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Rahm Emanuel Tue Apr 26 2011

He's Your Mayor To Be

The Mayor-Elect has been busy preparing to pounce as soon as he's official. Besides announcing his transportation, finance, and education team--including the controversial pick of Jean-Claude Brizard for CEO--our Mayor-to-Be has been all over the news. Some stories:

  • Almost forgot this: the Tribune delves into Mayor-Elect's campaign finance reports, finds huge sums from finance industry, including firms doing major business with the city; finds significant overlap with Mayor Daley's funder base. It truly is a new-esque day:

Donors from the financial services industry made up the largest block of income for the campaign, totaling at least $4.9 million since October, according to the newspaper's analysis. There were more than a dozen contributors whose companies currently help manage investments in the city's billion-dollar pension funds -- a slice of city business that doesn't fall under Daley's version of the contribution ban.

  • And finally, I'd like to propose we hire this guy to sing the procession song at Emanuel's lavish inauguration ceremony; substitute "Mayor" for "Queen."

 
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