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Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa & Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez take the deep dive on Bring Chicago Home. That's a proposal to put a binding referendum on the ballot asking voters if they support slapping a tax on the sale of wealthy property to raise money to build housing for homeless. It's not a proposal to create such a tax. Again, it's a proposal to ask you, the voters, if you want to create that tax. It seemed to have widespread aldermanic support. But...Chicago being Chicago, it never came for a vote in the council. Carlos & Rossana explain what went down.