Rahm Emanuel, who has 50% of the potential vote in Chicago’s mayoral race, according to a recent poll, received an endorsement from the Sierra Club, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The group discussed the mayor’s record on the environment, including expanding park land, shutting down coal plants, developing renewable energy, and developing one of the largest city bike sharing programs in the nation.
One bone of contention is that Rahm Emanuel, to get a bid for the Obama Presidential Library, has offered to use park land. The proposed land is in either Washington Park or Jackson Park. The University of Chicago has promised to replace any park land used for the library, if it is built in Chicago.
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Chair of the Chicago Sierra Club, Christine Williamson said, “Is he perfect? No. Do we think we can make progress with him on things like using parkland? I think we probably can.” Emanuel responded to the endorsement with, “The greatest city in America, the city of Chicago, will also be known as the greenest city, and I’m honored to have this endorsement.”
Rahm Emanuel seems to be the obvious winner in the mayoral race, and with plenty to spend in his war chest, his campaign is not running out of funds any time soon. Issues of campaign financing have been relaxed recently for mayoral races in Illinois, an issue that has caused some complaints among Emanuel’s detractors.