In a move that surprised no one, Rahm Emanuel announced Saturday that he will run for mayor of Chicago. Emanuel gave a speech in the cramped gymnasium at John C. Coonley Elementary (4046 N. Leavitt Street). This was his second visit to the school since he returned to Chicago in September to lay the groundwork for his mayoral campaign. He visited on October 21 as a part of the Principal for a Day program.
Emanuel is a former resident of the neighborhood and owner of a house in Ravenswood. During his speech, he boasted about changes made at Coonley while he was U.S. Congressman, including the establishment of a regional gifted student program. Former Coonley principal Katherine Kennedy-Kartheiser is also a co-chair of the Chicago for Rahm campaign.
You can watch the whole speech on Emanuel’s website.