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Governor tough-guy Pat Quinn introduced both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy with some gusto this afternoon. What gives, Guv?

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn asserted his, um, authority Monday afternoon when he introduced two of Chicago's biggest tough-guys. 

Quinn, appearing with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, at a press conference to announce RICO laws in Illinois, heartily introduced Emanuel to the audience. 

What appeared to be intended as a pat on the back turned into a little bit more than Emanuel bargained for.

"Thank you for the hit in the back," Emanuel said -- Quinn flashing a devilish grin next to him. "Thank god I was holding the podium when you did that."

The two men recently, reportedly got into a heated argument on the telephone over gambling legislation. Maybe this was Quinn's way of getting him back?

McCarthy, tough guy that he is, invited Quinn's masculine back-slap when it was his turn to be introduced. 

"Did you hurt yourself," McCarthy quipped to the governor.

"You're a football player, right, "Quinn followed up, with a forearm to the Supt.'s side. 

"Alright take it easy, governor," McCarthy said. 

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