Tag: Leon Finney Jr.

CHA residents call on city to end contracts with Leon Finney Jr.

When Chicago’s Department of Buildings added Leon Finney Jr. to a short list of scofflaw landlords who are barred from doing business with the city in 2011 because he had ignored dangerous code violations in some of his rental buildings, it might have seemed like the politically connected pastor and developer from Woodlawn would be... Read more »

Politics in review: Rep. Rush vows to stop Metra's project; fresh food relief to food deserts; 41 alderman 'trust' Rahm

Politics in review: Rep. Rush vows to stop Metra's project; fresh food relief to food deserts; 41 alderman 'trust' Rahm
Here’s a roundup of political news from the past week: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush wants to derail Metra before it moves forward with a multimillion-dollar federal construction project in his 1st Congressional District, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Rush is peeved because none of the bidders vying for the biggest contract–an $86 million construction deal–are... Read more »

Rev. Finney on Chicago Inspector General Ferguson's probe: He's gone fishin'

Rev. Finney on Chicago Inspector General Ferguson's probe: He's gone fishin'
Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson might as well hang a “Gone Fishin'” sign on his office door as far as Rev. Leon Finney, Jr. is concerned. Earlier this month, Ferguson’s office issued subpoenas to take a look at Finney’s personal statements detailing development deals, as well as those from his Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, and... Read more »

Tonight: WMAQ and The Chicago Reporter unite for first investigation

Tune in tonight to WMAQ  at 10p.m. to check out The Chicago Reporter’s first collaboration with our new media partner. Our friends over at WMAQ will be following up on our latest investigation, “Following Finney,” in which we raised a series of questions about how two nonprofits overseen by clout-heavy minister Leon Finney Jr.–The Woodlawn... Read more »

Subsidized housing and slum landlords

What do you have if you put together a prominent landlord, $300 million in development projects and apartments without heat? Today, tune in to the  Barbershop Show on Vocalo at noon, when we’ll look into what the conditions are in subsidized housing managed by one polarizing figure on the South Sider–Leon Finney Jr. Finney is a... Read more »

Politcally connected landlord makes "slumlord" list

Among the handful of scofflaw landlords who won’t be ringing in the New Year with new city contracts is one of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s most strident allies: Leon Finney Jr. Finney has been under fire for racking up serious code violations–including no heat, no hot water and chronically broken boilers–in a handful of... Read more »

Number of the day: $1,014,837.53

That’s how much local tax payer money The Woodlawn Organization, headed by notorious South Side landlord Leon Finney, has collected since the City Council passed an ordinance barring slumlords from collecting city money last January. We unearthed the legislation over the summer and put city officials on the spot for failing to enforce it when... Read more »

Leon Finney resigns from Chicago Plan Commission

He might just be one of Chicago’s most politically connected residents and has been accused of being one of the city’s biggest slumlords: Leon Finney Jr. But today he’s given up one of his most powerful positions–member of the Chicago Plan Commission, which makes important city decisions regarding new development, Tax Increment Financing Districts and... Read more »

$1.3 million, a politically-connected landord, problem buildings and a correction

Recently, we highlighted a questionable arrangement taking place down at City Hall. Turns out that Chicago officials have not only chosen to overlook a local law that bars problem landlords from doing businesss with the city, they’ve rewarded one quite handsomely. So far this year, Leon Finney Jr. who heads up The Woodlawn Organization, Woodlawn... Read more »