Here in Chicago, the buildings are part of the solution. The skyline that makes our city beautiful is also making it great: energy efficient, sustainable, resilient and ready to face the challenges of a new generation.
Because we want our students to live healthier and longer, Chicago is investing heavily in our young people, including the launch of the new Healthy CPS Action Plan. The plan outlines real strategies, some of which our students will start to see immediately.
Once again the Chicago City Council proved it's not ready for reform. Recently, the council voted unanimously to pass the second set of reforms proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ethics Task Force, except as the reforms would apply to them.
We do have the right to bear arms, but like all rights, it must be balanced against our broader rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. After the beyond-comprehension horror in Sandy Hook, the time for action is now.
We're days away from a possible teachers' strike in Chicago. One of the big pay issues that might still be on the table is so-called "step increases," which provide a guaranteed salary bump for some number of years after a teacher is initially hired.
Today, I'll vote yes for the Infrastructure Trust Ordinance because I'm confident that it will prove to be an essential positive for our city. Putting my head in the sand, while our great city crumbles around us is not something I'm willing to do.