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Preckwinkle and Rahm Play Nice for Cameras

Both spoke out about their relationship at separate events on Monday

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains his relationship with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle during an event on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. This was the first time Emanuel addressed the press about Preckwinkle, after she publicly criticized Garry McCarthy and him the week before.

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Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle stood by her criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crime strategy during an event on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held different media events, but they were asked the same question - what’s up with their relationship?

Emanuel dismissed the question about Preckwinkle’s criticism last week. 

“I’m going to leave it to the politics, I don’t  really care about that,” he said.

Preckwinkle at a separate event tried to clarify her statements last week, but it still left observers wondering, does she want to be mayor?

“I have a script,” Preckwinkle noted as she was asked if she had more to say today.  Clearly Preckwinkle did not want to speak off the cuff. 

Preckwinkle noted last week she was speaking out of frustration when she initially said the mayor and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had an  “arrest everybody”  crime strategy.  

Today, she still stands by her assertation.

“Policing alone will not address the social issues that face our communities,”   she said. “We have to improve the quality of our public schools.”   

Doesn’t seem like a truce to me.

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