Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel Turns To Ministers To Marshal African-American Support

With just two weeks to go until the runoff election, Mayor Emanuel is pushing hard to marshal African-American clergy to turn out a big vote for him, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Chicago Ministers Call For Moratorium On School Closings

More than a dozen ministers from the South and West sides delivered a letter to Mayor Emanuel’s office calling for a year-long moratorium on school closings.


A group of six African-American ministers urged state lawmakers to reject legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois on Jan. 7, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

State Senator: Ministers’ Vow Of Backlash For Gay Marriage Vote An ‘Empty Threat’

A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers’ threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an “empty threat.”

WBBM Newsradio–01/07/2013

A group of Chicago area ministers declared the weekend of July 27-29 to be "Peace Weekend," as part of an effort to end street violence, and keep every neighborhood safe for Chicago youth. (Credit: CBS)

Ministers Seek To Make This Weekend “Peace Weekend”

Dozens of local ministers have declared this upcoming weekend “Peace Weekend,” and are asking people to work together to end street violence.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois)

Jackson Jr. Wins Backing Of Dozens Of Ministers In Re-Election Fight

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was out doing something Monday morning that he hasn’t had to do in eight years – campaigning against a Democratic opponent in his bid for re-election.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2012

Casino Gambling

Ministers Push For Casino In Ford Heights

A coalition of south suburban ministers said Monday that it’s not promoting gambling, but the ministers do want a casino in far south suburban Ford Heights.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

A wooden casket containing unclaimed remains.  (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Activists To Push For More Funding For Funerals For Indigent

More than 150 ministers and funeral home directors – most of them centered in the black community – met Tuesday afternoon to plan lobbying strategy to push the state for more money for public aid burials.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Group Fighting For Peotone Airport Denied Access To Gov. Quinn

A band of ministers promises to return in larger numbers Monday so Gov. Pat Quinn will be sure to hear their plea for work to begin as soon as possible on a third airport in Peotone.

WBBM Newsradio–09/15/2011

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Religious Leaders To Fight Illinois Gambling Expansion

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office could soon be bombarded with calls from religious leaders as he considers whether or not to sign the gambling expansion bill.

CBS Chicago–06/03/2011

Independent candidate for Illinois Governor, Scott Lee Cohen

Local Ministers Offered Cash To Support Scott Lee Cohen

Asking for political support happens all the time. Trying to buy it is something else. Some Chicago area ministers say that’s what happened at a meeting earlier this week with independent gubernatorial candidate Scott Lee Cohen. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

CBS 2–10/21/2010