Tribune: Mayor Brandon Johnson’s tax increase for homeless services will head to voters

Mayor Brandon Johnson and other BCH supporters celebrate together inside Chicago City Hall.

By Alice Yin and A.D. Quig (Tribune), November 7, 2023

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to ask voters about raising the real estate transfer tax to combat homelessness cleared the City Council on Tuesday, as aldermen placed the referendum on the March 2024 ballot and advanced a key campaign promise of the progressive mayor.

In a 32-17 vote, aldermen approved the “Bring Chicago Home” measure to create a citywide referendum on implementing a tiered tax rate on all property sales, which advocates have said is a critical strategy to generate much-needed revenue for the city’s homeless population.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a proud coalition member of Bring Chicago Home.

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Crain’s: Effort to raise tax on high-end property sales will go to Chicago voters

The Chicago City Council chambers are shown, including a large desk and two smaller tables. Some alderpeople gather in the foreground.

By Justin Laurence (Crain’s), November 7, 2023

After another chaotic day at City Hall, the Chicago City Council approved a resolution 32 to 17 to add the question to the ballot, which, if approved by a simple majority, will allow the city to tweak the tax imposed when a property is sold. 

The so-called Bring Chicago Home campaign was a key campaign promise of Mayor Brandon Johnson, who rallied with supporters outside the Thompson Center on Tuesday ahead of the vote.

Between now and the March 19 primary, the referendum campaign will be intense, pitting the real estate industry against those who say an increase to the city’s real estate transfer tax is the best way to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into programs to build permanent supportive housing to drive down the rate of homelessness in the city. 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a proud coalition member with Bring Chicago Home.

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Chicago Tribune-Moving migrants from police stations is ‘top priority,’ Mayor Johnson says on tour of new welcome center at Clemente high school

By Alice Yin, July 17, 2023

Mayor Brandon Johnson toured a new welcoming center for migrants at a Chicago Public Schools campus on Monday, as hundreds of asylum-seekers continue to wait for shelter inside police stations with no immediate end in sight.

Johnson was joined by CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and other city officials inside Roberto Clemente Community Academy, where a new center dedicated to assisting young migrants in the West Town community area will debut this week, funded through CPS’ regular operating budget. The new resource hub — designed to help youth enroll in school, as well as connect with medical care, temporary housing and other social services — was pitched as a pilot program that the mayor’s administration hopes to replicate citywide.

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Chicago Sun Times-Brandon Johnson building consensus behind the scenes before delivering progressive agenda, top aide says

By Fran Spielman, June 29, 2023

The mayor risks disappointing progressive voters who put him in office, but deputy chief of staff Cristina Pacione-Zayas isn’t concerned. In fact, the former state senator expects her fellow progressives to keep the heat on.

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s game plan is different. He’s not interested in dictating outcomes. He believes in building consensus behind the scenes to make it easier to cross the goal line.

Deputy chief of staff Cristina Pacione-Zayas described the new mayor’s style when asked why 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for teachers and other Chicago Public Schools employees is the only item on the progressive agenda that Johnson has delivered.

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Chicago For The People- Mayor-elect Johnson Forms Transition Committee and Subcommittees

April 27, 2023

CHICAGO – Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on Thursday announced the formation of the Chicago for the People Transition Committee and 11 Subcommittees. The Transition Committee and Subcommittees will be guided by leaders from Chicago’s business, activist, and government communities. Their work will culminate in a written report issued in the coming weeks to shape and guide the work of the new administration.

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ABC7 Chicago- ABC7 Chicago with League of Women Voters and Univision, holds Chicago mayoral runoff debate

By Judy Hsu and Ravi Baichwal, March 15, 2023

CHICAGO (WLS) — ABC7, Chicago’s most watched television station and the premier broadcaster of countless local debates for more than two decades, will showcase LIVE and COMMERCIAL-FREE, “VOTE 2023: THE RACE FOR CHICAGO MAYOR: THE PEOPLE’S FORUM,” Thursday, March 16, from 7 p.m. -8 p.m.. at the ABC7 Studios, 190 North State Street. ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors Judy Hsu and Ravi Baichwal will lead the 60-minute, commercial-free debate between the last two candidates standing in the Chicago mayoral runoff election in April, Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas. The candidates will square off as they also answer questions from ABC7 political reporter Craig Wall and Univision Chicago anchor Alex Hernandez. Various Chicago community groups have been invited to be part of the studio audience and may have an opportunity to ask questions.

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WGN – Weekend News at Ten

By Anna Savchenko, March 15, 2023

This is Chicago’s very own wgn news at 10. There’s less than a month to go before Chicagoans head to the polls to pick the city’s new mayor. The candidates took their messages to voters on the north and south sides today that has cut its been led is in the newsroom with more. Lauren Magiera: yeah, good evening, two events were held today including a public hearing organized by the Bring Chicago Home coalition who’s fighting to end homelessness and another organized by a group of community leaders who showed their support for one of the candidates. >> at a church in Logan Square to Bring Chicago Home coalition came together with community members. Also in attendance, mayoral candidate Brandon working. let’s get it both mayoral in aldermanic candidates were invited to the event. The Bring Chicago Home coalition wants to create yearly dedicated revenue to provide affordable housing and services to people facing homelessness.

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Crain’s – As mayor, Johnson would revive push for ‘mansion tax’ to fight homelessness

By DENNIS RODKIN, March 13, 2023

If he becomes Chicago’s next mayor, Brandon Johnson will reinvigorate the drive to have buyers of million-dollar-and-up properties pay higher transfer taxes to help combat homelessness in the city.

“When he gets into City Hall, this is a policy that Brandon will actively work to bring forward,” Bill Neidhardt, an adviser to Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson’s campaign, told Crain’s. “He believes in a mansion tax to help alleviate the housing

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WMAQ-CHI (NBC)- NBC 5 Today@4am

March 13, 2023

We are less than a month away from Chicago’s mayoral runoff election, both candidates spoke to voters yesterday. we have the latest. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that on April 4th we’re going to turn this city around and we’re going to face forward once and for all. Commissioner Brandon Johnson- I’m running because our city is in trouble and former CPC CEO Paul Vallas were back on the campaign trail Sunday, weeks ahead of April’s runoff which will determine Chicago’s new mayor.

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Telemundo- Acceso Total

By Nelly Carreno, March 13, 2023

Buenas noches les saluda jorge desantiago. gracias por acompañarnos en su noticiero telemundo chicago: edicion fin de semana. fin de semana ocupado para los contendientes a la alcald”a de chicago, ambos candidatos atendieron varios eventos con el fin de conquistar al electorado. jos! gonz lez nos habla al respecto.

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