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Rahm Nicknames New CPS CEO



    Rahm Emanuel is no stranger to nicknames, some which are too vulgar to appear on our blog, but today he shared the wealth and gave a nickname to the newest member on his staff.

    "I'm proud to welcome Dr. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, known to all of us as B3," said Emanuel during a press conference where he announce she would act as the new Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools.

    Emanuel explained that the nickname was easier to say than Byrd-Bennett's full name.

    Barbara Byrd-Bennett can be a bit of a tongue twister when said fast and in repetition. Emanuel even struggled with her full name during the press conference. He admits that B3 may take a while to catch on.

    Emanuel Introduces Barbara Byrd-Bennett

    [CHI] Emanuel Introduces Barbara Byrd-Bennett
    The Chicago Mayor ticks off the accomplishments of his incoming CPS CEO.
    (Published Friday, Oct. 12, 2012)

    "It took me awhile, but then I understood," Emanuel explained. "At first I thought it was a vitamin that everyone was talking about that I needed."

    She may not have been a vitamin, but she was definitely someone the mayor needed. Early Friday morning Jean-Claude Brizard, referred to as "JC" by Emanuel, announced his resignation.

    During the press conference, Emanuel said JC would stick around to help B3 transition into the new position.

    Hold Your Head Up, Brizard

    [CHI] Hold Your Head Up, Brizard
    Rahm Emanuel said his outgoing schools CEO has lots to be proud of.
    (Published Friday, Oct. 12, 2012)