Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins re-election bid over Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia in runoff

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CHICAGO -- WGN projects that Chicago will have four more years of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

With nearly 70 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel has 56 percent of the vote compared with 44 percent for Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in Tuesday's runoff election.

WGN's Jackie Bange reports that Garcia conceded and called Emanuel to congratulate him.

Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, wasn't able to win an outright majority in February, forcing the runoff.

Emanuel faced a tough bid in a race that hinged on his brusque management style and who'd better manage the serious financial challenges faced by the nation's third-largest city.

Garcia ran a neighborhood-focused campaign backed by unions angry with Emanuel.

Election officials say turnout has been light.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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19 comments

  • Eric Saindon

    Your coverage is disgusting. The coverage is so biased in favor of Rahm Emmanuel. Perhaps you should be wearing Rahm Emmanuel t-shirts. Please work to use objective journalism when reporting the news.

    • Juan Rodriguez

      Boo Hoo Eric. Chewie couldn’t even put a sentence together. He made himself look bad, not Rahm and not any news program. I wonder if Chewie will still form that expert committee tomorrow to figure out what is going on.

      CONGRATS RAHM!!! CHICAGO LOVES YOU!!!!

      • Charles Kuyper

        Well, pretty much looks like Rahm is gonna end up being the reason why Chicago is looked down upon soo much. Hope you centrists enjoy losing more public schools in the city to Emmanuel’s buddies & their charter schools. You middle-class families can’t get a quality education? Rahm doesn’t care. There aren’t enough teachers to teach your kids? Rahm doesn’t care. You end up having to quit your job to look after your kids because school’s no longer available for them? As I’ve been saying……RAHM..DOESN’T…CARE! Heck, Chicago might as well have a Republican as mayor with how Rahm operates. It’s sad that Chicago has come to experience the same thing the nation did with last year’s Congressional races. Wonder how many of you centrists will be shaking your heads in embarrassment & humiliation years from now when you realize the mistake you made tonight. Prepare for the rest of the city to laugh at your stupid *sses, and they’ll have EVERY…RIGHT…TO.

        Oh, and as far as Rahm’s campaign promises: safer streets? Nope, there’s STILL crime happening. Stable finances? That money’s going to Rahm’s buddies. Stronger schools? Well, if you like schools you can’t afford to send your kids to.

        Oh, and it should surprise NO ONE that the corporate media in the city is backing the corporate Democrat. So, Juan, you might want to move out of the city NOW, before your backing of Rahm comes back to haunt you.

      • Trent Givens

        Rahm hasn’t done anything but hinder Chicago. Name one positive thing Rahm did for Chicago. How about closed schools, teachers loosing their jobs, how about the red light cameras which came from bribery, how about them streets, feel safe? What does Rahm want to spend $1.3 billion on? How about a nice walkway on the river. Wait, how about $70,000 in just overtime, not counting salary on some officers. Yet how are those streets? Yeah Juan Rodriguez, you’re part of the problem. I supported Chuy because he knows the people of Chicago way more than Rahm will ever. Support your corrupt mayor but your the stupid one supporting someone who doesn’t even look out for you and only his own benefit. But hey, it’s the result of Rahm closing schools. You don’t seem that educated. You won’t be with Rauner and Emanuel as mayor. Keep your disgraceful Chicago. Some of us have higher standards of ethics.

    • Charles Kuyper

      Well, it’s a win if you want teachers that don’t know how to do their job correctly. It’s a win if you want teachers that’ll cost the city more than is necessary. If it’s a win for ANYONE, it’s a win for charter schools that’ll screw the city over. After tonight, the children will suffer, parents will suffer, and most of all, the city will suffer. The ONLY winners are the corporate backers and those willing to do the bidding of the corporate backers.

    • Charles Kuyper

      Lemme know what the h*ll you’re smoking that makes you think Rahm is pro-union. Remember the recent teachers’ strike? Did you hear Rahm backing the teachers’ union? If anything, Garcia’s more pro-union than the corporate Democrat. Remember: Rahm’s in the control of his corporate buddies; THAT is why he’s allowing the soon-to-be failing charter schools to take money from public schools.

      Honestly, seeing the kind of political minds not only in the city, but in the state as a whole makes me want to move to another state, one where sane, sensible, intelligent, civilized political minds are in control. The fact of the matter is, both the city & the state are going to have to live down the recent choices they’ve recently made as far as Governor (Bruce Ruiner) & Mayor (Wrong Emanuel). And, something tells me, for the forseeable future, NEITHER will be able to live down it’s choice.

      • Monique Washington

        Private sector unions are ok because it is a business using their own money making labor structure decisions. However, Public sector unions (teachers, city services) are a disaster and are what destroyed America and bankrupted many big cities. All public sector unions do is protect lazy workers who can’t teach our children. That is why Chicago Public Schools are the worst in the nation…thanks to the CTU. Unfortunately it is the children that are suffering. Luckily for the unions, the liberal politicians love them because it is taxpayer dollars wasted and not the politicians own money. So the liberals can buy votes using taxpayer money.
        The good news is Chicago and Illinois are out of money, so either overly generous pensions are reduced or if the politically motivated Illinois Supreme Court denies it, then it is on to Federal Bankruptcy Court where Illinois laws carry no weight. Just look at Stockten CA and Detroit MI.
        Rahm may be able to help fix this problem. Chewie would have turned Chicago into the next Detroit.
        Sorry deadbeats, you lost this time. But that is good news for the city.
        P.S. Hey Kuyper, your tears taste so so sweet. LOL!

  • Told You So!

    Chicago ~ You didn’t disappoint me, once again! You again voted for a mayor you cannot stand and who, by your own words is ruining the city. This is just like the federal elections. You can’t stand how congress acts and you continue to vote the very same people in term, after term, after term.

  • Charles Kuyper

    @Monique
    “Private sector unions are ok because it is a business using their own money making labor structure decisions. However, Public sector unions (teachers, city services) are a disaster and are what destroyed America and bankrupted many big cities. All public sector unions do is protect lazy workers who can’t teach our children. That is why Chicago Public Schools are the worst in the nation…thanks to the CTU. Unfortunately it is the children that are suffering. Luckily for the unions, the liberal politicians love them because it is taxpayer dollars wasted and not the politicians own money. So the liberals can buy votes using taxpayer money.”

    And yet, it was Rahm that had more corporate financial backing than Garcia. So, pretty much seems like we know who was buying votes, and it sure as hell wasn’t Garcia.

    “The good news is Chicago and Illinois are out of money, so either overly generous pensions are reduced or if the politically motivated Illinois Supreme Court denies it, then it is on to Federal Bankruptcy Court where Illinois laws carry no weight. Just look at Stockten CA and Detroit MI.
    Rahm may be able to help fix this problem. Chewie would have turned Chicago into the next Detroit.”

    Remember: Detroit became how it is now under a Rethuglican’t, NOT under a Democrat. Oh, and good luck praying for Rahm to consider helping the city when he’s busy working on what his corporate donors want him to do. Until then, you idiots are gonna be on your own, and something tells me soon enough, you’re gonna regret the mistake you made.

    “Sorry deadbeats, you lost this time. But that is good news for the city.”

    Well, it’s good for Rahm’s corporate buddies who are going to gut the public school system, with help from Rahm, in order to expand on what will eventually be failed charter schools, as it’s been shown that charter schools have failed WORSE than public schools.
    And, as far as deadbeats, wait until you can’t afford to put your kids through soon-to-be failing charter schools & end up having to quit your job in order to take care of your kids. Then, you’ll realize who the TRUE deadbeat is. (Hint:His name starts with an “R” & end with an “m”.)

    P.S. Hey Kuyper, your tears taste so so sweet. LOL!

    Yours’ll taste even sweeter in a couple years from now when you realize the mistake you made keeping Rahm in office. Don’t worry, I’ll be preparing for your kind’s tears to flood the streets when you realize you messed up.