The Communication Breakdown Between Governor and Mayor — in Illinois
Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) on Wednesday raised the possibility of bringing in state troopers or even the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago combat a recent increase in violent crime — an offer that Mayor Richard Daley(D) didn’t know was coming….Governor Blagojevich and Mayor Daley are both Democrats.
Blagojevich said Daley had not asked for help and he had not talked to the mayor about offering it, adding he would call Daley after he met later in the day with the state police, National Guard and others.
Daley’s office said the mayor did not know anything about Blagojevich’s comments and did not know he was going to make them.
Sometimes, urban mayors just have different views about what’s important and what’s successful than do statewide officials.