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It's a Record: $11.6 Million Spent on Emanuel Campaign



    In 1975 Richard J. Daley spent $1 million in his mayoral campaign.

    Fast forward to 2011 and Rahm Emanuel spends a new record -- $11.6 million. He raised $13.7 million, and that number include $1.1 million that was transferred over from previous congressional campaigns.

    He has about $2.1 million left, but spokesman Ben Labolt says the final total "could be slightly different when all is said and done."

    Ald. Ed Burke (14th) has $8 million in his warchest and in the next few weeks both he and Emanuel plan to financially help aldermanic candidates who are in runoffs.

    While both deny they want to see Council Wars 2, they're both focused on the number 26 -- the number of aldermen one needs to get their agenda through the city council.