"Rahm Emanuel formally kicked off his campaign for Chicago mayor today by saying he's got the right combination of background, vision and grit to lead the city during tough times," The Chicago Tribune writes. "'The choices we make in the next few years will define Chicago’s future for generations. They will determine whether we remain a world-class city – or fall back,' Emanuel told about 250 supporters gathered at John C. Coonley School on the North Side. 'The question in this election is who has the experience, imagination and strength to see a better future for Chicago? And who has the determination to see that vision through the end?'"
Here's Rahm's first TV ad (and it's not very hopeful): "I think we're at a crossroads. We've got to decide whether we're going to continue to be a great city or become a second-tier city. I think it's time to make that choice and make the hard decisions that are necessary."