios, businesses so we don’t have to go out of our community to get a job. We are the most powerful people on this planet and everyone knows it but us. We have to start supporting and investing in our own and the problems will go away, period. Black Unity will always be the solution to our problems. Now how many of you will like, share and tweet this?

For more information on how we can get ourselves out of the cycle of problems, watch the short video called The Real Solution, on www.3ufirst.com

Terrance Amen is founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC, created to end the major problems in the African American community, by bringing some of the trillion dollars we spend every year, outside our community, back to our community. Based on his book, “Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness”. For more information, go to www.3ufirst.com.

 

Setting the Record Straight in Response to 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris Statement to a News Reporter About my Actions

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On April - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

This article is to set the record straight. What the 8th Ward alderman said is misinformation.

 

By Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

 

I’ve been an Author, Publisher, Journalist and news reporter for 42 Years. I don’t usually make statements to the press because I am the press. I do investigative stories and ask questions of others.

Recently, a news reporter interviewed 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris about the low income Section 8 Senior building that is proposed to be built at 9329 to 9429 on Stony Island Ave. The building will consist of 134 units, 7 story tall.

Harris told the news reporter that she had met with “your group” for a year and there is nothing she can do to change your mind about the low income facility because “your group” is against her.

Let me make it very clear, Harris has never met with me or anyone I know. I do not have a group. That’s something she created in her mind. I do communicate with neighbors, friends and residents that live in the 8th Ward. Most good neighbors and friends do that all the time. Certainly, I am no different.

However, this is my response to the news reporter:

“Here we go again! Alderman Michelle Harris got it wrong again, as she always does. I do not have a “group.” I attend meetings that other residents or organizations in the community sponsor and write articles about what happened at those meetings. That’s what the media do. I am a media person. Shame on the alderman for not getting anything right. Or maybe she deliberately gives out misinformation to those who don’t know what is going on in our community, her ward. I know what is going on because I am active in my 8th Ward community. Sometimes I wonder does she purposely give out wrong information.

In an interview with a local newspaper, she claimed that it was a “small group” of people in opposition to her bringing in the low income project, that they don’t support her. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. There were about 200 people that came to an already canceled meeting at St. Ailbe Church on a rainy cold night to protest the building coming to the area. It was canceled because someone called the church and reserved the room under false pretense, pretending to be a woman that many at the church were familiar with. Her name was falsely used and when the woman found out that someone had falsely used her name, that she never reserved a room there, the meeting was canceled. That was not my meeting. I never scheduled any meetings. I attend other people meetings of concern.

I live in the 8th Ward community and want to preserve the integrity of our community. I make no apologies for that. I have no idea who put the meeting together but I attended the meeting after receiving a flyer in that regard, just like most people who attended. The alderman keeps saying that she has a lot of support from the community to bring the low income housing for seniors in. She does not! There are more residents in opposition to this building coming in than supporters. And I’m sure she knows that already.

 

A Land Grab in the 8th Ward?: It Appears That the Alderman is Selling Out the Pill Hill Community

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

27th Ward Alderman said Alderman Harris doesn’t have to answer to the community…really?

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

Proposed site for 7 story low income senior housing projectThere were 12 plus speakers from the 8th Ward who made firm, challenging presentations at the Chicago Development Committee meeting April 19th in City Hall against a proposed low income Section 8 Senior housing coming to the Ward.

Nonetheless, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. took it upon himself (he doesn’t live in the 8th Ward or the Pill Hill area) to rudely interrupt a community speaker while she had the floor. No apology came from the 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris. 27th Ward Ald. Burnett stated that Harris  does not have to answer to the community. Say What? Really? Maybe if she is defeated in the next election, February 26, 2019, that statement will play itself out.

27th Ward residents would be wise to question Burnett’s mannerism and tactics if they think of him as a leader. How can someone in the 27th Ward feel that they can make decisions about what is best for the 8th Ward? When he offered to take the building in his ward he got shouted down by the audience, telling him to “take it!”

Interesting enough though, there were 12 plus people there who opposed the project, stating that they lived in the affected area where the proposed low-income senior housing project will be built; and a few others that wanted the $38-million, 134 unit, 7 Story building to come into the ward, never made known where they lived (if they did) in the area even after being asked. Obviously, they didn’t live in the area. One man mentioned that he built a $250,000 property next to the low-income housing on East 78th Street and claimed that his property value went up.  Not sure how that’s possible when homes in the area go for a lot less now. A visit to any real estate site will reveal this.

Realtor.com states in a “Property Overview” that the median sales price for the Far Southeast Side area is $76,000. The $114,077 estimated value is 3.73% less than the median listing price of $118,500 for the Far Southeast Side area.

Nearby schools include Avalon Park Elementary School, Shabazz International Charter Schools and Hirsch Metropolitan High School.  That is certainly no comparison to Pill Hill homes that go for twice that amount and is in a much more desirable area.

During one of the meetings, it was mentioned that the property values can go down for those owning properties in the area, and that crime and taxes increase when you build such structures nearby.

Have you ever noticed that there is always a lust for land near highways and waterways? Think about it! And certainly, it’s not hard to figure out why South Shore property is in demand and being bought up for pennies on the dollar. That huge lot on Stony Island Ave. (9329 to 9429) where the senior home is proposed to be built was sold for a mere $800,000 but is worth much more now. Try buying that much land up on the North side near a major highway (if you can find one), and see the difference in cost.

In a meeting where 8th Ward staff attended, community activist Marcel Bright asked about a marketing study that was done about the area which allegedly showed a need for low income senior housing. To date, he, nor anyone else affiliated with the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward has been provided a copy of the study. It was also said by an audience member that all of the land being grabbed up by developers today was mostly in black communities.

While the battle continues to save the 8th Ward from negative influence, it is obvious that those who don’t live in the community are trying to buy up and sell-out the community in an effort to eventually force people out with more crime and rising property taxes.

Why the Pill Hill community? Why now?  All of these going-on, and the 8th Ward Alderman has yet to meet with residents that would be most affected by this project.

The Chicago Plan Commission, consisting mostly of Caucasians, made a decision about a black community they do not know anything about or live in the area. Yet, they are strongly supporting the development being imposed on Pill Hill residents and their community.

Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman in the 8th Ward, made some valid points that were somewhat unsettling, including that the 8th Ward alderman’s organization had taken donations from the developer who wants to build the low-income senior housing project in a business district, and that the zoning would have to be changed to B3-3! That opens the door for other like businesses to set up shop on Stony Island Ave.

What the 8th Ward Alderman is doing is contributing to the decline of the Black Community in Chicago, allowing land to be sold to non-black developers. She is taking away the hope of young blacks looking to stay in the community and build their businesses on Stony Island. Blacks are being excluded from the recovering job market in an attempt to force them to the South where all of a sudden there is plenty of work for them. It’s called reverse migration.

Unfortunately, the 8th Ward and 27th Ward Aldermen do not have the leadership skills and abilities, nor do they have the experience or economics background to understand how all of this can play out in the end. Their lack of experience or knowledge is just plain ignorance and is costing the community in a big way. What was obvious to me and others was that after the meeting those in the crowd felt that the 8th Ward needs a new Alderman. “It’s time for change!,” they said.

To be continued:
Zoning board meeting is May 9, at 10:00 am
City Council Chambers
City Hall, 2nd. Floor

Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman

 

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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