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"Do you really believe the mayor would say that unequivocally if he didn't believe it was true?"

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    "Do you really believe the mayor would say that unequivocally if he didn't believe it was true? That leads you to believe that the mayor didn't have knowledge that any of these people were making calls."

    That's Jacqueline Heard, spokesperson for Daley, acting all oh-no-you-didn't to the Tribune after being confronted with this little fact:

    A VIP list maintained by Chicago Public Schools included admissions requests by Patrick Daley Thompson, Mayor Richard Daley's nephew, on behalf of a longtime supporter of the family's political organization...the Tribune has verified six instances in which the mayor's staff or his nephew intervened for students.