Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%
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With deep Wall Street ties from his investment banking years and a combative political style honed in Congress and the Clinton and Obama administrations, Emanuel is among a rising class of rock-star mayors promising to remake American cities.
But his private-sector approach has sidelined and alienated many who feel they are not part of Emanuel’s vision for a new Chicago—and it has inspired a powerful group of activists and community members to unite in defense of their beloved city.
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based journalist, author and journalism instructor who has written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Progressive, In These Times, and other publications. She is the author of four books, including The Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis. She specializes in coverage of labor, energy and the environment. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University and also works with youth from low-income communities through the program We the People Media. karilydersen dot com.
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financial sector. He played a key role in orchestrating and building political support for the controversial $700 billion bailout of banks and financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase, meant to prevent a total economic collapse and free up credit to stimulate spending and rescue home mortgages in the seizing-up economy.105 On October 3, 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act passed the House of Representatives 263 to 171, with Emanuel among the
passed a beefy energy bill without a cap—and never mind that doing so could torpedo Copenhagen and delay serious greenhouse-gas reductions, perhaps for many years.”29 An unnamed inside source told Pooley, “You had this incredible green cabinet of really committed people, but the only thing that really matters is what the president says—so everyone was trying to get words into his mouth. And Rahm was trying to keep the words out of his mouth.”30 The Copenhagen conference came and went without a
medical staff to increase their focus on prevention and community participation, including an early intervention program working with young children, their families, and teachers.1 By the 1970s Chicago had twenty-two public mental health centers, which provided care to thousands of residents and jobs to scores of counselors, therapists, clerks, and other staffers. These were often jobs awarded through the Chicago patronage system, which was known as corrupt but also an important source of stable
even though she considered herself Lutheran, she appreciated tolerant faiths and his involvement with the Baha’i. “She especially liked the Baha’i rule about not gossiping,” McNair remembered. “She felt comfortable with them, she sensed they didn’t judge her.” When Morley fled one city housing authority apartment traumatized by an infestation of bedbugs, McNair helped her find a new apartment. Then she persuaded him to move in nearby. McNair put up with Morley’s insistence on constantly playing