A City Fragmented

The policy of aldermanic prerogative has hindered development of affordable housing and racial integration in the City of Chicago

The City of Chicago, through the policy of aldermanic prerogative, which gives aldermen virtually unchecked control over their wards, allows housing and community development decision-making to be hindered by political influence and opposition to neighborhood racial change.

This report is the first of its kind to explicitly identify the current mechanics and quantify the impacts of aldermanic prerogative within a civil rights legal framework. The findings demonstrate that the City of Chicago has neglected to fulfill its civil rights obligations by failing to ensure more equitable family affordable housing opportunities and balance the power dynamics involved in community planning.

Read coverage in the Chicago Tribune.

Download the report below. For a high-resolution version suitable for printing, email communications@povertylaw.org.

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Shelter is not only a basic human need, it is also critical to people’s ability to pursue and attain economic stability.

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