Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, March 28

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  • F. Hayek 69

    There’s no such thing as a fair share. Contracts should go to the lowest bid that has a competent reputation and track record. Otherwise it’s crony politics with another name.

  • Chicagoan

    Contracts don’t always go to the best bidder (Ex.: Lowest bid, strong record), rather historically, they go to the firm with the best ‘support’ for their Alderman and City Hall.

    There’s more to this as well, such as making these contractors hire people of color and making training institutes admit people of color.

  • ardecila

    Not sure why a $100 rent increase at Jackson Park Terrace is newsworthy. Rent goes up even in solidly low-income neighborhoods far from the specter of gentrification, because of inflation, rising property taxes, and increased cost for things like water, garbage collection, and maintenance.

    A $100 increase seems pretty routine to me, not the first step of gentrification.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    “…Rent increase ranging from $100 a month to more than $250 a month.”

  • JPT Community

    My thoughts exactly and these are low income residents so a rent increase of $100 when you are paying $200 already is nothing. Seriously this must have been a slow news day.

  • JPT Community

    I’m sorry let me be clear I live on the property in question and we just got a $25 increase for the first time in 15 years, thank God. I live in a 1 bedroom with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and I pay $730 with central air and heat and cooking gas included. I am willing to pay $1,000 if need be because I love my apartment and the community and I am never leaving. Chicago is expensive to live in depending on the neighborhood period. I actually moved to JPT from the North Side and I was paying $875 for a 1 bedroom. I also had no parking and no central air.

    Chicago also banned rent control so landlords can charge what they want as long as the resident agrees to that amount. HUD, CHA and IHDA are the main entities that regulate housing and they inspect our property regularly. People getting handouts should not be complaining because there are some of us who don’t have the luxury of the government to assist us in paying our bills. Don’t shoot the messenger I’m just being honest.