Chicago Reader: Brandon Johnson’s first hundred days as Chicago mayor

By Shawn Mulcahy, August 24, 2023

Johnson’s support proved key for at least a couple of those proposals, which languished for years before the City Council. The Bring Chicago Home ordinance, pushed by a coalition of community and labor groups, seeks to create a dedicated funding stream for permanent, affordable housing by creating a “mansion tax” on the sale of properties worth more than $1 million. Johnson pledged to support the ordinance during his mayoral run—it was the first item on his affordable housing plank—and doubled down in advance of a subject matter hearing in July before a City Council committee. (July’s hearing came eight months after then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her allies blocked a hearing on the proposal.)