Monthly Archives: March 2017

Meet the Authors of “Chicago Is Not Broke”

POWR and the West Ridge Community Organization (WRCO) are co-sponsoring a book discussion on Thursday, April 27, at the Northtown Library. Our guests will be the editor and authors of “Chicago Is Not Broke: A Guide to Funding the City We Deserve.”

The book’s chapters deal with issues affecting Chicago’s financial health, and each chapter’s author(s) explores a single topic in depth. Topics covered include TIFs, a public bank, the costs of corruption, and toxic bank deals that force the City to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in debt service payments before a single penny can be spent on City services.

Authors of the book include former alderman Dick Simpson, Hilary Denk, an attorney and a Director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, 2015 mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, and former reporter and communications consultant Thomas J. Graedel.  Editor Tom Tresser is well-known to Chicagoans as the man who first questioned the costs of staging the 2016 Olympics in Chicago and organized the “No Games Chicago” movement.

Please join us at the Northtown Library on Thursday, April 27, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for a lively discussion. You’ll also have an opportunity volunteer to work on some initiatives for improving our own community.

“Chicago Is Not Broke” will be available for purchase for $12.

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Take the LEARN Survey on the New Northtown Library!

The LEARN Coalition has just released its community survey, a planning tool that asks West Ridge residents to give the designers, architects, and alderman feedback about what we’d like to see in our new library. It also provides space for respondents to state their own preferences for ideas that might not appear on the survey.  All responses will be submitted online.

Surveys are due on or before March 15.

The LEARN Coalition is the community’s voice in making our new library a reality. LEARN created the petition for the library and secured more than 2,000 signatures. The petition was presented to the alderman and was instrumental in persuading the Library Board that West Ridge residents needed, wanted, and would support a new facility. It’s critical that the community continue to show that support by responding to LEARN’s survey.

Survey results will be presented to the alderman and the community as well as the developers, the designers and architects, and the Library Board.