Chicago’s neighborhoods have spoken. Despite earning more votes in yesterday’s mayoral election than the other candidates, incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn’t avoid a runoff in April with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
According to DNAinfo, Emanuel did very well in some of the city’s wealthiest and least diverse neighborhoods, such as Lincoln Park, River North and Wrigleyville. But many throughout the city are angered by his decision to close nearly 50 public schools, and are displeased with the way he has dealt with the city’s gang violence.
Garcia, a former alderman and state senator, received 33.9 percent of the vote, which was below Emanuel’s 45.4 percent, but far more than what other candidates hauled in.
“This city needs a mayor who will listen to people,” Garcia told supporters. “Today, we the people have spoken — not the people with the money and the power and the connections, not the giant corporations, the big-money special interests, the hedge funds and Hollywood celebrities who poured tens of millions of dollars into the mayor’s campaign.”
The runoff election between Garcia and Emanuel will be held April 7th.
Jenn Stanley is a freelance journalist, essayist and independent producer living in Chicago. She has an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.