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(Chicago Sun Times) — The public housing chief in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday made the giant leap to Chicago with a promise to “think outside the box” and provide more support services for displaced CHA residents. Charles Woodyard, 53, will need creative and unconventional thinking to succeed in his new, $216,000-a-year job as head of the Chicago Housing Authority. The $1.6 billion Plan for Transformation that tore down CHA high-rises and replaced them with mixed income communities has fallen five years behind schedule because of the collapse of the real estate market. “Given the bare reality of this real estate market, … we will be outside of the box thinkers on this. We will use our current assets to see how we can turn those into savings, into real housing opportunities for low-income families,” Woodyard told a news conference at a mixed-income complex built in the shadows of Cabrini Green.
(The Root) — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Rahm Emanuel was supposed to receive a hero’s welcome in the black community when he announced his candidacy for mayor of Chicago. After all, he was chief of staff for the first black president of the United States, who happened to be the cool former senator from Illinois! Plus, he was senior adviser to President Bill Clinton — referred to by some as the first black president.
(AP) — Black ministers, politicians and business leaders are scrambling to unify their community behind a single candidate in Chicago’s wide-open mayoral race, which already features former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, as many as four congressmen and a sheriff among those considering a run. So many potential candidates have surfaced – at least a dozen in the black community alone – that many fear the black vote could be widely split, ruining a chance to exercise the kind of influence that helped elect Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, in 1983.