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.
OPEN AND HONEST GOVERNMENT
Chicagoans have lost trust in Mayor Emanuel because of his inability to tell the truth, endless scandals, and political bullying. His Administration has been riddled with one scandal after another. City Hall has become merely a place for the Mayor to play politics, reward allies, and bully perceived opponents. For these reasons, he has lost the trust of the people of this city. When he was elected Mayor, Rahm promised to make Chicago government open, honest and transparent. He’s broken that promise again and again. We will never solve the problems facing Chicago if we can’t trust the Mayor to do what’s right. As Mayor, I will restore honesty, transparency and trust to our government.
Chicago students are fighting to get ahead in the face of the city’s mean-spirited and aggressive campaign to disinvest from them, their neighborhood schools and the families who rely on them. Garry McCarthy’s Neighborhood Schools Reinvestment Plan reinforces Garry’s commitment to Chicago’s children, teachers and families and pushes back against a future that shutters their schools and shuts out students from real world opportunities to get ahead in life.
Every Chicagoan deserves to feel safe. Despite years of promises from the Mayor, crime continues to spread and infect every neighborhood in the city. No place is safe. I’ll be a Mayor who will make fighting crime our first priority. I’ll be ready to lead on day #1 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.