Rahm sells Chicago minus the warts to visiting business journalists

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on RedEdye cover after election. (Flickr member TyraR./Creative Commons)

By Ryan Sachetta

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented a glowing picture of the city of Chicago, emphasizing his push for expanding access to education and job gains in a keynote address to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers  Friday evening.

Left on the cutting room floor was any mention of the city’s pension crisis, looming teacher negotiations and gang violence exemplified by Spike Lee’s working title for his next film, “Chiraq,” slated to start filming in Chicago’s roughest South Side neighborhoods this summer.

Emanuel focused his speech on Chicago’s Star Scholarship program, which waives community college tuition fees for the city’s high school students who graduate with at least a B average. “The city of Chicago is going to a Pre-K to college model,” he said.

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U.S. business editors met in Chicago April 23-25.

The mayor spoke about O’Hare International Airport’s runway expansion, system-wide improvements to Chicago Transit Authority’s lines and his push to continue attracting businesses to the city.

“As some of you may note, I’m fresh from an election,” Emanuel joked near the conclusion of his 30-minute speech. Emanuel secured his second term against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, following the city’s first mayoral runoff. Emanuel garnered 56 percent of the vote compared with Garcia’s nearly 44 percent.

Below is a slideshow of tweets from the audience, compiled by Alysha Khan. Click on the icon on lower right to show full screen.

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PHOTO AT TOP OF STORY: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on RedEdye cover after election. (Flickr member TyraR./Creative Commons) | This story first appeared on the SABEW conference site.