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10 Things You Didn't Know About the Candidates

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10 Things You Didn't Know About the Candidates

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Rahm Emanuel lost part of his left middle finger after cutting it on a meat-slicing machine at Arby’s. When he went for a prom night swim in Lake Michigan, it became infected, requiring amputation.

Carol Moseley Braun was married for 13 years to Michael Braun, a white fellow attorney she met at University of Chicago Law School. Their son, Matthew, is in information technology.

Gery Chico grew up in McKinley Park, at one time part of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 11th Ward. He started his career in city government when the ward organization got him a job in the Planning Department.

Miguel del Valle first saw indoor plumbing as a 4-year-old at O’Hare Airport. His father had found a job as a dishwasher in Chicago, and flew the family here from Puerto Rico.

Rahm Emanuel’s family was originally named “Auerbach.” They changed it to honor an uncle who was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem.

As a teenager, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins worked at Ingersoll Steel, one of the many Chicago mills that shut down in the early 1980s.

William Walls III was nicknamed “Dock” by one of his sisters, and has been known that way since childhood.

Gery Chico entertains friends and family by impersonating Popeye, Mr. Ed, Desi Arnaz and Lionel Barrymore.

As ambassador to New Zealand, Carol Moseley Braun visited the South Pole.

At Tuley High School, Miguel del Valle led a walkout against a history teacher who pinched girls’ bottoms and called them “Chiquita bananas.”

In 1966, When Martin Luther King Jr. was hit in the head with a rock during an integration march through Gage Park, a 19-year-old Carol Moseley was one of his fellow marchers.

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