With Thanks to Beyonce: Chicago Women “Run This Motha” This Inauguration Day

Dear Readers,
Thanks to Beyonce´, I was inspired to write this piece for Chicagoans thinking about our upcoming and historic Inauguration Day.
Yes, historic for the inauguration of Rahm Emanuel, notable in so many respects, but in particular in my view, for his grounding in community organizing and hardcore political dealmaking. (I think that’s good, in case you’re wondering.)
But, the day is equally notable for the history two women will make:  Stephanie Neely, re-elected City Treasurer, and Susana Mendoza, newly-elected City Clerk.
In the context of Beyonce’s latest hit, “Run The World (Girls),” here’s an excerpt from my piece about the significance of Neely’s and Mendoza’s election:
“…(T)wo of three municipal officers to be sworn in are women. And not just any women, but an African-American and an Hispanic. And neither, by any measure, a stand-in or a yes-woman for anybody.”
There’s more here.  I think you’ll find the piece inspirational, as well as, per usual, provocative.

Block by block: What will Chicago’s next mayor do for Chicago’s families?

Dear Readers,

This morning, I had the pleasure of meeting John W. Fountain, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and former Chicago Tribune, New York Times and Washington Post writer, when he and I participated in a conversation with Alison Cuddy on her WBEZ program: Eight Forty-Eight.

The topic was what Chicago’s next mayor should do in the way of creating family-friendly policies, specifically policies that would help low-income and woman-headed families combat neighborhood violence, get better schools, and generally develop thriving communities. Food-for-thought, indeed, as we head into this last week of this historic mayoral primary campaign.

Best wishes.