Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Mayor Lightfoot unveils Plan for Citywide Equity, Resiliency
-- From a press release
2022-07-15

This article shared 1088 times since Fri Jul 15, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced Chicago's first-ever citywide plan, drafted by neighborhood residents and community leaders, which is now available for public comment and discussion through the fall.

As a 10-year framework to enhance citywide equity and resiliency, the draft "We Will Chicago" plan includes approximately 40 goals and 150 objectives to improve Chicagoans' lives, especially individuals impacted by inequities in health, economic stability, neighborhood livability, and other systemic issues.

"'We Will' is a people-centered, data-driven plan that empowers our residents to reflect on our shared past and reimagine our city's future," said Mayor Lightfoot. "I am proud that this plan is the first of its kind in both our city and across the country. With residents' input that we will gather in the months to come, this plan will be a roadmap for a City where all people, businesses, and communities can thrive."

Publication of the 146-page draft simultaneously caps two years of research and meetings with over 115 resident volunteers, 25 community-based organizations, and 103 city staff. Today, the City starts a four-month public engagement period through Nov. 1 that will enable Chicagoans in every neighborhood to respond to this vision for a more equitable and resilient city.

Anticipated to be finalized in early 2023, the framework is part of Chicago's first formal citywide planning process since the mid-1960s. The framework is Chicago's:

First plan to acknowledge the impact of racist, discriminatory, and predatory policies of previous plans, policies, and private-sector practices that continue to exacerbate racial and social inequality today.

First plan to be created with volunteers and community leaders, working side-by-side with city staff, who were selected through a citywide application process open to all residents.

First plan to provide financial stipends to community organizations to compensate their constituents' participation in research team meetings.

First planning process that incorporated a third-party civic organization to document all research team meetings and events for public transparency.

First plan to enable stakeholders to host their own community discussions on the plan and provide feedback through a "Meeting-in-a-Box" model. More than 65 resident meetings were hosted through this format in 2021.

First plan to inspire and coordinate public input through artist-led engagement activities in local neighborhoods. One-thousand-four-hundred residents were reached through 80 virtual and in-person events in 2021.

Under the direction of Mayor Lightfoot, the approximately $4 million "We Will" planning process was initiated by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Metropolitan Planning Council in August 2020 with a series of stakeholder workshops and pre-planning sessions. Participants emphasized Chicago's need for a citywide plan led by residents that were excluded or harmed from previous planning efforts and outcomes.

Subsequent public engagement efforts included a virtual kick-off meeting attended by 800 people and the creation of seven research teams through a citywide open application process with 110 people and 25 organizations. The research teams and Advisory Group convened for more than 100 meetings combined to produce "We Will" draft goals, objectives, and a list of 600+ policy ideas to guide the City's implementation of the plan in 2023 and beyond.

"The draft framework directly speaks to our times and the opportunities and challenges we collectively face as a city of neighborhoods," DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox said. "It provides a foundation for long-lasting improvements that can be implemented by government, corporations, philanthropies, individuals, and other community stakeholders to make Chicago a more equitable and resilient city for all."

"We Will" contents are arranged around eight pillars:

Arts & Culture, which presents strategies to support equitable access and participation in the arts throughout Chicago's 77 communities.

Civic & Community Engagement, which addresses opportunities for more robust and effective civic participation, trust-building, and improved service delivery for residents.

Economic Development, which seeks to foster sustainable generational wealth for Black, Latino, and other households harmed by systemic inequities.

Environment, Climate & Energy, which advances the city's climate resiliency efforts and prioritizes strategies for Chicago's most vulnerable residents.

Housing & Neighborhoods, which aims to ensure that every Chicago neighborhood is safe, inclusive, and vibrant with access to healthy, affordable, and accessible housing and amenities

Lifelong Learning, which seeks to facilitate Chicagoans' access to learning opportunities regardless of age, race, citizenship, and language proficiencies.

Public Health & Safety, which aims to prioritize public health and wellness for all residents and improve trauma-informed responses to inequities in health and safety.

Transportation & Infrastructure, which sets goals to create access and connections through safe and reliable physical infrastructure and transportation networks

This summer's public outreach to solicit feedback on the draft framework includes over 150 "We Will" engagement activities at city festivals and other locations where participants can provide in-person comments, take surveys, and submit ideas. Chicagoans can review the event calendar, download a copy of the plan, utilize the Meeting-in-a-Box toolkit to host your own conversations, and provide feedback at WeWillChicago.com .

Public feedback to the draft framework will be incorporated by planning staff in late 2022, and an updated "We Will" document will be presented to the Chicago Plan Commission in early 2023. The adoption of "We Will" by Plan Commission would lead to multiple implementation measures by the City that include new legislation, policies, executive orders, and other action items.

If adopted, the City would establish an administrative structure to facilitate accountability and transparency between departments and sister agencies to the public, and the budgets and scopes of existing City programs would undergo equity analyses for their alignment with the framework's goals and objectives. The Plan Commission's formal review and approval of large construction projects would also consider the projects' potential to advance the framework's equity and resiliency goals.

To view the citywide plan and contribute your voice, visit WeWillChicago.com .


This article shared 1088 times since Fri Jul 15, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: Incumbent 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden talks accomplishments, second term goals 2023-02-01
- ELECTIONS 2023: Incumbent 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden discusses accomplishments, second term goals By Carrie Maxwell This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: 49th Ward challenger Belia Rodriguez on why running, differences from incumbent 2023-02-01
- This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. Belia Rodriguez is a lifelong Chicagoan who attended Chicago Public Schools. ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: 48th Ward candidate Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth on why running, biggest differences from other challengers 2023-01-31
- A lifelong Chicagoan, Leni Manaa-Hoppeworth is running to become the next 48th Ward Alderperson. She is currently a small business owner (Chicago Dance Supply, 5301 N. Clark St., for the past 20 years) in the ward ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023 Lamont Robinson talks political switch, guns, LGBTQ+ issues 2023-01-30
- This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. When it comes to politics, Lamont Robinson has, for several years, ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: Candidate Larry Svabek describes his vision for the 48th Ward 2023-01-30
- This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. Twenty-nine year old Larry Svabek has been an instructor, lecturer and ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023 Jessie Fuentes: 26th Ward candidate talks mental health, LGBTQ+ Chicagoans 2023-01-30
- This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. The 2023 race to represent Chicago's 26th Ward—which includes parts of ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: Incumbent 35th Ward Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa seeks third term, talks accomplishments 2023-01-30
- This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. A life-long Chicagoan, Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward) is running unopposed ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023 Raymond Lopez on running for alderman, endorsing Willie Wilson 2023-01-29
- This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. The last time Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez talked with Windy City ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Missing student, Utah bill, Atlanta Pride, crime items, Castro bar 2023-01-29
- A New York City law student has been missing for weeks—and his brother said his last known location was The Q, a gay bar in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, NBC News reported. Jordan Taylor, 29, a ...


Gay News

Quigley commends progress in FDA LGBTQI+ blood donation draft guidance 2023-01-27
--From a press release - Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, released the following statement commending long-awaited updates to the FDA's blood donation guidance for LGBTQI+ ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois responds to violence, murder of Black and Brown trans people on the south side 2023-01-25
--From a press release - Statement by Myles Brady Davis, Director of Communications at Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for LGBTQ+ people, regarding the violences and murders of Black and Brown trans people on the south side of Chicago: ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Calif. bills, DeSantis, HIV vaccine, Meta, college items 2023-01-22
- Buried within the bills California legislators filed after Gov. Gavin Newsom released his budget proposal for the 2023-2024 fiscal year is a line seeking to retrieve $13 million back from the state's Transgender Wellness and Equity ...


Gay News

WORLD Dutch vote, landmark ruling, French teen, UK items 2023-01-22
- Dutch senators voted 56-15 in favor of including an explicit ban on discrimination on the grounds of disability or sexual orientation in the constitution, DutchNews.nl reported. This development clears the way for the constitution to be ...


Gay News

Early voting in downtown Chicago to start Thursday, January 26 2023-01-17
--From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Early voting in Downtown Chicago for the February 28, 2023 Municipal Election will start at two vote centers — the Voter Supersite at 191 N. Clark and Board Offices at 69 W. Washington, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Asylum-seekers, equality updates, cannabis, HIV and COVID 2023-01-15
- Advocacy groups that specifically work with LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers and migrants criticized the Biden administration's expansion of the use of "expedited removal" of Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Venezuelans who enter the ...


 




Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.