121 Report – CRMA – June 2015

Issue 4             

In This Issue




The new City Council has been in office for one month and as they settle in to set up their offices, hire staff and meet with constituents, they are also keenly aware that a tough budget season looms overhead.  In order to balance the budget and fund the various pension systems, the Aldermen will be asked to take some hard votes.  This month, the Council approved a measure by the Mayor to restructure some of its debt by issuing over $1 billion in bonds.  The city argued that it was necessary to restructure the debt so that it could move from a variable interest rate, which it cannot control, to a more favorable, fixed interest rate.

The city has found itself under the critical and watchful eye of Moody’s in recent months.  Last month, the credit rating firm reduced Chicago’s rating to junk status.  This move was punishment for not having a sufficient fix for the pension crisis in place, and it gave lenders an edge by allowing them to call up payments on existing lines of credit.  Instead of following through with an immediate demand for payment, the banks agreed to keep the status quo if the city took reasonable steps to reduce its risk.  Therefore, the Mayor sought permission from the Aldermen to restructure the debt.  The city is confident that it will find buyers interested in its debt as interest in other recent bond deals has been heavy.

While this move was criticized by some members of the Progressive Caucus because it restructures debt without providing for new revenue, the measure passed overwhelmingly in committee and on the Council floor.

The city is under pressure to make a nearly $550 million balloon payment to its police and fire pensions required by state law.  To date, it does not have a viable way to make the payment outright and is counting on the General Assembly to help it restructure the payment into something more manageable.  One thing it won’t be able to do is reduce benefits in order to increase funding to the pensions.  The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that such measures are unconstitutional.  As the General Assembly continues to debate how it will address its own underfunded pensions, the city looks on with some angst.

In the meantime, members should note that an ordinance to increase property taxes is not only possible, it’s probable.  And a property tax increase would come on top of the 30%-40% average increases in property tax assessments that commercial property owners are already experiencing in Cook County.  Other ideas to raise revenue such as a gas tax and city income tax have been floated as well.

While the official kick-off to the budget season usually starts in October, given the city’s uncertain financial future and the gridlock in discussion in Springfield, Mayor Emanuel announced that the city will move up its budget discussions to September.  The Mayor will publish his ideas of how to fill the $1 billion budget gap at that time.   The Mayor also plans to have a budget passed a month early as well.  Passage will likely occur prior to November 1, 2015.

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After running on a platform to reform government ethics, restructure the health and hospital system and repeal the 1% increase in the sales tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle handily won her election in 2010.  Since then, she made good on her promise to repeal the increase and did so over a period of 3 years, with the tax returning to its current rate of 0.75% in 2013.  She also made cuts in staff over the years to reduce her overall budget.  In the interim, she raised the cigarette tax by $1.00, instituted a tax on other tobacco products (OTP), increased the liquor tax and imposed a non-titled personal property use tax (which was subsequently defeated in court) to help replace the revenue from rolling back the sales tax increase.

Now, as President Preckwinkle faces her own significant budget issues related to under-funded pensions, a crowded county jail and the health and hospital system, it is being widely reported that she will seek to increase the sales tax by 1% just two years after she repealed the tax increase.  If such a measure were to be introduced and passed, Chicago would have the highest sales tax in the country at 10.25%.  While the President’s office will not confirm whether these reports are true, Republican Commissioners have stated that she has met with them separately to discuss the idea and Democratic Commissioners have warned that additional sources of revenue were on the table for 2016.  Early reports indicate praise for President Preckwinkle’s cost cutting measures to eliminate waste at the County and concern about a property tax hike which could make a sales tax increase a more viable option.

CRMA has been very clear.  An increase in the sales tax is wrong for the County, especially around its borders.  Shoppers are mobile and have shown that if prices and taxes are lower elsewhere, then they will drive in search of ways to save money.  Cook County’s commercial districts, especially in South Suburban Cook, are struggling with high vacancy rates and increased property tax assessments.  At a time when many of the local mayors are looking for more investment, a sales tax increase discourages development inside the border.  Furthermore, there has been some discussion of saving residents and businesses from a property tax hike by agreeing to an increase in the sales tax.  But this is likely a false premise as the city of Chicago will very likely attempt a property tax hike at the same time that the County Board will introduce the sales tax increase.  If you live in Chicago, that’s a double whammy.  CRMA will remind Commissioners and the President’s office of these facts, if a proposal actually surfaces.

We are hearing that a proposal could come as early as July 1 and be approved by the end of that month.  This measure would most likely run separate and apart from the budget in an effort to encourage Springfield to act on the County’s pension relief bill.  On behalf of members who have made the decision to invest inside the Cook County border, we would oppose any measure that drives our customers over the border.

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The City Council has announced the Committee Chairmen and members for this new term. CRMA generally interfaces with three committees, although we occasionally will have agenda items that affect the industry sent to other committees.  To that end, you should know which Council Members sit on the Committees on Finance, Health and Environmental Protection and License and Consumer Protection.  They are listed below:

Committee on Finance (35 members)

Chair:  Ed Burke (14)

Vice Chair:  Patrick O’Connor (40)

John Arena (45)

Carrie Austin (34)

Anthony Beale (9)

Howard Brookins, Jr. (21)

Walter Burnett, Jr. (27)

Will Burns (4)

George Cardenas (12)

Willie Cochran (20)

Pat Dowell (3)

Jason Ervin (28)

Toni Foulkes (16)

Leslie Hairston (5)

Michelle Harris (8)

Margaret Laurino (39)

Roberto Maldonado (26)

Gregory Mitchell (7)

Emma Mitts (37)

Joe Moore (49)

Proco “Joe” Moreno (1)

Ricardo Munoz (22)

Matt O’Shea (19)

Harry Osterman (48)

Marty Quinn (13)

Ariel Reboyras (30)

Brendan Reilly (42)

Roderick Sawyer (6)

Debra Silverstein (50)

Daniel Solis (25)

Nicholas Sposato (38)

Patrick Thompson (11)

Tom Tunney (44)

Scott Waguespack (32)

Michael Zalewski (23)

Committee on Health

Chair:  George Cardenas (12)

Vice Chair:  Harry Osterman (48)

Carrie Austin (34)

Walter Burnett, Jr. (27)

James Cappleman (46)

Willie Cochran (20)

Toni Foulkes (16)

Leslie Hairston (5)

Brian Hopkins (2)

Deborah Mell (33)

Gregory Mitchell (7)

Emma Mitts (37)

Joe Moore (49)

Proco “Joe” Moreno (1)

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35)

Ariel Reboyras (30)

Tom Tunney (44)

Gilbert Villegas (36)

Michael Zalewski (23)

Committee on License and Consumer Protection

Chair:  Emma Mitts (37)

Vice Chair:  Debra Silverstein (50)

John Arena (45)

James Cappleman (46)

Willie Cochran (20)

Michelle Harris (8)

Roberto Maldonado (26)

Gregory Mitchell (7)

David Moore (17)

Matt O’Shea (19)

Marty Quinn (13)

Ariel Reboyras (30)

Roderick Sawyer (6)

Michael Scott, Jr. (24)

Michele Smith (43)

Chris Taliaferro (29)

Tom Tunney (44)

Scott Waguespack (32)

The City also has 2 new Commissioners of departments that interface often with the membership:

Commissioner Ginger Evans

Department of Aviation

Commissioner Judy Frydland

Department of Buildings

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Ordinance to Issue Permits for Litter Baskets on the Public Way

Sponsor:  Alderman Joe Moreno (1st Ward)

Committee on Finance

This proposal would require privately-owned litter baskets that are placed on the public way to be permitted.  Designs for the baskets must be approved by the city.  Standard refuse containers and other commercial refuse containers are exempt from the proposal.  The owner is responsible for removal of trash from the basket.  Violators will be subject to a fine. 

Ordinance to Ban the Sale of Food Products Derived from an Animal that was Administered Antibiotics

Sponsor:  Alderman Edward M. Burke (14)

Committee on Finance

This proposal is a re-introduction of the Chairman’s proposal from last term.  It proposes to ban the sale of any food product derived from an animal that was administered a medically important antimicrobial for a non-therapeutic use.  If animals were administered the drug for the purpose of treating an active disease or infection, then the proposal would not apply.  But if the antimicrobials are used generally to promote growth or generally prevent diseases that are not active in the animal or necessary to control diseases, then any food products made from such animals will not be allowed for sale in Chicago.  The proposal would allow the Board of Health to promulgate rules for enforcement purposes. Sidewalk Cafe EnforcementSponsor:  Alderman Brendan Reilly (42)Committee on License and Consumer ProtectionThis proposal would allow for a sidewalk café to be temporarily shut down by the city if they have been issued notices of violation on three different days regarding breaches of public safety.  Such citations, if sustained, can result in the denial of a renewed permit or a renewed permit with conditions. Outdoor Patio Hours of OperationSponsor:  Alderman Brendan Reilly (42)Committee on License and Consumer ProtectionThis proposal would temporarily allow for the sale or service of alcohol until midnight from Sunday through Thursday for permitted outdoor patios in the Central Business District.  Currently, sales and service must stop at 11pm during those days.  Friday and Saturday sales and service will remain unchanged.  These extended hours would expire on December 1, 2015.


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Contact Information


Tanya Triche

Vice President & General Counsel


Chicago Retail Merchants Alert


DEADLINE  AUG. 1, 2015

Owners of certain commercial buildings located within the City of Chicago must comply with the new City of Chicago Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance by August 1, 2015.

Who must comply?

The Ordinance requires commercial and municipal buildings with between 50,000 – 250,000 square feet and residential buildings with over 250,000 square feet to submit verified reports on whole-building energy use and specific building attributes. The City has issued “2015 Notice of Upcoming Obligation to Comply” notices to applicable property owners over the past few weeks.

When must buildings comply?

Property owners must file their 2015 reports by August 1, 2015. Starting in 2016, annually updated reports must be filed before June 1st.

What are the direct costs associated with compliance?

In addition to time needed to gather energy and property data, in 2015, the first year (and every third year thereafter), buildings must have data reviewed by a City-certified in-house or third-party professional engineer, licensed architect, or other trained individual to verify data have been tracked and reported correctly. The costs for this service varies according to the number and complexity of the buildings under consideration.

    • For IRMA members with in-house staff who can be assigned to gather and report required building attributes and energy usage, and also have in-house staff who hold licenses or certifications required by the City to verify data – there may be no direct costs.
    • For members who do not have in-house staff who hold accepted credentials designated by the City to verify reported data, they, minimally, may incur out of pocket costs to hire a 3rd party to verify data.


Where can I find more information about benchmarking requirements?

Visit www.cityofchicago.org/energybenchmarking. If you own a commercial building located in the City of Chicago that is 50,000 sq ft or larger and you did not receive notice from the City of Chicago, contact the Help Center at:

info@chicagoenergybenchmarking.org or call (855) 858-6878.

IRMA Members Request Assistance

IRMA has received a number of inquiries surrounding Chicago’s Energy Benchmarking Reporting Requirements. In response, IRMA has asked Mark Pruitt, principal of The Power Bureau, to be available to help assist members with a wide range of services related to reporting requirements, including arranging for 3rd party professionals required for building and usage data verification. Mark has agreed to provide services at reduced rates for IRMA members, starting with a $50 hourly rate for site visits and data verification for single gas/electric account buildings. IRMA’s Utility Program Coordinator, Maggie Murphy, will be “on call” to assist Mark with this effort. You can contact Mark and/or Maggie directly.

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*One of the country’s most respected and innovative energy experts, Mark Pruitt served as the first Director of the Illinois Power Agency – the state agency responsible for securing wholesale electricity and renewable energy for the 4.7 million residential and small commercial accounts located in Illinois. He now advises energy managers (and others) in cities, businesses, non-profits, and universities, including providing insight into the deregulated (or not) market, legislation and regulation that is unique to them and the industry. Mark was selected by the City of Chicago to assist in establishing and implementing the country’s largest aggregation purchasing programs of its kind, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of energy buyers and consumers to force suppliers to adopt transparent bidding and contractual protocols in rates negotiations. His efforts include participating in dialogues with regulators, elected officials, advocates, utilities, and wholesale market operators to ensure stable rates for the future in environments which consumers are assured fairness and transparency.

Contact Information:

 TanyaTricheTanya Triche
Vice President & General Counsel


121 Report – CRMA – April 2015


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%


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%



Tanya Triche
Vice President/General Counsel

121 Report – CRMA – February 2015

Issue 2            

In This Issue:
Chicago Elections




Chicago will have to wait another month to learn who will be its next Mayor. After a long and hotly contested campaign season, the voters sent a message that they want more debate and a better understanding of who has the better vision and plan for the city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who failed to receive the necessary 50% plus one of the vote last night will head to a run-off election with Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on April 7th.


At this point, the question is, “Was the vote for the challengers a vote in support of their platforms?” Or was it a vote against Mayor Emanuel? This is what pundits will try to hash out between now and April. It’s no secret that the Mayor has made some decisions that some perceive as necessary and others think were unnecessarily polarizing. There was the expansion of the red light/speed camera program, which pretty much every driver despises, the conflicting numbers on crime (overall violent crime is down, but it has become more concentrated in certain areas), the implementation of a $13/hour city starting wage which was attacked by small business owners who prefer one statewide wage and attacked by labor unions who said the increase didn’t go far enough and the teacher strike coupled with the closing of 50 neighborhood public schools. Yet, the Mayor has made some tangible improvements by attracting more headquarters to the city, focusing in on the tech sector that is in expansion mode, and raising the profile of the city to attract more foreign tourists with money to spend. In addition, he has faced some tough budgets and is now facing the toughest budget that this city has seen in many years. What we know is that, for the past four years, the Mayor has not raised sales, property or gas taxes. Instead, he has focused on streamlining the government and re-negotiating contracts.


The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), and SEIU Healthcare tried to paint a picture of a Mayor who was out of touch with the needs of the communities and focused only on corporate interests. It was a classic “us” against “them” strategy, and in their book, Mayor Emanuel wasn’t one of ‘them’. Commissioner Garcia, a former Alderman and State Senator, was woefully out fundraised, but had a dedicated team with boots on the ground. Given this background, and coupled with a historically low voter turnout, Mayor Emanuel has ended up in a run-off. The three other candidates in the race garnered about 20% of the remaining vote. Where will those votes go in April? That’s a question both Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Garcia hope they have the answer to.


*RAHM EMANUEL (i): 45.37%






While most of the mainstream media was, and still is, focused in on the Mayor’s race, Chicago residents and business owners have been particularly interested in the local aldermanic seats. Boasting the second-largest City Council in the country, and contending with a new ward map due to re-districting, Aldermen have spent their time trying to win over new residents, solidify their bases and unite with (or separate from) the Mayor. Six Aldermen ran unopposed and seven Aldermen decided to retire, run in different wards or, in the case of Ald. Bob Fioretti, challenge the Mayor.

All told, there are 19 aldermanic races that are going to a run-off. Notably, that total includes all six open seats, Alderman John Arena of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, Chairman of the License Committee, Alderman Emma Mitts, Alderman Natashia Holmes who is the only Alderman appointed by the Mayor, two former State Representatives Alderman Deb Mell and Alderman Deborah Graham, and two of the five Aldermen who voted against the minimum wage, Alderman Mary O’Connor and Alderman Michele Smith.


All outright winners are in bold, current Aldermen running in different wards are marked with an asterisk* and races scheduled for the run-off election have the voting percentages next to the candidates.


Proco”Joe”Moreno (I)

Anne Shaw

Andrew Hamilton

Ronda Locke


WARD 2 (open) 

Stephen Niketopoulos

Bita Buenrostro

Brian Hopkins:  29.38%

Alyx S. Pattison:  24.40%

Cornell Wilson



Pat Dowell (I)

Patricia Horton

Clarence Desmond Clemons



William D. “Will” Burns (I)

Tracey Bey

Norman H. Bolden



Leslie A. Hairston (I)

Tiffany N. Brooks

Jocelyn Hare

Robin Boyd Clark

Jedidiah L. Brown

Anne Marie Miles



Roderick T. Sawyer (I)

Richard A. Wooten

Brian T. Garner



Natashia L. Holmes (I):  25.09%

Joseph J. Moseley, II:  20.27%

Gregory I. Mitchell

LaShonda “Shonnie” Curry

Keiana Barrett

Flora “Flo” Digby

Bernie Riley

Margie Reid



Michelle A. Harris (I)

Faheem Shabazz

Tara F. Baldridge



Anthony Beale (I)

Michael E. Lafargue

Harold “Noonie” Ward

Theodore “Ted” Williams



John A. Pope (I):  44.09%

Susan Sadlowski Garza:  24.01%

Richard L. Martinez

Jr.Frank J. Corona

Samantha M. Webb

Olga Bautista

Juan B. Huizar


WARD 11 (open)

John K. Kozlar:  36.01%

Patrick Daley Thompson:  47.94%

Maureen F. Sullivan



George Cardenas (I)



Marty Quinn (I)



Edward Burke (I)


WARD 15 (open)

Adolfo Mondragon

Raymond A. Lopez:  47.06%

Rafael Yanez:  22.93%

Eddie L. Daniels

Otis Davis, Jr.

Raul O. Reyes


WARD 16 (open)

Cynthia Lomax

Toni L. Foulkes*: 43.29%

Jose A. Garcia

Stephanie Coleman:  34.90%



Glenda Franklin

David H. Moore

James E. Dukes



Lona Lane (I):  29.87%

Derrick G. Curtis:  30.39%

Michael A. Davis

Chuks Onyezia

Consandra Harris

Brandon Loggins



Matthew J. O’Shea (I)

Anne Schaible



Willie B. Cochran (I):  48.03%

Willie Ray Jr.

Andre SmithKevin Bailey:  20.26%

Ernest Radcliffe, Jr.



Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (I):  41.67%

Marvin McNeil:  14.10%

Jeffery Baker

Joseph C. Ziegler, Jr.

Doris LewisBrooks

Patricia A. Foster

Ken Lewis



Ricardo Munoz   (I)

Neftalie Gonzalez

Raul Montes, Jr.

Robert Martinez



Michael R. Zalewski (I)

Martin Arteaga

Anna Goral


WARD 24 (open)

Frank M. Bass

Regina D. Lewis

Wallace E. “Mickey” Johnson

Sherita Ann Harris

Roger L. Washington

Vetress Boyce:  16.49%

Ladarius R. Curtis

Darren Tillis

Larry G. Nelson

Michael Scott, Jr.:  31.06%



Daniel “Danny” Solis   (I)

Ed Hershey

Jorge Mujica

Roberto “Beto” Montano

Byron Sigcho



Roberto Maldonado (I)

Adam Corona

Juanita Irizarry



Walter Burnett, Jr. (I)

Gabe Beukinga



Jason C. Ervin (I)



Deborah L. Graham (I):  39.97%

Lawrence Andolino

Bob Galhotra

Chris Taliaferro:  22.48%

LaCoulton J. Walls

Zerlina A. Smith

Oddis “O.J” Johnson

Stephen Robinson



Ariel E. Reboyras (I)



Regner “Ray” Suarez (I):  47.68%

Sean C. Starr

Irma Cornier

Milagros “Milly” Santiago:  37.32%



Scott Waguespack (I)

Elise Doody-Jones



Deborah L. Mell (I):  49.66%

Tim Meegan:  34.51%

Annisa Wanat



Carrie M. Austin (I)

Henry MosesShirley J. White

Charles R. Thomas Sr.



Rey Colon (I)

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa


WARD 36 (open)

Christopher M. Vittorio

Omar Aquino:  35.67%

Gilbert Villegas:  32.66%

Alonzo Zaragoza



Emma Mitts (I):  48.73

Leroy Duncan

Maretta Brown-Miller

Tara Stamps:  32.32%


WARD 38 (open)

Nicholas Sposato*

Jerry Paszek

Tom Caravette

Heather Sattler

Michael C. Duda

Carmen Hernandez

Belinda Cadiz



Margaret Laurino (I)

Robert Murphy

Joseph “Joe” Laiacona



Patrick J. O’Connor (I)

Dianne Daleiden



Mary O’Connor (I):  47.90%

Joe Lomanto

Anthony V. Napolitano:  42.42%



Brendan Reilly (I)



Michele Smith (I):  41.54%

Caroline Vickrey:  35.74%

Jennifer “Jen” Kramer

Jerry Quandt



Tom Tunney (I)

Mark Thomas

Scott Davis



John S. Arena (I):  45.49%

John Garrido:  39.73%

Michelle R. Baert

Michael S. Diaz



James Cappleman (I):  46.76%

Amy Crawford:  37.66%

Denice L. Davis



Ameya Pawar (I)

Rory Fiedler



Harry Osterman (I)



Joe Moore (I)

Don Gordon



Debra L. Silverstein (I)

Shajan M. Kuriakose

Zehra Quadri


CONTACT INFORMATION: Tanya TricheVice President & General Counsel312/726-4600ttriche@irma.org


CRMA Poll Finds Emanuel Near 50%




Undecided Voters Breaking Towards Emanuel



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    

CONTACT: Ryan McLaughlin

312-969-0255 | ryan@macstrategiesgroup.com


CHICAGO – Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA), a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), has released findings from a poll indicating Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is at or over the 50% required to win the Chicago mayoral election were the election to be held today.

The poll results find Emanuel at 48.65%, Garcia at 37.72% with undecided voters at 13.63%. However, when undecided voters were asked to make a decision, nearly 21% chose Emanuel while 15% chose Garcia. The mayor holds a commanding lead among likely female voters but his lead is narrow among males. In addition, when asked who would be better at creating jobs, Emanuel holds his lead with women and his support among men jumps substantially. Likewise, the mayor has a healthy lead among likely African-American and Caucasian voters. Garcia, however, holds a large lead among Hispanics while the candidates are split among Asian voters. The poll was conducted by We Ask America on Wednesday, February 25th, collecting responses from 1,138 likely voters with a margin of error of ±2.91%.

“While there are six weeks before Election Day, it would appear that Mayor Emanuel is in a strong position with likely Chicago voters,” said Rob Karr, President, Chicago Retail Merchants Association. “When voters are asked about their perception of which candidate would be better at creating new jobs in Chicago, the numbers mirror each candidate’s overall support, indicating this is a major factor in voters’ opinions.”


1.      As you may know, Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia will run against each other in a mayoral runoff election on April 7th. If that election were held today, for whom would you vote?
 Rahm Emanuel:  48.65%        ||        Chuy Garcia:  37.72%         ||           Undecided: 13.63%


2.      (Only asked to “undecided” voters:) Even though you haven’t decided who you’ll vote for, we’d like to know if you’re LEANING toward voting for either candidate.
Rahm Emanuel:  20.89%        ||        Chuy Garcia:  15.46%         ||           Undecided: 63.65%


 3.      Which candidate for mayor do you think would be better for creating new jobs in Chicago?
Rahm Emanuel:  49.12%        ||        Chuy Garcia:  34.66%         ||           Undecided: 16.22%


Poll Methodology

Demographic information recorded in the poll provided data to normalize (weight) the results to provide the most accurate results that account for ethnic origin, gender over/under-sampling.  Our sampling methodology ensures that We Ask America poll results are “projectable,” meaning that if every telephone in a given geography was dialed, the results would not differ from the reported poll results by more than the stated margin of error at a 95% confidence level (the industry standard), were the same survey taken repeatedly.  For this case, results with a margin of error of ±2.91% at the 95% confidence level means that if the same survey were conducted 100 times, then 95 times out of 100 the results would not vary in either direction by more than 2.91% in either direction.

About the Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA)

Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA), a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), is dedicated to protecting the retail industry in the City of Chicago. Employing one in every five Chicagoans and generating 1/3 of local tax revenues, today, more than ever before, it is necessary for the retail industry to have a firm, solid footing in the activities of local government. CRMA is the voice for retailers in the City of Chicago.