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Nick is fighting for a 48th Ward where people are valued over profits. Learn more about his priorities for the ward here.

 

Education

We need to take a holistic approach to preserving our public schools as neighborhood hubs dedicated to community well-being. We need schools that are fully staffed with nurses, social workers, librarians, restorative justice practitioners, janitors, crossing guards, and arts teachers. We need schools where students are allowed to learn, play, and create.

As Alderman of the 48th Ward I will:

  • Support the Chicago Teachers Union and all union school workers in their fights for fair contracts that grant both the workers and our shared communities the dignity and respect they deserve
  • Support the removal of police from our public institutions and replace them with the social workers that the Chicago Teachers Union won in their last contract 
  • Fight for COVID safety plans that prioritize proper ventilation, cleaning procedures, vaccination drives, testing, and personal protective equipment so that schools are safe for in-person learning and that the likelihood of clustered outbreaks is drastically diminished 

Housing

I believe that housing is a human right and that everyone should have access to an affordable, safe, quality, stable living environment. I believe that homelessness, the eviction crisis, and a lack of affordable housing are the results of policy choices that prioritize the few over the many. 

As Alderman of the 48th Ward I will:

  • Support the Just Cause Eviction ordinance, which would strengthen protections for renters, and require landlords to pay relocation assistance when evicting tenants without just cause
  • Strengthen legislation that preserves housing for low-income renters and provides permanent affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness 
  • Build affordable, multi-bedroom housing for families to help combat enrollment loss in local CPS schools, close the housing gap, and prevent families from leaving the city altogether

Environmental Justice

The effects of our climate disaster are seen year-round in Chicago. In Edgewater, lakefront erosion has led to emergency shoreline work at Berger Park. But climate change rarely adheres to ward boundaries. I believe that environmental racism is a citywide problem that requires a citywide solution. We can combat environmental injustice by canceling contracts with polluters, investing in climate resilient and carbon neutral infrastructure, and refusing to give public space to corporations.

As Alderman of the 48th Ward I will:

  • Support democratizing ComEd and all of our utilities so that critical services are guaranteed for all residents and aide our transition to net zero emissions
  • Fight to retrofit our school buildings with carbon-neutral and climate resilient technology and install proper ventilation and other necessary COVID protections
  • Enforce a strong citywide climate action plan and fight for a citywide energy plan for a cleaner, more sustainable future
  • Reopen the Chicago Department of the Environment 

Public Safety

I believe that housing, the ability to provide for yourself and your family, access to arts and athletics, mental health and social service resources, accessible streets, and more make people safe. Chicago’s leaders have long favored a punitive approach to safety that criminalizes peoples’ personal crises, leads to more violence, and makes neighborhoods more fearful. It’s time to try care-based strategies that get to the roots of violence in our communities and  connect people with resources they desperately need rather than rely on the police to solve our problems.

As Alderman of the 48th Ward I will:

  • Fight to reallocate public safety funds towards community-led violence prevention initiatives
  • Support Treatment Not Trauma, which would create a non-police crisis response system for mental health related emergencies to better serve our neighbors and reduce their exposure to the criminal justice system 
  • Fight to reopen and expand the services of Chicago’s public mental health clinics, providing hundreds of union jobs in healthcare and servicing hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans with trauma-informed responses to personal crises 

Labor and Economic Justice

I believe in workers’ rights to unionize and demand workplace safety, adequate compensation, and dignity. I believe that our city should be one where working people receive the fruits of our labor. For too long, Chicago has taxed residents for basic necessities like water and electricity, while diminishing public investments like the failure to replace toxic lead pipes. We deserve a ward and a Chicago that everyone, regardless of income level, can call home. 

As Alderman of the 48th Ward I will:

  • Expand public sector unions by supporting legislation that adds stable, union jobs in healthcare, the public service sector, and public schools 
  • Introduce an ordinance to eliminate the tipped minimum wage in Chicago, ensuring that all tipped employees receive the same hourly wage guaranteed to all Chicagoans, which will especially assist low-wage restaurant workers
  • Work with labor unions and businesses to create and advertise job training programs that strengthen the working class by providing a reliable pipeline to high quality jobs, with a focus on people with employment barriers, such as felony convictions
  • Oppose property tax increases
  • Create a participatory budgeting process where ward residents direct how money is invested in our community 

Public Infrastructure

I believe we have to invest in robust public transportation and infrastructure that makes walking, biking, scootering, and taking public transit viable options for everyone. We must invest in public spaces in our ward by creating pedestrian-friendly plazas and walkable thoroughfares to make our streets safer and more accessible for all.

As Alderman of the 48th Ward I will:

  • Fight for more transit throughout the city, increase train service frequency, and increase bus service on busy streets, like Clark Street and Sheridan Road
  • Build high-quality biking and pedestrian infrastructure, such as bump-outs and protected bike lanes that prioritizes cyclists, and a shared streets program that increases pedestrian safety
  • Work to municipalize snow removal so that sidewalks, bus stops, and crosswalks are accessible for everyone after a snow storm
  • Work to implement car-free pedestrian zones in the areas of our ward with the highest foot traffic, such as on Clark Street north of Foster