Chicago, weighing in at 2.7 million souls, punches well above its weight as a world-renowned city of Arts and Culture, Industry, Finance, Retail, Education, Architecture, Transportation, Politics, Science, Innovation, Healthcare, Dining, Tourism, Sports, and more. It is also notorious for over a century of violence, crime, and political irregularities. Add to that decades of generally low performance within the Chicago Public Schools, the persistent scourge of a drug culture and broken families, plus Covid-19’s recent rampage across all sectors of society, and quickly our fair city teeters on the brink of chaos and failure. “Chicago on the Rocks” seeks to better understand —in a non-partisan manner— how we got here, and importantly, how to move forward with regard to achieving peace, restoring vitality, and reinventing ourselves, in order to lead the world once more into and through the 21st century.
Host Bio: Paul Roach, MD, FACS, he remains a practicing physician and surgeon as well as a sub-specialist in cancer, and a volunteer surgeon at the Cook County Trauma Center. Aside from military service and combat deployments he is a lifelong resident of Chicago and suburbs.
Goals: Interview engaged, invested, connected citizens to identify, define Chicago’s most pressing issues and their origins; achieve a clear, sober (apolitical) narrative untangling them; articulate short, medium, and long-term civic goals that are reasonable, practical, valid.
“Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.” John Stuart Mill, 1867 inaugural address at the University of St Andrews.