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Rahm Emanuel: Liked by Few, Loved by Fewer




    Chicago's mayor apparently isn't liked by those who support labor and teachers. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's image in Chicago is taking a turn.

    A new poll by Crain’s Chicago Business notes the mayor’s job-approval rating “has taken a big hit in recent months.”  

    Mayor: "Punk" Killed Hadiya

    [CHI] Mayor: "Punk" Killed Hadiya
    Chicago Rahm Emanuel grew emotional as he talked about the Tuesday shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013)

    According to 600 voters in Illinois, only 19 percent somewhat or strongly approve of the mayor’s performance. When Crain’s polled a similar group back in September, 34 percent approved of the job Emanuel was doing.

    Crain’s points to the Chicago Teachers Union strike as well as the spike in murders and the push for government workers pension reform as possible reasons for his poor poll numbers.  

    Rahm Emanuel Reports For Jury Duty

    [CHI] Rahm Emanuel Reports For Jury Duty
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed up at the Daley Center Tuesday to report to jury duty. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013)

    It apparently rubbed residents the wrong way. Just two percent of Chicagoans surveyed said they strongly approve of the mayor’s job performance.

    Labor insiders call the drop in Emanuel’s numbers “horrendous.”