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Despite Emanuel Victory, Grassroots Coalition Building Cannot Be Undone

In a runoff election that many political insiders said two months ago would never happen, Rahm Emanuel won out over challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. But despite winning another four years, Emanuel fell far short of defeating the broad-based grassroots coalition represented by Garcia’s candidacy.

New Online Tool Aims to Take Back Chicago from Corporate Interests, Uplift Legislation Important to Working Families

Today, Grassroots Illinois Action (GIA) publicly launched a new online campaign to call attention to Aldermen who have consistently voted with corporate interests over the interests of neighborhood residents. The campaign focuses around a new website, TakeBackChicago.org, featuring a scorecard which assigns to each of the 50 Aldermen a ‘People’s score’, ranging from champion to rubber stamp. Each Alderman’s profile page also lists key votes since 2011, details how often the Alderman has voted with the Mayor, and notes if he/she was appointed or elected.