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'One of the hardest jobs on the planet'

A former Rockwell Gardens resident who rose to run the Rockford and Cook County housing authorities was chosen by Mayor Daley Tuesday for "one of the hardest jobs on the planet" -- CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority.

"The plan is in place. My appointment doesn't reflect a new direction," said Lewis A. Jordan, 48."I'm just taking that baton. It's my goal to take us across the finish line."

Robin Snyderman, housing director for the Metropolitan Planning Council, called completing the CHA's $1.6 billion Plan for Transformation "one of the hardest jobs on the planet. ... So many lives are at stake. The extent of public-private partnerships necessary for it to succeed are enormous."

But Snyderman agreed with the mayor that Jordan is the "right man for the job."

"He's a real visionary. ... He cares about community development. He cares about people. He's able to build consensus," she said.

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