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Meet the ace City Hall lawyer who draws little attention - but a big paycheck

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Labor woes are at the heart of almost all of the big issues that Rahm Emanuel has sought to tackle since he became mayor last year.

And helping the mayor with virtually of the biggest issues -- the teachers' strike, contract talks with police and firefighters, labor reforms at McCormick Place, and more -- is longtime city labor lawyer James Franczek.

In today's Sun-Times Watchdogs column, we delved into Franczek's story, pulling his firm's billing records from no less than five local government agencies.

Franczek prefers to stay out of news coverage. But his importance in the halls of local power is reflected in the millions of dollars that the city and other local government agencies have paid his firm.


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