Mayor: Gary will reap benefits from land partnership

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is touting the benefits of a partnership between the city and a Chicago-based firm to clear large tracts of land for development that will provide economic benefits.

The firm, Maia Co., is connected to Tur Partners, run by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. That political tie has caused some Gary residents to express fear that this is part of an effort by Chicago officials to take over Gary or make money at Indiana’s expense.