The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, stands about as far left as a person can get. His city helps leads the nation in violence, crime, and poverty. In response, he has continued to enact stricter gun control, blame the poverty on Republicans, and provide support for illegal immigrants.
His “sanctuary city” is going to extreme lengths to protect immigrants and fight President Trump. In the past months Rahm has reiterated his vow, saying, “To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety as we’ve spoken to, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago. Chicago will always be a sanctuary city.”
Even after Attorney General Sessions threatened to pull federal funding from these cities, Rahm held his position, wanting to appear a hero to the undocumented residents of his city.
The total number of illegal immigrants in Illinois is estimated to be 511,000. Chicago is home to 183,000 of those, about 35%. Clearly, the violent city is attractive to illegals. All of the protections offered are drawing many in. What about Chicago citizens, the legal ones?
The approximately 2,720,546 people who are suffering with a poor economy and extreme danger have never been Rahm’s focus. New evidence shows that he is still not interested.
A Chicago watchdog group, led by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, has uncovered that city hall cannot account for $4.6 million. The missing money was a portion of a total of $89.9 million that the city collected from developers from 2003 to 2015.
The money was intended to be used to create affordable housing for citizens of Chicago. Instead, an accounting maneuver relocated the bulk of the $4.6 million “to be used for other purposes.”
Inspector Ferguson told the city that the money should immediately be returned so it could be used as intended. Rahm’s staff denied the loss completely;
“The purported losses, if any, to the program described in this report were losses on paper only.”
This claim directly contradicts another made by city staffers. They state that in 2015, tracking of money was improved. The cash for affordable housing would be placed in a “new accounting fund.” It is unclear how that new system helped in this case.
Losing the money, or moving it as the liberals say, is not the only issue that the report uncovered. IG Ferguson pointed out the failures of Chicago’s housing efforts overall. He said the city should focus on putting affordable housing in “high opportunity areas” to avoid “affordable housing development that concentrates poverty and/or reinforced historical pattern of housing segregation.”
Rahm’s team was characteristically dismissive of the report critiques;
“Changes made in 2015 by the council to the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance addressed the issue.”
If the city is to be believed, they have already fixed any conceivable problem. Someone should inform the 4,368 people who were killed last year that Chicago has it under control.
The ordinance that the officials reference requires developers in high-income areas to build affordable housing in the same space. The legislation states the affordable housing must be on the same site or within two miles in another high-income area.
If the mayor and other officials were interested in improving conditions for city residents, as they claim, this should not be an issue. At least some of the money they needed was there. It is not anymore and someone needs to be held accountable for that.
Additionally, Ferguson’s report looks at the Department of Planning and Development. He alleges that their method of identifying opportunity areas for affordable housing is flawed. Ferguson says that the cities plan, using socioeconomic factors like jobs and public transportation, might have actually deterred affordable housing in high-opportunity areas.
The department has responded by saying that they will fix that issue.
The Chicago Community Land Trust faced criticisms as well. The trust, which has been around for 10 years, has the job of acquiring land for affordable housing. Ferguson states that the trust has never received the resources to accomplish its purpose.
The trust instead screened prospective low-income homebuyers. They also claim they held homeownership workshops. The report recommended that CCLT be dissolved. Officials have a better idea. They plan to drop the words “land trust” from the name so there is no more confusion.
Mayor Emanuel has yet to comment on the situation, he is likely occupied with immigration issues. As he digs in for further battles with the President Trump, his cities true problems are not likely to receive the attention they need anytime soon.