From afar, Chicago boasts one of the most majestic skylines in the nation. But travel just a few blocks inland, and one can immediately see that the city’s big shoulders are sagging.
Crumbling streets, decaying water pipes and a decrepit subway system pose serious challenges to those who are trying to fix Chicago’s infrastructure after nearly four decades of neglect.
In lieu of raising taxes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put forth a controversial plan to fix the city’s crumbling infrastructure by partnering with private businesses. On this week’s episode, Need to Know sits down with Mayor Emanuel, who advocates for his plan to finance the city’s infrastructure modernization project with private capital.