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"north lonsdale" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

04:38 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on KCRW

"I asked if he would talk to me. And if not if he would pass John Christopher a message for me. And this was the response I got from the FBI's public information officer. Hi, robyn. It's Rebecca at the FBI I spoke with the ancient, and he says that he, I guess empathy for the force. Not surprisingly, she declined to participate again. He says it is his responsibility to protect source, and that he hopes that you understand that so very much. And let me know giving question. Even after all this time it appears that the FBI is still protecting. John Christopher what about all the trash he left behind the dump itself? What happened to it? Well, when the feds washed their hands of this problem and said by Chicago, and with all the intense public scrutiny and the national media coverage that operation silver shovel had garnered the city finally stepped in and started awarding contracts to companies who could haul this rubble away. Remember, the lot were mount Henry once stood. Spanned twenty one acres and the mountain itself was six stories tall. So these cleanup contracts, we're going to be really big and really lucrative. The cleanup had just started in January nineteen ninety six when the Reverend Jesse Jackson stopped in the right to remove the community goes on the going to be a good, lucrative job for someone. To have the job. So Reverend Jackson, the civil rights activist and two-time candidate for president at I come to Chicago in the nineteen sixties, his rainbow push coalition is headquartered here. And the way Jackson tells it when he first learned about operation silver shovel he realized that this cleanup presented a unique opportunity. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians, but someone was going to get paid to clean up the dumps and Jackson, one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it infers, that was resistance because those who use these jobs demand, the right to get them. And we demand that the right of that system. So Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest tobacco his demands reorganized, trucks, and the land removers on this frigid Saturday in early February nineteen hundred. Six dozens of diesel trucks, and bulldozers plastered with signs that said things like we want our fair share and hire us to clean up the dumps all these trucks, lined up in a convoy and headed for north Lauderdale will do the full mile trip across the city drama of just trucks and tractors and trailers and dumpsters. We land up and across the city Frederick Duales, when the convoy arrived in north Lonsdale, the company that had started the cleanup blocked the entrance to the sites, but Jackson and the truckers, eventually got into the site, and he gave a speech from on top of a tractor. He threatened to continue the protests into the summer when the democratic national convention was going to be in Chicago in advance of the ninety six election. The Chicago Tribune characterize his threats this way, give us what we want or watch as we wreak havoc on your big important party, this summer. It was only then that the mayor agreed to hire black owned firms to clean up the dump those protests, worked at the residents of north Lonsdale were not impressed when the dumping had I started in their neighborhood. Reverend Jackson was one of the people they'd written to asking for help and was Woodson says they never heard back from him, at least, not until after operation silver shovel with finished and the camera crews arrived, the sushi of story broke. And then the next thing I saw with Jesse Jackson standing on top of the pound saying, yeah, we did this. And we send. No, you didn't the in took credit for a lot of the stuff that had been done, but that was way after the fight. The cleanup continued through the spring of nineteen Ninety-six, one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain.

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on Out of the Blocks

Out of the Blocks

04:50 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on Out of the Blocks

"Even gotta go out and put flyers. There's no bars here. There's no bowling alleys here. There's no whatever shopping centers here. Like, we don't have that choice to even have any social component as far as like going out to hang out with friends and my neighborhood like inviting people, you know, to the bar on the corner. Like, you know, there's. There is not an option to do that. And so for me, I wanted to figure out ways to give people that choice back, and they and even if that started with just making sure that we had an event going on in Orlando, you know, once a month, or whatever the case may be that people know this neighborhood isn't forgotten about, you know, in a sense. People really look forward to the next event because life is full of stresses, you know, and if you can come in let off some of that steam, and and income twenty vent where you're just relaxed, and you get to watch other people perform and enjoy yourselves and meet new people and everybody's like minded as a win win. My name is Heyman. Cross third. And I am resident artists instructor community member of north Lonsdale. Where on the west side of Chicago. We're at home in square foundation in the Nichols tower, which was originally the Sears tower on Arthington and home. So we're better head out of the tower here walk around the neighborhood talk about where we're gonna go. What are you gonna show us? But we're going to go out onto the home square campus out here, we're going to see urban garden here in north Lauderdale. We'll see some murals that were created by students from schoolyard institute and DR w which is a high school here that I've worked with Rosso going to see Holy Family Christian school, which is right here on on the campus. There's. YMCA there's family focused, which is another Orgainzation that serves the community, but walk through and kind of see how this Baloch is really a place where all of the community members here north Llandough can come in and find some type of service for their family. As soon as we walk out of the door the tower. You see you when you students work everywhere. You look absolutely absolutely is another. It's been another opportunity for us to kind of beautify our neighborhood, something we walk past every day, take responsibility for what we see be able to make a Mark be able to communicate messages through color and lied form right here next to the parking lot mirrow that we worked on where we were able to kind of make a comment about how sometimes, you know, there's tears coming down in tears are watering flowers in the flowers are growing kind of like the trauma and the pain. Maybe that we've experienced in our community, sometimes can sprout beauty something beautiful can come from it. Now, we're behind Holy Family. You can hear the kids in the background over here playing again. It's it's a nice day here Kogyo in when we get him. Like, you know, because we go through some brutal winters. But when we get them, we take advantage of kids sound like they're having fun. Oh, yeah. I've lived all over Chicago. I've lived of north live down south of the west here north Llandough. It's it's been the first time where I really felt like family, and as a result of working here and walking the streets and working with the students. I've been embraced as a family member. And welcome and take care of me, you know, and in return, I like to take care of them. Shout them out. I love you. I love you Kogyo. I love you helmet square. And I love the direction we're going. You've been listening to out of the blocks from ready who produce Aaron hanging music producer Wendo Patrick in collaboration with Bashir MAC and WBZ production assistance from wwl PR's,.

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:55 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Center for investigative reporting in p r x this is reveal I'm L. Listen, we've been hearing about a major FBI investigation in Chicago in the mid nineties caused a stir nationwide in Chicago today federal officials announced charges in what they call operation silver, shovel a wide ranging probe of public corruption. Operation silver, shovel lasted three and a half years at the heart of it all was John Christopher a man with an extensive criminal record a man who are working as an FBI informant. Dump six stories of construction debris in the west side neighborhood, north longdale residents there called the large and unsightly dumpsite the mountain, and they accused the federal government of allowing Christopher to continue dumping and poor and minority neighborhoods while using him to target public officials US attorney burnt denies the charge Robin Amer's been our God telling the story, she's the host of the new podcast from USA today called the city. And it looks at how power wielded in American cities. Hey, robin. Hey, al. So I guess the feds were happy with how operation silver shovel went down. Oh, yeah. Absolutely. I mean by the time this wrapped up the feds would refer to operation silver shovel as one of the biggest and most successful corruption probes in Chicago history. They had investigated more than forty targets. Indicted a dozen politicians on corruption charges most of whom went to prison, and they had also used John Christopher to launder millions of dollars in old mob cash really hitting the outfit the Chicago, mafia where it hurt and even folded in a drug bust along the way. So this investigation was by their account, very successful. What about the people of Chicago where they happy to see all these corrupt politicians get jail time. Yes. And no the investigation did not play out in Chicago's neighborhoods. The way it played out on the nightly news. I almost all the targets of this investigation or black or. Latino. There was a lot of criticism of this and the government justified their results by saying, well, look, this is just how the operation unfolded one alderman would introduce us to another to another to another. It was all about their personal connections. And a lot of other people felt the trade not just by their elected officials who taken bribes. But by the investigation itself how so well in north Lonsdale. John Christopher's mountain was still standing by the time the takedown actually happened. This giant illegal construction, debris dump had loomed over the neighborhood for almost six years, and the FBI and the US attorney's office had no intention of removing it it wasn't part of the investigation or part of the take down. This is what Jim Davis who was the agent in charge of the investigation told me about this. I don't think that we had any obligation to clean up. Mount Henry because first of all it's not what we do. And we didn't create it. I mean, there are agencies that are responsible for cleaning up stuff like that. That's not our business. What about that? I mean, couldn't be EPA brought in to help clean up the dump well in theory, but the EPA looked at the situation and said, you know, there's no hazardous waste here. This is a municipal waste problem. It's not our job to clean this up. And so really the city was left holding the bell here. Of course, the city had already sued John, Christopher and one. But instead of forcing him to clean it up. He had just declared bankruptcy and had effectively disappeared and the FBI in giving John Christopher cover while he was an informant for them made. This problem worse for all the people who had been fighting him. We they said about him being a mole the something that we never even anticipated on one of my visits to north Lonsdale Rita, and Michelle Ashford told me that they were shocked to.

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

02:57 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on Reveal

"The Reverend Jesse Jackson Stockton. Royds remove the breed in our community goes on the opposite going to be a good lucrative job for someone to have the job. So Reverend Jackson the civil rights activist and two time candidate for president. Had I come to Chicago in the nineteen sixties his rainbow push coalition is headquartered here and the way Jackson tells it when he first learned about operation silver shovel. He realized that this cleanup presented a unique opportunity. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians, but someone was going to get paid to clean up. The dumps and Jackson one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it Roseling resistance because. Are those who use these kind of jobs were demanding their at to get them? And we demanded the right argument that system so Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest to back up his demands reorganized trucks and the land removers on this frigid Saturday in early February nineteen Ninety-six dozens of diesel trucks and bulldozers plastered with signs that said things like we want our fair share and hire us to clean up. The dumps all these trucks lined up in a convoy and headed for north Lonsdale will do the full trip across the city of now just folks and practice and trae loosened up stirs we land up and Roop across the city sub forever. Do rows when the convoy arrived in north Lonsdale. The company that had started the cleanup blocked the entrance to the sites but Jackson and the truckers event. Got into the site, and he gave a speech from on top of tractor. He threatened to continue the protests into the summer when the democratic national convention was going to be in Chicago in advance of the ninety six election. The Chicago Tribune characterized his threats this way, give us what we want or watch. As we wreak havoc on your big important party this summer. It was only then that the mayor agreed to hire black owned firms to clean up the dump lose a little to the work. But the residents of north Lonsdale were not impressed. When the dumping had. I started in their neighborhood. Reverend Jackson was one of the people they'd written to asking for help. And was Woodson says they never heard back from him at least not until after operation silver shovel with finished. And the camera crews arrived the Suzhou spill Rebrov. And then the thing I saw was just Jackson standing on top of the pounds in. Yeah. We did this. And and we send no you didn't the in credit for a lot of the stuff that had been done. But it was way after the fight..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

02:27 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"When I first heard about the six story mountain of debris in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I was seized with a question. How could this happen? It was a question. I kept asking again and again. The answers the overlapping layers of corruption Abadi the failures of individuals and institutions the deep seated legacies of segregation and racism made clear that while the mountain was extrordinary the forces that put it there are as commonplace as they are insidious. Ultimately, it's not just about the mountain more about the vacant lot left behind after the clean up. It's not even about what happens when it community is deemed the appropriate place for cities waste. It's about the way a city like Chicago treats a neighborhood like north Lonsdale. It's about what happens when a city sees a whole neighborhood as disposable as unworthy of urgent action in the face of a worsening crisis. The mountain was a tragedy. But it was also a symptom of a deep and frightening indifference to communities like north Lauderdale. Whether it's north longdale on the west side were all killed the gardens on the south side or northwood manor in Houston cities, have the power to make some neighborhoods wither and others thrive. If a city will allow a six-storey mountain to exist across the street from homes and a church an elementary school for nearly a decade. What else will it allow? Stay tuned at the end of the credits for sneak peek of season two of the city. The city is a production of USA today. And it's distributed in partnership with wondering you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, or whatever you're listening right now, if you like the show, please rate and review us and be sure to tell your friends about us. Our show this week was reported and produced by Wilson Sayer, Johnny Kaas Sam Greenspan and me, Robin. Episode was.

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

04:06 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Vacant lots can be an opportunity or they can be a blight, but the sheer number of empty lots in northbound Dale illustrates the magnitude of the challenge of redevelopment here the twenty one acre silver shovel site is not alone. Let's go back to Jenny. I wanna be clear it's not that. There hasn't been any development in north Lon. Dale development has come west from the loop to the eastern edge of north Lonsdale. The edge closest to downtown over the past ten years or so a community health centre has been built a log anita's brewery, a different production studio and a big charter school. But there's a widespread feeling among residents. We spoke to on the west side of north Lonsdale that the brewery or the health center are not developments for them that the law where the mountain once stood will never be developed at least not as long as they are still living in the neighborhood. A lot of people. We spoke with shared this belief, but Rita Ashford was the most direct about it. They not going to invest anything here people. If you have something you hold onto it because they won't this land to the -veloping foot people in the suburbs. So why people can't move back because easy accessible to the Lou miss Ashford and others feel like the city will ignore problems in the neighborhood until the mostly black residents. Eventually all move out leaving it open for a community that looks nothing like miss Ashford's. That is exactly what they're doing. They figure. Well, they lead nego- is bad people moving away people moving away. Northland L has suffered a dramatic population loss in the last fifty years at its peak in nineteen sixty the neighborhood was home to almost one hundred twenty five thousand people more than seventy percent of those residents have sent left including miss Ashford, though, not by choice. She went to the suburbs to help raise her, grandchildren. But she's still deeply invested in north Lauderdale. She still has family and friends there. She can imagine a future in which she moves back be that as it may. She is part of a larger exodus that has seemed to hundred and fifty thousand block Chicagoans leave the city since the year two thousand. Since the economy has recovered post recession, you can find construction cranes all over the loop and in well off neighborhoods, like Lincoln park and buck town. There's a frustration among residents that comes from knowing other parts of the city are being built up while north Lauderdale has continued to lose basic city support and services, they just leading to deteriorate show me that you still have some interest. Al community in that still because I sit at a dying community to miss Ashford, the lack of development at the lot. And all the other vacant lots are further evidence of the city's broader neglect of her neighborhood neglect. She believes is firmly rooted in the same structural racism that allowed her neighborhood to become the dumping ground for the rest of the city. She sees evidence of this everywhere. Not just in the vacant. Lots take for example, the field house where we did our interview it's in a small public park, a few blocks south of the big vacant lot miss Ashford and her daughter Michelle say, it looks like nothing has been planted there for years..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

04:52 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Pledged twenty five million dollars in city funds to help make it a reality. The city also used eminent domain to seize several properties on the lot residents that lived in those buildings were paid to leave. So the city could clear the land of all existing structures. Everything would be leveled a year later. Think about the possible impact of development like this. In addition to jobs, it could raise property values. Dry new residents and spark additional investment. It was also novel neighborhood residents were excited about the proposal. Michael Scott, junior grew up in Northland deal. He was in his early twenties and away at college. When he first heard about the movie studio was man, this is going to be really cool. Maybe I should change. My major in go into film and broadcast in because I can come home and have something in my community in which can be employed in possibly make a lot of money despite the excitement in the neighborhood and backing from the city the project had trouble getting off the ground financial problems caused years of delays, even mayor Daley eventually backtracked. He told the Chicago Tribune in two thousand two that there was no guarantee the studio would ever be built over the next few years news articles would declare the project back on again with a vengeance. But then the scale of the project was reduced to a third of the original plan other critical funding fell through and the movie studio never broke ground. Because the movie studio failed. The land was still available for something else. Something even more dramatic and high profile. Let's talk for a moment about presidential legacies. There are thirteen presidential libraries run by the national archives. When President Obama leaves office. The construction of the fourteenth will begin a nonprofit foundation created to build the Obama presidential library is considering proposals from several contenders to host the library one of those contenders. The silver shovel lot. Yes, the land John Christopher dumped on was now in the running to be the new home of the Obama presidential library organizers from north Lauderdale teamed up with officials from the university of Illinois, Chicago, or you see together they laid out a pitch that would transform the lot into an ultra-modern campus with futuristic buildings and manicured landscaping. It looked like it could have been the headquarters of tech company in Silicon Valley, the U ic- plan also included an elevated Greenway like New York's Highline and it planned for a new bus route. That would have connected north Lauderdale to the university campus. Obama's former chief of staff and mayor Daley successor Rahm Emanuel committed to donating the vacant land to the Obama foundation. Emmanuel also pledged to reopen station along one of the city's public train lines to better connect the library to other parts of the city. This plan would have brought development to north Lonsdale and connected it to the city's renaissance. In September two thousand fourteen north London was announced as a finalist alongside at. We're sites in Hawaii where the president was born New York where the president went to college and the south side of Chicago where the president got his start in politics. Chicago. You I see made it promotional video and support of the north Lonsdale site the video was shot at Sumner elementary school and highlighted the people that would be across the street every day the students the video was called Obama library signed sealed delivered appealing directly to President Obama. It was named after the Stevie Wonder song, the president had used on the campaign trail. In the video students from Sumner are gathered in the auditorium. Two boys in matching ties get up on stage to address a crowd of their peers all the students are wearing white t shirts with red lettering across the chest that reads Barack Obama presidential library UIC north Lonsdale. A shared destiny of transformation. The wind..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

04:00 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"It was falling in. There was a good gloss ability. If the quarry was not filled that part of hall stood would go directly into the bottom of the you know, two hundred feet into the bottom of the of the quarry filling Stearns quarry with debris from John Christopher's dumps solved. Two problems at once. Hauling quarry was a way of dealing with the Stearns Corey problem into remove a lot of stuff from the facility. This project may have also had special meaning for mayor Daley because Bridgeport was his neighborhood. He. Grew up in a red brick bungalow just a half mile or so from the quarry. Although Bridgeport today is home to a large number of Chinese and Mexican families. The neighborhood has long been mostly white an Irish Catholic and the seat of the Daley family's political power. In other words, the waste ship to Bridgeport a white neighborhood with ties to the dailies was transformed into a beautiful park the waste shipped out guilt gardens a poor black neighborhood without access to the halls of power was not. The transformation from limestone quarry to public park was actually alluded to in boss. A short lived TV show that was basically a thinly. Veiled dramatization of mayor. Richard m Daley's time in office Kelsey grammer starred as mayor Tom Kaine midway through season, one mayor Cain becomes embroiled in a political scandal that seems loosely based on the story of the north Lonsdale. Dumps mayor Kane had given the green light to an illegal dump that then poisoned the water supply of a nearby suburb. And now the town's residents are threatening to sue the city. As the media pounces on the story. Mayor Kane ducts their questions and goes back to his old neighborhood to find solace in his favourite local watering hole. He's known the bars owners since he was a political neophyte the two of them take a walk around palmesano park. Where trio of boys are standing by the water. Refer. Mornings. They come to watch the birds. Chemical dumps Buchan garden of. Before that. Somebody coming on convinced the city to build condos next to the fishing. Linda something else. In real life after the debris was removed from north Lonsdale. The lot that had been home to the mountain became an empty twenty one acre lot one of the biggest undeveloped parcels on Chicago's west side. So in nineteen ninety eight the city moved to buy the land and redevelop it and in order to redevelop the land the city began to try and convince the residents of north Lonsdale to let them turn it into something else as mayor Kane put it and that meant forcing out some of the residents who had lived through the worst of the dumping. Where they claimed he was going to be a big movie theater was back me. He's in a big movie theater. But every time we go to Chicago. He knew he'd never seen them. But if delay. I'm be teased. My wife while he made his move up. They really bait as move with nothing. That's next time on the city. The city is a production of USA today and is distributed in partnership with wondering you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts. Spotify over every you're listening right now, if you like the show these rate and review us, be sure to tell your friends about us our show this week was reported and produced by Wilson Sayer Jenny Kaas Sam Greenspan and me Robin EMA this episode was edited.

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

03:14 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Cheryl Johnson did not know that the contaminated dirt from the Northland dealt. Dumps had ended up in a landfill in the toxic Donut until I told her, but she didn't seem shocked by it. Although Cheryl has taken on her mother's mantle and has now been fighting for years to protect an advocate for her neighborhood. She also seemed almost resigned the fact that in Chicago her neighborhood has already been designated as the destination for this kind of waste we cared most fifty documented landfilled than the other air city. Anyway, would you want it to go to someone else? At least she said the legal dumps in north Lonsdale had been dismantled and the waste had not been sent to another illegal dumb. I'm just saying that if that's the vice that we have to may least we know going to a place where it's been monitoring regulate. For the waste from the north Lauderdale dumps that was not hazardous there were other options ones in which no neighborhood had to be sacrificed. And the city took this other approach in a white neighborhood with ties to Chicago's most powerful family, although the contaminated dirt from John Christopher's dumps was taken to the hazardous waste landfill near guild gardens. The bulk of the material nearly all the concrete slabs and chunks of asphalt ended up in Palmisano park. Hamas on a park is a twenty seven acre Greenspace in Bridgeport, a neighborhood about three and a half miles southwest of the loop. When the weather's nice. It's a great place to walk your dog or have a picnic or take a date. I've been on dates here. There's a fishing pond and a terrorist walkway and natural landscaping with native wildflowers. The tip off that this place was not always a beautiful public park comes from the massive grassy three hill in the center of the park. It's like Dr Bullard said in Houston, Chicago is completely flat. So if you see a mountain be suspicious landfill. Home Asano park used to be a limestone mine called Stearns quarry it opened in the eighteen thirties around the same time Chicago became a city at first it was the edge of town. But as the new city expanded and the population boomed, the densely populated neighborhood of Bridgeport grew up around the Corey we found this incredible black and white aerial photo of the Corey it shows densely packed rose three story apartment buildings and bungalows and workmen's cottages. Built right up against the edge of this massive pit three hundred eighty feet deep. That's so deep you could fit the statue of liberty inside it. The quarry closed in nineteen sixty nine but the pit remained. You could drive through Bridgeport, down hall, stead street and peer into the abyss. And by the mid nineties when city officials were casting around for a place to take the debris from the dumps in north Mondale the head another problem on their hands. We heard about it from environment. Commissioner Henry Henderson the old quarry Stearns quarry..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

02:46 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Then there was a hard rock trucking company and their truck number thirty removed six lows of debris for the day. Then there was an w trucking company and one of their trucks had five loads for the day. So the total number of truckloads remove that day was sixty seven loads and that continued day after day after day for months, and so how much the cleanup eventually cost the city. So even though mayor Daley said publicly that the settlement money from the illegal dumpers would pay for the cleanup. That's not exactly what happened the cost was much higher than the nine hundred thousand dollars in settlement money they've gotten from the companies in two thousand one the city's top lawyer sent the federal government a Bill for the cleanup that Bill was for nearly seven point four million dollars. The letter was addressed then Attorney General John. Ashcroft and then FBI director Robert Muller it mentions two sites. John Christopher had dumped on during his time as an informant the one in north Lonsdale and another one on the south side, it states that quote the property damage at these two sites was caused by operation silver shovel and the use of John Christopher as a government informant. The city accuses the FBI and the DOJ of allowing the illegal dumping to continue during the investigation because it furthered the purposes of operation silver shovel. And did the feds ever pay the city back. No, at least we couldn't find any evidence that they did. It took almost two full years. After silver shovel broke for the cleanup to be completed that was eight years after John Christopher I showed up north Lauderdale, but by nineteen ninety eight John Christopher's dumps were gone. Daiki Nichols was in high school when the cleanup started you've heard from him before he used to attend summer elementary school and played on the mountain of debris, and Deke doesn't recall the particulars of the cleanup. But he remembers the transformation at sparked. It was hard to miss where there had once been a six mountain. There was now an empty lot. Heels goal is like again going back to me being a kid. And took out hills away. But like us it may grow into the man, I am now really appreciate wisit mill. Lou is gorgeous flaws what a used to loop. But once all that debris was removed. Where did it go? That's after the break..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

04:38 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Credit. You get new trucks real business. They were not getting as many contracts from the city. Either local news reports from the time said that black owned firms got just fourteen percent of city contracts, even though black people then made up about thirty seven percent of Chicago's population. And city contracts were where some of the real money was. A city contract for hauling waste or sludge as Jackson jokingly calls it could be worth millions of dollars. And we realize this is legit flood. If you own the trucks, but said, sludges fudge if you're on the truck, you'll trucks what does that mean that is concerned dirty work? If you'll drugs is very lucrative business. The way Reverend Jackson tells it when he learned about operation, silver shovel and the mountain of debris in a black Westside neighborhood. He realized the cleanup presented a unique opportunity a potential silver lining to a really bad situation. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians. And if you recall he'd done it in part by scheming to get contracts intended for black owned businesses. It was one of the scams he had used debris. The alderman Jackson did not fight for compensation. For people from north Lonsdale whose homes had been damaged or whose children had been harmed. But someone was going to get paid to clean up that site and Reverend Jackson believed that if anyone was going to make money off the site. Now, it should be black owned businesses ROY remove the community goes on going to be in good. Lucrative job. Someone to have the job better them. He reasoned than white owned firms like Lindahl brothers firms that had been responsible for the dumping in the first place. Ooh. One in from local news and community. From removing was you lose have the right to get paid for moving. So in January nineteen Ninety-six as Lindo brothers was removing its portion of debris from the site. Reverend Jackson came forward with a proposal. He wanted the city to hire black owned trucking firms to clean up the rest of the dumps. But according to Jackson mayor Richard m Daley was hesitant to sign onto the plan. Roseling? There was resistance because. Those who use a good. He's gonna job demanding there to get them. And the we demanded the right of that system. We reached out to former mayor Daley for comment, but he didn't respond. So Jackson turned to the same kinds of protest tactics. That had worked for him time and time again an impressive display of solidarity and power. The Northland residents could have used years before Roma's trucks. And the men removers una frigid Saturday in early February nineteen Ninety-six dozens of diesel trucks and bulldozers lined up along Drexel boulevard around the corner from Jesse Jackson southside office black truckers had plastered. There rigs with signs that read we want our fair share and hire us to clean up the dump. Then in a slow deliberate processional the convoy headed for north Lonsdale do full mile trip across the city, drove in miles. Now would just folks and practice and trailers and stirs the we land the and move across the city stop Trevor with rows. This mobile protest of black truckers was meant to draw attention and to prove that they were capable of the cleanup LaRussa could remove bad. Dumpsters and trailers and trucks and drivers and everything was required. Jackson led the caravan as they drove they were followed by police escort. Onlookers raised their fists in a gesture of solidarity. When the trucks arrived in north Lonsdale. They encircled the dump and blasted their horns, they were not given a warm. Welcome window brothers was still in the process of removing its portion of the debris. Knowing the caravan was headed, it's way, the company had blocked the entrance to the site with a three-foot mound of dirt and a pair of bulldozers..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

05:19 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Hi, everyone Robin here before we start this week's episode. I need to share some sad news with you. Henry Henderson died last week. If you've been following along with the show, you know that Henderson was the lawyer turned Chicago environment Commissioner who was one of the few city officials to do anything about the northbound L mountain. He spent years battling John Christopher's illegal dumps. However imperfectly. Henderson had lung cancer, and he had recently entered hospice care, he was just sixty six years old after Henderson left city government. He went to work for the natural Resources Defense Council or NRDC a kind of legal aid fund for the environment. As the group's longtime midwest director, he spearheaded a host of initiatives. They were all aimed at keeping our air land and water clean and at protecting vulnerable communities from the hazards of pollution and industry. Under Henderson, the NRDC sued the city of Flint and the state of Michigan forcing them to replace the service lines that had caused so many Flint residents to develop lead poisoning. The group took on BP forcing the oil giant to install air pollution controls at its massive refinery in whiting, Indiana, and the NRDC went after a subsidiary of the coke brothers after the. Trucked black mountains of petroleum coke into a residential neighborhood on Chicago's south east side. Richard m Daley the former Chicago mayor and Henderson's former boss said of Henry, he has long been instrumental in the environmental movement here long before cities care to acknowledge the need for such initiatives for us here at the city. Henry Henderson was also instrumental in helping us get to the bottom of this particular environmental story. So perhaps there is no better place to begin this week's episode. It's called the cleanup. In January nineteen ninety six just a few days after operation, silver, shovel became public. One of Chicago's US congressman called a press conference at the site of the north Lonsdale. Dumps dick Durbin was the highest ranking politician to publicly acknowledged the dumps now he was there to demand a cleanup. Heavy snow is falling Durban wears a black wool overcoat with the lapels turned up protection from the wind behind him. The mountain looms covered in a thick dusting of white. It looks almost pastoral but read dump trucks and yellow bulldozers crawl over the site. You can hear them being in the background. Durbin turns to face the cameras operation, silver, shovel is called our attention to what is a blight on the city of Chicago and our state these legal dumps in a residential neighborhood are absolutely shameful to north. Lonzo residents though, what was shameful with how long it had taken dick Durbin and other high level elected officials to pay close attention to the dumps Durban had shown up nearly six years after residents at I killed to public officials for help. I'm calling on the US Birmingham protection agency to come forward and determined I whether there's any evidence of hazardous waste at any of these operations, silver shovel sites, the EPA has the authority to respond immediately. If there's evidence, I might tell you that Mr. of course, the EPA had already been to north Lonsdale. Two years earlier, the Illinois and US EPA as had removed roughly a hundred fifty truckloads of hazardous waste, including barrels of mystery chemicals. But they had left the six stories of debris behind. The federal agencies behind operation, silver, shovel had no intention of cleaning up the dumps either they didn't see it as their responsibility. But ultimately, the investigation was a catalyst for change for nearly six years. It was if no one outside north Lonsdale could even see the six mountain in the middle of the city, but suddenly almost magically operation silver shovel. And the association of these dumps with an undercover corruption probe made the mountain visible to everyone political figures who hadn't so much as mentioned it in the past we know shaming others for ignoring it, silver, shovel set off a flurry of activity that residents welcomed, but it came with the bitterness of knowing that it could have happened six years sooner. The beeping trucks and bulldozers behind dick Durbin were there to clean up the dumb to dismantle the mountain. He's by piece, the bulldozers scoop up bucketful after bucketful of concrete slabs, asphalt chunks and dirt and drop them into the backs of the dump trucks and each full truck. Then drives out of the lot and takes its cargo away..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

02:20 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"After Henry Henderson, the city lawyer failed to get an injunction. He realized that if he was going to sway the judge, he'd have to change his tactics. So rather than argue that John Christopher was breaking the law on technical grounds, like not having the right permits or debating what even his waist Henderson and his team would hammer home the actual harm being done to the community. But John Christopher pivoted to instead of just tagging people. He also began waging a hearts and minds campaign to try to sway people from north Lonsdale to his side. He hired someone from the neighborhood to act as a community lease on and paradoxically. He offered to help clean up other vacant, lots in the area by giving people dirt. He'd screamed at the dumps. And some people took John Christopher his word. I found this petition signed by thirty north Lauderdale residents. It reads the following persons welcome Christiane. That's his company Christiane into the community and are grateful that the company is involved in a beautification project that will benefit the community and its residents. John Christoper took this petition and submitted into evidence during the court case to try to convince the judge of his good works north Lonsdale. He also started handing out money, small amounts, fifteen dollars here, ten dollars there sensibly to pay for cleaning supplies. MS Ashford brought this up. When we started talking about her neighbors, the Dickerson's. Mattel, yell, something shale. Let's be straight about deal. Millie got money from John Milly, Milly Dickerson. Whose apartment was right on the same lot as the larger of the two dumps and whose son had asthma as we were talking MS Ashford's daughter called Millie Dickerson deceives around that day leader in the conversation. MS Dickerson actually walked into the interview and told us she had taken money from John Christopher game day, talked to me and he's washing hanging clothes on beg poet. Any told me see that. You don't man about that. We overhand dumping this dump and then how he's Monnet to by using detergent and wash tone Wednesday month acid..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

01:47 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"So I cannot tell you for certain. Yes. These dumps gave this baby asthma, but I can't tell you that the Environmental Protection Agency classifies construction, debris dust as particular matter, tiny particles that can be harmful to breathe, especially if you're very young or very old or have other kinds of breathing problems already. And other public health studies done at this time found that rates of asthma in Chicago were twice the national average. Those rates were even higher in some black neighborhoods, including north Lonsdale. And as we were all sitting around talking miss Ashford in her daughters started running through all the other people in their family who had asthma, which seemed to get worse as the dumps got bigger. There were Serena's other kid, her son Reginald. He gets been about Babbo six. He got a cold too. Is that real heart call than there was their nephew, Trayvon when he was the arm baby, he ended up whereas MMA, yes, she, she had own personal machine at home because he had it so much running back of all the hospital. So much than there were their neighbors. The Dickerson's. Daniel, Daniel has asthma real bad. They lived why up on dunk on the ward lows. Debbie wasn't another one that was dealing with an asthma who of a mad because they live right up on it. How could they not. To this family. The dumps were clearly a hazard, and the courts could have stopped John Christopher two days after the city filed suit. If the judge had agreed..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

03:27 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"As a kid growing up in granite city, Illinois, Henry Henderson would spend summer nights walking the mile or so from his home to the steel mills and watch them light up the sky. We'd go out in the night when it was really dark and watch them poor, the slag in return the sky into bright, bright, bright brightness because of the intensity of the heat involved in that hundred grew up around steel generations of his family had worked in and around the mills. My great grandfather came from South Wales from huge mining district, and he was, you know, at the Blast Furnace and who's a worker, and they'd come out, he'd come out every day to see a flag was flying at the mill to see if they're hiring, but but moving from mining to steal was in some ways moving from wife that was almost indistinguishable from the Roman surf into part of the modern. Demy Henry saw how vital the mills were to his family, but also the pollution. They spewed into his town, the toxic metals dumped in nearby waterways, deep black, smoke pouring out of the smokestacks and he wasn't alone and thinking, this was a problem. This was the nineteen seventies when the environmental movement was taking root and Henderson got swept up in it. It's fundamentally a question of Justice really key areas you where you can see significant issues of the Justice and the community is within the environment where burdens fall and we're benefits are not going Henry, went to law school, moved to Chicago and went to work for the Illinois Torney general on a task force dealing with hazardous waste. We had a huge number of issues. It went directly to questions of equity, Justice, quality of life, health and safety, and this was an opportunity to really get into actually solving problems us. The law as way to solve problems. Henry Henderson was beginning to make a name for himself as someone who used the full weight of the law to defend people from hazardous waste in his two or so years. At the attorney general's office. He worked on about ten cases, prosecuting dangerous polluters. An often the best weapon in Henry's arsenal was an injunction a legal order that forces someone to stop what they're doing under threat of arrest. So like in one of his cases, he was able to get a court order to stop a bunch of waste transfer stations from leaking into surrounding farmland. Henry Henderson, got good at cases like these going to judge getting an injunction and forcing polluters to immediately stop whatever they were doing. And so when the north Lonsdale dumping Hase's landed on his desk in June of nineteen ninety, he thought it would be an open and shut case. By this point, Henderson had moved to a new job as an environmental lawyer for the city of. Chicago, and he thought it would be pretty easy to do north Lonsdale what he'd done so many times before go to judge and get an injunction. Because this was clearly beginning of gigantic problem and needed to be stopped. Did you have full faith at this point that the courts would deliver Justice that the courts would produce some meaningful results in the situation? Yes, I actually actually I did..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

The City

02:34 min | 2 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on The City

"Chicago is built on a prairie the skyscrapers downtown tower over a completely flat landscape which made it all the more remarkable when John Christopher's giant illegal dumps begin to rise out of nowhere casting their long shadows over north Lonsdale and the homes of Gladys, Woodson and Jacqueline Rodney. It was that. At least two stories right. Hall as all of these houses around us. That's so big and he didn't watery down. The dust was all over the neighborhood everywhere. I don't care how much you clean. I still can write my name all Michael's. I have glass tape. I still can write my name in the table. We left off a guy named John Christopher, had established a pair of illegal dumps onto vacant lots north Lauderdale on Chicago's west side, one down the street from his Woodson and miss Rodney and an even bigger one. Just a few blocks away across the street from an elementary school and not only was John Christopher dumping truckload after truckload of gravel and bricks and rusted of medal. He was also operating a rock crusher a giant piece of machinery, the pulverizes concrete into gravel. Whenever he operated the crusher we all know because our buildings would be shaking and you could hear the mortar falling could hear the more falling through the walls of sound like the house houses were about to carry van here. The rock crusher two blocks away because it was shaking ground. Not only could we at when it was shaking. Our houses are more was falling out of the buildings to the point where we could see outside from inside the house. MS. Rodney MS Woodson and their neighbors and north Lonsdale had confronted John Christopher the dumper and we're determined to take them to court. The got the city of Chicago on their side and sue John Christopher that was in June of nineteen ninety. He said, I'll do what I won't when all and how I want. And I'll stay there as long as I want to know. You won't. We, you definitely not going to stay here. Except he would for longer than anyone could have predicted. I'm Robin namer from USA today. This is the city..

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"north lonsdale" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

01:47 min | 3 years ago

"north lonsdale" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Show a neighborhood that has persevered despite what happened i think we're trying to show a resilience of visit to north lonsdale this afternoon on all things considered from npr news china's for the visit and other news on all things considered later today at four thirty pm here on k q e d good morning i'm david greene he goes by walmart kid or yodeling boy the real name mason ramsey these ten and video of him standing at a walmart in illinois in cowboy boots and bowtie yodeling hank williams has gone viral naturally the internet did its thing and there now remix someone tweeted that they'd rather listen to mason than the hit band the chain smokers the ban tweeted me to kid it's morning edition five thirty one on cake here's joe mcconnell without the yodel no yodeling for me pretty quiet morning so far there is usual backup developing at the bay bridge the past there was a crash in livermore five eighty west at north livermore but that has been cleared in the north lakeville highway northbound south of one sixteen there is a collision there with a car partly sticking out into the lane joe mcconnell for key qb brought to you this morning by positive coaching alliance fresh air returns today at one o'clock on the next fresh air dan stevens who played matthew crawley on downton abbey in the fx show legion his character begins the series as a troubled young man in a mental hospital thursday two hundred and sixtieth thursday passenger on the cruise ship mental health turns out he has superpowers join us crocheter with to broadcast today of course at one and at.

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