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    All in all, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had a pretty successful election night.

    Of the 10 candidates Emanuel supported, seven of them won, and several of them won in hard-fought races.

    Stone: "It's Going to Hurt to Say Goodbye"

    [CHI] Stone: "It's Going to Hurt to Say Goodbye"
    After 37 years in the Chicago City Council, Ald. Bernard "Berny" Stone has conceded to Debra Silverstein.

    Ald. Danny Solis hung onto power -- thanks to his stance on clean power at the Fisk Generating Station -- in the 25th Ward over up-and-comer Cuahutemoc Morfin. In the 20th Ward, Ald. Willie Cochran won against Chicago rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith.

    In a race that Emanuel worked particularly hard for, making robo-calls for Debra Silverstein and spending big bucks on her 50th Ward campaign, Silverstein beat Berny Stone, the second-longest serving alderman in Chicago.

    Silverstein: Big Changes Coming to the 50th Ward

    [CHI] Silverstein: Big Changes Coming to the 50th Ward
    Debra Silverstein vows to be an independent voice in the new Chicago City Council and hopes to work with the state and federal levels to bring progress to the 50th Ward.

    Silverstein's husband, State Sen. Ira Silverstein, introduced his wife Tuesday as "the new alderman from the 50th Ward," and she publically thanked Emanuel.
     
    "It's over," a saddened Stone said. "I loved it."

    Other winners backed by Emanuel include Latasha Thomas (17th), Timothy Cullerton (38th), Toni Foulkes (15th) and Jo Ann Thompson (16th).

    In all, 18 new faces join Chicago's City Council, none of them Republican.

    Rahm-backed candidates who lost include incumbents Freddrenna Lyle (6th), John Rice (36th) and Sharon Dixon.  

     

    Emanuel didn't appear at any of the candidates' headquarters Tuesday night, and according to his press aide, he will "give congratulatory calls and let everyone know he looks forward to working with them."