Rahm Emanuel Takes Chicago Mayor’s Race
February 23, 2011
(ChattahBox US News) – Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won Tuesday’s mayoral election, avoiding a runoff by winning 55 percent of the vote, with almost 75% of the vote counted. His closest challenger was former Chicago school board member Gery Chico, who won about 24 percent of the vote. ”What makes this victory most gratifying is that it was built on votes from every corner of this city,” Emanuel said. He takes office May 16. Emanuel, who returned to Chicago just months ago, succeeds Mayor Richard M. Daley, who is retiring after 22 years in office as the longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history. As the nation’s third-largest city, Chicago is dealing with a $650 million city deficit.