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The Governor’s race is over, but the elections have just begun. For Chicago, IL that means its character assassination season. Tis the season for mud-slinging, party-sacking and decking the airwaves with political jingle jargon, in hopes of ducking the issues, and getting the vote. Broadcasted for all kindly via CBS, FOX, WGN, and Clear Channel programming, or your other local political endorsement agencies.

No, now will not be the time to publicly address public school closings, municipal budgets, and pensions, or the growing murder rate. These trivial subjects are not a part of any campaign goals for this season.

What about the unemployment rates or lack of housing opportunities for minorities, will there be a political symposium to eradicate these community ails? The answer is no. For the networks and mainstream media, the discussion will ultimately have nothing to do with concerns of Chicago residents, their voices will not be heard, and they (the residents) will have the issues dictated to them by the usual local propagandists for the robber barons in electoral clad.

Illinois has a higher unemployment rate than the national average, weighing in at 6.6% unemployment compared to the nation’s 5.8%, as of October 2014. 92% of the unemployment in the city of Chicago is among young Black males. Many of these young men are homeless, or living with relatives, left with little to no opportunity for change. Large majorities of these unemployed young men are between ages 18-24, and are seeking employment in a dismal hiring market.

The unemployment among young black males can be easily linked to the murder rate. According to Chicago’s murder rate is at 377 murders, other sources have the total as high 415 homicides. 37% of those murder victims being young people within the ages of 18-24. As the season roars in with all of its piercing cold, it still hasn’t put the murder spree to rest with 38 murders recorded alone in the month of November. Much of the growing street violence is being credited to the constant reshaping of Chicago neighborhood’s demographics and/or gentrification.

Housing, a serious issue for struggling residents, is no more of a priority to the Chicago Housing Authority, than city pensions are to ex- Governor Pat Quinn. Just like the pensions, there are no hearings on the subject of housing until after election season. As of October 27, 2014 the wait-list for CHA was opened with very little public notice. Within weeks the year will be closing, and 2014 will be in hindsight. One must ask how municipal shortfalls will be contained next fiscal year.

With a little over two months until the Mayoral extravaganza, now would be the time to ask: Are there any real contenders for the machine and Rahm? How do they weigh in? What will you do to see that their voices get heard? How can I take part in eliminating the stagnation of improvement in my city?

After closing 50 public schools Mayor Emanuel found a gold mine in the roads surrounding school zones, in hopes of raising revenue he placed speed cameras in every school zone. This, he ensures, will recuperate up to $70M for the “Children’s Fund,” which still is not an itemized city fund. It only leaves the public to wonder if he kicked himself after having that epiphany.

Yet, he does want Chicagoans to recognize with high revere, that he raised minimum wage to $13.00 an hr. This of course will not take fruition till 2019 and does nothing to address dismal job opportunities the cities unemployed. In the midst of tackling city income, he also arranged to fix the pothole ridden-roads, despite it being winter and the high probability of snow destroying much of the new asphalt.

In a twisted way, Chicago, now has its own stimulus plan. By raising minimum wage in five years and fixing roads year-round the powers that be set out to boost the economy. Never-the-less, that’s how the city council answers to the issue of unemployment; more false government “solutions.”

In this election season, watch your speed-o-meter, state-tax expenses, city fines and fees, and of course your back, because the future of politics in Chicago, are quite uncertain.

Now that ex-Governor Pat Quinn has been publicly shown the door by the citizens of Illinois, what will determine the fate of the machine’s reign into the latter half of the 21st century rests upon the citizens and their actions. The political process has not axed the citizen out of the equation, and this 2014 election season was proof.

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