The House That Rahm Built

CHICAGO — Hundreds of people packed into the House of Blues Monday night for a campaign fundraiser concert for mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. Supporters attended to show their support for whom they hope to be Chicago’s next mayor.

“He’s got the experience that Chicago needs,” said Jackie and Vernie Earll from River West.

People waited patiently in the standing-only venue for concert headliner, Jennifer Hudson. The Chicago native

Jennifer Hudson; taken by Kevin Gebhardt

expressed how “it feels so good to be home.” Her rendition of the Nina Simone classic “Feeling Good” let her fans know that it is truly a new dawn and new day for the songstress who is embracing her new, slim figure.

Volunteers and other staff for Rahm Emanuel were also in attendance at the fundraiser. Most who not only work for him, but has gotten to know him and fully support him.

“Rahm is well-traveled and Chicago is an international city,” said Evan Demos, 39th Precinct Captain. “We need someone who understands what a national, cosmopolitan city needs.”

Other supporters are hopeful that Rahm will bring about a change to the city if elected as mayor.

“Rahm would be a change, a complete 360,” said Nelson Tukes, a volunteer for Rahm Emanuel.

Rahm Emanuel; taken by Kevin Gebhardt

Other guests included the Soul Children of Chicago Choir and Emanuel’s former colleague Desiree Rogers, former White House Social Secretary.

The House of Blues was filled with Rahm Emanuel fans displaying their support with t-shirts, buttons and other political apparel. Rahm Emanuel addressed his statement “thank you for loving your city” to Hudson, but it was greatly accepted by the Chicagoans in the room.