Senator Jones Weighs In | Bleader

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Senator Jones Weighs In

Posted By on 04.23.09 at 01:54 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

I can't say I agree with everything former Illinois Senate president Emil Jones told the Defender about Mayor Daley's Olympics.

I agree that the so-called community benefits agreement is a sham--just a bunch of goals with no real commitment behind them--that's not worth the paper it's written on.

But I can't say I'd support the games if the mayor would only kick some contracts to black vendors, as senator Jones suggests. But that's how it goes in this town. People will pretty much let the mayor do whatever he wants--such as taking billions from the schools and tearing up the parks to throw his Olympic party--as long as they and their buddies get a slice of the pie.

After the aldermen ripped into Jones for his comments, I called the former senate president to ask if he would elaborate on his comments about the Olympics.

But he didn't get back to me. 

Too bad. We need more leaders to speak out against the games. The silence from our political, civic, and corporate leadership is deafening. I guess senator Jones figured he'd done enough for one guy. It's like the song says: "Oh no, I said too much / I haven't said enough...."

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Ben Joravsky

  • The show goes on

    The show goes on

    One era ends and another begins for our beloved First Tuesdays.
    • Oct 16, 2019
  • Listen to <em>The Ben&nbsp;Joravsky Show</em>

    Listen to The Ben Joravsky Show

    The Ben Joravsky Show is streamed Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 and 3 PM and airs live on the Chicago Reader and Sun-Times websites. It is also being released as a podcast each day after the live taping.
    • Oct 15, 2019
  • Size matters

    Size matters

    Chicago teachers have almost no relief for overcrowded classrooms.
    • Oct 9, 2019
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

October 16
W.I.T.C.H. Lincoln Hall
October 16

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories