Emanuel Holds Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel held his first virtual town hall meeting Monday night, answering Chicago resident questions submitted via Facebook, Twitter and the city's website.

Emanuel answered resident questions over the phone, covering topics such as crime, schools and casinos.

“I promised during the campaign to hold telephone town halls to talk directly to the people of Chicago," Emanuel said in a statement. "We’re leveraging new technologies to bring even more people into the conversation and to find new, innovative ways to make Chicago even stronger.”

The forum, which lasted between 30-40 minutes, became a vehicle for Emanuel to tout his accomplishments so far, including his recent meetings with large chain grocers and their proposed plans to expand in the city.

Emanuel is planning to continue his town hall forum through online Facebook chat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Kennedy-King College at 6301 South Halsted St.

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