Last week, Preckwinkle suggested Emanuel and Police Supt.
"Look, I'm going to leave all of you, I'm going to leave the politics that I don't really care about that," Emanuel said when asked about Preckwinkle's Thursday statements.
"Toni and I have immense agreement that relates to what we're talking about today," said Emanuel, who was at Malcolm X College to announce more Chicago public high school students will be able to take college-level classes through City Colleges.
"My number one concern, my number one concerns, plural, top priorities, however you want to say it, is public education and public safety," Emanuel said.
"Which is why I fought, and I know that she agrees with it, to make sure the kids of the city of Chicago had a full school day and a full school year," he said.
Preckwinkle quickly backtracked Thursday, telling reporters after her comments at the
But before that, she was asked during a question-and-answer session with the luncheon crowd what she would do to address violence. Preckwinkle said Emanuel and McCarthy were too focused on arrests.
"Clearly this mayor and this police chief have decided the way in which they are going to deal with the terrible violence that faces our community is just arrest everybody," she said.
She also said much of the blame for the violence lies with schools that have a high drop-out rate. "We have contented ourselves with a miserable education system that has failed many of our children," Preckwinkle said.