121 Report – CRMA – April 2015

 VOTERS ELECT MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS

Yesterday, Chicagoans experienced their first-ever runoff election. Unable to acquire the 50% plus 1 votes needed in order to avoid a runoff on February 24th, Mayor Emanuel had an additional 6 weeks to convince voters that he was the right person for the job. After a long campaign, and with nearly 40% of registered voters weighing in, Mayor Emanuel was elected to a second term in office.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, whose campaign seemed to focus on establishing Mayor Emanuel as an out-of-touch leader who was only concerned with the top 1% of income earners and corporate interests, fell short of victory. The latter half of the campaign zeroed in on which candidate voters believed had the better plan for fixing the city’s finances. With upcoming pension payments putting Chicago in a financial chokehold and much discussion about an impending property tax increase, Chicago’s residents voted with their wallets in mind.  More than anything, Mayor Emanuel was able to define himself as the person with the team and experience to lead Chicago out of its financial woes and back to prosperity.  Garcia struggled to prove to voters that he had a financial plan at all, even saying that he would put a team of thought leaders together after the election.

Finances actually were a central theme surrounding the campaign with lots of attention being paid not only to each candidate’s plan for the budget, but also their campaign fundraising efforts.  The media had daily reports on Mayor Emanuel’s big money donors and Garcia’s large contributions from labor unions. While the money contributed to Garcia was just a fraction of what was contributed to Mayor Emanuel, Garcia was not without his own advantage. With the help of his supporters in the labor unions, he had numerous troops on the ground to help get out the vote.

There was also much interest in which candidate could attract the powerful African American vote. African Americans largely supported Mayor Emanuel in his first bid for office, but most stayed home in the February election, and many that voted supported Willie Wilson, a successful entrepreneur and gospel singer with strong ties to many churches. In the run-off, Garcia courted the vote by aligning himself with the legacy of former Mayor Harold Washington who was the city’s first African American mayor and is still much beloved in the community. Garcia was also an Alderman during Mayor Washington’s tenure. For his part, Mayor Emanuel was seen in the waning days of the campaign with President Barack Obama at a national park dedication on the south side of the city. In the end, the numbers showed that African Americans, along with a strong voting block of condo owners on the lakefront, largely broke for Mayor Emanuel, pushing him to the win.

Now, the budget can be debated in earnest and the tough decision-making can begin. CRMA congratulates Mayor Emanuel on winning his second term in office and we look forward to continuing to work with him and his staff on issues that are important to job creators in Chicago.

 Rahm Emanuel (I) – 55.72%

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia – 44.28%

CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL RACES DECIDED

While the mainstream media has focused on the Mayoral election, Chicago’s retail community has taken great interest in the aldermanic run-off races. Aldermen are critical partners in the continued operation of successful business, and having a good relationship with your local Alderman can help a business develop substantive relationships within the community. CRMA congratulates the Aldermen that won re-election and all winners that will become Aldermen for the first time in May. We look forward to helping inform them on issues that are of interest to the retail community specifically, and to the business community at large.

City officials will be sworn in on Monday, May 18, 2015.

 

Ward 2 (open seat)

Brian Hopkins – 56.3%

Alyx Pattison – 43.7%

 

Ward 7

Natashia Holmes (I) – 43.2%

Gregory Mitchell – 56.8%

 

Ward 10

John Pope (I) – 49.97%

Susan Sadlowski Garza – 50.03%

 

Ward 11(open seat)

John Kozlar – 42.08%

Patrick Daley Thompson – 57.92%

 

Ward 15 (open seat)

Raymond Lopez – 57.59%

Rafael Yanez – 42.41%

 

Ward 16 (open seat)

Stephanie Coleman – 49.04%

Toni Foulkes (current Alderman of the 15thWard) – 50.96%

 

Ward 18

Lona Lane (I) – 32.10%

Derrick Curtis – 67.90%

 

Ward 20

Willie Cochran (I) – 55.53%

Kevin Bailey – 44.47%

 

Ward 21

Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (I) – 50.71%

Marvin McNeil – 49.29%

 

Ward 24 (open seat)

Vetress Boyce – 32.56%

Michael Scott, Jr. – 67.44%

 

Ward 29

Deborah Graham (I) – 47.88%

Chris Taliaferro – 52.12%

 

Ward 31

Regner “Ray” Suarez (I) – 49.20%

Milagros “Milly” Santiago – 50.80%

 

Ward 36 (open seat)

Omar Aquino – 44.05%

Gilbert Villegas – 55.95%

 

Ward 37

Emma Mitts (I) – 52.71%

Tara Stamps – 47.29%

 

Ward 41

Mary O’Connor (I) – 48.04%

Anthony Napolitano – 51.96%

 

Ward 43

Michele Smith (I) – 50.38%

Caroline Vickrey – 49.62%

 

Ward 45

John Arena (I) – 53.78%

John Garrido – 46.22%

 

Ward 46

James Cappleman (I) – 53.81%

Amy Crawford – 46.19%

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Tanya Triche
Vice President/General Counsel
312-726-4600
ttriche@irma.org