As I am going on hour four at the lovely coffee shop, Ipsento, the Chicago City Council meeting is about to reach the two hour point. You would think that after two hours, some sort of business would get taken care of amongst our city’s elected officials. What has happened though, you ask? Over an hour of ass-kissing. Alderman after alderman stands up, thanks Rahm, and all but confesses their love for the mayor.
Mayor, you are perfectly transparent.
Mayor, you are so accessible.
Mayor, you really care about our kids and their future.
Mayor, thank you for helping us and the every-day citizens of Chicago understand every word in the budget.
Mayor, I am confident in your ability to create more jobs, bring more affordable housing to all Chicago neighborhoods, and keep gangsters off the streets and consequently keep crime down.
Mayor Rahm, I believe in everything you do and you are the best leader our debt-sticken city could possibly have. I will vote aye for your fair and balanced budget.
I don’t know about you, but this all just frosts my cookies. I am disappointed in my own alderman, who claims to be part of a “progressive caucus,” for not standing up against a budget that leaves the future generations of Chicago in a continuous debt circle.
Out of 50 aldermen, who are supposed to stand up for us, the people, their constituents, why did only FIVE vote no on passing the budget? Why didn’t more people question it? The aldermen can vote legislations and proposals down, but all they do is behave as puppets and act like nosers to all mighty Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
How can we move forward from this? How can Chicago become a better city if we continue electing officials who vote to spend millions of dollars on hotels, stadiums and activities for our tourists when our own communities and neighborhoods are struggling? I know it’s not as easy as I am sure it sounds, but why can’t money spent on improving the aesthetics and cleanliness of our downtown and River North neighborhoods be re-directed toward kids who don’t have text books, art, P.E., or music because our city can’t afford to grace them with those luxuries? Spending money on frivolous endeavors seems irresponsible and childish.
I don’t even know what else to say. I want my alderman, state representative, state senator, mayor, governor to act in the best interests of my neighbors and me. I don’t think they are all doing that right now, and those who are standing up against the power are quickly dismissed by the mayor and his posse. I wish Bob Fioretti was my alderman. He is not afraid of opposing Rahm on anything. He stood up and spoke about why he is not voting a robotic “aye” for passing the budget. As other aldermen stand up and spew accolades for Rahm, Fioretti disagrees and calls for a budget that keeps middle class families in Chicago instead of pushing them out.
Enough is enough, all of you Chicago politicians who just gallivant around the city and blindly agree to follow Rahm and submit to all his desires. Start standing up for yourselves and the people you are supposed to represent.