In the Season 2 premiere, Mayor Kane's legacy is cemented with splendid groundbreaking ceremonies for the updated airport terminals. Though the sky seems the limit for his political future, his health continues to be an issue.
Kane sees a personal tragedy as an opportunity to further his political agenda, which leads him to poach an aide from his nemesis and hire an ambitious newcomer.
Kane's increasing infatuation with his new aide Mona leads him to get swept up in her enthusiasm for a housing-redevelopment project.
Kane attempts to clean house and deep-sixes longtime political cronies, while at home, Meredith and Emma want no part of a family reunion with him.
As Kane's symptoms begin to spiral out of control and he has problems telling the difference between his hallucinations and reality, the corruption sweep endangers his political power and his hold on city council.
Tensions at the housing project escalate from unrest to rioting; Kane's past haunts him when he quietly seeks treatment at an alternative clinic.
The alternative treatments appear to be working and Kane takes back control of the city, but in his efforts to fix his public perception, he may have to throw an old friend under the bus.
Kane reluctantly enters an alliance with a longtime foe on City Council, but he soon realizes that more serious measures must be undertaken to stave off bankruptcy.
Chicago's bankruptcy crisis means a loss of power for Kane as emergency measures are put in place, but threats by his enemies to expose him could be of even greater concern.
Miller's published story could bring down Kane, but Kitty's alliance with Doyle could prove to be equally problematical; Meredith enters a new relationship.