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What You Really Want to Know About the Candidates for Chicago Mayor



No, Rahm Emanuel isn't running. But practically every other power player in Chicago is on the ballot on Tuesday in a race that is perhaps the most unpredictable mayoral contest in a generation for the nation's third-largest city. It's a free-for-all with no clear front-runner.

If the candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote – an extremely difficult bar, given that 14 candidates are on the ballot – the top two finishers will head to a runoff in April. The nine candidates who, according to some recent surveys, stand the best chance to be the next mayor stopped by our Chicago bureau, and we asked them some essentials ̵

1; and not so essential – questions.

Mr. Emanuel stunned Chicago by announcing that he would not seek a third term, but his eight years in office have been a topic of much discussion for those who want to succeed. We allowed them three words each to describe it. (Mr. Emanuel's office dictated to his assessments, said Mayor was not commenting on the campaign.)

Chico : Downtown vs. Neighborhoods.

Daley : Turbulent, challenging, entertaining.

Enyia : PR No substance.

Lightfoot : Missed opportunities. (She used only two words, but added: "That's the kindest thing I can say.")

McCarthy : Self-centered, failure, mismanaged.

Mendoza : Good for downtown.

Preckwinkle : (She declined to answer, saying only: "No thanks.")

Vallas : It's almost over!

Wilson : Disgraceful. Complete failure

Chico : Public safety.

Daley : Crime.

Lightfoot : 19469012 ] McCarthy : We're not going to fix crime until we fix the corruption

Mendoza : Getting a handle on violence.

Preckwinkle : Strengthening our neighborhoods, strengthening our public schools, addressing the public safety challenges we face

Vallas : The politicization of the budget

Wilson : Lack of equality for all 77 communities that make up the city of Chicago

* Dibs (noun): the term used by Chicago ans for the practice of putting household items (chairs, tables, couches) out of the curb to save parking spaces they have out of snowfall


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