Oh, Chicago. Where did we go wrong? With our shocking fiscal crisis, looming and potentially crippling property tax hikes, rampant crime, out flight of businesses and youth, crumbling infrastructure, education system mired in corruption and under performance, rising cost-of-living…the list of ills goes on and on.

Oh, Chicago. Where did we go wrong? With our shocking fiscal crisis, looming and potentially crippling property tax hikes, rampant crime, out flight of businesses and youth, crumbling infrastructure, education system mired in corruption and under performance, rising cost-of-living…the list of ills goes on and on.

What can Chicago teach the rest of the nation? Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? Here we diagnose the patient and, hopefully, suggest a way out of the mess for our beloved yet beleaguered city.

Ted Dabrowski of the Illinois Policy Institute has been studying this issue in depth and joins us alongside Donald Haider, a one-time mayoral candidate and esteemed professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Interesting to this conversation is the input of our listeners. Some think our days are numbered. Others see a bright future for this beautiful town.

(Cartoon courtesy of Eric Allie. Even more of Mr. Allie’s work here)

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  1. Hammer, The Member

    Not to mention the cubs losing to the mets! Agony of agonies!

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    • November 24, 2015, at 12:20 AM PST
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  2. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Milt Rosenberg: What can Chicago teach the rest of the nation?

    That people have what they have because they vote the way they vote.

    People move to the suburbs because Chicago is such a wreck, and keep voting Democratic because that’s what they’ve always done and don’t want anyone to tell them any different. Not that it makes that much difference in Illinois where there really is only one party. John Kass calls it “The Combine.”

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    • November 24, 2015, at 5:28 AM PST
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  3. Franz Drumlin Member

    Nick Stuart: That people have what they have because they vote the way they vote

    Right on the mark. Take what you want, and pay for it. Well, here in Chicago we are going to pay for it for generations to come.

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    • November 24, 2015, at 9:42 AM PST
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  4. donald todd Inactive

    Democrat mayors and Democrat city councils run their cities into the ground. No self control. No self-denial. No ability to say no even to good things that cannot be afforded. Detroit anyone? New York under DiBlasio?

    But then the Democrat mayors and the Democrat city councils are no different than the Democrat governors and the Democrat state legislatures which run their states into the ground. No self control. No self-denial. No ability to say no even to good things that cannot be afforded.

    If one takes California, it has a citizen referendum process whereby citizens getting sufficient signatures can essentially propose legislation which will affect the state by affecting the state’s treasury. This is published and can be voted on when the state holds elections as it is on the ballot sheet.

    So we can add citizen referendums which display no self-control, no self-denial, and no ability to say no even to good things that cannot be afforded.

    But then those in power can always vote more money out of the pockets of whomever they decide to rob, legally. Yet robbery it still is.

    How about incorporating in Belgium? How about shielding a company’s hard earned profits from the greedy at every level?

    How about the various working and middle classes who will really bear the brunt of this failure?

    There are a lot of mindless people holding office. There are a lot of mindless people who voted them in.

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    • November 24, 2015, at 10:10 AM PST
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  5. Freesmith Inactive

    Ah, yes, it’s all the Democrats’ fault. Chicago has been run into the ground by them, just like Detroit, Cleveland, Newark, Birmingham, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Memphis.

    Be honest: there are plenty of places in the US which are very nice and very politically liberal. Burlington, Vermont. Portland, Oregon. Seattle, Washington. All Democratic, but still nice places to live.

    What makes Chicago, Detroit, and those other cities different from the nice liberal cities? What do they have more of now than they did in 1960 or that the nice liberal places don’t have much of?

    The very thing that is not mentioned by Milt or his guests in 90 minutes of analysis:

    A lot of black people.

    Fifty years of attempts to socially engineer decent families and encourage social responsibility among inner-city blacks have failed miserably. Education has failed. Empowerment has failed. The churches have failed. Nothing works. Crime and violence have increased.

    Everyone knows, but no one will say openly, that the only way Chicago and other decrepit cities will recover is by displacing their current populations. Gentrification, “Gay-fication” and immigration have the same underlying goal: revive cities by bringing in people who are not American blacks.

    This podcast dances around the centrality of chronic black dysfunction to urban decay and addresses instead the results of that illness, not the cause. Nothing will change until the cause is addressed, distasteful though talking about such a thing is to the sensitivities of the contemporary college-educated.

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    • November 27, 2015, at 8:10 PM PST
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