Monday, April 11, 2011

Sawyer on Fox Chicago Sunday

Rod Sawyer was a guest of Fox Chicago Sunday. A summary of the 5 minute segment...

  • He said he talked with his father about being alderman quite a bit before his father's death, and said the things he has done in life (professionally) brought him back to the community, but "was never quite right"
  • On working with Rahm Emanuel: didn't say there were any specific things he was for or against Rahm, and would fight him if things affected the 6th ward negatively. Otherwise, it's "issue by issue"
  • Said he was against privatizing of city services. He's willing to look at the proposals, but is initially against it.
  • In regards to the election, he emphasized  that this campaign worked hard, and how he has always been in the community
  • Interested in cutting government bureaucracy and finding new streams of revenue
  • Focused on "transit based economy"
  • Not opposed to big boxes, but wants a mix and especially in favor of locally owned shops & boutiques
  • One of the biggest things the community needs to do to help stop the crime is to come outside and not be "prisoners of their own homes". "Water you grass, talk to your neighbors. If you never come out of your house, you'll never know what's going on."
  • Said he would "probably" support Ed Burke to cotinue as Finance Chair (due to his years of experience)

We may elaborate of some of these points in the coming days.


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