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Will Emanuel Hold a Summit with Opponents?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    "Thank You, Chicago" Emanuel yells after learning of his commanding win. (Published Thursday, Feb 24, 2011)

    Many describe Chicago politics as blood sport -- but after the recent November election, opponents decided to uncharacteristically put their differences aside.

    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk invited Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias to Billy Goats for a beer summit

    Emanuel Accepts His Victory

    [CHI] Emanuel Accepts His Victory
    "Thank You, Chicago" Emanuel yells after learning of his commanding win. (Published Thursday, Feb 24, 2011)

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    Television stations carried it live.

    Emanuel Tips His Hat to Daley

    [CHI] Emanuel Tips His Hat to Daley
    The winner sends kudos to his predecessor. (Published Thursday, Feb 24, 2011)

    Then a few weeks later, after all the votes were counted in the tight governor's race,

    Gov. Pat Quinn chowed down with GOP candidate Bill Brady at Manny's for a corned beef sandwich

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    Is it a new trend? Will Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel ask his rivals for either a beer or a sandwich? 

    "We'll see," said Ben Labolt, Communications Director for the Emanuel campaign.  "He's talked to most of them on the phone so far and plans to seek their help taking on the challenges facing the city."

    It doesn't sound like they should pencil in any dates anytime soon.