Vote Early January 31- February 17, 2011 Elect Valerie F.

Leonard, 24th Ward Alderman February 22, 2011 Hands on Experience, A Heart for the People
 Founded the Lawndale Alliance, an organization that convinced the City to revise the $100 million Ogden Pulaski TIF Redevelopment Plan--reducing the number of housing units potentially displaced from 317 to 24. Nearly 1,200 residents impacted. Helped Carey Tercentenary AME Church get $30,000 grant to build an elevator for seniors/people with disabilities. Networked with activists around Chicago to urge the City to hold a public hearing giving an accounting for $153 million in HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. At the time, the City had only made 2 investments in North Lawndale, and none in West Garfield Park. Worked through the Illinois ResourceNet to provide technical assistance for a $7 million federal grant to provide internet access and technology training for 23 publicly funded senior housing developments in Northern Illinois, including North Lawndale’s own Sankofa House and Elois McCoy Village Apartments. Helped secure $5 million HUD grant to build Enola Dew Apartments sponsored by Habilitative Systems Inc. The senior housing complex is expected to be completed in 2011.  Helped Mount Sinai Health System secure $107.5 million in HUD funds to renovate its Emergency Room, Obstetrics Unit and Outpatient clinics, and expand the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. This led to an increase in the number of low income and uninsured patients served each year.

“A leader for such a time as this”

Worked for New York City to develop marketing strategies for the City’s $6 billion general obligation bond program during a time of recession and high unemployment. Valerie has a B.A. degree in economics from Spelman College and a Master of Management degree in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Valerie has been endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO)

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