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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting an 11th challenger this week, as policy consultant Amara Enyia is announcing her entrance into the crowded race.
Although less known than many of the announced challengers, Enyia is no stranger to mayoral races. She ran in the 2015 campaign before dropping out and joining then-Ald. Bob Fioretti’s team. She said many of the issues discussed then — inequality and a lack of community investment among them — have gotten worse.
The city continues losing residents, she said, including African-Americans.
“Now more people’s eyes are open to how much change is needed,” Enyia said.
Enyia, 35, lives in Garfield Park and is the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her parents emigrated from Nigeria and she is one of six children.
Enyia joins a field including former Police Board president and onetime federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, activist Ja’Mal Green, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Chicago principals association President Troy LaRaviere, tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin, attorney John Kozlar and pharmaceutical technician and DePaul student Matthew Roney.
Enyia is scheduled to formally announce her campaign during a 6 p.m. event Tuesday at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. (Gregory Pratt)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Emanuel is attending the Chicago Police Department graduation ceremony at Navy Pier.
*Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and public health advocates will hold a news conference in Springfield about Gov. Rauner’s veto of legislation that would have made 21 the state’s legal age to buy tobacco products.
*Democrats U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and Illinois 6th Congressional District candidate Sean Casten are scheduled to take part in a discussion in Carol Stream about the district’s infrastructure.
From the notebook
*Remembering McCain: Twice the Illinois chairman for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bids, state House Republican leader Jim Durkin on Monday praised the late senator as a “true American hero” with a “wicked sense of humor.”
“Half the things we laughed about, I cannot ever say in a public forum,” Durkin said at an unrelated news conference Monday.
He said he plans to attend services for McCain on Saturday.
“We need more John McCains,” Durkin said.
Durkin was asked about the White House raising its American flag to full staff while it was being flown at half-staff elsewhere. “I have no comment,” he said. The White House later lowered the flag to half-staff. (Mike Riopell)
*Nominating petitions: Candidates for Chicago mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and alderman can begin collecting signatures on their nominating petitions Tuesday.
What we’re writing
*High cancer risk in southeast DuPage County linked to company co-owned by Rauner’s former firm.
*New law will require insurers to cover egg, embryo freezing for cancer patients.
*9th child dies after Little Village fire; investigators examine fireworks, smoking materials as potential causes.
*From the ’68 DNC to today, progressive activists fight the same power, raising the question: Are they getting anywhere?
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hand out $8M in grants on South and West sides as neighborhood fund grows.
*Feds approve Illinois expansion of Obamacare coverage for opioid addiction.
*Obama Foundation Scholars to meet in Chicago this week.
*Greyhound bus site on Chicago River moves closer to big residential development.
*Emissions from Willowbrook company could be harmful to residents, federal report says.
*After years of watching top students leave for other states, U. of I. and lawmakers begin to respond.
*As ‘L’ trains get more jammed, backpacks a bulging problem.
*Cardinal Cupich defends his record, Pope Francis in response to former Vatican official.
What we’re reading
*John McCain’s farewell letter: ‘Do not despair of our present difficulties.’
*Welcome to Codeverse, where young kids learn to build games and hack light fixtures.
*Tours to start at Old Joliet Prison, a ruin of busted glass and the stuff of nightmares.
*Farmers to get $4.7 billion in first round of U.S. aid.
*Toyota to invest $500 million in Uber to help develop self-driving vehicles, AP source says.
Follow the money
*Foxconn giving $100 million to UW-Madison for partnership.
*U.S. and Mexico tentatively set to replace NAFTA with new deal.
*Adviser says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump.
*Iran goes to United Nations’ highest court over re-imposed U.S. sanctions.
*The White House flag flew at full-staff 2 days after McCain’s death — until Trump was pressured to put it back.
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August 28, 2018 at 05:39AM