Dunne added that with hundreds of millions more in federal dollars coming to the city, the city can invest meaningfully in infrastructure, affordable housing, small business support and more across the entire north side, “not just four streets.”
One alderman signing the joint statement of criticism, Jeffrey Boyd of the 22nd Ward, in an interview used stronger language, calling Jones “a bully” who issued the veto to punish aldermen who disagreed with her over proposed homeless encampments.
“If she cared about Black people, she would figure out how to make this happen and not how to kill it,” said Boyd, who worked with Reed to devise the business corridor plan.
Boyd is a longtime critic of Jones, whose office has denied the accusation that the veto was punitive. The two have squared off in court, election races and at meetings of a city parking commission.
Other aldermen signing the statement were the Black caucus chairwoman, the 27th Ward’s Pam Boyd, who isn’t related to Jeffrey Boyd; Lisa Middlebrook, 2nd Ward; Dwinderlin Evans, 4th Ward; James Page, 5th Ward; Jesse Todd, 18th Ward; Marlene Davis, 19th Ward; John Collins Muhammad, 21st Ward; and Shameem Clark-Hubbard, 26th Ward.
Not signing were Sharon Tyus, 1st Ward; Brandon Bosley, 3rd Ward; and Tina Pihl, 17th Ward.
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