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When Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that he wouldn’t be running for reelection in 2011, Chicago politicians were champing at the bit to become the city’s next mayor. Up against Gery Chico, City Clerk Miguel del Valle, Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, William “Dock” Walls III, and Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, Rahm Emanuel won the race with 55 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff.
* Rahm faced an uphill battle when his residency status was challenged. The elections board ruled that he met the residency requirements, but an appellate court overturned the decision, and Rahm’s name was taken off the ballot. Rahm’s camp appealed and the Illinois Supreme Court eventually ruled that he could stay on the ballot.
* Back in January, Sen. Carol Moseley Braun came under attack for comments she made about fellow candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins at a mayoral candidate forum. Braun was quoted saying, “Patricia, the reason you didn’t know where I was the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack.”