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Lots of names being floated out there

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Tribune

*They’re calling around or considering bids: Emanuel’s surprise announcement didn’t give would-be candidates much time to act. Some did anyway. Among those not ruling out bids or making phone calls looking for support Tuesday were Bill Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, GCM Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 2011 mayoral candidate Gery Chico, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, city Treasurer Kurt Summers, City Clerk Anna Valencia and Alds. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st; Ricardo Munoz, 22nd; Ameya Pawar, 47th; and Tom Tunney, 44th.

*They’re on people’s minds: A few high-profile political names emerged, but they didn’t comment publicly. On that list: former CPS CEO Arne Duncan, former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, 2015 Emanuel foe Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

*They’re already in: Emanuel faced a diverse army of challengers before his Tuesday decision: former Chicago Police Board leader Lori Lightfoot, Paul Vallas, former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Chicago principals association President Troy LaRaviere, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, activist Ja’Mal Green, tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin, attorney John Kozlar, pharmaceutical technician and DePaul student Matthew Roney, policy consultant Amara Enyia and Southwest Side attorney Jerry Joyce.

They’ve said no: Both former Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Kwame Raoul said they’re not running.

* Mary Ann

Anybody else?

* Related…

* Leaders seek Harold-style unity after Emanuel’s ‘shock and awe’ decision

* What does Rahm Emanuel’s decision mean for the Chicago mayor’s race? Who’s in so far, and who’s out: Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, said he wouldn’t rule it out either. “I haven’t seen a strong pro-business candidate in the field other than the current mayor,” said Tunney, who owns the Ann Sather restaurants. “I’m very concerned about the climate for small businesses in this city.”


  1. - anon2 - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:42 am:

    I guess Rahm’s voluntary term limit deflates the need for Quinn’s term limit referendum.

  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:45 am:

    I’ll make it official here and now: I will not run for Mayor.

    Seriously, the list of those not considering a run is much shorter than the list of those who are thinking about jumping in.

  3. - Ben Gazzara - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:45 am:

    What’s an election without William Kelly?

  4. - ZC - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    No Commissioner Bridget Gainer? She actually put down some cash to quietly explore a run against Rahm in 2019, before opting out.

  5. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:50 am:

    Bob the Plumber from the near west side?

  6. - ZC - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    This is all again a data point for why (while not actually a good idea) term limits for chief executives aren’t so bad. There are a lot of quality names on this list who would like to move up to this job, when it becomes vacant. That’s not necessarily true of every City Council or state legislative seat.

  7. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:54 am:

    Oh gosh. Anyone but Tunney please.

  8. - Red Ranger - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:56 am:

    Can you think of a more damaged brand in Chicago than the “Daley” brand? Maybe the “Trump” brand? How delusional must Bill Daley be to even think about a run for Mayor? Get out much?

  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    The two names that get my attention right off the bat are Mendoza and Preckwinkle.

    Mendoza being close to Rahm, Preckwinkle not so much.

    They both know how to organize, both are big on the stage.

    It’s those type of candidacies that separate in a field of… 657 candidates.

    Maybe the question i have is what heavy hitter that could win would want a city right now at a crossroad, one way will be difficult, the other will be treacherous. The Mayor’s Office is a heavy lift, why would heavy hitters want to be the one to take on this city at its most crucial time?

    You can almost make the case the negatives right now outweigh the positives?

    Rahm called Chicago’s Mayor one of the top 5 elected offices in America. Are the challenges this city is facing now, taking on those challenges might be daunting.

    So, for me, the two names that jump out are Preckwinkle and Mendoza.

    We’re 24 hours from Rahm leaving the race. Whew.

  10. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    –Anybody else?–

    Chicago Party Aunt announced yesterday.

    Honest, energetic and generous (to say the least).

    Family values from the Bungalow Belt. As noted on her twitter feed, her kids’ names are Dominick, Jewel, Osco, Wrigley, and Portillo, named for the places where they were conceived.

    Don’t underestimate her one-on-one campaigning skills.

  11. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:04 am:

    What’s it going to cost the city just to print the ballots?

  12. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:06 am:

    What’s the petition requirement to get on the ballot? Any?

  13. - Anonchalant - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:06 am:

    Gainer would be a strong candidate. I’m guessing she didn’t run because she thought her fundraising and policital base overlapped with the Mayor’s too much. That’s no longer a problem. She is a part of the City’s corporate class as a senior exec at Aon, and has a great opportunity to appeal to lakefront progressives and ethnic wards.

  14. - Actual Red - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:08 am:

    Thank god, I was worried she wouldn’t get involved. CPA has (all of) my vote(s)!

  15. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:09 am:

    12,500 minimum - but a voter can only sign one for one candidate and candidates will try to get at least twice, preferably 3+ times the minimum, so we might have a situation where if candidates don’t start circulating in the next week, there won’t be any more registered voters to get signatures from.

  16. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    If Preckwinkle runs she would be a shoo-in for the runoff where she will be front-runner against whoever is in the runoff with her.

  17. - Long Time R - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    Preckwinkle wins without a doubt. Mendoza not so sure, she not very well liked inside her own party don’t kid yourself. If she had a serious opponent for Comptroller that race would be the closest to turning over. Munger lost it, Mendoza didn’t win it….

  18. - Zanzabar - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    Expected announcement from attorney general Lisa Madigan.

  19. - Obamas Puppy - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    With disapproval numbers baked in on Rauner and this revelation sucking all the air out of the political room, things just got easier for JB.

  20. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    ===Munger lost it, Mendoza didn’t win it….===


    Clinton and Duckworth were 15+ point winners.

    Mendoza won by 4+ points.

    It was Dems, Labor, and “Rauner” that kept Mendoza from losing. Where Munger’s Crew failed was letting weeks go by without being on the Tee-Vee.

    Mendoza, with the right Crew, with her past work now against Rauner… she could make it interesting in February

  21. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    Tom Tunney hits the nail on the head

    “I haven’t seen a strong pro-business candidate in the field other than the current mayor,” said Tunney, who owns the Ann Sather restaurants. “I’m very concerned about the climate for small businesses in this city.”

    The problem is much bigger than that in Illinois with the most anti business General Assembly in history.

    Small business creates the majority of jobs and JB wants to punish sub chapter s corporations with higher taxes and zero reforms.

    Unlike him, they won’t be able to remove toilets to avoid paying them, they will just hire less people.

  22. - City Zen - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:19 am:

    ==If Preckwinkle runs she would be a shoo-in…==

    She runs Cook County runs in the red. I see no reason why she can’t continue to run Chicago in the red as well.

  23. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:21 am:


    This is a post on the Chicago Mayoral race. Not the General Assembly. Not JB Pritzger. Are you not able to adjust your programming to make it relevant to the topic at hand?

    Propaganda machine

  24. - Montrose - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:25 am:

    LP - You forgot to mention Madigan. You are falling off your game.

  25. - DaleyMail - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    Daley name is damaged, but he would be able to raise the cash. Rumors months ago were that Rahm would step out at this exact moment and Bill would get in.

    I would think that Preckwinkle’s name is damaged beyond repair. She’s also got a lot of egg on her face for the creation of Kim Foxx and our lax enforcement of laws. She wears the jacket with Rahm crime spike over last four years.

    Lisa Madigan comes from very damaged brand as well. She said she wasn’t running before. Stick to it. Or at least wait until your old man retires.

    Mendoza wouldn’t shock me. She has her skeletons, but she can at least put on a soft face and presents herself as a likeable person, who did stand up to Rauner. But is she the Chicago version of Sarah Palin?

    Please no:
    Luis Guiterrez. Puerto Rico needs you. We don’t want you.
    Arne Duncan. Rahm’s corporate style takeover of CPS would continue
    Valerie Jarrett. We’ve learned what an advisor in the White House can’t do for Chicago

    Michael Sacks (your address in all donations to Rahm is Highland Park so)

    Ana Valencia would be a nightmare. Knows nothing about Chicago or politics except for being under Rahm’s wing. She needs another 15 years into the game for anyone to take her seriously.

    Get out now:
    McCarthy (Rahm is out, you have nothing run against)
    Green (see Valencia critique above, also, you are on film punching a cop)
    Sales-Griffin (were you even a real candidate to begin with and not just someone tossed in by Rahm aligned 1871?)

  26. - BigLou - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    If Preckwinkle is mayor does that mean Chicago will get the sugar tax?

  27. - Humboldt Boulevard - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    my hope is that Rahm (or even…Obama) keeps himself out of the endorsement (or even perceived endorsement) game. When Rahm threw his hat in the ring the first time local media practically anointed him Mayor before he ever had a campaign event. Presumably, letting this play out for a few months gives some of these candidates time to breathe and make their cases. We haven’t had a wide open race in this city in at least a generation.

  28. - Roman - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Assuming she want to be mayor, does Mendoza regret moving from city clerk to the comptroller’s office?

    Running for comptroller and having a platform to bash Rauner has raised her profile, but if she was still city clerk she wouldn’t have the messy task of running for two offices at once.

  29. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:34 am:

    ==Daley name is damaged, but he would be able to raise the cash. ==

    Yah, just look at all the dough he raised for Chris Kennedy’s campaign.

  30. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:39 am:

    Any indication who CTU would back?

  31. - DaleyMail - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    HopeFrancis, put it in context. JB was the annointed candidate for governor. Impossible to get any donations when your opponent makes deal for support by funding his own campaign himself.

  32. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    –“I’m very concerned about the climate for small businesses in this city….”

    LOL, says the guy who spends most of his time trying to shake down the biggest business in his ward.

  33. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:46 am:

    ==Impossible to get any donations when your opponent makes deal for support by funding his own campaign himself.==

    That’s a cute excuse. But that JB funded his own campaign means there were a ton of typical Democratic donors with money to burn. And we’re seeing a ton of Democratic candidates across the country raising bank off of atypical donors.

    The only reason Bill Daley and Chris Kennedy failed to raise money is that they failed to raise money.

  34. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:48 am:

    Because a lot of the development they propose negatively affects the long time small businesses who have been there for decades

    You are unintentionally making his point

  35. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    LaShawn Ford is considering running for Mayor.

  36. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 10:56 am:

    ===The problem is much bigger than that in Illinois with the most anti business General Assembly in history.===

    Rauner failed at your ask.

    Maybe you need to pick another candidate.

    Tunney would be an interesting candidate, given his contentious relationship with businesses in his Ward, the residents, and the 5th Floor…

  37. - Amalia - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 11:00 am:

    not impressed with those on the list.

  38. - JP Altgeld - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    No Wags?

  39. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    Rauner should consider it…

  40. - DeseDemDose - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 11:56 am:

    Chris Kennedy has great name but soft and not rough and tumble enough but you never know.

  41. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    ==Rauner should consider it…==
    Which one?

  42. - Mama - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    Mrs. Rauner could run for mayor. If Mrs. Rauner threw her hat in the fire, would it be a good or bad thing for Chicago? How would her candidacy affect Chicago teachers?

  43. - BC - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:33 pm:

    == the messy task of running for two offices at once. ==

    There is precedent. Daley was on the ballot for reelection as State’s Atty in 1988 while preparing to run for mayor in ‘89.

  44. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:47 pm:

    The last time there was an effort for a “unity” black candidate, it resulted in Carol Moseley-Braun’s disastrous campaign run.

  45. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:49 pm:

    Mendoza’s in a tricky spot because if she openly ran for Mayor, it would become the major issue in the Comptroller’s race. Now she still might beat Darlene Senger, but it risks mucking up a sure thing.

  46. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    –Because a lot of the development they propose negatively affects the long time small businesses who have been there for decades–

    Please, go on, in your new area of expertise.

    I seriously doubt you’re programmed for this discussion. I also doubt that Tunney wants your bot services, such as they are.

  47. - Graybeard - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 4:05 pm:

    Quigley is likely going to be in line for a big-time committee chair soon in the US House. He loves DC and I would be absolutely shocked if he wanted to be Mayor.

  48. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 4:54 pm:


    you are a textbook Alinskite

    Don’t argue facts or listen to reason about the fact the Cubs are not a small business by any measure.

    But you sure have rule #5 down pat

    “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

    and # 13 too

    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

    perhaps you should review rule #7

    “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

    your bot schtick is a bit stale, time for some new material

  49. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 7:10 pm:


    you are a textbook Alinskite–

    A what?

    Who are you, anyway, detka?

  50. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 7:21 pm:

    Politics is not for the Rauners

  51. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 7:40 pm:

    Alinskyite is an American term for political radicals like yourself

    You aren’t that far along in the curriculum however, you play the same notes all the time

  52. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 8:50 pm:

    ==Mendoza … can at least put on a soft face and presents herself as a likeable person.==

    Are you kidding? Not disliking her, but she’s pitbull.

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