Emanuel, Garcia jab at each other’s records

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CHICAGO -- The candidates for mayor took more jabs at each other Monday.

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia says Mayor Emanuel’s policies are forcing the middle class to leave town.

The mayor says his opponent has been padding his resume -- more than a little.

The election has seen very strong early voting numbers; more than 72,000 ballots have been cast so far. The president has already cast his absentee ballot for his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Both Emanuel and Garcia took shots at each other Monday over their records.

Garcia stressed to a crowd at the City Club Monday that the mayor remains a friend to the wealthy only, with policies that will ultimately make the city’s finances worse.

The mayor calls Chuy a candidate without a plan.

Emanuel says one area in which his opponent has not been forthright is regarding his time at Enlace Chicago, the Southwest Side community group Garcia is accused of leaving in debt, and then, the Emanuel campaign alleges, tried to bail out while on state time at the Department of Human Services.

Garcia, while picking up another endorsement Monday from a prominent group of African-American women, accused the mayor of creating two Chicagos -- and policies that are driving middle class Chicagoans to the suburbs.

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