Chicago Has a New Mayor

By WEEK Producer

February 23, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:17 AM CDT

From the white house to city hall...

Rahm Emanuel wins chicago's mayoral election officially ending the Daley era.

The former White House Chief of Staff took the train Wednesday morning surprising commuters and shaking hands with voters.

The former White House chief of staff collected 55-percent of the vote.

Now, he will have his work cut out for him; the city of Chicago faces a six hundred million-dollar budget deficit.

That includes some twenty million of city workers' pension dollars--because Chicago has been under-funding the system.

Still, Emanuel says he wants to see a twenty percent cut in the city's sales tax rate.

"So those who have corporate jets, those who have limos, those who join saddle and cycle, those who can afford an 85 dollar mango facial for a dog should bear a little of the burden so a working mother that I met today on 95 and Dan Ryan gets a cut," Chicago Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel.

The new mayor-elect takes the oath of office on May 16th.

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