Chicago, Bob Fioretti, Rick Pearson discussed on The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson


Ricki? Sunday morning. Welcome back here. Sunday, spin. I'm rick. Tribune here and the AllState skylines view joined by Chicago mayor candidate, Bob fioretti. Good morning. Good to be here. Thank you much. So tell me as a candidate in this multi-candidate field. I mean, obviously, it's been reduced somewhat through through the objection processes, but still how do you separate yourself from everyone? Well, I think it's getting the message out obviously in this day and age it's all about dollars and cents. But we do have a pathway. We know the amount of votes that we need to get and we're trying to stick to that path and not deviating from it. And making sure we get every vote on election day. I have to tell you though, as you know, I ran for county board. Because nobody else wanted to stand up and all of a sudden my name was bantered around. I think the polls show that we're pretty equal on on on around election day. But really nobody voted in the county board race the turnout was like twenty one percent at their points. So we need a good turnout. We have to get our close to eighty eight to one hundred thousand votes out, and hopefully, it won't be too cold or snowy day. What what is the path? Well, we know where our pockets are in wards throughout the city. I mean, it's really kind of a and this is true for any candidate really the way. This is fractured up isn't it in among constituency as well. I think in in my. Area of what we need to do. I have pockets out of every constituency. And I think if we can make sure that they get out. And I I feel wherever I go. I feel an energy because I can walk down the street and people are saying I'm voting for you. I hope and I think I think people are honest when they stopped near the street in a restaurant in a church at the forums. That we've been at the people who I don't know. But they we gotta make sure that they then get out to vote and they're motivated enough to vote in because the problem a lot of my constituency are people that are really disenfranchised with the city they feel like their wit's end there either. They can't find good educational opportunities for their kids. They're struggling to get their kids in the school. They're struggling at their jobs, and their they feel the impact of high taxes property taxes. And most of them are just saying I want to get out of here as soon as possible. They're disaffected. Yes, that's what they are. But aren't they also the ones that are harder to motivate two, then take become active in the political process. Yes. And that's that is what needs to be done to get them out. Most of them are already have a couple year plan a five year plan that saying I'm out of here. Whether it's a police officer fire firemen whoever's out there, especially in the public sector. They're all feeling that. There is a big move. I was just recently in one of the restaurants in Greek town, and I was at the back end this. I was walking out. I hit five different people from five different tables on tell me as I was walking out saying they're leaving our city, and it's all because of high taxes educational lack of educational opportunities. And a lot of them are going to Florida. Tennessee, Georgia and Texas. When obviously we know the issue about city taxes, but is there can fluence there with the fact of state taxation. Oh, yes. And I think they feel that too. I think they feel you know, these these are hard working, honest people, but they feel. Engulfed in the corruption and the and the taxes here in our city and our state, and they just don't know where to turn, and they feel the best way is how a lot of a lot of people who have kids or grandkids here in the city. They a lot of them are moving to Indiana across the border. They make it easy. So they can take the south shore work here and try to deal with their everyday life problems by moving to Indiana and Saint closer family. Well, to me, I mean education has always been a significant issue for the future of the city, especially with some of the regional occasion. As we talk about people moving out, you also have you know, younger people that want to be in. It's not cheap. Then you know, they they get married soon as they have a kid they're off to the suburbs. And I've seen that you know, when I approved, and we moved United Airlines into I still call it the series. Tower, and we moved them over. I knew that we had a younger demographics from elk grove. And I lived in the suburbs. I thought we move them here they come. And it was just the beginning of what happened in the south loop and west loop. They look out the windows and say, why do I have to go all the way up to the northern suburbs move here? And they did I would see people in Mary park a park we created and people would say, hey, all them. And I'm I'm one of the people that moved here from working at United in the Sears tower at the time, and I would say great. I'd see the same people who later this my girlfriend. We're getting married. They have a kid. Couple years later. They're moving out to suburbs. At that point. Fox's happening, and we have to see if we can keep people here. Well, how do we how do we do that one? We need a freeze them property taxes. No matter what we can't keep taxing our citizens. We've got ten point two billion dollar budget. We need to find ways to keep are taxing structure under control. Secondly, we've been opened up the educational opportunities. They should be available across the board. I mean granted the funding is now maybe helpful from the state, but it's just not enough especially in some of our neighborhoods we need to reduce crime. We because no matter where we go. People are talking they fear fear of crime. We've got we've got to try to eliminate that. And more police on the streets. More police on foot patrol bicycle patrol throughout all of our neighborhoods will help eliminate some of their but at the same time, we need to bring jobs and economic opportunity to all of our neighborhoods after school programs wrap around which are social services to help in the high crime areas at the same time, we have to reopen our mental health clinics. I think that's one of the top priorities in fighting crime here in our city. You know, we can talk about more police on the street. We can talk about adding more detectives, but we need to open up our mental health clinics. You know, here we are we going to lower Wacker, there's ten city up and down. You get off of the Dan Ryan right over at Taylor Roosevelt street. I mean, they have a massive tense city under every viaduct we need to help those folks. So they can find some sort of productive lives in whichever direction. They want. Speaking about bringing economic opportunity to the various neighborhoods, and obviously when we look at the south, and we look at the west sides. What is mayor what can the city do to spur the economic development? That's a key component ultimately in the crime and education issues. Well, it's it's bringing. Yes, it is. It is a component. You hit it right on the head. But the first thing we need to do is stabilize neighborhoods. You know, we need to create a tax rezoned in my view to bring businesses. But at the same time, we need to stabilize the housing and the affordable housing the foreclosure crisis hasn't ended in parts of our city. It's continuing we need to find ways to help people refinance homes. Get them on a steady opportunity that they can find some growth people who are still working are in foreclosure, I just had an individual who talked to me yesterday. He's got a condo down in Hyde Park. He works for for the county. He's in foreclosure can't make it. You know, these are the type of things we need to stabilize our neighborhoods. One of the more interesting aspects outta the latest tax Bill signed in Washington are opportunities owns though, those are creating development without displacement. And everybody knows. I mean, Chicago was Harvard for a lot more opportunities zones than any other city MSNBC jumped down why Chicago why Chicago, and I it's because we are really a distressed area distress city in our south and west sides, and hopefully we can have people come in develop the areas bringing jobs on you know, we have about fifty thousand vacant buildings in the city of Chicago. We ought to find ways to rehab him and bring them back to life. Once we stabilize our neighborhoods. We can have growth in economic opportunities. While knows economic opportunities owns this is kind of a private public partnership issue and allowing private developers and businesses to get a tax break for investment purposes. Correct. But I don't see anybody kind of spearheading what? You know, whether how how this should be done. Well, I'll tell you why. Because nobody knows how to do it yet. It's a. I mean, the president just signed the executive order. I think if you really a few weeks ago in December. So it took off at that point. You know, we we need to look at it carefully and make sure it's development without displacement. And that's been the aim of it. I am in some discussions with certain people throughout the that can come into the areas and see what we need to do. I think in the next two weeks. We'll be able to crystallize. This area. And I think it'll take off and help our neighborhoods. We're speaking with Bob fioretti, he's a candidate for mayor of Chicago. I'm Rick Pearson. This is the Sunday spin..

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