The morning after his victory in the runoff election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was back out greeting voters Wednesday morning.
Emanuel was at the 95th Street stop on the CTA Red Line by 8 a.m. — after his usual morning workout — to shake hands with commuters.
“The ‘second city’ gave me a second term, and a second chance,” Emanuel told reporters, saying that having to endure the runoff and ask for voters support once more was a good thing.
“I’ll be a better mayor for it,” he said, adding that he will “continue to push for the types of changes that are needed to move this community forward.”
He said he had spoken to his vanquished challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia, the night before.
“Chuy and I had a good conversation,” Emanuel said. “There is more common ground than sometimes our public discourse provides the space for.”
Emanuel has a formal news conference to discuss his second term scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
In unofficial returns, Emanuel had 55.7 percent of the votes cast, to 44.3 percent for Garcia.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands and takes photos with commuters at the 95th Street Red Line Station Wednesday morning. | Brian Jackson/For The Chicago Sun-Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with commuters at the 95th Street Red Line Station. | Brian Jackson/For The Chicago Sun-Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets a hug from a commuter on Wednesday. | M. Spencer Green/Associated Press
Mayor Rahm Emanuel greets commuters at the 95th Street stop on the CTA Red Line on Wednesday morning, the day after he won re-election to a second term. | Brian Jackson/For the Sun-Times