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Questions on Willingness to Prioritize Inclusive, Equitable, People-centered, and Stable Communities
  1. What are your plans for supporting local economic stability, particularly for economically divested areas of the city?
  2. How do you plan to understand the needs of students and families in Chicago and ensure that neighborhood schools have the necessary resources?
  3. How do you intend to support renters and owners who are at risk of being displaced from their homes and communities?
  4. What do you plan to do to welcome and support immigrants, communities of color, the elderly, and the LGBTQ community?
  5. What are your plans for supporting the neighborhood businesses?
  6. What plans do you have for use of vacant lots? 
  7. How do you define equity?
Questions Seeking Transparency and Communication of Data and Community Engagement at Large
  1. How do you plan to support authentic, meaningful, and transparent community engagement in planning processes?
  2. What do you see as the importance of community engagement?
  3. How will you transparently and effectively communicate sustainability efforts to the public?
  4. How do you plan to activate Chicago communities  in building sustainability efforts or resilience planning?
  5. What specific policies will you enact to increase transparency in City government?
Questions on Continuity – How will the candidate seek to improve upon or actualize policies, procedures, and initiatives that are currently in place?
  1. How will you maintain continuity and continue the evolution of current and proposed sustainability initiatives?
  2. How do you intend to improve, actualize, and implement sustainability-related policy that is already in place? 
  3. What are your plans for improving coordination and communication across city departments and sister agencies, the county, and the state? 
  4. What are your plans for coordination and communication with the county and the state?
  5. What are the next steps you will take to improve existing clean energy policies ( e.g. Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge) or collaborations with larger policies such as Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Energy Initiative?
  6.  What are the most important sustainability policies in Chicago, in your opinion?
  7. What is a current or past “big” sustainability initiative that has been successful? Why did it work?
  8. What is your stance on Vision Zero/quality of life plan?
Questions on Vision 
  1. Where do you look for inspiration for environmental, equity, or justice-based policies?
  2. What sustainability-related policies and practices in other cities would you like to bring to Chicago? How would you adapt them to work in Chicago?
  3. How do you intend to train politicians and government employees in sustainability?
  4. Do you plan to bring back the Department of Environment to City Hall? Why or Why Not?
  5. What’s the most recent thing you’ve read or seen that impacted how you see sustainability? What changed?
  6. What is your role balancing the different social, environmental, and economic sustainability?
  7. How do you define sustainability?
  8. What is your understanding of Climate Change and its impact on Chicago?
Questions on Responsibilities in Public and Private Partnerships
  1. How will you ensure that the policies created during your term will benefit Chicago communities, rather than exclusively developers?
  2. What is your stance on privatization or public-private partnerships?
  3. How will you hold private businesses accountable to their public-private agreements?
  4. What are ways you would plan to strengthen and increase access to—as well as sustainability of—public/common space for Chicagoans? 
  5. How will you ensure that all residents have equal access to services being provided through a public-private partnership?
  6. What is your relationship to privatization of prisons?
Questions Regarding Specific Policies
  1. What is your relationship to the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, and do you plan to uphold and support it if elected?
  2. What are your plans to improve access to the ability to safely manage hazardous waste & pollution in Chicago Neighborhoods?
  3. How do you plan to increase access to affordable, fresh foods in Chicago neighborhoods?
  4. What are your goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and by what date? What strategies do you plan to put in place to achieve this? 
  5. What is your goal for the recycling diversion rate and by what date? What strategies do you plan to put in place to achieve this? 
  6. Do you intend to introduce citywide composting services? If yes, what strategies do you plan to put in place to achieve this?
  7. What do you intend to do to support and source Clean Energy in Chicago?
  8. How do you plan to support and broaden participation in the Good Food Purchasing Policy?
  9. What is your position on property taxes v. progressive income tax?
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