As a 4th Ward Aldermanic Candidate here are some Economic Development issues my team and I are working on:
As Alderman, Rev. Livingston will make Chicago and the fourth ward affordable by working to:
- Build more affordable rental housing, improve public housing
- Eliminate red light cameras
- Change the limit from two tickets to five tickets before booting cars
- Eliminate the 7 cent bag tax
- Work for more affordable parking
As Alderman, Rev. Livingston will work towards developing the ward by promoting:
- Development of lakefront property to produce revenue for the ward
- Construction of a retail/hotel/entertainment complex which will hire from the community
- A new retail corridor from McCormick, to China Town, to Pilsen
- Community oversight committee to advise on development
As Alderman, Rev. Livingston will:
- Fight against opening new charter schools, and focus his efforts on equitable funding for neighborhood schools
- Work to expand IIT programs to provide education and vocational training at the 4th ward campus
- Fight for an elected school board
Health and Safety
As Alderman, Rev. Livingston will improve the health and safety of our city by:
- Increasing mental health clinics
- Fighting for a Civilian Police Accountability Committee that makes decisions over the police rulebook
- Decreasing policing, increasing investment in schools and jobs
Transparency and Community Engagement
As Alderman Rev. Livingston will engage with the community by:
- Creating a community oversight committee to advise on him
- Making transparency a main priority, sharing information through social media and through meeting with community leaders
- Being accessible and responsive to all citizens
- Fight for the people, not the political machine
(Chicago-Thursday June 2, 2016) Appointed 4th Ward Interim Alderman Holds Fundraiser Next Door to Opponents Campaign Office.
When I heard that Rahm Emanuel’s 4th Ward Alderman Appointee was having her fundraiser literally next door to my office I knew that I was witnessing a classic Rahm ‘fish wrapped in newspaper’ tactic - in other words try and intimidate me and my supporters with the big money people he controls. So I went to my office Thursday evening to see who would be raising money for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked interim/candidate Sophia King.
Wow! I saw a lot of folk who I’ve become acquainted with over my years of advocating for the public good in Chicago. Sadly none of the folk leaving the fundraiser are folk I’ve seen fighting for the poor, challenged and disadvantaged. I’m not saying they haven’t contributed to any worthy causes I’m just saying I haven’t seen them rubbing shoulders with the poor. I didn’t see anyone from the ‘Laquan McDonald 16 shots and a Coverup’ crowd.
It is crystal clear to me that my opponent in this race is Rahm Emanuel. I have been consistent over the years spotlighting the pain and damage his administration has wrought because he lacks the skill-set as well as the political-will to govern the poor, disadvantaged and challenged.
The 4th Ward is markedly diverse. Hyde Park. The University of Chicago. A bit of Downtown and the plain-old-everyday-neglected-west of the Obama Presidential Library-neighborhoods. The haves and the have-nots. The issues and headlines that affect my city also affect the 4th Ward in which I live. Policies, programs, education and public safety must be intentional and optimally developed for the entire ward lest we continue to shortsheet the least of these.
Whoever wins this seat can be the independent community voice and will of all the people. Or another rubber stamp that executes the orders of the Few in total obeisance to the Mayor. Checks and Balances be damned.
The special election for the 4th Ward aldermanic seat is February 2017. My name will be on the ballot. Rahm Emanuel’s name will not but I know that back behind the big curtain it will be him I’m running against.
WHY GREGORY LIVINGSTON WOULD RATHER BE ELECTED THAN SELECTED FOR 4th WARD ALDERMAN
By ALLISON MATYUS
While the presidential campaign has the attention of the nation, residents in the 4th Ward are focusing on whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appoint as their next alderman in the coming months.
Former Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced in February that he will be stepping down from his role as alderman for a director position in the popular hospitality company, Airbnd.
Burns’ last day was March 1, and the applications for those interested in replacing Burns opened on the City of Chicago website on Feb. 26. Applications for those interested in becoming the 4th Ward interim alderman closed on March 4, and according to the City of Chicago, a total of 18 people applied for the role.
The next step is for a committee, with five members Emanuel chose, to deliberate the best candidates and forward their recommendations to the mayor. One of those members is 4th Ward resident Bill Lowry, who said for him personally, replacing Burns means someone who can continue the work the alderman left behind.
“Relative to what I would like to see in an alderman is really in some ways a continuation of Ald. Burns,” Lowry said. “Two of the most important initiatives he worked on were commitment to redevelopment and safety and violence issues.”
Lowry, who has lived in the 4th Ward since 1999, said that the committee has already had two meetings with a third one scheduled. The committee includes Lowry, Rev. Dr. Richard L. Tolliver, Bonnie Sanche, Paula Wolff and Ald. Michelle Harris (8th).
According Lowry, the group has to make a recommendation of three potential candidates to hand over to Emanuel by April 29.
While the names of the candidates who applied are unknown, some people have come out with interest for the position. Chairwoman of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council, Lakeisha Hamilton; Executive Director of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation, Ghian Foreman and former 4th Ward aldermanic candidate, Tracey Bey, have publicly stated their interest in the position.
Gregory Livingston, the president of the Coalition for a New Chicago, is also interested in the alderman role; however, he did not apply through the city.
“I’d rather be elected than selected,” Livingston said. “There’s a better way the appointment process could be done that would respect 4th Ward residents’ enfranchisement.”
Livingston said that Emanuel should appoint someone who cannot campaign for the February 2017 special election to fair out the playing field.
“[Emanuel] should appoint someone from his staff who cannot campaign or run,” Livingston said. “Doing this removes mayoral politicking and lessens the apprehension of an already scandal fatigued electorate.”
WHY GREGORY LIVINGSTON IS SUPPORTING KIM FOXX FOR STATE'S ATTORNEY
My name is Gregory Livingston. I'm a lifelong Chicagoan and a resident here in the 4th Ward. I have been an advocate for the public good for most of my adult life, and that's why I'm supporting Kim Foxx for State's Attorney.
The 4th is probably the most socio-economically diverse ward in the city and Kim Foxx understands that every resident -- regardless of race, ethnicity economic status or religion -- has an inalienable right to be treated justly.
Kim is the fresh start that Cook County needs. Her lifetime of overcoming obstacles, as well as her hard earned successes, give her the experience to bring back dignity and justice to the State's Attorney office.
4th Warders, Kim Foxx won't be a 'toothless tiger' - she'll fight for what's right. Vote March 15, 2016 for Kim Foxx State's Attorney. It's about justice not 'just us'.