Currently, the City of Chicago is about to conduct a vote that will severely impact the everyday life's of each Chicagoan. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is pursuing the approval, from the city council, to privatize public infrastructure with no real plan. All we know is that the Mayor, is seeking permission to create an approval board, that he will appoint, and privatized any public infrastructure system he deems necessary. All of this, without the overview of the city council and the people. Think this is a good idea? Look at the struggles the Chicago Teachers Union is currently facing with an mayoral appointed board. The real problem being, these services are public property and involve basic necessities for life, like water. Mayor Emanuel, has not offered any details into what he is seeking to privatize, what his plans are, or how the privatization will work. He is ultimately looking to remove the voice of the people from city hall so that he can oversee the sale of public property to private organization’s, behind closed doors. A private organization whose purpose is to cut cost and make profits by any means necessary. Private organizations save money by busting unions, paying lower wages to there workers, and follow less then satisfactory safety and environmental standards. This is situation that poses great danger to the city. Can you image a private company controlling your water, roads, etc? Do not let the Mayor fool you! Privatization does not save money, it raises cost for the people, and creates a larger gap between the rich and less fortunate.
I find it completely disheartening that our elected mayor is unable to find a real solution to the city’s fiscal crisis. He has been involved in political realm for many years, around Chicago. Before being elected, he was fully aware of the situation that our city was in. Privatization is an easy way out, and the people of Chicago will pay a larger price in the long run. When our Skyway was privatized, tolls increased. When our parking meters were privatized, prices increased. The city has fallen into a pattern of punishing the people because of fiscal mismanagement, on the city’s behave. I do believe that the city can solve this situation without privatization. During Mayor Emanuel’s campaign for mayor, he raised over 11 million dollars in a relatively short amount of time. I am sure he can find a way to raise money for the city he was elected, by the people, to protect. Chicago is dying and needs real efforts to save it, not the easy way out, like privatization. Please keep the people in mind, not private company’s looking for profit’s.
Privatization sows the seeds of corruption!