Thursday, January 17 - Lincoln Yards Zoning Changes / Call Alderman Hopkins / Green New Deal

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Protest Lincoln Yards Development on 1/24

The Chicago Planning Commission is set to change the zoning rules for Lincoln Yards this January 24th - BEFORE the public has been allowed to review the real master plan for the mega development. 

These zoning changes are what will allow Sterling Bay to develop 12 million square feet of buildings on just 54.5 acres of land. For reference, The John Hancock Center is 2.8 million square feet.

 As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Blair Kamin puts it: 

"Lincoln Yards is scheduled for an almost sure thumbs-up vote at the Chicago Plan Commission. Something smells bad here, despite the alderman’s insistence that he’s still withholding his support and that he needs to see if developer Sterling Bay ‘is able to hit the target with their next attempt to revise the master plan.’ 

It looks like Hopkins and the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel have cut a deal and that the alderman has climbed aboard the Rahm ‘Get Lincoln Yards Done Now — Before I Turn Into a Lame Duck’ Express.

 If key aspects of Lincoln Yards proposal remain in flux, it should not be going to the Plan Commission."

It’s now or never to halt this mega development until we have a new Mayor and City Council to properly vet it. There won't be many opportunities left to stop this mega development from plowing over our communities - and our concerns. Come make your voice heard!

When: Thursday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Chicago City Hall (121 N. LaSalle)
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Action via Friends of the North Branch Park & Nature Preserve

Action 2: Call on Alderman Hopkins to Postpone Lincoln Yards Proposal

One of the ways that we are working to delay the Lincoln Yards Development is to pressure Alderman Brian Hopkins—in whose ward the property in question is located—to not allow the Lincoln Yards plan to go forward to the Chicago Plan Commission meeting on January 24 without his approval (as per Chicago’s historic aldermanic prerogative.) In light of how things in Chicago usually work, it is extremely odd that the plan is on the agenda for review without a sign-off from the alderman. And we know that the rubber stamp Chicago Plan Commission will approve the proposal once it crosses their desks. ‘Cause that’s the Chicago way!

If you live in the 2nd ward, please call or email Alderman Brian Hopkins’ office TODAY to demand that he take the Lincoln Yards proposal off the January 24 Chicago Plan Commission schedule in light of the fact that there is no way that appropriate public feedback can be garnered and assessed between now and then.

Phone: (312) 643-2299

Action via Friends of the Parks

Action 3: Call on Your MoC to Support Green New Deal

The 2018 midterms swept Democrats into power in the House, and they have brought with them a renewed focus on combating climate change. Sitting Members of Congress (MoCs) and incoming MoCs alike have rallied around a proposal to establish a Select Committee For A Green New Deal as a starting point for making the changes necessary to protect the planet from catastrophic climate change. The Select Committee would be responsible for developing a plan and accompanying draft legislation by March 2020 for a Green New Deal that would be implemented over the next decade.

The Green New Deal is an ambitious, progressive policy framework that would protect the planet and grow the economy. Like the original New Deal, the Green New Deal represents a massive investment in America’s people and infrastructure—but with the additional goals of spending on projects that will transition America to a green economy, and ensuring that these investments are targeted to promote “social, economic, racial, regional, and gender-based justice and equality.” Get more details about the Green New Deal.

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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [REP] to publicly support establishing a Select Committee For A Green New Deal in the House Rules for the 116th Congress. Establishing a Select Committee For A Green New Deal would demonstrate that Democrats understand the kind of action we need to take to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming. Thank you.

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