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Governor, Mayor-Elect Have First Meeting

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Governor, Mayor-Elect Have First Meeting
Governor, Mayor-Elect Have First Meeting

Gov. Pat Quinn (L), Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel

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Call it the Chicago lunch summit?

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel met for lunch on Friday to discuss a range of topics, including jobs.

The pair met at Quinn's Chicago office for more than an hour.  They briefly met with reporters afterward but neither provided specifics about their discussion.

"We had a good discussion about a cross-section of issues that are important to both the city of Chicago and the state, and I want to thank the governor for inviting me in," said Emanuel.

Prior to the meeting, Quinn said planned on bringing a list of state and city issues to hash out with the incoming mayor, who he called an "aggressive progressive."

The governor also had kind words to say about outgoing Mayor Richard Daley and said he was confident in Emanuel's ability to run the city.

Perhaps on the list was Emanuel's search for a new city police superintendent and new Chicago Public Schools chief. 

Emanuel said this week that finding a new schools CEO to stabilize the program and improve test scores is on the top of his list.

Sources told the Chicago Tribune he may be looking outside Chicago for a new leader, someone with experience dealing with issues facing CPS.

The Chicago Police Board is giving superintendent applicants until April 11 to answer four essay questions about past achievements, boosting diversity, continuing the reduction of homicides and improving morale.

The board plans to present three candidates to Emanuel for consideration.

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