Guess What Obama’s Ex-Chief of Staff Is Up To In Chicago
Never let a good crisis go to waste.
Some politicians never change.
Obama’s ex- Chief of Staff, now Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, sees and opportunity and wants to seize it:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his eyes set on the Old Main Post Office, and there’s a good chance he won’t be denied.
Emanuel’s administration announced Feb. 20 its plans to seize the historic riverfront property and solicit bids for redevelopment, according to DNAinfo.
While the U.S. Postal Service sold the building to investor Bill Davies in 2009, the 2.7 million-square-foot property has been left vacant since the mid-1990s. Since then, many ambitious plans for the building have come and gone. Most recently, Crain’s Chicago Business reported Davies was planning to finance redevelopment of office, residential and retail space in the massive building, which serves as the western gateway to the Loop.
The Fifth Amendment allows governments to seize private property for “public use” through a process called eminent domain. But Chicago city officials clearly have no interest in building a necessary road or government building. Instead, city government will be serving as a middle man – taking the property from Davies and transferring it to a developer it deems more suitable.
Forget the Constitution.
Emanuel is mayor and he knows what’s best.
(And there’s a good chance he can reward the cronies who backed him and cash-in personally, too.)