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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision against running for re-election set off a flurry of phone calls and speculation about who might get in the race next.
Read a complete look at how that might shake out here.
The roster of who might join the dozen candidates who already signed up to challenge Emanuel reads like a who’s who of the city’s Democratic politics.
For those keeping score, here’s what’s known so far:
*They’re calling around or considering bids: Emanuel’s surprise announcement didn’t give would-be candidates much time to act. Some did anyway. Among those not ruling out bids or making phone calls looking for support Tuesday were Bill Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, GCM Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 2011 mayoral candidate Gery Chico, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, city Treasurer Kurt Summers, City Clerk Anna Valencia and Alds. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st; Ricardo Munoz, 22nd; Ameya Pawar, 47th; and Tom Tunney, 44th.
*They’re on people’s minds: A few high-profile political names emerged, but they didn’t comment publicly. On that list: former CPS CEO Arne Duncan, former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, 2015 Emanuel foe Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
*They’re already in: Emanuel faced a diverse army of challengers before his Tuesday decision: former Chicago Police Board leader Lori Lightfoot, Paul Vallas, former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Chicago principals association President Troy LaRaviere, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, activist Ja’Mal Green, tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin, attorney John Kozlar, pharmaceutical technician and DePaul student Matthew Roney, policy consultant Amara Enyia and Southwest Side attorney Jerry Joyce.
They’ve said no: Both former Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Kwame Raoul said they’re not running.
What’s on tap
*Mayor Emanuel is scheduled to visit new full-day pre-K classrooms at a South Side elementary school.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public events scheduled.
*Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti is scheduled to attend the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s a candlelight vigil at Soldier Field for police officers who have died in the line of duty.
From the notebook
*Raoul goes after Harold on same-sex marriage: Democratic attorney general candidate Raoul is going after Republican opponent Erika Harold over her 2014 support for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
In a new ad from the Democratic state senator from Chicago, a narrator says Harold, an attorney from Urbana, “supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and would even allow employers to fire workers, just for being gay.”
“Kwame Raoul believes children must be protected from abusers, and everyone should be treated equally no matter who you love,” the narrator says.
The ad cites Harold’s response to a questionnaire she filled out for the Champaign News-Gazette as a Republican candidate for Congress.
*Team Rauner hits J.B. Pritzker on vehicle mileage tax: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign is out with a new ad attacking the potential of a new vehicle mileage tax from Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker.
In the new Rauner ad, a woman identified as “Denise Smith” warns that Pritzker “wants a car tax which will also come along with a tracking device.”
Pritzker floated the idea in January for a tax based on miles traveled as a potential way to fund a new capital bill to pay for public works including roads and bridges. Pritzker told the Daily Herald the idea was worth “exploring” but has since said he was open to ideas on how to pay for a capital bill and wasn’t wedded to a vehicle mileage tax. (Rick Pearson)
What we’re writing
*Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won’t run for re-election next year.
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What we’re reading
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Follow the money
*Woodward book shows “nervous breakdown” of Trump presidency.
*Transcript: Phone call between President Trump and journalist Bob Woodward.
*Partisan war at first day of Kavanaugh hearings.
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September 5, 2018 at 05:51AM