Published: Nov 13, 2010 9:30 PM EST
Updated: Nov 13, 2010 6:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) - Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is telling Chicago voters that taxpayers who are struggling to stay afloat can't be asked to give more.

He officially launched his candidacy for mayor today, promising to fight any tax increase for city residents.
      
Emanuel also made some other familiar political promises -- to fight crime, create jobs, improve education and make government more accessible. He's promising that between now and the February election, he'll outline specific ideas on education, crime and gangs and the city's finances.
      
The former congressman has already been campaigning unofficially since he left the White House weeks ago.
      
He's one of about a half dozen candidates who have either formally announced or are about to.