Outgoing Ald. Harry Osterman Endorses Affordable Housing Developer Joe Dunne In Packed 48th Ward Race


EDGEWATER — Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) has endorsed developer and Edgewater native Joe Dunne to succeed him as alderperson of the Far North Side ward.

Osterman announced his endorsement last week, saying Dunne is the “best candidate to move our community forward in a positive, safe and inclusive way.”

Osterman also cited Dunne’s focus on improving public safety, desire to boost affordable housing and business development and work in the community.

“Joe is a progressive Democrat and longtime Edgewater neighbor who has dedicated himself to our community,” Osterman said in a statement. “I have confidence Joe Dunne will do an outstanding job serving and representing our community as alderman of the 48th Ward.”

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Joe Dunne (l.) has been endorsed by retiring Ald. Harry Osterman (48th).

Dunne is one of 10 candidates looking to replace Osterman, who is not seeking reelection following three terms as alderperson of the 48th Ward representing Edgewater, Andersonville and a northern portion of Uptown.

A longtime Edgewater resident, Dunne is a vice president at Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation.

Bickerdike is a nonprofit affordable housing developer focusing on the North and Northwest sides, with projects including the recently completed affordable housing complex near the Logan Square Blue Line stop.

Bickerdike is also spearheading an effort to build a 12-story affordable housing building on Broadway in the 48th Ward. In announcing the project, Osterman said he sought out the prominent development organization to build on the Broadway site, which is owned by the city and nominally used as a Streets and Sanitation depot.

More community meetings will guide this development, Osterman said in his Broadway Community Vision document released in June.

Before working at Bickerdike, Dunne worked at Holsten Real Estate Development, served as deputy director of the Illinois Medical District Commission and was a project manager with the city’s Department of Planning and Development, according to his LinkedIn page.

“Alderman Harry Osterman has served our ward in exemplary fashion for more than a decade. I’m honored to receive his support and endorsement,” Dunne said in a statement. “I will continue to move the 48th forward in the spirit that has become its trademark, working together as a community.”

Osterman’s endorsement is a boost for Dunne’s campaign in the crowded field.

Dunne has also received endorsements from former 48th Ward Ald. Mary Ann Smith and former Sen. Heather Steans, who gave Dunne’s campaign $1,500 this month, public finance records show.

The Chicago Federation of Labor and other building unions have also endorsed Dunne, according to his campaign.

Other 48th Ward candidates to receive high-profile endorsements include Nick Ward, who has the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union and the Democratic Socialists of America, among other progressive groups.

Ward also has the support of Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) and has received more than $11,000 from the 48th Ward Neighbors For Justice, a independent political organization of which Ward is a member, records show.

Candidate Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth has been endorsed by state Rep. Theresa Mah and the political group Indivisible Illinois, of which she is a member. Isaac Freilich Jones has been endorsed by Carol Ronan, who served in the state’s Senate and House and as a Democratic committeeperson.

Real estate broker Andre Peloquin has received $10,000 from the Realtor political action committee.

Other candidates for the 48th Ward seat are University of Chicago lecturer Larry Svabek, business owner Brian Haag, federal housing official Roxanne Volkman, entrepreneur Andy Peters and communications professional Nassir Faulkner.

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January 18, 2023 at 07:49AM

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