Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Successes of first 100 days ‘just the beginning’ - Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Successes of first 100 days ‘just the beginning’ - Chicago Sun-Times

Speaking of Mayor Emanuel who is to have a budget town hall meeting at Kennedy-King next Monday how do you think he's doing as our Mayor so far?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cited accomplishments of his first 100 days in office Monday, producing a formidable checklist that he said represented not perfection, but a “down payment” on changes Chicagoans expect.

He covered issues from the big — making a start toward cutting $75 million from the city budget — to the bureaucratic, such as merging departments and cutting mid-level administrators. And he insisted he’s keeping his eye on long-term goals: safe neighborhoods, better schools, stable finances and governmental ethics and openness.

Emanuel called those his “north stars,” his navigational aids for civic improvements and political success.

“This is a down payment. This is just the beginning,” Emanuel said at a City Hall news conference. His 100th day in office is Tuesday.

The mayor said he’s not declaring victory on any vexing problems, noting that hard negotiations with municipal unions remain and that more changes must come to schools to ensure the placement of empowered principals and qualified teachers.

1 comment:

  1. I like Mayor Emanuel's direct approach on trying to attack the $635 million budget deficit. There certainly is a bit of phony stage craft to it and a bit of wonkishness as well. If you enjoy a little comic lampooning in your digestion of local politics check out the "Rahm's Hand" comedy sketches created by the TVHams comedy troupe on YouTube, starting with this one on Rahm's simple 10-point budget plan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBN5bxxq01I


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