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Michael Scott Jr. is serving his second term as the 24th Ward Alderman on Chicago’s West Side. He is focused on reshaping the North Lawndale neighborhood. An interview with The Stone Temple Baptist Church’s Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick helped shed light on Scott’s involvement in the community.
The church is located in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Bishop Fitzpatrick knew the Alderman’s late father, Michael Scott Sr., who served as Chicago School Board President. He was well respected and revered across the city.
Fitzpatrick explained he thought Scott Sr. was dependable, down to earth, and a hard worker for the city of Chicago. The Bishop explained he has a stronger relationship with Scott Jr. than with the Alderman’s father. He vouched for the younger Scott as a visionary for 24th Ward.
The Bishop highlighted Alderman Scott’s efforts in distributing more food throughout North Lawndale, which is greatly needed as the community is a “food desert.”
This work can be done through food drives, turkey giveaways for Thanksgiving, and food pantries. Scott Jr. is also working toward opening more markets for its residents.
Fitzpatrick spoke about the Alderman’s hands-on approach to support increased employment in the community. One example is UCAN, a social service organization. It aims to provide jobs and economic benefits for the youth throughout Chicago’s West Side.
He further explained Scott Jr.’s idea of Block Clubs, which aims to unify the community while finding ways to provide affordable housing for its residents.
Chicago has 50 Aldermen. While some have agendas aimed at their specific Ward, others focus on their community’s expansion, development, and productivity. Unfortunately, Americans often place all of their hope on the U.S. President when progress begins within their community.
Alderman Michael Scott Jr.’s office is located at 1158 S Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60624. He can be reached at (773) 533-2400.
Written by Mikal Eggleston
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
Interview: Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick Stone Temple Baptist Church; Nov. 9, 2021
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