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Opinion: How Can We "Trust" Infrastructure Plan

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Just once, it would be thrilling to see a brave City Council hold the new mayor’s feet to the fire. But that’s like asking the Cubs to win the World Series, hockey players not to fight or Illinois politicians not to pad their pensions.

    On Wednesday morning, when our 50 well-paid, mostly part-time aldermen gather at City Hall, it will be -- barring a miracle -- to rubber-stamp Rahm’s Emanuel’s speeding-ticket cameras, a blatant revenue grab masquerading as a "save the children" safety measure. And to blindly approve the mayor’s Chicago Infrastructure Trust, a way to reward private equity firms, like the one where Emanuel once worked and made millions, in the name of rebuilding Chicago’s infrastructure.

    All new ideas are not bad ideas.

    Read Carol Marin's full column in the Chicago Sun-Times...