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Rahm Emanuel Elected Mayor of Chicago

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Accepting the 55% vote from the citizens of Chicago, as 93% of the votes had been counted, Rahm Emanual soared easily to victory this Tuesday evening in his run for Mayor of Chicago. He appears to be feeling at ease in what he called “The Windy City” following his time in the nation’s capital. “You sure know how to make a guy feel at home!” he said.

The initial thrust of his acceptance speech hinged on the concept that we Chicagoans can “overcome our differences.” Like many cities, Chicago does indeed have some differences; perhaps some economic issues, perhaps some racial issues. Although speaking to a gathering of Democrats, maybe his intent was to address and overcome political differences.

Emanuel called Chicago “the warmest city in the world” as well as “the Windy City,” bringing forth some light laughter as he referred to his having visited, during the campaign, some 100-plus elevated train platforms, often in frigid and snowy weather.

Mayor-elect Emanuel declared that it needs to be that “a kid can go to school thinking of his studies, not his safety.” He says the streets must be safer, and that not another child’s name should ever be seen on a memorial after being killed by gun violence.

In mayoral elections in Chicago, if no candidate accumulates votes equaling 50% of ballots cast, plus one, there will be a runoff. Because of the 55% majority, there will be no runoff.

Emanuel is the former White House Chief of Staff, having left Washington D.C. to run for the mayoralty. During his victory speech, the mayor-elect mentioned that he had just talked to President Obama who sent “love and affection for his [the President’s] home town.”

The victory was finalized just after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, the polls having closed at 7:30 p.m.  The mayor-elect showed some tearfulness as he introduced his wife Amy, and grinned as he introduced the couple’s three children, Zacharias, Ilana, and Leah.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    … perhaps some economic issues, perhaps some racial issues.

    Perhaps! You mean there’s some doubt? Perhaps you’re being facetious.

  • John Lake

    The remarks dealt with racial matters, but since that wasn’t obvious, I didn’t feel right about assuming.
    In fact Chicago has mixed racial issues. in some areas, whites are pretty much excluded, so that the young black population still believe the stories told by their parents and grandparents of terrible attrocities. These stories may be very exagerated. Since some of the black population in these neighborhoods never see a white person, they don’t know what to expect.
    In other areas, notably, the North Side, we have made great strides toward not only equality in housing and employment; the two predominant groups actually like one another. In that regard, Chicago may in fact be the “warmest city in the world.”
    It’s not certain that Emanuel is yet up to date on some of these views, or facts, depending on who one speaks too. He may even think the blacks are victims of predjudice. Maybe they are, but I don’t see it.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    If the third largest city in the United States has no economic or racial problems to speak of, then the outgoing mayor must’ve been named not Daley but Jesus Christ. Obviously we elected the wrong Chicagoan president.

  • John Lake

    Alan:
    The city does have economic issues, and an overwhelming deficit. My article was intended for those who may have already seen the news, and the article hovered on racial and neighborhood matters.
    But Daley was good…

  • Cannonshop

    Well…good for Rahm. I would envy NOBODY the cesspool known as Chicago, but he’s a Democrat, so he might be able to turn it to his profit.

  • John Lake

    Cannonshop;
    Quite a lot of cynicism for one sentence. While having a bad rep, earned in the 20’s and 30’s, Chicago is right up near the top for great American cities.
    As for turning profit, we watch fairly closely; we elected a man with a very high profile, and Mayor-elect Emanuel is a millionaire in his own right.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    All hail hizzoner the potty-mouthed goniff with the link to the Messiah in Washington!

    And the loyal ones shall bow and scrape; the disloyal shall flee to Wisconsin – the remainder shall grunt and say nothing and try to get on with their lives.

    All hail hizzoner the potty-mouthed goniff!