Chicago’s Fiscal Problems Dog Rahm Emanuel’s 2nd Term as Mayor

New York Times

CHICAGO — It was supposed to be a run-of-the-mill town hall meeting, standard fare for a city contemplating a new budget year.

But as Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and his top deputies presided over a gathering last week in a majestic hall not far from Lake Michigan, the crowd grew testy. A group demanding that the city reopen a public high school, including some who had been on a hunger strike over the issue, began chanting “Right now! Right now!” and swarmed the stage.

Mr. Emanuel, looking startled, was hurried off by his security team and taken out of sight. With that, the meeting was over.

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