Rahm's promises: which ones were kept?
■ After promising 1,000 new officers on the street, he instead reassigned 1,019 police officers to beat patrol, 500 of whom were already on the street in other units.
■ Cut employee head tax in half as promised.
■ Consolidated business licenses as promised.
■ Proposed controversial pension reforms as promised. ■ After promising a longer school day, he used cash grants to entice 50 schools with a combined 22,000 students to make the change this year, in advance of the entire system getting a longer day in the next school year.
■ After promising alternatives to improve high school choices for students, he doubled the size of International Baccalaureate diploma program, coaxed five technology giants to join forces with Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges to open six-year public high schools that allow students to graduate with an associate’s degree, closed or turned around 17 under-performing schools and opened more charter schools.
■ Installed first two miles of protected bike lanes, after promising 100 miles over four years.
■ Convinced 47,000 employees of city and other government agencies to participate in wellness program as promised.
■ Began managed competition between city employees and private contractors to expand recycling as promised.
■ Started implementing grid system for garbage collection as promised.
■ Instituted ethics, taxicab and tax-increment-financing reforms as promised, but fell short of his pledge to broaden the authority and resources of the city’s inspector general.
■ Cut off free water spigot to churches, hospitals and non-profits as promised.
■ Reduced City Council committees and budget as promised.
■ Brokered deal to shut down coal plants as promised.
■ Held summit on food deserts as promised, producing plan to build 17 new stores and remodel 19 existing stores to sell fresh produce in inner-city neighborhoods.