(CBS) — Jobs and economic development took center stage in the race for mayor Wednesday.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a major campaign speech, talked about what he’s already done and what he plans to do if re-elected.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Emanuel’s message was: lots done, lots more to do. His opponents agree wholeheartedly with the second part of that, though definitely not the first.
Wednesday’s speech was aimed at inner city voters who swept him to victory four years ago, but may not be so sure this time. The mayor was greeted enthusiastically by workers at the newly-opened green technology cleaning products plant, featuring a wind turbine, solar panels, and a 75,000 square foot green house on its roof.
“It’s the first manufacturing company in the last 30 years right here in the Pullman community,” said 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale.
It’s the first Method Soap Products plant in the United States, a high tech facility whose workers wear shirts with slogans that if worn by the mayor, might have been good for a laugh or two. But Mayor Emanuel was all serious Wednesday, coming to Pullman to defend his economic development record and charges that under his leadership, the Loop is thriving while everywhere else suffers.