How Rahm Won And The Future Of Chicago

Next Week’s Topic in Public Square’s Cafe Society Discussions Focuses on the Chicago Mayoral race

Café Society will be meeting at the Valois (1518 East 53rd St, Chicago) from 7-8 pm and at Panera Bread (1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale) from 7:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, March 3 or have your own discussions using our Cafe Society DIY Toolkit

Rahm and Chicago

From “The role race played in Emanuel’s victory” by Angela Caputo

“For months, speculation has run high over how voters from communities of color would swing with Mayor Richard M. Daley sitting out the first mayoral election in more than two decades. Would a black consensus candidate peel away enough votes to push front runners Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico into a runoff? Would Latinos finally flex their political muscle at the ballot box? In the end, voters from both black and Latino wards threw more support behind the candidate that most resembled Daley — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel — than any other candidate in the race, a Chicago Reporter analysis of preliminary election returns found.”

Questions for Consideration

How important were race-based voting blocks in this recent mayoral election? What is your vision for Chicago with Emanuel slated to be the next mayor? Why do you think most Chicago voters (more than 800,000 Chicagoans) stayed home rather than going to the polls? What can we do to better engage and mobilize the public for local elections? How will or won’t Emanuel’s mayorship mirror the statewide and national influence of the Daley administration?

Want to learn more?

Rahm Emanuel Wins
Rahm Won, But who has the Vision we Need?
More than 800,000 Chicagoans took a pass on this year’s historic election
Chicago, We’ve Only Just Begun
Chicago Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel Sweeps On Low Turnout

Café Society SCHEDULE

1st Thursdays

  • 7-8 p.m., Valois, 1518 E 53rd St, Chicago
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale

2nd Fridays

  • 5-6 p.m., Ron’s Barber Shop, 6058 W North Ave, Chicago

3rd Wednesdays

  • 1:00-2:00 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street Café, 77 E Randolph St,Chicago

4th Week

  • Roving Cafe Society, Location, date, and time to be announced.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking


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