Trust2018-06-16T20:13:38+00:00

“We have to trust that those we elect will always put the public interests ahead of POLITICS and their own personnel intersects and ambitions.”

How do you gain trust?

We have to be able to trust that our elected leaders will and can do what they said they would do when they asked for our vote. We have to trust that those we elect will always put the public interests ahead of their own personnel intersects and ambitions.

You gain that trust…

by being honest and frank with the public about the challenges they are facing.

You gain that trust…

by demonstrating that you will and by past actions have always been guided by the principles of fairness and equal opportunity.

You gain that trust…

by offering the public solutions that are real and achievable regardless of the personal political consequences.

You gain that trust…

by presenting a record of effective crisis management, of tough decision making, of bringing innovative ideas to address the root causes of the crisis and a record of accomplishment.

Building Trust Through Smart Financial Planning That Benefits All Chicagoans

The understanding of relationship between marginal revenue and expenses and ability to implement fully realized and sustainable strategies to leveraging the relationship between marginal revenue and expenses exemplifies why we did so well throughout my tenures as the City’s Budget Director and as CPS CEO, and why things deteriorated after we left. As I always have said, there is no substitute for economic growth. 

Municipal growth requires long-term planning and stability so families and businesses can make informed long-term decisions on some of the most important aspects of their lives – where they will settle down, raise their families, send their kids to school, start a small business, or retire – while knowing that the essential services and supports will be there, and that there would be predictability and affordability in the cost of living and in the cost of doing business. This has not been the case of Chicago, as the cost of living and doing business, especially for smaller companies and neighborhood businesses, are increasingly oppressed with higher, more frequently raised, and more regressive taxes, fees, and punishing fines. At the same time, basic services such as public safety, quality schools, and maintenance of our infrastructure remain uneven and, in far too many poorer neighborhoods, much diminished.

Chicagoan’s leaders have ignored and failed them for far too long. Recent growth in the central business district and downtown is great, but those areas are not the only parts of the City. Neighborhoods need to be rejuvenated with better planning and policies and a fairer allocation of resources based on real need, not politics. The budget is that vehicle to achieve that, and the right leader with the right understanding of Chicago’s citizens, aspirations, and budget represents the way to translate campaign plans into action.

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