Ben Wolf, candidate for Congress, speaks to EVA

Benjamin Wolf, Democratic candiadate for 5th District U.S. Representative, with East Village Association president Michael VanDam at Happy Village in Chicago.

By Michelle Hayward

East Village Association membership meeting
April 3, 2017
Happy Village
1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

President Michael VanDam opened the meeting and introduced himself at the new EVA president.

Presentation

Our speaker for the evening was Benjamin Thomas Wolf, running for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District of Illinois. EVA does not endorse a particular candidate but does welcome all political candidates to share their platform with our community.

Candidate Wolf presented his background and career highlights in public service covering years with the FBI’s Espionage and Counter Terrorism units and the State Department.

A snapshot on some of the positions presented:

  • Supports term limits.
  • Elections to be funded by constituent donations, not money from corporations.
  • Agenda: Free health care, legalization of marijuana and free college tuition.
  • Feels Congress has not addressed the crime and murder rates. His platform: Funding, training and personnel will be found and brought to Chicago.
  • Wolf's plan is to fight the current administration every step of the way. This administration is undoing important advances in human rights.
  • Feels he can be a congressional leader to bring the two sides of the aisle together.
  • Supports the removal of all personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Will not support the renewal of the Patriot Act.

See Facebook for more information: Wolf for Congress. Wolf and his team hold office hours every Tuesday at Park & Field, 3509 W Fullerton Ave. in Logan Square. Wolf is a co-owner of Park & Field.

Clean & Green

Aldermen have provided the materials and mechanisms to do spring clean up. Jordan Navarro is working with Elkhart Park; Commercial Park announced clean up for April 22. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know.

Planning Updates
  • Construction at Pure Dairy site, 1938 W. Augusta Blvd., will be on Landmarks Commission agenda on April 6. EVA has issued another letter of support on the project.
  • 1322 W. WaltonSt.: Working with Elkhart Park Community Council. EVA to share more information when it becomes available.
  • 1814 W. Augusta Blvd.: House is being torn down and builder requests a variance to do a condo project. Planning, Preservation & Development committee granted support on the variance.

New Business

In a rash of garage door break-ins, perpetrators are backing into aluminum garage doors and stealing goods.

If you are not a member and would like to join, please sign up on EVA's website.

Polish Triangle: Beginning April 23 and running through Aug. 29, Tuesdays at the Triangle will be in full swing. This special evening features music, art and spoken word/poetry. See schedule at polishtrianglecoalition.org

EVA Board meets the 2nd Monday of each month. Meeting venue will change: Bath House Cultural Center, 1019 N. Wolcott Ave..

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