Aaron Renn and Rafael Mangual join City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s legacy, the Windy City’s ongoing homicide epidemic, and its severely underfunded public pensions.

Chicago’s energetic leader shocked the political world this week when he announced that he would not seek a third term as mayor. Emanuel leaves behind a mixed record: he enjoyed some successes, but he largely failed to grapple with the city’s two biggest problems: finances and violent crime.

Aaron Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Rafael Mangual is the deputy director for legal policy at the Manhattan Institute.

City Journal is a magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

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  1. colleenb Member
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    Interesting but depressing as all get out.  Its hard to believe the crime rate is going down but you have the stats.  How will Chicago and Illinois be able to turn themselves around with those immense debts.  What would make me mad, if I was an Illinoisian/Illini??, is that you’re paying enormous pensions to college professors (+$100,000 a year).  Its one thing when firefighters and police officers risk their lives and health over many years to be paid a pension but tenured professors who taught 1 class a semester.  Ok, rant off.  

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