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HPKCC asks 4th and 5th Ward February 22 2011
aldermanic candidates 7 questions

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In October 2010 an ad hoc committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Board of Directors led by Dr. Jack Snapper compiled a list of seven questions. These have been sent to all reachable candidates who have filed to run for alderman of the 4th or 5th Wards in the February 22, 2011 Chicago Municipal Election. Candidates were asked to submit answers to each question in 200 words or less by December 10, 2010. Those received FROM CANDIDATES STILL ON THE BALLOT AND IN THE FORM OF ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS will be published in full on this website, shared with South Side media (ARE IN THE HERALD AND REFERENCED IN THE MAROON) and as much as possible will be printed in the Conference's quarterly membership publication, The Conference Reporter, ahead of the election.

Read/print cover and questions in pdf. Release: where the responses can be found

READ RESPONSES

Candidates filed by November 23, 2010 deadline. (There will be a lottery December 1 to decide ballot position for those at the door at the opening of petition filing, November 15, 2010. The list will be revised as soon as the final order is known. Challenges to appearing on the ballot must be filed by November 30.)

Cover letter and Questions. Cover letter and questions to candidates. Herald commends conference

Candidate forums- see in Hot Meetings

Release: where responses can be found (note, this letter appeared in the Hyde park Herald in full with start of responses January 19.)

January 11, 2011

Ward candidates respond to HPKCC questionnaire

The February 22, 2011 aldermanic and citywide election will be one of the most important and memorable elections in Chicago history and will likely set our civic agenda for years to come. An unprecedented number of candidates filed in the 4th, 5th and adjacent wards.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference encourages residents to register to vote, learn about the issues and candidates, attend forums, and otherwise question the candidates and also tell the candidates their perspectives and ideas. The Conference will co-sponsor a forum for 4th Ward candidates presented by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development, on Saturday, February 5, 10 a.m. at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

As its main contribution to this public debate, the Conference sent all the candidates who filed for Alderman of the 4th or 5th wards a questionnaire with seven questions, with the responses to be made public. The questions were prepared and responses collected by a board task force led by Jack Snapper and assisted by George Davis, Gail Isenberg, and Gary Ossewaarde.

We thank those candidates (about half of those who filed) who took the time to respond. We are releasing to the public the responses from those candidates who are (or are expected to be) on the ballot at the time of this writing, and whose responses were in the form of answers to the questions. Responses are presented as sent. They are from William D. “Will” Burns, George Rumsey, Brian Scott, and Lori S. Yokoyama (4th Ward) and Carol Hightower Chalmers, Leslie A. Hairston, AnneMarie Miles, and Michele A. Tankersley (5th Ward).

The questions and responses are online in the Conference website, http://www.hydepark.org (linked from the homepage). They are also being released to media and online news sources for their unrestricted use. They will also form the main content of an expanded January 2011 issue of the Conference’s quarterly publication, The Reporter, which is sent to our members and community stakeholders. Copies will be placed in Blackstone Branch Library and be available at appropriate community events between now and election day. Individuals will receive a copy upon request by joining the Conference. Please contact us at hpkcc@aol.com or 773 288-8343.

Jane Ciacci, President and the HPKCC Board of Directors

 

Cover letter and questions:

Dear xxx

The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference would like to hear from you concerning your views on several issues that we believe are important for the xxx ward.

The HPKCC is a community organization established in 1949. For the last 60 years, it has worked to enhance the attractive, secure, diverse, and caring community that is Hype Park and Kenwood in Chicago. The HPKCC does not endorse candidates in political races. But the Conference can help to see that our community has an informed electorate. If you care to respond to some, or all, of the questions presented below, we will make your responses available to the voters of your ward, without HPKCC endorsement or commentary.

Space permitting, we will publish the responses of all candidates in the HPKCC Reporter. We will make the responses available to the local newsletters and newspapers that may have an interest in publishing candidates’ views on these issues.

We will be sending you a copy of this request by both email and U.S. mail. Please send your responses to my office address given below. Given the short time remaining before the February election, we would like to have your responses by December 10th. The HPKCC Reporter is a small publication, and we ask you to try to keep responses to each question under 200 words.

The HPKCC thanks you for your commitment to our community.

Jack Snapper
For the Board

U.S. Mail: Dr. Snapper SH 218
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn,
Chicago, Il 60616
Email: snapper@iit.edu

 

1. What are your three highest priorities for your ward? What do you regard as the most critical issues facing the ward? If elected, how would you go about addressing them? If the most critical issues are not the same as your highest priorities, why not?

2. Is there a need for a reconfiguration of the transportation system for the ward? Do you have suggestions for changes to the public transportation system? Do you have suggestions for changes that will make the ward more friendly for pedestrian traffic, or for automobile use?

3. Are there significantly underdeveloped areas (or empty spaces) in your ward? Do you have suggestions for the uses of such spaces? Are there specific areas that can be developed to encourage retail, provide green space, or increase the availability of affordable housing?

4. What is the proper procedure for the management of TIFs. Should the ward have more or fewer TIFS? What is your view of the value of the TIFs that are now in place in the ward?

5. What problems do you see in the present level of public services (e.g. garbage and litter pickup, street maintenance, park maintenance, police presence) in the ward? What can the alderman do to address those problems?

6. Do you see any significant problems with real estate zoning in the ward? Do you believe that upcoming issues can be effectively resolved through individual variances, or is there a need for zoning review or for zoning revisions in any specific areas of the ward?

7. What is the alderman’s role in addressing the popularly perceived inadequacies in the public schools? Do you have proposals for additional youth-oriented programs in your ward?

Herald commends conference, points or asks more resources on this election. Note- it gives too much credit to the Conference for the February 5 forum.

Herald, January 12, 2011

Our hats off to the conference

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is providing two tremendous resources in the upcoming Feb. 22 election for voters who live in the 4th and 5th wards. A list of seven questions was distributed to the aldermanic candidates there, and about half of them responded. With questions ranging in topic from general priorities to education, littering and TIFs, the questionnaire provides a helpful snapshot of what sort of vision the candidates have for the future of our community.

Voters will then be able to take those responses and listen to the candidates of the 4th Ward discuss those and other matters on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. We urge Hyde Parkers to attend this event co-sponsored by the Coalition for Equitable [Community] Development and the conference. No matter who your favorite, getting all of the candidates to publicly commit to positions we all care about advances the community's agenda.

With the 4th Ward election theoretically wide open, as Toni Preckwinkle is now deep into her new position as Cook County Board president, we see why these groups may have been quick to assemble a forum for that part of Hyde Park. We would like to see an additional forum held for candidates of the 5th Ward, though. Like the 4th Ward, the 5gh stretches well beyond the boundaries of Hyde Park, but it is important that we are able to hear how the candidates are thinking about this portion of the ward. The challenges and opportunities in Hyde Park sometimes vary significantly from, say, South Shore. It's important Hyde Park residents in the 5th Ward know the positions of candidates, as well as Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th).

As space allows, we will publish the candidates' responses to the conference's questions, beginning this wee. These could make for valuable preparation tools in advance of the forum and the election. We applaud the conference for continuing its good work in building civic life in Hyde Park.

Candidates filed:

(from http://www.chicagoelections.com, the official site of the Chicago Board of Elections)

Who filed for February 22 2011 and is still on the ballot pending challenges review? Latest formal standings. City website section on challenges gives rulings for those for whom rendered by board. As of January 12 "DRAFT" ballot

Who filed for February 22 2011 and is still on the ballot pending challenges review? Latest formal standings. City website section on challenges gives rulings for those for whom rendered by board. As of January 12 "DRAFT" Ballot

For Mayor

1 RAHM EMANUEL 754 N. Milwaukee Avenue Second Floor, Chicago Illinois 60642 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
2 MIGUEL DEL VALLE 2218 North Lamon Ave, Chicago Illinois 60639 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
3 CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN 1229 East 56th Street, Chicago Illinois 60637 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
4 GERY J. CHICO 310 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60604 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
5 PATRICIA VAN PELT WATKINS 2826 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago Illinois 60612 11/22/2010 10:31:00 AM Candidate
6 WILLIAM WALLS, III 1709 North Moody Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60639 11/22/2010 5:00:00 PM Candidate

Eliminated: TYRONE CARTER, JOHN HU, TRICIA LEE, JAY STONE, RYAN GRAVES, TOMMY HANSON, FENTON PATTERSON, HOWRD RAY, FREDERICK WHITE..
And withdrew-ROLAND BURRIS, DANNY DAVIS, ROB HALPIN, JAMES MEEKS, _____ JONATHAN, WILFREDO DE JESUS


For City Clerk

21 PATRICIA HORTON 610 West 61st Place, Chicago Illinois 60621 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
25 SUSANA A. MENDOZA 2646 S. Sawyer Avenue, Second Floor, Chicago Illinois 60623 11/22/2010 4:41:00 PM Candidate

Removed- ANDROS, COCONATE, DAVIDOVAC, YOUNG. Withdrew SANDI JACKSON


For City Treasurer

31 STEPHANIE D. NEELY 1140 E. 44th St., Chicago Illinois 60653 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate

Removed- CRUZ


For Alderman 3rd Ward

51 EBONY TILLMAN 4321 South M L King Jr Drive, Chicago Illinois 60653 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
52 PAT DOWELL 4414 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Chicago Illinois 60653 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate

Removed- Christine Dawson Perkins CHRISTINE DAWSON PERKINS, MATTHEW JOHNSON.
,
Withdrew- BENJAMIN HARRIS

For Alderman 4th Ward

51 WILLIAM D. "WILL" BURNS 920 East 48th Street, Chicago Illinois 606151802 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
52 BRIAN SCOTT 4736 South Drexel Boulevard, Chicago Illinois 60615 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
53 NORMAN H. BOLDEN 4318 S. Berkeley Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60653 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
54 JAMES E. WILLIAMS 4029 S. Vincennes, Chicago Illinois 60653 11/19/2010 9:13:00 AM Candidate
55 GEORGE RUMSEY 5433 South Greenwood #3 , Chicago Illinois 606155103 11/22/2010 9:01:00 AM Candidate
56 ADAM L. MIGUEST 4413 S. Ellis, Chicago Illinois 60653 11/22/2010 10:35:00 AM Candidate
58 LORI S. YOKOYAMA 4800 S. Greenwood, Chicago Illinois 60615 11/22/2010 3:21:00 PM Candidate

Removed: HORTON (obj. sustained), BEARD (default & obj. sustained), Dantzler. Withdrew: BONNER


For Alderman 5th Ward

51 ANNE MARIE MILES 5490 South South Shore Drive, Chicago Illinois 60615 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
52 MICHELE A. TANKERSLEY 1526 E. Park Shore East Apt 3H , Chicago Illinois 60637 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
53 LESLIE A. HAIRSTON 6858 South Chappel Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60649 11/15/2010 9:00:00 AM Candidate
56 GLENN ROSS 7151 S Paxton Ave, Chicago Illinois 60649 11/22/2010 3:39:00 PM Candidate
57 CAROL HIGHTOWER CHALMERS 6948 South Paxton Street, Chicago Illinois 60649 11/22/2010 4:32:00 PM Candidate

Removed- objections sustained: HENDRICKS, MCALLISTER, SANKEY, WILLIAMS-BEY, WOHADLO

For Alderman 20th Ward (objections not thoroughly checked for)

GEORGE E. DAVIS 6531 S. Ingleside Ave, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate
ANDRE SMITH 6000 South Indiana Ave. Apt 101, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate
WILLIE B. COCHRAN 6118 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60637 M Candidate
CHE "RHYMEFEST" SMITH 5942 S. King Drive Unit 3N, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate
SIDNEY (SID) SHELTON 454 E. 66th Street, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate

Removed- DAVID NUCKOLLS


For Alderman 20th Ward (objections not thoroughly checked for)

GEORGE E. DAVIS 6531 S. Ingleside Ave, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate
ANDRE SMITH 6000 South Indiana Ave. Apt 101, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate
WILLIE B. COCHRAN 6118 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60637 M Candidate
CHE "RHYMEFEST" SMITH 5942 S. King Drive Unit 3N, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate
SIDNEY (SID) SHELTON 454 E. 66th Street, Chicago Illinois 60637 Candidate

Removed- DAVID NUCKOLLS