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Emanuel Calls Karen Lewis After Years-Long Silence



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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's "new governing style" apparently includes making peace with a long-time adversary.

    The newly re-elected mayor placed a phone call Wednesday to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to break down barriers between the two, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The two haven't talked since a reportedly epic argument in 2011, the Sun-Times reports.

    A top mayoral aide told the publication the two had "a very good conversation" and discussed starting fresh, even working together to get things done in Springfield.

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    Lewis said she knows she and Emanuel need to talk to each other and she sees the benefit in "trying to reset the button."

    A day after Tuesday's election, Emanuel announced his intention to begin a "new governing style" effective immediately. The strategy means working closely with the new and old faces in City Council to avoid "unproductive" council wars.

    After thanking his staff and supporters, Emanuel laid out some new ideas for his second term, including universal pre-kindergarten and a minimum wage task force. He also said he would focus on getting the "financial house in order."

    Emanuel spent the morning shaking hands and giving hugs at the Red Line 95th Street station.

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