I might get hit by a hurricane, but a bigger storm is about to blast Chicago

The warnings here in Jacksonville, Florida, are vague: Hurricane Dorian might or might come ashore here.

But in Chicago, a Storm 10 is about to hit when Mayor Lori Lightfoot gives her state-of-the-state speech tonight. Taxpayers, businesses and everyone else are going to batten down the hatches as speculation about what she will say in her highly anticipated speech swirls around town.

David Roeder at the Sun-Times pretty well sums it up: Property taxes? A political killer, but still maybe. Help from Springfield? Hah, Illinois has its own big problems. A real estate transfer tax on pricey properties? Well, but on which ones; commercial and/or residential. Etc.

She's smack in the middle of a Hobson's Choice that basically comes down to higher taxes and/or cutting expenses. Will FEMA be available for disaster relief after Hurricane Lori hits with brute force? Or, will she, like previous mayors, try to pretend there's no problem?

dennis@dennisbyrne.net

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