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Re: “Can North Lawndale win the Obama Presidential Library when the other team won't play by the rules?

The next set of hearings need to be with the Department of Housing and Economic Development and City Council to convey the city owned parcel at Roosevelt and Kostner to the Obama Foundation to build the OPL there. The Mayor needs to honor his "commitment" to support both bids. Unfortunately, the way he's handling this is no different from his policy of letting North Lawndale and similar communities die on the vine.

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Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 01/13/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Hey, Mayor Rahm—North Lawndale is good enough for a presidential library

The Mayor should have public hearings in North Lawndale for the UIC-North Lawndale bid. We need to hear more about the city's willingness to convey city-owned land; the community impact beyond UIC's immediate service area; the manner in which the University intends to engage North Lawndale residents in the planning and implementation of the project.

16 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 01/07/2015 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Message to Yo-Yo Ma: Don't believe everything Mayor Rahm tells you

If nothing else, the Mayor has managed to bring drama to every school in the district.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 12/14/2013 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Mayor Rahm: He's everywhere! He's everywhere!

Isn't Rahm a Northwestern alum? He was booed at his alma mater?

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Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 10/09/2013 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Mayor Rahm holds a budget hearing—invitation only

Maybe he'll ask people to pay property taxes by appointment only.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 10/09/2013 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Mayor Rahm to north-side parents: Hush your mouths and you'll get your money

Another one of my conspiracy theories seems to be moving in the right direction. Time will tell. I honestly believe that, while the schools have financial challenges, they are not nearly as bad as what the Mayor has been portraying for the past 2 years. He has to justify school closings. When the school closings disproportionately impacted African Americans and CPS was sued, they had to do something that would impact every school, so as to defend themselves and make the argument that the closings were an economic necessity. The people being interviewed regarding this persistent billion dollar crisis and 20% reduction in local school budgets always left the door open for more money coming back to the schools over time. I believe the money will be restored after the court cases. Think about it. If CPS was as broke as they say, why is it that they were able to refinance bonds at a lower interest rate after their credit rating was lowered? The investors know more about the City's finances than most of us, including much of the CPS finance staff. If they believed this stuff about a persistent billion dollar shortfall (over 20% of the overall budget for two years straight--come on, now), there is no way CPS could sell bonds with no difficulty, let alone at lower rates. I'll bet that after the financial audit for 2013 comes out, we'll find that CPS ended the year with another surplus

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 07/18/2013 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Will anyone challenge Mayor Emanuel in 2015? Anyone? Anyone?

I'm with Moy Moreno on this.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Valerie F. Leonard on 05/18/2013 at 1:11 PM

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