How corrupt is Rahm?... Call him 'Mayor One Percent', 'Mayor Coverup', or 'Mayor Privatization'... note the racism and corruption of Emanuel... Activists demand that Rahm disclose secret emails with millionaire donors... Election day in Chicago and 'The whole world is (again) watching!'...

[Editor's Note: As Chicago voters and activists began turning out for a very busy day on April 7, 2015 (election day in Chicago), the scandals involving the corruptions of incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel continue pouring out. By Sunday, April 5, even the Chicago Tribune had to admit that Emanuel's entire game plan was to cover up and stage events, while hiding from actual voters. In order to get away with that plan (he did it successfully in 2011), Emanuel has to rush to carefully controlled media events, without letting the public know. He is then able to turn these events into "news" controlled by his propagandists and Hollywood backers. The key to Emanuel's ability to push the spin out to TV is his plutocratic base -- millionaires and billionaires who pay huge sums to Emanuel, and who usually get contracts and other benefits in exchange. But it's only been the past couple of weeks that the corporate media in Chicago has even begun to expose what readers of Substance and a few other outlets have known for years: the whole thing is a staged scam. Here we are publishing the exposes of the final days before Chicago votes on its mayor. George N. Schmidt, Editor, Substance,]

City Hall press conference April 6, 2015.Progress Illinois report courtesy of Arlene Gloria Hirsch via CORE...

Demands For The Release Of Emanuel's Donor Emails Intensifies

Calls grew louder on Monday for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to release emails that he and his administration exchanged with Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, one of Emanuel's top political donors.

Cook County Clerk David Orr, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and others held a press conference outside City Hall Monday demanding that the emails be turned over ahead of Tuesday's mayoral runoff election between Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

It's the second City Hall press conference on the subject following the International Business Times' Thursday report stating that its open records request for over 1,500 such emails was denied by the Emanuel administration.

"The emails of public officials are a matter of public record," Sharkey said at the news conference, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "What is Rahm Emanuel hiding by refusing to release these emails?"

Orr added, "The state law makes clear you cannot come with these excuses."

Bruce Rauner (right) could barely control his ire when confronted on WTTW with Jesse Sharkey's fire. "It is not an undue burden," he added, "to tell us about all these emails which might explain why Chicagoans are being taxed when they shouldn't be."

Emanuel's campaign and affiliated political committees have received $1.6 million in donations from Sacks and his wife, who have reportedly given the mayor other gifts as well. Sacks was appointed as vice chairman of World Business Chicago, a public-private agency, by Emanuel. Sacks, who was also appointed to Emanuel's Economic Council, helped with the mayor's changes to the parking meter deal.

"Michael Sacks in turn is one of Chicago's wealthiest and powerful unelected officials. People like himself and Ken Griffin have given over $1 million each to Rahm Emanuel's efforts," Sharkey said. Emanuel administration spokeswoman Shannon Breymaier told the newspaper that City Hall officials are "reviewing the records" and determining what content contained in the emails is exempt under the state's open records law and can be redacted. The review process is expected to take 77 hours, she said.

"This administration takes our commitment to transparency and accountability to our residents very seriously, which is why we have released literally millions of records under FOIA [the Freedom of Information Act] over the last four years," Breymaier said. "While we told Mr. Cunningham-Cook, ahead of his blog post, that we were willing to work with him to help narrow his voluminous request under FOIA law - as we regularly do with other FOIA requesters - so he can receive his records more quickly, he has rebuffed our attempts to work collaboratively. Even though he has refused to narrow, we are nevertheless reviewing the records and will respond to him as soon as possible."


April 7, 2015 at 9:46 PM

By: Rod Estvan

Now that Chuy Garcia, has conceded

Let us all now return to the reality of Chicago and not attempt to seize control of City Hall again without building a serious political base, which could take years. It should be expected that Mayor Emanuel will drive a hard bargain for the CTU to agree to since revenge is best served cold. The next four years will not be easy ones with Mr. Emanuel in City Hall and Mr. Rauner in the Governor's mansion.

Rod Estvan

April 7, 2015 at 10:19 PM

By: Georgina Ramos Kukler


Wow...Kris was very busy supporting Rahm this year.

April 8, 2015 at 6:39 AM

By: Bob Busch


well he was only the second string.I pray the varsity will get better and be back next time.

April 8, 2015 at 8:56 AM

By: Jean Schwab

Second String?

Not in my book-the longer I watched him-the more I admired him. He is a good person and would have made a wonderful mayor. I am not sure Rahm can change after receiving all that money from wealthy people.

April 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM

By: Bob Busch

Karen Lewis

Chuy despite his great run was,a stand-in for Karen Lewis.I know it Chuy knows it so do the voters.Makes me wonder how our star would have done.Rahm still won but he beat the JV team.

April 8, 2015 at 2:45 PM

By: Rod Estvan

some socio-econ data on the vote

look at

I was very surprised the Commissioner did so poorly with the lowest income voters based on this data. The rest seemed logical.

Rod Estvan

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