Rahm Emanuel wins election for mayor of Chicago
The election results are in, and Chicago voters have elected Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago. Emanuel, the former firebrand White House Chief of Staff for the Obama administration, had to overcome serious legal challenges to his candidacy but handily won the election. He will be inaugurated in May.
Runoff avoided as Emanuel yields majority of votes
Speculation had been rampant that the Chicago mayoral election would result in a second runoff election because candidates wouldn’t receive a sufficient majority of votes, meaning more than 50 percent. In some areas, such as Chicago, a two-round voting system is implemented in the case that no candidate receives more than 50 percent of votes. Rahm Emanuel received 55 percent of the votes in the Chicago election, according to the Christian Science Monitors, avoiding a runoff and becoming the mayor-elect. The closest competition that Rahm faced for mayor was Gery Chico, former Chief of Staff for outgoing Mayor Richard Daley. Chico received 24 percent of the vote.
Rahm Emanuel had faced legal challenges in his bid to become the 55th mayor of Chicago. Early on, his candidacy was challenged in court on the grounds that he lived primarily in Washington, D.C., as he was the Chief of Staff for the Obama White House and thus wasn’t a true resident of Chicago, according to the Washington Post. However, a series of appeals that went to the Illinois Supreme Court, which found in favor of Emanuel. He entered a field of six final candidates, and emerged the clear winner.
Emanuel replaces Chicago legend
Rahm Emanuel is taking over from Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has served as Mayor of Chicago since 1989, according to CBS. Emanuel faces a budget deficit of $655 million and rising crime rates. One of his first promises in his victory speech was to add another 1,000 police officers to the City of Chicago and to cut at least $75 million in his first month in office.