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					WORKING                                                                                            WINTER 2010

CAPITAL                                                                The Newsletter of the Chicago Program
                                                                       of Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Spring Into Sports, part of the plans developed by the Neighborhood Partnership for Chicago 2016, was a week-
long series of sports programs, including Olympic sports like basketball, martial arts, archery and volleyball.

Chicago 2016 Was a Beginning, Not an End
LISC/Chicago’s neighborhoods          tions and technology, tourism and
make no little plans. So when the     placemaking, housing and jobs,
dream of the 2016 Olympics in         and transportation. While many
Chicago was over, they didn’t         of the ideas, such as job training
miss a beat, turning plans put for-   and transit-oriented development,
ward to support the bid into sus-     require the kind of major funding
tainable strategies to accomplish     the Games would have brought to
community goals.                      Chicago, the vision of the Neigh-
                                      borhood Partnership remains
The plans developed as part of        alive and is moving forward,
LISC’s Neighborhood Partnership       building on support already in
for Chicago 2016 were an out-         place.
growth of the neighborhoods’ ex-
isting Quality-of-Life plans and
provide direction for neighbor-       Starting with Sports                        “Exposure to different sports
hood development with or with-        Sports are not about who’s watch-           opens up people’s eyes.
out the Olympics.                     ing – even if who’s watching in-            There’s great potential for col-
                                      cludes the international Olympic            laboration and just for talking to
The long-term, proactive strate-      community. Spring Into Sports,              your neighbors. The programs
gies suggested by the Neighbor-       an eight-day run of sports activi-          are going well and growing –
hood Partnership address key                                                      momentum continues to build.”
                                      ties and tournaments organized
community issues that were rele-      by LISC/Chicago’s Neighborhood
vant to the Olympics – youth and                                                  Rob Castañeda, director of Be-
                                      Sports Chicago (NSC), coincided
family programming, communica-                                                    yond the Ball and co-founder of
                                                               Continues       Project Play
with the visit of the International    traditional games and activities –    organized Project Play. “It pro-
Olympic Committee in March.            in short, it asked families to play   motes a sense of unity to use this
But its lasting impact has much        together.                             space together.”
more to do with strengthening a
robust neighborhood sports infra-      “Instead of just dropping their
structure as a way to build            kids off, parents stay to play with   Neighborhoods Worth Visiting
healthy communities, providing a       them,” said Rob Castaneda, direc-     Chicago, the “city of neighbor-
positive response to challenges        tor of Beyond the Ball, which         hoods,” has much more to offer
like youth violence.                                                         tourists than downtown attrac-
                                                                             tions. Even without the influx
“We were proud to showcase our                                               of international tourists the
neighborhoods and their sports-                                              Olympics would have brought,
based youth programs during the                                              New Communities Program
IOC visit,” said Keri Blackwell,                                             neighborhoods have started to
LISC program officer. “But                                                   attract visitors to the rich cultural
Spring Into Sports was really                                                offerings in under-explored parts
about the kids – engaging them in                                            of the city.
healthy and safe activities over
spring break, exposing them to                                               The first of those efforts, launched
Olympic sports like archery, bad-                                            as part of the City’s Great
minton, and track and field, and                                             Chicago Places and Spaces festival
building positive relationships                                              this past spring, was a smashing
within and among kids, adults                                                success. Six neighborhoods led
and neighborhoods.”                                                          sold-out bus and walking tours in
                                                                             South Chicago, Bronzeville, Pilsen,
Spring Into Sports was supported                                             Albany Park, Auburn Gresham
by the 2016 Fund for Chicago                                                 and West Ridge. With support
Neighborhoods, created by local                                              from the Boeing Company and
foundations to support the city’s                                            with leadership from the Burnham
Olympic bid and ensure that it                                               Plan Centennial and Chicago
provided lasting benefits to                                                 Metropolis2020, the tours show-
Chicago neighborhoods. A whirl-                                              cased the neighborhoods’ cultural
wind week for more than 1,500              “The Chicago 2016 plans           attractions and local shops and
youth, Spring Into Sports was              helped us orient the tours to     restaurants unique to each area.
only the first of a wide range of          visitors from afar. The tours
Neighborhood Sports Chicago                are adaptable to different
                                                                             And according to LISC/Chicago
programs. This past summer,                audiences, and we’ve
                                                                             Director of Programs Joel Book-
NSC also launched Chicago Co-              already had the chance to
                                           give tours to people from         man, the tours went beyond
MOTION to back summer sports                                                 showing off the neighborhoods.
                                           abroad and from all across
leagues, tournaments, outdoor              this country. But it’s also
family programs and neighbor-              important for local people        “The tours communicate not only
hood events.                               to be able to see Auburn          all the exciting features that these
                                           Gresham from a different          neighborhoods have to offer,”
While some were the traditional,           perspective. We’ve built          Bookman said, “but the collective
well-loved programs like basket-           this great capacity in our        neighborhood action that brought
ball leagues, others, such as              organization and our
                                                                             these changes to the neighbor-
Project Play in Little Village, were       neighborhood, and we’re
new and innovative. Project Play           proud to keep using it.”
reclaimed outdoor space that                                                 In addition to bringing visitors to
                                           Carlos Nelson, executive
had been dominated by gangs and                                              neighborhoods, the Neighborhood
                                           director of Greater Auburn-
invited kids and their parents to                                            Partnership identified ways to
                                           Gresham Development
participate in traditional and non-
                                           Corporation                                                Continues 
create new attractions and pro-         town. Plans for the station are       GRANT & LOAN
mote cultural and commercial
districts to tourists – and to neigh-
                                        moving forward, and Greater
                                        Auburn-Gresham Development
borhood residents. Lawndale             Corporation is working on a TOD       From June to November
Christian Development Corpora-          to include housing and commer-        2009, LISC/Chicago dis-
tion is developing the Martin           cial space. On the Near West Side,    bursed a total of $6,204,149
                                                                              in grants and loans across the
Luther King, Jr. District, including    discussions begun during the 2016
                                                                              city, including the following:
an affordable housing museum,           planning process for new CTA
a library, apartments and a re-         Green and Pink Line stations are      A $9,000 grant to Carroll
habbed community center to cele-        continuing, and a focus on transit    Care Center to support
brate Dr. King’s 1966 fair-housing      in Washington Park led to a recent    youth boxing in seven dif-
campaign in North Lawndale. In          Regional Transportation Authority     ferent schools.
Quad Communities, LISC recently         grant to the Washington Park
supported Connect 4, an event           Consortium to do transit-oriented     A $10,000 grant to Commu-
launching the revamped United           planning in line with their Qual-     nity Outreach Volunteers in
Bronzeville Business association        ity-of-Life plan.                     support of its youth soccer
                                                                              and healthy eating program
with tours of local businesses
                                                                              in Englewood.
on Cottage Grove Avenue.                Chicago is not a city to mull over
                                        its losses, and its neighborhoods     A grant of $30,800 to
                                        know how to move forward in           Greater Auburn-Gresham
Moving Ahead                            the face of both challenges and       Development Corporation to
While the plans of the Neighbor-        advantages. If anything, the Inter-   support the Southwest Digi-
hood Partnership for 2016 are           national Olympic Committee’s re-      tal Planning District and the
already producing tangible results,     jection of Chicago’s bid for 2016     new community portal for
                                        left NCP neighborhoods more           Auburn Gresham, Chicago
they’ve also set in motion larger
                                        committed to realizing their goals.   Lawn and Englewood.
projects that are seeing early
progress, particularly in the areas     These neighborhoods know that
                                                                              A grant of $46,785 to The
of transit and transit-oriented         their long-term vision for their      Resurrection Project to
development (TOD). In Auburn            communities – sharpened by the        support the Pilsen Digital
Gresham, a new Metra station at         dream of the Olympics – is larger,    Excellence Demonstration
79th Street was suggested by the        more important, and more endur-       Communities pilot program
Neighborhood Partnership as a           ing than a single aspiration for a    (the Pilsen Portal).
way to connect the city’s busiest       single event.
east-west bus route with down-                                                A $100,000 loan to Quad
                                                                              Communities Development
                                                                              Corporation to bridge
                                                                              receipt of Special Services
                                                                              Area revenue in order to
                                                                              support local programming
                                                                              assisting the commercial
                                                                              properties along 47th Street
                                                                              and Cottage Grove Avenue.

                                                                              Grant support of $96,250 for
                                                                              partial payment for 13 Ameri-
                                                                              corps volunteers who will be
                                                                              working in nine Centers for
                                                                              Working Families.

                                                                              A $64,000 grant to Claretian
                                                                              Associates to support its
                                                                              outreach to homeowners
                                                                              facing foreclosure issues in
                                                                              South Chicago.
Carlos Nelson leads the “Rebuilding a Classic Community” tour in Auburn
Citing their track record and         that meet the three core princi-     ects, bridging the worlds of de-
integrated approach to creating       ples of the Fellowship criteria:     sign, development and construc-
high quality developments and         participatory planning, holistic     tion, always with an eye on
making deep investments in            design and green building.           community needs.
community empowerment, the
Enterprise Rose Architectural         Splaingard, trained as an archi-     “We live in a global design
Fellowship selected Bickerdike        tect at Auburn University and its    world,” said Splaingard. “It’s im-
Redevelopment Corporation as          famed Rural Studio in Alabama,       portant to stay focused on being
its first host organization in        hopes to connect sustainable ar-     a community member – on being
Chicago.                              chitecture with community proj-      an active citizen.”

Bickerdike is an ideal place for an
Enterprise Rose Fellow, according
to Katie Swenson, senior director
of the Fellowship.

                                                                                                                  Photo courtesy of Enterprise Community Partners
“We look for organizations with a
commitment to excellence in de-
sign and sustainable building prin-
ciples, as well as meaningful
community engagement in design
and planning,” Swenson said.
“Bickerdike is a fantastic fit.”

Daniel Splaingard, the Fellow
placed at Bickerdike, will spend
the next three years helping cre-
ate community-driven solutions            Daniel Splaingard, Chicago’s first Enterprise Rose Fellow, with Joy
                                          Aruguete, executive director of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation.

The following donors have made new commitments to LISC’s work in Chicago neighborhoods in 2009.

2016 Fund for Chicago                 The Chicago Tribune Foundation       Oprah’s Angel Network
                                      The Citi Foundation                  Peoples Gas
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
                                      ComEd                                The Polk Family Charitable Fund
The Atlantic Philanthropies
                                      The CVS Caremark                     United Way of
The Bobins Foundation                 Charitable Trust                     Metropolitan Chicago
City of Chicago Department            The Dr. Scholl Foundation            US Department of Housing
of Family and Support Services                                             and Urban Development
                                      The Home Depot Foundation
The Charter One Foundation                                                 The VNA Foundation
                                      The John D. and Catherine T.
The Chicago Community Trust           MacArthur Foundation                 The Walter S. Mander Foundation
                                      JPMorgan Chase
LISC/Chicago’s network of Centers
for Working Families (CWF) is serv-
ing more people than ever before
as demand increases in response to
a turbulent economy. With new
resources including access to credit
scores and tuition reimbursement
for skills training, the CWFs are
able to lend a hand to any client
who comes through their doors.

One of those clients is Luis Badillo,
who was laid off from the com-
                                          The Centers for Working Families served 14,660 people in 2009.
pany where he had worked for
over 15 years. Mr. Badillo applied      riod in 2008. Just over 1,000           in refunds. The CWFs stand
for unemployment benefits, but          CWF clients received more than          ready to continue assisting
was told he lacked sufficient proof     $1.2 million in public benefits in      individuals like Mr. Badillo as
of legal residence. At the CWF at       2009, and tax assistance at CWF         they work through the tough
Instituto del Progreso Latino, an       locations helped nearly 7,000           economic times toward a more
income support specialist worked        people get more than $8 million         secure future.
with Mr. Badillo to navigate the
documentation process and get
the proof he needed.

With unemployment benefits com-             CHICAGO RISING:
ing in, Mr. Badillo took advantage          NCP’s Annual Assembly
of the CWF’s career coaching and
planning services. He enrolled in           With a keynote speech by Adolfo Carrión, Jr., director of the new White
Instituto’s Industrial Maintenance          House Office of Urban Affairs, and “recovery” roundtables where neigh-
                                            borhood leaders and volunteers rolled up their sleeves to talk about issues
training program and received his
                                            facing their communities, this year’s annual New Communities Program
certification. Instituto provided           (NCP) assembly brought together the local and the national, showcasing
transportation assistance to help           Chicago-style community development as a model for the country.
him get to interviews, and Mr.
Badillo found permanent employ-             Carrión recognized the importance of that model, saying that President
ment as a technical electrician at a        Barack Obama’s urban policy team is looking to Chicago, and espe-
graphic design company. He’s                cially to the tools and tactics of
now earning $25 an hour. Mr.                NCP, as they craft a new, “bot-
Badillo’s relationship with Insti-          tom up” federal approach to
tuto continues today, as he works           neighborhood revitalization.
with the CWF financial coach to
                                            “At the street level, people have
plan his financial future.                  been coming up with smart, in-
                                            novative solutions,” Carrión told
With the support of Instituto del           the 500 neighborhood leaders,
Progreso Latino, Mr. Badillo has            activists and volunteers gath-
been able to put his life and fi-           ered for “Chicago Rising: What
nances back on track. And he’s              a Community Can Be.”
not the only one. In the first 10
months of 2009, the CWF net-                “You’ve been doing it here in
work served 14,660 people – 50              Chicago,” he said. “We want
percent more than the same pe-              to follow your lead.”                  Adolfo Carrión, Jr. addresses the
                                                                                   annual NCP assembly.

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        Perry Pero, Chair
    Northern Trust (Retired)       Local Initiatives Support
        David Anderson
  New Pacific Consulting, LLC
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     State Farm Insurance
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      Greater Southwest
   Development Corporation
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 Joseph Freed and Associates
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    ShoreBank Corporation
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       JPMorgan Chase
          Lori Healey
   The John Buck Company
         Michael Lewis
      John G. Markowski
Community Investment Corporation
         Gloria Materre
        Illinois Housing
     Development Authority
         John Newman
        The PrivateBank
         Terry Peterson
 Rush University Medical Center
         Howard Pizer
     United Center Joint
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       Christine Raguso
    Chicago Department of                      16th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards®
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