‘Progressive Caucus’ claims victory even in defeat

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CHICAGO -- When is a loss not a loss? When it's Chicago politics.

The city council's so-called “Progressive Caucus,” claimed some major wins tonight as a result of the grassroots campaign waged by defeated mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

The latest victory was claimed late tonight in the 10th Ward by reform candidate Sue Garza who claimed to have unseated incumbent Ald. John Pope.

Garza claims she won by just 89 votes.

A spokesman for Ald Pope issued a statement tonight saying, "In yet another stunning display of hypocrisy, the Garza campaign is prematurely declaring victory-- while themselves acknowledging that all the votes have not yet been counted.  We remain committed to ensuring that ALL the votes are counted and we remain confident that the Alderman will be re-elected."

Emanuel acknowledged grassroots progress again today calling the council wars of the past unproductive. Emanuel says he wants his council to be more than a rubber stamp.

"I want the city council to be part of reform and change.  You can't stand in place. You have to embrace change, and push it.  And if you have ideas, bring them forward."

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  • Tony Cisneros

    EMANUEL’S RE-ELECTION IS JUST AS CRIMINAL, “ILLEGAL” & ILLEGITIMATE AS HIS ORIGINAL ELECTION WAS IN 2011 !
    LISTEN PEOPLE, AS THE RESULTS WERE TALLIED IN THE 41st WARD YESTERDAY (4-7-15) A “POLL-WATCHER” SAID THAT IN A CERTAIN PRECINCT IN CHICAGO’S NORTHWEST SIDE THAT ABOUT 168 PEOPLE WERE COUNTED GOING INTO THAT PRECINCT TO VOTE; BUT, WHEN THE VOTES WERE TALLIED, HE SAID, THAT ABOUT 29 VOTES WERE GAINED BY EMANUEL, WHILE 19 VOTES WERE GAINED BY GARCIA:
    IF THAT ISN’T VOTE FRAUD &-OR EMANUEL “STEALING” THIS 2015 MAYORAL RUN-OFF, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS ! ! !
    *************THIS MAYORAL RACE & RUNOFF WAS “FIXED” FROM THE GET-GO************* ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !