Chicago's current mayor and its future one disagree about whether Illinois should have the death penalty. The mayor has no official say on the death penalty issue. But when asked about it, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said he supports Governor Pat Quinn's decision Wednesday to abolish it.
Chicago has a mayor-elect. Rahm Emanuel won 55-percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, enough to avoid a runoff. That means that in May, Emanuel will succeed his one-time boss, longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley.The ex-White House chief of staff and congressman will take office May 16th.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been elected mayor of Chicago and will succeed the retiring Richard Daley.Emanuel called his victory "humbling" and "most gratifying." He also thanked Daley for his lifetime of service to the city.
With the polls set to open just hours from now, we felt the need for a bit of fun after so much exhaustion. Don’t get us wrong: we love policy papers, press conferences and stump speeches as much as the next Chicago media outlet.
On this week's episode of the WBEZ political podcast The Best Game in Town, historian Rick Perlstein helps us explore the comparisons between Presidents (and Illinoisans) Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. Perlstein wrote a recent article for Newsweek on the topic.