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Rahm Emanuel Booed in Chicago's South Side

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FILE - In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a luncheon in Chicago. A refined plan to add more casinos and slot machines in Illinois was approved by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, a proposal supporters believe is their best chance yet to expand gambling in the state. The changes in the legislation would add five new casinos including in Chicago. Emanuel has vowed that all revenue from a Chicago casino would go to city schools. Credit: AP

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel received a less-than-warm welcome at a recent basketball tournament in the city's South Side.

The Democratic mayor and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama was introduced to a mix of cheers -- and boos -- during the event, which was meant to "make peace on the streets," Chicagoist reported. Chicago has been suffering from a plague of gun violence.

From Chicagoist:

[T]he booing is significant in many respects. First, there's the location: Saint Sabina is a Catholic African-American community, whose Father Michael Pfleger has made a considerable amount of news over the years.

Next, there's the tenor of Mayor Emanuel's actions toward the African-American community itself, which can be best described as an amazingly wrongheaded exercise in biting the political hand that feeds you.

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