WBEZ | James Cappleman http://www.wbez.org/tags/james-cappleman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Judge orders Chicago’s Chateau Hotel vacated http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-orders-chicago%E2%80%99s-chateau-hotel-vacated-107698 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chateau Hotel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A judge has ordered that the three remaining tenants of a single-room occupancy building on Chicago&rsquo;s Far North Side leave by midnight next Friday.</p><p>The Chateau Hotel was the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/chateau-hotel-residents-avoid-immediate-order-vacate-105922" target="_blank">center of a long battle</a> between tenants who believed they were falling victim to gentrification pressures in the city&rsquo;s Uptown neighborhood, and a new property owner who has acquired several similar buildings in three North Side wards. With this order, BJB Properties, which acquired the building early this year, will be free to tear down the building&rsquo;s 138 units, and rebuild them into pricier rental units.</p><p>&ldquo;When we lose a big building like that in Uptown, it affects the segregation of the overall city,&rdquo; said Alan Mills, attorney at the Uptown People&rsquo;s Law Center. Mills represented two of the tenants who still live in the building in their eviction proceedings. He said his clients both opted to accept financial settlements with BJB Properties when it became clear that Judge William Pileggi would likely issue the order to vacate.</p><p>&ldquo;There is very little housing in the city of Chicago that is both affordable to someone who is for example on SSI, meaning that they make something like $700 a month, and is located in an integrated neighborhood,&rdquo; said Mills. &ldquo;The vast majority of that housing is in Uptown.&rdquo;</p><p>Uptown still has the city&rsquo;s highest concentration of SRO buildings in Chicago, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/slow-disappearing-act-chicago-sro-105836" target="_blank">but in recent years it has been shrinking</a>. Many of these old buildings have deteriorated from neglect, while the surrounding neighborhoods, close to the lake, have grown in value. Many have become embroiled in costly proceedings in the city&rsquo;s buildings court, a situation that has made them ripe for purchase by outside real estate companies who are keen to offload the troubled properties for relatively low prices, and turn them into upmarket housing.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of the people who were living in the Chateau had issues with their credit,&rdquo; said Mary Tarullo, a community organizer with the Lakeview Action Coalition, which helped mobilize tenants against the eviction. &ldquo;An SRO is ... one of the very few places you can go where that&rsquo;s not an issue.&rdquo;</p><p>Tarullo said city partners, such as Catholic Charities, did what they could to help tenants of the Chateau Hotel find alternative homes. But she said their difficult backgrounds and the dwindling pool of SRO units in the city left some tenants hamstrung.</p><p>&ldquo;We know that a lot of those folks have moved to the South and West Sides. We&rsquo;ve heard of other people who&rsquo;ve gone to homeless shelters,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We know a few people that ... were actually able to find some units at other SROs. And then others are doubling up with friends.&rdquo;</p><p>Tarullo said, however, that her organization has successfully met with BJB Properties owner James Purcell, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and James Cappleman (46th), and several housing providers in Chicago, to discuss rental subsidies in some of the buildings that are being converted. She said they are discussing how to include subsidized housing units in five of Purcell&rsquo;s buildings on the North Side.</p><p>Purcell&rsquo;s company and attorney did not return phone calls.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her at <a href="http://twitter.com/oyousef" target="_blank">@oyousef</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-orders-chicago%E2%80%99s-chateau-hotel-vacated-107698 Uptown man raised alarm on viaduct evictions before death http://www.wbez.org/news/uptown-man-raised-alarm-viaduct-evictions-death-106287 <p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/homeless1.jpg" style="height: 167px; width: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Jack King slept under the viaduct at Wilson Avenue in Uptown. Before he died, he told WBEZ that city officials targeted him and other homeless there with arbitrary evictions. (WBEZ/Odette Yousef)" />Just a few weeks ago, Chicago&rsquo;s Uptown neighborhood lit up with debate over whether it should maintain services for the homeless as it has for several decades. In particular, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman and the Salvation Army disagreed over whether the charity organization should continue distributing free meals every day from its mobile food unit at Wilson Avenue and Marine Drive. The two sides say they have since patched over their differences.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/voices-salvation-army-food-truck-clients-uptown-debate-105945">WBEZ interviewed some clients of the food truck</a> while the issue was hot. One of them was &ldquo;Jack,&rdquo; who declined to share his last name but said he slept under the Wilson Avenue viaduct. &ldquo;Not everybody has jobs out here, so it does help. It helps a lot,&rdquo; Jack said, adding that he appeared at the truck almost every day.</p><p dir="ltr">Well, in a piece that ran over the weekend in the Sun-Times, columnist Mark Brown focused on <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/brown/19042742-452/homeless-evicted-from-viaduct.html">arbitrary evictions of the homeless </a>who sleep under the Wilson Ave viaduct. In it, Brown mentions the death of one of those men, a Jack King, who had left the viaduct some days earlier because of the street sweeps. King was found dead March 13 outside a health clinic on Wilson Avenue.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/homeless2.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; height: 188px; width: 250px;" title="King was one of many homeless who slept under the viaduct at Wilson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. He said police took his belongings when they evicted him and others. (WBEZ/Odette Yousef)" /></p><p dir="ltr">WBEZ has confirmed that this is the same &ldquo;Jack&rdquo; we interviewed just six days before his death. During that interview, which we include here without edits, King vented frustration at treatment he said he received at the hands of police for staying under the viaduct. &ldquo;They took my blankets, rugs I had laid out,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Maybe they get brownie points for that, I don&rsquo;t know.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">King said he felt the hostilities began once Cappleman came to office. &ldquo;He don&rsquo;t particularly care too much about us,&rdquo; Jack said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s trying to kick people out of here and there, and you can only chase a person that has nowhere to go so far. There&rsquo;s got to be something, you know?&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In an emailed response to WBEZ about King&rsquo;s assertion that the evictions heated up under Cappleman&rsquo;s watch, Cappleman wrote:</p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Since taking office, I&#39;ve encouraged the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to check on the individuals living under the viaduct and in the parks on a regular basis. I&#39;ve organized regular outreach missions where staff from my office and the 48th ward office, DFSS, and I walk through the park together in the early morning to talk to these individuals to see if we could encourage them to come indoors and take advantage of the programs and services the shelters provide. We&#39;ve successfully found housing and employment for quite a few of these folks. The gentleman who died is sadly probably not the only person we&#39;ve lost from problems with drinking and other drugs. If this gentleman had taken advantage of the programs and services available to him he may still be here today. He&#39;s the reason why I encourage DFSS to continue to check on these individuals. Everyone deserves a warm bed a safe place to live.&quot;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Homeless3.jpg" style="margin: 5px; height: 188px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="Permanent signs at the Wilson Ave. viaduct give notice that the city regularly cleans the area. In particular, Streets and Sanitation employees will discard furniture that homeless may set up there. (WBEZ/Odette Yousef)" />King told WBEZ that he didn&rsquo;t receive meals from other agencies in the Uptown area because many of them required enrollment in a full-service program to help the homeless. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of circumstances I don&rsquo;t want to go into, [but] some people don&rsquo;t qualify,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I happen to be one of them.&rdquo; One of King&rsquo;s friends who sleeps under the viaduct, Gregory Guest, told WBEZ that King had an alcohol addiction.</p><p dir="ltr">According to the Cook County Medical Examiner&rsquo;s Office, King was discovered outside a health clinic at 855 W. Wilson Ave., not far from the viaduct. His cause of death was hypertension and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/uptown-man-raised-alarm-viaduct-evictions-death-106287 Major winners and losers in the aldermanic run-off elections http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-06/major-winners-and-losers-aldermanic-run-elections-84816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/City Council Flickr Daniel X. O&#039;Neil.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the most part the April 5 runoff has confirmed who will make up the next Chicago City Council. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> checked in with some of the candidates - <a href="http://www.michelesmithforalderman.org/aboutmichele.html" target="_blank">Michele Smith</a>, the presumed winner in the 43rd Ward race against <a href="http://eganforward43.com/biography.htm" target="_blank">Tim Egan</a>, and <a href="http://www.jamesforchange.com/about_james.php" target="_blank">James Cappleman</a>, who defeated <a href="http://phelan46.com/get-to-know-molly/" target="_blank">Molly Phelan</a> to become the alderman-elect of the 46th ward.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-06/major-winners-and-losers-aldermanic-run-elections-84816 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