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Train in Chicago

Photo of train in Northside neighborhood Wrigleyville

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Train in Chicago

Photo of train in Northside neighborhood Wrigleyville

Kiichiro Sato/AP

HUD says aldermanic prerogative limits housing options in Chicago

City Council members can stop affordable housing developments in their wards through aldermanic prerogative according to a federal agency.

Photo of train in Northside neighborhood Wrigleyville

Kiichiro Sato/AP

   

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigated the city of Chicago for nearly five years after receiving a complaint from local housing advocacy groups in 2018. The groups accused City Council members of having “unfettered power over zoning” which impacts if and how affordable housing is built in their wards. The federal agency agrees.

Reset talks with members of the groups that filed the complaint to learn more about how aldermanic prerogative powers impact housing options for Chicagoans.

GUESTS: Brett Chase, environmental reporter for Chicago Sun-Times

Roderick Wilson, executive director of Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Monica Dillon, resident of the 41st ward and member of Neighbors for Affordable Housing

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