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Chicago Mayor Releases More Than 2,000 Emails As Part Of Lawsuit Over Misuse

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More than 2,000 pages of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s emails have been released.

It’s the end of a lawsuit over Emanuel’s use of private emails for city business.

Emanuel was sued by the Better Government Association.

In a statement, attorneys for the BGA and the city say they disagree whether city business done on personal email accounts is subject to public disclosure laws.

But regardless of that disagreement, Emanuel released 5 years of his emails.

They show he was concerned over how he’s portrayed in the news and that he would contact families affected by gun violence.

It also showed he was personally responsive to the concerns of the city’s top business and political players, including Ken Griffin, Penny Pritzker, Bruce Rauner before he was governor.

The concerns included some national figures, like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.

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