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Alderman Ed Burke. Sun-Times files

The City Council's most powerful aldermen on Wednesday defended Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to enlist Chicago firefighters in the effort to guarantee the safety of 30,000 students displaced by school closings.

Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, said he has long encouraged a "more mobile deployment" of the Chicago Fire Department's equipment and personnel.

"I don't see why they can't be out and be the further eyes and ears of the government," Burke said Wednesday. "I don't think anybody is suggesting they're gonna be armed and involved like police officers. Their role will be more expanding the city presence."

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Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel | Sun-Times file

As the battle over school closings continues to rage, the Chicago Teachers Union is one of the loudest voices opposing the city plan to shutter 54 schools.

But according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's brother, Ezekiel, in a Huffington Post Chicago interview, it's all wasted effort. What Rahm wants, brother Zeke says, Rahm gets:

"Give in now. Give in now. Rahm will win. Rahm always does win," Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel told The Huffington Post, when asked what advice he'd give the teachers union.

Emanuel said his brother's policies are intended to decrease neighborhood crime and improve how the city educates its students. He offered little hope to those who want to fight the mayor's administration.

"Like I said, you're not going to beat him. ... You can bang your head against the wall, but he's pretty tough," Zeke Emanuel said.

Meanwhile, the CTU apparently hasn't gotten the message. The union is hosting a bus tour for media and elected officials of school communities being "destabilized" by school closings starting at 10 a.m. 940 W. Adams. This will be their second major public display after the protest in Downtown Chicago that snarled streets last week - and led to even more controversy over just how many people turned out.

The Emanuel brothers, Lynn Sweet reports, are teamed up on the Chicago leg of Ezekiel's tour for his book, "Brothers Emanuel, A Memoir of an American Family," starting today with a Winnetka book signing and an interview on CBS at 10 p.m.