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Rahm Emanuel Mon Oct 25 2010

Rahm Is Covering The Bases

First Rahm Emanuel gets Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to stump for him and now he has Juan Rangel, the head of the highly influential Hispanic United Neighborhood Organization, co-chairing his campaign. All together it looks like Emanuel is trying to corral two key votes that would give him a big lead in the race: unions and Hispanics. When the mayoral race began it seemed like neither of these constituencies were going to line up behind Emanuel. Indeed, it seemed like they were going to be the lifeblood of whoever Emanuel's opponent would be.

Now, it's important not to call the race yet. Emanuel hasn't locked in the unions or Hispanics but he's taking steps to do it.

It's also worth noting, as Lynn Sweet does above, that Solis is the first Obama Administration official to come out to campaign for Emanuel.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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