Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown Outlines City Economic Development Plan

Craig Dellimore
October 12, 2018 - 12:00 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown is outlining an economic development plan for Chicago that would seems to limit the power individual aldermen have over projects in their communities.

Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown acknowledges there’s development underway in Chicago, but she said it’s not happening in all neighborhoods adequately or fairly. She said ward-based economic development isn’t working. It causes concentrations of poverty and unequal distribution of resources.

"The ward approach dealing with economic development from ward to ward really just simply has not worked. So I want to centralize. I want to have a comprehensive, economic and community development plan for the entire city of Chicago and centralize the planning," Brown said.

Mayoral hopeful Brown wants to create eight development zones for Chicago and have a team to plan for each one. She said there would be input from individual aldermen, but they would not have the final approval or veto power they usually enjoy right now, with local developers, some of whom make campaign contributions. She said the city needs to take politics out of the process.