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Illinois Considering Recall Election for Rahm Emanuel

Illinois Considering Recall Election for Rahm Emanuel

Will he be able to hold onto office?

Calls for Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to resign have been increasing and include a call from Al Sharpton.  Amid rumors that Emanuel’s office withheld the Laquan McDonald police video purposefully to boost his reelection chances, Illinois is now considering the possibility of a recall election.

ABCNews reports:

Illinois state law currently addresses only the recall of a governor, a provision voters approved in 2010 after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested and impeached. Now, state Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat, wants voters to also have the power to remove the mayor of the country’s third-largest city.

In light of the unrest in the city, Ford said, “It’s clearly the right thing to have on the books.”

. . . .  Under Ford’s proposal, two city aldermen would have to sign an affidavit agreeing with a recall petition and organizers must collect more than 88,000 signatures from registered voters in the city. At least 50 signatures must come from each of 50 wards.

The proposal would pre-empt local law, so it needs approval from two-thirds of each chamber of the Illinois Legislature to pass during the session that starts this month. The bill would be effective immediately if signed into law, a scenario that can pose legal questions because it would target someone currently in office, said David Melton, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Emanuel has been adamant in insisting that he will not step down and held a press conference to that effect last week.


According to ABCNews, “Across the country in 2015, there were at least 434 attempts to recall local and state officeholders, according to Spivak’s research. Of those, only 93 made it to a recall vote.”

With Chicago, Illinois, and other prominent Democrats calling for Emanuel to resign and even The New Yorker writing about Emanuel’s “sudden but well-deserved fall,” it’s hard to see how he stays in office.


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Emmanuel will need a whole school of rotten fish and a bulk shipping account at Federal Express.

Tiny Dancer is not welcome in this “Welcoming City”. No thug is welcome here.

Recall Rahm and Mike Madigan. Replace them with AI programmed by…me.

I read somewhere, Trib or Sun Times, that Brendan Reilly would be next in line until the next mayoral election. Rahm LOATHES him, that will be the sole reason he will not step down.

Like all current Dem office holders, Emmanual learned the lesson of Bill Clinton: Merely refuse to resign. No Dem can be forced out of office as the media, although grousing as now, will ultimately come to you defense. After all, he is one of theirs.

    stevewhitemd in reply to Hucklebuck. | January 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

    You might ask Rod Blagojevich about that…

    Anchovy in reply to Hucklebuck. | January 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Take the case of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. The media knew most of what was going on with his squeeze and her side business but they just made enough noise to make it look like they were trying. As soon as he was elected they went ahead and jumped up and down but all that did was allow another democrat, the Sec of State, to move into the Gov position without ever getting a single vote.

    And then the Columbia School of Journalism makes a big deal about how great the media was in the whole affair ( They don’t mention that fact that if the story came out earlier a Republican would be Gov of Oregon now.

I’m sitting in my office on the south side of Chicago this minute. The problems of this city go well beyond Rahm, though I wouldn’t mind at all seeing him removed.

The corrupt Democratic leadership of this city and county has had 70 years to run it into the ground, and they’ve just about succeeded. Changing out Rahm for any other leader (Chuy Garcia? Toni Preckwinkle?) won’t fix any of that.

The problems are enormous, as anyone who’s been paying attention knows: the pension funds that are empty and can’t be payed (even as retirees continue to get raises); the school system that is completely broken and enthralled to the union and to the corrupt school board; a police force that is simultaneously beleaguered and unwilling to reform; and a sizable portion of the public that is addicted to free stuff and the politicians who promise more free stuff.

You want to run Rahm out of office? Sure, I agree. But don’t think you’ll have changed anything by doing so, because you won’t have.

    nordic_prince in reply to stevewhitemd. | January 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Exactly. With Chicago, it’s “meet the new boss – same as the old boss.” They’ve had how many years now – bet at least a hundred – to perfect their system of corruption.

    Let it burn. Maybe we’ll get lucky, and a freak earthquake will cause the entire city to slide into Lake Michigan ~

Is this any way to treat the man who strong-armed Obamacare through Congress?

Subotai Bahadur | January 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm

No. this purge will not help Chicago. And this IS a purge. The Machine controls everything in Illinois. They are going to rush through a statute specifically aimed at Emmanuel with a 2/3 majority in both Legislative Houses. Emmanuel has been deemed a liability to the State. If they could, he would either visit a basement room in 2 Dzerzhinsky Square, and he may yet take a late night walk along Lake Michigan and accidentally shoot himself a few times in the back of the head.

The needs of the Party outweigh the merits of any individual.

I am amused.

If there was a recall, I would vote for Rahm Why? Because the alternates– most probably Chewy Garcia would be worse.

But I don’t see the measure as passing.

BTW does the propasal include state legislators?
If so I could get behind it, as well as Bruce Rauner.

Coming from “indicted on 18 counts of bank fraud, a call to Obama and it’s reduced to a misdemeanor” Lashawn Ford I’m not surprised. This is the same idiot that wants to bring in the ILNG to quell the shootings on the south and west side then complains about militarization of the police.

If they get rid of Rham, hydra, I mean the Chicago machine, will just replace that head with another.

Henry Hawkins | January 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Chicago’s problem is systemic. Ousting Rahm only gets you a brand new driver for the local Democrat machine. The machine is the problem, not who’s driving it.

The bill would be effective immediately if signed into law, a scenario that can pose legal questions because it would target someone currently in office, said David Melton, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Does anyone know what questions he’s talking about? Is there some state constitutional provision that this would violate?

This scummy clown once said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Wonder how he’s going to use this one.

Emmanuel also said, “As individuals, we will be judged in our lives by the totality of our actions…And I think that’s how we get judged by our colleagues and that’s how we get judged by the good lord.”

Scum all around. He’ll rot in hell.

buckeyeminuteman | January 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Obama has withheld crimescene evidence (Benghazi) to help his election. How do we start the recall process?

Sammy Finkelman | January 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

As part of the settlement with Laquan McDonald’s family, the family agreed to keep the dash-cam video hidden until the criminal charges are concluded. Whixch could mean, until a cover-up was 100% successful, and the matetr only of historical interest. The family’s lawyers initially refused, but then agreed, after the deletion of a line that said the estate agreed with the city that releasing video would harm ongoing criminal investigations.