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Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:49 PM

Linda Hudson Meet & Greet at First Step to Excellence Healthcare Training Academy


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:47 AM

Linda Hudson Voter's Statement WTTW

Linda Hudson gives a two-minute statement as part of WTTW’s 2019 Voters’ Guide.


Monday, January 21, 2019 3:31 PM

Linda Hudson Gains Endorsement from BRAND NEW COUNCIL

"Linda, we need you to fight for us, speak up for us, and protect Chicagoans from the same corrupt “machine” politics that have plagued our city for years. We need reform and you are the candidate we believe can be our champion!"


Friday, January 18, 2019 6:13 PM

Where I Stand: Linda Hudson Candidate for Chicago's 8th Ward Alderman

#WhereIStand - Linda Hudson, Candidate for 8th Ward Alderman shares where she stands on issues that impact the 8th Ward and the City of Chicago. Find out more at www.agreater8withlindahudson.com Follow us on Facebook: Citizens for Linda Hudson 8th Ward Aldermanic Candidate www.facebook.com/lindahudson.8ward


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:33 AM

10 Reasons it's Time to Retire Michelle Harris


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Is Alderman Michelle Harris Trying to Destroy a Multi-Million Dollar Historical Landmark and Legacy in the 8th Ward, the Black Community? There are So

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While allowing strangers to come into the 8th ward and build a low-income housing project in a mid to upper middle class neighborhood near the affluent Black community known as Pill Hill, Harris consistently interrupts the progress of a young black entrepreneur and investor that grew up in the community. What is her angle? Who is she trying to help take over or take down the Avalon Regal Theater where great notable icons like Aretha Franklin once performed and was crowned the “Queen of Soul” there? Could it be that she does not support any business she cannot benefit from as she did with the Montclare low-income housing project whose developers don’t live in the community but donated at least $25,000 to her campaign?


Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:21 PM

What a Frantic Politician Looks Like?

As adults, we’ve all witnessed what I can only call abhorrent, unusual and irrational behavior among our fellow human beings. Some of it may be the result of a mental defect, emotional upheaval or simply some undefined human frailty that we assign as the cause. Other times it is a matter of poor judgment and decision making.
But in this particular instance over a period of a month, the only behavior I can honestly attribute to Alderman Harris is the word “frantic.” Frantic in her behavior, her decisions, and her words.

Why? Because she has apparently given leave of her senses based on the decisions that she has made politically.

Let me explain:
As we can recall she has been called out for being unable to credibly explain her use of what some may see as discretionary funds (campaign fund donations) and related questions about their real use. While the 8th Ward has been on a downward spiral, save the occasional cosmetic improvements, a whole lot of propaganda and fake news releases, it has become apparent that she is either unwilling or unable to credibly explain to her constituents just how she spent those many thousands of taxpayer dollars (TIF funds and menu money) and other monies at her disposal. It certainly doesn’t appear that she spent it in the service of the 8th Ward.

And then there is the matter of the originally hidden disclosure of a contribution of several thousand dollars from the developers of the much-ballyhooed 7 story low-income senior citizens building known as Montclair Place which she championed and tried to have pushed through surreptitiously without the knowledge, input or consideration of either the nearby residents or the voters of the Ward.

Then we can reasonably add the recent disclosure that Alderman Harris, in her arrogance and thirst for acceptance by Rahm, chose to be something less than respectful and transparent in accepting Rahm’s financial backing in exchange for keeping the Laquan McDonald police shooting tape secret while blindly pushing through a settlement to McDonald’s surviving family. This was done for Emmanuel’s benefit to all but ensure he was re-elected. It worked, and we are all much poorer – in many ways – for it.

We have in evidence the announcement that the venerable WVON radio station, an anchor and iconic mainstay for Black Chicagoans across generations are moving out of the community to swankier digs in the South Loop. No one has reasonably determined exactly why the move is necessary outside of the confines of that company operated by Melody Spann, the daughter of the famous Pervis Spann, and now a close friend of Alderman Harris. But it seems odd that the Alderman would bestow one million dollars on this private company – and her friend - without the benefit of guarantees or some kind of agreement to remain in the community after those monies were spent to help defray the cost of retrofitting the building or maintaining operations. Instead, we get an announcement that WVON is getting in the wind, without the benefit of an explanation, or how those funds were repaid or spent. We only know the station is moving on and leaving another vacant structure in the 8th Ward. What’s more, I don’t recall any pushback whatsoever from the Alderman.

And finally, in desperation to keep her long-held position as Committeeman and Alderman of the 8th Ward while trying to curry favor with dissatisfied voters, she has decided to lie about her relationship with a young entrepreneur, Jerald Gary, who she initially and shamefully kicked to the curb about his efforts to refurbish the Avalon Regal theater. The truth of this sad and shameful episode in our community politics clearly illustrates that she had no interest whatsoever in Mr. Gary’s efforts or vision, and she committed acts of furtherance in trying to shut him down. She was even responsible for having him arrested for violations related to the Regal. But now, she expects all the voters in the Ward to have amnesia or be blinded by her lies and misrepresentation - as well as our desire to improve our community – by latching on to Kanye West once he announced his intentions to help Mr. Gary in his quest.

The thing is, this should not be a political issue beyond her initial refusal to help this young man. She only got involved once Kanye announced his intentions. And, it is really unbecoming for a grown Black woman to try to appear to be an open-minded visionary, coming in like the “White knight” to help Mr. Gary realize his dream, especially when it is obvious this is simply a show to boost her ratings with the community. That is not the way this works. Alderman Harris’ obvious grandstanding by bringing Kanye and Mr. Gary together for a photo-op in Chicago City Council Chambers and then in front of City Hall smacks of traditional and cynical political theater. Kanye and Mr. Gary are certainly capable of working out a deal on their own.

But no one paid attention to the fact that she really has no part in this because, at this juncture, no public money is involved. That prospect has long passed since Alderman Harris decided to ensure the survival of similar projects in another predominately White Ward on the Northside. She even voted to approve the use of diverted TIF funds for private ventures that could have been applied in our beleaguered community. The fact that this was done at Rahm’s behest is no excuse.

Mr. Gary, after being rejected outright and even precluded from earning or raising money to finance repairs for the Regal by Alderman Harris, has made it clear he does not want money from the City or Alderman Harris. And, admittedly, once he made that clear there was a strong suggestion that was conveyed from members of Alderman Harris staff that she, utilizing the power of her office, could continue to hamstring his efforts in all matters in which the city was involved. In this instance, it could involve infrastructure and other material, logistical or legal aspects in order to get the Avalon Regal up and running again.

That would mean no matter how much Kanye or other willing contributors would donate to the cause of refurbishing and renovating this iconic venue, the City of Chicago, based on that veiled threat, could most assuredly prevent the Avalon Regal from ever opening. That, too, is a shameful and immoral use of political power.

But now Alderman Harris has apparently bit off more than she can chew because her efforts to grandstand and push an unanticipated and unwanted photo-op with Kanye, is going to cost her.

Why?
Because it has become evident that Kanye West’s politics do not align with those of the clear majority of the Black community. His recent public statements, performances and the most recent “coonery” regarding his support of the president to the detriment of the Black community are inexcusable. He acted out this shameful performance in the Oval Office of the White House before the entire nation and at the behest of Donald Trump. It has made him unreliable, untrustworthy, politically radioactive, and an embarrassment to us all.

But, to be clear, our position has always been in support of obtaining whatever legal funding was available for Mr. Gary to use toward refurbishing and opening the Avalon Regal. Our initial concern was the relative lack of vision on improving our deteriorating neighborhoods and infrastructure. But after an involved conversation with Mr. Gary, it became clear that he is a visionary and dedicated to a dream that would certainly benefit us all. So, I made it clear that I supported his efforts, and not just to be opposed to what Alderman Harris had said or done.

I also made it clear that our position should be that the whole matter is apolitical, without any political interference or brinksmanship that would certainly make Mr. Gary’s efforts much more difficult.

Instead, Alderman Harris decided to use that opportunity following Kanye’s announcement to make political hay by publicizing her alleged involvement from the start (which is a damnable lie), and then manufacture the appearance that she was somehow deeply involved in “negotiations” between Kanye and Mr. Gary, when all she really did was set up a photo-op with her in the middle.

And, truth be told, Kanye West and Jerald Gary were at City Hall for the purpose of meeting with the Landmark Commission, not engage in cheap and petty political photo-ops and glad-handing.

So, in making this political, especially by embracing Kanye in such a brazen and public manner, she is now inextricably tied to him. She has, in fact, gone above and beyond the normal political grandstanding and trying to manufacture a narrative of involvement. She has praised Kanye West to the point of excess and obvious cheap political effect. And, I’m certain that the voters of the 8th Ward will see her duplicity and willingness to lie and cheat simply to make herself look like a responsible and careful leader.

Only, Kanye has put her on “front street” and she is going to have to explain herself as the fallout about his politics and her true loyalties come into question.

To me, that kind of behavior smacks of someone being frantic. Wouldn’t you agree?


Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:02 PM

Campaign on Avalon Regal Theater and Political Gamesmanship

Avalon Regal Theatre

You may recall that Alderman Harris appeared to try to upstage our conversation by posting on her website and through other social media outlets, her interest and the possibility that an agreement would be forged with controversial Chicago favorite son Kanye West. You will note that nothing that Alderman Harris stated initially addressed Jerald’s part in this “new” initiative, nor was there any mention as to exactly when the Alderman actually got involved.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Bought for their Silence?

"Questions remain about eight silent Black aldermen who received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Rahm Emanuel less than a month before they approved a $5 million settlement to the estate of Laquan McDonald. Most of them would vote largely in favor for the mayor at City Council meetings in the years that followed the settlement."


Monday, October 1, 2018 2:18 PM

Linda Hudson Supports Jerald Gary's Efforts to Reopen the Avalon Regal Theater

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with South Side native, Jerald Gary. The 33-year-old entrepreneur is trying to raise money to reopen the Avalon Regal Theater. This historic landmark theatre sits in the heart of the 79th Street blighted corridor.

I shared with him my vision for the 79th Street corridor and I must say, our visions mirror each other. We both see this corridor as the 8th Wards arts district. This young man is trying to do something positive in an area of the 8th ward that is dead and desperately in need of a lifeline.

Alderman Michelle Harris has offered no financial support to Jerald. Now that rapper Kanye West has attached himself to this project, Alderman Harris now wants to support Jerald’s efforts, or so she says. Alderman Harris has given OUR TIF dollars to other wards historical districts while the Avalon Regal Theater is a landmark. I believe in taking care of home first.

Please consider donating to keep this historical landmark alive. If you can't donate, spread the word!

Photographic credit: Clarence McMillan @CopyLine Magazine

https://www.gofundme.com/avalon-regal-theater-opening


Saturday, September 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Harris Often Speaks the Rhetoric of Liberation and Equality, Without Actually Challenging the Systems of Racism and Power

"As an African American political leader, Harris often speaks the rhetoric of liberation and equality, without actually challenging the systems of racism and power.
For example, Harris did not challenge Rahm or the system of racist policing in the wake of the video of Laquan McDonald’s murder."


Thursday, August 23, 2018 2:09 AM

Ridgeland Block Club Association Gives Linda Hudson a Shoutout for Her Work in the Community


Monday, August 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Will the Real Alderman Michelle Harris Step Down as Alderman of the 8th Ward

"The 8th Ward looks disgusting, and we can prove it. Don’t believe it? Drive up and down its main streets. Ald. Michelle Harris is helping the area plunge down into a slum by allowing businesses to come in that prey on the poor all the while attempting to transform the 8th ward and its communities into a slum to inevitably help and allow strangers to come in and buy for pennies on the dollar... To add insult to injury, Ald. Harris has changed the report abandoned vehicles page on her website to report vacant/abandoned buildings, instead of adding a new page to report abandoned buildings. Is this an attempt to look like she was concerned about the abandoned buildings all the time by editing an existing page so it wouldn’t look like a new page? So much for reporting abandoned vehicles! This is just one example of the deception that constantly takes place when her ineptness is exposed or feels her position (she calls it a job) is threatened. It’s obvious she was shamed into looking as if she was concerned about it all the time, when she was not, yet she was tooting her own horn all over the place about how she was building the 8th Ward up with a low-income housing project in a middle to upper- middle class community. What a joke!" - Read complete article


Friday, August 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Join the campaign from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (Aug. 11, 2018)


Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Linda Hudson joins with Pill Hill residents to fight against more low income housing in the 8th Ward


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:00 AM

What's wrong with the Montclare location? Ask Linda


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:00 AM

EIGHTH WARD RESIDENTS PROTEST ALDERMAN BACKED HOUSING PROJECT


Monday, January 15, 2018 9:58 PM

Linda Hudson, Candidate for 8th Ward Alderman Shares Thoughts with SOUL at Trinity Church

On Sunday, January 14, we celebrated Dr. King's legacy and examined how we understand and live out his vision today through justice, faith, and power.


Monday, October 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Linda Hudson fights to can the soda tax for Cook County residents.

 Can the Tax, We'll Remember


Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Official Standing 4 Kaepernick Protest - Chicago

Linda taking a knee for Colin Kaepernick - Time Magazines Person of the Year.


Friday, October 21, 2016 10:52 AM

Off The Charts Lead Levels At Avalon Park Have Residents Alarmed


Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10:36 PM

Shifting Scenes...Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Eight Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC) is pleased to let your readers know that our community was victorious on November 20th - The medical marijuana dispensary is NOT coming to 1111 E. 87th Street in the 8th Ward.


Friday, November 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Residents Declare Victory as Harborside Marijuana Clinic Flames Out


Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:49 PM

Special Guests in Spotlight at October Meeting of South Shore Gardens Betterment Association

The South Shore Gardens Betterment Association held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 27. Their special guest was the Eighth Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC).


Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:00 PM

South Siders Slam Alderman For Skipping Meeting on Controversial Pot Clinic

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