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"Are Aldermen Keeping the City Segregated?" - City Bureau's Public Newsroom #73

Are Chicago aldermen using their aldermanic prerogative to keep neighborhoods segregated? That’s what a recent report co-authored by the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law suggests. 

Patricia Fron, CAFHA Executive Director, and Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice at the Shriver Center, join us Thursday evening to break down the report, “A City Fragmented: How Race, Power, and Aldermanic Prerogative Shape Chicago’s Neighborhoods”. They will go over how affordable housing decisions are made in the city of Chicago and how these decisions often result in geographic imbalances in affordable housing development. Then they will dive into aldermanic prerogative, which they say is the central vehicle driving this imbalance: the mechanics, the history, the roots in racism, and the effects. 

Stop by to learn more, and to be part of a conversation on how to create more equitable decision-making in Chicago. You can access the report at

This event is part of City Bureau's #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

For more info on past and future Public Newsroom workshops and to becoming a sustaining member of City Bureau, visit

Earlier Event: August 4
August 4th Farmers Market
Later Event: August 11
August 11th Farmers Market