CHICAGO (CBS) — On the first day of early voting in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia were criss-crossing the city to bolster support with Chicago voters.
Emanuel picked up the endorsement of Unite HERE Local 1, a labor union representing 15,000 workers at restaurants, hotels, stadiums, cafeterias, and convention centers in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.
The mayor said Chicago always is competing with Las Vegas and Orlando for convention business, and the city had lost ground before he took office.
“Orlando and Vegas were kicking our butts. We fixed it – working together, business and labor. Ten thousand jobs. The hospitality industry has come to the city of Chicago. Orlando and Vegas are behind us,” Emanuel said.
Across town, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia supporters gathered in Wicker Park, saying the mayor’s focus on convention business has come at the expense of neighborhood development.
“Rahm has a very nice vocabulary, but he doesn’t really say anything. So he can tell us how he’s done all these great things, but really our bond rating has dropped, and we just need a change. We need somebody who’s really in touch with the neighborhoods,” one woman said.