Chicagoans have a history of coming together to improve our communities. We believe that if everyone does their part, we can make life better for all of us. Whether it’s helping dig out our neighbors’ cars after a snowstorm or checking up on them during a heat wave, we have each other’s backs.
Unfortunately, our political leaders do not have ours. Mayors like Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have created barriers to our ability to thrive, choosing instead to enrich their wealthy campaign donors. With the Chicago mayoral and city council elections just around the corner, it’s time to demand our elected officials center policy around the needs of the people who live here.
For decades, our mayors have promised to make Chicago a “world-class” city – which, to them, has meant bringing more wealthy, white people to the city. To feed this vision, they’ve torn down public housing while giving tax handouts to luxury developers, opened selective enrollment schools while closing public schools in Black and Latinx communities, and poured millions into making Downtown more attractive to tourists who don’t live here while ignoring Chicago’s Black and Latinx neighborhoods.
The result is a city deprived of quality public service and residents who lack the opportunity to earn decent pay and raise a family. Chicagoans carry these burdens daily – parents struggle to pay for childcare, students work three jobs just to pay for college, and teachers have gone on strike four times in eight years to try to improve classroom conditions.
This is unacceptable and unnecessary. There are concrete solutions to the issues that Chicago residents deal with every day.
Chicagoans are rallying around a plan to ensure free universal early childhood education, free community college, and free public transit, all while guaranteeing 36,000 more folks a place to live.