CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - As Chicagoans get ready to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, they will have more than just New Year’s resolutions to think about.
There are a lot of significant issues on tap this year, including who will be the next police superintendent, will Chicago teachers go on strike, and what does the mayor's future hold?
Protesters continued their push Thursday for Mayor Rahm Emanual to resign in the wake numerous police-involved shootings.
“New year, new mayor. This is the year we're gonna pressure Rahm to resign, he tricked us to get into office and he thinks he's gonna sit there and let it be business as usual for the next 3 1/2 years, we're not gonna let that happen,” protester Ja’Mal Green.
Politicial observers say a change in the 5th floor at City Hall is highly unlikely to happen, but many people recognize the mayor has a mess on his hands heading into 2016.
“It's becoming, it's steamrolling into a bigger and bigger issue and I do think there's a lot of things that need to be accounted for,” said Rahm’s neighbor Elizabeth Davis.
This year, perhaps, the biggest decision the mayor will make will be who to hire to replace Garry McCarthy as the city's next top cop.
FOX 32: your hopes for the new superintendent?
“Is to really crack down on the violence, it’s getting overwhelming and it needs to slow down, it really do because little children are dying, older people are dying, too many people,” said Hannah Hall. “So it really needs to crack down on that and it's possible.”
“I would like to see the superintendent kinda do away with the thin blue line in policing and, police seem to be protecting police, I think a good citizen’s oversight would be great. I think body cameras on all the officers would be great,” said Rusty Sant.
Also, Chicago teachers have voted to authorize a strike and so that possibility will loom big this spring.
FOX 32: Do you worry about that?
“I'm really worried about it because my kids are currently in the CPS system, I'm really hoping that's not gonna happen,” said Qin Cai.
Later in 2016, Chicagoans will be voting on their next President and it may quite possibly be a showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
FOX 32: is this year the year we might elect our first billionaire or might we elect our first woman president?
“You know I'm gonna have to say neither one, I hope. And I'm just gonna leave it at that,” said Chris Pjecha. “I'm not looking forward to another Clinton and I'm not looking forward to Trump either.”
But if the political season is one of dread, at least a lot of Chicagoans might find baseball more interesting next fall, especially in Wrigleyville.
“Absolutely, we're thinking this is the year, the neighborhood's electric, especially after the run last year, we're thinking this is the year,” said Cubs fan Jeff Weniger.