The race for mayor is starting to shape up for the Feb. 24 election, and many of the candidates aim to keep Rahm Emanuel from capturing the majority of the vote, to force him into a runoff.
Jesus Garcia says his campaign collected more than 60,000 signatures in about three weeks to get on the ballot for Chicago mayor. Mayor Emanuel's team filed more than 40,000. Potential candidates need only 12,500 names on the petition.
On Sunday afternoon, a spirited crowd cheered and chanted for Garcia at Alhambra Palace in the West Loop. The Cook County commissioner has a long history in Chicago politics. He picked up the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union and its president, Karen Lewis, who decided not to run after falling ill.
He's also getting support from some of the people who rallied to get former Mayor Harold Washington elected. Garcia plans to file his petitions in the last hour of filing, Monday afternoon, to get in the lottery for the last position on the February ballot.