Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Says No to Reelection
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel made a bombshell announcement that he would not seek reelection for a third term.
The announcement, which was made at a press conference on Tuesday September 4, came as a surprise for many Chicagoans.
“This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime,” said Emanuel in his address.
Emanuel, who is Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, was elected in 2011. As Slate News mentioned, his administration brought the city record levels of tourism from the Riverwalk construction to economic opportunities from bringing major corporations like Motorola and Kraft Heinz.
His term has also been characterized as unpopular with an unprecedented level of gun violence in Chicago (including the 2014 Laquan McDonald shooting), pension crisis, teachers strikes, and scandals involving Chicago Public Schools. This in turn earned him the moniker “Mayor 1%” to show the divide between upper class Chicago and the South and West Side, where unemployment and crime remains high, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
With Emanuel not seeking election, the Chicago mayoral race is looking to be heated with 12 challengers. The leading candidates based on results of a flash poll conducted by Chicago Sun Times are former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, businessman Willie Wilson, and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.
Nike Unveils Colin Kaepernick as Face of New Campaign
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the faces of Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign.
Kaepernick is most known for the movement he started in the 2016 NFL season of taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of the treatment of minorities in the U.S.
The first part of the campaign was launched on September 3 on Kaepernick's Twitter profile with the tag line “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” It will soon debut on TV during the opening game of the NFL.
Nike’s decision to feature Kaepernick has brought angry responses from some critics. On social media, videos of people destroying Nike merchandise have been circulating. The decision also prompted President Donald Trump, who has long been vocal of his anger towards Kaepernick’s movement to tweet, “What was Nike thinking?”.
Despite some of the outcry, Nike has received praise for its launch and has seen a 31 percent bump increase in online sales after the campaign’s debut as reported by the Washington Post.