The City of Big Shoulders requires a big vision for our future. As Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of all Chicagoans, whether it’s fighting for resources for schools so that they are now leading the country in academic progress, making sure downtown development funds are shared with neighborhood entrepreneurs, or launching a comprehensive public safety strategy in every neighborhood.

Mayor Emanuel has also made the hard choices to put the city back on track and has the strength and experience Chicago needs to tackle the city’s biggest challenges:

  • President Trump: President Trump has attacked the city of Chicago in his campaign to demonize minorities. Mayor Emanuel is standing up to President Trump and fighting back against his unjust and oppressive policies. Chicago is a city built on immigrants and continues to thrive because of its diversity. 
  • Standing Up For Workers: Mayor Emanuel has worked to improve the lives of workers in Chicago. During his time as mayor, the city’s minimum wage has increased by nearly 50 percent and workers now receive paid sick leave. On July 1st, workers started taking home another dollar an hour in pay, and in 2019 the minimum wage will go up again. 
  • Public Safety: Working with community leaders and first responders, the Mayor’s public safety strategy is comprehensive and focused on expanding prevention programs for at-risk youth, smarter policing strategies including police body cameras, and strengthening the relationships between law enforcement and the community to build trust and reduce crime. He also led the charge in Springfield for tougher gun control laws. 
  • Investing in CPS: To make sure all students can achieve their potential, Mayor Emanuel has made significant improvements at CPS schools, so that they are now a national model for urban education as they lead the country in academic gains. Mayor Emanuel’s reforms added more than 200 hours to the school day a year, taking Chicago from having the least educational time of any large school district in the country to winning accolades for its remarkable improvements. He made sure that every child could attend full-day kindergarten thanks to funding he fought to secure in Springfield. With the expansion of free, universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds, a child in Chicago will receive 3.5 more years of education than they would have gotten in 2011. 
  • Improving City Finances and Reducing the Budget Deficit: Mayor Emanuel has battled to lower the budget deficit. His tough – and at times politically unpopular – choices mean the budget deficit is down 80%. Because of this, we have increased investments, so we can invest in Chicago neighborhoods to bring jobs, fight crime, protect workers, and improve schools.
  • Improving Economy for All: The city’s economy come back under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership, with dozens of companies moving to all parts of the city every year and downtown development funds used to reinvest in neighborhood businesses. This strategy is helping build the next generation of homegrown start-ups, while investing in the infrastructure, public transportation, open spaces, and cultural attractions that make Chicagoans proud to call their world-class city home.

Mayor Emanuel works tirelessly to make government more effective, to deliver better at more competitive prices, and to make sure the financial sins of the past do not haunt the city’s future.


Prior to becoming Mayor, Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. He previously served as a key member of the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy, where he steered passage of the country’s last major gun control legislation – an issue he continues to advance as mayor.

Mayor Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and received a Master's Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children.



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