Campaign money records: Still no cash for two Emanuel council picks

April 4, 2011

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Ald. John Rice was endorsed by Emanuel.

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has dumped more than $230,000 into a handful of Chicago city council elections taking place Tuesday. But not all the candidates he's endorsed are seeing the cash.

Emanuel has picked favorites in 9 of the 14 runoff races. State records show his political action committee has donated what amounts to tens of thousands of dollars to some of these candidates.

"Every race is different," Emanuel said Monday. "Some campaigns just would like you to endorse them. Some would like you to go door-to-door. And I'll work with the campaigns on what is most effective in their individual areas."

That doesn't mean all the candidates Emanuel has endorsed have gotten what they want. 36th Ward Ald. John Rice has said in a couple recent interviews that he was eagerly awaiting a donation from the mayor elect. State records show Rice, who faces firefighter Nicholas Sposato in the runoff, has still not reported any contribution from Emanuel.

Likewise, 20th Ward Ald. Willie Cochran has been endorsed by Emanuel, but has not reported receiving any contributions from the mayor-elect. Cochran could not be immediately reached for comment.

The candidate receiving the most support so far from Emanuel is Debra Silverstein. The 50th Ward candidate has received in-kind contributions of close to $50,000 from Emanuel in her bid to unseat the longtime incumbent, Bernard Stone.