Emanuel is smart, and the smart reason for leaving is glaring: He doesn't want to risk becoming "mayor bankruptcy." Chicago is a ticking time bomb and Emanuel is jumping ship just in case it goes off.
Don't dismiss that scenario too quickly. Despite his lofty intentions when he first took office, Emanuel has failed miserably to reform the city's finances. Now the risk of insolvency is rising.
Chicago's financials are dire and the city has no plan and no reserves to survive an inevitable recession. In fact, the city has barely kept its head above the water despite a decade of national economic growth. Chicago Public Schools was already at the brink of bankruptcy just one year ago.