Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was elected to a second term on Tuesday after easily defeating challenge Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in an unprecedented mayoral runoff.
“Being the mayor of the city of Chicago is the greatest job I’ve ever had and the greatest job in the world,” Emaunel said during his victory speech at the Chicago Plumber’s Local 130 Union Hall. “I’m humbled at the opportunity to continue to serve you — the greatest city with the greatest people for the next four years.”
He said that he is proud of what the city has accomplished in the past four years and that he has listened to the people of Chicago’s concerns.
“The decisions that we make over the next four years will determine what Chicago will look like in the next 40 years.”
Grace Mager, 16, a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School attended Emanuel’s victory party.
“I’m very pleased with how Rahm did tonight,” she said. “Great job.”
Garcia conceded with just short of three-fourths of the precinct results counted just before 8 p.m. But he had been fairly consistently behind by about 10 percentage points during most of the evening as ballots were counted after polls closed at 7. Continue reading →
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia were forced into a runoff election after the first election in February, which led to millions of additional dollars raised and spent and extensive debating and campaigning across the city – and the airwaves.
For in-depth coverage, Medill Reports followed the mayoral candidates and spread across the wards for the 18 aldermanic races that were also forced into runoffs.
Unsolicited images supporting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia began to appear in public places in February from local artists. In reaction, Garcia’s campaign asked Chicagoans to submit Chuy-inspired art for campaign purposes.
In Medill News Service’s Election 2015 video team’s second update, Abigail Hodgson and Kira Boyd tell us about underdogs, campaign spending and how Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has inspired the creative community throughout Chicago.
Preliminary turnout for the Chicago mayoral election was 28 percent of registered voters as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, including early voting and absentee ballots that came in through Saturday.
Dick Simpson, a political science professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, and a former alderman, said he believed voter turnout would be higher for the runoff election than February’s election.
“It’s a more focused choice,” Simpson said. “The voters think that the outcome is important for the city.”
Early voting for the runoff election was 50 percent higher than February’s election, in which there were less than 90,000 early votes. Continue reading →
Campaign advertisements unabashedly seek to sway your mind as they glorify candidates, nudge opinions and try to cinch the outcome of an election.
The election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia marks the first mayoral runoff for Chicago, and the two candidates produced a downpour of different kinds of endorsements that continue through the last hours of the election. Continue reading →