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Chicago Elections Chief Got Lobbying Contracts From Rahm Emanuel's Administration: Report

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 23:  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks with residents at a senior living center during a campaign stop
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 23: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks with residents at a senior living center during a campaign stop on February 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel leads the polls but, not with enough votes to avoid a runoff election. Chicago residents go to the polls Tuesday, February 24. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

If Chicago’s first mayoral runoff in history ends up razor close on April 7, the city will be relying on a purportedly independent arbiter to oversee any recount. But that arbiter, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, is chaired by a politically-connected lawyer whose firm has received secret city lobbying contracts from incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. After receiving those contracts, the chairman has already used his power to boost the mayor’s allies against anti-Emanuel challengers in other municipal elections.

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