Rahm Emanuel Articles

Will Rahm Resign?

Who cares? Chicago's problems run much deeper than one bad mayor.
Jan 25, 2016

Rahm Emanuel still is Chicago’s mayor. So far, anyway. Not that any serious students of the Chicago Way expected Emanuel to resign, even in the face of accusations that he covered up the brutal shooting of a black youth by a white cop. He might not have survived last year's mayoral election if voters had seen the dash-cam video of the killing. The video didn't become public till later, and only because a court ordered it. Apparently shame isn't enough to make the man quit.

If he won't leave, can he be forced out? Not likely: A bill introduced in the Illinois legislature allowing Chicago voters to recall the mayor from office faces a slow, lonely death.

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Union No

Dec 21, 2015

On December 7, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal investigation of the Chicago police department. Recent history shows that the Obama Department of Justice cannot be counted on to perform a competent investigation, but at least this particular inquiry is not without cause. The city has earned the nickname "Chiraq," because by international standards, certain Chicago neighborhoods have some of the highest murder rates anywhere in the world. Even as the city has become an abattoir, police have been routinely abusive—a series of troubling investigations suggests the police were operating a "black site" out of an off-the-books warehouse where cops were holding and interrogating suspects without due process.

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Hillary Won't Say If Rahm Should Remain Mayor of Chicago

3:41 PM, Dec 02, 2015

On Wednesday, CNN's Dan Merica asked Hillary Clinton if she thinks Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel should step down. Clinton ignored his question, refusing to offer the former Clinton aide a helping hand in his time of need.

Asked Hillary Clinton whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should step down. She did not respond. pic.twitter.com/IP9ENDvo2T— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) December 2, 2015

Merica's question follows calls from protesters for Emaneul to step down.

As USA Today reports:

The political uproar in Chicago was ignited last week after the Emanuel administration was forced under court order to release police dashcam video from an Oct.

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Rahm Blasts Politico Reporter for Revealing He'll Vacation in Cuba

10:57 AM, Dec 02, 2015

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Politico reporter Mike Allen for publicly revealing he's vacationing in Cuba later this year with his family. "I really don't appreciate that," Emanuel said, publicly expressing his displeasure.

Watch the tense exchange:

It ends with the Politico reporter apologizing.

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Chickens to the Roost

2:41 PM, Sep 03, 2015

Hal Dardick and Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune report that

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Why Isn't Obama's Justice Dept. Investigating Rahm Emanuel's Secret Detention Facility?

11:07 AM, Aug 07, 2015

For the last year or so, the issue of whether or not cops have been too eager to punish -- and even kill -- African Americans has dominated the news. Yet, one very big story relating to cops and racial tension has been completely swept under the rug.

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Will Rahm Bomb?

A falling star in Chicago.
Mar 23, 2015

Difficult, they say, to pass a family business on to the third generation. Proof of this assertion is the business known as the City of Chicago, run by the Daley family for two generations but now turned over to non-Irish carpetbaggers, with no future Daley in view.

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Traffic Light Politics in Chicago

10:34 AM, Mar 09, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is removing some of the money-making traffic cameras from the city’s intersections.

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Obama Pumps Up Rahm Before Election

9:03 PM, Feb 19, 2015

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is up for reelection, and President Obama stopped by his campaign headquarters to praise his mayor.

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They Must Be Doing Something Right

12:32 PM, Jul 14, 2014

One of the Democratic party’s most loyal and powerful interest groups is, evidently, falling out of love with the Obama administration.  As Peter Sullivan of The Hill reports:

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Hillary Draws Smaller Crowd Than Jonas Brothers to Barnes & Noble

1:48 PM, Jun 10, 2014

Hillary Clinton signed books earlier today at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan. A number of people came out to get their copy of her newly released memoir signed. 

"There are roughly 380 people in line at Clinton’s first book signing in New York," CNN claimed. 

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Chicago Hope

A Parody
May 12, 2014

Poll: 'Rahm Re-Election on Ropes'; Only 29 Percent Would Vote for Him Today

10:34 AM, May 11, 2014

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel might be in trouble. If a recent poll is to be believed, Rahm might have trouble getting reelected.

"Only one in five Chicago voters credit Mayor Rahm Emanuel with doing a better job of running the city than Richard M. Daley did, and only 29 percent would support him if the mayoral election were held today," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Michelle Obama Teams With Rahm Emanuel for Chicago 'Youth Empowerment'

1:31 PM, Jul 15, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel are teaming up to work on "youth empowerment," the White House announced today. They'll join together later this week in Chicago for an event on the issue.

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Rahm's Brother: Obamacare Raising the Cost of Health Care Premiums

12:32 PM, Apr 21, 2013

Rahm Emanuel's brother, Zeke Emanuel, told NBC's David Gregory that Obamacare uncertainty is driving up the cost of health care insurance premiums:

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Michelle Obama to Chicago to Talk 'Youth Violence'

9:45 AM, Mar 27, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama is headed next month to Chicago to discuss "Youth Violence," the White House announced today. 

"On Wednesday, April 10, First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown to address local business and community leaders about providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential," the White House press release  reads.

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Report: 532 Murdered in Chicago in 2012

12:43 PM, Jan 01, 2013

In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website.

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Carney: 'I Don't Know' Whether Rahm Told Holder to 'Shut the F--- Up' About Guns

3:01 PM, Dec 18, 2012

White House spokesman said he doesn't "know" whether former chief of staff Rahm Emanual told Attorney General Eric Holder to "Shut the f--- up" about guns, as has been widely reported:

Here's a transcript of the exchange between Carney and reporter Jake Tapper:

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Rahm Emanuel Pushed on Why Obama Hasn't Worried About Guns Until Now

8:24 AM, Dec 18, 2012

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff, was pushed this morning on why Barack Obama has not worried about guns since becoming president--until now, after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut: 

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Rahm Emanuel Blasts Israeli Prime Minister for Betting 'On the Wrong Man,' Mitt Romney

2:10 PM, Dec 03, 2012

According to an Israeli newspaper, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of Chicago, blasted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for betting "on the wrong man" in the last presidential election. The allegation is that Netanyahu supported Mitt Romney in the election, and not the ultimate winner--President Barack Obama. 

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Rahm Politicizes Sandy; Offers Help to Dem. Mayors, but Not Republican Governors

4:39 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Emanuel does not appear to have made the same offer to Republican governors whose states have been hit by the storm. 

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The City that Works?

12:51 PM, Oct 15, 2012

Chicago's weekend body count has become a depressingly routine story:

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Chicago Strike: It's Over

6:06 AM, Sep 19, 2012

The teachers, if you ask them, resisted the fearful boot of repression and struck a blow for worker's rights:

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Chicago Strike: Week Two

1:40 PM, Sep 17, 2012

The schools that were supposed to be open today will not be. The teachers need more time to study an offer that gives them a raise even as the city can't really afford it and they haven't done anything at all to deserve it. This, at a time when millions in the private sector would consider it a gift of providence to have reported for work this morning.

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Chicago Strike: Day Five

12:01 PM, Sep 14, 2012

No settlement as of Friday morning.  But ...

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Chicago Strike: Day Three

7:12 AM, Sep 12, 2012

“To say that the contract will be settled today [Tuesday] is lunacy,” CTU president Karen Lewis told cheering teachers.

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Chicago Strike: Day Two

8:49 AM, Sep 11, 2012

The strike by Chicago teachers continues. It is a hardship for parents and one more tough break for the students in Chicago's public schools, some 40 percent of whom drop out before graduating high school. Equally unfortunate are the 20 percent who do graduate but are still functionally illiterate. But the strike is also an opportunity for some, including Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who famously said that, in politics, you never want to let a good crisis go to waste.

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About the Children

10:40 AM, Sep 10, 2012

The public school teachers are going on strike in Chicago and the first worry of the people who run the city is for the safety of the children—where violence is already sky-high. The political class in Chicago has already failed in its duty to provide for the public safety. Failing to keep the schools open and the teachers happy, is a lesser offense. The strike will be settled and the teachers' union will get more than it deserves but less than it wants while insisting that this is all about the children.

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After Rahm Speech, Two More Shot and Killed in Chicago

11:32 PM, Sep 04, 2012

A startling report from a Chicago news station:


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Rahm: Stick With Joe (Biden)

1:17 PM, Aug 16, 2012

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says Barack Obama should stick with Joe Biden as the vice president. 

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