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Emanuel hosts open house at Chicago City Hall

After Rahm Emanuel took his oath as Chicago’s mayor, he greeted residents at a city hall open house.  By the time the open house started at 2 p.m., at least 400 people had filed in a line that snaked out the front door.

Some had a wish list for Emanuel. Some had city advice. And some came to give feedback on the new mayor’s proposed policies.

Grace Itter teaches writing and social students at a Chicago elementary school. She said she is worried about Emanuel pushing for a longer school day – but not because the students don’t need one.

"When he asks teachers to work longer days without being paid anything extra, could he also please ask all other city workers to do the same thing including firemen, policemen and anyone else who works for the city," Itter said.

Itter said it’s a misconception than teachers only work six hours a day.

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