Our July hello
From the desk of Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez
This is the first edition of our monthly newsletter in which we hope to share news from the City Hall as well as happenings throughout the ward.
As I mentioned in my email to you a couple weeks ago, our team has been busy settling in, responding to requests, developing an independent process to review permit and license requests,and getting public input on the most pressing issues “the 78” development project and the proposed Historic Landmark District.
As always, our team is here for you at: 1645 S. Blue Island Ave / firstname.lastname@example.org / (773) 523-4100.
Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez
During the last City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 12, we introduced a resolution to review all permit and license requests issued as well as denied during Ald. Solis’s last term in office. As part of these efforts, we are developing a process to ensure there’s public input on these matters to establish a transparent process that gets rid of the preferential treatment that has compromised equitable economic development, especially for small businesses, in our ward.
We also signed on to Ald. Sophia King's bill to increase Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and signed a letter of support for the Bring Chicago Home ordinance, which would bring more resources to address homelessness.
I will serve as lead sponsor alongside Alderman Taliaferro for two ordinances that will be introduced in City Council—Development for All and Homes for All. The Development for All Ordinance seeks to reform the existing Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) so that it serves its intended purpose of ensuring housing affordability for working families across the city while the Homes for All Ordinance aims to protect and desegregate public housing.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 24.
Around the Ward:
Our office continues to provide “Know Your Rights” materials and support in English, Spanish and Mandarin in preparation for pending ICE raids from the federal government. Please stop by the ward office, call or email if you have any questions, concerns or would like to report an incident.
We also host daily canvasses to distribute "Know Your Rights" information. If you would like to help with these efforts, please reach out to email@example.com—even the simple act of distributing KYR literature to just the neighbors on your block will be incredibly helpful.
In addition to these canvases, our office will be holding "Brake Light" workshops and "KYR" workshops with local immigration attorneys as we attempt to be as comprehensive as possible in our efforts to protect our undocumented neighbors. Our team will host a candlelight vigil in protest of deportations on July 12th. Details on all the aforementioned events will be shared on our social media pages as soon as they’re available.
Our doors are open for Ward Night from 4 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at our ward office (1645 S. Blue Island Ave.). Ward Night is open to all residents and business owners and you do not need an appointment to attend.
Ward Nights every Tuesday from 4pm - 8pm
Canvassing/Flyering “Know Your Rights Material” every weekend
Landmark Meeting July 11th
“Brake Light” Immigration Workshop on July 12th
Lights for Liberty on July 12th