4th District Illinois House candidates press their agendas

Candidates for the 4th District House seat in the March 20 Illinois primary election share a progressive outlook. But the four women had time to spell out their differences during a Feb. 21 forum at Rowe Middle School, 1420 W. Augusta Blvd.

CAN-TV recorded the event for cable broadcast. Organizer Our Urban Times posted candidates' answers to off-camera questions.

Here's the "too long, didn't watch" guide to how Iris Millan, Alyx Pattison, Delia Ramirez and Anne Shaw responded to questions from East Village Association members and an overflow audience of about 125.

Top priority

Millan and Pattison put revenue first, largely from a progressive income tax that would require amending the state constitution. Ramirez and Shaw stress the need to raise school subsidies.

'Road diet' would reshape Chicago Avenue


East Village Association membership meeting
Feb. 5, 2018
Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Chicago Avenue would be trimmed to three motor-vehicle lanes in a "road diet" proposed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce.

Program manager Kace Wakem told East Village Association members Feb. 5 that the Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Transit Authority are studying the proposal, part of the West Town Master Plan produced in 2017. CDOT has identified Chicago Avenue east of Paulina Street as a "high-crash corridor" in its Vision Zero safety plan, while the CTA is tracking performance of the #66 bus route.

The plan would reduce the two center lanes to a single left-turn lane. Bike lanes would be added in either direction. Chicago Avenue was identified in the city's 2012 plan to create crosstown bike routes.

Grants for tree planting, considered in meeting a sustainability goal, would require volunteers to plant and care for trees. Other master plan objectives are preservation and business and arts development.


The West Town Master Plan proposes more bike lanes.