Emanuel seeks to eliminate Chicago food deserts

February 1, 2011 9:02:38 AM PST
Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Tuesday to eradicate food deserts in Chicago.

The former congressman says if elected, he'll convene a meeting of grocery executives to explain to them that they must address the problem if their companies expect to expand operations in the city.

Emanuel made the announcement at an event Tuesday at a Southwest Side site that later this year will grow fresh fruits and vegetables for farmer's markets and wholesale.

At the same event, Emanuel said his campaign will not produce a list of "luxury services" to be taxed under his plan to reform the sales tax. Opponent Gery Chico says the Emanuel plan will tax middle class services, such as barbershops and fitness centers, resulting in a net tax increase. Emanuel's campaign denies haircuts would be included and said a list of services would have to be approved by legislative action.

On the weekend exchange involving opponents Carol Moseley Braun and Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, Emanuel said candidates should focus on the issues and not on each other.