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Emanuel talks Chicago Academy at Blagojevich trial

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By Abdon M. Pallasch and Natasha Korecki

Defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel if his job title of "Mayor of Chicago" was recent.

"Unless your subscription to the newspapers ended recently, yes," Emanuel said to laughter.

Emanuel was asked if anyone ever told himself or his brother to host a fundraiser in exchange for the governor handing over promised grant funds to a school in Emanuel's district. Prosecutors allege that Blagojevich held up the grant to the Chicago Academy intentionally to get Emanuel's brother to raise funds.

"No," Emanuel said.

(Bit more color from Jackson testimony: Jackson sported an angry, vengeful look when he repeatedly snapped his fingers, mocking Rod Blagojevich's Elvis routine.

Blagojevich flushed, shaking his head, looking amazed. He smiled slightly, shaking his head. He looks uncomfortable, shifting in his chair, mouth agape.)

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