Chicago progressives hope to capitalize on April runoff results

Across the city, activists are meeting and discussing ways to sustain the grass-roots energy generated in the recent election.

Progressives rallied enthusiastically to Jesus "Chuy" Garcia’s challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, though many felt that the contest would have been stronger had Garcia taken more assertive positions on finances and other issues.

But in addition to forcing Emanuel into a runoff -- and into somewhat more progressive positions on a range of issues -- the status quo of the “rubber-stamp” City Council was shaken with an unprecedented number of aldermanic runoffs. When the dust settled, every member of the Progressive Caucus was reelected, and the caucus membership expanded.

Media Outlet: 
Chicago Reporter
Author: 
Curtis Black
Published Date: 
4/23/2015