WBEZ | helen shiller http://www.wbez.org/tags/helen-shiller Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City Council anticipating ward map compromise--and parliamentary maneuvers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/city-council-anticipating-ward-map-compromise-and-parliamentary-maneuver <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/Hearing1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The remap of Chicago's 50 wards was not quite a done deal. The Chicago <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/" target="_blank">City Council</a>'s rules committee met Thursday morning and they were expected to pass a compromise map. However, it may not get past the full City Council Thursday because at least two aldermen plan to delay a vote with a parliamentary procedure called a, "defer and publish." WBEZ's reporter Sam Hudzik joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> from City Hall and WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-ward-remap-hearing-draws-thin-crowd-95639">Chip Mitchell</a> joined the show from WBEZ's West Side bureau, near where a public hearing on the map was held Wednesday night. Then, former alderman Helen Shiller (46<sup>th</sup>) related her experience of having to go through the process of remaps after the 1990 and 2000 censuses.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/city-council-anticipating-ward-map-compromise-and-parliamentary-maneuver Helen Shiller of the 46th ward says farewell http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-05-10/helen-shiller-46th-ward-says-farewell-86335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/hschiller.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There were, in fact, toasts to justice and to the people at Helen Shiller’s aldermanic retirement party. And that seemed appropriate enough. The mood was festive but also nostalgic.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-10/hschiller.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 374px;" title="Helen Shiller and her staff over the years (Brad Hochgesang)"></p><p>Drawing hundreds of long time supporters last Friday night to a bash at the Aragon, Shiller – who didn’t run for re-election this time or tap an heir of any sort – mostly sat by, relaxed and smiling, and listened to the praise and accolades of allies and friends. (Full disclosure: I'm a family friend.)</p><p>Shiller was, perhaps, the City Council’s last great – and <em>real</em> – progressive, with impeccable roots and remarkable consistency.</p><p>Friday, folks mentioned how she defended subsidized housing, helped pass the human rights ordinance, the domestic partners ordinance, and tripled the city's AIDS budget in 1992. Someone brought up her work with women, how she got the city to fund a domestic violence tracking system and domestic violence counseling.</p><p>And, of course, Wilson Yards, the project that consumed her for most of her 24 year tenure in the City Council. But that stretch of nothing is now a huge Target store and retail that Uptown desperately needed, and she got it all without sacrificing low-income housing, <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/215409/helen-shiller%E2%80%99s-uptown-legacy">her signature and much-misunderstood concern</a>.</p><p>Most Chicago politicians with that long a career get rich or go to jail. Shiller did neither. For some, her détente deal with Mayor Daley in 2003 tarnished her independence credentials forever. But what few people realize is that it was Shiller who made Daley say uncle: He tried three times with all he had and couldn’t beat her, and the only way to buy her was to just help her out with the damn Wilson Yards project.</p><p>So let’s give credit where credit is due, cuz we’re not going to see anyone like her for a long time. Among her less known accomplishments:</p><ul><li>Shiller initiated and passed the nation’s strongest anti-apartheid ordinance in 1990;</li><li>changed city regulations in mid 1990s to allow childcare centers to<br> serve evening and night workers;</li><li>helped change city regulations in the early 2000s to make it easier for<br> storefront theaters to open;</li><li>created a program that helps first time homebuyers purchase condos in<br> gentrified neighborhoods.</li></ul><p>She was also about the only alderman besides maybe Ed Burke who actually read the city budget, serving as a checks and balance to the mayor but also against the avarice of some of Daley’s most shameless allies. No one, but no one, is gonna take her place doing that in the new City Council.</p><p>So: To the people, Helen, and to justice!</p><div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 19:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-05-10/helen-shiller-46th-ward-says-farewell-86335 46th Ward forum addresses social issues http://www.wbez.org/story/46th-ward/46th-ward-forum-addresses-social-issues <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/web1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Social service agencies in Chicago&rsquo;s Uptown neighborhood had a chance to put their questions to ten candidates for 46<sup>th</sup> Ward alderman on Wednesday. The office has been occupied for the last 24 years by Alderman <a href="http://www.aldermanshiller.com/">Helen Shiller</a>, who announced in August that she would not seek a seventh term. Now there are eleven candidates vying for that seat on the City Council, and it&rsquo;s likely that voters won&rsquo;t settle the contest until the runoff election in April.</p> <div>The forum was hosted by <a href="http://www.onechicago.org/">ONE</a>, the Organization of the North East, and drew nearly 500 audience members to the People&rsquo;s Church of Chicago. Candidates began with one-minute introductions of themselves (they begin around 4:40 in the posted audio). Attending candidates were: <a href="http://www.rettafor46thward.com/">Befekadu Retta</a>; <a href="http://phelan46.com/">Mary Anne &ldquo;Molly&rdquo; Phelan</a>; <a href="http://www.carroll46.com/">Michael Carroll</a>; <a href="http://donnowotny.com/">Don Nowotny</a>; <a href="http://www.jamesforchange.com/">James Cappleman</a>; <a href="http://shapiro4alderman.com/">Diane Shapiro</a>; <a href="http://www.andylam46thward.com/">Andy Lam</a>; <a href="http://www.citizensforstewart.com/">Emily Stewart</a>; <a href="http://www.marckaplanward46.com/">Marc Kaplan</a>; and <a href="http://baskinforalderman.com/Home.aspx">Scott Baskin</a>. One candidate did not attend&ndash; <a href="http://www.caitlinmcintyre.com/">Caitlin McIntyre</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Ms. McIntyre did not respond to any correspondence and attempts to meet with her until a couple of days before the forum,&rdquo; explained ONE Executive Director Jamiko Rose. &ldquo;At that point we could not amend our agenda to include her and work within the time frame that we had publicized.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ONE member organizations generated and asked the questions, which were not previously shown or sent to the candidates. Each candidate had one minute to answer each question, and the first person to answer each question was selected at random.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here&rsquo;s a guide of where questions begin in the audio file:</div> <ol type="1" start="1"> <li>How will you work with the community to address safety? (16:16)</li> <li>How will you work with the community to develop and maintain high quality affordable housing in the ward and what are your views on the Sweet Home Chicago Ordinance? (27:13)</li> <li>What ideas do you have to support mental health and addiction services in the community? (38:05)</li> <li>How would you support efforts to improve our neighborhood schools, specifically for undocumented students? (48:38)</li> <li>What are your views on maintaining the shelters and transitional housing in the community? (59:53)</li> <li>What is your vision for developing the community and what changes do you hope to see in four years? (1:11:31)</li> </ol> <div>The next alderman for the 46<sup>th</sup> Ward will have to contend with Uptown&rsquo;s growing pains, which have become pronounced since the last city council election in 2007. Historically, Uptown has held a concentration of non-profit service organizations to help people at the economic and social margins. For a long time, Alderman Shiller had built a reputation as a strong advocate for them and had committed to keeping mental health, affordable housing, and substance abuse services in the ward. But Shiller came under increasing pressure from different constituencies. For one, social services and affordable housing were difficult to hold onto as property values rose. Also, wealthier residents moved into the ward, and many of them questioned Shiller&rsquo;s legislative priorities.&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/46th-ward/46th-ward-forum-addresses-social-issues