Here’s the Emanuel-appointed advisory committee to deal with dozens of vacant closed school buildings

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As Fran Spielman and I reported this morning,

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is appointing an advisory committee to decide what to do with nearly 50 shuttered Chicago Public Schools that, residents fear, could be turned into charter schools or sit vacant and become magnets for crime. The 13-member committee of aldermen, community developers and city officials, will be chaired by Wilbur Millhouse, owner of one of Chicago’s largest African-American construction and engineering firms.

Here’s a bit more about the 13 panel members, including ties to Emanuel and to Mayor Richard M. Daley:

  • Wilbur Milhouse (Chair), Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc.
  • Andy Mooney, Department of Housing and Economic Development. Formerly of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, left LISC after Emanuel appointed him to head the Department of Housing and Economic Development.
  • Ricardo Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services. Formerly First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, Estrada was appointed to Chicago Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Committee for Social Services and Healthcare, in March 2011 and is a board member of Erie Elementary Charter School.
  • Jim Capraro, former Director of Greater Southwest Development Corp. and retired LISC board member.
  • Linda Goodman, Goodman Williams Group. Contributor to “dozens of real estate market analyses for the City of Chicago under the Planning Now and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs. Her analyses have involved site-specific residential and commercial development proposals as well as plans for corridors and neighborhoods. She tracks land sales in the Central Area that are used by the Department of Zoning and Planning to calculate affordable housing and other offsite zoning bonuses. In support of the Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation,Ms. Goodman has contributed to the redevelopment of several CHA developments.”
  • Tom Tyrell, Chicago Public Schools: Retired Marine heading up the schools transition process.
  • Raul Raymundo, Resurrection Project. Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of The Resurrection Project, whose mission is to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education and community development. Also a trustee for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and a member of the Executive Council of Chicago’s Metropolis 2020, and a board member for the Chicago Metropolitan Development Association.
  • Listed as “Susanna Vasquez” by mayor’s office, she’s actually Susana Vasquez of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, formerly of The Resurrection Project.
  • Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation: Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for the City of Chicago, first as Commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing and then as Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley. “As Commissioner she led a process resulting in the city’s commitment to a $1.3 billion five-year plan for affordable housing. As Chief of Staff, one of her significant accomplishments was the design and negotiation of the $1.5 billion plan for transformation of public housing in Chicago.”***UPDATE Lynn Sweet tells us that Stasch also worked in the Clinton administration while Emanuel also was in the Clinton White House.
  • Bernita Johnson, QCDC: Executive director of Quad Communities Development Corporation. Formerly of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, former board member of both the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Neighborhood Housing Service and currently serves as secretary of the 43rd and Cottage Grove TIF Advisory Council. She’s also a community representative for the Local School Council for Dyett High School, currently being phased out by CPS.
  • Ald. Rey Colon, 35th Ward
  • Ald. Latasha R. Thomas, 17th Ward. Chairman of the city council’s education committee.

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