Quick Answer - No
What was the question? Can Rahm deliver on his promise to hire more police:
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is off to Rome to witness the elevation of Archbishop Blase Cupich to cardinal after the City Council on Wednesday approved his $8.2 billion budget in record time without a single dissenting vote.
But now comes the hard part: Delivering on the mayor’s $60 million first-year promise to fill 471 police vacancies, keep pace with rising retirements and still hire enough police officers in 2017 to add 250 patrol officers, 37 sergeants, 50 lieutenants, 92 field-training officers and 100 detectives.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley once promised to bolster the police force by 600 officers, only to “run out of money,” according to then-Police Supt. LeRoy Martin.
Martin’s candid admission to aldermen so embarrassed and infuriated Daley, the police superintendent abruptly retired a few months later.
The question is whether Emanuel can avoid falling into the same trap.
Rahm has lied constantly about the Department. Manpower, killings, death investigations, 1,000 cops to be hired (reassigned), etc. There's no reason to think he's going to stop now. He'll move some people, eliminate some positions, reorganize some bureaus, cover up cheating, and generally, do just enough to keep the various voting blocs off his back. He's a micromanager who can't keep his 9.5 fingers off the throttle. And we don't see the bloodletting tapering off.