Emanuel prepares to join Chicago mayoral race

Sun. October 3, 2010 6:22 PM by Chicago Breaking News

Chicago, IL - Rahm Emanuel this afternoon made an official announcement that he is preparing a run for mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel made the announcement -- his first public statement directly addressing the mayoral race -- in a video on an official Web site he launched Saturday: chicagoforrahm.com.

Emanuel is expected to begin what he is calling a "Tell It Like It Is" tour of Chicago neighborhoods Monday -- his first step to reacquaint himself with Chicago voters after nearly two years as President Barack Obama's chief of staff.

Today one of his rivals fashioned his own welcome for Emanuel, calling on him to disclose everything he can about his role in ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to pick a replacement in the U.S. Senate for then-President-elect Barack Obama.

Gery Chico, head of the Chicago City Colleges board and a former chief of staff for Mayor Richard Daley, called on Emanuel to detail exactly what his role was as an Obama envoy to Blagojevich and the governor's administration in the weeks before Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges that included trying to sell the Senate seat.

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