Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making one of the most important speeches of his political life as he talks at 6 p.m. about his new policies to combat crime before an friendly invitation-only audience at Malcom X College.
While many of the details are already known — his plan calls for hiring 970 additional police officers over two years — the political impact remains the key question.
How will he pay for the new cops without outraging already-strapped taxpayers?
How will address fatherless African-American homes without furthering alienating that community?
How will he mobilize Chicago police, who already feel under siege?
Here is the Sun-Times viewer’s guide to the speech and what to look for.
Here is the first-look story on the speech.