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Emanuel critic fends off foe; mayor to keep iron grip on council

Emanuel critic fends off foe; mayor to keep iron grip on council

A fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel fended off an opponent backed by pro-Emanuel political groups Tuesday in one of the most expensive and high-profile races among 18 City Council runoff contests. Six other aldermen who have been strong backers of Emanuel's agenda didn't fare as well and were trailing challengers late into the night with most or all of the votes counted in their races. Some were well behind, while others were close enough that they could pull out narrow victories once absentee ballots are counted in coming days. In the marquee battle between Emanuel backers and his opponents, Northwest Side Ald. John Arena, 45th, was targeted for defeat by political action...

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