Rahm Emanuel won his re-election bid Tuesday, but he says a new mayor will take over next term.
The mayor will begin a "new governing style" effective immediately, he said in a post-election press conference at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning Wednesday afternoon.This includes working closely with the new and old faces in City Council to avoid "unproductive" council wars.
After thanking his staff and supporters, Mayor Emanuel laid out some new ideas for his second term, including universal pre-kindergarten and a minimum wage task force. He also said he would focus on getting the "financial house in order."
Emanuel spent the morning shaking hands and giving hugs at the Red Line 95th Street station.
After a hard run campaign by both candidates to earn the key African-American vote, Emanuel emerged victorious. A ward-by-ward voter map by the Chicago Sun-Times showed that the mayor held the majority of votes in the South Side and North Side wards, with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia taking the Far Southeast Side and pockets of the West and Northwest Sides.
As far as what comes next for the mayor after his second term, he said there is "zero chance" he would join Hillary Clinton's cabinet if she wins the 2016 presidential election.
Being mayor, he said, "is the best job I ever had."