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29th Ward Ald. Deborah Graham's questionnaire completed for AustinTalks
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1. Why are you running for alderman of the 29
th
Ward?I was raised to believe in public service. Even as a small child, I workedalongside my grandmother feeding the homeless. Later, when I becamehomeless myself, I found the support of local community-based socialservices that got my family and I back on our feet. I was able to putmyself through school and provide a better life for my family. The Austincommunity is my home. I grew up here, and I believe the 29
th
Ward’sbest days lie ahead. I believe in service and I believe that together wecan accomplish much. I love the 29
th
Ward. It’s my lifetime home, and Ibelieve that I can show that the 29
th
Ward is a strong and vibrant jobcenter with an active and involved citizenry.2. Why are you qualified to be alderman?I grew up in the Austin community, graduating from Collins High School. Iput myself through school, later taking a job with a social service agencyhelping homeless women find housing and employment. In 2002, I waselected to the Illinois State House of Representatives from the 78
th
Districtserving the Austin community. In 2010, I was appointed to the ChicagoCity Council as Alderman of the 29
th
Ward.3. What, if any, is your relationship with former alderman Ike Carothers.I have valued the former alderman’s friendship and expertise, and he hassupported me in past elections.4. What do you believe to be the 29
th
Ward’s assets? Its weaknesses? The current economic crisis has weighed heavily on my constituents, andsolutions for high unemployment can be elusive. I'm optimistic that as theeconomy improves as will job prospects. Clearly, public resources at alllevels must be dedicated to providing job training and experience for ourcommunity. I'm pleased the laborers union chose the 29th Ward to locateits new training center. Additional opportunities exist by enticingemployers, particularly in the green energy and high-speed rail fields, tothe 29th Ward and the west side. Use of tax increment financing and taxcredits tied to community-based hiring can provide a needed boost inemployment.I've long wished there was an easier solution for the problem of crime andviolence. I've found that solutions lie in multiple and diverse community-based efforts to get criminals off the streets. Organizations like CeaseFire,
 
that directly confront potential violent offenders continues to showsuccess, and I was pleased to support their efforts when I was a memberof the Illinois House. The Chicago Police community-based approachshows progress, and I strongly support the efforts of the CPD to work withthe community to fight crime. Sadly, as a ward that borders the suburbs,all too often we find suburban residents coming to the 29th Ward topurchase drugs. The CPD effort to report these "customers" to their homecommunity police department shows promise, and I hope this programexpands in the future. Finally, working to solve the two challenges I listedabove, access to good jobs and quality education, can go a long way toalleviating crime problems.In many ways the weaknesses of the 29
th
Ward, when properly applied,can become assets. A high unemployment rate, and a real need forexpanded job training means that 29
th
Ward has a motivated workforce,ready and able to work today. While crime continues to be a challenge,we also find large groups of our young people looking to enter the socialservice field and to give back to their community. Though we continue tofind our schools have challenges, I also find our students are motivated tosucceed academically. In short, we have a strong base for employment,for business, for community service, and for education.5. How do you envision the 29
th
Ward changing under your leadership?Perhaps the most important change I can bring to the 29
th
Ward is to showthat leadership is a grassroots effort. I believe that the community holdthe answers to our challenges, and can bring about change. I want tohear from the people. I want input. I want to be the citizens’ conduit tothe Chicago City Council. Whether it’s working to bring a newmanufacturer to the ward or to convert a vacant lot to a public garden,working together as a community we can make the 29
th
Ward a morevibrant and beautiful place. The best change I can make is to collaboratewith our community.6. What are your top three priorities as alderman? How will youaccomplish them? Please be as specific as possible.  The 29th Ward has enjoyed many successes and many challenges overthe past few years. Nonetheless, the challenges to the 29th Wardcommunity remain familiar, the need for long-term employmentopportunities, access to quality education for our children, and curtailingcrime. The current economic crisis has weighed heavily on myconstituents, and solutions for high unemployment can be elusive. I’moptimistic that as the economy improves as will job prospects. Clearly,public resources at all levels must be dedicated to providing job trainingand experience for our community. I’m pleased the laborers union chose
 
the 29th Ward to locate its new training center. Additional opportunitiesexist by enticing employers, particularly in the manufacturing, greenenergy and high-speed rail fields, to the 29th Ward and west side. Use of tax increment financing and tax credits tied to community-based hiringcan provide a needed boost in employment.7. What is your position on the creation of a new Austin High School? If you believe one should be opened, where do you think it should belocated?I would never oppose building a new school in the 29
th
Ward. I do supportthe concept of a new Austin High School, and I believe there are manyoptions for a location. Particularly with Austin High School this school isnot in the 29th ward but the impact is felt thru the Austin community.Simply providing a community-based school for no other reason thanconvenience has been long shown to be a failing model. We cannotalways control parental involvement or student desire for an education.What we can do is provide the tools and facilities for our children toreceive a quality education in a safe school. I believe the best way tocontinue to improve the Chicago Public Schools is to work with a groupcalled Austin Coming Together which is a coalition of groups working withChicago Public School to improve the quality of education in the Austincommunity.8. How will you tackle the issues of crime and public safety in the 29
th
Ward?Obviously providing meaningful employment and educationalopportunities for our citizens would go a long way to lowering the crimerate. Still, I believe that the strongest means to combat violent crime is aninvolved citizenry. That means providing citizens with a belief thatreporting crime will be met with support and protection from the ChicagoPolice Department against retaliation. We must continue to support theefforts of community-based organizations to intercede before violenceoccurs. Finally, I have personally gone into the community to encourageresidents to report crime, and to let potential offenders know thecommunity will not tolerate violence. I intend to continue that effort.9. How will you create jobs and encourage businesses to open in theward?  The current economic crisis has weighed heavily on my constituents, andsolutions for high unemployment can be elusive. I’m optimistic that as theeconomy improves as will job prospects. Clearly, public resources at alllevels must be dedicated to providing job training and experience for ourcommunity. I’m pleased the laborers union chose the 29th Ward to locate

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