CHICAGO -- With less than a week to go until the runoff election, the candidates for Chicago mayor spent Wednesday campaigning across the city.
Rahm Emanuel began the day at Quinn Chapel at 24th and Wabash where he picked up an endorsement from members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. From there it was on to the Chicago Hilton on South Michigan Avenue for a lunch for 1,400 as part of what was called an “African-American Women for Rahm” event.
The lunch was paid for by the Emanuel campaign. The mayor’s wife and mother were with him.
Meanwhile Jesus “Chuy” Garcia began his day at a rally in the 41st Ward attended by many city workers who say they are unhappy with Emanuel's performance since he took office.
Garcia also held a press conference at a police station on the Near South Side where he criticized the mayor for not hiring more cops, saying if he were elected he'd find the money to hire at least 1,000 more.
Emanuel disputes that figure and through his superintendent Garry McCarthy says they have taken 1,200 cops who used to be on desk duty and reassigned them to patrol, and that Chicago's crime rate has done considerably.