First of all, I would like to thank those of you who had the confidence in me to serve you for another term. Our victory last Tuesday would not have happened without your commitment and support. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the residents of the 20th ward for another four years.
I have also worked tirelessly to improve quality of life for 20th Ward residents. I supported a $13 an hour minimum wage increase. I have also worked to establish a pediatric behavioral health services in the 20th ward. This was accomplished at the Miles Square Facility in Englewood, which is one of my proudest accomplishments. Providing this resource to children in our communities is truly a blessing that will help identify, address and relieve our youth and families of problems that may lead to harmful behavior later in their lives and will also teach them how to cope and process stressors.
Green Line Coffee is now a reality and the community can be proud of the a local establishment that will be a hub for community engagement, eating and drinking. We also partnered with the US Band, Team Work Englewood and the Englewood CDC and recently to open a Business Incubator in Englewood at 815 W. 63rd street, 4th floor.
I am optimistic for the years to come, and look forward to working with you and our neighbors to continue to help out community improve and grow. There are already promising projects underway. Preliminary ideas of building local warehouses are being organized for development. A new school building will soon be introduced to the community for comment in Woodlawn. A community kitchen is in the planning stages in Englewood. We are working together with Mariano’s grocery chain to bring a high-quality grocery store to the Woodlawn/Washington Park area. In the near future, we look forward to the grand opening and community benefits resulting with the Whole Foods store at 63rd and Halsted is schedule to open in Englewood and continuing development of other first class commercial establishments throughout the ward. This would most certainly help the residents with employment and economic stability as well as fulfilling our goals of 20th ward prosperity.
Finally, two of the potential sites for the Obama Presidential library in the final four are located in communities of the 20th ward, Washington Park and Woodlawn. If we are successful it is projected to have the capacity of supporting 40 new businesses and spur more development. These are exciting and changing times in the 20th ward.
Through my experience as a Chicago Police officer, local business owner, resident, the various Quality of Life plans and as a community organizer, I have come to understand what it takes to bring safety and prosperity to our community. I am confident that we are moving in the direction we have longed for. So much of what has been accomplished is through community planning processes and your support and cooperation. Thank you for your continued commitment to improving the 20th Ward; together, we can continue to “Get Things Done.”