Chicago 2016 reaches out to community groups

February 10, 2009 1:38:00 PM PST
Faced with criticism about a lack of true community involvement, Chicago's Olympic planners are adding new committees to represent key interests from affordable housing to contract procurement and workforce diversity.The Chicago 2016 Outreach Advisory Council consists of several key allies of Mayor Richard M. Daley including former CHA Chairman Terry Peterson and former Chicago Public Schools Board President Michael Scott. Neighborhood community group leaders, union leaders local chambers of commerce and the head of the Chicago Urban League are also represented on the new council.

"Our plan for the Games has been a collaborative effort since the bid's inception with the City of Chicago and the local community, among others," said Lori Healey, president of Chicago 2016. "We look forward to continuing our community outreach efforts to ensure the Games and its resulting legacy have a positive impact on our city and the local communities."

In recent weeks, an anti-Olympics group that calls itself "No Games Chicago" has tried to organize various groups with gripes into a cohesive voice against Chicago's Olympic bid. The group held a forum in late January but refused to allow a Chicago 2016 to participate and respond to their concerns. Some who live near proposed Olympic venues in Washington Park and Michael Reese Hospital have also demanded written commitments from Chicago 2016 guaranteeing such things as affordable housing and minority job opportunities.


Affordable Housing

Jack Markowski, Community Investment Corporation; Kevin Jackson, Chicago Rehab Network; Dena Al-Khatib, Chicago Community Land Trust; Paul Roldan, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation; Larry Huggins, Riteway Construction; Terry Peterson, RUSH University Medical Center; Calvin Holmes, Chicago Community Loan Fund; Rafael Leon, Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corp; Marca Bristo, Access Living; Jawanza Malone, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Bernie Wong, Chinese American Service League.

Community Enhancements

Dr. Tariq Butt, Physician; Aleksandra Efimova, Russian Pointe Dance Boutique; Omar Duque, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Rev. Stan Davis, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago; August Sallas, Little Village Community Council; Khaled Elkhatib, City of Chicago - International Relations; Cecilia Butler, Washington Park Advisory Council; Mitch Carr, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Joanna Borowiec; Allegra Rich, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Shirley Newsome, North Kenwood-Oakland Community Conservation Council; Hayelom Ayele, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Denise Ferguson, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Refugio Gonzales, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; William Greaves, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; JoAnn Newsome, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Arnold Romeo, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; William Schmutz, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Kripal Zala, Chicago Commission on Human Relations.


Joe Williams, Granite Cos., Inc.; Eddie Forte, Black Contractors United; Paul Cerpa, HACIA; Beth Doria, Federation of Women Contractors; Alexander Lerner, Illinois State Medical Society; Dave Thomas, Chicago Business Minority Opportunity Center; Ernest Wong, Site Design Group, Ltd..

Contracting and Procurement

Michael Scott, Michael Scott and Associates, LLC; Hedy Ratner, Women's Business Development Center; Sheila Hill, Chicago Minority Business Development Council; Smita Shah, Spaan Technologies; Jason Felger, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center; Stuart Taylor, The Taylor Group, LLC; Mark Hands, Department of Procurement Services; Anthony Kitchens, ABLE; Cheryle Jackson, Chicago Urban League; Juan Rangel, United Neighborhood Organization; Robert Blackwell, Jr., Electronic Knowledge Interchange, Inc.; Manuel Sanchez, Sanchez, Daniels, & Hoffman, L.L.P.; Elllen Costello, Harris Bankcorp, Inc.

Workforce Development and Diversity

Jim Lowry, Boston Consulting Group; Jorge Ramirez, Chicago Federation of Labor; Bob Wordlaw, Chicago Jobs Council; Evelyn Diaz, City of Chicago, Rev. Joseph Kyles, Heirs of the Promise Church; Jaquie Algee, SEIU; Carnice Carney, Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce; Gloria Castillo, Chicago United; Shelley Davis, 3rd Ward Olympic Committee; Arthur Velasquez, Azteca Foods, Inc.;

Members at large

Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation; Terry Mazany, Chicago Community Trust.