* My latest column for Crain’s Chicago Business…
Chicago property taxes are most likely rising soon. But that doesn’t mean Chicagoans have to be happy about their plight.
I commissioned a poll on May 14 to gauge just how deep the anger really is.
It’s deep. Deep Tunnel deep.
“Despite recent pension reform legislation in Springfield,” respondents were told, “the city of Chicago must still come up with $50 million next year and $250 million a year in five years to fully fund just two of the city’s six pension systems. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says property taxes will likely go up to prevent cutting needed city services. Do you agree with Mayor Emanuel that a property tax increase is probably necessary?”
Click here to read the rest and see the results for this and other polling questions. Subscribers have crosstabs.
* Meanwhile, Greg Hinz has a new Crain’s column entitled “Emanuel’s still strong, but here’s how he could lose in 2015″…
In politics, you can get away with not being liked. Or you can be a governmental failure who can’t get much done. But you can’t be both at once and, however Mr. Emanuel defends himself, that’s the narrative that’s increasingly playing around Chicago.