At Issue: Next Mayor Must Solve Multiple Problems -- Quickly

Craig Dellimore
December 07, 2018 - 5:00 pm

MarySue Barrett, Gloria Casillo and Ghian Foreman (WBBM Newsradio)

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Urban-affairs experts say the next Chicago mayor must resolve a host of problems, simultaneously, if the city is going to make progress in coming years.

MarySue Barrett, CEO of the Metropolitan Planning Council, said it’s encouraging that so many people want to be Rahm Emanuel’s successor in the office, but it’s a sobering moment, too.

“The issues are immediate and so directly impacting peoples’ lives,” she said. “The city of Chicago is not on a growth trajectory.”

She said the next mayor must be ready to tackle priorities such as downtown development, neighborhood concerns and schools. 

Gloria Castillo, President of Chicago United, said the racial divide is still very real here. Evidence, she said, shows there are still "two cities."

Ghian Foreman, director of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation, says solving the problems will take lots of thought -- and help.

He said the answers to the city's challenges must affect people at the "dinner-table level."

All three panelists are guests on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. Monday.