4th Ward Residents need to know how and where to obtain information about schools, parks, policing, streets and sanitation, and other important issues. For years, Ebony has been a voice for 4th Ward residents, providing information to neighbors. Ebony will continue this work through an intergenerational plan of communication that includes monthly town hall meetings, social media, and an online newsletter.
ALTERNATIVES TO PROPERTY TAX INCREASES
Working families are bring priced out of Chicago by high property taxes and water bills which results in high rents. Ebony Lucas will be an advocate for a financial transaction tax, progressive income tax, and TIF reform to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthy, while placing the burden on families who cannot afford it.
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND POLICE RELATIONS
Safety is a community effort that should include positive relationships between the police and the community. Ebony has worked directly with the community policing officers as a volunteer on programs such as Teens on 53rd St. and National Night Out. Ebony will continue to build partnerships between the police and the community by ensuring that residents are knowledgeable about CAPS meetings and that block clubs and community organizations receive support that they need to address public safety issues through positive programming.
BRING RESOURCES TO IMPROVE K-8 PUBLIC EDUCATION
The 4th Ward contains some outstanding public high schools, Jones College Prep, Kenwood High School, and King College Prep. However, many of the schools providing K-8 education have yet to reach the competitive 1+ status. Ebony will be a liaison between the 4th Ward school principals, park district, public libraries, museums, and volunteers to boost resources and community involvement within the schools to improve the quality of education.