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Workers Sound Off on Mayor Emanuel's Impact on Chicago

By Mark Konkol | May 16, 2013 8:31pm | Updated on May 17, 2013 12:14pm
Workers Grade Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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Kyla Gardner and Mark Konkol

DOWNTOWN — Pollsters and pundits will tell you that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity is slipping.

But Chicago’s boss doesn’t seem to mind — he’s already announced plans to seek a second term.

On Thursday, Emanuel’s second anniversary in office, Kyla Gardner and I hit the streets to ask working folks for their honest take on the job Chicago’s new boss has done so far.

We asked a famous bar owner, a straight-talking grill man, an iron worker, a laborer, a barista, a beat cop, a cab driver, a magician, a chef, a silver-painted street performer and even an unemployed businessman on a bicycle one question: “How has the mayor’s first two years on the job affected the working man?”

And boy, did they have a lot to say.