WBEZ Archives: Rahm Emanuel On His First Run For Public Office

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addresses the crowd Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Chicago. Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addresses the crowd Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Chicago. Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addresses the crowd Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Chicago. Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addresses the crowd Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Chicago. Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

WBEZ Archives: Rahm Emanuel On His First Run For Public Office

Originally aired March 4, 2002

Rahm Emanuel joins Eight-Forty-Eight to discuss his first run for public office as Illinois’ Fifth District Democratic Congressional candidate, why he decided to leave his post as a top adviser in the White House to become a potential freshman in Chicago’s political machine, and why he got into politics in the first place.