Ford launches referendum for new Austin high school

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Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (8th) recently launched an advisory referendum for a new comprehensive public high school in Austin. Ford's petition will circulate throughout the 29th Ward ahead of the Nov. 6 election. 

In a statement, the state representative said that during a meeting with Janice Jackson, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, he learned that the city "will work with and listen to the request of the community. The Austin community is the second largest community in Chicago with a population of 97,643 with 30% of the population being 19 and under."

Ford's statement noted that despite the city's recent announcement that it plans to construct new high schools in some Chicago communities, the city "still ignores the taxpayers of the Austin community. Austin has around 7,000 seats available for around 14,000 high school-age youth on the West Side."

"As a resident of the 29th Ward, we should start there and expand to all Austin Wards for the November's election," Ford said. 

For more information, contact: Stratton Office Building in Springfield at 217-782-5962 or email at


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Dinah Huff  

Posted: August 2nd, 2018 4:52 PM

I agree with Catherine with bringing businesses in the community but I would like to see more black own businesses. Why we as blacks don't have a grocery chain. We allow other races to come into our communities and we support them. I vote to start opening our own and building them to be a pillar of the community.

Monica Ingram from Chicago  

Posted: August 1st, 2018 2:57 PM

I absolutely Agree with Catherine Jones. I think our focus should be economic development and bringing business to Austin. North Ave, Chicago Ave and Madison revitalization. I think we should look at more ideas similar to what's happening at the old ABC bank. Being able to utilize and re-purpose what we have and putting energy toward those things. Monica Ingram, Austin resident

Catherine Jones from Chicago  

Posted: July 31st, 2018 11:47 PM

I do not think we need a New High School at this time,before yes,but now our High Schools that are in the Austin area are not full,we need to get more students back in them and more resources in them and maybe family will send there students to them first and them we can talk about a New High School and fight for more economic development wthin the Austin Area,that what we need jobs and better shopping food markets,let bring our community back to its worth.I have been living in Austin over 40 years and i have seen it at this best,we needs to bring it back there and make it safe for all our childrens and seniors. Ms. Catherine Jones Douglass LSC Community Rep. And PTA District 23 Director

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