The honeymoon may or may not be over for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But, let’s put it this way: The romance is gone.
This week, Emanuel returned from a week-long summer vacation to the political equivalent of a punch in the nose. He was forced to face the music about three intransigent problems with the potential to trip him up: crime, schools and racial diversity.
Fueled by a 39 percent spike in Chicago’s homicide rate that has become a media obsession both locally and nationally, African-American aldermen were demanding the return of specialized police units disbanded to put more officers on beat patrol.
Chicago’s convention and tourism chief warned that the spike in homicides and a troubling return to mob attacks downtown was making meeting planners nervous about whether Chicago is a safe place to visit.
The Chicago Sun-Times turned up the heat with an analysis that showed nearly two-thirds of Emanuel’s City Hall cabinet is white.
And the mayor was forced to explain why he authorized a $5.7 billion school budget that leaves the Chicago Public Schools without a penny in the bank, even though he has ridiculed Richard M. Daley for selling off Chicago parking meters and spending the proceeds to hold the line on taxes at City Hall.
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