Chicago voters are braving icy weather to cast ballots in a mayoral election that will end the long reign of retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley and bring certain change to city politics.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel shook hands with commuters outside a South Side train stop Tuesday. He has been leading in polls and is hoping to get more than 50 percent of the votes cast Tuesday and to avoid an April runoff with the second-place vote-getter.
Tuesday's election in Chicago could select the city's first Jewish mayor, or the first black female or Hispanic to hold that office.
Emanuel's primary challengers are former Chicago public schools president Gery Chico, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle.