MEET JUDD LOFCHIE

Who is Judd Lofchie

JUDD LOFCHIE

In 1992 I started StreetWise newspaper for the homeless because I knew how hard it was for homeless individuals to get work. In 2013 I represented a student from Congo attending Mooseheart and sued the IHSA (IL High School Assn) because was being discriminated against. (We won) With my law, business, and real estate experience in hand, in 2017, I ran for Alderman ( and was elected) because I felt that I could make a difference.

Judd attended the University of Michigan as an undergrad and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He then went to Pepperdine University School of Law where he received a J.D. and studied a semester in London, England. Judd worked for a Wall Street law firm in Paris as an intern. He also received an advanced law degree (an LLM) from American University in Washington D.C. in International Business. Judd founded “StreetWise” newspaper for the homeless in 1992 in Chicago and currently is an emeritus board member. The organization has helped over 12,500 homeless individuals get an instant job.

Judd is a past president of the Aurora Rotary Club and currently a member of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club. Judd has served on many other non-profit boards including the Kennedy Institute in Washington, D.C., the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Downtown, and RITA’s Prison Ministry.

A self-employed lawyer, Judd’s law practice concentrates on real estate, estate planning, and business law. He also is a commercial real estate broker and developer focusing on land and shopping center development. He speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish.

Judd was elected to a 4-year term as an Alderman to the city council of Aurora in 2017 Judd has received numerous awards for his volunteer work including the Lerner Newspaper Citizen of the Year Award and Citizen of the Month, the Martin Luther King Keeper of the Dream Award, and the Compassion Foundation Community Service Award.

CURRENT CONCERN 1

THE CITY IS FINANCIALLY IN BAD SHAPE!

On June 18th, 2019, the Aurora CFO informed the City Council that the City is 1.11 BILLION in the red with debt, underfunded pensions, and bonds, among other items. The Irvin Administration then, asked the Alderman to spend $10Million to purchase 9 old houses on Bilter Road by the Outlet Mall. Having already spent $9.5 million on the 2 hotels on Farnsworth and the corner lot on Bilter Road, I voted against this. Now the Irvin Administration is proposing we issue another $100 million in debt for various projects, including $50 million to move the Hollywood Casino to Bilter Road or build a convention center. This land is partially in my ward. The residents do not want either the casino or a convention center! We currently receive approximately $7 million per year from Hollywood Casino and it doesn’t cost the city a penny. And the Irvin administration has also proposed another $9 million for the Copley redevelopment (we already gave them $3 million) which was approved and $23 million for a new city warehouse for cars and trucks.

CURRENT CONCERN 2

PROPERTY TAXES ARE HIGH, BUT THEY CAN GO HIGHER!

The Copley, and the relocated Casino (or Convention Center), will be in TIF districts, meaning they won’t generate any property taxes (or very little) to cover the huge interest payments for the next 23 years. The new city building will also not generate any property taxes ever as the City does not pay property taxes. This means that the Aurora taxpayers will foot the bill to pay for these wasteful big-ticket items. And with our skyrocketing pension costs, Aurora property taxes are sure to go up! We need to support Judd and stop this runaway spending!

CURRENT CONCERN 3

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

The newspapers have called out our current Mayor for accepting large campaign donations after they have received favorable treatment from the Mayor. Judd helped draft an ethics ordinance that was ultimately passed. But it has no caps on contributions like other units of government have. Judd has proposed a $3,000 cap on contributions from any individual/business or political action committee. The Mayor has received $11,000 to $25,000 from various individuals/businesses which is absurd! See, Beacon newspaper Article: “Donors that gave thousands to Aurora mayor get high-profile projects

Judd for Aurora

JUDD IS A COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUAL, FATHER, BUSINESSMAN, AND ALDERMAN. I ALWAYS STRIVE TO EMULATE THE ROTARY MOTO, “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

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