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Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks to the media after the Future of Chicago lecture series. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

He’s quiet and careful, but don’t count Garcia out in mayor race

I’m sure Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia’s name crossed my mind when I ran through possible mayoral candidates for 2015, but I counted him out because he’s never really shown the ambition to be The Guy. But I’ll say this: If Garcia could somehow make it to a runoff and Chicagoans had an opportunity to take the measure of the man, he would have a chance.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks at the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday as part of the Future of Chicago lecture series. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Wednesday told a group of college students he received a flood of emails and calls requesting he run for mayor after Chicago Teachers Union President

Photo illustration by the Better Government Association

Tollway project in south suburbs and Indiana losing some traction

Add to the list of people who oppose the controversial Illiana tollway: Paul Fisher, one of the guys who pushed the idea in the first place. While there are other detractors around the proposed 47-mile road south of Chicago into Indiana, Fisher’s distaste for the project is notable since the real estate executive was an early advocate for building it.

The reconstruction of Northerly Island. June File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Smart cities invest in play

Mayors across the country routinely talk about their work strengthening their cities, focusing on core areas like education, economic development, infrastructure and public safety. But what is commonly missing from this dialogue is the impact of parks and play on improving a city’s livability, health and vibrancy.

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives his speech in Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University earlier this month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rahm finally puts money where his mouth is for Quinn

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally put some juice behind his insisted endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn, giving the Quinn campaign $175,000 in recent days, according to a new campaign finance filing.

City of Chicago Treasurer Stephanie D. Neely in 2012. File Photo. I Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Sneed: City Treasurer Neely opting out of re-election bid?

Sneed exclusive ... Sneed hears rumbles City Treasurer Stephanie Neely may be this/close to pulling the plug on her job and opting to leave City Hall for a more lucrative job in the private sector.


Off Message: Karen Lewis' impact on Chicago

In light of the news about Karen Lewis' illness, Natasha Korecki is joined by Rosalind Rossi, Lauren FitzPatrick and Dan Mihalopoulos to reflect on Lewis' legacy and the mark she has left on Chicago up to this point.

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