If polls suggest the mayor's popularity among African-Americans has slipped, he's working hard to repair the damage.It's not that long now before the next mayoral election. Worlee even speculated about the timing of the Whole Foods Market coming to Englewood, perhaps there was some politics considered with that timeline. Of course this all depends on who might make the Mayor sweat in 2015.
The mayor began his day surrounded by African-American business leaders and politicians promoting a September 21st football game to benefit historically black colleges.
"This game is about the community. So the mayor supports it because it's an example of what you can do," said Everett Rand, Chicago Football Classic.
"Most importantly it's about the dedication we all have to making sure every child goes to college," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Minutes later, Emanuel proposed re-naming Stony Island Avenue in honor of a religious and civil rights leader, the late Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.
"Bishop Brazier is larger than life in the African American Community on the South Side. He's made tremendous contributions to our community," said Ald. Michelle Harris, 8th Ward.
"In my view the street naming is a small tribute for somebody who's done big things," said Mayor Emanuel.
After winning 59% of the black vote in 2011, worsening crime, unemployment and school closings have raised questions about Emanuel's image.
"More substantive work needs to be done as it relates to economic empowerment in our neighborhoods," said Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward.
Also this month, the mayor has promised a Whole Foods store in Englewood, delivered a bus line to the new Pullman Walmart within hours, and appears to have made good on a promise last spring to involve more black workers on the Red Line reconstruction.
"I don't know his political motivation if there is one behind it so I'm not going to speculate as to that," said Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward.
Who could credibly step up to the plate and run against him then? And hopefully they've started the groundwork right now.