Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, and must face a run-off against second-place finisher Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in April.
Emanuel, 55, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, has already spent millions of dollars in his race for a second term as head of the nation’s third-largest city.
The run-off election against Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, will be held on April 7.
With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45.5 percent of the vote, while Garcia had 34 percent. Emanuel’s campaign has conceded there will be a run-off.
Emanuel, a former Illinois congressman, won the mayoral seat outright when he first ran in 2011.
But controversial decisions to close dozens of public schools and continued high crime helped send the Chicago mayoral election into its first run-off since the city started holding nonpartisan elections in 1995.
Garcia, 59, a progressive Democrat, was hugely outspent by Emanuel, who put $7 million into television ads, including one featuring a hug from Obama.
Garcia has argued that Emanuel paid more attention to the city’s upper class and downtown than the poor and communities outside the commercial center.
Garcia had the support of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union, whose president Karen Lewis had planned to run against Emanuel but was sidelined by a brain tumor.
“Chuy has demonstrated that he is about building relationships between communities and seeking the advice of teachers and principals to base his education policy,” said Troy Laraviere, 44, a high school principal.
Emanuel, known for his sometimes abrasive style, has argued that he had to make tough choices to rein in the city’s budget deficit, which is expected to grow to $1.2 billion by next year due to an increase in payments to public pensions.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Additional reporting by Fiona Ortiz and Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; Editing by Eric Walsh, Peter Cooney and Kim Coghill)
Greta Thunberg slams climate change inaction as Davos awaits Trump
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world's top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to the perils of global warming while bracing for an address from US President Donald Trump.
The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps resort got under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.
Trump arrives in Davos hours before impeachment trial reopens
US President Donald Trump arrived in Davos on Tuesday for the annual WEF forum, where he was to give a keynote speech just hours before his impeachment trial kicks into high gear in Washington.
Trump's Marine One helicopter touched down in the picturesque Swiss ski resort shortly ahead of his scheduled speech to the World Economic Forum, which this year is focusing on climate change.
He was also due to meet separately with the president of Iraq, Pakistan's prime minister and the head of the European Union executive body.
Meanwhile in Washington, Trump's impeachment enters a new phase in the Senate with legislators debating the format for the trial.
These corporations are spending the most to undo our democracy — thanks to Citizens United
It has now been exactly 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for special-interest political advertising in its Citizens United ruling. To mark the occasion, the Center for Responsive Politics has published an excellent report detailing how political spending has changed over the last decade.
One significant finding is that, although Citizens United overturned the prohibition on independent political expenditures by corporations, most companies have not taken advantage of that new right directly. The biggest surges in spending have come from wealthy individuals and from Super PACs.