• Jerome Ludwig
  • The parking-meter deal hasn’t worked out so well, has it?

Mayor Emanuel may be one of the smartest politicians in Chicago, but it looks like he’s a little too smart for his own good with his infrastructure trust fund.

As far as I can tell, the purpose of the fund was to 1) win favorable publicity to make him look good for his upcoming presidential campaign and 2) find a source of contributions to fund said campaign from the fat cats feeding from the infrastructure fund.

But the fund’s been a PR nightmare. And since purpose 2 is almost meaningless without purpose 1, it’s been a bomb.

So, Mr. Mayor, let me tell you how to get out of this jam you got yourself into.