We also need people like social workers, volunteers, the Christian Industrial League, drug treatment programs to make sure you are getting them a job. That’s what you have to do. Otherwise, we just keep stepping around these things.
There has been loss of steel manufacturing. Those people need jobs. Where you have to build the third airport is where people are. So you’re right; if his site isn’t playable, then our site is right next to it.
That’s an economic development program in the metropolitan area. If they don’t see that, and you don’t get these things done, then you’re competing with Texas and California and Atlanta; then you really have problems.
That area environmentally is a waste. You can’t do anything. I don’t care if the Sierra Club goes out there. It is fully polluted! You’re not only going to work to clean up the environment, but also you will put people to work.
My dad came out of the Roosevelt era and the Depression. One person and one party made a difference in his life. That’s what everybody forgot when they called my father and other people political bosses.
I’m the one who gets called up about a problem. I’m the one who gets called up about the street lighting and the abandoned car. I’m the one who gets blamed if the police don’t arrive. I’m the one they blame if a city truck is broken down.
I enjoy getting things done. My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something. There’s where we have to go in local government, in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you. They have to go to the edge.
I believe the way I describe the problems in Chicago is that it’s a metropolitan area. I’ve said that everywhere. The uneducated child is not just my problem, it’s the state’s problem. It’s also the federal government’s problem.
And the political system is changing rapidly in this country, and we better realize that. The elephants or donkeys are not what younger people look to. They look at individual candidates’ philosophy, and I think it’s a different time and a different generation.