Grading Year One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel


Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Cultural CenterPresent Panel Discussion on Chicago Mayor’s First Year in Office

WHAT:  A panel discussion focusing on the city of Chicago and its new mayoral administration, titled “Mayor Emanuel’s First Year Report Card,” will be presented by the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Columbia College Chicago and hosted by the Chicago Cultural Center. The panel is the first discussion of the year in the department’s “Intersection” lecture series.

In this panel discussion, three Chicago experts, Dominic Pacyga, Larry Bennett and Ben Joravsky weigh in on the accomplishments of Mayor Emanuel’s first year in office and his future goals for the city. A historical perspective connecting the current mayor to the previous “mayor for life,” Richard M. Daley, will be followed by a discussion of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s public policy and city planning goals for Chicago. Finally, the panelists will grade Mayor Emanuel’s decisions on Chicago Public Schools, the privatization of public property and services, and the highly controversial Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program.


  • Dominic Pacyga, Ph.D., is Professor of History in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.
  • Larry Bennett, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science at DePaul University, where he studies neighborhoods, urban development policy, and city politics.
  • Ben Joravsky is an award-winning journalist who covers Chicago politics and government for the Chicago Reader.

WHEN: October 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Millennium Park Room, Fifth Floor


COST: The panel is free and open to the public.

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