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CEO Who Brought Stability To Chicago Housing Authority Resigns

The head of the Chicago Housing Authority, Eugene Jones Jr., unexpectedly resigned late Tuesday after four-and-a-half years on the job. 

The CHA—one of the largest public housing authorities in the country—will now be without three of its leading positions. 

In addition to Jones resigning as CEO, board chair John Hooker resigned last month and former chief of staff Jose Alvarez resigned earlier this year.

The loss in leadership echoes back to the days before Jones took over as CEO: between 1999 and 2014, CHA had a whopping eight CEOs, the kind of changeover that led to inconsistency and instability in the authority. 

In an emailed statement, Mayor Lightfoot said the search for his replacement will begin immediately. 

Morning Shift checks in with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore and J.R. Fleming, an anti-eviction activist and executive director of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. 

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