Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a keen observation after the City Council voted 46-3 to approve his 2013 city budget on Thursday:

“Reform never ends.”

It’s true—the reform process has been under way in Chicago for decades, yet somehow things just never seem to get fixed.

Take the city’s $8.3 billion budget as an example. Passing it was essential, the mayor said, to “right a ship that had gone wrong.”