(Excerpt of my weekly column in The Loop 21)

Universally known for his off-color language and abrasive style, former White House Chief of Staff and Congressman Rahm Emanuel tiptoed to victory in the Chicago mayoral race with a silent confidence more fitting of his old boss, President Barack Obama, than a guy who could convincingly deliver a remix of Cee-Lo's “F*ck You.”

Capturing over 54.7 percent of the vote prevented a runoff and convincingly beat his closest challenger Gery Chico, who finished with23 percent and had nothing but kind words to say about Emanuel on the eve of the election: “He's a pathological evader of the truth.”

It’s not clear if Chico is qualified to diagnose such pathology but it doesn't take an expert to see that without significant changes, Chicago will be mired in deficits and dysfunction for years to come.  
    The deficit is about $1 billion, according to the inspector general. The dropout rate is one of the highest in the nation. Chicagoans are losing their homes so fast that Illinois now has the eighth highest foreclosure rate in the country and the unemployment rate is a staggering 8.6 percent. Sure it's less than the national rate of 10 percent, but how many people have stopped looking for work altogether (and thus are not counted in the official tally)? According to Gallup, the U.S. underemployment rate, which takes into account those working part-time but desire full-time work, is an eye-popping 19.6 percent. So it's safe to say there are a lot of Chicagoans barely holding their heads above the chilly waters of Lake Michigan. So you can imagine the impact this has on the African American community...