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Emanuel's 30-Day Grade 'Incomplete'

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    Chicago's new mayor displayed two giant posters during a news conference on Thursday, checking off his 30-day accomplishments from his 100 Day Priorities list.

    Emanuel ticked off 20 completed items, including adding police officers to street beats, securing job commitments from large companies and breaking ground on bike lanes. Promoting state gun policy agenda was among the 37 things not checked off. 

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    "I'm proud of it," he said of the list, "but I ain't resting on it."

    Emanuel said the list holds him accountable. "This is my report card," he said. But his grade wasn't given. "My grade is incomplete," he said but told media he gives an "A" to his administration and staff.

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    Month-long accomplishments aside, Emanuel defended the 4 percent raise for CPS teachers that his new schools board rejected on Wednesday. He called the move a step forward and said that in the past students have been hurt by the deficit.

    "I'm honoring the contract because economic conditions change over the years," he said.  

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    Emanuel says he expected other issues to create more interest.

    On other issues, he maintained that a Chicago casino would help keep the city economically competitive and said he speaks regularly with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy about flash mob incidents. He said he wants to make it clear that "wherever it occurs it's a blot on the city."