CHICAGO Votere here on Tuesday decides on a mayor competition that they have not seen for decades, an unprecedented front runner among more than a dozen candidates who dare to rule the country's third largest city. 19659002] None of the 14 candidates have polled over 15%, and at least six have a shot of finish in the two top spots, according to several local polls. The two top gauges will start on April 2 unless a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes.
The leadership was created by the unexpected decision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel not to seek re-election. Mr. Emanuel has earned since 2011 and followed a 22-year-old residency of Richard M. Daley whose father had earned 21 years until 1976.
Next mayor needs solutions to problems ranging from high crime and population loss to troubled finances. originating from decades of over-exploitation. Chicago's pension deficit is among the worst nationally, with four pension funds having a total deficit of about $ 30 billion.
"The biggest problem for many Chicagoans is, what are we doing to stabilize the economy?" Said Laurence Msall, chairman of the business-financed civilian federation.
Mr. Emanuel brought a boom in downtown construction as corporate headquarters moved to the city. He also addressed some of the city's pension deficits by raising taxes and closing public schools. But those movements combined with the high-profile coverup of a deadly 201
Candidates with the strongest showings in polls include: Gery Chico, former staff manager of Richard M. Daley; Bill Daley, former US Minister of Commerce and brother of Richard M. Daley; Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor Susana Mendoza, Illinois Comptroller; and Toni Preckwinkle, Chairman of Cook County.
The mayor's race is non-partisan, although the city's government is dominated by democrats.
Ms. Mendoza said the biggest problem for the city is violent crime. Chicago's murder rate has declined in recent years, but remains among the highest in the nation. The city's population has fallen three consecutive years through 2017, according to the Census Bureau, and some have mentioned violent crime as a factor. In January, a federal judge approved a confession secretary to force a broad revision of the city's police authority.
"Hands are number 1," she said. "We will have a difficult time attracting the company's headquarters or moving people here if children are afraid to go to school or it is not a safe place to be."
Candidates have attacked each other about their ties to Edward Burke, the city's long-serving alderman, facing federal blackmail claims and has donated to several top-ten candidates.
Ms. Lightfoot flies an ad that directly targets the political culture of the city. "Shady backroom offers have not served us," she says in the ad.
Last week, Robert Martwick, a state representative accused of Ms. Preckwinkle, one of the candidates, Ms Lightfoot, named in that ad. Lightfoot at a press conference on campaign like President Trump.
"This kind of trumpet style, in which you try to draw attention to yourself without assessing the facts of a situation, shows exactly why you are totally unprepared to be mayor of Chicago," said Mr. Martwick.
"People like you," Mr. Lightfoot shot back "is part of the broken political machine."
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