Happy new year.
I have many wishes for 2016. One of them of them is that we no longer will have discussions about which weapon is best for the police to shoot people with.
The buzzards are circling the Mayor.
Even Arne Duncan has come to town to make a campaign speech on his last day as Secretary of Education.
Yesterday Greg Hinz offered his list of replacements for the Mayor in Crain’s.
I talked with a veteran Democratic politician the other day who went down his list of possible mayoral replacements.
They included aldermen like Roderick Sawyer and Scott Waguespack.
Maybe Chuy will make another run. He has not disappeared from public view as many losing candidates do.
All this political maneuvering is interesting. Yet, keep your eyes on the streets.
We will learn a lot from what happens in March.
Can we turn State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez out and elect Kim Foxx?
Will the young folks who have led our marches up Michigan Avenue continue to hold the city’s attention to the fact that Black Lives Matter?
Will 2016 be like 2012, when the people of Chicago sided with the teachers over the Mayor.
In 1969, then State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan led a raid on the west side home of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were murdered in the raid.
The outrage of progressive white, Latino and particularly African American voters turned Hanrahan out of office two years later.