Opponents Shut Out Of Alderman’s “Advisory” Committee
It was Mayor Daley (I and II) all over again. In the old days, when an alderman dared to question the mayor their mike was often shut off. In other ploys meetings were quickly gaveled out of session. Opponents of a planned gift of $29 million in public funds for a luxury high-rise across the street from Lincoln Park got a taste of that old-school “No one cares what you say” treatment on April 22 at Alderman Cappleman’s Zoning and Development Committee. Before a group of six area residents could speak the meeting was hastily adjourned.
Listen to organizer Marc Kaplan, from Northside Action for Justice, as he attempted to register his opposition.
Opponents of a planned $220 million luxury residential building in Uptown were ignored and not permitted to ask the 46th Ward’s Zoning and Development Committee questions about the project at its meeting Monday night.Members of the advisory committee, put in place by Ald. James Cappleman (46th), adjourned its monthly meeting at Weiss Memorial Hospital despite multiple people who had waited patiently with their hands raised to comment on the plan, which calls for 842 mostly high-income units.
“We are totally opposed to this plan,” Marc Kaplan of Northside Action for Justice shouted as some committee members quickly filed past him out of the the hospital’s auditorium.
Tom Tresser, co-founder of the CivicLab, said he hoped the committee members would have revisited its February decision to sign off on JDL Development’s request for $32 million in tax increment financing, or TIF, assistance for the 35-story living complex planned for the former Columbus Maryville Academy site near the city’s lakefront.