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King Richard (Mayor Daley) will soon end his 20+ year reign as Chicago mayor, and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will take over. One interesting thing Emanuel said recently, is that Daley was too focused on Chicago's Olympic bid to heed the real issues the city faces. These statements further solidify my thoughts that there won't be a bid anytime in the near future. Of course bids for 2024 and 2028 are still a far way off from now.

Chicago's next mayor: Emanuel

Ex-presidential adviser avoids runoff with 55%

February 23, 2011

Rahm Emanuel, a top adviser to two U.S. presidents who returned to Chicago just months ago, swept into the mayor's office Tuesday, inheriting a city reeling from recession and promising to reshape City Hall.

He achieved what was once considered almost unthinkable, collecting a majority of support against five opponents in the first Chicago election without a sitting mayor on the ballot since 1947.

In a city with its share of racial divisions, Emanuel appealed to voters across those lines. He won the predominantly white wards of his former congressional district on the North and Northwest sides. And the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama also scored substantial margins in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

"All I can say, you sure know how to make a guy feel at home," Emanuel, who faced a high-profile legal challenge to his residency, told a packed room at a plumbers union hall on the Near West Side. "Because of the people of Chicago, this is the warmest place in America."

Emanuel will become Chicago's first Jewish mayor and 46th overall. He'll succeed Mayor Richard Daley, the city's longest-serving chief executive.

Emanuel amassed 55.2 percent with 99.5 percent of city precincts counted, above the 50 percent-plus benchmark he needed to win outright to avoid an April runoff. Gery Chico had 24 percent, with Miguel del Valle at 9.3 percent and Carol Moseley Braun at 9 percent. Two lesser-known candidates, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins and William "Dock" Walls, received 2.5 percent combined.

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