Tag: Rahm Emanuel

A Jew and Mexican walk into a bar......and one of them walks out mayor of Chicago

A Jew and Mexican walk into a bar......and one of them walks out mayor of Chicago
It’s fun to think about Chicago’s two mayoral candidates being a Jew and Mexican.  It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it isn’t.  It’s one of the great things about the City of Chicago.  It’s one of the great things about living in America. Even their names are fun.  Chuy and Rahm.  They... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel, Chuy Garcia, an ironworker and a teacher go into a bar.....

Rahm Emanuel, Chuy Garcia, an ironworker and a teacher go into a bar.....
I did a small piece on the upcoming runoff between incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.  You can read it here, if you’re so inclined. The object of that piece was to summarize the February 24, 2015 mayoral election with a nod to Chuy, saying that Mayor Emanuel may have... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's first Jewish mayor is working to fend off a challenge from a guy named Jesus

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's first Jewish mayor is working to fend off a challenge from a guy named Jesus
Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s 55th mayor is also its first Jewish mayor.  Elected in 2011, Emanuel ran into headwinds last month in his bid for re-election.  Needing about 233,000 of the approximately 466,000 votes cast, Emanuel came up short with only 211,600 votes, or about 45%. This must have come as a surprise to the guy... Read more »
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Rahm Emanuel's reign: 876 days and counting

Rahm Emanuel and Chicago are both a part of the national consciousness.  I’m often asked, when out of town how I think Rahm Emanuel is doing as mayor.  Now a suburbanite, I grew up in Chicago and still work here.  What happens in Chicago is infinitely more interesting than all the things not happening in... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools: Almost 45 years and counting

I’m a product of the Chicago Public School system. It sounds weird when I say it out loud, but it’s true. I may even be the poster boy for CPS. My parents and most of my friends’ parents went to CPS. That really sounds weird. I’m no super-success story, no prototypical wonder boy. Just one... Read more »

Murder in Chicago: Rahm's Waterloo, urban decay or poster city for gun control?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity seems inversely correlated to Chicago’s rising murder rate. Riding a wave of positive momentum, Mayor Emanuel held his own in the aftermath of Chicago’s teacher strike. Karen Lewis, president of Chicago’s Teachers Union seemed to take the hit for that and now faces an uphill battle for re-election. High profile shootings... Read more »
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