Harold Washington Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Development Sub-Cabinet

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-747-4300
Date: 1983-1987
Extent: 24 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed five sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of the mayor’s policies, which cut across departmental boundaries. A Mayoral Liaison was appointed to head each sub-cabinet and they in turn reported to the Chief of Staff. The sub-cabinets were Community Services, Development, Finance, Infrastructure, and Public Safety/Regulatory.

Scope and Content Note:
The Development Sub-Cabinet Series consists of the files of Mayoral Liaison Benjamin Reyes and his two assistants, Shelley Sandow and Juanita Burris. They served as Liaison to several city departments, including the Department of Economic Development (Commissioner Robert Mier), Department of Planning (Commissioner Elizabeth Hollander), Department of Housing (Commissioner Bess Donaldson), the Mayor's Office of Employment and Training (Maria Cerda, Director), the Department of Cultural Affairs (Commissioner Fred Fine), and the Chicago Housing Authority (Zirl Smith, Director).

The records are arranged into two series:
1. General Subject Files, primarily the files of Mayoral Assistant, Shelley Sandow. These records consists of administrative documents, correspondence from citizens and groups, memoranda, project files, meeting notes and minutes, and reports.

2. Project Files, representing part of Benjamin Reyes’ files, who served as Administrative Assistant to Mayor Harold Washington from 1984 to 1987. His files include planning documents, economic studies of various neighborhoods, and reports from other city and community agencies. In many cases, these documents have been routed to Reyes from other sources, such as city departments, community organizations or the business community. There is also a great deal of correspondence, usually letters received or routed to Reyes, often concerning problems or concerns in the Latino community, or with personnel matters.

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