• Antonio Dickey/Sun-Times
  • Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno

It’s easy to see who’s losing as Mayor Emanuel presses on with his plan to close up to 129 public elementary schools.

Students, parents, teachers, and principals—you know, the people who are actually in those schools—will lose as more kids are crammed into fewer buildings so they will spend more time studying for standardized tests.

Remember: it’s good for the kids!

But who are the winners?

Well, right off the top I can think of one collection of winners: our aldermen.

Suddenly, they have that rare opportunity to look big, bad, and bold by denouncing a mayoral initiative without having to actually vote against it.