Feb 23, 2011
Community organizers are hoping Rahm Emanuel will open up to their ideas now that his mayoral quest has ended in what he called “a humbling victory.”
Facing the first open mayoral election in decades, community groups across the city hoped for a broad debate on the future of the city and held candidates forums across town.
But the candidate who won yesterday – fueled by an enormous fundraising advantage, favorable media treatment, and tacit support from City Hall and the White House – was the one who skipped out on almost all the community events.
“Emanuel didn’t come to the forums with the communities, so there hasn’t been an opportunity for a dialogue,” said Jane Ramsey of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, part of the New Chicago 2011 coalition.