Don't use kids as pawns, Emanuel tells Rauner

Updated 1/5/2016 4:56 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday accused old friend Gov. Bruce Rauner of cynically using Chicago Public School children as pawns to push through a pro-business, anti-union agenda "that people don't agree with."

One day after Rauner kicked the mayor while he's down, Emanuel pushed back, even in his politically weakened state.


"The children of the city of Chicago are not a pawn in a political game in Springfield to get an agenda down that people don't agree with. They deserve to have full funding at the same level that the kids in the suburbs and the rest of the state have," the mayor told reporters at an unrelated news conference at a CTA bus garage.

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