The Chamber Has High Expectations for Mayor-elect Emanuel
The transition for Rahm Emanuel as he takes office will not be easy, as the Mayor-elect will be expected to immediately step up to the significant challenges he faces. Chief among these issues are the city’s financial troubles as well as problems in crime and education.
The Chicago business community also has high expectations for long-term job growth and development. Chamber President Jerry Roper hopes Emanuel will make this a priority.
"We have so many projects in the queue, waiting to go through zoning, waiting to go through licensing, just projects being held up," said Roper.
Emanuel will also need to make funding for transportation infrastructure improvements a top priority.
"We're looking for predictability at the airport," said Roper. "O'Hare International Airport is our economic engine for the region. So we hope that that's really in the top three or four of his priority list, to keep that airport moving forward, working closely with the big airlines."
Some say Emanuel will start by earning small victories before taking on some of these bigger issues.
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