Campaign Updates

Campaign Updates

News Release: Chuy Flunks Last Chance to Answer Critical Questions

The third time was not the charm for voters looking for answers tonight from Chuy. A sampling of the questions he dodged are below. Ponce: “Is it fair to say that you know exactly what needs to be done but you’re not telling voters before the election?” Chuy: “I don’t know everything that needs to [...]

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News Release: Chuy Claim: $657K Deficit is ‘Solid Financial Footing’

In a press conference today, Chuy Garcia admitted that he left his only executive role with a deficit and stunningly claimed that running $657,000 in the red put his non-profit organization on “solid financial footing.” In reality, Chuy’s deficit at Enlace was more than 25 percent of the organization’s revenue. Chuy has a track record [...]

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Rep. Barney Frank: Idealism, pragmatism and why I support Rahm

A message from Barney Frank on why he supports Rahm: Friend, Last week, at the Center on Halsted, I had the pleasure of catching up with my old friend and colleague, Rahm. Standing in front of a room of enthusiastic supporters, I was reminded that pragmatism and idealism are not opposites. Pragmatism should always be [...]

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Press Release: New Revelation Tonight: Chuy’s Latest Misrepresentation

Garcia claims he founded Enlace, but Sun-Times reports others started the group nine years earlier First we learned that in Chuy Garcia’s only executive role, he ran years of budgets with massive deficits and exaggerated the size of Enlace, the group he ran. New revelations tonight show that Chuy was exaggerating his role as a [...]

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NEW AD: ‘Mismanaged’ Features Garcia’s Record of Fiscal Flaws

Garcia Left Non-Profit In a Sea of Red Ink, Exaggerated Size of Its Budget Chuy Garcia justifies his secret post-election budget commission by saying his record should show voters they can trust him. In a new ad, Chicago Together is shedding light on Chuy Garcia’s management failures – from running a half-million dollar deficit to [...]

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Press Release: Chicago’s Daily Newspapers Endorse Rahm Emanuel for Re-Election

Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times Choose Rahm Because He Has a Vision, Chuy Has Platitudes After evaluating both candidates’ plans and visions for Chicago, two major newspapers today came to the same conclusion: Rahm Emanuel should be reelected because he is the only candidate with a concrete vision for Chicago’s next four years. The Tribune wrote that Chicago [...]

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Vote for Rahm By Mail

Voting By Mail Want to cast your vote for Rahm from the comfort of your home? You can now request an absentee ballot online. Any registered voter can vote by mail—you don’t need any special reason or excuse. Just remember these important deadlines: You can use this online tool to request an absentee ballot. Make sure you request [...]

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How to Vote for Rahm

Voting for Rahm is easy — and this page has everything you need to know. DATES TO KNOW March 11th → Beginning of Grace Period registration March 23rd → First day of Early Vote April 2nd → Last day for Board of Elections to accept Vote By Mail applications April 4th → End of Early Vote April 6th → Last [...]

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Press Release: Chuy Garcia: Here Are The Audits, Now Show Us Your Plan

Aldermen deliver last four years of independent City financial audits, performance and program audits by the Inspector General; Demand Chuy now present his budget plan In dozens of recent interviews and debates, Chuy Garcia has said he cannot say how he will balance the budget and reach pension agreements without first seeing finance and performance [...]

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New Video: Chuy’s False Ad Makes ‘No Commitments’

Garcia’s Latest False Attack Ad Totally Unsupported By Facts Chuy Garcia is now so desperate that he is launching totally false attacks against Rahm based on jaw-dropping doubletalk. Chuy accuses Rahm of sending Chicago Public Schools money to “elite private schools,” a totally false and unsupported allegation. No CPS money goes to private schools, and charter [...]

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NEW VIDEO: “I Can’t Tell You Right Now’

Can Chicago Risk Having a Mayor Who Is Hiding His Plans to Solve our Biggest Problems Until After the Election? Chuy Garcia’s so-called plan for a blue-ribbon commission to fix the city’s finances after the election fell apart in last night’s debate under withering scrutiny from Carol Marin. In a new web video – “I [...]

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Press Release: Looking for Answers from Chuy Garcia? Look Again

Chicagoans looking for answers from Chuy Garcia in tonight’s debate only got more dodges and vague platitudes when it came to his plans for the city’s future.  In fact, Chuy Garcia’s entire strategy is to hide his plans from voters until AFTER the election. Said Chuy in tonight’s debate: “I can’t tell you how I [...]

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FACT CHECK: Even Chuy’s Vague ‘Plan’ Riddled With False Attacks

When Chuy Garcia outlined his proposal to “save our city” in a Tribune editorial today, he stuck to his script, failed again to get specific about his own plans and devoted two-thirds of his piece to false attacks on Rahm’s budget. CLAIM: “Over four years, the Emanuel administration has systematically weakened the city’s bond ratings [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Emanuel Lays Out Fiscal Framework

Rahm’s plan follows the reform and revenue roadmap that helped balance last four city budgets and led to three landmark pension deals As the public waits anxiously for Chuy Garcia’s much-hyped plan to pay for more than $1.5 billion in new spending promises while balancing the budget’s $350 million deficit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today outlined [...]

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New Video: “Days of Our Lives”

After vow to get specific, how much longer will Chicago have to wait for Chuy to get back to us? For 135 days, the sand has been slipping through the hourglass as Chicagoans wait for Chuy Garcia to propose any ways he would pay for nearly $2 billion in campaign promises. In a new video, [...]

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NEW VIDEO: Chuy Presents ‘How Many Ways to Say I Don’t Know?’

After 30 years in public office, highlight reel shows all the variations on Chuy’s most frequent answer As Chuy Garcia faces more pressure to provide any details about how his fiscal plans, Chicago Together today is releasing a web video of the one thing Chuy has down pat: dodging specifics. The web video: “How Many [...]

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Fact Check: Garcia Can’t Keep His Story Straight on Red Light Cameras

Chuy Garcia is yet again trying to paper over his record of red light inconsistencies – and yet again, what he says and what he does don’t add up. FACT: Garcia voted for red light cameras after taking a campaign contribution from a red light camera operator. While Garcia pledged to abolish the cameras completely, [...]

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NEW VIDEO: Chuy Garcia Still Seeking Pension Cliffs Notes

Can Chicago Afford a Mayor Whose Math Doesn’t Add Up? After 20 years in public office and 20 weeks on the campaign trail, Chuy Garcia is pleading for more time to do his “homework” and come up with a workable solution to Chicago’s fiscal challenges, saying he is consulting unnamed “experts” to figure out his [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Chicago Citizen Adds Its Voice for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in Fifth Endorsement From City’s Major Newspapers

Chicago Defender, Tribune, Sun-Times and Crain’s Chicago Business Have Already Applauded Mayor’s Significant Accomplishments and Vision for the Future With the endorsement of the Chicago Citizen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chalked up a fifth major newspaper endorsement, including two prominent, historically black newspapers.  The Citizen focused on the Mayor’s record, highlighting his “progressive stance on [...]

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Mayor Emanuel Thanks Equality Illinois For Endorsement

Nod Adds To Support from Broad Array of Other Organizations and Media Outlets After receiving his latest endorsement today from Equality Illinois (EQIL), Mayor Rahm Emanuel thanked the many groups, officials and labor councils that are supporting his re-election, particularly because some of them backed other contenders in 2011. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement [...]

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Crain’s, the Chicago Defender, the Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune all support Rahm.

Four major Chicago institutions—The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Defender, and Crain’s Chicago Business—have all in recent days endorsed Rahm for re-election, praising his significant accomplishments and plans to keep Chicago moving forward. “Mayor Emanuel has been bold, even courageous, and accomplished quite a lot, remarkably so. We can’t think of another rookie mayor anywhere [...]

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Emanuel Campaign Statement on Chuy Garcia’s Misleading Attack Ad

The campaign for Rahm Emanuel released the following statement and facts about Chuy Garcia’s misleading attack ad. “It’s sad that Chuy chose to go negative in his first commercial. Instead of offering Chicagoans a concrete plan to keep creating jobs, improving our graduation rates and reducing violence, Chuy resorted to the same failed politics that [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Chicago Defender Adds Its Voice to Newspapers Endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel for Re-Election

Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Crain’s Chicago Business Have Already Applauded Mayor’s Significant Accomplishments and Vision for the Future The historic African-American newspaper the Chicago Defender is endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election, focusing on his achievements in jobs, education and community policing. The Defender cited his increase of high-quality schools and neighborhood libraries, the focus [...]

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Kicks Off Early Vote with Labor Leaders and Workers

With early voting beginning today in the mayor’s race, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and labor leaders rallied hundreds of workers to get out and vote early. “I’m honored by the support of these labor leaders, but I’m much more honored by the partnership that we’ve developed over the last four years,” Mayor Emanuel said. “We’re here [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Senator Dick Durbin Endorses Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Citing Strong Record and Focusing on Chicago’s Model STAR Scholarship Program

Rep. Luis Gutierrez and DREAMer Also Attend Event to Feature Nationally Acclaimed Effort U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel at an event with students to highlight how the STAR Scholarship program is a national model that will help them and their families achieve the American Dream. “Everyone who works with Rahm knows [...]

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Fact Check: ABC7, Univision and League of Women Voters Debate

FACT CHECK ABC7, UNIVISION AND LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS DEBATE In the fourth debate of the mayoral campaign, the mayor’s challenges once again failed to demonstrate that any of them have the solutions and strength to move Chicago forward. The only new ground they broke was how much they tried to mislead voters about the [...]

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Fact Check: ‘Chicago Tonight’ Candidate Debate

In tonight’s ‘Chicago Tonight’ debate, the Mayor’s challengers were grilled about whether they have any realistic plans to handle the City’s budget challenges – and they failed the test. In the first televised debate of this election, it became more clear than ever that Mayor Emanuel is the only candidate with a track record of [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Kicks Off “Women for Rahm” With Neighborhood Leaders, Businesswomen and Faith Leaders

Representative Tammy Duckworth kicked off another endorsement event for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election bid, celebrating the mayor’s record and second-term agenda with 150 women representing neighborhoods, churches and the business community. “When it comes to empowering women, lots of people talk the talk.  Rahm Emanuel has walked the walk – not just as Mayor, but [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: 70 Local Unions Endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Re-Election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today proudly accepted a tremendous level of support from labor groups, who stood with the mayor to show their appreciation for his straightforward approach, focus on strengthening their relationship and focus on creating good jobs. More than 70 locals, representing 15 unions, attended an event at the IBEW Local 134 to showcase [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Emanuel Unveils Next Phase of ‘Building a New Chicago’

After $7 Billion in Infrastructure Upgrades All Across Chicago, Rahm Details Plan to Continue Building 21st Century Infrastructure as Foundation for New Jobs and Economic Growth In his fifth and final policy address laying out his second term agenda, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today outlined his plan to continue critical infrastructure investments in neighborhoods across the city. [...]

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Remarks: Building a New Chicago

BUILDING A NEW CHICAGO: A PLAN TO INVEST IN 21ST CENTURY INFRASTUCTURE AND CREATE JOBS TODAY Mayor Rahm Emanuel As prepared for delivery January 29, 2015 This is my fifth and final speech on my plans for addressing the biggest challenges facing Chicago.  I’ve spoken to neighborhood economic development, investing in our public schools, ethics and good [...]

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Fact Check: Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Debate

FACT CHECK: CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD DEBATE In today’s Chicago Tribune debate, Chicagoans heard a lot of shouting but only one candidate with the plan, the experience and the strength to tackle the city’s biggest challenges and keep us moving forward: Rahm Emanuel. While Mayor Emanuel detailed his second-term agenda to create jobs in every neighborhood, [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: President Obama Hits Chicago Airwaves to Support Rahm

Today, the Rahm for Chicago campaign unveiled a new 60-second radio ad featuring President Obama endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election. The ad begins airing Monday. In the ad, the President applauds Rahm’s record, especially his focus on making sure every child has access to full-day kindergarten, lengthening the school day, increasing the minimum wage and [...]

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Remarks: Bringing Safety and Security to Every Neighborhood

Bringing Safety and Security to Every Neighborhood: A Community-Driven Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Crime Mayor Rahm Emanuel As prepared for delivery January 20, 2015 Making our city safer for all of its residents, no matter where they live, is an issue that often comes up first when I meet residents at the el stops in [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Sierra Club Endorses Rahm For Re-Election

 Chicago’s 7500 Members Cite Rahm’s Leadership on a Range of Environmental and Energy Initiatives The Sierra Club today endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, pointing to his commitment to creating sustainable jobs, protecting public health and enhancing parks and green space across the city.  “Sierra Club’s Chicago Group has one [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Continue Expanding Good Jobs, Economic Development in Every Neighborhood

After 73,000 New Jobs Created in First Term, Second-Term Economic Development Agenda Will Bolster the Businesses and Jobs of Tomorrow and Create More Neighborhood Comeback Stories Throughout the City Pullman – Standing with workers and business founders at the new Method manufacturing plant, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today described an economic turnaround in Chicago that is [...]

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Remarks: Growing Chicago Jobs and Creating Opportunity

Growing Chicago Jobs and Creating Opportunity: A Plan to Expand Economic Growth Throughout the City Mayor Rahm Emanuel As prepared for delivery January 14, 2015   Two years ago, if you had stood on this site with me, you would have seen nothing but a couple of empty lots.  In that way, the Pullman area was [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Expand High Quality Education Choices at Neighborhood Schools and Empower Local Leaders

Second-Term Education Agenda Will Build on Gains at Public Schools Throughout Chicago Addressing a group of Chicago educators, principals, parents and education advocates, Mayor Emanuel today outlined his vision to build on the record-setting gains by Chicago’s public school students over the past four years. Mayor Emanuel focused on two key initiatives for the next [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Emanuel Campaign Unveils New Campaign Ad

New TV Spot Focuses on Mayor Emanuel’s Early Childhood Education Successes Today, the Rahm for Chicago campaign released a new, 30-second television commercial entitled, “Expanding Early Childhood Education,” which focuses on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s successful effort to expand full-day kindergarten throughout all Chicago Public Schools and his continued push to implement universal pre-kindergarten classes throughout [...]

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La Villita Park

On Sunday, Rahm joined community members in Little Village to cut the ribbon on the new La Villita Park. Four years ago, this site was industrial land in the shadow of a coal plant that was covering the area with pollutants. Now, with the coal plant shut down, children and families in the area will [...]

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Increasing the Minimum Wage

Sharita Wilson, a 27-year-old single mother of two and resident of the Hyde Park community, discusses her thoughts about the Mayor’s successful effort to increase Chicago’s minimum wage. Ms. Wilson, who currently earns the minimum wage as a cashier and salesperson at a store downtown, talks about her children and details the struggles of trying [...]

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Investing in Arts Education

Today, Rahm joined Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to announce a $10 million investment in arts education for the 2015-16 CPS school year—which will help schools across the District meet the first-ever CPS Arts Education Plan. Reports have shown that during the 2013-14 school year—the second year of the CPS Arts Education Plan—there have [...]

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Are you in?

“So today I’m asking you to join me in this campaign for Chicago’s future. With your help and support, we will keep Chicago moving forward together. We will compete for – and win – the good jobs of today and tomorrow. And with determination and resolve, we will make Chicago work for everyone.” On Saturday, Rahm officially kicked off [...]

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Ending Food Deserts

Since taking office, Rahm has been committed to making sure that all neighborhoods have access to grocery stores. When presented with the challenge of a food desert in Englewood, Rahm joined Alderman JoAnn Thompson in gaining a commitment from Whole Foods to provide healthy food options at lower prices with a new store at 63rd [...]

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College to Careers

Since taking office, Rahm has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Chicagoans from all neighborhoods, all across the City. To enhance post-high school opportunities for Chicago students, he has forged a great partnership with Cheryl Hyman to improve the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). With Rahm’s support, CCC has seen a sixty percent job [...]

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Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Chicago. I am thankful every day that I live here, and that you’ve put your trust in me to lead the city. I’m also thinking about people who are struggling to feed their families, and the service organizations in Chicago that help our neighbors in need. The Greater Chicago Food [...]

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IlliniCare’s Expansion in Chicago

Rahm joined IlliniCare Health CEO Jeff Joy and company employees to announce that IlliniCare will be adding an additional 300 jobs in Chicago—bringing the company’s total to over 500 employees in Chicago by the end of 2015. Additionally, the company—which has expanded exponentially thanks to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion—has opened their first [...]

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Bringing Clean Air to All Chicago

When Rahm took office, Chicago still had two large coal-fired power plants–Fisk and Crawford–on its southwest side.  Residents and neighborhood activists from the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods were concerned that the air pollution from these plants were contributing to health problems, like asthma, and lowering their quality of life. Yet, for years, City Hall [...]

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Welcome to the New ChicagoTogether.org

Welcome to the new ChicagoTogether.org – the official website for Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign for mayor. On this new website you’ll find information on programs and initiatives in the City, different ways to take action, and the latest news. My favorite feature is that it allows Chicagoans to share their stories. We want the new site to [...]

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