New Winnetka, IL village council faces the affordable housing issue

An affordable housing plan has been a controversial issue in Winnetka for several months – and on Tuesday, three candidates supported by a group that opposes it were elected to the village council.

In an average year, candidates selected by the Winnetka Caucus run unopposed during the local election. But when incumbent Jennifer Spinney was not re-slated by the organization in the fall, she decided to run as an independent candidate.

By the time the campaign season arrived in December, so had the recommendation of a controversial affordable housing proposal from the village’s Plan Commission.

Enter another local political organization, the Winnetka Home Owners Association, which backed Spinney and two of the Caucus’ candidates — Richard Kates and Arthur Braun — saying they were against the affordable housing measure.

The third Caucus-backed candidate, incumbent Linda Pedian, denied that she had taken a side in the debate, which is scheduled to come before the Council later this month.

Regardless, the three candidates supported by WHOA received the most votes on April 5, according to unofficial totals from the Cook County Clerk’s Office.

Read remainder of the story at the Chicago Tribune

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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