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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Saturday said if he is elected mayor of Chicago, tackling Chicago’s reputation for sweetheart deals and patronage head-on is first on his to-do list. In an interview with AP, Emanuel said he would sign an executive order barring his appointees from lobbying the city for two years after leaving his administration. He also talked about improving the city’s hiring practices which for years were marred by illegal political patronage.
“I want people’s time in city government to be about public service,” he said.
All is not over for Chicago Mayoral candidate, and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, when it comes to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and his retrial. Today in court filings, the ousted governor says that prosecutors have withheld recordings of calls between his chief of staff and Emanuel.
Emanuel got a reprieve, when the retrial of Blagojevich was moved from a January start date, to April 20. has made it easier for Emanuel to sidestep questions about his role as an intermediary in late 2008 between Blagojevich and then-President-elect Barack Obama over whom the governor should appoint to succeed Obama in the U.S. Senate.
Chicago Mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel is hitting the airwaves and television to get gain voter support, and stated that isn’t about making sure that those who are best connected or have friends are getting jobs. “There are a lot of hard truths we are going to have to tell,” he says in a recent TV ad, which quickly fades to a city flag billowing patriotically.
All of the voters in Chicago are in a make or break situation, so this election is even more important. Although the survival of the city isn’t at stake, the middle class is, and so are many of the muscular jobs machine that makes this city an economic magnet for millions of people. The Chicago polls show that there are costly cut committments to many programs, and personnel that today’s revenues from taxpayers cannot sustain.
But that could still threaten the city’s future, as education, the size of the police force, and whether or not businesses decide to stay. Fine tuning the costs of city services to balance annual budgets is only part of the next mayor’s challenge. One such area is pensions, and the fact that in the past 10 years, the city’s unfunded pension liabilities had sextupled, to at least $20 billion. Every man, woman and child in Chicago in effect owes more than $7,000 to cover retirement obligations already incurred.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, in his bid to become the next Mayor of Chicago, has raised more money than his opponents. In January, Emanuel started with $8.3 million, where former Chicago schools president Gery Chico had $2 million as of Dec. 31. Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun has about $125,000 on hand, from records released by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The three are among six candidates that are running to replace Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who didn’t seek a seventh term. A fourth major candidate, Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle, had collected about $110,000 in cash and in-kind contributions by the end of the year.