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Schulter Touts Support For Local Businesses

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) speaks to the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Mike Fourcher.

Tuesday night 47th Ward Ald. Eugene Schulter delivered  a “State of the Ward” speech to Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce members at Pizza DOC, 2251 W. Lawrence Ave. Schulter told his friendly audience about various projects and funds he has worked to deliver to the ward, as well as his efforts to combat a recent city 2011 budget proposal to zero out city subsidies for neighborhood chambers of commerce.

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Schulter used his thirty-minute speech to tout his strong support for continued city subsidies to local chambers of commerce, which brings over $230,000 to groups in the 47th Ward. Schulter also took credit for bringing a laundry list of infrastructure projects including streetscapes and the new Metra Lawrence Avenue station.

Schulter described some larger vision programs, like a project to turn the alley east of Lincoln Square into a pedestrian-friendly area for shops and an effort to turn the Lincoln Square farmers’ market into a year-round green market like Milwaukee’s Public Market.

On the delegate agency program, Schulter vowed to vote against the 2011 budget unless funds to area chambers of commerce are restored.

“I will not vote for this budget unless we do something about this issue,” Schulter said.

In a later interview, 47th Ward Alderman candidate Ameya Pawar said he agrees that the delegate agency funds should be restored, but that the city’s 2011 $630 million budget deficit requires Chicago to, “find an alternative way to fund chambers of commerce. As Mr. [Rahm] Emanuel put it, there are no sacred cows.  We need to look at other line items.”

Pawar also took issue with the proposed Lawrence Avenue streetscape, “If we’re going to be using TIF dollars, I think there needs to be a community dialogue to be had,” he said. “If we’re taking money from schools to pay for streetscaping, we need to have a real discussion.”

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  • Anonymous

    An iPhone app developed by a Chicago alderman? Madness you say? Perhaps, but totally brilliant as well. Ok, so, he is not alderman yet, but with the introduction of this app and other innovative ideas coming from the 47th Ward candidate for Alderman, Ameya Pawar(www.renewchicago.com), we think he soon will be. Ameya (along with 2pensmedia Inc.) has developed an application to attack City issues harming residents and stressing an already tenuous budget. The application allows Chicagoans to report problems, make service requests and provide feedback to their alderman. Ameya believes that in order for local government to work, it must come to the people. Engaging the citizenry in the daily administration of government will lead to more efficient allocations of tax dollars, increase transparency and increase trust in Chicago government. Ameya believes that Chicagoans want to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent and this application is one of Ameya’s many ideas to engage the citizenry.

    Chicago Works will enable Chicagoans to report problems, make service requests and provide feedback via a pilot program. The messages will be sent to chicagoworks@renewchicago.com. The Renew Chicago team will forward all information to elected officials. After the pilot program has ended, Chicago Works will have a link for Chicagoans to determine who their alderman is and then enable them to contact aldermen directly. Ameya hopes that future updates will allow Chicagoans to send information directly to the City of Chicago’s 311 system.

    Government should come to you and then work for all of us. Chicago Works is the first step towards participatory democracy. Let’s Renew Chicago.

    To download the app for free, please visit:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chicago-works/id385798918&partnerId=30&siteID=0TrVpPvjgH0-xM6Cs.ZYspgdMjbTJpiQ1w#

  • http://twitter.com/saduros Sally Duros

    “Schulter used his thirty-minute speech to tout his strong support for continued city subsidies to local chambers of commerce, which brings over $230,000 to groups in the 47th Ward. ….On the delegate agency program, Schulter vowed to vote against the 2011 budget unless funds to area chambers of commerce are restored.”

    Do we know what the CDBG funding will be spent on instead>

  • Anonymous

    Any one who works down town and has had to take the Metra Train at the Lawrence Ave. station knows what it feels like to stand in the winter and the hot summers on those platforms. The Street Scape Project is another example of leadership where the ward continues to thrive in part thanks to the present Alderman.

  • http://twitter.com/spiv_chavo Petey

    Just as an F.Y.I. the street scape project on Irving Park Road has been a financial disaster for the local businesses that depend on foot traffic. Which wouldn’t have been so bad had the project been completed by the date on the original parking ban, which was mid-September. However its end of October and its still not complete on the south side of the street.

  • Anonymous

    Pawar also took issue with the proposed Lawrence Avenue streetscape, “If we’re going to be using TIF dollars, I think there needs to be a community dialogue to be had.”

    Mr. Pawar if there is any part of the 47th Ward that is in need of a “streetscape” it’s Lawrence Ave. between Ashland and Western. You’re losing my vote if you feel otherwise. I want to see my tax dollars at work. When is this community dialogue taking place? Let me know….

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