Despite its recent resurgence, Chicago is beset by a number of chronic, and existential, problems: violent crime, poor performing schools, lack of well-paying jobs, troubled finances, and a need for authority figures and role models.
In light of these challenges, the Chicago Tribune has begun "a new opinion leadership campaign to create a new Plan of Chicago, modeled in the spirit of Burnham's blueprint for the city's future."
"Our campaign is firmly rooted in our deep love of Chicago and the fervent belief that our city can — and must — improve," explains Editor Gerould Kern. "Over the next eight Sundays, the Tribune's Editorial Board, led by Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold, will present a series of editorials defining the challenges that lie before us and the possible solutions available to the city."
"We also turn to you, the citizens of Chicago, with a simple question and a challenge: What would you do?"