The destruction of the fieldhouse (library) at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen is emblematic of how Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs Chicago.
Chicago Public Schools gave its word, in writing, that it would improve, not destroy, the building.
On a Friday night, authorities forcibly removed the people using the building. The building was destroyed the next day.
CPS's actions should be seen as a landlord illegally evicting a tenant — there was a written agreement with members of the community — and then destroying the property.
The land will be transferred to a Catholic school. For some reason, CPS will eliminate the playground and library at one of its schools to give more land to a Catholic school.
Under Emanuel, here's what Chicagoans can expect. The city will not honor its commitments to citizens. The city will behave unlawfully. And the quality of public infrastructure and services will be diminished when it suits powerful private interests.
- Carl Nyberg, Chicago (Hegewisch)