While Chicago faces a myriad of issues, there are three major categories that must be addressed by the next mayor:
- Educating our children
- Taxes and the economy of the City
- Crime and making our City safe
These problems are complicated and inexorably intertwined. Each affects the other and must be addressed holistically to re-establish a healthy city. Crime is driving people out of Chicago. This is reducing our tax base, increasing taxes for those left behind. Lower revenue has resulted in school closings and social service cuts in the neighborhoods most impacted by crime. This vicious cycle results in even more crime, and, under this Mayor, continues unabated.
Chicago needs performance-based government. There are no political solutions for practical problems. The bullying politics of our current administration only serve to exacerbate these formidable issues.
This Mayor can no longer dodge his responsibilities to every citizen in the city, he must be held accountable for his dereliction of duty. We don’t have to live like this. Chicago doesn’t have to live like this.
The children of Chicago are our city’s most precious resource. Education is the key to our city’s future and our children’s future. Every single child in Chicago has a right to the best education available and Mayor Emanuel has fallen dismally short of delivering on that promise. Every school district must have the resources to help all our kids. Too often the Mayor has played favorites during resource allocation. I will stop that. Every school and every child deserves our investment.
Every Chicagoan deserves to feel safe. Despite years of promises from the Mayor, crime continues to spread and infect every neighborhood in the city. Shootings at Water Tower Place, on Michigan Avenue, and in the Gold Coast are commonplace. Once peaceful neighborhoods are overwhelmed with violence. Car-jackings and robberies have surged across every community in the city. Crime has entered every corner of the city. No place is safe. Nothing will change in Chicago until we first make it safe and livable. I will be ready to lead on DAY ONE to make this city safe again.
After years of borrowing against our city’s future, Mayor Emanuel can no longer kick the can down the road. Chicago needs real reform. Shady accounting tricks and constant tax hikes will not help fund our municipal and teacher pensions. Selling off our greatest assets will not keep schools open in our city’s struggling neighborhoods.